Founders Council

Mr. Thomas Cheung, MH.

Mr. Thomas Cheung, MH.Chairman

Thomas Cheung (張俊勇) is a prolific public servant and member of the business community in Hong Kong and the Mainland of China. He is serving as the Deputy of the 13th National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China (中華人民共和國第十三屆全國人民代表大會); a Member of the 11th Jiangxi Provincial Governance of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (中國人民政治協商會議江西省第十一屆委員會); the Director of the China Overseas Friendship Association (中華海外聯誼會); the Vice-chairman of the Beijing Youth Federation (北京市青年聯合會); the Chairman of the Central & Western District Fight Crime Governance (中西區撲滅罪行委員會); and a Member of the Basic Law Promotion Steering Governance (基本法推廣督導委員會). His principal occupation is the Director of Chao Tai Enterprises Ltd (潮泰企業有限公司).

Thomas is the founder of several companies and investment companies, including China Growth Group Co., Ltd. (盛國集團有限公司), which invests in real estate and renewable energy; Internet company lxelera Limited; real estate innovation accelerator Inhab Limited; field programmable logic array (FPGA) vendor XIPS Technology Limited (芯思科技有限公司), and specialised blockchain developer UTO3 Limited (優部有限公司). At the same time, he is a partner of Shenzhen Hong Kong Joint Investment Foundation Co., Ltd. (深港聯合投資基金會有限公司) and a partner of Hong Kong Ying Hong Angel Investment Co., Ltd. (香港英諾天使投資有限公司).

Thomas obtained a bachelor in philosophy with minors in computer science, mathematics, and statistics at Wisconsin University, and a masters in industrial engineering from Cornell University.

Dr. Lawrence Ma, Ph.D. Math

Dr. Lawrence Ma, Ph.D. MathPresident

Dr. Lawrence Ma has over 20 years of academics, finance and technology development, and business experiences. He taught mathematics at the National University of Singapore for several years before moving into quantitative finance and risk management with thinktanks and consulting firms such as the American Bourses Corporation and Bain & Company.

Dr. Ma is founder and CEO of eMALI.IO Limited, a DLT applications developer working in the FinTech, InsurTech, RegTech, and LegalTech sectors specialising on identity management, insurance claim management, fraud detection and regulatory registries. Dr. Ma is currently serving on the Governance Member of China’s Central University of Finance and Economic’s Da Xin Blockchain Research Center Expert Governance Society.

Dr. Ma studied mathematics at Yale University (B.A.), Stanford University (M.S.), and Cornell University (Ph.D.) in the United States.

Mr. Gabriel Chan

Mr. Gabriel ChanSecretary-General

Gabriel Chan is a serial tech entrepreneur, unconventional philosopher, and visionary futurist with a particular interest in cybersecurity, data science, and game theory. He has experience in product development across multiple industries and countries since high school. He advised tech startups in Waterloo and Toronto, and taught at business school lectures across Ontario, Canada.

Gabriel personally designed virtual currency economies for platforms in the area of edtech, fintech, and telecom infrastructure. He has authored numerous papers and contributed to books about blockchain design patterns, particularly in cryptoeconomics, governance, and self-sovereignty.

Gabriel studied Systems Design Engineering at University of Waterloo in Canada. He co-authored his thesis with Kyoto University on the topic of applied game theory and the East China Sea Exclusive Economic Zone dispute between China and Japan.

Legal Steering Governance

Dr. Michael Wong, Ph.D. Finance

Dr. Michael Wong, Ph.D. FinanceVP Finance & Compliance

Dr. Michael C S Wong is an Associate Professor of Finance at City University of Hong Kong, specializing on international banking, risk management and financial markets. He architected the first Basel-standard internal ratings-based (IRB) system in Hong Kong in 2003-2005 and wealth management due diligence models after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. His risk management models are currently implemented by more than 25 regional and global financial institutions operating in Asia.

Dr. Wong reviewed risk control and stress testing models for banking institutions, submitted independent risk assessment reports to company boards and regulators, and provided expert witness on legal disputes involving complex financial transactions. He served as a founding member of Global Association of Risk Professionals’ (GARP) FRM Governance, an examiner of professional examinations of both Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute (HKSI) and Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB), a member of the Advisory Board of China Bond Rating in Beijing, a non-executive director of Bank of Communications Trustee, the founder of CT Risk Solutions, the Chairman of CTRISKS Rating, a member of Market Misconduct Tribunal in Hong Kong, and a member of Future Task Force of Hong Kong Insurance Authority.

Dr. Michael Wong obtained his postgraduate degrees from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Essex and University of Cambridge, and executive training at both UC Berkeley and MIT. Dr. Wong has 60+ academic works published and 1 US patent registered. His articles are included in leading academic journals, such as MIS Quarterly, the Journal of the Operational Research Society, the Journal of Futures Markets, the Journal of Forecasting and Omega. He was a long-serving director of MSc programs in Finance (1998-2015) at CityU and was granted university-wide Teaching Excellence Award by the university in 1999.

Mr. Steven Ren

Mr. Steven Ren Industry Liaison (Finance & Regtech)

Steven Ren has over 10 years of professional experience in global commodity futures and is a pioneer in the Fintech application for commodity trading in Greater China. Prior to Hong Kong Exchange, he was the Responsible Officer in Sucden Financial, a Category 1 member of London Metal Exchange. During this time, Sucden Financial became one of the largest LME broker in Greater China. He began his career as a research equity analyst focused on Asian financial institutions. He also hosted his own TV show teaching derivatives to retail investors, held seminars to industry professionals and taught graduate-level course at universities in China.

Steven graduated as a MBA from Cornell University, concentrated on Fintech application in business. He is CFA and FRM charter holder.

Mr. Kevin Woo

Mr. Kevin Woo Legal Consultant

Kevin Woo is a practicing lawyer and an active contributor on topics relating to law and technology for professional and pro bono work. Kevin obtained degrees in law, finance, and logistics from Boston's Northeastern University.

Technical Steering Governance

Dr. Allen Au

Dr. Allen Au, Ph.D. Computer Science Blockchain Cryptography Researcher

Dr. Man Ho Allen Au is an assistant professor at the Department of Computing of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr. Allen Au is a pioneer in blockchain cryptography. His research interests include information security, applied cryptography, accountable anonymity and blockchain.

Before joining PolyU in July 2014, he was a lecturer with the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Wollongong, Australia. Dr. Au's research activities have been generously supported by the Innovation Technology Fund, the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, local and foreign companies. His papers appeared at major conferences, including ACM CCS, NDSS and ACM SIGMOD.

Currently, Dr. Au is representing China as a committee member of the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 27 working group 2 - Cryptography and security mechanisms.

Dr. Dorothy Chau

Dr. Dorothy ChauPh.D. Information Systems

Dr. Dorothy Chau is a teaching fellow of the Department of Computing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Dr Chau received her doctoral degree in philosophy in 2012, in the Department of Management and Marketing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Dr Chau’s research interests include IT governance, human centered computing and green innovation. She has published 5 papers in international journals such as Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, and Expert Systems with Applications. She has been the reviewer of several international journals and conferences, such as MIS quarterly and International Journal of Production Economics.

Enterprise Steering Governance

Mr. Peter Woo

Mr. Peter WooVP Education & Accreditation

Peter Woo is an executive with over 25 years' experience in Information Technology, Internet, and Telecommunications sectors. He has worked for several multinational firms, including AT&T Asia-China as a Director and Doubleclick Asia-Pacific as Managing Director.

Peter is also the founder of 4 startups which have won numerous global blockchain competitions and the inaugural Social Innovation Award. Peter is currently the Strategist of eMALI.IO, and specialises in InsurTech, LegalTech and Self-Sovereign Identity Management. Peter is also active in the community as a frequent speaker at universities and professional bodies.

Peter graduated from with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary.

Dr. Renu Bhatia, MBBS.

Dr. Renu Bhatia, MBBS, MBA.Industry Liaison (Finance & Health)

Renu Bhatia is one of the Founding Partners and Managing Director of SuperCharger a dedicated Fintech accelerator in Hong Kong. She is also Co-founder of Asia Fintech Angels and President of Prospect Ventures, an angel investment group based in Hong Kong. She has extensive experience in investment banking, asset management and private investments, having worked at Goldman Sachs in New York and HSBC in Hong Kong.

Renu is well versed in start-ups having started ChinaMD, and Tancho Investments, a realestate company developing residential and commercial real-estate in Hokkaido, Japan. Renu is an advisor to FintechHk, and is currently involved with several startups here in HK.

Renu has an MBBS from the University of London and an MBA from Yale University.

International Observers

Ms. Penny Lam

Ms. Penny Lam (Canada)Enterprise Steering Governance Observer

Penny Lam is a technology strategist at TMX Group—operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV)—with a background in Canadian & European financial services, providing advisory and execution leadership for enterprise transformation.

In Deutsche Bank Labs, a platform for innovation, Penny headed execution for London, taking the pipeline of opportunities from ideation to demonstrable results through building tailored multi-disciplinary teams to deliver rapid prototyping, developing fintech ecosystem partnerships, and facilitating executive engagement throughout the innovation lifecycle.

Previous to DB Labs, Penny's experience includes architectural assurance and software delivery in various areas of investment banking, capital markets and banking infrastructure, driven by her keen interest in technology opportunities that transform the status quo.

Penny studied Electrical Engineering at Queen’s University in Canada.

Ms. Marina Daylyuk

Ms. Marina Danylyuk (Estonia)Legal Steering Governance Observer

Marina Danylyuk is an energetic and highly skilled lawyer with a keen eye for detail, and superior communication skills and rapport with both legal professionals and clients. She has over three years of professional experience in Commercial, Corporate, Bankruptcy, and Criminal law, in Russian, Ukrainian, and International practices. She worked both as a Corporate Legal advisor and a Court Lawyer.

Marina is detail-oriented with excellent research, investigative, and reporting skills. She published “Testimony as a source of evidence in the criminal process of Russia and Ukraine” in Legal Problems of Strengthening Russian Statehood, Tomsk, 2016.

Marina graduated with honours from master’s of law at the Lomonosov Moscow State University of Russia, additionally with a master’s degree in banking, corporate, finance, and securities laws from the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Ukraine and a master’s degree in international relations and affairs from the Donetsk State University of Economics and Trade in Ukraine.

Mr. Viktor Tabori

Mr. Viktor Tabori (Hungary)Technical Steering Governance Observer

Viktor Tabori is a software engineer, economist, and hacker with a keen interest in psychology and solving tough problems through technology. Viktor led the full refactorization and conversion optimization of, one the most prominent e-commerce site in the CEE region (sells $56 million worth of services per year) that led to 2259% growth and ultimately a regional the TOP1 Deloitte Tech Fast 50 award.

Viktor has co-founded a blockchain-based healthcare startup Etheal as the CTO with a goal to improve the lives of 1 billion people by making healthcare more transparent. He is also the Head of International Relations at the Hungarian Cryptocurrency Foundation, and Director and Official Representative of Hungary at the International Decentralized Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain.

Viktor holds degrees both in computer science and international economics, from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Corvinus University of Budapest respectively. He specialised in creating scalable and epic solutions in e-commmerce space. He also completed the Innovative Healthcare Leader program at Stanford.

Mr. Sungsoo Kim

Mr. Sungsoo Kim (Korea)Enterprise Steering Governance Observer

Sungsoo Kim is a serial tech entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in edtech, hardware, gaming, robotics. He founded and sold several tech and mobile startups in Korea and worked with security protocols during his service in the Republic of Korea Armed Forces.

Sungsoo established a company that provided learning management systems to middle school and high school students since 2009-2012. He also worked for YouNoodle, a platform based in Silicon Valley for entrepreneurship competitions all over the world. In 2013, he was member of SBC (The Small & Medium Business Corporation) Korea. In 2014, he won the 1st prize in presentation at Tim Draper startup bootcamp, among 30 contestants from Korea, China, and Japan.

Sungsoo worked as Technical Communications Manager for a project team that won the 1st prize from the DARPA Robotics Challenge, competing with MIT, NASA, and others. He also successfully completed a project with Samsung and prepared companies for IPO working with MiraeAsset and Daesin Securities Co. Ltd.

Sungsoo double-majored in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial & Systems Engineering at KAIST, a science and technology research center based on special government law to cultivate outstanding scientists and engineers in Korea.

Currently, Sungsoo is leveraging his experiences for leading research in ICO preparations, especially in legal and regulatory compliance. Sungsoo is the founder of KAIST Blockchain, a learning society focused on academic research and development in blockchain technologies.

Mr. Alex Rusnak

Mr. Alex Rusnak (United States)Technical Steering Governance Observer

Alex Rusnak has years of engineering and investment experience in blockchain. Alex has discovered cryptocurrencies in 2011 and was drawn by the transformative opportunities it offered. He was an early investor in Bitcoin (2011) and Ripple (2013) and a number of early successful ICOs and alt coins.

Alex spends most of his time now looking for great teams in blockchain space and doing technical advising to early blockchain companies. Prior to joining the blockchain revolution Alex was an engineer in Silicon Valley startups and worked in Private Equity and Venture Capital funds.

Alex holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California (UC Berkeley) and a master’s degree in computer science at the National Technical University of Ukraine and a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Odessa State Polytechnic University in Ukraine.