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CEO of Israel Innovation Authority, Israel

Aharon Israel

Biography

Aharon Aharon is the CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority, an independent public entity that operates for the benefit of the Israeli innovation ecosystem and Israeli economy as a whole. Its role is to nurture and develop Israeli innovation resources, while creating and strengthening the infrastructure and framework needed to support the entire knowledge industry.

Prior to his role at the Authority, Aharon served as the VP of Hardware Technologies and General Manager of Apple Israel. His previous roles were Co-founder, CEO, and chairman of Camero, a startup developing through-the-wall micro-power radars, active Chairman of the Board at Discretix, a startup providing solutions for data security, CEO of Seabridge, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens and COO of Zoran. Prior to that, he held a number of senior management positions at the IBM Research Division.

Aharon holds a B.Sc and M.Sc in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering respectively from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, where he lectured for more than 15 years.

Founder and CEO of Chain of Demand

AJ Mak

Biography

AJ Mak is the Founder and CEO of Chain of Demand, an AI data analytics company that predicts sales for brands and retailers to minimize inventory risk and maximize margins.

He has over 10 years of experience in the apparel industry covering brand management, retail, wholesale, product development & supply chain management, and specialized in digital transformations in apparel organizations.

AJ holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Managing Director of CLPe Solutions

Alex Keisser

Biography

Alex Keisser is a member of CLP Executive Team and the Managing Director of CLPe Solutions, CLP Business Unit in charge of Distributed Energy, Energy Management and Contracting Businesses in Hong Kong. Alex has 25 years’ experience in the fields of general management, strategy, business development, finance and engineering.

Alex is an Engineer with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the École Centrale de Marseille in France and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University in New York.

Moderator

Alex Lau

Biography

Accumulated 8 years’ experience as a financier, Alex’s involvement with high net worth individuals has allowed him to have access to a multitude of resources, ranging from technology, real estate, the auto industry, and healthcare.

With a passion for innovation and collaboration, Alex is always learning and discovering what can be done effectively and better.

Group Managing Parnter, Fastlane Group

Alex So

Co-Director of The Mills Fabrica

Alexander Chan

Biography

Alexander Chan is currently the Co-Director of The Mills Fabrica- a leading Hong Kong based incubator, fund and space/lab/store dedicated towards promoting innovations and sustainable businesses at the intersection of technology and style (“techstyle”). Alexander currently leads investments (Fabrica Fund) and also helps with incubation support and government/ policy related affairs at Fabrica.

Alexander is also an occasional contributor to SCMP, HKFP and Stand News in Hong Kong where he writes on issues related to innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

General Manager (Technical Services) at Airport Authority Hong Kong

Amen Y K Tong

Biography

Amen Y K Tong, General Manager (Technical Services) of the Airport Authority Hong Kong, is responsible for maintenance management of the Authority’s assets at the Hong Kong International Airport, and for planning and implementing of improvement and enhancement works. Amen Tong is a Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Builder with more than 30 years of experience, within which over 20 years are on the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of airport infrastructure, facilities and systems. Amen Tong has been taken up other senior positions including head of Procurement Department and General Manager of Property Development with the Authority.

Co-Head Wealth Management Asia Pacific, UBS Global Wealth Management, Head and Chief Executive UBS Hong Kong, Group Managing Director

Amy Lo

Biography

Co-Head Wealth Management Asia Pacific, UBS Global Wealth Management, Head and Chief Executive UBS Hong Kong, Group Managing Director

Amy Lo is Co-Head of Wealth Management Asia Pacific, Head and Chief Executive of UBS Hong Kong, and a Group Managing Director at UBS. Amy has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry. Since joining UBS in 1995, she has held a number of senior management positions including Regional Head of Ultra High Net Worth in Asia. Today, the ultra-high net worth business is the leading wealth manager for ultra-high net worth individuals in the region.

Actively involved in the development of the private banking industry in Hong Kong, Amy chairs the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Private Wealth Management Association (PWMA), and is a member of the Policy Research Committee of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council (FSDC). She is also a member of the Banking Industry Training Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Education Bureau, and a member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee Financial Infrastructure Sub-Committee of Hong Kong Monetary Authority.

A passionate supporter of youth education and technological innovation in Greater China, Amy is a member of The Court and the MBA Advisory Board at The University of Hong Kong, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Department of Social Work at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and an Advisor of the Industrial Consulting Committee at the HongKong X, a tech start-up platform aim at promotion of innovations among young entrepreneurs. She is also a Board Member of the UBS Optimus Foundation, the independent grant-making foundation that helps UBS clients improve the education and welfare of children globally.

Amy received the Executive Award at the DHL/SCMP Business Awards 2018 for her efforts in promoting the growth and development of the wealth management industry, and for her drive in building UBS as a corporate citizen in Hong Kong. She was also named by a top-tier Chinese media, China Business News, as one of the “Hong Kong Top 20 in the next 20 years” for her contribution to innovation developments in 2017.

Managing Director, Draper Dragon Fund

Andrew Tang

Biography

Andrew Tang is the Managing Director of Draper Dragon Fund and a Partner at Draper Associates, where he invests in early-stage technology companies and assists with their business development, particularly international market entry strategy and partnerships. He also serves as CEO of Draper University, which is an entrepreneurship education program located in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, Andy teaches finance and fundraising classes to student entrepreneurs, and enjoys the adventure of life with his wife and two sons.

Co-Founder, Qupital

Andy Chan

Head of Consumer & Retail, ASAPC; Head of Technology, Media & Telecoms of KPMG China

Anson Bailey

Anson joined KPMG in Hong Kong in 1999 and is currently a Partner based in the Hong Kong office heading up the Consumer & Retail Practice in the ASPAC region. He is part of the KPMG Global Consumer & Retail Steering Group as well as being a member of the Global Technology Innovation Centre and the Cluster Leader for the Technology, Media & Telecoms Practice based in Hong Kong.

Anson has been active in driving a number of thought leadership reports and executive briefings for senior executives covering innovation and consumers in China and across Asia. He has worked with many corporates to understand the complex markets we live in and current levels of disruption being seen with recent reports.

Today, he not only mentors the next generation of go-to-market professionals at KPMG but continues to work with a growing number of C-level executives as a trusted advisor in providing the best in client innovation whilst acting as the Lead Partner for a number of strategic accounts in both the consumer and technology arena across the Asia Pacific region.

He is a frequent speaker at conferences and events around the globe and has recently completed the Leaders in Innovation course with the MIT

Head of Consumer and Retail, ASPAC; Head of Technology, Media & Telecoms, Hong Kong, KPMG China

Anson Bailey

Biography

Anson joined KPMG in Hong Kong in 1999 and is currently a Partner based in the Hong Kong office heading up the Consumer and Retail Practice. He is part of the KPMG Regional Consumer and Retail Practice Leadership team as well as being a member of the Global Technology Innovation Centre and the Cluster Leader for the Technology, Media & Telecoms Practice based in Hong Kong.

Anson has been active in driving a number of thought leadership reports and executive briefings for senior executives covering innovation and consumers in China and across Asia. He has worked with many corporates to understand the complex markets we live in and current levels of disruption being seen with recent reports.

Today, he not only mentors the next generation of go-to-market professionals at KPMG but continues to work with a growing number of C-level executives as a trusted advisor in providing the best in client innovation whilst acting as the Lead Partner for a number of strategic accounts in the consumer and technology arena across the Asia Pacific region.

Founder, Greater Bay Insight

Anthony Lawrance

Head of Corporate Development projects, Yandex

Anton Abdukhamidov

Global Account Director of AutoGrid APAC

Arthur K. Chu

Biography

20+ years of experience in business development/sales with MNCs/startups within Asia Pacific region where most recent ten years’ focus is on B2B Sales, Channel Development, and Consulting under IoT/Cloud/Big Data/Energy/Telecommunication. In particular, Arthur is involved in the end to end ecosystems of Smart Grid/AMI systems such as AMI communication/DR technology at Xylem(Sensus), MDMS at Siemens (eMeter) and Middleware Software at Oracle (BEA) – foundation for natural journey of Smart Grid Application at Autogrid.

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific Marriott International, Inc.

Bart Buiring

Biography

Bart Buiring, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific oversees the Asia Pacific
consumer strategy for the Marriott International core hotel business and brands. In
this capacity, Bart provides leadership for the Sales, Marketing, Revenue Management,
Brand Management & Operations, Digital, Communications, Loyalty, and Consumer
Insights functions in the region. In close partnership with the Continent presidents,
as leader of the regional Sales & Marketing teams, Bart is accountable for top-line
rooms and Food & Beverage revenue generation budgeted to approximately
$11.5 billion across a growing portfolio of 800 hotels, 24 brands, and in 23 countries.
Bart began his tenure with Marriott International 19 years ago in India, as opening
Food & Beverage Director of the JW Marriott Mumbai. He was later promoted to
Director of Operations at the same hotel, later moving to Area Director of Operations
for South East Asia, India, and Australia, before taking a role as head of regional
Food & Beverage in Asia Pacific.

Bart moved to the United States in 2008 to serve as Corporate Vice President, Food &
Beverage for The Ritz-Carlton, and returned to Asia Pacific in 2010 to establish the
Continent Lodging Services structure—which included Rooms, F&B, Culinary,
Engineering, Procurement, and a team of talented Area Directors of Operations.
Bart was promoted to Senior Vice President, Continent Operations in 2013 with a dual
role as market leader with profit and loss responsibility for the South Korea market.

Bart is passionate about the guest experience, and during his tenure has exponen-
tially lifted the APAC guestVoice scores, leading in terms of Intent to Recommend

and Elite Appreciation performance. He has always been a strong advocate for
BSA compliance and working in close partnership with Brand teams at Marriott
International headquarters and in Continent to deliver relevant, localized, branded
customer experiences.

Assistant General Manager of Eureka Nova, a New World Group Member

Ben Wong

Biography

Ben manages and drives the strategy of Eureka Nova, a leading open innovation platform that empowers technology startups to co-create within the New World Group ecosystem of culture, creativity and innovation. Through our accelerator programs, open competitions and sandboxes, participating startups work with New World Group’s business units and corporate partners to design innovative technologies that solve real business problems.

Prior to Eureka Nova, Ben founded Startup Launchpad, now Asia’s largest I.o.T. startup trade event. He has helped startups raise more than $2 million on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. He is an angel investor and regularly mentors in startup support programs.

He also holds positions as a Director and Vice Chairman of the Dongguan-Hong Kong Bay Area Association to drive innovation initiatives between Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. Ben graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Manager, IT Advisory, KPMG China

Benjamin Usinger

Biography

Benjamin is a Manager in KPMG China’s Technology Advisory practice with more than 7+ years of experience in management and technology consulting.

Throughout his career he has delivered digital transformation and system implementation projects for multinational clients in the Financial, Transportation, Telecommunications and Retail sector in Hong Kong, Germany, Malaysia and China.

He is a founding member of the KPMG ASPAC Blockchain Alliance and has provided business strategy and technology insights on blockchain technology to many of our clients in Hong Kong, including a paper for the Logistics and Transportation sector describing the Hong Kong Trade Finance Platform.

Over the past 18 months, he has specialised on Blockchain-based track and trace systems and is currently rolling out the KPMG Origins solution with various clients in Asia Pacific to protect their products against counterfeit and improve digital record of certificates.

Chairman, Funtastic Australia; Ex-CEO, Myer Australia; Ex-CEO, Edcon South Africa

Bernie Brookes

Biography

Bernie is a Managing Director/CEO with expertise and substantial experience in Retail and wholesale Operations, Buying, Information Technology Systems, Supply Chain and Human Resource management in a fast moving and dynamic environment. An experienced board member and chairman of large and difficult companies in private Equity, International corporates and small startups.

Bernie’s experience includes leading a multi-divisional organisation during significant periods of change and re-engineering. Having worked in three states across all major divisions, he has an excellent grasp of a variety of areas of senior management. He has significant international experience.

Strengths include expertise in business management displaying energetic and self-confidence with the ability to find solutions to complex situations, through analytical, conceptual and entrepreneurial skills. Ultimately, he is motivated by results. With 40 years of experience he brings substantial skills in managing change, organising people and leading teams with a passion for entrepreneurial-ship and empowerment.

Bernie has significant retail and business experience establishing a retail Business for two years in India, setting up sourcing offices in China and spending three years running South Africa’s largest non-food retailer.

Bernie is on the Advisory Board of the World Retail Congress as Australia’s representative and is on the Grand Jury for the World Retail Awards.

Managing Director, International, Lalamove

Blake Larson

Head of Project Mars of MTR

Bosco Leung

Biography

Bosco Leung joined MTR as a management trainee and has worked across 6 divisions in Hong Kong, Mainland China and UK over the past 10 years. He launched the first MTR Mobile app series including Traffic News, Next Train, MTR Tourists and MTR Club that won over 20 international and local awards with over millions of active users.

In recent years he has driven various corporate innovation processes including the first large-scale startup collaboration program called #propUP, the innovation bootcamp for internal colleagues, the global innovation exchange and WIT Sprint etc. He is currently leading the Innovation Exploratory Projects in the newly formed Global Innovation Department.​

Head of Innovation and Technolog(Greater Bay Area), InvestHK

Bryan Peng

Biography

Mr. Peng is a seasoned business development veteran and management professional with 20 years’ hands on experience. He has deep understanding of the I&T ecosystem and general business environment in Hong Kong and the Mainland China. He is enthusiastic in I&T sector, covering biomedical, smart city, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Cloud, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics. Besides of I&T, he is also passionate in promoting the sustainability, ESG and CSR, impact investment concepts and good practices to the business community.

Prior to InvestHK, Mr. Peng was the Director, Manufacturing & Service Branch (Corporate) of Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency (HKQAA). He is familiar with ISO certification standards and international supply chain management and assessment, such as ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001, ISO22000, ISO27001, SA8000, BSCI, ESG and Green Finance Certification etc. He led and active involved in the development, consultation, implementation of the new standards, certification system and registration schemes, covering finance, construction, recycling, elderly care, wine, start-up, fintech and supply chain sectors.

Mr. Peng holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Chairman of The Hong Kong General Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs

Calvin Tse

Biography

Calvin Tse graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong majoring in business administration and minoring in information technology. After graduating in 2005, he joined the Big Four accounting firms. During his career, he completed a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of London and completed a program in Master of Chinese Law from Renmin University of China. He started his entrepreneurial career in 2010 and founded a number of companies in industries including catering, accounting, and finance. He won the HSBC Youth Entrepreneurship Award and the Great Bay Area Youth Leadership Award.

Founder and Managing Partner, AvantFaire Investment Management Limited

Catherine Chen

Managing Director, North Asia Region, Expedia Group Brands

Catherine So

Biography

Catherine So is currently Managing Director of the North Asia region for Expedia Group brands and leads five key markets (Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan and Korea). She is responsible for the region’s performance, business strategy, local insights, market activation, as well as marketing, product and customer experience local relevancy- for Brand Expedia, Hotels.com and Vrbo/Homeaway.

So brings with her over 20 years of experience in the digital, e-commerce and media space, working across the Asia Pacific region, Greater China and the United States. Prior to joining Expedia Group, So was managing director of Groupon Hong Kong, one of the fastest growing e-commerce business in the region, covering three business verticals including Groupon Lead, Groupon Goods and Groupon Travel.

During her personal time, So enjoys playing tennis, swimming and hiking. She is also passionate about academic initiatives and has served as program director for the Hong Kong-Shanghai Future Young Leaders Internship Program and mentors several organizations including the Harvard Book Prize Mentorship program.

Based in Hong Kong, So speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin, and holds a B.A with honours in economics from Harvard University. She is also on the board of the Hong Kong Travel Industry Authority (TIA).

CEO, Binance

Changpeng Zhao

Biography

Changpeng Zhao, known as CZ, is a serial entrepreneur with an impressive track record of successful startups. He launched Binance in July 2017 and within 180 days, grew Binance into the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world. An expert in blockchain and trading systems, CZ has built Binance into the leading blockchain ecosystem, comprised of Binance Exchange, Labs, Launchpad, Info, Academy, Research, Trust Wallet and Charity Foundation.

CZ is a Chinese-Canadian coder who spent his youth flipping burgers before studying at McGill University Montreal. He then spent time in Tokyo and New York, first building systems for matching trade orders, then developing software for Bloomberg’s futures trading on Wall Street. In 2005, CZ quit his role as head of the Bloomberg Tradebook Futures Research & Development team and moved to Shanghai to start Fusion Systems. Soon thereafter, he learned about Bitcoin and joined Blockchain.info as Head of Technology.

Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion of InvestHK

Charles Ng

Biography

Mr. Charles Ng heads up one of the two divisons helping overseas and Mainland companies to establish or expand their business presence in  Hong  Kong.  His teams are responsible for  Innovation  and  Technology  (which  include Health Tech, Smart city, Artificial Intelliengence and Robotics, Information  and  Communications  Technology),  Financial Technology, and Startups.

He has worked for companies in the manufacturing, trading, financial services and banking  sectors  in  Mauritius,  Canada  and  Hong  Kong.  He speaks 6 languages and dialects and holds an MBA degree awarded jointly by the Business School of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.

Executive Director of MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node

Charleston Sin

Biography

As Executive Director of the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, Charleston Sin leads the effort to organize, champion, and advocate for innovation in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. As a 25-year veteran of the Information technology and telecommunications industry, he now unites his passion for education with innovation & technology, encouraging disruptive application of new technology in the local community and beyond.

Prior to joining MIT, Sin held executive positions in Research & Development, Product Management, and Sales & Marketing at VMware, Cisco Systems, and Nortel Networks in United States, Canada, Asia Pacific, and Greater China. His primary interests lie in key market transition trends, including Fintech, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Mobility, IOT, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and new business models.

Sin received his PhD in Management Sciences at The University of Waterloo. He also holds a master’s degree in Investment Management at the HKUST. Currently, he is member of the board of director of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company.

Partner, Gobi Partners China

Chibo Tang

Biography

Chibo Tang has been investing in early stage companies in the technology and media sectors in China for over a decade. He is Head of Hong Kong, and manages the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, for which Gobi is the exclusive General Partner. He’s led numerous investments including Airwallex, WeLab, Urban Revivo, Prenetics, GOGOVAN, Qupital, DayDayCook, AQUMON, and Sandbox VR.

Chibo is recognized in the industry as Silicon Dragon Venture Capitalist of the Year 2017, Global Corporate Venturing Rising Star 2019, Global Corporate Venturing Emerging Leader 2020, and is a member of The Tatler Tribe for Gen.T.

Chibo received his B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard. He received his MBA from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). Chibo began his career as strategy consultant with Monitor Group, focusing on ASEAN and MENA regions. He also spent time at Robert Bosch as Senior Manager of Corporate Strategy APAC. Chibo joined Gobi Partners China in 2009 and is currently a Partner based in Hong Kong.

Partner, Gobi Partners China

Chibo Tang

Partner, Gobi Partners China

Chibo Tang

Biography

Chibo Tang has been investing in early stage companies in the technology and media sectors in China for over a decade. He is Head of Hong Kong, and manages the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, for which Gobi is the exclusive General Partner. He’s led numerous investments including Airwallex, WeLab, Urban Revivo, Prenetics, GOGOVAN, Qupital, DayDayCook, AQUMON, and Sandbox VR.

Chibo is recognized in the industry as Silicon Dragon Venture Capitalist of the Year 2017, Global Corporate Venturing Rising Star 2019, Global Corporate Venturing Emerging Leader 2020, and is a member of The Tatler Tribe for Gen.T.

Chibo received his B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard. He received his MBA from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). Chibo began his career as strategy consultant with Monitor Group, focusing on ASEAN and MENA regions. He also spent time at Robert Bosch as Senior Manager of Corporate Strategy APAC. Chibo joined Gobi Partners China in 2009 and is currently a Partner based in Hong Kong.

Founder, Grand Africa Initiative

Chinwe Okoli

Chief Marketing Officer, Global Startup Ecosystem

Christine Ntim

Biography

Mrs. Christine Souffrant Ntim is an award-winning Haitian-American & Ghanaian, startup ecosystem expert for emerging markets. She was selected and featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, Singularity NASA, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine and more. She speaks on digital entrepreneurship, personal branding, and future tech for emerging markets at over 20+ global conferences a year- which includes former appearances at the United Nations, Davos, TEDx, SXSW, European Union Forum, US State Department Tours, Startup Grind Global, SeedStars World, and more. She started her career as the founder of Vendedy (currently a case study at Harvard business school)- a social network connecting people to street markets with the aim of digitizing a $10 trillion dollar black economy by centralizing the world’s street markets. Today she builds startup ecosystems around the world with her award winning digital accelerator platform – Global Startup Ecosystem which graduates over 1000+ companies across 90+ countries a year and high profile tech summits which aims to build tech hubs in emerging market countries like Haiti by 2030. For fun, she travels and binge watches top business shows with her husband and 2 beautiful baby girls.

Group Assistant Managing Director, Cargo Services Group

Christopher Lau

Biography

Christopher Lau is Group Assistant Managing Director of Cargo Services Group and Head of the Greater China since April 2018.

Prior to his current role, Chris co-founded eCargo Holdings Limited (ASX: ECG), and led its successful IPO on the Australian Securities Exchange in November 2014. He was the CEO and an Executive Director of ECG from ECG’s inception until March 2018, when he became a non-executive director.

Chris was Assistant Managing Director and an Executive Director at Cargo Services Far East from 2006 to 2012, where he founded the GAM business in 2007 and led the strategic development in the Australasia market. He has a broad range of management experience in global supply chain, e-commerce and technology, and was instrumental in the transformation of Cargo Services in becoming the leading integrated retail supply chain solutions service provider based in Hong Kong. He was involved in the formation of CS Logistics, acquisition of Allport Limited and HSBC’s strategic investment in CS Logistics in 2010. He was an Executive Director of CS Logistics from 2010 to 2012.

Chris was appointed as an independent non-executive director of GP Industries Limited (SGX: G20), in April 2020. GP is a leading batteries brand in Asia. Through its fully owned subsidiary, GP Acoustics is the owner of the KEF brand, a major global sound specialist.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from the Leonard Stern School of Business at New York University. He began his professional career with Ernst and Young LLP and Deutsche Bank in New York working in audit, structured products and fixed income. He was appointed as a member of the 14th Nanjing Political Consultative Conference, is Vice-Chair Youth Affairs Committee, Hong Kong CPPCC Members Association, is an Honorary Member of the Court at the Hong Kong Baptist University and is a Vice-Chairman of the fundraising committee of the Dragon Foundation, a non-profit organisation in Hong Kong. His father is John Lau, Founder and Group Managing Director of the Cargo Services Group and his mother is Shelley Lee, GBS, JP, former Home Affairs Bureau Permanent Secretary of the Hong Kong SAR Government.

CEO, Know Your Customer

Claus Christensen

Founder of FutureX Capital

Cynthia Zhang

Biography

Cynthia founded FutureX Capital in 2017, which focuses on investing in leading enterprises of the ‘Smart Era’. FutureX has completed more than US$300 million of investments, including Kingsoft Cloud, Bytedance, Gridsum Technologies, NIO, Haodf, Meituan Dianping and Spotify. Cynthia pioneered the private equity business in China’s mutual fund industry, founding the private equity arm when joining China AMC HK in 2009. She has lead investments in many ‘New Economy’ giants, including Alibaba, Dianping, Meitu, Didi; and in healthcare giants such as Wuxi AppTec and involved in the privatization of RDA. The majority of the over RMB15 billion investments lead by her has completed successful exits, with an average single-project IRR of over 50%.

Cynthia has served at Merrill Lynch, UBS, and Delta Partners (Boston-based private equity fund) in the US. She holds a bachelor degree from National University of Singapore with honors in Computer Science, and an MBA from Hult International Business School (co-op with Boston College), Cynthia continues her education in Tsinghua EMBA program.

Outside of her successful career, Cynthia has a very happy family, and is a proud mother of three boys. She also continuously explores physical and mental health, including interests such as fasting, diet & exercise, and classical Chinese studies. She’s very compassionate about education and empowerment. She is a long-time supporter for Adream foundation and Life Academy.

Chairman at SCC Research and Blueprint Committee and SCC Blueprint 2.0 Advisory Paper Organising Committee

Daniel Chun

Biography

Daniel Chun is currently the General Manager and EVP of Market Innovations at Remotec Technology Limited – a 25-year old pre-IPO company based in Hong Kong, which focused in smart controls, home automation and the emerging opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. Before this appointment, Daniel had served in leadership in the third sector bringing in various innovative products and services to the charity sector.

Daniel currently serves as an Executive Committee member for the Hong Kong Electronics Technologies Associatio (www.hketa.org.hk) and leads the Green Committee to develop advocacy programmes in creating social and environmental impact around the development
and use of technologies. Daniel is also currently the chairman for the Blueprint SIG at Smart City Consortium (www.smartcity.org.hk)

At Remotec Technology Limited, he invented and founded a product concept that led to winning Hong Kong Institution of Engineer’s first ever Smart City IoT product competition
beating other competitive entries. SmartAirCon is the name of the project and advocates the smart use of air conditioning to reduce carbon foot print and reduce the consumption of electricity. He strongly believes that mobile operators could become a major contributor in creating environmental impact in this context.

Daniel is a co-founder of a ICT startup company (Art Group Limited) and received incubation from Hong Kong Cyberport which has revolutionized the way how charities handle fundraising at gala dinners and events – by enhancing patrons participation and engagement through the use of OpenHeart’s mobile technologies. In 2015 alone, OpenHeart has supported over 30 charities and helped raised over HK$80M for these charities and causes.

Daniel started off his career as a programmer at Hutchsion Mobile Data in 1990 and had launched CompuServe HK. Since Hutchison, Daniel had been a business development professional in telecom and Internet businesses in Asia Pacific (Taiwan Mobile, Iridium, Wharf T&T). During the dotcom era, he became a resident-entrepreneur at a venture capital fund in Europe based in Malta. He later immigrated to Canada after 9/11 where he started up his own
brick and mortar toy store. He sold the toy business in 2008 and joined a Canadian toy manufacturer and became involved in invention, licensing and product innovations.

Daniel is a Blue Ocean Strategy trainer and also a part-time lecturer at City University and HKUSPACE in IT and Corporate Communications. Daniel has invented a few product concepts and currently own a few patent pending for these inventions. In the past four years, Daniel served as the Vice President (Elect) for The Entrepreneurs’ Network (TEN) association in Hong Kong that promotes entrepreneurship.

Daniel received a degree in Master of Research focused in E-research and Technology – Enhanced Learning from Lancaster University, a MBA (Distinction) from Sunderland University, a Master in IT from Charles Sturt University and a computer science degree from Deakin University.

CTO and Alternate Chief Executive, ZA Bank

Daniel Tian

Biography

Daniel Tian is Chief Technology Officer and Alternate Chief Executive of ZA Bank, in charge of the technology system design and development for the company.

Daniel has more than 20 years of banking experience in information technology service and management. He served several senior management positions in Standard Chartered, DBS, and Ping An. Before joining ZA Bank, Daniel was Chief Information Officer for the Great China region at First Data Corporation.

He holds a master degree in computer software engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Partner, Blue Pool Capital

Danny Lee

Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO, Rong360

Daqing (David) Ye

Biography

David Ye is an entrepreneur and investor with 25 years of experience in Internet and Financial Technology in the United States, China, India and Southeast Asia.   He is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Rong360 Jianpu Technology (NYSE:JT), a leading independent open platform for discovery and recommendation of financial products in China and Southeast Asia. Before founding Rong360 in 2011, he had leadership roles with PayPal, American Express, Capital One, and America Online in the US and China.

Mr. Ye was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” by The Founder in 2015. He sits on the advisory board at the Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) in Stanford University. He also sits on the Consumer’s Financial Rights Protection and Education Committee under the National Internet Finance Association of China.  He is a mentor of Tsinghua PBCSF Global Entrepreneur Leadership Program.

Mr. Ye received a B.S. in engineering from Hunan University,  a M.S. in finance from the George Washington University, and an EMBA from the People’s Bank of China School of Finance, Tsinghua University.

Managing Partner, Mindworks

David Chang

Biography

David has been involved with some of the most transformative companies to emerge from Silicon Valley and Asia. David advised his family office and invested on its behalf with a focus on media technologies. Their previous investments include Buslogic (became Mylex), Crossroads Systems, Alvesta, Ledel Semiconductors (acquired by Siliconix), and UT Starcom. David has worked as an Analyst at Morgan Stanley, Vice President in Credit Suisse and Director at Guosen Securities in Hong Kong covering the Greater China region.

David is a board member across 13 companies including Lalamove, Qupital, and Grana. He is also the director and school board member of Kiangsu-Chekiang College.

He graduated from the University Of California, San Diego with double bachelor degrees.

Head of Technology, APAC at GSMA

David Turkington

Biography

David has worked in mobile networks engineering for over 30 years, his experience includes standards, rollout and optimization, networking and security, analytics and machine learning.
He began at the Mobile Systems Division, British Telecom Research Laboratories in Martlesham Heath, UK. He represented BT on ETSI standards committees and later he was seconded to Cellular One in New York as Microcell Engineering Manager.
David has been in Hong Kong for 25 years, specializing in network engineering for network operators, system integrators and equipment vendors, most recently as Director of Technology for Pixel Networks, an IoT solution provider of IoT solutions to many industrial and commercial organizations in APAC.
At GSMA he is responsible for coordinating various mobile industry technology initiatives, including 5G and IoT in the APAC region.

Co-Founder & Chief, Catalyst Dream Impact

Dorothy Lam

Chairman, Funtastic Australia; Chairman, Dotz Australia; Ex-CEO, Myer Australia; Ex-CEO, Edcon South Africa

Douglas Young

Biography

Douglas Young the creator of G.O.D., Hong Kong’s most iconic heritage retail brand.

Creating a narrative is something that the founder of HK’s most recognisable heritage brand is no stranger to. Listen to the story of his journey and some of the challenges that G.O.D. has faced and overcome.

CEO, SingularityNET

Dr. Ben Goertzel

Lead Economist at Oxford Economics

Dr. Tommy Wu

Biography

Tommy Wu is a Lead Economist at Oxford Economics. Tommy covers macroeconomic research and analysis on the Asia-Pacific region and the China economy. His commentaries on have been cited by Bloomberg News, Reuters, Financial Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, and Korean and Brazilian news outlets. Tommy also actively participates in professional activities and has been invited as keynote speaker and panelist at various events.

Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Tommy spent seven years as an economist at the Research Department in Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), conducting macroeconomic and financial surveillance on the Asia-Pacific region, and research on a variety of topics on Hong Kong and China.

Many of his research outputs have been published on Oxford Economics website, HKMA’s official publications and peer-reviewed academic journals, on topics including Hong Kong’s property market, China’s capital account liberalisation and real exchange rate, and Asian business cycles and financial cycles. Tommy holds a PhD in Economics from Queen’s University, Canada.

CEO and founder of En-trak

Dr. Vincent Chow

Biography

Dr. Vincent Chow is the founder and CEO of En-trak, the award-winning Proptech startup. Founded in 2013, En-trak designs and markets a cloud solution to help building owners make their commercial buildings smarter and more efficient. Used and proven by hundreds of world-class clients in Asia, En-trak solution helps building owners attract and retain quality tenants by enabling every occupant to control and personalize their office temperature and lighting using their smart phone. This hardware-agnostic platform with advanced machine learning algorithms learns individual preferences to prevent over-heating and cooling, thus helping to improve comfort, satisfaction, productivity and NOI. The company is backed by Alibaba and CLP.

A civil engineer by training, Dr. Chow was awarded the UK DFT scholarship where he received his Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Partner, Proof of Capital

Edith Yeung

General Manager, Brand, Insights and Marketing; Communications, Cathay Pacific Airways

Edward Bell

Biography

Seasoned marketing professional with a background in psychology and a Master’s of Marketing qualifications, withsignificant experience working in the frontlines of marketing in China and Asia, helping brands to find growth paths.

CEO of Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Edwin Keh

Biography

Mr Keh is the CEO of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel. He is also on Faculty at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he teaches supply chain operations.

Until April 2010 Edwin was the SVP COO of Wal-Mart Global Procurement. Prior to Wal-Mart Edwin managed a consulting group that has done work for companies on supply chain, manufacturing, and product design. The practice also did work for non-profit organizations and charities. Edwin co-founded the Consortium For Operational Excellence in Greater China (COER GC). The Consortium is sponsored by the Wharton School and Tsinghua University.

Edwin had a career as senior executive with several US consumer goods and retail companies. He was the Managing Director of Payless Shoesource International, Donna Karan International, and Country Road Australia. He also worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Edwin serves on multiple industry and educational boards. He advises several other social enterprises.

Edwin is the 2011 recipient of the Production and Operations Management Society’s Martin K. Starr Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Award, and is on the Debrett’s Hong Kong 100 as one of the most influential people in Technology and Digital sector.

President & CEO - Siemens

Eric Chong

Biography

Mr. Eric Chong currently serves as President & CEO of Siemens Ltd. since 2011, leading the overall strategy in the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization and delivering sustainable solutions for infrastructure, energy and industry in Hong Kong and Macao.

Siemens is a global technology powerhouse with 170+ years of history. Siemens is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of power generation and distribution, intelligent infrastructure for buildings and distributed energy systems, and automation and
digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries.

Mr. Chong is currently the deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Business Environment Council (BEC) and is serving as the Chair of Climate Change Business Forum Advisory Group under BEC dedicated to promoting the awareness of Climate Change
among businesses. He also serves as the Board Member of the Construction Innovation and Technology Application Centre (CITAC), the member of Cyberport Advisory Panel (CAP) as well as the member of the Product Promotion Programme Committee (PPPC) of Hong Kong Trade Development Council. As a senior executive for more than 20 years, Mr.Chong has worked at various countries in Asia, including 10 years in China.

Mr. Chong started his career in Singapore with GEC Plc of UK before joining Siemens in North East Asia region. He received his tertiary education in Electronics Engineering and Business Administration and holds a MBA from Henley Management College, UK.

Director, Retail in Asia

Esterina Nervino

Biography

Esterina is currently the Director of Retail in Asia (part of Bluebell) and in charge of the media brand operations including content selection, curation, edition, and strategy. Additionally, she is involved in communication and business development projects for the Group. She is also Chairman of the Retail Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Women’s Leadership Network of The Italian Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to Retail in Asia, she taught media and business communication at the university level, and worked for companies in fashion and tourism. She is often invited to share her social semiotic perspectives on luxury and fashion branding in public and private institutions.

She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is currently Junior Adjunct Professor at the Universita’ degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy. Her research interests include luxury and its intersection with art, space, CSR, country of origin effect.

She has holds a M.A. in Foreign Languages for Business Communication from the Universita’ degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy), a B.A. in Language Mediation from the Universita’ degli Studi della Calabria (Italy), and has also studied at the University of Cambridge (UK) and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has just completed the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme in Singapore.

Founder, The DO School

Florian Hoffmann

Biography

What is life without purpose? Discover the purpose that will help you find life-changing solutions to you, your customers and the planet we live in. Florian Hoffmann, award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of The DO School, will deliver an in-depth look at societal innovation, education, and social entrepreneurship.

President, Asia Pacific Christie's

Francis Belin

Associate Partner, Lightspeed China Partners

Francis Kao

Biography

Francis Kao is associate partner of Lightspeed China Partners,currently based at Lightspeed Shanghai Office. Francis focuses on enterprise software and digitalization of traditional industry investments.

Prior to joining Lightspeed China Partners, Francis worked with Alibaba Strategy Investment and DCM Ventures. He was involved with Udesk, Bestsign, Fxiaoke, Gago Bigdata, SequoiaDB, Pilipa Smart Tax, Boohee, Ledongli, Tungee, Sheng-Qian-Kuai-Bao and so on. Prior to Alibaba and DCM Ventures, Francis worked with Amazon and Asus where he held positions in product, sales and management.

Francis holds a B.A in International Business Management from National Taiwan University (NTU) and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.

Founder and CEO, Social Ventures Hong Kong

Francis Ngai

CHIEF CORRESPONDENT, INTERNATIONAL FINANCE

Henny Sender

Biography

Henny Sender is chief correspondent for international finance at the Financial Times, based in Hong Kong.

Sender was part of a team at the Wall St Journal that won a Loeb award for coverage of the meltdown of Amaranth hedge fund. Her work on the overseas Chinese received a citation from the Overseas Press Club and she was a finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Her book on India was published by Oxford University Press.

Sender holds an MS from the Columbia University School of Journalism and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Chairman, FinTech Association of Hong Kong

Henri Arslanian

Founder and CEO, Jarvix

Ho Long Lei

Biography

HO Long Hei (Samson) is the Founder and CEO of Jarvix, an internet economic infrastructural service platform company. Samson graduated from the University of Hong Kong, majoring in information systems, has extensive experience in technology product management and data-driven growth management. Samson founded Jarvix in 2016, which provides cross-boarder e-commerce software, digital and credit card payment gateways, international logistics platform, cloud fulfilment services and internet financial services platform, facilitated over HK$10 billion transactions.

Co-Founder, Mojodomo Group; Founder, Twenty20 Limited

Honnus Cheung

Biography

Honnus got 20 years’ start up and finance experience in the high-tech, on-line media, e-commerce and travel industries. She is currently the Co-Founder of Mojodomo Group and the Founder of Twenty20 Limited. She is also the INED and Audit Committee Chairman for Iclick (NASDAQ:ICLK) which is China’s largest independent online marketing technology platform. She is the mentor of she1K which is the world’s first corporate executive angel syndicate with 80% female representation that empowers and funds early stage startups. She was the CFO, Asia and General Manager, China for Travelzoo (NASDAQ:TZOO) and she was the Founding Senior Executive.

Prior to Travelzoo, Honnus worked as the Regional Finance Director for Yahoo Asia for nine years and she was the founding member for Yahoo Asia. At that time, she was heavily involved in setting up the Asia operation and dealing with mergers and acquisitions, including the strategic investment with Alibaba. She has also held various professional positions with American Standard Inc and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Honnus has a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Queensland, Australia and an MBA from Northwestern University, United States. Ms. Cheung is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institution of Certified Public Accountants of Hong Kong (FCPA); the Certified Practising Accountants of Australia (FCPA); and the Hong Kong Institute of Directors (FHKIoD). She is She frequently contributes to leading professional publications and a frequent speaker in the startup and finance community.

Founder & CEO, Innovate Israel

Itai Green

Head of Growth, Easyship

Jacqueline Ostrov

Founder & CEO - XnTREE (New York, London) / ARK-i Labs

Jaewon Peter Chun

Biography

Mr. Jaewon Peter Chun has built up his career in investment and tech accelerator in New York, London and Tel Aviv for the last 15 years. He is co-founder of XnTREE, an in-house global accelerator of ‘Level39’, which is the largest open tech cluster in Europe. XnTREE has nurtured more than 300 startups around the world in the field of blockchain, fintech, AI, Data Analytics and Smart City solution. In 2015, he also participated in the ‘Cognicity Challenge’ project, a smart city project applied in Canary Wharf financial district, the Europe’s financial hub, located in East London. He also runs XnTREE in New York City to enhance the American innovation ecosystem.

Mr. Chun is President of World Smart Cities Forum(WSCF), a non-profit organization based in London, UK, which assists the municipalities, projects and NGOs to build and develop credible smart cities around the world. In 2018, he established a masterplan of National Smart City project of Republic of Korea as Master
planner, and, in particular, led the masterplan of Busan Eco Delta City. In this regard, Mr. Chun founded ARK-i Labs to invest in several Smart City projects in Vietnam, Ukraine, Canada, and the Netherlands.

Founder & editor, DigFin

Jame DiBiasio

Managing Director of Jumpstart Media

James Kwan

Biography

James Kwan is the Managing Director at Jumpstart Media Limited, a platform designed to connect the tech start-up community in APAC and beyond. James is a passionate serial entrepreneur who strives to help his community of founders connect with investors and global ecosystem builders. Jumpstart Magazine is currently distributed in 39 cities in 11 countries.

Jumpstart also advises, creates, manages and co-organizes accelerator programs. James also founded Jumpstart Kids, a non-profit program which helps kids 8 to 12 years old learn about innovation via fun. His mission is to inspire kids to consider entrepreneurship as a future career option.

Head of StartmeupHK of InvestHK

Jayne Chan

Jayne is Head of StartmeupHK at InvestHK, the government department responsible for attracting and retaining Foreign Direct Investment into Hong Kong. StartmeupHK is InvestHK’s startup division established in 2014, aimed at attracting innovative startups, investors and other stakeholders to Hong Kong, provide a one-stop service platform to support these companies setting up in the city, promote Hong Kong as a premier startup destination and help build our ecosystem to transform the city into a global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The StartmeupHK Festival is one of the key platforms organised by the team to attract international startup communities to Hong Kong, to share and network with local innovators, corporates and showcase the city’s success stories. The annual event in January 2019 attracted over 17,000 participants, and representation from over 50 countries, with events in key sectors where Hong Kong has distinct competitive advantages, namely financial technology (fintech), Internet of things (IOT), health technology, retail technology and smart city.

Prior to joining InvestHK, Jayne was Executive Director at the HK chapter of TiE, a global non-profit network focused on fostering entrepreneurship in the markets in which they operate, and management roles at advertising & digital agencies, startup incubator, management consulting and manufacturing companies.

Head of StartmeupHK, InvestHK

Jayne Chan

Biography

Jayne is Head of StartmeupHK at InvestHK, the government department responsible for attracting and retaining Foreign Direct Investment into Hong Kong. StartmeupHK is InvestHK’s startup division established in 2014, aimed at attracting innovative startups, investors and other stakeholders to Hong Kong, provide a one-stop service platform to support these companies setting up in the city, promote Hong Kong as a premier startup destination and help build our ecosystem to transform the city into a global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The StartmeupHK Festival is one of the key platforms organised by the team to attract international startup communities to Hong Kong, to share and network with local innovators, corporates and showcase the city’s success stories. The annual event in January 2019 attracted over 17,000 participants, and representation from over 50 countries, with events in key sectors where Hong Kong has distinct competitive advantages, namely financial technology (fintech), Internet of things (IOT), health technology, retail technology and smart city.

Prior to joining InvestHK, Jayne was Executive Director at the HK chapter of TiE, a global nonprofit network focused on fostering entrepreneurship in the markets in which they operate, and management roles at advertising & digital agencies, startup incubator, management consulting and manufacturing companies.

Senior VP Strategic Partners at Bentley Systems

Jean Baptiste Monnier

Biography

JB Monnier joined Bentley in 1994, with locations in the US, in China, in France and now in Hong Kong where he now serves as Senior VP Strategic Partners.
Dr Monnier holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Founder and CEO, Nama Institute; Board Director of Kami Intelligence and Hanson Robotics

Jeanne Lim

Biography

Jeanne is the founder and CEO of Nama Institute which advocates a conscious approach to living, leading, and innovating. She is a board member and advisor of Kami Intelligence Limited., an AI company developing a conversational AI platform that powers customer service, advisory, talent management, and educational solutions. She is a board member and former CEO of Hanson Robotics Limited, an AI and robotics company dedicated to creating socially intelligent machines that enrich the quality of people’s lives. She joined the company as the Chief Marketing Officer, and was the brand manager and co-character lead of Sophia the robot.

Jeanne is a director of Himalayan Consensus Institute, an NGO involved in social enterprise development and climate protection.

Jeanne has over 25 years of marketing experience in the technology industry, as the Asia Pacific marketing director for Dell, Cisco, 3Com, as well as corporate marketing director for a Silicon Valley-funded internet startup. She was the product and business manager for Apple in Asia Pacific, responsible for the launch of many of Apple’s groundbreaking products in the region.

She has a Ph.D. degree in integrated and holistic health, an MBA degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a BA degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

She is a certified yoga instructor and a life-long student of Buddhist and yoga philosophy, having completed Georg Feuerstein’s five-year Traditional Yoga Studies course.  She has a passion for art appreciation, creative writing, photography, swimming, and hiking.

 

Chief Operating Officer, Asia, Ogilvy

Jerry Smith

Biography

Jerry is Executive Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Asia. Jerry has spent his career in the agency business, blurring the line for better integration: above-the-line, below-the-line, through-the-line. His philosophy is that there are only two lines that matter: the “deadline” and the “bottom line”.

Jerry believes that marketers today need to understand how to optimize total customer contribution. This means looking beyond transactions and lifetime value to include network value, advocacy and collaboration. His mission is to replace established marketing practices with a value continuum built on authenticity and remarkable brand and customer experiences.

A pioneer in Internet Marketing, Jerry worked and consulted to many leading organizations and technology companies in the 90s. Jerry joined Ogilvy in Asia Pacific in 2000 and has since held a number of local and regional roles and is currently responsible for Ogilvy Asia’s digital transformation.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Designers, an Advisory Board Member of the Open ROADS Community and a member of the CMO Council.

Group Head of Strategy, WeLab

Jessica Lam

General Manager – Digital Initiatives at Wilson Group Limited

Jessica So

Biography

Jessica is the General Manager of Let’s Park, a new startup business with the mission to make parking more efficient and seamless in the community. Its digital parking solutions meant to take forward Hong Kong’s smart mobility journey through connecting space owners and parkers for maximum utilization of limited parking real estate, enhancing parking convenience, and raising additional revenue.

She has over 13 years of experiences in the transport infrastructure industry, in various roles throughout Digital Innovation, Service Design, Branding, Customer Acquisitions & Engagement. She and her team is committed to help organization accelerate their parking innovation journey and has been instrumental in pioneering the digital Car Park Booking Portal for Hong Kong Zhuhai Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port.

Previously, she has worked for Nestle and GlaxoSmithKline, and hold a MBA in Bradford University, UK. Jessica is a Boston-qualified marathon runner, always look for challenge and adventure.

Senior Director, Product & Technical, Naspers

John-Simon Purcell

President, Greater China, Landor & FITCH Group; Chairman, FITCH Hong Kong

Jonathan Cummings

Biography

Jonathan Cummings is President, Greater China of the Landor & FITCH Group and Chairman of FITCH Hong Kong. Since Jonathan founded the business in the city in 2009, FITCH Hong Kong has grown to be a leader in the region for connected retail experiences, delivering renowned concepts for brands including Singtel, BMW, Maxis and M&M’s. FITCH HK have also develop a proprietary technology platform, MXP, for connected experiences at a mall level that has been adopted by Swire, K11 and Sun Hung Kai amongst others for their flagship developments.

Asia Pacific, Head of Infrastructure - KPMG

Julian Vella

Biography

Julian is based in Hong Kong and is the Asia Pacific Regional Leader for KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Practice and is a member of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Leadership team. Julian also previously developed and led KPMG Australia’s infrastructure practice and was a Board member of KPMG Australia for 6 years.

In his current role, Julian travels widely throughout Asia Pacific working with governments and the private sector to develop and advise on infrastructure programs, projects and assets. He is an active public speaker in international and Chinese forums on a range of topics around infrastructure, smart cities and city planning.

He has extensive experience as a lead adviser on a large range of commercial transactions, particularly in the transport and industrial markets sectors. Julian’s advice to Government organisations and corporations includes advice in respect of: infrastructure projects and financing (including Public Private Partnerships), privatisation, corporate strategy, corporate/debt restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, divestments, and business valuations.

In addition to Julian’s experience in Australia and other markets, he recently led the KPMG team which is advised the Hong Kong Government on the development of a multi-purpose Sports Park, including a 50,000 seat stadium, in Kai Tak, Hong Kong.

Julian is currently leading the delivery of a major project to develop ways to facilitate greater application of commercial investment and financing to Chinese infrastructure projects in third country markets.

CEO & Co-Founder, ARTBLOC

Jun Kim

Founder of Kaishu Story

Kaishu

Biography

Kaishu, Founder of Kaishu Story, internet entrepreneur. He is known for founding the APP of  “Kaishu Story”. Kaishu was a famous anchor in CCTV and Hunan TV. “Kaishu Story“ is dedicated to providing the good quality stories, educational contents and services. With the aim of giving a happy childhood for kids in China, the contents provided on “Kaishu Story” has promoted the traditional culture in China and scientific knowledges all over China. Currently, “Kaishu Story” owns over 38 million users and 20,000 educational contents, with the play volume over 7 billion times and the average users time for each day is 70 minutes.

CEO of startup community WHub

Karena Belin

Biography

Karena Belin, CEO of WHub and COO/CFO/RO of AngelHub, is passionate about helping startups succeed. She successfully co-founded WHub and AngelHub with her partner and associate Karen Contet Farzam. Together they are on a mission to empower startups to drive wealth and economic growth.

Since 2013, she has been passionate about entrepreneurship and a leader in the start-up scene. She acts as ambassador, consultant, speaker, mentor and judge at events and organisations such as the APK (Asia Pacific Conference of the German Industry), Chicago Booth GNVC, Google EYE, RISE Conference and Web Summit, Jeju Peace and Prosperity Conference, FinTech Valley Vizag India, Techsauce Thailand, Tech Open Air Berlin, IFLR, Nexchange, Techstar’s StartupWeekendHK, global YPO YNG+ and more.

Karena is also a member of the Global FinTech Core Group at the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Ex-Com member and Vice President of The Indus Entrepreneurs Network (TiE) HK, ambassador to the German Senat in Berlin through SUAB (Startup Asia Berlin), member of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK), President of the board of the parent organisation (PFO) at Hong Kong International School, as well as driving diversity and inclusion as board member of WOW at the American Women’s Association.

In addition, Karena holds a double diploma in business and administration from the University of Mannheim and the MBA business school ESSEC in Paris. She has worked 15 years for Procter & Gamble in various roles including Finance, Sales and Strategy across Europe, North East Asia and Greater China before co-founding WHub & AngelHub. She has extensive background in business and financial planning, business acquisition and integration.

Head of Digital Hub, MindSphere Application Center – City at Siemens Hong Kong and Macao

Keith Cheng

Biography

Since 2017, Keith has been leading innovation and technology development in Smart City Digital Hub. During his 18 years with Siemens, he focused on Mobility for railway projects for managing project, bids, innovation and people development. Before joining Siemens Hong Kong in 2000, he worked for Optus-Singtel in Sydney as a telecommunication specialist for Network Capacity planning and building co-location hubs in Melbourne Victoria.

Founder and CEO, Global Citizen Capital

Kenneth Kwok

Biography

Mr. Kenneth Kwok is the Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Capital, an impact-oriented multi-family office investment venture based out of Hong Kong. Core focus sectors are: healthcare, biotech, logistics, technology and education.

Kenneth has worked 15 years in the finance industry, serving as the CIO to a large Chinese listed conglomerate as well as a financial professional at UBS AG and Deutsche Bank in the investment banking and equities divisions across ECM, Greater China Coverage and Corporate Finance teams. He has a cum laude dual degree from University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School of Business, speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese and conversational French. He has lived in Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Tokyo, Vancouver, Philadelphia, New York and London.

He is passionate about social impact work through his Better Together Foundation, which supports minority communities and youth entrepreneurship related initiatives across Asia, and about health and well-being through his Co-President role at Asia World Anti-Aging and Well-Being Association (“AWAWA”). He is deeply passionate about the United Nations and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. As a contributor to global sustainability initiatives, he is a mentor and advisor to young leaders, scholars and fellows belonging to the World Economic Forum, Skoll Foundation, Gates Foundation, Obama Foundation and Open Societies Foundation. He is also a UPenn/Wharton alumni interview chair.

CEO, Global Citizen Capital

Kenneth Kwok

CEO, MOZI.AI Ltd

Kent Zaitlik

CEO & Co-founder of Origami Labs

Kevin Johan Wong

Biography

Kevin is responsible for the overall vision, direction, and partnerships of Origami Labs. His previous experience includes General Manager of Kowloon Watch Company, a global luxury watch manufacturing, and retail operation, with expertise in wearables and product and development.

Innovation & Ecosystems of DBS Group

Kosby Fu

Biography

Prior to joining DBS in 2015, Kosby was a design professional in broadcast industry for 6 years specializing in channel branding, he then co-founded a brand design agency with two partners in 2010 serving various FMCG & media clients.

Kosby started his life in DBS in Technology & Operations driving innovation culture through content development and design. In 2018, he transferred to a new department – Innovation & Ecosystems – managing DBS Accelerator to facilitate experimentation between Fintech startups and internal business units. In 2019, his focus has shifted to support DBS’s innovation agenda through facilitating workshops with design thinking methodologies, building Fintech talent pipeline and engaging with universities & startup communities etc.

Kosby holds a Bachelor Degree in Communication from Hong Kong Baptist University and a Master degree in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Managing Partner, Swartz, Binnersley & Associates

Kristi Swartz

Senior M&A Partner, Head of Asia Practice; Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co., Advocates

Lior Oren

Partner in PwC’s Entrepreneurial Group of the Assurance Division in Hong Kong

Loretta Fong

Biography

Leveraging her strong international background, Loretta has extensive experience in providing accounting, audit and transaction advisory services to private and publicly listed entities in Hong Kong and the United States.  Her key clients are primarily engaged in the technology, media and telecom (TMT) sector. She has assisted a number of companies in completing their initial public offerings in both Hong Kong and the United States, and led numerous substantial transactions including acquisitions, disposals and privatisation for her clients.  Loretta is a frequent speaker at various organisations on accounting, auditing, IPOs as well as mergers and acquisitions related topics. She has also been making use of her knowledge in driving excellency of the accounting profession in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area, and in serving the society by taking on a number of government appointments.  She is currently the Vice President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA), Treasurer & Council Member of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Board Member of Ocean Park as well as a member of the General Committee of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries.

VP, Vectr Ventures

Louisa Zhang

Director, Direct to Consumer, Swire Coca-Cola HK

Lui Tong

Biography

Ms. Lui Tong is a strategic entrepreneur who energizes businesses through innovation and digitalization. She currently leads Swire Coca-Cola Hong Kong to connect the world’s number one brand directly with consumers and evolve with the new economy.  Her career includes establishing an impressive cross-border eCommerce networks for Strawberrynet, the market’s leading beauty online store as its COO China and Global Business Development Director, helped launch renren.com, built PCCW’s [HKSE:0008] integrated media arm, AdSociety and developed NOW.com profile through JVs with top technology companies. She found Jilian and transformed the luxury lingerie business into one of the earliest global Omni-channel businesses in 2006 and subsequently introduced the first commercialized AI mirror. Ms. Tong is a Top 50 Innovative Retail Leaders in Hong Kong honoree.

Ms. Tong is the Vice President of Hong Kong Federation of eCommerce and is the President of the University of Washington Alumni Association in Hong Kong, Chairman of Tong Leung Tak Music Foundation, Member of Zonta Club and Member of HK General Chamber of Commerce’s Retail Committee.

Chief Representative of Asia-Pacific, Sina Finance Global

Maggie Luo

Biography

Chief Representative, Asia-Pacific, Sina Finance Global, M.A. in Business Journalism in Hong Kong Baptist University, more than 10 years of experiences in business and finance reporting industry, renowned as a business correspondent.

Head of Product, South China Morning Post

Malcolm Ong

Senator of the Philippines

Manny Pacquiao

Partner and Head of Technology Enablement - KPMG

Marcos Chow

Head of International Partnerships and Relations, Draper University

Mareme Dieng

Biography

Mareme is currently the head of international partnerships and relations at DraperU. She has a 2 year experience working previously as a program manager for Draper University, an intensive entrepreneurship program in Silicon Valley before endorsing her current position. Mareme has worked for research centers in Paris (CNRS) and Senegal (ISM). She has also worked as the Hackathon Manager at Schoolab, an innovation studio based in Paris that offered consultancy in innovation to top European corporates. She is passionate about human development and structuring systems that maximize individuals’ potential. She has worked with several educational organizations such as ISM Senegal and the Global Scholar Programs in Johannesburg, and has developed with them different educational models in order to promote entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation within the African education system. She has worked with the Global Startup Ecosystem on the programmation of the Ghana Tech Summit and the Haiti Tech Summit which both took place in 2018. She has also worked with the Lumina Foundation based in Indianapolis through a research project with Bennington College on investigating work integrated learning and the ways we prepare college students for the workforce.

Director of Education of MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node

Marina Chan

Biography

Marina Chan is currently the Director of Education at MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, a collaborative space opened in 2016 that aims to connect the MIT community with educational and engagement opportunities in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. She oversees content and instructional development on entrepreneurship education across corporate, tertiary and secondary school levels.

Marina received her master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2014. There, she studied literacy development and worked on emerging models of educational innovation, which led her to co-found Alpha Commons, a SIE Fund-awarded social enterprise focused on nurturing problem-solving skills for children through design and technology. She has worked with students and young professionals across Asia and the US through her experiences in teaching, advising startups, and leading professional development workshops.

In an earlier part of her life, Marina spent six years at Merrill Lynch in the Asian equities business in Hong Kong and is a CFA charterholder. Prior to that, she was a financial analyst at Nortel Networks in Canada. She sits on the board of the Hong Kong Red Cross Hospital Schools and is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Head of Global Happiness at The Happiness Index

Matt Phelan

Biography

Matt is the self-appointed Head of Global Happiness. This means he’s responsible for global expansion. Alongside Chris Hyland, he founded a global data and digital marketing agency before leaving the business after a trade sale and focussing entirely on The Happiness Index. His passion is to understand how people experience happiness and his vision is to use data to visualise culture in a similar way to how Google Maps visualises the world.

Managing Director, District Capital

Michael Au

SVP, International, SoFi

Mikaal Abdulla

Partner, Head of KPMG Digital Innovation Center at KPMG

Moon Park

Biography

Moon Park is the Head of KPMG Digital Innovation Center, a leading the innovative data-based digital solutions drafting economic efficiency globally. He and his team provide smart eco system with our professional Smart X master plans. With the accumulated digital data, we provide advisory service on architecture, performance and operation strategies for new businesses and digital eco system that correspond to the disruptive innovation era of Business Process Reengineering, increasing value and capitalization of digital data.

He participates in the design and establishment of new society and economic structure in the digital era for the Ministry of economy and finance(MOEF), and the Ministry of trade, industry and energy(MOTIE). He serves to establish digital ecosystem through smart city master plan combining data and behavioral science for Suwon and Seongnam City, which is called as Asia Silicone Valley, to design Smart X platform architecture and business processes. He also served as an advisory on smart factory, smart farm projects, creating operation and business models on platforms, of both public and private sectors virtually.

Prior to his role at Digital Innovation Center in KPMG, He was in the international trade consulting with experience in manufacturing compliance, cost analysis and cost structure optimization in manufacturing industry for 18 years. He is currently an advisory on the trade remedies and global value chain for public and private sectors.

Chairman of Board of Directors, HKG Epitherapeutics Limited

Moshe Szyf

Co-Founder&Managing Partner, New Oriental Education and Culture Industrial Fund

Nelson Chiu

Biography

Nelson Holds MSc of Finance and a BSc of Economics from Peking University. He worked for Ernst & Young and Merrill Lynch with years of experience in auditing and IPOs

Experience & Cases:He joined New Oriental in 2007 and he was fully responsible for the group’s strategic investment and M&A since 2010. With over a decade of in-depth experience in education investment, he led 50+ cases of education investments, representative cases include Sunlands(NYSE:STG), Tedu.cn(NASDAQ:TEDU), Golden Finance, Kaishu Story etc.

Partner, China Creation Ventures

Nick Nie

Biography

7 years of experiences in investment and internet industry, and several years of experiences in consulting. Nick focuses on areas including mobile internet, entertainment, and big data/e-marketing, and deeply dives in realm of “New People”. Nick led investments on Wanka Online (01762.HK), Joyrun, ShiXiangHui, Menya,etc.

Before joining CCV, Nick has worked for KPCB China, Tencent, and Accenture that accumulated rich experience and understanding in To-C mobile internet and enterprise strategy and operation. Nick also founded two start-ups in SNS and Sharing Economics respectively.

Hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Renmin University of China.

Co-Owner and CEO of HKBN Group

NiQ Lai

Biography

NiQ joined HKBN in May 2004 and leads according to the “3P” formula of “Purpose + Passion = Profit”. His prior roles in HKBN include CFO, CT&FO (Chief Talent & Financial Officer), COO before becoming CEO in 2018. Prior to joining HKBN, NiQ was an analyst and the Director and Head of Asia Telecom Research for Credit Suisse, where he was involved in numerous global fund-raising initiatives for Asian telecom carriers. NiQ holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Western Australia and an eMBA from Kellogg-HKUST. He is a Fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA) and CPA Australia. Early on his career, NiQ aspired to become a professional tennis player, but he was not very good, so he become an accountant instead.

Chair Global Retail Steering Group & Head of Retail UK, KPMG

Paul Martin

Chairman, UN ESBN Youth & Women Entrepreneurship Taskforce

Pedro Eloy

CEO - Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited

Peter Yan

Biography

Mr Peter Yan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited. As the CEO of Cyberport, Mr Yan leads the digital technology flagship to focus on fostering industry development, enterprise transformation and talent cultivation to realise Cyberport’s vision to create new impetus for Hong Kong’s new economy through digital technology.

Mr Yan has 34 years of experience in the information technology industry and is a fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society. Prior to joining Cyberport, Mr Yan was the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of SUNeVision Holdings Limited; and had held various senior management positions in large consulting and information technology services companies including Accenture, Tradelink Electronic Commerce Limited, and Computer and Technologies Holdings Limited. Mr Yan has been active in public services especially in the areas of talent development and digital technology industry development, serving as advisors to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong and University of Hong Kong, as well as the Board of Cyberport from 2011 to 2017.

Mr Yan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and received Executive Education from the Harvard Business School.

CEO of Cyberport

Peter Yan

Biography

Mr Peter Yan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited. As the CEO of Cyberport, Mr Yan leads the digital technology flagship to focus on fostering industry development, enterprise transformation and talent cultivation to realise Cyberport’s vision to create new impetus for Hong Kong’s new economy through digital technology.

Mr Yan has 34 years of experience in the information technology industry and is a fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society. Prior to joining Cyberport, Mr Yan was the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of SUNeVision Holdings Limited; and had held various senior management positions in large consulting and information technology services companies including Accenture, Tradelink Electronic Commerce Limited, and Computer and Technologies Holdings Limited. Mr Yan has been active in public services especially in the areas of talent development and digital technology industry development, serving as advisors to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong and University of Hong Kong, as well as the Board of Cyberport from 2011 to 2017.

Mr Yan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and received Executive Education from the Harvard Business School.

Chairman & CEO at Ultimate Beauty Limited

Pinky Lai

Former chief designer of Porsche from 1989 to 2014 and BMW from 1984 to 1988, winning 11 International awards, and the creator of 911(996 production), Porsche Cayman, Porsche Boxster, and BMW 3-series (E36).

Pinky Lai is one of the most important designers in Porsche’s history, with his intuitive design and production expertise, he not only prevented Porsche from going under, but was the catalyst for the future generations to come and the dominance they now have as a luxury sports car brand.

Since 2014 he is the founder & CEO of Brainchild Design Consultants – Germany, Spain, and Hong Kong, with expertise in design, R&D, homologation, manufacturing (for limited production and exclusive series) of electrification Hypercars, Supercar, private & Industrial vehicles (Buses).

He has been a speaker at multiple universities (Hong Kong, Oklahoma, Taiwan, China and Japan), WPO, Moet-Hennessy, and multiple publications.

Professor, Department Vice-Chairman, Director, Urban Studies Programme of The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Prof. Mee Kam Ng

Biography

Professor Mee Kam Ng is Vice-chairman of the Department of Geography and Resource Management, the Director of the Urban Studies Programme and Associate Director of the Institute of Future Cities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) and academic advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Urban Design. She was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the United Kingdom in 2016. She has completed over 30 research projects and published widely on planning, governance and sustainability issues in Pacific Asia. Her publications have earned her six HKIP Awards and the 2015 Association of European Schools of Planning Best Published Paper Award. The Urban Studies Programme she directed is an Associate Member of the UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign, promoting the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

Professor of Computer Science, Head of Department, Department of Computer Science at University of Helsinki

Prof. Sasu Tarkoma

Biography

Sasu Tarkoma is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki and Head of the Department of Computer Science. He is also Director of the Helsinki Center for Data Science (HiDATA) and affiliated with the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT. He is Fellow of IET and EAI. He has authored 4 textbooks and has published over 200 scientific articles. He has seven granted US Patents. His research has received a number of Best Paper awards and mentions, for example at IEEE PerCom, ACM CCR, and ACM OSR. As an example flagship research project, he is leading the MegaSense project, which aims at deploying a wide array of urban air-monitoring stations and employing the data within prediction models.

Senior Vice President of Sina Corporation

Qingxu Deng

Biography

Qingxu Deng has served as our Senior Vice President since March 2018. Mr. Deng had served as our Vice President from August 2015 to February 2018. Mr. Deng joined us in April 2001, worked in Finance Channel and Technology Channel successively. From February 2011 to December 2014, Mr. Deng served as Deputy Chief Editor of Finance Center, General Manager of Finance and Technology Division from January 2015 to July 2015. Prior to joining SINA, Mr. Deng worked at Xinhuanet. Mr. Deng holds a B.S. in Economics from Dongbei University of Finance & Economics and an M.A. in Journalism from Renmin University of China.

Co-founder of Esperanza

Rachel Chan

Biography

Rachel Chan is a tripartite professional with extensive experience working in/with public, private and NGO sectors. She has worked in the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. She founded InnoFoco in 2007 to propel the development of strategic design and innovation in Hong Kong. Recently she has been working on the Hong Kong Design Centre’s ‘Unleash!’ Programme, which seeks to broaden and deepen the application of design thinking across different sectors in Hong Kong. InnoFoco has also been actively involved in building the startup ecosystem of Hong Kong, and is also a passionate advocate of the creating shared value movement. In addition to her consulting work, Rachel teaches an undergraduate course on ‘Values-Driven Innovation’ at the University of Hong Kong.

Rachel has also been working on a number of NGOs, especially in youth education and development. Her latest venture is Esperanza, a new non-profit that aspires to make Hong Kong a better place to live, learn and work through cross-sector, multi-disciplinary, cross-border and inter-generational collaborations.

Rachel was a graduate of the University of Hong Kong and a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School. She was honored as one of 2014 “Good 100” global citizens who provide creative solutions for living well + doing good.

Executive Director, Digital Bank Latam

Ramon Heredia

Co-founder, GOGOVAN

Reeve Kwan

Chief Executive Officer at Jumpstart Media

Relena Sei

Biography

Ms. Relena graduated from New York University and completed her Juris Doctor at Harvard Law School. Relena served as the Interim Chief Operating Officer of New York Silent Models LLC prior to joining Latham and Watkins, one of the world’s leading law firms. She has represented numerous top 500 companies, including Tencent, Goldman Sachs, Melco Resorts, among others. Relena is experienced in mergers and acquisition, financing, and bond and equity issuances. She is also experienced in real estate, and is a partner at Lionpride, a real estate developer in the Philippines focused on mixed-use residential projects. Since March 2020, Relena became part of the Jumpstart team as the Chief Executive Officer. Jumpstart is a major startup-ecosystem builder in Hong Kong, with presence in 11 countries.

Chief Executive, Organisational Misbehaviourists

Richard Claydon

Abstract

This session by Dr Richard Claydon, Organisational Misbehaviourist and CEO of roundPegz @ theDesk, will look at research from front-line staff data into how trust is built and then converted into repeat sales. Richard will draw on studies in the field of the psychology of choice to help identify what are the key drivers in converting sales and how brands can unlock sales potential through staff empowerment.

Executive Director of Yau Lee Holdings Ltd

Rosana Wong

Biography

Rosana Wong, Executive Director of Yau Lee Holdings Limited, leads the Group to be a green integrated corporation providing multidisciplinary construction related services in full lifecycle management approach. She is driven by her passion in technology, innovation, science and urban spatial planning and has further solidified her vision by founding Ophylla Ventures and a group of startups in four pillars – environment, infrastructure, care and transformation, to create better choices towards a smarter and more sustainable ecosystem through exponential research and development in this dynamic community.

Ms. Wong is also a Director of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, Vice President of Smart City Consortium and the Chairperson of its Smart Living Committee, Deputy Director of China Green Building (Hong Kong) Council, Member of Transport Advisory Committee of The Government of the HKSAR, Member of Transport Complaints Unit of The Government of the HKSAR, Member of Green Minibus Operators Selection Board of The Government of the HKSAR, Member of the Environment and Conservation Fund Committee of The Government of the HKSAR, Member of the Longterm Decarbonisation Strategies Support Group of Council for Sustainable Development of The Government of the HKSAR, Council Member of The Better Hong Kong Foundation, Member of The Zonta Club of Kowloon, Founding Member of the Built World Technology Alliance, Exponential Advisory Board Member of Singularity University and Advisory Board Member of Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) at Stanford University.

Founder & CEO - Weave

Sachin Doshi

Biography

Sachin is the Founder & CEO and Chairman of the Board of Weave Co-Living, Asia Pacific’s pioneering collaborative living company that creates stunning rental accommodation spaces for millennials and young professionals across the region’s key gateway cities. In 2018, leading global private equity firm Warburg Pincus invested USD181 million into the company.
Prior to starting Weave in 2017, Sachin spent over 16 years in real estate investment and investment banking working for global institutions like APG, Merrill Lynch and Citi in Sydney and Hong Kong.

Sachin was previously the Managing Director & Head of Asia Pacific for €450 billion Dutch investor APG, based in Hong Kong. In this role, Sachin was responsible for all aspects of the firm’s Asia Pacific real estate portfolio. He was on the board of APG Asia and part of the firm’s global real estate management team. In 2016, APG won the “Asian Investor of the Year” in the PERE Awards – the first time the firm won this prestigious award, under Sachin’s leadership.

Sachin is passionate about conceptualising, creating and scaling up businesses. He is deeply interested in the behaviours of the “smartphone generation” and addressing key challenges facing young people in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia – most importantly housing and social needs.

In 2016 Sachin was selected as Urban Land Institute’s 40-under-40 most influential people in global real estate and urban land use industries. He graduated from the Australian National University in Canberra with first honours in Engineering and Physics and was awarded the University Medal.

Sachin enjoys playing tennis, boxing and keeping up-to-date with global current affairs. He was born in New Delhi and calls Hong Kong home.

CTO of Prudential

Sam Lim

Biography

Sam Lim is Chief Transformation Officer for Prudential Hong Kong Limited and oversees technology strategy and execution as well as change and strategic programme management with a special emphasis on deploying new technologies and delivering transformation across the business.

Sam has extensive experience in technology commercialization, corporate development and strategy. He serves on the board of several prominent start-ups and is an active angel investor.

Sam holds a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

CIO at HKBN Group

Sam Tan

As a consummate IT professional, Sam is passionate about using his expertise to improve in-house efficiencies, as well as help customers reap the full benefits of automation. He brings more than 34 years of experience in operations, administration, consulting and business management, with nearly three decades involved in the field of information technology. In addition, Sam also served 5 years in Singapore’s military. Before joining HKBN in January 2020, he was the APAC CIO for AECOM. Prior to that, Sam held various leadership roles in multinationals such as Liz Claiborne, UPS Supply Chain Solutions and Hewlett-Packard, where he served as Vice President of Asia MIS, Head of IT and Solution Director respectively. He also spent 14 years with FedEx with the last 6 years as IT Director for Greater China and APAC IT Infrastructure, serving functions that included IT, Industrial Engineering, Operations and Customer Automation. Sam holds a Master of Business Administration Degree (Marketing) from the University of Leicester. He also holds multiple certifications in both management and information technology disciplines.

Founder and CEO, HULA

Sarah Fung

Biography

launched in 2016, HULA is a new global online marketplace for the resale of designer women’s clothing, shoes, bags and accessories. HULA sellers are by invite only Industry Insiders so you can shop the very best edit with confidence, knowing our products are 100% authentic, whilst offering a unique social platform allowing members to search, follow and request items directly from our stylish HULA community.

Head of SE Asia & Hong Kong Growth, Stripe

Satya Tammareddy

Managing Partner, m2 Capital Ventures

Sid Mewara

Senior Vice President, Head of China Issuer Services, HKEx

Silvia Chen

Biography

Ms. Silvia Chen is currently the Head of China Issuer Services of the Markets Division at HKEX.

Ms. Chen joined HKEX in 2018. Prior to joining HKEX, Ms. Chen was an Executive Director at HSBC Global Banking and Capital Markets, working with Chinese enterprises on equity capital markets related matters in Hong Kong. She has led a number of landmark financing activities for Chinese and International corporates in the fields of IPO, share placement, and convertible bond issuance. Ms. Chen started her career at Merrill Lynch as an investment banking analyst, covering Retail and Consumer Products Sectors.

Ms. Chen received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

President & Co-founder, TABLE.co

Simon Yeung

Biography

Mr. Simon Yeung is a seasoned entrepreneur with diverse global business experience and have served companies from Startups to big multinational organizations. He is currently the major investor, President & co-founder of TABLE.co offering a cutting edge collaboration platform for the company to seamlessly collaborate with their customers across all engagement stages, over various  online and offline platforms. Simon served as the Executive Director of the Board and the President of Comba Telecom Limited from 2004 to 2017. Since joining the company, Comba has transformed from a small company to one of the global top Wireless Telecom Equipment provider with revenue close to US$1B and more than 20 direct subsidiaries around the world all reporting to Simon. A serial entrepreneur, Simon was one of the original founding teams and VP of Strategy and Business Development of LGC Wireless Inc, a successful Silicon Valley startup with a successful exit. Simon is a leader who possesses well-rounded experience with strategic and hands-on experience from startup to leading a multinational public company with truly global experience and mindset. Simon enjoys cycling and constantly joins long distance cycling events around the world.

Founder & CEO, Green Queen Media / Ekowarehouse, Green Queen Media

Sonalie Figueiras

CEO & Co-Founder

Spencer Deng

Biography

Spencer brings to Dorabot years of experience in logistics and finance. Prior to co-founding Dorabot, Spencer held senior positions at UPS and J.P. Morgan and worked with Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. Spencer was listed in the Forbes China 30 Under 30 in 2017 and Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 in 2018, and he was named as one of the 2019 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs in Asia by Goldman Sachs.

Director of Smart City Research and Industry Collaborations at MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node

Sunnie Lau

Biography

Ms. Sunnie Sing Yeung. Lau, Director of Smart City Research and Industry Collaboration at the MIT HK Innovation Node of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Architecture. Born and raised in Hong Kong, graduated with a B.A in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley; and later on obtained her M.Arch , and Certificate in Urban Design from M.I.T. Her international experiences begun with renowned architectural practices prior to postgraduate study at the M.I.T.; she worked with Morphosis Architects L.A., MVRDV Rotterdam, on international competitions, cultural projects and large scale urban developments. She also participated in the presentation drawings for the West Kowloon Cultural Competition when she was working at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA Asia) – Hong Kong. Recent experience covered TFP Farrell and Herzog de Meuron – in the design development of the M Plus Museum.

Her academic study focuses on Smart City, urban masterplanning, urban mobility and infrastructure, architectural typologies with an interest in creative and innovative sustainable design strategies. She believes firmly in bridging professional and academia by active teaching engagements (concurrent appointment from HKU DoA & DUPAD) such as HKU M.Arch Design Studio, M.Arch thesis, Master of Urban Design Thesis, Urban research-oriented design seminar – “Urban Mobility and Smart Infrastructure”, and the MIT B.S. Arch. Undergraduate Design Studio. More recently, she has been a regular design critic besides instructor at the architecture and urban design programs at local and Mainland Schools (HKU, CUHK, Tsinghua University, China Academy of Art, Tongji University, etc).
In 2017, She was invited to be the Co-Curator & Exhibitor of the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale Of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong).

Her current research-oriented practice – SOSArchitecture Urban Design Studio Ltd. covers a wide range of works; which includes but not limited to smart urban furniture (Infrastructures), urban place-making (with community engagements), masterplanning, adaptive reuse and urban regeneration projects in Hong Kong, Mainland China.

Senior Investment Director, Gobi Partners China

Sylvia Kong

General Manager – Group Audit & management Services of New World Development Company Ltd.

Teddy Liu

Biography

Teddy Liu currently oversees various corporate functions, namely corporate development for planning, promoting and managing corporate change initiatives, corporate governance, risk management and internal audit. Mr. Liu has served New World Group for over 20 years with diversified experience in business management and corporate controllership functions. Prior to joining New World, Mr. Liu had worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for five years with major focus on statutory audit, due diligence, merger and acquisition, and tax planning.

Mr. Liu holds the Certified Public Accountants designation and is a member of various professional bodies in the field of accounting, company secretary and taxation. He also holds a Juris Doctor degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and an MBA degree from The University of Hong Kong.

Managing Director, MaBelle International

Theodore Ma

Biography

After graduating from Stanford in 2004, Theodore has been developing his family’s jewelry retail network and wholesale business and extending them to the online world. More recently, he has founded CoCoon, which operates a vibrant co-working space and supports startups in Hong Kong.

In his capacity as MaBelle’s Managing Director, Theodore designed and built an online fulfillment infrastructure and successfully integrated it into the group’s 100+ stores in Hong Kong and China. Customers can now seamlessly purchase any piece of jewellery from an inventory of over 6000 styles online and pick up their goods offline in under 2 days.

Online sales and online induced in-store sales from these websites have increased by double-digit percentages consistently over the past 6 years. The jewelry e-commerce platforms now reach customers in over 76 countries and 400 cities internationally.

In 2012, Theodore co-founded Born to Fly with his family. This company runs CoCoon, an incubator for startups and an idea exchange platform that aims to reignite the entrepreneurial spirit in Hong Kong and to stimulate the creation of innovative jobs.

Theodore and his team, over the past 7 years, created one of the largest physical community of entrepreneurs with over 30K connections, 1200 CoCoon alumni and while hosting 150+ events annually. In particular, CoCoon hosts monthly Pitch Nights and various events to bridge established business owners and investors with up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Collectively, members raised over $5.4 billion HKD (USD600M) in funding through investors and referrals they met at Pitch Night.

Encouraged by the success of CoCoon’s startups, in 2016, Theodore and his partners launched CoCoon Ignite Ventures. With connected capital, CoCoon Ignite Venture invests in early stage entrepreneurs who have a unique vision of the new economy: transitioning from asset-based models to non-asset based, decentralized networks and business models.

Multimedia Journalist for CNBC International

Uptin Saiidi

Biography

Uptin Saiidi is a Multimedia Journalist for CNBC International, currently based in Hong Kong.

He covers China, technology, travel, startups, sharing economy, the future of work and more. His stories can be seen across CNBC’s main T.V. channel, CNBC.com, YouTube and Facebook.

Uptin is the creator of the multi-platform series, “Office Envy,” which profiles future trends and innovative workplaces around the world.

In 2016, he relocated to Singapore from CNBC’s global headquarters, located outside of New York. He moved to Hong Kong in March 2018.

Prior to joining CNBC, Uptin worked at MTV News in New York.

Uptin is a graduate of The George Washington University where he studied Finance, International Business and Communications.

Polsky Director for UChicago Global Entrepreneurs Network; Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Waverly Deutsch

Managing Director of Hong Kong, Carousell

William Ip

CEO at CRE Alliance Hong Kong

William Shen

Biography

Mr. William Shen is the CEO of CRE Alliance (Hong Kong) Company Limited since mid- 2017 and is a member of the investment committee. CRE Alliance (Hong Kong) is a subsidiary of China Resources Enterprise Group (“CRE”).  CRE initiated and runs a USD-denominated growth capital fund, CRE Alliance Fund, focusing on consumer brands, services and retail services within the consumption upgrade theme.  Investment targets include high growth private enterprises, SOE mixed ownership reform and foreign brands which would like to leverage China Resource Group network and resources to enter PRC’s consumption market.  Investment size ranges from USD 40 m to USD 150 m.  Prior to joining CRE Alliance (Hong Kong), Mr. Shen was Senior Partner and Head of Greater China at Headland Capital Partners Limited (formerly known as HSBC Private Equity (Asia) Limited), and a member of its private equity fund investment committee. Prior to joining Headland in 2004, Mr. Shen worked at Vertex China Investment, managing its PRC private equity investments. He also worked previously at Shanghai Industrial Holdings Limited, managing the firm’s venture capital investments, as well as at Bain & Company in the US and Hong Kong.

Mr. Shen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with summa cum laude and Dean’s list from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Stanford University, with a focus on strategy and venture capital investments.

Head of Fintech & Retail business, Huatai International

Yali Zhu

Biography

Ms Zhu has 15 years of working experience in financial industry in Japan and Hong Kong. After graduation, she joined Goldman Sachs Japan as analyst. During her 12 years’ stay in GS, she worked on trading platform and trading strategy, pricing and risk hedging for structured product, risk management for equity and credit desk. When left GS, she works as executive director for credit desk in Hong Kong. In 2017, she joined Yunfeng financial as head of brokerage. In 2019, she joined Huatai International as head of fintech and retail business.

Co-founder & Chairman, Animoca Brands

Yat Siu

Head of Business Innovation at Humansa

Yenson She

Biography

Yenson She is the Head of Business Innovation of Humansa experienced in new business model development and operational process improvement.
His passion is in driving innovation in the wellness and ageing industry through the approach of design thinking and lean start-up.
Before joining Humansa, Yenson focused on his APAC regional role at Uber. Prior to that he also worked for Fortune 500 companies in APAC and Greater China as a management consultant after he started his career in the FMCG industry.
Yenson was graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Founder and CEO, Cashcash

Yi Lin

Biography

Lin Yi has over 10 years of experience in Southeast Asia Internet industry, becoming a pioneer to lead the internet companies to expand its local Chinese business to international markets. Lin Yi has rich experience in various industry including gaming, live streaming, tools, short videos and fintech.

He once served as Baidu’s deputy country manager in Indonesia, successfully launched 3 internet products, while each product have the DAU more than one million. Among them, the APP “mobomarket” has become the largest third-party App and the biggest online live broadcast platform in Indonesia.

Lin Yi founded Firestorm in 2017, which has a product called “cashcash” has become the biggest personal credit product in Indonesia. “Cashcash” is also the first APP to provide comprehensive API integration solution & regulations maker, with the partnership of more than 100 financial institutions at a monthly transaction volume of 65 million USD.

Head of GCNA SC Ventures

Zhang Fei

Biography

Fei Zhang is an entrepreneurial international senior executive in the financial services industry. His career span across strategic consulting on digitalization, driving digitalization change in large FSI groups and bootstrapping ventures. He has worked across France, Germany, Singapore and China.

Fei’s career started in the Paris office of BearingPoint, servicing insurance and telecom clients. After achieving MBA at INSEAD in 2011, he has taken several roles in disruptive innovation in telecom, high-tech and insurance industries (Singapore Telecom, Dell and Allianz Group). Innovations spearheaded by Fei include AI, WebRTC, Big Data, Blockchain, where Fei has played the roles of technical research, business case and program management.

Leveraging his extensive experience on strategy, marketing and innovations, Fei has built brand new spaces in Blockchain and Digitalization for Allianz Group. Fei co-founded the B3i Inc, acted as COO and was mainly responsible for strategy formulation, business planning and operations management.