Posted on November 3, 2020, 11:39 am, by Executive Director, under Association Events, Hong Kong Festival

HKNZBA is honoured to be welcoming Prof. Siah Hwee Ang, Mr. Robin Harris and Mr. Raymond Fan as our keynote speakers for a Business Seminar, as part of the 2020 Hong Kong Festival. Please note, the Seminar has been rescheduled from its original August date to Tuesday 17 November. Accordingly, some details have been updated. We look forward to seeing you there!

Topic: Balancing economic growth in Asia in the COVID-19 era

The Asia region covers 39 percent of the world’s product trade and 32 percent of the world’s service trade. The strength of the region builds on the stability of Japan and the Four Tigers – Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, followed by the rise of China in the last decade, and joined recently by the ASEAN countries and India. The arrival of COVID-19 threatens to slow and even halt the economic progress in the region. The keynote address will focus on how the Asian economies are adapting and how the economic landscape in the region might evolve in the COVID-19 era.

Professor Siah Hwee Ang

Siah Hwee Ang is Professor of International Business and Strategy, Chair in Business in Asia at Victoria University of Wellington and Director of the Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. In these roles, Siah works closely with various stakeholders and companies on their strategies in Asia and Asia’s engagement in New Zealand. Siah sits on the national assessment panels for New Zealand Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia, Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships, and Marsden Fund.  Before joining Victoria University of Wellington, Siah was Professor in Strategy and Associate Dean Postgraduate and International (Asia) at the University of Auckland Business School. Previously, Siah has held appointments at Cass Business School, City University in London and the National University of Singapore, where he also completed his PhD in Management. Siah is Visiting Professor to a few Asian universities. He writes frequently in the media.

Prof. Ang’s keynote address will focus on how the Asian economies are adapting and how the economic landscape in the region might evolve in the COVID-19 era.


Mr Robin Harris

Robin Harris is Managing Director of Capricorn Capital Partners HK Limited, where he is responsible for the strategy and management of the Asian operations of Capricorn, specifically its Private Equity activities. Capricorn has recently collaborated with InvestHK, a venture you can read more about here:

Before his work with Capricorn, Robin was head of the Private Capital Markets business of Macquarie Capital in Hong Kong. Robin is a CFA Charter holder and holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree from the University of Cape Town. Being a proud Hong Kong resident for over 25 years, he will also be able to provide an on-the-ground reality check on life in Hong Kong; reflecting on new policy developments and what businesses can expect heading forward in the market.

Mr Raymond Fan

Mr. Raymond Fan is the Director of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in Sydney. He is also the Representative to Australia & New Zealand, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

Mr Fan has been working for the Hong Kong Government since 1984 in posts covering district administration; civil service and private sector labour affairs; immigration policies; Port, Logistics and Maritime development; marine laws; environmental protection and conservation; policy research for strategic development; leisure services and sports development. Mr Fan has extensive overseas representation experience for Hong Kong and was stationed in New York, USA from 1990-1993 and 1998-2002. He had also participated in and coordinated APEC Ministerial Meetings. Born in Hong Kong and educated in the United Kingdom, he has a degree in Medical Biochemistry and a Masters Degree in Environmental Management. He is also an Executive Fellow of the JFK School of Government in Harvard University in the US.

Mr. Fan will be Zooming in from the HKETO Sydney Office, where he will share insights on how Hong Kong is positioning itself for the post-COVID world.

Special prize draw

HKNZBA is pleased to announce that there will be a special prize draw at the Seminar’s conclusion, marking our Hong Kong Festival’s grand launch. Among these include 2x complimentary room night stays with Cordis Auckland. Stay tuned for more details and good luck to all attendants, who will receive an entry each!

Register here!