2017 SVIEF Speakers

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Thomas Sargent American economist, the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Economics

Thomas Sargent is a Professor of Economics and Business Lectures at William Berkeley at the Department of Economics in New York University, an academician of the Econometrics Institute (1967), and a senior researcher at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University (1987). He is specialized in General Economics, Monetary Economics, Time Series and other relevant fields. Thomas Sargent is a representative scholar in the Rational Expectation School, along with Robert Lucas Jr., Neil Wallace, and Robert Barrow. He is also an author of several ground-breaking papers. Working with Neil Wales, Thomas Sargent has developed alternative monetary-policy instruments and rules on output stability and price determinacy as well as the policy-ineffectiveness proposition.

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Stephen Gary Wozniak Co-founder, Apple Computer, Inc. /Chief Scientist, Fusion-lo

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of stateof-the- art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-IO and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing.

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​Yu Hu Executive Vice President , IFLYTEK Co.,LTD

Yu Hu was graduated from University of Science and Technology of China and received his PhD in signal and information processing works. He is the State Council special allowance expert. He is also the executive director of the National Engineering Lab for speech and language processing and part-time professor of University of Science and Technology of China. He is chief expert of Ministry of science and technology in 863 key project of artificial intelligence. Since 1999, YuHu co-founded IFLYTEK Co.,LTD . From 2009 till now, Yu Hu is VP in IFLYTEK Co., LTD. He is in charge of speech recognition, speech synthesis, speech analysis, and speech evaluation. He was the project leader who help IFLYTEK Co.,LTD has achieved fruitful results. Yu Hu won the national information industry a significant technological invention award, national science and technology progress award, twice, and has won the “Anhui provincial and ministerial level, Hefei city science and technology award”. He has published 60 papers at the major international conferences on domestic and foreign journals.

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Zihong Liu Founder/Chairman/CEO, Royole Corporation

Zihong Liu has been awarded the “Chinese Youth Five Four Medal”, Forbes “Sino-US Top 10 innovators”, and the “Young Global Leaders” by the World Economic Forum. He was also selected as the Distinguished Consultants for The Recruitment Program of Global Experts. From 2009 to 2012,Zihong Liu was the Consultant-level Engineering and Research Scientist of IBM New York Research Center.

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Davide Venturelli Scientist Quantum AI Lab, NASA Ames Center & Founder Archon Dronics

Davide Venturelli graduated from Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon and holds Ph.D. in Numerical Simulations of the Condensed Matter at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste and in Nanophysics at the Universite de Grenoble. He is currently Science Operations Manager at the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center, through the Research Institute of Advanced Computer Science (RIACS), invested in research projects dealing with artificial intelligence, network security, quantum computation. His applied focus in computer science is in complex scheduling, telecommunication networks, and robotics/distributed AI, also in collaborations with academia, the private sector and national security agencies. He is also adjoint faculty of Singularity University, and the CEO and co-founder of Archon Dronics, a robotics company active in Europe and in Chile which uses ground and flying robots for inspection and security of energy infrastructures located in inconvenient regions.

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Wei Zhong Renowned Economist, Dean of International Institute of Big Data in Finance, Beijing Normal University

Zhong Wei has been engaged in the research of Banking Transition and Foreign Exchange Administrative System for a long time. He is the author of “Focus on Poverty: International Development Finance Research” and “The wave of Investment: Financial Capital globalization”. Wei is also in charge of strategic research projects for World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Treasury Department etc. Wei has a huge impact on the research of RMB and the capital markets. He has contributed to more than 200 papers & articles as well as to many prestigious publications, such as the Economic Research Journal, Journal of Financial Research, Studies on Marxism, and People’s Day. He has written over 300 economic reviews for tens of publications, many of which had aroused tremendous responses and discussions among medias.

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Jia Guo Co-Founder, Turing robot

Co-Founder, Turing robot Turing robot is an Artificial Intelligence company based on semantic technology. It is committed to "Enabling Robots to Understand the World". Its services including robot open-source platform, robot operation system, and product design. Turing robot can understand Chinese language with an accuracy level of 90%. the company has over 40 millions of developers and strategic partners right now.

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Baoyu Ding Partner & Managing Director, Co-Win Venture Capital Investments Limited

Mr. Ding won the "2012 Outstanding Venture Capitalists Achievement Award”, which is selected by China Venture Capital Committee and he was also listed on the "China TOP 10 Venture Capital”. Mr. Ding served as the General Manager for Shenzhen Guocheng Century Venture Capital. After immersed himself in the real economy for many years, he has accumulated rich experience in the practice of R&D, Sales & Marketing and other business functions as well as deep insights in technology firms. He has also mastered company valuation and due diligence. Mr. Ding is a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the People's Government of Shenzhen, which is one of the earliest venture capitalists in China. Mr. Ding owns bachelor’s degree in the Department of Chemical Engineering and master’s degree in Biochemical from Tsinghua University. He is also the EMBA engineer & accountant at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business.

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Hanbing Du Co-founder and chief executive officer, Creative Education Advocate and Practitioner

Mr. Du has been focusing on the practice and promotion of Youth Innovative Education since 2014. He has paid special visits to Israel, Japan and other top countries in Educations in order to explore the development of youth education as well as to learn from advanced countries about their educational values, based on which he led the team develop a system of creativity education curriculums fits the characteristics of Chinese children. He was invited to organize and plan more than ten innovation educational event and courses since 2014. Those events attracted over 2000 kids and were highly spoken of by participants and others. Mr. Du graduated from Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute and majored in Art Design. He received the 2004 Platinum Originality Award by China Academy of Art. After teaching at university for several years, Mr. Du started to operate corporations in 2008 and served as the CEO.

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Lihong Cai Executive Vice President of eHi Car Service

Mr. Lihong Cai graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and later studied abroad in the U.S. He received his master’s degree from University of Missouri and Ph. D from University of California, Berkeley. Before joining eHi, Mr. Cai served important management positions at HP, EMC and other fortune 500 companies. In April 2008, Mr. Cai became the vice president of eHi Car Service. Now he has worked in the car rental industry for over 10 years. Together with his over two decades of experience with the market and information technology, Mr. Cai led eHi reach unprecedented jumps in performance and helped the company go public on NYSE on November 2014. (NYSE: EHIC)

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Yan Wu Vice President of Zhong Tuo Bang

Mr. Wu serves at Zhong Tou Bang, which is a landmark platform providing mutual aid and medical service. The platform focus on apps that develop mutual support products, which enable members to provide each other economic supper and to hedge against risks of different parties. The platform enables participating members to be able to afford medical expenses for more severe illness by splitting the fees among the others. New members can receive large insurance by investing just a little. Therefore, members of Zhong Tou Bang are both benefactor and beneficiary at the same time.

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Kunyao Chen Former Head of Qianhai Institute for Innovative Research

Mr. Chen Kunyao is the Former Head of Qianhai Institute for Innovative Research, the Director of Hong Kong University Institute of Professional and Continuing Education, outstanding academician of Hong Kong University and honorary lecturer, Advisory Committee member of Hong Kong Institute of Financial Research, Chairman of First Pacific Company Limited, and the independent non-executive board member of Delta Asia Financial Group and the Wharf Holdings.