Speakers (MEMSI 2024)

Terence W.T. Lee

Assistant General Manager Data Insights, Innovation & Data Insights, AAHK


Dr. Jac Leung

Lecturer, Division of Integrative Systems and Design, HKUST

Dr. Jac Leung is a Lecturer in the Division of Integrative Systems and Design at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has attained the Doctor of Education from The University of Hong Kong. With over 11 years combined teaching and research experiences, Jac is dedicated to promoting design thinking and ‘learning-by-doing’ practices. With both engineering and education background, his teaching and research focus on motivational design, educational technologies, AI literacy, design and systems thinking, and project-based learning pedagogies.

Marcus Leung-Shea

Senior Manager, Sustainability /Net-Zero Office, HKUST


Dr. Tuan Phan

Associate Professor of Marketing, University of Hong Kong Business School

Dr. Tuan Q. Phan is an Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Business School, in the Marketing Area and in Innovation & Information Management (IIM) Area. His research uses large and population-size datasets and spans multiple disciplines including economics, marketing, consumer behavior, computer science, and statistics. His expertise covers various industries including FinTech, retail and e-commerce, logistics and transportation, social media, news and video media, technology and consumer products, and education. His research has been published in leading scientific and management journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), Harvard Business School Publishing (HBSP), Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research (JMR), and Information Systems Research (ISR).

He received his doctorate from Harvard Business School, and an undergraduate from MIT. Dr. Phan is also an entrepreneur, expert witness, sits on the boards of several companies, and frequently consults industry leaders.

Elisabeth B. Reynolds

Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

Elisabeth Reynolds is a Lecturer and Principal Research Scientist focused on systems of innovation, regional economic development and industrial competitiveness. Her research and practice centers on regional cluster development and innovation systems as well as advanced manufacturing, growing innovative companies to scale, and building innovation capacity in developed and developing countries. She recently served in the Biden Administration at the National Economic Council as Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and Economic Development from 2021 to October, 2022. In that capacity, she was engaged in many of the country’s supply chain challenges as well as helped to develop the Biden Administration’s manufacturing agenda and broader industrial strategy including around infrastructure, semiconductors and clean energy.

Liz holds a B.A. in government from Harvard. She was the Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge and holds a Master’s in Economics from the University of Montreal as well as a Ph.D. from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.

Susan Su

Graduate, Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Partner, The Sparrows

Susan Su is an engineer, project manager, and writer interested in sustainable manufacturing and social impact-driven technologies. A member of the MEMSI ’23 cohort, she graduated from MIT in 2023 with a major in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on biomedical engineering and global development. After graduation, she worked on infrastructure development for a prosthetics clinic and education center in Sierra Leone, West Africa, in collaboration with the MIT K. Lisa Yang Center for Bionics and Sierra Leone Ministry of Health. She is currently a partner at The Sparrows while pursuing projects in engineering, art, and journalism. 

Josh Woodard

Graduate, Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Partner, The Sparrows

Josh Woodard, a South Side Chicago native, has spent his entire professional career managing factories, supply chains, and engineers in China. After graduating from MIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mandarin, he matriculated to Tsinghua University to study Econ. and Int’l Relations through the Schwarzman Scholars program (founded by the eponymous Blackstone CEO). Since then, he has been involved in tens of hardware startup development projects as part-manager, part-engineer. Recently, he has worked as an Apple engineering project manager, responsible for overseeing the development of numerous hardware modules, including for the most recent iPhone 14.

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