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Mr. David S. LEE

Mr. David S. LEE

Accounting and Law

BFin(AMPB) Deputy Programme Director

BFin(AMPB) Admissions Tutor

Senior Lecturer

3917 1636
KK 1316
Academic & Professional Qualification
  • J.D., UCLA School of Law
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics
  • M.A., Harvard University
  • B.A., Brigham Young University
  • CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) charterholder

David worked in investment management in Hong Kong and London before joining the University of Hong Kong. He started his career at Goldman Sachs and also has experience in law and management consulting.

At HKU, David teaches in the areas of ethics, law, and corporate governance for the undergraduate, MBA, and other taught postgraduate degree programs, including the IMBA with Fudan University.

An award-winning teacher, David feels teaching is a wonderful privilege and enjoys being in the classroom and engaging with students. He strives to be a better teacher and regularly contributes to teaching improvement initiatives. David develops case studies and teaching materials in the areas of ethics, leadership, and decision-making, and has also received funding to explore how technology may be used to develop pedagogy and enhance learning.

Combining his interests in ethics, finance, technology, and teaching, David is a co-instructor, along with his colleague, David Bishop, for a first of its kind massive online open course (MOOC) titled, Fintech Ethics and Risks, hosted by edX.

David is a co-author of the first Asia focused business ethics textbook, Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases, An Asia Edition (Cengage Learning Asia, 2019). His commentary has been featured in media outlets like Arirang TV, Handelsblatt, Le Temps, Nikkei Asian Review, NK News (a North Korea focused specialist news provider), The Korea Times, and South China Morning Post.

David remains engaged with industry by advising and training companies, board members, and executives on ethics and corporate governance matters. Additionally, he regularly works with entrepreneurs, particularly those at the intersection of finance and technology (“fintech”), as well as with both public and private market investors on investment opportunities and the launch of new investment firms.

David is a Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) Fellow, a Fellow at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law at the University of Hong Kong, and he was a Young Leader and a James A. Kelly Fellow (non-resident) at the Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).

He also serves on the International Advisory Board for the Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University and on the Asia Advisory Board for the Young Investor Society, a non-profit that provides financial training to secondary school students. 

David earned his J.D. from UCLA School of Law, his M.Sc. (with Merit) in Organisational and Social Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, his M.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, and his B.A., cum laude, in International Politics and Asian Studies from Brigham Young University. David is a lawyer and a CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) charterholder.

As the inaugural Director for career development at the Faculty of Business and Economics, David is especially interested in helping students as they consider and prepare for different career and life paths.

David has lived in mainland China, South Korea, the United Kingdom, multiple places in the United States, and currently resides in Hong Kong with his family, who are by far his greatest source of inspiration.

  • Business Ethics
  • Business Law
  • Company Law
Research Interest
  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Governance
  • Developing Organizations and People (career management and satisfaction, organizational culture, decision-making, leadership)
  • Entrepreneurship, FinTech, Venture Capital
  • Investment Management (hedge funds, impact investing, value investing)
  • Politics and Economics of the Korean Peninsula (including North Korea)
Selected Publications

Bishop, David L., Lee, David S., Ferrell, O.C., Fraedrich, John, and Ferrell, Linda. Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases, An Asia Edition. Cengage Learning Asia, 2019.