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HKUST x University of Chicago Webinar – Thrive Amidst Disruptions: Role of Fintech Post COVID-19

HKUST x University of Chicago Webinar – Thrive Amidst Disruptions: Role of Fintech Post COVID-19

The accelerating pace of innovation and the COVID-19 pandemic bring both disruptions and unprecedented opportunity to the financial industry. Join this fintech webinar to hear the latest insights from leading academic and industry leaders on how the changing global market, regulatory environment and technological advancements are influencing the outlook for fintech, and how financial firms maneuver amid the new normal.

The webinar is jointly presented by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The University of Chicago as part of a joint effort to share ideas and promote international partnership.

Date & Time: 14 September 2020 (Mon) 8:30PM (Hong Kong Time) / 7:30AM (Chicago Time)
Duration: 1 hour
Format: Online via ZOOM

(In alphabetical order by surname)

Professor KC Chan
Chairman of WeLab Bank and Senior Advisor of WeLab
Adjunct Professor and Former Dean, HKUST Business School
Professor Zhiguo He
Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance
Director of Becker Friedman Center China (BFI-China)
Faculty Co-Director of Fama-Miller Center at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
Alvin Kwock
Founder & CEO of OneDegree
Professor Tam Kar Yan
Dean of HKUST Business School
Chair Professor, Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management


Benjamin Quinlan
CEO and Managing Partner of Quinlan & Associates
Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong

Please find the full bios below:

Professor KC Chan, GBS, JP
Professor KC Chan is the Chairman of WeLab Bank and Senior Advisor of WeLab, a leading fintech company in Asia with one of the first virtual banks established in Hong Kong.

Professor Chan was appointed as Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region from July 2007 to June 2017. Prior to that, he was Dean of Business and Management in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is currently Adjunct Professor at HKUST Business School.

Professor Chan is a member of Competition Commission and Non-Executive Director of The Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited. In the past, he held a number of public service positions including Chairman of the Consumer Council, Director of the Hong Kong Futures Exchange, and Member of the Commission on Strategic Development, Commission on Poverty, the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, the Hang Seng Index Advisory Committee, and the Hong Kong Council for Academic Accreditation. 

Professor Chan received his bachelor's degree in economics from Wesleyan University and his MBA and PhD in finance from the University of Chicago. He specialized in assets pricing, evaluation of trading strategies and market efficiency and has published numerous articles on these topics.

Professor Zhiguo He
Professor Zhiguo He is the Fuji Bank and Heller Professor of Finance, Director of Becker Friedman Center China (BFI-China), and Faculty Co-Director of Fama-Miller Center at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He is also the Special-term Alibaba Foundation Professor at Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management, and the member of Academic Committee of Luohan Academy.

Professor He’s research focuses on financial markets and macroeconomics. He is also conducting active academic research on Chinese financial markets, including stock market, local government debt, shadow banking, interbank markets, together with recent regulatory changes. Besides research in Chinese financial market, Professor He is also an expert in the area of fintech, especially the blockchain technology and its potential business applications. 

Professor He received his bachelor and master degrees from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and holds a PhD degree from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2008. He has been named a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and has won numerous awards for his outstanding scholastic record.

Alvin Kwock
Alvin Kwock is the Founder & CEO of OneDegree. OneDegree's mission is to set new standards for insurance that put customers first. It runs both B2B and B2C business. It is one of the first virtual insurers in Hong Kong. It also partners with forward looking insurers and eCommerce biz around Asia Pacific. Alvin is a member of United Nations ESCAP's Banking and Finance Task Force, Hong Kong Insurance Authority's Future Task Force, and CUHK Business School's Advisory Committee in several programs in the Department of Finance.

Alvin was JPM’s Asia-Pacific Head of Emerging Technology and Taiwan Head of Research. Under Alvin’s leadership, JPM’s Asia Tech Hardware team has been consistently rated in the Institutional Investors Poll, Financial Times/ Starmine and Asiamoney. He advised a number of global technology powerhouse and venture capitals, and served as a guest lecturer at universities. He was the co-founder and Chief Business Officer at an Augmented Reality start-up.

Alvin holds a MA degree in Social Science and a BA degree in Economics, both from the University of Chicago.

Professor Tam Kar Yan
Professor Tam Kar Yan is the Dean of HKUST Business School. He is a founding member of the School and an accomplished information systems scholar.

Under his leadership, the HKUST Business School is moving ahead with several major academic plans including fintech. He is currently heading a team of cross-disciplinary scholars to work on a major fintech project funded by the Research Grants Council under the Hong Kong Government.

Professor Tam has also played an active role in promoting academia-business collaborations and startups. He is committed to public service and appointed to a number of education and policy groups, including the Curriculum Development Council (Chairman), the Research Grants Council, the Hong Kong Deposit Protection Board, and the Hong Kong Productivity Council. Professor Tam received his PhD from Purdue University, specializing in Big Data and Electronic Commerce. 

Benjamin Quinlan 
Benjamin Quinlan is the CEO and Managing Partner of Quinlan & Associates. He is also the Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong, an Adjunct Professor at the AIT School of Management, a Managing Director for EFADRIN, a Senior Advisor for Picowork and Emotics, a Mentor for PingAn’s Cloud Accelerator, and a Guest Contributor for eFinancialCareers and Regulation Asia. He was named as one of Lattice 80’s top 50 FinTech influencers in Hong Kong in 2018.

Benjamin has an extensive track record advising many of the world’s leading multinational companies, financial services organisations, SMEs and start-ups on a variety of high-profile strategic engagements. He is quoted extensively in the global financial press and is frequently interviewed by leading media outlets, including Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters, and Channel New Asia. He is also a regular keynote speaker at leading financial services industry conferences across the world.

Prior to founding Quinlan & Associates, Benjamin was the Head of Strategy for Deutsche Bank AG’s Equities business in Asia Pacific. He has also worked at Oliver Wyman, UBS, and PwC. Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a First-Class Honours degree in Economics (on scholarship) from Macquarie University, Sydney.

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Event Details

Date 14 September 2020 (Monday)
Time 20:30 (Hong Kong Time) / 07:30 (Chicago Time)
Venue Online via Zoom
Admission Open to public
Fee Free
Language English

Join our webinar on Zoom by clicking here; or input below details in Zoom.
Webinar ID: 972 3760 7742
Passcode: 720781

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Arrangement of event in case of Bad weather
All programs would be suspended once the Rainstorm Black Warning or Typhoon Signal No.8 (or above) is hoisted, or there is information that the Warning or Signal would be hoisted within 1 to 2 hours before the event starts. Notification on reschedule or refund arrangement would be announced in due course.