The CEFAR Academy will organize various public events including competitions, seminars and conferences from time to time to promote FinTech applied research with support from industry and academic partners.

FINTECH SEMINAR SERIES

The CUHK FinTech Seminar Series is co-organized by the CEFAR Academy and the Asia-Pacific Institute of Business (APIB). Industry practitioners are invited to campus to share their areas of expertise.  We see the advantage of bringing together the academia and industry experts, providing a platform to carry out fruitful and productive discussions, encourage the exchange of ideas and promote future collaboration opportunities.  CUHK students may also widen their exposure and receive some enlightenment in their career development.

DATE
DETAILS

2 Nov 2021 

(Tuesday)

2021 CUHK Conference on Financial Technology - Towards a Digitalized Society - Digital Assets & Platforms

Date: 2 November 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:30 p.m.  – 6:30 p.m. 
Venue: N101, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Format: Hybrid mode (Physical and Webinar)
Register: https://cloud.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/webform/view.php?id=13639004


TOWARDS A DIGITALIZED SOCIETY – DIGITAL ASSETS & PLATFORMS
This conference is in the 5th Fintech Education Series, which aims to promote financial technology education in town. This event is part of the core agenda of the HK FinTech Week 2021, Asia’s most anticipated international financial technology event, looking to bring together more than 1.2 million viewers and 17,000+ attendees, who are executives, entrepreneurs, investors, regulators and academics from 100+ economies. We would like to take advantage of this opportunity to bring together the academia and industry participants, providing a platform to carry out fruitful and productive discussions, encourage the exchange of ideas and promote future collaboration opportunities. We also look to leverage on the 5 focus areas of the HKMA Fintech 2025 strategy to drive the fintech development of Hong Kong.

Details of the conference are avaiable on the event website: 

https://conference.cefar.cuhk.edu.hk/


PAST EVENTS


Topic: Early glimpse of CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) – Are Asian countries ready for it?

Language: English
Date: 12 October 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:30 p.m.  – 6:00 p.m. (Virtual waiting room will start at 4:15p.m.)
Venue: Live virtual class (Zoom)  or Face-to-face at CUHK Town Centre in Central
Register: 
https://cloud.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/webform/view.php?id=13639544

The Panel Discussion

Central banks in many Asian countries are working on the possibility of introducing Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). The public’s preferences concerning the usage of CBDC for paying and saving are important determinants of the success of CBDC. The potential adoption of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is a topic of increasing interest. What are some hurdles and challenges of implementing a CBDC?  What are the implications of CBDCs to traditional banks and virtual banks? How do CBDCs work with global payments network?

In this seminar, we have invited leaders from the regulator, traditional bank, virtual bank and technology developer to explore these topics with the participants.

Panelists (in surname’s alphabetical order)

Mr. Nike Kong, Chief Information Officer, Hang Seng Bank
Mr. Brian Lam, Senior Manager, FinTech Facilitation Office, Hong Kong Monetary Authority
Mr. Gary Lam, Chief Technology Officer, Livi Bank
Mr. Peter Lee, Chief Technology Officer, IBM Hong Kong

Moderator
Prof. Seen Meng Chew
, Associate Dean for External Engagement, CUHK Business School



Topic: Transparency in Artificial Intelligence
Speaker:

  • John Richards, Distinguished Research Staff Member, Research, IBM US

Language: English
Date: 8 Jun 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:30 p.m.  – 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Live virtual class (Zoom)
Seminar Synopsis:
https://bit.ly/2TNxbN5
Video extract: https://youtu.be/rUjx1w1V2pc

Abstract

As AI models and services are used in a growing number of high-stakes areas, a consensus is forming around the need for a clearer record of how they are created to increase trust.  Several proposals for higher quality and more consistent AI documentation have emerged, addressing technical details along with ethical concerns and potential social impacts.  This talk will provide an overview of FactSheets, IBM's approach to AI documentation.  FactSheets will typically contain model purpose, performance, safety, security, and fairness information collected at various points in the AI lifecycle.  We will review some of these common elements and discuss a methodology for creating useful FactSheets.

BIOGRAPHY

John Richards, Distinguished Research Staff Member, Research, IBM US


John Richards is a Distinguished Research Staff Member in the IBM Research AI department.  He is a Fellow of both ACM and the British Computer Society and has received numerous awards including the Lifetime Practice Award from ACM SIGCHI.  His recent research in human-centered AI has focused on the quality of chatbots and techniques for documenting AI models and services.



Topic: Role of API and Data in FinTech Ecosystem
Speakers:

  • Mr. Stephen Leung, Head of IT Wealth and Personal Banking, Hang Seng Bank    
  • Mr. Michael Au, Assistant Director, Corporate Engagement, Strategic Partnerships, The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Language: Cantonese with English materials
Date: 30 Mar 2021 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:30 p.m.  – 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Live virtual class (Zoom)

Seminar Synopsis: https://bit.ly/3AEmjBL
Video extract: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9Pa0wvJ6WI 

Abstract

After the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced the launch of Open API on its official website in 2018, data and information can be retrieved in a more convenient and efficient way for research purpose or for developing new applications. The Open API framework enables collaboration between banks and its service providers, and ultimately bring higher operation efficiency and better customer experience to banking, financial services, and Insurance (BFSI) Industries. In this seminar, Mr. Stephen Leung, Head of IT Wealth and Personal Banking, Hang Seng Bank (HASE) and Mr. Michael Au, Assistant Director, Corporate Engagement, Strategic Partnerships, The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) will share with us their roles of API and data in FinTech Development and HASE’s data collaboration with HKSTP. The fireside chat will also include, how the industry leverage Open Innovation, how to prepare the mindset and skillset for open innovation and HASE as showcase of Open Innovation, and share its vision.

BIOGRAPHY

Mr. Stephen Leung, Head of IT Wealth and Personal Banking, Hang Seng Bank

Stephen is the Wealth and Personal Banking Head of IT of Hang Seng Bank, one of the leading bank in Hong Kong. Stephen oversees the IT services under Wealth and Personal Banking business, while spearheading the fintech innovation to improve the delivery and use of financial services, also to cultivate the bank innovation culture.

Stephen’s path has taken him from a career as an application engineer to life as a IT head and an innovator. His previous works have brought him to gain experience from various organizations, ranging from local bank, Government, European bank, US bank and Chinese bank. Over his 20+ years’ experience in Banking sector since, Stephen has played different roles including Application delivery, IT service management, IT management and Innovation. He believes that entrepreneurial culture can transform big organization and drive business growth via continuous innovation.


Mr. Michael Au, Assistant Director, Corporate Engagement, Strategic Partnerships, The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Michael is the Assistant Director, Corporate Engagement, Strategic Partnerships, The Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP). He oversees corporate partnership by leading Global Acceleration Academy (GAA). GAA provides the framework and resources to serve global leading corporations on their innovation journey. GAA hosts both on-demand solution matching and joint accelerator initiatives around various industry verticals and technology to accomplish Corporate Innovation impact so to sharpen their competitive edges.

Michael is a full-stack startup practitioner with 10+ years hands-on experience, focusing on business development, product design and project management. He believes co-creation and commercialisation of technologies through an empowered global partnership network is the key to accelerate innovation.