Austin R. Bryan joined CLP Holdings in May 2016 as Senior Director – Innovation, leading the Group’s efforts to develop innovative business models and build collaborative partnerships as decarbonisation and digitalisation open up new opportunities in the global energy market. A proven pioneer of new services and value creation in the digital media sector, Austin is a globally-recognised leader in transforming business activities in the financial and telecommunications sectors.
His experience spans the creation of the first direct banking activities in Germany in the early 1990s, the introduction of virtual customer service platforms for American Express and creation of the first 3G multi-media mobile network in Australia with “3 Mobile”. Most recently he was Vice President of Strategic Innovation at Singtel Optus, where he led the acquisition of major digital media projects and created a US$1 billion digital media business developing and implementing new digital products and services.
Daniel Chan is the Head of Greater Bay Area, Commercial Banking, Hong Kong for The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.
With more than 20 years of banking experience, Mr. Chan has a career spanning across sales and marketing, commercial lending, product management, business strategy and organisational development within banking. In the past decade, he has held senior management positions within HSBC in both Singapore and Hong Kong, leading the business through periods of change to achieve sustainable growth.
In his current role, Mr. Chan actively drives initiatives that support and empower entrepreneurs through digital and innovative solutions, ecosystem partnerships and connections to new business opportunities. He has led the digital transformation journey for Business Banking in recent years, delivering a customer-centric, simpler, faster and better digital banking experience to startups and SMEs in Hong Kong. Under his leadership, HSBC Business Banking also takes an active role in the business community, listening to the voices of entrepreneurs and co-creating solutions that meet their needs.
Since 2017, HSBC has adopted multiple fintech solutions in innovating its banking products and services for business customers. These range from “Ask Amy”, the first virtual assistant for SME customers in Hong Kong, to “Selfie” ID verification, comprehensive digital payment and collection solutions such as PayMe for Business, omni-channel HSBC Business Collect, and integration with third-party services through APIs, and HSBC VisionGo, an online platform for entrepreneurs to connect, share insights and explore opportunities.
HSBC Business Banking was widely recognised by the industry, having won more than 10 awards last year, such as the Hong Kong Economic Journal’s Financial Service Awards of Excellence 2019 in the Digital Bank and FinTech Bank categories, as well as Now TV’s Leadership Business Award 2019 in the SME Bank category. As HSBC continues to commercialise new technologies and deliver product innovation, Mr. Chan continues to lead the Hong Kong Business Banking team to enhance business customer’ experience while supporting their growth in the digital era.
Edith Yeung is a general partner at Race Capital and author and creator of the China Internet Report, an annual report on China technology trends widely popular among investors and corporate executives and Silicon.news - weekly briefing on Silicon Valley funding, merger, and acquisition news.
She has invested in over 50 startups including Lightyear/Stellar (valued $1.2B), Silk Labs (acquired by Apple), Chirp (acquired by Apple), Fleksy (acquired by Pinterest), Human (acquired by Mapbox), Solana, Oasis Labs, Nebulas, Hooked, DayDayCook, AISense, and many more.
Prior to Race Capital, Edith was a partner at 500 Startups, the world's most active early-stage fund and incubator invested in Twilio, Credit Karma, Grab, and 2000 more companies. Before 500, Edith was the general manager at Dolphin Browser, a Sequoia-backed mobile browser with over 150 million installs worldwide. Edith also worked with many Fortune 500 companies such as Siebel, AMS, AT&T Wireless and Autodesk.
She frequently speaks on China and Silicon Valley technology and investment landscape. She is also a frequent guest lecturer at Berkeley and Stanford and commentator on BBC, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, SCMP, Techcrunch, etc.
Hera Siu is the former CEO of Cisco Greater China, having retired in September 2020. Drawing from her more than 30 years of management experience, Hera shaped Cisco’s regional strategy and accelerated its growth in Greater China. She was instrumental in strengthening and innovating the business by providing the sales team with the right operational controls, staffing structure and technology.
Prior to Cisco, Hera held executive positions at major IT companies in both Asia and North America. Hera has a profound understanding of outcome-based solutions and emerging business models. She possesses a strong background in international business and an in-depth understanding of the challenges posed by Greater China’s dynamic business environment.
Hera serves as a non-executive Board member for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and she is an industry advisor for both AInnovations and Advent. She completed her board assignments in SITA and ASTRI.
Reputed for her professional leadership and constant aspiration to inspire, Hera was selected for both the Annual Leaders of the Chinese Information Industry (2011) and the 50 Most Powerful Women, Fortune Global the same year.
Mr. Kenny Koo has been Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited (HTHKH or the company) since August 2018. He joined the HWL Group in 2006 and became Director of Enterprise and International Business of the company in 2014. He led the corporate market and international services, business and development aspects of the mobile business until 2015 when joined Hutchison Asia Telecom Group (HAT) as Chief Commercial Officer of Vietnamobile and General Manager - International Services , overseeing and managing HAT’s mobile operations in high-growth markets such as Vietnam and Indonesia. Mr. Koo re-joined HTHKH in 2017 as Director of Roaming and Services Development and became Chief Commercial Officer in January 2018.
Mr. Koo spearheaded the Company’s pioneering mobile projects with renowned strategic partners such as Apple, Facebook, WhatsApp, Microsoft and Google since mobile internet boomed. He is instrumental in driving new business strategies and bringing in new elements as the Company is developing cloud computing, big data and IoT solutions to create an ecosystem for Hong Kong’s smart city initiatives and a new digital Internet economy.
Mr. Koo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and has more than 24 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
Michael Yao is a Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group. Michael works closely with senior management in executing the Group’s globalization strategy and is also responsible for Alibaba Group's corporate finance, International mergers and acquisitions and treasury activities and actively represents the Group in investor relations activities. Michael also works closely with brands, associations and rights holders to protect their intellectual property rights on our platforms.
He joined the Group in 2012. Michael has nearly 30 years' experience in strategic advisory and capital markets having worked in the United States and Hong Kong where he has been based since 1993.
Prior to joining Alibaba, he was the co-head of the Hong Kong office for Rothschild in Asia. Previously, Michael was a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs where he spent 13 years in both New York and Hong Kong. He also founded a boutique advisory firm based in Hong Kong providing strategic advisory and mergers and acquisitions advice to mid-cap corporates.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics, cum laude, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Susanna Wong graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and holds a Master degree from Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris and MBA degree from INSEAD. She is the CEO of YATA Limited and the Director of Planning and Operations of the Non-property Portfolio Businesses Department of Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. From 2016 to 2020, she successfully led the team to expand branch network from 7 to 12.
Prior to joining SHKP, Susanna was the Director of an international strategic management consulting firm focusing on retail and consumer goods industry. She has worked on a wide range of projects with different types of retailers in the Greater China region, Southeast Asia and Europe when she worked at McKinsey & Co and OC&C Strategy Consultants. In addition to her 16 years in strategy management consulting, she has also worked at ChinaCare Limited, managing multiple joint venture healthcare businesses in China, the Airport Authority Hong Kong and Nestle China.
Tim Steinert has almost 30 years of experience as an international lawyer and manager working in greater China, most recently as General Counsel at Alibaba Group Holding Limited. Mr. Steinert stepped back from the General Counsel position at Alibaba in April 2020, after almost 13 years leading its legal department. He remains as Secretary and Senior Advisor.
During his time as General Counsel at Alibaba, Mr. Steinert led the growth of the legal team from 35 to 350 people (not including Ant Group’s legal team), making it one of the largest and most influential legal departments in Asia. During this time, Mr. Steinert helped the company expand into many new businesses and through a wide range of corporate transactions, including its NYSE IPO in 2014 (until recently the largest IPO on record) and subsequent Hong Kong secondary listing.
Before joining Alibaba, Mr. Steinert was a partner at Fresh¬fields Bruck¬haus Deringer in Hong Kong, and he worked at other law firms in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York.
Mr. Steinert serves on the Takeovers and Mergers Panel of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, on the Listed Company Advisory Board of the New York Stock Exchange and on the Singapore Infocom Media Development Authority Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council.
Mr. Steinert graduated from Yale University with a B.A., cum laude, in history in 1983 and re¬ceived a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1989. He is qualified to practice law in Hong Kong and New York State.
Mr. Steinert is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Venetia Lee joined Alipay, the world’s leading digital payment and lifestyle platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, in January 2017. She is currently the General Manager of Alipay Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Russia and Middle East, which she oversees the regions’ business development, operations and marketing activities.
Prior to joining Alipay, Venetia led the strategic business development effort for Apple Pay and successfully launched the business in Singapore and Hong Kong in 2016. She had extensive experience in payments, banking and internet industries, having held senior roles at DBS Bank, PayPal and eBay, driving Digital Banking and Mobile commerce initiatives.
Venetia received her Master degree from Stanford University and Bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley.
Yat Siu is a technology entrepreneur/investor based in Hong Kong. He is co-founder and chairman of Animoca Brands, a company focusing on leveraging popular brands, gamification, AI, blockchain, and mobile technology to make engaging apps ranging from games to fitness solutions.
Yat began his career at Atari Germany in 1990. In 1995 he moved to Hong Kong to establish Hong Kong Cybercity/Freenation, the first Asian free web page and email provider. In 1998, Yat set up Outblaze, an award-winning pioneer of multilingual white label web services. He sold Outblaze’s services business to IBM in 2009, and pivoted Outblaze to become a conglomerate specializing on cloud, AI, blockchain, and mobile software.
Yat is a director for TurnOut Ventures, a partnership between Outblaze and Turner Entertainment that brought to prominence the hugely popular emoticon character Tuzki. In 2017 he set up the Dalton Learning Lab, an afterschool lab environment that supplements Hong Kong students with skills not emphasized by the local education system, including divergent thinking and design thinking. He is the founder of ThinkBlaze, the research arm of Outblaze investigating socially meaningful issues in technology.
Yat has earned numerous accolades including Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the DHL/SCMP Awards.
A classically trained musician, Yat is a member of the advisory board of BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and a director of the Asian Youth Orchestra.