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Innovation & Technology Series: Who Says Innovation Is Only For Start-Ups?
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When: Thursday, May 11th, 2017
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: KPMG
23rd Floor, Hysan Place
500 Hennessy Road
Causeway Bay
Hong Kong
Contact: Karen Saenz

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KPMG Presents: The Innovation and Technology Series

Who Says Innovation Is Only For Start-Ups?

Date: Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

23rd Floor, Hysan Place
500 Hennessy Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Members: $200
Non-Members: $300

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About the Event
Many organisations are redefining themselves in order to remain, agile, sustainable, profitable and most importantly relevant. We now live in an environment of fierce competition, much of which no longer comes from “the usual suspects”. Instead, large and established organisations are getting disrupted by numerous small and newly created start-ups, appearing so quickly that these companies struggle to react and adapt. To survive these times of increasing exponential change and disruption, constant innovation is essential. But what kinds of things can large organisations do to ensure they develop the truly innovative cultures these times require? Can companies implement formal or informal rewards for collaboration, both inside and outside their organisations, to motivate people to work together, learn and grow? And how can leaders best encourage, support and accept when inevitable failure occurs?

Please join us for this engaging discussion with three of Hong Kong’s leaders in this area to learn how they continuously work to ensure their organisations remain on the cutting edge of innovation in their respective industries.
About the Speakers
AVP and Head of Innovation & Customer Experience,
Manulife (International) Limited

Ji-YeHwang is theAssistant Vice President and Head of Innovation and Customer Experience for Manulife Hong Kong. In this roleJi-Yeis responsible for implementing Manulife’s desired customer journeys through innovation and collaboration with different businesses. This includes leveraging innovation and forming partnerships aimed at fulfilling customers’ retirement, health, family and children’s needs.

Ji-Yejoined Manulife Asia’s Human Resources department in 2008. In 2011 she transferred to John Hancock, the US Division of Manulife, as the Assistant Vice President of Learning and Development in 2011 to oversee all management and leadership development.Ji-Yereturned to Hong Kong in 2013 as the Assistant Vice President of Strategy, Asia, and was part of the Asia Corporate Development group that helped to successfully acquire key bancassurance / bank distribution relationships.

Before joining Manulife,Ji-Yewas a senior consultant at a global consultancy.Ji-Yeholds a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the United States.

David Yeung
Founder,Green Monday

David Yeung is a noted environmental advocate and founder of GreenMonday, an innovative social venture that takes on climate change, food insecurity, health issues and animal welfare with a diverse platform that shifts individuals, communities, and corporations towards sustainable, healthy, and mindful living.

Under GreenMondayMr. Yeung launched Green Common – the world's first plant-based green living destination – to introduce a revolutionary food and lifestyle experience. The movement of GreenMondayhas now spread to 23 countries, with 1.6 million people practicing GreenMondayat its Hong Kong origin.

Awards and recognitions won by GreenMondayand Mr. Yeung include "50 Most Innovative Companies", "100 Most Creative People in China", "Asia 100 Pioneers", "Ten Outstanding Young Persons Hong Kong", "Best Idea of the Year". He is also the author of a number of best-selling books on Zen wisdom and mindfulness. Mr. Yeung is a graduate of Columbia University and a Director of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI), Hong Kong AIDS Foundation and Hong Kong Buddhist Association.

Michael Yung
Head of eProduct and Technology Planning,Asia Miles

Currently working as Head of eProduct and Technology Planning, taking charge of Asia Miles IT strategy and development of blueprint for three main streams of e-Commerce: Web & Mobile solutions, Online Travel experience and Core IT system & applications.

Michael possessed over 30 years of experience in Information Technology with focuses on complex application development, database technologies and IT strategy. He also spent the last 20 years in Internet technology, eCommerce development / operations, web usability, computer security and Public Key Infrastructure technologies.

In the past 30 years, Michael implemented many complex IT application systems. Before joining Asia Miles, he was Group CIO of Next Media, led 150 IT professional to take charge of Web, Mobile, IPTV, Video-on-demand and internal IT platform. He was also the CIO of HKICPA - the largest professional association in Hong Kong from 2009 to 2011; and prior to that, spent 8 years in conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited to design, implement and operate numerous e-Commerce, e-Government and e-Travel businesses (,, with businesses set-up in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. Those web portals are the top sites in Hong Kong in terms of web traffic, and business results.

As the General Manager – E-Business and General Manager – Technology & Operations of those web portals, Michael headed up several functional teams with dozens of business development, technology, project management, operations and customer services professionals.

Prior to joining the conglomerate, he was the General Manager – Internet Services Development of Tradelink Electronic Commerce Limited and developed the first PKI based Internet Trade Declaration system for the HKSAR Government in Hong Kong.

Michael also developed numerous systems for Caltex, SingTel, Cathay Pacific, A.S. Watsons and Hongkong International Terminal in his career. Throughout this various IT and business projects, Michael had chances to work with teams and lead many of them from Bejing,Singapore, India, Taiwan, Japan and US. As one of the Cloud Security Alliance Hong Kong and Macau Chapter founding members, Michael is now serving the chapter as Immediate Past Chairman. In addition, he is also the Immediate Past President of ISACA China Hong Kong Chapter.

Michael earned his bachelor's degree in computer science from University of Windsor and received an MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management.

About the Moderator:

Irene Chu
Partner,Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Hong Kong,KPMG

Irene is an audit Partner of KPMG China and heads up the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector for the Hong Kong region. She also leads the High Growth Technology and Innovation Group in Hong Kong focusing on emerging technology companies.Irene started her career with KPMG Toronto and has been working in Hong Kong for over 15 years.

Irene has many years of experience in serving multinational and Chinese companies in the technology sector including software, media, telecommunications, e-Commerce, electronic components, and consumer markets on audit and accounting advisory projects.

In her role as the leader of the High Growth Technology and Innovation Group, Irene actively works with innovative startups and entrepreneurs across different sectors including Fintech, robotics, IoT, ecommerce, health tech, and green tech and support different stages of their development and growth strategies.

Irene and her team collaborate with Hong Kong government agencies, startups incubators, investors, universities and corporate entities to help promote and support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hong Kong. Some of these efforts include providing subject matter expert mentoring support to startup founders on a number of accelerator and incubation programs.

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