Professor Lau comes from humble origins – the only son of 10 children who grew up in Sham Shui Po where his parents started out as factory workers – and he is both hard-working and self-effacing, confessing, ‘I never had much direction in my career or my life. I’ve just allowed the flow to carry me to where I should be.’ But his talents have been unmistakable, attracting attention and mentorship from higher-ups throughout his career and bringing new opportunities along the way. Over nearly three decades with the Faculty, Professor Lau has developed the field of rheumatology in Hong Kong and Asia and held several leadership posts within HKUMed and the community. He is driven by his heart as much as by professional ambitions. ‘I feel really loyal to the Faculty. Ultimately, the most important thing I want to achieve as Dean is that everyone associated with HKUMed feels proud to be a member of our Faculty. In order for them to feel proud, they must be well-looked after and supported.’ To fulfil that vision, he unveiled his priorities at his State of the Faculty Address in July (see page 20) and in an interview with HKUMed News. He will be building on the strong legacy he inherited to take HKUMed to new heights. HKUMed has attained the highest ever ranking of 13th in the subject of Clinical and Health in the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings 24 HKUMed scholars were named in Clarivate Analytics’ 2022 Highly Cited Researchers 5 HKUMed News Winter 2022