Data in the Greater Bay Area – Exploring the Movement of Information

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Data in the Greater Bay Area – Exploring the Movement of Information

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Data is a key pillar of infrastructure for organisations no matter what industry they are in. Banking, AI, healthcare and telecoms all rely on data connectivity and cross-border data transfer.

The recently released Greater Bay Area Outline Development Plan is promoting a greater integrated economic and social ecosystem both physically and digitally, including the creation of a “GBA Big Data Centre” and exploring policy measures to further facilitate the cross boundary flow of information. However the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao all have different data and privacy laws, standards and regulations. To unify technology solutions across these three borders, a lot must be done to harmonise regulation and create a Digital Greater Bay Area.

At this event we will discover what the current issues are in the transfer of information across the GBA. What are the policies that need to be created to allow for increased flow of data and information across the GBA. What challenges businesses will need to overcome to facilitate better data flow. What work is the Privacy Commission undertaking with counterparts in China to encourage better aligned privacy and data laws, and how the Commission is positioning Hong Kong’s One Country, Two Systems advantages to China to become the de facto ‘data centre for the GBA’.


About the speakers

Stephen Wong joined the Attorney General’s Chambers of the Hong Kong Government as a Crown Counsel in 1986. In 1991, he was seconded to the UN Human Rights Committee based in Geneva, where he became the Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions. From 1996 to 2014, he assumed the offices of Deputy Solicitor-General; Founding Director of Berlin Economic and Trade Office; and Secretary-General of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission, responsible for human rights; cross-boundary legal affairs; Constitutional law issues; legal policies; economic and trade affairs (Central and Eastern Europe) and law reform. Stephen is also active in the community work, having been appointed as an adjunct professor of the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong; and an advocacy examiner of the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Hong Kong, also holding an LLM from the London School of Economics. He also pursued management courses at Harvard and Wharton, USA.

Stephen was appointed as the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data of Hong Kong in 2015, having been in private practice as a barrister-at-law, specialising in public law. On top of overseeing a fair enforcement of data protection law, he has since been allocating additional resources in education and publicity, and engaging the related industry with a view to strengthening the culture of respecting others’ personal data privacy by complementing legal compliance with data ethics, as well as maintaining a proper balance between free flow of information and data protection without unduly compromising ICT and economic development.


David Harrity is the Head of Growth Propositions, Commercial Banking, HSBC Hong Kong. He is responsible for a number of activities including supporting commercial banking clients complex financing needs typically involving acquisitions or cross border activity, growing relationships with financial sponsors operating in Hong Kong and supporting companies operating in the new economy sector. David is also responsible for driving the Greater Bay Area strategy for commercial banking in Hong Kong and supporting clients operating across the Greater Bay Area in many sectors with technology clients being a key focus.

David has a broad range of experience across many areas of corporate banking supporting clients in different parts of Greater China, ASEAN and the UK.


Scott Thiel is the Location Head of the Intellectual Property, and Technology team in Hong Kong. He specialises in the areas of outsourcing and complex technology transactions, advising both users and suppliers of IT, and outsourcing services in relation to all aspects of the procurement process. His work ordinarily involves him advising on business critical projects, frequently valued in the tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. Major clients include Cathay Pacific Airways, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, National Australia Group and HCL Technologies. Scott advises clients across a range of key sectors including technology, banking, transport, energy and sport.

Scott also advises on a broad range of public and private sector clients on information and data privacy issues across multiple jurisdictions, including Hong Kong and the European Union. Scott has extensive experience negotiating and advising clients in relation to the EU Model Clauses relating to the transfer of personal data outside of the EEA. Scott has also advised clients in developing and implementing crucial global data privacy compliance programmes.


About the moderator

Mark Lunt is Group Managing Director of JOS, one of Asia’s leading IT service and solution providers, with a team of 2,000 professionals serving more than 10,000 customers in Greater China and Southeast Asia. In this role he heads the JOS senior leadership team, driving the company’s vision, strategy and growth.

He has been instrumental in transforming JOS’s business, building on its strengths in systems integration, infrastructure projects and enterprise applications to position the company at the forefront of advanced solutions in Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Big Data, Cloud, and the Internet of Things.

Mark joined the Jardine OneSolution Group in June 2013 as non-executive Chairman and oversaw the development of corporate strategy, providing leadership and direction for the transformation. He was appointed to his current executive role in July 2014 and brings to bear over three decades of international management and CEO level experience in the technology sector, having been a director of listed and privately-held companies for more than 25 years.


Ticket includes a buffet continental breakfast.


Member $ 330.00 HKD
Non-Member $ 450.00 HKD
Y-Network $280.00 HKD
Startup $280.00 HKD
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Data in the Greater Bay Area – Exploring the Movement of Information

Thu, March 21, 2019
08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Stephen Kai-yi Wong, Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, Hong Kong


David Harrity, Head of Growth Propositions, Commercial Banking, HSBC


Scott Thiel, Partner, DLA Piper


Moderated by: Mark Lunt, Group Managing Director, Jardine One Solution

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