Ms Julia Leung is a member of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). She is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director with responsibility for the Intermediaries Division, which comprises the Intermediaries Supervision and Licensing departments. That division is primarily responsible for administering licensing requirements and conducting ongoing supervision of licensed corporations with a focus on their business conduct and financial soundness. Ms Leung was Executive Director responsible for the Investment Products Division from March 2015 to June 2016.
Prior to joining the SFC, Ms Leung was the Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury from August 2008 to December 2013. Before that, she worked with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) for 14 years, spending the last eight years as the Executive Director responsible for financial cooperation with Mainland and other international regulators. She represented the HKMA at the Bank for International Settlement's Committee on the Global Financial Systems.
In over 20 years of public service, Ms Leung has extensive experience in financial regulation, market development and international cooperation. She coordinated an initiative among Asian central banks that led to the launch of the Asian Bond Fund, helped introduce the renminbi business in Hong Kong, and facilitated the issuance of yuan-denominated sovereign bonds by the Chinese Ministry of Finance as well as the issuance of other investment products in the offshore renminbi market.
Ms Leung graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and earned a master's degree from Columbia University in the City of New York. In 2014, she conducted research and authored a book on how Asia surmounted various financial crises.
Ms Leung chairs the Academic and Accreditation Advisory Committee and the Fintech Advisory Group. She also sits on the Investment Committee, the SFC (HKEC Listing) Committee, the Budget Committee and the Executive Committee. She represents the SFC at the Board Meetings of The International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).