Innovation & Technology Committee

The Committee comprises Chamber IT senior members representing large corporates, e-businesses, telecommunications companies, a cross section of SME representatives and specialist support services groups such as legal and compliance, Human Resources and IT related consulting firms.

The Committee reviews development and Government policies that affect business in Hong Kong and the region and provide advice and information to the Chamber and input to Government as appropriate; reviews levels of ICT infrastructure, facilities, development and investment required for business growth in Hong Kong, in particular to maintain Hong Kong as a preferred world-class information technology/content and trading hub; assesses Hong Kong’s attractiveness and ability to grow key technology enabled businesses and services relationships in the region; and finally, educates the Chamber membership regarding the use of new and emerging business information, telecommunication and broadcasting technology products and services in Hong Kong.

Join the Committee


Les HalesChairCIO ConnectRead moreRead lessLes is the Managing Director of the Hong Kong office of CIO Connect, a London based firm that provides advisory and leadership development services to Chief Information Officers. He is also the current President of the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society. Les has over 30 years experience in IT leadership roles including IT research with Gartner in the Executive Program practice, Asia Pacific IT Director at DHL and Director of Customer Services at Unisys. Based in Hong Kong since 1984, Les is a regular contributor to IT and executive leadership media.
Avril RaeVice ChairRead moreRead lessAvril Rae, Director Head of Fintech for KPMG. A future thinker with over 20 years IT experience from Network Engineering, Service Management, Solution Sales and Strategy within the Financial Services Ecosystem. She enjoys sharing insights on emerging technology, innovation and digital transformation and actively engages in regional industry groups, including; FIX Trading Community, British Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chair: Innovation and Technology Committee and Fintech Association Hong Kong: Co-Chair for the Big Data Committee. She is an advocate for women in technology and acts as an ambassador to Moxie Future, a female community to empower and educate females on sustainable investing and is also the country ambassador for female start-up and entrepreneur community, She Loves Tech.
Andre BlumbergMemberCLPRead moreRead lessAndre Blumberg is responsible for IT strategy and direction of CLP Group including technology standards, policies and IT commercial agreements. He also provides vision and leadership across CLP in the development and implementation of viable and sustainable technology and business solutions. Mr. Blumberg leads and strategically manages the IT functions for CLP Power Hong Kong and ensures optimisation of the IT investments, IT governance and integrity, regulatory and internal control compliance and development and delivery of IT infrastructure as well as operations and services. Mr. Blumberg joined CLP in 2001 and has held various senior positions within Group IT.
Emily WeirChamber RepresentativeThe British Chamber of Commerce in Hong KongRead moreRead lessEmily is responsible for the overall marketing strategy and external communications of the British Chamber. This requires communicating effectively through the Chamber’s digital platforms, and various publications that the Chamber compiles which include 'Britain in Hong Kong', the Chamber's bi-monthly magazine and the annual ‘British Business’ membership directory. She also looks after the Luxury & Retail, Innovation & Technology and Marcomms committees. Emily has over seven year’s international experience in marketing and communications for globally recognized brands and agencies.
Cindy NgMemberHACTLRead moreRead lessCindy Ng was appointed Executive Director of Hactl in January 2014. Prior to the appointment, she served as General Manager of Information Services in Hactl. Cindy has over 20 years solid IT experience in the air cargo industry. Working in Hactl, Cindy has participated in a range of key projects such as terminal automations of Kai Tak and SuperTerminal 1, and the development of the award-winning COSAC-Plus cargo management system. As the head of IT, Cindy is responsible for the strategic planning and delivery of the IT services in Hactl. Cindy obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from University of Toronto, Canada and her MBA Degree from Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.
Iain ReedMemberEFARead moreRead lessOriginally from the UK, Iain has lived in in several regions of the Asia Pacific since 1989 including Thailand, Indonesia, India, Singapore and now Hong Kong. After graduating from Cambridge University he immediately set up his first Company, trading consumer goods between Indonesia and the UK. He then spent 10 years as an investment analyst for Barclays De Zoete & Wedd, Société Générale, and CLSA before leaving to found EFA in 2003, of which he is now Chairman. Iain’s role as Chairman includes acting as a brand ambassador, overseeing the financial and legal functions as well as the Consulting Services division, and business development for the group. He is currently working to diversify the group’s product range, focusing on EFAdrin. He is a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, sitting on the Financial Markets, IT and SME committees and the Vice Chairman of the Angel Committee, a programme which connects entrepreneurs with angel investors in Hong Kong. He is also the founding President of TiE Hong Kong, the local chapter of TiE, which is a global non-profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship through mentoring, education and networking. Iain is an active member of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hong Kong and the Asian region and is an angel investor.
Kevin MooreMemberAgile8 Consulting LimitedRead moreRead lessKevin Moore is Chief Executive of Agile8 Consulting Limited, the developers and owners of COOLNOMIX® and related innovative energy-saving and IT technologies. Prior to founding Agile8 in 2005 Kevin was a Managing Consultant with PA Consulting Group, where he specialised in delivering large IT and business process transformation programmes in Europe, the USA and across Asia Pacific. He is a Chartered Electrical Engineer. Kevin’s earlier experience was in the oil industry with a major multinational where he spent 17 years in a number of senior management positions in oil, exploration, chemicals, engineering and IT business areas. Kevin is Secretary and a founding member of the British Chamber of Commerce IT Committee in Hong Kong.
Mark LuntMemberRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Yen TanMemberBritish Consulate-GeneralRead moreRead lessYen Tan is Regional Director, Trade & Investment (Hong Kong, Macau and South China, Invest Northern Ireland) at the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong. She is responsible for developing market strategy and partnerships to secure trade and investment in the region. Her focus is to connect businesses and investors between Northern Ireland and Asia Pacific and help venture capital grow their portfolio companies and start-ups to become scale ups. Prior to joining the public sector, Yen was Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division in Sydney, Australia. She provided bespoke research and market driven ideas to deal teams, with a focus on financial institutions, technology, natural resources and consumer healthcare. Her work contributed to some of the largest cross-border mandates.
Natalie SwallowMemberMorgan StanleyRead moreRead lessNatalie Swallow is in-house counsel at Morgan Stanley where she leads the Asia Technology & Data Legal team. Natalie trained and qualified as a lawyer in London before moving to Hong Kong in 2009. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley she practiced Technology, Media and Telecoms law both in private practice and in-house at PwC and British Telecom. Natalie also currently co-chairs the Hong Kong chapter of Morgan Stanley’s gender equity employee network, the Women’s Business Alliance.
Neville MetcalfeMemberMayer BrownRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Peter BullockMemberKing & Wood MallesonsRead moreRead lessPeter Bullock is a partner in the Hong Kong office of King & Wood Mallesons. Peter acts for major information technology and telecommunications brands and for investors in and users of TMT systems and services. He advises on regulatory areas such as cyber risks, data law, FinTech and the digital economy, as well as employment and competition law matters. He also has extensive experience in conducting litigation, arbitration, mediation and investigations. He is also an HKIAC Accredited Mediator.
Phil AldridgeMemberFunctionEight LtdRead moreRead lessPhil Aldridge is COO of FunctionEight Ltd. Headquartered in Hong Kong and with regional offices in Singapore and New Zealand, FunctionEight provides IT Managed Services and private cloud computing solutions to SME's and Regional Offices of MNC's across the APAC region. As COO Phil heads up the product, marketing and sales functions, as well as providing technical oversight. Phil has been in Hong Kong since 1991 and having worked in various firms in positions of Regional IT manager or similar he joined FunctionEight in 2006.
Philip McManusMemberHuman ManagedRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Joyce ChanMemberClyde & CoRead moreRead lessJoyce advises financial services institutions and intermediaries on a broad range of corporate, regulatory and compliance matters which includes mergers & acquisitions, joint venture, reorganisation work, assets sale and purchase, establishment of distribution infrastructure structure and digital platforms, green field licensing, authorisation of financial products and establishment of compliance programs. Joyce also advises non-bank Fintech service providers, such as e-payment service providers, aggregators, money service operators on market entries, licensing of regulated activities and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Clyde & Co, Joyce has spent over 20 years in the area of insurance, both in private practice and as in-house counsel, leading the legal teams at two multinational insurers in Hong Kong. In its category covering "Insurance: Non Contentious – China (International Firms)," Chambers Asia Pacific 2019 recognises Joyce as a leading lawyer and states: "According to one source, Joyce Chan, 'is very attuned to the Hong Kong environment; she knows the players, the regulators and what the issues are.' She also receives praise for her 'good-quality, succinct advice.
Mei Mei NgMemberOxford University Press (China) LtdRead moreRead lessMei Mei Ng is the Managing Director of the Oxford University Press (the Press), Hong Kong branch. The Press, a department of University of Oxford, is the largest university press in the world that publishes in all academic fields from multiple offices around the world. Mei Mei has over 20 years of experience in technology and education industry that spans across Hong Kong and Asia Pacific region. Before joining the Press in 2015, she has held senior positions in a number of renowned organizations, ranging from leading technology firm to government owned organization. She is currently the Executive Committee of e-Learning Consortium and Member of Internet Support Programme Advisory Committee of The Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong.
Alexandra GriersonMemberGammon ConstructionRead moreRead lessAlexandra is the Innovation Catalyst for Gammon Construction Ltd, helping to foster an innovative culture across the company. Working closely with Gammon’s Digital teams, she facilitates the Innovation Programme with initiatives such as innovation training and managing collaboration platforms. Before relocating to Hong Kong in 2018, Alexandra worked as a project manager and senior consultant for an engineering consultancy, focusing on smart transport solutions and business development. She holds a Masters in Geography from the University of Cambridge and sits on both the Innovation & Technology and Future Leaders Committees for the British Chamber of Commerce HK.
Sarah JohnsonMemberPwCRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Liza AllenMemberAccentureRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Paul ShafferyMemberUnited OutcomesRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Ricky TsuiMemberArupRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Jing LeiMemberPALO ITRead moreRead lessMy passion lies in connecting people, cultures and opportunities. Over the past few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to conduct 100+ business development and event projects across France, Hong Kong and Mainland China. As a global citizen, my goals at PALO IT are to help both individuals and organisations evolve and embrace new technologies, and use business as a force for the greater good.
Tommy FungMemberStandard CharteredRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Paolo SbuttoniMemberBaker McKenzieRead moreRead lessPaolo Sbuttoni is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Baker McKenzie and a member of the firm's IT & Communications Practice Group. He focuses on technology agreements and transactions, e-commerce, telecommunications regulatory matters, and data privacy. Mr. Sbuttoni has presented on a number of topics relevant to his field including cloud computing contracts, data privacy, and social media.
Dheeraj KaulMemberBTRead moreRead lessDheeraj Kaul is currently heading the AMEA ( Asia, Middle East & Africa) region in BT for their Unified communications Solutions. Dheeraj Kaul has been with BT for more than 2 years and prior to that was working with TATA Communications where he was leading their UC practise for APAC. Prior to coming to Hong Kong, Dheeraj Kaul was based in India and hasworked with organisations like TATA, Ericsson & Siemens.
Lucy MearsMemberBritish Consulate-GeneralRead moreRead lessBio Pending
Karen KoMemberICAEWRead moreRead lessKaren leads IBM Strategy, Process Transformation and Applications consulting practice in Hong Kong. Her role focuses on transforming businesses with the use of AI, automation, Internet of Things, data analytics and blockchain to create intelligent workflows. Proven track record in building and driving a large scale team to deliver global transformation projects, for drivers including operating model reorganization, cost optimization, M&A integration/ separation and automation. Advisor and implementation partner of CFO, COO, CRO, CHRO, CEO and head of businesses throughout the lifecycle of strategy refresh, business case development, operating model design, program/ project planning all the way to execution of changes in organization, governance, data, systems, processes and controls. Karen joined IBM from EY where she was the Partner leading Strategy & Operations Advisory. She has years of professional advisory experience in New York, London and APAC leading transformations.
Gary TokMemberTricorRead moreRead lessGary Tok is the Group Chief Commercial Officer for Tricor, the leading business expansion specialist in Asia. In this role, he leads sales and business development activities for Tricor’s business, corporate, investor, human resources & payroll, and corporate trust & debt services across 21 markets worldwide. Gary has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and account management. Prior to joining Tricor, Gary led and nurtured high performing sales and account management teams at Mercer and Aon, two of the world’s leading firms in talent, health, retirement and investments consulting services. Gary has also worked extensively in human resource consulting across Asia focused on employee benefit, health and wellness and medical insurance programs.
Richard DarracottMemberAccentureRead moreRead lessBio Pending

 

James O'CallaghanMemberKPMGRead moreRead lessBio Pending

 

Dr. Ricky TsuiMemberArupRead moreRead lessBio Pending

 

Kevin BriseboisMemberBrincRead moreRead lessKevin is the Director of Innovation and Partnerships at Brinc. He moved to China in 2009 with Jabil one of the world’s largest technologically advanced and trusted manufacturing partners. Kevin has spent the past 10 years in China, Silicon Valley and Hong Kong driving integrated corporate innovation solutions with fortune 100 companies from concept through implementation. Kevin joined Brinc in 2018 and leads strategic engagements with forward thinking organizations aspiring to engage with Brinc’s global startup ecosystem to drive corporate innovation and investment objectives. Brinc ecosystem partners include private and public corporations, investors, universities and Government organizations. Kevin currently sits on the Innovation and Technology Committee for BritCham and AmCham and a strong advocate for innovation and entrepreneurship in Hong Kong. He is also an active mentor for HKU Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub iDendron.