Dr Eden Y Woon took office as Vice-President for Institutional Advancement on 1 November 2010.
Prior to joining HKUST, Dr Woon was with the Li & Fung Group for 3 years in Shanghai. He was the Managing Director of Li & Fung Group’s China Corporate Office and Managing Director of Toys “R” Us China. From 2006-2007, Dr Woon was a Vice-President of Starbucks Coffee Company in China. Dr Woon was the CEO of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, the oldest and largest business organization in Hong Kong, from 1997 to 2006.
Dr Woon served in the US Air Force until 1993 when he retired as a Colonel. He taught Mathematics for 6 years at the US Air Force Academy – becoming an Associate Professor. He acted as China advisor to the US Secretary of Defense from 1989 to 1994. He was the Executive Director of the Seattle-based Washington State China Relations Council from 1994 to 1997.
Dr Woon received his BA degree from the University of Iowa and his MA, MS, and PhD degrees, all in Mathematics, from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Areas of Responsibility
The Vice-President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA) is responsible for developing and coordinating comprehensive advancement strategies for the University to enhance the University’s positioning and image. To do so, the Office of the Vice-President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA) is responsible for alumni relations, development, public relations, enterprise relations, government affairs, community outreach, global engagement and mainland affairs, marketing and communication.
The broad responsibilities of the VPIA are supported by the: