Ajmal Samuel is transcending boundaries and redefining excellence. He is a successful entrepreneur, a self-confessed geek, a renowned thought leader and a multi-awarded paraplegic athlete.
Ajmal Victor Samuel ( 施 杰 浩 ) is a Hong Kong based Entrepreneur and a Hong Kong national-level athlete
He is the Founding Chairman of OCTO3 Group Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong headquartered financial technology and infrastructure provider that specializes in Payments and Clearing House Systems. Ajmal is also an extreme adventurer and a well-established endurance athlete. He has been actively involved in social and sports activism and advocating for disabled rights.
Following are some of the projects which have been delivered under his leadership in OCTO3
1) Design development and deployment of an ISO 8583, cloud based multi-tenant Payment Switch catering to face to face – card present point of sale transactions, e-commerce – card not-present transactions, MOTO transactions and Alternative Payment (APM) transactions. Oversaw global business development for this payment switch culminating in 200+ payment methods utilizing the switch for inter-connectivity globally.
2) Provision core processing to major card schemes including acting as one of the clearing house for both American Express and Discover/Diners in the region.
3) Design development and deployment of a multi-tenant cloud-based Merchant Acquiring Host/Billing system for Banks and Payment Service Providers (PSP)
4) Oversaw design development and deployment of a Host Card Emulation (HCE) based wallet in collaboration with a major Card Scheme.
Prior to founding OCTO3, Ajmal spent six years as the CEO, President and Chairman of Cityline (HK) Ltd. Under his leadership, Cityline became one of the top ticketing companies in Hong Kong. Some of the projects which he delivered during his tenure include:
1) Design, development and deployment of Asian Games Ticketing System (Guangzhou – China)
2) Completed Joint Venture with State Administration for Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) Chinese Central Government for the provision of nationwide cinema ticketing platform
3) Design, development and deployment of Hong Kong Disneyland ticketing system
4) Design, development and deployment of URBTIX ticketing system for the HKSAR Government
5) Design, development and deployment of cinema ticketing system for United Artists (UA) cinema chain
In January 2017, Ajmal was appointed by the HKSAR Government to sit on the Sir David Trench Fund Committee, a Hong Kong Government Fund.
In December 2017, Ajmal was appointed to the board of Hong Kong China Rowing Association (HKCRA) a Hong Kong National Sports Association (NSA).
From January 2019 till January 2022, he served as a Trustee and as the Chairman of The Hong Kong Island School Trust.
In April 2020, Ajmal was appointed Vice Chairman of Hong Kong China Rowing Association (HKCRA) a Hong Kong National Sports Association (NSA).
In January 2022 he was appointed as Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at the Knowledge Transfer Office by the City University Hong Kong.
Ajmal is also one of the Founding Members of the Association for Universal Accessibility Hong Kong and volunteers his time as a motivational speaker for numerous Non-Governmental Organizations, youth bodies and Corporations and Companies.
He has taken on numerous challenges including: being the first disabled person to participate as a team member and finish the gruelling Around the Hong Kong Island Race (ATIR) in 2017; Hand cycling from Beijing to Mohe (Chinese border with Russia) a total distance of 2,615Km in 37 days to raise awareness for disabled sports in China and Hong Kong and to raise funds for the education of needy children in Hong Kong in 2019; and to be a part of the first and only all disabled doubles crew to participate and finish the ATIR also in 2019.
Ajmal has also represented Hong Kong in Single Scull rowing (PR1 class) in the following:
Asian Championships in Korea, 2018 – Gold Medal
Australian National Championships in Sydney, 2015 – Silver Medal
European Rowing Championships in Italy, 2015 – Silver Medal
World Championships in 2015 in France – Ranked 20th in the world
Asian Championships in 2015 in Beijing - Bronze medal
Asian Games in Seoul, 2014 – Ranked 4th in Asia