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Toa Charm

Toa Charm

Associate Professor of Practice in Management, Director of Business Development, The Asia-Pacific Institute of Business

Professor Toa Charm has been contributing to the innovation and technology industry for more than 30 years. He held senior management positions in leading multinational, Hong Kong and mainland enterprises including Cyberport, HSBC, IBM, Oracle, Kingdee and Jardine Pacific. Prof. Charm is currently an associate professor in The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School where he cultivates the next generation of digital leaders and entrepreneurs. He also chairs and advises a few elite AI/Big Data and FinTech start-ups in Asia.

Professor Charm specialises in AI/big data, fintech, innovation and entrepreneurship, digital strategy, leadership, and transformation. He has been empowering enterprises such as HSBC, Chow Tai Fook, Convoy, Hong Kong Airport Authority, Hong Kong TownGas, MTRC, Baidu, Lenovo, China Construction Bank, to transform to the digital economy in various ways. It includes advising senior management on digital transformation, bringing in innovations from startups to match corporate needs, co-organizing innovation labs, accelerators, competitions and hackathons with corporates, and delivering best practices training to corporates.

Professor Charm has been actively cultivating the startups ecosystem in Hong Kong and Asia. While he was the chief public mission officer of Hong Kong Cyberport, Professor Charm led his team to establish and cultivate a world-leading digital tech ecosystem in Hong Kong with 1,200+ digital tech companies from 30+ countries where 300+ are fintech companies and at least 3 are unicorns now. At present, Professor Charm continues playing an active role in Cyberport’s Entrepreneurship Committee Advisory Group, HKSTP’s Mentorship Programme, ASTRI’s Technology Panel, and FHKI’s Startup Council. He was the head judge of 2020 and 2019 HK ICT Awards – FinTech Award and the final judges of the most influential startups competitions such as MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 APAC, Alibaba JumpStarter, HSBC x HKET Innovative Business Award, HKSTP Elevator Pitch, TechCrunch, BOCHK Hackathon, Citi Challenge, etc.

Professor Charm serves the communities and industries in Asia through participating in professional and business associations. It includes Hong Kong Institute of Bankers, Hong Kong Retail Management Association, Hong Kong Consumer Council, Hong Kong GS1, Hong Kong Computer Society, Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia, Greater Bay Area Economic & Trade Association, Macau SAR Government Talents Development Committee, Macau University of Science and Technology, Dongguan High-Tech Industry Association, Taipei Foundation of Finance, Malaysia MDEC, and more.

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