Edward Lau, BUS ‘73

Born in Hong Kong, he attended University of Wales in United Kingdom (BSc in Electronic Engineering), Stanford University (MS in Material Science) and graduated from Columbia Business School in 1973. He  has over 43 years of international banking experience in both Hong Kong and the United States working in many areas of banking including international project finance, investment banking, corporate lending and loan syndication with BNP Paribas, Schroders Asia, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (now J P Morgan Chase)  and NCNB (now Bank of America). Together with several Columbia MBA alums, he helped found First American International Bank in New York City in 1999 to provide banking services to the Chinese immigrant community and remains active on the board of directors.

Whilst working in Hong Kong, and with several Columbia alums, he helped found Columbia University Alumni Association Hong Kong in 1982. He served as President twice, in 1990-92 and 2004-06 and has always served either on the General committee or as an Advisor. He was a recipient of Columbia University’s Alumni Medal in 2006.

 

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