Professor Gary C. BIDDLE, aged 71, has served as an Independent Non-executive Director of our Company since May 2006. Professor Biddle is Professor of Financial Accounting at University of Melbourne and Visiting Professor at Columbia University Business School, University of Hong Kong (HKU), and London Business School. Professor Biddle earned his MBA and PhD degrees at University of Chicago. He previously served as professor at University of Chicago, University of Washington, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and at HKU, and as visiting professor at China Europe International Business School (China), Fudan University (China), University of Glasgow (UK), IMD (Switzerland), and Skolkovo Business School (Russia). In academic leadership, Professor Biddle served as Dean and Chair Professor at HKU, and as Academic Dean, Department Head, Council member, Court member, Senate member, and Chair Professor at HKUST. He co-created the EMBA-Global Asia program and taught the first class and decade of the KelloggHKUST EMBA program, both recently ranked #1 in the world by Financial Times and QS. Professionally, he is a member of the AICPA, Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia, and HKICPA. Professor Biddle has served as editor and editorial board member of premier academic journals and as American Accounting Association Executive Board member, Vice-President, and President-Elect nominee, on the Accounting Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Financial Reporting Review Panel of the Financial Reporting Council of Hong Kong, HKICPA Council, Accreditation and Financial Reporting Standards Committees of HKICPA, Hong Kong Institute of Directors Training Committee, and as President and co-founding Council Member of the Hong Kong Academic Accounting Association. Professor Biddle is a leading expert in financial and management accounting (teaching both), value creation, economic forecasting, corporate governance, and performance metrics, including EVA®. His research appears in leading academic journals and in the financial press including CNBC, CNN, SCMP, The Economist, and The Wall Street Journal. He has over 10,000 Google Scholar citations and ranks among the top 0.10% in career research downloads among all social scientists (SSRN). Professor Biddle has won 30 teaching honours, including three “Professor of Year” awards from the world’s top-ranked EMBA programs. He also proudly serves as Non-Executive director of Kingdee International Software Group Company Limited, as Independent Non-Executive Director of Real Pet Food Company (New Hope Group) and of Belite Bio, Inc. and he previously served as Remuneration Committee Chair of Chinachem Group.