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First of all, I wish all of you have a prosperous, healthy & happy year in 2022. It is time to review 2021 & plan forward.

I was engaged in a few impactful & amazing programs in 2021. I couldn’t have accomplished all these without the trust & support from you all, my partners, friends in the ecosystem & my teammates. Heartfelt thank to all of you. I look forward to collaborating with you even more in 2022 & beyond.

Amazingly, I have done over 120 LinkedIn posts in 2021. It indicated well that our innovation and technology #ecosystem is not just resilient but also vibrant again. To recap 2021, let me share with you my top 12 posts. Really appreciate your support to my sharings posted in the last 12 months.

1. IT PRO Cover Page
Interviewed by IT PRO on my view of the future of HK Innovation & Technology. Thanks to #ITPROhttps://lnkd.in/g3_nWg32

2. 2021 HKICT Awards
It was my honor to be the Chief Judge of the FinTech Award. Thanks to #HKIB & #OGCIOhttps://lnkd.in/gYNU9F7T

3. Hong Kong Corporate Innovation Index
Initiated this project as a founding organizing committee member. Thanks to #CUHK #APIB #HKGCC #Cyberport #HKSTP #HASE #AWS #IBM #SAP #JETCOhttps://lnkd.in/gsttKHHt

4. 2021 Hong Kong FinTech Week
Moderated an inspirational session on #FinTech #Innovation of incumbent banks. Thanks to #HSBChttps://lnkd.in/gy4nweCj

5. HKPC Innopreneurs Forum Series & #ASEAN Market Development Program
Designed & delivered these programs to empower SMEs & startups on digital transformation & market penetration to ASEAN. Thanks to #HKPChttps://lnkd.in/gHMn3HV

6. #GBA Forum with ASTRI & Sun Life
Moderated two GBA forums with #ASTRI & #SunLife. Thanks to #GBABusinessSchool & #CUHKhttps://lnkd.in/geXUkNtq & https://lnkd.in/gKcwZVtk

7. 2021 HKICT Expo
Showcased B4B’s data hackathons & #OpenCertHubAcademy’s Data Literacy Empowerment Program. Thanks to #B4B & #OCHhttps://lnkd.in/gZa2iP4W

8. CityU #HKTech300
Engaged as vetting team and mentor for a major entrepreneurship enablement program in HK. Thanks to #CityUhttps://lnkd.in/gBBrX9za

9. Launched Data Literacy Empowerment #DLEP Forum in Shanghai Commercial Bank
The forum is a part of our #DataLiteracy Empowerment Program which aims to transform enterprises to be data-driven analytical competitors. Thanks to #OpenCertHubhttps://lnkd.in/gAR2-gPy

10. 2021 Hong Kong Book Fair
Launched my book #數碼力大提升 in the 2021 Hong Kong Book Fair. Thanks to #EnrichPublishinghttps://lnkd.in/gBsy3_y

11. Toa Sir Data Talk “#ToaSir講數
Launched a series of talks with leading enterprises on their use of #Data https://lnkd.in/ggvNv8BN

12. Publication of HSBC Business Case
Shared my experience in publishing a case on #HSBC innovation in the world’s leading Case Publisher #IveyPublishing with my CityU DBA alumni & LPs. https://lnkd.in/gdseNXhS

plus another 100+ posts. Isn’t that Amazing! Thankful & grateful to my family & all in my journey. What a memorable year!

#GBA (80+ million people in 11 cities of South China) and #ASEAN (650+ million people in 10 countries of SE Asia) are the two biggest and rapidly growing markets nearby Hong Kong. Enterprises, #SMEs and #Startups in Hong Kong are finding ways to seize these unprecedented opportunities for them.

Today, I was so grateful to have experts on GBA and ASEAN to share their experience in 2 consecutive forums. I moderated one forum on GBA in #SunLife in the morning and moderated another forum on ASEAN in #HKPC in the afternoon.

Appreciate King Leung #InvestHKPeter Mok #HKSTPJennifer Tan #AntGroupKeith Ip #SFExpressDick Fong and Thomson Ho #10Life to share their experience on the ecosystem collaboration in GBA.

Thanks Joseph Chan #AsiaPayStanley Sy CCRA #Sanomicswun chi lam #SpaceshipSunny Chau #HKTDCGary Lam #AsiaCEOCommunity and Sunny Chow from Leading Star Vietnam to share about their market entry strategy to ASEAN, consumer behaviors, partnership models and talents management for ASEAN markets.

Heartfelt thank to Clement LamCynthia Sit, and Alice Chuck #SunLifeKaren F. Marius Chow #HKPC and my #CUHK teammates to make these 2 forums a successful learning opportunity for everyone.

I believe Hong Kong can reach another peak in the next 5 to 10 years by leveraging on #innovation#entrepreneurship #intrapreneurship and #technology to capture the arising opportunities in GBA and ASEAN. Creating synergy through the collaboration of two regions is critical for our success. That is what I have been working on as well. Let’s add oil 大家加油!

#CUHKMBA #CUHKEMBA

“Make Something WOW” was the message on the wall behind Michael Yung and I. That was close to what we have talked about. How to make our customers #WOW by smart use of #data?

This was another episode of the #ToaSirDataTalk #ToaSir講數 series organized by #OpenCertHub #OCH. Michael is an veteran in the #TravelTech and #CustomerLoyalty industry. We discussed how to leverage on data in the #B2C and #B2B markets.

Michael has been using data to empower his company to understand their consumers and offer the most suitable products and services to them. Another key customer of this industry is merchants. Michael also makes use of data to help his merchants to design right products and campaigns to their customers. We also talked about the key roles of data in a #platform.

We have discussed how data are being used in the Travel and Customer Loyalty industry. Michael is also an expert in data security. He also shared how to do a proper data governance to protect their customers and his company. We also touched on the challenges and opportunities on cross-border data sharing and #cloud strategies on #BigData and #AI applications. Thank you Michael.

Stay tuned for #ToaSirDataTalk #ToaSir講數. Will share the way to access this series of mine shortly. You don’t want to miss the experience sharing from Michael and other corporate and digital leaders from key industries in #HongKong, Mainland #China Iin particular #GBA and #ASEAN.

Prior episodes of the series:
Susanna Chiu, ED, #Bonjour
https://lnkd.in/gHC9HwcD

Seizing the opportunity in the #ASEAN market was my topic today at #InnoPreneur Meetup of #HKPC. I talked about the growth in ASEAN, opportunities & challenges to enter the market.

We introduced the ASEAN #Entrepreneurship & Market Development Executive Diploma Programme jointly organized by HKPC and me. It aims to empower #SMEs & #startups to enter to the ASEAN market.

Find out more about the program & enrol asap. The training program starts in late Aug. Only a limited number of seats can be eligible for the government funding. ACT FAST.

HKPC Programme Webpage:
https://lnkd.in/g_SiauT

Programme and guest speakers:
https://lnkd.in/gJH9cNX

One key message was that all of us need to be #digital savvy to capture the ASEAN market no matter which industry you are in. I presented today’s participants complimentary copies of my book #數碼力大提升 with my autograph. Hope that helps encourage more SMEs to catch up the high speed train of #digitalization.

Thanks #HKPC Karen F. Marius Chow #IOTHK wilson chong #Bowtie Emily Loi #Posify Koey Lee #BPO Portia Pui Shan Tang

If you missed my today’s session, please come to HKPC tomorrow afternoon (Aug 13) at 3pm. I will share again on ASEAN & present my books. See you there.

#Vietnam #Thailand #Indonesia #Malaysia #Singapore

Hong Kong Productivity Council held its first “Future of Work & Tech Experience Day” yesterday. Excellent panel discussion on the future of work & talents moderated by Eliza Ng #HKPC. Panelists included Jeff Wong #LinkedInLancy Chui #ManpowerAda Ng #MicrosoftFlorence Chow #HKT and Karen F. HKPC. https://lnkd.in/gN8ntdk

The event also announced the results of “The Future of Work & Skills Survey” jointly conducted by HKPC & #QuokkaHR this year.

One key finding from the report is that the top five digital skills are #BigData#CloudComputing#ArtificialIntelligence#DigitalMarketing & #eCommerce. That is in line with what we have seen in the market.

Marius ChowDAVID Chung Tai-Wai and I were on the other panel to talk about a series of new training programmes to #reskill and #upskill Hong Kong talents on these required future skills in the digital age. These training programs are all supported and subsidized by government funding.

One of the new programmes that I designed together with HKPC is to empower Hong Kong #SMEs & #Startups to seize the emerging opportunities in #ASEAN markets such as #Vietnam#Indonesia#Thailand#Malaysia#Singapore, etc. Stay tuned.

More about HKPC Futue Skills initiatives:
https://lnkd.in/gf7rqTh
https://lnkd.in/gayg9kT

It was a fruitful day in #Cyberport together with Rocky Cheng #BOCHKMichael Leung #BOADr Wendy Woon Ming LEE #AutoDesk and Justin Leung #YCP. We were in the vetting meeting to select #startups to join Cyberport #Incubation Programme #CIP.

Again, quite a few passionate and elite #entrepreneurs applied for the programme. Great innovations on #FinTech#InsurTech#AI#EdTech#HealthTech#PropTech#DigitalEntertainment#LifeStyle#SmartCity, etc. Impressive that a few of them have already had footprint or have their plan and ambition to go after #ASEAN and #GBA markets.

Thanks Cyberport’s team Eric Chan Alice So William Lau Steve Lam and many others for all their effort behind the scene. Keep it going and add oil.

We had lunch in the Interval/Farmacy restaurant in Cyberport. They served vegetables from #Farmacy which use technologies to provide farming at store. Thanks Raymond Mak for making it happened there. Tasty and healthy plus nice environment.

#ASEAN is the #NextBigThing for startups from #HongKong#GreaterBayArea #GBA as well as #mainland #startups. ASEAN has close to 650 million people with growing number of middle class and millennials.

On one hand, the local startup ecosystems in ASEAN countries are heating up with rapidly-rising middle class, great government initiatives for tech startups, #VC and #CVC investors’ appetite on tech, certainly innovative #entrepreneurs and more. #GoJek and #Tokopedia from #Indonesia#Lazada and #Razor from #Singapore#Grab from #Malaysia #Singapore#VNG from #Vietnam, just name a few. On the other hand, it has huge opportunities for startups from HK, GBA and mainland startups.

Join me to explore with entrepreneurs who have been working on their ventures in 5 major ASEAN countries including #Singapore #Malaysia #Indonesia #Thailand #Vietnam. Thanks for #HKPC Hong Kong Productivity Council to organize the forum.

Find out more and enroll here:
https://lnkd.in/g2G5EQf

Chia Hock Lai Robin Leong (CIM UK) Winnie Lee Wing Yan Dr. David Ma JOSEPH LEE, CFA ALEX Chan Jack Lim Paranee Damodaran Marius Chow Karen F. Dato’ Vimmy Yap Gopi Ganesalingam Chinawut Chinaprayoon Ridha W. See Toh Kean Yaw VS Ravi Medhy Souidi Vijay Sharma

I was staying in the 1st 5 stars hotel in Malaysia, Federal Kuala Lumpur, last week while Malaysia had some major changes in political leadership at the same time. However, the start-ups ecosystem there is still growing rapidly.

I have been bringing Hong Kong as well as #GreaterBayArea startups to the rapidly growing ASEAN through Malaysia. More enterprises are open up their doors for startups. In addition, investors from VC & CVC are heating up. The Central bank is preparing to grant a few VirtualBank licenses soon. And more FinTech FinancialInclusion.

Attractive hackathons are coming to KL. Here is a great one for you. All startups worldwide are welcome. The application deadline is March 31, 2020. The City Architecture for Tomorrow Challenge CATCH is organised by Toyota Mobility Foundation and co-developed by Deloitte Future of Mobility Solution Centre, to drive intelligent data-driven, connected solutions towards more efficient, innovative, secure & sustainable cities.  BigData AI SmartCity.

Thanks for MDEC leadership & support. https://www.tmf-catch.org/ https://lnkd.in/fiEnv-z Let me know if you want to know more how to get into this attractive Tech market in SE Asia. There are good opportunities for startups, investors & enterprises. Cheers.

  • #Thailand is catching up in the Innovation and Technology space after great unicorns like #Grab from #Singapore and #GoJek from #Indonesia have proven their impact to the #ASEAN region. I visited two of their leading drivers in Thailand, #InnoSpace and #DEPA, and exchanged ideas how to bring our startups ecosystem from the #GreaterBayArea to Thailand and vice versa for mutual growth.

ASEAN countries are ramping up to seize the AI and BigData opportunities. For instance, according to a latest IDC report, AI will nearly DOUBLE the rate of INNOVATION in MALAYSIA by 2021. https://lnkd.in/fm_kaXS.  A strong demand of AI and Big Data technical and business talents are there in ASEAN.  OpenCertHub www.opencerthub.com has launched its partnership program in  KL on Sep 24,  2019 to collaborate with training institutes, universities, consulting firms, government agencies, recruitment firms, etc., to authenticate and certify AI and Big Data talents. We received great responses from Malaysia’s AI and Big Data ecosystem and have already moved forward with key partners in KL. Special thanks to MD of  KnowledgeSociety Selva Nagappan, Senior Data Scientist of MDEC ADAX Dr. Poo Kuan Hoong, GAIN Global AI Network in Malaysia and Pauline Goh from InvestKL for their support. We are also working on other ASEAN countries especially Singapore , Thailandand Vietnam. If you were in the AI and Big Data ecosystem of these countries, we are happy to collaborate with you. Cheers.

Apart from GreaterBayArea, SouthEastAsia is another uprising region in the vibrant Asia. We are both ramping up our talents to prepare for AI & BigData Era. The Mission of OpenCertHub is to democratize data literacy and capabilities to everyone so that we are ready to take up new jobs created by AI instead of being replaced. We need not just DataScientist but also CitizenDataScientist. “Reskill Everyone for the Unprecedented DataEconomy” is the main theme of our upcoming workshop in KualaLumpur Malaysia on Sep 24 pm. It is our honour to co-organize it with GAIN Global Artificial Intelligence Network in Malaysia. It is a conjunction with the NextBigTech Asia 2019 conference organized by MDEC in KL last week. https://lnkd.in/frzHw3n We welcome partners and enterprises to join us to explore how we can collaborate to furthur strengthen the Data Economy in Malaysia. Please see the details on the poster below and the QR code for registration details. We will continue collaborating with SE Asia’s AI and big data ecosystem. See you soon. To learn more about the concept of the big data democratization, please read one of my interviews on the capacity of the Chairman of OpenCertHub. “Data Quotient”​ (DQ) – New Competence in the Digital Age https://lnkd.in/fwqbUff