Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, HK

Dr Yanto Chandra is Associate Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Department of Applied Social Sciences, and the Founding Director of the Centre for Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship (CSPSE). 

His research focuses on explaining the drivers, processes, and outcomes of entrepreneurial actions in various contexts - virtual, international, and social - and their implications to economy, technology, and society. The first stream focuses on virtual and artificial forms of entrepreneurship. These include studies of entrepreneurial actions in the Metaverse, Blockchain, GameFi spaces as well as "robotic" entrepreneurs in virtual worlds. He is also re-examining international entrepreneurship and what it means in the era of virtual world. Lastly, his research focuses on societal value-adding role of entrepreneurship. This includes studies on social enterprises, sustainable ventures, and new forms of organizing such as Certified B Corporation. 

His works has been published in leading journals including those listed in the Financial Times (FT) 50 journals (i.e. Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of International Business Studies) and other important journals (such as Journal of Business Venturing Insights and Journal of World Business) as well as policy journals (including Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, and Journal of Social Policy).

He serves as Associate Editors for several important journals including Journal of Business Venturing Insights (JBVI) and journals in business ethics and social entrepreneurship. He also speaks regularly in various local, regional, and international forums. He is the architect of the Academic Forum of the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Summit since 2018.

Before joining PolyU in 2019, he was a professor at the City University of Hong Kong’s Department of Public Policy and Department of Management, and University of Leeds (UK) and University of Amsterdam (NL) business schools. He obtained his PhD in Entrepreneurship and Master of Commerce at The University of New South Wales, Australia and was trained as an accountant. Prior to and in between these, he was assistant vice president in decision analytics at HSBC in Hong Kong, analyst at Ruder Finn Asia in Singapore, and Lowe Lint as and Ernst & Young in Jakarta.