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Guest of Honours
Head, Efficiency Unit, HKSAR Government
Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong, HKSAR Government
Mr Charles Ng was appointed as the Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion at Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) in July 2007. He heads up one of two divisions that is responsible for helping overseas and Mainland companies to establish or expand their business presence in Hong Kong. His teams are responsible for Financial Services, Innovation and Technology and Information and Communications Technology.
Mr Ng is also in charge of the Research and Knowledge Management Team as well as the International Operations Team which oversees 23 key business cities in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Mr Ng has extensive experience in the private sector, having worked for companies in the manufacturing and trading sectors, as well as for multinationals in the financial services and banking sectors in Mauritius, Canada and Hong Kong. He also has experience setting up and managing his own business and running a major international chamber of commerce in Hong Kong.
Associate Director, MBA Programs, CUHK
Professor Chau has over 30-year extensive experience in venture development and investment in the Asian Pacific region. Currently he is the Chairman of Pan Asia Venture Development Platform (www.pavd.info), an investment club with over 40 active angels, super-angels, venture capitalists private equity investors and sovereign fund manager mainly from Asia, and the Chairman of ICIA, the only Registration Authority of International Standard Organisation in Asia except Japan. In academic side, he is a Professor of Practice in Entrepreneurship teaching entrepreneurship in the MBA and EMBA programs in the CUHK Business School, and a Visiting Professor in Asia University Taiwan.
Founder and Executive Director, Guru Online
Mr. Jeff Ng, Executive director and Cofounder of Guru Online (Holdings) Limited (HK Stock code 8121), has more than 10 years of management experience in directing as many as 200 employees in companies. With deep financial and marketing knowledge, Mr. Ng has led the company from start-up to a listed and award winning digital marketing company. The company is awarded by “Digital Agency of the Year” as the only agency ranking Top 3 consecutively from 2012 to 2014 in Hong Kong, and it has been serving over a hundred of multinational and blue chip companies in the Greater China including L’Oréal, P&G, Cathay Pacific, CLP etc. Mr. Ng is also a social entrepreneur who founded the Home of the Elderly Consultancy Limited (www.hkelderly.com.hk) which has won “HSBC Living Business Award” in 2008 and “Make a Difference Award” in 2011.
Among his significant previous positions, Mr. Ng served as a vetting committee member of Hong Kong Business Angel Network and is past president of the Junior Chamber International (Peninsula) Hong Kong.
Mr. Ng holds a Bachelor of Economics at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and subsequently worked at McKinsey & Company.
Founding President, IOTA
Dr. Ernest Lo is Founder of Future Impact Lab, he was the Founding Director and Chief Representative of CTTC-HK Limited, a wireless technology company headquartered in Barcelona. Prior to this, he worked at Stanford University in the United States on wireless communication R&D and offered consulting service to a few international and local startup teams on communications-related products.
Ernest contributed to the standardization of the IEEE 802.22 cognitive radio WRAN system and holds a few US and China patents with some transferred to other companies. He has received several R&D awards, including three IEEE Best Paper Awards at top-tier conferences held in Glasgow, Houston, and Paris. He has been honoured as an Exemplary Reviewer of the IEEE Communications Letters and serving on the technical committees of many international conferences. Apart from his wireless technology career, he is also a photography enthusiast and organized various photo-taking events with local well-known parties years ago.
CEO, Dot Asia
Edmon Chung is serving as the CEO for DotAsia Organisation and heads the secretariat for the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF), and the secretariat for the Asian Film Awards Academy. Edmon serves also on the founding board of the Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA), and on the Executive Committee of Internet Society Hong Kong, which serves as the secretariat for the Asia Pacific Regional At-Large Organisation (APRALO) and participates extensively on Internet governance issues.
Since 2002, Edmon played a leadership role in the region-wide .Asia initiative, bringing together an open membership of 29 official country-code top-level domain authorities and regional Internet bodies. DotAsia is a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to promote Internet development and adoption in Asia. Since its launch in 2008, DotAsia has contributed significantly to a variety of community projects in Asia, including for example: OLPC.asia, Go.Asia, ISIF.Asia, NetMission.Asia, MaD.Asia and others.
Edmon is an inventor of patents underlying technologies for internationalized domain names (IDN) and email addresses on the Internet. Edmon has served on many global IDN related committees, including technical and policy groups, that made it possible for the introduction of multilingual domain names and email addresses on the Internet. Currently Edmon Co-Chairs the Universal Acceptance Steering Group and is an Advisor on the IDN Variant Project Label Generation Rules Panels. Edmon founded Neteka Inc. in partnership with the University of Toronto Innovations Foundation in 1999, and went on to win the Most Innovative Award in the Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurship Award in 2001. In 2000, Edmon was selected by The Globe and Mail as one of the Young Canadian Leaders. Between 2006 and 2010, Edmon served as an elected member on the ICANN GNSO Council. Between 2010 and 2012, Edmon served as an elected member on the ICANN At-Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) from the Asia Pacific Region. Between 2006 and 2011, Edmon served as an elected member of the Elections Committee of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the Information Technology Subsector.
Edmon has a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Antony is the co-founder of Around, a neighbourhood-based home concierge tool and community network. He began the startup journey because he is eager to create impact to the society by coming up new products and services. Other than Around, Antony has also co-founded Social Career, which is a non-profit organization that makes use of technology to encourage more sustainable social involvement by the general public through knowledge-based volunteering. He is also a founding member of Golden Age Foundation which aims to turn Hong Kong into a smart ageing city.
City Director, EasyVan by lalaMove
Aaron is currently Head of Hong Kong for EasyVan by lalamove, a multinationalstart-up founded in Hong Kong which have raised $20M USD since late 2013. He is responsible for improving business performance and elevating growth in a key market for South-East Asia.
Aaron has spent his career leading teams and consulting corporate and SMEs on change management in Australia and Hong Kong. His entrepreneurship and breadth of functional experience spanning across Business Development, Digital Marketing, Customer Service, Human Resources, Project Management and Information Technology, makes him an all-round leader.
Aaron was formerly the founder of a trading business, a customer of EasyVan and fate brought the two together. Prior to that, Aaron worked as senior consultants at IBM and Hay Group where he led advisory services on change management and talent strategies.
Before that, Aaron spent his time in Australia, taking on managerial roles in consultancies and SMEs responsible for project implementation and business transformation strategies.
Aaron volunteered as project advisor at Asian Charity Services from 2012 - 2015. He graduated from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia with an MBA, and University of New South Wales, with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Management.
Psychologist & CEO, Lulio
Jamie Chiu is on a mission to inspire teens, help them find purpose and belonging.
Jamie was born in Hong Kong, spent her childhood in Ghana, and her teens in Australia, where she had difficulty adapting and felt isolated, leading to struggles with anxiety and poor self-esteem.
Now as a psychologist and school counsellor, she wants to make sure that support is always available for teens who are struggling.
In 2012, she co-created a positive youth development service where her team delivers in-school programmes and support for at-risk teens across Hong Kong.
However, she began to realise that in-person psychological services are limited in scale, leaving many students’ needs unmet. To address this, Jamie founded LULIO in 2015 to create technology that makes psychology scalable by gamifying a proven group counselling program she created and developing a video game that detects suicide risk through gameplay behaviour analysis.
Patrick is responsible for the numbers to add up at swapit. Whether it's about customer acquisition, revenue generation, advertising ROI or development costs. Patrick has over 10 years experience in mobile, media & business. He left Germany after his degree in Computer Science to live in China for some years before moving to Hong Kong in 2007. Patrick co-founded S4BB Limited, Sky Drone, Skylab Mobilesystems Limited, TreeCrunch Limited and Slate Takes Limited and is member of all their boards of directors.
Himphen is a co-founder and software engineer of Collaction. He believed in “Write the code. Change the world and hence is passionate about all things of code and design. The #1 goal is: Keeping Collaction as simple as possible for people to inspire each other, share resources and collaborate effectively.
Founder, Happy Retired
Ryan Yeung is the Co-Founder and CEO of Happy-Retired. Happy-Retired (2015 ICT Awards Winner) connects baby-boomers through Information and Communication Technology and empower them to retire with fun and social good.
Project Manager, Carbon Care InnoLab
Graduated from the Department of Anthropology in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Debby was a journalist in her early career. She then dedicated herself to works in civil society groups. Debby is now the Project Manager (Programme) of CarbonCare InnoLab(CCIL), an independent non-government organisation dedicated to the nurturing and development of innovative solutions in response to today’s climate change and sustainability challenges. CCIL is running an incubator program COIL,funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust (www.coil.hk), to create the first multi-sector Open Innovation Community in Hong Kong with a sustainability focus.