At CEO (Boardroom Media) we track over 1,000,000 startups and over 5,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top Hong Kong based CEO’ operating in the Finance space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Co-Founder & CEO of FTX
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About Alameda Research, FTX: FTX Exchange is a cryptocurrency exchange company that develops a mobile trading platform.
Co-Founder and CEO of CompareEuropeGroup
Before Nova Founders Capital, Stefan Bruun has worked as CMO at Rocket Internet Asia and as Vice President at Groupon Asia. Stefan has been also involved in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley in London and private equity with the Nordic Real Estate Partners across Scandinavia respectively. Stefan holds a BSc in International Business from Copenhagen Business School.
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About CompareEuropeGroup, Nova Founders Capital, Vendigo: CompareEuropeGroup is a pan-European financial comparison platform.
Co-Founder, CEO & Managing Partner of FountainVest Partners
Frank Tang, a member of Accenture’s board of directors since May 2014, is chief executive officer and managing partner of FountainVest Partners, a leading private equity fund dedicated to investments in China. Before co-founding FountainVest in 2007, Tang was senior managing director and head of China investments at Temasek Holdings, an investment company owned by the government of Singapore. Prior to joining Temasek in 2005, Tang was a managing director at Goldman Sachs, where he worked for nearly 11 years. He began his investment banking career in the New York office before moving to Hong Kong, where he headed the telecommunications, media and technology investment banking effort in Asia, excluding Japan. Tang is a board member of Weibo Corporation and IMAX China, as well as a governor of the China Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. Tang earned his MBA from Columbia Business School—where he is a member of its board of overseers—and his Bachelor’s degree from Donghua University.
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About FountainVest Partners, FountainVest Partners: FountainVest is a private equity funds dedicated to completely China. They seek to invest in industry leaders and emerging leaders with a
Founder & CEO of Qiming Venture Partners
Duane Kuang joined Intel Capital as Director.
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About Intel Capital, Qiming Venture Partners: Qiming Venture Partners is a venture capital firm investing in the TMT and healthcare industries at the early and growth stages.
Co-Founder and CEO of Bitspark
Founder at Bitspark
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About Bitspark: Bitspark is a web and mobile platform that has built products and services that make it easier to buy, exchange and sell crypto with cash.
Founder and CEO of WeLab
Simon Loong is the Founder and CEO of WeLab – Asia’s leading Fintech company – which operates Wolaidai (我来贷), one of China’s largest mobile lending platforms and WeLend, Hong Kong’s leading online lending platform. Founded in 2013, WeLab reinvents traditional financial services with its proprietary risk management technology and seamless mobile lending experiences. WeLab’s investors include Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah, Chinese provincial government fund Guangdong Technology Financial Group, CK Hutchison’s TOM Group, ING Bank, China Constuction Bank, World Bank’s IFC, and Sequoia Capital. WeLab was named in a KPMG-sponsored report as one of the top 100 fintech companies in the world – #6 in China and #33 globally. Prior to founding WeLab, Simon spent 15 years in retail banking divisions of leading international banks. Most recently, Simon served as the Head of Standard Chartered’s Unsecured Lending business in North East Asia. Prior to that, he was the Marketing Director for Citibank Taiwan and the Regional Risk Officer for Citibank Asia Pacific. Simon serves as an advisor on a number of professional organizations including Shenzhen Consumer Council, Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. Simon has a Master of Science in Management (MSM) from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He was awarded “Innovation Leadership Achievement in Hong Kong” by The Asian Banker in 2017, “CEO of the Year” by Capital CEO in 2016 and Silicon Dragon’s “Entrepreneur Achievement Award” in 2014.
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About WeLab: WeLab is a Hong Kong-based fintech company offering virtual banking and consumer financing solutions.
Founder and CEO of Oddup
James Giancotti is the CEO and CIO of Bigcolors, a private company with a platform that invests in startups. He leads the strategy and sales and startup acquisitions functions. James is active in the Hong Kong startup eco-system and is well known in the Asia Pacific startup scene. James is a successful angel investor having invested in a number of startups producing high returns. A law graduate and a former investment banker, James previously worked for Goldman Sachs covering complex financial research models for investment banks and internet and telecommunications company research and at JP Morgan, managing large business development projects.
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About Bigcolors, Oddup: Oddup is a data-driven research platform that provides analytical information on startups.
CEO of Nest
As an entrepreneur and startup investor, Lawrence has built, scaled and exited businesses across sectors including property, media, finance, marketing and manufacturing. He is passionate about supporting founders and powering up early-stage companies so that they can achieve rapid growth. With a long family history of entrepreneurship, Lawrence’s calling to the world of building businesses started at the age of 12. Moving to Hong Kong in 2004, he started three businesses within his first year, whilst quickly establishing himself as an investor and advisor to startups. Combining critical analysis, commercial acumen and angel investor skills, Lawrence brings a unique viewpoint to evaluating business ideas and helping entrepreneurs develop a clear path to commercialisation. Lawrence’s drive to revolutionise led him to establish numerous new businesses within multinational organisations. He co-founded Nest in 2010 and held the position of COO until April 2016 when he became CEO.
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About Nest: Nest operates corporate accelerator programmes, invests in startups and runs a global entrepreneurial community called Mettā.
Co-Founder & CEO of CoinFi
Timothy Tam is the co- founder and CEO at Coinfi.
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About CoinFi: CoinFi uses crowdsourced research, analysis, trading signals and market-moving news.
CEO & Founder of Artificial Life
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About Artificial Life: Artificial Life is a new kind of incubator and investor, investment scout and business advisor.
Co-Founder and CEO of Aqumon
Kelvin Lei Chun Ran, currently CEO of Magnum Research, is an investment banking veteran with eight years of experience in sales and trading. Previously, he held the role of Vice President at Deutsche Bank and helped allocate USD 10 billion worth of capital in global FICC market. Kelvin was able to see through the struggle of traditional wealth management and sense the industry’s urge for disruptive technological breakthroughs. In light of such need, he founded Magnum Research in November 2015 and brought the idea of robo-advisor to the Hong Kong market. Kelvin is now leading the financial market team, specializing in business development and strategic planning.
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About Aqumon: Aqumon is a algorithm-driven, technology-based investment platform.
President & CEO of BBPOS
Alex Choi manages business strategies and operations as BBPOS works to keep pace with an industry that is growing at almost 8% per year, and is expected to generate $3.5 billion within a year. This dynamic growth takes someone who evaluates both short- and long-term opportunities; Alex manages for today’s markets and customer needs as well as predicts what will happen in the industry three, five, and ten years out. Alex has a unique understanding of technology, the payments industry, and the nuances that drive success in this highly competitive market. “Their corporate strategy is based on their strengths: innovation, design, and service. These strengths keep their products on the leading-edge of the mobile payments industry, and keep their customers ahead of their competition.”
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About BBPOS: BBPOS is an mPOS solution provider and payment transaction industry for developing systems and services ahead of technology trends.
Managing Director & CEO of Happiness Capital
Eric Ng is a CEO & Managing Director at Happiness Capital company.
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About Happiness Capital: Happiness Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in startups that aim to improve the world’s happiness.
CEO and Co-Founder of Quantifeed
Former managing director for Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 15+ years of experience in investment research with a focus on systematic investment strategies, portfolio construction, and development of tradable indices for ETFs and other products. Top ranked analyst by Institutional Investor. PhD in Quantitative Finance from Imperial College, University of London.
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About Quantifeed: Quantifeed is a provider of digital wealth management solutions to financial institutions in Asia.
CEO and Co-Founder of Velotrade
Started his career in the Equity Derivatives desk at Dresdner Kleinwort in London. In 2009, Gianluca moved to Singapore where he founded and managed his proprietary trading company, engaging in high-frequency equity and currency derivatives. Involved in Velotrade in Hong Kong since 2014.
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About Velotrade: Velotrade is Asia’s digital trade finance marketplace: Professional investors buy trade receivables to finance SMEs working capital
Founder & CEO of Qupital
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About Qupital: Qupital is a fintech company that develops a one-stop financing platform for cross-border e-commerce sellers.
CEO and Co-Founder of Unikeys
Alexandre is a Fintech and Blockchain expert committed to facilitate access to digital assets for all. With deep knowledge on derivatives from his experiences in various major financial institutions (Société Générale, JP Morgan), Alexandre has been working with different Fintech startups designing blockchain-based workflows and pilots. As an active member of the blockchain ecosystem in Asia, he has delivered numerous talks about the rise of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Alexandre is currently CEO and Co-Founder at Unikeys, a company providing the first comprehensive suite of cryptocurrency solutions to the masses.
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About Unikeys: Unikeys is a pioneering fintech company based in Hong Kong specialised in developing blockchain based biometric wallet for crypto users.
Founder and CEO of FundPark
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About FundPark: FundPark is a FinTech focused trade finance platform.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FinFabrik
Alex is FinFabrik CEO and co-founder, a FinTech company using advanced analytics to provide financial institutions’ clients with more personalised wealth management solutions. Previously, Alex spent 17 years in various Tier 1 global financial institutions overseeing operations across diverse asset classes, client segments and business lines in Europe and APAC. Alex is also a HK Fintech Association board member where he advocates innovation and education. His knowledge and drive for simplicity has made him a sought-after mentor, advisor and speaker.
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About FinFabrik: FinFabrik is a fin tech solutions builder that specializes in capital markets software.
Founder & CEO of HKbitEX
Han Gao is the Founder and CEO at HKbitEX.
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About HKbitEX: HKbitEX is a virtual asset trading platform meant for professional investors.
CEO of FAS | Fintech Advisory Services
Elena Obukhova is an entrepreneur and business strategist. She is a founder & CEO at FAS, an advisory firm that helps SMBs to apply blockchain and fintech technologies as well as assists startups with venture building and facilitates their fundraising journey. Elena is also a founder of MakeAvent, an e-meetup platform with networking experience.
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About FAS | Fintech Advisory Services, makeAvent: Fintech Advisory Services is a consulting company that bridges blockchain and fintech experts.
Chief Executive Officer of InvestLab
Former Head of Greater China Equities, Deutsche Bank, CEO ABN AMRO Asia Equities and most recently Co-Head of Institutional Equities at Yuanta Securities – the largest retail securities firm in Taiwan. Nate has successfully built three institutional equities businesses over the course of his career. Being fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he brings a wealth of operating experience and relationships within the Greater China region. At Yuanta Securities, Nate was instrumental in sourcing and building the technology needed for the retail branch network to offer global execution.
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About InvestLab: InvestLab is an on-demand financial services technology company serving the global investment market.
Founder & CEO of Interlinkages
Anindita has over 15 years of experience in Corporate Banking and Institutional Banking domains. Prior to founding Interlinkages, she worked with ICICI Bank as Alternate CEO (Hong Kong branch) and Global Head of Export Credit Agency business. Anindita is a management graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India.
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About Interlinkages: Interlinkages is a cloud based B2B cross-border, trade finance market place.
Founder and CEO of FINNOVASIA
Anthony founded FINNOVASIA in 2015 and Hong Kong FinTech Club in 2017 to meet the growing demand in financial technology knowledge from the industry. FINNOVASIA is the officially appointed organiser of the Hong Kong FinTech Week, the leading industry event with over 8,000 attendees from 57 countries. Previously he ran the executive education company with the focus of innovations in various industries, including banking and finance. Anthony has over 18 years experience in event management, communications and media in Asia and Europe. Prior to starting of his business in Hong Kong, Anthony was a business journalist at the joint newspaper by The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. He holds an MBA degree from the SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management.
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About FINNOVASIA: Fostering #FinTech revolution in Asia and globally by connecting entrepreneurs, investors, bankers and regulators.
CEO and Managing Partner of Quinlan & Associates
Benjamin Quinlan is the CEO and Managing Partner of Quinlan & Associates and the Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK). He is also a Managing Director at EFADRIN, acts as a Senior Advisor for Emotics and Picowork, is a Mentor for PingAn’s Cloud Accelerator, and is a Guest Contributor for eFinancialCareers and Regulation Asia. He was named as one of Lattice 80’s top 50 FinTech influencers in Hong Kong in 2018. Benjamin has an extensive track record advising many of the world’s leading multinational companies, financial services organisations, SMEs and start-ups on a variety of high-profile strategic engagements. He is quoted extensively in the global financial press and is frequently interviewed by leading media outlets, including Bloomberg, Reuters and CNBC. He is also a regular keynote speaker at leading financial services industry conferences across the world. Prior to founding Quinlan & Associates, Benjamin was the Head of Strategy for Deutsche Bank AG’s Equities business in Asia Pacific and its Investment Bank in Greater China, and sat on a number of the bank’s global and regional executive committees. He was also the global strategy lead for several of Deutsche Bank’s landmark projects executed out of London and New York. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Benjamin worked as a Management Consultant at Oliver Wyman, a leading international strategy consulting firm. As part of the firm’s Corporate & Institutional Banking practice, Benjamin advised a variety of global and regional financial institutions on a range of strategic matters. He was also actively involved in the firm’s thought leadership publications and was widely regarded as one of Oliver Wyman’s global subject matter experts in investment banking and capital markets strategy. Before joining Oliver Wyman, Benjamin worked at UBS AG in the bank’s Asia Pacific Client Coverage and Group Strategy departments, reporting into the regional President and CEO. He began his career in M&A and Capital Markets Advisory at PwC in Sydney. Outside of his corporate career, Benjamin is a professional stand-up comedian. He is regular headliner at major comedy clubs around Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila, Taipei, and Cambodia. He appeared on Comedy Central’s Stand-Up Asia! Season 2, as well as a number of TV shows, and was the winner of the 2017 Hong Kong International Comedy Competition. Benjamin has also opened for a number of international comedians on their Asian tours, including Russell Howard, Kevin Bridges, and Doug Stanhope, and has been interviewed in extensively in leading media publications. He sold out his past ten 1-hour comedy specials in Hong Kong, with over 1,500 tickets sold. Benjamin holds a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a First Class Honours Degree in Economics (on scholarship) from Macquarie University, Sydney.
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About eFinancialCareers, inAsia Media, Quinlan & Associates: Quinlan & Associates is a strategy consulting firm specializing in the financial services industry.
Co-Founder & CEO of gini
Gini helps you manage your personal finances and get rewarded for it – Gini’s multi award winning app links all your bank accounts into one app so you can easily track your spending. It also automatically saves you money by finding you cheaper deals and rewards at brands you love. (Currently in Closed Beta) Prior to gini, Ray worked for Citigroup Global Markets where he worked first in the firm’s Asia Investor Sales division before becoming a Vice President in the Global Credit Trading division where Ray originated, structured, distributed and executed structured finance transactions. During this time Ray was responsible for a number of bespoke transactions including several regulatory capital-related trades, tax credit financing and loan securitizations. Ray began his career at Amias Berman (now Orion Investments Limited) as an Analyst on the Alternative Assets Group trading desk where he was responsible for analysing all non-flow credit instruments. Ray received his Bsc (Hons) from Kings College London.
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About gini: gini helps finance teams grow their companies.
Founder & CEO of KAYAC
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About Cookpad Japan, KAYAC, Pla-cole: KAYAC is a technology company focused on creative mobile games.
Chief Executive Officer of Messer Financial Software
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About Messer Financial Software: Messer Financial Software is a hedge fund technology company.
CEO of FundingReach
William is instrumental to the development of AI supported credit systems which help Corporates and Financial Institutions to increase their business visibility and make better business decisions. William has extensive experiences in Banking, prior to founding FundingReach, he had held various senior positions in the Corporate and Commercial Banking sector, including Head of Large and Medium Corporates of Commercial Banking at Citibank, Head of Agri and Energy at Standard Chartered Bank, and Head of Local Corporates at ANZ. William obtained BBA from City University of Hong Kong and LLB from University of London.
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About FundingReach: FundingReach is a fintech platform which focuses on providing risk mitigation solutions.
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of China Success Finance
LI Bin, aged 46, is our executive director and the chief executive officer of our Group.. LI Bin joined our Group in 2006 as an assistant to the general manager of Success Guarantee and manager of the post-guarantee management department. He was promoted to general manager of Success Guarantee in 2009 and appointed as our executive director and the chief executive officer of our Group on 18 October 2013. LI Bin resigned as the chief executive officer of our Company with effect from 15 September 2014 in order to focus his time and effort on the development of the guarantee business of the Company and continued to serve as an executive director of our Company. LI Bin was appointed as the chief operating officer of our Group on 31 August 2015 and is responsible for overseeing our Group’s operations and internal management system. He was appointed as the vice chairman of Success Guarantee in 2016. He has been resigned as chief operation officer of our Group and appointed as chief executive officer of our Group with effect from 18 May 2018. Prior to joining our Group, LI Bin had worked at the Foshan branch of Bank of China from 1993 to 2005 and was responsible for sales and marketing activities in the bank and specialising in the provision of loans and credits which are relevant to the business of our Group. His last position in the bank was assistant manager of the sales department. LI Bin obtained a master of business administration degree from Jinan University in Guangdong, the PRC in June 2007.
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About China Success Finance: China Success Finance Group an investment holding and financial consultancy company.