Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, GBS, JP. Ip worked for the Hong Kong Government from 1975 to 2003. During that time, she served in a wide range of areas including democratization of local government, international trade and industry and security. She was the first woman to be appointed the head of a disciplined service (Immigration Department) (1996-98) and as Secretary for Security of Hong Kong (1998-2003).
In July 2006, Ip established a think tank, Savantas Policy Institute, focused on tackling the twin structural constitutional and economic problems of Hong Kong. The core vision of Savantas is to transform Hong Kong into a knowledge-based economy.
In July 2007, Ip was appointed by the Government as a member of the Commission on Strategic Development. In September 2008, Mrs Ip was elected Legislative Council Member in the Hong Kong Island geographical constituency. In the same year, she was appointed by the China Reform Council as Vice Chairperson (2008-2010). She was also awarded the title of Outstanding person for Chinese Entrepreneurial Innovation 2008 by the Chinese Entrepreneurial Innovation Forum.
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