EmTech Steering Committee

 

Roland-Chin

Roland Chin

President and Vice-Chancellor, Hong Kong Baptist University

 

Professor Roland Chin is President and Chair Professor of Computer Science of Hong Kong Baptist University. He was Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong (2010-2015); Deputy President and Provost (2006-2010), Vice-President for Research and Development (2003-2006), and Chair Professor of Computer Science (1992-2010) at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He also worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for two years before joining the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1981-1995) as a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

 

In Hong Kong’s higher education scene, Professor Chin was a member of the University Grants Committee (2004-2012), the Chairman of the Research Grants Committee (2005-2012). He currently serves on the Board of Director of Applied Science and Technology Research Institute and Trustee of The Croucher Foundation.

 

 

Michael-Sung

Michael Sung

Chairman, CarbonBlue Innovations

 

Prof. Michael Sung is a technology venture builder and investor, having founded various successful companies in diverse high-tech industries ranging from semiconductor equipment to graphene manufacturing. He is the Chairman of CarbonBlue Innovations, a tech-transfer platform and investment fund that is focused on connecting internationally-sourced innovation to China and developing blockchain/cryptotoken innovation strategies for ventures. Prof. Sung is an active investor as a partner/advisor in a number of venture capital and accelerator funds, through which he is an advisor to numerous startups. He has various partnerships with China ecosystem leaders such as Beijing Zhongguancun and Tsinghua/TUS, where he serves as a technology advisor for their investment committees. Prof. Sung is a founder of the One World Blockchain Alliance, an industry consortia connecting the world's leading blockchain ecosystem companies to China's Belt and Road initiatives. He is the chief strategist for crypto-exchange HybridBlock.io, a founder of real-estate tokenisation platform RealCapital.io, and is the advisor/strategic partner in a variety of other blockchain companies, including for experiential learning (HighVibe.network) fine art (ArtPi), entertainment (AboutU), video (Tout), advertising (Viva), and drone (Soar) industries. Prof. Sung serves in various advisory roles for the HK, Taiwan, and China governments on international tech transfer policy and building innovation ecosystems for various top city and ministry-level officials. Prof. Sung is founding faculty at the national-level Chinese Institute of Economics and Finance and an advisor for the national-level Belt and Road Research Institute. He is the founding board member for the Technology Innovation Council of Asia, a think tank focused on providing enlightened policy recommendations for regulating disruptive technologies to Asian governments including crypto/ICO regulation, AI ethics, data privacy, and autonomous vehicle legislation. Prof. Sung is also currently the chairman of the steering committee for MIT Tech Review’s Emtech HK Conference. Prof. Sung is founding faculty spearheading the fintech program at the Fanhai International School of Finance at Fudan University. He is also faculty at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he acts as an academic director and instructor for entrepreneurship/innovation topics at the Executive Education/EMBA programs for the School of Business and Management. He has received various awards for technology entrepreneurship, including MIT Enterprise Forum’s Most Visionary Technology Award and Google’s Solve for X Prize. Prof. Sung received his Ph.D. in EECS for pioneering the use of AI/big data analysis for quantified healthcare as the principal investigator for the Wearable Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab/Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and also has a graduate financial engineering degree from MIT Sloan Business School.

 

 

AndyHor

Andy Hor

Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Hong Kong

 

Professor Hor assists the President/Vice-Chancellor in setting the direction and policy for research at the University, in developing the University’s research and postgraduate education profile and agenda, and in coordinating knowledge transfer.

 

Professor Hor graduated from Imperial College (London) (B.Sc.(Hon)) and Oxford University (D.Phil.), with D.Sc.(London), specializing in organometallic chemistry, materials and catalysis. After his postdoctoral stint in Yale University, he started his academic career in the National University of Singapore (NUS).

 

In NUS, he took up different management positions. He was among the earlier recipients of the National Young Scientist & Engineer award, Outstanding Educator Award and numerous teaching and research awards of NUS as well as the ASEAN (Science) Achievement award.

 

In 2010, He took up full-time secondment as the Executive Director of the Institute of Materials Research & Engineering (IMRE) of A*STAR of Singapore. In A*STAR, he undertook various responsibilities. His other professional services include Board Member of the Singapore Science Centre, Chair of the national Advisory Committee of Hazardous Substances & Toxic Waste, Chair of the national working group in nanotechnology, President of Jury of the Singapore L’Oréal Women in Science Award, Member of the National Science Award panel, etc. He was active in various evaluation and advisory committees of the National Research Foundation set up under the Prime Minister’s Office. He is a member of the Entrepreneurship Centre Advisory Group of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Co Ltd.

 

Professor Hor is the Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) (FRSC), President & Fellow of the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC), and Immediate-Past President of the Federation of the Asian Chemical Societies (FACS). He is on the international/advisory board of the Chemistry – an Asian Journal (VCH-Wiley), Dalton Transactions (RSC), Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers (RSC) and Inorganica Chimica Acta (Elsevier), and Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Chemistry (CSIRO) and Editor of the Journal of Molecular & Engineering Materials (WS). He also served the International Advisory Committee of the Strategic Basic Research Program of JST of Japan in 2015.

 

 

Tony Verb

Tony Verb

Founder, GreaterBay Ventures & Advisors

 

Tony is a serial entrepreneur, urban innovator, venture capitalist and film producer, based in Hong Kong.

 

He’s the founder of GreaterBay Ventures & Advisors, an integrated investment and consulting firm, specialised on modern urban development and smart cities. With a focus on the Greater Bay Area around the Pearl River Delta, he intends to play an active role in building the biggest megacity in the world and facilitating the adaptation of best practices globally.

 

Tony launched several initiatives and contributes to different verticals and communities locally and globally, with experience in corporate innovation, accelerator programmes and ecosystem building as partner of Nest.vc and co-founder of Mettā. He is an acclaimed public engagement expert for cities and large scale events.

 

In his spare time, Tony contributes to philanthropic projects and he is a proud member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community.

 

 

Joanna Wei

Joanna Wei

Founder, Beijing Makerspace

 

As one of the founding members of Beijing MakerSpace, Joanna grew the organization from 20 square meters of space in 2011 into an organization that now covers Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Qingdao, and beyond. Beijing MakerSpace is China’s premier hardware incubator, providing operating facilities, prototyping equipment, and business development support for startups. MakerSpace has hosted more than 300 Maker events, provided services for nearly 30 enterprises, as well as obtained 60 million CNY in early investments for eight companies. In the coming years, MakerSpace, through Joanna’s guidance, is expected to bring three new projects to market. In addition to MakerSpace, Joanna has extensive experience in incubating frontier technologies and bringing them to market. Joanna has worked on five intelligent hardware company incubation projects that now have over 1 billion CNY valuations. She has a wealth of experience in the Internet Plus and intelligent hardware spaces, with a focus in virtual reality (VR). Her work in virtual reality incubation includes companies such as ANTVR, KATVR, uSens, SpaceVR, VisualPathy, among many others. In China, Joanna was the first to grow local hardware projects via crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo and launch them in overseas markets. Through her leadership as a Chinese tech evangelist at Indiegogo, she has helped over 30 companies through A and B financing rounds. Joanna is also a co-founder of Creatica, a project bringing the creativity of the Maker spirit into Chinese primary education. Creatica works with first-class institutions such as , Peking University Middle School, and International School of Beijing to organize workshops, competitions, and curriculum that trains students in interdisciplinary thinking and personal development through the use of modern technology.