In a complex world, simplicity is more important than ever to succeed.

TED and Pure Storage present The Power of Simplicity. Join us at an exclusive event for business leaders and world-changers.

Hear from some of the world’s leading experts on complex systems, to discover how complex doesn’t have to mean complicated.

Learn to identify patterns in massive amounts of data, navigate complicated issues with greater awareness, and distill complex information into a simple answer that could transform your business.


Date: Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Time: 4:00 - 5:35 PM

Venue: The Annex,

2/F, Nan Fung Place
173 Des Voeux Road Central  (Main Entrance on Wing Wo Street)

Sheung Wan, Hong Kong



Simplifying Complexity - Eric Berlow

Simplicity and Innovation- John Hayes

Simple is Not That Simple - Stephen S.Y. Wong

Pure Storage - The Power of Simplicity - Vaughn Stewart




Eric Berlow

TED Senior Fellow

Dr. Eric Berlow is an ecologist and network scientist who co-founded Vibrant Data,  a data science and data visualization company that was acquired by Rakuten in 2016, where he now serves as Head of Science. Berlow is internationally recognized for his research on ecological complexity – with articles in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that have received Thomson Reuter’s Most Highly Cited Papers awards.  His two talks on explore themes of finding hidden patterns in complex data.  Prior to Vibrant Data, Berlow was the director of the University of California’s first science institute inside Yosemite National Park, which focused on facilitating data-driven decisions for protecting natural ecosystems. Berlow has received a TED Fellowship, a TED Senior Fellowship, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, and a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship. He was named one of the Top 100 Creatives by Origin Magazine. Berlow holds a  B.A. in Biology from Brown University and a PhD in Ecology from Oregon State University.

John Hayes

CEO, Ghost Locomotion
Founder and Advisor, Pure Storage

John Hayes joined John Colgrove to co-found Pure Storage in 2009 after serving in Yahoo!'s Office of the Chief Technologist, where he investigated web architectures for collaborative development of highly-reliable systems. He joined Yahoo! via the acquisition of Bix, where he was a founding engineer. John's work prior to Yahoo! focused on developing distributed platforms for real-time interpersonal interaction in a variety of areas including entertainment, medicine, psychology, and defense.

During this time, John became interested in the underlying architecture of reliable distributed systems, particularly those built from unreliable components. His diverse experiences have led him to develop new approaches to make today's increasingly complex distributed systems more reliable. John holds a degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Guelph University in Ontario, Canada.

Stephen S. Y. Wong

Chief Executive Officer, Asia Miles Limited

Stephen S.Y. Wong has been Chief Executive Officer of Asia Miles Limited since July 2011. He is responsible for managing Asia’s leading travel and lifestyle rewards programme which has a portfolio of over 9 million members and more than 700 business partners worldwide. Driving the loyalty marketing strategy of worldwide members, charting the eCommerce and digital technology development, formulating partnership strategy to create business synergy as well as determining database marketing strategy to enhance membership and revenue development - all come under Stephen’s remit. An ardent advocate of Design Thinking - a collaborative and customer-focused problem-solving methodology - Stephen takes special interest in a stakeholder-centric approach that uses the convergence of innovation, customer insights and technology to drive the company business.

Stephen joined Cathay Pacific Airways in 1998 and has been with the airline group in a various management positions in Hong Kong, USA, Singapore, Japan and Vietnam. Prior to taking up his current role, Stephen was Vice President Sales, Americas. A Sloan Fellow of the Stanford Graduate School of Business with an MSc in Management and a certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation, Stephen also holds a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University. He serves as an appointed member of the Entrepreneurship Committee Advisory Group (ECAG) of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Ltd., responsible for administrating the vetting and admission of Cyberport Creative Micro Fund and Cyberport Incubation Programme. Like many people, Stephen loves football, but he goes a step further than most: not only does he play himself but he is actually a certified football coach under the Asian Football Confederation and enjoys sharing his knowledge and skills with young athletes.


Vaughn Stewart

VP of Technology, Pure Storage

Vaughn Stewart is a VP of Technology for Pure Storage where he helps organisations capitalise on what’s possible from an all-flash storage infrastructure. Prior to Pure he spent 13 years in various leadership roles at NetApp, directing aliance, engineering and technical marketing strategies. He has also been awarded a U.S. patent.

Vaughn strives to simplify the technically complex and advocates thinking outside the box. You can find his perspective online in his blog and in print. He has co-authored a number of books including “Virtualization Changes Everything: Storage Strategies for VMware vSphere & Cloud Computing”.



Lorraine Hahn

Former Anchor of CNN

Lorraine Hahn most recently presented  CNN International’s  regional chat show, Talk Asia and Anchor of CNN’s long running TV program  Biz Asia. She  is one of the most prominent journalists today with a strong understanding of Asian economic and political issues. Prior to joining CNN Lorraine worked as Anchor/Editor for CNBC, hosting its flagship programs, NBC Asia’s Nightly News, Business Tonight and The Winners.

As an experienced moderator, interviewing business leaders, heads of state and other personalities she was named “highly commended news presenter/anchor” at the Asian TV Awards in December 1999.

Today  Lorraine is working on producing her own television show, Earth Factor Asia, which is a solutions based environment show focusing on Asia for the PBS network in the United States.

She has been called upon to be Master of Ceremony and Chairperson of various major events that include the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting, APEC CEO Meeting, The Global Leadership Forum, the ADB Journalism Award, The Asian Financial Forum and many others.

Lorraine has also been media trainer for banks and multinationals such as Deutsche bank, Microsoft, Accenture, Flextronics to name a few.

Lorraine attended the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and has lectured at the Hong Kong and Tsing Wah Universities on Journalism and media.