Dr. Dicken Yung has served as a member and chaired the Board of Directors since inception. For over 20 years, Dr. Yung has been involved in technology and industrial investment. He was chairman of Digilava Inc., San Francisco and Director of Versatech Industries, Canada. Dr. Yung was bestowed in 2003 the most distinguished award, the ‘Magnolia Gold Medal’ by the Shanghai Municipality Government. He has also received the award for ‘Most Distinguished Contributions to the Movement of Special Olympics in China’ from the quasi-government ministry for disabled persons, China Disabled Persons Federation.
Dr. Yung has an extensive global professional background in senior level management for public services and non-government organizations. A former Justice of the Peace, Dr. Yung has held various senior directorate and secretary level positions in the British Hong Kong Government, including Deputy Secretary of Municipal Service since 1996, Principal Assistant Secretary in Staff Management and Principal Education Officer, etc. For the past 17 years Dr. Yung has been Professor and Director of Asia Pacific Professional and Education Programs of the University of Oregon Continuation Center, USA. For over 40 years, in a voluntary capacity, Dr. Yung founded several renowned charities in Hong Kong, including Hong Kong Sports Association for the Mentally Disabled, Hong Kong Special Olympics, Hong Kong Recreation Management Association and the Association for Scientific Studies of Mental Handicap. He was also a Founding Member, Vice Chairman and Program Chairman of Hong Kong Physically-handicapped and Able-bodied Association for decades. Internationally, Dr. Yung has served for three terms as a Board Member of Special Olympics International and has also been serving as President of East Asia Region. Dr. Yung was instrumental in bringing to China the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, and the six-month 2006 World Leisure Expo in Hangzhou. Dr. Yung had also served for two terms as a Board Member of Hostelling International (USA) and was also a Board Member and Executive Board Member of World Leisure Organization.
Dr. Yung earned his Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham, an M.A. from the University of Leeds, both in the United Kingdom, and other postgraduate qualifications and Senior Fellowships from the University of Otago, New Zealand, University of Hong Kong, and professional institutes in the UK and the US. Dr. Yung has been married for over 40 years and is the father of three daughters and three sons, including Baldwin Yung and Boaz Yung. He also enjoys spending time with his 5 grandchildren.