Edwin Keh


The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Edwin Keh is the CEO of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel. He is also a course instructor at the Operations, Information and Decisions Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Edwin was the Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Wal-Mart Global Procurement until April 2010. Prior to Wal-Mart, Edwin managed a consulting group for companies related supply chain, manufacturing, and product design, as well as non-profit organizations and charities He also co-founded the Consortium for Operational Excellence in Greater China (COER GC) sponsored by the Wharton School and Tsinghua University.

While Edwin had a career as senior executive in several international consumer goods and retail companies, he also actively engages in social enterprises, research organizations, NGOs and IGOs. He previously worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, as well as served on the Board of Whittier College, CA and the Expert Panel of H&M Foundation’s Global Change Award.

Edwin is acknowledged for his exceptional accomplishments in research, innovation, and technological expertise. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2020 by the HKSAR Government for his research work during the pandemic. He was named “Asia’s Most Influential” 2022 by Tatler, recognized as the best of Top 50 Innovative Retail Leaders by Inside Retail Hong Kong in 2019 and is on the Debrett’s Hong Kong 100 as one of the most influential people in Technology and Digital sector. Edwin is also a recipient of the Production and Operations Management Society’s Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Award. Currently, Edwin holds over 30 IPs with most of them winning global invention awards.