At IOL, we are very passionate about education and keen to help young professionals to advance their career. 

Eric Sim, CFA, PRM, is founder of Institute of Life (IOL), whose mission is to enable young professionals to be more productive at work and successful in life. He is also a writer for LinkedIn China, where he writes about life and career skills. In addition, Mr. Sim is an adjunct associate professor of finance at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a guest lecturer at Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College. Previously, he was a managing director at UBS, and in his career he has been involved with derivatives, structured finance, and investment banking. He has been described by eFinancialCareers as a star banker helping budding bankers with their careers.




John Patrick Mullin is the Managing Director of Research and Business Strategy, based out of the Hong Kong office. Prior to this, he was a senior FinTech research analyst at Guotai Junan Securities. John is an active member of the Shanghai FinTech community, and wider Asia Pacific region, where he serves as Regional Director of APAC for the FinTech Connector. John writes for Forbes, Cointelegraph, and LinkedIn China about blockchain and FinTech innovation. Additionally, he is an ICO and FinTech advisor, advising several blockchain companies in Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States. Most notably, Orichal Partners, HelloFriend, and TV-Two.