Mentors

Leveraging both the DBS and NEST networks, participants will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of key industry leaders and renowned entrepreneurs. Furthermore, mentors can offer access to a wider network of contacts that could significantly accelerate your company’s development.

  • Matthew Ng
    Matthew Ng
    Senior Vice President,
    Head of Strategic Planning & Transformation,
    Technology & Operations, DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited

    Matthew has over 20 years’ experience in banking, with a focus on innovation, new technologies application and process re-engineering. During this time, he has led a wide range of major change initiatives across Hong Kong and Asia Pacific region.Currently Head of Strategic Planning and Transformation with DBS Hong Kong’s Technology and Operations, he is driving digital transformation across the Bank in areas that include process, channel, data, search and execution, people and culture. Matthew is passionate about innovation and working together with start-ups and entrepreneurs to explore business opportunities.

  • Ralph Chan
    Ralph Chan
    Senior Vice President
    Strategic Planning & Transformation,
    Technology & Operations, DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited

    Passionate in technology, Ralph is responsible for developing digital strategies, change management and bringing innovation to the bank. In this capacity, he defines, executes and monitors strategic initiatives and projects for Hong Kong and China. Recently, he supports DBS HK to introduce the 1st DBS Accelerator Program.Prior to joining DBS, he was a Consultant from Deloitte focusing on IT advisory, operation modeling and process re-engineering.

    Graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Ralph is also a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) holder and Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

  • Kenneth Chau
    Kenneth Chau
    Executive Director,
    Head of Technology & Group Procurement Services, DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
    Kenneth has over 20 years’ experience in technology, with experience in cash management, trade finance, credit risk, information security, IT risk management, procurement and outsourcing & corporate services.In this capacity, he oversaw the implementation of cash payment and Asia clearing product as well as the transformation of the procurement services.Kenneth is a passionate team leader, who always motivates and inspires confidence in his team for the best effort. Besides, Kenneth is one of the steering committee members to nurture the next leader for DBS.
  • Albert Lim
    Albert Lim
    Executive Director,
    Business Solution Delivery, Technology & Operations, DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
    Albert Lim is currently an Executive Director for DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited. He oversees the country technology solution delivery. He has over 20 years of working experience for financial institutions responsible for implementation of global projects and programs, manages multiple teams in a bank and on-and-off shore Shared Service Center.For the past few years, his main focus is on delivering technology solutions for channels, especially in the virtual channels space.
  • Dilys Lam
    Dilys Lam
    Head of Innovation and Enterprise Technology
    Strategic Planning & Transformation, Technology & Operations, DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
    Global head of ebanking system of a major bank, over 20 years experience on leading application development and product innovation in banking industry. Wide spectrum of technical and business domain enable her seamlessly integrate technology into banking business and operation. Products have been successfully deploy to 40 major cities worldwide. Pioneer in implement cutting edge technologies on high risk, high frequency and realtime applications.
  • Ray Cheung
    Ray Cheung
    Mentor, NEST

    Dr. Cheung received the B.Eng. and M.Phil. degrees in computer engineering and computer science and engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree and DIC in computing at Imperial College London, London, U.K. After completing his Ph.D. work, he received the Hong Kong Croucher Foundation Fellowship for his postdoctoral study in the Electrical Engineering Department, UCLA, CA USA.In 2009, he worked as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering, City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He is the author of over 100 International journal and conference papers. His research team, CityU Architecture Lab for Arithmetic and Security (CALAS), focuses on the following research topics: reconfigurable trusted computing, SoC VLSI designs, cryptography, and embedded biomedical VLSI designs. Dr. Cheung is the director of the CityU Apps Lab, fostering student innovations on and off campus. He is also the general chair of the 8th International Symposium on Applied Reconfigurable Computing 2012, International Conference on Cyber-crime and Computer Forensic 2013.

  • Charlene Choi
    Charlene Choi
    Mentor, NEST

    Charlene has been involved in many startups and has expertise spanning strategic planning, competitive analysis, market assessment and brand positioning. She started her career in the Silicon Valley as a management consultant for IT and telecom companies. She has advised a range of companies from startups to Fortune 500 corporations, including Microsoft, AT&T and The Blackstone Group.She was then recruited by VeriSign into their Corporate Strategy group. Eventually, Charlene enabled the acquisition of the Internet Security business unit by Symantec. Charlene previously held the position of Head of Asia for Wimdu, a US$90M C2C accommodation booking website funded by Rocket Internet. Charlene founded the Hong Kong operations and subsequently consolidated other Asia teams to set up the Asia headquarters here. Charlene is currently the Director of Finance and Operations at St. Nicholas’ English Kindergarten, a trilingual private kindergarten founded in 1971. Charlene graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a double degree in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering (High Honors).

  • Lawrence Chu
    Lawrence Chu
    Mentor, NEST

    Lawrence Chu is the co-founder and Managing Partner of BlackPine Zheng He Capital Management Ltd, a private equity firm focused on Greater China Special Situations investments. As a mentor for the AIA Accelerator, Lawrence is able to provide advice on business strategy and financing drawing on his portfolio management and M&A experience at UBS Warburg and various investment banking groups in London and Hong Kong, as well as his prior position as a strategy executive in the Chairman’s office of EMI Music in London. Among the numerous board positions that he holds, Lawrence serves on the board of directors of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in Hong Kong, allowing him a large network access to the healthcare industry ranging from surgeons to nursing and procurement.

  • Simon Loong
    Simon Loong
    Mentor, NEST

    Simon Loong, the Founder and CEO of Asia’s leading internet finance company WeLab, operator of WeLend.hk in Hong Kong and Wolaidai.com (???) in China. Simon has a wealth of financial services experience after working in the banking industry for more than 17 years. An entrepreneur at heart, he founded WeLab in 2012 . He received the “Entrepreneur Achievement Award” voted by the renowned Silicon Dragon in 2014.Prior to founding WeLab, Simon was the North East Asia Regional Head of Unsecured Lending at Standard Chartered Bank. Managing the bank’s credit card and consumer lending business. Simon was also appointed to the Management Committee of its Consumer Banking business. Simon has also held various senior positions at Citibank in the Asia-Pacific region. The most recent position was Senior Vice President and Credit Card Marketing Director for Citibank Taiwan.

  • Danny Yeung
    Danny Yeung
    Mentor, NEST
    Danny Yeung, a serial entrepreneur, moved to Hong Kong from the United States in 2010 to start up his latest venture uBuyiBuy, which was subsequently acquired by Groupon after 6 months of operations. Danny was CEO of Groupon Hong Kong and Taiwan, having scaled the business to a size of over USD $100m annually, making it the top e-commerce website in the region. Danny has also been successful in his past business ventures in hospitality furniture and has executed multi-million dollar projects with MGM CityCenter, Wynn Las Vegas, City of Dreams Macau and The Venetian. Danny’s first business success came at the age of 25 when he ventured into franchising Hong Kong award-winning dessert chain Hui Lau Shan into the USA. Danny is currently a Limited Partner / Mentor for 500 Start-Up’s, General Member for AngelVest and an active Angel Investor. His life motto is “Play Hard, Work Harder”.
  • Jobert You
    Joubert Yiu
    Mentor, NEST

    Joubert has been working in IT and Internet for more than 16 years with experience in different domains including global trade, finance, insurance, internet, and e-commerce. He was the pioneer of Carbon Management software solution in Hong Kong and founded EasyTrade, whose clients include the World Wide Fund (WWF). Joubert also founded JETSOguide.com(???), which is the most popular discount and coupon portal in Hong Kong. JETSOguide works closely with local small and medium sized merchants to do online promotions. Currently more than 4200+ merchants register and adopt our services.Prior that, Joubert was VP of IT Consulting in Swiss Reinsurance Company and Senior Consultant in DST System Inc. Both companies are listed in Switzerland and United State respectively. Joubert obtained his MBA degree from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and BSc. in Computer Science from Victoria University of Technology in Australia.

  • Lachlan Ma
    Lachlan Ma
    Mentor, Samsung

    Lachlan is currently an Associate Director and Head of Technical Sales, Enterprise Business, for Samsung Electronics H.K. Co Ltd. In this role, Lachlan leads a team of technical sales professionals which provide advice for business opportunities and support during project development. He is the lead driver for key engagements on integrated solutions opportunities, and manages several of Enterprise Business’ high value strategic accounts. He is also responsible for establishing and supporting partnerships with multi-national and regional organisations in establishing Innovation Centres and Incubators in Hong Kong.

    Lachlan is an Engineering and MBA graduate with over 17 years of experience in business solutions consulting, presales/technical sales, business development, account management, product management & marketing, and engineering in the information technology, broadcast (pay television/video), and telecommunications industries.

    Prior to Samsung, Lachlan worked for Cisco Systems and video technology group NDS where he was focused on technical solution sales and customer engagement, inclusive of having led a team of consultants across the Asia Pacific region.

    Lachlan received a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronic and Telecommunications) from Curtin University of Technology in Australia and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

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