Ron is the Founder and Managing Partner of AFGPartners, a FinTech Venture Capital Fund with the mission to be the growth partner for the next generation of global and regional FinTechs that will transform Asian Financial Services. AFG invests in Seed+ to Series B Enterprise / B2B FinTechs built by entrepreneurs with specific domain expertise, strong industry networks, solving difficult problems and who are reliable partners and addressing the critical needs of FinancialInstitutions and challengers.
AFG is managed and advised by leaders and specialists in Asian FinancialServices and backed by curated industry investors. AFG is differentiated by its unique network of Asian Financial Services expertise, with extensive industry connections that we leverage to accelerate the growth of FinTechs across the region.
Prior to AFG, Ron founded and led Asia FintechAngels an Angel Investor Network of 100+ Senior Financial Services Professionals and family offices dedicated to and specialised in FinTech. During this time he invested in 20+ Fintech Companies including Blockdaemon, Unit, Aspire, Brankas and Causalens.
Ron’s career includes 25+ years of driving innovation and building businesses for global financial institutions both in the US and Asia, including senior management positions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, ING, NewEdge and Goldman Sachs.
Ron is a graduate fromThe Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. William Fung is Group Vice President of AMTD Group and CEO of AMTD International, responsible for strategic development of investment banking and asset management businesses at AMTD. Prior to joining AMTD, he served at UBS AG, Nomura International and Lehman Brothers. Mr. Fung also has extensive experience in arranging and structuring international capital markets transactions.
Simon Au Yeung is currently the CEO of Blockchain Finance of ARTA TechFin Corporation Limited. He is one of the founding members of HashKey Digital Asset Group and assumed the roles of Head of Strategic Initiatives of the Group and the Chief Operating Officer of its virtual asset trading platform.
Prior to HashKey, Simon also led different business/service functions in global financial institutions, e.g. Ant Financial, RBC Wealth Management, Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and BNP Paribas. He started his career in Morgan Stanley and moved to PwC before joining the SFC as a regulator.
Simon is the co-founder and co-chairperson of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Hong Kong Blockchain Chapter as well as the award winner of Leader of the Year (2019/20) of IFTA Fintech Achievement Award – Outstanding Financial Technologist.
Simon is a co-inventor of three blockchain related methodologies and systems. Related patent applications were filed in China in 2020.
Simon holds a BBA degree (1st Class Honours) from HKUST, a master of medical science from the University of Hong Kong and two masters of law from Chinese University of Hong Kong and Tsinghua University. He is also an alumnus of UPennWharton School and affiliate alumnus of MIT Sloan School of Management.
Mr. Alan Cheung is the Senior Director of the Trust and Artificial Intelligence technologies division in ASTRI. He leads the division in driving ASTRI’s initiatives, particularly in Fintech and Smart City areas with innovative applications such as blockchain systems, cybersecurity, secure fintech services, federated learning, risk assessment and multimedia data analytics. Being a proactive collaborator with strong business acumen, Alan is always keen to connect commercial partners to develop innovative use cases across industry sectors.
Alan has more than 20 years of experience in research and development. He is a pioneer in Blockchain technology, and his research focus spans both hardware and software applications in the secured systems domain. Commissioned by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, he led the ASTRI team to publish the first whitepaper on Distributed Ledger Technology in Hong Kong in 2016. He has also brought success in the commercial adoption of Blockchain technology in insurance, property mortgage, and supply chain management for major utilities.
Alan has rich industry and R&D experience overseas. He was previously with Sun Microsystems (Oracle) and ATI Technologies (AMD) in California, the US. He holds an M.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He is also the owner of multiple US patents.
Yvonne is a veteran in the banking industry with some 20 years of experiences. She had held various senior positions over the years with a footprint in Commercial Banking, Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Strategic Planning and Business Management. Yvonne was graduated in University of British Columbia, Canada with a Bachelor degree major in Economics. She obtained her Master of Business Administration from University of Leicester, United Kingdom afterwards. She was appointed by Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited as the Mentor, Micro-finance Scheme.
Currently working in the transaction space, Melissa comes with a strong legal background with specialties in corporate affairs. She has experiences in interacting with board members and upholding the high standard of corporate governance within the company. She identifies and understands companies’ challenges and future sustainable opportunities. Combined with her transaction experience, Melissa understands the importance and value propositions of a successful sustainability plan and initiative.
Susan Han is CEO & Co-founder at Athena Ventures. Prior to Athena, she specialized in macroeconomics research at tradefi institutions in Hong Kong. She's so thrilled to dive into the blockchain space and set up Athena Ventures with some passionate partners.
Athena Ventures is a venture capital firm based in Singapore focusing on cutting-edge blockchain technologies that make a positive societal impact. We help founders get the right resources and connection by leveraging our deep insights into the space. Our team members are based in Asia, Europe and North America, with varied backgrounds in Tech, TradFi and Venture capital. Just like our name Athena, we are as ambitious as our startup founders and know victory requires courage, passion, persistence, and strategies that come from diverse expertise and experience.
Your journey is ours!
Frederic Dussaux is heading Strategy and Development for Global Markets APAC as well as the Electronic Commerce and Digital teams.
As Head of Strategy and Development he is leading the definition and implementation of the GM APAC strategy and related initiatives.
As Head of Electronic Commerce and Digital he is driving the electronic business in Asia-Pacific as well as establishing the regional digital strategy for GM and overseeing its execution.
Prior to his current role, Frederic held multiple positions within BNP Paribas Global Markets in both Paris (since 2007) and Hong Kong (since 2009). His responsibilities included business strategy and development, acquisitions and restructuring, exchange-traded structured products sales, commercial deployment of BNP Paribas award-winning Smart Derivatives platform in Asia, and the development of multi-dealer platforms.
Before joining BNP Paribas, Frederic spent four years in a top tier global strategy and management consulting firm based out of Paris.
Frederic is a graduate from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees and holds a Finance Master degree from IEP Paris.
Dick Ho is an experienced leader in the Personal Banking and Wealth Management Department, overseeing five key Divisions including Customer Experience, Customer Intelligence, Marketing, Sales Management and Segment Management. He spearheaded the “Live Next Level” Wealth Management rebranding campaign that offers a brand new experience to young and affluent Millennials. He has also pushed forward a number of key strategic projects in Digital Banking and vigorously promoted the mobile-first strategy for digital transformation, project management and the Agile methodology in developing the bank's personal financial business. He is one of the key change agents and contributors to the bank’s digital transformation journey.
Anthony Zhu is a Partner of BitRock Capital, a Venture Capital firm that focuses on Fintech and digitalization investments in Greater China and the USA. At BitRock, Anthony led investments in several leading Fintech startups including Linklogis, Sygnum, Fen Bei Tong, OneDegree, Lingxi Technologies, Panda Remit, Tongyu Technologies, etc. Prior to BitRock Capital, Anthony was a Senior Engagement Manager at Oliver Wyman. He received his MBA with Dean’s Honors from Columbia Business School, MS from Fudan University and Bocconi University, and BA from Nanjing University.
Paolo focuses on investments in Trading Platform, Supply Chain and Consumer sectors.
Before joining CCV Capital, Paolo worked in K2VC and focused on early-stage investments. Prior to that, he worked or interned in Redpoint Ventures, SCGC, IBD of Citigroup, and Willis Towers Watson.
Paolo holds an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Wuhan University.
Nick Nie joined CCV since its establishment in 2017, and now he is the Partner focusing on early-stage of AI, Metaverse, digital twin solutions and startups with business overseas.
Nick has led investment in Wanka Online (01762.HK), Joyrun, Cishi Culture, G-HCare and Zixel.
Before joining CCV, Nick has worked in KPCB China as a core member at TMT team and participated in the investment of Tantan, based on his in-depth insights and mobile internet foresight.
Prior to entering venture firms, Nick has worked at Tencent and Accenture, accumulating rich experience in mobile internet, enterprise strategy and operation.
Nick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Renmin University of China.
Through human and financial capital, Brian empowers founders to navigate the stage where most startups fail: when a locally validated idea goes global.
As an early-stage investor, Brian also co-founded the Chicago Booth Angels Network of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. He is the Asia-Pacific co-chair of the University of Chicago’s top-ranked global accelerator, a venture partner of AngelHub, and a mentor at Founder Institute. He enjoys judging at the Asian Financial Forum, Hong Kong FinTech Week, and Start-up Express. He has shared his favorite topic “what’s missing in your perfect pitch?” with 2,000+ founders, intrapreneurs, and university students.
Brian began his international career in management consulting. He spent over a decade leading at a global consultancy: launching and managing a corporate finance practice in Southeast Asia and a financial institution practice in the US, helping C-suite executives at the most complex companies embrace, invest in, and integrate emerging technologies.
Brian holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Patrick Kwok joined Cell Rising Capital Limited as Vice President since its establishment in 2020 which is a venture capital firm focusing on investments in early-stage of Fintech, AI, SaaS, Tech-manufacturing, etc. Prior to that, Patrick took the helm of financial functions at manufacturing groups listed in Hong Kong. He holds a Master’s degree in International Accounting and a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from City University of Hong Kong. He is also an associate member of The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Helen is a financial service industry leader with global, regional and HK/China experiences for over 35 years. Currently, she sits on the Board of China CITIC Bank International Limited as Executive Director and is the DCEO of the Bank in charge of Business Banking, Private Banking and Retail Banking businesses. She is also the Director of various subsidiaries of the Bank and a Director of Nova Credit Limited. Prior to joining CNCBI, she was Standard Chartered Bank’s Group Senior Executive and had led a wide range of functions for 25 years.
On the professional and community front, Helen is currently a council member of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), vice-chairman of HKUST Audit Committee (AC) and member of HKUST Institutional Advancement & Outreach Committee (IAOC). She is the current President of Hong Kong Women Professionals and Entrepreneurs Association (HKWPEA), council member of of Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, member of Hong Kong Academy of Finance, executive committee member of The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers, past Treasurer of Zonta Club of Hong Kong East, member of Hong Kong Professionals And Senior Executives Association (HKPASEA) and The Hong Kong Chi Tung Association. She is also an Alumni Leader of The University of Hong Kong and has been the Examiner of The Institute of Financial Planners of Hong Kong (IFPHK).
Beck Chen is the VP Innovation in Credit Agricole CIB Hong Kong, she leads many innovation and digital transformation projects across functions and APAC regions. Her key initiatives focus on customer engagement and experience, operational excellence and strategic partnerships. She has extensive professional experience in financial service industry in the areas of Wholesale Banking, Retail Banking, Digital & Innovation, target operating model, operational effectiveness and process optimization.
Victor Yim is the head of fintech of Hong Kong Cyberport management company limited, Cyberport is an innovative digital community with over 1,650 start-ups and technology companies. It is managed by Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, which is wholly owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government. Cyberport is committed to nurturing a vibrant tech ecosystem by cultivating talent, promoting entrepreneurship among youth, supporting start-ups on their growth journey, fostering industry development by promoting collaboration with local and international partners and integrating new and traditional economies by accelerating digital adoption in the public and private sectors.
Victor is head of Fintech at Cyberport supporting 400+ fintech companies which are 2/3 of the roughly 600 in HK. Before joining Cyberport, Victor created the eKYC ( electronic know your customer) solutions for TransUnion which are still being used by the majority of the retail banks and SVF in HK including HSBC, Payme and Hang Seng bank.
Victor graduated from the University of Hong Kong with the first class honour of a Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and he is a PhD candidate ( Computer science ) at the University of Hong Kong, PhD research focuses on Natural Language Processing application on Regtech, to make natural language processing would be integrated into fintech in the future.
above-mentionedVictor has over 20 years of experience in the international tech industry and he has held senior positions with different multinational corporations, including TransUnion, Experian, Nice Actimize, SAS Institute and IBM, the main business of the above- mentioned international technology companies is big data analytics.
Sandy Tan is the Head of Ecosystems for Institutional Banking Group, DBS Bank Hong Kong. She oversees the strategy and execution of the bank’s business partnerships to deliver ecosystems solutions that provide value-added services to our clients. She is focused on integrating banking into digital supply chain ecosystems and digital platforms to facilitate access to funding. Sandy has a wealth of experience in the banking industry, having been part of DBS Group for over 20 years. In 2019, Sandy took on her current role in Hong Kong and has gone on to launch numerous innovative partnerships for the bank – collaborating with leading Asian players in e-commerce, supply chain management and fintech.
Sandy holds a Global EMBA from Insead, a bachelor degree in Business Studies (Financial Analysis) from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and passed Level 3 of Chartered Financial Analyst®.
Thomas Chan is a seasoned digital & banking business leader and driver of innovation in the financial services space. He currently leads the Digital Strategy & Ecosystems at DBS Hong Kong, which drives the bank’s multi-year digital transformation agenda, orchestrating ecosystem partnerships, and co-creating business model with startups.
Thomas came to the firm from Citigroup where he held key Consumer Banking leadership roles. He is an international executive with a decade of experience in financial services leading wealth management business, portfolio management, product & marketing, client-centric journey design & experience.
Prior to joining DBS, he also led Home Credit China’s customer engagement unit with a portfolio of 80+ million customers. His vision for building an AI-driven, omnichannel real-time intelligent nudges system as well as firm-wide customer loyalty ecosystem are to serve clients at scale. He also institutionalized the voice and text bot to manage customer enquires seamlessly and get 24/7 assistance. By enhancing firmwide CRM data-driven analytics capabilities, he maximized product conversion and customer loyalty through the use of big data, AI and machine learning.
Michelle is the Leader of Partnership, Alliance, Enterprise Learning and Customer Education of Dun & Bradstreet Hong Kong. With a mission to spur innovation in the organization and technology environment in a sustainable manner, Michelle has built alliances and a partnership ecosystem for D&B HK and is dedicated to integrating next-gen human capital solutions into D&B’s data technology. Her passion for promoting sustainability has driven D&B HK to become the first office in the global network to join UN Global Compact, the largest sustainability initiative in the world, and was also appointed by the Secretary of the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) of the HKSAR Government in 2020 as part of the Technology Voucher Programme Committee.
Michelle is specialized in developing new markets, scaling up business and stretching creative boundaries. She has co-founded an award-winning social enterprise, Make The Change (MTC), in Singapore in 2013, which later became a B Corporation and is continuously making social and environmental impact globally. Back in HK, Michelle has been actively volunteering at the female prisons in Hong Kong, and has been a mentor to HKUST Business School Students. In 2020 Michelle has been awarded with ESG People of the Year, as well as Women to Watch in Greater China, selected by Campaign Asia. In 2021 Michelle has been awarded with GBA Outstanding Women Entrepreneur Awards.
Graduated from University of Wales (England) with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Mr. Kwok has engaged in FinTech business since 2004 and held various management positions at reputable financial institutions.
With over 15 years of experience in global financial and derivatives trading and settlement platform development and project management, Mr. Kwok has led the development of trading platforms and projects and finance IT system innovation projects for more than 50 local and international brokerage firms.
Before assuming the post of Chief Executive Officer of Eddid FinTech, Mr. Kwok has worked in eBroker for finance product development direction and project implementation and held the post of IT department Manager in Haitong, supporting the development of Stock Borrow & Lending (SBL) and Mid office in global market.
Sheila drives business integrations at Eureka Nova, which is a leading open innovation platform that empowers technology startups to co-create within the New World Group ecosystem of culture, creativity and innovation. Through 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.
Co-founder of Everest Ventures Group, Jerome is an investment banker turned crypto rainmaker. He invested into over 40 blockchain companies including Dapper Labs (Flow), Animoca Brands, Immutable,Sandbox, Gamee, Highstreet, rct AI, Dorahacks, Wormhole, Celestia. Wearing both hats of an investor and an entrepreneur, he also built and incubated various startups within EVG: Aspen Digital (backed by Rothschild family), Cassava Network, LiveArtX, Grid6 Studio, Mugen Interactive, Adaverse (Africa-focused venture fund). He holds several advisory roles, he is an advisor to Animoca and Sandbox's fundraise and strategy. He's also advisor to Brinc’s Web3 accelerator, Polygon’s Studios, and Emurgo (Cardano). Prior to cofounding EVG, Jerome was an investment banker at HSBC and UBS. Jerome holds a B.A. in International Politics and minor in Psychology in Peking University.
Kenneth has more than 15 years of dedicated experience in delivering consulting and implementation service for banks, brokerage and exchange across the globe, with deep insight of capital markets domain knowledge in driving virtual bank application and build the bank process. In the past two years, Kenneth has been leading FinTech consulting team to design, architect and implement blockchain projects such as multiple CBDC Bridge and Bursa Malaysia Securities Borrowing and Lending. Before FORMS HK, he was the consultant toprovide solution advise on multi-asset front to back office processing.
Kathy is the Vice President of Group Strategy for FWD Group since Dec 2019, driving the corporate strategy, strategic planning and execution, develop execution enablers and bring the Strategy to fruition with strategic initiatives.
Before joining FWD, Kathy has worked over 20 years in AIA, HSBC, Transamerica and PCCW locally and regionally across Strategy, Product, and Digital, pioneering new innovation commercialization and proposition, leading strategy and transformational initiatives and developing successful strategic partnerships and new business development.
Alexander Lai is the Head of Corporate Product Management of Fubon Bank (Hong Kong) Limited. Fubon Bank (Hong Kong) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fubon Financial Holding Co., Ltd, one of the largest financial holding companies in Taiwan. Alexander has more than 20 years of experience in corporate banking, commercial banking and transactional banking business, specializing in corporate and commercial lending, credit risk management and transactional banking products. He is currently leading a number of key strategic projects on Digital Business Solution and eagerly transforming the commercial data into the lending business and management portfolio.
Papon graduated with a master degree of Science in Enterprise Risk Management at Columbia University. He has a well-diversed experience in Banking, Education, Insurance, Media Agency, Real Estate and Venture Capital. He has lived in Australia, Thailand, and USA. Prior to Fuchsia Venture Capital, he has worked at Muang Thai Life Assurance PCL, one of the leading life insurance companies in Thailand, exploring innovation technology associated with Healthtech, Fintech, and Insurtech for the sustainable growth of the organization. He believes that sustainable healthcare and education system are essential elements and driving forces towards economic development.
Xavier Wu. Master of Finance.G5 Capital Investment Director, has worked in Guosen Securities and Eniovor Incubator for investment-related work, leading or participating in investment projects such as Kiwi and Litmus etc.
Rosie is an Executive Director in the Digital Assets team at Goldman Sachs having joined the firm in 2020. Based in Hong Kong, Rosie leads the tokenisation and digital money initiatives in Asia.
Passionate about new technologies and digital strategy, Rosie started her career at Accenture in 2013, relocating to Hong Kong in 2015 where she led Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab Asia-Pacific, a 12-week accelerator programme for early stage FinTech companies partnering with global banks and insurance companies. She is a highly active member of the FinTech ecosystem in Hong Kong, regularly speaking at regional industry conferences.
Rosie is vice-chair of The British Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong’s Future Leaders Committee, focusing on addressing the needs of Hong Kong’s young professional in education activities for career development. Rosie holds a BA in International Business Management with French from Newcastle University (UK).
Miss Huang has 8 years of experience in investment banking and asset management. She is responsible for GBA's TMT investment mandate. Prior to joining GBA, she was a part of Goldman Sachs' Principal Strategic Investments team (now GS Growth Equity), specialising in early stage fintech companies synergistic to GS's core business. She holds a B.A. in History and Economics from Cornell University.
Stephen is the executive director of Silverbricks Asset Management since July 2020. Silverbricks Asset Management Company Limited along with Silverbricks Securities Company Limited are primarily engaged in the Securities and Asset Management business and licensed by the SFC for Type 1,2,4,6,9 regulated activities to provide diversified financial services with all rounded products for institutional and retail clients. It runs a number of flagship funds which invest in SPAC, PE, PRE-IPO, secondary-market portfolio (equity/debt). Stephen has been the director of Yoov Group Holding Limited, a cloud-based application platform as a service company, since May 2022.
Stephen has more than 20 years of investment experience in the global financial market. He is responsible for formulating and implementing investment strategies, supervising various investment transactions in primary and secondary markets, managing asset allocation, evaluating investment opportunities and transaction structures.
Stephen is the co-founder of Nova Vision Acquisition Corporation (“NOVV”), a SPAC company listed on Nasdaq in August 2021. He is also a sponsor’s advisor for HHG Capital Corp ("HHGC"), a SPAC listed on Nasdaq in September 2021. He has served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of Proficient Alpha Acquisition Corp ("PAAC"), a USD$115million SPAC that completed its merger with Lion Group Holding Limited ("LGHL") in June 2020. Prior to that, Stephen served as the Executive Director of ABC International Holdings Limited, an investment banking business flagship of Agricultural Bank of China Limited, and was responsible for direct investment business from December 2017 to December 2018. From April 2006 to November 2017, he worked as the Senior Manager at China Everbright Limited, a China-based financial group engaged in banking, securities, insurance, asset management, and direct investment.
Stephen received an MBA degree from the University of South Australia and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst(“CFA”) Charterholder, Fellow of Institute of Public Accountants and Institute of Financial Accountants.
Andrew Loh is Senior Vice President and Co-Head of Digital Products, brings together the digital product management and technology expertise across Hong Kong and Shenzhen into one unit, creating a centre of excellence across the full HKEX Group. He is responsible for overseeing the growing portfolio of productivity tools and introducing new principles in software management, as well as incubating HKEX’s first in-house Agile and UX/UI capability to support various projects. He also supports the business in the identification of new technology needs and areas for improvement, creating a cohesive customer experience, enhancing the use of data and analytics and ensuring that colleagues are well-supported when introducing new digital solutions or embracing existing ones already used by the Group.
Louisa is the Head of Investments for HSBC Ventures in Asia focusing on fintech and health tech investments. She has an engineering degree from Columbia University followed by 6 years in technology investment banking at UBS focused on consumer tech and semiconductors. Subsequently she became a country manager for a growth stage consumer startup launching and scaling the operations in Hong Kong. Prior to joining HSBC, she spent 5 years at Vectr Ventures, a Hong Kong based early stage VC fund, leading investments in startups across US, Israel, and South East Asia.
John Hsu is HSBC’s Chief Information Officer, Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, with more than 20 years’ experience in the global technology sector, John is responsible for leading our technology function in Asia Pacific, including GBA to ensure alignment with HSBC’s growth strategy to support business growth, cost effectiveness, risk management, people management and innovation.
Prior to joining HSBC, John was VP Quality Operations and HR CIO at Huawei, responsible for managing the company’s people operations and creating next generation digital and analytics platforms. John’s 20-years career also includes CTO and CIO roles with SF-Express and Saint-Gobain, a founder for two technology startups, as well as being a senior advisor and management consultant, worked with CIOs and COOs of various fortune 500 companies on solution design and execute large scale technology transformation programs. Throughout his career, John demonstrated high capacity to turn ideas and thoughts into actionable processes and useful products, and is a relentless driver on customer experience.
John holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.
Kelvin Leung currently leads experience design for Hang Seng Bank Wealth & Personal Banking, where he focuses on crafting user-centric experiences for the bank's digital platforms by providing inspirational and organisational leadership.
Prior to joining Hang Seng Bank, he worked at various consultancies, including Accenture Interactive, where he spearheaded the design of PayMe from HSBC from conception to completion. It has since amassed more than 2.5 million users in Hong Kong.
Kelvin has a Bachelor degree in Graphic and Media Design from University of the Arts London.
Akio Tanaka is Partner at the global venture capital firm Headline based out of the Asia office. His focus is Fintech, Consumer Internet, SaaS and Blockchain. He is also partner at Infinity Ventures Crypto, a leading seed stage crypto investor in Asia.
He was formerly the head of venture investment program for Adobe in Asia and was responsible for Adobe's corporate venture investment in Greater China, Japan, and India. Previous to Adobe, He held the position of CTO for Macromedia Japan working as part of the local management team as well as the position of Technology Advisor to the CEO.
Mr Nelson Chow has been appointed to the present position from 1 September 2016 with responsibilities for facilitating the healthy development of the fintech ecosystem in Hong Kong and promoting Hong Kong as a fintech hub in Asia. He joined the HKMA in 2004 and was responsible for the supervision of banks’ technology risk management and business continuity planning as well as the formulation of related policies and guidelines. He was the Deputy Chief Representative of the New York Office in 2010. After returning to Hong Kong in 2013, he took up responsibilities to supervise banks’ operational risk management and perform macro-prudential data analysis. Prior to joining the HKMA, Mr Chow was a Vice President of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. responsible for information risk management of the Asia Pacific region.
Raymond Wong, Head of Investment, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), manages the HKSTP Venture Fund and Investor Engagement departments. He has over 25 years of extensive financial services experience in venture capital, private equity investment, and investment banking in Asia Pacific. Prior to HKSTP, Raymond was with HSBC Private Equity Asia for 16 years. Active in the VC and PE circles, Raymond is a member of the Venture Committee, Hong Kong VC & PE Association and the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Business Angel Network.
Raymond has a MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering from University of Toronto.
Frank Ng is the Deputy Head of FinTech Department at ICBC Asia. He leads the production IT system operation management. He leads the teams of production operation management and office administration services to covering all IT production environment for internal users and external customers. He also responsible for implementing DecSecOps culture to enhance the CI/CD pipeline efficient between development and production deployment life cycle.
Frank has Over 20 year experiences in designing, deploying, operating and managing sizable IT infrastructure and Application services in Service Provider, Telecom, MNC and FSI environments. All round technology management skills from hands-on system building from scratch to IT strategic planning and design. Before joining ICBC Asia, he was the AGM of IT infrastructure transformation of CITIC Bank International and the head of Group IT infrastructure of a HK listed conglomerate.
Stefan Schratz, Head of Network Sector Coverage APAC, is based in Hong Kong since 2017 supporting the growth of international clients within ING Wholesale Banking. His 18 people team is responsible for ING’s European and US clients active in the APAC region as well as Intra-Asia cross border activities of companies with headquarters in APAC. His team provides lending, trade finance, risk management and strategic advice. Topics like ESG, innovation and digitization of treasury organizations are of high relevance and part of the strategic dialogue with key clients across multiple industries.
Prior to his current role, Stefan was global relationship manager for large German (DAX) clients in Germany. He lived in Frankfurt, London, Brussels, Paris and the US. Stefan is board member of the German Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong since 2019 contributing to the German business community in Hong Kong and beyond.
Victoria currently leads the Asian innovation activities for ING focusing on ecosystem development and partnerships with fintechs, startups, corporates, industry partners and government agencies in the Asia Pacific. She is additionally responsible for cross fertilization activities of ING’s innovation capabilities from other regions and client innovation projects. She is also involved in the scale up/spin out of matured ventures developed by the ING Labs Singapore.
Victoria is an experienced banker with a track record in management strategy, non-financial risk management and client services delivery. Prior to her current role, she was responsible for business strategy and management for both the head of wholesale banking APAC and the regional teams for Clients, Transaction Services, Capital Structuring & Advisory and Corporate Finance. She joined ING in Hong Kong in 2002 and moved to Singapore in 2005.
Victoria is passionate and committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace focusing on unconscious bias and broader workplace inclusion. She is currently mentoring young start up talents and youth leaders in SEA.
Che joined Joint Electronic Teller Services Limited (“JETCO”) as Chief Information Office in 2019, bringing with her solid information technology experience in the banking and finance sector. Prior to that, Che held senior IT positions in various financial institutions, including Dah Sing Bank, DBS Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Peregrine Investment Holding and Jardine Fleming Group. Started from May 2022, Yvonne has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer to lead JETCO to continue providing fintech services to member banks and business partners.
Teng Hau is an Investment Manager at Kairous Capital, a venture capital firm specialize in cross-border investment in early-stage companies (primarily Series A-B) in Southeast Asia and Greater China.
Based in Malaysia, Teng Hau focuses on opportunities across both SEA and China in the area of e-Commerce, Fintech, Insurtech, Digital Health and HR Tech. He is responsible for the end-to-end spectrum of an investment from deal sourcing, deal analysis, due-diligence, deal execution to working closely with portfolio in their value creation initiatives post investment.
He began his career in China, working as a business associate in one of Asia largest fashion manufacturer where he dealt with international clients such as Uniqlo. Prior to Kairous, he works in a boutique advisory firm where he advises and consult SME companies in the areas of corporate finance, corporate structures and fundraising. Teng Hau graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) Economics from the University of Nottingham.
Philip leads the Partnership and Strategy efforts in Asia for Leonteq, a Swiss fintech that empowers both issuers and distributors of structured investment product through expertise and technology.
Philip brings a wealth of expertise and experience from across investment banking, fintech and the government. Most recently he helped drove business launch at Fusion Bank and Ping An OneConnect Bank, virtual banking ventures under Tencent and Ping An Insurance of China respectively. Before that he was a Political Assistant to the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the Hong Kong Government, working on the policies driving the finance industry in Hong Kong. Philip came from a derivatives and investment background through his positions at Standard Chartered Bank, Bear Stearns, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. He was a member of the Policy Research Committee of the Financial Services Development Council of Hong Kong. Philip graduated from Cornell University and received a master’s degree from the University of Oxford on a Chevening Scholarship.
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, Gene is now tasked with building new businesses and enhancing the core MTR business with technology, partnerships, and new business models. Prior to his role at MTR, Gene led the launch of Citymapper, a transport app, into Hong Kong in 2015 as General Manager. Prior to Citymapper, Gene has been involved in building fashion, lifestyle and mobile gaming startups.
Gene has been pushing for more focus on user experience, sustainability and 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.
Kenny Cheung is an Executive Director of Asia Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Kenny brings to the firm 20 years of experience in project management, digital transformation, and technology implementation.
Kenny is the transformation lead for the private bank's sales and trading operation and drives the strategic design of platforms and adoption of Fintech solutions. He is responsible for the development of the bank’s digital channel strategy and the direction of our data analytics agenda with the aim to improve Client experience. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley's Wealth Management, Kenny served as Asia Head of Prime Brokerage Technology at J.P. Morgan.
Kenny received his Juris Doctor from City University of Hong Kong and Bachelor of Mathematics (Computer Science) with Economics Minor from University of Waterloo, Canada.
Senior Business Development professional, with over 15+ years of strategic leadership in e-commerce, Fintech, payments and consulting across APAC. Managed cross cultural teams across Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea. Proven experience in new market development, creating partnerships and alliances with innovative Go-To-Market strategies.
Mingles Tsoi is currently the CXO (Chief eXploration Officer)of ParticleX, an early stage to Pre-A round institutional investment fund aiming at startups with hands-on technology initiative, proven customer-problem-fit and problem-solution-fit achievements. His leadership in providing unique post-investment support services has gained much reputation from the portfolio companies. Mingles was an entrepreneur owning his own consultancy company since 1997. He is also a pioneer in startup education. He had been working with the CUHK Center for Entrepreneurship as Project Director since 2007. Some of his major accomplishments include the “Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge", the first CU Alumni Entrepreneur Census to investigate the success factors of leading entrepreneurs from local university education and the Google’s Empowering Young Entrepreneur (EYE) Program. He was invited to join KPMG China as the Director since 2015, to set up the Innovation and Startup Centre in Beijing. Mingles is also enthusiastic in youth development. He contributes his experience and knowledge in providing voluntary mentoring and business training services to various non-profit organisations. He was the Co-opted Members of the Working Group of Youth Development Fund of the Commission on Youth, and as Non-official Member of the Social Enterprise Advisory Committee respectively. He is currently serving on several boards and committees, including Hong Kong Business Angel Network (HKBAN), Cyberport Investors Network (CIN), DIT Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of the Startup Council, Executive Committee Members of HKITIC and HKPSC of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI), Member of Product & Technology Development Panel of the Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association Limited (HKMHDIA), Founding and Council Member of the Lions Club HK IFC, and the Chairman of the Academic and Accreditation Advisory Committee of the Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia (IFTA). He is a CFT® holder, a GCDF, and fellow members of accountancy qualifications of IFA, IPA and CMA.
Marc Liew heads up R3 Ecosystem Development in Asia Pacific in creating a cohesive supportive ecosystem for startups, venture capitalists, innovation accelerators, and enterprises to collaborate, build, and scale next-generation enterprise applications on Corda, the world’s most-adopted enterprise blockchain platform.
Marc is an international business strategist, technologist, and thought leader in commercialising emerging global technologies adoption in mobile payments platforms and enterprise blockchain protocols; specialising in new markets entrance, strategic venture development, ecosystem alliance partnerships and corporate management.
Prior to R3, Marc led commercial growth expansions in global fintech companies Braintree, PayPal, and Fiserv. Marc holds a BSC of Biotechnology from Monash University and an MBA from The University of Manchester.
Eddie Lau is the Head of Operations & Strategy of Asia Pacific region for RGAX, the transformation engine of the Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA). At RGAX, Eddie leads the strategy planning for InsurTech initiatives and works with local RGA businesses in Asia to develop and grow their client portfolios by integrating digital innovations to reinsurance offerings.
Eddie has more than 15 years of experience in consulting, innovation, and risk management, with exposures to banks, insurers, and reinsurers across Asia and the U.S. Before joining RGA, Eddie was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, based in New York. There, he led and executed strategic projects for global clients in multiple disciplines, including corporate strategy, risk management, data analytics, and operations.
Eddie graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a Master of Business Administration degree, and from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics degree in actuarial science. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.
Dominic Maffei is an experienced international finance professional with a strong foundation in global financial markets, market infrastructure, corporate law and regulations, and is a member of SC Ventures, Standard Chartered Bank’s innovation, fintech investment and ventures arm.
He leads the SC Ventures Hong Kong team and concentrates on client engagement, partnerships and investments, with a focus on Web 3.
He launched and led the SC Ventures UK team, focusing on Financial Markets FinTech.
Dominic has been at Standard Chartered for more than 12 years, across Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK, and has held management roles in treasury, bond syndication and financial markets.
Before working in financial services, he was a lawyer in San Francisco with a practice focused on corporate law supporting investors and the start-up community.
Cherie is a Senior Fintech DevelopmentManager in The Bank of East Asia, Limited since March 2022. She is now tasked with driving Fintech integration and co-creation to build an ecosystem. Prior to that, she has 10+ years of experience on technology and innovation in the banking and finance sector.
Mr Stephen Leung joined the Bank of East Asia, Limited in September 2021 as Head of IT and Head of Fintech Development.
Mr Leung steers and manages the technical development of all IT services of the bank. He also leads the Fintech Department to drive the adoption of latest technologies, as well as fostering an innovative culture at all levels.
Having worked in variousHong Kong, Chinese, European and American banks for over 25 years, Mr Leung has solid experience in application delivery, IT service management, IT management and innovation. Prior to joining the bank, Mr Leung was Head of IT - Wealth andPersonal Banking in Hang Seng Bank Limited.
Mr Leung holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom, and BS ISO/IEC20000:2011 andBS ISO/IEC 27001:2013 lead auditor certificates. He is a Financial TechnologyCommittee Member of The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers, and an Advisory BoardMember of the Fintech Indices of the University of Hong Kong.
Prof. SM Yiu is currently a professor in the Department ofComputer Science of the University of Hong Kong. He is also an associate executive director of the HKU-SCF FinTech Academy. His research interests coverFinTech, blockchain, cryptography, cyber security and privacy-enhancing technologies. He was selected three times by Clarivate as one of the highly cited researchers in the world. He has published more than 300 articles. He and his former PhD student has co-founded a start-up company focusing on quantitative trading using AI technologies. Besides R&D, Prof. Yiu also obtained numerous teaching awards from the department, the faculty, and the University.
Based in Hong Kong, Jerry is responsible for leading the Asia Pacific product, data and analytics strategy for current and new market expansion, and delivering budgeted revenue goals with sales and global technology teams. Previously, he was General Manager of Wanda Credit in China, leading three business lines covering consumer credit, business information and market services. With over 10 years of holding senior roles at Experian Greater China, he has vast experience as a business line owner, driving strategic initiatives covering credit risk, fraud services, digital, and direct marketing and research.
Jerry has a master’s degree in computer science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Mark Munoz is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Vectr Fintech.
Over 20 years in financial technology, Mark built and exited his own start-ups, oversaw numerous investments, mergers and acquisitions, and serves on multiple boards. At Vectr he leads the teams’ global fintech fund.
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Amanda Tung is Visa's Head of Fintech and Digital Partnerships for Hong Kong and Macau. She is responsible for pursuing and executing new opportunities with financial technology companies and non-financial Institution partners in Hong Kong & Macau.
With 10+ years of experience, Amanda specializes in driving solution commercialization for Visa through a combination of sales, partnership, and marketing. Prior to joining Visa, Amanda worked in OSL/ BC Group, Zhong An Bank and Ping An Bank, spanning crypto, virtual banking and virtual insurance across various fintech pillars. She is committed to and passionate about the FinTech space and demonstrates this by establishing and continuing her role on the Founding Board of Directors at the FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK). She holds both a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
Jonathan is the Founding Partner & CEO of Wings Capital Ventures, which is focused on early-stage technology investments in the Greater Bay Area. His venture capital journey started with fintech investments in Hong Kong and gradually expanded into other sectors and cities. As an investor and partner of talented entrepreneurs, he also gives advice and guidance on corporate strategy, fundraising, and business development to his portfolio companies.
Previously, Mr. Wu had over 10 years of private equity experience in China and Asia at both international and Chinese investment platforms. He joined China Merchants Capital at its early stage and played a key role in establishing its first USD offshore fund. Prior to that, he also worked at Bank of China International’s Private Equity and Credit Suisse Private Equity Asia. Before returning to Asia, he had investment banking and private equity experience in New York.
Mr. Wu graduated from the Ross School ofBusiness of the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
Edison is the Vice President of Digital Distribution of YF Life and plays a key role in developing the insurtech capabilities and building the digital presence for YF Life in the market. He is responsible for the development and strategy implementation of digital platform covering product proposition and innovation, digital marketing and building partnership with virtual banks, and hopes to introduce a brand new channels to digital savvy customers in the near future.
With over 20 years in insurance industry, Edison has experience in strategic planning, business development, digital transformation, project management and corporate administration. Prior to joiningYF Life, Edison was the Chief Information Officer of Chubb heading the IT, PMO and digital transformation teams. Prior to Chubb, Edison was the Head of Strategy & Project Director in Ping An where he formulated the corporate strategy and managed the license application for life insurance business establishment in Hong Kong.
Kevin Angelini is the regional Head of M&A and Business Development, Asia Pacific and joined Zurich in 2019. His responsibility is to shape our strategy across APAC, drive strategic initiatives, identify and execute inorganic opportunities and new partnerships.
Prior to joining Zurich, he was most recently a Senior Director at Willis Towers Watson where he was Head of Greater China, Insurance Consulting & Technology at Willis Towers Watson. Prior to that, he worked for over 10 years in Generali where he worked in several markets (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Italy) and built up and led their regional Strategy and M&A function.
Kevin is a Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University College London, a Master’s degree in Insurance & Risk Management from MIB School of Management, and EMBA from Kellogg School of Management.
Davide has over twenty years of experience in investment banking and private banking with top tier financial institutions including Citibank, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse. He has co-founded successful businesses like TigerHead Toys Ltd and is an active advisor to the board of several start-ups. Most recently he co-founded seeders & seekers, a new form of investment club for private equity/angel investing.