Finally, a special Lifetime Achievement Award was made to Lydia Chan, Head of the Currency and Settlement Division at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, who will be retiring early next year.

Ms Chan was appointed to her current post in 2002. During the 13 years of a busy note issuance schedule, she has masterminded three banknote series for the three commercial note issuing banks, each with 15 designs, two designs of the Hong Kong Government $10 note in paper and polymer, and five very successful commemorative notes, which raised a total of US$100 million for local charity projects. As such, she has overseen the issue of more individual banknotes during her tenure than any other head of currency.