Donald Tsang Yam-Kuen, male, is a native of Hong Kong. He was born in 1944, and he was educated in Hong Kong and attended Harvard University in the US.
Tsang joined the Civil Service in 1967 and has held many positions in the Administration dealing with local administration, finance, trade and policies relating to the return of Hong Kong to China during his career. He also was attached to the Asian Development Bank in Manila for a year and worked on water supply and railway development projects in the Philippines and Bangladesh.
Prior to becoming Chief Secretary in 2001, Tsang was Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. During his six-year tenure as Financial Secretary, Mr. Tsang steered Hong Kong through the Asian financial crisis that swept across the region in 1997 and 1998. He later launched rigorous reforms to enhance the local financial infrastructure. In 2002, Tsang left the civil service and joined the team of principal officials under a new accountability system of government.
He served asChief Executive of Hong Kong SAR from 2005 to 2012.