|1985||The University of Hong Kong||Ph.D., Environmental / Occupational Health|
|1977||The University of Hong Kong||M.Phil., Inorganic Chemistry|
|1975||University of Birmingham||M.Sc., Analytical Chemistry|
|1973||The University of Hong Kong||B.Sc. (Hons), Chemistry and Botany|
|1996||The Hong Kong Institute of Environmental Impact Assessment||Founding Fellow|
|1996||The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers||Fellow|
|1995||Royal Society of Chemistry||Fellow|
Dr. Sarah Liao is currently The University of Hong Kong’s Senior Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor on Sustainability and the Acting Director of the Kadoorie Institute. She has been a member of the Chinese Council of International Cooperation on Environment and Development since 2009 and is on the Board of Trustees of the Environmental Defense Fund.
Dr. Liao was formerly the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works of the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2002-2007 when she managed a budget of over 40B HK dollars per annum and adopted sustainable development strategies in her policies to achieve a balanced approach in social and economic development while protecting the environment at the same time. She also encouraged public engagement to building strong community awareness and encouraged the usage of new technologies wherever possible. Prior to her Government appointment Dr. Liao was in the consultancy business and amongst her many projects she was engaged as the environmental consultant to the Beijing's Olympic Bid and Organizing Committee in 2000-2008.
Dr. Liao is a Fellow of the Royal Chemistry Society and the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers and holds an Honorary Professorship at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Hong Kong. She was awarded the Members of the British Empire (MBE), and Justice of Peace and the Gold Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong SAR Government.
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