South East District Head, China
DHL Global Forwarding
Laurence is the South East District Head, China for the logistics giant DHL. It may seem an unusual career choice for a chemical engineering graduate, but for Laurence, the chance of joining DHL's management trainee scheme was too good to pass up. Since joining the company, he has been stationed on the Mainland and is currently responsible for the overall management of operations in the southeast district.
One of his most memorable experiences with the company was the work that DHL did following the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan. "We all pulled together to help in the delivery of rescue equipment and supplies. We made full use of our network and resources. Everyone wanted to do all they could to help the victims," recalls Laurence.
Laurence credits his HKUST experience for preparing him to take on challenges around the world. "Our professors always encouraged us to broaden our horizons by working overseas or even just traveling to other countries. I was a member of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Students' Society and we undertook study tours to Beijing and Shanghai. HKUST encouraged us to think about working overseas in order to try more opportunities," he elaborates.