Short Bios [Updated on January 2014]:

Short Version (300 Words):

J. Leon Zhao is currently Chair Professor in Information Systems, City University of Hong Kong (CityU), where he was Head of Information Systems from 2009 to 2015. Before joining CityU, He was Interim Head and Eller Professor in MIS, University of Arizona. He holds Ph.D. in Information Systems from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He is currently director of Lab on Enterprise Process Innovation and Computing (since 2007), Center on Global Internet Finance (since 2015), and Center on Blockchain-centric Business Innovation (since 2017). His research has been funded by CityU, NSF, NSFC, RGC, SAP, IBM, Shenzhen Government among others; as PI, he has received over 20 million HKD in total research funding (including two recent grants on blockchain). He received IBM Faculty Award at the University of Arizona in 2005 and Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professorship at Tsinghua University in 2009. His research is in information technology and applications, with a recent focus on FinTech and Blockchain. He is co-editor of Springer journal on Financial Innovation, Senior Editor of Decision Support Systems, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Service Computing, ACM Transactions on MIS, and Electronic Commerce Research and Applications among others. Since 2003, He has co-edited over 20 special issues in various academic journals; most recently, he is co-editor of Big Data Special Issue for MIS Quarterly (published in December 2016) and co-editor of FinTech for Information Systems Research (to be published in 2019), both are leading journals in Information Systems. He has chaired numerous conferences and is the lead founder of several academic conferences including China Summer Workshop on Information Management (since 2007) and International Conference on Smart Finance (since 2015).

Very Short Version (100 Words):

J. Leon Zhao is Chair Professor in IS, City University of Hong Kong where he was Head from 2009 to 2015.  Before then, he was Interim Head and Eller Professor in MIS, University of Arizona. He holds Ph.D. from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. currently director of Lab on Enterprise Process Innovation and Computing (since 2007), Center on Global Internet Finance (since 2015), and Center on Blockchain-centric Business Innovation (since 2017). His research has been funded by NSF, RGC, SAP, and IBM among other sponsors. He received IBM Faculty Award in 2005 and Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professorship at Tsinghua University in 2009.