FINTECH WEEK 

SPEAKERS

 

HERMAN LAM

CEO, Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited

Mr Herman LAM joined the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited as the Chief Executive Officer in March 2010.  As the CEO of Cyberport, Mr Lam is responsible for leading, representing and administering the company as well as playing a prominent role in promoting and implementing Cyberport’s public mission strategies.

Within the public mission arena, Mr Lam sets the initiatives for comprehensive programmes which assist the development of Hong Kong as a hub for innovation and trade in ICT, and encourage the development and upgrading of ICT skills and resources in the wider community of Hong Kong.

Mr Lam is also active in community affairs and industry development, serving a number of statutory bodies such as the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee (2008-2016); Industry Facilitation Task Force (2010-2016); the Hong Kong Trade Development Council ICT Services Advisory Committee; the Hong Kong ICT Awards Steering Committee; Honorary Advisor Council of the Hong Kong Computer Society; the Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association; the Digital Solidarity Fund Committee;  the Departmental Advisory Committee for the Department of Computer Science of City University of Hong Kong; the Innovation and Technology Scholarship Award Scheme Administration Committee; the Information Technology Management Committee of the Hong Kong Management Association and the Advisory Board for the Department of Computer Science & Engineering of Chinese University of Hong Kong; the Advisory Board for the Innovation and Information Management of the University of Hong Kong and the Airport Technology Advisory Council.

As a pioneer in the technology industry, Mr Lam has been contributing his efforts serving on various competition judging panels throughout the years to promote and comment on ICT excellence in the industry, including the Hong Kong ICT Awards, Facebook Mobile Hack-Hong Kong, Computerworld Hong Kong Awards, the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards and the Asia Smartphone Application Contest.

Prior to his tenure with Cyberport, Mr Lam was the General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong Limited.  Mr Lam holds an MBA in Business Computer Information Systems and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Texas in the United States.

 

JUWAN LEE

Founder & CEO, NexChange

Juwan Lee has nearly 30 years of financial service experience managing portfolios on behalf of hedge funds, proprietary trading, and asset managers. Formerly the Chief Investment Officer for the international division of Shanghai's largest asset management firm. Spent numerous years at JP Morgan in a variety of roles from principal investments to heading equity within the asset management division. Early pioneer in managing technology portfolios on behalf of hedge funds like SAC Capital and asset managers like Rothschilds and Montgomery.

EDWARD TSE

Founder & CEO, GAO FENG ADVISORY COMPANY

Dr. Edward Tse

FOUNDER & CEO, GAO FENG ADVISORY COMPANY

Edward Tse is founder and CEO of Gao Feng Advisory Company. A pioneer in China’s management consulting industry, Dr. Tse built and ran the Greater China operations of two leading international management consulting firms for a period of 20 years. He has consulted to hundreds of companies – both headquartered in and outside of China – on all critical aspects of business in China and China for the world. He also consulted to the Chinese government on strategies, state-owned enterprise reform and Chinese companies going overseas. He is the author of over 200 articles and four books including both award-winning The China Strategy(2010) and China’s Disruptors (2015) (Chinese version «创业家精神»).

 

  Education and Others

-          Ph.D., Civil Engineering; MBA, University of California, Berkeley

-          MS; BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

-          Chinese national; fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese

FERIDUN HAMDULLAHPUR

Former Managing Director, JP Morgan

Feridun Hamdullahpur was appointed president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo on March 11, 2011.

 

A professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Hamdullahpur earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia.

 

Throughout his career spanning over 35 years, Dr. Hamdullahpur has been an active researcher in thermo-fluids and energy engineering, a passionate teacher and an academic administrator. He has authored hundreds of scientific and academic publications and supervised over 50 graduate students. He was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in June, 2014.

 

President Hamdullahpur’s central motivation is ensuring that the impact of university education, research and scholarship on our broader society is maximized through constant reform and innovation in the higher education sector. He is a leading advocate for the value of basic research and its relevance to educational excellence and economic prosperity.

 

His current focus at the University of Waterloo is expanding its lead in innovation, building on Waterloo’s long-standing and emerging strengths in co-operative education, research, entrepreneurship, and equity. For the last nearly three decades, Waterloo has dominated Canadian university innovation rankings. Its goal is to be recognized as one of the top innovation universities in the world. In 2014, Waterloo was named Best Overall University in Canada.

 

In 2015 President Hamdullahpur was appointed chair of the new Leadership Council for Digital Infrastructure, an ambitious initiative to build a world leading digital infrastructure ecosystem for Canada. He is also proud to have been one of ten global university presidents appointed to the United Nation’s HeforShe Impact 10x10x10 campaign to engage boys and men in the cause of gender equity.

 

In acknowledgement of President Hamdullahpur’s leadership in education and innovation, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in January, 2013.

ANGUS WASHINGTON

Angus has over 15 years’ experience in the executive search and recruitment industry acquired in the Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Australia.

Based in Hong Kong, Angus is the Manager Partner of Wellesley Associates a leading executive search firm in Asia Pacific with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and India. Angus and his team support Wellesley Partners by providing Executive Recruitment services covering mid to junior level staff positions within Financial Services and all staff levels in Commence & Industry including Consumer, Technology and Professional Services. 

Prior to Wellesley Associates, Angus founded Inspire Search & Selection in Hong Kong & Singapore which was acquired by Chandler Macleod in March 2011. Angus has been in the recruitment industry since graduating from university and prior to founding Inspire he held senior roles with two of the world's largest recruitment firms, Robert Walters in Hong Kong and Michael Page in Australia.

Angus was born in Melbourne, Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance from Bond University in Queensland, Australia.

JERRELL BRAVO

Senior Partner at RPO Global

Jerrell is a Senior Partner at RPO Global with 15 years' experience in Talent Acquisition,

Employee Engagement, Performance Management and Sales. He is based in Hong Kong and

executes client engagements across Asia and Europe for HR and Senior Management teams at

MNC’s.

KARENA BELIN

Co-Founder, W Hub

Karena Belin co-founded W Hub out of passion for entrepreneurs and to foster the growth of the startup ecosystem. W Hub showcases startups and helps bring their business to the next level by making meaningful connections to Talent, other Startups and Investors. Since 2013, she is deeply immersed into the startups scene and acts as speaker, mentor and judge at events and organisations such as the Chicago Booth GNVC, Google EYE, RISE Conference, Tech Open Air Berlin, Techstar’s StartupWeekendHK and Poly U Entrepreneurial Mentorship Network as well as driving diversity and inclusion as board member of WOW of the American Women’s Association. She holds a double diploma in business and administration from the University of Mannheim and the MBA business school ESSEC in Paris. Previously, she has worked 15 years for Procter & Gamble in various roles throughout Finance, Sales, Strategy and Management across Europe, North East Asia and Greater China. Responsibilities included product line launches, portfolio management, strategic business planning, organisation re-design and Gillette integration. She currently also volunteers as VP of Events at the PFO of the Hong Kong International School (HKIS).

KARL FRANZMAN

Talent Director

ex Michael Page, Renaissance Capital & Barclays

Hong Kong

Karl has directed recruitment in some of the fastest growing and most challenging geographical markets in the world. He has two decades of in-house HR and executive search experience, hiring across functions including Technology, Banking, Investments, Chief-Office level and Graduate hiring. Karl has worked at the top level of major international Search & Selection firm Michael Page in both London and Hong Kong. Karl has the rare skill of having worked as a head hunter and within HR, managing global hiring for Barclays and Russian based investment bank Renaissance Capital. This has given him first hand knowledge how top talent directly affects the success of the organisation and how to win the war for talent in the global free market.

 

Recently Karl has successfully completed several FinTech C-Level search assignments within Hong Kong as international firms use the region as a base for regional expansion.

POLLY CHAN

Co-founder & Director of GTP Talent Search Ltd.

Polly Chan specializes in recruiting global Trading, Quant,

IT, HR and Corporate Functions talents for leading international proprietary/quantitative trading firms, technology providers and FinTech companies based out from Hong Kong. Before setting up GTP Talent Search, she has over 20 years working experience with global/regional Human Resource Management

responsibility spreading across Finance, Hi-Tech, Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing industries including IMC Financial Markets, Tandberg, Li & Fung Trading & Johnson Electric.

JAMES SAVAGE 

James has over 20 years experience as a financial investment professional in the technology sector in Asia, with asset management, professional services and industry experience. Based in Hong Kong since 1994,  he has built up an extensive knowledge of the technology industry in the Asian region including Japan, Korea, Greater China, SE Asia and India.  He started his career in Private Equity at HSBC in 2000.  James was made a Partner when the firm span out of HSBC in 2010.   Having been an Investor Representative on the board of investee companies for over 10 years, he has a sound grasp of the problems faced by and common weaknesses of venture firms around Asia. James was also successful at expanding the firm into new geographies. 

 

James takes an active role in the development of the local Venture Capital industry.  He is currently the Chairman of the Venture Committee of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. He was a Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong Licenced Investment Representative from December 2000 and Fellow Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) having first qualified in 1994.

JAY SALA

Jay Sala has over 20 years of financial services experience, including CFO / Head of Strategy roles at J.P. Morgan and senior positions in global strategy consulting firms (e.g. The Boston Consulting Group and A.T. Kearney).

He has worked across asset management, private banking, investment banking and markets, corporate banking, retail banking and credit cards on various topics. These topics include portfolio, business & client segment strategies; M&A, JVs & partnerships; market entry; sales management & client analytics; performance management & reporting; mßerger integration; program management; and organization & governance.

Jay has done work across Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India,Singapore, the Philippines and Australia.

Jay has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BA in Economics from Pomona College. 

College.

NINA ZHOU

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Ms. Nina Zhou joined CreditEase as the Partner of its Fintech Fund in November 2015.  Ms. Zhou is responsible for managing the entire investment cycle: deal sourcing, investment, portfolio management and exit. 

 

Before her tenure with CreditEase, Ms Zhou  spent over fifteen years as an Investment Banker focused on the financial institutions sector with Credit Suisse, Barclays Capital and Standard Chartered, in New York, Los Angeles, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong and China. She has extensive experience in the banking, insurance, asset management and specialty finance sectors. 

 

Ms. Zhou holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Finance from New York University.  She is also an avid marathon runner having completed 13 marathons with best time of 3 hours and 2 minutes.

PAUL SCIBETTA

Former CEO,JP organ Private Bank Asia

New York City returnee & whiteboard addict. CEO, PacificBridge Capital, an investor in East-West startups. Erstwhile lawyer at JPMorgan, Cleary Gottlieb. CEO, Quiet Revolution, a mission-based lifestyle company. Big idea: Introverts are the secret weapon of the workplace.

ZIG WRONSKY

Investor, Hendale Capitol

Zig is an investor at Hendale Capital, a Hong Kong-based evergreen growth equity fund.  He performs research on prospective investments and works closely with existing portfolio companies, including NinePoint Medical and Aussie Farmers Direct, where he serves as a board observer.  Prior to joining Hendale, Zig was an associate at Boston Millennia Partners, a US-based venture capital firm focusing on technology, healthcare, and tech-enabled business services.  He was involved in BMP's investments in PreCision (acquired by Valeant,) Nexidia Corporation (acquired by NICE,) Collegium (NASDAQ: COLL,) and Odyssey Logistics.  Zig holds a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Tufts University.

ALEX MEDANA

CEO, Finbank

Alex is the CEO of FInFabrik; he has spent 16 years of his career in the trenches of various Global Tier 1 financial institutions doing and managing others, zeroing in his delivery on the client both internal and external across various business lines, markets and asset classes.

 

His plain-talking ways of simplifying complex issues and technologies make him a sought after public speaker and advisor particularly for debunking the blockchain hype and pushing the agenda for real innovation.

 

His work in Fintech is at the forefront of the next wave of banking, using technology to improve the customer journey. With a team of FinFab rockstars, he is now focusing on creating the fabric of banking block by block.

AURELIEN MENANT

Founder & CEO, Gatecoin 

Aurélien is Founder and CEO of Gatecoin, a regulated online trading platform for cryptocurrency and blockchain assets based in Hong Kong, where he is responsible for the firm’s management, strategy and investor relations. He is a well-known member of the global fintech community and is regularly invited to speak at industry events and conferences such as Euromoney’s Capital Markets Blockchains Conference (Hong Kong), the Global Blockchain Summit (Beijing), Finnovasia (Hong Kong) and Inside Bitcoins (Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore).

Aurélien is also a founding member of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong, a lobby group that aims to work with the Hong Kong government and local community to raise awareness of blockchain applications.

Aurélien also dedicates time to work on CoinCharities.org, a platform to facilitate donations for charities and non-profit organizations around the world using cryptocurrencies. He began his career as an investment banker, working on M&A and financial deals for major global CIBs in Europe and Hong Kong, including BNP Paribas, JP Morgan, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole.

Aurélien quit the banking world in 2013 to start Gatecoin, following his discovery and new-found passion for bitcoin and blockchain technology.

Aurélien received a BSc. in Engineering from UPMC, Paris VI and a MSc. in Management from EM

Lyon Business School. He is originally from Paris, France

EDMUND JOHN LOWELL

Founder, KYC-Chain

Edmund J. Lowell is a Fintech and RegTech Entrepreneur. Based in Asia since 2011, he has personally immigrated to a number of countries under entrepreneurship by investment schemes. Through this first hand experience, he advises entrepreneurs on where to immigrate, structure, incorporate and bank their businesses. Edmund has presented on government level on next generation regulatory infrastructure, and how to properly incentivize entrepreneurs and investors. 

He has built a number of Regtech applications which compare jurisdictional laws and regulations including Incorporations.io, Passports.io, and BankAccounts.Io  Edmund is a believer in the transparency and privacy made possible through encryption, private/public key infrastructure, and blockchain technology. Currently he is working on startup #5, KYC-Chain, which is a solution to painful problems in the KYC/Blockchain space. 

HENRI ARSLANIAN

Adjunct Associate Professor, Hong Kong University

Henri Arslanian is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Hong Kong University where he teaches graduate courses on Entrepreneurship in Finance as well as the first FinTech course in Asia. His latest book titled “Entrepreneurship in Finance: Successfully Launching and Managing a Hedge Fund in Asia” will be published in late 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan.

 

A member of the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle, Henri is a regular speaker globally on the topic of FinTech and hedge funds to various audiences, ranging from TEDx talks to Fortune 500 management teams. He currently sits on a number of other finance, academic, civil society, and FinTech related and advisory boards, including the Hong Kong FSDC FinTech Project team.

 

Henri was recently with a FinTech start-up and previously spent many years with UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong. Henri started his career as a financial markets and funds lawyer in Canada and Hong Kong.

JUSTIN LING

CEO & Co Founder of EquitySim 

Justin is CEO and co-founder of EquitySim. EquitySim gamifies the recruitment process for the investment industry, with an investment simulation. EquitySim utilizes machine learning algorithms to help develop and evaluate each candidate. The most impressive candidates are hired at top investment firms. 

 

Justin has been trading the markets since the age of 14, and studied finance in Canada at Simon Fraser University. He was asked to manage $5 million of the school’s endowment. Justin went on to work in Portfolio Management alongside Harvard alumni. Here he realized candidates with real life experience and true passion for financial markets greatly outperform those who come from the best schools and get good grades. This is where the idea of EquitySim was born. 

 

Justin left the large time commitments of the investment industry to work at Procter & Gamble so he could build and develop EquitySim. The platform went live last year in New York, and its large success has led EquitySim to expand to Asia, starting with Hong Kong. 

RAJ CHAUDRY

CEO, Founder Paycelerate

Rajah is an experienced entrepreneur and business leader with 15+ years in corporate finance and financial technology. He is the Founder and CEO of Paycelerate, a working capital technology company that provides a marketplace for accelerated payments of invoices.

 

Rajah has also co-founded and led ChinaScope Financial, one of the foremost financial data and analytics companies in China that includes Moody’s and JD.com as investors. Prior to that, he was an investment banker for 10 years with Deutsche Bank and Renaissance Capital focused on corporate finance advisory in Asia Pacific in the financial services and natural resources sectors. When not working, Rajah enjoys playing golf, skiing and enjoying good food and wine across the world.

DUNCAN WONG

Vice President, Financial Technologies, Astri 

As Vice President, Financial Technologies, Dr. Duncan Wong is responsible for developing strategic plans for ASTRI’s Security and Data Sciences technology division and FinTech initiative, which focus on cyber-security, behavioral authentication, blockchaintechnology, deep learning, and big data analytics. He is also responsible for building and leading R&D teams, as well as engaging customers and collaborators from both industry and government.  

 

Information security and cryptography are his primary R&D interests, in particular, cryptographic protocols, encryption and signature schemes, e-payments, crypto-currencies, and anonymous systems. Dr. Wong has extensive experience in formalizing security models and constructing provably secure cryptographic protocols and schemes. He has authored over 200 publications in cryptography and information security.

DAVID TOH

CTO, NTUitive

David Toh is Director and Chief Technology Officer at NTUitive, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore responsible for commercialising the university’s scientific research and incubating startups. These activities encompass patent filing, licensing, and an increasing focus on building technology startups utilising IP developed at the university. NTUitive is also an approved incubator and hosts a number of externally funded startups.

 

Prior his current role at NTUitive, David spent 11 years working in investment banks such as ING Barings and Lehman Brothers where he was a top-rated Asia Pacific technology sector analyst. In that capacity, David also advised listed and private technology companies on corporate strategy and fund raising. After leaving investment banking, David worked as a fund manager at DBS Asset Management before setting up his own Asia Pacific focused absolute return equity fund. Prior to joining the finance industry, David worked as a process engineer in a semiconductor wafer fab.

 

David is a keen advocate of technology startups and has been an active angel investor since the late 1990s. He is currently sitting on the board of fintech startup BankerBay and has a number of advisory roles with other non-fintech startups. David also sits on the Singapore Stock Exchange Listings Advisory Committee providing opinions on technology companies seeking IPOs. David graduated with concurrent degrees in B.Sc. Materials Science & Engineering and a B.A. in Government and Asian Studies from Cornell University in 1991.

FRANCIS LAU

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Francis Lau received his post-secondary education in Canada, which
concluded with a PhD in computer science from the University of
Waterloo, Canada. He then spent the next 30 years as an academic in The
University of Hong Kong where he once served as the head of the
Department of Computer Science and most recently became an associate
dean in the Faculty of Engineering. Professor Lau's research spans a
variety of topics, which include cloud computing, human-computer
interaction, algorithms, and application of computing to art.

JOANNE MURPHY

Managing Director, Asia Pacific, CAIA Association

Jo has been in Asia for almost 20 years, predominantly based in Hong Kong but with two valuable years spent in Singapore. She has held a number of senior Asia Pacific management positions, successfully leading sales, business development, marketing and client relationship management divisions for major institutions and has both built and managed large and successful regionally located teams.

 

In early 2011 Jo joined the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, the international leader in alternative investment education and provider of the CAIA designation, as Managing Director for Asia Pacific. Using her connections with Alternative Investment experts throughout the region, she oversees the strategic development and management of all regional activities and is a member of CAIA’s global management team.

LAPMAN LEE

Managing Director, Duff & Phelps and Financial Services Business Council Member, European Chamber of Commerce

Lapman is a Managing Director of Duff & Phelps' Compliance and Regulatory Consulting practice in Hong Kong with a focus on investment banking, private banking, and insurance. He is part of a team of former regulators that were at the forefront of defining MiFID 2 and Market Abuse Regulation, law enforcement professionals, and cybersecurity and forensic accounting experts. Lapman specializes in AML/Financial Crime, Cybersecurity, Markets Regulation, Regulatory commissioned reviews, and has worked with financial services regulators -  HKMA, SFC, OCI, MPFA - on FinTech and other strategic initiatives to ensure Hong Kong retains its position as a leading financial services hub. He is a member of the Financial Services Business Council (FSCB) of the European Chamber of Commerce (ECC), co-responsible for formulating recommendations to the European Commission to support European FinTech start-ups/ scale-ups looking to expand into Hong Kong and vice versa. In addition, Lapman facilitated dialogue between the UK FCA and financial services regulators in Hong Kong as a member of the Financial Markets Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce, covering FinTech, AML/Financial Crime, and Pensions reform.

STEPHEN M. WATT

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Professor Watt conducts research in the area of mathematical software.  Since 2015 he has held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, where he is Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science.

 

Watt was educated at the University of New Brunswick (Canada), where he received a BSc (Math and Physics), and the University of Waterloo, where he received an MMath (Applied Math) and PhD (Computer Science).  In 1984 he joined IBM at the T.J. Watson Research Center at Yorktown Heights (USA) and in 1995 he joined the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and INRIA (France).   Watt returned to Canada in 1997 as Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario.  There, he led the department to double its activity and founded the Ontario Research Centre for Computer Algebra.  While a graduate student at Waterloo, Watt studied general relativity theory and was one of the original authors of the Maple computer algebra system.    At IBM, Watt conducted research in optimizing compilers, computer algebra and applications of automatic differentiation. There, he was one of the original authors of the Axiom computer algebra system and the principal architect of the Aldor programming language.   He is an author of the MathML and InkML web standards and has developed software for browser-based mathematical collaboration.  He has some 235 publications, 180 invited addresses and has graduated 10 doctoral students.

 

Watt has served on the board of directors of several public and private sector organizations.  From 2001 to 2015, he was a director of the Descartes Systems Group (NASDAQ:DSGX, TSE:DSG), a public issuer providing software-as-a-service for transportation, supply chain management and compliance. There he served twice as Board Chair. During his first term, the company achieved sustained profitability after nine years of losses.  From 1998 to its acquisition in 2009, he served as a director of Maplesoft.  He presently serves on the boards of the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation, Waste Diversion Ontario and the Numerical Algorithms Group Ltd.

 

Watt has received numerous awards for his research and business activities. Among them, in 1992 he received the Outstanding Innovation Award from IBM Research and in 1999 the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award. In 2006 he was part of the team to receive the International Stevie Award for best business turn-around.  In 2011 he was named Distinguished University Professor of the University of Western Ontario and was conferred Doctor honoris causa of the University of the West (Romania).

ANDREW YOUNG MENG-CHEUNG

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As the Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Young is responsible for formulating and executing strategies and policies to engage with technology companies and institutions to enrich the ecosystem for technological innovation. He is also responsible for drawing up strategies for strategic partnerships with industry associations, universities and research institutes both locally and internationally to facilitate technology transfer and commercialisation. Mr Young is in charge of the Incubation Programmes and Corporate Venture Fund to nurture Tech-Entrepreneurs.

Mr. Young brings more than 20 years of experience in senior management positions in the high technology industry and a strong network of contacts in Hong Kong and overseas. In his past work exposures, Mr. Young has successfully identified business opportunities, associated with technology and diverse fields covering biotechnology, engineering, material science, design and soft technology.

Mr. Young advanced his career in the business development and management consulting area after working several years as an engineer in the construction and defense sectors in Australia. Prior to joining HKSTP, Mr. Young joined the Hong Kong Productivity Council as Senior Consultant and later was appointed as the Director of Partnership Development of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) where he set up the Institute for Enterprises that forged close partnership between commercial sector companies and the university. He also set up the PolyU Enterprises Ltd. and managed related technology spin-off companies, including the renowned MyCar electric car project that he initiated in 2002 and implemented all the way through the company’s merger with a US enterprise in 2010.

Mr. Young obtained his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of South Australia.  He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers and a member of Institution of Engineers Australia.

CHARLES d'HAUSSY

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Charles d'Haussy was appointed as Head of FinTech at Invest Hong Kong in September 2016.

 

His team is responsible for helping overseas and Mainland Fintech companies to establish or expand their business presence in Hong Kong.

Mr d'Haussy leads campaigns to promote Hong Kong as premier Fintech Hub and attract best and brightest companies in the industry.

 

He has 13 years experience in Hong Kong private sector, having setup his company and hold a number of management roles.

Before joigning InvestHK, Charles was head of sales and Business development with a leading online broker and digital wealth platform.

 

Mr D'HAUSSY holds SFC licenses 1 & 4, studied in France at Rennes International Business, as well as Sun Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, China.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NICOLAS PARMAKSIZIAN

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STEPHANE DUBOIS

Founder, CEO

Nominated for FTF News Fintech Person of the Year and recently named to Institutional Investor's Tech 50 list of financial visionaries and innovators,  Stephane Dubois is a recognized financial data industry executive who founded Xignite to pioneer market data in the cloud. Stephane Dubois is a well-known fintech thought leader and is frequently quoted in publications, including Forbes, MarketsMedia, WallStreet & Technology, Financial News, Bob's Guide, Inside Reference Data, and Venture Capital Journal. He has spoken at numerous fintech events around the world, including Finovate, FinDEVr, Bank Innovation, World Exchange Conf., World Finance Information Conf. and The Money Conference. Prior to founding Xignite, Stephane was Vice President of Product Management at Advent Software, the leading provider of software solutions for the investment management industry. Prior to Advent, Stephane held senior product and marketing management positions at Walker Interactive Systems and Oracle Corporation. Stephane holds an MS in Management from M.I.T. Sloan School of Management and MS and BS degrees in international management from the MBA Institute in Paris.

 

TOA CHARM

Chief Public Mission Officer

Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited

Dr Toa CHARM is the Chief Public Mission Officer (“CPMO”) the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited.  He helps develop the company's strategic direction and drives Cyberport's public mission-related programs with the goal of inspiring the next generation, nurturing entrepreneurial spirit and helping local start-ups go global.  Before Dr Charm joined Cyberport, he held senior management and consulting positions from leading multinational and Chinese companies in Asia Pacific in the past 25 years including IBM, Oracle, HSBC and Kingdee.

 

Dr Charm has been actively contributing to the ICT industry development and community affairs in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific.  He serves in a number of advisory boards in ICT industry, universities, startup communities and NGOs including Hong Kong Computer Society, Tung Wah Hospital Group, City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Dr Charm specializes in big data, fintech, digital strategy, business models innovation, growth and internationalization for emerging companies. He often shares his experience with corporate leaders, digital entrepreneurs and students.  Dr. Charm is often invited as judge and assessor for ICT and innovation awards in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific.  

 

Dr Charm holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.   He also completed management programs from Harvard, UC-Berkeley and CEIBS.  Dr Charm is a TDWI Certified BI Professional and has completed a Big Data Certification Program from MIT.  

ANDREW ECONOMOS

CSO, NexChange

Andrew Economos is a thirty-year veteran money manager having managed funds in traditional, hedge fund, private equity and principal trading spaces. From 2007-2014, Andrew was a Managing Director at JP Morgan working as Head of Principal Trading, Solutions, and Sovereign & Institutional Strategy. From 2014-2016, Andrew was Head of Strategic Solutions for Capital International.   Leading up to his post at JP Morgan, from 1986-1994, Andrew was a Senior PM and Partner at Scudder, Stevens & Clark, Inc managing closed-end and open-end mutual funds. From 1994-1997, Andrew managed a long/short equity hedge fund for E/T Partners. From 1997-2006, Andrew was Founder and PM of Axion Capital an alternative investment group that managed hedge funds, long-only and private equity funds for global institutional investors.   Prior to joining Wall Street, Andrew was a PhD candidate in International Business at the Pennsylvania State University. Andrew has been featured in numerous financial media channels including CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, FT and WSJ.

 
 

ERIC BEN-ARTZI

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Eric has been leading BondIT risk analytics research and development since 2014. Prior to Joining BondIT, Eric was a quantitative risk analyst at Deutsche Bank, as strategist at Goldman Sachs, and a trader/structurer at Citigroup.

Eric earned his PhD in mathematics from the Courant Institute at NYU, and his B.Sc. from the Hebrew University

JEAN PAUL EULAERS

Principal Consultant at eBroker Systems Hong Kong

Jean Paul is a securities operations veteran with over 30 years of international expertise in the financial services industry. 

He started his career at JP Morgan, the former operator of Euroclear. During his tenure, which spanned 19 years, he acquired solid expertise in Clearing & Settlement, Custody and Collateral Management. 

Jean Paul took his operational know-how and account management skills with him to join SWIFT. First at their head office, and as of 2000 in Hong Kong, he was responsible for extending the company’s reach to brokers, asset managers and securities market infrastructures. Next to connecting users to their network, he focused on implementing ISO15022 standards and deploying solutions which increased automation and STP. He moved to Dubai in 2003 for a mandate with a SWIFT business partner. 

From 2004 until 2009 Jean Paul was instrumental in the set-up of two international multi-asset exchanges as Director of Membership at NASDAQ Dubai and Head of Exchange Operations, at BFX in Bahrain

 

He returned to Hong Kong in 2010 to be appointed as the MD of a FinTech start-up which provided an electronic Wealth Management platform for Independent Financial Advisors and their clients. 

 

Over the last 4 years, Jean Paul has provided consultancy services to several FinTech start-ups in Hong Kong which focus on fund administration, compliance, robo advisory and other platforms. Today he is using his passion for creating innovative opportunities in asset management & servicing at eBroker Systems. 

 

PAUL McCULLOCH

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Paul is a cyber security / technology lawyer and entrepreneur, focused on developing scalable solutions within the global legal and regulatory space.

Paul is the CEO of Helm Solutions, Inc. Helm works closely with government and the enterprise to understand new technologies, identify critical legal and compliance issues, and develop corresponding solutions. Prior to founding Helm, he served as the global BCC Chief of cyber security  compliance and VP of Technology Law for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. liaising between global government regulators and corporate operations to address legal and compliance concerns facing product design, operational compliance, and incident response governance. Before J.P. Morgan, he served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Secretary of State Clinton and as legal counsel for multinational development banks including the World Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He has developed and patented multiple solutions across these organizations, and continues to work to develop innovative solutions for the dialogue between emerging technologies and government regulation.

 

PAUL SCHULTE

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Paul has served as a policy analyst, an advisor to governments and hedge funds, a consultant to private equity firms, and an author of three books. He has worked for the US House of Representatives, the White House, the International Trade Commission, the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, the PRC Government and three of the largest investment banks. He has taught in MBA programs on four continents. 

 

He is currently Chairman of Schulte Research, an independent research company which advises private funds, consulting firms and banks.

 

DAVID DAOUD

Principal Consultant, Maltem Consulting Group

David has 16+ years’ experience, of which 13+ years in the financial industry. He worked on various international organizational and IT projects across Europe and Asia with major French Banks (BNP Paribas CIB, Societe Generale CIB, Credit Agricole CIB, Le Credit Lyonnais). These projects involved international and cross functional teams.

 

David is currently Principal Consultant in charge of several areas of the Maltem business unit, with a focus on the Fintech domain and the Global Transaction Banking including Payments & Cash Management. Active in the Fintech area, David is looking forward to continue to create the bridge with the FinTech dynamic startups, Maltem and its clients.

 

David is Lebanese-born world citizen that has lived in 3 countries in 3 continents. He is member of the Lebanese International Finance Executives (LIFE) community in Hong Kong.

 

FLORIAN M. SPIEGL

Founding Partner & COO at FinFabrik

Florian is a broadly experienced entrepreneur and FinTech practitioner.

 

A Ph.D. in Political Economics by education, his corporate background ranges from strategy consulting with The Boston Consulting Group to developing the digital strategy for Credit Suisse, where he was also executing large-scale global delivery projects.

 

With his first company started as a student, Florian has seen both failure and success as a founder across different industries. He knows the struggle of building and growing a company first-hand and what it requires to bring an idea from possibility into reality.

 

His work in FinTech has been focused on Digital Wealth Management, Brokerage and Mobile Banking solutions, striving to unlock unique client experiences by leveraging technology.

 

Today he seeks to be a driver of change, bringing his experience to established companies and startups as an advisor and mentor, along with running FinFabrik, a FinTech Solutions Builder.

 
 

JO HAWLEY

Director for Trade and Investment Hong Kong and Macau, UK Department for International Trade, British Consulate-General

Jo has been Director for Trade & Investment since March 2014. She has done a variety of roles for the British government ranging from Private Secretary to a Minister to running large government procurements. From 2002-2006, Jo worked in the UK’s representation to the European Union in Brussels negotiating on social policy. She also worked in Government Office for London and a London Council integrating local authority, police and health services. Before leaving London to come to Hong Kong, Jo worked for 2 years in the Cabinet Office on Civil Service Reform.

In her spare time, Jo is learning Mandarin and enjoys running (very slowly) and hiking.

RYAN LIEW

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Ryan Liew is Director at Call Levels Pte Ltd. with responsibility for business development and strategy for growth in Asia. Prior to joining Call Levels, he spent the last 9 years with Citibank and Barclays in managing the institutional e-commerce franchise in Greater China. Prior to that, he spent over 8 years at Thomson and Reuters with responsibility of developing the financial information and electronic trading businesses in the region.

 

Ryan is passionate about building businesses and has strong strategic mindset in identifying growth opportunities. He values solving client’s problems which helps him create a strong track record of driving successful businesses in the region.


Ryan holds an MBA, degrees in law and economics and is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa. He lives in Hong Kong, curious about art and design and an ardent football fan..

 

WILLIAM PROBERT

Senior Consultant

Sovereign Trust (Hong Kong) Limited

Born in the UK and raised in Hong Kong, William has experience in the Offshore, Recruitment, Outsourcing and Corporate Services industries and has lived and worked in Hong Kong and the British Virgin Islands. William works as a Senior Consultant with the Sovereign Group and is leading their efforts to become the go to corporate services firm for the startup community in Hong Kong. William participated as a founder in the DBS Fintech Accelerator powered by NEST in 2015 and has firsthand knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing the industry. He has previously run his own corporate services business and has worked with a large number of entrepreneurs looking to set up and grow their businesses from Hong Kong.

 

BOB CROZIER

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JAMES SLAZAS

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JEHAN CHU

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