Transformational Chief Executive of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund joins Blockchain Conference

The Government Blockchain Association (GBA) is pleased to announce that Ms. Rosemarie McClean, Chief Executive of the Pension Administration and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, will participate at the upcoming conference, The Future of Money, Governance, and the Law, on May 24-25, 2023, in Washington, DC.
Ms. McClean is a seasoned leader in her field, overseeing operations in pensions administration, client services, IT, project management, and process improvement at the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF). She is the Executive Sponsor of a live blockchain solution for 80,000 retirees across 195 countries, a major milestone in eliminating delays and potential errors. Ms. McClean will share her insights on how blockchain technology transformed the delivery of financial services to UN retirees globally.

The conference will also feature government executives from international, national, and local governing bodies, as well as leading private sector companies like Circle and Ciphertrace, a Mastercard company (NYSE: MA). The speakers will address the current legal and regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies, CBDCs, and other digital assets.

This conference is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from and network with government executives from around the world who are leading blockchain and other digital transformational initiatives. Participants will have the chance to expand their professional networks and take their understanding of blockchain technology to new heights.

About the Government Blockchain Association (GBA)

The GBA is a global, non-profit business community with public-sector members in over 500 government offices worldwide (https://gbaglobal.org/about/about-gov-members/), and private-sector professionals in over 50 working groups (https://gbaglobal.org/working-groups/). Public/private sector members work together to use blockchain and related technologies to solve public sector challenges. For more information about the GBA visit www.GBAglobal.org.

For more information about the conference go to https://www.gbaglobal.org/FoMGL

Inquiries:
Contact: Bob Miko
Phone: +1-203-378-2803
Email: b.miko@pacificdialogue.com


Topic: Press release summary

Hong Kong – Appointment of Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Academy of Finance

Appointment of Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Academy of Finance

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The following is issued on behalf of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority:

     The Hong Kong Academy of Finance (AoF) announced today (April 18) the appointment of Mr Enoch Fung as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the AoF for a two-year term with effect from July 18, 2023. Mr Fung is to succeed Mr Kwok Kwok-chuen who will complete his contract on July 17, 2023. 

     Mr Fung is currently Head (External) of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). He will be seconded from the HKMA to the AoF to take up the CEO post. To facilitate a smooth transition, Mr Fung will be appointed as CEO (Designate) with effect from April 24, 2023. The biography of Mr Fung is at Annex.

     The Chairman of the AoF and the Chief Executive of the HKMA, Mr Eddie Yue, said, “Mr Kwok has been instrumental in leading the AoF to establish a strong foundation in developing future financial leaders and enhancing our applied research capability. I would like to thank Mr Kwok for his contributions, and I wish him all the best in his future pursuits.”

     Mr Yue continued, “Mr Fung has established good connections with public and private stakeholders, including international organisations. He also has extensive experience steering projects in both public and private organisations. I am confident that Mr Fung will be able to leverage the foundation that Mr Kwok has built, and further advance the mission of the AoF.”

About the AoF

     The AoF is set up with full collaboration amongst the HKMA, the Securities and Futures Commission, the Insurance Authority and the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority. By bringing together the strengths of the industry, the regulatory community, professional bodies and the academia, it aims to serve as (i) a centre of excellence for developing financial leadership; and (ii) a repository of knowledge in monetary and financial research, including applied research.

Hong Kong – Appointment of Chief Operating Officer of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority

Appointment of Chief Operating Officer of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority

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     The Financial Secretary, in exercise of the authority under the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Ordinance (Cap. 485) (MPFSO) delegated to him by the Chief Executive, has appointed Ms Cynthia Hui Wai-yee as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Director of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (MPFA) for a period of three years from February 3, 2023, to February 2, 2026, both dates inclusive.
      
     Announcing the appointment today (February 1), the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr Christopher Hui, said, “Having served the MPFA for over 16 years and holding senior positions as Executive Director since 2008 and Acting COO since July last year, Ms Hui possesses profound knowledge of and relevant experience in the operation and regulation of the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) System. We look forward to Ms Hui’s continued dedication to the furtherance of the MPF System in her capacity as COO.”
      
     The MPFA is a statutory body established under the MPFSO in September 1998 for the regulation and supervision of the MPF System.

Hong Kong – Establishment of Chief Executive’s Policy Unit (with photo)

Establishment of Chief Executive’s Policy Unit (with photo)

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     The Government announced today (December 27) the Chief Executive’s Policy Unit (CEPU) would be established tomorrow (December 28). The Chief Executive, Mr John Lee, appointed Dr Stephen Wong Yuen-shan as the Head, CEPU.

     Mr Lee stated in his Policy Address that in order to improve Hong Kong’s governance, enhancing governance capability and governance efficacy is a priority. The establishment of the CEPU is an important step in enhancing the Government’s capabilities in research and advocacy on long-term and strategic issues.

     Mr Lee said, “Dr Wong has years of extensive experience in public policy research. During his time as head of policy research at a leading think tank, he forged close collaboration and communication with top think tanks in the Mainland. He pays close attention to and is familiar with national development. He has also held leadership positions at multinational financial institutions, and worked in different financial centres around the world. With his visionary mindset in national matters and strong interest in international situations, Dr Wong is the appropriate choice to head the CEPU. I strongly believe he can lead the CEPU, contribute strategic suggestions and assist me and the Government in policymaking.”

     Mr Lee expects the CEPU to make contributions in the following areas:

(1) to advocate for and assist in the formulation of long-term and strategic policies from a forward-thinking perspective;

(2) to keep abreast of national development, including directions, plans and policies, analyse and suggest areas of significance in the integration into national development, and actively participate in and contribute to the pursuit of such areas;

(3) examine international relations and situations, and analyse opportunities and risks, so that the Government can seize opportunities, create a favourable environment for development, and prevent risks at the same time; and

(4) grasp the sentiments of Hong Kong citizens, understand the general direction and focus of their concerns, discover factors that are conducive to social harmony and stability, and assist in decision-making directions and formulation of measures.

     Dr Wong will assume office tomorrow. He will get the other CEPU members on board, and lead the CEPU in taking its work forward.

     Following is the biographical notes on Dr Wong:

Dr Stephen Wong Yuen-shan
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     Dr Stephen Wong Yuen-shan, aged 48, joined Our Hong Kong Foundation (OHKF) in 2015, and is currently OHKF’s Senior Vice President & Executive Director of Public Policy Institute. He is also a member of the Legislative Council, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Institute for China Business of the School of Professional and Continuing Education of the University of Hong Kong.

     He earned his Bachelor of Arts (Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from the University of Chicago, his Master of Arts in East Asian Studies (Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies) from Yale University, and his Doctor of the Public Administration from the University of Hong Kong. He worked as an investment banker and was in managerial roles with several global financial institutions, including as Executive Director at UBS (London) and Managing Director at Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

     He has held a number of public service positions, including member of the Board of the Financial Services Development Council, member of the Urban Renewal Authority Board, member of the Town Planning Board and member of the former Task Force on Land Supply.

YATA Chief Executive Officer Ms. Susanna Wong Awarded as Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador

YATA is pleased to announce that Ms. Susanna Wong, the Chief Executive Officer of YATA, has been awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan as the “Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador” in recognition of her leadership in YATA in promoting Japanese cuisine and ingredients in Hong Kong over the years. The ceremony was held at the residence of the Consul-General of Japan in Hong Kong, with Ambassador Okada Kenichi, the Consul-General of Japan in Hong Kong, presenting the certificate of appointment.

Ms. Susanna Wong, the Chief Executive Officer of YATA, said, “YATA has always been committed to promoting quality shopping experiences at modern Japanese lifestyle department stores, and high-quality Japanese ingredients are an integral part of its efforts. I am very grateful for the support from the Japanese government to YATA over the years. With the support, YATA is always able to introduce premium ingredients from different areas of Japan that are of high quality and in season so that Hong Kong people can easily enjoy scrumptious and exceptional Japanese fresh meat and produce. I am honoured to be awarded as the ‘Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador’. In the future, I will continue working closely with the Japanese government and my team to bring out new ways to promote Japanese ingredients and Japanese cuisine experience.”

MAFF has awarded “Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassadors” since 2015 to further promote Japanese ingredients and food culture overseas.

YATA made its debut in 2008, bringing in the concept of “Modern Japanese Lifestyle Department Store” to the market. Over 60% of the total products of YATA are imported from Japan, with 30% of fresh meat and 50% of produce, the long-term-popular items among customers, delivered to Hong Kong by air. Each year, a number of thematic events about Japanese regions are held to promote Japanese food culture. YATA has a total of 14 branches in Hong Kong, including 3 department stores, 9 supermarkets and 2 convenience stores, to provide always accessible Japanese-style shopping surprise to consumers.






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