Laura Cha


Laura Cha started her career practicing law in the U.S. and in Hong Kong, having earned her BA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a JD degree from the Santa Clara University in California.

She worked for the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong from 1991 to 2000, becoming its Deputy Chairman in 1998. In January 2001 Ms Cha was appointed Vice Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission and became the first and, to date, the only person outside Mainland China to join the Central Government of the People’s Republic of China at the vice-ministerial rank. She served in that position until 2004.

Board Mandates

Ms Cha is Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and Non-Executive Director of the Asia Pacific subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc. She is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of China Telecom Corporation Limited and Unilever plc; a Senior International Advisor of Foundation Assets Management Sweden AB; and a member of Sotheby’s International Advisory Board.

She is a member of the Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong and Chairman of the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) of Hong Kong. 

In addition, to her Chairman role at FSDC, Ms Cha serves in the following capacity:  

• Hong Kong Delegate to the 12th National People’s Congress of China;
• Vice Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission;
• Member of the International Advisory Council of the China Banking Regulatory Commission.

She has previously served as Independent Non-Executive Director of Johnson Electric Holdings Limited, Baoshan Iron & Steel Co Ltd, Tata Consultancy Services Limited and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited.

Ms Cha was also Chairman of the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Corruption of the Independent Commission Against Corruption in Hong Kong and a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Global Financial System at the World Economic Forum.


Ms Cha was awarded a Silver Bauhinia Star in 2001, a Gold Bauhinia Star in 2009 and the Grand Bauhina Medal in 2017 by the Hong Kong Government for her public service. 

She was also awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Law in 2002 by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Download this bio as a pdf file

chairman mentors