Speakers Profile

Speakers

(in alphabetical order of the family name)
Dr. Bernard Chan
Dr. Bernard Chan

Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development

Before Dr. Chan was appointed to his current position, Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, he was the Political Assistant to the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development. He first ran for public office in the 2007 local elections for Kwun Tong District Council and received 62.9% of the votes casted.

Dr. Chan was the Director of Research and Development at the LifeTec Group (SEHK:1180), a pharmaceutical company which developed recombinant protein drugs for the treatment of liver disease. In 2006, he and his friends co-founded Comprehensive Drug Enterprises, which would go on to win the Hong Kong Award for Industries' Technological Achievement Award in 2007. Dr. Chan is a graduate of La Salle College, and he received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.

Mr. Ian Huang
Mr. Ian Huang

Chairman of Co-operatives of Innovative Intellectuals, Chairman of EXCEL Capital Strategy, and CEO of InnoTech Venture

Ian’s 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 Chairman, President and CEO of XNET) and took the company public at NASDAQ (symbol FIBR) with equity investors such as JP Morgan, Citibank, DBS Bank, Jardine Fleming, Hong Leong Malaysia, etc. He successfully setup and operated the international distribution channel: 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.

Before he founded XNET, Ian was Vice President of Engineering at Hughes Networks Systems responsible for the worldwide product strategy, roadmap and engineering. Early in his career, he also participated in robotic research at Westinghouse Research & Development Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and designed the world’s first digital programmable oscilloscope at Tektronix in Portland, Oregon. He co-invented the SCSI bus at Shugart Associates in Sunnyvale, California. At Digital Equipment Corporation, he managed the first RISC engineering efforts as the Chief Engineer in Palo Alto, California and directed the delivery of the world’s first FDDI network as the overall Group Manager in Littleton, Massachusetts.

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). Ian was also the Chairman for the ACM Silicon Valley Chapter. He was listed in Who’s Who in Technology and Who’s Who of Outstanding American for his numerous achievements. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society and a Fellow of Hong Kong Institute of Directors. He has been an adviser to the MIT Technology Review/Emerging Technology since 2015.

Dr. Lee George Lam
Dr. Lee George Lam

Chairman of the Cyberport Management Company

Dr. Lee George LAM is Non-Executive Chairman - Hong Kong and ASEAN Region and Chief Adviser to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Asia, having served earlier as a General Manager of Hongkong Telecom, Vice President and Managing Partner - Greater China of the international management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, President & CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Chia Tai Enterprises International Limited (now C.P. Lotus Corporation) of multinational conglomerate CP Group, Vice Chairman and COO of Investment Banking Division of BOC International Holdings (the international investment banking arm of the Bank of China group), Executive Director of Singapore Technologies Telemedia (a member of Temasek Holdings), and Chairman - Hong Kong / Vietnam / Cambodia / Laos / Myanmar / Thailand and Senior Adviser - Asia of Macquarie Capital.

Dr. Lam is a member of the Hong Kong SAR Government Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-Industrialization, the Council on Professional Conduct in Education, the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health, the Court of the City University of Hong Kong and Sir Murray MacLehose Trust Fund Investment Advisory Committee, Vice Chairman of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Business Advisory Council and Chairman of its Task Force on Banking and Finance, Chairman of the Permanent Commission on Economic and Financial Issues of World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (WUSME), Honorary Chairman – Asia Pacific of CMA Australia, Chairman of Monte Jade Science and Technology Association of Hong Kong and President of Hong Kong-ASEAN Economic Cooperation Foundation. Earlier he also served as a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit, and a member of the Task Force on Industry Facilitation under the Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee, the Assessment Panel of the Small Entrepreneur Research Assistance Programme under the Innovation and Technology Fund, the New Business Committee of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council and the Legal Aid Services Council.

Dr. Jacqueline Lui
Dr. Jacqueline Lui

President, Eagle IP Group Limited

Jackie and Eagle IP are recognized in 3 consecutive years (2015-2017) by Intellectual Asset Management magazine as the World’s Leading Patent Firms and Individuals. She has also advised the National Science and Technology Board of Singapore on the development of Singapore’s technology and market intelligence and intellectual property framework. Jackie is a US registered patent agent and has extensive experience in drafting and prosecution patent portfolios in many different technologies. Now she focuses on advocating patent quality and strategy through raising awareness and training. She is the founding and current President of the Hong Kong Institute of Patent Practitioners and member of the Working Group under the Advisory Committee on Review of the Patent System of the HK government. Jackie obtained her MSc & PhD in Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas, and BSc in Agricultural Science (Bronze Tablet Scholar) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Radia Perlman
Dr. Radia Perlman

Dell EMC Fellow, National Inventor Hall of Fame 2016, National Academy of Engineering 2015, Internet Hall of Fame 2014.

Radia’s work has had a profound impact on how computer networks work today. It enables huge networks, like the Internet, to be robust, scalable, and largely self-managing. Her technology 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 is currently a Fellow at Dell EMC, and has taught as adjunct faculty at MIT, Harvard, and University of Washington. She wrote the textbook "Interconnections", and co-wrote the textbook "Network Security". She holds over 100 issued patents. She has received numerous awards 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 PhD in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Frank Tong
Dr. Frank Tong

Global Head of Innovation and Strategic Investments, HSBC

Dr Frank Tong Fuk-Kay is the Global Head of Innovation and Strategic Investments for HSBC. He is based in Hong Kong, taking over responsibilities for the Applied Innovation and Strategic Investment teams.

Before joining HSBC, Dr Tong was the CEO of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), the largest government funded R&D organization under the Innovation and Technology Commission. He led the institute with core strategic technology areas in Financial Technologies, Intelligent Manufacturing, Next Generation Network, Health Technologies, Smart City and IC design.

Under his leadership, ASTRI has successfully commercialised many technologies, and collaborated with many local, regional and international academic and commercial organisations. In addition to initiating a number of Joint Labs and R&D Centres, Dr Tong has also spearheaded talent development and capacity building endeavours for students and professionals alike from Hong Kong, Mainland and elsewhere. Collaborations with public sector organisations in Hong Kong and overseas like Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Bank of Thailand, and Electronic Transactions Development Agency of Thailand, and partnerships with leading banks such as Bank of China (Hong Kong), ICBC, and HSBC have thrived during his tenure.

After a rich and successful career stint in the US in IBM Research, he returned to Hong Kong to teach at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Between 2001 to 2004, he was seconded from CUHK to ASTRI as Vice President of the Photonics Group where he successfully led the group’s spin-off and joined SAE Magnetics - a wholly owned subsidiary of TDK. The spin-off was one of the most successful commercialisation endeavours in the history of ASTRI. From 2013 to 2014, he was the CTO of Hisense Broadband Multimedia Technologies, leading successful mergers and acquisition of a technology company in US.

Frank was born in Hong Kong and had his primary and secondary education at La Salle College. He obtained BA and MA degrees respectively from UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara, and PhM and PhD from Columbia University while conducted his thesis research at MIT Lincoln Labs. He was credited with close to 200 research articles, and 19 patents.

Frank is very active in community service, serving various advisory roles in including charity foundation, universities, scholarship schemes, and other government bureaus and departments.

Mr. Andrew Weir
Mr. Andrew Weir

Senior Partner, Hong Kong
Vice Chairman, KPMG China
Global Chairman of Real Estate and Construction

Andrew is the Regional Senior Partner of KPMG’s Hong Kong office. He has over 25 years' experience servicing listed companies, public bodies, investment funds and MNCs in Hong Kong, Asia and internationally. Andrew has considerable experience working with a number of major audit committees and boards in Hong Kong and internationally. He has a keen interest in corporate governance and leads the quarterly KPMG Independent Non-Executive Directors Forum.

Andrew is Chairman of the Listing Committee of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and sits on the advisory panels of the Securities Institute, Hong Kong Investor Relations Association and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He was appointed by the HKSAR Government as a council member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and a member of the Financial Services Development Council (FSDC) and FSDC Policy Research Committee.

Andrew has had a number of global and regional roles with KPMG. He is the Global Chairman of Real Estate and Construction, and ASPAC Chairman of Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare, which includes the real estate, hospitality and transport sectors. He also has several roles in the real estate sector outside the firm, including serving as a board member of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA) and the Asian Association for Investors in Non-listed Real Estate Vehicles (ANREV).

In the community, Andrew has served as Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and is also the Chairman of Plan International Hong Kong and Community Business, as well as a Trustee of Outward Bound. In addition, he is Chairman of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, and a member of the World Economic Forum B20 Trade and Investment Taskforce, International Business Council, Small Entrepreneur Research Assistance Programme (SERAP) of Hong Kong’s Innovation and Technology Commission, and the Hong Kong Business Ethics Development Advisory Committee of the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Andrew was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017 for his contribution to trade and investment links between Hong Kong and the UK.

Dr. Claudia Xu
Dr. Claudia Xu

Chief Executive Officer, HKUST R and D Corporation & Director for Technology Transfer, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Dr. Xu is responsibilities for the University’s intellectual property management, patent portfolio development, patent licensing, academic-industrial collaboration, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship program at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She also serves as CEO of the HKUST R and D Corporation and General Manager of the HKUST R and D Corporation (Guangzhou) Limited, which are the two commercial arms of the University in Hong Kong and China respectively. She has solid experience in management consulting, strategic planning, business development, intellectual property management and licensing, technology commercialization, and academic-industrial collaborations. Dr. Xu received the Bachelor degree and PhD in Chemical Engineering. She also holds a the Master degree in Energy Technology.