A veteran crime manager, Francis spent his early career in the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) investigating transnational organized crimes including syndicated vehicle and human smuggling. In 2001, Francis joined the Commercial Crime Bureau and became a founding member of the Technology Crime Division. He maintained a close working partnership with local and overseas law enforcement agencies running joint operations against online child pornography, money laundering and cyber attacks. In 2007, Francis took up the position of Information Technology Security Officer, overseeing the integrity of IT infrastructures in the HKPF. He was promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2016 and is now the head of the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau, responsible for steering the development of the HKPF’s capabilities in technology crime and cyber security related policing.
Francis is a frequent speaker at international conferences such as the Annual Conference of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), INTERPOL Regional Working Parties on IT Crimes for Head of Units, the Cybercrime Technology Information Network System (CTINS) Conference, the Europol-INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference and the International Conference on Ethics and Policy of Biometrics and International Data Sharing.
Francis studied Computer Forensics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Electronic Commerce and Internet Computing at the University of Hong Kong, as well as Public Administration at the George Washington University, USA and the Beijing University, China.
Francis served as the Vice Chairman between 2013-2015 and Chairman between 2015-2017 of the INTERPOL Eurasian Working Group on IT Crime and is a member of the INTERPOL Global Cybercrime Experts Group.