HiESD Director

Professor Karen Q. Cheung

  • Director of Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development;
  • President of UNESCO Hong Kong Association;
  • Vice President of the Chinese Academic Committee of UN PRME (UN Principles for Responsible Management Education);
  • Executive Director (HK) of National Working Committee for UNESCO Project on ESD;
  • Executive Director of China Education and Sustainable Development Think Tank;
  • Visiting Professor of the South China Normal University Education Development Higher Research Institution of The Greater Bay Area;
  • Adviser on Strategic Development for Interdisciplinary Research Center of AI and Curriculum Education, South China Normal University;
  • Founding Member of Hong Kong Professionals and Senior Executives Association;
  • Director of Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers;
  • President of World Institute of Sustainable Development Planner
  • Co-President (HK) of the Executive Management Committee of China Institute for Responsible Management Education and Sustainable Development
  • Visiting Professor of Changzhou University
  • The Member of Academic Development Advisory Committee of the Professional Committee for Educational Cooperative Development in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, The Guangdong Society of Education
  • Honorary President of Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Association

Prof. Cheung is a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of International Trade, a Ph.D of Industrial Economics. She is a Certified Risk Planner, Senior Member of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (1996-2014) , Senior Fellow of World Institute of Sustainable Development Planners and Certified Sustainable Development Planner (CSDP).

Prof. Karen Cheung has been engaged in asset management, risk management and industrial operation and development since 1991, and has actively participated in the construction of development zones and new urban areas. She has successfully completed international investment promotion, overseas financing, industrial restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, etc. In 1998, as the director of the China Representative Office of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (1998-2014), Prof. Cheung has carried out international accounting qualification certification with over 20 universities in China, including Tsinghua University, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, University of International Business and Economics, Nankai University, Jinan University etc. She has served as the financial development consultant of Shanghai Pudong Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park (1998-2003), the R&D consultant of Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone (2000-2005), and the Luliang Municipal Government of Shanxi Province (2017-present).

Since 2002, Prof. Cheung has devoted herself to the research and development of UNESCO’s education for sustainable development, and actively planned and promoted education for sustainable development projects. She was the MBA visiting professor at the School of Real Estate, Zhuhai Branch of Beijing Normal University (2004-2006), deputy director of the China-Hong Kong Cooperation Center of the Institute of Public Policy, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2007-2009), Expert Advisor & Chair of the Expert Committee, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Institute of ESD (2016-2019). Her professional fields and research directions include lifelong learning and sustainable development education, monitoring and evaluation, sustainable development planning and governance, innovative teaching, social sciences.

Presided over more than ten international and domestic research projects, including the National Development and Reform Commission’s “Twelfth Five-Year Plan” project (2010), the Ministry of Education’s comprehensive research into “China’s Sustainable Development Education Innovation Practice”《中國可持續發展教育創新實踐》 (Editor: Chen Xiaoya) (2009), she has published more than 40 papers in domestic and international academic forums and journals (1 patent, 6 software copyrights, and 9 books), including “Sustainable Development Planning” ISBN 978-988-79581-0-9 (2019), UN75 Dialogue Booklet “UN 75 Dialogue – Hong Kong Story” ISBN 978-988-79581-6-1 (2020), “UNESCO World Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage Hong Kong School-Based Curriculum Casebook”《聯合國教科文組織世界遺產及非物質文化遺產香港校本課程案例手冊》 ISBN 978-988-75669-2 -2 (2021), “Carbon Literacy and Low Carbon Lifestyle” ISBN 978-988-75669-4-6 (2022), etc.

Prof. Cheung also enthusiastically participates in social welfare, environmental and ecological conservation, and practices civic social responsibility. She actively supports the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund, sponsoring out-of-school girls and impoverished college students every year. In 2000, she was appointed as Honorary Director of the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund; in 2002, she was awarded the “Charity and Caring Person”「慈善愛心人士」 in the first “China Children’s Charity Day”「中國兒童慈善活動日」, and was named “China Children’s Charity Monument”「中國兒童慈善功德碑」 on the Great Wall of China Badaling; in 2006, she received the “Women’s World Excellence Awards – Social Services” from “the Women’s World”; in 2012, she was selected as “China’s Top Ten Outstanding Management Figures”; in 2013, she was awarded “Education for Sustainable Development Pioneer Award” from the China National Commission for UNESCO ; in 2018, she was selected as “Chinese Education for Sustainable Development Outstanding Contributor” by the UNESCO China National Working Committee and in the same year, she led the Hong Kong Institute of Sustainable Development Education (HiESD) to be awarded the “Most influential region of China’s 20 Years of Education for Sustainable Development.”, and won the “Most Influential Region in the 20 Years of Sustainable Development Education in China” for Hong Kong.

Honorary Directors

Professor Tao Xi Ping

  • Committee Member of the National Education Consultative Committee
  • Committee Member of the State Educational Examinations Steering Committee
  • Committee Member of the Expert Advisory Committee of Curriculum and Textbook of Basic Education, MOE, P. R. China
  • Founding President of The Chinese Association for Non-Government Education
  • Honorary President of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Association
  • Honorary President of Asian-Pacific Federation of Clubs and Associations for UNESCO
  • President of National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO
  • Honorary President of UNESCO Hong Kong Association
  • Honorary Director of Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development
  • Honorary President of Beijing Association of Societal Sciences Circles

Professor Tao was an acclaimed educator. His major educational contributions include,
(1) Led and promoted the reform of schools’ internal management system through theoretical research and practice;
(2) Promoted theoretical and practical research on educational evaluation
(3) Conducted practical research on developing students’ potential and encouraged teaching students in accordance with their aptitude based on the theory of multiple intelligences
(4) Actively participated in promoting the healthy development of private education in China
(5) Conducted theoretical and practical research on regional education modernization
(6) Conducted research on education equity and balanced development of compulsory education
(7) Conducted research on the theory and practice of sustainable development education
(8) Promoted international non-governmental educational exchange activities

Professor Tao also published numerous articles and books in regard of education. He was the editor-in-chief of 《教育評價辭典》and 《多元智能與課程改革叢書》. He was also the author of 《讓失敗率為零 — 教育改革的思考與實踐》, 《一路走來 — 陶西平教育漫筆》, 《沉浸於求索之中》, 《大家不同,大家都好》, 《在反思中創新》etc.

Professor Victor Sit

PhD (London), Deputy, National People’s Congress, the People’s Republic of China (1993 – 2008)

Professor Sit is currently an advisor of China Aircraft Leasing Limited and a senior advisor of China Airport Synergy Investment Limited. He obtained his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom and was professor of Geography and Head of Department of Geography and Geology, University of Hong Kong from 1977 to 2007, and founding director of the Advanced Institute for Contemporary China Studies of Hong Kong Baptist University, 2008 to 2013. He also serves as Honorary Professor of a number of renowned universities in China, including Peking University, Zhongshan University, Jinan University and Xian Jiaotung University .

Professor Sit was also Deputy of the National People’s Congress of the PRC (1993 -2008), an advisor to the Governor of Guangdong (2000 – 2005), a member of the Preparatory Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Port and Marine Board, Committee on Port and Harbour Development, and Port Development Board of the HKSAR Government. Professor Sit has published a lot on urban studies and development strategy and on comparative urbanization. Currently he is focusing his research efforts on China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the global aviation industry and its impact on the global economy.

Development Policy

Previous Activities and Achievements

Year 2018 is the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong Education for Sustainable Development. With supports of all parties, Hong Kong Institute of Education for Sustainable Development (the Institute) and UNESCO Hong Kong Association promoted the Education for Sustainable Development, initiated the 15th Anniversary of Beijing and Hong Kong Education for Sustainable Development, published the report of Hong Kong Education for Sustainable Development (2013 – 2018).

On 21 September 2018, the Institute organized the Celebration for the International Day of Peace. At the same time, an Exchange Conference of World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Association (WFUCA) was held by the Institute. Prof. Tao Xiping, President of Chinese National Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (CNFUCA) and Honorary President of WFUCA, Mr. Dhirendra Bhatnagar, Secretary General of Confederation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations of India and President of WFUCA, with the team of 12 Executive Board Members of WFUCA, attended the Celebration and the Exchange Conference. Positively responding the Chinese national strategy for the development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the Institute and Guangdong Educational Supervision Association, the South China Normal University, the Guangdong Working Committee of Education for Sustainable Development in China and so on initiated and participated in the educational forums for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The forums were designed for big data for innovation in teaching and practicing, Quality Education, Education for Sustainable Development and so on which also provided exchange and training for teachers in several times. In 2018, the Institute and the Association collaborated with other parties to organize various research and study programs for students including University Summer Camp for STEM Education co-organized with Hong Kong famous Universities, the Inauguration Ceremony of Peace Garden International Cultural Exchange and Research Camp, the History Tracking and Educational Drama Program subsided by the Youth Development Committee of Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau, Hong Kong students participated the Multimedia Research and Study Camp in Beijing. In the whole year, more than 2000 people participated the research and study programs and training programs. In 2018, the Global Citizenship Education Program was launched by UNESCO Hong Kong Association and sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.


Development Policy in Coming Years

HiESD supports the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda. HiESD will going-on the Education for Sustainable Development and actions on Sustainable Development Goals. In coming year, the promotion of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and implement actions of sustainable development goals (SDG) in regional area are the development policies of HiESD. For the education, HiESD will corporate with UNESCO Hong Kong Association as well as WISDP to further promote ESD such as expanding ESD to industries and business organization. For the actions of sustainable development, SDG Action 26908, Smart Healthy School, Big Data Laboratory, and research on Data Service of Health and Wellness are the major actions in coming years.

Education for Sustainable Development:

ESD Training for Primary School, Secondary School, Six Dimensions of Health, SD base program, Industries and Business Organization, SD Planning Training and Recognition for Finance, Engineering, Management, Education, Business Organization, and Training Institutes, Online Training, Online Learning (Exercise, Test and Skills Recognition).

Sustainable Development Action and Goals:

SDG Action 26908, SD Goals Global Partnership Center – Greater Bay Area Hong Kong (GPC-GBA HK), Smart Healthy School (China and HK), Big Data Laboratory (Partner with ZTE), Research of Data Science for Health & Wellness (Partners & Funding).

Services and SD Programs:

Consultancy for sustainable Development (e.g. SD City), Smart City, SD in Greater Bay Area