Securities and Futures Commission
Ms. Leung is a member of the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). She is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Director with responsibility for the Intermediaries Division, which comprises the Intermediaries Supervision and Licensing departments. That Division is primarily responsible for administering licensing requirements and conducting ongoing supervision of licensed corporations with a focus on their business conduct and financial soundness.
Prior to joining the SFC, Ms. Leung was the Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury from August 2008 to December 2013 and worked with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) for 14 years.
Ms. Leung graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and earned a master's degree from Columbia University in the City of New York. She authored a book on how Asia surmounted various financial crises.
Ms. Leung chairs the Academic and Accreditation Advisory Committee and the Fintech Advisory Group. She also sits on the Investment Committee, the SFC (HKEC Listing) Committee, the Budget Committee and the Executive Committee.
Speakers(Speakers are listed in alphabetical order of their last name)
Willis Towers Watson
Jayne Bok is the Head of Investments, Asia, based in Hong Kong. She is responsible for leading Willis Towers Watson (WTW)’s Investments business strategy, client delivery and business development across Asia.
Jayne leads a diverse regional team to help clients meet their goals and achieve better outcomes through a flexible range of delivery models – from providing proprietary tools, offering advisory services, through to assisting clients with implementation via delegated solutions. She has over 20 years of industry and leadership experience.
Prior to her current role, she was Head of Sovereign Advisory, covering government funds, SWFs, central banks and other state-owned investment entities across Asia. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2013, Jayne spent nine years in Korea where she successfully built the local investment consultancy.
Jayne started her career at WTW in Korea as a consultant in the Talent & Rewards segment before she is transferred to the Hong Kong Investments’ practice in 2004. Before joining WTW, she worked with GE Capital’s business development team in Seoul.
Jayne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Yonsei University in Korea. She also holds Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations.
Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management Asia
Ernest Chan has more than 28 years of experience in finance advisory roles across all asset classes. He joined Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in December 2013 as regional Head of Investment Management Services of Private Wealth Management Asia, responsible for management of PWM Asia investment portfolio, mutual funds, alternatives investment and wealth planning platform. Main duties include leading the team of 17 develop product strategies, product roadmaps and specification of product requirements, working with client for prospecting, investment pitches and product performance review, managing and restructuring of discretionary portfolios to deliver the Global Investment Committee and Morgan Stanley Research perspective to Asia.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Chan worked at UBS AG Hong Kong where he led a team of investment consultants on investment solution for China and Taiwan region. He also spent more than ten years with JPMorgan Chase Bank as Head of Capital Advisory Asia. In that capacity, he was responsible for providing financing and liquidity solutions to the private wealth clients around the region. He began his career as a computer analyst and equity analyst with Bank of China Hong Kong and Asia Financials Securities respectively.
Head of Compliance, Asia Pacific - International Distribution, Natixis Investment Managers Hong Kong Limited
Florence joined Natixis Investment Managers ("NIM") in January 2015 and currently holds the position of Head of Compliance – Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong. She is responsible for providing compliance support and oversight to NIM offices in Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney and Melbourne.
Florence has 24 years of experience in the asset management compliance and audit fields. Prior to joining NIM, she held positions as Head of Compliance, Asia Pacific at Allianz Global Investors, Regional Head of Asset Management Compliance at Credit Suisse Asia Pacific, and also held various compliance roles at Franklin Templeton and Prudential Financial and audit roles at PwC.
She has served as HKIFA Executive Committee member since 2019, Co-Chairman of HKIFA Regulatory Sub-committee for the sessions of 2017/2018, 2019 to 2021 and Vice Chairman of the HKIFA Regulatory Sub-Committee from 2013 to 2017.
Florence is a panel member of the Resolvability Review Tribunal , appointed by the HK SAR Chief Executive from April 2018 to March 2022 and a panel member of the Barristers Disciplinary Tribunal, appointed by the Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal from May 2020 to May 2025. She is also a member of the Hong Kong Academy of Finance.
Florence holds an MBA from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, B. Econ from the University of Hong Kong, LLB from the University of London and is a CPA in HK and US.
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Mr. Chan was appointed the Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury on 16 August 2017.
Mr. Chan has many years of senior executive experience in the banking industry. He was a Managing Director in the Global Markets Division of Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank, and was a Managing Director in Financial Markets of Standard Chartered Bank.
Prior to joining the Government, Mr. Chan held multiple roles in a number of public and professional bodies, including Vice President of the Hong Kong Society of Financial Analysts, Director of Hong Kong Securities & Investment Institute, Advisor of the Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society, as well as a General Committee member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Chan was also a member of the Central & Western District Council.
Mr. Chan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Hon) and Psychology from the University of Michigan, USA. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Securities and Futures Commission
Clara Chiu is the Director of Licensing and the Head of Fintech unit of the SFC. She oversees the SFC Fintech Contact Point, formulates Fintech policies and drives regulatory reforms. She also supervises licensing process including applications of Fintech companies and traditional financial institutions.
Clara is a qualified solicitor in Hong Kong, and England and Wales. Prior to joining the SFC, Clara worked in international law firms practising commercial litigation and regulatory advisory work. Previously, Clara also worked in the Intermediaries Supervision Department of the SFC.
Clara is an ex officio member of the SFC Fintech Advisory Group. She is also a Board member of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute.
Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong
Head of Intermediary, Asia Pacific
Schroder Investment Management (Hong Kong) Limited
Amy Cho is the Chief Executive Officer of Schroders Hong Kong and the Head of Intermediary for Schroders in Asia Pacific. She is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of SIMHK. Joined Schroders in December 2018, she is responsible for the strategy and management of Schroders’ businesses in Hong Kong and the development of intermediary business across Asia Pacific.
Amy has a proven executive management track record and over 25 years of experience driving business growth in the fund management industry. Before joining Schroders, she was Managing Director and Regional Head of Business Development, APAC ex Japan, for Pictet Asset Management. Prior to that, Amy was Director of Sales & Marketing at First State Investments covering Hong Kong and the North Asian markets. Previously, she held senior positions at HSBC Asset Management and Citibank.
Amy also serves on various professional bodies of the fund management industry. She is a Board member and the Vice-chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (“HKIFA”). She also sits on the Steering Committee of the Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“ASIFMA”). In advocating gender equality in the financial sector, Amy is a founding sponsor of the Bloomberg Women’s Buy-side Network (BWBN), the first women’s buy-side network of its kind in Asia.
Amy holds a BSc (Eng.) degree from the Faculty of Industrial Engineering, University of Hong Kong.
Managing Director, AllianceBernstein Hong Kong Limited
Mr. Nelson Chow is Managing Director of AllianceBernstein Hong Kong Limited, where he is responsible for fund distribution in Hong Kong and China QDII.
Mr. Chow has extensive experience in the industry and led the team to win the Best Retail House Award 2016, 2018 & 2020 (Asia Asset Management), Greenwich Quality Leader 2019 (Greenwich Associates), Fund House of the Year Award 2013 (Asian Investor) and Metro Finance Hong Kong Leader Choice Award – Excellent Brand of Fund Management 2013, 2014 & 2015.
Before joining AllianceBernstein in 2004, Mr. Chow was the Director of a U.K. asset management firm responsible for fund distribution in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Mr. Chow earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance & Economics from The University of Western Ontario, Canada and an M.B.A. in Finance from California State University – East Bay, United States. Mr. Chow is the incumbent Chairman of the Hong Kong Investment Fund Association and has been an Executive Committee Member since 2015. He is also appointed as a member of the Products Advisory Committee of Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong.
Michael Dennis, Managing Director, is Head of Alternatives Strategy & Capital Markets in Asia-Pacific. Mr. Dennis is responsible for leading BlackRock Alternative Investors' (BAI) strategy and leading BlackRock Capital Markets (BCM) in the region. Mr. Dennis is a member of the BAI Executive Committee and a member of the APAC Executive Committee.
Mr. Dennis is responsible for BlackRock's alternatives business in the region including across Infrastructure, Credit, Real Estate, Hedge Funds and Private Equity. He is responsible for setting direction in the region and partnering with clients to drive a holistic view of alternatives.
BlackRock Capital Markets (BCM) operates across the entirety of the firm's investment platform to provide our investors the ability to access primary issuance markets, source across the capital structure and unlock greater alpha opportunities for the benefit of our clients. Covering the full spectrum of public and private markets, BCM offers a centralised function for sourcing and syndication, financing, co-investment and corporate solutions activities.
Having been part of the team launching Capital Markets in EMEA and Asia-Pacific, Mr. Dennis works to build deep relationships with leading clients, corporates, investments banks and financial sponsors in the APAC region. Mr. Dennis represents BlackRock as Co-Chair of the ASIFMA AAMG Equities Sub-Committee, a major industry body in the region. Previously, Mr. Dennis worked in BlackRock's London office as part of Capital Markets up until May 2013, when he moved to Hong Kong.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2012, Mr. Dennis was a long/short equity portfolio manager at Marshall Wace LLP in London. Mr. Dennis earned a BA degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Birmingham.
Jame DiBiasio is founder and editor of DigFin, a media brand and content agency dedicated to digital finance, fintech, and digital assets (www.digfingroup.com). An author, financial reporter, editor and media director, he has been based in Hong Kong since 1997.
His latest book is "Cowries to Crypto: The History of Money, Currency and Wealth".
Asian Private Banker
Sebastian is the editor-in-chief of Asian Private Banker, a Hong Kong-based news and data provider whose primary focus is private wealth management in the APAC region. He is responsible for the firm’s content strategy, production and delivery, and oversees the design and execution of Asian Private Banker’s awards programmes. Sebastian is also a regular speaker at industry events. His postgraduate degrees cover Chinese foreign policy, regional security, and strategic studies, and he has an Honours degree in music composition.
Rockson Hsu is currently the Chief Executive Officer of ZA Bank Limited.
Rockson has more than 29 years of banking experience in wholesale & investment banking and risk management with major foreign and local banks in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Prior to joining ZA Bank in May 2019, he was Chief Risk Officer of a listed bank in Hong Kong.
Rockson graduated from NYU Stern School of Business with a Bachelor degree in Finance and International Business.
Head and Chief Executive, UBS Hong Kong Branch
Co-Head Wealth Management Asia Pacific, UBS Global Wealth Management
Group Managing Director, UBS
Amy Lo is Co-Head of Wealth Management Asia Pacific, Head and Chief Executive of UBS Hong Kong, and a Group Managing Director at UBS. Amy has over 30 years of experience in the banking industry. Since joining UBS in 1995, she has held a number of senior management positions including Regional Head of Ultra High Net Worth in Asia. Today, the ultra-high net worth business is the leading wealth manager for ultra-high net worth individuals in the region.
Actively involved in the development of the private banking industry in Hong Kong, Amy chairs the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Private Wealth Management Association (PWMA), and is a member of the Policy Research Committee of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council (FSDC). She is also a member of the Banking Industry Training Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Education Bureau, and a member of the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee Financial Infrastructure Sub-Committee of Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
Chief Executive Officer, HSBC Life (International) Limited
Edward Moncreiffe is the Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Insurance (Asia) Limited and HSBC Life (International) Limited, overseeing HSBC’s insurance businesses in Hong Kong and Macao.
Since joining HSBC Group in 2005, Ed has served in a variety of senior executive positions across Broking, Underwriting, Reinsurance, Life and Non-life insurance business lines as well as working in Group Strategy. Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2016, Ed was Head of Life and Pensions for HSBC Brazil.
Beyond HSBC, Ed is the Deputy Chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers, and the Chairman of the Life Insurance Council. He is also a member of the Economic Policy Committee and Financial & Treasury Services Committee of The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. He is a Governor of the Matilda International Hospital and the Chairman of the City Mental Health Alliance HK. He holds a BA (Hons) from University of Durham, UK and a MBA from University of Chicago Booth School. Ed is also a Chartered Insurer of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
Head of Funds Business, Hong Kong & China, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Elisa Ng, managing director, is Head of Funds Business, China & Hong Kong for J.P. Morgan Asset Management. She is responsible for the strategic development and management of channel business in the two markets.
Overseeing the business distribution channels in both China and Hong Kong, Elisa plays a key role in formulating business strategy and expanding our market share across both markets. Currently, she is a member of the firm’s Asset Management Asia Operating Committee. In terms of serving the industry, Elisa has been a member on the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (HKIFA) since September 2017.
Before Elisa was appointed to her current role in 2017, she was Head of Hong Kong Intermediary Business, responsible for fund distribution through retail banks, private banks, insurance companies and IFAs. Under her leadership, the retail intermediary business expanded significantly and she succeeded in positioning J.P. Morgan Asset Management as a market leader in the retail space.
Prior to joining the firm in 2006 as Intermediary Client Adviser, Elisa worked at Royal Bank of Scotland for 3 years where she was Market Risk Manager, responsible for managing and controlling the firm’s risk exposure for various trading desks, including FX, rates and equities.
Elisa obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from Imperial College, University of London and a Bachelor of Engineering (Information Engineering) degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Blair Pickerell has had over 35 years of experience in the business world in Asia, particularly in the investment management industry. He is presently semi-retired and serving on a number of boards and advisory bodies.
Pickerell has been much involved in the development of the investment management industry in Asia. He has served as Chairman of Jardine Fleming Funds (now JP Morgan Funds); Chief Executive, Asia Pacific of HSBC Asset Management; Chief Executive Officer, Asia for Morgan Stanley Investment Management; and Chairman, Asia for Nikko Asset Management. As such, he has been responsible for overseeing investment businesses from Japan to India and China to New Zeeland. He was heavily involved in the launch of the first offshore mutual funds in Taiwan, the launch of the first open-ended mutual fund in China, the listing of the first bond fund and first China A-share fund listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, and numerous other innovations in the funds industry. He has also sat on the global management committees of several investment management firms.
Following graduation, Pickerell spent 18 years working for Jardine Matheson and Jardine Fleming. At Jardines he served as Executive Assistant to the Chairman, Development Director of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and CEO of Jardine Pacific (a diverse conglomerate with 73,000 staff in dozens of industries and US$2 billion in turnover)—as well as in various roles in Jardine Fleming.
He is presently serving as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Principal Financial Group (a Fortune 500 firm listed in the US and a major manager of pension plans globally); of Hong Kong-listed Link REIT (the largest real estate investment trust in Asia and a Hang Seng Index constituent firm); of First Pacific Company Limited (a HK-listed conglomerate with interests in food, telecommunications, power, infrastructure, mining, power, and other industries); and of Dah Sing Banking Group Limited (banking in Hong Kong, Macau, and the PRC; listed in Hong Kong). He is also a member of the Supervisory Committee of The Tracker Fund of Hong Kong (the largest ETF in Hong Kong); a Strategic Advisor to CreditEase Wealth Management (a large PRC wealth management firm); a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Co. in Greater China; and a member of the International Advisory Council of the Faculty of Business and Economics of The University of Hong Kong.
Pickerell received both his B.A. (with honors and with distinction) and his M.A. from Stanford University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a long-term resident of Hong Kong and speaks Mandarin Chinese.
Head of Financial Solutions Strategy, Principal Asset Management Company (Asia) Limited
Paul Sellers has 23 years of direct pension experience working across different regulatory regimes in America, Latin America and Asian countries. Paul is Head of Financial Solutions Strategy for Principal Asset Management (Asia) in Hong Kong. He is currently responsible for product strategy and development, portfolio construction and investment communication covering pension and mutual funds. He is focused on strengthening Principal’s asset management and product suite to match value propositions with varied customer needs.
Prior to joining the Hong Kong business in 2018, he was the Director of International Funds Management at Principal International. He drove product and investment development between U.S. and non-U.S. member companies across 10 countries with a focus toward pension and retail markets. He was able to help local businesses expand their investment platforms while developing outcome-oriented products for clients in different pension and investment regimes.
Prior to 2014, he was responsible for investment and product development in Principal’s American pension business unit. He developed pension investment solutions for clients while directing market intelligence and their competitive strategy.
Kenneth Shih is the Head of Sales and Marketing at AQUMON, an award-winning Fintech robo advisory firm based in Hong Kong. AQUMON’s mission is to leverage smart technology to make next-generation investment services accessible to the general public.
Prior to joining AQUMON, Kenneth was in the finance industry over 15 years. He was the Director of Wealth Management at UBS, driving the private bank’s distribution of investment content. Kenneth has hosted hundreds of conferences to communicate investment strategies and sales focus to 300+ relationship managers at UBS, as well as large-scale client events in Hong Kong and mainland China. Kenneth graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Economics.
Head of Institutional Business, Asia Pacific, Allianz Global Investors Asia Pacific Limited
Philip Tso is Head of Institutional Business Asia Pacific, with Allianz Global Investors, based in Hong Kong. He joined the firm in 2017 and is responsible for guiding AllianzGI’s strategy in Asia Pacific in delivering the firm’s best-in-class investment advice and diverse solutions to institutional investors.
Philip has over 20 years of experience in investment consulting with a well-established network with institutional clients in the region. Before joining AllianzGI, he worked at Willis Towers Watson as Director, Head of Investments in Hong Kong and acted as a lead consultant for key pension, reserve and endowment funds and advised them on a full range of investment-related services and growth of their investment team.
He was also responsible for driving the business with clients in the Asia Pacific region.
Philip has a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a Master of Science in Investment Management from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has been a member of the Hang Seng Index Advisory Committee since 2013. He is also an Executive Committee member of Hong Kong Investment Funds Association and the Vice Chairman of its Pensions Sub-committee.
Head of Compliance, Asia Pacific ex. Japan, Baring Asset Management (Asia) Limited
Sam Yu (over 20 years' industry experience) is the Head of Compliance, Asia Pacific ex-Japan of Baring Asset Management (Asia) Limited. Prior to joining Barings in 2015, Sam was the Head of Business AML/KYC Office, Asia, of JP Morgan Asset Management in Hong Kong.
Before joining JP Morgan in 2014, he was the Head of Legal & Compliance, Asia Pacific of GAM Hong Kong Limited for nine years and prior to GAM, he was the Head of Risk Management for the Royal Bank of Canada's wealth management business in Asia. He had also worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Lehman Brothers, Bankers Trust in Hong Kong and Deloitte & Touche in New York.
He is the Co-Chairman of Regulatory Subcommittee and a member of Executive Committee of Hong Kong Investment Funds Association (“HKIFA”) presently.
Sam is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States and holds a BSc in Business Administration from Boston University, Massachusetts. He is based in Hong Kong.