Banker wins top alumni award
by Michèle Nardelli
Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Høj was in Beijing to congratulate Dr Chi Man Cartier Lam when he was named the winner of AustJOBS Australia China Alumni Award for Banking and Finance in November.
At a gala dinner Dr Lam, Deputy Chief Executive of the Bank of East Asia (China) Ltd, was recognised for his achievements across a 22 year career in banking and finance.
A graduate of Murdoch University’s MBA Dr Lam graduated from the University of South Australia first in 2004 with a Master of Advanced Business Practice and then again in 2006 with a Doctor of Business Administration.
Before taking up his current role, he worked as general manager of BEA’s Dalian branch and Xiamen branch and deputy general manager for the bank in Taipei among other senior roles across the bank.
His great skills and innovative approach helped to guide the BEA to become one of the first four foreign banks to be locally incorporated in China.
Voted by Asian Banker as 2007 Best Foreign Retail Bank, the bank now has almost 100 outlets across China and is leading the way with four consecutive years as top foreign bank in Asia.
Also active in community service, Dr Lam is a committee member of the Shanghai Overseas Chinese Friendship Association and the Vice President of the Shanghai Public Relation Association. He is a member of CPPCC Huangpu District, Shanghai, and a standing committee member of the Shanghai Huangpu Overseas Chinese Friendship Association. He is also an invited Member of CPPCC Dalian and is appointed as an overseas economic advisor to the Dalian Municipal Government.
He also held the role of executive committee member of the Dalian Banking Association and Xiamen Banking Association, the standing executive member of the Dalian Association of Industry and Commerce, as well as the Standing Director of the China Chamber of International Commerce Dalian Chamber of Commerce.
Dr Lam founded the Soong Ching Ling Foundation BEA Charity Fund in 2009 to support children’s education in China. The Fund has raised over RMB12 million and 10 “Firefly” projects have been established to modernise teaching equipment and library facilities in primary and secondary schools in rural locations in China.