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Welcome to Hong Kong - Finland Business Forum!

 Hong Kong is known for it's economic freedom making it a prime location for foreign companies entering Asian markets. Speech given by the Chief Executive Carrie Lam in October 2018 set a positive atmosphere for business opportunities but also in deepening co-operation with Finland through various development projects and targets. 

Areas of focus have especially been construction, innovation and technology, smart city, education and improving environmental conditions. These fields are all something where Finland has expertise in. 

The first Hong Kong - Finland Business Forum brings the focus on discovering business possibilites between Hong Kong and Finland. Experts from different backgrounds and fields come to share their knowledge with the audience.

We warmly welcome you to join the Hong Kong - Finland Business Forum on 20th of March 2019. What you take home is new knowledge and business contacts!

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Only 100HKD for FinnCham members and 180HKD for non-members incl. delicious breakast from Rye House and refreshing premium drinks from Bonne. Interested in being a member? Join now

Read more about the speech here (in Finnish) and Hong Kong as a market here.


9:00am – 9:30am

Registration, Breakfast

9:30am – 9:35am

Opening words by Consul-General of Finland in Hong Kong & Macao, Ms Johanna Karanko

9:35am – 9:55am

Dr Jimmy Chiang, Associate Director-General, InvestHK: New opportunities in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area

09:55am – 10:15am

Mr Jari Seilonen, Senior Advisor, Business Finland: Business Finland services for export promotion & Mr Pierre Gargatte, Client Services Manager, Fiducia Management Consultants: Hong Kong as a stepping stone into the Greater Bay Area

10:15am – 10:35am

Mr CY Lu, Senior Manager, StartmeupHK: Startup ecosystem in Hong Kong

10:35am – 10:55am

Dr Bin Zhu, Director of Invest In Finland, Greater China, Business Finland

10:55am – 11:15am

Dr Sari Arho Havrén, Consul Innovation, Business Finland: Major Drivers Changing Asian Operational  Landscape

11:15am – 12:00pm

Networking / End


 Ms Johanna Karanko

Before coming to Hong Kong in 2018 Ms Karanko was the Director in Unit for Sustainable Development and Climate Policy in Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland. She has been in Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland since 1996 in various positions.

Dr Sari Arho Havrén

Dr Sari Arho Havrén, Consul Innovation for Business Finland has for 25 years held various East and South East Asian commercial and governmental roles, gaining experience in several industry sectors including health care, clean tech and education and training. 

Dr Jimmy Chiang

Dr Jimmy Chiang is Associate Director-General of Invest Hong Kong, the government department responsible for attracting and facilitating foreign direct investment into Hong Kong. Prior to joining Invest Hong Kong, Dr Chiang worked with a Hong Kong-based multinational transportation company in a number of different managerial roles for five years.

Mr CY Lu

Mr Chin Yung (CY) is currently the Senior Manager of StartmeupHK at InvestHK, a government department dedicated to supporting overseas and Mainland entrepreneurs, SMEs and multinationals at different stages of their developments. 
CY is originally from Taiwan, and he subsequently lived in several places, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and mainland China for both study and work.

Dr Bin Zhu

Dr Zhu has been serving various state investment promotion agencies for Denmark and Canada in China market during earlier years, and was the Director of Innovation Center Denmark (Shanghai) during 2011 ~ 2012. Before his career in investment field, Dr. ZHU was a scientific researcher in bioinformatics and molecular evolution, as assistant professor of School of Life Sciences, Fudan University. He holds a PhD degree from Fudan University in bioinformatics while part of the PhD program was done in Queen’s University, Canada.

Mr Jari Seilonen

Mr Jari Seilonen, Senior Advisor in Business Finland Taiwan office has more than 15 years of working experience in East Asia, mainly in China, Japan and Taiwan.

In this current position in Taipei, he also works closely with Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.




Mr Pierre Gargatte

Mr Pierre Gargatte is responsible for developing and managing relationships with Fiducia’s international clients, supporting them with practical, custom-made solutions to realise their full potential in Greater China. Pierre built up his experience in the international trade industry, advising Western companies in their sales operations in Europe and the Asia Pacific region

















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Bonne, Great (HK) Investment

Since 2012, Great (HK) Investment has continuously provided one-stop business service and solution including retail distribution for the European food and beverage brands in Hong Kong and Macau. They are also the business partner of BONNE.

Bonne products are manufactured in Finland using nature’s finest raw materials and fresh spring water. Bonne’s principle is to make products that taste good and are good for you.

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Rye House

Rye House, the Nordic styled take-away and deli is bringing classic Nordic dishes made fresh to order with the highest quality imported ingredients to Hong Kong. They are all about connecting with people through food. Bringing the casual and relaxed Nordic way of eating is another new step to continually enrich Hong Kong’s food culture. Go to their shop in Bank of America Tower and say hi to their Finnish chef Sami Verho!

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Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

Room 1302, 168 Queen's Road Central,
Central, Hong Kong