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Ted Lai
Head of Partnerships, Asia at HSBC RBWM


Ted Lai is currently the Head of Partnerships, Asia Pacific at HSBC RBWM, where he is leading the regional team to establish strategic partnerships with technology titans, business conglomerates, and fast growing startups.  The goal is to create innovative new scalable businesses, customer growth and bring new technology, data, and operating capabilities to the bank.   Previously, Ted was the Head of Digital, China at HSBC RBWM where he grew the team from 4 to nearly 100, and revamped all the front end digital touch points (mobile app, Wechat presence, dynamic website, GSP, staff tablets, mobile VTM), as well as jump started partnerships with tech companies that drove new customer acquisition, assisted in fraud reduction, supplied data for customer approvals, credit risk decisions, and for targeted marketing.

Before joining HSBC, Ted was CEO of Zoodles, an award-winning kids’ education mobile app startup backed by HTC, Independent Board Director of Taomee, a leading Chinese children’s online entertainment company (NYSE: TAOM), and Co-Founder of Angelvest, one of Greater China’s earliest and largest angel investor groups.  He was also BBC Worldwide’s Executive Vice President for Asia across TV channels, digital media, program production and distribution, consumer products, live events and Lonely Planet.  Before joining BBC, Mr. Lai was Senior Vice President at Warner Bros. where he launched and managed the WarnerTV Channel and branded video on demand services across Asia, as well as the TV distribution and production offices in Greater China and Korea.  Prior to relocating to Asia, Ted was a business development and product management executive in the US at several high-profile digital media companies, including idealab’s FreePC from inception to merger and IPO on the NASDAQ.  He also developed strategic plans for new theme parks and innovative location-based entertainment centers for the Walt Disney Company. 

Mr. Lai earned his MBA degree at Harvard Business School and MS Engineering-Economics and BS Electrical Engineering degrees at Stanford University, where he co-founded Stanford Consulting

Agenda Sessions

  • Strategy Roundtable: Payments Innovation – Where Is Asia Ahead Of The West & Where Is It Lagging? What Will The Asian Retail & Wholesale Payments Ecosystem Look Like In 2025?