TTF Hong Kong Ambassadors

Musheer Ahmed

Managing Director,
FinStep Asia

Musheer is the Managing Director of FinStep Asia, providing advisory on Fintech & Digital ecosystems in Asia and launching the first cross border program for B2B Indian Fintech firms to scale and expand into Greater China and SE Asia. He is cofounder and board member of Fintech Association of Hong Kong and has an extensive background in financial services and technology, having been a global markets trader for a decade, and a management consultant following his MBA.  He is a member of United Nations ESCAP ESBN Youth and Women Entrepreneurs Taskforce (YET) and co-founder of IndiaTech Hong Kong, a platform for bridging India and China Greater Bay Area.

Musheer has a keen interest in technologies impacting/disrupting investment banking such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and digital banking. He has a strong passion to bridge India and China Greater Bay Area, and has driven on various initiatives to connect the two ecosystems.  He is a mentor and keynote speaker at industry events across the region and guest lecturer on topics of Fintech, Digital Banking, Investment Management, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence at HKU, HKUST, HKU Space, CUHK and Lingnan University.  He has written blogs on Fintech and Investment Banking and been quoted in various media channels, including on CNBC, Bloomberg, SCMP, IFLR, Asian Investor, Medici, Economic Times, etc.,


David Piesse

Global Chairman of IIS Ambassadors,
International Insurance Society /Insurance Development Forum

Global Insurance Evangelist and advisory board of Guardtime a leading cybersecurity company and blockchain provider specializing in cryptography for data integrity. Their keyless signature infrastructure (KSI) is utilized across the defence industry and into the supply chain, insurance, healthcare and manufacturing verticals. They have an underlying application for data privacy laws such as GDPR.  In May 2018 EY, Guardtime and Maersk with members of the insurance industry launched InsurWave the first global commercial insurance blockchain backed platform to enter production commencing with marine insurance.

Advisory board of Ultimate Risk Solutions and previous Asia Pacific Lead assisting URS introduce Risk Explorer into emerging market and inter operate with new innovations such as InsurWave.

Chairman of the International Insurance Society Ambassadors (IIS) he assists the management introduce new programs to extend membership and introduce localized content.

He has held numerous positions in a 40 year career including Global Insurance Lead for SUN Microsystems, Asia Pacific Chairman for Unirisx, United Nations Risk Management Consultant, Canadian government roles and staring career in Lloyds of London and associated market.

He is currently involved in numerous startups for exponential technologies for blockchain and AI across multiple vertical industries.

He is an Asia Pacific specialist having lived in Asia 30 years with educational background at the British Computer Society and the Chartered Insurance Institute. On July 2017 he received the Kenneth Black Jr  Distinguished Service Award from the International Insurance Society.

Zak Allom

Chief Commercial Officer,

Zak is Chief Commercial Officer and Co-Founder of BetaSmartz, a B2B digital investment platform that equips financial institutions with compliance driven digital and automation tools that enhance and promote efficiency and transparency in client and money management.

Zak, a former equities trader, was previously Managing Director of Hong Kong and Global Head of Asset & Wealth Management at Tardis Group, and prior to that, Managing Director of Asia and Global Head of Asset Management at Kinsey Allen International. He has also worked at Barclays Capital and RHB Securities and was a Founding Partner and Board Director of Boka Investment Group.

Patrick Dransfield

The In-House Community

Patrick Dransfield is a Director of the In-House Community and Publishing Director of the magazine Asian-Mena Counsel, both wholly owned by Pacific Business Press.  Patrick has twenty-three years of experience working in the legal industry; as Asia Managing Director of Euromoney Institutional Investor, and then as Marketing and Business Development Director for Asia for Shearman & Sterling and White & Case respectively.

Patrick published the first legal investment guide to South Korea IFLR in 1999. Other innovations include:; ‘Bringing It All Back Home – Asia and the City of London’, with The Law Society and Sir William Blair and John McLean OBE; The Shenzhen Greater Bay In-House Congress with CCPIT: ‘In-House Community Executive Lawyers’ Retreat’ (with Richard Susskind OBE and Trevor Faure), ‘The In-House Community Counsel Awards’ (including Visionary Client Service Provider Awards), the bi-lingual legal novel ‘A Corporate Journey to the West’ (‘企业西游记:成功并购在美国’); ‘China Law & Practice Law Firm Directory’98’(the first Chinese law firm directory); and ‘IFLR Deals of the Year Awards’ (the first legal Awards Ceremony in Asia),

Patrick is in frequent demand as a writer and commentator on the business of law and has been published by the Financial Times, Asia Law Portal and Asian-mena Counsel, among others.  His speaking engagements include: International Bar Association (‘Law Firm Management Committee’ IBA Seoul 2019), Management Events Corporate Secretary Forum, PSMG, the Shanghai Bar Association, ICON, Fudan and Hong Kong Universities and In-House Community events on various subjects including marketing, business culture, personal and business development and the needs of in-house legal teams. He is included in the 30 people to watch in the business of law in Asia 2019 by Asia Law Portal:

Patrick is a graduate of Leeds University (B.A. Joint Hons. in English and History of Art) and also holds a Master’s Degree in Far East Area Studies (specializing in Chinese History, Anthropology and Politics) from London University’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS).  He is a Correspondent Member of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong, and an Old Lancastrian (OL of Lancaster Royal Grammar School).

Janet Li

Asia Wealth Business leader,

Janet Li, CFA, is the Asia Wealth Business Leader at Mercer.  She oversees and is responsible for Mercer’s Wealth (Investment and Retirement) Business in Asia.  In her role, she leads and drives business strategy as well as managing the team across Asia.

Janet has vast experience working with institutional clients (sovereigns, pension, insurance, corporate and wealth management).  Her experience also spans across a wide range of investment services (asset liability review and strategy, portfolio construction, manager review, selection and monitoring, investment governance and transformation, discretionary management, member communication and education and related tools’ developments) and a diverse range of asset classes (public equities and fixed income, private equities, illiquid credit, real estate and infrastructure).

Before joining Mercer, Janet was the Director of Investments, Greater China at Willis Towers Watson where she was also a core member of the Asia leadership team.

Janet is the Chairman of the Executive Committee, a Member of the Members Communication Sub-committee and a Member of the Business Strategy Sub-committee of the Hong Kong Retirement Schemes Association (“HKRSA”).  She has been a delegate and a supporter to the annual Cross Straits Pension Forum (this year is the 11th anniversary), which the HKRSA has been one of the key organizers, for the past 9 years.  Janet is also a Management Committee Member and a member of the Research and Development Sub-committee of the Taiwan Pension Fund Association.  In addition to these, she is serving as Advisory Committee Member of the FTSE Taiwan Index Committee, Mentor of the HKU Mentorship Programme, Manager on a School Board and Member of the Hong Kong Academy of Finance (AoF).

Janet graduated with Bachelor Degree of Economics and Finance from The University of Hong Kong and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Simon Parfitt

Director of Wealth Management,
Pyrmont Wealth

Simon Parfitt is the Director of Wealth Management with Pyrmont Wealth Management, a fee-based financial planning firm based in Hong Kong.


Pyrmont are dual licensed by the Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers and the HK Securities and Futures Commission with whom they hold Type 4 (Advising on Securities) and Type 9 (Asset Management) licenses.


Simon has over 10 years of experience helping Private Clients with Life Centred Financial Planning and he is an advocate of fee-based financial planning, behavioural finance and evidence based investment management.


Simon is a regular media contributor and panellist on Financial Planning matters in Hong Kong.

Rick Adkinson

Managing Director, Private Capital

Rick is the Managing Director and Responsible Officer of Private Capital Limited (PCL), a Hong Kong based fiduciary Wealth Management and Financial Planning firm.


Incorporated in 1998 Private Capital is licensed by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) to provide Type 4 (Advising on Securities) and Type 9 (Asset Management) regulated activities in Hong Kong.


Rick was Chief Executive from 1998 to April 2019 of the Group Medical Insurance and Protection Planning arm of Private Capital, regulated by the Hong Kong Confederation of Insurance Brokers.  Rick is a member of the Hong Kong Securities Institute (HKSI) and was a board member appointed by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).


In the UK, Rick is member of both the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) and holds the CISI Financial Planning and Advice Diploma (QCF Level 4).

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