Mike Rowse

Mr. Rowse first came to Hong Kong in 1972. He became the first Director of the Financial Secretary’s Office of the Hong Kong Government from 1997 – 2000, and from 1999 – 2000 was appointed concurrently as the first Commissioner for Tourism.  He was the lead negotiator with the Walt Disney Company which resulted in the building of Hong Kong Disneyland. In July 2000, Mike set up Invest HK, the investment promotion agency established by the Hong Kong Government, and was its first Director-General up to his retirement in December 2008. The agency won several awards during his tenure and was recently recognized as the best investment promotion agency in Asia. Mr. Rowse received his BSc in Economics in the UK. He was the first overseas civil servant in HK to have naturalized as a Chinese Citizen.

Mr Rowse is the author of “No Minister & No, Minister – the true story of Harbourfest”


  • The future of the Chinese economy. Where the Chinese economic miracle came from and where it is going.
  • The role of Hong Kong in the economic development of China. A small city with an extraordinary impact on its vast hinterland.
  • The summer of 2003. An outline of the traumatic events of that year coping with the consequences of SARS.
Jack Perkowski

Mr China

Willy Lam 林和立

China Politics & Foreign Policy Expert

Chris Chan 陳維康

Professor In Residence of Richard Ivey School of Business and Ivey Asia