Speakers Profile


(in alphabetical order of the family name)
Mr Andy Bien
Mr. Andy Bien

Chief Information Officer, Hong Kong Airport Authority

Trained as an engineer, his technical expertise spans from hardware design, software development to lectureship in tertiary institution. In addition to his technical background, he has gained extensive business and management experience through general management roles in the finance, telecommunication, logistics, transportation and aviation industries.

As Chief Information Officer, he is responsible for the strategic planning and provisioning of IT services to the Hong Kong International Airport and its community. He is also active in engaging community work in promoting IT industry development, green IT, innovation and talent cultivation.

Mr. Bien obtained his BSc Degree (Hons) in Computer Engineering from Queen's University, Canada in 1981 and his MSc Degree in Communication Engineering from Imperial College, University of London in 1986.

Professor Tim Cheng
Professor Tim Cheng

Dean of Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

K.-T. Tim Cheng received his Ph.D. in EECS from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988. He has been serving as Dean of Engineering and Chair Professor of ECE and CSE at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since May 2016. He worked at Bell Laboratories from 1988 to 1993 and joined the faculty at Univ. of California, Santa Barbara in 1993 where he was the founding director of UCSB’s Computer Engineering Program (1999-2002), Chair of the ECE Department (2005-2008) and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (2013-2016). His current research interests include design automation for photonics IC and flexible hybrid circuits, memristive memories, mobile embedded systems, medical image analysis and mobile computer vision. He has co-authored five books, supervised 50 PhD theses, holds 12 U.S. Patents, and published extensively in these areas. He served as Director for US Department of Defense MURI Center for 3D hybrid circuits which aims at integrating CMOS with high-density memristors

Cheng, an IEEE fellow, received 10+ Best Paper Awards from various IEEE and ACM conferences and journals. He has also received UCSB College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award. He served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Design and Test of Computers and was a board member of IEEE Council of Electronic Design Automation’s Board of Governors and IEEE Computer Society’s Publication Board

Ian Huang
Mr. Ian Huang

Chairman, Co-operatives of Innovative Intellectuals
President & CEO, Digital Transaction Limited

Ian is the Chairman of Co-operatives of Innovative Intellectuals, a non-profit organization in Hong Kong. He is also the convenor of Agile Blockchain Consortium. His current interests include investment in breakthrough/disruptive innovations, promotion of inclusion and innovation management, and visioning the future of business trends and landscapes.

Ian founded XNET Technology in Silicon Valley and served as the Chairman, President and CEO of XNET. He took the company public on NASDAQ (symbol FIBR) with equity investors such as JP Morgan, Citibank, DBS Bank, Jardine Fleming, Hong Leong Malaysia, etc. He successfully setup and operated an international distribution channel in Americas (USA -- California, Texas, New York, Chicago), Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy), Africa (South Africa), Asia Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia) and Japan.

Ian started his career implementing software algorithms on robotics at Westinghouse Research and Development Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was with Tektronix in Portland, Oregon as Senior Software Design Engineer. Then he joined Shugart Associates (a Xerox wholly owned subsidiary), as the Senior Advisory Engineer, co-invented the SCSI bus (Small Computer System Interface) Ian was the Senior Manager for Computer Design and Engineering at Zilog (a wholly owned subsidiary of Exxon) and he was recruited to join Digital Equipment Corporation in Palo Alto, California as the Senior Engineering Manager and Chief Engineer for the Titan Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC), their first internal RISC project. Digital Equipment Corporation relocated Ian to Littleton, Massachusetts, as the Group Manager for the Next Generation Interconnect (“XI”), later known as Fiber-optical Distributed Data Interface (FDDI). Ian left for Hughes Network Systems thereafter as the Vice President of Engineering responsible for the worldwide product strategy, roadmap and engineering.

Ian holds a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering and an MS in Computer Science, both from Carnegie-Mellon University, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Portland. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Ian was the Visiting Chief Architect at the Singapore National Science and Technology Board (now the Agency for Science, Technology & Research). He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors. Ian has been an adviser to MIT Technology Review (EMTECH Emerging Technology) since 2015.

Dr. Meikei Ieong
Dr. Meikei Ieong

Chief Technology Officer, Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI)

Dr MeiKei Ieong joined ASTRI as Chief Technology Officer in January 2016. Before his appointment, he held various leadership positions in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and IBM Research. He holds a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA degree from the MIT Sloan Fellows Program at the MIT School of Management.

Dr Ieong has had rich international experience of managing large and complex R&D projects including marketing, commercialisation. He has published more than 100 papers in journals and conference proceedings and more than 80 patents. He has received more than 2,000 citations.

Dr Ieong has received many awards over his career such as IBM Master Inventor Award, IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, and IBM Corporate Award. He is an IEEE Fellow in recognition of his leadership and contributions to Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS) Device Technology.

Charlie Kaufman
Mr. Charlie Kaufman

Network Security Architect, Dell/EMC

He has been involved with computer networking and security issues for over 25 years, and holds over 50 US issued patents in those fields. At Microsoft, he was the security architect for Windows Azure - Microsoft's Public Cloud offering - where he was involved with all aspects of cloud security, from design through responding to ongoing attacks. At Lotus, he was the chief security architect for Lotus Notes and Domino and later he was responsible for the entire Lotus product suite. At Digital Equipment Corporation, he was the Security Architect for their networking group and later for Digital's UNIX offering.

He has contributed to a number of IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) standards efforts including IPsec (IP Security Protocol), S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions), and DNSsec (Domain Name System Security) and served as a member of the Internet Architecture Board. He is the co-author of the popular textbook "Network Security: Private Communication in a Public World" and served on the National Academy of Sciences expert panel that wrote the book "Trust In Cyberspace".

He received a MS in Mathematics from Dartmouth College.

Mr. Edwin Keh
Mr. Edwin Keh

CEO of Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel

Edwin is the CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Apparel. He is also on Faculty at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. He teaches and research supply chain operations.

Until April 2010 Edwin was the SVP COO of Wal-Mart Global Procurement. He managed offices in 20 plus countries and sourcing activities in 50 plus countries. Apart from acting as the supply chain spokesman on numerous occasions, Edwin helped put together the Oct 2008 Global CEO Summit on Sustainability in Beijing China.

Prior to Wal-Mart Edwin managed a consulting group that has done work for companies on supply chain, manufacturing, and product design.

The practice also did work for non-profit organizations and charities. His commercial clients included Berkshire Hathaway and Payless Shoes Australia among others. His non-profit work took him to Burma, N Thailand, the Philippines, Laos and China where he worked with schools, orphanages, tribal peoples, and people afflicted by leprosy.

Edwin had a career as senior executive with several US consumer goods and retail companies. He was the Managing Director of Payless Shoesource International, Donna Karan International, and Country Road Australia. He did the start up sourcing for Abercrombie & Fitch and Structure stores.Prior to graduate school, Edwin worked for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees as an editor and resettlement lobbyist.

Edwin serves on the Board of Whittier College, California. He is an Advisory Board Member of HK Chinese University’s System Engineering & Engineering Management Department. He also advised Sequoia Capital China, FACE, a fashion industry charity, and Handa, an NGO that serves the needs of people afflicted with leprosy in China. He advises several other social enterprises, NGOs, and industry groups. He has spoken or taught recently at events at multiple universities in Asia and the US.

Edwin holds several IPs for inventions from research projects at HKRITA. His projects have so far won 4 Global Invention Awards at Geneva’s “Salon International Des Inventions”. 2018 & 2019 Edwin is on the Expert Panel of H&M Foundation’s Global Change Award. Edwin is in Debrett’s 2015 “100 Most Influential People in Hong Kong”.

Edwin is the 2011 recipient of the Production and Operations Management Society’s Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Award.

In 2012, Edwin along with Professor Marshall Fisher (Wharton), and Professor David Robb (Tsinghua/U of Auckland) co-directed and co-founded the Consortium For Operational Excellence, Greater China (COER GC). The Consortium is sponsored by the Wharton School and Tsinghua University.

Edwin has published a case and a chapter on supply chain; he has been quoted recently in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and on BBC.

Ashok Krishnan
Mr. Ashok Krishnan

Chief Data Officer and Head of Customer Experience
AXA China and Hong Kong

Ashok leads the various Data Science, Governance and Management functions for AXA Hong Kong in addition to leading AXA’s efforts to deliver an excellent experience to our customers. He has previously lived and worked in the UK, Vietnam and India. Ashok is an insurance expert with experience in Life, P&C and Health insurance across various functions including Distribution, Marketing, Finance, etc.

Ashok is passionate about creating impact by improving Customer Experience leveraging the power of Digital and Data. Ashok enjoys travelling and is an Engineer-Accountant who would have become a cricket commentator if he had not entered the insurance industry. 

Mr. Brian Lam
Mr. Brian Lam

Senior Manager, Fintech Facilitation Office, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Brian Lam responsible for facilitating the healthy development of the fintech ecosystem in Hong Kong and promoting Hong Kong as a fintech hub in Asia. Prior to this assignment, he has helped with setting up the operation of the Trade Repository of the HKMA for the over-the-counter derivatives trades reporting regime. Before joining the HKMA, he worked for a number of global investment banks and "Big-4" accounting firms, both in Hong Kong and London.

Brian holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Oxford, England.

Mr. Jay Liang
Mr. Jay Liang

Founder and Co-chairman of Hong Kong Blockchain Association

Veteran PE, VC and hedge fund professional with over 25 years in experience from Wall Street to Asia Pacific; successful entrepreneur founding OES Capital Group with over $2 billion AUM; active speaker on trade, public policy and geopolitical issues in US Congress, Chinese American communities, Hong Kong and Taiwan; and contributing social leader as Honorary Chairman of US-China CEO Organization, Founding Chairman of Hong Kong Blockchain Association, Founding Vice Chairman of Taiwan Future Study Society, Founding Executive Director of SoCal Mont Jade Science and Technology Association and previously Asia Pacific Advisory Board Chair for Rand Corporation and Board Member of SoCal Asia Society.

Paul McSheaffrey
Mr. Paul McSheaffrey FCA, FCPA

Partner / Head of Banking & Capital Markets, Hong Kong / Head of Internal Audit & Risk Compliance Services, KPMG

Paul has thirteen years experience in Hong Kong having previously worked for KPMG in the UK for eight years.

Paul is the Head of Banking & Capital Markets for Hong Kong, He is a member the British Chamber of Commerce Financial Services Committee and of the Private Wealth Management Association’s Accreditation and Examination Committee.

In his role as Head of Banking & Capital Markets Paul is responsible for co-ordinating our Banking & Capital Markets offerings and supporting our account teams in taking these to clients. Paul is a regular participant at industry conferences.

Paul has worked with a range of clients, mainly international financial institutions in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific, providing internal audit regulatory assistance, investigations and other assurance services. Paul has also worked with banks on a range of regulatory related projects, covering regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering and benchmark rate setting.

He holds a BSc in Mathematics, Statistics and Accounting, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Dr. Radia Perlman
Dr. Radia Perlman

Chair, Executive Committee, Agile Blockchain Consortium
Senior Fellow, Co-operatives of Innovative Intellectuals

Recipient of US National Inventor Hall of Fame 2016, US National Academy of Engineering 2015, Internet Hall of Fame 2014. Radia is now with Dell EMC holding the role as Fellow. Radia is also a Senior Fellow of Co-operatives of Innovative Intellectuals, a non-profit organization in Hong Kong.

Radia’s work has had a profound impact on computer networks today. Her work has enabled huge networks, such as the Internet, to be robust, scalable, and largely self-managing. Her research has also transformed Ethernet from a technology that could support a few hundred nodes within a building, into a technology that could support networks of hundreds of thousands of nodes. She has also made important contributions in network security, including robustness despite malicious trusted participants, assured delete, key management for data at rest encryption, DDOS defense, and user authentication.

She has taught as an adjunct faculty at MIT, Harvard, and University of Washington. She wrote the textbook "Interconnections", and co-authored the textbook "Network Security". She holds over 100 USA issued patents. Radia has received numerous recognitions for her achievements, including induction into the Inventor Hall of Fame, lifetime achievement awards from ACM's SIGCOMM and Usenix, election to National Academy of Engineering, induction into the Internet Hall of Fame, and an honorary doctorate from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Samson Tam
Dr. Samson Tam

Chairman, Group Sense Limited

Dr. Samson Tam is a technology-oriented entrepreneur who has over 20 years experience in business management. After graduated from the university, he founded his startup and soon launched electronic dictionaries with the brand "Instant-Dict". The company was listed in the Main Board in 1993 with its major business in developing electronic educational products.

Dr. Tam is actively participated in angel investment, covering areas in mobile internet, internet of things and internet health-care. He is also keen on creating an eco-system to nurture startups.

Dr. Tam is now Chairman of Group Sense Limited, Hong Kong Industry-University-Research Collaboration Association and Hong Kong Business Angel Network, Partner of Inno Angel Funds, Vice Chairman of the PRD Council, Federation of Hong Kong Industries. Dr. Tam was an elected member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (Information Technology). He was awarded the “Young Industrialist Award of Hong Kong” in 1992 and he was named one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” in 1997.

Dr. Kwok Leung Tse
Dr. Kwok Leung Tse

Head of Economic Research Division at Bank of China (Hong Kong).

He has been serving the banking sector in Hong Kong for over 20 years, mainly responsible for economic research, drafting reports and speeches for executives. With years of economic research experience, he has authored or presided over extensive research on various economic and financial issues for decision making. Dr. Tse has been servicing The Chinese Banks’s Association for years, and currently services as the leader of Association’s academic committee, he also served the Central Policy Unit of The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as an Associate Member (non-full-time advisor) and a member of the CPU Pan-Pearl River Delta for years.

Arthur Wong
Mr. Arthur Wong

Chief Information Officer, Hong Kong Interbank Clearing Limited

Arthur was Head of Information Technology at China Construction Bank (Asia) (CCBA) and has more than 25 years of experience in information technology management with major banks and financial institutions in the Asia Pacific Region.

Arthur joined China Construction Bank Hong Kong (CCB HK) in 1995 and was responsible for overseeing the technology function for CCB’s Hong Kong Branch, CCB International as well as other overseas branches. He left CCB HK in 2008 and joined Fubon Bank (HK), Sun Hung Kai Financial and then KKR Asia, where he was also the Head of IT. Arthur subsequently rejoined CCB Asia in early 2014.

Arthur is also co-founder of popular Hong Kong web site HKGolden.com.

Dr. Collin Wong
Dr. Collin Wong 

Associate Dean of Decision Science and Director of Policy Research Institute of Global Supply Chain, The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

Collin Wong obtained her Ph.D. in Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is highly experienced in research on multidisciplinary topics relating to Business Logistics Planning and Design; Knowledge Management and Decision Support System; e-Business Management; Airport and Airfreight Planning and Management; Greater Bay Area and Belt and Road Initiatives studies. 

Dr Wong is an active researcher and she has published in top tier journals in the field, such as International Journal of Production Economics, Transportation Science, and European Journal of Operational Research.

She also engaged in different local and international conferences as Chair /Co-Chair. Besides, Dr Wong has been successfully awarded many external grants, such as Public Policy Research Funding Scheme (PPR) under the Central Policy Unit of the HKSAR Government; the Quality Enhancement Support Scheme (QESS) under the Education Bureau; the Faculty Development Scheme and other Grants under the Research Grants Council (RGC). These grants amounted over ten million dollars. 

In 2016-17, she and her colleagues published three research reports: 1) Logistics and Trade Facilitation in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area, 2) Preventing Marginalization in Air Passenger and Freight Business; 3) Impact of Cabotage Relaxation and PRD Competition to Hong Kong’s Maritime Logistics Industry. They attracted many industry stakeholders and policy makers’ attention and were significantly reported by media. 

Recently, Dr. Wong is engaging in the formation of the Blockchain Group, under the Policy Research Institute of Global Supply Chain of the College. The Group is to dedicated to establish research and development collaboration with local and international researchers and practitioners, to study and promote the applications of blockchain technology in supply chain.

Masters of Ceremony

Jenny Chan
Ms. Jenny Chan

Founder and Managing Director of JC Pixie Media
Former News Reporter at ATV, TVB, TVB Pearl, and RTHK

Jenny has been spending the past decade in the media as a multilingual host, reporter and producer. She runs her own media agency since 2013 producing stories for television, websites and magazines. She had been granted scholarship from Thomson Reuters London for finance reporting. She engages in advanced studies of French in Paris.

Jenny has a BA in Chinese Language and Literature and an MA from the Department of Journalism, both from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Anthony Woo
Mr. Anthony Woo


Mr. Anthony Woo is currently a Board Director of the Co-operatives of Innovative Intellectuals. He has been a venture capitalist in the A.I. space, with notable transactions including SenseTime (China) and Deep Instinct (Israel). As the Researcher at Harvard Business School (HBS) Asia-Pacific Research Center, Anthony coauthored case studies on Ant Financial, Lufax, Dianrong, and Blockchain with HBS professors. He was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, primarily focusing on Hong Kong corporates. Prior to that, he was a banker at J.P. Morgan in portfolio management, equity derivatives, and investment strategy in San Francisco, London, and New York.

Anthony completed his MBA at Harvard Business School, and graduated from U.C. Berkeley (Haas School of Business) summa cum laude. He has completed the M.S. degree in Information Technology in Education (Distinction) at the University of Hong Kong, and is an elected member of the Board of the Faculty of Education at the University. Anthony has been appointed by the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute and Hong Kong Institute of Directors as Instructor in FinTech, A.I., and Blockchain, and is designing a course on A.I. and Deep Learning for HKUST.

Anthony currently holds the designations of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), Financial Risk Manager (FRM), and Certified Bitcoin Professional (CBP). He has completed a Certificate in Machine Learning for Big Data & Text Processing at MIT, and a course on Deep Learning and Machine Learning with TensorFlow. He has also passed exams in Probability and Financial Mathematics of the Society of Actuaries. Anthony is an FAA-licensed Private Pilot and a PADI Advanced Scuba Diver, and has completed Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 with merit.