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Resilience and Optimism: Cross-Boundary Collaboration for a Sustainable Future

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The University of London was pleased to invite alumni to a special panel discussion on Thursday 13 January 2022.

Hosted by the University’s Hong Kong Alumni Group, ‘Resilience and Optimism: Cross-Boundary Collaboration for a Sustainable Future’ provided a discussion on how education, finance and industry innovated to respond to the changes of the last few years.

Following an introduction from University of London Vice-Chancellor Professor Wendy Thomson CBE, event chair Dr Anthony Neoh, QC, SC, JP led a panel of experts in a discussion on this interesting topic.

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Event speakers

Dr Anthony (Tony) Neoh

Anthony (Tony) Neoh holds an LLB from the University of London, and is a senior member of the Hong Kong Bar specialising in international litigation, arbitration and financial regulatory matters. In 1979, he commenced practice at the Hong Kong Bar after serving for 13 years in the Hong Kong Civil Service. From 1991 to 1994, he was a member of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Council and its Listing Committee, and chaired its Disciplinary Committee and Debt Securities Group, and was Co-Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Hong Kong and China Listing Working Group. He was the chief architect of the legal structure for the listing of Chinese enterprises in Hong Kong. He is former Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission from 1995 to 1998; during this time, he was the first Asian to be elected Chairman of the Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions. From 1999 to 2004, he was Chief Advisor of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, at the personal invitation of former Premier Zhu Rongji. On 1 June 2018, Tony was appointed as Chairman of the Hong Kong Independent Police Complaints Council to serve a term of two years (he served until May 2021). He was the Convenor of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) Expert Group on the Finance Academy and now serves as Member of the HKMA Preparatory Committee for the Finance Academy. He is also the Co-Chairman of 2018 B20 Financing Growth and Infrastructure Task Force, and Co-Chairman of The China Securitization Forum. Tony currently serves as a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. He previously served as Deputy Judge of the Hong Kong High Court. Tony is an independent non-executive director of China Life Insurance Company Ltd and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd. He has been co-chair of the Alliance for Financial Stability with Information Technology (AFS-IT) since May 2018. He is Chairman and a member of the Executive Council of the Asian Academy for International Law (AAIL).

Kow Ping

Kow Ping is co-founder and executive director of Well Being Digital Limited (WBD101), handling sales and marketing since 2012 for the licensing of technology including ActivHearts™ and Mogo™. Kow was previously Vice President – Strategic Accounts of Perception Digital from 2006 to 2012 where he grew the business from $0 to US$44M from customers like Philips, Motorola and Creative Technology. He held the China / Hong Kong Country Manager role for Cornice Inc, and was the Chief Operating Office of EEplace as well as held various strategic marketing managerial roles in National Semiconductor, Cyrix Inc and Texas Instruments. Kow holds an MSc International Management with Distinction from the University of London, and received his B.A.Sc degree from Nanyang Technological University. Kow currently holds five patents in his name.

Enshen Huang

Enshen is founder and CEO of XENIRO, which focuses Privacy Enhancing Computation to allow enterprises / industries to collaborate through model sharing without exposing data sources. Enshen holds a BSc in Economics from Queen Mary, University of London and an MBA from the China Europe International Business School. Prior to founding XENIRO, Enshen was Principal Head Consultant - Market Unit North East Asia at Ericsson. He was previously Vice President – European Operations at In Win Development Inc, in addition to consultancy roles.

Dr Vivian Chu

Vivian is assistant lecturer at the Centre for Civil Society and Governance in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Geography) and a Master of Science (Environment, Science and Society) from the University College London. She received a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests lie in environmental policy, collaborative governance and sustainability. Her doctoral research focuses on the role of policy entrepreneurs in cross-boundary environmental management in Southern China. Vivian’s recent research on cross-sector collaboration is centred on the building of sustainable communities. She teaches a number of courses on environmental policy and sustainability, some of which have a specific focus on topics such as energy sustainability and corporate governance.

Dr Michael Hayman

Michael is an entrepreneur, broadcaster and author. He co-founded the campaigns firm Seven Hills, which works with entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, business leaders and innovators realising the positive potential of business. He co-authored Mission: How the Best in Business Break Through (Penguin). He is Honorary Professor of the Purpose Economy at the University of London where he also holds an Honorary Doctorate in Economics. He is also an Honorary Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Michael co-founded the UK’s campaign for early stage enterprise, StartUp Britain, which was launched by then Prime Minister David Cameron and was fully supported by HM government. He is also Chairman of Entrepreneurs at the private bank and wealth manager Coutts. He hosts the Change Makers podcast and serves on the Advisory Council of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Michael was awarded an MBE for services to enterprise promotion, entrepreneurship and education.