SHARP Forum is a thought-provoking platform where thriving business executives, prominent government officials, prestigious scholars, inspiring entrepreneurs, influential celebrities, and renowned experts are invited to:

  • Spread inciting ideas, insightful perspectives, and inspirational experiences;
  • Stretch boundaries of novel concepts, evolving issues, and cutting-edge solutions.

Past Forums - Academic Year 2017-18

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Cashier-less Stores initiative 
The Arrival of New Era of Shopping?

To remain competitive, some E-commerce giants are progressively diversified into offline sales by opening up brick-and-mortar stores.  For example, with the advanced shopping technology, including sensor fusion, deep learning, smart shelving tools, etc., Amazon launched its first checkout-free grocery store, Amazon Go, in January 2018.  Will the battleground for online retail business shift to offline due to the novel shopping technology? What are the opportunities and challenges of operating and managing no-staff shops? Let’s explore more with the e-commerce giant tech leader and the Hong Kong retail pioneers.

Speakers:
 
Mr. Ricky Wong, Mr. Dean Samuels, Mr. Derek Ng, Mr. George Tee
 
Date & Time:
7 May 2018 (6:30-9:00pm)
Venue:
14/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU

 

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Igniting Smart Supply Chain
The Next Digital Disruption for Retailing and E-Commerce Marketplace

E-Commerce retailers on the battlefront must be able to meet the growing expectations of today's consumers who crave convenience and speed. To maintain market share and fuel business growth, they are pressured to deliver anything, anytime, from anywhere to avoid getting a “dislike” from their customers. Driven by the importance of integrating resources from different online and offline channels to achieve better services in a cost-effective way, more and more sellers have invested in smart supply chain with innovative use of AI and Big Data. Join us to learn more about how the advancement of digital technology might disrupt retail business models and what the future supply chain will look like.

Speakers:
 
Dr. Kwong-meng Teo, Dr. Kunag-Chih Lee, Mr. Hoarce Wang
 
Date & Time:
27 April 2018 (6:30-9:00pm)
Venue:
14/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU
 

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Kindness Matters (Series II) 
Social Innovation: Cross-sector Partnership for a Better World

How could enterprises, themselves being fostered by society, create sustainable social impact while maintaining the benefits of their stakeholders?  An inventive approach, known as Cross-sector Partnership (CSP), has been proposed and widely adopted in recent years.  Such a social-oriented partnership, which offers a new lens for exploring Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), leads to a co-working platform where individuals from partner organizations commit various resources and work cooperatively to address social issues.Two innovative social entrepreneurs are invited to explore the values and appeals of CSP by sharing their practices and experiences. 

Speakers:
 
Mr. David Yeung, Dr. KK Tse, Dr. Philip Fung
 
Date & Time:
19 April 2018 (6:30-9:00pm)
Venue:
14/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU
 

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Kindness Matters (Series I) 
Entrepreneurial Way to Combat Social Exclusion   

To make a living, we succeed by what we get. To make a life, we succeed by what we give. With venture philanthropy, social entrepreneurs take the latter mindset to heart, aiming to create a business which brings social value rather than personal wealth. How does such a business take innovative steps towards generating social impact while ensuring sufficient financial returns for reinvestment and sustainability? Three well-respected social entrepreneurs, dedicated to alleviating the plight of marginalized groups in society, are invited to share their views and experiences. You will be inspired by their passion and compassion!

Speakers:
 
Gigi Chao, Fion Leung, David Begbie, William Du
 
Date & Time:
26 February 2018 (6:30-9:00pm)
Venue:
14/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU
 

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Fly with Digital Transformation:  
The Next Stop for the Travel Industry

Travel industry is taking off for a new era. Real-time monitoring and Big Data processing technologies have compelled companies in the industry to embrace digital transformation and revisit their conventional marketing approach. To explore the industry’s opportunities and challenges in leveraging innovative adoption of digital technology for tapping travelers' trend and offering quality travel services, speakers from Hong Kong Tourism Board and relevant industry stakeholders are invited to share their views. Special attention will be given to the Mainland China and Hong Kong markets, where the travel industry has witnessed the phenomenal growth of Chinese travelers in recent years

Speakers:
 
Ms. Tina Chao
Mr. Edmund Tsang, Mr Edmund Wai, Mr. Kam Ming Mark
Date & Time:
27 January, 2018 (6:30-9:00pm)
Venue:
14/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU
 

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Latest Developments in Fintech and Insurtech
The Rocky Path to Financial Automatization

Rapid technological advancement has disrupted the financial industry in recent years. Blockchain technology is revolutionizing the payments system and trade finance, and new machine learning tools are generating more insights from data analysis. While technology could help to optimize workflows and increase efficiency in financial services, it could also create some risks.  With the advent of robo-advisors and the continued growth of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, certain labor-intensive tasks could become obsolete. How does the future path look like and how can we continue to be relevant? Our panel of distinguished speakers will discuss the latest trends in Fintech and Insurtech, as well as AI adoption in the banking sector. They will also provide insights on the new opportunities and risks under the current environment.

Speakers:
 
Dr. Florian Mattaeus Spiegl, Dr Martin Qiao, Mr. Alvin Kwock, Dr. Seen-Meng Chew
 
Date & Time:
26 January, 2018 (6:30-9:00pm)
Venue:
14/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU
 

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Mobile Healthcare: 
What Comes Next and Why You Must Care

Based on a recent survey, about 80% of physicians use smartphones for work reasons.  The connectivity, accessibility, mobility, and smartness inherent to mobile devices have bolstered a more closed integration between hospital and home.  How will this integration enhance the quality of medical services and facilitate the efficient distribution of medical resources?  By exploring the new wave in personal healthcare, this forum will discuss the benefits of mobile healthcare from patients’ perspective and the resulting potential changes to a patient’s lifestyle.

Speakers:
 
Mr. Hing Loi Hui, Mr. Dicky Wong, Dr. James Zhang, Mr. Albert Au, Dr. Patrick Lam 
 
Date & Time:
25 January, 2017 (6:30-9:00pm)
Venue:
14/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU
 

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Sustainable Entrepreneurship
Unleash the power of your startup

Starting a business is a complex minefield as founders would typically run into a host of hardship. Through discussing and discovering how startups can face up to their rivals in the ever-changing and highly competitive market, this forum aims to share some experiences and advices with those who are or will be facing the hardship in the entrepreneurial process.

Speakers:
 
Mr. Alvin Lam, 
Mr. Jeff Ng
Date & Time:
7 December, 2017 (6:30-9:00pm)
Venue:
14/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, CityU
 

Past Forums - Academic Year 2016-17

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The Digital Tsunami
Surviving & Thriving Through Digital Disruption

Gain insights into how the current and next waves of digital evolution bring new challenges and opportunities in business from the sharing and in-depth discussion among pioneering experts...

Speakers:
Mr. Sean Seah, Head of Digital Experience, HK, HSBC 
 
Mr. Win Mak, CEO, Mirum HK (Part of J.W.Thompson Co. & WPP Family)  
 
Mr. Alan Yip, Chairman & CEO, Guru Online (Holdings) Limited

 

                                                                                 

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Venture Capital vs Entrepreneur
Strategies to raise funding from investors
  • Would you like to own a business in the future?
  • Does Venture Capital show a better merit than Crowdfunding?
  • How to hit right on Potential Investor's mind?
  • In waht way to reposition your business?
Speakers:
Mr. Kelvin Chan, Director, Strategy Dev Dept, Fosun Hani Securities Limited
 
Mr. Paul Pong, Managing Director, Pegasus Fund Managers Limited
 
Ms. Juliette Gimenez, CEO & Founder, Goxip 

 

                                                                                 

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城大工商管理尖端論壇呈獻: 鳳凰衛視世紀大講堂
從全球供應鏈變革的視角看一帶一路和PPP
  • 中國「一帶一路」發展戰略所涉及基建項目,有估算顯示總投資可高達6兆美元。通過「公共及私營伙伴關係」(PPP),政府是否可能解決資金缺口?
  • 處於未來「投資中國」和「中國投資」的風口,私營企業如何把握融資機遇
主講人:
嚴厚民教授      管理科學講座教授
 
香港城市大學商學院院長

 

                                                                                 

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Navigating the Future of Supply Chain in Hong Kong
Reshaping Logistics Industry through Disruptive Innovations

What will the future of Hong Kong’s logistics marketplace look like when unprecedented technological breakthroughs continue to make evolutionary impact on customers’ last-mile delivery expectations and drive revolutionary transformation of new business models for collaborative efficiency? Take a closer look at how the answers to this open question provide opportunities for start-ups and scale-ups thru a discussion between a veteran government official and a legendary start-up founder of the sector.

Speakers:
Mr. Shing-yuk Chow, CEO & Founder, LalaMove
 
Mr. Benjamin Wong, Head of Transport & Industrial, InvestHK, HKSARG  
 
Mr. Henry Ko, Managing Director, Flexport Asia Ltd.

 

                                                                                 

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FinTech - Benefits, Challenges & Prospects in Hong Kong

Financial Technology (FinTech) is making its way into businesses in Hong Kong. The landscape of financial institutions is changing rapidly. Opportunities of FinTech are accompanied by multiple challenges and yet businesses can reap the benefits if they embrace changes. What will the future of Fintech be like and how will it affect you? 

Speakers:
Prof. Frank Tong, CEO, ASTRI
 
Mr. Alex Kong, CEO & Founder, TNG (Asia) Ltd.  
 
Prof. Ir. Daniel Cheng, Chairman, Federation of Hong Kong Industries 

 

                                                                         

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Mixed Reality Revolution - The Next Big Thing in Marketing
MR is booming and changing the way we see and remember things like never before.
  • Want to know more about Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR) applications for various business and event projects?
  • Want to promote products with something amazingly unique to WOW your customers?
  • Want to experience VR simulation devices?
Speakers:
Mr. Deng Hong Chun, Tech leader, 
TMALL Interactive Technology Alliance, Alibaba Group
 
Mr. Peter Yu, Founder & CEO, JetOne Motions Ltd. 
 
Mr. Ralph Wong, Director 

 

                                                                        

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Philosophy to Business Success
Making Strategic Decisions in Changing Environment

As the founder of Lan Kwai Fong and former chairman of Ocean Park, Dr Allan Zeman pioneers numerous businesses with strong performance in diverse professions.

What strategies did he implement across society, government institutions, small & large businesses in an ever-changing market?

How does he foresee the future of Hong Kong business environment and positioning? What is his advice for business executives and entrepreneurs to succeed in the next 10-20 years?

 
Speaker:
Dr. Allan Zeman, GBM, GBS, JP 
 
Chairman, Lan Kwai Fong Group

 

                                                                       

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ArtificiaI Intelligence: 
End of Humanity or The Beginning of A New Era?

AI is everywhere and its influence is growing exponentially. Dr. Chun will explore the journey of AI research & development, and examine modern AI in layman terms, including technologies such as deep-learning, speech recognition/generation, chatbots, robots, etc. He will share some of his award-winning AI examples created for Hong Kong corporations and look at what the future might hold for AI & humanity.

Mr. Fung will introduce a cloud-based AI system for maintenance – JACC developed by him. JACC visualizes, predicts, and optimizes maintenance operations by leveraging AI, Big Data, IoT, & Machine Learning technology that makes general technicians perform high-skilled maintenance work easily & efficiently. A use case on Bus Infotainment System will also be shared.

Speakers:
Dr. Andy Chun, Asso Prof, Dept of Computer Science, CityU
 
Mr. Spencer Fung, CEO & Founder, Optix Group 

 

                                                                      

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The Pursuit of New Business Ventures
Breaking through challenges in the start-up process

Empirical evidence indicates that out of four new startups, only one can survive for more than 3 years. Given the high failure rate, what keeps the entrepreneurs moving and overcoming challenges? Join us to learn the views from three entrepreneurs across different generations.

Speakers:
Mr. Thomas Tsang, Chairman & FounderPâtisserie Les Amis
Mr. Ken Law, CEO & Founder, MotherApp
Mr. Eddie Rong, CEO & Co-Founder, Heycoins
Dr. Francis Cheng, Director, Luxbetter Technology
 
 
 
 
                                                                      

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Powering Business Transformation with Big Data

Big data is no longer exclusive to large companies. Though its importance is trite, evidence shows that more than 75% of businesses fail to create values with it. This forum will discuss how companies could efficiently and effectively utilize big data to gain competitive advantages.

Speakers:
Mr. Toa Charm, Chief Public Mission Officer, Cyberport  Hong Kong
 
Mr. Jun Yeung, Founder, Viewider Limited, 
 
Mr. Henry Lee, Consultant, Titto & Jacobs Consulting

 

                                                                     

Past Forums

Mr Bernard Chan ( 陳智思 )
Mr Bernard Chan (陳智思)
Deputy
National People's Congress of China
Mr James Thompson, GBS
Mr James Thompson, GBS
Chairman and Founder
Crown Worldwide Group of Companies
Miss Poman Lo
Miss Poman Lo
Vice Chairman & Executive Director
Century City International Holdings Limited
Mr George Yuen
Mr George Yuen
Independent Non-executive Director
Industrial and Commerical Bank of Chian (Asia) Limited
Professor Myron S. Scholes
Professor Myron Scholes
Chairman
Board of Economic Advisors of Stamos Capital Management
Frank E. Buck Professor of Finance
Emeritus Stanford University Graduate School of Business