Chairman, CarbonBlue Innovations
Dr. Michael Sung is a high-tech innovator and entrepreneur, and has started a number of successful ventures in the advanced materials and semiconductor industries. Dr. Sung is an active investor as a partner/advisor in a number of venture capital and accelerator funds, through which he is an advisor to numerous startups. He is the managing director for CarbonBlue Innovations, a tech transfer platform and investment fund that is focused on connect internationally-sourced innovation to China, particularly in the areas of artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, Industry 4.0, and semiconductor technologies.
Dr. Sung has a strong expertise in intellectual property strategy, technology transfer, and high-tech commercialization. He is faculty at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he teaches and drives various initiatives related to high-tech entrepreneurship and innovation. He served as the former Director for the Center for Industry Engagement and Associate Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at HKUST, and now leads the entrepreneurship initiatives for the MBA program as well as acts as an academic director and instructor for the Executive Education/EMBA programs for the School of Business and Management. Dr. Sung serves in various advisory roles for the HK, Taiwan, and Shenzhen governments on international tech transfer policy and building innovation ecosystems. He is currently the chair of the steering committee for MIT Tech Review’s Emtech HK Conference.
A regular invited speaker at various innovation conferences and technology forums, Dr. Sung is the author of over 10 patents & 80 conference/journal papers. He has received various awards for technology entrepreneurship including Jiangsu Province’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Talent People Program and MIT Enterprise Forum’s Most Visionary Technology Award. One of his projects on large-scale graphene manufacturing was recently selected for Google’s Solve for X Prize, the first project ever selected from China/HK. Prof. Sung received his Ph.D. in EECS while working at the MIT Media Lab/Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and also has a graduate financial engineering degree from MIT Sloan Business School.