Talent between Two Cities: Shenzhen-Hong Kong

Talent between Two Cities: Shenzhen-Hong Kong

AustCham's Greater Bay Area Committee welcomes PwC China to share their latest research findings on opportunities for talent flow within the Greater Bay Area (GBA).

The GBA is set to become the largest economic hub in the world. Talent will play a crucial role in the development of the GBA, and while talent flow is particularly important for Hong Kong and economic growth, the movement of talent is not a one-way street and collaboration between key cities is key. International businesses and start-up companies are looking to capitalise on the region’s growth potential and to be at the forefront of change, innovation and technology. Each city within the GBA has something unique to offer which appeals to a wide variety of organisations, and the implementation of a strong talent strategy in attracting the best and brightest will be an advantage in doing business in this region. 

PwC China, in collaboration with the China Development Institute - a leading national think tank, are releasing a report titled "Emerging Opportunities, Promising Future - Integrating Shenzhen and Hong Kong to Facilitate Talent Flow". The report features in-depth interviews with talent from different backgrounds and at different stages of their career development and showcases success stories in the "Twin Cities" that promote economic integration at the regional, national and global levels.

Join us to hear from experts on the findings of the report, their insights and perspectives on the future of talent in the GBA. 

As this is a hybrid event we will have the option for attendees to get tickets for either online attendance or in-person attendance. For in-person attendees, please note the requirements of our venue host, PwC:
Following the principle of the firm’s latest COVID-19 update, visitors are required to fulfil the Vaccine Pass requirement (https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/vp_t1_ENG.pdf) to access the office, and the visitor’s Electronic Vaccination Record will be checked* at their arrival before the visitor registration takes place.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated persons per the vaccination requirement, are required to take Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) with a negative result before accessing offices. The testing cost would be at the visitor’s expense.

Please note: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by the speaker(s) belong solely to the speaker, and are not representative of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.


Thu, November 24, 2022


08:30 AM - 09:30 AM



Hybrid - In Person: Room 2105, 21/F, Edinburgh Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central; Online via Zoom


Member: $0.00

Non-Member: $100.00

Member In-Person Attendance: $0.00

Non-Member In-Person Attendance: $200.00


James Chang
Managing Partner, Regional Economic Clusters & South Markets Shenzhen Office Lead Partner China Financial Services Leader | PwC China

Mr. James Chang is a member of the PwC Mainland China and Hong Kong Management Board. He is responsible for the Regional Economic Clusters business in China, the South Markets’ strategy and activities, and the operations of the Shenzhen office. He is committed to promoting the integrated and coordinated development of China’s city clusters, including the Greater Bay Area, covering Infrastructure Layout, Industrial Collaboration, Public Services Sharing, and Ecological Co-Construction and Environmental Co-Governance. At the same time, he serves as the Financial Services Leader and leads the team to provide a full suite of services to various financial institutions in China.


James has over 25 years of experience in professional services, providing a full range of services for state-owned enterprises, private enterprises, government agencies and multinational companies operating in China. James previously served as the Managing Partner of PwC’s China Consulting business, helping enterprises carry out overall strategic planning, business operations’ deployment, M&A integration, risk and compliance, digital transformation and other projects to achieve sustainable growth. 


James is often invited to deliver speeches on hot topics such as China’s sustainable economic development and transformation, green finance, data assetisation and other hot topics at prestigious forums and summits such as the World Economic Forum, BoAo Forum for Asia, the World Internet Conference, and the World Artificial Intelligence Conference. In 2016, he represented PwC as the Knowledge Partner for the B20, hosted the B20 Financing Growth Taskforce meetings, and presented a policy recommendation report on financial growth for the G20 Summit. The report included policy recommendations on green finance, digital finance, inclusive finance and many other topics, which were adopted in the official G20 Hangzhou Summit Communiqué.


Prior to joining PwC, James worked at several Wall Street investment banks such as J.P. Morgan and SLK (now part of Goldman Sachs). He graduated from the New York University Stern School of Business with an MBA. He has the professional qualifications of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) of New York State. He also completed the Leading Professional Service Firms (LPSF) Executive Training Program from Harvard Business School. James is an expert consultant or member of organisations such as the National Engineering Laboratory of Big Data Distribution and Exchange Technologies, Carbon Neutral Action Alliance, and the FinTech Cooperation Committee of Asian Financial Cooperation Association.

Loretta Fong
Government & Public Sector Leader, PwC Hong Kong and Macau ESG Services Leader, PwC Hong Kong and Greater Bay Area | PwC China

Loretta Fong is the Government & Public Sector Leader in Hong Kong and Macau, as well as the ESG Services Leader in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.

Having been practising as an assurance partner in Hong Kong for over 15 years, she has extensive experience in providing accounting, audit and transaction advisory services to private and publicly listed entities in Hong Kong and the United States. Loretta currently holds office of the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HKICPA). Her strong international background and knowledge gained via her audit experience has assisted her in fulfilling her duties and responsibilities as a council member and the treasurer of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2019-Present), a board member of the Ocean Park Corporation (2016 - 2022) and a council member of the General Committee of the Federation of the Hong Kong Industries (2019 – 2021), as appointed by the Government. Loretta holds a number of professional designations including CPA (practicing) Hong Kong (HKICPA), Certified Public Accountant in the United States (CPA (US)), Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA Canada), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and CICPA (non-practicing) China.

Dr. Wen Yajing
Deputy Director, Department of Hong Kong, Macau, and Regional Development | China Development Institute

Dr. WEN is the Deputy Director and Research Fellow of the Department of Hong Kong, Macao, and Regional Development at the China Development Institute. As a postdoctoral researcher focusing on the civil and commercial laws, the economy and society of Hong Kong and Macao, and public policy, she specializes in legal cooperation and rule connection in the Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao Greater Bay Area(GBA), and has played leading roles in research projects commissioned by Chinese central and local governments. She is a Doctor of Law and received her Ph.D. degree from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.

The China Development Institute (CDI) is an independent think tank based in Shenzhen that develops policy solutions through research and debates to help advance China’s reform and opening-up. CDI provides policy recommendations for decision makers that include both the public and private sectors. 

Dr. WEN is Hong Konger now working in Shenzhen. She is an excellent example of how HK locals can have more opportunities in the GBA.  

Edward Suen
Senior Associate, Corporate Finance | PwC China

Mr. Suen is a senior associate at PwC Mainland China and Hong Kong. In August 2021, he joined PwC through the Greater Bay Area Youth Employment Scheme and was subsequently relocated to Shenzhen.

He currently works at PwC Shenzhen Office with the corporate finance team. Prior to joining PwC, he worked at several boutique investment banks in Hong Kong and advised clients on corporate finance activities related to the Listing Rules and the Takeover Code.

He graduated from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and from the University of Hong Kong with a Master’s degree in corporate and financial law.

Helena Lee
Lead Director for Markets, and the Head of Clients and Markets Development | PwC Mainland China and Hong Kong

Helena Lee is the Lead Director for Markets, and the Head of Clients & Markets Development, working collaboratively with different professional service lines and functions across PwC Mainland China and Hong Kong to drive Firmwide Strategic Initiatives and Markets Programmes.


Helena has joined PwC for over 25 years, has over 10 years of accounting, audit and other assurance experience to private and publicly listed entities in Hong Kong and overseas. After which Helena has been seconded to PwC Global for 3 years, took on the role as the Global Industry Knowledge Management Director, specializing in Technology, Media and Telecom sectors. During this period, Helena was leading the PwC Global Industry Knowledge Management Strategy and has been driving the implementation of the Global Knowledge Gateway system to over 30 countries across the Globe. After her secondment, Helena had been acting as the Lead Director in driving, strategizing various important initiatives for PwC Asia Pacific and China, including the Greater Bay Area Initiative, National and Regional Government Programme, Clients & Markets Development strategy and transformation initiatives etc.


Helena holds professional qualifications including CPA Hong Kong (HKICPA), and Certified Public Accountant in the United States (CPA (US)). She is also the current honary president and past Vice Chairman for the Hong Kong Girl Guide Association (HKGGA) - New Territories Regional Association, and had been serving the HKGGA for over 20 years.