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I am an Associate Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Department of Applied Social Sciences, and the Founding Director of the Centre for Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship (CSPSE). I teach social entrepreneurship, social innovation, evaluation methods, policy evaluation, and financial management in the social sector.

My research focuses on explaining the drivers, processes and outcomes of social and sustainable entrepreneurship and investing as well as digital venturing. For example, I examined emancipatory entrepreneurship, success in open social innovation contests, consumers response to social enterprises, the formation of B Corp certification market, evaluation of impact investing opportunities, and new forms of digital venturing and work such as e-commerce livestreaming. I am also interested in the emergence of faith-driven entrepreneurship and religious markets. Methods wise, I am passionate in developing visual arts and computational techniques in entrepreneurship research.

My research has been published in leading journals including those listed in the Financial Times (FT) 50 journals such as Journal of Business VenturingJournal of International Business Studiesand Journal of Business Venturing Insights, as well as leading policy journals such as Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, World Development, and Journal of Social Policy. I have published the world’s first comics (graphic novels) in social entrepreneurship and sustainability and the first official book on social entrepreneurship on China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. I won more than HK$2 Million in research grants as Principal Investigator for research in social entrepreneurship and innovation, sustainable entrepreneurship, and impact investing.

I serve as Associate Editors for several important journals related to social entrepreneurship, business ethics and sustainability. I also speaks regularly in various local, regional, and international forums. I am the lead convener of the Academic Forum for Hong Kong Social Enterprise Summit since 2018.

Before joining PolyU in 2019, I was a professor at the City University of Hong Kong public policy and business school, as well as University of Leeds (UK) and University of Amsterdam (NL) business schools. I completed a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Master of Commerce at The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia; and was trained as an accountant. Prior to and in between my academic life, I worked as assistant vice president for HSBC Risk Analytics in Hong Kong, and a consultant at Ruder Finn Asia in Singapore, as well as Lowe Lintas and Ernst & Young in Jakarta.


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