Our Hong Kong Foundation

    The Innostars Award Highlight

    03/22/2018 - 10:13

    The Innostars Award 2018 Winner:


    (From right): Mr. Simon Loong, Mr. Steven Lam, Mr. Joe Lee, OHKF Vice Chairman and Chair of The InnoStars Award Judging Panel Dr. Victor Fung, HKSAR Chief Executive Mrs. Carrie Lam, OHKF Chairman Mr. Tung Chee-hwa, Mr. Alex Kong, Professor Li Zexiang, and Professor Rossa Chiu (on behalf of Professor Dennis Lo).

    (21 March 2018, Hong Kong)  To recognise the outstanding achievements of today’s leaders in the field of innovation and to inspire the city’s new generation to continue the legacy of  local pioneers, Our Hong Kong Foundation (“The Foundation” or “OHKF”) is proud to organise the first-ever “The InnoStars Award”. A total of six innovative leaders are presented in a ceremony officiated by HKSAR Chief Executive Mrs. Carrie Lam, with OHKF Chairman Mr. Tung Chee-hwa and OHKF Vice Chairman Dr. Victor Fung who is also Chair of the judging panel. The Foundation also invited Professor Michael Spence, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, to speak at the ceremony. 

    With the theme “Reaching for the stars above and beyond Hong Kong”, the award opened for nominations in January 2018, and more than 70 nominations were received from a variety of industries. The winners are (in alphabetical order of Chinese family name): Alex Kong, Founder and Chairman of TNG FinTech Group; Joe Lee, Founder of Kuaidi Dache and Chairman of Weyao Holdings Limited; Li Zexiang, Professor of Electronic & Computer Engineering at HKUST; Steven Lam, Co-founder and CEO of GOGOVAN; Professor Dennis Lo, Professor Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine at CUHK; and Simon Loong, Founder and CEO of WeLab. 

    Theses six innovative leaders have broken the traditional boundaries with their innovative business models, bringing better products and services to Hong Kong and beyond. In addition, they have demonstrated the strength of Hong Kong companies in the area of innovation and creativity locally, regionally and globally. 

    Award winner:

    Mr. Alex Kong
    Founder & CEO, TNG (Asia) Ltd


    Alex Kong is Founder and CEO of TNG FinTech Group, which offers the next generation of financial services to the unbanked population of 1.2 billion in Asia through its various e-wallet platforms under the Global E-Wallet Alliance, including TNG Wallet, PhiliPurse, INDompet, XIN Wallet and others.

    Under Alex’s leadership, TNG Wallet has recorded rapid development in both user base and transaction volumes, with transactions exceeding US$1 billion within the first two years after launch. Alex’s vision and mission is to provide financial inclusion to the unbanked populations around the world.


    Mr. Joe C. Lee
    Co-Founder of Kuaidi Group
    Chairman, Weyao Holdings Ltd
    Founder & Chairman, Klover Fintech

    An entrepreneur in innovation and technology, Joe Lee is Co-founder of Kuaidi Dache, a ride-hailing app, which in 2015 merged with Didi Dache to form Didi Chuxing, serving hundreds of millions of customers globally. He is currently Chairman of Weyao Holdings Limited and Founder & Chairman of Klover FinTech, in addition to his public service and advisory role as a non-executive director for a number of tech companies in China.

    Born in Hong Kong, Joe is a certified public accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is a member of the Guangzhou Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.


    Prof. Li Zexiang
    Professor, Electronic & Computer Engineering, HKUST
    Chairman, Da-Jiang Innovations Science & Technology Co Ltd
    Chairman, Googol Technology (Hong Kong) Limited

    Professor Li Zexiang has been a faculty member of the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at HKUST since 1992, where he founded the Automation Technology Center and the Robotics Institute. Since 1999, Professor Li has co-founded several companies with his colleagues and students, including Googol Tech (the first motion control company in China), DJI (a global leader in consumer drone), QKM Tech (an automation company of robotic products and services for manufacturers worldwide) and ePropulsion (an innovative provider of high-performance marine electric propulsion systems). 

    In 2014, Professor Li co-founded Clear Water Bay Venture Capital and Songshan Lake Xbot Park to incubate and promote the robotic industry in the Pearl River Delta region. A year later, he was appointed to the Commission on Strategic Development of the Hong Kong Government. In 2016, he co-founded the Hong Kong X-Tech Startup Platform together with Mr. Neil Shen, founding and managing partner of Sequoia Capital China, and Professor Guanhua Chen of the University of Hong Kong. 

    Professor Li was among China’s first batch of students to study in the United States, earning a BS in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1983 and later an MS in Mathematics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Mr. Steven Lam
    Co-founder & CEO, GOGOVAN


    Steven Lam is Co-Founder and CEO of GOGOVAN, founded in 2013. Steven is responsible for developing the overall business strategy and driving the growth and profitability of the business across the region. This also includes establishing business partnerships and securing funding. 

    Steven brings with him a wealth of entrepreneurial skills. Prior to founding GOGOVAN, Steven started BoxAd in 2010, an advertising company which advertises on lunch boxes in Hong Kong.

    Steven earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on global management from the University of California, Berkeley - Walter A. Haas School of Business.



    Prof. Dennis Lo
    Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine, CUHK
    Co-Founder, Xcelom Limited
    Co-Founder, Cirina Limited

    Professor Dennis Lo is the Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). His research interests focus on the biology and diagnostic applications of cell-free nucleic acids in plasma. In particular, he discovered the presence of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal plasma in 1997 and has since then been pioneering non-invasive prenatal diagnosis using this technology. This technology has been widely adopted in over 90 countries. He has also made many innovations using circulating nucleic acids for cancer detection, including the screening of early stage nasopharyngeal cancer. Professor Lo has created an impressive intellectual property portfolio in molecular diagnostics and has co-founded a number of biotechnology companies.

    In recognition of his research, Professor Lo has been elected as Fellow of the Royal Society, Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and Founding Member of the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong. Professor Lo has won numerous awards, including the 2016 Future Science Prize in Life Science and the 2014 King Faisal International Prize in Medicine

    Mr. Simon Loong
    Founder & CEO, WeLab

    Simon Loong is Founder and CEO of WeLab – Asia’s leading fintech company – which operates Wolaidai (我來貸), one of China’s largest mobile lending platforms and WeLend, Hong Kong’s leading online lending platform. The company also partners with leading financial institutions which utilize WeLab’s proprietary fintech solutions. 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, and was ranked by Deloitte as #1 fastest growing tech company by revenue in Hong Kong and #4 in China.

    Simon serves as a board member on the Fintech Association of Hong Kong and an advisor in 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 Graduate School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He was awarded “Innovation Leadership Achievement in Hong Kong” by The Asian Banker in 2017 and “CEO of the Year” by Capital CEO in 2016. Simon was also named as one of the 20 people shaping Hong Kong’s future in the next 20 years by Chinese media outlet, YiCai (第一財經).





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