CFA Institute 11 February 2022
Future of the FinTech Eco-System
CFA Institute Alpha Summit APAC Fireside Chat presented by CFA Institute and ACCA Hong Kong
Virtual Session: Video On Demand
CFA Institute Alpha Summit APAC, a two-day virtual conference focusing on the investment industry’s biggest challenges and most compelling trends across Asia Pacific, was held on 10-11 February 2022. From shareholder activism and advances in fintech to sustainable investment strategy and capital allocation, the nine thematic sessions of the conference aimed to give the audience the tools and guidance on best practices that financial professionals need to succeed.
Technology’s disruption of financial services has only just begun, and financial platforms from payments to insurance and everything in between will undergo some kind of tech-driven transformation. How does a successful Fintech eco-system look like, and how can investors and consumers benefit? While the future is looking bright, what are the potential ethical and cybersecurity considerations that need to be resolved? How will the ecosystem evolve and affect investors and firms, and will the changes have a positive or negative impact on the current low levels of investor trust in the investment industry?
In the fireside chat “Future of the FinTech Eco-System,” Jennifer Tan, FCCA, chair of ACCA Hong Kong and CEO of Alipay Financial Services (HK) Limited, highlighted the role of the payment platform as a lifestyle app, which aggregates a range of services and simplifies access. Such a platform creates an environment for industry players to collaborate rather than compete, as each focuses on their core competencies. Challenges remain, however, such as the necessity to change user habits, build merchant networks, and protect personal data. Working with regulators to build trust by showing how risks are minimized is essential to achieve progress.
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Dr Lok is responsible for nurturing ethics trainers, producing ethics bite-size media as well as facilitating member societies to promote ethical behavior in their local capital markets. In his role, Dr Lok works with member societies to advance awareness and adoption of CFA Institute ethics and standards, as well as policy positions on ethical conduct and culture related issues. This involves outreach to local stakeholders, including the industry, financial regulator, and the public across the APAC markets. Dr Lok also manages ethics related content and events together with societies leaders as well as facilitating their outreach activities on the Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX) post publication.
Dr Lok joined CFA Institute in February 2014 as the Director of Capital Markets Policy in the Standards & Advocacy Division (APAC) before moving to the role of Director, Society Advocacy Engagement (APAC) in January 2017. In that role, Dr Lok has built up close relationships with society leaders and volunteers in the APAC region. Dr Lok was also responsible for directing the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX). Over the years, he co-authored two monographs on portfolio pumping and market manipulation, submitted numerous regulatory consultation papers, written many blogs & articles and supported the Singapore Society in their Industry Research series in the Singapore Business Times.
During the decade prior to joining CFA Institute, Dr Lok was the senior investment manager of a Chinese solar-energy conglomerate and worked as both a buy and sell-side research analyst in Singapore. Dr Lok also served as the Adjunct head of two modules in Nanyang Technological University (南阳理工学院) as well as the module leaders for various universities in Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China, and Singapore.
Dr Lok graduated with a degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2003. Subsequently, he went on to read his MBA at the University of Manchester in 2013. He obtained the FRM certification from the Global Association of Risk Professionals in 2007 and was subsequently awarded the CFA certification from the CFA Institute in 2008. Dr Lok was recently awarded a doctorate degree from the University of Middlesex, London in 2021. His latest publication was a co-authorship with ACCA entitled “21 Sector Analysis: A Questioning Framework for Investors”.
As well as being AlipayHK CEO, Jennifer is also an Executive Vice President for Ant Group, where she is in charge of formulating and implementing strategy and government development plans for the group’s business in the Greater Bay Area. Before joining AlipayHK, Jennifer gained extensive senior management experience with various Fortune 500 multinational corporations and global conglomerates, including 20 years at Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong), where she rose to become COO. Jennifer is a qualified accountant and holds a master’s degree in business administration.