ASTRI announces appointment of new CEO
HONG KONG, January 10, 2018
The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) today announced the appointment of Mr Chow Hin Poon, Hugh as the Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI with effect from 15 January 2018.
Mr Wong Ming-yam, Chairman of the ASTRI Board, said that he and his Board members have every confidence that Mr Chow will lead ASTRI to pursue its public mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research.
“We are impressed with Mr Chow’s strong commercial and entrepreneurial background. His strategic vision and broad perspective of the global technology trends would be valuable to ASTRI in strengthening its research and commercialisation capabilities,” Mr Wong said.
Mr Chow grew up in Hong Kong and has pursued his career in Canada since 1993. He has extensive global experience particularly in North America and in Greater China, in executive and engineering management, operation, R&D and financing covering private start-ups and public companies in the technology sector. He co-founded ViXS Systems Inc. in 2001 and served as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Interim President and CEO. In late 2016, he co-founded Pool Global Partners Inc. which is a venture capital investment firm specializing in artificial intelligence, big data, digital health, etc., and served as the Managing Partner.
“We live in a very exciting time of innovation, and Hong Kong is uniquely positioned to have plenty to offer and much to benefit. With the full support of all the stakeholders, ASTRI continues to play a key role in enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness among the Greater Bay Area, regionally and globally,” Mr Chow said. “I am privileged to have the opportunity to lead ASTRI, to take part in the ecosystem, and to serve Hong Kong.”
Mr Chow is an inventor for more than 10 US patents. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hong Kong, and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado in the United States.
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research. ASTRI’s core R&D competences in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit.