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Asian Financial Forum 2021 online media briefing

Forecast for global economy, unveiling fintech innovation trends


12 January 2021 – The 14th Asian Financial Forum (AFF), jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will be held online on 18 and 19 January 2021. Under the theme “Reshaping the World Economic Landscape”, the forum will examine the challenges at hand and strategise the road to recovery and beyond with more than 150 influential global financial experts, policymakers, business leaders, economists, investors and entrepreneurs.


Paul Romer, 2018 Nobel Laureate for Economic Sciences and policy entrepreneur, who previously served as Chief Economist at the World Bank and is currently University Professor in Economics at the University of New York, will be the keynote speaker on the first day. Prof Romer will analyse the current state of the global economy and posit the path towards a new and sustainable growth engine. Another key focus will be on the innovations and technologies that are fundamentally impacting the financial industry, with Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder of Reddit and Seven Seven Six, and Luc Julia, Co-creator of Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant, sharing their insights on innovation, technology and investment on the second day.


Moreover, a host of senior officials, including those from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, European Investment Bank, Islamic Development Bank and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, will share the stage alongside other distinguished speakers such as Stephen A Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone; Lei Zhang, Founder and CEO of Hillhouse Capital Management; Laura Cha, Chairman of Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Limited; and Antony Leung, Group Chairman & CEO of the Nan Fung Group. Senior figures from a number of global financial institutions, including the Bank of China, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Natixis Investment Managers, NatWest, Neuberger Berman, Standard Chartered, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management and UOB, will also join the discussions.


Topics to be covered at AFF included the post-pandemic recovery, sustainable development, responsible and impact investment, fintech, 5G, entrepreneurship and venture investment, and asset and wealth management. The new “Dialogues for Tomorrow” session will examine the future of various sectors in the wake of the pandemic. In addition, the AFF’s virtual platform will offer comprehensive business showcasing, networking and matchmaking services, including the Fintech Showcase, FintechHK Startup Salon, AFF Deal Flow Matchmaking Session, InnoVenture Salon and Global Investment Zone, providing interactive connections between global investors, project owners and start-up enterprises.


At the AFF online media briefing on 13 January, Mary Huen, Chairperson, 2021 Asian Financial Forum Steering Committee and Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong, Standard Chartered, and Patrick Lau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director, will be joined by special guests to announce event details and share their views on the global economic outlook and key fintech trends.


We cordially invite you or your representatives to join the press conference. Details are as follows:



13 January 2021 (Tomorrow)



Registration Link:









  • Following registration and verification by the organiser, media representatives will receive a confirmation email with a link to log in to the briefing. Media are advised to log in at 2:45pm (Hong Kong time) on 13 January
  • A two-day AFF online media pass will be allocated to media representatives joining the online media briefing. The access link will be sent by email separately
  • Mary Huen, Chairperson, 2021 Asian Financial Forum Steering Committee and Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong, Standard Chartered
  • Patrick Lau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director
  • Wilson Chow, Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Industry Leader, PwC
  • Duncan Chiu, Executive Director, Hong Kong Venture Capital & Private Equity Association


Cantonese (questions in English are welcomed)


Media interviews

Members of the media interested in interviewing speakers at the AFF can fill out the form ( and email it to by 15 January 2021.




Media enquiries

Please contact the HKTDC’s Communications & Public Affairs Department:


Angel Tang               Tel: (852) 2584 4544                       Email:

Sam Ho                     Tel: (852) 2584 4569                       Email:

Clayton Lauw           Tel: (852) 2584 4472                       Email:

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