Skip to content

About Prof Kelvin Leong

Kelvin is a Certified Data Scientist. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

He has published peer-reviewed journal papers, encyclopaedia entries, book chapters and conference papers on different fields including Accounting, Criminology, Computer Sciences, Education, Engineering and Management. He had also been invited to serve as guest expert reviewer for several reputable journals, including International Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Journal of Work-Applied Management and Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, etc. Kelvin received Emerald Publishing’s outstanding reviewer award 2020 for his contribution to the Journal of Work-Applied Management.

Kelvin is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He started his academic career at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) as a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance in 2007 under the Faculty of Business. The Faculty is among a small group of triple accredited business schools in the world (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA). Moreover, he was also a committee member of the MBA programme. 

In 2013, he joined Glyndwr University in Wales, UK as a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance, and then had been promoted as the Principal Lecturer and Professional Lead in Finance in 2016. Kelvin achieved many 'firsts' when he was working at the Glyndwr University. He was the academic link for the Glyndwr university’s first international bi-lingual programme in Hong Kong. As the academic link for the programme, he supported the programme to get local accreditation and to meet university’s quality assurance requirements, his role as academic link has been recognized as a positive feature in a QAA report published in 2018. Furthermore, he led the team to launch the first Financial Technology undergraduate degree in the U.K. The programme has been highlighted in a Welsh Government Report and has been cited widely in international media, including the Asian Banker, Computer Weekly, etc. Moreover, he has been invited to deliver presentations about Financial Technology locally and internationally. In addition, as the professional lead of the subject area of Finance, he led the subject area of Glyndwr University to achieve: ranked 1st in the U.K. in terms of learning opportunity according to the 2017 NSS results and ranked 1st in the Wales, in terms of teaching according to the 2018 NSS results. In January 2019, he joined the University of Chester as Professor of Financial Technology and Data Analytics. Since 2021, Kelvin is serving as PGR Director for the Faculty’s research programmes (PhD, DBA and ProfD) and Deputy Chair of Faculty Research Ethics Committee.

Beyond Chester, Kelvin was the Chair of the External Evaluation Committee (EEC) for the evaluation Committee for the MSc in Financial Technology at Neapolis University Paphos in Cyprus (June 2019), Publicity Co-Chair of the 21st IEEE / ACIS International Conference on Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Parallel / Distributed Computing (SNPD 2020) in Australia, External Examiner for MSc in Financial Technology at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, UK (2019). Since 2019, he is serving as the External Examiner for the BA (International Business) jointly offered by University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK and Alfred Nobel University in Dnipro, Ukraine. 

Kelvin has solid international commercial experience. Before joining the academia, he worked as a Business Analyst under the Honeywell group. He has a weekly column at the Hong Kong Commercial Daily (HKCD) on Accounting and Finance topics. The paper had a circulation of around 300,000 per day. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant in the U.K. (ICAEW) and a Certified Public Accountant in Hong Kong (HKICPA).

Other than the above, Kelvin has interest in how the social media influences the society and he is an elected Fellow of Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. 


Financial Technology

Data Analytics

Quantitative methods 


Management Accounting

Research project


Financial Technology, Educational Technology, Spatial-Temporal Data Mining, Behavioural Data Analytics, GIS and Big Data

Published Work

Leong K., Sung A., Cunningham S., John H., and Wall., T. (2020) Chapter 11. Technologies to Support Work-Based Learners, The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook (3rd Edition), pp. 225-245, Macmillan International Higher Education

Leong K., Sung A., Teissier C. (2020) Financial Technology for Sustainable Development. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Özuyar P., Wall T. (eds) Partnerships for the Goals. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham

Sung A., Leong K., Cunningham S. (2020) Emerging Technologies in Education for Sustainable Development. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Özuyar P., Wall T. (eds) Partnerships for the Goals. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham

Sung, A., Leong, K., Sironi, P., O’Reilly, T., Tsang, C., and Alison McMillian, A. (2019) An exploratory study of the FinTech (Financial Technology) education and retraining in UK, Journal of Work Applied Management, 11(2), pp. 187-198.

Leong, K., Sung, A., Williams., T.,  Andoniou, C., and Sun, F. (2019) The Importance of colour on the communication of financial data in management, Journal of Work Applied Management, 11(1), pp. 92-100. 

Leong, K., and Sung, A. (2018). FinTech (Financial Technology): What is it and how to use technologies to create business value in FinTech way? International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology, Vol 9 (2)

Academic Integrity and Debt Literacy of Finance Students: A Cross-national

Study.  21st Annual International Conference of Enterprise and competitive Environment, March 2018, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic

Andrzej Cwynar, Wiktor Cwynar, Przemysław Szuba, Kelvin Leong, Anna Sung, Anna Ostrowska-Dankiewicz. (2018). Academic Integrity and Debt Literacy of Finance Students: A Cross-national Study. 21st Annual International Conference of Enterprise and competitive Environment, March 2018, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic.

Alison J. McMillan, Norman Swindells, Edward Archer, Alistair McIlhagger, Anna Sung, Kelvin Leong & Rhys Jones (2017) A review of composite product data interoperability and product life-cycle management challenges in the composites industry, Advanced Manufacturing: Polymer & Composites Science, 3:4, 130-147

Sung, A, and Leong, K. (2017). Fintech in Europe and its challenges, International Accountant, 94, pp12-13.

Leong, K., & Sung, A. (2015). A review of spatio-temporal pattern analysis approaches on crime analysis. International E-journal of Criminal Sciences, (9).

Leong, K., & Chan, S. C. (2013). A content analysis of web-based crime mapping in the world's top 100 highest GDP cities. Crime Prevention & Community Safety, 15(1), 1-22.

Leong, K., & Chan, S. C. (2012). A study of predictors and the extent of web-based crime mapping adoption by a police agency. Security Journal.

Chan, S., & Leong, K. (2010, October). An application of Cyclic Signature (CS) clustering for spatial-temporal pattern analysis to support public safety work. In Systems Man and Cybernetics (SMC), 2010 IEEE International Conference on (pp. 2716-2723). IEEE.

Leong, K., Li, J., Chan, S. C. F., & Ng, V. T. (2009). An Application of the Dynamic Pattern Analysis Framework to the Analysis of Spatial-Temporal Crime Relationships. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 15(9), 1852-1870.

Leong, K., Chan, S., Ng, V., & Shiu, S. (2008). Introduction of STEM: Space-Time-Event Model for crime pattern analysis. Asian Journal of Information Technology, Medwell Journals, 7(12), 516-523.

Leong, K., Li, J., Chan, S., & Ng, V. (2008, April). Dynamic Pattern Analysis Framework for cooperative crime prevention. In Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, 2008. CSCWD 2008. 12th International Conference on (pp. 1053-1058). IEEE.

Leong, K., So, J. Y., Ng, V., Li, M., & Chee, T. T. (2008, July). XT algorithm for business data exchange. In Industrial Informatics, 2008. INDIN 2008. 6th IEEE International Conference on (pp. 1666-1671). IEEE


  • PhD in Computer Science (PolyU, Hong Kong)
  • MSc in E-Commerce (PolyU, Hong Kong)
  • BA (Hons) in Business Accounting (Lincoln, U.K.) 


  • Chartered Accountant (FCA), (ICAEW, U.K.)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), (HKICPA, Hong Kong)
  • Certified Data Scientist (The Analytics Institute, Ireland)


  • Fellow (FHEA) of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow (FRAI) of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland