- Scholarship in 2000 at University of Toronto
Dr Chan received the Croucher Scholarship to pursue his doctoral study in cryptography at the University of Toronto and graduated in 2005 with a PhD in Computer Engineering. Upon graduation, he first took up a position as Assistant Professor in Information Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since then, he has held various positions in academia and the research industry, including stints at INRIA, France, National University of Singapore and A*STAR, Singapore, before returning to Hong Kong in late 2013. At A*STAR Singapore, he was Scientist and Lab Head in Network Security, leading a team of scientists and engineers to conduct research in cybersecurity and applied cryptography. He is currently with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority but on secondment to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), serving as an adviser at the BIS Innovation Hub and carrying out research and analysis in financial technologies pertaining to blockchain, distributed ledger technology, central bank digital currencies and cybersecurity.
Currently, he devotes his time to conducting research in technology-driven financial innovation at the BIS Innovation Hub to generate insights into the critical trends in financial technologies and develop prototypes with potential to improve the global financial system. As part of his responsibilities, he actively carries out research on blockchain, distributed ledger technology, digital currencies and related policy implications.