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Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2009. She represents the 27th Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern California.
Rep. Chu currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where she is a member of the Subcommittees on Intellectual Property and the Internet as well as Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.
She also serves on the House Small Business Committee, which has oversight of the Small Business Administration. Rep. Chu is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access. She is also a member of the Subcommittees on Contracting and Workforce as well as Investigations, Oversight and Regulations.
In 2011, Chu was elected Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which advocates for the needs and concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community across the nation.
Chu founded and co-chairs the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus, which advocates for the copyright protections of those in the creative industries, such as music, film and visual arts. She also serves in leadership of the House Democratic Caucus as a Member of the Steering and Policy Committee.
Chu was first elected to the Board of Education for Garvey School District in 1985. From there, she was elected to the Monterey Park City Council, where she served as Mayor three times. She then was elected to the State Assembly and then California’s elected tax board, known as the State Board of Equalization. In 2009, she became the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress in history.
Ira Ehrenpreis is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, a leading impact investing venture capital firm, currently investing out of a $400M fund.
Ira is a recognized leader in the venture capital industry, having served on the Board, Executive Committee, and as Annual Meeting Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Ira currently serves as the President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists (WAVC) and as the Co-Chairman of the VCNetwork, the largest and most active California venture capital organization.
In 2007, Ira was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Men Under 45″ and in 2014 was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame.
In the energy innovation sector, Ira is the Founder and Chairman of one of the most prominent annual industry events, the World Energy Innovation Forum (WEIF), which convenes the who’s-who in the industry to discuss the important energy issues and opportunities of our time. In addition, Ira has served on several industry Boards, including the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Advisory Council, the Clean-Tech Investor Summit (Chairman in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013), the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) West (Co-Chairman in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), the Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) Wall Street (Co-Chairman in 2015), the Cleantech Venture Network (Past Chairman of Advisory Board), ACORE (American Council on Renewable Energy), the Energy Investors Forum (Past Conference Chairman), and the Silicon Valley Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (SVIEF) (Chairman in 2014 and 2015).
Ira has invested in a wide range of companies, including SpaceX, and serves on the board of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) and numerous other companies.
Ira is an active leader at Stanford University, where he has served on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School and is currently an advisory board member of the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE) Advisory Council. Ira has also been a guest lecturer, including helping to teach a course on Venture Capital. In addition, Ira served for many years on the Advisory Board of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE).
Ira received his JD/MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he was an Associate Editor of Stanford Law Review. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.
Prof. Shoucheng Zhang joined the faculty at Stanford in 1993, and is now the JG Jackson and CJ Wood professor of physics. He also holds joint appointment in the department of applied physics and electrical engineering. He is a member of the US National Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He discovered a new state of matter called topological insulator in which electrons can conduct along the edge without dissipation, enabling a new generation of electronic devices with much lower power consumption. For this ground breaking work he received numerous international awards, including the Buckley Prize, the Dirac Medal and Prize, the Europhysics Prize, the Physics Frontiers Prize and the Benjamin Franklin Medal, one of the most prestigious science prizes in the world, whose previous laureates include Albert Einstein, Madame Curie, Stephen Hawking, Thomas Edison and Alexander Bell.
Prof. Zhang is the founding chairman of Danhua Capital. He has made numerous angel investments into Stanford based startups including VMWare. He founded Danhua Capital in 2013 to focus investments in startups from Stanford and Silicon Valley. Danhua’s LPs include Baidu, Alibaba, Ctrip, Lenovo and Sina, which are leading internet companies from China. Danhua’s investments focus on mobile internet, big data, AR/VR, genomics and precision medicine, sharing economy and robotics.
Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, School of Medicine at Stanford University. He has published ~260 papers in atomic and polymer physics, laser spectroscopy, biophysics, biology, biomedicine, batteries, and holds 11 patents.
Dr. Chu was the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy (January 2009 through April 2013), the longest serving Energy Secretary. As the first scientist to hold a Cabinet position he recruited outstanding scientists and engineers into the Department of Energy. He began several initiatives including ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy), the Energy Innovation Hubs, the U.S.–China Clean Energy Research Centers (CERC), and was tasked by President Obama to assist BP in stopping the Deepwater Horizon oil leak. Prior to his cabinet post, he was director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. Previously he was twice Chair of Physics and helped launch Bio-X at Stanford University, and headed the Quantum Electronics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Dr. Chu has numerous awards including the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping. He holds 30 honorary degrees and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Sinica, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology.
Dr.Lee received his Bachelor degree from Columbia University, and Ph.D.at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Lee has Honorary Doctorate Degrees from the City University of Hong Kong and Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Lee was the Vice Chairman of the Committee of 100, an elite group of Chinese Americans. He was selected by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in2013.
Dr. Kai-Fu Lee was appointed an Independent Non-executive Director of Shangri-La Asia Limited from Nov, 2015、 Independent Director of Hon Hai Precision IND. Co., Ltd. from Jan, 2016, and Non-Executive Director of Meitu Inc. from Aug, 2016.
HongJiang Zhang, aged 55, is an executive Director and the chief executive officer (“CEO”) of Kingsoft. He is also a director and the CEO of Kingsoft Cloud, and a director of Cheetah Mobile Inc. (NYSE: CMCM) which is a subsidiary of Kingsoft. Dr. ZHANG is also a director of Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ: XNET) and a director of 21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET). Before joining Kingsoft, he was the chief technology officer for Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group (ARD) and the managing director of the Microsoft Advanced Technology Center (ATC) and Microsoft Distinguished Scientist (DS). In his dual role, Dr. ZHANG led Microsoft’s research and development agenda in China, including strategy, planning, R&D and incubation for products, services and solutions. Dr. ZHANG was also a member of Executive Management Committee of Microsoft (China) Limited, a committee that defines and leads Microsoft’s strategy and business development in the Greater China region.
Dr. ZHANG was the deputy managing director and a founding member of Microsoft Research Asia. His outstanding leadership and achievement, illustrated by the high impact he made in academia and Microsoft’s products, was critical in establishing Microsoft Research Asia into a world class basic research center in computer science, and a technology powerhouse in Microsoft, and has made him one of the 10 Microsoft Distinguished Scientists.
As a Fellow of the Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and Association of Computing Machines (ACM), Dr. ZHANG is well known in the research community for his leadership in media computing and his pioneering work in video and image content analysis and search. He was the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, 2012 ACM SIGMM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, and the winner of 2008 “Asian-American Engineer of the Year” award. He holds close to 200 US and international patents, and has authored four books and over 400 scientific papers, many of which have become classic references in their respective research areas. He is one of the most sited researcher in computer science (H-Index=108).
Dr. ZHANG received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Zhengzhou University, China. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. ZHANG was a research manager at Hewlett-Packard Labs at Palo Alto, CA. He also worked at the Institute of Systems Science, National University of Singapore.
Dr. ZHANG became the CEO of Kingsoft in October 2011 and has been an executive Director of our Company since 14 December 2011. Dr. ZHANG is also a director of certain subsidiaries of Kingsoft.
Bill Gross founded Idealab in March 1996. Bill is a lifelong entrepreneur, starting his first solar business in high school. After graduating from California Institute of Technology, Mr. Gross started GNP Development, Inc., which made a natural language product for Lotus 1-2-3 called HAL. In 1985, Lotus Development Corporation acquired GNP. In 1991, Mr. Gross started Knowledge Adventure, an educational software publisher that was eventually sold to Havas/Vivendi. Bill serves on the boards of directors of numerous companies and is also a member of the Board of Trustees of California Institute of Technology and the Art Center College of Design. Mr. Gross received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.
Yasheng Huang is an associate dean and a professor at MIT Sloan School of Management. He has held positions at the University of Michigan and Harvard University.
In addition to academic journal articles, he has published ten books and numerous articles in media. His work has been profiled in Wall Street Journal,Economist, Foreign Policy, and in Chinese media. His current research covers corruption and economic development, foreign direct investment, state capitalism, rural finance, political economy and economic history. He is collaborating with researchers at Tsinghua University to create a complete database on historical technological inventions in China and is co-leading a multidisciplinary research team at MIT on food safety.
Professor Huang founded China Lab and India Lab and has run a program in Yunnan province to train women entrepreneurs in collaboration with Goldman Sachs Foundation. He has served as a consultant at many international organizations and as an advisor and board member at a number of for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Ms. Dong Mingzhu was born in 1954, with postgraduate education background. Since May 2012, she has been the chairwoman of the board of Gree Group, COB and President of Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. of Zhuhai; Oct 2006-May 2012 Vice COB and President of Gree Electric; Oct 1997-Oct 2006 Vice GM, GM of Gree Electric; Nov 1994-Oct 1997 Vice director, director of Sales Department of Gree Electric; Mar 1990-Nov 1994 Salesman of Gree Electric.
Nowadays Gree Electric is the world’s largest specialized air conditioner enterprise integrating R&D, manufacturing, marketing and services. Gree brand air conditioner is the only “World Brand” in Chinese air conditioning industry. Under the leadership of Dong Mingzhu, Gree’s production volume and sales volume have topped global No.1 since 2005 with more than 300 million users. In 2014, Gree has achieved sales revenue of 140.005 billion yuan (about 22.9 billion USD) with net profit of 16.752 billion yuan (about 2.74 billion USD). Gree is not only the first electrical appliances listed enterprise in China with over 100 billion yuan of sales revenue, but also the first electrical appliances enterprise in China with over 10 billion yuan of net profit and tax payment. In May 2015, Gree entered into the world’s top 500 public companies, ranking No. 385 in Forbes Global 2000 and No. 1 in household appliances industry section.
Jun Wang holds a Ph.D. degree in management from Wuhan University of Technology. He is a senior economist in China. From 1993, Mr. Jun Wang has worked in real estate industry for more than 20 years. He’s the founder of marketing system for China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd. Prior to join Beijing Development Orient; he worked as CEO of Pengrun Real Estate Group, VP of Centek (Zhonguancun Technology Co.), CEO and president of Hailang group. Currently, Mr. Jun Wang is CEO of Beijing Development Orient and president of China’s Real Estate Managers’ Association.
Diomedes Kastanis leads Ericsson’s long-term technology vision and innovation across media, OSS, BSS and m-commerce. He is also responsible for university collaboration, industry thought leadership and advanced technology incubations. This includes technical community facilitation within Ericsson. Previously, Diomedes held the roles of researcher in the Institute of Computer Science of Crete, head of enterprise architecture BSS/OSS for Middle East and Africa and most recently, global head of product line and content delivery.
Diomedes holds an advisory role in multiple forums, including the technology innovation forum for Greece. He has played a crucial role in the evolution of Ericsson’s media delivery and identity efforts with a vision towards a networked society. Diomedes holds several patents and has been published in a range of scientific publications. He earned an MSc. in Computer Science in Electrical Engineering and an MSc in Mathematics.
Mr. Yincang Wei is the Chairman of the Board at Zhuhai Yinlong Energy Co. Ltd. The company is now ranked top 500 global energy companies by its forward-looking marketing, innovative capital operation, effective technology pattern and the core technology – ‘Yinlong Titanium’.
Yinlong Energy was founded in 2008, started investing/acquiring in energy industry from 2009.
The 4th general ‘Yinlong Titanium’ that invented by the company after acquiring Altairnano, a U.S new energy company, was a disruptive innovation in the industry. It solved the issues in batter industry: Safety, Temperature Tolerance, Fast Charging, Battery Life and Production.
In the year 2012 and 2013, Yinlong Energy acquired multiple automobile manufacturing companies, including: Zhuhai Guangtong Auto and Shijiazhuang Zhongbo Auto. Till 2015, Yinlong Energy has invested tens of billion RMB in build 3 major industrial parks and R&D labs.
Mr. Wei devotes himself in green energy, and promoting Zero Emission Vehicles. Powered by the new 3D lithium titanate battery, Yinlong Energy developed, designed and manufactured one of the most advanced E-Bus that has been sold to U.S, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia and Thailand.
Led by the innovative business model, Yinlong Energy Operated its E-bus in more than 30 cities in China. Yinlong Energy was named of the official vehicle of the 22nd APEC in Beijing.
Yinlong Energy has won multiple national and global awards.
By the principle ‘building a sustainable and green public transit’, Yinlong Energy is determined to become Top 3 Green Tech Company in China and Top 5 in the world.
Dr. Ping Wu, co-founder of Wuyuefeng Capital, the original founder chairman of the Spreadtrum, graduated from Tsinghua University and China Academy of Space. After studied in Swiss and America, he joined three startups and gained great success. Dr. Ping Wu went back to China and created Spreadtrum in both Shanghai and Silicon Valley. He became CEO and chairman of the board of directors of the company and made the company listed on the Nasdaq in 2007. Products from Spreadtrum enter international market and become famous in Chinese high-tech domestic market. Thunis acquired Spreadtrum in 2013 with $1.8 billion.
Dr. Ping Wu became founder of Angel Fund SpreadView and invested startup companies in Silicon Valley in 2005; organized ZhongJIng Angel Fund and participated in multiple seed company’s investments in 2009; founded Wuyue Capital and invested over 50 high-tech companies in 2011. Meanwhile, Dr. Ping Wu organizes five big mergers around the world and has good industry contacts.
Dr. Ping Wu became expert of the “one thousand plan” department, expert of China mobile phone industry for ten years and China’s semiconductor industry person of the decade. He won the first prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award, Heliangheli Startup Prize, Silicon Valley HYSTA Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Zero2IPO Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Chinese Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Dr. Ping Wu was the chairman of Successive US-China High-level Talent Exchange Association, chairman of the European and American Society Business Association of Shanghai, chairman of Shanghai One Thousand Plans Expert Association Executive Director and participated in Haitian Association, US Silicon Valley Angel Fund and Silicon Valley Youth Outstanding Program.
In 1998, initiated by Goodwell, China’s the first security organization of internet was established which has since been widely recognized as the most profoundly influential organization in China of its kind, not even inferior to Genocide 2600 at that time. Nowadays, many internet security teams, professional personnel, as well as research institutes in Chia, countless in numbers, can be found have links with this organization, more or less. This organization is thus being called Cradle of Hackers in China, and Goodwell, the Godfather.
In the year of 2000, Goodwell successfully transformed the internet security organization into a security service providing company, called NSFOCUS, a milestone of a magnificent change in China’s Internet Security field. Later on, Goodwell stepped down from the frontier of commercial operation, to dedicating more activities and focus on training and provision of internet security professionals.
(NSFOCUS is now listed and publicly traded on main board of China’s Stock Market.)
A book written by an American author, named “The Dark Visitor: Inside the World of Chinese Hackers”, for the first time unveiled the mystery of Chinese hackers. For sure, as the one who kicked off, endeavored, influenced the Chinese Hackers Arena, Goodwell, doubtlessly becomes the main clue through the chapters.
With his remarkable contributions and focus on the internet information security field for more than a decade, Goodwell is well known as the Leading Eagle, Godfather. He has been invited to various exclusive interviews by hundreds of media groups, such as Reuters, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Southern Metropolis Daily, Shanghai Morning Post, etc. CCTV conducted exclusive interviews for Goodwell in 1999 and 2010 respectively, where Goodwell was asked about his view on future development and prosperities of internet information security.
In the year of 2005, Goodwell was invited to a lecture tour at 10 Chinese universities, which was regarded as one of his many efforts in spreading his knowledge in internet information security among young students and training potential talents.
In 2010, for the second time Goodwell received exclusive interview by CCTV, at program “Focus on Industry Elite” with a duration of 30 minutes.
In 2010, Goodwell was received by relevant national leader at Beijing National Convention Center as one of Chinese Influential Figures 2010.
In 2011, initiated by Goodwell, a non-profit technology team, COG information was formally registered as COG information security committee. More than 400 Internet Information Security professionals participated in COG Summit, the name list of attendees to the summit embraces most if not the whole troop of China’s internet information security field. Topics and contents discussed at the summit was widely cited by more than 300 internet and print media.
Ken Schneider serves as Vice President of Technology Innovation where his focus is on innovation, strategic investment and incubation. His prior role was VP Technology Strategy where he drove an integrated business and technology strategy across Symantec. He was previously Chief Technology Officer of the Enterprise Security, and Security and Data Management Groups where he was responsible for architecture, integration, business development, and business operations. Schneider is a Symantec Fellow.
Prior to joining Symantec, Schneider served as CTO and VP of Operations for Brightmail, the leading anti-spam software company that was successfully acquired by Symantec. Before Brightmail, Schneider founded South Beach Software, a software and consulting company that developed products for the professional video market.
Previously, Schneider was an independent software consultant for clients such as Sun Microsystems and Digital Equipment Corporation. He has also held engineering positions at Integrated Systems and at the John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Schneider received a master of science in mechanical engineering from University of California Berkeley and a bachelor of science in engineering from Swarthmore College.
Ken Elefant joined Intel Capital in 2011 and is Managing Director where he drives investments and M&A for software and security. Ken is a voting member of Intel Capital’s investment committee. At Intel, he is an investor in AlienVault, Arrayent, AtHoc (Blackberry), BrightEdge, Bromium, DocuSign, Forescout, Fortscale, Gigya, HyTrust, PerspecSys (Blue Coat), Prelert, Prolexic (Akamai), Skyport Systems, Solera Networks (Blue Coat), TrapX, Vectra Networks, Venafi and several stealth investments.
He joined Intel Capital from Opus Capital where he was a founding general partner. While at Opus Capital, he served on the boards of Spock Networks (Intelius), Transpond (Webtrends), Supersecret (Knowledge Adventure), Alert Enterprise, Jivox, and TrustedID (Equifax). Previously, Ken was a Senior Associate at Lightspeed Venture Partners where he was involved with several investments including Virsa Systems (NYSE: SAP) and Riverbed Technology (Nasdaq: RVBD). Prior to this, he was a Senior Associate and Kauffman Fellow at Battery Ventures. Before business school, Ken worked at Radius Inc., where he ran International Sales and Marketing and held various marketing, finance and business development positions at Claris Corporation (the software subsidiary of Apple) and RealNetworks. Ken holds a BS in economics from the Wharton undergraduate division at the University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
SVP at VMware, led Virtual Storage and Big Data Business;
Founder of EMC China R&D Group and VMware China R&D Center;
Co-founder and CTO of Rainfinity which was acquired by EMC in 2005;
Expert in Distributed Systems, Cloud Infrastructure and Data Storage;
PhD in Electrical Engineering from Caltech and Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from the Cooper Union
Hans joined GGV Capital in 2013 as a Managing Partner to focus on mobile Internet, cross border ecommerce, online education, and gaming industry investments. Hans led GGV’s investment and serves on the board of Wish, a fast growing cross border mobile commerce company, Curse, a popular gaming platform, FlightCar, the world’s first peer to peer car sharing company at airports, and Totspot, a mobile marketplace. He is also actively involved with GGV portfolio companies Flipboard and Yodo1. Hans’ prior work experience spans venture capital, internet start-ups, and tech investment banking over 18 years. He led investments in or served on the boards of start-ups that have since become category leaders, including Xiaomi (where he was involved in attracting Hugo Barra, the former Head of Android Product Management at Google), Mafengwo Travel, Vancl.com, eHi Car Rental, Domob Mobile, 51fanli and Forgame (HKSE: 0484), which went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in October 2013. He joined GGV from Qiming Venture Partners where he focused on investment in China from 2007 to 2013. Previously he was with Bessemer Venture Partners for three years, where he helped global players such as Skype to expand into China. Hans was also a founding member of Taipei-based Crimson Asia Capital and HelloAsia, a pan-Asian focused consumer Internet start-up based in Silicon Valley. He started his career at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker focused on the technology sector. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. Hans has been ranked as a top VC on the Forbes Midas list the past three years (2013, 2014, and 2015). He was also recognized by The Founder and CBN News magazines as a Top 10 most entrepreneur-friendly VC in China. Hans is frequently recognized as an industry thought leader in the Mobile Internet, Ecommerce, Social Networking and Gaming sectors.
Qi Xiangdong graduated from the Department of Radio Communications, Changchun Post and Communications College (now Jilin University) and holds an MBA from the University of Science and Technology Beijing.
From 1986 to 2003, he was Deputy Director of the Communications Technology Bureau of Xinhua News Agency, mainly in charge of technology planning, construction planning, and technical training, as well as the planning and demonstration of a number of major projects.
From 2003 to 2005, he worked as vice president of Yahoo! China and general manager of 3721, responsible for content planning, operations, and marketing of Yahoo! China and the overall operations and public affairs planning and operations of 3721.
Since September 2005, he has been President of 360, taking full charge of the company’s operations, marketing and the making and implementation of various corporate plans.
In 2013, Qi led 360 into the business security sector. Based on world-leading and innovative big data security technologies, 360 managed to come up with a series of creative security solutions for government organizations and businesses via successive M&A moves, responding effectively to the new security threats and challenges faced today by various corporate users.
He has been the Chairman of the Board and CEO of 360 Enterprise Security Group. since May 2015.
He has been the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Beijing Time Co., Ltd. since April 2016.
Michael currently oversees business development of American markets for Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Inc. Prior to that, he led and completed Alibaba Cloud’s European data center strategy and owned Hong Kong’s partner management. Before joining Alibaba in 2014, he served at Microsoft for 16 years in various engineering roles including development and testing; gaining experience in operating systems, business rule engines, video rendering and transcoding, online advertising, and big data stream computing. Prior to Microsoft, he served at Hewlett-Packard in LaserJet and network management products.
Huang was the first person to be named Pudong Economic Figure of the year in 2013. She is also a member of the SPD Silicon Valley Bank Business Advisory Council and one of the founders of the Shanghai Entrepreneur Cradle Plan.
Huang has accrued over 16 years of professional experience in the areas of investment, marketing, business development, high-tech park management, the management of incubator and entrepreneurship service platforms, etc. The market value of startups she has helped nurture to-date is an accumulative RMB 50 billion. During her career, she has provided professional guidance, training and startup services to over 1,000 high-tech enterprises as well as assisted in the application of nearly 1,000 patents. She has also helped various enterprises to obtain over 600 IP licenses, as well as, nearly 100 entrepreneurs to be selected for the Chinese government’s “Recruitment Program of Global Experts” (also known as the “Thousand Talents Plan”). Huang, who is familiar with both domestic and international principles of incubator management, was the first in China to propose a through-train incubator operations process and to implement the concept subsequently. She has established what is a leading provider of entrepreneurship services in China, significantly enhancing the effectiveness of enterprise incubation in the process.
Yi Cui went to University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1998. He attended graduate school from 1998 to 2002 at Harvard University, where he worked under supervision of Professor Charles M. Lieber. His Ph.D thesis concerned semiconductor nanowires for nanotechnology including synthesis, nanoelectroncis and nanosensor applications. After that, he went on to work as a Miller Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Paul Alivisatos at University of California, Berkeley. His postdoctoral work was mainly on electronics and assembly using colloidal nanocrystals. In 2005 he became an Assistant Professor in Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. In 2010 he was promoted to an Associate Professor with tenure and named as David Filo and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar. In 2010, he was promoted to be a Full Professor. In 2011, he started a joint appointment in Photon Science Faculty, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. His current research is on nanomaterials for energy storage, photovotalics, topological insulators, biology and environment.
He is a highly proliferate materials scientist and has published ~330 research papers, filed more than 40 patent applications and give ~300 plenary/keynote/invited talks. His works have generated a very large impact and he is among top most cited scientists in the world (Google Scholar, H-index 123). In 2014, he was ranked NO.1 in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters as “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”. He is an Associate Editor of Nano Letters. He is a Co-Director of the Bay Area Photovoltaics Consortium and a Co-Director of Battery 500 Consortium. He founded Amprius Inc. in 2008, a company to commercialize the high-energy battery technology. Now the high-energy batteries invented by him have started to be used in commercial market, which could potentially revolutionize portable electronics and transportation applications. In 2015, he and Professor Steve Chu co-founded 4C Air Inc., to commercialize their invented breakthrough technology to remove particle pollutants from the air.
He has won numerous awards recognizing his scientific contributions in these research areas, including MRS Fellow (2016), MRS Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience (2015), Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (2015), Small Young Innovator Award (2015), Resonate Award for Sustainability (2015), Blavatnik National Award Finalist (2015), Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers Award for Young Scientist (2015), Inaugural Schlumberger Chemistry Lectureship (University of Cambridge, 2015), Top 10 World Changing Ideas for His Work on Batteries to Capture Low-Grade Waste Heat (Scientific American, 2014), NO. 1 “Hottest Researchers of Today” in Materials Science (Thomas Reuters, 2014), Closs Lectureship (University of Chicago, 2014), Inaugural Nano Energy Award (2014), Bau Family Awards in Inorganic Chemistry (2014), Blavatnik National Award Finalist (2014), the IUPAC Distinguished Award for Novel Materials and Synthesis (2013), Scientist in Residence of University of Duisburg-Essen (2013), Next Power Visiting Chair Professorship (National Tsinghua University, 2013), the Wilson Prize (2011), the David Filo and Jerry Yang Faculty Scholar (2010), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2010), the Global Climate and Energy Project Distinguished Lecturer (2009), KAUST Investigator Award (2008), ONR Young Investigator Award (2008), MDV Innovators Award (2007), Terman Fellowship (2005), the Technology Review World Top Young Innovator Award (2004), Miller Research Fellowship (2003), Distinguished Graduate Student Award in Nanotechnology (Foresight Institute, 2002), Gold Medal of Graduate Student Award (Material Research Society, 2001).
Bright Zeng has worked as deputy general manager of legal affairs department in China Construction Bank.He was a sub-branch bank president in China Construction Bank.He has served as manager of public relations, sales director of Shenzhen region, and senior legal director while he was in Home Credit Finance Service Limited. Bright Zeng now is President of Shenzhen Zhong Xing CredEx Finance Technology Co., Ltd.
Dr Jun Wu, Founding Partner of Amino Capital, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Shanghai Jiaotong University, Ex Senior Staff Research Scientist of Google, Ex-VP of Tencent, and member of Board of Director, CITIC Press.
As a renowned expert in speech recognition, natural language processing and web search, Dr. Jun Wu started his career at Google as an engineer and then a research scientist in 2002. Shortly after he joined Google, Dr. Wu received Google Engineering Award for his achievement on anti-SPAM. He was the author of Google Chinese/Japanese/Korean search algorithms and the inventor of many Google technologies, and was highly appraised by Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin for his contribution in Google. He co-founded the department of search in Chinese, Korean and Japanese in 2003.
Dr. Wu joined Tencent Technologies as the VP in charge of the Search, Infrastructure, Map and Search Ads from 2010 – 2012. He helped the company boosted search traffic and revenue by 6 fold in two years.
Dr. Wu re-joined Google as a Principal Research Scientist to lead the effort of automatic question/answering from 2012 to 2014, and developed the first online service of automatic answering for complicated questions in the world. He left Google and co-founded Amino Capital (aka Z-park Capi-tal) in 2014 and has invested to more than 90 startup companies in the US.
Dr. Wu is a member of National Advisory Board of Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins and an advisor of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China. He is the author of five Chinese awarded books: On Top of Tides, Beauty of Mathematics, Civilizations and Enlightenments, Roads toward Universities, Secrets of Silicon Valley and Era of Intelligence. He published tens of papers on journals and conferences, and was granted tens of patents in US and international.
Dr. Wu obtained Ph.D. degree of Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University, B.S.E degree of Computer Science and M.S.E degree of Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University.
With 30 years of technology innovation in the field, experienced executives, venture and investment, the entrepreneur is the first computer, communications, industry experts chips, the Internet and mobile phone industry, a number of famous cases (two thousand times the level of value-added) investments people. He founded the venture capital fund Redstone Cheng Kim appeared in the “China Science and Technology Venture Capital Firms TOP60”, based on the depth of the team rich industry resources to help entrepreneurs featuring a high success rate returns boutique fund. He is also the Zhongguancun angel hundred members and the Zhongguancun angel Development Camp instructors, Western Returned Scholars Association Entrepreneur Association executive vice president of the governing coalition returnees venture, Columbia University, Beijing University, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Microsoft, China Telecom, Nanjing Silicon Valley high Founding EMBA tutor or business mentors and other agencies, the United States with more than entrepreneurship competition judges and speakers.
Wang Shi was a top Chinese PE fund partners and investment decisions of 20 members, and China’s first CDMA mobile phone chip company CEO and chairman of the Board TD Industry Alliance. Representatives of companies involved in international communications standards when co-founder of cloud services business was acquired by Microsoft founder Paul Allen listed company less than a year, he served as a researcher at Bell Labs. Chinese Academy of Sciences participate serve on the national distribution of computers and artificial intelligence research, and recommended by the president Zhou Guangzhao, Dr. Lee invited to the Columbia supercomputer development. He served as China CAST president, the United Nations High expert technical advice, won the “Outstanding 50 Asian American Entrepreneur” award. His degrees include: Columbia communications systems and chip design master’s, doctoral, masters USTC large computer architecture / NSC, Northern Jiaotong University Bachelor of Computer Applications.
As CEO of Mapbox, Eric coordinates product and business development. Eric has been with the team since the start and splits his time working on projects in San Francisco and Washington DC.
Eric got his start in the mapping and open data space at Development Seed, building open source tools for international development agencies. He holds a master’s degree in international development from American University in Washington, DC, and has dual bachelor’s degrees in economics and international relations.
P.K. Agarwal serves as the Dean and CEO of Northeastern University—Silicon Valley, which is the west coast expansion of Boston based Northeastern University, renowned for its experiential learning and coops. He is also the Chairman of Future 500, a Bay Area based pioneer in the area of global sustainability. Until recently, he was the CEO of TiE Global, dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship across 61 cities in 18 countries. Prior to TiE, P.K served as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Chief Technology Officer for the State of California. He has also been in executive and management roles with ACS (now Xerox), NIC Inc., and EDS (now HP).
He helped pioneer the use of Internet in government and shaped the national and state policy in this area, dating back to Al Gore’s National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council in 1995. He had the unique distinction of having a U.S. national annual award named as the “P.K. Agarwal Award for Leadership in Electronic Government”. He also served as the president of National Association of State CIO’s and the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council (ec3). He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and an adjunct faculty at USC and USF. He is an Alum of IIT Delhi and UC Berkeley.
Sonika has spent the last 10 years of her career in payments and commerce. She is currently the Head of Partnerships and Business Development for Western Union Digital. In this position she leads a team responsible for building the digital partnership ecosystem for WU around the globe. Her two most recently announced partnerships include Wechat and Viber.
Previously, Chandra was a Senior Leader at Visa and was responsible for mobile prepaid products and driving growth of the VisaNet business outside the US. At Visa she also led one of the largest financial inclusion initiatives for company through its partnership with the Government of India, which brought easier access to financial services for the unbanked by integrating on a biometric based identity system.
Sonika received her MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and in her free time loves solving puzzles with her 3-year-old!
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Associate Professor of Marketing, September 2014– present Founding Director of MS in Business Analytics, September 2015 – present Founding Co-Director of the MBA Business Analytics concentration, September 2014 – present
Assistant Professor of Marketing, September 2006– August 2014 Designed a brand new course on Marketing Analytics, which become one of the most popular courses in the Business school
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Research Assistant to Prof. Pradeep Chintagunta in Marketing at U. of Chicago, Sept. 2004- June 2006
Research Assistant to Prof. Frank Koppelman, September 2000 – June 2004
Other Academic Positions
Visiting Professor at Beijing University, Beijing International MBA, Summers of 2015, 2016, 2017
Visiting Professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University, Antai School of Management, 2016
Individual level Targeting, Empirical Industrial Organization modeling, Predictive Analytics, Endogeneity issues in the modeling process, Dynamics of the decision making process, Bayesian Learning models, Empirical modeling, Social interactions, Incentives of user generated contents, Behavioral targeting, Social media marketing. Techniques used include: Hierarchical Bayesian models, MCMC, Discrete choice analysis, Poisson process, Hazard models, Clustering analysis, Regression modeling, etc.
Alan Gao is the Founder & CEO of We Housing, Inc. a one-stop booking platform connect international students and quality apartments.
Alan holds BS and MS degree in Computer Science. He participated in the first-generation E-Commerce website in China (JK99.com) in 1999 before his graduate study at Penn State. He has 10-year experience and sharp insight in student housing. As he observed the pain and communication barrier between international students and apartments, he started WE Housing team in 2012 and have served over 50,000 students since then. This site showcases hundreds of apartments in over 20 states, allows online application, international payment (fee/rent).
Ms. Ho is the Managing Director for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) Silicon Valley operations. She is responsible for engaging entrepreneurs and innovators to help them better understand DHS’s mission and widen the pipeline of technologies addressing our most difficult homeland security challenges.
Ms. Ho has been at S&T since September 2004 serving in several positions, including as the S&T Cyber Security Division Business Operations Manager, S&T Borders & Maritime Security Division Business and Finance Manager, Program Manager for several cargo security projects, and Program Support Contractor. Prior to joining S&T, Ms. Ho served as a project engineer in the Research, Development & Evaluation Branch of the DHS Customs & Border Protection’s Applied Technology Division. Ms. Ho holds a B.S. in Cognitive Science, specializing in Neuroscience, from the University of California at San Diego and a M.S. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.
Dr Krystian Ji is a mathematician, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is the Chairman of Axbio Group, a multinational enterprise group who build high-tech corporate ecosystem to advance Precision Medicine and accelerate cancer research, using breakthroughs in Molecular Diagnostics, Nanotechnologies and Artificial Intelligence. The technologies his teams are developing include clinically applicable fourth-generation sequencing, scalable biomedical data analysis, semantic causal learning systems, and homomorphic encryption for healthcare privacy. He was the former Director of Artificial Intelligence at Seven Bridges, a leading genomic data company where still serves as a Board Member. As an investor with a taste for data-intensive innovations, he established several VC funds such as Kryssen Capital and Centromere Ventures across various sectors like biotechnologies, cybersecurity and quantitative finance. Previously he spent years leading the development of Automated Reasoning Systems for Australian Defense. He spends much of his spare time back in Oxford, England to work on topological data analysis for quantum physics.
Caleb Kruse is Chief of Staff at Leap Motion, a software and hardware company developing 3D motion-control technology for virtual reality and additional platforms. At Leap Motion, Caleb specializes in human-computer interaction research. Prior to joining the company, Caleb worked with National Geographic as a Young Explorer, and with the Stanford Medical School and School of Earth Sciences as a field researcher with projects on four continents. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in oceanography.
Mr. Li is currently the president and Director of Phoenix New Media, and concurrently served as chief executive officer of yidianzixun in 2015. Prior to joining Phoenix New Media, Mr. Li served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Techedge Inc. from 2004 to 2006, and as the president of the U.S. subsidiary of China Quantum Communications Inc. from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Li founded and served as the chief executive officer of Global Villager Inc., a New York-based Internet startup, starting in 1995 until the company was acquired by the then NASDAQ-traded Startec Global Communications Inc. in 2000. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Li worked as a software engineer and senior Internet advisor to various companies, including Verizon Communications Inc., Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley. He has served on the boards of directors of the U.S. China Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Finance Society, National Council of Chinese Americans, and Council on U.S.-China Affairs. Mr. Li has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at the New Media Marketing Communications Research Center of Beijing University since December 2009. Mr. Li received a two-year Executive Management Education from Wharton School of Business, a M.S. in Computer Science from Temple University and a four-year undergraduate education in control systems engineering from the University of Science & Technology of China.
Alexis has over 20 years of software engineering and management experience with emphasis in large scale data science and engineering along with application infrastructure.
As an engineering manager at Salesforce, Alexis is managing all back-end engineering for Salesforce IQ CRM which ingests and processes in real-time and in batch a large amount of enterprise data and exposes intelligent features such as scoring and recommendations using data engineering and machine learning. Tech stack include Java 8, NoSQL, Hadoop, Storm and Spark/Scala.
Prior to Salesforce, Alexis was an Engineering Manager at Radius Intelligence where he led the team of data scientists and data engineers architecting and building Radius business graph data engineering and machine learning pipeline which models over 20 million businesses in the US, created from over 7 billion records from dozens of sources using Spark, GraphX, MLLib and Scala technologies.
Prior, Alexis worked for Concurrent Inc, Couchbase, Sun Microsystems/Oracle for 13 years and large SIs in Europe. Alexis holds a Master’s Degree in CS with a focus on Cognitive Sciences. Alexis’ speaking experience include many conferences, meet-ups and panels in addition to training and two University courses on Big data including: Spark summit, Hadoop Summit, BigDataExpo, BigDataTechcon, DeveloperWeek, OReilly Web 2.0 conference and Java One (5 times).
Salwa is focused on cultivating lifelong learners and is fascinated by the impact that informal education has outside of the classroom. She has taught in Bangladesh, Uganda, and the U.S., where her students have ranged from preschoolers to adult learners. In addition, she has served as a director at Wellesley College, where she advised students about international careers, and has conducted formative evaluations for the popular PBS Kids animated educational TV series WordGirl. Her interest in educational media stems from her own early education learning from Sesame Street in Arabic, Bengali and English.
Quanjing is the executive dean of Cheetah Global Lab. Her team released , <China’s Mobile APP Rankings> of series of key big data reports and host successfully Cheetah CONNECT Summit which was the important networking event for global developers. She also assumes branding Director of Cheetah Mobile. However, She started her financial media work while interviewing hundreds of entrepreneur leaders from China and abroad. As the hostess for Boao Forum Asia, Davos Forum, Phoenix Finance Summit etc., she won the “Outstanding journalists Award” of World Economic Forum.
She received her B.S. degree in Chinese from Peking University, Mater Degree in journalism and Finance from Beijing Media University.
GP Singh is founder and CEO of Real Silicon (legal name Spontey Inc.). He enjoys leading engineering teams to solve difficult technical problems. In addition to spearheading RealSilicon as an organization, GP serves as the hands on technical lead in IC design. He has delivered more than 40+ successful chip tape outs in past 20+ years of Microprocessors, ASSP, SOC and ASIC chips. He is an expert of all IC back end designs issues. As engineer he has been instrumental in resolved many high speed and low power design bottleneck issues. He is experienced in driving implementation decisions for high-level software and architectural requirements. A serial entrepreneur in Semiconductor and embedded systems products, GP has built and operated multi-zone teams for many years. He holds over 25 granted and more than 10 pending patents, He has been published many times including in international technical journals and conferences.
Wendy Wang was graduated from the University of Bridgeport with an MBA. She then worked many years at PricewaterhouseCoopers. After spending 6 years of studying and working in the United States, she subsequently returned to China as a series entrepreneur, working on high-end e-commerce industry and location-based services start-ups. She is also a bitcoin enthusiast. Wendy has been working in the IT industry for 6 years and has given public speeches at MIT and Harvard University. Currently, she’s been devoted to providing services for entrepreneurs by cofounding OneSight, which she believes will be one of the most important platforms for early startups of the next decade.
Jun Ye is co-founder, president, and CEO of Sentieon Inc., a bioinformatics company established July 2014. Prior to Sentieon, Jun was co-founder, president, and CEO of Founton Technologies, a company that specialized in data mining, and was acquired by Alibaba Group in 2014. Prior to Founton, Jun was co-founder, president, and CTO of Brion Technologies, a company specializing in computational lithography for semiconductor manufacturing, which was acquired by ASML in 2007. Prior to Brion, he was director of engineering at Onetta, an optical communications company, working on the algorithm and software for communication system control. Prior to Onetta, he served as director of engineering at KLA-Tencor, where he led the software and algorithm groups for mask inspection.
From 2001 to 2015, Jun also served as a consulting professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University. He mentors and supervises graduate student research in microlithography and other areas.
During his career, he has authored or co-authored more than 50 U.S. patents covering algorithm, software, hardware, and system architecture.
Jun received BSEE from Fudan University in 1987, MS Physics from Iowa State University in 1991, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1996. In 2014 he received ISU John V. Atanasoff Discovery Award for his work to advance scientific knowledge.
He has over 18 years of experience in venture capital investment, management consulting, scientific research, business development and operation. Previously, Michael was a Principal at China Materialia, a China based venture capital investment firm. At China Materialia, Michael led the strategic consulting and venture capital investments in high tech and health care companies. Prior to that, Michael worked at DFJ ePlanet Ventures as a co-lead of investment in China. He was responsible for the firm’s venture capital investment and portfolio management. Michael represented ePlanet serving on the board of four portfolio companies.
Michael received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley.
Upal has worked in the mobile and software technology industry for over 20 years. At NGP, Upal leads the global connected enterprise investing theme, where he focuses on investments in mobile enterprise, artificial intelligence and internet of things. Some of his notable investments include Digital Lumens, Workfusion, Indix, RapidMiner, Quikr, and Netmagic.
Prior to NGP, Upal was Founder and CEO of Mformation Technologies, the world’s largest mobile device management company, which was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent. Previously, he was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York and London.
Upal has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Imperial College, London.
Matt is the former Managing Director of Runway Incubator, San Francisco’s premier community for startup, investor and corporate collaboration. Previously, Matt was a Venture Partner at Expansive Ventures, a Principal at Ardent Capital and the founding Head of Business Development and CFO of Topicmarks, a natural language processing company that sold to Tagged, Inc in 2011. Matt holds an AB at Princeton University and was an MBA at the Wharton School of Business.
Ms. Vivi Lin is an award-winning TV personality, producer and presenter. She is currently an entrepreneur for a new media venture aimed at connecting the world’s top innovators and their products/services with China, by providing services including media reports, content-marketing, branding and other social activities.
She is also the executive producer and presenter for innovation show “Vivi in the Valley”, sharing stories of the world’s top innovators to China’s startup and venture capital audiences, which is to air on top video websites, including China’s most prominent financial media Caixin Media, the equivalent of Chinese Netflix Aiqiyi, Sina Weibo’s video channel Miaopai and Meipai, Top News and TV networks including CCTV’s digital channel and Hunan TV International. Its first pilot episode received over two million views.
Mr. Hai Mao holds EMBA degree from Peking University. He is currently General Manager of Investsino. Investsino is focusing on investing in new energy in auto mobile industry and urban sewage treatment.
Mr. Mao is also the vice president of China Council for The Promotion of National Trade (CCPNT), Deputy Secretary-General of the Association of China Automobile Human Resources, and business Director of SVCAC.
Before Investsino, Mr. Mao worked as executives in multiple department in BAIC Group. BAIC was ranked as top 207 company in 2015.
Mr. Mao has various experiences in enterprise strategic management, internal governance, brand management and human resource management. He was the leader or critical member of multiple national award winning researches.
Chris is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012, he was the Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Before Wired he was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York.
He’s the author of the New York Times bestselling books The Long Tail and Free as well as the new Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.
Awards include: Editor of the Year by Ad Age (2005). Named to the “Time 100,” the newsmagazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2007). Loeb Award for Business Book of the Year (2007). Wired named Magazine of the Decade by AdWeek for my tenure (2009). Time Magazine’s Tech 40 — The Most Influential Minds In Technology (2013). Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers (2013)
Chris founded GeekDad, BookTour and a few other companies now lost in the mists of time.
His background is in science, starting with studying physics and doing research at Los Alamos and culminating in six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science.
In his misspent youth (more of my twenties than I should admit) He was a bit player in the DC punk scene and amusingly, a band called REM. He lives in Berkeley, California with my wife and five children.
Mr. Chen is the Senior Vice President of China Unicom Americas in charge of Enterprise Business. He is also the GM of its Silicon Valley Operation. As one of the world largest telecom company, Ben and his team is responsible for providing global telecom services to enterprises in USA. He brings more than 20 years of experience in both fixed and mobile telecom industries.
Mr. Chen was the President of Chinese Enterprise Association of Northern California (CEA) representing more than 200 major Chinese companies invested in Northern California from 2012 to 2015. He is now the Co-Chair of HiTech Committee and is on the board of CEA.
Jami Edelheit is the Director of TEDxOnBoard and the Founder of Future Xi Technologies. She is passionate about identifying technologies and services that can improve the world and impact a billion people. One Ai project that is very exciting is the work she is doing with an Artificial Intelligence company to research, distill, and produce media content. Jami specializes in Chinese – American strategic partnerships. She bridges the gap by sharing new perspectives, capital, resources, and innovations with her clients. Jami identifies thought leaders and investors for future technologies in various industries including: Health, Mobile, O2O, Fintech, VR, Ai, Robotics, Genetics and Green Technologies. She creates innovative experiences for her Chinese clients when they visit the US. She uses her expertise to arrange experts from the US, Canada and Israel to speak globally. She is currently working on an interview series that discuss future innovations with thought leaders and investors from US, Canada, China and Israel. Jami believes in the possibility that ordinary people with passion can use exponential technologies to achieve extraordinary impact for all mankind. This means these global exponential entrepreneurs and those who fund them – have an incredible opportunity to impact billions of lives. She is the Director of TEDxCincinnati Main Stage and founded TEDxSemesterAtSea. www.TEDxOnBoard.com and www.FutureXi.com. Contact: Jami@FutureXi.com for more info.
Jason is the Founder and CEO of Data Application Lab, which provide data system solution for small business, and provide training service for data scientist and data engineer. Jason is the Founder of Data Science Association and organized SoCal Data Science Conference 2016. Jason is guest lecture of University of Southern California where he teaches NOSQL database and data science. Jason worked at Symantec for 8 years, designed and built large scale data infrastructure and data scientist application.
Miao Hong, Managing partner of CLI Ventures, the Executive President of CL Institute of Inovation, Chairman in Silicon Valley of Zen Water Capital. Miao is a mentor and scientitic advisor of a few VCs and Start-ups programs. Miao has over 20 year industry experience in technology and management in high-tech companies (Cisco, Intel and AT&T). He was a senior Executive in Trillium which was acquired by Intel in year 2000. He was the President in Silicon Valley HF investment group and successfully invested many startup companies. Miao was graduated from Tsinghua University with PhD degree and studied executive program in Stanford GSB. His interestings in research and investment focus on biotech, life science, AI, machine learning, big data, precision medicine, genomics sequencing, bioinformatics, big data in medicine, biopharmaceutical, cancer screening and early detection, targeted therapy and immunotherapy, medical devices, digital health and health management.
Tomas focuses on communication, media and technology industry business strategy with a focus on sales management growth strategy and overall business transformation. Tomas is an expert on the topic of value creation and disruption of augmented reality (AR) in the B2B space which he believes will have a major transformative impact across industries in the next three to five years. He leads Greater China CMT Strategy practice. Tomas is based in Hong Kong, China. Tomas holds a MBA from the Wharton School and a MA in International Studies with a specialization in Chinese from the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania.
Ted Kraus is an Investment Director at TechCode and runs its AI+ Accelerator in Mountain View, CA. Before joining TechCode, Ted was a Managing Partner at Tech-Rx Ventures, a unique VC fund focused on investing in and turning around venture backed technology companies that are struggling to scale. Earlier in his career, Ted was a Principal at 8 Rivers Capital in Durham, NC, where he played an integral role in the technology development, financing and commercialization of both NET Power (a novel clean energy oxyfuel combustion cycle) and Buystand (a name-your-price ecommerce marketplace for premium sporting goods, apparel, footwear and equipment) where he was the Founder and COO. Prior to 8 Rivers, he was an Analyst at Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment network in the US.
Ted received his MBA from Loyola Marymount University and B.S. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona. In 2013, he completed the Executive Program in Design Thinking at the d.school at Stanford University.
He is an active start-up investor and mentor and serves on numerous advisory boards.
Prior to FreeS, Ben was a partner of IDG Capital (China), where he was responsible for IDG‘s cross-border investment practice. Before joining IDG, Ben spent 8 years investing in early-stage technology startups as an angel investor. Through his investing career, Ben has participated in over 100 startups including Trulia，Houzz，Warby Parker，Flatiron Health，Bonobos，Evernote, 5miles，Stubhub，360Security，Olapic，Invite Media, JoorAccess, ibotta and etc.
He previously served in Goldman Sachs.
Yiwen Rong has over a decade of technical leadership and research experience, focusing on photonics, computer vision, and display technologies for mobile devices. As VP of Product Development at uSens, Yiwen oversees the productization of the most advanced suite of human-computer interaction solutions for ARVR. Prior to uSens, Yiwen held technical management roles at Amazon’s Lab 126, Apple, and Philips. Yiwen completed his BS in electrical engineering at the Harbin Institute of Technology (China) and his PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford. Yiwen has also co-authored multiple peer-reviewed technical papers related to optical physics.
Thrive Capital is a New York based VC that invests and incubates businesses. Thrive has partnered early from Series Seed to Series B companies (e.g. Harry’s, Instagram, Justworks, Segment, Warby Parker) and has also led and participated in growth rounds for category defining companies (e.g. GitHub, Slack, Stripe, Twitch, Unity). Companies Thrive has incubated to date include Oscar, Cadre, and Maple.
Hugo also serves on the Board of Directors for Sinolink Worldwide Holdings, a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and pending China’s Insurance Regulatory Commission’s approval, will join the Board of Directors for ZhongAn Online Insurance, China’s first online insurance company backed by Alibaba, Tencent, Pingan, and Ctrip, end of this year.
Hugo holds Bachelor degree from Princeton University.
Operations Director, Shanghai Media Group US News Center; Former Senior Engineer/ Correspondents/ Producer for Phoenix TV; Former Senior Consultant Verizon’s Digital Media Division
“Nick Staubach leads the Silicon Valley start-up nonda. nonda crafts high-quality smart devices and connected mobile apps that bring the power of IoT to solve your everyday problems. In its first 18 months, nonda has won multiple design awards and has successfully delivered on several hardware crowdfunding campaigns. Nick combines a passion for technology and IoT with a decade of strategy, product, and marketing experience at both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies, including several years living and working in China. He believes in the exponential rate of innovation, the power of technology to simplify people’s lives, and that we live in the most exciting era in human history. Nick holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from Stanford’s GSB.”
Jeff Wasson is a Partner at Boost VC, a seed stage fund and accelerator focused on future technology.
Jeff was a founder of TravelNow.com, which as CEO he took public then sold to Hotels.com for $50 Million in cash when he was 27. After exiting the travel technology world in 2010, and taking a two and half year hiatus to travel the world with his wife and two daughters, he remerged ready to find the next big thing. An early investor in Boost VC, Jeff is now a General Partner with the firm that is chasing the two most disruptive technologies of our time, blockchain and virtual reality.
With 15+ years of operational experience from startup to sale, Jeff has seen if not all of it, most of it, having raised millions in capital and having employed hundreds during his tenure. An overlapping 15+ years of personally investing in early stage companies has given Jeff the startup experience from another lens. Jeff has worked on every continent except Antarctica, and brings to bear the global perspective needed in today’s world.
At Boost VC, Jeff leads the VR efforts and is responsible for deal sourcing across all segments, investment decisions, working with portfolio CEOs, and expanding the Boost VC brand.
Edith Yeung is the General Partner at 500 Mobile Collective Microfund primarily focusing on investing in mobile, VR, AR, IOT and consumer internet startups. Prior, Edith was the VP of marketing & business development for Dolphin Browser. Dolphin Browser is a Sequoia-backed mobile browser with over 150 million installs worldwide. She also founded RightVentures – seed stage investment firm focusing on mobile and consumer internet companies. Edith is also an enterprise veteran working with companies like Siebel, Oracle, Autodesk, AT&T, etc.
Some of her investments include Penrose (Pixar of VR) and Cryworks (by Pixar & Disney Veteran), Silk Labs, Piper, Apptopia, Mobile Action, Andy OS, Quickly, Powercore, Pack, Fleksy, Ingrain, Hooked, Switch, Bento, DayDayCook, Palantir, etc. You can also find some of her work on CNBC, CBS, NPR, TechCrunch, Next Web, Mashable, Read Write Web, Fora, etc.
She frequently speaks on mobile, VR, VR and China investment landscape.
Spent over 12 years pioneering research into the detection of the most sophisticated vulnerabilities and exploits with companies like Lucent Technology, nCircle Network Security and Palo Alto Networks. He contributed to multiple patents and is the Founder & CEO of Trustlook, where he leads the development of the next generation of mobile security software.
Mr. Bo Zhu is the founder of Inno Valley, and is awarded the top 10 investor of the Angel Fund and the known as the most active Angel Fund investor. When he worked at Huawei Enterprise as the Internet Operation Chief Operating Officer, he invested in Baofeng Technology and Kunlun to help them listed. In June 2012, after he left Huawei, he became the lead investor in hundreds of fast-growing startup companies, including Friday, Liwushuo, Guangsheng FOTA, Cycang, Wecut, Sheqi Buy, etc.
In the early year, Mr. Bo Zhu studied abroad in the US. After he graduated in 1992, he worked at several famous communication, technology and satellite companies, such as American Express and QUALCOMM. Now He has more than 20 years of experience in this field, with his unique and sensitive insight. Bo Zhu has invested in more than 20 innovative leading startups in the US, including BoostInsider, Verifico, Dine Market, and Blueboard, etc.
Mr. Bo Zhu is serial entrepreneur. In 1996, he started NeTure communication company in the US, which was then successfully listed in Canada. The American business magazines named NeTure as the top 500 company in the communication industry and the top 10 supplier in the IP Telephone System. In 2004, Mr. Bo Zhu founded Cgogo, which was invested by Sir Ka-shing Li. Mr. Bo Zhu has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Zhejiang University, and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University. Currently, he is studying for his PHD in Business Management at ESC Rennes School of Business.
Ms. June Chang started her journalistic journey from Beijing, headquarters of China’s national English language newspaper China Daily. From there, she ascended her career ladder from reporter, copy editor to the senior editor. She is now the general manager of China Daily USA San Francisco Office overseeing newsroom operation, distribution and marketing in the San Francisco Bay Area and on the West Coast.
During her 10+ years of working as a media professional in Beijing, Hong Kong and the United States, she experiences firsthand how technology has dramatically and fundamentally affected the traditional media and still keeps reshaping this industry. Ms. Chang earned her BA at China School of Journalism majoring in journalism and English Literature, and her MA in Missouri School of Journalism with a sequence at strategic communication.
Rakesh Gupta is currently working as Director of Autonomous Driving at SAIC USA, where he is working on Perception and Deep Learning technologies. Previously he was Principal Computer Scientist with the Honda Research Institute USA, Inc. in Mountain View, California. at Honda, he worked on projects related to Autonomous driving, with a focus on path planning, and decision making based on sensor information. His areas of interest include Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Knowledge Discovery. His earlier work has been in areas of Spoken Dialog, Distributed Knowledge Capture, Localization and Mapping, Geometric Modeling and Computer Vision. Prior to joining Honda, he worked with the Graphics and Modeling group at Schlumberger in Austin, Texas.
He received his Ph.D. from MIT in September 1995. His thesis research was on Multimodal Virtual Environments incorporating visual, haptics with force feedback, and auditory modes. At MIT, he managed the software design and implementation for Officer of the Deck Project for training Navy pilots. Previously, Rakesh did his B. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India followed by Masters at MIT.
Ed’s 30 years’ career in communications technology started in HW & SW engineering transitioning to product management. Ed has worked in the conferencing space for 15 years, at Polycom and Vidyo prior to Agora.io. Ed holds multiple patents in telecommunication area.
Dylan is co-founder and Chief Learning Scientist at Kidaptive, whose mission is to help children learn and have fun, and to empower parents, by creating a vibrant ecosystem of personalized learning experiences. Kidaptive’s flagship consumer product, Hodoo English, is an award winning MMORPG that helps Asian elementary-school students learn English by speaking it in conversations with over 300 animated characters voiced by native English speakers, as part of an immersive story arc that spans two years’ worth (480+ hours) of engagement. Kidaptive’s other flagship product is its Adaptive Learning Platform (ALP), which is set to power several innovative adaptive-learning products in the U.S. and Asia, including what is expected to be the world’s largest adaptive-learning ecosystem for early learning.
Dylan spent 11 years at Stanford University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Symbolic Systems, master’s degrees in Philosophy and Statistics, and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Technology Design. He has been a MacArthur Emerging Scholar in Digital Media and Learning, a Gordon Commission Science and Technology Fellow, a Stanford Graduate Fellow in Science and Engineering, a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow, a FrameWorks Fellow, and a United States Presidential Scholar.
David Chen is co-Founder and former Vice Chairman & President of VanceInfo, one of the largest China based IT services firms. He oversaw strategy and daily operations between 2001 and 2010. Before it went public in 2007 at NYSE, it was backed by prominent VCs including DCM, Sequoia Capital and Legend Capital. Now he is serving as Strategic Advisor for Pactera which is the result of merger between Vanceinfo and hiSoft.
Prior to co-founding VanceInfo, David held multiple management and technical positions at Asera, IBM/Crossworlds, KPMG Consulting, Oracle and UCSF Medical Center.
David is passionate about fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship and technological innovation across China and the US and he is current Chairman of HYSTA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to entrepreneurship and leadership among Chinese professionals and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. He is also an active angel investor and advisor for startup companies.
Master of Science in Computer Engineering. University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tongji University
Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition.
Experience in the field includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for a OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project. Built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification.
On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association). Past collaborations within the framework of the standards groups; ASTM F-38 and RTCA SC-203 (lightly regulated sub-group), and was also a full member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Rulemaking committee (Order 1110.150)—He also served on the ICC (International Coordination Council) which input to the EUROCAE wg-73, and was the President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International)
Hanson Hosein is Director of the Communication Leadership Professional Master’s Program at the University of Washington. He is also President of HRH Media Group, a media production and communications strategy firm that has worked with organizations such as Intel, Microsoft and Tableau Software. HRH Media is a co-founding partner of Prosperity of the Commons International, an innovative global development venture.
Hanson serves as board trustee for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Climate Solutions, and the University of Washington Club. He is the author of a widely-read guide to 21st century communication, “Storyteller Uprising: Trust and Persuasion in the Digital Age.” As an internationally-recognized public speaker, emcee, SXSW and two-time TEDx presenter, he was designated “Most Influential” by Seattle Magazine.
Hanson directed the acclaimed documentary films “Rising from Ruins” and “Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop,” which have streamed and broadcast worldwide (including NHK, CBC, Hulu, Netflix). As host of the groundbreaking UWTV show “Four Peaks,” he has interviewed globally-recognized leaders — among them the founders of Amazon, Starbucks and Intellectual Ventures. Hanson is an Emmy Award-winning overseas producer and former NBC News war correspondent. He has degrees in journalism from Columbia University and in law from McGill University and the University of Paris.
he is working at the management company of Innoway which is the startup street of Beijing (the heart of startups eco-system in China), he is in charge of global incubation, big size companies collaboration, online and offline platform, startups mentoring. He has been worked on aboard for 15 years, the mentor and judge of several international startups competitions. He is also the researcher in the field of Cross-border e-commerce, been helping many international startups who is interested in China market. He also helping big size companies doing innovations.
A seasoned executive previously as founder of InstaCreek.co, VP Global BD @YeahMobi, VP BD @iConsole.os, Executive VP @Beintoo, with focus on mobile AdTech for gaming, monetization, user acquisition and investment. She is a serial entrepreneur, an advisor to startups and a frequent speaker/judge in international conferences. With deep connections in Silicon Valley, Europe and China, she specializes in global operations, building strategic partnership and corporate investment cross the border. She started her career as an aerospace programmer on the Space Shuttle program at NASA, Texas. She earned Master’s Degree in CS with minor in Math and Stat from Texas A&M.
Nexway is the leading provider of CROSS-DEVICE DIGITAL COMMERCE PLATFORM providing e-Commerce multi-level solutions for game publishers and online retailers of digital content by developing your traffic, distribution and brand awareness. It is headquarter’ed in France with offices in San Francisco, Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid and Luxembourg.
Phil is CMO and VP Commercial Sales at 5D Robotics and joined the team in 2015 leading our charge into Industrial, Mapping & Inspection, and Automotive markets. Previously, Phil served as General Manager for Microsemi’s Systems and Software Division where he managed the full P&L. Microsemi acquired Symmetricom in 2013 for a 50% premium, and Phil served Symmetricom in many positions including VP Global Sales & Business Development, VP of Marketing and of VP Products.
Phil has lived and worked in London, Munich, and Hong Kong driving businesses to grow across multiple market verticals and geographies. During his tenure has brought to market many new solutions in precise timing, broadband, and video analytics to Fortune 1000 companies. He began his career as a Senior Engineer at Bell Northern Research in Ottawa. Phil holds a BSc. from Queen’s University at Kingston in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
She was graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in 2008. Her voice combines the features of China and Western music, while she converts freely from art to investment. She was the winner of both Modern music award and Bel canto music award in Canada “International artists vocal music competition”, and she was the youngest “China Gold Record Award”. She has been selected as “China’s top ten new soprano”. In 2014, she served as the “China-Russian Youth Friendship Exchange Year” ambassador. She found Yuhai Cybernaut Investment in 2014, and served as the ambassador of “Smile Alliance”, who are caring cleft lip and cleft palate children. In 2015, She found “Beijing Fen enjoy music Technology Co., Ltd.”.
Amir Rubin, Co-Founder and CEO of Sixense, is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building companies and developing products in the fields of simulation, video games, virtual reality and motion tracking. Sixense is shaped around Amir’s two fundamental tenets for virtual reality: (1) to deliver the best user experience, the technology should be transparent to the user, and (2) a platform’s success depends on its ability to enable application developers.
Luke Tang is General Manager of TechCode Accelerator (US). Devoted to becoming the top brand of global entrepreneurship ecosystems, and with incubators in Silicon Valley, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, TechCode has broken down geographic barriers and the inequalities of “innovation factors potential”, to provide innovators with a global support network geared towards efficient sharing of resources and access to essential value-added services.
Before joining TechCode, Luke played key roles in the TMT practice of McKinsey & Company. He led the strategic planning in Smart Home innovations for Haier, and orchestrated R&D and business development of Smart Home lines for Sharp and Cisco. He was also closely involved with some of the biggest M&A deals in the TMT industry. Luke has a PhD degree in optoelectronics from Stanford University, and holds more than 10 US patents in consumer electronics. He was Principle Investigator of National Science Foundation in the US, and served on the editorial board of Fiber and Integrated Optics and other international academic journals.
Eric Villines is an award-winning communications strategist with over 20 years of experience in public relations and digital communications. Over the course of his career Eric has worked with companies across a broad range of industries including consumer technology, entertainment, consumer lifestyle and professional services. This includes overseeing Samsung Mobile’s landmark launch event to introduce its first line of Galaxy smartphones; launching the world’s first wireless charging technology; and more recently has been working with Meitu, the world’s most popular mobile beauty app, to grow its global user base to over 1B unique device installs.
Matt is the Founder & CEO of Paragon One, a leading platform cultivating authentic career mentorship between international students, entrepreneurs, and leaders from America’s top companies. Its mission is to develop the next generation of international leaders and entrepreneurs by tapping expertise across the United States. Matt has experience in international business development and company building. He previously co- founded AHAlife.com, a curated luxury marketplace for discovering 1,000+ designers and artisans from 45+ countries, which successfully listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Matt oversaw a number of operating and business development roles as Chief Financial Officer, in addition to the fundraising of over $20M in venture capital from Asian firms such as Rakuten, VIPShop, DCM, and notable individuals such as John Mack and Ari Emanuel. Before launching AHAlife, Matt sourced, executed, and oversaw consumer internet investments with Technology Crossover Ventures, a $10Bn venture capital fund. Prior to TCV, Matt began his career in the Media & Telecom Investment Banking Group at Morgan Stanley, focusing on M&A, IPO, and debt issuances for new media and telecom companies. Matt holds both a B.S. degree in Computer Science & Engineering and a B.S. in Management Science from the MIT.
Dr. Ren Wu is the Founder and CEO of NovuMind, where he is leading the effort to push the frontier of artificial intelligence (AI) via high-performance and heterogeneous computing. As the world-class expert on artificial intelligence, he was one of the few technologist invited to attend WuZhen Summit and honored to give a speech. His dream is to make AI to be ‘omnipotent’ and ‘omnipresent’.
He was the distinguished scientist at Baidu Research where he has achieved world’s best results on many tasks. Prior to joining Baidu, Ren served as chief software architect of Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) at AMD. Earlier, he was the principal investigator of CUDA Research Center at HP Labs, where he is widely known for his pioneering work in using GPUs to accelerate big data analytics and large-scale machine learning algorithms.
Ren is also known for his early work on artificial intelligence. His Xiangqi (Chinese chess) program was twice world champion and have dominated computer Xiangqi field for more than a decade. He was the first person to perform systematic research computationally on Xiangqi endgames with astonishing discoveries.
Chen Yu is President, Director of the Board, and Cofounder of YeePay – a leading e-payment service provider in China. Chen is also an Independent Board Director of Bank of Jiangsu – a regional bank that leads in e-Banking and recently had a successful IPO in China’s A-share market. Chen co-founded InternetVan, a non-profit initiative that promotes Internet adoption in traditional sectors in China. Chen has over 20 years of software, Internet and Fintech experience. Before founding YeePay, Chen held positions at Oracle Corporation where he was responsible for Product Management, Marketing and Strategic Alliances for Oracle Application Server and Internet/eCommerce solutions. Prior, he worked at John Deere Health Care and AT&T Bell Labs. Chen received his MS from Illinois Institute of Technology and BS from Beijing University, both in Computer Science.
Lu Zhang is the Founding and Managing Partner of NewGen Capital. Prior to starting NewGen, she was a Venture Partner at Fenox Venture Capital. She participated in over 20 investments and assisted fundraising in Asia. Lu was also the Founder and CEO of Acetone Inc. (acquired 2012), a start-up focused on developing device technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes. She has also worked as a consultant at the United Nations Industrial Development Agency and was the former head of International Student Entrepreneurs Union in China. Lu received her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and holds over a dozen patents. Lu is frequently invited to speak at events and be advisors to the innovation programs.
Kevin’s research focuses on innovation diffusion in global environments, economic impacts of information technology on firms and industries, new technologies in healthcare, supply chain management, software competition, technology-enabled innovations and integration of online and offline channels.
His research has been published in the top academic journals such as Management Science, Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and Marketing Science. He has held editorial positions at the top academic journals and co-chaired major conferences. He has been invited to give research seminars by more than 30 top universities. He also received several best paper awards in the field. He was awarded the prestigious CAREER Award by the US National Science Foundation for his research on digital transformation of enterprises. His work has been cited 6000 times by other scholars (Google Scholar).
He was the recipient of an MBA Teaching Award at the University of California and the Academic Achievement Award at Stanford University. Zhu received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.
The Financial Times ranked the Rady School of Management the 17th worldwide in Faculty Research and the 3rd in California after Stanford and Berkeley. Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the school first in intellectual capital.
Jordan Edelheit is a Business Development Associate at FutureXi.com and public speaker. She has been invited to speak throughout the US and internationally on lessons learned from her project interviewing hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world. She is inspired by innovative enterprises that find ways to make a difference as they revolutionize their industries. Her goal is to help millennials find ways to be innovative as they launch their careers and find new ways to make a mark on the world. She was the founder of TEDxOhioStateUniversity and TEDxMarionCorrectional- the first TEDx in the world to take place in a prison. She has spoken about how technology can be a tool for connection and transform social issues with millennials at universities around the country such as Harvard Law School, Duke University and Cornell University. She spoke at TEDxJacksonville in Florida on lessons of empathy development and was a featured international speaker in Wuhan, China at their Innovation Festival for over 3500 people.
Prashant Tyagi leads the Data Lake Organization at GE Digital in San Ramon, CA. He is responsible for enabling the big data strategy for the Industrial Internet that leverages IT and Operational data for predictive analytics. At GE he works with all the P&L verticals and their customers (like Oil and Gas, Power Generation, Aviation, Healthcare etc.) to enable their IoT and big data use cases. The platform also enables data science for the company by enabling data scientists to create and publish their analytical models for predictive maintenance, remote monitoring and diagnostics that lead to significant revenue generation for the company. Prior to GE, he was with Cisco where he was leading the Organization focused on delivering platform solutions for Cisco’s smart services and smart analytics initiatives that generated over $ 500M in revenues for the company by enabling key network deployment and performance management applications on an analytics platform. Before joining Cisco, he was co-founder of a startup company focused on delivering intelligent drug discovery data platforms for the Biotech and Pharma Industry. As a corporate member of ISSIP, Prashant leads the IoT and Analytics Special Interest Group (SIG) which is an industry and academia consortium.
Prashant holds a B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. He also holds a Masters in Computer Science from Clemson University.
May Zhu produced and hosted the popular talk show “Chat with Zhu Sheng” on Sing Tao Chinese Radio from 1998 to 2015. In 2008, she anchored the “Talk Tonight” TV program on KTSF Channel 26. She demonstrated versatility by covering news from historic Presidential elections to issues related to our daily lives, such as film and food. May’s talent as a reporter, a talk show hostess, an anchor, a writer, and a producer was recognized by the nationwide New American Media Association with its “Best Community Talk Show” award in 2005 and 2006. In addition, May’s impressive stage presence has made her a popular emcee in numerous Bay Area events for technology, business, cultural, educational and non-profit charity organizations.
Ned Atkins is a VR evangelist and Marketing Producer at Upload, the leading AR/VR news, co-working, education and events company. Ned runs marketing across all of Upload’s verticals and produces Upload events. Prior to Upload, Ned was the Events Manager for WorldViz, an enterprise focused VR solutions company. Ned has given over 1,000 VR demos to first time users, setting up dozens of VR systems at conferences across the US for brands such as Sleep Number, HTC, Nokia, Pure Storage, Rabobank and more.
Sherman Chu focuses his practice on China and US-based (including cross-border) technology transactions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, complex intellectual property and commercial agreements, and open source. Sherman joined DLA Piper from Cisco, where he oversaw major legal functions of the company and directed teams of 20 or more attorneys. He served as General Counsel for the Greater China region for six years, during which he was also responsible for all the major emerging economics (BRIC). Prior to that, Sherman was head of Cisco’s worldwide transactions practice for ten years, responsible for supporting mergers and acquisition, strategic alliance, intellectual property, supply chain, marketing, procurement, cloud, SaaS, and other transactions, as well as overseeing antitrust and open source practice areas – in total, roughly two-thirds of Cisco’s operations. In addition, he was also elected to the position of Vice-Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, where he represented the interests of a range of businesses in the US and China on legal and political issues.
Sylwia is a founder, host and producer at Valley Talks – talk show on real-life stories of Silicon Valley startups. Inspired by her own experience as a founder, she is on a mission to portray journeys of other startup founders on how they start and grow their businesses in Silicon Valley.
Recently she has also been contracted with various Silicon Valley tech companies such as Netflix and Apple, where she supervised perfection of their platforms on local markets. Previously, Sylwia co-founded a venture-backed startup where she built and launched a hyper-local messenger called Spray. Throughout her entrepreneurial career she also co-founded two film studios – in Europe and in Silicon Valley – where she managed video-marketing projects for clients such as Sharp, GoPro, First Data, HP, T-Mobile, IKEA, Volvo.
Sylwia received her Master’s Degree in Social Psychology in Marketing and Advertisement from Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. She also initiated and organized fan club movements involving over 35k participants on concert arenas.
Dr. Bo Hu is the founder & Chairman of CIMING Medical Checkup Group, the Founder of JJK Life— A Chronic Disease Checkup Internet Platform, the Director of the“Belt and Road” Medical and Health Care Institutes, the Secretary-General of China Hospital Asso.of Clinical Technology organization (MTA), Chairman of China Medical Docter Asso.(China-HMO), the Founder of Silicon Valley Chinese Medical Service & Innovations Center and Chairman of Zhongguancun Medical innovation Alliance.
In 1992, Mr Hu was transferred to the PLA Shenyang Military Hospital. He was the vice director of Technology for China Cancer Research Foundation, the Vice Secretary- General of China Medicine and Biotechnology Association and the director of Biotechnology Group for ministry of health. In 2002, Mr Hu, with his wife Xiaohong Han (the Vice president of CIMING Medical Checkup Group& Doctor of Medicine in Germany), founded CIMING Medical Checkup Group.
CIMING Medical Checkup Group initiates “CIMING Model”for physical examination. It built up 200 checkup centres around the nation and served for around 4 million people annually saving over 200 billion RMB for national medical resource. Meanwhile, around 200 million people benefit from this Model annually and this Model fills the blank for China physical checkup industry, being the most influential brand in the industry. In 2015, CIMING accomplished IPO.
Mr. Hu and Mrs. Han also founded HuH US-China Medical Innovation Center in Silicon Valley which is the only vertical platform for integrating medical resource between China and Silicon Valley in America. It enhances medical service cooperation between China and America, and brings advanced medical technology and products back to China. In the future, Mr. Hu, as the founder of CIMING Oasis Rehabilitation Center for Chronic Diseases, will create an international hospital aiming at health management, assisted reproduction, and international clinical medical technology transformation. The hospital will provide high-quality service for patients with advanced medical technology, international doctors and service mode.
Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, the industry group supporting the innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of Robot Launch, global robotics startup competition, and cofounder of Robot Garden, a new robotics hackerspace.
Andra is Director of Industry & Startup Relations at Robohub.org, the global site for news and views on robotics, and has just launched an AngelList syndicate for seed stage robotics startups.
Outside of Dropbox, she actively invests in early stage startups focusing on deep technology/AI (e.g. Elucify, YC16) as well as education technology (e.g. ETU School). She previously worked at the McKinsey New York and Shanghai offices, advising Fortune 500 companies on issues such as growth strategy, market entry, and customer lifecycle management. She’s been an entrepreneur making children’s brain training toys and also analyzed weapon prices at the United Nations Security Council in New York.
Dr. Yong Liu is partner of WI Harper Group, a SF based early to expansion stage venture capital firm. Previously he was head of Lenovo and Baidu open innovation efforts in the US, including strategic investment and partnerships, and an advisor to Legend Star and Cybernaut’s SV operation. He served as a key contributor in several cross-border M&A deals including Lenovo-Moto acquisition. He co-founded Lenovo LeFund in 2010, which was recognized as China top 10 angel funds by Zero2IPO in 2014.
In his earlier career Dr. Liu served Samsung Electronics SV R&D center, co-founded Dict.cn, and was an active business writer. He sits on the review committee/advisory board of multiple government funds and entrepreneurial programs in China and US. Dr. Liu holds a B.S. and a M.S. in Computer Science from Nanjing University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indiana University Bloomington. He is currently VP and board member of Nanjing University Alumni Association San Francisco Bay Area.
Paul P. Maglio is a Professor of Technology Management and Cognitive Science at the University of California, Merced, and Associate Dean for Academic Personnel in the School of Engineering at the University of California, Merced. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of California, San Diego. One of the founders of the field of service science, Dr. Maglio is the Editor-in-Chief of Service Science, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Service Research, and was lead editor of the Handbook of Service Science. He has published more than 100 papers in computer science, cognitive science, and service science.
Christopher Pedregal is the founder and CEO of Socratic, an education startup on a mission to make learning easy for every student. The Socratic app and website answer student questions with simple and high-quality learning content and are powered by a blend of AI technologies combined with a large community of educators. Chris was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Education and is considered a thought leader on Mobile Learning. Chris graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Journalism. Before Socratic, Chris worked as a Product Manager at Google, where he worked on Gmail, Google Maps and Search. He started his first company, ScramblerMail, when he was 19 years old. The second company he co-founded, Apture, was acquired by Google in 2011.
Dr. Nik Tehrani, Vice President of Business Development, has over 25 years’ experience in business management, marketing, and supply chain development and implementation. He is the Chair of Education Committee at Northern California Chapter HIMSS as well as a member of the Innovation and Technology committee. His interests are developing marketing tools for patient engagement, digital health, and enhancing patient experience. He has also over 15 years of teaching experience as a lecturer and professor at various prestigious universities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to DynoSense, he was President and CEO of Savitron, Inc., an Electronic Manufacturing Solution Company; Global Director of Program Management at Sanmina-SCI, a leading EMS provider; Managing Director and Founder of Majital Solutions, a marketing and engineering consulting company; and Vice President of Marketing and Engineering of ACI, an Electronic Manufacturing Company. A mentor and doctoral student advisor, Dr. Tehrani is also author of several textbooks and peer-reviewed medical journal articles.
Angela Wang recently joined ZGC Capital as the Director of Investments and Operations. Prior to joining ZGC Capital, Angela Wang served as a Venture Partner at Westlake Ventures responsible for identifying, screening, and evaluating early stage biotech, medical device, and healthcare related investment opportunities. Before joining Westlake Ventures, Angela Wang held various senior product management and marketing roles at Cesca Therapeutics, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Abaxis, BioGenex, Lucent Technologies, and Starfire Systems, etc. Angela Wang transitioned to venture capital investment with more than twelve years of extensive product management and product marketing experience as well as years of research experience in medical field. She had successfully managed product enhancement, product global launches, and product on-market support for more than eight instrument systems including hardware, software, and consumables with significant sales growth.
Yumi Wilson has more than 25 years of experience as a news reporter, editor and journalism educator. She is now a tenured journalism professor at SF State University, where she specializes in news reporting, writing, opinion writing and investigative journalism.
She also works as a social media consultant, showing companies, schools and individuals how to build a strong professional brand on social media. In 2013, she was chosen as one of the 12 smartest women of color on Twitter.
At LinkedIn, Ms. Wilson worked as a corporate communications manager, teaching hundreds of journalists, executives and employees how to build their brand on LinkedIn.
Joshua Xiang has over 20 years of experience in software, networking and Internet industry. He is currently executive vice president of R&D at Suning Commerce Group and managing director of Suning Research where he is leading technology innovation and research.
Before joining Suning, Joshua was CTO of Secoo, China’s largest luxury e-Commerce company. Prior to that, Joshua was Director of Technology Strategy & Technical Advisor to the chairman of Microsoft Asia Pacific R&D Group, responsible for overall technology strategy and collaboration. Prior to that, he was principal Group Program Manager of Microsoft Cloud & Enterprise engineering group, leading Internet of Things (IOT) and Windows Embedded product definition, development and project management.
Prior to Microsoft, he was engineering director at Trend Micro’s Silicon Valley R&D center, responsible for security software and service strategy, development and technology incubation. Before that, he held senior technical and management positions at Cisco, CA, Dell and several Silicon Valley start-ups.
Joshua has bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wuhan University and master’s degree in computer science from University of Pittsburgh.
Boostinsider is the largest influencer and celebrity marketing platform, with over 110,000 influencers who can reach 400 million audiences in the US and other countries. Boostinsider bridges the gap between celebrities, social media rockstars, and micro influencers. In addition to creating an active community for brands to increase awareness, drive traffic, acquire new sales and downloads, we are building a suite of powerful marketing tools, including influencer engine and influencer SDK.
Dr. Zou has served as editor for IEEE journals and chair and technical committee member for IEEE conferences in the area of communications and networking, Senator at McMaster University in Canada, and Vice President at Monte Jade Science and Technology Association, Asian American Chapter. Dr. Zou won PDF award from National Scientific and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
Dr. Zou has been invited speakers in the areas of IoT, innovation and networking at forums in Silicon Valley and top universities in China.
Zhang Jian is the Founder and CEO of NASHWORK. Zhang Jian graduated from QingHua University with a BS and Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. With 15 years of professional experience and rich resources within the real-estate industry.
Prior to this, Zhang Jian was the former Chief Partner of HuiShi investment co, and former Board Secretary & Deputy General Manager of Weiye Woaiwojia company.
NASHWORK was founded in 2013, and currently is the largest co-working space in China, with more than 5,000 enterprises already moved in, 150 service centers that cover the Beijing, and have been successfully expanded to Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenzhen and other key cities where entrepreneurs and start-ups favor.
By the end of July 2016, NASHWORK completed B-round financing with 200 million rmb. NASHWORK is also the first co-working Space that have completed B-round financing in the industry in China.
Zhang Jian is the Vice Chairman of Alashan SEE ecological association. He has been actively participated in environmental protection in China.
Roy Terry is a valley veteran and began his tech career with Intel in 1982. As a communication coach and trainer he has helped teams at Oracle and HP operate more efficiently. As Silicon Valley’s Pitch Doctor, he has conducted many workshops and helped 100s of founders with pitching, storytelling and presentation. Clients include winners of K-TECH west, Launch Festival 2014, and The French New Enterprise Laureates. Mr. Terry is the preferred pitch coach and mentor for KOTRA, The French Tech Hub, Techcode, Innowest, and the Cardinal Pitch Club. Now working with corporate clients, he is focused on helping leaders develop executive presence. Find him at TheprimalPitch.com and PersonalTraction.tech.
Andrew Blachman is COO of Tophatter, the discovery shopping experience for mobile. Prior to Tophatter, Andrew was CEO of GET ME IN!, a European online ticket marketplace acquired by Ticketmaster in 2008. Before GET ME IN!, Andrew was a consultant for Stubhub and earlier was European director and VP Business Development for WideRay. Andrew began his career as an investment banker in Goldman Sachs’ high technology group in Silicon Valley and Hong Kong. He is also an early seed investor in several online marketplaces, including SeatGeek, Bridebook, and Outdoorsy. Andrew received a BA in economics and MS in engineering economic systems from Stanford University.
Rana is an Entrepreneur, CEO and an Investor. Rana is a cofounder of a leading enterprise SaaS startup TiZE and is a member of councils for Forbes and YEC – both invitation-only communities for innovative entrepreneurs and executives. Rana also serves as a contributing writer at TechCrunch and Forbes and advises several startups.
In his role as Founder and CEO of TiZE, Rana raised the initial round and led the company through its formative traction. Prior to TiZE, Rana was recruited to be a part of the core turnaround team for Cricut Inc. At Cricut, Rana led the initiative to build a first of its kind, innovative products for the DIY community and affected the turnaround of Cricut’s EBITDA position from bankruptcy to profitability within a span of 2 years. Previously, Rana held leadership positions at Logitech S.A. and Kronos Inc. where Rana was responsible for the development of best-in-class products achieving billions of dollars in revenue and contributed towards several award-winning engineering innovations. Rana has earned a variety of personal and product awards through his career and has been featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, Inc magazine, Huffington Post, Fast Company, NBC, Fox and CBS
Yu Hu, Doctor of Signal and Information Processing from USTC, professor level senior engineer, expert with the State Council special allowance, the owner of China Outstanding Young Science and Technology Talent Prize, the rotating president of iFLYTEK and the director of iFLYTEK Research, part-time professor of USTC, and doctoral supervisor, Chief expert of 863 key program of humanoid intelligence. Dr.Hu is also the executive director of National Engineering Lab for Speech and Language Information Processing.
Since1997, Dr.Hu has participated in several national projects, natural science fund, major Anhui Provincial, Ministerial projects and got great achievements. He obtained two Second Class Prizes of The State Scientific and Technological Progress Award, two major Technological Invention Award in Information Industry.
Dr. Hu is one of the founders of Anhui iFlytek Information Technology Co., Ltd founded in 1999. He has been serving as a rotating president of iFLYTEK and the director of iFLY Research since June 2009, take the lead of iFLYTEK artificial intelligence prospective project — iFLYTEK Hyper Brain Project.
Helene Kim is a Lecturer in Global Innovation at UC-Berkeley’s Institute for Transportation Studies (ITS). From 2009-2014, she served as UC-Berkeley’s Founding Executive Director of International and Executive Legal Education. Helene is Managing Director of Lexbridge LLC | San Francisco, and has extensive experience advising leading US, Korean and Chinese state-owned enterprise (SOE) multinational corporations on globalization, acquisitions and business model innovation. Helene serves as an Advisor to the CEO of SK Telecom Ltd., one of South Korea’s leading conglomerates. Helene graduated from Harvard Law School, and previously worked with McKinsey & Co. on globalization initiatives.
Dr. Danny B. Lange is Head of Machine Learning at Uber where he leads an effort to build the world’s most versatile Machine Learning platform to support Uber’s rapid growth. With the help of this branch of Artificial Intelligence including Deep Learning, Uber can provide an even better service to its customers. Previously, Danny was the General Manager of Amazon Machine Learning – an AWS product that offers Machine Learning as a Service. Prior to Amazon, Danny was Principal Development Manager at Microsoft where he was leading a product team.
Duncan is the founder and CEO of RocketSpace, a technology campus headquartered in the heart of San Francisco. Since 2011, the company has helped tech entrepreneurs, startups and corporate professionals bring the future to market. The company offers accelerator-like services to its members including programming, consulting, events, and office-as-a-service, which together create the perfect ecosystem and community for innovation to thrive. RocketSpace has fueled the success of more than 800 startups, including 16 unicorns such as Uber, Spotify and Leap Motion.
RocketSpace’s Corporate Innovation Services team has helped more than 100 brands worldwide transform into modern corporations. RocketSpace clients create new opportunities from inside, and outside, their organizations to ensure they are leading the disruption in their industry, not being disrupted. From financial services, to telecommunications, pharma, consumer electronics, retail, energy, and beyond—RocketSpace’s innovation expertise spans every sector and industry. RocketSpace knows disruptive trends, business models, and startups that impact corporations today, tomorrow and beyond. With access to nearly 200 startups on its San Francisco campus and access to thousands around the world, its Corporate Innovation Services team specializes in helping its clients learn about, work with, and work like startups.
Duncan was born and raised near St. Andrews, Scotland and began his professional career working in derivatives at Swiss Bank Corporation in London. At 24, he started his first company, CITYPRO International. He built it to $8 million in revenue over a three year period, before selling to ASAP Plc in 2000, where he went on to become group managing director. In 2002, Duncan joined MessageLabs, an early SAAS security company, which he helped to build until it was sold to Symantec in 2008 for $700 million.
Alireza Masrour is Managing Partner at Plug & Play Ventures, a place where he led more than 100 investments out of over 19000 stratup investment opportunity for the firm since 2008. Some of investments led by him are Skytree (Big Data Analytics which named top 10 BigData startups by CIO.com), HealthPocket which acquired by Health Insurance Innovations, Aarki, FiscalNote, Virool and Credit Sesame to name a few.
Also Alireza is founding Partner of Plug and Play Startup Camp, seed program, a place who is advising and mentoring over 50 start ups per year. A few of his portfolio has been acquired by Apple, Baidu, Intel, SK Telecom and LinkedIn.
Alireza has been judge and mentor for different universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton, and Carnegie Mellon with the objective of helping early stage startups and leading startup camp investments for the university startups.
Prior to Plug and Play, he was Founder and CEO at NekaTel, one of the large Internet Airtime Distribution Networks, with over 800 retailers and millions of subscribers. Alireza grew NekaTel’s revenue from $0 to over $45M in less than 2 years. He was also Founder of VidaTel, offering mobile airtime distribution technology and sold the technology in 2007. He has prior Engineering and Management background from Tehran University. Alireza published “Crossing the Digital Divide: What’s Next” in Information Technologies and International Development Journal published by Harvard Business School for UN’s World Summit on the Information Society.
Peter is currently a Principal Solution Architect Autonomous Driving at Nvidia’s Silicon Valley HQ. Peter leads and works with Nvidia’s global offices and customers. Nvidia is at the center of self driving car with end-to-end autonomous driving solutions, using DrivePX2 embedded supercomputer and DGX-1 deep learning supercomputer. He has global experience in building and managing R&D teams in deep learning/machine learning, image processing, and 3D display technology. For the last twenty years in industry and academia, he has broad experience on deep learning/machine learning, computer vision, and 3D display processing technology, applied to mobile, consumer electronics, IoT, and automotive applications. He has 31 US patents and 28 peer-reviewed international publications with 10 invited speeches. He is a senior member of IEEE. Before Nvidia, he was a Sr. Director at Samsung Electronics, South Korea HQ. He was also Sr. MTF at Hewlett-Packard, US HQ, specializing in computer vision and imaging pipeline for HP’s flagship products. He received PhD degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University in Machine Learning and Computer Vision, after graduating from Seoul National University with Cum Laude.
Sameer Shariff is co-founder and CEO of Cambly, an innovative mobile app that connects English learners from all over the world with native speakers at the touch of a button.
Sameer holds engineering degrees from Princeton University and Stanford University, and has spent 4 years at Google, leading a team of engineers working on Google Search. He was also employee #2 at a mobile startup, where he and the team built and scaled iPhone and Android apps from 0 to millions of users. After spending years developing technology in the corporate and startup environment, he gained the expertise he needed to start out on his own. Then came the idea for Cambly…
After traveling from some weeks in Argentina, Sameer realized that he had learned more Spanish by practicing every day with native speakers than he had during 4 years of Spanish class. The problem arose when he returned home to America, and no longer had as much access to native speakers for daily practice. This experience led Sameer and his co-founder, Kevin Law, to create Cambly, a mobile app that connects English learners anywhere in the world to native speakers for daily practice via video chat. Today, Cambly is a fast-growing edtech startup, funded by some of the leading VC’s in Silicon Valley, including Y Combinator, Google Ventures, and many more. Cambly currently serves students in 130+ countries and is growing fast!
Pelu is the President and Cofounder of Augmedix, a digital health company using Google Glass to rehumanize healthcare for doctors and patients by eliminating the electronic documentation burden currently taking up over a third of every doctor’s day. Augmedix serves doctors in 32 states, including those at some of the nation’s largest healthcare systems such as Sutter Health, Dignity Health, and Catholic Health Initiatives. Most recently, his company raised a $17M round of strategic funding, led by the company’s five largest health system customers.
A graduate of Stanford Engineering and on leave from Stanford Medicine, Pelu is a member of Forbes 30 under 30, an Aspen Institute Scholar, and a Johns Hopkins CTY Distinguished Alumni. He has spoken on Voice of America, Stanford Medicine 25, Rock Health Summit, Forbes 30 under 30 Summit, Health 2.0, State of Reform, and Citi Digital Health Forum. Pelu also guest lectures at Stanford University in healthcare leadership and innovation.
Sr. R&D Manager at Faraday Future. Design next generation architecture for vehicle IVI/ADAS/Self-Driving
North American Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers, (NACSAE), President of California division
Have been working in automotive industry and communication industries for 18 years in North America
The first person who designed and integrated Apple Siri into mass production vehicles.
Led and designed world famous infotainment systems FORD Sync II/III, GM MyLink, Chrysler Uconnect
The Infotainment features designed were showed in the London Olympic games
Tim Wong leads the Self-Driving Technical Marketing team for NVIDIA Automotive. Tim works with our customers, partners and suppliers to enable autonomous vehicle technology using our DRIVE PX platform and deep neural networks for high-quality, robust and flexible self-driving solutions. Before joining NVIDIA, Tim was the president of the MHL Consortium where he drove the adoption and licensing of MHL technology into more than 900 million smartphones, displays and accessories. Tim received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University in 1986, his M.S. in Computer Science from USC in 1988, and his Mini-MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at UPenn and the AT&T School of Business in 1995.
Howie Xu is an Executive in Residence at Greylock Partners, a top Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm. Prior, he was a senior executive at Cisco, Big Switch Networks, and VMware. During his decade long tenure at VMware, Howie led the VMware’s networking unit that invented the paradigm shift network virtualization technology, which played a profound role in creating new markets such as software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). Howie holds multiple patents in virtualization, networking, storage, and security technology areas. He is a Stanford GSB alum and a frequent speaker and panelist at technology and investment conferences worldwide.
Dr. Victor Yuan is chairman of Dataway Horizon, which is founded in 1992, providing data intelligence service for decision-making from data-recruiting to data-mining. He founded PEGASUS in 2011, committing to incubating and accelerating the entrepreneurial & innovative companies. And he is also president of YES: Horizon Center of Youth Entrepreneurship for Society, cultivating talented youth in the field of public welfare and pushing forward the development and social engagement of Chinese youth.
Served as Deputy General Manager of China Netcom Beijing from 1999-2008, implemented PHS into the market with a growth of more than 1 million users & more than 5 billion Yuan in one year.
Joined CNTV as General Manager and IPTV as BU Director in 2008, responsible for IPTV and Internet TV business, created Chinese first ever IPTV integrated broadcast control platform, founded and served on the board of Aishang TV Media Company—IPTV now ranks No.1 in the field around the globe.
In 2011, Zhang founded and served as Managing Director at ICNTV, successfully introduced Tecent, Xiaomi and several other strategic investment and cooperation opportunities.
Zhang is a pioneer in the Chinese Television New Media industry. First launched IPTV “Yunnan Mode”, promoted IPTV growing in the fast pace, reached up to 37million users within three years. Built Internet Television Operation Platform—Future Television Company, which quickly grew as a leader in the Chinese Internet Television industry which accommodates 55 million users and ranked No.1 in the field.
Industrial development pushes the growth of man. Between 2012 and 2015, Zhang successfully organized Global Digital Entertainment Innovator Forum, China Internet Audio-Visual Conference, China Internet Television Forum, China IPTV Summit and several other events that deeply influenced the Chinese Internet and New Media industry.
In recently years Qi’s devoting himself to Traditional Media Transformation, New Media Operation and New Media Investment and Acquisition area.
Bil Harmer serves as the Strategist at Zscaler where he runs the Office of the CISO in the Americas. In this role he engages security executives at a peer level to drive best practices and facilitate industry wide collaboration on emerging security topics. Having effectively written the book on developing and implementing Security and Privacy compliance for Cloud, he is also responsible for providing subject matter expertise through speaking engagements, blogging and media collaboration. Prior to joining Zscaler Harmer was the Chief Security Officer at GoodData Corp and the VP Security & Cloud Privacy Office for the Cloud Division of SAP. He has provided advisory services to Adallom, ShieldX Networks and Resolve Systems. He is CISSP, CISM and CIPP certified.
Dr. Nick Conley is CEO & Co-founder of EpiBiome, a South San Francisco-based venture-backed precision microbiome engineering company whose mission is to surveil microbial populations and to develop the technologies that will protect humanity against the rising global threat of antibiotic resistance. He completed a PhD in Chemistry and a postdoctoral fellowship in Developmental Biology at Stanford University, where he trained as a synthetic chemist and molecular biologist.
Kelvin Chan has more than 20 years of technology lending experience. He joined East West Bank in 2006 as the Founding Manager for the Bank’s Technology Banking Group. During his tenure at East West Bank, Chan has successfully built a well-diversified and profitable technology loan portfolio. Chan has extensive knowledge of the emerging technology industry, venture capital, corporate finance, due diligence and banking industries.
Prior to joining East West Bank, he was the founding member of the Technology Banking Group of United Commercial Bank and was instrumental in growing the commercial banking practice there. He has held multiple technology lending positions at Silicon Valley Bank, Sumitomo Bank Ltd. and Wells Fargo Bank.
Chan received his BA in Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Trevor has been a research analyst and editor in New York and San Francisco for over 15 years, where he has worked in advisory, marketing and capital formation for alternative investments and renewable energy infrastructure projects. In addition, he’s an award-winning journalist who’s worked for CNBC, DVICE.com and other NBCUniversal web properties, as well as the Toronto Star, Outside, GigaOm, AWARE Magazine and Environmental Finance. He’s also a successful angel investor and start-up advisor.
Steve Feiner is Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, where he directs the Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab, and co-directs the Columbia Vision and Graphics Center. His lab has been doing VR and AR research for 25 years, designing and evaluating novel interaction and visualization techniques, creating the first outdoor mobile AR system using a see-through head-worn display, and pioneering experimental applications of AR to fields such as tourism, journalism, maintenance, and construction. Steve received an A.B. in Music and a Ph.D. in Computer Science, both from Brown University. He is coauthor of Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, received the IEEE VGTC 2014 Virtual Reality Career Award, and was elected to the CHI Academy. Together with his students, he has won the ACM UIST Lasting Impact Award and best paper awards at ACM UIST, ACM CHI, ACM VRST, IEEE ISMAR, and IEEE 3DUI. Steve is lead advisor to Meta, which is developing AR eyewear.
Evan is a technologist obsessed with making natural machines. At Meta, he’s responsible for forging essential partnerships that will shift the computing paradigm from flat screens to volumetric computing. Previously, Evan played a key role in driving adoption of ad tech that’s now used by nearly every Fortune 500 company.
With more than 20 years of experience in information security / technology, Tyson Kopczynski has become known as an industry leader with both strategic vision and a reputation for helping organizations cope with an ever-changing technology landscape. While his background is firmly within the information security realm his abilities span a variety of technologies and specialties. He has also written numerous detailed white papers or guides, authored / contributed to technology books, posted to an industry known blog, given many technical presentations, and currently has a pending “Payments” related patent.
In his spare time, he often provides security, technology, and strategy guidance (typically anonymously) to organizations both public and private across the globe and across many different industries.
Andrew Lee is the Co-Founder of StartX Med, the official Medical Innovation Accelerator of Stanford University and Stanford Healthcare, which has 90+ portfolio companies to date with cumulative funding of over $400M. He is also a Founder and Managing Director of StartX-QB3 Labs, a joint medical science and engineering venture between Stanford’s StartX and UCSF’s QB3 programs. Prior to joining StartX, Andrew was the founding CEO for Stem Cell Theranostics, a venture-backed biotechnology spinout from the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute. As an MD/PhD candidate, Andrew has published over 50 peer reviewed research manuscripts on the use of medical technologies in treatment of heart and bone disease. His research has been supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the FDA, and the American Heart Association as well as several of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies.
Shaogang received his Bachelor’s Degree from Central China Normal University, major in Chinese; later he finished his Master’s Degree in Chinese from Peking University. Right now he’s a Doctorate Candidate of Chinese School in Peking University.
Shaogang was an editor of the editorial office, later a deputy chief editor of People’s Daily, and General Manager / Chief Editor of People.cn Shenzhen.
Shaogang is good at news editing, planning and commenting, as well as cultural and communication studies. In recent years, he has successfully transformed from a scholar to a journalist, then to a pioneer in Chinese new media industry, exploring new media development and integrated marketing practice.
Shaogang is a China News winner—the highest honor for journalists in China.
Dr. Manish Mehta has innovated, incubated and industrialized multiple magical user experiences over the course of his career. His work includes designing next generation of Disneyland theme park attraction – Turtle Talk with Crush and exhibits at Hans Christian Andersen museum, Denmark and Beall Center of Art and Technology, UCI Irvine involving conversational experiences with animated virtual characters. His work at Accenture involves driving disruptive change in the structure of the workforce named liquid workforce enabling organizations to be agile, nimble and competitive in the face of constant change in the digital era. At Accenture, Dr. Mehta’s other work involves creating a behavior design toolbox to motivate and nudge user behaviors at multiple Fortune 500 client projects including motivating active participation from fans on one of the largest online community site. His work has been presented at White House, Stanford, Microsoft, IBM and Linkedin and has received extensive press coverage including USA Today, MSNBC, Washington Post, Bloomberg and InformationWeek.
Mr. Torrie has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University and is founder and CEO of Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI) in Logan, Utah. ASI develops and sells systems for driverless ground vehicle control in Mining, Military, Agriculture, Material Handling, Automotive Proving Grounds, Industrial Cleaning, and Security. Prior to founding ASI 16 years ago, Mr. Torrie worked at Utah State University where he managed a NASA Space Shuttle payload. Mel is a sought after speaker in the robotics community and has delivered addresses at conference events such as the Precision Farming Expo, RoboBusiness, The Canadian Institute of Mining, Optimizing Mining Operations, and Rise Hong Kong.
Dr. May Wang is Co-founder and CTO of ZingBox, an Internet of Things (IoT) security company in Silicon Valley. Dr. Wang serves as a Venture Partner at SAIF, a $4B Private Equity firm. She serves on a number of advisory boards of Venture Capital firms and tech companies.
Before ZingBox, Dr. Wang was Head of Asia Pac Research and a Principal Architect in Cisco’s CTO office, leading IoT innovation. She was one of the organizers and speakers of the IoT World Forum 2014. While at Cisco, Dr. Wang was responsible for driving new technology initiatives, including leading research collaborations, productization, and funding research projects. The results of her innovation are deployed in multiple Cisco’s best-selling products for data analysis and security.
Dr. Wang received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. She has authored “Women Executives in Silicon Valley” – a book of biographies. Additionally, Dr. Wang served as the tenth President of NACSA, a high-tech professional organization with over 4000 members.
Previously at PayPal and Microsoft, he loves dogs, squash, Settlers of Catan and hopes that when robots finally rule the earth they are at least friendly, benevolent and have a sense of humor.
Raymond is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestSummit Capital, a leading global technology growth capital firm focused on helping high growth technology companies access the China market.
Raymond has more than 25 years of investment and entrepreneurial experience in the US and China technology sector. Prior, Raymond was Founding Partner of Taishan Invest, the leading institutional angel fund in China. Earlier, he was also Managing Partner at Navi Capital Partners and a Venture Partner at Northern Light Venture Capital.
Prior, Raymond was the CEO of Linktone (NASDAQ: LTON), the leading wireless value-added services provider in China, where he led the company through a turnaround situation and took the company public on NASDAQ in 2004. Before Linktone, Raymond was a senior executive and entrepreneur at several high-technology companies in Silicon Valley and China, including Founder and CEO of RivalWatch and Founder and CEO of Saratoga Technology.
Raymond is a Delegate Member of the World Economic Forum Davos Global Agenda Council and a former Chairman of the prestigious Tsinghua University Entrepreneur and Executive Club (TEEC).
Raymond serves on the Board of Directors for WSC portfolio companies Unity Technologies and Couchbase, Board Observer for Ninebot Segway, served as a former Board member for Maginatics (acquired by EMC in 2014), and co-led WestSummit’s investment in Twitch Interactive, Inc (acquired by Amazon.com in 2014).
Raymond holds a Bachelors from Tsinghua University and a Masters from the Graduate School of China EPRI.
V5 Systems, Inc. is a provider of outdoor security solution and platform for Industrial IoT. As a Founder, Chairman and CEO of V5 Systems, Inc. Steve is a seasoned veteran in the high tech industry with over 25 years of combined engineering, network security and management experience in computer networking at Cisco Systems, and cloud computing at Citrix Systems.
At Citrix, for over a decade he was responsible for the network architecture design, and test automation strategy for Citrix’s Testing Labs demonstrating Citrix’s Desktop Virtualization Technologies working with Cloud Computing and Big Data Architectures from partners such as Cisco, Dell, HP, NetApp, and Microsoft.
At Cisco he spent a decade of hands-on management experience in product development, and development test engineering, with focus on integration of start-up acquisition technologies and driving them into world-class quality products. Product development areas range from routers, switches, dial-up access servers to voice-over-IP Call Manager, and client-server applications. The last 5 years of his decade experience at Cisco. He was responsible for integrating all of Cisco Enterprise acquisition products into Cisco’s mainstream router and switch product lines.
Holly Zheng is the CEO and President of BlueFocus International, a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueFocus Communication Group, one of the largest marketing and communication groups in the world.
In her current position, Ms. Zheng leads a team of 1,500 employees and manages the Group’s international business, overseeing its global strategy and investment, portfolio management and integration, business development, branding and revenue growth. She has been named one of Ad Age’s 20 Women To Watch in 2015 and Holmes Report’s 15 People To Watch on 2015 PR Trend Forecast. She is a regular speaker at various industry occasions and an executive judging committee for several global awards in the field of creatives and Public Relations.
Before BlueFocus, Ms. Zheng was the AVP at Marvell Semiconductor. She had also taken various management positions at Cisco, Philips and ST-Ericsson. Ms. Zheng got her Master’s Degree from Michigan State University and has received certified executive training from Ashridge Business School in UK.
Mr. Zalewski has spent 15+ years in the cybersecurity field and is currently the Chief Security Architect at Levi Strauss, responsible for the company’s global cybersecurity strategy. Prior to this, Steve was the Enterprise Security Architect at Pacific Gas & Electric Company, leading the security architecture team responsible for the company’s cybersecurity technical strategy and architecture. Other positions have included Sr. Security Manager at Kaiser Permanente and senior engineering/management positions in storage networking, data protection and operating systems. He has 5 patents in data protection and multi-processor operating system design and holds CISSP, CISM and CRISC security certifications.
Mr. Bo Zhu is serial entrepreneur. In 1996, he started NeTure communication company in the US, which was then successfully listed in Canada. The American business magazines named NeTure as the top 500 company in the communication industry and the top 10 supplier in the IP Telephone System. In 2004, Mr. Bo Zhu founded Cgogo, which was invested by Sir Ka-shing Li. Mr. Bo Zhu has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Zhejiang University, and a master’s degree in Computer Science from Arizona State University. Currently, he is studying for his PHD in Business Management at ESC Rennes School of Business.
As CEO of GSVlabs, Marlon oversees an ecosystem of innovation including 160+ start-ups, investors, corporations, universities and government. In creating a platform for collaboration via innovation labs focused on EdTech, Mobility, Big Data, and Sustainability, GSVlabs helps accelerate the journey from solution to scale. Prior to joining GSVlabs, Marlon served as a Director of Corporate Affairs at Hewlett Packard. His team implemented global community engagement programs, collaborating with the Stanford d.school on ideathons and facilitating company-driven hackathons in support of educational, health, and environmental innovation. Marlon also served as the Director of Partnerships at the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) Foundation and Executive Director of Ronnie Lott’s All Stars Helping Kids. Marlon received his BA in Political Science and a MA in Sociology from Stanford University, where he competed on the football and track & field teams.
Peng Liu joined People.cn in 2002 as Information Technical Director; later he became CTO of People Online (a subsidiary of People.cn). Right now Liu is the Deputy Director of Information Department & Principal of People’s Daily Client Technology.
Fay Li is a television journalist and new media strategist with experience working in front of the cameras and behind the scenes. Currently, she is heading up content and editorial strategy at Haystack TV, an early-stage Silicon Valley media technology startup working to reinvent the TV news industry. Fay has also served as a national news anchor for cable network One America News, a reporter for NBC affiliate WILX-TV and a producer at the CW affiliate in San Diego, CA.
Fay is excited to see what the future of news media holds and is passionate about using new technologies to advance the larger media industry. She graduated with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She was born in China and grew up in Sydney, Australia before moving to the U.S.
05:00PM - 05:30PM
05:00pm – 05:30pm Social Networking
05:30PM - 07:30PM
05:30pm – 07:30pm US-China 30 Innovation Leaders Closed-door Summit (invite-only)
07:30PM - 08:30PM
07:30pm – 08:30pm US-China 30 Innovation Leaders VIP Dinner (invite-only)
08:30AM - 09:30AM
Registration for whole day at lobby
09:30AM - 12:30PM
|MC: Catherine Heenan, KRON-TV|
|09:30am – 09:35am||SVIEF Past Review (Video)|
|09:35am – 09:50am
|09:50am – 10:10am
|Opening Keynote Speech: Innovations in Energy and protecting the Environment
|10:10am – 10:25am
|10:25am – 10:35am||Keynote Speech
|10:35am – 11:05am
|Global Leaders Innovation Dialogue
|11:05am – 11:10am
|11:10am – 11:20am||Global Innovation Leadership Award Ceremony|
|11:20am – 11:50am
|11:50am – 12:05am
|12:05pm – 12:30pm
|Global Leaders Innovation Dialogue: The Future of “Made in China”
12:00PM - 01:30PM
Take a break
01:30PM - 06:00PM
|MC: Jami Edelheit, Director, TEDxOnBoard|
|Opening fireside chat: Accelerating Innovation: Bridging the gap between Silicon Valley and China
|Panel discussion: Capitalizing on the Upcoming IoT Tsunami
|Panel discussion: 2016 Year of Robotics
|Smart Car Innovation Summit
|Panel discussion：The future of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
|Panel discussion：The next big thing in health tech
|Panel Discussion: Looking for the Next Unicon
01:30PM - 03:40PM
|MC: Roy Terry, Founder & Chief Pitch Doctor,|
|1:30 pm – 1:50 pm||Opening Keynote Speech
|1:50 pm – 2:05 pm
|Keynote speech: Wi-Fi Safety Awareness System
|2:05 pm – 2:45 pm
|Panel discussion: The information security of mobile devices and IoT equipment
|2:45 pm – 3:25 pm
|Panel discussion: The Growing Cyber Security Talent Gap
|3:25 pm – 3:40 pm
03:30PM - 05:20PM
|MC: Dylan Arena, Co-Founder & Chief Learning Scientist, Kidaptive|
|3:40 pm – 4:00 pm
|Opening Keynote Speech: The Future of Jobs in a Disruptive World
|4:00 pm – 4:20 pm
|Keynote Speech: Lessons from Building a fast-growing Ed Tech Startup
|4:20 pm – 4:35 pm
|Keynote Speech: What Internet Brings to Study Abroad Opportunities and Innovative Projects
|4:35 pm – 4:50 pm
|Keynote Speech: Mobile Learning: Putting a digital tutor in every student’s pocket
|4:50 pm – 5:05 pm
|Keynote Speech: Bring a Harvard Business School Career Office to the World
|5:05 pm – 5:20 pm
|Keynote Speech: Closing the Global Tech Talent Gap with Hybrid Education
05:30PM - 09:00PM
|05:30pm – 06:00pm||Registration|
|06:30pm – 09:00pm||SVIEF VIP/Member Welcome Dinner and Networking|
08:30AM - 09:00AM
08:30am – 09:30am Registration
09:30AM - 12:30PM
|MC: Vivi Lin, TV Presenter / Producer / Entrepreneur|
|09:30am – 09:35am||SVIEF Past Review (Video)|
|09:35am – 09:45am
|09:45am – 09:50am||2016 U.S. China Cross-border Pioneer Investor Award Ceremony|
|09:50am – 10:05am
|10:05am – 10:15am
|10:15am – 11:00am
|Panel Discussion: US. China Mergers and Acquisition
|11:00am – 11:15am
|11:15am – 11:55am
|US China Cross-border Investors Forum
|11:55am – 12:00pm||SVIEF 2016 Top 30 Innovation Award Ceremony|
|12:00pm – 12:30pm
|US China Investment Fireside Chat
12:00PM - 01:30PM
Take a Break
01:30PM - 05:25PM
|MC: Sylwia Gorajek, Founder, Host & Producer, Valley Talks|
|Afternoon Opening Keynote Speech
|The distance between virtuality and reality: the era of AR/VR
|Panel Discussion：Cloud Computing and Big Data
|U.S China FinTech Summit: Digital Finance and Commerce & Digital Payments
01:30PM - 06:00PM
MC: May Zhu, Public Relations Manager, LeEco
|01:30pm – 01:50pm
|Opening Remark: Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation
|01:50pm – 02:20pm
|Panel Discussion: Accelerators and Incubators
|02:20pm – 03:40pm||The 6th SVIEF-Star Startup Contest (I)|
|03:40pm – 04:10pm
|Panel Discussion: Entrepreneurship in AI
|04:10pm – 05:20pm||The 6th SVIEF-Star Startup Contest (II)|
|05:20pm – 05:50pm
|Panel Discussion: Cross-Border Entrepreneurship
|05:50pm – 06:00pm||The 6th SVIEF Startup Contest Award Ceremony|
01:30PM - 05:20PM
|MC: Fay Li, Television Journalist; Head of content and editorial strategy, Haystack TV|
|01:30pm – 01:40pm||Opening Speech|
|01:40pm – 01:50pm||Keynote Speech|
|01:50pm – 02:40pm
|Panel Discussion: The future of New Media
|02:40pm – 03:30pm
|Panel Discussion: Investment and Acquisition of New Media
|03:30pm – 04:20pm
|Panel Discussion: Marketing in a Digital Age – Engaging Consumers in New Ways
|04:20pm – 05:10pm
|Panel Discussion: Technological Change in the New Media Era
|05:10pm – 05:20pm
05:30PM - 09:00PM
|05:30pm – 06:00pm||Registration|
|06:30pm – 09:00pm||US-China Cocktail After-Party|
09:30AM - 05:00PM
09:30am – 05:00pm SVIEF Expo
• Innovation Projects Roadshow
• High-tech Company Products Display
01:00PM - 05:00PM
01:00pm – 05:00pm One-on-One Business Matchmaking and VC Meeting
VR/AR: 2016, the learning year of VR; polarization in VR products
Wearable: It’s all about fitness
Connect2Vehicle: Cross-industry collaboration to make it happen
Robots/AI: Smart learning and hit of drone
Crowdfunding: New regulation and better crowdfunding
Smart Home: Regroup of Smart Home
Big Data and Cloud Computing: The growing of Quantum Computing
Innovative Education: From online to offline, how can innovative education change our way of learning?
Agricultural Technology: How to adapt the fast growing technologies
HealthTech: Health. Internet. Technology.
Cyber Security: New safety concerns in a connected future
Digital Media Transformation: Platform, content, distribution-how will media react to the wave of digital transformation?
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