ACC HK Names Daphne King Yao New Chair


Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong Names Daphne King Yao New Chair

Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong (ACC) is delighted to announce that arts philanthropist and Director of Alisan Fine Arts, Daphne King Yao, has been named Chair of the Asian Cultural Council (HK) Foundation Limited, following a unanimous decision made at the Board meeting on April 12, 2023.   Daphne succeeds Hans Michael Jebsen, prominent businessman and long-time arts patron who has led the ACC in Hong Kong for twenty years.  In 2015, under the leadership of Hans Michael, and with the help of a dedicated group of patrons and friends, ACC Hong Kong was formally corporatized as a non-profit organization with charitable status in Hong Kong dedicated to educational programs of cultural exchange and the arts.

According to Daphne, “I am honored and humbled to be taking up the role as ACC HK Chair.  As someone who recognizes the power of art and its ability to open dialogues and foster mutual understanding, I am excited to be part of an organization that has the same vision.  When Hans Michael first approached me, I was a bit hesitant as after his 20 amazing years as Chair, it will definitely be a hard act to follow but I am looking forward to taking up this challenge.”

Former Chairman Hans Michael said “It gives me a great sense of satisfaction the role the ACC has played in building cultural bridges connecting the arts communities of Asia with the United States and the rest of the world.  The mission of ACC in promoting international dialogue and mutual understanding, and nurturing artistic talent is more relevant than ever.  I was overwhelmed with joy when Daphne agreed to my invitation to take up the role as the new Chair leading the next chapter of ACC in Hong Kong.”  

Daphne joined the ACC Hong Kong Patrons’ Circle in 2015 and in 2018 and 2022, she co-chaired ACC Hong Kong Galas.  A patron of the arts, Daphne were key supporters to prominent cultural institutions including the Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Ink Society, Hong Kong Ballet, Association Culturelle France Hong Kong Ltd., and the University of Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund in Hong Kong.  In 2018, Daphne received the 2018 Women of Hope award in the category of Art and Culture, and in 2019, she was selected by the World Women Leadership Congress for the Hong Kong Women Leadership Award. 


About Asian Cultural Council Hong Kong

Since 1986, ACC Hong Kong has supported more than 620 artists in 26 disciplines principally from Hong Kong, as well as the rest of China and Asia for programs of advanced study and research in the US and across Asia. Many of whom have become grandmasters or trailblazers in the field, including Cai Guo Qiang (ACC 1995), Wucius Wong (ACC 1971), and Chen Kaige (ACC 1986). ACC HK is a partner foundation of the Asian Cultural Council, established in 1963 by John D Rockefeller 3rd, and has enabled more than 6,000 international exchange of artists, scholars and arts professionals in Asia and the US. ACC is headquartered in New York, with affiliated foundations in Hong Kong, Manila, Taipei and Tokyo.



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