Joint Alumni Seminar on Family Business

FamBiz2019_Embrace Disruptions

Family businesses have been influenced by disruptive technologies, demographic and social changes, globalization, geopolitical interplay and the like. Despite the historical influences of these interlocking factors, many family businesses are affected by rapid changes brought about by Industrial Revolution 4.0, which is fast suppressing business cycles of different trades. The questions are: Are family businesses doomed? How should families, especially their next-generation leaders, prepare themselves in relation to these disruptive waves so as not to become “a thing of the past”?

Come and hear firsthand from our faculty and alumnus Professor Roger KING from the HKUST Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies and our alumni speakers on the panel, sharing how they lead these disruptions and continue their family legacy. The event is jointly presented by the HKUST Business School, New York University and the University of Southern California.


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Faculty Moderator

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Professor Roger KING (HKUST)
Founding Director,Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies;
Founding Director, Thompson Center for Business Case Studies;
Adjunct Professor, Department of Finance, HKUST Business School

Professor Roger King is a Honorary Court Member of HKUST; member of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University; member of the Academic Council of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO; Chairman of the Case Center, Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools; and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family Business Strategy. Professor King is a graduate of the University of Michigan, BSEE; New York University, MSEE; Harvard Business School, AMP; and HKUST, PhD (Finance).

Among his many distinguished roles and services, Professor King was Chairman and Founder of ODS System-Pro Computers Limited; Chairman of Euro-Asia Shipyard Limited; Chairman of Pacific Coffee Limited; President and CEO of Sa Sa International Holdings Limited; Chairman of the Association of Honorary Consuls in Hong Kong and Macau and Council member of The Hong Kong Baptist University and HKUST as well as Non-Executive Director of Orient Overseas (International) Limited. He is the 2011 recipient of the HKUST Honorary Fellowship and a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Beta Gamma Sigma, the honorary societies for electric engineers and business scholars respectively.

Alumni Speakers

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Charles LAW (HKUST)
Managing Director, Culture Technology Limited

Charles Law is the Managing Director of Culture Technology Limited (CTL) Group. After graduating with a BBA degree at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, he worked at the American Express Company in the New York global headquarter for two years. He joined CTL Group in 2007 after his tenure in New York. In 2010, he further pursued an MBA degree at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

As the second generation leader of CTL Group, Charles is responsible for leading the various businesses in the company. He oversees Culture Homes, a supply chain store that servesing seniors by providing nursing home accommodations and by setting up retail stores. He also oversees the Bridal Tea House Hotel, a boutique hotel brand; as well as TF Fine Food Company Limited, a food wholesaler and distributor. TheCTL Group has operations in Hong Kong and China.

Outside his work life, he Charles is active in Toastmasters. He is the founder of the HKUST MBA Alumni Toastmasters Club. The club is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

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Alick KOO (NYU)
Managing Director, UCP International Co., Ltd.

Alick Koo is the Managing Director of UCP International Co., Ltd. He was born in Hong Kong and returned after living in Canada, Taiwan and the United States.  Alick studied finance and accounting at New York University and currently studying in the Owners Presidents Management program at Harvard University.  He started his career at Deloitte and became a CPA in New York, then he joined UCP International (“UCP”), his family business in 1999.  UCP manufacturers and trades in artificial botanicals and seasonal décor.  

Having gained experience and respect from family members, Alick was elected as the Group CEO in 2017.  He steers the group in transforming the business to build clarity, improve governance, align direction and incorporate innovation in a seemingly old industry.  Today UCP’s  mission is to inspire people to decorate and celebrate life with thoughtfully designed products and attentive service.

Alick is a member of both the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (“EOHK”) and Young Presidents’ Organization, both a peer-to-peer learning platform for business owners and senior executives.  He serves on the board of EOHK and is also an accredited Gallup-certified Strengths coach.


William SHUM (USC)
Founder and CEO, Memorigin Watch Company

William Shum is the Founder and CEO of Memorigin Watch Company Limited. William graduated from Cornell University with an master degree in applied economics and management, and received double degrees in business and economics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He completed the Financial Risk Management exams after coming back to Hong Kong and worked in investment banking for a year. He then started his entrepreneurship by utilizing his in-house watch factory to create the first Hong Kong tourbillon brand - Memorigin. 

With only several years of establishment, the brand has become popular in more than 20 countries including Taiwan, Japan, USA, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, etc. In Hong Kong,  Memorigin is widely recognized with over 50 points of sales including the Prince Jewellery & Watch, Oriental Watch Group and ISA. 

William has led Memorigin to attain numerous awards such as 2011 Hong Kong Emerging Brand by CMAHK & HKBDC and the champion of 2012 HSBC Youth Business Award. William was the winner of the Young Industrialist Awards of Hong Kong in 2015 and the Chinese Outstanding Youth  in 2016. His brand Memorigin won the Hong Kong Top Brand 2019.

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Light refreshments will be served. 


Kindly contact the Business School Alumni Development Team.




18:30 - 20:30
(Registration starts at 18:00)


HKUST Business School Central
Rm 1501-02, 15/F
Hong Kong Club Building
3A Chater Road, Central
(MTR J3 Exit)

Event Host
HKUST Business School, New York University & University of Southern California