Managing Director, CarbonBlue Innovations
Dr. Michael Sung is a high-tech innovator and entrepreneur, and has started a number of successful ventures in the advanced materials and semiconductor industries and sits on the advisory board for various startups. Dr. Sung is an active early-stage investor as an angel investor and as a partner/advisor in a number of VC accelerator funds. He is the managing director for Carbon Blue Technologies, an investment and tech transfer platform to connect internationally-sourced innovation to China, particularly in the areas of smart hardware, industry 4.0, semiconductor, green energy, and new material technologies.
Dr. Sung has a strong focus in intellectual property strategy, tech transfer, and high-tech commercialization. He is a board member of the HK Chapter of the International IP Commercialization Council whose mandate is to facilitate IP and tech transfer opportunities between China and international countries. Dr. Sung is very active in advising for the HK and Shenzhen governments on tech transfer and commercialization. He is currently responsible for helping to define the technology and implementation strategy for the smart cities, health/biotech, and robotics platforms being developed by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park. He is also spearheading the robotics and automation platform strategy for HK and is also leading a task force to develop HK into a strategic hub for IOT/smart hardware innovation. Dr. Sung is also an advisor to the MIT Innovation Node in HK.
Dr. Sung has adjunct/visiting scholar faculty positions at both the engineering and business schools at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he teaches and drives initiatives related to hi-tech entrepreneurship and innovation. A regular invited speaker at various technical conferences and industry events, Dr. Sung is the author of over 10 patents & 80 conference/journal papers. He has received various awards for technology entrepreneurship including Jiangsu Province’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Talent People Program and MIT Enterprise Forum’s Most Visionary Technology Award. One of his projects on large-scale graphene manufacturing was recently selected for Google’s Solve for X Prize, the first project ever selected from China/HK. Dr. Sung received his Ph.D. in EECS while working at the MIT Media Lab/Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and also has a graduate financial engineering degree from MIT Sloan Business School.
Chief Technology Officer, Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI)
Dr. Meikei Ieong is Chief Technology Officer of Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), responsible for the overall R&D strategy and execution. Prior to this, he held various leadership positions in leading technology companies, including Vice President of TSMC Europe B.V., R&D Director at TSMC, Taiwan, and senior manager at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY.
He holds a PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA degree from the MIT Sloan Fellows Program at MIT School of Management. He has published more than 100 papers in journals and conference proceedings and more than 80 patents. His publication has been cited more than 8,900 citations.
Dr. Ieong has received many awards over his career such as IBM Master Inventor Award, IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, and IBM Corporate Award. He is an IEEE Fellow in recognition of his leadership and contributions to Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (CMOS) Device Technology.
Chief Executive Officer, Ace Corporation Holdings Limited
Dr. Jack Yeung is the Chief Executive Officer of Ace Corporation Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of RPC Group which has 114 manufacturing sites in 29 countries and 24 design & engineering centres on design, engineering and manufacturing of rigid plastics products. Ace is one of the leading molds and rigid plastics manufacturers in China with 6 manufacturing sites and 3,300 employees, focusing on the packaging, medical, consumer electronics and automotive industries. Dr. Yeung has been in the mold and plastic industry for 15 years.
Dr. Yeung supports the development of Hong Kong industries and the society with enthusiasm. He is the Deputy Chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Industries (FHKI) that has over 3000 corporate members, with a majority of them in the manufacturing industries. He is also the Chairman of Hong Kong Mould & Die Council. He serves as a Council Member and the Chairman of Staffing Committee of Hong Kong Productivity Council, a government-funded organization aiming to promote productivity excellence through the provision of integrated support across the value chain of Hong Kong firms. Dr. Yeung also serves as a Committee Member in Manufacturing Committee of Occupational Safety and Health Council and a vetting committee of the HK government funded R&D project on fundamental industries.
Dr. Yeung obtained BSc in Environmental Engineering graduated from University of Windsor, Canada and Honorary Doctor of Business Administration from the Northern University in Alhambra, USA in 2013. He was awarded the 2010 Young Industrialist Awards from FHKI, the World’s Outstanding Chinese Award in 2013 and the FITMI New Generation Achievement Award in 2014. He has been a member of YPO Pearl River Delta since 2007.
Chairman of EXCEL Capital Strategy Limited
Ian has multi-dimensional experience, including but not limited to IPO, merger & acquisition of technology business, general management, innovation management and entrepreneurship. His contributions to the information communication technologies are (i) he was the co-inventor of SCSI, the industry standard for peripheral interconnect (ii) he was the Chief Engineer for the first Reduced Instruction Set Computer project at Digital Equipment Corporation (iii) he, as the group engineering manager for DEC, delivered the world first fibre optical data local area network (FDDI) and (iv) he, while at Hughes Network Systems as the Vice President of Local Area Network Engineering responsible for the worldwide product strategy and engineering.
Ian founded XNET Technology in Silicon Valley as Chairman, President & CEO. The equity investors were JP Morgan (San Francisco), Citibank New York, Citibank Singapore, Citibank Luxemburg, DBS Bank, Jardine Fleming (Hong Kong), Hong Leong Malaysia, and Malaysia Technology Development Corporation. He also setup up worldwide distribution channel: USA (California, Texas, New York, Florida, Michigan), Canada, England, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Brazil. XNET went listed as FIBR in NASDAQ by merging with Fiber Communications. He founded another company called China e-Law as Chief Executive Officer, which was joint-ventured with Tsinghua University in Beijing for web-publishing SME.
He was the Visiting Chief Architect for the Singapore National Science & Technology Board (NSTB, now called A*STAR). He was Chairman of the ACM Silicon Valley Chapter. He was a member of the Computing Futures Committee of IEEE Computer Society. He was a co-founder of the Asian Business League of Silicon Valley. Ian was listed in Who’s Who in Technology in 1986 and Who’s Who of Outstanding American in 1995. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society. Ian holds a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a MS in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University, a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Portland. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Hong Kong
Professor Hor assists the President/Vice-Chancellor in setting the direction and policy for research at the University, in developing the University’s research and postgraduate education profile and agenda, and in coordinating knowledge transfer.
Professor Hor graduated from Imperial College (London) (B.Sc.(Hon)) and Oxford University (D.Phil.), with D.Sc.(London), specializing in organometallic chemistry, materials and catalysis. After his postdoctoral stint in Yale University, he started his academic career in the National University of Singapore (NUS).
In NUS, he took up different management positions. He was among the earlier recipients of the National Young Scientist & Engineer award, Outstanding Educator Award and numerous teaching and research awards of NUS as well as the ASEAN (Science) Achievement award.
In 2010, He took up full-time secondment as the Executive Director of the Institute of Materials Research & Engineering (IMRE) of A*STAR of Singapore. In A*STAR, he undertook various responsibilities. His other professional services include Board Member of the Singapore Science Centre, Chair of the national Advisory Committee of Hazardous Substances & Toxic Waste, Chair of the national working group in nanotechnology, President of Jury of the Singapore L’Oréal Women in Science Award, Member of the National Science Award panel, etc. He was active in various evaluation and advisory committees of the National Research Foundation set up under the Prime Minister’s Office. He is a member of the Entrepreneurship Centre Advisory Group of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Co Ltd.
Professor Hor is the Fellow of the Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) (FRSC), President & Fellow of the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC), and Immediate-Past President of the Federation of the Asian Chemical Societies (FACS). He is on the international/advisory board of the Chemistry – an Asian Journal (VCH-Wiley), Dalton Transactions (RSC), Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers (RSC) and Inorganica Chimica Acta (Elsevier), and Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Chemistry (CSIRO) and Editor of the Journal of Molecular & Engineering Materials (WS). He also served the International Advisory Committee of the Strategic Basic Research Program of JST of Japan in 2015.