Professor Houmin Yan receives CRF funding to combat Covid-19

A cross-institutional team led by Professor Houmin Yan has received HKD 4.3 million in funding to support the battle against COVID-19 over the next three years. As Project Coordinator, Professor Yan will head a project entitled "Resilient PPE Supply Chains for Hong Kong Health Systems: Current and Post Covid-19 Pandemic." This is the first Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) project attained by the College of Business.

"The Coronavirus is a vivid example of how new and deadly noninfluenza microbes are emerging and mutating in unpredictable ways," said Professor Yan.

"We are grateful to the RGC for this timely support which will enable us to leverage crossdisciplinary expertise to help mitigate the Covid-19 threat."

The team is composed of experts across the fields of supply chain management, demand forecasting, and public healthcare, and brings together a rich array of Co-Principal Investigators and practising collaborators:

City University of Hong Kong

  • Professor Frank Chen, Dean (CB) and Chair Professor of Management Sciences
  • Professor S. Joe Qin, Dean and Chair Professor, School of Data Science
  • Professor Yanzhi Li, Professor, Departments of Marketing and Management Sciences
  • Professor Stephen Shum, Professor, Department of Management Sciences
  • Dr Geoffrey Tso, Associate Professor, Department of Management Sciences
  • Dr Qingpeng Zhang, Associate Professor, School of Data Science

Other institutions

  • Professor Tinglong Dai, Associate Professor of Operations Management and Business Analytics at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • Professor Hong Fung, Professor of Practice in Health Services Management at the Jockey Club School of Public Health & Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Eliza Wong, Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Miss Phoebe Lau, Advanced Practice Nurse, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

In the One-off CRF Coronavirus Disease and Novel Infectious Disease Exercise, four CityU-led projects have been funded. One other CRF project, "Hong Kong Insolvency and Restructuring Law and Policy in Times of COVID-19 and Beyond," under Project Coordinator Professor Wan Wai-yee of the School of Law, has participation from the College of Business, namely Professor Phyllis Mo of the Department of Accountancy and Dr Yaxuan Qi of the Department of Economics and Finance.

The College of Business is proud to be playing a part in developing a comprehensive strategy to combat the pandemic, demonstrating the critical role that our research can play towards solving pressing societal issues.