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CEO - Liquefy

Adrian Lai

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.

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.

Senior Managing Associate, Bird & Bird

Alex Norman

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.

Director of Flux Compass

Anna Simpson

Biography

Anna Simpson is an author, futurist and Director at Flux Compass, a Hong Kong-based innovation agency empowering organizations and individuals to embrace and shape the future. In the past year she has run a design lab with UNDP’s City Experiment Fund for six European cities, supported UNICEF’s Iraq office to explore future scenarios for children and youth, and worked with the World YMCA to engage its global membership in developing its 25-year strategy, in the run-up to its 200th anniversary. Corporate engagements include Swire Group, Nest.VC and Kering.

Anna is also Curator of the Futures Centre, a digital community tracking trends to accelerate sustainability, and former Editor of the sustainable solutions magazine Green Futures. She is a certified professional life coach (CPCC), and the author of two books: The Innovation-Friendly Organization (2017) and The Brand Strategist’s Guide to Desire (2014). She has a first class degree from Oxford University.

Founder, Kapok

Arnault Castel

Biography

Born and raised in France, Arnault founded kapok in 2006 as an antidote to the perceived blandness of Hong Kong retail scene. kapok focuses on designers and brands whose work reflects his attitude towards quality craftsmanship and creativity in design. kapok has grown to a network of 7 stores in 2 countries: Hong Kong and Singapore.

Arnault has developed an extensive knowledge and understanding of the Asian consumer goods and retail environment since 1996, when he moved to Hong Kong. In 2001, he joined the team in charge of the development of the Lomography brand in Asia as the head of Southeast Asian operations. Arnault was also the co-owner and director of Working Unit Limited founded in 2005, the exclusive distributor for the Moleskine brand in Southeast Asia. He also brought to Hong Kong the first retail stores for Maison Kitsuné and l’Officine Universelle Buly.

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.

CEO and Founder of Encompass HK

Benita Chick

Biography

Having worked for a wide range of education, NGO and think-tank institutions, Benita has abundant experience in working with people of diverse background and culture and has a wealth of expertise in community outreach. Her current focus is on diversity and inclusion. In 2018, she founded Encompass, a social enterprise to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on SDG 5 Gender Equality. Some of the work she has done in this regard are gender diversity workshop for PwC, workshop on prevention of sexual harassment for the University of Hong Kong faculty, and collaboration with the Turnkey Group on developing a mathematical model to measure gender equality. Encompass HK hosted the first Green Women Festival in Hong Kong in March 2019 in which challenges, endeavours and successes of women and their fight for gender equality, green innovations and sustainability were celebrated and explored with women of all creeds and backgrounds, including those who are differently-abled, or of different gender identities or sexual orientations.

Benita connects and engages diverse organizations and individuals through talks, workshops and events on sustainability, human rights, diversity and gender equality. She curates and guides the award-winning walking tour which explores Hong Kong’s LGBT+ history and culture, integrating fun to the probing of an evoking issue in today’s setting. Benita is regularly interviewed by local and international media on SDG issues, and impactfully uses these channels to advance and promote the causes. She recently spoke at a TEDx event on her experience as a scuba diving instructor as well as on diversity and inclusion. Her other community commitments include serving as a Board Member of AIDS Concern Hong Kong, Education Director of Pink Alliance, and radio host of “Bubble Air”, a local online LGBT+ channel.

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

Senior Corporate Strategy Manager, MTR Corporation Limited

Bosco Leung

Regional Project Management Advisor at United Nations Economic and Social Commission

Cerin Kizhakkethottam

Biography

Cerin Kizhakkethottam is the Regional Project Management Advisor at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Her work focusses on sustainable urban development and aims to strengthen local governments and key urban stakeholder to localize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She is seeking to strengthen local capacities of cities for participative planning, thinking in systems and enabling evidence-based decision-making. By that, she is hoping to change the policy narrative and deepen the policy discourse on urban sustainable resource management, urban resilience and livelihood opportunities. Throughout her career in the UN system she has enabled national Governments to access climate finances by designing large-scale climate change resilience proposals in least developed and developing countries across East Africa, Asia and the Pacific and co-authored multiple publications on urban development pathways for cities.

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

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.

Partner, Blue Pool Capital

Danny Lee

CEO, SoldOutt

Dave Malhotra

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, OnTheList

Delphine Dultzin

Keynote & TED speaker | Best-selling Author | Future of Work Strategist | Board Director

Diana Wu David

Co-founder, Group Chief Strategy & Development Officer of GetLinks

Djoann Fal

Biography

Djoann co-founded GetLinks as CEO in January 2015. A visionary, Asian start-up guru and proud geek, Djoann is passionate about driving social impact and meaningful change in the world using technology.

As CEO of GetLinks, funded by Alibaba, SEEK (ASX:SEEK), New World Group (HKG:17) and 500 Startups, he supervised operations across 6 countries, leading a team of 17 nationalities over 100+ employees.

Recently, GetLinks acquired several companies making GetLinks become a Group Holding of several entities supporting not only technology hiring (HR Tech) but also technology education (Ed Tech) and flexible staffing, Djoann now acts as Strategy & Development officer of this group overseeing the managing directors of each entity.

Djoann has previously worked as a Regional Digital Marketing Executive at Rocket Internet GmBH for Lazada – Acquired by Alibaba in 2016. Prior to, he served as Marketing Consultant in EY Shanghai.

While studying Masters in Management at ESCP Europe in Paris, Djoann co-founded La Paillasse, Europe’s largest makerspace. Today Djoann keeps close relationships with the technology, hacker and maker space community across US, Europe & Asia.

Djoann is the Regional Organiser for a technology networking event operating in 12 cities across Asia & supporter of Angelhack, the largest hackathon & developer community in the US.

Since 2015, Djoann has been selected as Kairos Fellow, an organization supported by Rockefeller Family, Richard Branson & Bill Clinton to support the most innovative entrepreneurs below 25 years old.

In 2017, Djoann got awarded by Kairos K50 in New York Stock Exchange with 50 most innovative tech companies solving social impact challenges founded by young entrepreneurs worldwide, endorsed by Richard Branson.

In 2018, Djoann got awarded by Forbes 30 Under 30 for the most innovative entrepreneurs of the year for the enterprise solutions category.

In 2019 Djoann got in the New York Times and CNBC mentioning GetLinks were solving the technology recruiting problem in Asia with its marketplace.

Assistant Professor (School of Energy and Environment) at City University of Hong Kong

Dr. Shauhrat Chopra

Biography

Dr Shauhrat S. Chopra is an Assistant Professor at the School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong. He is engaged in data-driven research is focused on designing indicators for sustainability and resilience of the urban built environment in support of environmental decision-making. Before joining the School of Energy and Environment, Shauhrat worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, and received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

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.

Honorary President - Smart City Consortium

Dr. Winnie Tang, JP

Biography

Dr. Winnie Tang JP is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Hong Kong(HKU), she is one of the locally-bred IT entrepreneurs of Hong Kong. She has over 20 years of experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. She is the Founder and Chairman of Esri China (Hong Kong) Limited, an international office of Esri which specializes in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, and is among the top 50 software companies in the world. Dr. Tang actively promotes ICT application through writing articles for a range of publications in which she also shares her views on environmental protection, tree conservation, smart city concepts and entrepreneurship. She has published 7 books in Chinese and English as well as over 200 research papers, newspaper articles and journals, mainly published in the local Chinese media, such as Hong Kong Economic Journal, Hong Kong Economic Times and Recruit as well as the English media, such as South China Morning Post, Harbour Times and ComputerWorld.

Dr. Tang is a pioneer in bringing Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to benefit the public and private sectors in Hong Kong. She has also been actively advocating the use of technology through her services in government and non-government organizations. Major appointments that Dr. Tang currently holds include: Member of Election Committee (IT Subsector) 2007 to 2016; Member of Antiquities Advisory Board; Chairman of Kwai Tsing District Youth Programme Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region Government; Founder and Chairman of Steering Committee of Smart City Consortium; Advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation; Member of Computer Science Advisory Committee, Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong(HKU); Founder and Chairman of the Conservation E3 Foundation; Co-Founder and Board Member of eHealth Consortium; and Director of Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN). In recognition of Dr. Tang’s outstanding contributions to society, she was recognised as one the Distinguished Alumni by the Faculty of Science of HKU in 2009. In the same year she was also appointed as Justice of the Peace (JP) by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR Government. In 2006, Dr. Tang was recognised as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the year. In 2004, Dr. Tang received the Young Achiever of the Year in the Women of Influence Award presented by the American Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Chairman at SCC FinTech Committee

Emil Chan

For over 20 years Chan has established, managed and coordinated IT and back office operations of leading international banks including BayernLB and Credit Suisse. He is now a Fintech advisor to several Fintech startups, the adjunct lecturer and trainer for various renowned universities as well as sizeable corporates on FinTech related topics.

Chan contributes his opinions to the economic development in the GBA actively during the past years, being the Founding Chairman of the Association of Cloud and Mobile Computing Professionals, the Chairman of Fintech Committee of Smart City Consortium, Supervisory Committee Member of iProA, Honorary Chairman of StartHK and more. He is also a columnist, interviewee, and guest speaker in major local media and conferences.

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

Founder & Creative Director of The Editors Company

Fion Lee

Biography

Fion is the Creative Director of The Editors Company. She is responsible for the creative direction and the design service of the company. Fion gets up every morning to ensure the team of online interior stylists are turning customers’ home aspirations into reality.

Fion spent the first part of her career designing high-end homes and hotels, but her heart lies in designing great homes for everyday people. She is delighted by listening to a customers’ wants and needs, and helping customers bring their ideal homes to life. In The Editors Company, she has found her calling.

By training, Fion is an interior designer with more than 6 yeares of experience designing for hospitality projects such as Grand Hyatt and Four Seasons, Onsen Hotel in Niseko, and various residential and F&B projects. Fion holds a Bachelors in Environment and Interior Design from Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, and a Masters of Art and Cultural Design from Central Saint Martin, London.

Founder and CEO, Social Ventures Hong Kong

Francis Ngai Wah Sing

Biography

Francis Ngai is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Ventures Hong Kong (www.sv-hk.org). He is also the Founder of Playtao Education, Bottless, Hatch co-working factory, Sonova Institute and Co-Founder of Green Monday and RunOurCity etc.

Since founded in 2007, SVhk has invented and incubated more than 40 social innovation projects, including LightBe affordable housing and Diamond Cab wheelchair accessible taxi. Being an Impact Purpose Organization, it dedicates to innovating social change through pioneering impact ventures, aggregating impact capital and providing Business 2.0 consultancy.

Prior to establishing SVhk, Francis was the Head of Strategy in a listed technology conglomerate in HK. He graduated from the City University of Hong Kong and was conferred as an Honorary Fellow by the University in 2013. He was selected as one of the 100 Asia Pioneers by The Purpose Economy in 2014, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2012, one of Hong Kong’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons in 2011 and Honorary Fellow of the Education University of HK in 2018. He also serves as Deputy Chairman of Asia Venture Philanthropy Network.

As an ultra-running veteran, Francis completed The North Pole Marathon in 2013, Sundown Ultra-marathon 100km Race and the 250-km Gobi March of the 4 Deserts race series.

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.

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.

CEO, Prodigy Agency

Jerome Coupez

Head of Strategy, WeLab

Jessica Lam

Head of Community, Asia, lululemon

Jessica Reigle

Biography

Jess leads community strategy for lululemon across Asia, driving brand awareness and building brand engagement through an innovative mix of media and marketing, both traditional and non-traditional.

Born in Montreal, Canada, Jess now calls Hong Kong home. She grew up camping and exploring with her family, and since her early years, has had a strong connection to the natural environment, which is where her passions have grown from. She is most happy on skis, biking, hiking, practicing yoga, or adventuring with family and friends. She is passionate about sustainability, supporting a wholistic lifestyle approach that encourages each person to be responsible for their own impact, personally as well as on their surroundings.

She sits on the lululemon impact team that leads all of the work driving sustainability & social impact within the APAC region. This team ensures that impact work remains a priority within the organisation, and this in turn this helps lululemon to reach its goals and pursue its purpose.

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.

CEO & MD, Vitargent Biotechnology (International) Ltd

Jimmy Tao

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.

Founder & CEO of AngelHub

Karen Contet Farzam

Biography

Karen Contet Farzam is passionate about Technology and Startups, co-founder & Chief Hustler of WHub.io – Hong Kong biggest startup community – co-founder & CEO of AngelHub – Hong Kong first regulated startup investment platform – and a founding board member of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong – co-lead the Best Practices on Token Sale published end of 2017 and updated end of 2018.

Immersed in the startup scene, she is a French Foreign Trade Advisor, Community Leader for Techstars, Accelerator Programs Mentor, International Conference Speaker (InspireFest2018 in Dublin, JS conference in Singapore, Vivatech in France, RISE in Hong Kong), FrenchTech Ambassador and WomenWhoCodeHK Founder.

Karen has been working in Asia for 13 years, starting in Tokyo as JP Morgan Exotic Equity Derivatives Trader to Software Engineer for an IoT Startup and teaching Front-End Web Development.

Karen has a double degree engineering diploma (France EPF – Canada ETS) and Master in Finance International from HEC Paris.

W Hub Co-founder

Karena Belin

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.

General Manager & Senior Vice President at Cherrypicks

Kenny Chien

Biography

Kenny is the General Manager & Senior Vice President of Cherrypicks, a regional leader in mobile technology and eCommerce specializing in smart city, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, eWallet and location intelligence. With disruptive Online-to-Offline (O2O) solutions as well as patent-pending products and technology inventions, Cherrypicks has represented Hong Kong and China in many world stages and won over 100 local and international awards. The early entrepreneurial journey of the company was also featured as a Harvard Business School case study (#N9-807-106). Cherrypicks’ solution business and Cherrypicks alpha, another startup spun off with the company’s product business, were strategically merged with NetDragon (HKSE:777) in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

Kenny is a veteran of the ICT industry in China with over 20 years of experience in China businesses and a pioneer of ISP service in China. Prior to joining Cherrypicks, Kenny was the Director of Global Business in ESRI China (HK) overseeing business development in China and management of investments in new technologies, including value-added mobile technology in 2D barcode and eHealth-related technologies.

Kenny is an active member and has been highly involved in many ICT associations. He is the Chairman of Hong Kong Software Industry Association, Vice President of the Internet Professional Association, Council member of Smart City Consortium, and a Council member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Small and Medium Business. Kenny is also the President and co-founder of the eHealth Consortium. In addition to his involvement with ICT associations, Kenny also actively supports social service organizations to give back to the community. He is the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong United Youth Association and Honorary Treasurer of Fu Hong Society.

Co-founder, Asia Proptech

Leo Lo

Chief Operating Officer at Weave Co-Living

Liz Chu

Biography

Liz brings over 15 years of experience within the real estate industry as an advisor, investor, developer and asset manager, spanning a variety of international markets including UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and North America.

Throughout her career at IP Global, Investec and Citigroup, she has delivered and managed over USD1 billion of residential and commercial property developments around the world.

Liz is responsible for all aspects of Weave’s (and maybe the staffs personal) day-to-day operations and strategic planning across the Asia Pacific region.

In her spare time Liz indulges in all sorts of sporting pursuits like golf, badminton and tennis (in descending order of success). She also drinks red wine like it’s going out of production (although she denies it, usually with an empty bottle next to her).”

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.

Partner and Head of Technology Enablement - KPMG

Marcos Chow

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.

GM, Greater China, ClassPass

Monica Li

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.

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.

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.

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.

Founder and Chairman of CarbonBlue Innovations

Prof. Michael Sung

Biography

Prof. Michael Sung is a technology venture builder and investor, having founded various companies over the years in diverse high-tech industries ranging from AI, blockchain, semiconductor, and new materials industries. He is founder and Chairman of CarbonBlue Innovations, a cross-border tech-transfer and commercialisation platform that is focused on rapidly commercialising and scaling internationally-sourced tech innovation for Greater China. He is also a founding partner of FinNX, cross-border investment bank platform and venture partner for Fundamental Labs, one of Asia’s top blockchain funds.

Prof. Sung is founding co-director of the Fintech Research Center at the Fanhai International School of Finance at Fudan University. His applied research includes fintech policy, cryptoeconomics, asset-backed securitisation, as well as finance and business model innovation associated with cryptotoken economies. In addition, Prof. Sung is focused on developing finance innovation policy as faculty at the Chinese Institute of Economics and Finance, a national-level think tank for central government. He is also faculty at HK University of Science and Technology, where he teaches Exec-Ed/MBA/EMBA students on tech entrepreneurship, innovation thinking, and doing business in China.

Prof. Sung has served in numerous advisory roles over the years for the HK, Taiwan, and China governments on international tech transfer, innovation ecosystem building, AI, blockchain, and Fintech policy for various top city and minister-level officials. He is frequently invited to speak at international events including at the UN, Vatican, Money20/20, and CFC and has organised and hosted high-profile events including the One World Blockchain Forum and Future of Fintech and Finance Forum at Davos. Prof. Sung serves as a member of the China Digital Finance Advisory Group for the United Nations Task Force on Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals. He was also the chairman of the steering committee for MIT Tech Review’s Emtech HK Conference. He has received various awards for technology entrepreneurship, including MIT Enterprise Forum’s Most Visionary Technology Award and Google’s Solve for X Prize. Prof. Sung received his Ph.D. in EECS at the MIT Media Lab/Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory as well as a graduate financial engineering degree from MIT Sloan Business School.

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.

Founder of Silicon Dragon Ventures

Rebecca Fannin

Biography

Rebecca A. Fannin is a leading expert on global innovation, a top-selling author and media entrepreneur. She began her journalistic career in New York City and later Silicon Valley, where she followed the venture capital trail to become one of the first American journalists to write about China’s entrepreneurial boom, reporting from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Inspired by the entrepreneurs she met and interviewed in China, Rebecca formed Silicon Dragon Ventures, a news and events platform with a weekly e-newsletter, videos, a podcast, thought leadership reports, a membership club, and regular forums in innovation hubs internationally.

Rebecca’s career has taken her to the world’s leading hubs of tech innovation. She is a correspondent at CNBC.com, a Forbes columnist for 10 years, and her articles also have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Wired, Techonomy, Inc. and Red Herring, where she was international news editor during the dotcom boom.
Rebecca’s first book, Silicon Dragon: How China is Winning the Tech Race (McGraw-Hill 2008), profiled Jack Ma of Alibaba and Robin Li of Baidu, and she has followed these Chinese tech titans ever since. Her second book, Startup Asia (Wiley 2011), explored how India is the next up and comer, which again predicted a leading-edge trend. Additionally, she wrote the Asia chapter for a textbook, Innovation in Emerging Markets (Palgrave Macmillan 2016). Her latest book, Tech Titans of China: How China’s Tech Sector is Challenging the World by Working Harder, Innovating Faster & Going Global, was published by Hachette’s Nicholas Brealey in September 2019. Her books have been favorably reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, and translated for multiple markets internationally.

Rebecca is a frequent speaker at major business, tech and policy forums, and has spoken at the Brookings Institution, Harvard, MIT, World Economic Forum-China, World Affairs Forum, Asia Society, China Institute and many others. A media commentator, she has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox Business News, BBC and Bloomberg TV, and been quoted by The Economist, Wired and BusinessWeek, among several outlets. In 2001, she provided testimony to a U.S. Congressional committee about China’s Internet. She is an advisory board member of the China-U.S. Business Alliance in New York.
Rebecca resides in Manhattan and San Francisco, and logs major frequent flier miles in her grassroots search to cover the next, new thing.

Business Development Director of Smart English Company Limited

Rene Chu

Biography

Rene has a dual career throughout. After spending 7 years in eCommerce, then another 7 years in Education, and seeing how technology has advanced in recent years, she is marrying the two careers into one. She is now an enthusiast in Edtech and a devoted advocate for Artificial Intelligence for Education.

Rene is dedicated to uplifting the learning appetite of our younger generation through the use of Edtech in children’s learning. She is working on AI English language pronunciation for reading as well as adaptive analytics and learning for core subjects in Hong Kong.

Currently she is working for Popular Holdings Limited, the parent company of Popular Bookstore, renowned school textbook publisher Educational Publishing House as well as World Publishing for children reading books, as Business Development Director.

Founder, Asia Fintech Angels

Renu Bhatia

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.

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.

Digital Services Leader - East Asia at Arup

Sankar Villupuram

Biography

Mr Villupuram holds the responsibility of leading Digital Services for Arup in East Asia. It involves creating new Software as a Service & other digital solutions apart from advising our clients around the integration of data silos in built environment. He has over 20 years of experience in design and implementation of transformational smart operational solutions leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics across various domains viz. Construction, Public security, Gaming, Property, Supply Chain/Logistics etc. He has managed several landmark projects in Hong Kong and gained extensive multidisciplinary experience in bid to strategic delivery. His pro-bono work includes board of director position at the Hong Kong Internet of Things Alliance and serving Project Management Institute (Hong Kong Chapter Board).

Mr Villupuram holds MBA (HKUST) with a bachelor’s in Electrical & Electronics Engineering. He is a professionally qualified CPIT (Project Director), PMP, CISA & CISM. He has recently completed the executive course from MIT on Innovation & Leadership. He was awarded CXO of the year under “Value Creation” category in the program hosted by INSEAD & judged by IDC, HPE & Intel.

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.

CEO, Talon Esports

Sean Zhang

CEO, Paktor

Shn Juay

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, Start.it

Stefano Passarello

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.

CEO, AMP Credit Tech

Thomas DeLuca

Managing Director of Chinaccelerator

William Bao Bean

Biography

William is a General Partner at SOSV – The Accelerator VC – the #2 most active angel and seed stage investor in the world 2019 with US$700m+ under management. At SOSV he is the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, the first accelerator to launch in Asia and the only accelerator in Asia to have a unicorn come through its program – Bitmex the #1 crypto exchange in the world by trading volume enabling anyone with a smartphone to access financial products and opening up investment to the unbanked. He is also Founder and Managing Director of MOX – the Mobile Only Accelerator – providing startups with free user acquisition to the 60m smartphone users on the platform.

William joined SOSV from SingTel Innov8 Ventures where he was a founding Managing Director supporting China investments. Prior to that William was a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, a venture capital firm backed by Softbank and Cisco, leading investments in China and South East Asia. Previously, William spent 11 years as an equity research analyst most recently with Deutsche Bank where he was a top ranked analyst for Asia Internet and China Tech, Media and Telecom and worked on IPOs for Alibaba, Kingsoft and eLong (Expedia).

In 2005, he was ranked #3 stock picker in China/Hong Kong and #1 for Technology, Media and Telecom by Thomson Reuters Starmine. In 2006 he was ranked #3 equity research analyst in Asia for Software and IT Services by Institutional Investor Magazine for his work on China Internet. William has done over 160 early stage investments including Shopal – social ecommerce, Snapask – tutoring platform, Yodo1 – mobile games platform, Carota/GMobi -mobilty, DemystData – fintech, Lekan – children’s media platform acquired by Condé Nast, Massive Impact – mobile adtech acquired by GMobi, and Playspan – payment platform acquired by Visa. He currently sits on the boards of advisors/directors of escapex, italki, SRT, Yodo1, and Carota as well as organizations including Angelvest, Angelcrunch (天 使汇), Digital Matters, Techyizu and the US China Strong Foundation.

He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.

Founder. Stage Lover, LOUDER

Yamilette Cano

Biography

Yamilette, is a passionate, colorful and driven trainer, public speaker and events’ professional that believes in the importance of assertive and impactful communication. With a background of 20 years as a professional Ballet Dancer, 10 years as an events’ producer and Master of Ceremonies-Host; she helps those who believe in the power of storytelling and want to polish their communication and presentation skills with a twist of pizzazz and enjoyment. Yamilette speaks multiples languages; English, Spanish, French Portuguese and Italian, which is a true testament to her high aptitude towards adapting and grasping new concepts with ease.

Born and raised in Mexico, at a very young age, Yamilette began her interest in public speaking through competitions and speaking at her local university radio station. Since arriving in Hong Kong in 2011, she has presented and spoken at countless venues and for clients of all types, ranging from government, exhibition and conference, corporate, private, charities and even at outdoor sporting events in Hong Kong, Macao, and Europe.

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.