Philip D Morais
Chairman – CHI International
Hong Kong born of Macanese parents, Philip was educated entirely in Hong Kong, from primary school through to a degree at the Hong Kong Polytechnic.
Philip started his career with HSBC. He later worked at a Canadian Investments company and then a Swiss company where he focused on mutual funds. In 1975, Philip bought his first property and formed his own company thus finding his niche. He has since consulted for leading groups, including Jardine Matheson.
Philip's keen expertise in real estate developed over many years of working in the property business of Hong Kong and the Philippines. Having developed a diversified portfolio of properties in Hong Kong in the 1980’s, he saw opportunity in the creation of serviced apartments. For expatriates coming to enjoy the fruits of the booming economy at the time and needing short term accommodation, only hotel accommodation was available. Philip filled this niche area when he founded Shama serviced apartments, building up his portfolio to a total of 250 apartments. In March 2006, Philip sold his share in the extremely successful Shama brand to Morgan Stanley.
In 2007, together with his son and daughter, he established CHI International, a luxury Asia-wide hospitality company that manages a range of stylish properties. They now own and operate a boutique luxury resort in Taveuni, Fiji – Garden Island Resort, a chic hotel in the vibrant city of Shanghai – The IVY, and modern residences in the multicultural city of Hong Kong – CHI Residences.
Phil D Morais Jr
Director - CHI International
Born in San Francisco, Phil spent his formative years in Hong Kong before moving back to the US for boarding school. He attended Menlo College, California where he earned a degree in History.
Phil’s career started in property management in San Francisco, focusing on pre-1920s era commercial buildings. Following an opportunity not to be missed, he moved to Fiji where he managed freehold land property sales for a year.
In 2007, Phil returned home to Hong Kong to join the family business, bringing his knowledge of property management to a new international focus. His role is in the management of CHI International’s properties outside of Hong Kong, CHI Residences Shanghai and the luxury Garden Island Resort in Fiji.
Pilar D Morais
Executive Director - CHI International
Pilar Morais was born in San Francisco but has spent the majority of her life in Hong Kong. After graduating from secondary school, Pilar moved to Los Angeles to study Business Administration with a concentration in Corporate Finance at the highly renowned Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, she moved to Sydney to take a leading role in a boutique finance company, focusing on hospitality.
Starting in a position of relative anonymity, Pilar, within twelve months, progressed to a position of ultimate responsibility, managing a loan book comprised of 80% of the firm's total value. She was an integral element in the group's growth strategy, working hand in hand with the founder and its major partners.
In 2007, Pilar returned home to Hong Kong to work with her father at CHI International. In a short time, she has helped build the family-run company to include the current four boutique residences and plays a vital role in acquiring new developments and investments, adding to the growing portfolio. With a natural flair, Pilar continues her father's dedication to the hospitality industry in the city.