Warden’s Asia Pacific Farewell Event
Celebrating the 20-year Wardenship of David Yates
13 May 2021

Our Warden, Professor David Yates, steps down later this year after 20 years of transformative leadership at Robinson. 

Although the pandemic has prevented us from visiting Asia Pacific in person, we could not let Professor Yates step down without an opportunity for farewells both to and from this very special part of the Robinson worldwide community. We therefore invited Robinson alumni and friends in Asia Pacific to join our celebrations of Professor Yates’ achievements at a live online event on Thursday 13 May.  

We were honoured to have Adrian Li (Law, 1992) as event chair and host for the evening, which featured contributions from local alumni and friends. A lively Q&A session included questions about online examinations, admissions, international students, the future development of Robinson, and the Warden's plans for retirement. Alumni and friends in the Asia Pacific wished the Warden well and looked forward to hearing more about the College's plans for the future.

You can watch the recording of the event by following this link.

Here are some of the personal tributes from the event attendees. Click on the names to view the videos:

Dr the Hon Sir David Li Kwok Po

Mr Adrian David Li Man Kiu

Ms Elizabeth Kong

From left: Brian Li (Trinity, 1992), Sir David Li and Adrian Li (Robinson, 1992)
Event Chair:
Mr Adrian David Li Man-kiu (Law, 1992)
MA (Cantab), MBA, LPC, JP, Co-Chief Executive The Bank of East Asia Limited

Adrian Li is Co-Chief Executive of The Bank of East Asia, where he is responsible for overall management and control of the bank group with a particular focus on its Hong Kong business. He holds directorships in a number of Hong Kong and internationally listed companies, including Sino Land, Tsim Sha Tsui Properties, China State Construction International, COSCO SHIPPING Ports, and The Berkeley Group. He also serves on Mastercard’s Asia Pacific Advisory Board.

Adrian is a Member of the CPPCC Anhui Provincial Committee, Chairman of The Chinese Banks’ Association, Vice President of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers’ Council and a Member of the MPF Industry Schemes Committee of the MPFA. He is also a Board Member of The Community Chest of Hong Kong and serves on its Executive Committee, and a Member of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, Hong Kong and Macau Command. Furthermore, he serves as a Member of the Election Committees responsible for electing the Chief Executive of the HKSAR and deputies of the HKSAR to the 13th National People’s Congress. He also sits on the Judging Panel of the BAI Global Innovation Awards. 

Adrian holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and an MA in Law from the University of Cambridge. He is a qualified lawyer in Hong Kong, as well as in England and Wales.

Special guest: Professor David Yates, Warden, Robinson College 
Professor David Yates is the Warden of Robinson College and a member of the University's Faculty of Law. Before the pandemic struck he completed an extensive term as a Visiting Professor at The University of Sydney's Law School and was formerly Pro-Vice-Chancellor and the founding Professor of Law and Dean of the Law School at the University of Essex, having previously held posts at the universities of Hull, Bristol and Manchester.  He has also been an adjunct or visiting professor at several universities in the United States and Asia.  He worked as a Partner of the law firm of Baker McKenzie, latterly as that firm's global Chief Operating Officer and for several years as a consultant to that firm after he retired from legal practice.  He is a former member of the Law Society's Council and the City of London Law Society's Council, a former Chairman of the Legal Practice Course Board, a former member of the Education Committee of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and former Chairman of Governors of the College of Law that became the University of Law under David’s chairmanship.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Fellow of St. Catherine’s College Oxford.  He recognises that there is much that is “former” in this short biography  and comments that it is “clearly time to go!”