Is China becoming the new digital superpower?

As a result of government control over communications technology in China, a tech industry has emerged within China’s regulatory framework. WeChat, Weibo, Alibaba and Baidu are becoming global giants in the social media and e-commerce worlds, rivalling the dominant leaders in the West. As these Chinese tech communications companies start to look outwards from China’s borders and onto the global stage, are they on a collision course with the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Google? Will the Chinese upstarts overtake the established leaders, or will language and privacy concerns inhibit mainstream acceptance? Is Hong Kong in a unique position to bridge the gap between these two worlds?

This event took place October 6, 2014, in Hong Kong.

Presented in partnership with the Sauder Business Club of Hong Kong

Sauder School of Business





Francis Pun, BASc’94  – Head of Innovation, TE Information Solutions, TE Connectivity


Ying Chan – Director and Professor, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, The University of Hong Kong; 2014 Canwest Visiting Professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism

Winnie Cheng, BCom’04 – Assistant E-business Manager – Asia Division, Colgate Palmolive

Michelle Leung, BCom’96 – General Manager, Cross Border Trade, eBay Hong Kong

Panelist Biographies

Francis Pun

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Francis Pun has 15+ years of strategic digital business development and operations development experience with leading S&P 500 IT multinationals such as Dell, Cisco and now at TE Connectivity.

At Dell Asia Pacific, he transformed from an IT operation to a high-growth online business which included developing and managing an online P&L. At Cisco, he pioneered marketing operations which set global best practices for managing marketing from a strategic and ROI perspective.

Four years ago, Francis joined TE Connectivity, formerly known as Tyco Electronics, in a global digital business development role, successfully establishing TE’s digital offerings as leaders in its B2B electronics industry. Now, he’s taken on a role to develop and drive innovations for TE’s IT group.

Since graduating from UBC, he has received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and most recently, completed a corporate executive program from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ying Chan

Ying ChanYing Chan is a writer, educator, and the founding director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). As an academic unit of HKU, the JMSC offers professional graduate and undergraduate degrees in journalism, and MPhil and PhD degrees. Ying was also the founding dean (2003-2011) of the journalism school at Shantou University in China.

Prior to joining HKU in 1998, Chan spent 23 years working as a journalist in New York City, where she reported for the New York Daily News, NBC News, and a number of Chinese language dailies.

Chan’s honours include a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, a George Polk Award for journalistic excellence and an International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

She is the co-Public Lead of Creative Commons Hong Kong, a board member of the Media Development Loan Fund, an investment fund for independent media worldwide, and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Social Media.

She recently spent the first semester of 2014 in Vancouver as the Canwest Visiting Professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.

Winnie Cheng

Winnie Cheng

Winnie has a wealth of experience building strong brands across Asian countries in the Education, IT, luxury goods and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors.

She is passionate about how digital, social media and mobile technology can drive marketing effectiveness through increased customer reach and engagement.

Having worked on the client side, and with agencies, publishers and third party ad servers, Winnie understands the strength and limitation of each digital technology role.

Michelle Leung

Michelle Leung

As General Manager of eBay Marketplace Hong Kong, Michelle is responsible for driving eBay business in the market in terms of gross merchandise volume (GMV) and revenue.

Seeing the success of eBay Hong Kong as the overall triumph of eBay’s APAC CBT business, Michelle is striving to develop new business opportunities by evangelizing the three key principles of eBay – Trust, Selection and Value – and to attest eBay as the most secure and reliable online e-commerce platform to sellers and buyers.

When Michelle started to lead eBay Marketplace Hong Kong in 2009, she exceeded the yearly GMV target by double-digits within a six-month-period, successfully turning the business around. She built a strong, high performance team and managed to instill a sense of ‘Seller Centricity’ and ‘Compete & Win’ culture.

Prior to joining eBay, Michelle worked at Getty Images Hong Kong. Responsible for sales and marketing in Asia Pacific markets, she achieved the highest revenue per employee in the region. Prior to that, she was founding Account Director at Google Hong Kong.

Michelle is a Chartered Accountant of Canada. In addition to her degree from UBC, Michelle also obtained an EMBA degree at Fudan University.

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