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It was my first time to have an avatar in my panel. Can you find him in the photo? His name is “Inno”. What a way to discuss about the Next Big Thing – #MetaVerse in our Innopreneurs eForum today! Thanks for Karen F.Elly Yip and their teammates from #HKPC and Dr. Angus Ho and his teammates from HK Institute of Marketing #HKIM to make all these happened.

Certainly, the core team in our panel was the experts on MetaVerse including Chris So#AWSWilly Wong#EYSam Ngan#Popsible and Rex Wong Hong Kong Blockchain Industry Association. Over 400 audiences (online) mainly #SMEs joined this forum. It demonstrated that MetaVerse excited not only large companies, startups and investors, but also #SMEs. Appreciate the valuable sharing from all of the guest speakers in my panel.

We explored from what MetaVerse is to applications, business models and underlying technologies like #Web3#NFT#Blockchain#Cryptocurrency#VR#Cloud and more. We also talked about the roles of major stakeholders in the MetaVerse #ecosystem.

It is only the beginning of our Innopreneurs MetaVerse Series. Stay tuned for the rest of the series in the next few months. Check out HKPC 香港生產力促進局 website for more https://lnkd.in/gY57pzgW

Can you tell the difference between these 2 photos? Obviously one was with me and the other one was without me. Welcome back to our #CUHK campus CUHK Business School.

I am seeing more f2f activities of my academia and industry lives. I am having 4 business lunches and 4 classes this week… Really good to see our energy is coming back after a serious Covid surge in Hong Kong. Hope everyone stays healthy and businesses and classes back to normal or even reach another peak.

Let’s “kickoff” another new era for Hong Kong after all these cloudy days. Add oil together. Cheers.

What does #retirement mean to you? Are you ready for your retirement journey? Who are in the #ecosystem and how can we collaborate together to make a difference to prepare Hong Kong people, rich or poor, old or young, for our retirement? How #innovation and #technology can achieve something that couldn’t be done before? and more..

I was so grateful to gather a group of experts in the ecosystem of retirement to discuss in the Mastermind Series of Sun Life Hong Kong. Sun Life has been in Hong Kong for 130 years.. Yes, 130 years since 1892. To keep on innovating, they launched this series to empower their colleagues and advisors to think and act “BOLDER and Beyond”. More to come in the Mastermind Series in the months ahead.

We also did a few polling questions to get feedback from about 600 audiences. One key question is:
Which of the following aspects on retirement is the most important to you?
1. Financials
2. Health
3. Life Style and Social Circle

What is your answer? Close to 70% of our audiences chose #Health. We did have a deep discussion on these 3 aspects and how to balance them. We also explored different retirement ways in key cities around the world as well as #GBA.

Thank you so much to Sun Life’s Clement Lam and all the panel speakers Hedy SatLouis LeeCindy Wong and Raymond Lai to share their thoughts on an important journey that everyone of us does care for ourselves and our families. Appreciate the great support from Alice ChuckShirley MakCarmen Lo and their teammates, and my teammates from CUHK. Have a nice weekend.

#SunLifeHK #BOLDERandBeyond #MasterMindSeries #CUHK
SunLife CUHK Business School

Feel great to be back to real f2f activity to resume our Data Literacy Empowerment Programme #DLEP for the China Everbright Bank Hong Kong Branch. Thanks for the support and trust from Fanny Chan and her teammates from #CEBHK.
https://lnkd.in/ghYXyJgY

We are so grateful to collaborate with the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers #HKIB to empower and upskill CEBHK colleagues in CEBHK’s digital tranformation journey of becoming a leading data-driven bank.

OpenCertHub Academy and HKIB are joining hands to empower banks in Hong Kong with data literacy to stay competitive and relevant in the digital economy through our flagship Data Literacy Empowerment Programme https://lnkd.in/gi6y9mJE. DLEP aims to democratize data literacy to everyone at all levels with data literacy. CEBHK is one of the great examples on our joint effort.
https://lnkd.in/g_WkmpSW

Thanks for the great effort from my OpenCertHub Academy and HKIB teammates.

#OpenCertHubAcademy #OpenCertHub
#DataLiteracy #DLEP
#DataMindSet #DataCulture
#AI #BigData #Data #DataScience #MachineLearning
#CitizenDataScientist #DataCitizen

What a day to start our 1st GS1 HK IoT Industry Advisory Council (IAC) meeting! Today is the date that our HKSAR Government starts relaxing some preventive measures for the Covid. We can now have more choices and freedom to eat, exercise, massage, go to movies, meet up with friends, families and partners, and more.

I am so honoured and grateful to be the new Chairman of the IAC and have a chance to collaborate with two well-experienced Vice-Chairpersons Susanna Shen and Patrick Tsang. Special thanks to Anna Lin and her teammates Julian SinMignone ChengPhilip YK Choi, MBA and more for their great support.

We are so glad that our IoT IAC has great support from the industry. Thanks for Ir Dr Hon LO Wai-kwok, GBS, MH, JP, Member of the Legco Council (Functional Constituency – Engineering) to be one of our honourable advisors. In addition, thanks for the continuous support from Ir. Eric Chan#Cyberport, Dr. Crystal Fok#HKSTP and many other leaders and experts from the industry.

Established in 2013, the Hong Kong Internet of Things Industry Advisory Council brings like-minded companies under the auspices of GS1 Hong Kong together to promote IoT adoption in Hong Kong, uplift the competitiveness of local companies and create an IoT ecosystem in Hong Kong. More about our IAC can be found here https://lnkd.in/gZ3M-NrZ

In the coming years, we will focus on our 3 key pillars. Your contribution and support are welcome and highly appreciated.

1. Sharing of best practices on IoT and related technologies like AIoT, Big Data and Mobility

2. Talents cultivation in various effective formats for small to large companies and the young generation (both technical and business)

3. Policies and standards advisory to the government and professional organizations

In the meantime, enjoy the relaxed environment in Hong Kong with your friends and family. Do keep safe and healthy as well.

#GS1HK#IOT#AIOT#AI
#BigData#Data#DataLiteracy
#Mobility#Connectivity

Just finished conducting a 4 days intensive and fruitful EMBA course on Innovation and Intrapreneurship Management for CUHK. On one hand, I am exhausted. On the other hand, I am very grateful as 83 top executives from the mainland China participated my class on Zoom even under the pandemic situation. Engaging 83 executive students for 4 full days on Zoom (plus conducted in Putonghua) was not easy as you could imagine but we did have a joyful and valuable learning experience together.

Not only the number of students has broken my record of teaching EMBA class, the quality of the students were very impressive. They came from different industries like property, professional services, design, manufacturing, engineering, technology and even agriculture. At the beginning, I had some doubt on how much they wanted to learn innovation and how much effort they would put on a course as they are all busy and uprising bosses and top executives. To my surprise, they were serious and really put lots of effort to learn. Really appreciate their passion and perservance to learn.

Apart from going through core concepts and models, we learned corporate innovations and intrapreneurship by exploring 10 influential and inspiring internationl and Chinese cases. We discussed, debated and learned through this process. It was also my honour to have three elite leaders as my guest speakers to share how they innovate as a startup (Sum Wong from #EventX), a tech giant (Jacqueline Chong from #Amazon#AWS) and a traditional enterprise (Damien Wu#ChinaChem). We all learned a lot from them. Really appreciate it.

Now, I need to relax a bit and get a good sleep. Enjoy the Easter Holiday!

#Innovation#DigitalTransformation#CorporateInnovation#Entrepreneurship#DigitalStrategy#intrapreneurship#Startup
CUHK Business School#CUHK#CUHKEMBA#CUHKChineseMBA#EMBA

Glad to have Mr. Clement Lam, CEO of Sun Life Hong Kong, be my guest on the RTHK radio programme – New Management Thinking 管理新思維. Really appreciate Clement’s sharing and time, and my RTHK partner Jenny Lee. We talked about how insurance companies innovate. While we are seeing some progress in this space, there are still quite a few internal and external challenges to making changes and innovations to this legacy industry. What have we discussed? 1. Sun Life has been in Hong Kong for more than a hundred years (130 years to be exact). Clement shared his experience of how to change the culture of a well-established company with many professionals and legacy culture to encourage and embrace innovation. 2. Leveraging and investing in startups (for example, Sun Life invested in Bowtie) and collaborating with the ecosystem are other topics that we discussed. 3. We also talked about opportunities and challenges for insurance companies in Hong Kong and the GBA. 4. We exchanged ideas on acquiring, cultivating and retaining the right talents, especially for young generations. 5. Leveraging slashers in the Gig and Sharing Economy is becoming a trend and more companies are making use of it. And a lot more.. If you would like to learn more from our discussion, please tune in RTHK1 this coming Sun (Apr 17) from 2 pm to 4 pm. https://lnkd.in/f-X8RaN Update: You can listen to it here now https://lnkd.in/gYddhHHW #insurance #insurtech #healthtech #fintech #startup #ecosystem #Bowtie #RTHK #香港電台 #管理新思維 #NewManagementThinking 永明金融 #SunLife #SunLifeHK #GigEconomy #SharingEconomy #GBA #GreaterBayArea CUHK Business SchoolCUHK EMBA#CUHK #CUHKEMBA #EMBA Andrew Chan Pong Yuen, Howard Lam Chun So

We had a nice evening in #Macau, well virtually. Macau is a beautiful place as you can see in the photo below. I had a webinar designed especially for audiences from Macau last night together with my CUHK EMBA teammates. Hope I can see f2f all my friends, students, and partners in Macau very soon.

The topic was Digital Transformation for Traditional Enterprises. I invited Winson C. W., our CUHK EMBA alumnus, and a Macau native, to share his experience with the digital transformation in Macau. I am very proud of what Winson and many other CUHK alumni from Macau have achieved. They are now contributing to the growth of Macau particularly by seizing the opportunities and managing the challenges arising from the GBA. Winson has shared a few local innovation cases led by our alumni, such as Judy Wong (Robi 3), Antonio (集運幫), and Acen 江總(澳覓). It was impressive. Thank you, Winson.

Winson also shared his CUHK EMBA journey, such as, learning from top industry leaders and faculties, picking up new knowledge, theories and models, making new connections, contributing to society, classmates becoming lifetime friends, enriching his global vision, and more. While most of Macau’s young generation has gone through an undergraduate programme, not too many of them have taken further to upskill themselves with an internationally recognized EMBA programme like CUHK. Apart from strategy, marketing, finance, and human capital, we also have a unique focus and strong faculty on #DigitalTransformation#CorporateInnovation#ChineseWisdom, and #Entrepreneurship – the most needed knowledge and skills in the VUCA*Digital Era.

To better contribute to Macau’s future growth in GBA, EMBA is a good option for the next generation of leaders in Macau to pursue. Here is a link for more.
https://lnkd.in/fWQzDKq

See you all soon in Macau and have a great Easter Holiday with your family. Take care!

#Macao
#CUHK#CUHKEMBA#EMBA
CUHK Business SchoolCUHK EMBA
#VUCA#Volatility#Uncertainty#Complexity#Ambiguity
Pong Yuen, Howard LamAndrew ChanChun SoKen Lin

Today is a bright day with a sunny and clear sky. What a great day to kick off our collaborative partnership with The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers! OpenCertHub Academy (#OCHA) and The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (#HKIB) are joining hands to upskill the data literacy of the executives and practitioners in the #Banking industry.

#Data is one of the most important assets for leading enterprises in today’s #DigitalEconomy. For #FinancialServices, data is the “new gold” or one of the most important assets these days. To unleash the power of data in the banking industry, everyone needs to speak data and treat it as their second business language.

Just having a core team of data scientists is not good enough to fully unleash the business values of data for banks. We are seeing that a few major international and local #banks are empowering the majority of their workforce on data literacy. They aim to embed a data mindset and skills with every possible colleague so that they can make use of data in their daily jobs. They also empower colleagues to communicate effectively and regularly with their data and IT teammates to come up with better and better analytics and data sources.

The prime objective of the “Data Literacy Empowerment Programme”, the flagship programme of OpenCertHub Academy (OCHA), is to democratize data literacy to everyone in a company so that they can seize the opportunities from data monetization and solve business problems with data analytics on daily basis.

The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB) is one of the major institutes to provide training and certification services to the banking community in Hong Kong. Together, OCHA and HKIB aim to contribute to the growth of data talents in the banking community and enhance the competitiveness of the banking industry in Hong Kong through the pervasive use of data. Appreciate the leadership and trust from HKIB’s Carrie Leung and Philip Kam, and the great support from their teammates, and certainly my OCHA’s teammates Andy Kwok, Dr. Victor NgPatrick TsoiCandi Yeung and more. We look forward to collaborating with HKIB to co-creating values for the growth of #FinTech in Hong Kong.

If you are interested to find out more, please visit OCHA website https://lnkd.in/gi6y9mJE or contact OCHA and HKIB for more.

#DataLiteracyEmpowermentProgramme#DLEP
#HongKongInstituteOfBankers#Bank
#OpenCertHubAcademy#OpenCertHub#OCH
#DataLiteracy#DataMindSet#DataCulture
#AI#BigData#MachineLearning
#DataCitizen#CitizenDataScientist#DataScientist

We kicked off our Hong Kong #CorporateInnovationIndex #CII programme last year https://lnkd.in/geGBxEVS. CII is being co-organized by #CUHK and #HKGCC, and has gained full support from #ITF#HKSTP#Cyberport and many other leading enterprises, tech leaders and professional associations.

Since then, apart from research and literature review, we have done a series of consultation sessions and pilot studies with industry leaders and practitioners. We are grateful that we have finished the design of our Corporate Innovation Framework. Thank you so much to all those who have contributed to our framework and definitely my teammates at CUHK.

The framework contains 12 factors under three constructs – Resources, Enablers and Value. If you would like to know more about the framework, please let me know. Based on the framework, we have designed a survey to measure the corporate innovation of large companies and SMEs.

We have started introducing the Corporate Innovation Framework and the survey to different associations and companies. Today, we have done a joint webinar with #HKiNEDA for their #INED members. Appreciate their support. We did have a good discussion today. If your associations or companies would like to organize a session to learn about our Corporate Innovation Framework, please let me know.

We have just launched the CII survey and are now collecting data. If you would like to have a health check for the innovativness of your company, I would encourage you to participate the survey. Find out more here https://lnkd.in/gzykEWCF.

It is not just a ranking exercise. Rather, it will give you a good opportunity to discuss about innovation with your colleagues when you are filling up the survey. You will find out and learn more about your company.

We will also provide assessment to you so you know where you are and where to improve. A series of workshops and trainings will be offered then.

Let’s together enhance the innovativeness of our companies, our teams and ourselves.

CUHK Business School
HKiNED 香港獨立非執行董事協會
香港總商會