The world’s most influential leaders and innovators are coming to EmTech Hong Kong. Get inspired and hear from those who are driving the next generation of technological breakthroughs and changing the world.

  • Xuedong Huang

    Technical Fellow and Chief Speech Scientist


    Xuedong Huang is a Microsoft Technical Fellow in AI and Research. He leads Microsoft’s Speech and Language Group. In 1993, Huang joined Microsoft to found the company’s speech technology group. As the general manager of Microsoft’s spoken language efforts, he helped to bring speech to the mass market by introducing SAPI to Windows in 1995 and Speech Server to the enterprise call center in 2004. He served as General Manager for MSR Incubation and Chief Architect for Bing and Ads. In 2015, he returned to AI and Research to lead the advanced technology group. In 2016, he led the team achieving a historical conversational speech recognition human parity milestone on the Switchboard task. He helped to advance AI across Microsoft’s whole AI Stack. He was on the faculty of School of Computer Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University before joining Microsoft. He received Alan Newell research excellence leadership medal in 1992 and IEEE Best Paper Award in 1993. He was named the Asian American Engineer of the Year (2011), and Wired Magazine’s 25 Geniuses (2016). He holds over 100 patents and published over 100 papers & 2 books. He received his PhD, MS, and BS in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh, Tsinghua University, and Hunan University respectively. He has been elected fellow of IEEE and ACM.

  • Andrew Hessel


    Humane Genomics

    Andrew Hessel is the founder of Humane Genomics Inc., a virtual biotechnology company specializing in open source designer synthetic viruses. The first application under development is a platform for rapid design, synthesis, testing, and deployment of single-patient cancer therapies for dogs. Hessel is also the co-founder of the Genome Project-write (GP-write), the international scientific effort advancing the design, construction, and testing of large genomes, including the human genome. He is based in San Francisco, California.

  • Vivienne Ming

    Cofounder and Managing Partner


    Named one of Inc. Magazine's "Top 10 Women to Watch in Tech," Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, technologist, and entrepreneur whose guiding mission is to maximize human potential, from neurons to toddlers to whole economies. Vivienne has co-founded several companies. The most recent, Socos, combines machine learning and cognitive neuroscience to improve children's life outcomes. She is the Chair of StartOut and an advisor and board member of several other companies and nonprofits including Cornerstone Capital, ShiftGig, enGender, Emozia, Smart Stones, and Orzo. Previously she was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience where she pursued research in neuroprosthetics. She researches, writes, and speaks extensively on issues of AI, the future of work, diversity, health technology, innovation, and education.

  • John McGeehan

    Director, Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

    University of Portsmouth

    John McGeehan is a Professor of Structural Biology focused on the global challenge of plastic pollution and leads a team of scientists researching natural enzyme discovery and engineering. Published in PNAS in April 2018 as part of an international collaboration, their latest work reveals the detailed workings of an enzyme that can digest polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Found in single-use drinks bottles, packaging, clothing and carpets, PET can take centuries to decompose, and together with other plastics, is accumulating in our environment at a staggering rate. A biological catalyst that can break PET down into it’s original building blocks opens new and exciting opportunities for recycling towards a circular plastics economy.

  • Adrian David Cheok

    Director, Imagineering Institute

    Chair Professor of Pervasive Computing, City, University of London

    Adrian David Cheok (www.adriancheok.info), Director of Imagineering Institute, Iskandar, Malaysia, Professor of Pervasive Computing at City, University London.  Founder and Director of the Mixed Reality Lab. Previously Professor at Keio University, Graduate School of Media Design, Associate Professor at National University of Singapore, and Mitsubishi Electric, Japan. Research in mixed reality, human-computer interfaces, wearable computers, pervasive and ubiquitous computing. Featured in worldwide broadcasts such as CNN, BBC, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, etc. Recipient of awards and prizes: A-STAR Young Scientist of the Year, Hitachi Fellowship, SCS Young Professional of the Year, Fellow in Education, World Technology Network, Microsoft Research Award in Gaming and Graphics, C4C Children Competition Prize, Integrated Art Competition Prize, Creativity in Action Award, First prize Mindtrek Award, First prize Milan International InventiON, Gold Award Creative Showcase ACE, Keio University Japan Gijyuju-sho award, SIP Distinguished Fellow Award, Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Honorary Expert of Telefonica and El Bulli, the number one restaurant in the world. Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). NESTA Top 10 Technologies of 2015.  In 2016, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Awards by University of Adelaide, in recognition of his achievements and contribution in the field of Computing, Engineering and Multisensory communication. In 2017, he entered the elite list of The h-Index for Computer Science, a list that contains only the top 0.06% of all computer scientists in the world. Editor in Chief of the academic journals: ACM Computers in Entertainment, Transactions on Edutainment (Springer),  and Lovotics: Academic Studies of Love and Friendship with Robots. 1994, Bachelor's (First Class Hons) in Engineering, University of Adelaide; 1999, PhD in Engineering.

  • Lee George Lam


    Hong Kong Cyberport

    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.

  • Salah Sukkarieh

    Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems

    University of Sydney

    Professor Salah Sukkarieh is an international expert in the research, development and commercialisation of field robotic systems. He has led a number of robotics and intelligent systems R&D projects in logistics, commercial aviation, aerospace, education, environment monitoring, agriculture and mining, and has consulted to industry including Rio Tinto, BHP, Patrick Stevedores, Qantas, QLD Biosecurity, Meat and Livestock Australia, and the NSW DPI amongst others. He was awarded the NSW Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Engineering and Information and Communications Technologies in 2014, and the 2017 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Innovation and Science.


    Salah is Associate Dean (Industry and Innovation) and Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney. He has supervised over 20 research fellows, and graduated over 30 PhDs, 5 Masters and 60 honours students. He has received over $60m in government and industry funding, national and international.


    Salah is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Field Robotics, Journal of Autonomous Robots, and Transactions of Aerospace Systems, and has over 500 academic and industry publications in robotics and intelligent systems.

  • Hyunkuk Lim


    Hankook Mirae Technology

    The chief executive officer of Hankook Mirae Technology, Hyunkuk Lim, has been serving as a management specialist in multiple high-tech companies for 26 years, and his specialties are technical development, finance, and intellectual property.


    He is the CEO and also the director of Hankook Mirae Technology that was founded in 2014 to develop robots. He is taking in charge of Method project and component development for robots.


    Recently, he is planning and prosecuting a program called "Next Robot Platform (NRP)" to bring experts in diverse fields for participating in development projects.

  • Juan L. Aparicio Ojea

    Head of Research Group - Advanced Manufacturing Automation


    Juan Aparicio is the Head of Advanced Manufacturing Automation at Siemens Corporate Technology in Berkeley, CA. Juan has extensive experience managing complex projects, involving hardware and software; and bridging the technology gap between universities and businesses. His areas of interest include Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Robotics, Connected Cars, Industry 4.0, and Cyber-Physical Systems. He is member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing (ARM) Institute in the US and the Project Manager of the Open Process Automation Forum. His work has been featured at NYTimes, MIT Tech Review and Medium.

  • Katharina Volz

    CEO and Founder


    Katharina Sophia Volz pioneered Stanford University's first PhD in Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine in 2015, earning her degree in just 2.5 years. She was listed on Forbes 30u30 (Science) and has been immersed in the field of biomedical sciences for the past 12 years, starting with her attendance at Germany's Biotechnology High school. She has been awarded multiple fellowships and awards to do research in 10 labs around the world including Harvard, UCLA, HHMI, Ohio State, TU Graz and Stanford. During her PhD, she discovered a novel stem cell in the heart that forms coronary arteries. Dr. Volz is now on a mission to find curative therapeutics for Parkinson's Disease and founded OccamzRazor, an AI-driven neuroscience company that uses deep learning to extract information from genomics datasets, biomedical publications and patents, and various other data sources to accelerate therapeutics discovery and development for complex diseases.

  • Toa Charm

    Chief Public Mission Officer

    Hong Kong Cyberport

    Dr Toa Charm, DBA MA, BSc, MHKCS, CBIP, joined Cyberport Hong Kong as the Chief Public Mission Officer in June 2016. As the CPMO of Cyberport, Dr Charm reports to the CEO of Cyberport and serves as a strategic partner in developing strategies and related initiatives to deliver Cyberport’s public mission. With more than 25 years of leadership and extensive experience in FinTech, big data, business intelligence, and enterprise solutions, Dr Charm brings with him a wealth of experience from private consultancy, public administration, and academic sectors. He has built strong connections with the tech industry and served on a number of advisory boards of universities, start-up communities, NGOs, and other trade organisations including Hong Kong Computer Society, Tung Wah Hospital Group, City University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Trade Development Council. He is the EXCO member and Vice President (Innovation and Technology Application) of Hong Kong Computer Society, Founder and Chairperson of Business Intelligence and Big Data, and Founder and Chairperson of FinTech SIG of Hong Kong Computer Society. Dr Charm also served at widely-recognised tech industry players, such as being the associate partner of IBM Global Business Services Greater China, general manager of Oracle, general manager of Kingdee, and regional head of BI Competence Centre for HSBC Asia Pacific. Dr Charm holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the City University of Hong Kong, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Minnesota State University.

  • Hao Xu

    Head of Qualcomm Research China


    Dr. Hao Xu currently leads Qualcomm China research. He received his B.S and M.S. from Moscow Power Engineering Institute and Technical University, Russia, in 1994 and 1996, respectively. He received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 2000. During his Ph.D. research, he pioneered the millimeter-wave propagation research at 38 GHz and 60 GHz with Dr. T. Rappaport. In 1999, he received the IEEE Communications Society Steve Rice Award with Dr. G. Durgin and Dr. T. Rappaport.

    From 2000 to 2003, he worked at Bell Labs’ Wireless Communication Research Lab, where the first MIMO system (BLAST) was invented. His research led to one of the first outdoor MIMO channel capacity evaluations, and the joint 3GPP/3GPP2 spatial channel model (SCM). In 2003, he received the Bell-Labs President Gold Metal Award.

    Since 2003, he has being working at Qualcomm R&D, where his main research focus is on wireless communications system design. He has led various research and prototyping efforts, as well as 3GPP physical layer design topics. He has numerous journal publications and patents, and also served a few years as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

  • Catalin Voss

    Founder, Autism Glass Project

    Stanford University School of Medicine

    Catalin Voss is an entrepreneur and a PhD student in Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University. He’s the founder of AI startup DukaConnect, a platform to empower shopkeepers in emerging markets, beginning in Kenya and the Stanford Autism Glass Project, an endeavor to develop a wearable AI learning aid for children with autism. Catalin previously started the computer vision company Sension, which was acquired by GAIA Systems (co-owned by Toyota) in 2015.


    Catalin graduated with Masters and Bachelors degrees from Stanford in 2016 honors, distinction, and the university prize for the best engineering thesis. Prior to coming to Stanford, Catalin built a mobile payments system at PayNearMe with Macintosh-inventor Steve Capps while still in high school. He has won prizes for his work in academia and industry, including the Lemelson-MIT prize, Stanford's Kennedy Medal, an IEEE WACV best paper award, Forbes’ 30 under 30, and Business Insider’s 40 under 40. He has been profiled in a number of media outlets such as WIRED (here and here) and was the subject of a 5-page profile in Der Spiegel. Catalin was also an advisor and Venture partner to Axel Springer, Europe’s largest publishing company. See here for a recent profile.

  • Yuji Ohgi

    Professor, Sports Dynamic and Informatics Lab, Graduate School of Media and Governance

    Keio University

    A former competative swimmer and coach, Prof Ohgi and his lab focus on sports engineering, sports biomechanics and human skill. Within these areas, the lab is developing sensor devices, algorithms for the classification of the human motion. Golf, martial arts, baseball, swimming, rowing, ski jump, the lab is studying any kind of sports activities.

  • Zhang Lin

    Competitive Swimmer

    China’s First Swimming World Champion

    Zhang Lin is a retired competitive swimmer. He is an Olympic silver medalist, world champion, and the current world-record holder in the 800 metre freestyle.

  • Steve Huang

    Cofounder and Executive Director

    King’s Metal Fiber Technologies

    Steve Huang, the co-founder and Executive Director of King’s Metal Fiber Technologies, is a man of vision and determination. Coming from a business savvy family and equipped with a higher education of Solid State Physics, he is cognizant of the balance between technical expertise and the art of corporate management. His scientific background guided him to make informed and methodological decisions throughout his career. Persevering through a number of challenging years in the volatile market of business, Steve ultimately succeeded in advancing the corporate hierarchy. Also a man of ambition and aspiration, Steve established AiQ Smart Clothing, and deeply involved into innovative industries. He strives to stay ahead of the industrial trend eager to steer King’s Metal Fiber Technologies and AiQ Smart Clothing from a domestic firm towards becoming an international role-model in the industry.

  • Jiang Wu



    Jiang Wu has +15 years’ experience in corporate strategy, M&A, strategic and venture capital investments and project finance for fortune 500 companies (GE/Alstom, Ingesoll Rand, Eastment Chemical and Intel Capital) in China, UK and the US. She was instrumental in winning the bids for £300 million UK and EU grants and obtaining £200 million equity from China for one of the largest energy projects in UK with total investments of £1.8 billion.

  • Albert Lam


    PwC China

    Albert Lam is a Partner in the Risk assurance practice at PwC China, currently heads the Oil and Gas Industry at RCS Beijing, leading a team of over 30 risk and controls professionals for this industry. Albert specialises in corporate governance, risk management and regulatory compliance requirement for internal control over financial reporting. He has significant experience on information technology consulting including information service delivery modelling, information security, information technology financial management, ERP benefit realisation review, and project implementation assurance.

  • Marcus Ranney

    Country Manager, India

    Thrive Global

    Dr. Marcus Ranney is the General Manager of Thrive Global in India. Founded by Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global is the world's largest behaviour change technology and media platform. Graduating from University College Medical School in London, Marcus' love for the outdoors and physiology has led him conducting expeditions to Mt. Everest, the Arctic Circle and the Alps, and serving as a medical officer in the Royal Air Force and NASA. In 2011, he relocated to India where his work led to the creation of one of the region’s largest portfolios of digital health assets using the power of mobile technology. In 2013, the World Economic Forum appointed him as a Global Shaper. Working as a Futurist, he is currently leading a global project on what the future of health and society will look like in 2030. Marcus is a TEDx speaker and long distance runner, holding a Guinness World Record for backwards running.

  • Wu Ji

    Director, Tsinghua-iFlyTek Joint Lab

    Tsinghua University

    Ji Wu is an Associate Professor and deputy director of the Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, China. He is heading the Multimedia Signal and Intelligence Information Processing Lab at Tsinghua University. Since 2006, he has been the director of Tsinghua-iFlyTek Joint Lab for Speech Technologies. He won the second prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award in 2011 and the first prize of Beijing Science and Technology Award in 2014. His research interests include speech recognition, natural language processing, pattern recognition, machine learning and data mining. He has been elected a Senior Member of IEEE in 2015.

  • Thuc Vu

    Cofounder and CEO


    Dr. Thuc Vu is the co-founder and CEO of Kambria. He is a serial entrepreneur, with multiple company acquisitions the last one by Google. He has deep expertise in game theory, tournament design, and multi-agent systems. He earned his PhD from Stanford and BS from Carnegie Mellon, both in Computer Science.

  • Will Knight

    Senior Editor for AI

    MIT Technology Review

    Will Knight is MIT Technology Review's Senior Editor for Artificial Intelligence. He covers the latest advances in AI and related fields, including machine learning, automated driving, and robotics.


    Mr. Knight most recent cover story, The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI, examined the opaque nature of today's most cutting machine learning algorithms. He is currently researching a story about China's recent surge of activity in artificial intelligence.


    Mr. Knight joined MIT Technology Review in 2008 from the UK science weekly New Scientist magazine. He is a frequent guest on TV and radio shows.

  • Diane Wu


    Trace Genomics

    Diane cofounded Trace Genomics with the vision of connecting great science to the hardworking taxpayers who fund it, and making genomic testing accessible. She was formerly a senior data scientist at MetaMind and a machine learning engineer at Palantir Technologies, and holds a PhD in Genetics. She finds balance through recreational boxing and running.

  • Steven Tucker

    Chief Medical Officer

    CXA Group

    Dr. Tucker is a health futurist and an expert in preventative oncology. He speaks globally about the convergence of digital biology and predictive analytics as drivers of innovation across healthcare. Dr. Tucker is widely recognized for applying wearable technology, genomics, and mindset change in daily clinical practice. Dr. Tucker is also Chief Medical Officer at CXA Group, a technology platform bringing personalized health strategies into the workplace to improve population health and reduce costs. He is the Strategic Director for Oncology & Genomics at MetLife Asia, Chief Medical Advisor at the Lumen Lab Innovation Center, and was the founding Global Health Advisor at Singtel.

  • Bruce Davie

    VP and CTO, APJ


    Bruce Davie serves as chief technology officer VMware’s Asia-Pacific and Japan operation. In this role, he leads the organization’s technical community in the region, which includes system engineers, technical account managers and professional services organizations with a focus on strategy, technical innovation, and product quality.


    Davie joined the leadership team from VMware’s global headquarters where he most recently served as CTO of networking and a principal engineer in the networking and security business unit.


    He joined VMware through the company’s acquisition of Nicira in 2012 where he was a senior architect. Davie also spent more than 13 years at Cisco between 1998 and 2012.


    He has a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh and B.E in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Melbourne.

  • Mike North


    Discovery Channel

    Dr. Mike North, host of Discovery shows "Prototype This!," "In The Making," & "The Potentialists," and Science Show "Outrageous Acts of Science," is an undaunted, anything-but-mild engineer. Fusing science with media he opens doors to awe-inspiring experiences and radical paradigm shifts, whether teaching innovation at UC Berkeley, creating a more equitable planet as founder of ReAllocate, or making the impossible at North Design Labs.

  • Emi Yoshikawa

    Director, Joint Venture Partnership


    Emi Yoshikawa is the Director of Joint Venture Partnership for Ripple. She manages all joint venture activities and blockchain business development for Asia, including Japan, China, Korea, and ASEAN. She was selected as a top-50 “Women In Fintech” influencer by Onalytica’s big data influencer analytics in 2017. Prior to Ripple, she co-founded a US-Asia business consulting company focused on technology commercialization strategy and business development, and was previously a product manager of industry-leading equity portfolio analytics solutions at MSCI, previously part of Morgan Stanley. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is also a CFA charter holder.

  • Zainul Charbiwala

    Cofounder and CTO

    Tricog Health

    Zainul Charbiwala is co-founder and CTO at Tricog Health. He’s been building embedded systems and developing software for over 15 years. He is interested in the overlap of connected devices and machine intelligence to revolutionise and reinvent healthcare. He holds a Master’s degree from IIT Bombay and a PhD from University of California, Los Angeles. Before Tricog, Zainul was a Research Staff Member and Research Manager at IBM Research, India. Zainul has 7 patents and over 30 refereed publications.

  • Marius de Mos

    VP of Technical Affairs and Development

    Airborne Wireless Network

    Marius has extensive background in airborne and global rural and telecommunication system development and deployment. He is currently responsible for technical development of a new global meshed airborne high-speed data network, using commercial aircraft. He developed the first FAA and FCC approved airborne in-cabin wireless commercial telephone system (1982-1986). He was an instrumental part of the team that developed the first full-duplex cordless telephone for home and office use (1977) and the first wireless 5-line key telephone (1979). He also developed and commercialized point to point and point to multi-point rural telecommunication systems (1984-2004).

  • Siqi Zheng

    Faculty Director

    MIT China Future City Lab (MIT-CFC)

    Prof. Zheng’s field of specialization is urban and environmental economics, urban development and real estate market, with a special focus on China. She published in many peer reviewed English journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Economic Geography, European Economic Review, Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Transportation Research Part A, Environment and Planning A, Ecological Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. A book she has co-authored, Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China (Princeton University Press) was published in May 2016. She has also published more than 100 papers and two books in Chinese. She is the Associated Editor of Journal of Economic Surveys, and is on the editorial board of Journal of Housing Economics and International Real Estate Review. She is the Vice General Secretary of the Global Chinese Real Estate Congress and on the board of the Asian Real Estate Society. Dr. Zheng has completed or been undertaking research projects granted or entrusted by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, and the National Statistics Bureau of China, among others. She received her Ph.D. in urban development and real estate from Tsinghua University in 2005, and did her post-doc research at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Prior to coming to MIT, she was a professor and the director of Hang Lung Center for Real Estate at Tsinghua University, China.

  • Amir Farhand

    CEO and Founder

    Takor Group

    Amir’s fascination for geospatial technologies and applications has earned him over 15 years’ experience in the industry. During this time he has worked in various markets combining these disciplines with information technology, and has written and co-authored several technical papers in the field of satellite imaging and geospatial technology. Amir founded Takor Group in 2009, initially focusing on the application of thermal imagery in the mining and energy sectors. Combining his love of innovation and entrepreneurship, Amir has spearheaded Takor’s product suite starting with Mappt in 2012. He is incredibly passionate about the combination of technology and business in the betterment of humanity, and excited for what the future holds.

  • Bian Zhaoxiang

    Associate Vice-President (Chinese Medicine Development)

    Hong Kong Baptist University

    Prof Bian Zhaoxiang had been educated in Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology and Guangzhou University of TCM, and was conferred the Ph.D. degree in Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine in 1994. After graduation, he engaged in clinical and basic research in digestive diseases in Guangzhou University of TCM. Under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme of HKSAR, he moved to Hong Kong Baptist University in 2001. Prof Bian's research focuses mainly on the relationship between psychological stress and digestive diseases, especially focusing on the development and recurrence of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and colorectal cancer. Major research topics involve: i) Basic mechanism of visceral hyperalgesia and gastrointestinal motility disorder and its associated depression; 2) Psychological stress and colorectal cancer; 3) Clinical trial with Chinese medicine for digestive diseases, including IBS, IBD, functional constipation and colorectal cancer ; 4). New drug development based on Chinese herbal medicine and its active fraction for digestive diseases. He has been awarded second prize of National Science and Technology Award of China in 1999. Currently, Prof Bian serves as Director of Clinical Division, School of Chinese Medicine, and Associate Vice-President (Chinese Medicine Development) of HKBU.

  • K.P. Chow

    Associate Director, Centre for Information Security and Cryptography

    The University of Hong Kong

    Dr. K. P. Chow is the Associate Professor of Department of Computer Science and the Director of the Center for Information Security and Cryptography (CISC) at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Dr. Chow’s areas of expertise are cyber security and digital forensics. He was the chief designer of the computer forensic tool Digital Evidence Search Kit (DESK). Dr. Chow has been working on the Internet piracy monitoring systems the Lineaments (Lineament I, Lineament II, Lineament 1+ and Lineament SOCNET). The Lineaments were adopted by HKSAR Customs and Excise Department. Dr. Chow has published research papers on cyber security and digital forensics in local and international conferences and journals. One of his research papers “The Rules of Time on NTFS File System” had been submitted to Courts of Hong Kong several times as a supporting document for expert reports. Starting from 2014, Dr. Chow is the Vice Chairman of the IFIP (International Federation on Information Processing) WG 11.9 on Digital Forensics, which is an international body, specialized in digital forensics research and practices. Since Jan 2016, Dr. Chow is the Chairman of the Information Security and Forensics Society (ISFS). In 2013, Dr. Chow received the Faculty of Engineering Knowledge Exchange Award of the University of Hong Kong. Since 2004, Dr. Chow has been invited to be a computer forensic expert to assist the Court and the HK law enforcement agencies, and to give advice to counsels on understanding and interpreting digital evidence for both criminal and civil proceedings in Hong Kong. In 2016, Dr. Chow together with several research students founded the technology spin-off company CISC Ltd from the research center CISC of HKU specialized in cyber intelligence and cyber security.

  • Steve Leonard

    Founding CEO


    Mr Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experiences, having played key roles in building several global technology companies in Software, Hardware and Services. Although a US citizen by birth, Mr Leonard considers himself a member of the global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years.


    In his current role as Founding Chief Executive of SGInnovate, a company held within the National Research Foundation of Singapore, Mr Leonard has been chartered to help translate some of the 'deep-tech' R&D, for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, into commercial success by working with local and international partners.


    Prior to his current role, Mr Leonard served as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the statutory board within the Singapore Government Ministry of Communications and Information, with various responsibilities for the technology and telecommunications environment in Singapore. Mr Leonard continues to serve as the Deputy Chairman of IDA at the request of the Minister. Mr Leonard serves on the advisory boards of a range of universities and organisations in Singapore.

  • Yi Wang

    CEO and Cofounder

    Liulishuo (AKA LingoChamp)

    In September 2012, Yi Wang founded Liulishuo – now the world’s leading AI-driven education technology company – with Ben Hu and Hui Lin. Before founding Liulishuo, Yi was a product manager at Google in Mountain View, California, and product director at AdChina. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University and his MSE and BSE in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University. Yi is a member of China’s most prestigious national talent plan – the “Thousand Talents Plan”. He is also a Fellow of the China Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

  • Alvin Hung

    CEO and Founder


    Alvin Hung is the CEO and founder of Vyond, the leading platform for anyone looking to create professional animated videos. From marketers pursuing the next viral hit, to businesses providing information on their products and services, to training videos for HR - the applications are endless. It all started back in 2007, when Alvin was looking to make a video. He looked at the plethora of unsuitable options available and thought, “This is going to be tough. I'm going to need to buy a camera, lights, and learn how to use them. Or learn to draw. Or learn some super complex Pixar-type animation interface.” Being of an entrepreneurial bent, Alvin quickly realized that he couldn’t be the only person with this dilemma: so he built out a team and started the company. From one person in a small office, Vyond has since grown into a multi-million dollar business with 95 employees located in Hong Kong, Taipei, and San Francisco Bay Area. Over 12 million people from all over the world have created more than 28 million videos using Vyond. The company has been featured by numerous leading global and local publications, including: CNN, Mashable, TechCrunch, Wired, 星島日報, 經濟一週, SCMP, TechOrange, and 數位時代. Alvin holds a B.A. from Columbia University where he double majored in Computer Science and Economics.

  • Robert Hsiung

    Managing Director, China


    Robert Hsiung is an entrepreneur with a foundation in strategic planning and business analytics, that has a proven ability and passion for building building new businesses and high-performance teams, and attacking new markets. Robert has worked in over 15 different countries across the world and can adapt his management style to Western and Asian cultures. As the Managing Director of Udacity China, Robert is excited to share Udacity vision for the future of education and how Udacity plan to support technologies such as block chain, AI and VRAR achieve the impact on the world that we all envision.

  • James Sung

    CEO, Synthetic Element Six

    Chief Scientist, CarbonBlue Innovations

    Dr. James Chien-Min Sung is a world-recognized materials expert on synthetic diamond, thin-film diamond, and graphene. He was responsible for the global diamond production technology for General Electric (world’s largest diamond maker) in early 1980s. He was in charge of Diamond Technology Center for Norton (world’s largest diamond user) and set up Norton Diamond Film in late 1980s (world’s largest diamond film maker). He also helped set up Iljin Diamond (Asia’s largest diamond maker) in early 1990s. He enabled Kinik company’s (Taiwan’s largest abrasives company) IPO in early 2000s with the semiconductor industry's first Diamond Grid wafer polishing tools introduced commercially. He set the standard back in 1999 for world’s first diamond disks indispensable for chemical mechanical planarization for all semiconductor manufacture. Dr. Sung is the inventor of over 1000 patents and licensed patents to major diamond tools and semiconductor companies around the world. Dr. Sung received his Ph.D. at MIT in 1976.

Key Themes

Future Cities

  • Internet of Everything
  • Additive Manufacturing: 3D Printing and Beyond
  • Sustainable Energy

Rewriting Life

  • Next-gen Brain Interfaces
  • Precision Medicine
  • Bioengineering

Fintech and Cybersecurity

  • Cashless Society
  • Digital Identity
  • Blockchain beyond Bitcoin

Intelligent Machines

  • Cloud, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics and Automation: Industry 4.0
  • Quantum Computing and Security