George Chen

Managing Director, Public Policy, Greater China, Mongolia, and Central Asia


George Chen’s career spans international media, academia, and now public policy at Facebook whose mission is to bring the world closer together.

As the Managing Director, Public Policy, for Greater China, Mongolia, and Central Asia, George serves as Facebook’s “ambassador” to engage with the people and governments across the vast and diverse regions on a wide range of policy issues from online safety to data privacy, and free expression to digital economy. George joined Facebook in January 2016 as the company’s first-ever policy representative based in Hong Kong, home for Facebook in the Greater China region.

Prior to Facebook, George has worked in the media sector for about 15 years including for the South China Morning Post, Reuters, and Dow Jones. George has been a five-times judge (2014-2018) for journalism awards of the Society of Publishers in Asia. In 2014 George was named by Yale University a Yale World Fellow. He was also a 2015 fellow of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). George earned his Master’s degree (distinction) for international and public affairs at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), with a concentration on the triangular US-China-Taiwan relations. He’s a doctoral candidate for public administration at the HKU.

George has authored and edited four books in English and Chinese languages: “Defending Election Integrity in Taiwan” (2020), “The Next Big Thing – How China Challenges Silicon Valley And Changes Global Landscape” (2015), “This is Hong Kong I Know” (2014), and “Foreign Banks in China” (2011).

George is co-director of the Tech for Good Initiative at the HKU where he helps to launch the Facebook-HKU Scholarship in Public Policy and Sustainability Leadership. George has been on the board of The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong since 2019.