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Prof. Eric Yim

Chairman Hong Kong Design Centre


Mr Eric C. Yim is the founder of POSH Office Systems (HK) Limited and a very successful Cambridge-trained architect and bespoke furniture designer. Bearing testament to his business acumen, Mr Yim rapidly built his business from a locally-based SME into a globally recognised brand in the office furniture sector. Mr Yim, a home-grown industrialist, scholar and major contributor to the art and design industry in Hong Kong, is now internationally recognised and revered in his field.  
 
In addition to championing the way forward for POSH Office Systems, Mr Yim serves a multitude of public roles, dedicated to further developing the industrial and design sectors across Hong Kong. This strategic industry input includes Mr Yim serving as Chairman of the Hong Kong Design Centre, Chairman of the Design Council of Hong Kong, Chairman of Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation and Deputy Chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Industries. He was also Chairman of the Hong Kong Furniture and Decoration Trade Association for six years. In recognition of these selfless endeavours across multiple business sectors, Mr Yim was appointed as Justice of the Peace in 2015.
 
In the education sector, Mr Yim is not only a Court Member at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Honorary Life President of the PolyU Foundation but also the Chairman of School-Industry Advisory Committee on Design. Additionally, Mr Yim is Deputy Chairman of the Vocational Training Council and an advisor to the Hong Kong Design Institute. Mr Yim generously established the ‘Eric C. Yim Endowed Professorship in Inclusive Design’ at the School of Design at PolyU in 2013 to foster excellence in creativity, design and innovation among youth in Hong Kong.
 
In 2012, Mr Yim founded the Ming Foundation with the objectives of advancing design education and research, and supporting multiple initiatives to further enhance society. His efforts in nurturing future talents have been invaluable in creating a sustainable talent pipeline and helping upskill the Hong Kong design community. 
 
For his dedication and contribution in his discipline, Mr Yim has earned a string of accolades. He was awarded Young Industrialist of Hong Kong in 2005 and Leader of Excellence in 2006. He was also honoured with the Asia Pacific Outstanding Entrepreneur Award, Asia Pacific Culture & Creative Industries Award, and City Contribution Award of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Lifestyle Awards in recent years.