Edward Yau

Edward Yau Tang-wah

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Edward Yau introducing the plastic levy in 2009
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development
Assumed office
1 July 2017
Chief ExecutiveCarrie Lam
Preceded byGregory So
Director, Office of the Chief Executive
In office
1 July 2012 – 30 June 2017
Chief ExecutiveLeung Chun-ying
Preceded byGabriel Leung
Succeeded byEric Chan
Secretary for the Environment
In office
1 July 2007 – 30 June 2012
Chief ExecutiveSir Donald Tsang
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byWong Kam-sing
Director of the Information Services
In office
Preceded byYvonne Choi
Succeeded byFung Ching Suk-yee
Personal details
Born (1960-04-28) 28 April 1960 (age 60)
British Hong Kong
Alma materUniversity of Hong Kong
Oxford University
Harvard University
Edward Yau
Traditional Chinese邱騰華
Simplified Chinese邱腾华

Edward Yau Tang-wah, GBS, JP (Chinese: 邱騰華; born 28 April 1960, Hong Kong) is the current Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of Hong Kong. He was the former Secretary for the Environment from 2007 to 2012. From 2012 to 2017, he was the Director of the Chief Executive's Office of Hong Kong, and his responsibilities were to assist the Chief Executive in formulating policies and setting policy goals and priorities; and to maintain close contacts with Executive and Legislative Councillors, political parties as well as the public sector to enlist their support for Government work.

Before taking up the Director of the Chief Executive’s Office post, Yau was the Secretary for the Environment from 2007-2012. His responsibilities covered environmental protection, energy, and sustainable development. Nature conservation was also one of his main tasks and with his efforts, he established the Hong Kong Geopark which showcases the unique geological features in northeast Hong Kong. The Park obtained the Global Geopark status in 2011.

Yau joined the Administrative Service in August 1981 and earned more than 30 years of public administration experience. During his years as a civil servant, he was Deputy Director-General of Trade (later renamed Deputy Director-General of Trade and Industry), Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Washington, and Deputy Secretary for Education and Manpower, and Director of Information Services.


Edward Yau graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1981, and received further education at Oxford University and Harvard University.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sarah Liao
as Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works
Secretary for the Environment
Succeeded by
Wong Kam-sing
Preceded by
Gabriel Leung
Director of Chief Executive Office
Succeeded by
Eric Chan
Preceded by
Gregory So
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development
Order of precedence
Sophia Chan
Member of the Executive Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Executive Council
Succeeded by
Lam Ching-choi
Member of the Executive Council