James Fok is a veteran financial and strategic advisor to corporations and governments. He served as a senior executive at Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) from 2012 until 2021, during a period of rapid internationalisation in China's capital markets. While there, he played a major role in a number of landmark financial markets initiatives, including the launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme (2014), Bond Connect (2017), the Hong Kong market's Listing Reforms (2018), and HKEX's attempted hostile takeover of the London Stock Exchange Group (2019). Prior to HKEX, Fok worked as an investment banker in both Europe and Asia, specialising in the financial services sector.
Fok is author of the book Financial Cold War and has written and spoken extensively about market structure issues and the intersection between geopolitics and international finance. He is an Advisor to the global consultancy firm Bain & Company and sits on the Advisory Board of Hex Trust. He also serves as an International Member of Ireland for Finance's Industry Advisory Committee (2021-), and previously served on the Executive Board of the International Securities Services Association (2018-21), and the Financial Services Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council (2014-21).
Fok is a native of Hong Kong, where he lives with his wife and two sons.