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PolyU to host a Webinar at “Hong Kong FinTech Week 2020” to explore ways to address the talent need of the FinTech industry and support the fast-paced development in the Greater Bay Area

27 Oct 2020

Events Institute for Entrepreneurship

Asia’s annual flagship fintech event, “Hong Kong FinTech Week”, will take place from 2 to 6 November 2020, featuring a variety of online events which aim to connect experts from around the world to discuss the future trends and challenges of the fintech industry. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) will organise a webinar on the first day of “Hong Kong FinTech Week”, inviting renowned speakers from the industry to share their insights into the outlook of fintech in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and explore ways to foster exchanges and collaboration among cities. The speakers will also discuss strategies to facilitate talent development and find solutions to cope with the rising demand for talent driven by the rapidly developing fintech industry, so as to position Hong Kong as a strong support force for the development of fintech in the Greater Bay Area.

Hong Kong is now home to more than 600 fintech companies, about 10% more than in 2019. More than half of these companies have indicated that they are operating in or plan to expand into other parts of the Greater Bay Area, or view Hong Kong as a base for global expansion. Alongside the steady growth of the local fintech community, several virtual banks have officially launched their services this year. The fast-growing fintech market in the Greater Bay Area has led to a huge demand for manpower. PolyU is committed to providing fintech education and training for people of various academic backgrounds and experience, with a full spectrum of fintech related programmes available, including: BSc (Hons) in Financial Technology and Artificial Intelligence, MSc in Information Technology, Master of Finance, Master of Science in Business Analytics, Doctor of FinTech, and the Certified Financial Technologist (CFT) Examination Preparation Programme. In addition, PolyU launched the “AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU Faculty of Business” in 2018 to promote university-industry collaboration, which aims to make significant contributions to the fintech industry. PolyU’s Department of Computing is also devoted to undertaking research on the technologies that are critical to the development of fintech, such as blockchain, cybersecurity, machine learning, and produce impactful outputs.

Professor Wilson TONG, Director of AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU Faculty of Business cum Programme Director of Doctor of FinTech, said, “As a regional fintech hub and a super connector, Hong Kong plays a vital role in training and developing a talent pool to support the long-term development of the fintech market in the Greater Bay Area. In view of this, PolyU offers a relatively comprehensive fintech-related programmes to keep our students abreast of latest fintech development. With its unique inter-disciplinary curriculum and close connections with the industry, the University aims to equip our students with essential knowledge and skillsets so that they can be well-prepared and well-equipped to ride on this upcoming mega trend of fintech innovation and digital transformation .”

PolyU will host a Webinar titled “FinTech Development and Opportunities in the Greater Bay Area” during the Hong Kong FinTech Week 2020. For registration, please go to


APPENDIX – “Fintech Development and Opportunities in the Greater Bay Area” Webinar
Date: 2 November 2020 (Monday)
Time: 2-5 pm
Language: English


Time Topic Speaker
2:00 pm Welcome Introduction Prof Wilson Tong
Director, AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU, Faculty of Business, PolyU
2:05 pm Opening Remarks Dr Miranda Lou
Executive Vice President, PolyU
Session One: Talent Development
2:10 pm Introduction of PolyU’s Fintech Programmes
Panel Discussion
Programme leaders of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
Session Two: Outlook for Financial Services
3:00 pm FinTech Development in China Dr Jichuan Yang
Former CEO, Hfax
3:20 pm ASTRI’s Fintech Research Programme and GBA Bearings Dr Martin Szeto
Chief Operation Officer, ASTRI
3:40 pm Shenzhen – a Partner or Competitor of Hong Kong in Fintech Industry? Chris Shi
Executive President, Asia Pacific (Ex-China), Tenwit Financial Technology
4:00 pm Development of Virtual Assets & Digital Currencies Mr Paul Pong
Chairman, The Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia (IFTA)
4:20 pm Fintech Development and Opportunities in GBA Moderator: Dr Dicky Shek
Professor of Practice (Management Information Systems), PolyU

Ms Michelle Li
CEO, AMTD Digital

Dr Henry Chan
Associate Professor & Associate Head, Department of Computing, PolyU

Dr Steven Wei
Deputy Director, AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU, Faculty of Business, PolyU

Mr Ken Lo
Deputy Chairman, BC Technology Group

Dr Derek Chung
Veteran banker, life member of DBA Alumni Association, PolyU
5:00 pm Closing Remarks Prof Wilson Tong
Director, AMTD FinTech Centre of PolyU, Faculty of Business, PolyU


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