Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speech
Topic: “GVC Externality Effects: Navigating the Complexities of Global Value Chains”

Professor Peter W. Liesch

Professor of International Business
University of Queensland Business School

Peter Liesch is Professor of International Business at the UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia.  His research interests are in firm internationalisation and its processes, and international business operations in their entirety. He is currently a Consulting Editor with the Journal of International Business Studies, and he has been a Department Editor with this journal, and a Senior Editor with the Journal of World Business and the Australian Journal of Management.  His journal publications appear in the Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business and many other journals in the family of international business journals. He will be the President of the Academy of International Business in 2023-24.   He is a Professional Member of the Australian Economic Society, Queensland branch, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders, and a Fellow of the Academy of International Business and the Australia and New Zealand International Business Academy.

The organisation of international production has evolved into the global value chain form with a myriad of supplier firms in these chains located throughout the World and at distance from the orchestrating focal firm.  Complexities result in information impossibilities.  Activities in the chain produce externality effects, positive and negative.  Some of these negative effects result in the grand challenges we observe.  Who is best positioned to address and manage negative externalities arising within these chains?   What lessons are there for the scholarly field of international business in researching and theorising the global value chain phenomenon?

Keynote Speech
Topic: “Global Stakeholder Sentiments, Governance, and Sustainability in the Midst of Digital Economy”

Professor Daphne Yiu

Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship
Singapore Management University

Professor Daphne Yiu is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University. Prior to joining SMU, Prof. Yiu held the Rath Chair in Strategic Management at University of Oklahoma and Professor of Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prof. Yiu's scholarly pursuit focuses on examining how organizations make strategic choices in relation to the institutionalization and internationalization processes. Her current research examines the relationship between socio-cognitive and affective institutions and strategic and entrepreneurial outcomes in global and digital economy. Prof. Yiu's publications appeared in Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Organization Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Strategic Management Journal, among others. Professor Yiu was elected as the President of Asia Academy of Management, a Fellow of Asia Academy of Management, and Representatives-at-Large at the Global Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society. She is currently serving as Senior Editor at Journal of World Business, and was a former Associate Editor at Academy of Management Journal, Senior Editor at Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and Editor at Corporate Governance: An International Review. She is a recipient of AMJ Outstanding Reviewer Award, publications with top downloads, best conference paper awards, and teaching awards. She also has extensive administrative and organizing experiences by serving as department chairperson, associate director and chairman of research centers, and conference organizer. She has given keynote speeches and consulting advice to academic and professional associations, think tanks, and organizations. Last but not least, Prof. Yiu's academy family consists of members placed in top universities in China, Hong Kong, and Italy.

Corporations, especially multinational enterprises, are increasingly under public spheres of stakeholder sentiments that have been particularly enlivened and energized across geographical boundaries. Digital and social media provides public spheres for almost instantaneous social construction and interactions, resulting in firms' legitimacy increasingly being subject to the public thermostat and fervent global public activism nowadays. This speech will focus on three salient topics centered on social sentiments: (1) What are social sentiments and sentiment-based institutions? (2)  How are social sentiments related to digital spheres of discourses and firm legitimacy? (3) How can firms capitalize on the impacts of social sentiments in the formation of sustainable business models in the midst of the digital era? The speech will engage audience in a short journey to reflect the sentimental and emotional aspect brought by the digitalization, which has been exerting critical impacts on firms' legitimacy and sustainability.

Panelists and Moderator

Panel Discussion I
Topic: “Defining the Future of Work: Putting People at the Heart of Economic Vitality and Cultural Vibrancy”

Mr Jeff Tang

People Advisory Services, Financial Services Leader
Greater China and ASEAN, EY

Jeff leads the People Advisory Services practice for Financial Services clients in the Greater China and ASEAN regions at EY. Based in Hong Kong, he focuses on helping clients deliver their organisations' vision by putting people at the center. He brings an understanding of strategic and functional HR knowledge along with commercial and business acumen to help organisations successfully realize strategic potential and drive tangible results.


As a leader, he is also one of EY's thought leaders in the areas of Executive Remuneration, Performance Management, Talent Management, Workforce Strategy and Transformation.


He is passionate about people matters and sits on various committees in business chambers advising government and statutory bodies on labour relations and manpower challenges.  Jeff is currently the Chair of the Manpower Committee at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Employers' Federation of Hong Kong.

Panel Discussion I
Topic: “Defining the Future of Work: Putting People at the Heart of Economic Vitality and Cultural Vibrancy”

Ms Betty Chan

Human Resources (Group Organization Development & Talent)
CLP Holdings Limited

Betty currently works as the Group Head of Organizational Development and Talent Management at the CLP Holdings in which she leads the agenda to ensure the company has the right talent, culture and capability delivering the group's growth and transformation plans. She partners closely with the GEC, the executive teams, and the Board to design and execute on a variety of multi-year people programs to enable growth and change.


Prior to CLP, Betty has worked in a similar capacity partnering with senior executive teams to evolve and grow organisations through other high stake transformation situations such as demerger, M&A, fast scaling, business model disruption and digitalisation.


A trained psychologist, Betty brings with over 20 years of global experience in a high pace high-growth setting, having based out of Hong Kong, Singapore and the U.K. delivering mandates covering regional and global organisations. Operated at scale, she is experienced in managing large investment and teams across Asia Pacific including China, Europe and the Americas, in the banking, biopharma and technology sectors.


Educated in universities in Hong Kong and the U.K., Betty holds advanced degrees in Psychology, Human Resource Management and Business Administration. Betty is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. A passionate advocate on Inclusion and ESG, Betty is a keen contributor to non-profit, charities and NGOs on similar causes. Since 2022, she is a member of the Steering Committee of the 'Girls Go Tech' program at The Women's Foundation (TWF), promoting gender inclusion in STEM and upward social mobility.

Panel Discussion I
Topic: “Defining the Future of Work: Putting People at the Heart of Economic Vitality and Cultural Vibrancy”

Mr Alexander Bowen

Chief Operating Officer
PayMe – HSBC

Alex is the Chief Operating Officer for PayMe, HSBC Hong Kong's market-leading payments app, and former co-Chair of the HSBC Hong Kong Ability Employee Resource Group, a volunteer group advocating for Mental and physical Health, care-giving and people with diverse abilities.


Alex is a Father of two girls and has enjoyed a career spanning 20+ years across the HSBC group, with leadership roles across 4 markets including the UK, Europe and Hong Kong.

Panel Discussion I
Topic: “Defining the Future of Work: Putting People at the Heart of Economic Vitality and Cultural Vibrancy”

Dr Jimmy Chan

Associate Professor
Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration
Hong Kong Metropolitan University

Dr. Jimmy Chan is the MBA and DBA Programme Leader. With a background in business practices in Hong Kong and Mainland China, he brings real-world insights to his teaching of subjects like Strategic Management, Human Resource Management, and Business Management. Dr. Chan bridges academia and industry practitioners, facilitating knowledge exchange and fostering innovation. His research interests focus on social networks and team management, exploring impacts on collaboration and performance in teams and organizations. He is also dedicated to the development of integrated curriculum to prepare undergraduate students for success in their academic and professional journey.

Panel Discussion II
Topic: “Metro∙morphosis: Business Redefined through Sustainable Transformation”

Prof Jacky Tang

Adjunct Professor in Finance
Faculty of Business and Economics
The University of Hong Kong

Professor Jacky Tang is an Adjunct Professor in Finance at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Business and Economics. Prior to that he was an Adjunct Professor at the City University of Hong Kong Department of Economics and Finance for eight years. Professor Tang also worked at Credit Suisse as Head of Greater China Equity Research in its Private Banking and Asset Management division. Prior to that, he was Head of Hong Kong Equity Strategy at Merrill Lynch. Earlier, Professor Tang was an investment strategist at Brevan Howard Asset Management, where he managed its emerging markets hedge fund.


Professor Tang has led a series of seminars on behavioural finance, sustainable finance, financial markets, asset allocation, and portfolio management. He is also a Master's dissertation supervisor and assessor at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership (CISL), University of Cambridge, UK and an advisor to the Asian Institute of Sustainable Technology. He holds a PhD in Economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and a MSt in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Panel Discussion II
Topic: “Metro∙morphosis: Business Redefined through Sustainable Transformation”

Ms Anna Au-Yeung

Global Head of Destination Marketing

Anna Au-Yeung is Travelport's Head of Destination Marketing. Named to the role in 2015, Anna leads a team which helps destination marketing organizations (DMOs) enhance their destination image, increase visitor numbers and boost tourism spending. In the last five years, Anna's team has helped numerous national, state, and city DMOs such as Tourism Malaysia, the European Travel Commission, Oman Tourism, and many more, reach Travelport's global network of travel agents, as well as providing destination insights to shape their strategies and priorities.


Prior to this, Anna was most recently Travelport Head of Partner Marketing for APAC, where she grew the business to include a greater regional focus, as well as expanding new business channels to include DMOs and non-travel partners.


Anna was previously Expedia's (then known as Orbitz Worldwide) Regional Director for Partner Marketing & Media Sales in Asia. Her earlier career also includes robust experience in building strategic partnerships, strategic planning & marketing, revenue management, and customer loyalty management, with organisations including the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Hyatt International and ICLP (Cathay Pacific Loyalty Programme).


Anna holds an MBA in E-business, with a bachelor's degree in accounting, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Hospitality and Tourism program.

Panel Discussion II
Topic: “Metro∙morphosis: Business Redefined through Sustainable Transformation”

Dr Tenny Lam

LGS Asia Development Ltd

Dr. Tenny Lam is the winner of Innopreneur Award - Excellence in Research Application Award by the Federation of Hong Kong Industries in 2023.  With over 30 years of expertise, Dr. Lam stands as a veteran entrepreneur, instrumental in transforming enterprises and their teams across diverse sectors such as Information Technology, Education Technology, Chemical Manufacturing, and Biotechnology.


His extensive portfolio includes collaborative ventures and leadership positions with startup companies and multinational corporations, predominantly across Asia, Hong Kong, and Mainland China. Dr. Lam has demonstrated notable leadership in renowned corporations like Cisco, Pearson, SAP, Oracle, the China Resources Group, and Bio-tech startups.


Currently, he serves as the Chairman of LGS Asia Development Ltd, a specialized firm in the chemical manufacturing industry focusing on green coating and adhesive production in Greater Bay Aera and Jing-Jin-Ji Region. In addition, he is the co-founder and CEO of Grand Rise Technology Limited, an award-winning company recognized in Forbes Asia's 100 companies in 2022 with a focus on the development of bio-based materials for a sustainable world.


Dr. Lam is a Six Sigma Champion and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, an Executive MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has received management training at INSEAD and IMD.

Panel Discussion II
Topic: “Metro∙morphosis: Business Redefined through Sustainable Transformation”

Mr Luke Lee

Senior Lecturer
Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration
Hong Kong Metropolitan University

Luke had amassed 25 years of banking experience with HSBC, JPMorgan and SMBC prior to joining HKMU in October 2023.


He is presently undertaking a thesis on the development of the syndicated sustainability linked loans market in HK to be considered for the award of DBA from HKBU.


Luke holds an eMBA CUHK; LLM International Economic Law CUHK; PGDip Organizational Psychology UoL; Fellow CPA Australia; and Member of the HK Academy of Finance.

Institute of International Business and Governance

Hong Kong Metropolitan University


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