Yale Club of Hong Kong: Dr. Lawrence Ma – Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & ICO

Date : Thursday 03-May-2018
Time : 12:15-2:15pm
Venue : The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Rd., Central
Event fee for pay in advance : HK$550.00 (Member)
: HK$650.00 (Associate)
: HK$650.00 (Guest)
Sign-up Deadline : Thursday 03-May-2018
Contact Person : Rawen Huang: rawen.huang@aya.yale.edu


Speaker Lunch: Dr. Lawrence Ma: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and ICO

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Time: 12:15 – 2:15PM

Venue: The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central

Cost (includes lunch): HK$550 (members); HK$650 (associates/guests)

NOTE: Please send payment confirmation to rawen.huang@aya.yale.edu to confirm your seat.  Spaces are limited so sign up early!

The Internet is entering a second era that is based on blockchain. The last few decades brought us the Internet of information. We are now witnessing the rise of the Internet of value. Where the first era was sparked by a convergence of computing and communications technologies, this second era will be powered by a clever combination of cryptography, mathematics, software engineering and behavioral economics. It is blockchain technology, also called distributed ledger technology. Like the Internet before it, the blockchain promises to upend business models and disrupt industries. It is pushing us to challenge how we have structured society, defined value and rewarded participation.

Blockchain emerged in the wake of the global economic crisis when a pseudonymous person or persons named Satoshi Nakamoto on October 31, 2008 released a new protocol in the paper “A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”. Bitcoin was implemented based on the proposed protocol and released in the following year as the first example of a digital asset which simultaneously has no backing or “intrinsic value” and no centralized issuer or controller. Since the birth of bitcoin, thousands of cryptocurrencies have now been created and launched; a majority of which via ICO (Initial Coin Offerings) in recent days.

In this talk, Lawrence will explain what blockchain, cryptocurrency and ICO are and then present a few promising enterprise usages of blockchain/distributed ledger technology. Obstacles and challenges of adopting and realizing the full potential of blockchain will also be discussed. Finally, he will touch upon the present involvement of Hong Kong in blockchain and the future potential role that Hong Kong can and play in the global blockchain ecosystem.


Lawrence Ma has over 20 years of academics, finance and technology development and business experiences. He is currently the President of Hong Kong Blockchain Society, Committee Member of China’s Central University of Finance and Economic’s Da Xin Blockchain Research Center Expert Committee Society and founder and CEO of eMALI.IO.

Inaugurated in 2017, Hong Kong Blockchain Society is dedicated to take part in building a vibrant blockchain community and ecosystem in Hong Kong. eMALI is a Hong Kong based blockchain company. The primary focus of eMALI is to develop blockchain applications in Public and Fin/Insur Tech sectors. eMALI has been (Dec 2016) chosen as a winner of AIA Blockchain Global Challenge; a competition with entries from 19 countries.

He received his BA in Mathematics from Yale University, MS in Mathematics from Stanford University, and PhD in Mathematics from Cornell University.

Contact Person: Rawen Huang (rawen.huang@aya.yale.edu), Carolyn Yeh (carolyn.yeh@aya.yale.edu)

Mayor Harp returns from China trip

Mayor Toni Harp’s mayoral duties took her far away from City Hall last week — across the globe, in fact.

Harp travelled to China for nine days, accompanied by a 21-person delegation that included Board of Alders President Tyisha Walker, New Haven Director of Arts, Culture and Tourism Andrew Wolf and Yale-China Executive Director David Youtz, to foster business and educational relations between the world’s second-largest economic powerhouse and the Elm City. The centerpiece of the trip was an official sister city ceremony between New Haven and Changsa, the capital of the Hunan province in south central China.

“Most people have the wrong idea about what China is,” Harp said on WNHH’s “Mayor Monday” radio program, before speaking about the innovation and desire for collaboration with American cities that she observed during the trip.

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Yale SOM wins top prize at INNOVATEChina 2018


March 24, 2018. Shanghai – An app that allows China’s fast-growing urban elderly — and tech savvy — population to find and join social activities won first prize at the INNOVATEChina 2018 global business plan competition which was held today at the Shanghai Campus. The Yale School of Management team picked up the US$10,000 winner’s cheque for their Silver Hour app after a day of intense competition between finalist teams from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, IE Business School, Nanyang Business School, ESADE Business School and CEIBS. The CEIBS team was awarded second prize for their app that helps parents in China find the right extracurricular activities for their children by connecting them to freelance teachers. Third prize went to the team from ESADE for their waste management education app.

Established in 2008, INNOVATEChina is one of the flagship annual events organized by CEIBS MBA students. A platform for discovering tomorrow’s innovators, it brings together MBA students from the world’s top business schools to test their skills in a challenging business plan competition.

CEIBS Vice President and Co-Dean Prof. Zhang Weijiong introduced the theme of this year’s competition, (Re)Inventing Entrepreneurship, in his welcome address. “Entrepreneurship and innovation are key drivers of the Chinese economy,” he said. “I thank our partners Santander, McKinsey & Company and MoBike for helping us to bring together six teams with exciting ideas that may one day change the world in the areas of fintech, education and life services.”


Japanese “Postwar” in Manchuria

Hideto Tsuboi – Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies

Friday, April 27, 2018 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Room 202, Henry R. Luce Hall See map

34 Hillhouse Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

It was said that more than 60,000 Japanese people remained in Manchuria when the last repatriation ship returned to Japan from China. Many remaining Japanese people in Manchuria engaged in the Chinese communist revolution at the request by the Communist Party of China. Some radical communists groups organized the cultural movements at factories, hospitals and coal mines. Dr. Tsuboi’s paper will consider their movements within the context of refugee (displaced person) problematics and discuss what /who was the refugee in the northeast Asia in 1950th.


Yale Club of Hong Kong: Dinner to celebrate Rachel Cheung’s successful Carnegie Hall debut

Date : Thursday 26-Apr-2018
Time : 7:00pm
Venue : Treetops Room in Hong Kong Country Club, Deep Water Bay
Cost : Est. at $400 per head
Contact Person : Randy Kwei: rckwei@gmail.com


Dinner to celebrate Rachel Cheung’s successful Carnegie Hall debut
Please join us for dinner on April 23 to welcome Rachel back to Hong Kong and to celebrate her phenomenal success in her Carnegie Hall piano debut last month.  No better way to hear all about her experience in New York!
Date: April 26, 2018
Cocktail: 7:00pm
Dinner: 7:30pm
Venue: Treetops Room in Hong Kong Country Club, Deep Water Bay
Cost: Est. at $400 per head
To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact Randy Kwei at rckwei@gmail.com.

Energy Calculations of a Trump-Kim Meeting

Energy summit? Russia’s Vladimir Putin proposes to South Korean President Moon Jae-in a gas pipeline for North and South Korea; Russia constructs a gas pipeline in the Far East

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump surprised the world after the first man suggested a meeting and the second one agreed – “only an atypical leader who revels in disruption could turn affairs upside down, making the unthinkable thinkable,” notes Joergen Oerstroem Moeller, former state-secretary with the Royal Danish Foreign Ministry and a visiting senior fellow with the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore. “Yet calculations on energy may be driving overtures among South Korea, North Korea and Trump, and sanctions may have forced Kim to change track because leaders cannot disregard public hardship for long without the risk of discontent.” Assessing the motivations of such leaders requires speculation. China and Russia have cooperated on building natural gas pipelines in Eastern Siberia, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin has raised the possibility of extending a pipeline into the Korea Peninsula. The United States also would like to sell gas to South Korea. Much has changed since the end of World War II and Korea’s division. Kim attended schools in the West, enjoys internet access, reads up on US current events and may worry about over-dependence on China. Newly armed with nuclear missiles, North Korea’s leader may assume that his negotiating leverage, balancing US and Russian interests, is as good as it gets. – YaleGlobal