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March 12, 2024 @ 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Hosted by University of Hong Kong

iCube of HKU Business School
40/F Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central

Members – Free | Nonmembers – $500

Join us in Hong Kong for our event, which will highlight thought leadership and member insights from prominent members and industry experts. After the program, catch up with your colleagues and make new contacts during our networking reception.

Please note that this event has limited capacity.  Should the event become fully subscribed, FISD reserves the right to limit the number of delegates attending per firm. This may require removing some registrations in excess of the per company limit. The purpose of this policy is to ensure a diverse member audience with a mix of consumers, vendors, exchanges, and others.


2:00 - 2:30 p.m. 

Registration and Networking

2:30 - 2:35 p.m. 

FISD Welcome 
Peter Tierney

2:35 - 2:40 p.m.

Host Welcome
Dr. Rujing MENG
, HKU Business School

2:40 - 3:15 p.m.

Digital Assets and Institutional Investing

Interest in Digital Assets as an institutional asset class is growing and the supporting data, infra and processes are evolving to keep pace.

The launches of exchange-traded Crypto-currency funds, industrial-grade ratings for digital assets and new digital bonds are all significant developments in this area since we last met in Sept 2023.

We have convened a panel of experts in the space in Hong Kong to explore these local and international developments and to identify the likely impact on our financial data industry.

Peter Brewin, PWC
Donald Day, VDX
Angelina Kwan, Stratford Finance
Sean Lawrence, Kaiko
Irene Wong, IX Fintech Group Limited

3:15 - 3:50 p.m.

AI and ML – Financial Data Use Cases So Far…

At our Sept meeting there was consensus that Generative AI would have a significant impact on our industry. We also noted that there were not very many real use cases that we could easily reference.

We have convened another panel of experts to explore real life applications of AI and ML (both “traditional” and the recent “generative” models) in our financial data industry.

Bill Bierds, BCC Group International (moderator)
Jesper Bruun-Olsen, OpenFin
Wesley Elder
, Colt
Michael Elko, Bloomberg
Leon Liang, ICE
Michael Yung, Google Cloud

3:50 - 4:30 p.m.

How the Role of the Financial Data Professional is Evolving

Our industry has seen no shortage of disruption both technical and commercial and our member profile is a virtual super-hero with skills ranging from cost optimization to strategic planning.

Our local and international panel of senior managers in the industry have first-hand experience of this phenomenon and the challenges of successfully delivering business solutions while navigating a career and building high performing teams.

This promises to be an engaging discussion for both the members and the HKU students in the audience and provides a bridge to our informal grad recruitment “fair” during the networking.

Naj Alavi, Xenomorph
Magnus Cattan
Gavin Lau, Fidelity International
Dennis Lim
, FactSet
Dr. Rujing MENG
, HKU Business

4:30 - 4:40 p.m.

FISD Updates
Peter Tierney

4:40 - 6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Wesley Elder

Product Director Capital Markets, Colt

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Sean Lawrence

Head of Digital Assets APAC, Kaiko

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Peter Tierney

Program Director, APAC, FISD/Saquish Partners

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Peter Brewin

Partner, PwC

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Naj Alavi

Managing Director & President, Xenomorph

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Michael Yung

Strategic Advisor, Google (Hong Kong) Limited, Google Cloud

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Michael Elko

Head of Market Specialists, Hong Kong, Bloomberg L.P.

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Magnus Cattan

Vice President, Head of Client Development, Asia Pacific, ICE Data Services

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Leon Liang

Director of Business Development for Real Time and Historical Market Data Feeds, ICE Data Services

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Jesper Bruun-Olsen

Representative, Asia-Pacific, OpenFin

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Irene Wong

CEO, IX Fintech Group Limited

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Gavin Lau

Associate Director, Market Data, Fidelity International

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Dr. Rujing MENG

Associate Professor of Teaching, Associate Director, Asia Case Research Centre, MFin/MFFinTech Programme Director, HKU

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Donald Day


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Dennis Lim

Regional Specialist, Real-Time Solutions, FactSet

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Bill Bierds

President & CBDO, BCC Group

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Angela Kwan

Senior Advisor, IMC Asia Pacific

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