James Z. Li is the founder and CEO of the E. J. McKay Group, a leading Chinese merchant bank active in cross-border mergers & acquisitions and technology investment. Among E. J. McKay’s focus areas are Industrial 4.0, Big Health, Shared Consumption, and Technologies. The firm is present in Eastern, Northern, Southern China, and many financial and technology centers of the world.
James has advised many transactions between China and the US & Europe, acting for both Chinese and Western clients. In addition, he has been active in technology investment, especially in the fields of automation, laser, robotics, sensors, and 3D printing, as well as machine vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Prior to founding E. J. McKay, James was an investment banker with Merrill Lynch in New York and Hong Kong, a consultant with McKinsey in China. He holds an AB from Harvard, and Master’s degrees from Oxford and the University of Chicago. He is the member of Asia Pacific Campaign Committee of Harvard University, a strong supporter of Oxford University, and has taught at Tsinghua, Nankai, and Zhejiang Universities.
Mr. Gan has been a Managing Partner and member of the investment committee of Qiming Venture Partners since 2006. Mr. Gan was ranked #30 globally by Forbes Magazine’s Midas List in 2017 and has been named a top ten venture capitalist in China by multiple magazines and institutions including the Forbes China, ChinaVenture, CBN Weekly several years in the row. His successful investments include Meitu Inc. (1357.HK), Ctrip.com International Limited (CTRP.Nasdaq, a director since 2001), Dianping.com (merged into China Internet Plus Holding), Jiayuan.com, Taomee, ATL and PPS Inc. (acquired by Baidu).
Previously, Mr. Gan spent five years at The Carlyle Group and was a Director and founding member of Carlyle’s Asian venture fund. He also worked at KongZhong Corporation as its Chief Financial Officer, as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, and as a consultant at then-Price Waterhouse.
Mr. Gan obtained his BBA from the University of Iowa and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a member of the Chicago Booth’ Global Advisory Board.
Dr. DeWoskin is a former partner for China Strategy and Business Development at one of the Big Four, founder of Deloitte's China Research and Insight Centre, and now serves as a Senior Advisor and Eminence Fellow to Deloitte for China research and insight. He concurrently serves as Senior Advisor to The Conference Board China Center for Economics andBusiness, and formerly served on the Board of Directors of AP Moeller Maersk’S AsiaPac holding company. A former professor of International Business and chairman and professor of Asian Cultures at the University of Michigan, Dr. DeWoskin has been involved with China for over 50 years and has lived and worked extensively in both China and in Japan.
Dr. DeWoskin's direct experience with mainland China goes back to 1977. He has served numerous clients in financial and strategic investment, logistics, automotive and industrial sectors, energy, telecommunications, consumer products, commodities and mining, retail, entertainment, media and IT, software, pharmaceutical and healthcare, and financial service industries.
Yi Yu is the Managing Director – Accenture Digital Lead for Greater China. At the same time, he is also a member of Accenture Greater China Geographic Council. Dr. Yu is responsible for scaling Accenture’s capabilities across interactive, analytics and mobility and expanding the company’s digital presence in Greater China. He leads a regional team that provides a comprehensive portfolio of business and technology services, from developing digital strategies to implementing digital solutions and running digital processes on behalf of clients.
Prior to joining Accenture, Dr. Yu was the managing director for Intel Corporation’s Health & Life Sciences Group in China and Greater Asia. He also worked for Cisco, IBM and start-ups in China, U.S. and Singapore.
Dr. Yu holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Science and Technology from Xi’an Jiaotong University and a Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from National University of Singapore. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow of Molecular Biology from the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Youngjin Yoo, PhD, is the Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Entrepreneurship and professor of information systems in the Department of Design & Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He has a joint appointment at University Hospitals of Cleveland as Innovation Architect, overseeing the digital transformation efforts at one of the largest teaching hospital systems in the country. He is also WBS Distinguished Research Environment Professor at Warwick Business School, UK.
Yoo holds a PhD in information systems from the University of Maryland. His research interests include: digital innovation and entrepreneurship, organizational genetics, societal use of technology and design. He has worked with leading companies including Samsung Electronics, American Greetings, Bendix, Moen, Intel, etc.
Jennifer Pak is Marketplace’s China Correspondent based in Shanghai. She tells stories that explain how America is connected to the world's second largest economy.
She trained as a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in her hometown of Calgary before heading to Beijing in 2006. Jennifer arrived without many journalism contacts but quickly set up her own news bureau. Since then, she has worked as a TV, radio and digital producer and reporter primarily in China and Malaysia for several outlets including the BBC, the Financial Times and the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Jennifer was part of the first team of western journalists to reach the worst affected area in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and covered the Beijing Olympics. She was the primary BBC reporter covering the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in 2014.
When Jennifer got her first job at a radio station in northern Alberta, she drove a half-ton pickup truck to fit in. She’s been trying to offset that carbon footprint ever since by taking public transport and cycling in China.
Dr. Mohamed El-Refai, IBM Distinguished Engineer, and IBM Academy of Technology Technical Leadership Team Member, graduated with honors from the Electrical and Communication Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt in 1994. He completed his Master’s and Ph.D. with honors in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA in 1998. He worked with several IT organizations in various technical roles from 1991.
Since 1998, he joined IBM and became senior certified architect with IBM and distinguished certified architect with the Open Group in 2007, as well as Project Management Professional (PMP). Since 2009, he leads the China Architecture Center of Excellence for Greater China Group (China, HK and Taiwan). He is the Greater China Group Global Business Services CTO, leading several CoEs focused on Cognitive, Internet of Things, Block-chain, Quantum Computing, Bluemix, Architecture, Consulting and Project Management.
Mr. Charles Xu was previously Managing Director of Deutsche Bank China, heading the Corporate and Investment Bank, Risk Advisory and heading Debt Capital Market in China. He is now currently responsible for Risk management, Cross-border investment and financing solutions, and other investment banking solutions' development in China at SF Group.
Dr. Blanchard built the drug development and medical affairs organization for Lilly China, and has lived and worked in China for the last 7 years. He is responsible for the delivery of innovation across all therapeutic areas, and the development and execution of the external partnerships in China. He also works closely with Lilly Asia Ventures to help expand the China innovation ecosystem.
His interests include discovering and developing medicines and the application of translational research principles to drug discovery. He is a co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Cancer Research Group, a not-for-profit company focused on the generation and dissemination of genetic and clinical data on cancers of importance in Asia.
Dr. Blanchard received a BS degree in chemistry in 1977, a PhD in Biochemistry in 1982, and an MD in 1985 from Indiana University.Prior to coming to Eli Lilly and Company in 2000, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA.
Chong Foo Yeen is Head of Innovation for Philips China's Air Business Global, leading the Innovation Site in Shanghai and Pre-Development site in Drachten, Netherlands.
He is responsible for innovation strategy and overall innovation and development budgetary including leading a team of 47 comprising project management, pre-development and development team, product research.
He is also responsible for program management for innovation programs and product development with a business turnover of €200M in 2017.
This includes creating high quality meaningful innovation product that improves the quality of people’s lives, as well as retention, competence building and continuous improvement in Innovation-to-Market.
Ennin Huang is currently Vice President of Design. In that role, Huang is leading the design of all Pico VR devices. Pico Neo CV was awarded CES’s 2017 Editors Choice Award.
Huang’s work is focused on the export at ID, users interface, user experience, cutting-edge VR tech, and VR applications.
Before starting his job at Pico, Ennin was formerly SONY ID design director, responsible for ID design of SONY Playstation game controllers, PSVR helmet, PSVR Aim, and other equipment. He also has a number of ID design patents. Huang graduated from Northwest University with a Master of Science in Product Development.
Kapil Kane, Director of Innovation at Intel, runs Ideas2Reality— a China-wide corporate Incubator and Accelerator of ideas. He has a proven track record as an innovator, designer and leader helping bring blockbuster products into the market.
Before joining Intel 6 years ago, Kapil worked at Apple leading design and development efforts on a variety of products ranging from tiny iPod Shuffle all the way to mighty iMac and everything in between. His contribution to design also spans across the areas of astrophysics, particle accelerators and automobiles.
Kapil received Masters degree from Stanford University in California and Bachelors from National Institute of Technology in India- both in Mechanical Engineering and Design. He has spent a decade each living and working in the US and China and has been based out of Shanghai for the past 10 years.
Dr. Shipeng Li is the CTO of Cogobuy Group (HK.400) & IngDan – an AI & IoT Technology Transfer platform. He founded IngDan Labs pioneering in IoT & AI innovations in 2016. In 1999-2015, he was a Microsoft Partner, Principal Researcher and a founding member of Microsoft Research Asia – the world’s “hottest” Computer lab by MIT TR. In 1996-1999, Dr. Li was with Sarnoff Corporation.
A Deputy EiC of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology and a Fellow of IEEE, Dr. Li is an influential & leading expert on multimedia and internet, holding 194 US patents and 330+ international papers, He has trained 4 MIT TR35 Innovator Award Winners over the years. Dr. Li is Secretary General of Microsoft Research Asia Alumni Association. He serves as Joint Secretary General of AI Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance of China.
Scott is a Partner in Hong Kong where he leads PwC's Emerging Technologies and New Services across mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan and the US for the Consulting practice.
He has over 21 years of experience in emerging technologies including e-commerce, digital architecture, mobile technologies and social customer engagement. Scott has helped clients use technology to build a customer experience strategy and use customer analytics to enhance both digital and physical operations.
He has applied his deep knowledge of Big Data and analytics to help clients across industries from insurance, transportation to financial services, leveraging advanced algorithms and predictive measures to generate business insights. Scott has worked with some of the biggest multi-national and local companies to transform their business using global digital trends with a local lens.
Prior to coming to Hong Kong, Scott worked in the US leading PwC’s Emerging Technologies Group.
Steve leads supply chain and sourcing initiatives for GE in China, helping all GE businesses develop and execute growth strategies, facilitating JV partnerships, overseeing brilliant factory and advanced manufacturing technology initiatives, and building talent within the GE China supply chain team.
Steve joined GE in November 2015 as part of its acquisition of Alstom Thermal Power where he was SVP of the global Gas Power business from January 2014. Steve has over 30 years’ experience in manufacturing, product engineering, program management and overall business leadership, beginning with 14 years in various management positions at Ford Motor Company in both the US and the UK. Following Ford’s spin-off of Visteon Corporation in 2000, Steve led Visteon’s operations in China before returning to the UK to lead Visteon’s global electronics and interiors businesses. During the global downturn, Steve led these businesses through a Chapter 11 restructuring, culminating in successful emergence in 2010. He also launched new manufacturing facilities in Russia, Morocco and the Far East, established new JV companies in Russia and Indonesia and expanded operations in China and India.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University.
Shi Mo is currently Lead Digitalization Consultant for the Digital Enterprise team at Siemens process industry and drives division.
In this role she works to promote the digitalization pilot project between Siemens and Baosteel as strategic and technical consultant. Her efforts are focused on establishing methodology and framework for digitalization in the iron and steel industry, interfacing to implement HQ digitalization strategy in local verticals.
Shi Mo is also project lead for several sub topics, e.g. cyber security analysis, big data analytics implementation at Baosteel.
In her previous role she was strategic consultant within the strategic business department, Envision Energy. She was tasked with Internal strategic business analysis and research including strategic business incubation, investment opportunity analysis, as well as business development of new and strategic business, e.g. solar asset management software promotion.
Hammans is part management hacker and entrepreneur idealist. He draws on scientific knowledge and design practice to create innovative solutions for clients and their customers. Hammans has a special love for really hard problems and what they can teach us about ourselves and the world. Often, this means challenging existing paradigms and laying the foundation for new ones. He came to frog because he cares about making things real and helping people take grounded, inspired action.
Hammans earned his BA as an Echols Scholar from the University of Virginia where he majored in Psychology and Economics and researched analogical and causal reasoning. He earned his MS in Science and Technology Commercialization as a Kozmetsky Scholar from the IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin. Hammans earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with concentrations in Strategy and Marketing.
Yue Sun, 27 years old, is the Co-founder and CTO of Codemao. Yue and another co-founder Tianchi Li were both college drop-outs who went ahead and founded the biggest online coding school in China in just two years time.
Today Codemao had already taught millions of kids about coding while closing their B series funding with well-known investors like Fu Sheng, and Hillhouse.
Since the Codemao App Store was launched, kids aged from 6-14 have been making more than a million different apps including games and tools through the platform. Codemao believe coding will be the most fundamental skill for everyone in the coming years and Codemao will empower this creativity for new ideas.
Yue was born and raised in China and has lived many different places around the world including France, Sweden, Finland, and US. He decided to come back to China with his startup idea after many years abroad. Codemao has been featured on mainstream media including Xinhua News Agency, CBN, People's daily, 36Kr, and Forbes.
Liming Wang has over 28 years of R, D&E experience in multi-disciplined engineering fields including mechanical, materials and chemical. Mr Wang has 21 years industrial experience in US and 7 years academic in China, with broad industrial experience in material processing industries (glass, ceramic, steel & carbon).
Mr Wang joined Corning in 2000. He has led the cross functional team and made major technical contributions to multiple Corning businesses and technologies –Display thin glass BOD and finishing, advanced fusion; Laser and mechanical cutting of glass, Willow and IOX GG; Environmental extrusion flow, rheology understanding; S&T fuel cell thermal management; and SM HPFS, CaF2.
Mr Wang holds an MS degree in materials engineering (completed all PhD courses) from University of Missouri Science and Technology, USA. He is also an MS in thermal engineering which he attained from Northeastern University, China.
Eric Wu is currently CFO of Auchan Retail China (ARC). His major areas of responsibility as a member of the Management Committee of ARC include the management of all financials, development projects, operations and new construction.
Eric joined Auchan China in 2001. Previously he worked in the positions of Finance Manager, Coordinator of the Sun Art IPO project and the Financial Director of Sun Art Retail Group.
Mr. Wu worked as an auditor before joining Auchan, having graduated from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in 1996 with a Bachelors degree. Eric is a member of both CICPA and ACCA.
Since joining Qihan in 2009, Ten Wu has excelled in a succession of research, management and executive leadership positions, driving the growth of the company’s operations in artificial intelligence, robotics and video surveillance.
As a talented engineer, Ten was granted patents for his research in technologies including machine vision, image sensing as a high-definition video camera.
From 2012 to 2014, Ten was in charge of Qihan’s sales and marketing development in Europe, delivering outstanding growth and customer satisfactin. He was promoted to Vice President of Sales in 2015, overseeing Qihan’s interntional sales, marketing and products.
Vension Wu is Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) for Honeywell Home and Building Technologies (HBT) Group Greater China & APAC and Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS) Group Greater China & India. In this role, Vension is responsible for the overall Supply Chain operation across the regions inclusive of manufacturing bases, strategy sourcing, logistics, Honeywell Operation System and other supply chain functions.
Prior to this role, Vension was ISC Leader of Honeywell Environmental and Combustion Controls Asia Pacific that covers operation in China, India and South East Asia. Vension worked in Motorola/Freescale, Elcoteq and Danaher prior join Honeywell with leadership roles in R&D, process engineering, operation, Lean manufacturing and project management.
Vension has rich experience in Production, Process Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Design Engineering and Industrialization as well as Project Management.
Vension holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical from Shanghai Jiaotong University, and an EMBA from Nankai University; Vension also finished Master program of Microelectronics from NanKai university; He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Lei Xu is the Zhiyuan Chair Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). He also served as director of Centre for Cognitive Machines and Computational Health (CMaCH). He Completed his PhD thesis at Tsinghua University by the end of 1986, got PhD certificate from Tsinghua University in March 1987, joined Peking Univ as postdoc in 1987 and became associate professor in 1988. Professor Xu also worked as post-doc and visiting scientist in Finland, Canada and from 1989-1993.
Professor Xu has published more than 350 papers, given dozens of lectures at various international conferences, and has been internationally known with well-cited contributions on RHT, RPCL, BYY harmony learning, classifier combination, mixture models, and adaptive PCA learning. He has also received several national and international academic awards, including the 1988 top-10 Beijing Young Scientists Prize, 1988 Chinese State Education Council Fok Ying Tung Award, 1993 National Nature Science Award, 1995 Leadership Award from International Neural Networks Society (INNS) and 2006 APNNA Outstanding Achievement Award. Elected to Fellow of IEEE in 2001; Fellow of intl. Association for Pattern Recognition in 2002 and of European Academy of Sciences (EAS) in 2002.
Paul is the Vice President of DJI and is responsible for corporate strategy and business development for the company. Prior to his current role, he was head of Enterprise Solutions and a core team member in growing DJI’s agricultural solutions. His remit spanned from hardware to software solutions, ecosystem support to end-user training, channel distribution to aftersales services for enterprise customers.
Before joining DJI, Paul was the Vice President of Strategy and Marketing for Asia Pacific at Mersen, and Deputy General Manager of Marketing at CHINT, an industrial electrical and clean energy equipment company. Paul earned his Master’s degree from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in 2004.
George Yan is the founder and CEO of Clobotics, a computer vison based company focusing on providing end to end solutions for enterprise customers, including but not limited to wind energy, telco, retail. Clobotics is a company headquartered in Shanghai, China, with a branch office in Beijing and a R&D center in Seattle, WA, USA.
Previously, George was the Vice President & General Manager of Marketing and Operations (M&O) in the Microsoft Greater China Region. George is responsible for double digit growth for the region’s $3B business, and for establishing, executing products and marketing strategy and business operations for the region. George led the team in landing Microsoft Azure & Office365 in China in less than 10 months with a unique operating model. Microsoft became the first WW cloud service provider to lands its service in mainland China. George drove the Cloud business from zero to $100M within 18 months span, and received The Most Influential Cloud Leader in China award by MIIT.