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Kai-Fu Lee (Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures)

Kai-Fu Lee

Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and President of Sinovation Venture’s Artificial Intelligence Institute. Sinovation Ventures, managing US$1.7 billion dual currency investment funds, is a leading venture capital firm focusing on developing the next generation of Chinese high-tech companies. Prior to founding Sinovation in 2009, Dr. Lee was the President of Google China. Previously, he held executive positions at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Dr. Lee received his Bachelor degree from Computer Science from Columbia University, Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both Carnegie Mellon and the City University of Hong Kong. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Lee is the author of seven best selling books in Chinese, launching new book AI Superpowers ( internationally in fall 2018, and has over 50 million followers on social media.

In the field of artificial intelligence, Dr. Lee founded Microsoft Research China, which was named as the hottest research lab by MIT Technology Review. Later renamed Microsoft Research Asia, this institute trained the great majority of AI leaders in China, including CTOs or AI heads at Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba, Lenovo, Huawei, and Haier. While with Apple, Dr. Lee led AI projects in speech and natural language, which have been featured on Good Morning America on ABC Television and the front page of Wall Street Journal. He has authored 10 U.S. patents, and more than 100 journal and conference papers. Altogether, Dr. Lee has been in artificial intelligence research, development, and investment for more than 30 years.

Mingqiang Xu (Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft Greater China Region)

Mingqiang Xu

Chief Technology Officer at Microsoft Greater China Region

Dr. Xu Mingqiang is the CTO of Microsoft Greater China Region, responsible for partner solution building/planning. His team focuses on providing architectural support for solutions in areas of modern workplace, data and AI, business applications and cloud infrastructure and applications.

From the year 2016 to 2017, Dr. Xu is the CTO, Microsoft GCR. He is responsible for the business vision and strategy development. His team focuses on driving the digital transformation for companies of all sizes in the Greater China Region.

From the year 2015 to 2016, Dr. Xu was the General Manager of Microsoft Azure Group, Microsoft China, overseeing Microsoft Azure business in China. At that time he worked with his team to provide solutions for local and multinational companies for their digital transformation, and accumulated rich experiences in big data, Internet, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and mobile Internet application.

Dr. Xu joined Microsoft High-Performance Computing (HPC) team in the US at its inception in 2004 and managed a global team spanning Redmond and Shanghai to accomplish the development of Windows Compute Cluster 2003 and Window HPC Server 2008. In 2008, Dr. Xu returned to Shanghai and worked as Principal Architect, to lead China HPC team in building deep expertise around parallel computing runtime system, programming pattern, design and development of management and user portal.

Prior to Microsoft, Dr. Xu served as Principal Architect of Platform Computing, the leading cluster computing software vendor, between 1996 and 2004. From 1993 to 1995, Dr. Xu focused on parallel language compilation and support system research, and pursued his post doctorate studies at the Argonne National Laboratory.

Dr. Xu holds a PhD degree of Computer Science from University of Exeter, United Kingdom. In addition, he used to work as Research Assistant in the University of Manchester.

Albert J. Cristoforo (Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer at State Street Corporation)

Albert J. Cristoforo

Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer at State Street Corporation

Jerry Cristoforo is executive vice president and chief technology officer for State Street Corporation. Additionally,
he is vice chairman of State Street Zhejiang Technology Company (SSHZ), where he pioneered State Street's
partnership with Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China in 2000. SSHZ has grown to more than 3,000 staff
members working exclusively on State Street software development, production support and global asset
servicing business processes.

Mr. Cristoforo is also a co-founder and board member of Hengtian Ltd, a joint venture between State Street and
Insigma Corporation. Hengtian has grown to more than 1,700 staff members providing financial technology
services to global and mainland China financial institutions.

Mr. Cristoforo serves as the vice director of the Zhejiang University Blockchain Research Center. He is also a
senior advisor to the China Foreign Exchange Trading Center (CFETS), an adjunct professor at the Zhejiang
University College of Software Engineering. In 2012, he published a book in co-operation with the Shanghai
Finance University on “Proposals for Reform of China’s Pension System.”

Mr. Cristoforo is a senior computer/securities industry executive with in-depth technology and management
experience in advanced distributed systems architecture, product development, workflow re-engineering, largescale
systems integration, and project management.

In 2008, he received an honorary degree in Chinese language proficiency from the Zhejiang University
International College of Education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Northeastern
University and has served as Master Lecturer in the computer science department of Boston University.

Ramesh Moosa (Partner at PwC China/Hong Kong)

Ramesh Moosa

Partner at PwC China/Hong Kong

Ramesh is the PwC Consulting Cyber Security & Cyber Forensics leader for China/HK. He has over 23 years of experience and worked with PwC in China, Hong Kong, US and Singapore. Ramesh was a founding member of the Association of Information Security Professionals in Singapore. He has extensive Cyber Security experience, including conduct of security assessments for critical infrastructure, development of security policies/standards/guidelines, implementation of security solutions, investigations into cyber breaches, data/IP theft and malware incidents and has provide expert witness testimony in Court.

Ying Huang (Vice President at Lenovo Group)

Ying Huang

Vice President at Lenovo Group

Ying HUANG, Vice President of Lenovo Group, leading two global labs on Enterprise & Cloud Research and 5G Research at Lenovo Research & Technology, Ying is working on enterprise and cloud infrastructure and 5G researches.

Before joining Lenovo, Ying worked at Philips Research and IBM Research as the Associate Director of IBM Research of China and Distinguished Research Staff Member. Ying has taken led in developing IBM private cloud, cloud-based operations and delivery platform for SaaS, decision systems for end-to-end supply chain. Also, Ying has gain 4 Outstanding Research Accomplishment awards and 3 Research Division Awards at IBM Research, published more than 35 International papers and monographs in professional field , including 14 papers published in the core journals in the area of service computing, e-commerce, operations research. Ying has served as organizing committee chairman/vice president of ICSS, SOAIC, ICEBE and guest editor of several academic journals.

Ying has more than 33 international patent fillings, being well-recognized as high-quality overseas professionals and distinguished expert by Beijing Municipality..

Richard Robinson (Founding Partner at nHack Investing)

Richard Robinson

Founding Partner at nHack Investing

Richard Robinson is a founding partner at nHack investing in Nordic startups and bringing them to China / Asia for market access, manufacturing, follow on funding, etc.

Richard is a serial tech entrepreneur and executive, working in China since 1996. He has served as a senior executive at three companies from pre-IPO through to their public listings then went on to found five companies of which three have exited to publicly listed firms.

Richard is an Adjunct Professor at Peking University's Guanghua MBA program teaching Entrepreneurship in China. Active as a startup advisor, mentor, and angel, Richard is a mentor at 500 Startups, Chinaccelerator and HAX. He frequently speaks at tech conferences globally, including serving as master of ceremonies at TechCrunch Beijing, Web Summit Lisbon and Dublin, GMIC Beijing and Silicon Valley, and Startup Asia Singapore and Jakarta.

Richard earned an MBA from RSM at Erasmus University in the Netherlands, studied at Cambridge University in the U.K., and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

Jeffrey Towson (Professor of Investment at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management in Beijing)

Jeffrey Towson

Professor of Investment at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management in Beijing

Jeffrey is a private equity investor, Peking University professor, best-selling author and speaker. His writing and speaking are on Chinese consumers and digital China. This includes:

E-commerce / new retail – including Alibaba, JD, Pinduoduo, Xiaohongshu, VIPShop and others.
Mobililty / transportation / autonomous vehicles – Mobike, Ofo, Didi, BYD, Baidu and others.
China’s digital natives – including Tencent, Baidu, Toutiao, Meituan and others.
Consumer products and retail – including Starbucks, Walmart, Gome, Suning, McDonalds, Luckin and Yum!.
Healthcare – including PingAn, Fosun, and Cigna.
Financial services – including Ant Financial and others.

According to LinkedIn, he is the #1 followed professor in China (+2.7M followers). He was a LinkedIn Top Voice for 2016 and the #1 Top Voice for Finance globally for 2017. He was also one of Alibaba’s 15 “Global Influencers” in 2017.

He is an active speaker at companies and conferences. Engagements have included Citic Securities Investor conferences, McKinsey & Co. conferences, Financial Times conferences, Columbia Business School, and many others. He has been seen on CGTN, CBS News, ABC and other programs.

His investment / advisory work is in healthcare, primarily in the US and China / Asia. Jeff was previously Head of Direct Investments for Middle East North Africa and Asia Pacific for Prince Alwaleed, nicknamed by Time magazine the “Arabian Warren Buffett”.

His latest books are the One Hour China Book, the One Hour China Contrarian Book and the One Hour China Consumer Book. All were (are) Amazon best-sellers.

Jeffrey lives in Beijing and New York.

Celina Chew (President at Bayer Greater China)

Celina Chew

President at Bayer Greater China

Celina Chew was appointed as President of the Bayer Group in Greater China on September 2014. She joined Bayer in 1997 as a lawyer in the Bayer Greater China, Legal Department and became Head of Legal for Bayer in Greater China in 1998. Prior to this, she worked as a private practice lawyer. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) degree from the University of Western Australia and a Masters of Laws (Distinction) degree from the University of Hong Kong.

During her time as Head of Legal for Bayer in Greater China, Celina was also a member of the Bayer Greater China Leadership Team where she had special responsibility for topics such as Sustainability. In 2011, Celina moved to a management role and became Country Group Head for Bayer in the North ASEAN Region and Managing Director at Bayer Thai Co. Ltd. In this role, she was responsible for Bayer’s operations in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. In 2014, she returned to Bayer in Greater China as President of Bayer, Greater China.

As President of Bayer Greater China, Celina’s responsibilities include building bridges to China’s local innovation capabilities, including through Bayer’s start-up incubator programs like G4A, digital health communities such as STEM4Health and social entrepreneurship initiatives. This coincides with Celina’s deep interest in connections – connecting ideas, connecting people, connecting cultures and connecting the dots. She is also honored to be named in the Forbes China Top 100 Businesswomen in China Lists for 2017 and 2018.

Denis Depoux (Senior Partner, CEO of Greater China, Deputy Head Asia, Head of Global Energy Competence Center at Roland Berger)

Denis Depoux

Senior Partner, CEO of Greater China, Deputy Head Asia, Head of Global Energy Competence Center at Roland Berger

Denis Depoux began his career in China 25 years ago with French energy giant EDF before entering the management consulting industry. In 2001, Depoux joined Roland Berger where he focuses on the energy and environmental sectors, sharing his strong consulting expertise and rich industry experience in the US, Europe and Asia.

Depoux has been actively supporting the firm's Greater China operations since 2007. Since moving to Shanghai three years ago as Deputy Head of Asia who steers Roland Berger Asia along with the Global CEO, he has contributed a lot to the transformation towards the new Roland Berger in this region. For Roland Berger Greater China, he has committedly oversees a wide variety of Competence Centers.

In the energy and utilities sector, Depoux has supported the transformation of major European players throughout the energy market's transition toward liberalization and increased competition. He has made extensive contributions in the areas of new products and services, the development of wholesale-market trading, risk management, the development of energy services, etc. He has also consulted on several major mergers of European energy players and supported the expansion of electricity and natural-gas players into Europe, the Americas and Asia. More recently, Depoux has supported European and Asian energy players in addressing challenges raised by the trends toward low-carbon energy, energy efficiency, decentralized energy generation and the Internet of energy.

Beyond the energy sector, Depoux has extensive experience in performance and operations improvement, operational and G&A cost reduction, purchasing process transformation, screening, commercial and strategic due diligence for acquisition targets, post-merger integration and organization and governance.
Depoux has been a key speaker at top-level forums in Asia, including the Boao Forum for Asia, World Knowledge Forum and China Development Forum. As one of the leading foreign experts working in China, he has also been invited to a New Year meeting with Chinese Premier to discuss the nation's development. Besides, Depoux has often shared his insight on trendy topics in and out of China by taking interviews and writing articles for mainstream media outlets, including People's Daily, CCTV and Caijing.

Hongyu Cui (General Manager of Technology Innovation at Microsoft China)

Hongyu Cui

General Manager of Technology Innovation at Microsoft China

Mr. Cui Hongyu has over 25-year working experience in telecommunication and IT industry for well-known IT enterprises, responsible for R&D and management in the areas of AI, IOT, Big Data, Cloud, Internet/mobile Internet, IT planning and consultation.

Mr. Hongyu Cui focuses on the next generation Cloud Computing architecture, Internet/ Mobile Internet and AI&IOT technologies, collaboration with local ISV,partners, enterprises, and providing consultation in enterprise application, Internet and cloud computing platform.

Mr. Cui has Master Degree in computer science and now is DBA candidate of University Paris- Dauphine/National Accounting Institute/Tsinghua University.

Xiaochen Zhang (President at FinTech4Good, UN ESCAP Digital Economy Task Force)

Xiaochen Zhang

President at FinTech4Good, UN ESCAP Digital Economy Task Force

Xiaochen leads the design and implementation of FinTech4Goods’s strategy which aims to introduce impactful fintech and blockchain solutions to frontier markets through incubation, acceleration and investment. He is the Chairman of the Global Digital Economy Leadership Council, and serves on the Crowdfunding Professional Association Board of Directors, UN ESCAP Digital Economy Task Force and as a senior advisor of the China Social Entrepreneurs Foundation and Inter-America Development Bank. He is also the founder of Blockchain Frontier Group, a co-chair of several blockchain labs, advisor of several blockchain start-ups, and a producer and host of the FinTech in China show and Blockchain Million Show.

He brings more than 17 years of thought leadership and global experience to build impactful solutions and scale up innovative ideas in North America, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Prior to FinTech4Good, Xiaochen advised government agencies and multinational organizations on innovation, emerging technologies, and investment in positions at the World Bank, United Nations, and other international partnership platforms. He also taught innovation and venture building at leading business schools and served as zentors for many innovative businesses.

Alan Beebe (President at AmCham China)

Alan Beebe

President at AmCham China

Alan Beebe was appointed President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China on Mar. 14, 2016.

Alan was an Executive Director based in Beijing, leading EY China’s Cleantech and Supply Chain and Operations (SC&O) practices. His clients include major global corporations, primarily diversified industrials and high-technology companies operating in China.

Prior to joining EY, Alan held Executive positions with the China Greentech Initiative (CGTI), IBM, and management consulting firms AT Kearney and PRTM. He has twenty years of management consulting experience in the US, China and other Asian countries helping clients develop and implement sound business, operations and technology strategies. At EY China, he helps global clients transform their business models to drive new revenue opportunities and preserve profitability in China’s changing economic climate.

From 2010 to 2013, Alan was a Managing Director with CGTI, a collaboration platform serving over 50 international energy and environmental companies. At CGTI, he led advisory services and strategic research across all major areas of energy and cleantech. In 2014, CGTI merged with the Paulson Institute, founded by Hank Paulson.

Alan 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 United States. He is a Board of Advisor of the Yale Club of Beijing and in that capacity promotes academic and cultural exchanges between the United States and China. Alan has lived in China since 2002 and speaks Chinese fluently.

David Kovacs (Director - International Department of Chengdu Shuangliu Innovation & Pioneering Enterprise Services)

David Kovacs

Director - International Department of Chengdu Shuangliu Innovation & Pioneering Enterprise Services

Mr Kovacs is Director of a Chinese State Owned Enterprise, called CDSI and works for the Local Government of Chengdu. He is in charge of international collaboration and inbound foreign direct investment, negotiating with foreign companies, facilitate their needs and establish a channel between them and the Chinese government.

David is also member of the B20 SME Task Force and serves as China Director of Startup Campus, a European startup program, moreover helps many international organizations and NGOs as an advisor. Prior to his new role at the Chinese Local Government, he used to be Secretary General of the European Chamber in Europe and Director of GREENWILL, a global green NGO.

As a manager he gained experience over the years in strategy creation and execution, project management and business development in Europe and Asia. Worked for years in a multicultural environment, was in charge of decision making, setting KPI targets and leading an international team to success, thus he developed great people management, interpersonal communication, fast problem solving and effective negotiation skills. Established partnership with numerous business associations, NGOs and government bodies all over the world, also initiated co-operation with global and international organizations, such as United Nations, European Commission, WWF, OECD and G20. He is a regular speaker at international forums, such as TED, China Investment Forum, United Nations Youth Day, European Commission European Energy Day and so on.

Randall Hancock (Founder and CEO of AcceleratingBiz)

Randall Hancock

Founder and CEO of AcceleratingBiz

Randall is a business strategist, exponential futurist and hardcore research analyst. As a global explorer, news junkie, technologist and transhumanist, he loves to discover, analyze and determine the implications of each next new thing. He believes that facts trump theories, scenarios beat forecasts, pyramid principle thinking outperforms stream of consciousness, and that it’s far better to surf the tsunami of technology-enabled changes than fight gravity with legacy mindsets.

Bringing nearly three decades of experience as a strategy consultant, entrepreneur, general manager, corporate executive and thought leader working in Asia, Europe and North America, Randall helps executive teams anticipate, assess and address the market disruptions and opportunities impacting their business in today’s accelerating business environment.

Randall has an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and an A.B. in economics from Harvard. He maintains residences in Somerville, Massachusetts and Makati, Philippines, operating on a time zone roughly equivalent to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

Lou Zhou (Procurement Transformation Senior Director of SAP Ariba)

Lou Zhou

Procurement Transformation Senior Director of SAP Ariba

Mr. Lou Zhou is the Procurement digital transformation leader for Greater China market, Helping clients to discover and capture values through the ongoing digital transformation journey. Before joining SAP Ariba in 2018, he was the Asia Pacific lead of Client Service Procurement at IBM, providing direct interlock and support to internal clients’ business strategies and financial performance objectives. The Client Services Procurement team provided unique expertise in support of New customer proposals and offerings, Global Services alliances, Corporate mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, profit enhancement, and process improvement on existing business.

Mr. Lou Zhou holds a bachelor's degree in physics and a MBA from the State University of New York. He joined IBM in 1997. His 19 years tenure at IBM experienced a variety of leadership roles, including IBM US Finance and Procurement Department, Deputy Director in IBM China Research Lab, Program Director for Technical Sales in IBM Software, Director of Global Procurement Center, and the current role of Director of Asia Pacific Client Service Procurement.

Mr. Lou Zhou has published multiple articles on industry Magazines and is a frequent speaker to industry organizations such as the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, International Sourcing Forum. He is also the Board Chair of MSD China for Minority Supplier Development and he was awarded as the Most Dedicated Individual of year 2012.

James Xiong (Vice President, Public Affairs at UPS China District)

James Xiong

Vice President, Public Affairs at UPS China District

As UPS China District Vice President of Public Affairs, James Xiong has responsibility for public policy, is Vice President, Public Affairs for UPS China. He oversees UPS government affairs matter for China district. Prior to his current assignment, James held the position as general manager at UPS Shanghai International Air Hub.

James joined UPS China as Gateway Assistant in 2001. He was promoted to Air Network Planning Manager in 2007 and accepted an assignment as Shanghai Gateway Manager in 2009. During his career with China district, James has been involved with all important projects including extending UPS air network to cities of Qingdao, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Zhengzhou, establishment of two international air hub in Shanghai and Shenzhen, obtaining permit of entry for China domestic service market. James represented UPS Airlines in participating the IATA schedule conference meetings which held bi-annually around the world from 2005 to 2009. James was also the Dangerous Goods Coordinator for UPS China from 2005 to 2011, where he promoted the dangerous good compliance within China to the high standards.

On behalf of UPS, James served as the Vice Chairman of “China Express Association”, which is the top national association for express industry. James graduated from Beijing Institute of Business with an International Trade Diploma and earned his masters degree in E-Government from Huazhong University of Science. James is also an active member of Logistics Emergency Teams under WFP representing UPS. James is married with one child.

Leslie Liu (Corporate Vice President at Cloud Ecosystem, JD Group)

Leslie Liu

Corporate Vice President at Cloud Ecosystem, JD Group

Dr. Leslie Liu is principally responsible for the development of JD Cloud’s ecosystem solutions capabilities, integrating internal and external resources to build the JD Cloud ecosystem. He joined JD Group in 2014, serving as Vice-President of JD Smart and General Manager of the Smart Ecosystem Business Unit.
Before joining, Dr. Leslie Liu served as Research Director and Chief Architect of Big Data and Mobile at IBM’s Growth Markets Unit Headquarters, and a researcher at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in New York, leading a technical team in making outstanding contributions to IBM. During this period, he won nine patents, and was awarded the IBM Invention Achievement Award in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Dr. Leslie Liu graduated from the University of South California’s Viterbi School of Engineering in 2007, where he received his doctorate in computing engineering.

James Chang (Partner at PwC)

James Chang

Partner at PwC

James Chang is the Partner managing PwC China Financial Services Consulting Practice, leading teams to provide a variety of professional solutions – ranging from strategy, risk, finance, operations, IT to people and organisations - for leading clients in China’s banking, securities, insurance and investment management industries. Before returning to China in 2009, James was a Partner based in PwC New York office. Prior to PwC, he worked with several Wall Street investment houses such as J.P.Morgan and SLK (now part of Goldman Sachs). James graduated from the Stern School of Business, New York University with an MBA degree. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Public Account (CPA) of New York State. James also completed the LPSF (Leading Professional Service Firms) Executive Training Program from the Harvard Business School.

James is a frequent speaker at various financial conferences, seminars and symposiums, delivering speeches on topics such as financial transformation, internet finance and financial technology (FinTech), green finance, financial inclusions as well as global financial regulatory reforms. In 2016, James represented PwC as the Knowledge Partner for the B20 Financing Growth Taskforce to produce policy recommendation report for the 2016 G20 Summit, a majority of these policy recommendations are reflected in the official 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit Communiqué.

Freya Peng (Digital Business and AI innovation Director of Mars Asia Pacific)

Freya Peng

Digital Business and AI innovation Director of Mars Asia Pacific

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.

Mingjie Zhu (Director of Collaboration & Architecture at Cisco China Ltd)

Mingjie Zhu

Director of Collaboration & Architecture at Cisco China Ltd

Mr. Zhu is an experienced IT & Business professional with over 20 years of experience in business development and product management/marketing within the IT, Computer and Communication, and Cloud practices with the service provider and enterprise market across North America, Greater China, Asia Pacific. Have worked in countries like Canada, Singapore, US and with the last 10 years in China.

He has strong background in Unified Communication, Collaboration, Video Conference, Contact Centre and Cloud-based/Hosted services, Desktop/Server/Network virtualization in selling to and partnering with global system integrators, enterprises and service providers. He has good cross cultural and business understanding for the Asia Pacific market.

Mr. Zhu most recently joined Cisco China to lead collaboration & architecture team to drive the business across Greater China area.
Prior to Cisco China, he had been working with Avaya China, VMWare China, Shanghai BizConf Telecom and served as product manager, senior manager, director, vice president. And he also helped Bizconf to go IPO in China Stock Market.

Outside working, he enjoys hiking and keep running a few kilometers every morning.

Nik Sudhakar (Director of Digital Solutions at CBRE, Asia)

Nik Sudhakar

Director of Digital Solutions at CBRE, Asia

Nik Sudhakar is responsible for developing and integrating a focused sales strategy to drive the integration and adoption of CBRE’s Suite of Enablement Technologies in region. His initial focus is on CBRE’s proprietary 3D technologies, Floored Build and Plans, and business intelligence platforms, ASPIRE and Portfolio Optimizer. Prior to joining CBRE, he established the real estate business for S&P Global Market Intelligence in Hong Kong and worked at a commercial real estate firm in New York.

Selena Chu (Asia Pacific CIO at Dow Chemical)

Selena Chu

Asia Pacific CIO at Dow Chemical

Selena Chu is currently the Asia Pacific CIO for Dow. She provides leadership to regional IS teams, works collaboratively with business and functional leaders to drive digital solution and leverage global delivery offering, covers areas of Advanced Analytics, ERP Development, Digital Solution, IT Infrastructure/Operations, and Information Security, in order to enable regional business strategies and plans.

She Joined Dow in 2008 as Master Black belt and has served in a number of leadership roles in the Asia Pacific region, including R&D Operation, Innovation Strategy, Technical Information Service etc.. Previous to Dow, she worked for GE Plastics as the AP R&D Engineering Digitization leader and had years of experience in 6 Sigma and Lean, and their application in the field of new product & process development. She worked for KPMG Consulting Co. before joining GE Plastics.

Terry Crawford (CEO and Co-Founder of InitialView)

Terry Crawford

CEO and Co-Founder of InitialView

Terry Crawford is the Chief Executive Officer and a co-founder of InitialView.

Terry graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan Law School. After practicing mergers & acquisitions as a private equity lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in Hong Kong, New York, and Beijing, he founded InitialView.

One of his first successes was convincing his wife Gloria that she needed to be a co-founder. InitialView has been a part of over 150,000 applications from students in over 100 countries to over 300 selective academic programs. It has become a critical part of the application process at many of the most selective colleges in the US.

Recently InitialView has begun to capitalize upon its relationships with top US universities to build the first job platform connecting US-based Chinese students with top opportunities in China.

Terry and Gloria live in Beijing with their three kids, all of whom attend local elementary and middle schools--and who speak much better Chinese than their parents.

Gloria Chyou (Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of InitialView)

Gloria Chyou

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of InitialView

Gloria Chyou Crawford is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of InitialView, an interview services organization that provides a platform to top students who want to demonstrate their communication skills to admission officers in a credible and transparent fashion. Originally from Seattle and a graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Gloria first came to Beijing in the early 2000s as an educator. In addition to managing the day-to-day processes at InitialView, Gloria is the mother of three children, and often writes about their adventures in a local Beijing elementary school on her blog,

John Artman (Editor in Chief at Technode)

John Artman

Editor in Chief at Technode

John Artman is the Editor in Chief for TechNode, the leading English information source for news and insight into China’s tech and startups. Having lived in Beijing for almost a decade, he was previously Director of Technical Communications at CSOFT where he helped build a new business unit from 0 to 40 people.

Before that he was a radio host and Assistant Programs Director at China Radio International where he hosted shows, produced content, and helped manage a 10 person content team. He loves talking about innovative products and business models, big ideas that are changing the world, and compelling communication in various mediums.

Jinghui Liu (President at John Deere China)

Jinghui Liu

President at John Deere China

Jinghui Liu is President of John Deere China starting from Sep 2012. In this role, he has oversight of John Deere's business activities in China and is responsible for the long-term success and profitability of John Deere China.

Jinghui joined Deere & Company Headquarters in 1998 as Project Manager, Overseas Division, and was relocated to Xinjiang, China as General Manager from July 1999 through June 2000. After that he was appointed as Senior Marketing Manager of John Deere Jialian Combine Harvester Co., Ltd in Jiamusi, China in June 2000 and then General Manager in June 2001 in the same capacity, and General Manager in John Deere Tiantuo Company Ltd from June 2005 to January 2006. In November 2003 he was assigned as General Manager, China Marketing in Beijing, China till Jul 2008. After that Jinghui accepted an expatriate assignment at the Lenexa Agricultural Marketing Center to undertake a variety of senior level assignments within the North American Marketing organization. In Jul 2009, he returned to John Deere China Operations as Director, Sales and Marketing China. Then he holds the position as Director, Sales and Marketing China, with full responsibilities for sales, marketing, channel development, aftermarket support and profit maximization of all products, both JV products and imported products for three years.

Jinghui graduated from Tsinghua University with Bachelor Degree in Thermal Engineering in July 1984, and got Master Degree in Automotive Engineering in July 1987. In June 1999, he was granted Master of Business Administration degree at J. L. Kllogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Sarah Keenlyside (founder and managing director of Bespoke Travel)

Sarah Keenlyside

founder and managing director of Bespoke Travel

Sarah Keenlyside is the founder and managing director of Bespoke Travel. She began her professional career as a journalist, first as an investigative reporter at The Sunday Times newspaper in London, then moving to China in 2005 to help set up Time Out's first English language publication there. After writing and contributing to a handful of guidebooks about China, she became a source for friends and contacts looking to experience the country like an insider. It was at this point (post Beijing Olympics) that she had the idea to set up Bespoke Travel Company.

Initially a one-woman outfit, the business has grown to employ dozens of tour guides, experts, drivers and in-house tour planners. Nominated in the Greatest Innovation/Disruption category of the Travel+Leisure magazine-sponsored LE Miami awards in 2014, the company’s clients have included everyone from Matt Damon and Metallica visiting with their friends and family, to major corporates such as Apple, HP, LVMH and Warner Bros.

Pete Wild (Head at Driver China)

Pete Wild

Head at Driver China

Peter Wild is a the Head of Driver China and has built the company's team in China. Before moving to China, Peter was Driver's Chief of Staff, working closely with the CEO to build many parts of the team in the US. Peter began his career at Facebook, most notably building systems and tools that drove adoption of Facebook's products for third-party developers, including Facebook Login, Mobile App Ads, and Payments. After Facebook, Peter co-founded and was CEO of a US-based financial technology company that automated the financial and legal tasks necessary for a private company to execute an investment from a private individual or entity. Peter received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Corporate Strategy from Vanderbilt University.

Hua Yang (Director of eBay)

Hua Yang

Director of eBay

Hua Yang is a director of eBay Search team in Shanghai, part of eBay global Search Product team. His team is researching and developing machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to provide the most relevant search experiences for eBay customers. He has 20 years of software development experience, including over 10 years in digital advertising and search engine development at both Microsoft and eBay. Hua studied software engineering and artificial intelligence, and holds a PhD in computer science from Vanderbilt University.

Doug Young (Managing Editor at Caixin Global)

Doug Young

Managing Editor at Caixin Global

Doug Young is a senior editor in charge of the company news coverage at Caixin Global. Before joining Caixin, he worked as the China company news team leader for 10 years at Reuters, and for six years teaching financial journalism at the Fudan Journalism School.

Dick Rinkema (Senior Director, Competition and Innovation Law & Policy of Microsoft)

Dick Rinkema

Senior Director, Competition and Innovation Law & Policy of Microsoft

Dick Rinkema is Microsoft’s Regional Director of Competition and Innovation Law & Policy for Greater Asia. In that role, Mr. Rinkema leads Microsoft’s competition law efforts across Asia, including compliance, investigations and litigation, and policy and regulatory strategy and outreach. He also advises on emerging law and policy issues relating to AI and “big data,” in particular ethical issues arising from AI technology.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Rinkema was an attorney in the antitrust group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in Washington, DC, where he advised technology clients on competition and IP matters in various jurisdictions around the world. He is a 2004 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a James Wilson Scholar and Executive Articles Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law.

Jin Fang (Deputy Secretary-General at China Development Research Foundation)

Jin Fang

Deputy Secretary-General at China Development Research Foundation

Dr. Fang Jin is a Board Member and Deputy Secretary General of China Development Research Foundation and also a research fellow at the Development Research Center (DRC) of the State Council, People’s Republic of China. His main area of research is China’s economic relations with the outside world. He has written extensively on China’s foreign economic policy, globalization and world economy. Before joining DRC, Dr. Fang had worked in the corporate sector for many years. He holds a Doctoral degree from School of Economics, Peking University and a Master Degree and a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University in Australia. He also spent one semester at Harvard Kennedy School as a visiting fellow. He has published one book on the causes of U.S. financial crisis and another book on the rise of emerging market economies. After joining CDRF at the beginning of 2012, he focused more on researching medium to long term challenges facing China’s economic and social development. He coauthored the book A Trap or A Wall: The Real Challenges and Strategies Facing Chinese Economy, which won the 2013 Sun Yefang Economic Prize, the highest honor for excellence in economic research in China.

Mei Luo (Associate Professor at School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University)

Mei Luo

Associate Professor at School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University

Professor Mei Luo is Director of research center for digital financial assets, and associate professor at the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University. She receives her B.S. in Economics and Accounting from Tsinghua University, and Ph.D. from the Haas School of Business of University of California, Berkeley. Professor Mei Luo teaches Financial Statement Analysis and Equity Valuation, and received the teaching award of top 5% teachers of Tsinghua University. Prior to Tsinghua, she taught at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and worked in asset management at Mellon Capital Management.

Her research interests include financial accounting and capital market, and recently blockchain and cryptocurrency, particularly valuation of cryptocurrency, accounting and taxation of cryptocurrency. Her research has been covered in the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She has published in top academic journals like Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, and top Chinese research journals. She also served on the evaluation committee of National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Professor Luo serves on the independent board of directors at several firms in China and HongKong, including Canaan.

Christopher Millward (President and Managing Director of United States Information Technology Office (USITO))

Christopher Millward

President and Managing Director of United States Information Technology Office (USITO)

Christopher is a China market veteran, who has lived in Beijing since 1994.

Since joining USITO in March 2016, Christopher has spearheaded public policy advocacy in China, representing 50 of the leading US and European ICT companies and five U.S headquartered ICT trade associations.

Christopher has positioned USITO as the authoritative voice of the global ICT industry in China and a force multiplier for companies seeking to deploy technologies and disrupt in this critical market. Christopher has in-depth working knowledge of China’s policy environment and US-China bilateral trade relations. He leads USITO’s engagement with government agencies, and maintains close partnerships with senior government officials, think tanks and academic institutions. He has specific expertise in cybersecurity, telecoms and cloud computing policies, internet governance, ICT standards, intellectual property, artificial intelligence, environmental protection, and industrial policies.

Christopher is a seasoned consultant and team leader, with experience across government relations, IPR, market entry and access, M&A, media and corporate communications, brand strategy, digital and social media, sales and distribution and crisis management.

Prior to joining USITO, Christopher has worked with local, regional and national government bodies, academic and research institutes, NGO’s and media outlets throughout the region. He has managed complex assignments involving customer complaints and litigation, IPR disputes, joint venture establishment, environmental protection and labor disputes, with the highest levels of government including the Supreme Court, SAIC, MOST and the NDRC.

Christopher has also counseled corporations on China market development strategies, helping them develop competitive brand advantage. He has advised large multinationals such as Procter & Gamble, Honeywell, Bayer AG and IBM and specialist niche players, including NGO’s and Internet businesses. Christopher’s long tenure “on-the-ground” in China has helped him develop a uniquely accurate and compelling perspective on Chinese customers and stakeholders.

Christopher holds a BA from Columbia University and has conducted post-graduate research at the University of Hawaii and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has been recognized by CIPRA for his work in the field of public relations in China. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English and has served as a guest lecturer at Beijing University and Tsinghua University.