Ronnie Chan

Ronnie Chan

Chairman, Hang Lung Group Ltd.


Mr. Ronnie C. Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Group Limited and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Limited. Both are publicly listed companies in Hong Kong, with the latter being a constituent stock of the Hang Seng Index. Founded in 1960, the Group has been expanding into mainland China since 1992. For the year of 2013, Hang Lung Properties reported a net profit of US$930 million. Following successes in Shanghai, since 2005 Hang Lung has been investing US$11 billion and building a number of world-class commercial complexes in major Chinese cities – Tianjin, Shenyang, Jinan, Wuxi, Dalian, Kunming and Wuhan. Palace 66 in Shenyang, Parc 66 in Jinan, Forum 66 in Shenyang, and Center 66 in Wuxi were completed and opened in 2010-2013. In the coming years, one or more design-award-winning malls are set to open in the leading cities on the mainland each year.

Mr. Chan co-founded the Morningside group. In the past 26 years, Morningside and its associates owned and managed companies focusing on manufacturing, public transport operations, outdoor advertising, media, healthcare, online game operators, high tech and biotech investments in mainland China, developmental capital investments in Southeast Asia, manufacturing and distribution in Europe, and service industries, biotech and other venture capital investments in North America. In 1997, he helped found the Calgary, Canada based Morningside Music Bridge for young classical musicians.

In Hong Kong and the mainland of China, Mr. Chan is Chairman of the Executive Committees of One Country Two Systems Research Institute and of Better Hong Kong Foundation, Convenor of Hong Kong Development Forum, a Vice President of The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, a Governing Board member of China-United States Exchange Foundation, an Advisor and former Vice President of China Development Research Foundation in Beijing, and a former Trustee of China Foreign Affairs University. He founded and chairs China Heritage Fund which restores cultural relics in China. He is also a co-founding director of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, Beijing. He is a former government appointed Non-executive Director of Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, Founding Chairman Emeritus of Asia Business Council, and a former Chairman of Hong Kong-United States Business Council.

Internationally, Mr. Chan is Co-Chair of the Board of Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, a founding Trustee of African-Asian Society and a Director of the Board of Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics. He is a member of Council on Foreign Relations, National Committee on United States-China Relations, Committee of 100, and the Advisory Board of Center for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta. Mr. Chan is a former director of Standard Chartered PLC and Motorola, Inc. He is also a former member of the governing boards of World Economic Forum, East-West Center, Pacific Council on International Policy, Eisenhower Fellowships, and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation.

Mr. Chan is involved in many educational endeavors. He is a Court member of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a founding member of the International Advisory Board of School of Management at Fudan University, a Trustee of University of Southern California, and a Governing Board member of Indian School of Business. He serves on the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University, the International Advisory Council of The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, the International Advisory Committee of The Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, and the International Advisory Committee of the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University. He also co-chairs the International Advisory Board of The Culture and Civilization of China, a joint project of Yale University Press and China International Publishing Group. He currently serves as Advisor on Strategic Development to Tsinghua University and Co-Chairman of Hang Lung Center for Real Estate at Tsinghua University. He is also a Guest Professor at Tsinghua University and Nanjing University. He is a former Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Real Estate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a former Brittingham Visiting Scholar at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mr. Chan is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has published numerous articles in International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Newsweek, Fortune, Asian Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review and Japan Times. Mr. Chan holds an MBA from University of Southern California, a Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa from Tel Aviv University, and honorary doctorate degrees in social sciences from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The Chinese University of Hong Kong respectively. In 2004, he received the Asia Society Leadership Award for strengthening economic, cultural and political ties between China and the United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. In 2009, he received the Outstanding Persons Award for the Preservation of Chinese Cultural Relics and the Highest Alumni Award of University of Southern California. In 2014, he received the US-Asia Institute Award for International Public Service and Philanthropy for the dedication to facilitating communication and understanding between Asia and the global community. He is 64 years of age and resides in Hong Kong with his wife. They have two grown sons.

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.