Greater Bay Area: Will the initiative benefit Hong Kong?
Friday, November 30, 2018 JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
11:30am - 2:00pm


Albert Ng
Chairman, China and Managing Partner, Greater China

Albert Ng is chairman, China and managing partner, Greater China, EY. He oversees all business functions of EY in Greater China, managing 26 offices and over 15,000 employees in the region. Mr Ng is a member of the Global Executive, EY’s highest global management body.

Mr Ng is an advisor on accounting matters for the Ministry of Finance, the People’s Republic of China, advisor to the International Business Leader’s Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai, and economic advisor to a number of cities in China.

Mr Ng is the president of the Hong Kong China Chamber of Commerce and an advisor for the Hong Kong Business Accountants Association. He also sits on the advisory board for the School of Accountancy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Mr Ng is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom. He obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with first class honours in 1981 and his Master of Business Administration degree in 1988.


Prof. Witman Hung
Principal Liaison Officer for Hong Kong
The Shenzhen Qianhai Authority

Professor Witman Hung is currently principal liaison officer for Hong Kong, Shenzhen Qianhai Authority and the Hong Kong deputy to the 13th National People's Congress (NPC). Prof. Hung is a seasoned ICT professional and angel investor, who has worked in the industry for over 30 years. He is the president of the Internet Professional Association, executive chairman of Chinese Big Data Society and vice chairman of the Monte Jade Science and Technology Association of Hong Kong. Prof. Hung was elected as a director of the board of the World Summit Awards, an initiative within the framework of UN WSIS. He is also an independent non-executive director of VSTECS Holdings Limited (0865.HK) and LH Group Limited (1978.HK), two companies listed in the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Prof. Hung served as a part-time member of the Central Policy Unit of the HKSAR Government during 2012-2014, and is currently adjunct Professor at Jinan University. He also served as a member of the 11th Standing Committee of the All China Youth Federation. In 2008, he was selected as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong. In 2016, he was given the Asia Social Innovation Leadership Award by CMO Asia and in 2017 he was given Light of Civilization 2017 Chinese Cultural Exchange Person of the Year. In 2015 he was appointed as a justice of the peace by the Hong Kong SAR Government.


Denis Ma
Head of Research, Hong Kong

Denis Ma leads a team of eight researchers providing in-depth intelligence on the Hong Kong property market. Since joining JLL in 2005, he has worked on a variety of consultancy assignments across China and the broader Asia Pacific region. As a designated spokesperson for the firm, he is a regular commentator on the Greater China property markets at investor conferences, in print and on television. He has contributed to articles in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Reuters and the South China Morning Post and has appeared on Bloomberg, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia and TVB Pearl.

At JLL, Mr Ma has a number of senior research positions across Greater China including head of research for JLL in Beijing as well as director of research for the Greater Pearl River Delta.


Joseph Chan
Silk Road Economic Development Research Center

Joseph Chan Nap-kee, has over 30 years experience in commercial and investment banking and asset management, as well as more than a decade of operation and investment experience working on the Belt and Road Initiative. In 1994, he became a founding partner of Oriental Patron Financial Group. He is also an executive director of Oriental Patron Asia Limited and a non-executive director of Oriental Patron Securities Limited. Oriental Patron Asia Limited is the investment manager of OP Financial Limited (formerly known as OP Financial Investments Limited), a company listed on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange (stock code: 1140). In September 2008, Mr Chan was appointed as an executive director of Kaisun Holdings Limited (formerly known as Kaisun Energy Group Limited), a company listed on the GEM of the Stock Exchange (stock code: 8203). He is currently the chairman and chief executive officer, member of remuneration committee and nomination and corporate governance committee of Kaisun Holdings Limited.

On social services, Mr Chan is the chairman of Silk Road Economic Development Research Center, the executive vice president of Hong Kong Energy and Minerals United Associations, vice chairman of China Hong Kong Economic Trading International Association and vice president of Federation of Hong Kong Hubei Associations, chairman of Banking, Finance & Securities Committee of Hong Kong Macau and Myanmar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, honorary advisor of Xinjiang Association of Hong Kong and a member of the 12th Hubei Provincial Commission on the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.


Dr Yifan Hu
Regional Chief Investment Officer & Chief China Economist
UBS Global Wealth Management

Dr Yifan Hu is based in Hong Kong, and serves as a member of the CIO Asia Investment Committee as well as the CIO Emerging Markets Investment Committee. Working alongside the investment teams globally and in Asia Pacific, Dr Hu is helping shape CIO's macroeconomic and investment views on China.

Dr Hu has held several chief economist positions since 2007, most recently at Haitong International where she was tasked with leading H-share equity research. Prior to this role, Dr Hu worked as a chief economist at CITIC Securities, China economist at France's Natixis, and China strategist at Merrill Lynch. Her views and columns can be found in leading financial media.

Prior to that, Dr Hu was an assistant professor at the School of Business and Economics at the University of Hong Kong and published extensively in the international and Chinese academic journals. Dr Hu has considerable experiences in research and consulting, and served in various prestigious organizations including the World Bank and The Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC.

Dr Hu received her PhD in Economics from Georgetown University and BS in Economics from Zhejiang University.


Tony Cheung (Moderator)
Senior Political Reporter
South China Morning Post

Tony Cheung is a senior political reporter at the Post. He leads the Hong Kong-mainland relations team and writes news stories and analyses with a focus on constitutional and legislative issues, government policies, as well as Hong Kong’s roles in China's Greater Bay Area plan and the Belt and Road Initiative.

Apart from elections and political reforms, he has also reported on Hong Kong delegates’ participation in the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing.

Prior to joining the Post, Mr Cheung was a news reporter at ATV in Hong Kong, Beijing and Guangzhou.


Yonden Lhatoo (Moderator)
Chief News Editor
South China Morning Post

Yonden Lhatoo started his journalism career in print, covering the far-reaching changes Hong Kong went through before and during the city’s handover to China, as a senior newspaper reporter.

Mr Lhatoo switched to broadcast journalism after the transfer of sovereignty in 1997 and worked as a television news anchor and editor for nearly two decades. He was the main anchor and editor-in-chief of ATV’s English news department until his return to print in April 2015, when he joined the South China Morning Post as senior editor. Mr Lhatoo was promoted to chief news editor in April 2017.

Apart from his editing duties, he regularly moderates forums and seminars on current affairs for the Post, and has extensive experience covering Hong Kong’s economic, political and social landscape. He has publicly written, spoken and taught about Hong Kong issues, but is still trying to figure it all out. 

He also enjoys writing a weekly column which often raises eyebrows or sparks heated discussions on the internet because he doesn’t hesitate to tell it like it is.