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Mr Chan Wai-nam is originally from Teochew. A successful entrepreneur, he has set up numerous charitable trusts for disaster relief, poverty alleviation, medical care, and cultural education. In late 2020, the Chan Wai-nam Cultural Center became the latest landmark in Chaozhou’s old town to hold an exhibition of his life and contributions. The Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has named asteroid 8126 “Chanwainam” in recognition of his unstinting philanthropy and immense contributions.

Mr Chan is also committed to higher education. To support LU’s four-year university curriculum, he donated funds in 2012 in the name of his son to establish the Dr Ian Chan Yau-nam Hostel Bursaries, allowing less privileged students to enjoy hostel life. He has also contributed to the construction of the Chan Wai-nam Function Hall, which provides better teaching venues and facilities for Lingnan students.

Mr Chan is a shining example of a Confucian Teochew entrepreneur, purposefully giving back to his motherland and hometown, and making contributions to Hong Kong. He was awarded a Bronze Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government.



Mr CHAN Wai-nam, BBS 陳偉南先生, BBS