Christine Hau

Christine Hau

Born in the UK to parents from Hong Kong, Christine Hau was expected to understudy in her father’s business ventures. Instead, an interest in design led her in that direction, a subject that she combined with management studies. After completing university and working for several years in Britain, she decided to relocate to Hong Kong, where she spent time at various design practices before joining forces with several former colleagues in 2014.

Today, Hau serves as co-founder and executive director of Lead8, the company they founded, which after just seven years in business ranks in 53rd place among the world’s leading architectural firms, with more than 250 employees in various locations and over 500 project wins since its inception. In 2020, she personally received a Master Entrepreneur Award.


Hau is keen to champion the next generation and drives Lead8’s CSR agenda to support primary, secondary and tertiary students in the world of design. Aside from spending time with her family, reading and taking an interest in fashion, she enjoys rock climbing and cycling. As a personal motto, she quotes Michelle Obama: “Your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.


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