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Keith Buckley, BBAM’s Chairman

Keith Buckley is a director of Hsin Chong Construction Group Ltd. He is also Chairman of the construction charity, Lighthouse Club Macau and Chairman of the British Business Association of Macao (BBAM).  A British citizen, Keith was born in 1948 in Germany, where he lived and went to school for 18 years, before going to study civil engineering in the UK, at the University of Surrey. For the past 40 years he has lived and worked in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing. In 2003, he came to Macau to manage the construction of the Sands Macao, thinking this was just another construction assignment which might last a year. Little did he know that Macau was going to be home for the next 15 years during which time he has, with his team, managed the construction of The Venetian Macao, Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central and most recently, The Parisian Macao.  Keith is married to Jolan, who is Dutch, and they have two married daughters and two grandchildren living in London. Keith speaks Dutch and German in addition to English, and at various times has learnt Polish, Turkish and Mandarin.

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- What’s your idea of a perfect day?

It depends where I am. In Macau it would be one of those rare days with blue sky, good weather and a long relaxed lunch and good wine, with family and friends.

- If you could go back in time to any event in history, what would it be?

The first manned moon landing mission in July 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module pilot Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar surface and spent two and a half hours outside the spacecraft, while Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit in the Command/Service Module. I recall being glued to the TV at the time.

- What’s your favorite book?

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Chinese writer Jung Chang, a family history that spans a century, recounting the lives of three female generations in China. It gave me an understanding of human hardship caused by political and cultural turmoil.

- And your favorite singer/ band?

Sting as a singer; The Beatles as a band. But I appreciate all genres, including Blues, Jazz and Classical. I like music with a tune that I can remember.

- Who is your hero? 

Sir Winston Churchill: when I think of the technically advanced communications in the world of today and compare it with what was available at the time to manage the Second World War with its global coverage, he was a truly amazing leader.

- What can always cheer you up when you are having a bad day?

Actually I rarely have a bad day. I take a pragmatic view of life. If I did have a bad day, my grandchildren would always cheer me up, but they do not live in Macau and so it would be family, friends and colleagues.

- What’s your worst habit?

Some people call me a workaholic, which may be the case and maybe a habit, but I do what I have to do, which includes my job, my chairmanship of the Lighthouse Club Macau and the British Business Association of Macau (BBAM).

- If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A Swiss dish called Zürcher Geschnetzeltes served with Rösti (Swiss Hash Browns). It is a simple veal ragout or stew recipe in a white sauce, made with mushrooms and white wine. It contains many of the typical Germanic flavorings, including parsley and lemon zest.

- If you could retire tomorrow what would you do?

I am 69 this year and so could retire tomorrow, but it is not me. I always need to be doing something, so I would continue with my non-profit activities, travel more and spend time with my family.

- What’s your favourite season or festival?

In Macau it would be autumn and Chinese New Year. I associate Christmas with cold and winter, so Christmas in Asia for me is not the same as in Europe.

- What’s your favourite place in Macau?

Coloane village and water front – during the week, not at the weekend.

Article kindly provided by Macau Closer
Photo credit Eduardo Martins.

Keith Buckley是新昌建築集團的總裁,他也是建築慈善會、建明會和英國商會(BBAM)的主席,他透過這些協會從事慈善工作已經很多年了。英國籍的他於1948年出生於德國,在那裡接受教育並生活了18年,之前在英國於Surrey大學主修土木工程並於1971年畢業,過去40年他於瑞士、荷蘭、波蘭、伊拉克、埃及、土耳其、馬來西亞、香港、新加坡、北京和澳門工作及生活。於2003年他來澳門管理金沙澳門的建築項目,當時他以為這只是一項維期一年的一般建築項目,當時的他沒有想到這裡會成為他往後15年的家,這段期間他和他的團隊負責了澳門威尼斯人度假村從開始到完成的整個過程,之後還有澳門四季酒店、金沙路氹和最近的澳門巴黎人。

Keith的太太是Jolan,荷蘭人,他們有兩名已婚女兒,和兩名孫兒,他們現於英國生活。Keith說荷蘭語、德語和英語,也曾學習波蘭語、土耳其語和普通話。

- 對您來怎樣才是完美的一天?

那要看我在那裡。在澳門的話會是那罕有的藍天好天氣的日子,和親朋好友一起,享受放鬆漫長的午餐,並有美酒相伴。

- 如果您可以時光倒流回到歷史上任何事件,你會選什麼?

於1969年人類第一次登陸月球,當尼爾·阿姆斯壯和登月艙駕駛巴茲·奧爾德林登陸月球表面,並在太空船外逗留了兩個半小時,當米高·哥連斯在司令/服務艙內,於月球軌道上停留,我記得當時的我貼著電視螢幕上看。

- 你最喜歡的書是什麼?

中國作家張戎的《鴻 – 三代女人的故事》,這故事持續了整整一個世紀,描述了中國三代女性的命運,這本書讓我了解到政治和文化動亂為人帶來的苦難。

- 您最喜愛的歌手或樂隊?

歌手我最喜歡Sting,樂隊我最愛Beatles。但我喜歡所有類型的音樂,如藍調、爵士和古典音樂,我喜歡讓我記得的調子。

- 誰是您的英雄偶像?

溫斯頓·倫納德·斯賓塞-邱吉爾爵士:當我想到現今世界的科技媒體的發達,比較起當年的科技發展限制,但他卻能夠全球性的跟進第二次世界大戰的情況,他真是一位偉大的領袖。

- 什麼總能讓您在經歷了不開心的一天之後開心起來?

我其實很少有不開心的一天,我的人生觀很實務。如果我真的有不開心的一天,我的孫子女們一定會讓我開心起來,但他們不在澳門生活,那就是家庭、朋友和同事們吧。

- 您最壞的習慣是什麼?

有些人稱我為工作狂,這可能是真的,也可能是一個習慣,但我只是做我應該做的,包括我的工作,我是澳門明建會和澳門英國商會的主席。

- 如果您下半生只能選一道菜,您會選擇什麼?

一道瑞士菜叫「Zürcher Geschnetzeltes」,伴菜有 Rösti(瑞士薯餅),這是一道簡單的牛仔燉肉,配上用蘑菇和白酒做的白汁,這裡放很多經典的德國調味包括洋芫荽和檸檬皮。

- 如果您明天就能退休你會做什麼?

我69歲了,所以真的可以明天退休,但這個不是我。我總是需要做一些事情,所以我會繼續我的非營利活動,多點旅行和享受和家人一起的時光。

- 您最喜愛哪個季節或者節日?

在澳門我最愛中秋節和春節,我總是覺得聖誕節跟冬天是一樣冷的,所以在亞洲過聖誕和在歐洲很不一樣。

- 在澳門您最喜愛的地方是哪裡?

路環市區和海邊,非週末時間。

 

 

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