Alain Crozier is Corporate Vice President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Greater China Region (GCR).
In his current capacity, he is responsible for strategic and operational leadership covering all of Microsoft’s product, service and support offerings across Greater China, and advancing Microsoft’s position as an innovative industry leader, and a socially responsible enterprise that embraces diversity and inclusion. His leadership is in support of the company’s vision of enabling digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge.
Since joining Microsoft in 1994, Crozier has held a variety of business leadership roles in the Sales, Marketing and Services Group (SMSG) organization including President of Microsoft France, CFO of the France subsidiary, Controller for the South Pacific and Americas region, and Worldwide SMSG Controller before being promoted to Corporate Vice President and CFO SMSG.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Alain held different Finance positions at Lesieur Alimentaire (Gruppo Ferruzzi Group) and consultant at Peat Marwick (KPMG)
Leads Plug and Play China Team in cultivating an open eco-innovation platform, committed to energize technology innovation for China. Headquartered in Silicon Valley in the United States, Plug and Play (PNP) has established branches in over 30 countries and regions, and has now built an innovation eco-system which partners with thousands of start-ups globally. PNP discovers, accelerates and invests in "unicorn" companies. The open eco-innovation that PNP proposes and advocates shares resources among venture capitals, start-ups, enterprises and government in multi-angle and mutli-dimensional ways, thus substantially assist industry players fulﬁlling their missions and goals.
Previously served as the Global Head of Business Operation in Digital Home Business Unit of Nokia, and Chief Procurement Oﬃcer for Alcatel Lucent in the market of APC and China. With nearly 20 years rich experience for international corporations in ﬁelds of telecom system, IoT and ICT industry, and over 10 years’ experience in global team management, Peter has been dedicated to help multinational corporations expand to and in China and APAC market, and to help Chinese manufacturers successfully expand and grow in global market.
Graduated from Fudan University with B.A of World Economics and Finance, and acquired an EMBA degree at CEIBS China.
Alan Beebe is President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China based in Beijing. He has over twenty-five years of business experience in Asia, including seventeen years in mainland China.
As President, Alan oversees all advocacy, programs, partnerships and insights provided by the Chamber to support the business growth of nearly 900 foreign corporations operating in China, including most of the U.S. Fortune 500. He leads major advocacy initiatives related to trade tariffs, market access, cybersecurity, Made in China 2025, China’s NGO law and structural imbalances in U.S. – China trade and investment.
In 2018, he launched AmCham China’s Technology & Innovation Initiative, focused on the business and policy implications of disruptive digital technologies - such as artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and cloud computing – for U.S. companies in China.
Prior to joining AmCham China, Alan held various senior executive positions in China with EY, IBM, and management consulting firms AT Kearney and PRTM. He also led a Beijing based start-up for five years, the China Greentech Initiative, which merged in 2014 with the Paulson Institute, founded by Hank Paulson.
Alan has advised a wide range of corporations and global investors on investing and operating in China. His clients have included global private equity firms, high technology companies, energy related companies, and major state-owned and private Chinese enterprises.
He holds a Master’s degree from Yale University in International Relations and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the U.S. He is a Board of Advisor of the Yale Club of Beijing and in that capacity promotes academic and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and China. He is a fluent speaker of mandarin Chinese, and reads and writes Chinese. Alan was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.
Scott Zhang was appointed President of Honeywell Technology Solutions (HTS) in August 2015. Honeywell Technology Solutions (HTS) is the engineering, technology research and development arm of Honeywell, a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader that serves customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and process technologies, process controls, and performance materials. HTS has more than 10,000 employees across its centers in India, China, the Czech Republic and Mexico.
Scott is responsible for building the structure and strategy to grow Honeywell’s engineering and technology group, leveraging the organization’s scale, footprint and software depth to create a unique and innovative portfolio that includes new product development, software as a service, and engineering solutions to enable Honeywell’s breakthrough growth and meet the needs of its global base.
Before his current role, Scott served as Vice President and General Manager of Asia for Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) group, where he drove significant business growth along with expansion of PMT’s manufacturing footprint in China. Prior to that, Scott worked for Honeywell UOP for 18 years, where he gained extensive experience in research, technology, commercial and new business development.
Scott graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He earned a master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Scott also earned an M.B.A. from the Kellogg - HKUST Executive MBA program.
As Founder and lead of Mars APAC Digital business and AI innovation team, Freya Established Mars xsegment digital business technology and capability strategy to drive growth of ebusiness. As the key driver of Mars China digital innovation center, Freya and her team focus on 5 areas of digital business transformation including intelligent consumer marketing platform, digital content, big data driven product innovation, intelligent retail and integrated digital data and analytics. She created Mars china AI lab as an open learning and innovation platform to connect FMCG enterprise challenges with best AI players for AI enabled digital transformation.
Freya ever worked as senior manager in P&G west Europe, and Asia pacific in charge of domain of sales force automation, trade fund management, business intelligence and regional supply chain services to drive the technology driven growth through supply chain agility and optimization, customer relationship management and ecommerce & digital marketing capabilities.
She has rich experience and profound insight about challenges and opportunities of enterprise digital transformation for consumer goods industry and acts as an advisor to AI start ups and ventures on making AI + FMCG to life.
Wei Qing is the Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft China. As an ICT industry veteran, he has been working in mobile communication, information technology and smart devices related business for over 25 years in Asia. His business footprint goes across Singapore, China mainland and Hong Kong SAR and is specialized in mobile and IT technology product development, sales and marketing. His most recent role as CTO in Microsoft China allows him to evangelize Microsoft’s latest technology vision and innovation to broader ecosystem partners and industry influencers in China.
Qing Wei is a 15-years Microsoft China veteran. He started as Windows Mobile BG Lead then moved to various roles including Windows BG Lead, Consumer & Online Marketing Officer, GM of GCR Windows Division. Prior to Microsoft, Qing Wei spent over 10 years in telecom industry with various managerial or technical roles at Motorola.
Sophie Sun is currently Managing Director of Merck China Innovation Hub and Vice President of Merck Strategy and Transformation China. In this role, she leads the corporate efforts of driving strategic planning and initiatives of innovation and digitalization for Merck in China. Sophie is a member of the global leadership team of Group Strategy & Transformation, and a member of China Country Council for Merck. She is also the Chair of China Digital Council for Merck.
Sophie joined Merck in 2009, and took different roles with increased responsibilities in the field of communications, sales, marketing, strategy and business development. Sophie worked in both strategic markets including China and US, and global function of GBF Oncology. She was a member of the China Senior Leadership Team of Merck Biopharma China before moving to the US in 2013, where she worked on the global launch of Merck’s first immuno-oncology drug, as Director Global Commercial Oncology among other roles.
Before joining Merck, Sophie worked as a consultant for over eight years in China and France, and served a broad portfolio of clients from different industries, including healthcare, technology, chemicals and finance with international marketing and communications groups, including IPG and WPP.
Sophie holds a MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management and a MA degree from Renmin University of China. Sophie translated and published two books in the psychology management area. She is a board member for MIT Alumni Club of Shanghai, and a member of Bayhelix Group. She is an active speaker on innovation, digitalization and female leadership, and mentor and jury member for several startup incubators, accelerators and other organizations or programs.
She joint Philips Research China in 2000. After doing research in academe and industry herself for 12 years prior to Philips and in Philips, she worked on innovation management from 2005 – 2017. She is experienced in leading team to identify the unmet needs of customers and innovate solutions with cross-organization teams. She led 3 Philips Research departments in various industries: Wireless communication, LED lighting systems & services and Healthcare equipment & medical informatics, with widely recognized achievement. She built up rich experience on innovation, including new innovation mindset, strategy, process and practices, while driving innovation cross industries. She drove several venturing projects that led to two new business unit creation. She is passionate on Open innovation, led over 10 collaboration projects with academia, hospitals and other partners. She wrote a chapter on MNC “Open Innovation” in China together with Prof. George Yip & Prof. Bruce McKern, which was published in the book of “Innovation in China” published by MIT in May 2016.
Since July 2017, Dr. Zeng joint Philips HealthWorks, the Philips Healthtech accelerator to accelerate the innovation for both internal mission critical innovation projects and the selected startups.
She took a faculty position in Chongqing University after she received her BSc and MSc from Chongqing University. She was awarded the Sino-British Friendship Scholarship Scheme (SBFSS) to pursue her PhD in Imperial College, the UK in 1994. Her research interests were on Electronic, imaging and signal processing. She worked in a start-up company for two years prior to joining Philips.
William Zhang is a specialist in China healthcare and the life-sciences industry for Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting group. He is a Partner with PwC Strategy&, based in Shanghai, and he leads the Strategy Competency of China Healthcare and Life science practice. William has over 12 years of combined experience with Strategy& and healthcare industry. He was an Associate Director at AstraZeneca China. He has extensive experience in helping clients in corporate strategy, go to market strategy, growth strategy, organization transformation and integration, branding & marketing strategy, supply chain & operations optimization, JV and partnerships, digital strategy and strategic planning & execution (PMO). His experience covers the whole value chain of the health sectors, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and diagnostics, hospitals and senior care, pharmaceutical retail and distribution
John Schaeffler was recently named Executive Global Government Affairs Leader for GE Healthcare. John re-joined GE Healthcare in March 2010. Prior to that time, he served as Senior Manager of Government Relations from 2004 to 2009. In between his time at GE Healthcare, John was the Senior Vice President of Federal Affairs of DaVita – a dialysis provider. Prior to coming to GE Healthcare the first time, John spent nine years at the American Health Care Association (AHCA) ending his time there as Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations. John began his career as a legislative aide to two Members of Congress from Minnesota from 1987 through 1995. He is a graduate of American University’s School of Public Affairs with a degree in political science.
Ralph has been a board level investment banker, seasoned derivatives trader on Wall Street and in many Asian financial centers. Currently, he is a venture investor and advisor in many Blockchain technology-based Fintech and Proptech companies through the California based incubator company Advanced e-Financial Technologies, Inc. (AeFT). He was formerly the Managing Director of JP Morgan Chase in Hong Kong, Vice President of UBS in Singapore after starting his career with Morgan Stanley in New York. His last corporate role was as the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of China Everbright Bank in Beijing. In between, Ralph also built and ran a successful Singapore-based derivatives trading, risk management and banking system Fintech company in the 90’s called ARMS (Advanced Risk Management Solutions) which provided services over 26 countries covering from Asia, the Middle East to Eastern and Central Europe. Ralph brings strong visions, high-level contacts and financial oversight to MuleChain and TurboChains.
Eric Hirsch is the head of JLL’s Commercial business in Beijing. He is responsible for developing strategy, business priorities and driving international best practices for the Firm and is a member of the Regional Tenant Representation Board. A true leader in Beijing’s office space market, in 2015, Eric led over 200 Beijing leasing transactions covering over three and a quarter million square feet. Eric has a superb 85 percent repeat business rate and extremely high client satisfaction scores, along with the lowest team staff turnover in Beijing. Eric has been with JLL in Beijing since 2004 and was instrumental in building up the Firm’s local tenant representation team prior to assuming his current role as the head of Markets. Eric is also honored to have contributed to the development of the city of Beijing during the run-up to the Beijing 2008 Olympics, a critical time in the development of Beijing’s skyline, working with companies in such notable projects, including: the World Financial Center, China World Tower, etc.
With over 26 years of real estate experience in China and the US market, Eric is one of the foremost commercial property experts in the Beijing real estate market. His expertise covers marketing consultancy of major commercial developments, portfolio leasing, general market agency and tenant representation. He has worked on major projects in New York and Beijing including representing tenants such as AP, Amazon, Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, BHP Billiton, Baker & McKenzie, Cisco Systems, Dewey Ballantine, DLA Piper, Honeywell, KPMG, Sony Ericsson, Marsh McLennan, UBS, JP Morgan and Volkswagen since then.
He has been involved in over USD 1.5 billion worth of office leasing transactions during his career.
Founder and CEO of XKool Technology, Co-founder of Future Architecture Lab, former OMA Architect, sci-fi author. MSc. in Architecture and Urban design (Design and computer algorithm) at Delft University of Technology, Berlage Institution. She was a senior project architect in OMA for seven years. During which period she worked in both OMA headquarter in Rotterdam and OMA Hong Kong and took charge of many international projects, including the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, National Television Station of Indonesia and China pavilion in La Biennale di Venezia, 2015.
Wanyu was a project TA at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and now a guest lecturer in Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, a tutor of Digital FUTURE Shanghai summer camp in Tongji University. She also gives lectures and reviews designs at Hong Kong University, Tsinghua University, Chongqing University, Tongji University, Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, etc.
Wanyu is a contributing editor of Urbanism and Architecture. She has published architecture and urban study articles on local and international professional media, including Detail, Hunch, T+A, UED, and UPI, etc. Meanwhile, she has exhibited relevant research and practical achievements in many domestic and foreign architecture and technology well-known exhibitions.
Qian Liu is now the General Manager of Asset Management Department at Jiaming Investment Co., LTD and responsible for the operation and management of the whole Department. Jia Ming’s business includes investment and acquisition of office buildings, development and construction, asset management, building operations and international cooperation in the real estate business. Prior to that, she has experiences in Architectural design management, marketing and leasing. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Design from Peking University.
Lex Xie is responsible for the company's strategy and operation.He is excellent Internet of Things Platform Construction and Operator.And he is Experts in Internet of Things Applications.
Lex Xie worked for Accenture Consulting, a global top 500 consulting company. He has ten years of successful experience in Internet Entrepreneurship and nine years experience in mobile Internet business operation and management. And he has profound experience in operation and management of large-scale Internet of Things platforms. He has participated in the research, construction and management of China's earliest super-large energy Internet of Things.
Dwight Nordstrom has over 30 years of experience in doing business in China. Since 1990, he has been the Chairman (initially President) of PRI, a USA manufacturing-holding company with 25+ equity investments in China. PRI looks at average of 10-15 investments/year in order to select 1-2. PRI also has a consulting division (Beijing & Shanghai primarily locations) with support functions for start-up and/or expansion of manufacturing and application engineering in China. Mr. Nordstrom has been General Manager “GM” of 8 factories/businesses in China with employment ranging from 30 to over 750. He has been interim GM for 2+ year at PRI’s 100%-owned media division ZDL – largest Judeo-Christian ethics-content publisher in China. He was also, in the late 1980’s, the China Country Manager for one of GE’s divisions -- this was a GE HQ-corporate position. Mr. Nordstrom is in his 16th year now as Chairman of the Manufacturing & Sourcing Forum for the American Chamber of Commerce (China). Mr. Nordstrom has written, on average, 1 published article per year since 1990. He has served on 15+ board of directors as well as been executive “coach” for many China Country Managers. He has a MBA from University of Houston, undergraduate from TCU and did 2.5 years of graduate studies at Fletcher (Tufts/Harvard) & Yale.
Shu Hui is Dow Senior Improvement Director for Manufacturing & Engineering and Dow service business.
Before He took this current role he was Asia Pacific Dow DuPont Integration Director, managing the large scale M&A, operation integrations and organization change. Shu Hui has all his 20+ years’ experiences in operations, served as Site Leader for Canada Prentiss Site. Site director for Dow Zhangjiagang site, AP Engineering Leader.
Shu Hui joined Dow in 1998 in Beijing, He is a certified Six Sigma black belt.
Shu Hui holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and finished Dow Northwood MBA program
Alex Chao is the Vice President of Boeing Research and Technology (BR&T) China based in Beijing, China. Named to this position in July 2019, his responsibilities include: formulating and implementing Boeing’s research and development strategy in China, establishing and supervising research project portfolios with the goal of delivering mutual benefits for Boeing and China through innovation, and providing material and process engineering support to Boeing’s operations and supply chain in China.
Prior to his current role, Chao was a Director in Enterprise Program Management based in the Seattle, Washington area responsible for Model-Based Engineering and Digital Transformation. In addition, Alex has held various engineering management assignments in Business Operations, 787 Final Assembly, 737 Program, Everett Delivery Center for 747/767/777/787, and Commercial Aviation Services. Prior to joining management, Alex had also worked in various engineering assignments including 787 One-Up Assembly, 787-9 Wings and Vent Stringers, and Electromagnetic Effects/Chemical Technology. Alex has experience in Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA); Boeing Defense, Space, and Security (BDS); Engineering, Test and Technology (ET&T); and Corporate since first joining Boeing in 2005 in Huntington Beach, California.
He received his B.S. in Materials Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Tom Menner is Director of Solution Architecture in Asia for R3, the leading enterprise blockchain firm most known for developing Corda, the first blockchain built specifically for business applications. At R3 Tom is responsible for translating client business requirements into solution designs built on Corda and across different areas such as digital assets, trade finance, capital markets, payments and identity; he also engages in regional business development and global strategic projects as needed. Prior to joining R3 Tom had a lengthy career at IBM as a Worldwide Solution Architect for middleware and digital commerce solutions, where he also worked on Hyperledger Fabric. Tom holds a BS degree in Philosophy (Logic and Computation) from Carnegie Mellon University, and he is currently based in Singapore.
Dr. Steve Deng has served as principal investigator(PI) and Co-PI for six national key research and development programs. He is a senior technology expert for the China Railway Rollingstock Corporation (CRRC) where he led six technology projects and applied for 30 patents in the development of AI models for remote early warning fault detection systems in high-speed rail systems.
Deng is author of more than 50 scholarly articles and was awarded "Best Paper" at the International Conference on Computer Design. He has led AI teams that placed first in the 2017 PASCALVOC and Microsoft COCO international AI competitions. Deng is recipient of the NVidia Partnership Professor Award and Tsinghua Key Talent Award. Deng is author of three textbooks, and his work"Structural IC Design and High Level Synthesis," was adopted IC design at Tsinghua and other universities. Deng holds a doctorate in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Yichen (Charles) Zhang joined Lightspeed China Partners in 2018, based in Beijing office.
Charles is now focused on financial services, consumer marketplaces, motor industry and aftermarket. Prior to joining Lightspeed China Partners, Charles worked with China Growth Capital for years and spent much time with high-quality ventures like Chedai, Baturu, Shenmajr, Xiao'anTimes, TigerBrokers. Before that, Charles was a senior product manager with Baidu and a consultant with Bearingpoint Management Consulting.
Charles holds a bachelor degree in Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.
Brent A. Young is vice president of Intel and director of the China Corporate Strategy Office at Intel Corporation.
Previously, Young was managing director of China Tech Ecosystem (CTE) Sales and China Product Marketing Group. He led Intel’s overall product marketing in China as well as sales, customer, and go-to-market strategies in the CTE. During his tenure as managing director, the CTE sales team received the company’s highest honor, the Intel Achievement Award.
Young joined Intel in 2006 as an open source software strategist before holding a number of management positions leading effective product marketing and sales strategies. He also served as technical assistant and chief of staff to Tom Kilroy, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Sales and Marketing Group. Prior to joining Intel, he spent 5 years developing core product features and strategic marketing in various software engineering positions at Curl Corporation and ShoppingList.com.
He is a member of Montage Technology Group Limited’s board of directors, an executive-in-residence at Tsinghua University’s X-labs incubator, and a mentor at Chinaccelerator.
Young earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Computer Science from Cornell University and received an MBA specializing in Strategy, Marketing, and Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Chao Luo is the Vice President at GGV Capital, mainly focused on frontier tech, enterprise-grade software/hardware applications and smart city. Prior to joining GGV, Chao was the co-founder of Laiye, an artificial intelligence startup. Before that, he also worked at Tencent Investment and Bain & Company.
Chao holds MBA degree from MIT and Bachelor degree of Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Rich Robinson is a seasoned connector, serial tech entrepreneur and professor across Asia, based in China since 1996. He is the Founding Partner of WhipWham Ventures accelerating and investing in innovation across China and Asia.
Rich has been serial tech entrepreneur/executive in the Middle Kingdom since 1996 and has been with 8 startups during that time and dozens of others as an advisor, mentor or angel. Previously a senior executive at three companies from small, private companies through to their public listings, Rich then went on to found five companies, one of them is still fighting the good fight.
Rich teaches at the top two universities in China as an Adjunct Professor at Peking University's Guanghua MBA program teaching Entrepreneurship in China and a guest lecturer at BI-Tsinghua teaching execs from leading tech companies including established industrial players and unicorns. Active in the geek-o-system across Asia as startup advisor, mentor and angel, Rich speaks frequently at tech conferences globally as a keynote presenter, panelist and event MC.
Rich was most recently Co-founder and President of venture backed Yolu which he co-founded with the co-founder of NY SE-listed renren. He was also Co-founder and Chairman of venture-backed Kooky Panda; co-founder of Shouji Mobile acquired by Tencent; co-founder and CEO of Dada Asia which was acquired by Milan-listed Dada; VP of Int'l for Linktone; founder and CEO of MIG which was acquired by Glu Mobile; and a founding executive as VP of Marketing and Sales for renren.com (1.0) which raised $37 mln, listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2000 and was then acquired in 2001.
Rich received an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in The Netherlands in 1996, studied at Cambridge University in the UK in 1988 and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 1989.
A perpetual student of Mandarin Chinese, Rich also has an amazing entrepreneur wife and three little guys Made in China.
Dr. Xuesong Shi is a senior research scientist with Intel Labs China. He received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degree from Fudan University, Shanghai, China, in 2009 and 2015, respectively. His research interests include robotic vision, machine learning and heterogeneous computing. Xuesong participated in the design and optimization of HERO, a heterogeneous computing platform for intelligent robots. He also developed FAST Mapping for real-time scene reconstruction and understanding. Xuesong has publications on top-tier academic conferences and journals on robotics and signal processing, and holds 6 patent applications in robotics and artificial intelligence.