- Scholarship in 2000 at the 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, carrying out fintech research pertaining to blockchain, digital currencies and cybersecurity, as well as, works to facilitate the development of a healthy fintech ecosystem in Hong Kong.
Currently, he devotes his time to supporting a sustainable development of the fintech ecosystem in Hong Kong and promoting Hong Kong as a regional hub of fintech innovation. As part of his responsibilities, he also carries out research on blockchain, distributed ledger technology, digital currency, in particular, the risk management and regulatory aspects of these emerging technologies.