Prof. K C Chan was dean of business and management in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) before he was appointed secretary for financial services and the treasury in July 2007. Prior to joining the HKUST Business School in 1993, Chan spent nine years teaching at Ohio State University in the United States.
Chan received his bachelor's degree in economics from Wesleyan University and his MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He specialized in assets pricing, evaluation of trading strategies, and market efficiency, and he has published numerous articles on those topics.
Before joining the government, Chan held a number of public service positions. He was chairman of the Consumer Council, director of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange, and member of the Commission on Strategic Development, Commission on Poverty, the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, the Hang Seng Index Advisory Committee, and the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation. He was former president of the Asian Finance Association, and he was president of the Association of Asia Pacific Business Schools.