Phillip Yam 任尚智

  • Scholarship in 2003 at University of Oxford
  • Scholarship in 2001 at University of Cambridge

Professor Phillip Yam is currently a faculty member in Department of Statistics at Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his B.Sc. in Actuarial Science with first class honours and M.Phil. degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1999 and 2001 respectively. Supported by the two scholarships awarded by the Croucher Foundation, he obtained an MASt (Master of Advanced Study) degree, Part III of the Math Tripos, with Distinction in Mathematics from University of Cambridge in 2003 and a D.Phil. degree in Mathematics from University of Oxford in 2008. During his postgraduate studies, he was awarded with the E. M. Burnett Prize in Mathematics from University of Cambridge, and the junior research fellowship from The Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematics and Physics of University of Vienna. Besides, his research project with the title "Comonotone-Independence Bayes classifier (CIBer): A Robust and Effective FinTech and InsurTech Tool" was awarded a Silver Medal in the 48th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva. More details on academic awards, achievements, honours, visiting positions, and research grant awards can be found in his Departmental personal homepage:


Professor Phillip Yam joined CUHK in 2010 and received twice a mention of excellent teaching from the United College in 2013 and 2016. He got appointed as a research fellow in the Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics of University of Bonn and a Visiting Professor in Department of Statistics of Columbia University in the City of New York. He has been the co-Director of the interdisciplinary major programme in Quantitative Finance and Risk Management Science since 2012, and has served as the Assistant Dean (Education) of Faculty of Science since 2020 and Fellow of the Centre for Promoting Science Education in the Faculty since 2021. Starting from 2018, he has also been giving regular Croucher science live shows for local primary and secondary school students as a Croucher Scholar.

Basically, he is a working mathematician and theoretical statistician with a diverse interest in different cross-disciplinary research in mathematics and its various applications. His current research interest is in Probability theory and Stochastic analysis, Applied mathematics, Analysis and PDEs, Actuarial Science, Mathematics of Economics and Finance, Control Theory and Optimisation, Statistical Theory and its Applications, Engineering, and Data Analytics. More details can be found on his Departmental personal homepage: