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Executive Certificate in Internet Finance

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Application Code
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Start Date
15 Sep 2018 (Sat)
Next intake(s)
Sep 2018
4 months
How to Apply
Deadline on 27 Jul 2018 (Fri)

A number of Internet Finance companies have already graduated from start-ups to listed companies with billion-dollar valuations in the US. Mobile Internet is helping drive new forms of electronic payment, new payments architecture, crowdfunding platform and peer-to-peer lending platform.

This programme aims to equip students with latest knowledge in innovation and applications of Internet Finance and Financial Technology (FinTech). It also focuses on the overall context in FinTech including regulatory framework, regulatory technology (RegTech), evolving digital technology and mobile commerce in finance.


Mr. Paul Li, Senior FinTech Expert of Alibaba

Paul is the President of Hong Kong Internet Finance Association which was founded in 2014 aimed to provide a platform for industry players in HK to interact with their mainland counterparts and to promote the collaboration of FinTech and traditional finance industry.

An experienced banker, Paul is now working in Alibaba group as senior fintech expert managing fintech initiatives for SMEs. Before that, he had worked in various roles in banks. In 2007, seeing the opportunity for foreign banks under the WTO agreement, Paul moved from HSBC Hong Kong to Shanghai to manage the strategy department for HSBC China. He then spent the next 6 years in various cities (Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen) to build corporate banking franchises for HSBC and subsequently Standard Chartered. 

Paul is an advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation, a research fellow of Zhejiang University Academy of Internet Finance, part-time lecturer of HKU SPACE and industry commentator in FinTech & RegTech.



Ms. Frankie Tam, Technology Lawyer​

Frankie is an international technology lawyer qualified in Hong Kong, New York State, and England and Wales. She is one of the founding members of the Hong Kong branch of international technology law firm Osborne Clarke. She has worked in major financial cities including London, Shanghai and Hong Kong in advising on technology legal matters. Frankie recently worked on a significant regulatory technology outsourcing transaction, and advised an international technology client on a high-profile data privacy matter – a project that was awarded Deal of the Year by China Business Law Journal.  She obtained her Master of Laws (Corporate) (Distinction) from University College London on the prestigious British Chevening Scholarship, and her business administration and law degrees in Hong Kong. She is a co-founder and Vice-President of the Hong Kong Internet Finance Association and the President of British Chevening Scholars (HK) Association.


Mr. Emil Chan, co-founder and CEO of Starthub Holding Ltd.

Emil is a FinTech enthusiast with over 20 years experience in managing IT and business transformation projects in international financial institutions.  He had worked for several sizeable international banks including Credit Suisse and BayernLB as the roles of First Vice President, Head of IT in Asia Pacific, Project Director and Operations Manager AP.  He has extensive experience in both Business and IT consulting encompassing the design, setup, leading and managing of cross-border projects throughout Asia.  Emil is currently the co-founder and CEO of Starthub Holding Ltd., a startup entrepreneur consulting firm.  He is also a part-time lecturer of postgraduate eBusiness courses for several renowned universities in Hong Kong and Mainland China.  Moreover, he compiles and delivers in-house training courses for well known international companies and financial institutions, facilitating their staff to make good use of technology to increase the companies' competitiveness. 

In the past 10 years, he participated actively in voluntary community services in related to popularization of technology.  He leads the IBM User Group as the Chairman since 2006.  He is also the founding Chairman of the Association of Cloud and Mobile Computing Professionals, the Vice President of Internet Profession Association (iProA), the Charter Secretary and President Elect of Rotary Club of Smart Hong Kong, the Vice Chairman of Hong Kong New Emerging Technology Education Association.  He is the judge of several major IT competitions including Hong Kong ICT Awards and Pan-Pearl Delta Universities IT Projects Competition in Hong Kong and China since 2010.  He also sits on the board of The Smart City Consortium as the FinTech Committee Chair and the committee of the Hong Kong Cross Border eCommerce Association.  Emil also hosts seminars, delivers public speeches and publishes articles of Internet related topics on local newspapers from time to time.

Emil had obtained a bachelor degree on Applied Computer Science and graduated from the University of Iowa with a Master of Business Administration degree.  He is also a certified NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) Trainer.


Guest Speakers 

Kitty Ng

Ms Kitty Ng, Corporate Lawyer​

Kitty Ng is a corporate lawyer specializing in cross-border corporate transactions. She regularly advises technology companies on venture capital financing and general corporate and commercial matters. She has advised Japanese telecom institutions with respect to their venture capital investments into U.S. startups / early-stage technology companies. Kitty obtained a Master of Laws degree from University of Cambridge under the British Chevening Scholarships and a Bachelor of Laws degree in Hong Kong.





Hong Kong Internet Finance Association (HKIFA) is a non-profit organisation established in Hong Kong. HKIFA leads some of the most ambitious efforts in Hong Kong to promote and advance the education of Fintech and of the use of technology for benefit of the public. We facilitate communication between Fintech practitioners and governmental bodies and promote international exchange of idea around Fintech development.

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Syllabus for each module

Module 1 – Principles and Technologies of Internet Finance

  • Technological innovations in financial services
  • Mobile commerce in finance
  • Ecosystem in FinTech and RegTech
  • Core technologies fundamentals
  • Mobile payments
  • Cybersecurity
  • Distributed-ledger technology
  • Blockchain-based systems
  • Crypto-currencies
  • Data protection


Module 2 – Emerging Internet Finance Models

  • Traditional financial services business models
  • Creative disruption
  • Alternative forms of finance
  • Internet and mobile banking
  • Disintermediation
  • Peer-to-peer lending marketplaces
  • Crowdfunding platforms
  • Robo-adviser in wealth management
  • Global trends of Internet finance
  • Challenge for FinTech and RegTech companies


Module 3 – Global Financial Regulation and Internet Finance

  • Overview of regulation of global financial industry
  • Governance Body and public organization
  • Landscape of Hong Kong financial regulations
  • The role of regulation and globalization in international banking
  • Comparative banking and financial regulation
  • Principles and practice of global financial regulation
  • Regulation fit for the digital revolution
  • Regulatory issues in FinTech and RegTech
  • Regulatory challenges in FinTech and RegTech
  • Talent acquisition


Each module will be assessed by individual written assignments (100%). All assessments will be in English.



Tentative Schedule ( Sep 2018 Intake)


Venue: Causeway Bay (Location will be notified by email once enrollment is confirmed)

Module 1 – Principles and Technologies of Internet Finance

Lecture 1  15 Sep 2018 (Sat)  09:30am - 1:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Lecture 2  22 Sep 2018 (Sat)  09:30am - 1:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm

Module 2 – Emerging Internet Finance Models

Lecture 1  13 Oct 2018 (Sat)  09:30am - 1:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Lecture 2  20 Oct 2018 (Sat)   09:30am - 1:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm

Module 3 – Global Financial Regulation and Internet Finance

Lecture 1  17 Nov 2018 (Sat)  09:30am - 1:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Lecture 2  24 Nov 2018 (Sat)   09:30am - 1:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Days / Time
  • Saturday, 9:30am - 1:00pm; 2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 15 hours per module
  • 2 meeting(s)

Applicants shall:

  • hold a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized institution or equivalent; or
  • hold an Associate Degree / a Higher Diploma awarded by a recognized institution or equivalent and have 2 years work experience.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merits.

Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HK$2500 per module
  • HK$7500 per programme

Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method
  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Submit the application form with the following documents:

(a) CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES of all relevant academic and/or professional qualifications (please also bring along the originals of these documents for certification at HKU SPACE enrollment center);

(b) CERTIFIED TRUE COPIES of HKID card / passport and visa (if applicable);

(c) a non-refundable application fee of HK$150 by crossed cheque made payableto“HKU SPACE”; and

(d) a separate crossed cheque / bank draft payable to “HKU SPACE” for HK$7,500 in respect of the course fee.

The complete set of application forms with all relevant supporting documents may be submitted in person to any HKU SPACE enrollment centers.

Applicants may also pay the course / application fee by VISA or Master Card including "HKUSPACE Master Card" at any HKUSPACE enrolment Centre.

**Double-sided printing is much appreciated.**

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