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The Connected Cities Conference

StartmeupHK Festival 2021

StartmeupHK Festival 2021

The StartmeupHK Festival 2021 will be returning from 24 - 28 May this year and is going virtual! It’s time to celebrate the best of tech innovation virtually. Join our Connected Cities Conference on 27 May during the Festival and learn more about how smart and connected cities around the world are using the latest technologies and finding more innovative solutions for smarter, greener city living.

We will feature global and regional speakers from corporates, startups and the academia world to showcase a number of smart technologies including IoT, blockchain AI and data analytics to enhance a city’s liveability, workability and sustainability.

Thursday, 27 May 2021
9:00am – 7:00pm (GMT+8)
English

 

 

Agenda & Speakers

Master of Ceremony:

Alan Yau

Head of Real Estate, Hong Kong, The Smart City Group
KPMG China

Cynthia Chow

Associate Director, The Smart City Group
KPMG China

9:00

Startup pitching sessions

11:00

Opening Remarks

Jayne Chan

Head of StartmeupHK
InvestHK

Alfred Sit

Secretary for Innovation and Technology
Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

11:15

Resilience of a city

Chandran Nair

Founder
The Global Institute for Tomorrow

11:30

Digital City Panel – Hong Kong’s digital journey

Julian Vella Moderator

Co-Head, China - Global Infrastructure Advisory
KPMG China

Dr. Saraansh Dave

Director of New Business Development
CLP Innovation

Jimalyn Yao

Head of Digital Hub, Siemens Advanta Solutions
Siemens

Gary Yeung

President
Smart City Consortium

HK Connectivity – ASEAN Panel

Daniel Chun Moderator

Vice President
Smart City Consortium

Jaewon Peter Chun

President
World Smart Cities Forum

Eric Stryson

Managing Director – Global Services
The Global Institute for Tomorrow

 

12:15

Future of Work – The good, the bad, the ugly

Jeremy Sheldon Moderator

Head of Markets, Asia Pacific
JLL

Andrew Weir

Regional Senior Partner, Hong Kong; Vice Chairman, China; Global Chair, Asset Management and Real Estate
KPMG

HK Connectivity - GBA Panel

Mary Nan

Founder & CEO
CYZone

Maggie Luo Moderator

Chief Representative, Asia Pacific
Sina Finance Global

Dan Wong

General Manager, Global Innovation
MTR Corporation

Eric Xie

Senior Vice-President, China Innovation
Schneider Electric

 

13:00

Infratech developments in Asia

Paul Lam

Strategy Officer (Digital & Technology)
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

13:15

Transforming buildings

Susheela Rivers Moderator

Office Managing Partner
DLA Piper

Andrew Macpherson

Head of Asset Development, APAC
JLL

Andrew Young

Associate Director (Innovation)
Sino Group

The carbonless conversation

Jeffrey Char

Co-Founder & CEO
SOGO Energy

Amarit Charoenphan

ASEAN Director
Impact Collective

Rachel Fleishman

Head of Partnerships
Carbonless

Alexandra Tracy

President
Hoi Ping Ventures

 

14:00

Wheel of Innovation – Women edition

Sandy Lau Host

Chief Growth Officer
Serai

Team A

Maaike Steinbach

General Manager, Hong Kong and Macau
Visa

Lucy Werner

Head of Cloud, Hong Kong
Google Cloud

Jean Wong

Chief Marketing Officer
Ceezuu

Team B

Fan Ho

Asia Pacific Head of Strategy & Chief of Staff
Lenovo

Anne O’Riordan

Group Director of Digital
Jardine Matheson Limited

Sabine Reppert

Associate Director of Sales for APAC
Digital Asset

Catherine Tan

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Notey Labs

Sustainability fireside chats

  • Digital transformation of energy (Bike and talk)

    Dr. Saraansh Dave

    Director of New Business Development
    CLP Innovation

    Kapil Singhal

    Co-founder & CEO
    Vyntelligence

  • Making buildings sustainable

    Erdal Elver

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Siemens Ltd., Hong Kong and Macao

    Graham Tier

    General Manager, District Facility Services
    The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

  • Reducing our waste footprint

    Laura Agusto

    Senior Project Manager
    A Plastic Ocean Foundation

    Willy Kwong

    Executive Director
    A Plastic Ocean Foundation

    Bradley Way

    Director, Corporate Energy Services
    CLP Innovation

  • Tech solutions for cities and climate resilience

    Dan Byles

    Chief Commercial Officer
    UnifAI Technology Ltd

    Steve Evans

    UK Head of Emerging Technology
    CGI

15:00

Hong Kong living lab

Gene Soo

Head of Ecosystem of Global Innovation Department
MTR

Ben Wong

Head of Open Innovation
Eureka Nova, a New World Group Member

Social impact panel

Yan Chan Moderator

Deputy General Manager, Business Innovation
Nan Fung Group

Bowie Ma

Senior Manager - Innovation & New Product
theDesk

Francis Ngai

Director
Accounting Plus Corporate Advisory Ltd

15:45

Emerging Business Opportunities in Post-pandemic: Business Collaboration X Social Good

Peter Yan Moderator

Chief Executive Officer
Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited

Fireside chats

  • Smart Logistics

    Owen Leung

    General Manager, IoT & Telematics
    Autotoll International Limited

    Ryan Ngan

    Director
    Accounting Plus Corporate Advisory Ltd

  • Smart supply chains (Bike and talk)

    Vivek Ramachandran

    Chief Executive Officer
    Serai

    Mark Slade

    Managing Director
    DHL Global Forwarding Hong Kong and Macau

  • Covid-tech (Bike and talk)

    Timothy Mak

    Group General Manager
    Signify Hong Kong Ltd

16:30

Smart mobility

Waltraut Ritter Moderator

Founder
Knowledge Dialogues

Steven Cheung

Founder & CEO
Seaplane Hong Kong

John Ure

Fellow of the Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning
The University of Hong Kong

Fireside chats

  • Hacking Kowloon East: Activating technology for urban life

    Sunnie Lau

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

    Prof. Brent Ryan

    Associate Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy, Head, City Design and Development Group
    MIT

  • Globalisation, world domination and the Gig Economy (Bike and talk)

    Thomas Hui

    CEO & Co-founder
    theDesk

    Lee Williamson

    Regional Editorial Director
    Generation T

17:00

Upskilling for the future

Dr. Shauhrat S. Chopra Moderator

Assistant Professor, School of Energy and Environment
City University of Hong Kong

Lavine Hemlani

Founder and CEO
Xccelerate

John Huen

Founder & CEO
Koding Kingdom

Mariana Kou

Executive Director and CEO
Research Study Education Group

Dr. Siu Sai Cheong

Associate Professor of School of Translation and Foreign Languages
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

Fireside chats

  • Blockchain and Crypto

    Karel Au

    Chief Information Officer
    Autotoll Limited

    Cat Rüst

    Global Head of Technology
    Standard Chartered Bank

    Scott Thiel

    Partner
    DLA Piper

  • Prop Tech Alliance

    Akina Ho

    Head of Digital Transformation & Innovation
    The Great Eagle Company, Limited

    Kent Jan

    Head of Innovation
    Hongkong Land

    Andrew Young

    Associate Director (Innovation)
    Sino Group

17:45

Construction 2.0 (Bike and talk)

Michael Camerlengo

Head of Infrastructure, Hong Kong; Head of Government, Asia Pacific
KPMG China

Pierre-Eric Saint-André

Chairman
Dragages Hong Kong Limited

James Thompson

Head of Digital
Gammon Construction

Fireside chats

  • Health Tech reimagined

    Irene Chu

    Head of Life Sciences & New Economy
    KPMG China

    Reza Nobar

    Director, Innovation & Business Excellence
    AstraZeneca Hong Kong

  • 5G and Innovation developments

    David Turkington

    Head of Technology APAC
    GSMA

18:15

Space Economy - The Missing Link Connecting our Smart City?

Dr. Gregg Li Moderator

Chairman and Acting CEO
OASA Hong Kong

Prof. Quentin Parker

Director, Laboratory for Space Research
The University of Hong Kong

Prof. Lisa C. Wan

Associate Professor of School of Hotel and Tourism Management and Department of Marketing
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School

Lessons at Sea

Laura Penhaul

Chief Performance Officer
Ceezuu

2050 and beyond

Prof. Christine Loh

Chief Development Strategist
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

19:15

End of Conference - Virtual networking in the Startup Village

Networking + guest DJ session powered by VUZE

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Laura Agusto LinkedIn

Laura Agusto

Senior Project Manager
A Plastic Ocean Foundation

Dr. Laura Agusto is a PhD in marine biology and Senior Project Manager with A Plastic Ocean Foundation. She liaisons A Plastic oceans corporate partners to promote sustainability, engages in numerous public speaking engagements for schools, corporates, moderates and takes part in panel discussions, creates educational workshops and organises online webinars raising awareness for the plastics crisis.

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Karel Au LinkedIn

Karel Au

Chief Information Officer
Autotoll Limited

Karel Au is the Chief Information Officer at Autotoll. After two decades of experience across various industries and over 10 years in Information Technology solution consulting, Karel knows what truly drives innovations and has the experience to implement them. This consulting mindset has contributed to Autotoll becoming a major provider in the delivery of Smart City solutions to government, corporates and citizens.

As the strategist driving the digital transformation at Autotoll, Karel leads the team in adapting DevOps to create closer collaboration between development and operations, as well as building on existing IT infrastructures to deliver an even more secure environment for Autotoll’s Stored Value Facility business.

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Dan Byles LinkedIn

Dan Byles

Chief Commercial Officer
UnifAI Technology Ltd

Dan is the Chief Commercial Officer at artificial intelligence start-up UnifAI Technology. A leading figure in the technology sector, Dan also chairs SmarterUK - the UK smart infrastructure initiative within techUK – and chairs the British Standards Institute (BSI) Standards Policy & Strategy Committee, with a focus on driving digital transformation. A former politician heavily involved in energy and technology policy, Dan is a highly effective and experienced speaker and communicator.

A former British Army officer, Dan stepped down from Parliament in 2015 where he served on the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee and the Science & Technology Committee, in addition to chairing a number of influential All Party Parliamentary Groups including the All Party Environment Group.

Dan was founding Chair of the All Party Smart Cities Group and has a strong reputation as a thought leader with regard to smart infrastructure, the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital transformation. As an MP he was a Parliamentary Adviser to the Green Alliance and a President of the Young Persons Trust for the Environment.

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Michael Camerlengo LinkedIn

Michael Camerlengo

Head of Infrastructure, Hong Kong; Head of Government, Asia Pacific
KPMG China

Michael is a Partner at KPMG, Head of Infrastructure in Hong Kong and Head of Government for Asia Pacific. Michael advises clients primarily in respect of Government policy and major infrastructure and capital programmes across the Asia Pacific region. This extends to advising on strategic positioning, impact assessments, financial and commercial structuring, contract development and project tendering.

Michael’s clients include central and local government bodies across Asia Pacific as well many of the most prominent private sector investors, developers and operators of major infrastructure assets across the region.

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Jayne Chan LinkedIn

Jayne Chan

Head of StartmeupHK
InvestHK

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 July 2020 attracted over 180,000 participants, and representation from over 97 countries, with events in key sectors where Hong Kong has distinct competitive advantages, namely retail technology, 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.

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Yan Chan

Yan Chan

Deputy General Manager, Business Innovation
Nan Fung Group

Yan joined Nan Fung Group as Deputy General Manager of Business Innovation Department, a newly established department. At the same time, the current Cultural and Community Engagement Department was being incorporated into Business Innovation Department.

Before joining Nan Fung, Yan has spent around 7 years as the Director of Business Development at The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel Limited (HKRITA), focused on strategizing business collaborations to facilitate technology transfer of research and development project results and deliverables. Yan was in charge of identifying business opportunities based on various technologies and providing a platform for business matching, etc. Prior to that, Yan worked with Ralph Lauren and was responsible for their global sourcing, cost planning, merchandising, material sourcing and product development.

Yan graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with her first degree in Textiles Technology, and obtained a Master of Science degree in Textiles and Clothing Management at the University of Leeds.

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Jeffrey Char LinkedIn

Jeffrey Char

Co-Founder & CEO
SOGO Energy

Jeffrey Char is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is Founder and CEO of SOGO Energy Pte. Ltd. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman of TRENDE Inc., an online renewable energy retailer accelerating the widespread adoption of solar power in Japan. Prior to this he was Director of Corporate Venture Capital and a member of the Innovation Task Force at Tokyo Electric Power Company (TSE: 9501) where he was involved in several blockchain initiatives in the energy sector including Grid+, Conjoule, Electron, Electrify and Energy Web Foundation. Jeff was also a founding member of Free Electrons, a global energy startup accelerator program that connects the world's most promising startups with 10 of the leading global utilities. Jeff is a professor teaching about entrepreneurship at IE Business School in Spain and Doshisha Business School in Japan. He founded, built and sold several successful ventures including Sozon, an online marketing company sold to ValueCommerce (TSE Mothers: 2491), Solis, a domain registrar sold to GMO Internet (TSE: 9449), SSK Technology, an electronics component company sold to Suzuki Manufacturing, and Pario Software, a network security company sold to Lucent Technologies (NYSE: ALU). Prior to becoming an entrepreneur Jeff was a corporate attorney in Silicon Valley and securities research analyst in Tokyo. He studied economics at Sophia University in Tokyo and law at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School.

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Amarit Charoenphan LinkedIn

Amarit Charoenphan

ASEAN Director
Impact Collective

Amarit is the ASEAN Director of Impact Collective, a community-driven acceleration program for startups focusing on opportunities in Asia that invests in, supports, and connects startups that are solving global challenges to accelerate their positive impact in the world. He is best known as the Former CEO and Co-founder of HUBBA, Thailand’s first and largest coworking space and community that is part of Google for Startups Partner Network. He is also the Chief International Officer and Cofounder of Techsauce, one of Southeast Asia’s leading technology media and events companies.

His passion for the startup community and to help entrepreneurs grow has led him to angel invest in many of the top Thai startups and actively coaches over 100+ different startups founders annually.

He is also a Fellow of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) cohort 1, Obama Foundation Leaders: Asia Pacific inaugural cohort and has been named as one of Forbes Asia 30 Under 30: Enterprise Technology, and Thailand Startup Enabler of The Year 2016.

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Dr. Shauhrat S. Chopra LinkedIn

Dr. Shauhrat S. Chopra

Assistant Professor, School of Energy and Environment
City University of Hong Kong

Dr Shauhrat S. Chopra is an Assistant Professor of Sustainability Engineering at the School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong. He is engaged in data-driven research that is focused on designing indicators for sustainability and resilience of the urban built environment. Before joining the School of Energy and Environment, Shauhrat worked on the life cycle assessment of emerging nanotechnologies at the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, and received his PhD for quantifying resilience for complex systems, such as supply chains and infrastructure networks, from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Steven Cheung LinkedIn

Steven Cheung

Founder & CEO
Seaplane Hong Kong

Steven D. Cheung is the founder and CEO of Seaplane Hong Kong, a high tech start-up introducing affordable mass Urban Air Mobility, Electric Seaplane services and sustainable infrastructure development across SE Asia. He previously worked as an airline pilot. It was his dream to become a pilot after spending his childhood watching planes take off and land from Kwun Tong Ferry Pier where his late grandmother resided. Prior to becoming a pilot, Steven grew up in Essex, England, where he served as an active member of the community. He was involved in varied roles within the British central government in Westminster and was instrumental to the London 2012 Olympic games, where he served as a young mayor, Olympic ambassador and torchbearer.

During his flight training, Steven created a pilot peer mentoring programme to support other student pilots, Steven and his team have mentored over 1,000 students from 60 different nations. In 2018, in recognition of his achievement, the oldest aviation organisation in the world, The Air League, has awarded him with the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip Flying Bursary, (the first Asian to receive this prestigious award in St. James Palace.) Steven was also the first non-native German to work for the largest European airline group. Steven has also received the Princess Diana Award in 2010 for his community work.

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Cynthia Chow LinkedIn

Cynthia Chow

Associate Director, The Smart City Group
KPMG China

Cynthia is an Associate Director in KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory Practice. She focuses on planning and execution of Hong Kong/China business development strategies. Working with her team to identify and develop long-term, sustainable account and sector strategies for key clients, and related country & community programs. Cynthia’s role includes a significant regional aspect, and she co-ordinates and brings together industry specialists across Asia Pacific to access their unique market knowledge and local connections for the benefit of Multi- National clients. She takes an interest in the development of China’s Greater Bay Area and Smart & Sustainable Cities and produced various KPMG publications on these topics.

Cynthia was the Chair of the Entrepreneur/SME Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce and holds an MBA from University of Manchester and Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Toronto.

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Irene Chu LinkedIn

Irene Chu

Head of Life Sciences & New Economy
KPMG China

Irene is a partner of KPMG China in the audit practice and heads up the New Economy sector as well as Life Sciences industries for the Hong Kong Region. She started her career with KPMG in Toronto, Canada and has been working in Hong Kong for over 15 years. Irene works with multinational and Chinese companies in technology, consumer markets, healthcare and also entrepreneurs and emerging companies in a variety of industries including life sciences, robotics and e-commerce.

Irene is active in Hong Kong’s startup community and connected with KPMG Global Enterprise Practice which focuses on serving fast growing private businesses and entrepreneurs. Irene and her team regularly collaborates with government agencies, startups incubators, investors, universities and corporates to support Hong Kong’s innovation agenda and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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Daniel Chun LinkedIn

Daniel Chun

Vice President
Smart City Consortium

Daniel Chun is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Remotec Technology Limited – a 28-year old tech company based in Hong Kong, which focuses in remote controls, home automation, ICs, RF-modules, IR code libraries and the emerging opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT) market. He also co-found award-winning startups like Art Group Limited (a Cyberport alumni) in using Blockchain and smart contracts in the art industry and Airxed Technology Limited in indoor air climate control.

At the Smart City Consortium, Daniel is currently volunteering and serving as the Vice-President, Council Member and the Chairman for the Research & Blueprint Committee (smartcity.org.hk). In addition, he serves as the Executive Director for Smart City Academy (an affiliated training academy of Smart City Consortium). In 2016 and 2019, Daniel led SCC and HKGCC in public engagement exercises before publishing a series of advisory reports for smart city blueprint in Hong Kong. Besides SCC and SCA, he is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Electronics and Electrical Appliance at HKTDC; serves as Vice-Chairman at the Hong Kong Electronics Technologies Association (hketa.org.hk) and as Vice-President at The Entrepreneurs’ Network (Ten.org.hk).

At Remotec Technology Limited, he invented and founded a series of product that had led to winning Hong Kong Institution of Engineer’s (END) HKEPC Smart City IoT competition beating other competitive entries in 2016 and in 2019 with both projects advocating the “Sustainable Use of Air Conditioning” to reduce the consumption of electricity through the use of IoT devices and indoor climate control. His vision is to engage mobile operators, property developers and utility companies to become partners in creating environmental impact through active and intelligent demand management with inexpensive and simple smart home appliances. Remotec’s customers include Polycom, Chubu Electric, Vivint, Tado, Honeywell, LINE, Panasonic and many tier-1 companies around the world.

Daniel started off his career as a programmer at Hutchsion Mobile Data in 1990 and had help launched Hong Kong’s first mobile application and CompuServe HK. Since Hutchison, Daniel had been a business development professional in telecom and Internet businesses in Asia Pacific (Taiwan Mobile, Iridium, Wharf T&am;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 Chartered Engineer, a Blue Ocean Strategy practitioner and had been an adjunct professor at HKUSPACE and at CityU Hong Kong. He is also a named inventor with a few patented inventions under his name. Daniel is currently a PhD (ABD) candidate at Universiti Sains Malaysia investigating leadership in smart city and he had received a degree in Master of Research 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 B.Sc degree in computer science from Deakin University.

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Jaewon Peter Chun LinkedIn

Jaewon Peter Chun

President
World Smart Cities Forum

Mr. Jaewon Peter Chun is President of World Smart Cities Forum (WSCF - worldsmartcities.org), a British non-profit organization and CEO of XnTREE, a tech accelerator based in New York and London. Mr. Chun has accumulated expertise in designing smart city fostering the global tech startups. He participated in ‘Cognicity’ Smart City Challenge programme in Canary Wharf, London in 2014-2016, and designed Busan Eco Delta City National Smart City pilot project in South Korea in 2018 as a Master Planner.

Mr. Chun recently signed a Mandate Agreement with the Vietnamese and Ukrainian governments and is working on master plans for the Hanoi and Lviv Smart City Projects, each worth 2 billion dollars. XnTREE, a tech accelerator, has fostered a number of tech startups in Level39 which is the Europe's largest open-tech cluster and smart city solution and technology is validated through XnTREE Tech Sandbox. (www.xntree.co) More than 200 startups are invited annually to XnTREE Tech Sandbox, and more than 20% of them can participate in the smart city project as bidders."

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Dr. Saraansh Dave LinkedIn

Dr. Saraansh Dave

Director of New Business Development
CLP Innovation

Saraansh is the Director of New Business Development for CLP Innovation where he is responsible for developing new opportunities across all of CLP’s regions in Asia-Pacific. This covers a variety of activities including; new business models, project development, partnerships, accelerators and joint-ventures. Focus areas are across the energy spectrum and include electric vehicles, data centres, energy storage, and distributed energy.

Prior to CLP, Saraansh worked for various firms in the UK within the energy sector covering technology, strategy and business development.

Saraansh holds a first class master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Oxford and an Engineering Doctorate from the University of Bristol.

He holds a first class masters degree in Engineering from the University of Oxford and an Engineering Doctorate from the University of Bristol.

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Steve Evans LinkedIn

Steve Evans

Director of New Business Development
CLP Innovation

Steve Evans leads the Emerging Technology Practice for CGI UK’s Strategic Business Unit, the practice draws on both innovative technologies as well as related business capabilities. The principle focus is to maximise the return on Investment for CGI’s clients as they Digitally Transform their organisations. Steve’s areas of expertise include; a range of emerging technologies as well as, digital strategy, operating model development and delivery transformation. Prior to joining CGI, Steve held a number of senior positions in the areas of business transformation and strategic IT for organisations such as Accenture, Rank Xerox, First Group and the Automobile Association.

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Erdal Elver LinkedIn

Erdal Elver

President and Chief Executive Officer
Siemens Ltd., Hong Kong and Macao

Mr. Erdal Elver currently serves as President & CEO of Siemens Limited, leading the overall strategy in the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization and delivering sustainable solutions for infrastructure and industry in Hong Kong and Macao.

Mr. Elver first joined Siemens in 1984. Prior to his current position, he served as the former President and CEO of Siemens Vietnam and held various senior management positions in Germany and China. With more than 35 years of experience working in the engineering and manufacturing industry, he has been leading the company to be a trusted technological partner and driving sustainable solutions in the field of smart infrastructure and industry. He received his Master's Degree on Computer Science from Technical University of Munich, Germany.

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Rachel Fleishman LinkedIn

Rachel Fleishman

Head of Partnerships
Carbonless

Rachel is a veteran sustainability professional who has worked at the confluence of strategy, business development, advocacy and communications in the US, Europe and Asia. Her role with Carbonless reflects a personal commitment to helping fellow sustainability professionals burst through organizational silos to bring innovative, future-oriented technologies and business models to the urgent task of decarbonization in Asia.

In addition to her work at Carbonless, Rachel advises businesses and non-profit institutions on climate change and circular economy issues at Insight Sustainability in Hong Kong. She also writes and speaks on the national impact of impending climate change in Asia. Prior roles included heading the sustainability and advocacy functions for German chemical company BASF in Asia Pacific, and directing Hong Kong’s only low-carbon leadership platform, the Climate Change Business Forum. She also held management positions at the Clinton Global Initiative Asia, the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU, and Sprint Corporation. Rachel speaks regularly on sustainability topics, including climate change, circular economy, and measuring non-financial impact, among other topics.

Rachel holds a BA from Tufts University, an MA from the University of Maryland, School of Public Affairs and an MBA from Kellogg, at Northwestern University.

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Lavine Hemlani LinkedIn

Lavine Hemlani

Founder and CEO
Xccelerate

Lavine is passionate about pioneering advanced technology education to empower individuals, enterprises, and workforces with 4th industrial revolution skills. He is the Founder and CEO of Xccelerate, a leading ed-tech and future of work company headquartered in Hong Kong with a regional track record.

Xccelerate is founded on the vision that the greatest opportunity for improving lives is education. Xccelerate addresses the colossal talent and skills challenges in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Process Automation (RPA), Software Engineering, FinTech and Design. With 12,500+ alumni, Xccelerate drives transformative outcomes for individuals, enterprises, and governments by leveraging expert instructors, proprietary curriculum, and learning software.

Lavine serves as Vice President of the Artificial Intelligence Society of HK, Board of Directors of the 24 Hour Race, the largest movement against modern slavery, President of Founders Circle, an eco-system of high-impact entrepreneurs, and Non-Executive Director of RH-Software, a marketplace tech platform for empowering high-potential talent.

Lavine began his career in investment banking in New York City at Lazard’s Mergers & Acquisitions division and held investment roles at Atlas Capital, Marwar Capital, Union Park Capital, and Thread Genius (acquired by Sotheby’s).

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Akina Ho LinkedIn

Akina Ho

Head of Digital Transformation & Innovation
The Great Eagle Company, Limited

Akina has over 20 years of experience in change management, innovative technology, consulting, finance, hospitality and global sales operations management experience starting from the Silicon Valley to worldwide. She is now leading a new department at Great Eagle to execute digital transformation and innovation at the group level and across all subsidiaries globally. She is also part of the Investment Committee that evaluate start-ups in cutting-edge technology and disruptive business model across different industries. In the short time she has been with Great Eagle, she has been able to push for IoT deployment, drone technology, ERP, HR and other transformation projects that resulted in receiving rewards like the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards 2019 and other awards for great leadership, digital transformation & innovation, social innovation and etc. She was one of the Executive that helped a built a Unicorn in Hong Kong 2017 with investors from FoxConn and Softbank. She is a respected guest speaker, panel specialist and guest professor with notable media appearances on Bloomberg and Fox International. Her appearances as keynote speaker and panelist can be found at esteem summits around the world covering various topics, such as leading technology, digital transformation, big data, security, digital marketing, HR, IoT, Customer Experience, and others. Akina holds an GEMBA from USC and a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA. She is a Board Member of Hong Kong PropTech and an Advisory Board at BEETc.

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Fan Ho LinkedIn

Fan Ho

Asia Pacific Head of Strategy & Chief of Staff
Lenovo

Fan joined Lenovo, a global technology company, in 2018. She is responsible for Strategy and Planning for Lenovo Asia Pacific. Specifically, she devotes significant amount of her energy in driving Lenovo’s vision in leading and enabling intelligent transformation, and accelerating the company’s transition to a customer centric organization.

Before this role, she spent years with Telstra, the largest telecommunications company in Australia, driving its transformation and international strategies, as well as years with McKinsey & Company in Asia Pacific and the United States, serving clients mainly in the TMT sector.

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Thomas Hui LinkedIn

Thomas Hui

CEO & Co-founder
theDesk

Thomas Hui is CEO and Co-founder of theDesk, one of the pioneering co-working spaces in Hong Kong that focuses on creating an “inclusive community” which connects its members and neighbouring businesses for closer collaboration in today’s increasingly shared economy.

Thomas founded theDesk in 2016 as he saw how a volatile economy and the rise of different new disruptive businesses are changing people’s mindset on how businesses should be run. By taking Flexibility, Productivity and Community as theDesk’s founding principles, Thomas is dedicated to finding innovative ways to support theDesk members to grow and overcome challenges. He believes businesses today can only succeed from cross pollination of ideas and close partnerships, and theDesk is committed to facilitate this collaborative environment by always keeping its members’ needs at the heart of everything it does. This is what theDesk calls “Co-work 2.0”. Today, Thomas and theDesk Team has expanded theDesk from a single location in the western district of Hong Kong Island to multiple work spaces across the city.

Thomas started his career in banking industry and then became a serial entrepreneur. Stand by his motto of Knowledge, Imagination and Courage, Thomas co-founded different businesses including Gaowen Consultancy and Kicers Group which operated the renowned creative park Bridge8 in Shanghai, China.

Thomas graduated with a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Hong Kong and has a Master of Science in Finance degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Kent Jan LinkedIn

Kent Jan

Head of Innovation
Hongkong Land

Kent embraces change and challenges. He leads Hongkong Land on innovation activities, focusing on adding value to customers and the business by exploring and implementing new ideas and technologies. Prior to his current role, he held senior positions in corporate finance, business development, financial control and risk management in various industries including real estate, hospitality, banking and infrastructure sectors.

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Mariana Kou LinkedIn

Mariana Kou

Executive Director and CEO
Research Study Education Group

Mariana Kou is executive director and CEO of Research Study Education Group. Prior to this role, she was an award-winning equity research analyst specializing in the China education industry and the global luxury goods sector. Mariana started her banking career in New York at Lehman Brothers, and was most recently Head of China Education and HK Consumer Research at brokerage and investment group CLSA, where she was involved in ten education IPOs. In 2020, she published her first book “Investing in Dragons: Education Industry and Capital Markets”. She also serves as board advisor to EDTXU: US and education ventures, and has been keynote speakers and panelists at government and industry conferences as well as interviewed regularly by international media.

Mariana was appointed Senator for China by the World Business Angels Investment Forum, an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in Jun 2020. She is the founder of Asia Education Society, a member of ForbesWomen Forum, and the founding co-lead of Columbia Venture Community's Hong Kong chapter. She sits on the board of Zonta Club of NTII and was also a founding committee member of Children’s Medical Foundation’s social impact fellowship program in collaboration with Dwight Hall at Yale.

Mariana is a current student of the University of Southern California's global executive doctor of education program. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a graduate of Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate program. She received her BBA from the University of Notre Dame with magna cum laude and Raymond P. Kent Award. She is a CFA charterholder and a member of global business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma and economics honor society Omicron Delta Epsilon.

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Willy Kwong

Executive Director
A Plastic Ocean Foundation

Currently the executive director of the A Plastic Ocean Foundation and a co-chair of the Resolve Foundation, Willy Kwong has more than a decade of NGO management and advocacy experience under his belt, and was named an Asia Green Warrior by conscious living festival Green Is the New Black in 2018. Former regional director of The Jane Goodall Institute HK, and the curator of award winning exhibition: Becoming Jane: Inspiring A Shared Planet.

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Paul Lam

Strategy Officer (Digital & Technology)
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Paul Lam, CFA, FRSA, is the Strategy Officer (Digital & Technology) of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Paul joined AIIB in 2018, first as Investment Officer and then Strategy Officer. He has developed and is responsible for executing the Digital Infrastructure Strategy and thematic priority of Technology-enabled Infrastructure, which guides AIIB's engagements and supports investments in both technologies and their applications in infrastructure assets. He has various investment and corporate venturing experiences in technology and digital infrastructure. Paul has worked before with UBS AG, International Finance Corporation, and CDC plc. He has executed more than USD650m of principal equity and debt investments and advised USD2bn of corporate M&A transactions. In between, he has co-founded and advised multiple technology projects and ventures.

Paul holds Mphil in Economics and Finance from the University of Cambridge and a Certificate of innovation-driven entrepreneurship from MIT. Paul is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts. He was selected as one of the G20 Global Young Changers in 2017 and an adviser to UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation (digital inclusiveness workgroup) in 2018. He is currently a mentor advising startups in Infratech for InfraChallenge (an initiative by Global Infrastructure Hub).

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Sandy Lau

Chief Growth Officer
Serai

Sandy Lau is the Chief Growth Officer at Serai, a digital B2B platform and corporate venture owned by HSBC, where she’s responsible for driving customer growth, customer engagement and growing the Serai brand.

Sandy has over 17 years of experience across marketing, digital, strategy and business development, having held leadership roles in HSBC, Citibank, Standard Life Asia and multiple technology startups in Asia.

Before joining Serai, Sandy was the Country Director of Hong Kong for Asia fintech start up, GoBear. As the company’s first employee in Hong Kong, she built the business up from scratch, including implementing the go-to-market strategy, building commercial partnerships, driving user growth and increasing brand awareness.

Through her ability to understand complex businesses, Sandy has built a proven track record of developing and implementing impactful business strategies that drive sustainable growth. Having spent the last 6 years in the technology space, she truly believes in the power of technology in driving change and creating positive customer experiences.

Sandy holds both a Bachelor degree in Commerce and a Bachelor degree in Science and Information Systems from the University of Melbourne.

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Sunnie Lau

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

Sunnie is Director of Smart City Research and Industry Collaboration at MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the HKU. Sunnie believes that human-centric design promotes inclusive communities with innovative sustainable design strategies and urban designers & architects play important roles within the built environment. As an international associate member of AIA, UK Chartered Member and Hong Kong Registered Architect, she has been a regular design critic and instructor at architecture and urban design programmes at various schools. Taking up the roles of both practitioner and educator, she has been promoting architecture by designing, exhibiting, writing as outreach, and engaging communities. The endeavors included publicizing ongoing research topic on Kowloon East Inclusive Innovation & Growth, urban research-oriented design seminar, and facilitating dialogue between professionals, academia and young members at various cross disciplinary platforms and institutions.

Sunnie graduated with a B.A in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley; and later on, obtained her Master of Architecture, 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. Her academic research focuses on smart city - Inclusive innovation for communities, urban design and technology, urban mobility and smart infrastructure, architectural and urban typologies with an interest in creative and innovative sustainable design strategies (SDGs).

As an active council member of both HKIA and HKIUD; she has also taken the post of Chairing the Board of Education Affairs at the HKIA in 2021; Co-Chair of HKIA, HKIUD Young Members Committee since 2019 as well as HKIA representative in UIA Commission and Work Programmes. She has been keen in participating in competitions and exhibitions in various capacities ranging from curator, steering committee member, to exhibitor. In 2017, She was invited to be the Co-Curator & Exhibitor of the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale Of Urbanism\Architecture (Hong Kong).

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Owen Leung

General Manager, IoT & Telematics
Autotoll International Limited

Mr. Owen Leung is the General Manager of Telematics Department in Autotoll International Limited and General Manager in Guangdong Autotoll Intelligent Information Development Co., Ltd. in Guangzhou PRC. He has over 20 years of practical experiences in LBS and ITS related business with respect of advance and innovative technology for quality smart solution to the enterprise customers in Greater Bay Area.

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Dr. Gregg Li

Chairman and Acting CEO
OASA Hong Kong

Gregg has been a company doctor, a serial entrepreneur, a business angel, a board director, a professor of management, and now a coach to space talents.

As an Adjunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong, he has been teaching entrepreneurship and corporate governance, and starting in 2020, in astropreneurship. His peers and students called him “Dr. G” for short. Gregg is the founding chairman of many institutions, recently Invotech in 2013 with Sir David Akers Jones,…and now the Orion Astropreneur Space Academy (OASA) in Hong Kong. The Academy is a leadership development academy for entrepreneurs in space.

When he is not creating or building things, Gregg is busy advising a portfolio of artificial intelligence and big data start-ups in Greater Bay. These companies are ready for Space, and these include a predictive engine firm, a mindfulness technology company, a voicebot, an X-ray algorithm company, and an e-commerce training engine. These new ventures explores cutting edge technology that would improve the quality of life for all humanity.

Time permitting, Gregg has been teaching business management at the graduate level, and has been a visiting or adjunct professor at the invitation of Tsinghua, HKU, HKUST, Polytechnics, CUHK, Fudan, Chicago, Washington, Hawaii, and Baptist since the 1990s. Gregg's areas of research and teaching include management consulting, innovation, strategy, leadership, entrepreneurship, risk management, and corporate governance.

Gregg graduated from Washington University in St. Louis (BA in Liberal Arts), University of Hawaii in Asian Economics (MA), UCLA (MBA in Marketing and MIS), University of Hong Kong (MPhil in Buddhist Studies), and Warwick in the UK (Engineering Doctorate). He has held professional certifications in management consulting, FCMC; in cybersecurity, CISA and from the U. of Penn; and in directorship; HKFIoD.

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Christine Loh

Chief Development Strategist
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Professor Christine Loh is chief development strategist at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s Institute for the Environment. She is also visiting professor at the Anderson School of Management, UCLA where she teaches a course on nonmarket risks. Loh was a former legislator and undersecretary for the environment in Hong Kong, and was CEO of the non-profit think tank, Civic Exchange. She serves on the boards of New Forests Asset Management Pty Ltd, CDP Worldwide, Global Maritime Forum, and the Robert HN Ho Family Foundation. She is an Advisor to HSBC’s Climate Advisory Panel, as well as BASF’s Stakeholder Advisory Council. Loh is a published author of many academic and popular works. She is a lawyer by training, and a commodities trader by profession.

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Maggie Luo

Chief Representative, Asia Pacific
Sina Finance Global

Maggie Luo Qi is a senior media profession in Hong Kong. The producer and director for the famous talk show “Centred in Central” which mainly focuses on the capital market in Hong Kong.

She started Hong Kong Financial Institutions Awards (HKFIA) and HKFIA Forum in 2019, which become one of the most influential financial events in Hong Kong every year. Also she organised and hosted the workshops and sub-forums in several signature events in Hong Kong and all over the world, such as World Economic Forum in Davos, Asian Financial Forum, StartmeupHK Festival, Hong Kong Fintech Week and etc.

Maggie Luo Qi graduated with a Master of Arts degree in International Business Journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University. She used to be a senior correspondent in China Business News, focusing on the news of listed companies, stock exchanges and regulators.

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Bowie Ma

Senior Manager - Innovation & New Product
theDesk

Bowie Ma is the Senior Manager of Innovation & New Product at theDesk, a pioneer in Hong Kong's co-working industry.

From a Marketing Manager who oversees lead generation and strategic partnerships aiding the company's growth to a Senior Manager of Innovation and New Products, Bowie is now driving creative initiatives to take on new business opportunities and re-defining what co-work is. She is also in charge of theDesk's development in UK.

Prior to theDesk, Bowie was a journalist in Apple Daily Hong Kong & Taiwan and TVB; and a marketer at Vpon Big Data Group, a Big Data Company in Asia. During her time in Vpon Big Data Group, she was in charge of handling APAC's market expansion and penetration, and her contribution in the company has helped achieve the Greater China Specialist Agency of the Year Awards given by Campaign Asia-Pacific.

Bowie holds a Master of Science in Marketing from University of Edinburgh.

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Andrew Macpherson

Head of Asset Development, APAC
JLL

With over 25 years of living and working in Asia, Andrew has an extensive market knowledge and expertise in the industry. He combines his capital project, asset management and consulting experience to develop solutions that add value to investors’ and building owners’ property portfolios.

By leveraging JLL’s global and regional capabilities and data in market research, valuations, property management and leasing, the team provides tailored and fully integrated solutions at all stages of the asset lifecycle, including technical due diligence, strategic advice on acquisition, asset enhancement, leasing approach, operational management and capital gains realization. Our typical clients are investment funds, developers, owners / owner occupiers, pension funds, family offices and high net worth individuals.

Prior to joining JLL, Andrew was the Regional Head of Project & Program Management for Arcadis in Asia Pacific. Over the years his assignments have included leading large scale building renovation projects, setting up Program Management Offices for the delivery of multi-site projects, leading transformation and change management projects, the asset management of a 6m ft2 property portfolio, Project Director for a US$1b mixed use development in the Middle East.

On a more personal level, Andrew is active in many sports including cycling, rowing, kayaking, football, and basketball

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Timothy Mak

Group General Manager
Signify Hong Kong Ltd

Mr Timothy Mak is currently the market leader for Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) in Hong Kong and Macau, obtained a bachelor’s degree of Computer Science in University of London and has accumulated over 30 years of experience in the corporate communication system and information technology industry. He also entitled with management positions in Korea and Mainland China in his early years and has years of management experience across Asia Pacific regional. His last position was general manager of Avaya Hong Kong, which he was responsible for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

Mr. Timothy Mak expects Signify to be able to uphold the innovative concept and improve the lives of the public with innovative products under his leadership. Smart cities will become a general trend in the foreseeable future and Signify is expecting to establish a blueprint from this direction, and vigorously develops intelligent technologies into the public which makes a big step forward in the innovation lighting industry.

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Chandran Nair

Founder
The Global Institute for Tomorrow

Before starting GIFT Chandran was Chairman of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in the Asia Pacific, helping to establish it as the world’s leading environmental consultancy. For more than three decades he has advised governments and MNCs on strategic management and leadership issues and is often invited to speak and facilitate for top corporate education providers including Duke CE, INSEAD and NUS.

Chandran has served as Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. He is the author of Consumptionomics: Asia's Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet and The Sustainable State: The Future of Government, Economy and Society. He is a regular speaker at WEF and writes for publications such as The Financial Times and The New York Times.

Chandran is on the Executive Committee of the Club of Rome and is a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability and Experts Forum. He is a Senior Fellow of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Chandran also serves on BASF’s Stakeholder Advisory Council which advises the Board of Executive Directors.

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Mary Nan

Founder & CEO
CYZone

Mary Nan is Founder & CEO of CYZone. She has a deep understanding of the VC industry and helped over 10,000 entrepreneurs during the past 10 years. Mary founded CYZone in 2007, with the investment from a group of Top VCs like IDG and Sequoia China and Tencent, etc. CYZone is dedicated to building a leading international ecological service platform of innovation, to high-growth enterprises, financial institutions, industrial parks, and local governments.

Prior to establishing CYZone, Mary worked as Managing Director in Zero2IPO Group, a leading VC research firm. She was in charge of the Research, Business Development, and Financial Advisory service team during her time in Zero2IPO. Before that, she worked in ChinaVest, a VC firm, and China Economic Herald, a leading economic newspaper in China. Mary obtained a Tsinghua-MIT IMBA degree, following her Bachelor degree at Hunan University.

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Francis Ngai

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk)

Francis Ngai is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Social Ventures Hong Kong (SVhk). He is also the Founder of Playtao Education, BottLess, HATCH, Sonova and a Co-Founder of Green Monday and RunOurCity.

SVhk is an impact organisation focused on innovating social change for Hong Kong’s urban social challenges through pioneering impact ventures, aggregating impact capital and providing Business 2.0 consultancy. Since its founding in 2007, SVhk has invented and incubated more than 40 social innovation projects, and advised several notable Hong Kong businesses including Airport Authority of Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, Urban Renewal Authority, Swire Trust, and Bupa Hong Kong.

Prior to establishing SVhk, Francis was the Head of Strategy in a listed technology conglomerate in Hong Kong. He graduated from the City University of Hong Kong and was conferred an Honorary Fellowship by the University in 2013. He received an Honorary Fellowship from the Education University of Hong Kong in 2018, and 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. He serves as the Deputy Chairman of the Asian 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.

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Ryan Ngan

Director
Accounting Plus Corporate Advisory Ltd

Ryan is the Founder of Accounting Plus Corporate Advisory Ltd. (APCA). He has been serving the stakeholders within the aviation security segment for 14 years, providing specialize security solutions to the aviation industry value chain from manufactures, logistics service providers to Airliners.

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Reza Nobar

Director, Innovation & Business Excellence
AstraZeneca Hong Kong

Reza currently serves on the leadership team of AstraZeneca Hong Kong. He is responsible for Commercial Excellence, Digital and Marketing Excellence, Patient Solutions as well as Business Development.

AstraZeneca has been involved in the full digitalisation from front to back office, adopting a patient centric view. As a pioneer, we have contributed to the smart health patient journey to provide end-to-end solution from virtual consultation and treatment delivery. We are actively engaged in the innovation ecosystem in Hong Kong, and have supported programs linked to telemedicine, patient communications, patient affordability, patient prevention and screening. We recently launched an acceleration program dedicated to Integrated Oncology Solution in partnership with HK Science and Technology Park (“IncuBio”).

Reza is an internationally minded leader with 22-year experience in advisory (M&A, strategy), general management corporate roles and as a successful entrepreneur in Asia and Europe. He has developed financial literacy, commercial acumen and appreciation of risk. His strong experience in Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Goods, Luxury and Retail allows the introduction of innovation and disruptive business models managing complexity. Relevant achievements in Asia and Europe include entering new markets, developing new products, managing sales force, M&A and divestitures, capital raising, turnaround, crisis management, digital transformation and talent development.

Reza holds an MBA from INSEAD with a major in Corporate Finance and Restructuring. He started his career as scientist and holds and MSC in Chemical Engineering from Chimie Paris Tech.

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Anne O’Riordan

Group Director of Digital
Jardine Matheson Limited

Anne O’Riordan is the Group Director of Digital for Jardine Matheson Limited – a position she has held since June 2019. She is responsible for providing oversight of and further developing the Group’s digital and innovation strategy and agenda.

Before joining the Group, Ms O’Riordan was a senior managing director in Accenture where she worked for 28 years. In this period, she worked across the US, Europe and Asia with global companies transforming their business and operating models to meet changing market and portfolio needs.

She is a member of The Women’s Foundation, the 30% Club and the board liaison with the Women of Influence Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce. She holds the role of the treasurer of the American Chamber in Hong Kong and is an independent non-executive director on the board of Jazz Pharmaceuticals – a global healthcare company founded in Palo Alto.

Ms O’Riordan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biotechnology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree in Financial Accounting and Management Information Systems from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She also is a graduate of Women’s Directorship Programme from the University of Hong Kong and Stanford University Directorship Program.

She is married with two sons.

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Prof. Quentin Parker

Director, Laboratory for Space Research
The University of Hong Kong

Quentin Parker obtained a PhD from the University of St. Andrews in 1986 and joined the faculty at the University of Hong Kong in March 2015 to take up the Headship of the Department of Physics. From Jan. 2017 to Dec. 2019 he was Associate Dean (Global) of the Faculty of Science and is currently Director of the Laboratory for Space Research (see https://www.lsr.hku.hk/). Prior to that Quentin worked at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh (1986-1992), Anglo-Australian observatory (1992-1999), Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh (1999-2002) and then in joint position with the AAO and Macquarie University (2002-2015) where he developed and was director of the MQ research centre in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics growing membership from 2 staff when he arrived to 50 when he left. Research activities are mainly but not exclusively associated with Wide Field Astronomy (including being PI for the UKST H-alpha survey), large-scale redshift surveys, Galactic Archaeology, supernova remnants and especially Planetary Nebulae where he has discovered more PNe than anyone in history of the field. He leads the Hong-Kong/AAO/Strasbourg H-alpha PNe project. He has also extensive experience as an instrumentalist with multi-object fibre-optic spectrographs and narrow-band filters. He has published more than 563 papers and articles of which 247 are refereed and has more than 18116 citations with a h-index of 63. He has supervised and co-supervised a significant number of PhD, MSc and honours students to successful completion and is always keen to attract students. Quentin also has a long-term interest in Chinese Bronze artifacts and cultural heritage, interdisciplinary studies and science pedagogy.

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Laura Penhaul

Chief Performance Officer
Ceezuu

As Chief Performance Officer of Ceezuu, Laura Penhaul is passionate about helping teams or individuals to perform at their best. She draws on her extensive experience, both personally and professionally, in high performance sport and expedition.

‘Everyone was struck by Laura’s humility, honesty and deep truths from the Pacific. I recall one of the crew saying they would follow her anywhere, that leadership was so tangible yesterday. Losing sight of Shore spoke volumes to me.’ Andrew Dunnett, Group Director Foundations at Vodafone.

Laura was the Team Leader of the Coxless Crew who set 2 World Records in January 2016. They rowed unsupported across the Pacific. 9,000nm, taking 9 months to complete and 4 years to prepare for. This remarkable expedition was captured in the Netflix documentary “Losing Sight of Shore”.

Laura previously was Lead Physiotherapist for the Paralympic Programme of British Athletics and worked at Vancouver, London and Rio Paralympic Games. Other than her capacity at Ceezuu, she is currently also the Lead Physiotherapist for the Olympic British Sailing Team, supporting them through to Tokyo 2020. In 2017, Laura was the Performance Manager for Mark Beaumont, where she supported him in his preparations and during his World Record achievement of cycling the World in 78 Days. Alongside this, Laura was the Performance Lead for the Adaptive Grandslam, where she has supported the first ever veterans with disabilities to summit the 7 peaks and 2 poles in their Performance preparation.

In her spare time, you’ll find Laura on the North coast of Cornwall, where she’s an RNLI lifeboat crew volunteer and loves to stay active running or swimming on the coastline.

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Vivek Ramachandran

Chief Executive Officer
Serai

Vivek Ramachandran is the Chief Executive Officer of Serai, the digital B2B platform by HSBC that makes global trade easier for apparel businesses.

Before Serai, Vivek was the Global Head of Growth & Innovation for HSBC Commercial Banking. He was responsible for coordinating key strategic growth initiatives, exploring new business models and driving the adoption of new technologies. He was also the Global Head of Product for HSBC's Trade & Receivables Finance business. Prior to joining HSBC, Vivek was the co-founder and CEO of VTA, a boutique advisory firm working with banks across Europe and Asia. He previously held senior management positions at Barclays and Lloyds Bank. Vivek has a Ph.D in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, where he received the University’s highest recognition award for his accomplishments in teaching and research.

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Sabine Reppert

Associate Director of Sales for APAC
Digital Asset

Sabine Reppert is Associate Director of Sales for APAC at Digital Asset, one of the leading providers for enterprise-grade Smart Contract Technology, DAML, with offices in New York, Hong Kong, Zurich, Sydney and Budapest. In her role, Sabine is bringing the latest Smart Contract Technology to Smart City innovations. Sabine is helping companies to create more sustainable and frictionless solutions in the sectors eGovernment, Smart Retail, Smart Construction, Smart Mobility, PropTech, Smart Supply Chain, Smart Energy and FinTech.

Sabine joined Digital Asset in 2021 after six years in the Hong Kong Blockchain/IoT industry and after over twenty years in the international industry sector in Europe and the USA, where she has used applied cryptography to create safe and secure railway control systems.

Sabine holds a Master of Science in Mathematics from Philipps University Marburg, Germany and a Master of Arts in Business Coaching and Change Management from the European University of Applied Science Hamburg (EURO-FH) in Germany.

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Waltraut Ritter

Founder
Knowledge Dialogues

 

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Susheela Rivers

Office Managing Partner
DLA Piper

Susheela Rivers is the Office Managing Partner of DLA Piper Hong Kong, Co-Chair for the Global Real Estate Sector, Head of the Real Estate Group and the Hospitality & Leisure Group for DLA Piper in Asia Pacific. She is a solicitor of England and Wales and also admitted in Hong Kong. With 28 years' experience in real estate investments and developments, hotel, retail and mixed use sectors, Susheela has been instrumental in advising on landmark developments throughout the region including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Malaysia, Korea, India, Vietnam and Indonesia.

With a focus in real estate acquisitions/disposals, financings, developments, leases, hotels and private funding initiatives, Susheela advises international and regional property companies, hotel groups, retailers, private equity real estate funds, investment banks and hospitals on aspects of real estate transactions from structuring the investments, developments, project and investment management, real estate operation to the exit strategies. She transacts also on deals in England.

Susheela is Chair of the Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW), DLA Piper’s global gender balance network that aims to support gender balance at all levels by strengthening the influence, leadership and voice of women within DLA Piper and the wider community to effect change.

Susheela has been recognized as the Hall of Fame in the area of Real Estate in Hong Kong by Legal 500 2021. She was also acknowledged as Who’s Who of Hospitality Lawyers 2020 and Best in Real Estate by the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2014 & 2019. In addition, she was acknowledged as a leading lawyer in the area of Real Estate by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and Chambers Asia Pacific. Under Susheela's leadership, DLA Piper's Real Estate group was ranked as Tier 1 for Real Estate in China, Hong Kong and Thailand by Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal 500 and Tier 1 for Real Estate Funds in Hong Kong by IFLR1000.

Clients say of Susheela Rivers: "She's a very pragmatic lawyer who knows her stuff and handles client relations very well." - Chambers Asia Pacific 2020

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Cat Rüst

Global Head of Technology
Standard Chartered Bank

Cat has extensive leadership experience driving mobile, internet and software related transformation with large enterprises and start-ups. Her current role is Global Head, Technology at Standard Chartered Bank where she is responsible for building a new business around technology clients. She joined from 3 years at UBS Wealth Management Greater China where she was Head of Innovation Technologies, Greater China. Previously, she spent more than 15 years building eight technology companies in software, cloud and mobile in Hong Kong, China, the US and the UK. With the aim of promoting technology and transformation, Cat holds senior roles with the Women’s Foundation and InvestHK; she also leads a Facebook community with over 12k members around start-up. She was also named a global top 100 in women in Fintech.

Prior to her days in technology, Cat spent 5 years in China building companies, factories and amusement parks. She studied Management and Statistics at St Andrews University and received Diplomas in Marketing and Process-reengineering. She speaks Mandarin, French, German and some Spanish; and was born and raised in Asia.

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Prof. Brent Ryan

Associate Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy, Head, City Design and Development Group
MIT

Brent D. Ryan is Head of the City Design and Development Group and Associate Professor of Urban Design and Public Policy in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His research focuses on the aesthetics and policies of contemporary urban design, particularly with respect to pressing issues like deindustrialization and climate change. Professor Ryan’s first book Design After Decline: How America rebuilds shrinking cities, was one of Planetizen’s ten best urban planning books of 2012, and his second book The Largest Art: A measured manifesto for plural urbanism, was published by MIT Press in 2017.

Professor Ryan has published research in the Journal of Urbanism, Journal of Urban Design, Journal of Planning History, Urban Design International, Urban Morphology, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Journal of Planning and Development, and the Journal of the American Planning Association, which awarded his article “Reading Through A Plan” its best article of 2011. Professor Ryan has contributed chapters to The Companion to Urban Design, The City After Abandonment, The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning, and others.

Professor Ryan conducts urban design research and practice around the world, including China, Ukraine, Russia, India, and the United States. Current research includes a study of sustainability in Siberian cities funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and a study of riverfront industrial redevelopment in Kolkata, India. Professor Ryan has consulted for the World Bank among other organizations relating to cities, urban design, economic and demographic shifts.

Prior to joining MIT, Professor Ryan taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was also Co-Director of the City Design Center. Professor Ryan holds a B.S. in biology from Yale University, a M. Arch. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in urban design and planning from MIT.

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Pierre-Eric Saint-André

Chairman
Dragages Hong Kong Limited

Mr. Saint-André is equipped with all-rounded experience in finance, design, build and operate Infrastructure and Building businesses. He has been working in a wide array of industries, spanning from construction and smart city to renewable energy and telecom infrastructure.

Since 2017, Mr. Saint-André is Chairman of Dragages Hong Kong and Chairman & CEO Asia Pacific for Bouygues Batiment International.

In 2018, Mr. Saint-André notably led the acquisition of AW Edwards, one of the few leading, family-owned construction and fit-out businesses in Sydney (New South Wales) to expand Bouygues operations in Australia.

In 2019, many successes across the Asia-Pacific region demonstrated that the company was pursuing a steady growth across the region leveraging the assets of an international company and the strengths of its APAC subsidiaries very well connected locally.

In September 2020, Mr. Saint-André has been elected President of The French Chamber in Hong Kong.

In December 2020, Mr. Saint-André has been appointed Chairman and CEO of Bouygues Batiment International and joined the Bouygues Construction Executive Committee.

Before joining the Bouygues group, Mr. Saint-André has co-founded 2 start-ups, one mobile internet apps company and then one telco carrier providing high-speed telecom infrastructures and asset management services for large infrastructure funds. He sold this company to Bouygues Construction in 2006.

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Jeremy Sheldon

Head of Markets, Asia Pacific
JLL

Jeremy oversees transactions and office leasing across Asia Pacific.

With his leadership team, Jeremy sets the vision and strategy for JLL Markets throughout the region, with a focus on how to innovate to meet clients’ needs with new technologies.

Jeremy’s career in commercial real estate spans three decades. After attending Marlborough College and earning a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Westminster, he joined DTZ in 1986.

In 1990, he uprooted and made the leap Hong Kong to establish JLL’s tenant representation business. He quickly expanded his role to the spearhead firm’s Asia tenant representation business. In 2003 he honed his focus on creating cohesion between local and regional service lines across Asia including greater connectivity in China, Japan, Singapore, India, Australia and the Philippines.

With his deep knowledge of Asia’s emerging and established markets, he relocated to New York in 2006 to support U.S. clients seeking to export their business to Asia Pacific, and vice versa. But his home was Hong Kong, and he returned in 2009 to run the firm’s transaction business across the region, where he doubled revenue in just six years.

In his spare time, Jeremy and his wife Alex, 3 children and 2 dogs can be found wandering the hills of HK, out on the water or he is subjecting family and friends to his cooking.

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Kapil Singhal

Co-founder & CEO
Vyntelligence

Kapil enjoys scaling businesses, building teams and creating simple experiences.

Kapil started his career with Ericsson, as a field engineer, designing & building the very first mobile networks in India and worked at an Intel backed start up to build mobile applications in the year 2000! Kapil joined Aricent as the second employee in Europe, he built and led successful sales & client teams globally with revenue growth from Zero to £250m, and contributed to EMEA growth from 2 to 2500 employees. Kapil worked closely with senior management to integrate multiple acquisitions, notably Frog design, as the company got acquired by KKR and eventually CapGemini.

Kapil co-founded Vyntelligence with a purpose of simplifying work-life for a healthier, sustainable living. Vyntelligence, an award-winning digital work intelligence platform, transforms analogue workflows for deskless workers in the Utilities, Telecoms and Manufacturing industries. By combining data intelligence with the effective use of smart AI, smart data capture and remote collaboration to close the loop, Vyntelligence has delivered better customer engagement, reduced operational costs and a more proactive safety culture for these businesses. No more forms to fill and no more typing on the mobile. Only Show & Tell with Vyn SmartVideoNotes.

Kapil holds multiple patents in the field of smart data capture and smart recommendations. He earned an exec MBA at London Business School and is an Electrical Engineer from Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi (IIT-D).

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Alfred Sit Bio

Alfred Sit

Secretary for Innovation and Technology
Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Mr Alfred Sit joined the Government as Assistant Electrical and Mechanical Engineer in 1984 and was promoted to Chief Electrical and Mechanical Engineer in 2001, to Government Electrical and Mechanical Engineer in 2007, to Deputy Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services in 2011. He was Director of Electrical and Mechanical Services and Electrical and Mechanical Services Trading Fund General Manager since October 2017. On 22 April 2020, Mr Sit was appointed Secretary for Innovation and Technology.

Mr Sit is an electrical engineer by profession and has over 30 years’ experience in public administration. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He was the President of the Hong Kong Institution of Facility Management and Chairman of the Biomedical Division of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

Mr Sit holds the Associateship in Electrical Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic and a master degree in Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also attended the Harvard Business School.

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Dr. Siu Sai Cheong

Associate Professor of School of Translation and Foreign Languages
The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

Dr. Siu Sai Cheong is an Associate Professor in the School of Translation and Foreign Languages at the Hang Seng University of Hong Kong. He is also the Programme Director of the Bachelor of Translation with Business and the Master of Arts in Translation (Computer-Aided Translation) and the former Director of Deep Learning Research and Application Centre.

His research focuses on artificial intelligence for the creative industries, digital media and professional language services. His publicly funded AI projects include “Machine Translation of IPO Documents” and “A Hybrid Approach to the Translation of Government Press Releases,” supported by the Innovation and Technology Fund and the Faculty Development Scheme of the Research Grants Council respectively.

Dr. Siu is also active in the design and development of undergraduate and graduate courses on AI and translation technology, exploring automatic translation, video translation, web localization, mobile app development, bilingual digital marketing, natural language processing (NLP), cloud-based team translation, and bilingual data analytics.

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Mark Slade

Managing Director
DHL Global Forwarding Hong Kong and Macau

Mark Slade is the Managing Director for DHL Global Forwarding Hong Kong and Macau, the freight forwarding division of DHL, since January 2017.

Prior to his appointment, Mark was the Managing Director of DHL Global Forwarding Japan, having assumed that role in 2011. Mark joined DHL Global Forwarding in 2002 as Director, Airfreight at the Asia Pacific regional office in Singapore.

Prior to joining DHL, Mark held various sales and management positions, where he was based in Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Singapore. He was the Chairman of the Logistics and Freight Committee, European Business Council in Japan from 2011 until 2015, and he has written frequently for the Nikkei, Japan's leading business daily.

A native of Canada, he has spent more than twenty years living in the Asia Pacific region, working in the logistics industry. Mark is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction), joint specialist in history and political science, minor in economics.

Mark is a chartered fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (FCILT), and vice-chair of the Shipping & Transport Committee at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (HKGCC).

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Gene Soo LinkedIn

Gene Soo

Head of Ecosystem of Global Innovation Department
MTR

Gene Soo is the Head of Ecosystem of Global Innovation Department at MTR. Having led the creation of Hong Kong's startup ecosystem by cofounding StartupsHK (now known as StartupsGBA), Gene is now tasked with building new businesses and enhancing the core MTR business with technology, partnerships, and new models. Prior to his role at MTR, Gene was the General Manager at Citymapper and led the launch of Citymapper into Hong Kong in 2015. Since then, Citymapper has become the most complete transport app in Hong Kong covering MTR, buses, trams, ferries, minibuses (including red ones) helping people interconnect all these transportation modes and getting them to their destination. Prior to Citymapper, Gene has been involved in building fashion and lifestyle apps and have also worked in Business Development at 6waves, a mobile and social game startup in Hong Kong.

Gene has been pushing for better open data practice in Hong Kong and believes strongly in improving daily lives through better design and technology.

Gene received his BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University as well as MBA from Columbia University.

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Maaike Steinebach

General Manager, Hong Kong and Macau
Visa Inc.

Maaike Steinebach is Visa's General Manager for Hong Kong and Macau. She is responsible for the full business operations, strategy development and management of Visa’s businesses in the two territories. She is also the founding member of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong.

Maaike brings more than 20 years of experience working in institutional, commercial and private banking in Europe, Asia, and Greater China.

Before joining Visa, Maaike served for five years as Country Executive of Commonwealth Bank of Australia based in Hong Kong, and before that as Country Executive for ABN AMRO and Regional Head Asia for the corporate bank. Prior to Hong Kong, Maaike spent five years based in Shanghai as Country Manager for Fortis Bank Greater China.

As founding member of Women in Tech HK and Women Chief Executive Group HK, Maaike is active in the advocacy for full and equal participation of women and girls in Hong Kong economy and society. She is also an active member in the fintech community in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.

Maaike has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

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Eric Stryson LinkedIn

Eric Stryson

Managing Director – Global Services
The Global Institute for Tomorrow

Eric is the Managing Director, Global Services at The Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT), an independent, pan-Asian think tank with offices in Hong Kong & Kuala Lumpur. Since 2008, Eric has designed and facilitated more than 50 experiential leadership programmes in fifteen countries, in online and blended formats, in partnership with clients including BASF, NEC, Jardine Matheson, Prudential, the IFC, and local governments in Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the UAE amongst many others.

Eric develops and delivers original session content and facilitates virtual project work through online programmes, including working with participants to generate new ideas on business, governance and sustainability. As part of GIFT’s flagship Leadership Reset course, he leads a session on The Role of Technology in Society, asking difficult questions about the development and deployment of technology in modern society, and drawing upon partnerships and projects across the Asia region. He writes and speaks on topics related to technology, regional development, innovation, leadership and the shifting role of business in society.

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Catherine Tan LinkedIn

Catherine Tan

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Notey Labs

Catherine Tan is Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Notey Labs. Notey Labs' flagship product Chinafy, is a SaaS-based platform that re-engineers and re-architects web applications for enhanced performance in China. Chinafy is also the world’s first-and-only software solution that helps global websites achieve virtually onshore performance with an offshore set-up.Notey Labs was launched in 2013 where they launched a personalised content reader that grew to more than 5 millions users. Since then Notey has created products that provides adaptive content, server, and hosting solutions for global businesses like HSBC, SCMP and Swire. Based in Hong Kong and backed by top global tech investors, the company has been featured on Techcrunch, CNBC, as well as Business Insider, highlighting Notey as one of the “15 Fastest Growing Startups in the World”.Prior to Notey, Catherine spent 10 years in investment banking with Barclays and Morgan Stanley in London and Hong Kong.

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Scott Thiel LinkedIn

Scott Thiel

Partner
DLA Piper

Scott Thiel is Asia Head of DLA Piper's Global Technology and FinTech sector initiative. He advises clients on all aspects of technology related procurements and outsourcing deals and has particular experience on regulatory issues associated with payments clearing and platforms, e-commerce settlements and cross-border payment services offerings.

Scott is a dedicated TMT specialist with a computer science background, which gives him insight that his peers do not have when working with technology companies and providers. This has resulted in him becoming a "go-to" advisor for all things data and tech-related for his clients.

Scott's technology focus is of extra importance at DLA Piper as he leads a number of tech-related initiatives within the firm, such as being a leader within DLA Piper's recently launched "Blockchain and Digital Assets" practice group and also being the firm's representative on the Hedera Hashgraph Governing Council - a next generation public distributed ledger technology (DLT) infrastructure through which DLA Piper is hosting a node.

Scott is also a non-executive director of the Blockchain Think Lab and Hedera Hashgraph. He is also the founder and product sponsor for TOKO, DLA Piper’s subsidiary which has built a tokenisation engine and digital asset management platform. Link to our TOKO official launch video as follows: DLA Piper & Aldersgate Launch TOKO Security Token Engine Video.

Chambers Hong Kong Fintech: Legal 2021 notes “Scott Thiel offers FinTech clients deep expertise across a broad variety of transactions and commercial agreements, as well as navigating Hong Kong's regulatory regime. Multinational technology corporations and global financial institutions seek DLA Piper’s counsel on a variety of matters including e-payments, stored value facilities, and data protection and privacy…[the team is also] active on virtual banking mandates, as well as on bitcoin and cryptocurrency-related matters, including ICOs.”

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James Thompson LinkedIn

James Thompson

Head of Digital
Gammon Construction

James Thompson is the Head of Digital at Gammon Construction. He is responsible for driving and orchestrating corporate level digitalization and formulating and implementing the businesses digital strategy. He also leads the Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) teams.

His responsibilities include integrating engineering and construction with emerging technologies and establishing co-creative eco-systems to drive business efficiency pushing Gammon towards off-site manufacturing and integrating built assets into the smart city.

Prior to joining Gammon Construction, James worked in the UK and Middle East where he successfully implemented and executed digital/ BIM/ PLM strategies on cross sector/industry projects for major clients such as NTT Communications, Jaguar Land Rover and EDF.

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Graham Tier LinkedIn

Graham Tier

General Manager, District Facility Services
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Graham Tier, CFM, FMP, MRICS, currently serves as the General Manager, District Facility Services with The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA), the largest Cultural and Arts developments under construction in the world. This project will showcase international grade arts and culture stretching across 40 hectares of land right on Hong Kong's wonderful Victoria Harbour. This project will attract visitors from around the world with it's iconic buildings and impressive public open spaces.

Tier has more than 25 years of experience in operations and maintenance for leading international companies including British American Tobacco, Johnson & Johnson, McPherson’s and Amcor, and shares a network with many blue chip organizations internationally. He has over 16 years’ experience in Asia and previously managed all FM operations for The Hong Kong Jockey Club.

As an ambassador of FM best practices and innovation in Asia, he has transformed facility services across property segments, including introducing asset health policies and procedures, FM-enabling technology and new forms of FM contracts. This has previously led building technology and its application to sustainable buildings, and one of the first organization in Hong Kong to utilize mobile technology in the management of FM workflows.

Tier has studied at various institutions and has gained qualifications in mechanical engineering, operations management and construction management. He holds international credentials in facility management, including the FMP and CFM designations, and was a former certified trainer for IFMA. He is a senior professional member of RICS and a member of the RICS Asia Board.

Tier joined IFMA in 2005 and has held a number of senior positions in the Hong Kong chapter, including president in 2009-10. In those roles he has advanced IFMA as a custodian of industry best practices and has forged links with many key organizations, including public bodies and other supporting societies. He has been instrumental in the promotion of FM credentials and was the driving force behind Hong Kong’s FM community. After joining the IFMA executive committee in 2016/17 and taking on the top position in 2018/19 he was instrumental in driving change within IFMA as the Global Board Chair with remarkable results.

His long service to the profession has included speaking at seminars and conferences around Asia, promoting the FM industry and sharing his insight and experience on wide-ranging topics promoting the profession.

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Alexandra Tracy LinkedIn

Alexandra Tracy

President
Hoi Ping Ventures

Alexandra Tracy is President of Hoi Ping Ventures in Hong Kong, which she founded to provide research and consulting on green finance and sustainable investment in Asian emerging markets. She is currently Private Sector Observer to the World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds, having for several years served as Active Private Sector Observer to the United Nations Green Climate Fund.

Alexandra is a director of RIMM Sustainability Pte Ltd in Singapore and sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards in Hong Kong, including Tom Hugh Limited, where she is non-executive Chairman, and the Asia Pacific Investors Cooperation. She is also a director of the Climate Markets & Investment Association in the UK, and an Advisor to the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology’s Asian Family Business Research Centre, Friends of the Earth Hong Kong and the NDCI.org climate commitment community.

From 2013 to 2019, Alexandra was a member of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She acted as non-executive Chairman of the Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia for six years, stepping down in 2015, and was instrumental in establishing the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change during this period.

Alexandra speaks and writes regularly on sustainable finance, development and infrastructure issues. She has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and MA degrees from Yale University and Cambridge University.

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David Turkington LinkedIn

David Turkington

Head of Technology APAC
GSMA

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.

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Julian Vella LinkedIn

Julian Vella

Co-Head, China - Global Infrastructure Advisory
KPMG China

Julian is based in Hong Kong and is the Co-Head, China for KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Practice. Until recently he was also the Asia Pacific Regional Leader for 10 years and is a member of KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Board. 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.

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.

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John Ure LinkedIn

John Ure

Fellow of the Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning
The University of Hong Kong

Dr. John Ure is an economist specializing in ICT policy, development and regulatory issues. He founded the Technology Research Project (TRP) at the University of Hong Kong 1993 and is co-founder and director of TRPC Pte Ltd (Singapore). He is principal author and editor of two books: Telecommunication in Asia: Policy, Planning and Development (HKU Press 1995; 1997) and Telecommunications Development in Asia (HKU Press, 2008). He serves on the international editorial boards of the Telecommunications Policy and Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance journals.

In 2018 he brought together a HK Team of specialists to convince private transport operators of the need to share data by creating an independent 3rd party to provide government and the public with the means to plan for a more fully integrated intermodal transport system, to mitigate some of the problems of congestion and pollution, improve our understanding of passenger flows between modes and offer more flexibility in the planning of routes, on-demand services and multi-modal forms of transport. With collaboration of the HKU as a trusted third party, a Data Trust was established, and the Inter-modal transport data sharing programme was created with funding from the Government’s Innovation and Technology Fund. Reducing carbon emissions was an important aspect of this programme and to this end he authored Decarbonizing Public Transport in Hong Kong.

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Sankar Villupuram

Digital Services & Products Leader (East Asia)
Arup

Mr Villupuram holds the responsibility of leading Digital Services for Arup in East Asia. It involves creating Software as a Service & 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.

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Prof. Lisa C. Wan

Associate Professor of School of Hotel and Tourism Management and Department of Marketing
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School

Prof. Lisa C. Wan is an Associate Professor of School of Hotel and Tourism Management and Department of Marketing at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School. She is also the Director for the Centre for Hospitality and Real Estate Research. She was the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award 2017 presented by CUHK, the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award 2017 and the Faculty Teaching Merit Award 2012-2017, 2018-19 presented by CUHK Business School.

Prof. Wan’s research interests include consumer/tourist reactions to service robots and technologies, cross-cultural consumer behaviour, consumer/tourist green consumption, and tourist misbehaviors. Her works has appeared in the top-tier Marketing and Hospitality journals, including Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, Journal of Business Research, Annals of Tourism Research, Tourism Management, International Journal of Hospitality Management, and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research etc. She reviews for major Marketing and Hospitality journals.

One of her recent publications about consumer reactions to service robots in COVID-19 has attracted 368 local and international media pickups. The article was disseminated to 15,864 media around the world and 1,253 journalists read the article.

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Bradley Way LinkedIn

Bradley Way

Director, Corporate Energy Services
CLP Innovation

Brad is Director of CLP Innovation’s Corporate Energy Services, based in Hong Kong. Corporate Energy Services focuses on providing renewable energy and circular economy solutions to corporates to decarbonize their business. His previous work includes investment banking where he held roles including head of BNP Paribas’ Asia Energy team, and in energy companies including Saudi Aramco where he held business development and innovation roles. Brad has been a member of the Hong Kong community for 7 years, and prior to this spent 2 years in Saudi Arabia, and 12 years in Beijing. He is fluent in Mandarin, holds a PhD in renewable energy engineering and power system modernization, an MBA, and a post graduate degree in finance.

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Andrew Weir LinkedIn

Andrew Weir

Regional Senior Partner, Hong Kong; Vice Chairman, China; Global Chair, Asset Management and Real Estate
KPMG

Andrew is Regional Senior Partner of KPMG in Hong Kong and Vice Chairman of KPMG China. He has over 30 years' experience servicing listed companies, public bodies, investment funds and MNCs in Hong Kong, China, Asia and internationally. He has a keen interest in corporate governance, board leadership and business in the community and leads the quarterly KPMG Independent Non-Executive Directors Forum.

Andrew is a Fellow of ICAEW and HKICPA and is a Fellow and Council Member of the Institute of Directors. He is a regular speaker at forums, universities and business schools on governance and business issues.

Andrew has had a number of senior national, global and regional roles with KPMG. He is currently the Global Chairman of Asset Management and Real Estate, and ASPAC Chairman of Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare, which also includes the real estate, hospitality and transport sectors. Andrew is in the global leadership team of KPMG’s Belt & Road Centre of Excellence and chairs the UK -China corridor leading efforts in establishing greater linkages between Chinese, UK and International business and investment partners. Andrew previously was Head of Capital Markets at KPMG China and Asset Management in Asia Pacific.

Andrew was appointed by the HKSAR Government as a council member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and to sit on the Greater Bay Belt and Road Committee and chair the Global Belt and Road Forum. Andrew was appointed by the HKSAR Government as a director of the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) and chairs its Governance Committee and sits on the FSDC Policy Research Committee. He previously chaired the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and sits on the advisory panels of the Securities Institute, Hong Kong Investor Relations Association and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Andrew is Chairman of Pacific Basin Economic Council and Plan International and Deputy Chairman of UNESCAP on Financial Services. He is a director of Asia Pacific Real Estate Association, ANREV and Community Business. He was previously Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and of Community Business Leadership Council as well as a member of the International Business Council.

Andrew was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017 for his contribution to trade and investment links between Hong Kong, China and the UK and was awarded Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors for his services to the NGO sector. He is a Justice of the Peace.

He has an honours degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Economic Development.

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Lucy Werner LinkedIn

Lucy Werner

Head of Cloud, Hong Kong
Google Cloud

Lucy Werner is responsible for leading Google Cloud’s business in Hong Kong focused on helping enterprise customers with their digital transformation strategies and accelerating innovation. Her prior role at Google was leading Finance and Travel strategies for pan Asian clients based in Hong Kong.

Lucy joined Google in January 2015. Her career prior to Google included leadership roles at Kenshoo across Asia Pacific and in the USA at Spruce Media where Lucy was the Chief Operating Officer (a Facebook PMD partner) and at adBrite where she served as the Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development where she built the largest independent ad exchange globally.

Lucy has also held several leadership roles in Finance at JP Morgan, Merill Lynch and Deloitte.

Lucy holds an M.B.A from Harvard Business School a Bachelor of Commerce and CPA certification from the University of Cape Town.

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Lee Williamson LinkedIn

Lee Williamson

Regional Editorial Director
Generation T

Lee Williamson is a Hong Kong-based journalist with a decade of experience in the Greater China region. Formerly in the editor’s chair at Time Out Beijing, he now heads up editorial for Generation T, Tatler Asia's content and events platform for the Leaders of Tomorrow. He was selected as a WAN-IFRA Young Media Leaders Fellow 2020.

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Ben Wong LinkedIn

Ben Wong

Head of Open Innovation
Eureka Nova, a New World Group Member

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 Eureka Nova’s 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. Ben also co-founded Impact Kommons, the first UN SDG accelerator in APAC focused on accelerating impact with purpose-driven startups.

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 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.

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Dan Wong LinkedIn

Dan Wong

General Manager, Global Innovation
MTR Corporation

Dan Wong is an expert in the fields of digital transformation and product innovation – with over 20 years of experience in Greater China and Silicon Valley. Dan is currently GM of Global Innovation at MTR Corporation, where he and his team are tasked with building new businesses and enhancing the core business with technology and partnerships. MTR is one of the most respected transport operators in the world, with operations in Stockholm, London, Sydney, Melbourne, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau, and of course Hong Kong. MTR is at the nexus of “new mobility” (new modes of transport, O2O, urbanization, smart city, and public private partnerships). There are few companies with the unique expertise and resources to capture the emerging changes before us.

Previous to MTR, Dan was a mentor and advisor to several startups in the artificial intelligence, converged retail, and smart home industries. As CEO of artificial intelligence startup Rokid, Dan and his team brought to market a cutting-edge home AI product that captured numerous industry accolades, including CES Innovation Award 2016 and 2017. This was a “full-stack” product involving the development of Rokid’s own voice recognition technology as well as customized hardware, software, and materials. Previous to Rokid, Dan was Vice President of Media Solution Center at Samsung, where he was responsible for the software and services on Samsung mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs and wearables in China. Before that, he ran one of China’s largest mobile ad networks as Chief Operating Officer of Madhouse. At Nokia, Dan launched and built NSeries into a $1.9B USD business across Greater China (covering China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan). While at Nokia, he was also responsible for the company’s Ovi internet services – launching multiple consumer services (app store, games, music, and maps) and establishing the joint-venture company that served as the basis for these services. Under Mr. Wong’s leadership, Nokia became the first foreign entity to obtain an Online Maps license in China’s tightly regulated market. In Silicon Valley, Dan has held various management positions with industry pioneering companies such as Openwave (WAP and mobile internet) and Excite@Home (broadband internet services and portal).

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Jean Wong LinkedIn

Jean Wong

Chief Marketing Officer
Ceezuu

Jean personifies today’s slash economy - as Chief Marketing Officer for Wellness Tech Start-up Ceezuu, Jean leads strategic communications and digital marketing functions for Ceezuu, a unique Wellness platform that connects devices and people with advice and solutions for a healthier happier life. Jean is also the CEO of Swiss Polymeric, a high voltage cable accessories company, that has a vertically integrated business through design, manufacture and sales - supplying to some of the leading power companies in Asia.

Prior to these roles, Jean was dually leading Cisco’s Digital Experience & Analytics in APAC; as well as Marketing for their billion dollar Cisco Services business in the region. She has also led strategic communications for Cisco’s Globalisation office, based out of India, to support Cisco’s Chief Globalisation Officer to advocate about IoT and Smart Cities around the world. Jean has also held several marketing leadership roles at Verizon Business and previously, a COO for a Hong Kong based AI software start up.

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Eric Xie LinkedIn

Eric Xie

Senior Vice-President, China Innovation
Schneider Electric

Eric Xie is currently Senior Vice President of Schneider Electric and Head of China Innovation. He leads Energy Transition Program as well as the Innovation at the Edge initiative for China, including investments, incubations and partnerships. Prior to that, he took positions as SVP of China Digital Energy Division, Chief of Staff of Global Purchasing Operation, and Country President of Schneider Electric Hong Kong Operation.

Eric joined Schneider Electric in 2005 and served in various business functions across Sales, Marketing, Global Supply Chain and General Management. He has made impressive records of achievement in building sustainable competitive advantage for the business.

Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in Industry Automation and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation from Zhejiang University. He also receives an EMBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in 2015.

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Peter Yan LinkedIn

Peter Yan

Chief Executive Officer
Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited

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.

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Jimalyn Yao LinkedIn

Jimalyn Yao

Head of Digital Hub, Siemens Advanta Solutions
Siemens

Jimalyn has been in the infrastructure industry for ten years, in roles ranging from strategy, marketing, sales and solutions development. Her work has cut across energy efficiency, product development and business strategy for the built environment in multiple cities. Currently, Jimalyn serves as the Head of Digital Hub of Siemens Advanta Solutions, creating progressive solutions for customers by harnessing the power of their data. Having worked in Taiwan, ASEAN and most recently Hong Kong, Jimalyn has a macro-view of the smart city technology trends and adoption levels across Asia Pacific. Jimalyn has a degree in Science & Technology Policy from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

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Alan Yau LinkedIn

Alan Yau

Head of Real Estate, Hong Kong, The Smart City Group
KPMG China

Alan is a partner of KPMG. Alan joined KPMG Hong Kong in 2004. In his early years, Alan spent extensive time working in mainland China, primarily in Beijing and Shanghai, primarily on state-owned enterprises IPO projects.

In 2007, Alan was seconded to the Property and Infrastructure practice of KPMG UK. Alan returned to KPMG Hong Kong in 2009 to continue his career at KPMG Hong Kong.

Alan has extensive experience in auditing Hong Kong listed companies, multinational companies, public sector and not-for-profit organisations. His clients involve in a wide range of businesses, such as technology, datacenter, real estate, hospitality, construction, public sector. Alan involves extensively in providing assurance and audit services to a number of real estate and hospitality clients and advisory services for M&A activities for non-audit clients.

Alan has extensive experience in handling capital market transactions like IPOs, major M&A transactions, bond issuances, etc. Alan is also experienced in providing accounting advisory services to non-audit clients in Hong Kong.

Alan is a member of Smart City team of KPMG Hong Kong; helping to promote ‘Smart City’ initiatives in Hong Kong to public and private sectors, collaborate regularly with government agencies, start-up companies, investors and multinational corporates to support Smart City eco-system; and mentor the next generation in Startup events and pitching. Alan has also worked with multinational corporates in technology, education and real estate to support their innovation agenda such as robotics, AI and Ed-tech.

Alan is also a member of Audit Technology Committee of KPMG China. He has helped to drive a number of initiatives to transform the audit practice nationally by leveraging technology such as robotics, AI, D&A to improve audit quality and efficiency.

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Gary Yeung

Gary Yeung

President
Smart City Consortium

Gary, a young I.T. entrepreneur, graduated from Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) of Tsinghua University, and Electronic & Computer Engineering of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

As an entrepreneur, Gary started his own business when he was studying in HKUST. Since then, his keen interest in Internet has driven him to focus on Internet-related business and his dedication in the I.T. sector secures his success. He is now the Founder and CEO of Techture Limited, a Digital Agency providing integrated online to offline (O2O) solutions with a pool of PR and IT experts.

As the founding member and President of the Smart City Consortium (SCC), Gary has focused on developing electronic identification (eID) applications for both Chinese mainland and Hong Kong in recent years. With growing enthusiasm, unique business insight and cutting-edge technology, he is seizing the rare opportunity of China-Hong Kong Smart City development. He is also the guest host of Metro Radio. Apart from contributing to SCC, he also undertakes different professional roles such as Vice-President of Internet Professional Association, Vice-Chairman & Honorary Treasurer of Hong Kong Software Industry Association.

Last but not least, Gary is appointed by the HKSAR Government to serve as the School Management Council Member of The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK), Council Member of Vocational Training Council (VTC), Member of Advisory Committee on Recycling Fund, Member of Vetting Committee of the Trade and Industrial Organisation Support Fund of Trade and Industry Department. He also founded Ma On Shan Youth Association in 2007. The Association is a Registered Charitable Organization which currently operates two social enterprises.

Gary received the “Young Leader Award” from the Harbour Junior Chamber in 2008 and was awarded the Medal of Honour from the HKSAR Government in 2017. Both awards acknowledge his significant outstanding achievement and contribution to the Hong Kong community.

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Andrew Young

Associate Director (Innovation)
Sino Group

Ir Andrew Young has over 38 years of executive experience, including Chief Commercial Officer of Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation and Director of Partnership Development for The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). He is now an Associate Director (Innovation) for Sino Group with responsibility to explore and identify innovations and technologies for application in the group and explore investment opportunities in technology ventures. He has developed professional working relationships with leading and renowned institutions and innovation nodes around the World.

He is a Fellow of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and a Chartered Professional Engineer and member of the Institutions of Engineers Australia. He is an Adjunct Professor with The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology and The University of Hong Kong, a member of Global Exposure Working Group of International Advisory Council in China of Singapore Management University, a member of Knowledge Transfer Committee, Electronics Engineering Departmental Advisory Committee and School of Energy and Environment Advisory Committee of City University of Hong Kong, a member of Advisory Committee of School of Optometry of PolyU, and serves on the Engineering Discipline Advisory Board and the Manufacturing Technology Training Board of Vocational Training Council. He also sits on various committee in leading commerce and industry associations, serving as Chairman of Hong Kong Automation Technology Council, Chairman of AI & Robotics Alliance of Hong Kong, Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Startup Council, Vice Chairman of Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association, etc. He is an active member within the start-up and VC community and a member of the Cyberport Investors Network.

 

 

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