Ms Cissy PAO Pui-lai, BBS
The Honorary President of Hong Kong Arts Centre and the Chairman of the Arts
The Artistic Director of the Hong Kong Public Art and the Chairman of the Board of Councillors
Cissy Pao is the President of Cornes World Company Limited and Director of other associate companies. An advocate and practitioner of Business and Art, Cissy is also the founder of the Ferguson Lane in Shanghai, a well known lifestyle enclave with a mixture of old and contemporary architecture, art and design, food and beverage outlets. She is also the Honorary President of HK-Shanghai Economic Development Association Ltd.
Graduated from the Washington University and the Cleveland Institute of Art with BA and MFA degrees in art history and painting/ sculpture, Cissy lived in New York City, then Tokyo, as a painter/ sculptor for many years, participating in many group and solo exhibitions. She returned to Hong Kong in 1971 and went into business, yet continued to support the arts development in Hong Kong. In 1996-97, she served as the Council Member of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. She was the Chairman of Hong Kong Ballet for eleven years (1995-2007) before she became the Chairman of Hong Kong Arts Centre in 2006. Cissy is now the Honorary President of the Hong Kong Arts Centre as well as the Emeritus Chairman of Hong Kong Ballet. She founded Public Art Hong Kong in 2005 where she continues to serve as Chairman, with the aim to nurture and promote public art in Hong Kong.
Cissy was awarded the Hong Kong Dance Award 2004 from the Hong Kong Dance Alliance and the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award in 2012 for her contributions towards the arts in Hong Kong.