The science fiction world has a lot of people doing seriously imaginative thinking

- Paul Krugman

Melon HK is one of the rising stars in the world of science fiction. Taking place in Hong Kong, the annual Melon Conference brings together award-winning and emerging science fiction writers, filmmakers and industry professionals from both China and the West, as well as the Sci-Fi community to share, brainstorm and be inspired.

Melon HK is one of the rising stars in the world of science fiction. Taking place in Hong Kong, the annual Melon Conference brings together award-winning and emerging science fiction writers, filmmakers and industry professionals from both China and the West, as well as the Sci-Fi community to share, brainstorm and be inspired.


SPEAKERS
Albert Tam
Novelist, Screenwriter
Hong Kong

Albert Tam

Novelist, Screenwriter, Hong Kong

Albert Tam, Hong Kong-based novelist and screenwriter. Previously working in the IT industry, he has earned 9 awards in mainland China and Taiwan since 2007, ranging from science fiction, crime fiction to literature, with notable works including Best Novel of Chinese Xingyun (Nebula) Awards for Humanoid Software (2010) where cyberpunk meets Hong Kong culture; Rhythm of Night [Office1] (2008), a novel in the vein of Black Mirror and shortlisted in “Chiu-Ko Novel Award”. In 2012, he completed a YA fantasy trilogy with strong Taiwanese culture and history as the backdrop. He is also actively engaged in film critique in Hong Kong newspapers and participated in several science fiction film productions in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Albert Tam, Hong Kong-based novelist and screenwriter. Previously working in the IT industry, he has earned 9 awards in mainland China and Taiwan since 2007, ranging from science fiction, crime fiction to literature, with notable works including Best Novel of Chinese Xingyun (Nebula) Awards for Humanoid Software (2010) where cyberpunk meets Hong Kong culture; Rhythm of Night [Office1] (2008), a novel in the vein of Black Mirror and shortlisted in “Chiu-Ko Novel Award”. In 2012, he completed a YA fantasy trilogy with strong Taiwanese culture and history as the backdrop. He is also actively engaged in film critique in Hong Kong newspapers and participated in several science fiction film productions in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Andrew Bannister
Author
UK

Andrew Bannister

Author, UK

Born in 1965, Andrew Bannister grew up in Cornwall. He studied Geology and went to work in the oil industry before becoming an environmental consultant, and then a construction specialist. He now works in the construction industry during the day and writes books at all other times. He has been writing all his life - initially for student newspapers and fanzines before moving on to fiction and journalism. He has always loved reading science fiction, from the classics of the fifties and sixties to the energy of the present day, and a few years ago he discovered that writing it is even better. He now lives in Leicestershire where he writes, builds things and goes running.

Andrew's science fiction novel Creation Machine, set in a vast artificial star cluster called The Spin, was published by Bantam in May 2016 and his next novel, Iron Gods, will be published in May 2017, also by Bantam. A third book, Stone Clock, is due out in 2018.

Born in 1965, Andrew Bannister grew up in Cornwall. He studied Geology and went to work in the oil industry before becoming an environmental consultant, and then a construction specialist. He now works in the construction industry during the day and writes books at all other times. He has been writing all his life - initially for student newspapers and fanzines before moving on to fiction and journalism. He has always loved reading science fiction, from the classics of the fifties and sixties to the energy of the present day, and a few years ago he discovered that writing it is even better. He now lives in Leicestershire where he writes, builds things and goes running.

Andrew's science fiction novel Creation Machine, set in a vast artificial star cluster called The Spin, was published by Bantam in May 2016 and his next novel, Iron Gods, will be published in May 2017, also by Bantam. A third book, Stone Clock, is due out in 2018.

Andy Tian
CEO, Asia Innovations Group
China

Andy Tian

CEO, Asia Innovations Group, China

Andy is the CEO and co-founder of Asia Innovations Group (AIG), a leading mobile social and online entertainment group in Asia. AIG aims to bring China’s advanced mobile social products and business models to the global market, leveraging strong local regional offices to operate these products for the best local experience. One of AIG’s products, UP Live, has become the highest monetizing live video app launching since June 2016, with leader position in Taiwan, HK, Middle East and growing quickly in SE Asia and Japan.

Andy previously was GM of Zynga China, and also built Google’s mobile business in China. He also co-founded three startups and sold two of them. Andy graduated from MIT with BS and MS in Computer Science.

Andy is the CEO and co-founder of Asia Innovations Group (AIG), a leading mobile social and online entertainment group in Asia. AIG aims to bring China’s advanced mobile social products and business models to the global market, leveraging strong local regional offices to operate these products for the best local experience. One of AIG’s products, UP Live, has become the highest monetizing live video app launching since June 2016, with leader position in Taiwan, HK, Middle East and growing quickly in SE Asia and Japan.

Andy previously was GM of Zynga China, and also built Google’s mobile business in China. He also co-founded three startups and sold two of them. Andy graduated from MIT with BS and MS in Computer Science.

Anna Wu
Writer, film and TV play writer
China

Anna Wu

Writer, film and TV play writer, China

Born in China, Anna Wu Shuang attained a master degree of arts in Chinese. She is a science fiction writer, film and TV play writer, image spokesman of the Science Fiction Nebula Website (http://www.wcsfa.com/). She won the Best New Writer of the Fifth Nebula Award for Global Chinese Science Fiction, her film script Cloud and Mist won the Gold Medal of Originality for the Best Science Fiction Film of the Sixth Nebula Award for Global Chinese Science Fiction. Her works have been published in various magazines, such as Galaxy's Edge and Science Fiction World. She has also translated over 200,000 words of Sci-Fi works. Some of Wu’s translated works are compiled into the science fiction collection, The Shape of Thought, written by Ken Liu, the winner of both Nebula Award and Hugo Award. Her science fiction novella collection, Twins will be published in June of 2017.

Born in China, Anna Wu Shuang attained a master degree of arts in Chinese. She is a science fiction writer, film and TV play writer, image spokesman of the Science Fiction Nebula Website (http://www.wcsfa.com/). She won the Best New Writer of the Fifth Nebula Award for Global Chinese Science Fiction, her film script Cloud and Mist won the Gold Medal of Originality for the Best Science Fiction Film of the Sixth Nebula Award for Global Chinese Science Fiction. Her works have been published in various magazines, such as Galaxy's Edge and Science Fiction World. She has also translated over 200,000 words of Sci-Fi works. Some of Wu’s translated works are compiled into the science fiction collection, The Shape of Thought, written by Ken Liu, the winner of both Nebula Award and Hugo Award. Her science fiction novella collection, Twins will be published in June of 2017.

Charlie Jane Anders
Author
USA

Charlie Jane Anders

Author, USA

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of All the Birds in the Sky, which was named one of the 10 best novels of 2016 by Time Magazine. She organizes the Writers With Drinks reading series, and was a founding editor of io9, a site about science fiction, science and futurism. Her fiction has appeared in Wired Magazine, Tin House, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, ZYZZYVA, the Catamaran Literary Reader, Tor.com, Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and a ton of anthologies. Her story Six Months, Three Days won a Hugo Award and her novel Choir Boy won a Lambda Literary Award.

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of All the Birds in the Sky, which was named one of the 10 best novels of 2016 by Time Magazine. She organizes the Writers With Drinks reading series, and was a founding editor of io9, a site about science fiction, science and futurism. Her fiction has appeared in Wired Magazine, Tin House, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, ZYZZYVA, the Catamaran Literary Reader, Tor.com, Asimov's Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and a ton of anthologies. Her story Six Months, Three Days won a Hugo Award and her novel Choir Boy won a Lambda Literary Award.

Curtis C. Chen
Author
USA

Curtis C. Chen

Author, USA

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo (Thomas Dunne Books, 2016) is a science fiction spy thriller about a superpowered secret agent facing his toughest mission yet, vacation. A sequel, Kangaroo Too, is forthcoming in 2017.

Curtis' short stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, MISSION: TOMORROW and Andromeda Spaceways Magazine. From 2008-2013, he posted a new flash fiction story every Friday on his “512 Words or Fewer” blog; 117 of those tales are collected in Thursday’s Children, available as a free PDF download under a Creative Commons license. You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint Portland on the second Tuesday of almost every month. Visit him online at: http: //curtiscchen.com

Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen now writes speculative fiction and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. His debut novel Waypoint Kangaroo (Thomas Dunne Books, 2016) is a science fiction spy thriller about a superpowered secret agent facing his toughest mission yet, vacation. A sequel, Kangaroo Too, is forthcoming in 2017.

Curtis' short stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, MISSION: TOMORROW and Andromeda Spaceways Magazine. From 2008-2013, he posted a new flash fiction story every Friday on his “512 Words or Fewer” blog; 117 of those tales are collected in Thursday’s Children, available as a free PDF download under a Creative Commons license. You can find Curtis at Puzzled Pint Portland on the second Tuesday of almost every month. Visit him online at: http: //curtiscchen.com

Derek Ting
Film Writer, Director, Producer
Hong Kong

Derek Ting

Film Writer, Director, Producer, Hong Kong

A writer, director, producer originally from New York, now based in Hong Kong, Derek strives to challenge himself in everything he does. He has written and produced several feature films: $upercapitalist, shot in Hong Kong and New York, released internationally in 2012 with millions of views; Always, a romance drama shot in Hong Kong and Shanghai, released globally in 2016 and has an 8.5 rating on QQ.com from China with 300K+ views, and Agent, a science fiction thriller, shot in 2016 and entirely in California that explores the origins of the Pyramids, Stone Henge, and the Great Wall as well as Alien conspiracies. Recently, he wrote and directed a science fiction short film, Lucid, about the possible future use of “virtual reality” as a way to reconstruct memories.

He writes and directs lifestyle branding videos, corporate and music videos, and has had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest stars and brands in the entertainment industry, both in Asia and North America.

He loves to travel, play sports and exercise. He's a former CNN Producer, ex-Doubleclicker (now Google), Mercer consultant, and Cornell University graduate.

A writer, director, producer originally from New York, now based in Hong Kong, Derek strives to challenge himself in everything he does. He has written and produced several feature films: $upercapitalist, shot in Hong Kong and New York, released internationally in 2012 with millions of views; Always, a romance drama shot in Hong Kong and Shanghai, released globally in 2016 and has an 8.5 rating on QQ.com from China with 300K+ views, and Agent, a science fiction thriller, shot in 2016 and entirely in California that explores the origins of the Pyramids, Stone Henge, and the Great Wall as well as Alien conspiracies. Recently, he wrote and directed a science fiction short film, Lucid, about the possible future use of “virtual reality” as a way to reconstruct memories.

He writes and directs lifestyle branding videos, corporate and music videos, and has had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest stars and brands in the entertainment industry, both in Asia and North America.

He loves to travel, play sports and exercise. He's a former CNN Producer, ex-Doubleclicker (now Google), Mercer consultant, and Cornell University graduate.

Eric Tan
Founder, Fifth Journey
Hong Kong

Eric Tan

Founder, Fifth Journey, Hong Kong

Eric founded Fifth Journey after nearly 20 years as an executive with Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Universal Pictures and Universal Music. As the Managing Director and Head of Gameloft China, Eric led China publishing for major Hollywood franchises including Spiderman, Despicable Me, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Ice Age, Thor, Captain America and others. Among his 20+ published titles for Hollywood, Despicable Me: Minion Rush remains a top-grosser in China and Gameloft’s best-selling game of all-time.

Eric founded Fifth Journey after nearly 20 years as an executive with Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Universal Pictures and Universal Music. As the Managing Director and Head of Gameloft China, Eric led China publishing for major Hollywood franchises including Spiderman, Despicable Me, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Ice Age, Thor, Captain America and others. Among his 20+ published titles for Hollywood, Despicable Me: Minion Rush remains a top-grosser in China and Gameloft’s best-selling game of all-time.

Hao Jingfang
Author
China

Hao Jingfang

Author, China

Born in 1984 in Tianjin, Hao Jingfang graduated in 2006 from the Tsinghua University, majoring in Physics. She also studied at Tsinghua Centre for Astrophysics and attained a doctoral degree from the Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management. Earlier on Hao’s writing journey, she won the first prize at the fourth “New Concept” writing competition and the first “Jiuzhou” essay contest. She earned her first Hugo Award for Best Novelette for Folding Beijing at the 74th World Science Fiction Convention in August 21, 2016. Her published work includes two full-length novels, “Wandering Earth” and “Born in 1984”, as well as short stories, The Depth of Loneliness and “To Go the Distance” and a short story collection, “Europe within Time”.

Born in 1984 in Tianjin, Hao Jingfang graduated in 2006 from the Tsinghua University, majoring in Physics. She also studied at Tsinghua Centre for Astrophysics and attained a doctoral degree from the Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management. Earlier on Hao’s writing journey, she won the first prize at the fourth “New Concept” writing competition and the first “Jiuzhou” essay contest. She earned her first Hugo Award for Best Novelette for Folding Beijing at the 74th World Science Fiction Convention in August 21, 2016. Her published work includes two full-length novels, “Wandering Earth” and “Born in 1984”, as well as short stories, The Depth of Loneliness and “To Go the Distance” and a short story collection, “Europe within Time”.

Jo Lusby
MD, Penguin Random House
Hong Kong

Jo Lusby

MD, Penguin Random House, Hong Kong

Jo Lusby is Managing Director of North Asia for Penguin Random House, the world’s largest consumer book publisher. She has set up successful operations in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, and, most recently Hong Kong, where she is now based.

Jo established the first Penguin Books based in the region in 2005, in Beijing. Under her guidance, Penguin Random House has emerged as the leading trade book publisher operating locally in the highly restricted China market. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Jo is responsible for all business operations, across publishing and acquisition of books for the Chinese, Korean, and English language markets, through to sales and distribution of English language imports from the UK and US.

Jo Lusby is Managing Director of North Asia for Penguin Random House, the world’s largest consumer book publisher. She has set up successful operations in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, and, most recently Hong Kong, where she is now based.

Jo established the first Penguin Books based in the region in 2005, in Beijing. Under her guidance, Penguin Random House has emerged as the leading trade book publisher operating locally in the highly restricted China market. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Jo is responsible for all business operations, across publishing and acquisition of books for the Chinese, Korean, and English language markets, through to sales and distribution of English language imports from the UK and US.

Regina Kanyu Wang
Author, International PR Manager of Storycom
China

Regina Kanyu Wang

Author, International PR Manager of Storycom, China

Regina Kanyu Wang is a science fiction writer from Shanghai, China. Her work is recognised in the Chinese Nebula Awards, as well as her contribution to the fandom, she is the co-founder of SF AppleCore and council member of World Chinese Science Fiction Association (WCSFA). Her short story, “Back to Myan,” won the SF Comet competition in February 2015. Her novella, “Of Cloud and Mist” won the Silver Award for Best Novella of Chinese Nebula 2016. Regina chaired the 2009 Shanghai Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival and has been active in both local and international science fiction events since then. She works as an International PR Manager for Storycom, a company focusing on science fiction story development and adaption.

Regina Kanyu Wang is a science fiction writer from Shanghai, China. Her work is recognised in the Chinese Nebula Awards, as well as her contribution to the fandom, she is the co-founder of SF AppleCore and council member of World Chinese Science Fiction Association (WCSFA). Her short story, “Back to Myan,” won the SF Comet competition in February 2015. Her novella, “Of Cloud and Mist” won the Silver Award for Best Novella of Chinese Nebula 2016. Regina chaired the 2009 Shanghai Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival and has been active in both local and international science fiction events since then. She works as an International PR Manager for Storycom, a company focusing on science fiction story development and adaption.

Lavie Tidhar
Author
UK

Lavie Tidhar

Author, UK

Raised on a socialist kibbutz in Israel and now living in the UK, Lavie Tidhar is the author of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning and Premio Roma nominee A Man Lies Dreaming (2014), the World Fantasy Award winning Osama (2011) and of the critically-acclaimed and Seiun Award nominated The Violent Century (2013). His latest novel is Central Station (2016). He is the author of many other novels, novellas and short stories, including the British Fantasy Award winning novella Gorel and the Pot-Bellied God (2011). As editor, he established The Apex Book of World SF, series of anthologies focusing on international SF. Between 2009-2013 he also published the BSFA Award winning The World SF Blog. Through these, he published the first translations into English of Han Song, Yang Ping and Ma Boyong, and early translations from Chen Qiufan and others. He has written on Chinese SF for New Scientist, The Internet Review of Science Fiction and Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. He has lived variously in Israel, South Africa, The United Kingdom, Vanuatu and Laos. A trilingual author, he has also published fiction and poetry in Hebrew, and currently writes a unique monthly column of short literary fiction in Bislama for the Vanuatu Daily Post.

Raised on a socialist kibbutz in Israel and now living in the UK, Lavie Tidhar is the author of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning and Premio Roma nominee A Man Lies Dreaming (2014), the World Fantasy Award winning Osama (2011) and of the critically-acclaimed and Seiun Award nominated The Violent Century (2013). His latest novel is Central Station (2016). He is the author of many other novels, novellas and short stories, including the British Fantasy Award winning novella Gorel and the Pot-Bellied God (2011). As editor, he established The Apex Book of World SF, series of anthologies focusing on international SF. Between 2009-2013 he also published the BSFA Award winning The World SF Blog. Through these, he published the first translations into English of Han Song, Yang Ping and Ma Boyong, and early translations from Chen Qiufan and others. He has written on Chinese SF for New Scientist, The Internet Review of Science Fiction and Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. He has lived variously in Israel, South Africa, The United Kingdom, Vanuatu and Laos. A trilingual author, he has also published fiction and poetry in Hebrew, and currently writes a unique monthly column of short literary fiction in Bislama for the Vanuatu Daily Post.

Paul Aiello
MD, Emerald Media, KKR
Hong Kong

Paul Aiello

MD, Emerald Media, KKR, Hong Kong

One of the most respected executives in the media industry in Asia Pacific, Paul is the Managing Director of Emerald Media. Paul was formerly the Co-Founder and CEO of CA Media. Paul has 25 years of professional experience as a media executive and investment banker with Morgan Stanley and CS Frist Boston, most of his career focused on Asia Pacific. Prior to CA Media, he served as the CEO of STAR Group Ltd., the region’s leading pay television broadcaster. Prior to STAR, Paul was the head of TMT Investment Banking and the COO of Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley Asia and a corporate finance banker at CS First Boston. Paul received a B.A. degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame and Ph.D in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Led by industry veterans Paul Aiello and Rajesh Kamat, Emerald Media is a pan-Asian platform established by KKR to fund investment opportunities in the fast-growing media and entertainment industries across Asia. KKR has committed up to $300mm from its KKR Asian Fund II and The Chernin Group will join as a minority co-investor. The platform primarily focuses on providing growth capital to media, entertainment and digital media companies across a wide range of subsectors spanning from content to platforms.

One of the most respected executives in the media industry in Asia Pacific, Paul is the Managing Director of Emerald Media. Paul was formerly the Co-Founder and CEO of CA Media. Paul has 25 years of professional experience as a media executive and investment banker with Morgan Stanley and CS Frist Boston, most of his career focused on Asia Pacific. Prior to CA Media, he served as the CEO of STAR Group Ltd., the region’s leading pay television broadcaster. Prior to STAR, Paul was the head of TMT Investment Banking and the COO of Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley Asia and a corporate finance banker at CS First Boston. Paul received a B.A. degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame and Ph.D in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Led by industry veterans Paul Aiello and Rajesh Kamat, Emerald Media is a pan-Asian platform established by KKR to fund investment opportunities in the fast-growing media and entertainment industries across Asia. KKR has committed up to $300mm from its KKR Asian Fund II and The Chernin Group will join as a minority co-investor. The platform primarily focuses on providing growth capital to media, entertainment and digital media companies across a wide range of subsectors spanning from content to platforms.

Philip Qu
Partner, TransAsia Lawyers and media industry lawyer
China

Philip Qu

Partner, TransAsia Lawyers and media industry lawyer, China

Partner, TransAsia Lawyers and media industry lawyer based in Beijing, China. TransAsia Lawyers is generally considered to be one of the leading law firms licensed in the People's Republic of China. The firm was founded over 20 years ago by attorneys who have been advising on investments into and out of China since the early 1980s. The majority of our lawyers are admitted to practice in China, while others are qualified in the United States, Australia and Malaysia.

Partner, TransAsia Lawyers and media industry lawyer based in Beijing, China. TransAsia Lawyers is generally considered to be one of the leading law firms licensed in the People's Republic of China. The firm was founded over 20 years ago by attorneys who have been advising on investments into and out of China since the early 1980s. The majority of our lawyers are admitted to practice in China, while others are qualified in the United States, Australia and Malaysia.

Sander Hamersma
MD, Head of Technology, Media & Telecom, Mizuho Corporate Bank (Asia Pacific)
Hong Kong

Sander Hamersma

MD, Head of Technology, Media & Telecom, Mizuho Corporate Bank (Asia Pacific), Hong Kong

Managing Director and Head of Mizuho’s TMT franchise in Asia Pacific with 20 years of investment banking experience in the region.

Sander has advised clients on mergers and acquisitions and raised capital for clients in the debt and equity capital markets in Asia. He has focused on media, telecom and towers over the years but also has experience in other TMT sub-sectors. Previously Managing Director and Head of TMT Banking for Asia Pacific at Barclays. Prior to that he held a similar role at ABN AMRO in Hong Kong.

Holds an MSc degree in Finance from the VU University in Amsterdam.

Managing Director and Head of Mizuho’s TMT franchise in Asia Pacific with 20 years of investment banking experience in the region.

Sander has advised clients on mergers and acquisitions and raised capital for clients in the debt and equity capital markets in Asia. He has focused on media, telecom and towers over the years but also has experience in other TMT sub-sectors. Previously Managing Director and Head of TMT Banking for Asia Pacific at Barclays. Prior to that he held a similar role at ABN AMRO in Hong Kong.

Holds an MSc degree in Finance from the VU University in Amsterdam.

Stanley Chan
Author, Script Writer, Noitom Ltd. VP
China

Stanley Chan

Author, Script Writer, Noitom Ltd. VP, China

Chen Qiufan, Stanley, is a representative member of the China's new generation of speculative fiction authors. He is known for his stylistic combination of realism and New Wave, and has been called “China's William Gibson”. His works have been translated into many languages and received multiple local and international awards including 9 Chinese Nebula Awards (Chinese counterpart of Hugo Award), 3 Galaxy Awards and the World F&SF Translation Award. His representative works include Waste Tide, Censored, and Future Disease. He previously worked for Google, Baidu and other corporations for nearly ten years; at present, as the Vice President of Noitom Ltd., he focuses on the fields of motion capture and virtual reality.

Chen Qiufan, Stanley, is a representative member of the China's new generation of speculative fiction authors. He is known for his stylistic combination of realism and New Wave, and has been called “China's William Gibson”. His works have been translated into many languages and received multiple local and international awards including 9 Chinese Nebula Awards (Chinese counterpart of Hugo Award), 3 Galaxy Awards and the World F&SF Translation Award. His representative works include Waste Tide, Censored, and Future Disease. He previously worked for Google, Baidu and other corporations for nearly ten years; at present, as the Vice President of Noitom Ltd., he focuses on the fields of motion capture and virtual reality.

Woody Wan
Co-Founder, Babeltime
China

Woody Wan

Co-Founder, Babeltime, China

Woody Wan is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Babeltime, as well as the General Manager of China Radio and Television Interactive Entertainment Technology Ltd. Babeltime is a leading game development and distribution technology enterprise in China. Established in 2009 in Beijing, the company has now expanded its overseas subsidiaries in United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai and Hainan etc. Apart from the gaming industry, Wan also has some presence in the education field. He was the editor of educational channel at the website Sina.com. And now he is a part-time Professor in the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication.

Woody Wan is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Babeltime, as well as the General Manager of China Radio and Television Interactive Entertainment Technology Ltd. Babeltime is a leading game development and distribution technology enterprise in China. Established in 2009 in Beijing, the company has now expanded its overseas subsidiaries in United States, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai and Hainan etc. Apart from the gaming industry, Wan also has some presence in the education field. He was the editor of educational channel at the website Sina.com. And now he is a part-time Professor in the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication.

Xia Jia
Author
China

Xia Jia

Author, China

As an undergraduate, Xia Jia majored in Atmospheric Sciences at Peking University. She then entered the Film Studies Program at the Communication University of China, where she completed her Master's thesis: “A Study on Female Figures in Science Fiction Films”. In 2014, she obtained a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and World Literature at Peking University, with “Chinese Science Fiction and Its Cultural Politics Since 1990” as the topic of her dissertation. Now she is an Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University.

She has been publishing fiction since college in the Science Fiction World. Several of her stories have won the Galaxy Award, China's most prestigious science fiction award. In English translation, her work has been published in Clarkesworld and Upgraded. Her first story written in English, “Let’s Have a Talk” was published in Nature in 2015.

As an undergraduate, Xia Jia majored in Atmospheric Sciences at Peking University. She then entered the Film Studies Program at the Communication University of China, where she completed her Master's thesis: “A Study on Female Figures in Science Fiction Films”. In 2014, she obtained a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and World Literature at Peking University, with “Chinese Science Fiction and Its Cultural Politics Since 1990” as the topic of her dissertation. Now she is an Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University.

She has been publishing fiction since college in the Science Fiction World. Several of her stories have won the Galaxy Award, China's most prestigious science fiction award. In English translation, her work has been published in Clarkesworld and Upgraded. Her first story written in English, “Let’s Have a Talk” was published in Nature in 2015.

Fritz Demopoulos
Founder of Melon Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Fritz Demopoulos

Founder of Melon Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Fritz Demopoulos has been a technology and media industry entrepreneur in mainland China and Hong Kong for a number of years. He coordinates his entrepreneurial business and investment activities through Queen's Road Capital. Fritz was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles, Karls-Ruprect University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He supports The Arsenal Gunners of the English Premier League.

Fritz Demopoulos has been a technology and media industry entrepreneur in mainland China and Hong Kong for a number of years. He coordinates his entrepreneurial business and investment activities through Queen's Road Capital. Fritz was educated at the University of California, Los Angeles, Karls-Ruprect University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He supports The Arsenal Gunners of the English Premier League.

Dominik Nagiller
Founding Partner of Melon Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Dominik Nagiller

Founding Partner of Melon Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dominik is a founding partner of Melon conference. He is also with Queen’s Road Capital a HK-based venture fund undertaking early stage investments in TMT across Asia. Previously he was with Volkswagen Group China and did stints in academia and contemporary art trading in Shanghai, Beijing and Taipei. Dominik graduated from School of Oriental and African Studies in London with BA in Politics and Economics.

Dominik is a founding partner of Melon conference. He is also with Queen’s Road Capital a HK-based venture fund undertaking early stage investments in TMT across Asia. Previously he was with Volkswagen Group China and did stints in academia and contemporary art trading in Shanghai, Beijing and Taipei. Dominik graduated from School of Oriental and African Studies in London with BA in Politics and Economics.

Yeoh Siew Hoon
Travel Writer & Industry Pundit
Singapore

Yeoh Siew Hoon

Travel Writer & Industry Pundit, Singapore

Yeoh Siew Hoon combines her love of travel and writing in her profession as a travel industry journalist and commentator. She runs her own travel conference and website, Web In Travel, which she founded in 2005. She saw a need for the industry to recognize and deal with the changes that would come from the Internet and technology.

Siew Hoon is also an established speaker and facilitator at conferences and workshops. She’s moderated at the Singapore Writer’s Festival, conducting interviews with Pico Iyer and Paul Theroux. She is also a published author, having written titles including “Truth, Lies & Other Stuff”, “Around Asia in 1 Hr: Tales of Condoms, Chillies & Curries” and “Losing My Innocence, Finding My Groove”. In 2009, she published a children’s book “The Adventures of Habibi, The Wise Turtle”, for Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Oman, to promote environmental awareness and conservation of green turtles in the Oman area. In August 2012, a children’s book that she co-wrote was also published. Called “The Story of Baitong & Boon”, it’s aimed at raising awareness of elephants living in Thailand as well as English literacy in rural Thailand and under its’ “Buy One, Print One” initiative, free books are given to children in rural Thailand by the Himmapaan Foundation.

Yeoh Siew Hoon combines her love of travel and writing in her profession as a travel industry journalist and commentator. She runs her own travel conference and website, Web In Travel, which she founded in 2005. She saw a need for the industry to recognize and deal with the changes that would come from the Internet and technology.

Siew Hoon is also an established speaker and facilitator at conferences and workshops. She’s moderated at the Singapore Writer’s Festival, conducting interviews with Pico Iyer and Paul Theroux. She is also a published author, having written titles including “Truth, Lies & Other Stuff”, “Around Asia in 1 Hr: Tales of Condoms, Chillies & Curries” and “Losing My Innocence, Finding My Groove”. In 2009, she published a children’s book “The Adventures of Habibi, The Wise Turtle”, for Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, Oman, to promote environmental awareness and conservation of green turtles in the Oman area. In August 2012, a children’s book that she co-wrote was also published. Called “The Story of Baitong & Boon”, it’s aimed at raising awareness of elephants living in Thailand as well as English literacy in rural Thailand and under its’ “Buy One, Print One” initiative, free books are given to children in rural Thailand by the Himmapaan Foundation.

Andrew Sharkey
Director of Business Development, Lucasfilm Singapore
Singapore

Andrew Sharkey

Director of Business Development, Lucasfilm Singapore, Singapore

As a Greater-China based executive and producer working with Hollywood studios, Andrew has had a front-row seat to some of the most dramatic transformations in the global entertainment industry over the last decade. At Lucasfilm he interprets regional market trends to guide the company on Asian strategy formulation, in addition to navigating partnerships in the Chinese film industry. He previously held senior management positions at Base FX in Beijing and CGCG Inc. in Taiwan. Andrew holds an MBA from National Taiwan University and a BA from National University of Ireland, Galway.

As a Greater-China based executive and producer working with Hollywood studios, Andrew has had a front-row seat to some of the most dramatic transformations in the global entertainment industry over the last decade. At Lucasfilm he interprets regional market trends to guide the company on Asian strategy formulation, in addition to navigating partnerships in the Chinese film industry. He previously held senior management positions at Base FX in Beijing and CGCG Inc. in Taiwan. Andrew holds an MBA from National Taiwan University and a BA from National University of Ireland, Galway.

Ibrahim El-Mouelhy
Director of Communications, Outblaze, Animoca Brands
Hong Kong

Ibrahim El-Mouelhy

Director of Communications, Outblaze, Animoca Brands, Hong Kong

One of the founding members of Outblaze, Ibrahim is director of communications for the Outblaze group of companies as well as the mobile game developer and publisher Animoca Brands. An avid gamer and a voracious reader, he is also producer at large and chief storyteller for various gaming and multimedia projects.

Ibrahim has been an ardent fan of science fiction since age 6, when his mother introduced him to Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

One of the founding members of Outblaze, Ibrahim is director of communications for the Outblaze group of companies as well as the mobile game developer and publisher Animoca Brands. An avid gamer and a voracious reader, he is also producer at large and chief storyteller for various gaming and multimedia projects.

Ibrahim has been an ardent fan of science fiction since age 6, when his mother introduced him to Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

PROGRAM
Industry Day - 19th April 2017
Melon HK brings together creative talent and industry professionals to discuss digital disruption and new business models impacting science fiction writers and the media industry.

Fans Day - 20th April 2017

Join hundreds of fans and industry insiders to talk about the next generation of Science Fiction.

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Industry Day - 19th April 2017
Fans Day - 20th April 2017
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The Queen's Road Foundation

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The Queen’s Road Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting science fiction, experimental theatre and classical music in Hong Kong.

The Queen’s Road Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting science fiction, experimental theatre and classical music in Hong Kong.


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