Innovation and Collaboration – Role and opportunities for Hong Kong in the Greater Bay Area


The Greater Bay Area (GBA) Development Plan provides unprecedented opportunities for Hong Kong, especially in areas of innovation and technology (I&T) which in turn become a key driver of further economic growth for the region. In this panel discussion, leading experts from the academic and business sectors discuss what roles Hong Kong can play and the opportunities ahead.


This event is part of the HKUST IEMS & IPP - EY Emerging Market Insights Series.  Check out the previous event in the series Where is the Belt and Road Headed? or the next event "The Rise of Digital China".


Event Videos

Prof Joseph Lee (HKUST) discussed the key findings from a cross-border policy study on the integrative development of innovation and technology in the GBA and offer suggestions for policy makers and business leaders looking to ride on the growing momentum of the innovation industry and entrepreneurship in the region.  [Presentation slides]



Prof Xun Wu (HKUST) discussed how the GBA Development Plan opens up new opportunities for public research universities in Hong Kong to drive I&T development through technology transfer, university-industry collaboration, and entrepreneurship education so as to further strengthen the region's global competitiveness.  [Presentation slides]



Ms Jasmine Lee, a key member of the Greater Bay Area Task Force of EY Hong Kong, will focus on capturing the financial services opportunities in the area and collaborating with industry players in the business community and regulators to drive innovation and transformation within GBA.



The video segment on the panel discussion and Q&A, as well as selected event photos, will be posted shortly. Please stay tuned to this webpage.  

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Presentation slides are available upon request by email to as per the speakers' consent. 

About the Panelists

Prof. Joseph H.W. Lee is Senior Advisor to the President, Chair Professor at the Guangzhou Fok Ying Tung Research Institute and former Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies (2010-2016), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is the Chief Editor of the Journal of Hydro-environment Research (JHER) and past Vice-President of the International Association for Hydro-environment Engineering and Research (IAHR). Prof. Lee is recognized internationally for his contributions in hydraulic engineering and has received many awards that include the ASCE Hunter Rouse Hydraulic Engineering Award (2009), the Hilgard Hydraulic Prize (2013), the 2010 China State Scientific and Technological Progress Award (Second Class), and the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship (1998). He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering of the UK, and the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (HKAES). He was bestowed Honorary Membership by IAHR in 2015.

Prof. Lee has served on many international advisory bodies and as an independent expert on numerous hydro-environmental projects. He led the first cross-border policy study on integrative development of innovation and technology in the Greater Bay Area in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Engineering.


Prof Joseph HW Lee (HKUST)


Prof Xun Wu is Director of Public Policy at HKUST. He is a policy scientist with a strong interest in the linkage between policy analysis and public management. Trained in engineering, economics, public administration, and policy analysis, his research seeks to make contribution to the design of effective public policies in dealing emerging policy challenges across Asian countries. His research interests include policy innovations, water resource management, health policy reform, and anti-corruption. He has consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, UNEP, International Vaccine Institute, and numerous government agencies on a variety of topics, such as infrastructure planning and development, environmental and social impact assessment, design and implementation of randomized control trials (RCTs), and Public-Private Partnership.


Ms Jasmine Lee is Partner, Financial Services, Chinese In-Bound Business Leader, EY Hong Kong. She is currently the Head of Chinese In-Bound Business Leader of Financial Services Office of EY Hong Kong. She has over 20 years of experience in the provision of a range of comprehensive professional services to financial services companies in both Hong Kong and China. She develops extensive understanding of the operation of Chinese financial institutions and the Mainland regulatory environment and development during her career in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou for 10 years.



About the Moderator

Prof Naubahar Sharif is Associate Professor of Social Science and Public Policy at HKUST. He has published numerous research articles in leading academic journals and has been awarded external funding from the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong under the Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) scheme, the General Research Fund (GRF) scheme, and the Public Policy Research (PPR) scheme. Under the auspices of Hong Kong’s Central Policy Unit, Dr. Sharif has received funding (as a co-investigator) for a Strategic Public Policy Research (SPPR) proposal to study the potential of China’s One-Belt-One-Road initiative to benefit Hong Kong through trade and investment. 



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Notes to Participants

Light refreshments and beverages will be served to registerants only, from 12:15pm - 12:30pm on a first come first serve basis.   

This event supports the USTFood initiative. Find out more here.