Location: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Date: Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Time: 10am – 6pm


10am – Conference opening with MC Fyiona Yong, Millennial Leadership Coach and Founder, Wholistic Coachsulting.


10.10amWelcome message Dr Jimmy Chiang, Associate Director-General at InvestHK.


Session 1: The future of retail – New Retail for the next decade. What does Jack Ma’s global ambition hold for today’s retailers? How have online and offline converged and what will be the next chapters of retail in Hong Kong and Asia?


10.15 am: Dustin Jones, MD, Brand Accelerator with Fung Retailing Group. Retail globalisation and the Asian-based consumer.


10.45am: Pascal Martin, Partner at OC&C Strategy Consultants: New retail trends and their implications in Hong Kong.


11.05am David Bell, President, Idea Farm Ventures.


11.30  Break


12.00 noon – Top 50 Innovative Retail Leaders in Hong Kong: A panel – hosted by Anson Bailey, Head of Technology, Hong Kong & Head of Consumer & Retail, ASPAC at KPMG, featuring five retailers from our recently announced Top 50. What top retail executives are doing now to prepare for the next five to 10 years


  • Jose Blanco – Guess
  • Jacky Lam – Okian
  • Alex Bono – Habbitzz
  • Jennifer Liu – The Coffee Academics


Session 2: Global change pain points: How sustainability and the constant quest to prove ethics, a commitment to social conscience and evolving trends like the sharing economy are changing the way brands interact with customers..


12.40 Erik Bang from H&M Foundation: Reinventing fashion with sustainability.


1.00pm: Fioni Fong, Marketing Director at Yeechoo: The sharing economy and how Yeechoo has democratised fashion.


1.20pm: Walden Lam, Co-founder and Chief Hustler at Unspun: An innovative response to the growing challenge of repurposing discarded fashion.  


1.40pm – Lunch


Session 3 New technology in retail. Blockchain, AI, apps, in-store executions and much more.  


2.40pm Stéphane Bihorel, Director Malherbe Paris: How to create a compelling retail offer in a store which aligns with the online and app experience. Examples include designing Alibaba’s Hema supermarket concept.  


3.10pm: Panel: Dr Ricky Szeto of Hung Fook Tong and Ernest Lee, Head of Cloud and Watsons at IBM China/Hong Kong:  How using AI can revolutionise the vending machine experience. Moderator:  Stanley Wong, Sales Director, Tech Data Computer Service (HK).


3.30pm: Nicole Nguyen, Head of Asia Pacific at Infinity Blockchain Ventures: The power and potential of blockchain in retail.


3.50pm Carson McKelvey, Cofounder of Tofugear: Flattery or Fallacy? The Unromantic Truth about Counterfeiting

A reality check about counterfeiting and how emerging technologies such as blockchain are being used to meet a new and fast growing need of consumers.


4.10pm: Olasso founder Pieter Wittgen: Solving the post-purchase challenge for retailers.


4.30pm: 5 startups in retail tech new to the stage: Short-fire presentations of fresh ideas in AI, AR and other new technology influencing retail:

  • Sean Lee-Davis, CEO & Founder at Awethentic Studio.
  • Kostas Koukoravas, CEO & Founder at Intelistyle.
  • Francis Kwok, CEO & Co-Founder at PopSquare.
  • Leo Lau, Co-Founder at SnapPop.
  • Simon Lau, CEO at Zectr.


4.50pm:  Jose Blanco, VP Asian Markets – Mainland China Hong Kong Macau Taiwan at Guess: The store of the future in Hong Kong.


5.10pm: Dr Tracy Mok, Associate Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU): Shopping in the virtual world. How Hong Kong-developed technology has integrated AI and 3D technologies to make fashion shopping fun and interactive by smartphone.  


5.30pm: Wrap-up and reflections on the day: Fyiona Yong.


5.45pm – Event closes.



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