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Current Positions
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When Kenny was a boy

Education
  • Certificate in Management and Leadership in Education (2017), Institute of Management and Leadership in Education (MLE), Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

  • Ph.D. in Marine Ecotoxicology (2000), University of Glasgow

  • M.Phil. in Environmental Science (1996), City University of Hong Kong

  • B.Sc. (1st Class Hon.) in Applied Environmental Sciences (1993), University of Portsmouth

Featured Personal Story
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A photo taken at HKU by Mr. Mark Chan (2010)

Previous Positions
  • Acting Head (01/12/2021-20/03/2023), Department of Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong (CityU).

  • Professor (07/2013-07/2020) and Honorary Professor (08/2020-12/2023), School of Biological Sciences, HKU.

  • Non-Resident Scientist (2002-2020), Swire Institute of Marine Science, HKU.

  • Honorary Associate Director (Research) (2019-2020), State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution, CityU.

  • Interim Director (07/2018-01/2019), School of Biological Sciences, HKU.

  • Deputy Director (01/2018-06/2018) and Acting Director (12/2017-03/2018), School of Biological Sciences, HKU.

  • Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) (02/2014-01/2017), Faculty of Science, HKU.

  • Warden (02/2011-01/2017), Morrison Hall, HKU.

  • Associate Professor (Tenured; 2009-2013), School of Biological Sciences, HKU.

  • Director of the M.Sc. Programme in Environmental Management (2006-2013), HKU.

  • Assistant Professor (2003-2009), Department of Ecology & Biodiversity, HKU.

  • Research Assistant Professor (2002-2003), Department of Ecology & Biodiversity, HKU.

  • President (2010-2012), Immediate Past President (2013-2014) and Member of the Board of Directors (2008-2014), SETAC Asia-Pacific Geographical Unit.

  • Editorial Board Member (2009-2015), Wiley-Blackwell Journal, Integrative Zoology.

  • Editorial Board Member (Ecological & Evolutionary Biology) (2014-2017), Nature Journal, Scientific Reports.

  • Academic Editor (2016-2018), PeerJ Inc. Journal, PeerJ.

  • Founding Editorial Board Member (2004-2019) and Subject Editor (2010-2019), Wiley Journal, Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management

  • Editorial Board Member (2012-2019) and Subject Editor (2015-2019), Springer Journal, Environmental Science and Pollution Research

  • Editorial Advisory Board Member and Associate Editor (2011-2021), NRC Research Press Journal, Canadian Journal of Zoology

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Photo taken at HKU (2015)

Awards & Recognition

  • The Gold Award of the Hong Kong Green Innovations Award for “Enhancing Intertidal Marine Biodiversity on Artificial Seawalls by Novel Eco-tiles” (i.e., the top prize among the 80 entries), as part of the 2022 Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence, Organised by the Environmental Campaign Committee of the Hong Kong SAR Government, China (2023). {NEW}

  • Gold Medal of the Asia International Innovative Award for Our Eco-tile Invention at the Asia International Innovative Invention Exhibition, organized by the Hong Kong Federation of Innovative Technologies and Manufacturing Industries (FITMI) (2023). {NEW}

  • The Special Prize (Prize of the Korea Invention Promotion Association) and Gold Medal with Congratulations from the Jury for Excellent Efforts in Creating Invention on Eco-tiles for Enhancing Marine Biodiversity, at the 48th Geneva International Exhibition of Invention, Geneva, Switzerland (2023). 

  • Alumni Advocate Silver Award by Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong (2023). 

  • The President's Award of the City University of Hong Kong (November 2022).

[This award recognizes faculty who have made exemplary contributions to research and professional education that have helped CityU achieve local and global distinction.

  • Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (July 2022). 

  • Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (May 2022). 

  • Recognized as One of the Top 2% Most Cited Scientists in Marine Biology & Hydrobiology in the world by the Stanford-Elsevier Indicators, in the Category of Single Year Impact (2021, 2022 & 2023). 

  • Presidential Citation for Exemplary Service by Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, SETAC World Council (2019). 

  • Certificate for Top Downloaded Article in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry [2017-2018] by Wiley (2019).

  • Appointed as a Justice of the Peace by the Hong Kong SAR Government (2018).

  • Selected as One of the Top 100 Asian Scientists by the Asian Scientist Magazine [The Asian Scientist 100 – 2018 Edition] (2018).

  • The SETAC Fellows Award by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2017).

  • The 19th Biwako Prize for Ecology by the Ecological Society of Japan (2017).

  • Alumni Advocate Bronze Award by Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong (2017).

  • Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award 2015-2016 by HKU (2016).

  • Certificate for Highly Cited Research in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part C [2013-2016] by Elsevier (2016).

  • Top 1% Cited Scientist in Ecology/Environmental Science by Clarivate Analytics' Essential Science Indicators, and Top 1% Scholar at HKU (2015; 2017-2020).

  • Founding Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals (2015).

  • Outstanding Alumni Award by Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong (2012).

  • Selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons by Junior Chamber International Hong Kong (2010).

  • Award for Outstanding Service Contribution (2009-2010) by Faculty of Science, HKU (2010).

  • Marine Pollution Bulletin Highly Cited Author Award [2005-2009] by Elsevier (2010).

  • Croucher Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the Croucher Foundation, Hong Kong (2000- 2001).

  • James Henry Scott PhD Scholarship; by John Swire & Sons (HK) Ltd (1996-1999).

  • D.H. Chen Foundation Scholarships and EPSON Foundation Scholarship (1994-1996). 

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Being appointed as a Justice of the Peace by the HKSAR Government (Photo taken in June 2018)

Community Services in Hong Kong
  • Chairman, Expert Group on Conservation of Marine Mammals, Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department, the HKSAR Government (01/2024-) {NEW}

  • Co-opted Member, Sub-Committee on Planning, Land and Conservation under the Advisory Committee on the Northern Metropolis, Development Bureau, the HKSAR Government (06/2023-)  {NEW}

  • Deputy Chairman of Advisory Council on the Environment, and Chairman of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Sub-Committee, the HKSAR Government (01/2023-)  

  • Member, Lantau Development Advisory Committee, Development Bureau, the HKSAR Government (02/2022-).

  • Member, Urban Forestry and Biodiversity Focus Group for the Studies Related to the Artificial Islands in the Central Waters, Civil Engineering and Development Department, the HKSAR Government (02/2022-).  

  • Chairman, Working Group on Application of Technological Solutions for Enhancing Environmental Hygiene, Food and Health Bureau, the HKSAR Government (11/2021-).

  • Member, Enterprise Support Scheme Assessment Panel, Innovation and Technology Commission, the HKSAR Government (2021-).

  • Founding Director, Hong Kong Academy of Marine Science and Engineering (2021-).

  • Chairman, Advisory Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene, the HKSAR Government (04/2021-).

  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Hong Kong Marine Ecological Association, a charitable organization established on 12 January 2021 (2021-).

  • Member, Publicity Working Group of the Environmental Campaign Committee, the HKSAR Government (2021-).  

  • Member, VTC Council, Appointed by the Education Bureau, the HKSAR Government (2020-).

  • Chairman, Lantau Conservation Fund Advisory Committee, Appointed by the Development Bureau, the HKSAR Government (2020-). 

  • Chairman, Fisheries Enhancement Fund Management Committee, Jointly Appointed by CAPCO, HK Electric and HKLTL (2020-).

  • Member, Steering Committee of the Marine Conservation Enhancement Fund and Fisheries Enhancement Fund, Jointly Appointed by CAPCO, HK Electric and HKLTL (2020-). 

  • Voting Member, Hong Kong Justice of the Peace Association Limited (2020-).

  • Member, Biology and Medicine Panel (Joint Research Schemes), Research Grants Council, the HKSAR Government (2019-).

  • Member, Institute Council, Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (2019-).

  • Member, Professional Liaison Group for Tung Chung New Town Extension, Civil Engineering and Development Department, the HKSAR Government (2018-).

  • The Justice of the Peace, the HKSAR Government (2018-).

  • ​Honorary Adviser for the Hong Kong Union of Youth Leaders (2018-).

  • Member, Qualification Panel Sub-Panel, Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals (2016- ).

  • Coordinator, Joint University Consortium of Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems (BECoME) (2013-).

  • Member, Red Tide/Harmful Algal Blooms Expert Advisory Group, the HKSAR Government (2011-).

  • Founder and Adviser, the Environmental Management Association of Hong Kong Limited (2010-).

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Visiting the Natural History Museum in Finland (2014)

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