David Tang was born in Hong Kong and educated locally and in Britain. In 1983, he lived in China and taught at Peking University. He worked in oil exploration off-shore China, and gold mining in Africa and Australia. He founded Shanghai Tang and the China Club. In London, he has been a Trustee for over 21 years of the Royal Academy of Arts, Chairman of the Tate’s Asia-Pacific Acquisitions Committee and Adviser to the London Symphony Orchestra. In Hong Kong, he was Founding Chairman of the HK Cancer Fund and HK Down Syndrome Association, and Patron of the Royal Geographical Society HK and the HK Youth Arts Foundation.