Mr. Chia Pun-Kok, Herbert, JP, was appointed as an independent non-executive director of the Company in April 2021 and is a member of the Nomination Committee, the Audit Committee and the Sustainability Committee of the Company.
Mr. Chia is a Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China. He has over ten years of practical experience in big data strategy and application with unique insights into the future trends of e-commerce. He joined Alibaba in 2010 and served as the Vice President of Alibaba (China) Co., Ltd. and the President of Data Committee. During his tenure with Alibaba, the data team of Alibaba was awarded “China Excellent IT Team” in the “Excellent Chinese CIO” selection in 2014. Mr. Herbert Chia was rated as “China Top 10 Most Influential Big Data Entrepreneurs” by the State Information Center of China in 2017 and also garnered Outstanding Achievement Award in 2021 AI Golden Goose Awards of China.
Mr. Chia has been making significant contributions in helping to bring China’s big data industry to a new level and has actively promoted Hong Kong to become the big data pilot city in The China Great Bay Area and The Belt and Road. He is currently a member of Big Data Advisory Group of Beijing Government. In Hong Kong, he serves as a co-opted member of the Information Technology Services Committee of the Hospital Authority of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, board of director of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, a non-official member of the Governance Committee of Hong Kong Growth Portfolio, the Education Commission, the Digital Economy Development Committee and Vice Chairman of GBA International Information Technology Association.
Mr. Chia is the Adjunct Professor of the School of Management of Zhejiang University and the Alibaba Business School, and the Adjunct Associate Professor of The University of Hong Kong (Institute for China Business). He is also the author of various bestselling books including The Big Data and The Nature of Big Data. He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree from Tsinghua University and an EMBA degree from the Institut Européen d’ Administration des Affaires (INSEAD).