CIOB members and staff have been paying tributes to the remarkable life of Professor Li Shirong, the first woman to become President of the CIOB who has sadly passed away after a long battle with lung cancer.
Described as “special” and “hugely determined” Professor Li Shirong, 59, from Chongqing in China became CIOB President in 2009, its 175th anniversary year, and the first person to take up the position from outside the UK and Ireland. Her appointment signalled the growing ties between the Institute and China, which Professor Li Shirong continued to strengthen.
A pioneer in construction management in her home country, Professor Li’s work spanned academia, industry and government and reflects her strong belief in the need for sustainable urbanisation.
She was Professor of Construction Management of Chongqing University, deputy director of Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission, a member of various advisory groups to the Chongqing government and the author of 26 books published in both China and abroad.
“I was shocked to hear of the sad news of Prof. Li Shirong’s passing. I met her several times both in Chongqing and Hong Kong. She was a special lady and a good supporter of the Lighthouse Club. We often talked about how we could bring our construction industry fellowship and charity to China. She spoke at our Lighthouse Club Conferences in Hong Kong. Everyone who heard her speak loved her. She is indeed a huge loss to the whole of the construction industry but she will not be forgotten.”
John Battersby, FCIOB, Chairman of the Lighthouse Club Hong Kong
Prof. Li Shirong first spoke to Lighthouse Club members at the Lighthouse Club’s International Construction Conference on 4th and 5th May 2006 arranged to celebrate the Club’s 20 years in Hong Kong and Asia. Prof. Li gave a presentation about the development of “the World’s Largest Construction City – Chongqing”. After the conference, Prof. Li attended the Club’s Safety Awards on the evening of 5th May and the Ball on 7th May 2006.
On 17th September 2007, Prof. Li delivered a presentation entitled “Development and Business Opportunities in Chongqing and New Policies in relation thereto” at an evening seminar jointly arranged by The Lighthouse Club and the ICE in Hong Kong.
Prof. Li was back again to support the Club’s International Construction Conference and Construction Services Exhibition on 25th and 26th May 2009 which was opened by the then Secretary for Development, Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet Ngor.