Inspirational alumna careers

Accountant Susanna Chiu

(BA Economics, 1982)

Now Director at Li & Fung Development, Susanna earned a first class honours degree in Economics in Sheffield before starting her career here at accountancy firm Grant Thornton.

susannahBefore moving back to Hong Kong, Susanna started making an impact on Sheffield’s Chinese community, setting up the UK’s first independent self-support group run by Chinese women for one another.

The Lai Yin Association, which helps Chinese women to integrate into the community and feel supported, is still run by volunteers including Marie Curie Resesrch Fellow Dr Ruby Chau who told us about her experiences of the association in our In the Spotlight feature.

Susanna was also founder, producer and presenter of the first Chinese radio programme, Mui-Fa, meaning “cherry blossom”, on BBC Radio Sheffield. These efforts to improve communities and society have continued through her career.

Susanna now lives and works in Hong Kong, a computer auditor by profession with over twenty years of professional experience in information systems audit and controls review, software consulting, system implementation and business management.

She is the President (and a founding member) of our University's Hong Kong Alumni group, as well serving on the University’s Management School Advisory Board.

She has been a passionate supporter of the University and the city of Sheffield, which she came to love as a student.

Career highlights:

2013: Susanna was the first woman in almost 40 years to secure the senior position of President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA).

Susanna also awarded a Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government for both her contribution to the community and her achievements in the accountancy profession.

2014: Susanna was presented with our Professor Robert Boucher Distinguished Alumni Award.

Susanna has been a dedicated role model promoting our University and its alumni activities in Hong Kong and throughout the world.