The IFTA FinTech Achievement Award 2019 Award Winners Revealed

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Awards recognise outstanding contributions to FinTech sector, with Mr John Tsang, Senior Advisor of Bowtie, Mr Jim Lai, Vice President, Tencent Holdings Limited & Chairman, Fusion Bank Limited and Dr Suen Wai Mo, Founder & CEO, ClusterTech Limited on list of awardees

CHINA – Media OutReach – 25 September 2020 – The IFTA FinTech Achievement Awards 2019 (the “Awards”) organized by the Institute of Financial of Technologists of Asia (IFTA) successfully concluded today. The award ceremony this year was held online in response to the persistent influence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The award has returned in its second edition with the theme of “Transforming FinTech Communities with Competence, Character, and Care”, to recognise talents and corporates in their pursuit of innovative solutions that meet both business and social needs. A total of 26 corporate and 4 individual awards were announced in a wide range of fields, including Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics, Payment Tech, Artificial Intelligence, and more.

Kicking off the award ceremony was Guest of Honour Mr Joseph H. L. Chan, JP, Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the Hong Kong SAR government.

Mr Chan said “Hong Kong has one of the highest consumer FinTech adoption rates in the world. According to the Global FinTech Adoption Index, Hong Kong’s adoption rate increased from 32% in 2017 to 67% in 2019, ranking above other major markets including France, USA and Japan.”

“With over 600 FinTech companies and start-ups operating in Hong Kong, the government will continue to work closely with the industry and develop Hong Kong as a FinTech hub of the region” Mr Chan added.

Mr Paul Pong, IFTA Founder and Chairman, added “FinTech solutions enable businesses and consumers to address physical distancing needs without losing access to the financial systems they depend upon. We are in difficult times, but it can also be seen as a golden year for the development of financial technology.”

This year, the newly set Iconic Star award goes to Mr John Tsang, Senior Advisor of Bowtie; Mr Jim Lai, Vice President of Tencent & Chairman of Fusion Bank; and Dr Suen Wai Mo, Founder and CEO of ClusterTech, in recognition of how they have devoted their time in their respective professions to create extraordinary impacts on the FinTech industry.

One of the Iconic Stars Mr John Tsang, Senior Advisor of Bowtie added “Living in an uncertain and volatile world, Bowtie, as a novel Fintech business platform, is challenging industry norms that we have taken for granted with the application of disruptive technological innovations with the aim of enabling society to reimagine our future.”

Corporate Achievements in FinTech (for corporates, NGOs, and start-ups)

Award Categories Awardees Companies Award Achievement Levels
Advisory Tech Red Pulse Silver
Algo-Trading CASH Algo Finance Group Gold
Artificial Intelligence

 

Lufax Holding Limited Diamond
BIBO Limited Gold
Convoy Financial Services Limited Gold
Blockchain-based Transformation

 

Lufax Holding Limited Platinum
Blockchain Solutions Limited Silver
Forms Syntron Information (HK) Limited Silver
Liquefy Limited Silver
Cloud Computing

 

Blue Insurance Limited Diamond
beNovelty Limited Platinum
Convoy Global Holdings Limited Platinum
Cybersecurity Lufax Holding Limited Platinum
Big Data Analytics

 

FreightAmigo Services Limited Platinum
BIBO Limited Gold
Wizpresso Limited Silver
YOOV Internet Technology Limited Silver
Data Privacy BIBO Limited Silver
Digital Banking

 

OneConnect Financial Technology (Hong Kong) Co., Limited Platinum
Standard Chartered Bank (HK) Limited Platinum
Forms Syntron Information (HK) Limited Silver
Financial Planning Tech Manulife Investment Management Platinum
Innovative Tech

 

Blue Insurance Limited Diamond
Asiabots Limited Gold
IX Fintech Limited Silver
InsurTech

 

Avo Insurance Company Limited Diamond
Blue Insurance Limited Diamond
MediConCen Limited Diamond
Prudential Hong Kong Limited Gold
Lending Tech FundPark Limited Platinum
Payment Tech

 

QFPay Haojin Fintech Limited Platinum
Transwap Limited Platinum
AsiaTop Loyalty Limited Gold
Mojodomo Hong Kong Limited Gold
Octopus Cards Limited Gold
Universal Pocket (H.K.) Co. Limited Gold
GPEC Technology Co. Limited Silver
PropTech Centaline Data Technology Limited Platinum
Reg-Tech

 

TransUnion Limited Gold
Earth Channel Limited Silver
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) BCT Group Platinum
e-Provident Fund BCT Group Platinum

Outstanding Financial Technologists of the Year (for individuals)

Award Categories Awardees Award Achievement Levels
Entrepreneur of the Year Mr Tomas HOLUB

CoverGo

Certifi­cate of Excellence
Entrepreneur of the Year Mr Tim LEE

QFPay Haojin Fintech Limited

Certifi­cate of Excellence
Leader of the Year Professor Jason W.K. LAU

Crypto.com

Certifi­cate of Excellence
Leader of the Year Mr Simon AU YEUNG Kin Nam

HashKey Digital Asset Group Limited

Certifi­cate of Excellence
Leader of the Year Mr Anthony TSANG

Forms Syntron Information (HK) Limited

Certifi­cate of Merit
Rising Star of the Year Mr Chester SZEEN

Mellow App Limited

Certifi­cate of Excellence
Rising Star of the Year Ms Vienna KOH Yan Wei

Forms Syntron Information (HK) Limited

Certifi­cate of Merit

The Prestige Award — Iconic Star (by appointment only)
Iconic Star

Mr John TSANG Chun-wah, GBM, JP – Senior Advisor, Bowtie Life Insurance Company Limited
Mr Jim LAI, Vice President, Tencent Holdings Limited & Chairman, Fusion Bank Limited
Dr SUEN Wai Mo, Founder & CEO, ClusterTech Limited

FinTech Ecosystem Contribution Honorary Award

Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited
Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority
Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

FinTech Education Contribution Honorary Award

Awardees Companies Programme Name
City University of Hong Kong BSc Computational Finance and Financial Technology
FINSPIRE  
Hong Kong Baptist University MSc in Finance (FinTech and Financial Analytics)
Tencent Finance Academy (Hong Kong)  
The Chinese University of Hong Kong MSc in Financial Technology
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Doctor of FinTech (DFinTech)
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology MSc in Financial Technology
The Open University of Hong Kong BBA (Hons) in Financial Technology and Innovation
The University of Hong Kong Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Financial Technology [BASc(FinTech)]
The University of Hong Kong – School of Professional and Continuing Education Advanced Diploma in FinTech
Institute of Vocational Education Vocational Training Council Higher Diploma in Financial Technology

About IFTA
The Institute of Financial Technologists of Asia (IFTA) is an NPO established in Hong Kong in September 2017; IFTA is dedicated to accelerating FinTech development and leading the global development of FinTech talent with the highest standards of ethics, education and professional conduct. In the witness of HKSAR Government and City of London representatives, IFTA entered a collaboration agreement with the Certificate in Finance and Technology (CFT) from the United Kingdom to introduce the first CFT program in Asia. Besides delivering certification, IFTA also organises events including boot camps, seminars, and an annual award to accelerate Fintech education and industry engagement among government, regulators, universities, enterprises, and start-ups.