Robert Shum was born and raised in Hong Kong and after
graduating from the University of Southern California in 1986, where he
received both his Masters Degree in Urban & Regional Planning and a
Bachelor Degree in Architecture, he worked as a planner with Los
Angeles-based Gruen Associates and The Keith Companies. After returning
to Hong Kong in 1992, he continued to build up his career in property
design, property development and its investments.
In 1992 he worked as Associate Director and Head of
Corporate Affairs at C. Y. Leung & Company (subsequently renamed as
DTZ Debenham Tie Leung Limited and has became the DTZ Group we well know
today) for 7 years and was instrumental in its rapid growth. Between
1999–2001, Robert Shum was the Managing Director of Hsin Chong Land
Limited, a medium sized Hong Kong property developer. He subsequently in
2001 founded Cypress Consultant International, a Hong Kong based
architectural firm, and since then has grown the company into an
integrated property and lifestyle group of companies by broadening its
businesses to interior design, home automation and property investments.
The Cypress Group has and continues to work with various European property
funds to invest in and re-position Hong Kong and China located high-end
luxury residential projects. Outside of Hong Kong, Cypress is now active
in China, Singapore, and London and continues its expansion to areas such
as the Middle East.
Robert Shum sits on the Board of Trustees for The United
College / The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is a Member of the
Board of Directors and a Member of Disbursement Committee for the University
of Hong Kong Foundation for Education Development and Research. He is
also a member of the Board of Councilors for The School of Policy,
Planning and Development of the University of Southern California, USA.
He is a patron and sponsor of The Hong Kong Down Syndrome
Association, enhancing the ability of youngsters with Down syndrome to
enjoy a healthier and improved life through participation in sports, also
boosting their personal confidence and ability to enjoy competitive
encounter. Recently he has also provided support and patronage to the
Hong Chi Association of Hong Kong, an organization that is dedicated to
helping the under privileged.
Internationally, he has been a keen supporter of Canine
Partnership of the U.K., the British Red Cross. In arts and culture, Mr.
Shum is a board member of Tate Modern’s Asian Acquisition Board. He is
also a board member of MOCA (Museum of Chinese in America), an
organization based in New York City that is dedicated to preserving and
presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of
people of Chinese descent in the United States.