William is a General Partner at SOSV, a US$300M AUM accelerator-focused venture capital fund, and the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, East Asia's first startup accelerator. Previously, William was the Managing Director of China investments at SingTel Innov8 Ventures and a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings. William is also an active angel investor, with 39 investments between 2006 and 2014 when he joined SOSV.
In 2005, William was ranked #1 stock picker in Technology, Media and Telecom and #3 overall in Hong Kong and China by Forbes/SCMP/Starmine. The following year, he was ranked #3 analyst in Asia for Technology/Software and IT Services by Institutional Investor Magazine Asia.
He currently holds advisory or director board seats in several companies (GMobi, ChaseFuture, Neonan, EscapeX, Thoughtful Media Group, Vericant, Mingbo, iTalki, kineticOne) as well as major roles in active Asian startup organizations (Angelvest, AAMA Shanghai, Techyizu). He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.
ILARIA CHAN is currently the Group Advisor for Social Impact Investments at GRAB. Grab is South East Asia's most valuable technology unicorn startup, provides ride-hailing, food-delivery, logistics delivery, payment & financial services via its integrated tech platform. Grab is the world's 3rd largest transportation platform after Didi and Uber, operates in 8 countries, and merged with Uber's SE Asia operations in 2018.
ILARIA was formerly an Executive Director at the Sales & Trading division of Goldman Sachs New York, focusing on Asia Equities. Amongst her top transactional highlights were the Initial Public Offerings of Alibaba.com, Prada, Samsonite, Youku.com, AIA Group, Agricultural Bank of China, Maxis Berhad, Samsung Life Insurance. Ilaria provided investment recommendations on Asia markets to > 15 top tier US-based institutional funds, with a combined AUM of >US$100 Bn. She was a top quartile performer 6 years in a row, and was promoted from Analyst to Executive Director within 3.5 years. Ilaria was also selected by Goldman Sachs as an interviewer, recruiter, forum speaker and mentor for the firm’s recruitment efforts.
ILARIA is a private investor, board director for multiple charities, independent consultant, and itinerant global speaker. Miss Chan holds a B.A. from Stanford University. She is also a freelance singer, concert pianist, food critic & restaurant judge, culinary school graduate, actress in musicals & plays, amateur photographer and an avid scuba diver.
Nicole is the Managing Director of Refinitiv China, she leads a team of 200 people providing customers with global financial information and data services, including the software, workflow solutions, content, analytics and insight in the financial and risk management field.
As the company’s first native Managing Director promoted in China, Nicole has been leading several departments of Refinitiv. Nicole joined Refinitiv in 2006, since then she has taken charge of important business such as institutional sales and strategic business development with the most prestigious Chinese state-owned banks, Commercial banks, Enterprises, Investment banks, Fund House, Brokers, Listed Companies and Government Departments. With the commitment of serving customers, Nicole has always been on the way to grow along with the development of China financial market.
Nicole has more than 20 years of sales, management and strategy consulting experience in financial service and IT industries in China. Prior to her role at Refinitiv, Nicole was the Senior Client Representative at IBM and had led a number of strategic partnership and business consulting projects.
Nicole holds double degree in Law and Finance. As a mother of two boys, Nicole enjoys spending time and travelling with her family.
Named Forbes 30 Under 30, Sarah’s leadership career spans across venture capital and innovation, in both emerging markets in Asia and the United States. Currently Principal at Fedtech, a private venture firm backed by the US Department of Defense (DoD), she focuses on commercializing deep tech developed across DoD, NASA and other federal and national laboratories. She is also Co-Founder of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds mobilizing $1Bn towards women-founded companies.
Prior to Fedtech, she pioneered a corporate venture capital unit within $13Bn publicly traded Asian conglomerate, Sime Darby, investing in later-stage biotechnology companies. Since then, she has been at the forefront of multi-million cross border investments, integral in structuring and executing commercialization plans with her portfolio companies, from project financing to market opportunities across Southeast Asia. On a mission to see more women in the frontline, she sits on multiple boards including 131 & counting, a bipartisan effort backed by among others, Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight to fete the unprecedented number of women serving in the House and Senate in the US and encourage more qualified women to run for office; and Lean In Malaysia, which she co-founded, a platform accelerating women into leadership, recognized as the voice of credibility for professional women issues in Muslim- majority Malaysia. She is a recognized speaker, commentator, and advisor on venture capital, innovation, and women in leadership, having been featured among others on Der Spiegel, the Wall Street Journal and at the United Nations. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons.) from King’s College London. A proud Malaysian, she spends her time between the US- Asia.
Yijing Chen is currently Director of Product Operations and Member Growth at LinkedIn China. She has more than 10 years of experience in Internet operations, covering content, products, user operations and other business directions, and has a wealth of differentiated team management experience (listed companies & startups), concerned and willing to help the self-growth and career development of the workplace.
Before joining LinkedIn, Yijing Chen was the vice president of Zaihang and was responsible for the overall operation of Zaihang & Fenda. The team has created a phenomenon-level product "Fenda", she participated in the whole process from closed-door planning to brand upgrade. After that, from 0 to 1, the operation department and the knowledge product department will be established, which will be responsible for the management of the entire operation line outside the production and research and functions.
Yijing Chen joined Sina.com in the automotive division in 2007. She planned a video database of vehicles with a multi-fold increase in traffic, planned multiple brand video programs, and developed the automotive video business to the industry. After that, he was responsible for the overall data and content management of the business department, and promoted key projects such as the Sina homepage car revision.
Yijing Chen holds a master's degree in language arts in radio and television art from Communication University of China and has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University.
James Chou is managing director & CEO of Microsoft for Startup Greater China, Japan & Korea where he leads the effort within Microsoft to scale up the business for some of the best and most innovative startups in China by providing unprecedented access to top Microsoft partners and customers, venture capitalists, and technical knowledge. Through the acceleration, he helped his portfolio companies raising hundred of million dollars and increased their valuation more than 300% in average in only 4 months to 7 billion dollars. He has more than 20 years experiences in TMT space in China and US. Before joining Microsoft, he was a serial entrepreneur and a venture investor. He has founded or co-founded three high tech companies in China. Previously, he served senior management positions at AsiaInfo and UTStarcom, the first 2 NASDAQ listed Chinese technology companies. Prior to that, He worked product management, sales, and engineering roles at Hewlett Packard and NEC in Silicon Valley for 7 years. James holds a MBA from Santa Clara University and BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Houston.
Kong Ho is technology editor of the South China Morning Post, where he leads a team of editors and reporters focusing on how tech is reshaping Asia. He also writes a column, co-hosts a podcast about tech in China, and moderates a webinar series of industry leaders discuss the most important developments in tech. Kong Ho is also part of the team behind the annual China Internet Report, the most comprehensive survey of China's digital landscape.
Kong Ho worked in mainland China as a correspondent and editor with Bloomberg News for close to a decade before joining the Post in 2017. Now based in Hong Kong, he travels frequently in Asia interviewing CEOs as well as moderating panels and speaking at events.
Before she entered Tusholding, Ms. Han was an associate professor in Tsinghua University on psychology, career education and entrepreneurship education. She has 11 years of experience in career guidance, innovation education and executive coaching. She is the international key facilitator of KAB, a Youths Enterpreneurship Education program certificated by International Labour Organization. She has developed a series innovation lectures and coaching programs for thousands teachers of career guidance and innovation education from universities and colleges in China.
In 2015, Ms. Han moved to Shanghai and joined Tusholdings, a global leading company in Science Park, incubation and scientific services. As the Institutes Collaboration Director of Tusholdings, Ms. Han is in charge of potential cooperation of Tusholdings with universities and institutes in entrepreneurship education, innovation incubation and technology transfer. As the Vice General Manager of TusStar, Ms. Han is engaged in the global strategy and cooperation development of Tusstar. She has led or supported the impressive global expansion of TusStar in more than 20 countries including the US, Italy, Malaysia, Canada, Thailand, UK, etc. Taking her position of head of Tusstar Shanghai incubator, from 0 to 1, Ms. Han led her team to set up 6 TusStar incubators and an investment fund in Shanghai area just within three years. Over 2000 startups have been served and more than 800 innovation activities have been held in the past three years. As a top branding incubator of Shanghai, TusStar Shanghai is recognized by its internationalization and industry-oriented focus. As the international center of TusStar, TusStar Shanghai aligns its vision with TusHolding’s globalization strategy. Meanwhile, it has established collaborations in innovation and entrepreneurship industry in 13 countries, including Switzerland, Germany, Australia, etc. In AI industry particularly, TusStar Shanghai has brought together 10 leading corporations, such as Huahong, Synopsys, Q Tech, NVIDIA, SINSUN, 21vianet and IFLYTEK, to co-establish an AI Innovation Center, so as to form an integrated incubation ecosystem in AI industry. TusStar Shanghai also focuses in New-materials\Environment-protection\Education and other industries.
As a candidate for PHD of psychology of Tsinghua University, she also led H+lab, a pioneering program collaborated by Tusholdings and Psychology Department of Tsinghua University, engaged in the incubation of happiness technology and support for the mental health of entrepreneurs.
Introduction of Tus-Holdings Co. Ltd
Tus-Holdings Co. Ltd. was set up on July 24, 2000, is the former Tsinghua University Science Park (TusPark) Development Center founded in August 1994. Tus-Holdings is a large integrated enterprise established in reliance on Tsinghua University. It takes full responsibility for developing, constructing, operating and managing TusPark, and it is one of the first National Demonstration Enterprises in modern service industry.
As the flagship product of Tus-Holdings, TusPark (Beijing) is currently the largest single university science park in the world, with building area of 770,000 square meters, and more than 1500 enterprises having been settled in the park. TusPark has become a gathering place for multi-national corporation R&D headquarters, China technology enterprise headquarters as well as innovation enterprises. It has become an important platform of Tsinghua University to serve the society and promote regional innovation, as well as a famous brand in China and even in the global science park industry.
With more than two decades of development, Tus-Holdings has accumulated a wealth of experience in the development and operation of university science parks and established a high-caliber management team, actively promoting the organic interaction between innovative resources and the regional economy and successfully building up a nationwide innovation system with more than 300 innovation bases as the carrier. The radial network of Tus-Holdings covers more than 50 cities and regions and has established the international base groups for incubation networks in US, Hong Kong, South Korea and Russia, etc, being a new force of China's innovation system.
According to national innovation-driven development strategy, Tus-Holdings functions to serve society. Towards the overall goal of "Committed to becoming a Chinese leader and a global model in the technological service industry", Tus-Holdings, in reliance on the already formed service platform of technological innovation and entrepreneurship, science park and new urbanization construction platform, financial asset management platform, has gradually formed a multi-dimensional business structure covering education, media and hotels, with Tus S&T service, TusPark & Incubator’s operation and management, Tus-Digital and Tus-Financial at the core. Currently, it has become a vital force for China's new urbanization progress and a comprehensively experienced technological service provider, showing great wisdom and integrated business capabilities.
Daniel has 20+ years of experience with venture capital, innovation and strategy, with a focus on the energy, cleantech, and climate sectors. Currently, he is supporting the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to set-up and launch ADB Ventures, a new platform that will invest in early-stage and impact-focused tech start-ups. At ADB, he previously managed a program to support cleantech startups, accelerators and investors across Asia. Before ADB, Daniel was Director of Strategy at BP Ventures, a leading global cleantech and energy-focused corporate VC fund, and co-founder of Infuse Ventures, India’s first early-stage cleantech VC fund. He has studied at London School of Economics, University of Michigan, and Uppsala University, Sweden.
Shirley Hsu, is currently working in Hong Kong as a CFO with TUS Pine Peak, an overseas investment platform of TUS Group, part of Tsinghua University Holding family.
Shirley started her investment banking career with Lehman Brothers on Wall Street and eventually relocated to Hong Kong with Chase Manhattan Bank. She was instrumental in the early Chinese capital market development with early H-share listing for Chinese companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, such as ZTE H-share listing, China Unicom listing, the listing of Bank of China Group and Bank of China Hong Kong. She also worked for a mainland Chinese conglomerate as a CEO for 7 years in financial services, fintech, luxury retail, resort golf hotels & chateaus and new world economy investment / management. Shirley co-fund an e-learning company in early internet days and successfully raised substantial capital as a CFO to develop the cross border learning in China from EMBA programs in US. She brings wealth of entrepreneur experience to investment in today’s technology start-ups.
Shirley earned her MIA degree from Columbia University School of International Affairs and BA from Bryn Mawr College, and she was the president of Columbia Hong Kong Club.
Kapil Kane is the Director of Innovation at Intel China & cofounder of GrowthX, formerly known as Ideas2Reality- an award-winning accelerator that empowers Intel employees and business units to bring their ideas to life.
Prior to Intel, he led design & engineering efforts at Apple on a variety of products ranging from iPod, iPad, MacBook Air all the way to mighty iMac.
He advise and mentor early-stage startups and currently serve on the Leadership Team of Singularity University Shanghai Chapter.
He is two-time TEDx speaker, have appeared in many media publications and regularly share my experiences with the startup community, academia, corporate executives and governments alike.
He received Masters from Stanford University and Bachelors from National Institute of Technology India, both in Mechanical Engineering & Design.
He has been calling Shanghai home for the past 12 years where I live with my wife, 3 year old son and our pup.
Mr. William Li is the founder, chairman and CEO of NIO (NYSE: NIO). In November 2014, Mr. Li founded NIO with the goal of building the first User Enterprise in the world and to redefine the whole car ownership experience. NIO was listed on the New York Stock Exchange on September 12, 2018.
Mr. Li is a serial entrepreneur. He established Bitauto Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: BITA) in 2000, where he serves as the Chairman of the board of directors. Bitauto is one of the biggest providers of online content and marketing services for China's automotive industry. Mr. Li is one of the first internet entrepreneurs in China. While he was still studying at Peking University, he founded Beijing Antarctic Technology Development Co., Ltd, one of the earliest internet companies in China. In 1997, he co-founded Kewen Books, which later developed into Dangdang. Mr. William Li has co-founded and invested in over 40 companies in the internet and automotive industries.
In January, 2018, Mr. Li was recognized by Sina Finance, People’s Daily and Channel Wu as one of the “Top 10 Economic Personages of 2017.”
Mr. Li was named “GQ Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2017.
Mr. William Li was recognized by the China Automobile Dealers Association in 2008 as one of the top 10 most influential people in China’s automobile industry in the past thirty years.
Mr. William Li was born in Anhui, China. He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Peking University where he minored in law.
Cindy Mi, Founder and CEO of VIPKID, is also a Board Member of Beijing Foreign Studies University, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2018, Advisory Member of the Center for Global Competence Development of Tsinghua University, Executive member of the Council of Center for China and Globalization.
In 2013, she founded VIPKID, an industry leader and innovator in real-time online English language education for children, serving a community of over 600,000 paying students and over 70,000 teachers in the US and Canada. Its online Chinese learning platform "Lingo Bus" has more than 20,000 registered students from all over the world, becoming an important business platform for global Chinese learning promotion.
At the same time, VIPKID regards "making contributions to poverty alleviation and public welfare" as its social responsibility. Together with a few charitable organizations, VIPKID is dedicated to helping children in poverty-stricken areas so that they can have more access to language learning and the splendid cultures around the world. Its "Foreign Teachers in Classroom" project has introduced online English lessons into more than 1,000 village-schools in China.
After selling his Internet company in 2002, Jaff co-founded the Leping Foundation and has incubated five social enterprises over the past 10 years. As a social entrepreneur, social innovation catalyst and market maker, Jaff introduced SVP - a venture philanthropy model - to China in 2013, with the goal of fostering innovative ways to strengthen the financial markets, energize the talent market, and enhance thought leadership in the field of social innovation. In 2016, Jaff became the Chinese publisher of Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). Jaff was honored as the Youth Leader of the Year by Southern People Weekly Magazine in 2014.
Mr. Shen holds a BA in Oriental Studies and a law degree from Peking University.
Bruce Wang, a Chinese-American, graduated from the Special Class for Gifted Young of University of Science and Technology of China. And in 1997, he earned a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University with a 4.0 GPA. He has over 20 year R&D experience, as well as management experience in the fields of semiconductor, multimedia, big data, and artificial intelligence, etc. At Rockwell Semiconductor Systems, he was a key R&D member of a core product - CSM V12 chip, responsible for the architecture of the VoIP system, voice compression algorithms and software implementation. He was a lead system architect at Mindspeed, responsible for Picasso's system architecture, DSP algorithm optimization and embedded system design. He was a lead designer for the core GPRS baseband chip of Skyworks, responsible for multimedia system architecture, digital camera and video compression system design and software implementation. He was also founder/cofounder and CEO/CTO/CSO of several high-tech Chinese startup companies, covering fields like MMORPG, big data, live streaming, artificial intelligence, robots, etc. He currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Beijing Orion Star Technology Co., Ltd. Responsible for the company's overall strategic planning, strategic investment, strategic cooperation, core technology development，and business development.
Natalie Wang is one of the most popular English news anchors in China. She was with CCTV News, lately renamed to China Global Television Network, for 7 years. During that time she hosted her own show The Link, and sat in regularly for prime-time talk show Dialogue. She has covered a variety of political events like the G20 and China’s “Two Sessions”, as well as science and technology news like China's Internet industry and space missions. Her interviewees ranged from foreign dignitaries and business leaders, to autistic children and migrant workers. Her angle is both sharp and affectionate.
Before joining CCTV News, Natalie worked in Hong Kong as a television feature reporter with i-Cable News Channel. In 2011, she won a Silver Telly Award for "Treat or Trap", a 30-minute TV documentary revealing the administrative interference on judicial laws in a multi-million dollar case in China. Later that year, she worked on “Glass Heart”, a 60-minute documentary on a group of Chinese children with rare diseases struggling to make life meaningful. It was nominated in the 2012 International Emmy Awards.
Natalie left CCTV News in early 2018 and started COGO Technology. COGO celebrates the independence, versatile and beauty of women, aiming to make them shine from the outside and inside. It has produced documentaries featuring famous women, and mini documentaries on ordinary women, that have gained over 100 million views in total.
COGO also developed Glamor App, a fashion content platform. Glamor boasts the content by most of China’s top fashion influencers and created a place for fashion lovers to share their own styles and personal stories; and to inspire others while setting up new role models online and in real life. Moreover, it aims to rediscover fashion in an all-rounded way, encouraging the inner and outer beauty of young people. Besides fashion, Glamor App is also covering areas like beauty, lifestyle, arts, etc.
Natalie was born and raised in Guangzhou, a coastal city in southern China. She speaks Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese and English. She holds a Master’s of Journalism degree from The University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor’s degree in English Broadcasting and Anchoring from Communication University of China.
Liyia has nearly 20 years experience in garment industry, and 10 years in professional buyer. She graduated from New York Parsons，majoring clothing marketing, with bi-degree in Finance and Accounting in UBC (Canada) Business school. She initiated Wo2 in 2009 and have been in charge of designing and operation, exploring 5 bricks-and-mortors and 50+ online shops in 3 years with over ten millions CNY profit in China and the U.S. She created SHOPSHOPS, an international shopping experience live show platform, in 2016 in New York. Apart from retail area, Liyia also has strong and diverse experience in media, artist broker, advertising, tourism, M&A, etc.
Ms. Shirley Wu is the Senior Vice President of Dell Technologies and General Manager of China Vertical & Emerging Sales, and responsible for Dell Technologies’ business growth in selected verticals & Emerging including Internet, Cloud Computing, Finance, Security, Insurance, Telecom and Energy as well as Dell global clients.
Ms. Shirley joined Dell Technologies in 2015. With profound industry insights and strong solution selling capability, she is leading a vertical & emerging sales team to provide tailor-made IT solutions for Chinese customers in various industries, helping them grow business and achieve success.
As an over 20-year industry veteran in the high-tech industry, Ms. Shirley has established an outstanding track record in sales leadership and business management. Prior to joining Dell Technologies, Shirley served as Vice President of Sales at Schneider Electric IT (China) Ltd, and General Manager for Small and Medium Data Center (SMDC) solutions, responsible for Schneider’s data center business. Prior to that, Ms. Shirley had held various leadership positions including Sales Head, General Manager, Sales Director, Business Development Manager, and Software Engineer, respectively, in companies of Tellabs, Nortel, UTStarcom, and China Telecom.
Ms. Shirley graduated from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada with an M.S.E.E degree, and Beijing University of Post & Telecommunications with a B.S.E.E degree in computer communications.
Wendy Wu, Founder & CEO of Wonder Technology and YiQi App". "YiQi" is China's fastest growing social app powered by the world's leading EQ & voice AI technology. The core technology is able to analyze the user's emotions, emotional needs and personality traits through 8 seconds of voice data. Our AI engine is 8 times faster than IBM Watsons. From our launch in late January, it has exceeded 3 million matches.
Charles is a data-driven financial journalist with more than 7 years of experience. He has set up one-on-one interviews with top news makers in business, including Bridgewater Associates' Ray Dalio, Blackstone's Steve Schwarzman, Starbucks' Howard Schultz, Dow Dupont's Andrew Liveris and ABB's Ulrich Spiesshofer. He has also interviewed numerous economists, strategists and analysts from major banks and other financial institutions. Charles is a member of the Gobal Shapers Commumity, a leadership organization initiated by the World Economic Forum.
Nina Xiang is an expert on the Chinese venture capital and technology sector with nearly twenty years of professional financial and business media experience. She is the author of Red AI: Victories and Warnings From China’s Rise In Artificial Intelligence. She is currently an agenda contributor for the World Economic Forum, and is awarded as the Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 in the ChinaBang Awards.
After graduating as the valedictorian in high school, she went on a distinguished journalism career serving in editorial positions at Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Euromoney Institutional Investor, China Radio International and China Business Network in Beijing, New York, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
She founded China Money Network, an artificial intelligence-based platform tracking China’s smart investments and technology innovation, in 2011. China Money Network is a premium online media intelligence and data platform bridging China's rising VC/tech industry with the world.
Sylvia joined Gobi in 2014. Prior to her career with Gobi, Sylvia was the senior analyst at Trends Media Group. Sylvia invested 10+ portfolios focusing on OnlineTravel, Hotel, Trading platform etc, i.e. Zhiketong, Huangbaoche, and Xbed. Sylvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Peking University in China.
余卫湘医生（Dr Wei Siang Yu）是全球医疗TMTSC（科技、媒体、通讯、服务和内容）领域的开创者，其成立的无边界医疗集团协同亚洲乃至于全球的颠覆性创新成果来推动传统医疗健康的转型，所运营的无边界医疗创新足迹已遍及全球。1995年以优异的成绩毕业于澳大利亚莫纳什大学医学院，并成为一名数字生物通信界的医疗发明家。Dr Wei在引领以消费者为核心的医疗新时代的过程中创造了许多世界第一。
Virginia Tan is the co-founder and president of Lean In China, a women's platform with over 100,000 members across more than 25 cities and 100 universities in China, which supports the goals and aspirations of Chinese women. She co-founded She Loves Tech, a global initiative focusing on technology by women and technology for women, which also houses the world's largest competition for women tech entrepreneurs, held across more than 16 international locations. She is also the founding partner of Teja Ventures, Asia's first gender lens venture capital fund, which targets early stage women impact companies.
Virginia's background is in law and finance, where she was an experienced finance lawyer for more than 8 years specializing on energy, resources and infrastructure sectors in emerging markets, and has worked in Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America for 2 magic circle firms. She moved to Beijing in 2013 to work on strategic investments related to the "One Belt One Road" initiative on behalf of Chinese state owned companies and financial institutions. In 2014, she was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper.
Her work has been covered by Forbes, the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, BBC, Global Times, People’s Daily, CCTV, etc. She has spoken at some leading institutions such as Alibaba, Baidu, Bloomberg, Dell, Disney, DSM, General Electric, P&G, HP, Medtronic, Peking University, Tsinghua University, UNICEF, UN Women, etc.