Dr. Patrick Lau
Deputy Executive Director
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
Dr. Patrick Lau has been Deputy Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) since 2019. In this role, he creates opportunities and facilitates deals for Hong Kong enterprises. Dr. Lau oversees the following portfolio: the promotion of Hong Kong’s service sectors, merchandise trade and innovation, as well as the Council’s external relations, corporate communications and marketing functions and network of 50 offices worldwide.
In addition to driving various international promotions and trade missions as well as 15 of HKTDC’s anchor conferences and service fairs annually, Dr. Lau spearheads new initiatives such as the GoGBA one-stop platform, tripartite deal-making, Transformation Sandbox (T-box) for SMEs and numerous strategic partnerships.
Dr. Lau is recognized as a seasoned banker, investor and dealmaker in the region. Dr. Lau has worked in Hong Kong since 2001, firstly as a lawyer at international law firms Baker McKenzie and Skadden Arps, then as an investment banker at UBS and China Construction Bank (CCB) International, where he held progressively senior posts until becoming Managing Director, Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Assistant Head of Investment Bank. Between 2015 and 2018, Dr. Lau was the CEO of a digital infrastructure company, Director of Investments at sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional, and Board Director and Investment Committee Member at medtech and life science private equity fund Xeraya Capital.
Dr. Lau graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, and Bachelor of Laws with first class honors from Monash University in Melbourne, where he attended medical school and law school concurrently. He has been admitted as an advocate or solicitor in Hong Kong, Australia, England, Wales and Malaysia. He was Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Economics of Monash University and part-time Lecturer in the Law Faculty of the University of Hong Kong.