‘Life­long learner’ on a mis­sion to change our world

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - HK | BUSINESS - By LUO WEITENG in Hong Kong sophia@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

A “life­long learner” is how dig­i­tal tech vet­eran Lee Ge­orge Lam would like to call him­self.

The newly-ap­pointed chair­man of Cy­ber­port saw his ca­reer take off in the tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try, but it ended up in the fi­nan­cial sphere in­stead. Now at the helm at Cy­ber­port, he aims high in bur­nish­ing the city’s brand as the pre­dom­i­nant global epi­cen­ter of fi­nan­cial tech­nol­ogy.

“Over my 30-year ca­reer, I had started off as an as­sis­tant en­gi­neer. And be­cause I had stepped into man­age­ment, I got my MBA. Later on, I was so in­ter­ested in pol­icy that I got my MPA. When I moved into gov­er­nance, I took an in­ter­est in ac­count­ing so that I be­came a fel­low of CMA Aus­tralia and CPA Aus­tralia,” re­calls Lam.

“You learn to serve, not learn­ing for your­self. Learn­ing fixes my prob­lems at work and, of course, it helps my ca­reer to ad­vance a lot.”

Echo­ing Cy­ber­port’s para­mount mis­sion to con­sol­i­date Hong Kong’s po­si­tion as a lead­ing “dig­i­tal econ­omy” around the world and a highly soughtafter des­ti­na­tion for fledg­ing global tech com­pa­nies, Lam’s next learn­ing plan is to re­ally do some­thing in the lo­cal pub­lic ser­vices sec­tor.

This res­onates with his belief that “life is not just about be­ing an en­tre­pre­neur, a unicorn, a share­holder and a bil­lion­aire, but also about in­no­va­tion, en­trepreneur­ship and do­ing good busi­ness to make our so­ci­ety bet­ter and change our world”.

As a top brass in the lo­cal startup scene, Lam says the jour­ney to en­trepreneur­ship al­ways comes with fail­ures and set­backs.

“But, life is a marathon rather than a 200-meter dash. Fail­ure makes no big is­sue,” he stresses, reit­er­at­ing his hope that the city’s young gen­er­a­tion could em­brace fail­ure with a more open mind.

Such an open mind also means look­ing north and feel­ing what our moth­er­land has achieved so far.

Over the past few decades, the Chi­nese main­land’s econ­omy has stunned the world with an eco­nomic mir­a­cle that has lifted mil­lions of peo­ple out of poverty.

Mo r e i m p o r t a n t l y, w h a t makes China’s fu­ture so ex­cit­ing comes from its over­whelm­ing in­flu­ence on the tech world, where we’ve seen main­land com­pa­nies set­ting global trends with home-grown tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts and busi­ness mod­els not only in tra­di­tional ar­eas like dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, but in promis­ing new ones such as dig­i­tal pay­ment and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

“Such a sense of sym­pa­thy and to­geth­er­ness will make our young peo­ple more suc­cess­ful and global,” says Lam.

PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY

Cy­ber­port Chair­man Lee Ge­orge Lam hopes Hong Kong’s younger gen­er­a­tion can look at fail­ure with an open mind, and that in­cludes ex­plor­ing the vast busi­ness or work op­por­tu­ni­ties on the Chi­nese main­land. Lee Ge­orge Lam, chair­man of Cy­ber­port

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