Join the GBA Technology & Innovation Summit 2021 This Week!

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You are cordially invited to join the GBA Technology & Innovation Summit 2021 event hosted by The British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong being held at Renaissance Shenzhen Bay Hotel on August 26. This will be a perfect opportunity to hear from key industry experts with their insights on a range of technology-related matters and sectors.

Through this summit, BritCham Guangdong will establish a platform for tech-related industry members, investors, governments, and so forth in the GBA (i) to hear from key industry professionals on their predictions and outlook for the year ahead across a range of industries and sectors, (ii) to add value to you and your business and to better inform business planning decisions and (iii) to increase awareness among our members and business community via sharing insights and predictions.


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Why Join?

  • A gathering of well-known and pioneering brands from China and overseas, gain useful advice from experts and business representatives for better business planning decisions

  • Focus on real networking among startups, enterprises, government and other tech-related organizations; break the barriers between start-ups and other large and medium-sized enterprises through crossover networking, making this event an international technology and innovation gathering in the GBA

  • Hear from industry experts who will share insights on technology-related industries, provide relevant information for investors who wish to invest or co-invest in the field of technology and innovation involving China and the UK

  • Opportunities to connect with 12 outstanding speakers, linking 150-plus Chinese and foreign corporate executives

  • Participants come from 10-plus industries such as technology, education, consulting, real estate, finance, law and so forth, opportunities to share your predictions and views on industries in GBA during networking and media exposure


At GBA Technology & Innovation Summit 2021, we are honored to invite 12 speakers to share their thoughts on these important issues to cover many current GBA issues:

  • How does Technology+ AI play a crucial role in developing industry in the GBA?

  • Why GBA is the Global Innovation Hub for Fintech?

  • Capital Market Choices for Technology Companies - Comparison of Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong and US - what is the capital trend in the future technology IPO?

  • Against a bright future for the GBA, what preferential policies will be adopted in relation to technological cooperation between China and the United Kingdom in the future to benefit enterprises operating in GBA?

  • What are the key investment trends delivering success for China-UK projects? What are the essential elements of successful research projects?

  • What are the latest trends for intellectual property in the technology and innovation sector? What are the requirements for patent application and are there are any useful tips to share?

  • How to retain your technology and innovation talent - tips for recruitment and retainment? What are the attractive occupations in technology and innovation sector and tips on job application?

  • Under the new guidelines to ease the burden of excessive homework and off-campus tutoring for students undergoing compulsory education, what are the trends for EdTech trend in the future?

The Lineup of GBA Technology & Innovation Summit 2021: Keynote Speakers

Technology+ AI


Joseph Smith has 22 years of experience in China and was the first foreigner from IBM to live and work with Huawei from 1999 to lead Huawei's global transformation. He worked with Huawei for 22 years as VP Global Business Transformation and as a consultant to Guo Ping, the CEO of Huawei, and Liang Hua the Chairman of Huawei, to lead their globalization and dominance of ICT with current revenues of over USD125 billion. 

Smith led Huawei's Global Business Transformation PMO which managed every major transformation project in Huawei's history. He was responsible for Business Transformation Methodology, Governance & Transformation alignment with Strategy, Value Realisation, Consultant Management and internal Transformation Training. Projects managed and led by Smith include: Integrated Product Development (IPD), Integrated Supply Chain (ISC), Integrated Financial Services (IFS), Global Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Global Human Resources Management (HRM). Smith was also responsible for the transformation Public Affairs & Communications Department and Global Government Affairs (PACD) and was responsible for being the 'public face' of Huawei and build relationships with senior visitors from the UK including: British Royalty and Senior Government Cabinet Ministers.

Smith has been working with AI for the last seven years and has a Patent Pending on a new AI chip architecture for a Hybrid Digital-Analog Zero Instruction Set Computer. Smith acts as a strategy consultant to several large consultancies including McKinsey, Accenture, Bain, and PwC.

Come to the event, Joseph Smith will share with you his insights on How does Technology+ AI play a crucial role in developing industry in the GBA.

Technology+ Finance


Musheer Ahmed is the Founder & Managing Director of FinStep Asia, which is building Asia's next generation of businesses and providing advisory on Fintech & Digital ecosystems in Asia. Ahmed is one of the main contributors in building the Fintech ecosystem in Hong Kong as the Co-Founder of Fintech Association of Hong Kong, having led the Association as inaugural General Manager in its first 2 years. He has over 16 years of extensive experience in financial services and technology, having been a global markets trader for a decade, and a management consultant following his MBA from University of Hong Kong and London Business School.

Ahmed has a keen interest in technologies impacting/disrupting investment banking such as artificial intelligence, Digital Banking, RegTech, WealthTech and Blockchain and is a reputed keynote speaker at industry events across Asia. Ahmed is a guest lecturer on topics of Fintech, Digital Banking, Investment Management, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence at University of Hong Kong, HKUST, HKU Space, CUHK, PolyU, CityU among others.

He has regular contributor and author of articles on Fintech, Digital Banking, Blockchain and Investment Banking and been quoted in various media channels, including on CNBC, Bloomberg, SCMP, IFLR, CGTN, Financial Times, Asian Investor, Medici, Economic Times, S&P Global, etc., He has been a Keynote and speaker at 100-plus events, including Singapore Fintech Festival, Hong Kong Fintech Week, London Fintech Week, India Fintech Festival, Money 20/20, Seamless Asia, Rise Conference, Economic Times Asian Leaders Conclave, China Fintech Summit, and Islamic Finance Summit.

Come to the event, Musheer Ahmed will share with you his insights on Why GBA is the Global Innovation Hub for Fintech.

Technology+ Capital


Wing Fong is currently an audit partner of KPMG which she serves as the Head of Technology and Life Science of Southern China Region and the Capital Market Group Partner of KPMG China. Equipped with ample experience, Wing is familiar with the capital market regulations of Hong Kong, the United States and Chinese Mainland ("PRC") capital markets with in depth understanding of the PRC GAAP, Hong Kong Financial Reporting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards.

Equipped with more than 20 years of audit experiences, Wing had accumulated extensive professional and industrial experiences by leading audit engagements for local and multinational businesses in Hong Kong and PRC across various sectors including life science technology, electronics, IT services and telecommunications, E-commerce and others.

Following her leadership on various A Share / Hong Kong IPOs and her familiarity with the capital market requirements, Wing had successfully assisted Nayuki Holdings Limited (HK.2150), Mobvista (HK.1860) and Friendtimes (HK.6820) in their listings in the Mainboard of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She also assisted Dynagreen (HK.1330) in their dual listing plan for A Share (SH.601330) in the PRC capital market as well. Furthermore, she added another success story as the lead audit partner to Chipscreen Biosciences (A Share) which is the first of its kind to be listed under The Science and Technology Innovation Board. On top of that, she is also the current lead partner for MGI Tech which had filed their A Share IPO submission in early 2021. 

Apart from the capital market experiences, Wing plays a considerably important role as the Asia Pacific regional lead partner in the coordination of various cross boarder and multinational audit and advisory engagements across the Asia Pacific region. 

Come to the event, Wing Fong will share with you her insights on Capital Market Choices for Technology Companies - Comparison of Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong and US.

Technology+ Education


Huiyu Li, who graduated from Peking University and Stanford University, is currently the director of business development, Zhixin International School. He is responsible for international cooperation, market and enrollment, teaching product design and strategic analysis. Zhixin International School enjoys good teaching quality and healthy operations, with 97% of previous graduates successfully applying for the top 50 universities in the United States and across the world.

In 2017, Li joined TAL, a Co-Founded kids coding education brand "CodeMonkey", which has the health and financial health of courses and products that lead the subdivision of the track.  Li presided over the design of CodeMonkey programming course products, created a twelve-level system, and developed more than 200 courses. Li participated in the framework construction of the "The Youth Artificial Intelligence Coding Level Test", established by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and People's Posts and Telecommunications Press.

In 2020, Li joined ByteDance as an educational business strategy analyst, responsible for the construction of financial models, the improvement of the conversion rate of the tutor team and also the development of the promotion and performance appraisal plan.

Come to the event, Huiyu Li will share with you his insights on EdTech Trend under New Education Guidelines.


Technology+ Government


Ms. Sherry Pan
Head of Technology (China)

Department for International Trade

Sherry Pan has extensive experience in international trade and marketing. She has helped many British tech businesses to expand their footprint to China and has supported high-profile Chinese tech firms investing in the UK since 2013. She oversees DIT's tech strategy in the China market and is committed to building a closer UK-China tech partnership. Prior to that, Sherry worked for several international creative industry companies and institutions and received her master's degree from the University of Leeds.

Technology+ Startup


Dr. Penny Chen
Associate Professor in Innovation and Enterprise, University of Central Lancashire
General Manager, UCLan Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd.
Founder of UCLan Online
Member of 2021 University of Cambridge Impluse Programme

Dr. Penny Chen has been working in the UK higher education section for over 10 years. Following the completion of a PhD degree in Business and Management from the University of Manchester in 2014, Penny has joined the University of Central Lancashire as a Lecturer. Penny is currently working at UCLan as an Associate Professor in Innovation and Enterprise. Penny is also the General Manager of UCLan Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. which is wholly owned by the University of Central Lancashire. Penny is overseeing the university incubator and acceleration in China, which has over 500 start-ups. Penny created UCLan Online.

Technology+ Law


Ms. Ivy Liang
Gowling WLG (UK) LLP Guangzhou
Representative Office

Ivy Liang obtained her master's degree from City University of Hong Kong, as well as Southwest University of Political Science and Law, which equipped her with the horizon of both civil law and common law. She has worked in the judiciary for more than 15 years and has extensive experience enforcing the clients' IP rights in the Chinese courts and via administrative actions across a broad range of sectors, with a particular focus on trademark, anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition and patents. She is adept in providing constructive and holistic strategic advice to domestic and international clients on IP management and IP rights maintenance. Ivy and the team regularly assist the world-renowned international technology companies in relation to their trademark enforcement strategy from online to offline. For example, carrying out complaints on major e-commerce sites, advising on trademark and anti-counterfeiting strategies; managing administrative and criminal raid actions resulting from detailed investigative work and working closely with administrative authorities and the PSB. 

Technology+ HR


Mr. Duncan Harrison
Executive Director - Head of Asia
Hamlyn Williams

Duncan Harrison heads up the Asia Pacific region for the international recruitment firm, Hamlyn Williams. Originating from the UK and majoring in Political Science from the University of East Anglia, Harrison has 15 years of working in the recruitment industry in Asia. Duncan has a very extensive knowledge of the Asian culture and the recruitment markets in both Japan and South Korea as well as China. In every market he has worked, Harrison has managed large Technology recruitment teams where his team's clients have ranged from start-ups going through their first rounds of funding through to large global multinationals and has witnessed firsthand the rapid pace of Technology innovation impacting the hiring needs and requirements of his clients. With a strong understanding of Asian cultural and business practices, he has managed and grown diverse Tech recruitment teams and assisted hundreds of Tech candidates with their career changes.  

Roadshow Speakers

Technology+ Risk Management


Mr. Haibin Li
Founder & CEO, Anlan Technology
Member, Shenzhen FinTech Association

Anlan Tech is a leading Insurance Technology company by using predictive analytics, data and AI to transform commercial P&C (Property and Casualty) insurance. Insurance is a data business; we integrate data into a comprehensive database, quantify risks and create values for our clients. We focus on various commercial insurance businesses, provide a SaaS platform that enables our clients to integrate various data source , process these data and use machine learning in combination to achieve better pricing, accurate risk selection and develop individual-tailored policy coverage strategies.

Technology+ Medical


Dr. Keith Tsui
CEO & Co-Founder
Medwise AI Ltd is on the mission to ensure every patient receives the best healthcare possible. We use Artificial Intelligence to enhance the capabilities of clinicians so they can provide the best practice care to patients. Our first product is a state-of-the-art clinical question answering platform that instantly provides doctors with concise, actionable, and evidence-based information at the point of care. is supported by Accelerate Cambridge, DigitalHealth.London, UK Department of International Trade and funded by Innovate UK.

Technology+ Energy


Mr. Leigh Purnell
Founder & CEO
Petalite Limited

Petalite is a new movement in electric vehicle charging solutions. Our patented SDC Technology is a highly reliable and low future cost. An inherently current source device achieved through novel flyback topology, SDC simplifies charging for energy companies, CPOs, fleet management companies, and EV drivers by offering charging as a service, not a product. With unparalleled reliability due to multiple built-in redundancies, the single-stage design solves many issues faced daily within standard charging infrastructure. Designed to also support the grid by not stressing the current through multiple stages, other technical benefits include no power split between chargers, 3x MTBF, no short-term warranties, quick and simple installation and on average 50% fewer components compared to leading competitors. Our focus on vertical integration reduces the amount of hardware, maintenance and repair costs as well as integrated backend software and payment services to protect stakeholders against cyber-attacks.

Technology+ HR


Mr. Gareth Christian-Lim
Founder & CEO, Recii

Recii is an AI-driven candidate engagement platform that optimizes how you screen new applicants, reengage an inactive talent pool and move applicants through the pre-onboarding process.

Recii speaks to 000s of candidates every minute, affording applicants the ability to have confidential two-way conversations across our Voice, WhatsApp, Text, and WebChat channels to establish their suitability for a position.

Special Guests


Mr. Jeremy Sargent OBE
British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong

Jeremy Sargent OBE is a seasoned China lawyer and entrepreneur with over 20 years' experience living and working in China. He is a fluent Mandarin speaker who completed his first degree in Chinese at Leeds University in the UK. In 2009, Sargent established "The Happy Monk," a gastropub concept in Guangzhou, which has grown to become an award-winning brand in the hospitality industry, with a team of 180 employees operating five busy downtown locations. In 2019  he obtained his executive MBA degree from a joint program offered by Columbia University Business School, London Business School and Hong Kong University Business School. In 2012, Sargent was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his services on behalf of British businesses and legal services in China.


Ms. Penn Zhao
IT Risk and Control Manager
Fortune 500 International Bank

Penn Zhao graduated from the University of Sheffield, majoring in finance. After graduation, Zhao joined an international bank with a focus on bridging IT and the business in this fast-pace moving technology landscape. Currently serving as the IT risk & control officer in the organization, Zhao is now overseeing more than 70 applications across 2 different business departments, focusing upon audit /regulatory-related issues, IT service management and IT security. Zhao has also been heavily involved in Diversity & Inclusion initiatives, especially in the area of gender equality. Having founded the women's forum in the organization - which currently has nearly 200 active members, Zhao is passionate with building up a platform where female colleagues have access to superior resources to be able to network, mentor, and participate in various events geared towards helping them rise in their careers.

Register now for BritCham Guangdong's "GBA Technology & Innovation Summit 2021" which will be held on Thursday 26 August 2021! Come and listen to their insights and forecast - a chance to connect with 12 outstanding speakers and over 100 corporate executives.

Event Information

Date & Time: 13:00-17:30, Thursday, 26 August, 2021
Venue: Renaissance Shenzhen Bay Hotel (No. 18 Keji South Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen)
Form: Keynote Speeches & Panel Discussion & Roadshow 
Participants: 150+ VIPs from Government, Fortune 500 Companies, UK & Local SME Startups
Language: English and Chinese (Simultaneous Interpretation Provided)
Dress Code: Business Casual

13:00 - 14:00   Registration & Networking
14:00 - 14:15   Opening & Welcome Speeches
14:15 - 15:15   Keynote Speeches
15:15 - 15:35   Tea Break
15:35 - 16:35   Panel Discussion and Q&A
16:35 - 16:55   Roadshow
16:55 - 17:30   Networking
17:30               Event Ends

*The agenda may be subject to change


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Ticket Information

1. This event will be mainly by way of guest invite and only 50 seats will be opened to the public. We encourage attendees to make online registration as early as possible. Seats are not guaranteed for those who have not previously registered.

2. Due to limited spaces, priority will be given to attendees in related industries. After registration, we will email you whether your reservation has been successful by Friday 20 August. Please ensure all information you provide is correct.

3. British Chamber reserves the right to interpret and apply the above conditions. Any question you may have, please contact Ms Arrietty Xi via or call 020-83315013 ext 602.



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