The Leader of the Year Award organized by Sing Tao News Corporation Limited celebrated its 26th anniversary this year amid a testing time challenged by social unrest and an unsettling economy.
Since 1994, the awards have paid homage to distinguished individuals who have contributed exceptionally to Hong Kong and served as role models for the next generation.
Sing Tao News Corporation chairman Charles Ho Tsu-kwok said 2019 has been a hard time for Hong Kong, during which excellent leadership is all the more crucial.
However, the success stories of the winners have made a positive impact and inspired society to work together for the better development of Hong Kong.
He said all awardees have demonstrated unrivalled determination, dedication, versatility and creativity in achieving their goals and overcoming their difficulties, adding the path to success is never a straight line and each step forward requires perseverance and fortitude.
Five categories of distinguished Leader of the Year won the awards this year.
Adrian Cheng Chi-kong, executive vice-chairman and chief executive of New World Development Company Limited, was the winner in the Commerce & Industry/Finance category.
The panel judge and president of Youth Global Network, Choi Yuen-wan, applauded Cheng for integrating art and commerce by establishing the K11 brand.
The Children's Cancer Foundation triumphed in the Community/Public Affairs/Environment & Conservation category.
The panel judge and Legislative Council president, Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, appreciated the foundation for creating a loving environment for patients and their families.
Another judge and Emeritus Professor of Surgery of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Arthur Li Kwok-cheung, said the foundation has brought public attention to child cancer patients, in particular blood cancer patients.
Yung Kai-leung, associate head and chair professor of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Bo Wu, associate professor of the Department of Land Surveying and Geoinformatics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, won in the Education/Professions/Technology & Innovation category.
The panel judge and permanent honorary president of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, Chan Wing-kee, highlighted Yung and Wu's outstanding achievement in assisting with Cheng'e 4 exploring the terrain before landing at the far side of the moon.
Another panel judge and non-executive director of Hang Lung Properties, Philip Chen Nan-lok, said awardees also excelled in other areas and complimented Yung on his research in the world's first international motorized robotic system for surgery and Wu's development of "multi-source integrated 3D mapping technology" for smart-city initiatives.
The awardee for the Sports/Culture/Performing Arts category was epee fencing champion Vivian Kong Man-wai.
The panel judge and founding president of Hong Kong Academy of Sciences, Tsui Lap-chee, said he was impressed by Kong's agility on the field and her outstanding academic performance beside sports.
Sheldon Li, co-founder and director of smart lockers platform Pakpobox and online transporting company Buyandship, received the Young Entrepreneur award.
The panel judge and president of the World Organization of Family Doctors, Donald Li Kwok-tung, praised Li for his daring courage and persistence to start a business with innovative insights to develop smart lockers to help his family's logistics business.
Over the years, the awards have acknowledged more than 100 leaders for their contributions to Hong Kong and for serving as an inspiration to the younger generation.