EmTech Steering Committee



Roland Chin

President and Vice-Chancellor, Hong Kong Baptist University


Professor Roland Chin is President and Chair Professor of Computer Science of Hong Kong Baptist University. He was Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong (2010-2015); Deputy President and Provost (2006-2010), Vice-President for Research and Development (2003-2006), and Chair Professor of Computer Science (1992-2010) at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He also worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for two years before joining the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1981-1995) as a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering.


In Hong Kong’s higher education scene, Professor Chin was a member of the University Grants Committee (2004-2012), the Chairman of the Research Grants Committee (2005-2012). He currently serves on the Board of Director of Applied Science and Technology Research Institute and Trustee of The Croucher Foundation.




Michael Sung

Chairman, 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. Dr. Sung is an active investor as a partner/advisor in a number of venture capital and accelerator funds, through which he is an advisor to numerous startups. He is the managing director for CarbonBlue Innovations, a tech transfer platform and investment fund that is focused on connect internationally-sourced innovation to China, particularly in the areas of artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, Industry 4.0, and semiconductor technologies.


Dr. Sung has a strong expertise in intellectual property strategy, technology transfer, and high-tech commercialization. He is faculty at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he teaches and drives various initiatives related to high-tech entrepreneurship and innovation. He served as the former Director for the Center for Industry Engagement and Associate Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at HKUST, and now leads the entrepreneurship initiatives for the MBA program as well as acts as an academic director and instructor for the Executive Education/EMBA programs for the School of Business and Management. Dr. Sung serves in various advisory roles for the HK, Taiwan, and Shenzhen governments on international tech transfer policy and building innovation ecosystems. He is currently the chair of the steering committee for MIT Tech Review's Emtech HK Conference.


A regular invited speaker at various innovation conferences and technology forums, 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. Prof. 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.




Andy Hor

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.



Tony Verb

Tony Verb

Founder, GreaterBay Ventures & Advisors


Tony is a serial entrepreneur, urban innovator, venture capitalist and film producer, based in Hong Kong.


He’s the founder of GreaterBay Ventures & Advisors, an integrated investment and consulting firm, specialised on modern urban development and smart cities. With a focus on the Greater Bay Area around the Pearl River Delta, he intends to play an active role in building the biggest megacity in the world and facilitating the adaptation of best practices globally.


Tony launched several initiatives and contributes to different verticals and communities locally and globally, with experience in corporate innovation, accelerator programmes and ecosystem building as partner of Nest.vc and co-founder of Mettā. He is an acclaimed public engagement expert for cities and large scale events.


In his spare time, Tony contributes to philanthropic projects and he is a proud member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers community.



Joanna Wei

Joanna Wei

Founder, Beijing Makerspace


Joanna was the first Chinese student accepted at Singularity University, a Silicon Valley think tank and business incubator, focused on transforming the future through new technology. People have called her a "bridge" between China and the United States. As a venture capitalist, Joanna has introduced American companies to the Chinese market. As an entrepreneur, she founded Beijing Makerspace. As an educational innovator, she operates Creatica Lab, focused on cultivating a young generation of innovators.