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Adrian Cheng

Chief Executive Officer|New World Development
Hong Kong

Adrian is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of New World Development Company Limited (HXEx 00017). In this role, he oversees the strategy and operations of the entire group, which spans property investment and development, infrastructure, construction, healthcare, insurance, hotels and other consumer and technology businesses. Its Greater China operations, primarily in the Greater Bay Area, had a total asset value of approximately HK$639.7 billion as at 31 December 2021.

Adrian was appointed CEO in March 2020. Since first joining the company in 2006, he has held various senior roles including Executive Director, Joint General Manager, Executive Vice Chairman and General Manager. Previously, he gained corporate finance and investment banking experience while working at international firms, UBS and Goldman Sachs.

Adrian’s focus is on revitalising the 50-year group by continuing to evolve its offerings and embedding culture, technology, innovation and sustainability into all facets of the organisation. He is strongly committed to Creating Shared Value; connecting business success with social progress, and improving social welfare.

At 29 years of age, Adrian established the K11 brand, the world’s first ‘cultural-retail’ concept, with the intention of merging art and commerce and curating the customer journey with a focus on the next generation. The growing franchise (which plans to operate 40 sites by 2025) includes art malls, office buildings, luxury residences and two not-for-profit organisations, the K11 Craft & Guild Foundation and K11 Art Foundation, that are focused on fostering cross-cultural art education and conserving and rejuvenating traditional Chinese craftsmanship.

Adrian has led some of New World Development’s most ambitious and impactful projects to date, including the development of Victoria Dockside, a US $2.6 billion, 3 million-sq-ft art and design district on the promenade of Hong Kong's iconic Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront.

He is spearheading several major development projects in the Greater Bay Area, including the recently announced ECOAST development, a one-of-a-kind commercial complex worth RMB10 billion in Shenzhen, aiming to create the region’s first circular economy hub and largest harbourfront cultural/retail destination. He has also led the development of 11 SKIES at Hong Kong International Airport, which will be the first development to combine retail, dining, entertainment and wellness, and become a world class destination for people from Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland – especially from the Greater Bay Area.

In 2017, Adrian founded C Ventures, a venture capital company that manages an investment portfolio of disruptive lifestyles, technology and media brands. The company champions the power of creativity and innovation and targets millennials and Gen Z. The portfolio includes brands such as CASETiFY, Fiture, RTFKT Studio and Moda Operandi.

In addition to the various board positions that Adrian holds on behalf of New World Development Company Limited and its affiliates, he is also a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council, the City University of Hong Kong’s International Advisory Board and the Ivey Asia Advisory Board.

Adrian was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR government in 2022 for his outstanding contribution to Hong Kong, taking a leading part in supporting the local community and creating shared value over the years.

Hong Kong
Other
Adrian Cheng
New World Development
Chief Executive Officer
Hong Kong

Alex Rampell

General Partner|Andreessen Horowitz
United States

Alex Rampell is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where he focuses on financial services. He serves on the board of Branch, Brightside, Descript, Divvy, Earnin, FlyHomes, Loft, Mercury, PeerStreet, Point, Propel, Sentilink, Super Evil Mega Corp, Transferwise, and Very Good Security.

Alex additionally led the firm's investments in OpenDoor ($OPEN), Plaid, Quantopian (acquired by Robinhood), and Rival (acquired by LiveNation).

Prior to joining the firm, Alex co-founded multiple companies including Affirm ($AFRM), which he co-founded with Max Levchin, FraudEliminator (acquired by McAfee in 2006), Point, TrialPay (acquired by Visa in 2015), TXN (acquired by Envestnest in 2019), and Yub (acquired by Coupons.com in 2013).

He holds a BA in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Harvard University.

North America
Banks & Financial institutions
Alex Rampell
Andreessen Horowitz
General Partner
United States

Charles Li

Founder & Chairman|Micro Connect
Hong Kong

Charles is Founder and Chairman of Micro Connect. He was most recently Chief Executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (“HKEX”) from January 2010 to December 2020. During this time, he orchestrated some of the most significant strategic initiatives in HKEX's history, including the acquisition of the London Metal Exchange in 2012, the launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect cross-border trading scheme in 2014, Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect in 2016, Bond Connect in 2017, and the Listing Reforms in 2018. Prior to joining HKEX in 2009, Charles served as Chairman of JP Morgan China from 2003 to 2009 and worked at Merrill Lynch from 1994 to 2003, where he served as President of Merrill Lynch China from 1999 to 2003. Earlier in his career, Charles practiced law at Brown & Wood and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York.

Charles also serves on the Board of MarketAxess Holdings Inc. and the Board of Trustees of Asia Business Council.

Charles received a BA in English Literature from Xiamen University, an MA in Journalism from the University of Alabama and a JD from Columbia Law School.

Hong Kong
Capital Markets
Charles Li
Micro Connect
Founder & Chairman
Hong Kong

Harshika Patel

CEO, Hong Kong|J.P. Morgan
Hong Kong

Harshika Patel is a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan based in Hong Kong. She is responsible for running Strategy for J.P. Morgan in Asia Pacific partnering with the Corporate and Investment bank, Asset and Wealth Management and Commercial Banking businesses to drive and implement the firm’s strategy across our 16 markets.

She also serves as the CEO for Hong Kong which is home to the firm’s Asia Pacific headquarters. Harshika sits on the Board of J.P. Morgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited and on the EXCO of ASIFMA where she also serves as Treasurer.

Harshika joined J.P. Morgan in November 2013 as a Managing Director based in Singapore to run the Asia Commodities Sales and Structuring business and the Electronic Sales business, delivering electronic trading services across FX, Rates, Credit and Commodities to clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Harshika was at Barclays Capital for 10 years where she held a variety of roles based in London including Deputy Treasurer for Barclays Capital, and Global Chief Operating Officer for the Commodities business. Between 1994 and 2003, she was a Senior Manager in the Financial Services Practice at Deloitte London providing assurance and advisory services to global financial institutions.

Harshika is based in Hong Kong with her husband and two children.

Hong Kong
Banks & Financial institutions
Harshika Patel
J.P. Morgan
CEO, Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Norman Chan

Chairman|RD Technologies
Hong Kong

Dr Norman Chan was the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) in October 2009 to September 2019. During this period, he was a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) established by G20 and served as Chairman of FSB’s Standing Committee on Supervisory and Regulatory Cooperation in April 2017 to August 2019.

In 1976, Dr Chan graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and joined the Hong Kong Government Administrative Service. He left the Administrative Service in 1993 to join the HKMA as Executive Director and as Deputy Chief Executive in 1996 to 2005. He then joined the Standard Chartered Bank as Vice Chairman, Asia in December 2005 to June 2007. He was the Director of the Chief Executive of the HKSAR’s Office in July 2007 to August 2009. He was the Founding Chairman of the policy think-tank Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre, which was set up in 2006.

Dr Chan is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Chung Chi College of CUHK from August 2021. He received an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Business Administration from the City University (2020) and Lingnan University (2021) respectively.

Dr Chan also founded two Fintech companies, RD Wallet Technologies Limited and RD ezLink Limited, in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

Hong Kong
Other
Norman Chan
RD Technologies
Chairman
Hong Kong

Poman Lo

Vice Chairman & Managing Director|Regal Hotels Group
Hong Kong

Poman Lo is Vice Chairman of Century City International Holdings and Regal Hotels International Holdings, Executive Director of Paliburg Holdings, Managing Director of Regal Portfolio Management, Founder of Bodhi Love Foundation and Founder & CEO of Century Innovative Technology. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Management at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In 2015, Poman became the first female Asian recipient of the Oslo Business for Peace Award, which recognizes business leaders who strive to improve society by creating value for all stakeholders in an ethical and responsible way. Since joining the family business in 2000, Poman has been a driving force in Regal Hotel’s emergence as a sustainability leader in Hong Kong’s hospitality industry. In 2010, the Regal iclub Hotel in Wan Chai was established and became the first in Hong Kong to be granted carbon neutral status. Under her guidance as Vice Chairman and Managing Director in 2013, the hotel group’s commitment to the environment has continued to grow.  All five Regal hotels in Hong Kong have since achieved both EarthCheck Gold Certification and the Class of Excellence Wastewi$e Label of the Hong Kong Awards for Environmental Excellence.  Furthermore, led by Poman’s triple bottom line investment strategy, the hotel group has backed numerous promising sustainable technology startups operating around the world, including several impact investments in the fields of agritech, foodtech and greentech. Most recently in April 2022, she founded MetaGreen, the first green metropolis in the Sandbox metaverse, which aims to promote eco-friendly choices and foster a sustainable community to accelerate the transition to carbon net zero. 

Hong Kong
Other
Poman Lo
Regal Hotels Group
Vice Chairman & Managing Director
Hong Kong

Yat Siu

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman|Animoca Brands
Hong Kong

Veteran technology entrepreneur/investor Yat Siu is a major figure in the open metaverse and blockchain gaming. He is the co-founder and executive chairman of Animoca Brands, a global leader in blockchain and gaming that is working to provide property rights for virtual assets via NFTs and related technologies. Yat began his career at Atari Germany in 1990. In 1995 he established Hong Kong Cybercity/ Freenation, the first free web page and email provider in Asia. In 1998 he set up Outblaze, an award-winning pioneer of multilingual white label web services. In 2009, he sold Outblaze’s messaging unit to IBM, and pivoted Outblaze to become an incubator of projects and companies to develop digital entertainment services and products. One of those incubated projects is Animoca Brands, created in 2014.

Since 2018, Yat has been an advocate for the use of blockchain and NFTs in the gaming industry. With a strong vision of the potential of decentralized apps and assets, Yat quickly steered Animoca Brands to a leadership position in the open metaverse: the company was most recently valued at US$5.8 billion and has one of the largest blockchain portfolios in the world.

Yat has earned numerous accolades, including Global Leader of Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the DHL/SCMP Awards, and recognition as one of Cointelegraph's top 100 notable people in blockchain. 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.

Hong Kong
Blockchain, DLT & Cryptocurrencies
Yat Siu
Animoca Brands
Co-Founder & Executive Chairman
Hong Kong

Yuval Rooz

CEO|Digital Asset
United States

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Asset

Yuval is a visionary leader at the intersection of finance and technology

Under Yuval’s leadership, Digital Asset has grown from a fledgling start up to a leading enterprise blockchain company whose technology is used by top institutions and market infrastructures around the globe. With a vision for a world where businesses seamlessly connect regardless of the underlying technology, he is taking Digital Asset to the next level by creating a Global Economic Network that will fundamentally change the future of business and how companies interact.

Previously, Yuval managed an algorithmic trading desk at DRW Trading and he launched DRW Venture Capital as a member of the firm’s investment team. He also worked as a developer at Citadel.

Yuval serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Blockchain Business Council and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He is based at the company’s headquarters in New York City.

North America
Blockchain, DLT & Cryptocurrencies
Yuval Rooz
Digital Asset
CEO
United States
Hong Kong
Banks & Financial institutions
Aleck Lee
First Digital Trust
CFO
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Wealth Management & WealthTech
Alex Ypsilanti
Quantifeed
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Hong Kong
Mainland China
VC & Investing
Alfred Shang
BitRock Capital
CEO & Founding Partner
Mainland China
Hong Kong
Web3 & Metaverse
Alvin Kwock
OneDegree/ OneInfinity
Co-founder
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Associations
Anna Lin
GS1 Hong Kong
Chief Executive
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Other
Archana Kotecha
The Remedy Project
Founder & CEO
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
VC & Investing
Bauhinia Lee
Anima Ventures
Founder & Impact Venture Builder
Hong Kong
North America
VC & Investing
Brijesh Jeevarathnam
Adams Street Partners
Partner & Co-Head of Global Venture Fund Investments, Primary Investments
United States
Southeast Asia
Big Tech & Emerging Tech
Dan Neary
Meta
Vice President, Meta APAC
Singapore
Hong Kong
Banks & Financial institutions
David Wong
Eddid Financial
Senior Vice President, FinTech
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Academic & Research
Denis Yip
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute
Chief Executive Officer
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Lending & Payments
Desmond Chu
Payment Asia
Director
Hong Kong
North America
VC & Investing
Edith Yeung
Race Capital
General Partner
United States
Hong Kong
Other
Evans Lam
Checkout.com
Hong Kong Sales Lead
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Banks & Financial institutions
Fanny Yuen
Accenture
Managing Director
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Blockchain & Digital Assets
Galen Law-Kun
Double Peak Group
Co-Founder
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Advisory & Professional Services
Grace Fung
Baker McKenzie
Partner
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Banks & Financial institutions
Jaff Lau
HSBC
Managing Director, Head of Strategy and Innovation
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Digital Banking
Jessica Liu
Planto
Founding Member
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Associations
Jo Murphy
The CAIA Association
Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Blockchain, DLT & Cryptocurrencies
Karen Qian
Digital Asset
Associate Director at Digital Asset
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Advisory & Professional Services
Karen Man
Baker McKenzie
Partner
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Blockchain, DLT & Cryptocurrencies
Kelvin Yeung
Hong Kong Digital Asset Exchange
Founder & CEO
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Academic & Research
Lapman Lee
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Professor of Practice (ESG, Sustainable Finance, FinTech)
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Blockchain, DLT & Cryptocurrencies
Lucy Gazmararian
Token Bay Capital
Founder and Managing Partner
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Payments & Remittance
Maaike Steinebach
Visa
General Manager, Hong Kong and Macau
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Other
Michael Yue
Google Hong Kong
Managing Director and GM, Sales and Operations
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
SME Financing
Michael Fei
PAOB
Chief Executive Designate
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Insurance & InsurTech
Mohit Kapoor
Haven Technologies Asia
CEO
Hong Kong
Europe
Blockchain, DLT & Cryptocurrencies
Oriol Caudevilla
A Digital Tomorrow
FinTech & Blockchain Advisor, Founder & Host
Spain
Other
Paul Sin
New World Development
Director, Technology & Transformation
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Media
Rachel Tang
Meta
Business Director
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Academic & Research
Rebecca Sin
Bloomberg
Senior ETF Analyst
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
AML/KYC & Cybersecurity
SK Lee
RD Technologies
Chief Compliance Officer
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Blockchain, DLT & Cryptocurrencies
Shane Akeroyd
Digital Asset
President
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Insurance & InsurTech
Sue Coulter
AIA
Head of Group Digital
Hong Kong
Southeast Asia
VC & Investing
Thomas G. Tsao
Gobi Partners
Founding Partner
Malaysia
Hong Kong
Banks & Financial institutions
Vincent Chok
First Digital Trust
CEO
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Banks & Financial institutions
Yu Sun
Bank of China (Hong Kong)
Vice Chairman & Chief Executive
Hong Kong
Southeast Asia
Lending & Payments
Yvonne Szeto
Worldpay from FIS
Vice President
Singapore