Keynote & Plenary

20 November 2019 (Wednesday)
09:30 – 12:30
Chancellor Room, L4, HKCEC
09:30 – 12:30
Keynote & Plenary Session
Registration Closed
09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 09:35 Welcoming Address by The Honourable Bernard Chan, Chairperson, The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
09:35 – 09:45 Opening Remarks by Dr Chi-kwong Law, GBS, JP, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, HKSAR
09:45 – 10:15 Keynote session


Dr  David  Lindeman
Dr David Lindeman

Director Health, Centre for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) UC Berkeley and Director, Centre for Technology and Aging, USA

Dr Lindeman has worked in the fields of health care and long-term care for nearly 40 years as a health services researcher and gerontologist, conducting research related to health care technology, assistive technologies, chronic disease management, healthy aging, disabilities, dementia, community-based and residential services, health care workforce, and family caregiving. His current focus is working with researchers, entrepreneurs and investors on the incubation, start-up, evaluation, and scaling of technology-enabled health care solutions, including initiatives that address critical health care challenges through mobile/cloud, sensors/IoT, telehealth, robotics, assistive technologies, and data analytics (AI/machine learning). These technology-enabled solutions cover a continuum of health care issues, ranging from wellness to complex chronic conditions and precision health, with an emphasis on global applications.

Dr Lindeman serves as an advisor to foundations, government agencies, businesses, and venture firms. He previously served as the founding Director of the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging; Associate Professor of Health Policy at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Rush University Medical Center; and Co-Director of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:30 Plenary - Enhancing Primary Health Care and Smart Ageing in Place through Gerontechnology


Dr Vivian Lou
Dr Vivian Lou

Director, Sau Po Centre on Ageing and Associate Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong

Dr Lou Vivian W. Q. is the Director of Sau Po Centre on Ageing, and Associate Professor at Department of Social Work & Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong. Her research interests focus on family gerontology, in particular family caregiving for dementia, stroke, end-of-life older adults, and social adaptation and mental health of Chinese older adults and family caregivers. She also has a keen interest in building evidence-based models to empower older adults and their families. Dr. Lou has been appointed as a member of the Elderly Commission, Statistics Advisory Board, Community Investment and Inclusion Fund, and Elderly Academy Development Foundation of the HKSAR Government. She is also a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and a Council member of Hong Kong Association of Gerontology.


Mr Sergio Guillen
Mr Sergio Guillen

Deputy Project Coordinator of ACTIVAGE and Chief Innovation Officer, MYSPHERA, Spain

Dr Guillen was graduated in Electronic Engineering and got PhD in Telecommunications from the Polytechnic University in Valencia.  His main fields of interest are digital health, technologies and digital services for active and healthy ageing and IoT for health care and ageing. Since the beginning of his professional career, he combined academic, research activities and entrepreneurial.  In 2008 he founded Wearable Information Technologies (Weartech) in the field of smart textiles and wellbeing. He also founded MYSPHERA in 2012 and Connected Health Services in 2014.  He has participated in more than 20 R&D projects in the e-Health and e-Inclusion fields funded by European Union's (EU) various Framework Programmes and has been member of the management board in many related EU projects. Nowadays, he is the deputy coordinator and business manager in the ACTIVAGE project, one of the largest IoT running project for ageing well from EU H2020 program.

Mr Leong Cheung
Mr Leong Cheung

Executive Director, Charities and Community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Hong Kong

Mr Leong Cheung has been Executive Director of Charities & Community at The Hong Kong Jockey Club since 2014. In this capacity he is also the co-chair of the Hong Kong Chapter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Prior to joining the Club, Mr Leong was Operating Partner with Bain Capital. Before that he was Managing Director of Global Sourcing & Supply Chain at Esquel Group, the founder and CEO of an education focused Internet venture, and a senior consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Mr Cheung is also co-founder and chairman of an innovative social enterprise, RunOurCity.

In addition to his present roles, Mr Cheung is active in the community. He currently serves on the Elderly Commission and the Community Care Fund task force under the Commission on Poverty of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. He is a director of the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited and is an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Mr Cheung has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Mr Davis Park
Mr Davis Park

Executive Director, Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, Front Porch, USA

Davis Park has been developing and managing the Center’s technology initiatives since 2011. Davis' professional experience includes technology access, adoption, training, and deployment to senior, low-income, and other underserved communities. He is the former director of Community Technology Programs at the Little Tokyo Service Center, where he developed and advocated for initiatives that promoted technology access for multiple communities. Davis earned a BA in anthropology from UC Berkeley and an MA from UCLA’s Urban Planning Program, and has served on several boards promoting technology adoption.


Dr Hwee-Pink  Tan
Dr Hwee-Pink Tan

Associate Professor of Information Systems (Practice), Singapore Management University, and Academic Director, SMU-TCS iCity Lab

Dr Tan obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 2004. At SMU, his research interest lies in bringing together Internet of Things technologies, and social-behavioural research to enable and sustain intelligent and inclusive societies, in partnership with public agencies, non-profit care organizations and private entities. As Academic Director of the SMU-TCS iCity Lab, he led a large-scale government funded project on sensor-enabled homes to inform community care for ageing-in-place, working alongside health and social care experts. He has been an Adjunct Faculty with the Geriatric Education and Research Institute, Singapore, since May 2017.

Mr Elie Rusthoven
Mr Elie Rusthoven

Senior Project Manager, E-Health & Innovation, Cordaan, Netherlands

Mr Rusthoven is an energetic healthcare informatics specialist with a medical background as a physical therapist in Belgium and Great Britain. He is also an expert in using data to improve quality of care. He is currently working at Cordaan, one of the largest care organisations in the Netherlands. He was involved and accountable for several high profile e-health projects and responsible for designing new healthcare pathways like the Virtual Ward. He created a successful digital exercise programme and invented the care dashboard which analyses homecare alerts. He is driven to create better and smarter ways of delivering care.

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