Kerry Holdings Professor in Law Douglas Arner Awarded Outstanding Researcher Award

Congratulations to Kerry Holdings Professor in Law Douglas Arner who is the 2021-2022 award recipient of the Outstanding Researcher Award (ORA). It is also the first ORA won by our Faculty member.

Professor Arner is no stranger to recognitions and awards. He was the Finalist for edX Prize in 2020, recipient of  Research Grants Council (RGC) Senior Research Fellow in 2020 and Outstanding Young Researcher Award in 2007.  He was the former Director of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, and led the development of Introduction to FinTech – launched with edX in May 2018 and now with over 80,000 learners spanning every country in the world. Over the years, he has published widely in financial Law and regulation. His recent papers are available on SSRN at, where he is among the top 75 authors in the world by total downloads.

From 2012 to 2018, Professor Arner served as Project Coordinator of a major five-year project funded by the RGC Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS) on “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre”. He is currently one of the core team of another TRS project focusing on digital finance, financial stability and financial inclusion; and leading a major 5 year RGC Senior Research Fellowship project on the role of FinTech and RegTech in financial inclusion and the UN Sustainable Development Goals as well as a 4 year RGC Research Impact Fund project focusing on FinTech policy and regulation. 

Professor Arner has been visiting professor or fellow at various universities; and is now a Senior Visiting Fellow of Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. He has served at different public offices, including the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council (Inaugural member during 2013-2019), United NationsWorld BankAsian Development BankAPECAlliance for Financial Inclusion, and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (consultant).

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