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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!

It was the Friday night before the Christmas. People will usually go out shopping, gathering and having fun. Really appreciate the participants who came tonight to my talk to learn about digital transformation. I saw not only some new faces but also my #EMBA students who came with their other halves to learn together. Thanks Anita Chan, Cecilia, .. Impressive and encouraging.

Also thank those on Zoom like my DBA learning partner Fareeda Cassumbhoy. Hope all of you got some inspiration from my talk and at the same time enjoying your favorite wine at home in Friday night.

Today’s talk was a CUHK EMBA Sample class organized by our EMBA directors Pong Yuen, Howard LamChun So and their teammates. Thanks for their effort and the great learning attitude of our participants. Over 250 registrations for this session. Wow… we are back!

I asked every participant to drop down 3 words as tonight’s key takeaways. Words like #Data#Innovation#Customer#Urgency#Relevancy#Ecosystem#Platform, and more came out. I was impressed by how much they were inspired in only a little bit over 60 mins. Really appreciate their effort.

How about you? What are your three magic words on digital transformation?

Thank you to all and have a great weekend. Let’s get ready to celebrate Christmas Eve next week.

#DigitalTransformation
#CUHK #CUHKEMBA
CUHK Business School

#ASTRI 應科院 is one of the major pillars for Hong Kong #Innovation and #Technology #ecosystem. They have been empowering many tech companies, #startups and large enterprises and SMEs on applying technologies to solve problems from #FinTech to #MetaVerse, from #Cybersecurity to #IC.

I am grateful to sit down with Dr. Denis Yip 葉成輝, the CEO of ASTRI, to talk about his vision on the tech industry in #GBA and how Hong Kong can seize the emerging opportunities. I also learnt from Denis how he is leading ASTRI to empower Hong Kong companies and startups to leverage on their technologies and IPs to further develop their products and services.

We talked about many other interesting points and I really enjoyed our conversation. Denis is a leader with great vision and wisdom in particular on tech #talent cultivation. ASTRI not only has experienced researchers and technologists in house, but also trained so many talents who are now great entrepreneurs running their own startups. Dennis talked about ASTRI in fact is like a Kung Fu training school #ShaolinTemple #少林寺。 He is planning to build a strong alumni network so that they can continue to collaborate. It is also a good timing to attract and recruit Hong Kong citizens with tech background, who are now in foreign countries, to be back and work in Hong Kong.

Appreciate Denis to share his valuable experience with me and our on-site and online audiences. A big thank to Professor Andrew Chan Veronica Li Dicky Shek Amy Mak and many teammates from #GBABusinessSchool and Phoebe Yip 劉泇妍Chrysanthi.l. and many teammates from ASTRI to make this forum a success.

Grateful to spend my weekend with elite tech entrepreneurs and business leaders to learn about emerging technologies and business innovation. It is one of my classes in #CUHK Mini MBA Innovative Leadership program. It aims to #upskilling busy executives and #entrepreneurs on the latest #leadership mindset and skills in the #DigitalEconomy through a series of short modules in a few months.
https://lnkd.in/g6Pe4bUM

I particularly like the mix of my class participants. We had quite a few startups’ founders and leaders like #Dayta, tech giants like #AWS, financial services like #HangSengBank, public sector like #HKHousingSociety and major ecosystem enabler like #HKSTP. My class in fact is a mini tech and innovation #ecosystem. One of the most valuable parts of this class was the team discussion and case studies where we could focus on the key aspects that our participants were most concerned and cared about in seizing the opportunities and managing the potential risks in the emerging digital economy.

Thanks for the active participation of all the students. Really enjoyed it and learnt from you all as well.

#CUHKAPIB #MiniMBA
#CUHKMBA #CUHKEMBA
#DigitalLeadership
#DigitalTransformation

Hong Kong FinTech Week is back to f2f physical starting tomorrow (Nov 3) and will last for 3 days. Please join me for the two inspiring discussion panels, one with the top #FinTech #Startups in Hong Kong and the other one with one of the world-leading #Incumbent #Bank, in the next 2 days.

Panel 1
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Theme:Reaching the Unreached: Disruptive Technologies Changing the Narrative

Venue: Future stage, Hong Kong FinTech Week, HKCEC (10:30am, Wed)

I will discuss with the financial inclusion leaders in town, Tat Lee #WeLabBankVenetia Lee #AlipayDavid Rosa #Neat and Karen Man #BakerMckenzie on how technology and data have democratised finance and empower more people to make use of finance to change their lives.

Panel 2
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Theme: Building Billion Dollar Ecosystems

Venue: Hong Kong Stage, Hong Kong FinTech Week, HKCEC (10:30am, Thu)

I will discuss with leaders from #HSBCDharini Kannan HemantChristina OngYvonne Yiu and Sami Abouzahr on how to collaborate with the #innovation and #technology #ecosystem to co-create values for customers. Startups, incumbent banks and investors shouldn’t miss this opportunity to learn from HSBC’s valuable experience. Thanks for Jaff Lau and many other HSBC teammates to make this happen.

I cannot wait to learn from the panel speakers and contribute my experience to these 2 panels. Also, many exciting talks, forums, networking, pitching sessions and fun and more..will be there in the next 3 days at the #HKFTW #HKFinTechWeekhttps://lnkd.in/gbdw5bcU

See you there..

The vibrant Hong Kong #Innovation and #Technology #ecosystem is back to normal (well, at least getting close to that) with exciting and impactful activities every day and every week. Really grateful to seeing that happen.

Please join me in the next 2 weeks for a series of exciting events (just a partial list).

AI & Big Data in FinTech Forum
Sep 29, 2021
https://lnkd.in/gH3N-wKp

The 14th CIO Executive Summit 2021 – Hong Kong
Theme: The CIO Imperative in the New Normal: Creating the Ultra-Adaptable Enterprise
Sep 29, 2021
https://lnkd.in/g7tb7728

The CPA Conference 2021: Theme: Transcending Together
Oct 2, 2021
https://lnkd.in/ghc8hBsC

Establishment of Corporate Innovation Index
Theme: Open Forum and Pilot Study
Oct 4, 2021
https://lnkd.in/g-xXf87h
https://lnkd.in/gAfA6c5R

Digital Leadership Series
Theme: Leadership & Workforce Transformation in the Digital Era
Oct 12 and 13, 2021
https://lnkd.in/gTq6KPkf
https://lnkd.in/gRhSrte9

and more.. Stay tuned for my post-event insights and key takeaways.

#CUHK #MIG #VFF
#VirtualFinTechFair #FinStep #NovsphereMedia
#HKiCPA #CPA
#DigitalTransformation
#DigitalWorkforce
#AI #BigData #FinTech
#CorporateInnovation
#CIO #CDO
#Finance #Accounting #Auditing

The best way to learn how to seize the opportunities of #BigData and #AI is not just reading books or taking training. Rather, we should learn from the industry leaders and practitioners. #OpenCertHub and I have started a series of experience sharing sessions called “Toa Sir Data Talk” or “Toa Sir講數”.

I will talk to the leaders from major industries in Hong Kong, Mainland and Asia on their journey of #DigitalTransformation. In particular, we will explore how #data empowers digital transformation.

Today, I have talked to Susanna Chiu, ED of #Bonjour #卓悦控股, one of the #NewRetail pioneers in Hong Kong and mainland. Susanna has been an innovator throughout her career from IT Audit, Digital TV to Supply Chain and New Retail. She is always a believer of digital innovation.

We discussed how we can make use of data on #Ecommerce #O2O #KOL #Platform #Ecosystem and more. Seeing Is Believing it. Susanna also walked me through their facilities with lots of new initiatives and fun. We both believe that empowering partners, customers and merchants with the power of data analytics is the key to the success of today’s business in the #DigitalEconomy.

Many thanks to Susanna and her teammates in Bonjour. We will continue talking to influential leaders on Data. Stay tuned for #ToaSirDataTalk and #ToaSir講數 on how you can access to this series of experience sharing.

It was one of the best forums on #AI and #BigData that I have hosted in the recent years where speakers and participants were highly engaged. Thanks for Shanghai Commercial Bank to invite my team #OpenCertHub to co-organize this forum.

#ShanghaiCommercialBank is one of the major banks in Hong Kong. They are passionate about #DigitalTransformation in particular how to become a AI-first data-driven bank.

I have invited top Hong Kong locally-grown AI #startups, multinational consulting firm and Chinese tech-savvy financial group to share with Shanghai Commercial Bank how they have empowered mid-sized banks in Hong Kong, Mainland China and other major economies in Asia. We have talked through AI technologies, application, adoption, challenges, culture, #ecosystem#data#reskilling#upskilling and more.

More importantly, CEO Mr. David Kwok and Board Member Mr. Sunny Cheung fully supported and engaged with us. They asked sensible questions and encouraged their senior management, middle management and young colleagues to proactively participate and have the courage to innovate. More than 250 staff have joined the forum on site and online as well. We also exchanged ideas through networking sessions.

Really appreciate the trust and support from Mr. Kwok, Mr. Cheung and their senior management. Special thanks to Ken Shih #AqumonCalvin Cheng, CFA #WizpressoMiles Wen (温豪夫) #FanolabsPatrick C.S. Fan #beNoveltyDaniel Ling #OneConnect, and Dick Fong. Also thanks my OpenCertHub teammate Andy Kwok and our team for their effort behind the scene.

Hope mid-sized banks in Asia can ride on AI to stay competitive and relevant in the #DigitalEconomy.

What a rewarding 4 days together with my #CUHK #EMBA students! I took them through a very timely and critical intensive training on #innovation #strategy & #management. Our students are all senior executives from mainland #China including traditional companies and tech giants.

I have invited 4 guest speakers to share their corporate innovation experience with us. Thanks Eric Hui #ZurichInsuranceCharles Lam #FubonAkina Ho #GreatEagle and Damien Ko #G2000. Their sharings were insightful & practical. We all learned a lot from them. Thank you.

I used a few inspirational cases as the core for my class, such as, #Disney#Netflix#Marriott#Airbnb#Adobe#PingAn#Haier#Philips#Samsung#Booking.com, #3M#Amazon#Alibaba#Advantech#Walesgreen, etc.

Though we had to use Zoom for the training, the class participation from our students on our case discussion was no less than a #f2f class. Really impressed by the quality of my students’ questions, analysis, debates & suggestions. Thank you.

My students had a nice dinner in Shenzhen with lots of joy after the 4 days class. They were well deserved it. Hope to join them next time when there is no quarantine needed.

Happy Father’s Day for everyone!

#CUHKEMBA #Intrapreneurship #CorporateInnovation #Ecosystem

Join me on June 24 at 11:15am HKT to have a live discussion with the next generation of leaders in the #DigitalEconomyKen Lo #SF Supply Chain, Yvonne L. #Alipay Hong Kong and Michael Ng #WeLab Bank will be with me in a panel of the 2021 #KODW #KnowledgeofDesignWeek organized by the #HKDC #HongKongDesignCentre.

We will talk about how these leaders innovate and empower #eCommerce #ecosystem#Data are the secret sauce of their success. How are they making use of data? What’s next for these leaders to bring us to the next level of e-commerce in the post pandemic era. Come and join us.
https://lnkd.in/eQjBePj

Launched in 2006, Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) offers an exciting and premier global knowledge platform for local & international #designer#brand #strategist, business leaders, #entrepreneur#technologist#educator & #visionary to share industry insights, trend analysis, creative solutions & game-changing innovation to transform individuals, businesses & the society.

This year’s KODW has invited over 50 global & local leaders to share their knowledge. Find out more about the speakers and programmes here.
https://lnkd.in/e9EAmgT

Thanks Edmund Lee #HKDC for his marvelous leadership throughout the years to make #KODW as a global brand and conference.