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According to government statistics, the population aged 65 or above in Hong Kong will be increased by 150% to 2.56 million in the next 30 years. How we address ways to improve the physical and emotional well-being of our elderly citizens is crucial and we must face this responsibility with a holistic mindset.

Microsoft and the Business and Professionals Federation of Hong Kong (BPF) are exploring technological frontiers to tackle elderly population issues such as improving social circle connections with day-to-day technical knowledge as a means to enhance quality of life, while also making possible comprehensive health monitoring with intelligent innovations. With strategic use of technology, we are in an excellent position to enjoy the previously untapped experience and expertise of a senior, and sometimes wiser, generation.

Policy makers, NGOs, healthcare professionals, social entrepreneurs and all concerned citizens are invited to contribute to this important discussion toward a better future.

Event Details


April 8, 2014 (Tuesday)


2:15pm – 5:00pm
(Registration starts at 2:00pm)


Regal Ballroom, Basement 1,
Regal Hong Kong Hotel,
88 Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay,
Hong Kong


Irene Tang
Tel: 2806 2208
Fax: 2806 2658

Event Agenda

Time Program
2:00pm – 2:15pm Registration
2:15pm – 2:40pm Introduction and Welcome
(The Guest of Honour: Honorable Matthew Cheung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare)
2:40pm – 3:00pm Keynote 1 : Understanding the Third Age, their needs and value to our community
3:00pm – 3:30pm Panel Discussion 1 : Unleashing Elderly's Knowledge and Productivity
3:30pm – 3:50pm Coffee Break
3:50pm – 4:10pm Keynote 2 : Innovative Technologies in Action
4:10pm – 4:40pm Panel Discussion 2 : Healthier life & Technology
4:40pm – 5:00pm Conclusion and Closing

The Guest of Honour

  • Honorable Matthew Cheung Kin-chung
    Secretary for Labour and Welfare, HKSAR Government



  • Dr. C.H. Leong
    Chairman of the Council, The University of Hong Kong

    Dr. LEONG Che Hung is a doctor in private practice, specialised in urology. Dr. LEONG is active in public services and he has been a non-official member of the Executive Council HKSAR. He is currently the Chairperson of the Standard Working Hours Committee, the Chairman of the Council of the University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Aids Foundation and the Elder Academy Development Foundation. Dr. LEONG is the former Chairman of the Elderly Commission HKSAR. He pays particular attention to the needs of the elderly, while advocating the senior citizens to live fruitfully their later years.

    Dr. LEONG has been Chairman of the Hospital Authority in Hong Kong from 2002 to 2004, and has served as Legislative Councilor from 1988 to 2000. Academically, Dr. LEONG is a Hunterian Professor of the Royal College of Surgeons. Locally, he has been the President of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He is also an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a fellow of the Royal College of Physician of London. He is currently the Honorary Hospital Chief Executive of the HKU-Shenzhen Hospital.

    Dr. C.H. Leong
  • Mr. Gabe Rijpma
    Senior Director Health & Social Services, Microsoft Asia

    Gabe Rijpma is the Sr. Director Health Industry for Microsoft Asia. Based in Singapore, Gabe's responsibilities include leading and defining the solution offerings and strategy for meeting the needs of Healthcare and Social Services Customers across Asia. He also leads collaboration with governments and industry Partners to deliver solutions that help Healthcare and Social Services organizations transform the way they do business. Prior to assuming his current role in 2012, Gabe led the SMS&P Public Sector and Health business for Asia Pacific. Prior to moving to Singapore Gabe spent two years at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, United States, as an enterprise solution architect. In that role, he focused on working with customers around the world designing and building systems utilizing service oriented architecture. Gabe started his career at Microsoft in 2000 as a principal technology specialist focused on helping Government Customers realize the value from their technology investments. Prior to joining Microsoft, Gabe worked as principal consultant at Software Spectrum in Sydney, Australia, where he led the business solutions practice. Before his move to Australia, Gabe was based in Christchurch, New Zealand, where, as an entrepreneur, he was an early pioneer in Internet consulting and Internet business development.

Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Mr. Michael Somerville
    Consultant, BPF

    Mr Michael Somerville's career from 1954 -1989 was in insurance latterly heading Jardine insurance division and CEO of a leading HK insurance group.

    He then spent 4 years as Chief Executive of a major fund management group now part of Allianz group, followed by 2 years as consultant director of the Employers Federation.

    Mr Somerville is an associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute – ACII.

    Mr Somerville was founding member of BPF, the founding chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers and has been a member of various Government Committees including the Labour Advisory Board and the Finance Committee of the Hospital Authority from its inception until this year. He was also a member of the Bauhinia Foundation Health Study Group.

    Mr Somerville has been resident in HK for 41 years and is currently Consultant to BPF, chairs the BPF Health Care Committee and is a member of its Committee on Retirement Protection.

    Michael Somerville
  • Prof. Po Chi Wu
    Adjunct Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, HKUST

    Dr. Po Chi Wu is an Adjunct Professor with joint appointments in the School of Business and Management and the School of Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. He is initiating educational programs in innovation and entrepreneurship at all levels, undergraduate, MSc, MBA, and including professional training for corporate executives. Before this, he was a Visiting Professor and co-founding Executive Director of the Global Innovation Research Center, under the School of Software & Microelectronics, Peking University and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Francisco. Having been a highly successful international venture capitalist and entrepreneur who has lived and worked both in the United States and in Asia, he brings a unique perspective and the rich context of more than 30 years of experience and insight into the challenges of innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Dr. Wu was a co-founder and Managing Director of DragonBridge Capital, an investment advisory firm that focused on early-stage technology-focused companies in China. Previously, he was a co-founder and President of Allegro Capital, a successful venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Before that, he was a partner at Advent International Corporation, then one of the world's largest international venture firms, where he opened and headed the California office to manage investments in Asia and in the US. His career began in late 1985, when he was invited to establish a venture capital subsidiary of what is now China Development Industrial Bank in Taiwan.

    Dr. Wu has been invited to give keynote speeches at major international conferences in Asia, Europe and the US, as well as lectures at Mundell International University for Entrepreneurship (Beijing), Sun Yat Sen University (Guangzhou), Indiana University, and Stanford University. He has also been: Advisor to the Guangzhou Municipal Board for International Investment, Director and former President of the Chinese Software Professionals Association (Silicon Valley), a Trustee of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Genetic Medicine at the University of Southern California. For almost 10 years, he was a guest Lecturer in the School of Engineering and served on the Advisory Council of the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley.

    Academic Background: Post-doctoral research and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University (1972) and B. A. degrees in Mathematics and Music from the University of California at Berkeley (1966). Po Chi Wu's family includes several generations of illustrious scholars. His great grand-father was a Hanlin Scholar in the Ching Dynasty. Dr. Wu's father, Professor Wu, Ta-You, retired from the Presidency of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan at the age of 88. Professor Wu's epitaph was: "The Father of Modern Physics in China".

    Biography of Po Chi Wu
  • Prof. Jean Woo
    Project Director of Jockey Club CADENZA

    Prof. Jean Woo graduated from Cambridge University in 1974. After medical posts in the Charing Cross, Hammersmith, and Brompton Hospitals, she worked in part time posts in general practice as well as research in the University of Hong Kong. She joined the Department of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1985 as Lecturer responsible for the development of the teaching and service in Geriatric Medicine, becoming Head of the Department in 1993 until 1999, Chief of Service of the Medicine and Geriatric Unit at Shatin Hospital from 1993-2012, and Chair Professor of Medicine in 1994. From 2000-6 she was Head of the Department of Community and Family Medicine, and from 2001-5 Director of the newly established School of Public Health. Currently she is Chairman and heads the Division of Geriatric Medicine of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Honorary Professor, Faculty of Social Science, The University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include chronic diseases affecting elderly people, health services research, nutrition epidemiology, quality of life issues at the end of life, with over 650 articles in peer-reviewed indexed journals.

    Jean Woo
  • Mrs. Lilian Chan
    Chief Executive, Third Age Centre, The Hong Kong Association of Senior Citizens

    Lilian is currently CEO (Honorary) of The Third Age Centre. She is also a member of the Elderly Commission, HKSAR Government, and member of the Working Group on Poverty Problems in Sham Shui Po District.

    In addition to being involved in offering social services in Hong Kong, Lilian has extensive experience in education and in parent education. She was formerly a school principal and school assessor. She is currently a lecturer in the Centre for Educational Leadership, Faculty of Education, HKU and a member of the Institute of Active Ageing Advisory Committee, Hong Kong Polytechnic.

    During the past few years, she is engaged in promoting active ageing in Hong Kong, encouraging social engagement and life-long learning among the elderly and the soon-to-be–olds. Through different empowerment initiatives, she advocates independence, grace and dignity in the life of the elders. She is concerned with family solidarity and intergenerational relationship and envisions to revitalize Chinese traditional values in our community.

    Mrs. Lilian Chan
  • Moderator: Mr. Michael Ma
    Head of Information Technology, Hospital Authority

    Michael Ma has been in the Information Technology industry for over twenty-five years in both Canada and Asia Pacific. His experience spans many industries including airlines, financial services, IT and consulting, utilities, and the public sector. Michael has held various technical, sales, management and executive positions with such large global enterprises such as Royal Bank of Canada, Sun Life Financial, AIG/AIA, and IBM.

    Michael is currently the Head of Information Technology for the Hospital Authority. Prior to that, Michael has held positions as Vice President, Global Wealth Management Technology, Royal Bank of Canada; Group Vice President, Information Technology, American International Assurance Company, Limited; and Corporate Vice President and Regional Chief Information Officer for Sun Life Financial, responsible for regional Operations and Information Technology for the Asia Pacific region.

    Michael holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration degree, in addition to being a Fellow of HK Institution of Directors (FHKIoD), Fellow of HK Computer Society (FHKCS), and other professional designations.

    Mr. Michael Ma
  • Prof. Helen Meng
    Founding Director, Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center, CUHK

    Helen Meng received all her degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. She is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is also the Founding Director of the Microsoft-CUHK Joint Laboratory for Human-Centric Computing and Interface Technologies, which has been recognized as a Ministry of Education of China (MoE) Key Laboratory since 2008. In 2013, she helped establish the CUHK Big Data Decision Analytics Research Center and serves as its Founding Director. She also served as Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering from 2006 to 2010. She is the former Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing, a member of the IEEE Speech and Language Processing Technical Committee (for a second term), and is elected into the IEEE Board of Governors in 2014. Helen's local professional services include membership in the Steering Committee on eHealth Record Sharing of the HKSAR Government, Council membership of Hong Kong Productivity Council and Open University of Hong Kong, as well as former memberships in the HKSAR Government's Digital 21 Strategy Advisory Committee and Research Grants Council. Helen has also served in review panels of various funding agencies, including the Hong Kong SAR Government's Innovation and Technology Commission, Swedish Research Council European Research Infrastructure Initiative, and the National Centres of Competence in Research of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Professor Meng received the MoE Higher Education Outstanding Scientific Research Output Award in Technological Advancements in 2009. In previous years, she has also received the Exemplary Teaching Award, Young Researcher Award, as well as Service Award from the CUHK Faculty of Engineering. Helen is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society, Hong Kong Institute of Engineers and was also elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2013 for contributions to spoken language and multimodal systems.

    Helen Meng
  • Dr. C.P. Wong
    President of eHealth Consortium

    Dr Wong is the President of the Hong Kong eHealth Consortium. He has been the Chairman of the Clinical Informatics Program Executive Group of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. He is a clinician currently appointed as the Consultant Geriatrician and Chief of Integrated Medical Services of Ruttonjee & Tang Shiu Kin Hospitals. He is also Past President of the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics (APAMI), and currently Chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Medical Informatics and President of eHealth Consortium.

    He specializes professionally in elderly medicine and was the Council Member of the Hong Kong Geriatrics Society and has been the Chairman of the Board of Higher Physician Training in Geriatric Medicine of the Hong Kong College of Physicians where he was also Council Member. He was also a council member of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.

    He founded the Hong Kong Society of Medical Informatics in 1986 and contributed in the development of medical informatics in Hong Kong. His main interests are in Hospital Information Systems, Operations Research in Health Services, Organization of Community Geriatric Services, Community Health Call Center and Telegeriatrics.

    He has been active in the International Medical Informatics Association since 1989. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and the Asia Pacific electronic Journal of Health Informatics. He is one of the co-founders of the eHealth Consortium in Hong Kong.

    Dr CP Wong, JP

  • Organizer:
  • Microsoft
  • Co-organizer:
  • BPF

  • Supporting organization:
  • Lingnan University Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies
  • Hong Kong Jockey Club's CADENZA
  • eHealth Consortium
  • Elderly Commission
  • The Hong Kong Association of Gerontology
  • The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
  • The University of Hong Kong Sau Po Center on Ageing
  • Senior Citizens Home Safety Association
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong SH Ho Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics