Austin R. Bryan joined CLP Holdings in May 2016 as Senior Director – Innovation, leading the Group’s efforts to develop innovative business models and build collaborative partnerships as decarbonisation and digitalisation open up new opportunities in the global energy market. A proven pioneer of new services and value creation in the digital media sector, Austin is a globally-recognised leader in transforming business activities in the financial and telecommunications sectors.
His experience spans the creation of the first direct banking activities in Germany in the early 1990s, the introduction of virtual customer service platforms for American Express and creation of the first 3G multi-media mobile network in Australia with “3 Mobile”. Most recently he was Vice President of Strategic Innovation at Singtel Optus, where he led the acquisition of major digital media projects and created a US$1 billion digital media business developing and implementing new digital products and services.
Mr. Ben Cheng is the Managing Partner at C Ventures. He is a member of Advisory Committee of Vertex SEA Fund, a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings. He also sits on the Board of Venture Committee of Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.
Mr. Cheng has been actively engaged in major venture capital and private equity investments across the sectors of consumer and technology. He has been involved in leading sought-after deals including Xiaopeng Motors（China’s leading electric vehicle and technology for smart cars）, JD Logistics (leading supply chain and logistics services for e-commerce, Go - Jek (Indonesia’s largest ride-hailing company), Fiture (pioneering smart household fitness equipment), GritWorld (3D visual graphics rendering engine), etc. GritWorld was recently awarded ChinaVenture’s Top 10 “AI & Big Data Deal”.
Mr. Cheng has led the team through significant growth. C Ventures is newly recognized by ChinaVenture amongst the Top 30 “International PE firms in China” and ranked among 36Kr’s Top 20 “China’s Black Horse Funds”.
Bong Chan is the Leader of Southern China Region Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Industry at Deloitte China.
Bong has more than 20 years of professional experience providing services to listed companies, large multinational companies and large mainland enterprises in a wide range of industries such as technology, media and telecommunications, manufacturing and property development. He has also led a number of cross-border IPOs and special audit engagements.
Bong also takes several public office roles as following:
Chibo Tang has been investing in early-stage companies in the technology and media sectors in China for over a decade. He is Head of the Hong Kong office, overseeing Gobi’s Greater Bay Area practice, and manages the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, for which Gobi is the exclusive General Partner. He’s led numerous investments including Airwallex, WeLab, GOGOVAN, Urban Revivo, Prenetics, DayDayCook and Sandbox VR.
Chibo is recognized in the industry as Silicon Dragon Venture Capitalist of the Year 2017, Top 25 Global Corporate Venturing Rising Star 2019, Top 10 Global Corporate Venturing Emerging Leader 2020, a member of Generation T Asia Tatler Tribe, and a Co-Chair of the Asia Technology Entrepreneurship Conference.
Chibo received his B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College, and received his MBA in Finance from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). Chibo began his career as Strategy Consultant with Monitor Group, focusing on ASEAN and MENA regions. He also spent time at Robert Bosch as Senior Manager of Corporate Strategy APAC. Chibo joined Gobi Partners in 2009 and is currently a Partner based in Hong Kong.
Christopher Cheng is currently a director of Corporate Development and Investment Department of NWS Holdings Limited and is responsible for overseeing the business development and strategic investments of the Company. He is also the founding partner of Creo Capital which invests in Asian early stage companies spanning from corporate services, AI and hardware in the B2B space. Prior to joining NWS, he has worked as a quantitative portfolio manager for a multi-billion dollar hedge fund and has in-depth experience in portfolio management of global equities with a specialty in Asian developed markets. Mr. Cheng holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics Degree from Harvard University.
Daisy Yue earned her MBA from the University of Leicester. With more than 20 years’ experience and an extensive network and connection with relevant government departments, consulate generals, trade commissions, local industry, academics, research and development and start-up community, she has been active in the technology field with her focus on promoting technology and knowledge transfer, commercialisation of R&D outputs from academic projects through licensing and consultancy as well as formation of joint venture or spin-off companies.
Before joining Sino, Daisy was the Team Manager for Industries & Collaboration at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation. She was the person-in-charge for a wide range of programmes, such as providing a test bed for innovation and technologies developed at science park, spearheading the soft-landing programme for start-ups from overseas to promote their technologies in Hong Kong, curating a smart living lab for innovation and technology for park companies and incubatees to test their innovative ideas, promote and collect feedback for their newly-developed technologies, promoting entrepreneurial programme through the organisation of the Elevator Pitch Competition at the tallest building in HK, and facilitating business collaboration among industry, academics as well incubatees and park companies.
At Sino, she plays a key role in facilitating the adoption of innovation within the group by connecting the internal stakeholders with the external stakeholders through the open platform of Sino Inno Lab, with the objective to let new ideas flow and encourage active exchange of ideas and co-create for applications which are relevant to Sino’s business needs.
Dan Wong is an expert in the fields of digital transformation and product innovation – with over 20 years of experience in Greater China and Silicon Valley. Dan is currently GM of Global Innovation at MTR Corporation, where he and his team are tasked with building new businesses and enhancing the core business with technology and partnerships. MTR is one of the most respected transport operators in the world, with operations in Stockholm, London, Sydney, Melbourne, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau, and of course Hong Kong. MTR is at the nexus of “new mobility” (new modes of transport, O2O, urbanization, smart city, and public private partnerships). There are few companies with the unique expertise and resources to capture the emerging changes before us.
Dennis Wong, Corporate and International Business Director of Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited, is a key driver of the company’s business development in the corporate and global markets.
Mr Wong joined Hutchison in 2009 steering the growth of the premium corporate segment of Hutchison’s mobile business. He was Chairman of the Conexus Corporate Sales Working Group from 2012 to 2014 and represented Hutchison in the Vodafone Global Enterprise strategic alliance, leading corporate business collaborations between Vodafone Global Enterprise and related Conexus members.
Mr Wong plays crucial roles in strategic planning and has rich experience in driving the development of mobile and fixed-line network businesses. He has more than 23 years of experience in the telecoms industry and the ICT sector. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Edmond Lau has 20 years of profound experience in investment, financing and business development, and is currently the Managing Director of Lingfeng Capital focusing on Fintech investment. He was the Head of Innovative Incubation Centre and the Head of Merger & Integration in SF-Express responsible for establishment, due diligence and management of incumbents and investments. Prior to that, he served as the Head of Investment in FIH Mobile and the Investment Director in CLSA Capital Partners focusing on areas like artificial intelligence, mobile Internet, and water technologies. Edmond was previously a Vice President in Citigroup and a senior consultant in Accenture providing financing solutions and strategic advices to telecom, media and technology corporations.
Edmond holds an MBA (distinction, Dean’s list) from London Business School, a Bachelor of Information Engineering (first class) from Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Bachelor of Laws from China University of Political Science and Law. Edmond is devoted to technology development and is often invited to be a guest speaker/ panelist at prominent tech functions, such as Hong Kong Fintech Week, Tencent Greater Bay Area Fintech Forum, CFA China Investment Summit, Fintech Forum at The Macao Institute of Financial Services and Cyberport VC Forum. He is the founding board member of CFA Shenzhen Association, Co-President of Hong Kong Internet Finance Association, board member of Hong Kong Business Angel Network, and a former board member of Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts. Edmond is also a member of Entrepreneurship Committee Advisory Group of Hong Kong Cyberport, and a lecturer for Fintech courses in Universities. Edmond is a CFA and a FRM.
Esther Wong is the Managing Director of Strategic Investment of SenseTime, overseeing the company’s strategic investments and playing a leading role in establishing business relations with long-term strategic partners to create a SenseTime-centered AI ecosystem.
Before joining SenseTime, Esther has gained more than 20 years of experience in investmemt and financing. She previously ran Equity Capital Market in BOCOM International, where she was in charge of overseas IPOs and equity placements. Esther began her career as an analyst on Wall Street with ABN AMRO; her last role in New York as Head of Sales and Trading of Cazenove Asia (acquired by J.P. Morgan) whereby she was the first Chinese and first woman to be appointed that position. She moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to support launching of CICC’s US office, and in the process, rated as one of Greater China's Top Institutional Sales by Asiamoney 5 years in a row.
Esther is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at The University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. She received double bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science in SUNY Stony Brook. She also holds an associate’s degree in Hospitality Administration in Glion Institutes, Switzerland.
Jaff has more than 17 years of commercial banking experience in various areas including strategy implementation, product development, cross-border collaboration and client coverage. Currently Head of Innovative Business & Growth, his team drives the Commercial Banking’s ecosystem strategy. One of his key objectives is to drive the bank’s proactive engagement with the innovation & technology ecosystem builders, with an ultimate goal to help aspiring entrepreneurs and startups to realize their hopes and dreams by offering them with the right banking and beyond banking solutions at the right time.
Jaff is currently a committee member of the International Affairs Committee of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. He graduated from Imperial College of London with a MEng degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Mr Johnny Chan is the Chief Investment Officer of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited and is mainly responsible for managing the Cyberport Macro Fund. He leads the investment strategies and all aspect of the Fund’s developments. He also oversees the relationship management and development of the Cyberport Investor Network (CIN). He was a member of the Cyberport Advisory Panel until September 2018.
Possessing 35 years of experience in the banking and investment fields, Mr Chan had held various senior-level positions previously. He is the CIO of Softech Investment Management, which has been the manager of the Government’s Applied Research Fund since 2000. He was the Founder/CEO of Crosby Capital Limited from 2000 to 2013, Chairman and CIO of Crosby Asset Management (Hong Kong) Limited until 2016.
Mr Chan also served different advisory committees, including the Advisory Committee of the Innovation of Technology Commission and numerous committees of the HKTDC.
Mr Chan obtained a BA Hons Economics from the London Metropolitan University and an MBA from CASS Business School, City, University of London. He is a fellow of FINSIA and holds a Post Graduate Diploma of the Securities Institute of Australia.
Joyce is the Investment Director of Cyberport Macro Fund that focuses on early stage investments in the Cyberport community. Joyce was previously the Managing Director at OurCrowd, a hybrid venture capital platform for investing in global startups. With over a decade of experience in hedge fund management, Joyce was the partner and senior portfolio manager of Sumeru Capital, a Greater China-focused equity long/short fund. Prior to joining Sumeru Capital, she was a portfolio manager at LIM Advisors, managing an event-driven portfolio of Asia's oldest hedge fund. Joyce started her career at Citigroup Hong Kong, where she first worked as a corporate finance analyst at Global Markets and then as an Investment Counselor at Private Bank. Joyce holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business.
Kent embraces changes and challenges. He leads Hongkong Land on innovation activities, focusing on adding value to customers and the business by exploring and implementing new ideas and technologies. Prior to his current role, he held senior positions in corporate finance, financial control & risk management, and business development in various industries including real estate, hospitality, banking and infrastructure sectors.
Leo currently helps managing HKSTP Ventures investing in early stage technology startups and working with founders to scale businesses with a mission to enrich HK's innovation and R&D ecosystem. Prior to joining HKSTP, Leo built businesses and teams in his prior private equity career, ranging from fintech and e-commerce startups to global aviation businesses. Leo brings a total of 8 years equity investment experience to the team.
HKEX is one of the world’s largest operators of financial markets. Lukas’ role is to modernise the exchange’s platforms, processes and capabilities through AI, smart automation and knowledge-based tools applied across its IPO market, trading, settlement, regulation and market surveillance activities.
The 2,500 companies listed in Hong Kong include some of the most exciting entrepreneurial growth stories of the modern era, and HKEX strives to use the full resources of this incredible network to make the city’s capital markets more open, more accessible to younger generations and, above all, more interesting to human and machine intelligence alike.
Lukas has been involved in various initiatives that have put Hong Kong on the international markets map, including the acquisition of London Metal Exchange, China-Hong Kong Stock Connect, Bond Connect, and the landmark reforms of the city’s IPO regime that have propelled it to the #1 global listing venue over the past decade.
Raymond Wong, Head of Investment, Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP), manages HKSTP Ventures and Investment & Business Support departments. He has over 20 years of extensive financial services experience in capital investment, portfolio management, mergers and acquisition as well as strategic investment across different sectors in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to HKSTP, Raymond was the Principal in HPEF Capital Partners which is an ex-HSBC private equity firm. Prior to HSBC, Raymond worked in the capital investment and investment banking divisions of ABN AMRO Bank. Previously, he had software development experience at IBM Laboratory in Toronto, Canada.
Raymond obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science (Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing) from University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Columbia Business School, New York.
Sammi leads HKSTP Ventures where he oversees all the transaction executions, portfolio strategy and strategic partnership development. The AuM of HKSTP Ventures has grown by 12x throughout Sammi’s five year tenure. Prior to joining HKSTP, Sammi led the Greater China Distressed Investment team at Credit Agricole. Sammi has over 15 years of investment experience across industrials, real estate and TMT.
Sherry specialises in the investment portfolio management of HKSTP Ventures. Prior to joining HKSTP, Sherry began her career in a global commercial bank, then followed by building Fintech startups in London and Hong Kong, and managing invested companies in a Singapore-based venture capital fund. Sherry brings a total of 7 years’ worth of startup and portfolio management experience to the team.
Thomas G. Tsao co-founded Gobi Partners in 2002. Gobi’s regional platform supports entrepreneurs from the early to growth stage, and has expanded to 11 offices across Asia.
In China, Tom and his partners were first-round investors into Airwallex, Dianwoda, Teambition, Tuniu and UR. He was named on the Forbes List of China’s Top VCs from 2013 - 2017. For two years, he served as CEO for DMG and created the world’s first subway soap opera starring Huang Xiaoming. Tom also leads the team that manages the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, which has invested in companies like AutoX, DayDayCook, GoGoX, Prenetics and WeLab.
In 2015, Tom relocated to Kuala Lumpur where he set up several funds with MAVCAP, Malaysia’s largest VC firm. Gobi has invested in over 60 companies in Southeast Asia, including Aerodyne, Carsome, EasyParcel, iStoreiSend and Kumu. Tom is now building Gobi’s TaqwaTech investment practice focused on innovative startups serving Muslim communities such as UmrahMe.
Tom graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Economics and was the inspiration for Seinfeld’s ‘Movie Phone’ episode. In 2006, he founded SEO China, a non-profit organization, which has provided more than 200 internships for underserved college students. He also serves as Chair of the Presidential Scholars Foundation, which cultivates, connects, and celebrates U.S. Presidential Scholars (161 of the nation’s top high school seniors who are selected annually and honored by the White House).
Tony joined Gobi's Hong Kong office in 2016 and currently focuses on the startup eco-system in the city. He helps to manage the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund (AHKEF) and covers high potential startups within the Pearl River Delta technology ecosystem. Tony accumulated extensive experience in growing high-tech businesses from his two startups related to financial technology (FinTech) and big data for fashion. He was in charge of the overall product roadmap and management, business development, operation, technical infrastructure design & implementation, user experience design as well as fund raising of the companies. Tony received his B.Eng. in Computer Engineering and B.B.A. in Financial Engineering from the double degree programme in The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Yoyo Yang is the Senior Project Manager of Strategic Product Planning in Seiko EPSON. Her key focus is on EPSON’s Open Innovation activities including strategic collaboration and investment overseas, especially in tech areas such as Smart Manufacturing, XR, Robotics, Printing, etc.
She has earned the PhD and Master’s Degrees from Waseda University in Japan.