- 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 changed track in 2016 to work for central banks and financial regulators, including stints with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). He spearheaded Hong Kong's Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) works since 2017 and has coined the architectures of CBDC infrastructures (Inthanon-Lionrock, Aurum and e-HKD) which have gained recognition by the international central banking community. He now works for Securities and Futures Commission, supervising virtual asset trading platforms and conducting related policy research.
Currently, he devotes his time to conducting policy research in virtual asset regulation and supervision of virtual asset service providers. He carries out analysis on crypto-assets, DeFi and related technologies and monitors the trend of related development. He also actively carries out research on cybersecuirty, blockcahin, distributed ledger technology and decentralized finance.