Prof Ir Daniel Lai

Seasoned CIO/ Professor of Practice (Computing) / The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Prof Daniel Lai is appointed Professor of Practice (Computing)  of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in September 2015 having served as Interim Vice President (Administration). He is also serving as Programme Director of Jockey Club Computational Thinking Education Programme. He is a seasoned business executive and IT professional with significant experience in management, administration and information technology. He is a graduate of PolyU and Griffith University with a Master's Degree in Technology Management. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society and a Fellow of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and Institute of Directors.

Mr Lai was Government Chief Information Officer of the Hong Kong SAR Government from January 2012 to January 2015. His responsibilities included developing appropriate E-Government programmes, controlling IT expenditures, promoting IT in the community and the business sector, facilitating local IT industry, bridging the digital divide, and championing the adoption of new technologies and the development of innovative applications and services.

Prior to joining the Government, Mr Lai was the Head of Information Technology at the MTR Corporation Limited from 1999 to 2011 where he was responsible for providing a vision and direction for information technology within the Corporation and its subsidiaries.

Mr Lai also held senior managerial positions at The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) in Hong Kong and Australia between 1978 and 1999, where he played a key role in HKJC's computerization and business transformation journey, and in their adoption of advanced technology and development of innovative solutions.

Mr Lai has served as a board director of a number of corporations and has held many positions in public services and higher education institutions, including President of the Hong Kong Computer Society, President of Asia Pacific Information and Communications Technology Confederation, Chairman of PolyU's Department of Computing Advisory Committee, Chairman of Computer Science Departmental Advisory Committee of City University of Hong Kong, and also Adjunct Professor of the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Zhongshan Institute of the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.

In recognition of his contribution to the development and promotion of IT, Mr Lai was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2004. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2001.

Mr Lai was also awarded PolyU's Outstanding Alumni, Honorary Alumni Award of its Department of Computing, as well as Alumni of the Decade of Griffith University.