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Berkeley China Summit

Technologies & Innovations that Build the Future

MLK Jr. Building, 2475 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
8 October 2017

About Berkeley China Summit

One Day of Powerful Talks



Organized and sponsored by official UC Berkeley alumni and students organizations, endorsed and supported by UC Berkeley administration, the only authentic Berkeley China Summit 伯克利中美峰会 (“BCS”) is a full-day on-campus conference, aimed to connect China’s businesses and investors with the technology, engineering, and business innovation expertise on UC Berkeley campus and across the Bay Area.



The 2017 BCS theme “Technologies & Innovations that Build the Future” focuses on the state-of-art technologies and innovations that will define and build the future of human beings, and for which US, especially Berkeley, and China will be the main players and beneficiaries. Topics covered: Artificial Intelligence, Self-driving Car, Fin-tech, and Quantum Computing.



Pre-Summit VIP Reception (Friday)

Time: October 6th, 5:00 - 8:00PM

Venue: Invitation Only.

2017 Berkeley China Summit (Sunday)

Time: October 8th, 2017 
Venue:  MLK Jr. Building, 2nd Floor,

                 2475 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA


08:30 - 09:00   Check-in & Registration

09:00 - 09:30   Welcome & Remarks by School Leadership

1. Michael Li, BCS Co-Chair 

2. Tsu Jae King Liu (video), Office of Chancellor

3. Linquan Luo, Consul General of China in SF

4. Clothilde Hewlett, CAA Executive Director

5. Tenny Frost, Haas School of Business

6. Connie Chang, College of Engineering

09:40 - 10:10   Keynote I: Opening Keynote

                           Steve Carlin, Chief Strategy Officer, Softbank Robotics 

                           The Future of Robotics: How AI will Power "IT"

10:10  - 10:55   Panel I: Quantum Computing


Break (20 min)

11:15 - 12:00   Panel II: Artificial Intelligence            


Lunch Break (90 min)

13:30 - 14:00   Keynote II: Afternoon Keynote

                           Dr. Richard Karp, Turing Awardee, Director of Simons Institute, UC Berkeley

                           An Institute for the Foundations of Computer Science

14:00 - 14:45   Panel III: Autonomous Driving

Break (20 min)

15:05 - 15:15   Keynote III: Recorded Keynote

                           Dr. John (Zhonghan) Deng, Founder & Chairman of Vimicro                                                                     What are the Key Things Being a Successful Entrepreneur


Break​ (20 min)

15:15 - 16:00   Panel IV: Financial Technology

16:00 - 16:15 Ceremony & Announcement of Strategic Alliance BCAIA and IUIA

16:15 - 16:35   Bonus Session               

                         Caroline Winnett, Executive Director at SkyDeck Berkeley                                                                        Investing in China/US startups​

16:35 - 17:30   Networking Session

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Welcome  Speakers

Rich Lyons
We are proud to bring inspirational and reputable Berkeley professors, accomplished businesspeople from leading companies in the US and China, and government officials as our keynote speakers from across the globe.


Dedicated to school research labs, US and Chinese startups as well as corporate partners and sponsors (outside the main conference room)

October 8, 2017 (Sunday)


Tentative Schedule:

08:30 - 09:00   Check-in & Registration

09:00 - 09:15   Welcome Speech

09:15 - 10:00   Keynote I

10:00 - 10:45   Keynote II


11:00 - 11:45   Panel I                   


13:45 - 14:30   Panel II                         

14:30 - 15:45   Panel III


16:00 - 16:45   Panel IV

16:45 - 17:30   Keynote III

17:30 - 18:00   Networking Session


MLK Jr. Building, 2nd Floor,

2475 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

2017 Berkeley China Summit

Data & artificial intelligence are enabling applications that can and will fundamentally change our daily lives. Besides commercial interests, industry players across the Pacific are increasingly aware of the economic and social impacts of this "next big thing".

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We are proud to bring inspirational and reputable Berkeley professors, accomplished businesspeople from leading companies in the US and China, and government officials as our keynote speakers from across the globe.

Rich Lyons

Dean of Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

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Rich Lyons began as Dean of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business in 2008, having served as acting Dean in 2004-05. Prior to joining the Berkeley faculty in 1993, he was an Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School. He received his BS from Berkeley (finance) and PhD from MIT (economics).

Lyons' research and teaching are mostly in international finance, though his more recent work explores how business leadership drives innovation, an area of strategic importance to Berkeley-Haas. In 1998, Rich received Berkeley's highest teaching honor, and from 2006-08 he was on leave at Goldman Sachs as their Chief Learning Officer, focusing on leadership development for managing directors.

Changes at Berkeley-Haas under Dean Lyons include a focus on culture, a new building, and funding for other initiatives made possible by attracting eight of the school's ten largest gifts. On the culture front, Lyons drove the school's historic strengths more deeply into admissions and other critical processes with a set of four Defining Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.

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Welcome  Speakers

Rich Lyons

Welcome  Speakers

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We are proud to bring inspirational and reputable Berkeley professors, accomplished businesspeople from leading companies in the US and China, and government officials as our keynote speakers from across the globe.

Linquan Luo

Ambassador and Counsul General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco, USA

Rich Lyons


Dean of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business

Tenny Frost

Executive Director, Alumni Relations & Development, Haas School of Business

Constance Chang-Hasnain

Associate Dean for Strategic Alliances, College of Engineering

Clothilde "Cloey" Hewlett

Cal Alumni Association (CAA) Executive Director

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Richard Karp

Turing Award Winner, Director of Simons Institute, UC Berkeley

Keynote Title: An Institute For The Foundations of Computer Science

Richard Manning Karp (born January 3, 1935) is an American computer scientist and computational theorist at the University of California, Berkeley. He is most notable for his research in the theory of algorithms, for which he received a Turing Award in 1985, The Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science in 2004, and the Kyoto Prize in 2008. 

He started working at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center. In 1968, he became Professor of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Operations Research at the University of California, Berkeley. Apart from a 4-year period as a professor at the University of Washington, he has remained at Berkeley. From 1988 to 1995 and 1999 to the present he has also been a Research Scientist at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, where he currently leads the Algorithms Group.

Richard Karp was awarded the National Medal of Science, and was the recipient of the Harvey Prize of the Technion and the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science for his insights into computational complexity. In 1994 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. He is the recipient of several honorary degrees. In 2012, Karp became the founding director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley.

Zhonghan Deng (PhD '97)

Founder & Chairman of Vimicro Corporation

Keynote Title: What are the Key Things Being a Successful Entrepreneur

Dr. Zhonghan (John) Deng is a technologist and an entrepreneur . He is the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Vimicro Corporation (NASDAQ:VIMC). He is an elected member of the 10th and 11th National People's Congress of China. At 41, He became the youngest member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) in December 2009. He also serves as a senior adviser to the Chinese space program and a board member of the Chinese National Fund for Technology Transfer.

Dr. Deng' career started at IBM TJ Watson Research Center at Yorktown Heights in New York after he completed his Ph.D. Degree in EECS at UC Berkeley. He then co-founded his first startup company Pixim, Inc. (Acquired by Sony) in Silicon Valley. In 1999 Dr. Deng returned to China and co-founded Vimicro Corporation, and served as the Chief Director of "China National Starlight Silicon Chipset Project", in which Dr. Deng developed the China's first silicon chipset known as the Starlight Multimedia Series for which he is widely respected as the “Father of Chinese chips”. Starlight Series made successful entry into the international markets claiming clients such as Apple, Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony; and it enabled the proliferation of web cameras for PC/notebook, and cell phone embedded cameras, which paved the way for global development of Internet video communications and social network applications today.

Dr. Deng was elected to the National People’s Congress (NPC) in 2008. He served 5 years, followed by another 5 years in the Congress for the second term from March 2013. Over the past years he submitted multiple bills and put his name on some seminal legislation in China.

Dr. Deng received numerous awards for his leadership and entrepreneurship in technological innovation, including both the College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Innovation Award and the Chancellor Citation from UC Berkeley, as well as the Chinese National First Class Award of Science and Technology which was presented by the President of China.


He has been featured by many international media including Forbes, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, etc., and TV networks such as China Central Television(CCTV) as "2005 Man of the Year".

Deng graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, a Master in Economics, and a Master in Physics. He received his Bachelor degree in Earth and Space Sciences from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Steve Carlin

Chief Strategy Officer, Softbank Robotics

Keynote Title:  The Future of Robotics: How AI will Power"IT"

Steve Carlin leads SoftBank Robotics America and is the Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, he acts as the General Manager for the Americas team and oversees global marketing, product and strategy.

Carlin most recently came from Facebook where he held the role of Global Head of Strategy – Gaming. In this role, he drove the global strategic vision for the company’s Gaming Business and was an external thought leader to the gaming industry. Prior to joining Facebook, Carlin was the Senior Director of Marketing and Insights for Ubisoft, the third largest video game publisher in the world. He also held a series of roles in sales, shopper marketing, brand management, and strategy at Energizer and Procter & Gamble.

Carlin is a dual US and Canadian Citizen and holds a BA in Geology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an MBA(with Honors) in Marketing and International Business from Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta. He has also studied at Cornell, HEC business school in Paris and the UIBE business school in Beijing.

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Artificial Intelligence


Shahi Ghanem

Managing Director of WI Harper Group

Mr. Shahi Ghanem is Managing Director of WI Harper Group. Shahi is a technology industry veteran, serial entrepreneur, venture capital investor and advisor with deep expertise in digital media, social media, Internet advertising, consumer electronics and distributed technologies. He has worked with dozens of early-stage companies in executive and advisory roles to create more than $1B in shareholder returns. Shahi is actively involved in numerous AI-focused companies within the WI Harper portfolio. He currently serves as Acting President of Alpha Ring International, Advisor to Aeolus Robotics, and is a board member of Epic!, Wonder Workshop, and Penske Media Corporation. 

Prior to WI Harper, Shahi served as the Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Corporate Development for BitTorrent, Inc., a leading distributed technology company. Prior to BitTorrent, Shahi served as Acting CEO of STL, Inc., an enterprise software company dedicated to helping Fortune 500 companies manage, distribute and measure digital assets. Shahi also served as CEO of EmpowHer, LLC, a leading health media company, and Chairman and CEO of Brickfish, an Internet advertising and social media company. Shahi began his executive management trajectory as President of DivX, Inc., one of the world’s leading developers of video compressions, digital rights management and media language technologies. During his six-year tenue with DivX, Shahi helped grow the company from a pre-revenue startup into a profitable, multi-national, public company. Shahi has also held management roles at, Claremont Technology Group (NASDAQ: CSC), and Clark Material Handling.

Shahi was educated at Cal State Long Beach and the University of California at Irvine, majoring in both economics and pre-med while competing as an NCAA All American Division I athlete.

Steve Carlin

Chief Strategy Officer, Softbank Robotics America

Steve Carlin leads SoftBank Robotics America and is the Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, he acts as the General Manager for the Americas team and oversees global marketing, product and strategy.

Carlin most recently came from Facebook where he held the role of Global Head of Strategy – Gaming. In this role, he drove the global strategic vision for the company’s Gaming Business and was an external thought leader to the gaming industry. Prior to joining Facebook, Carlin was the Senior Director of Marketing and Insights for Ubisoft, the third largest video game publisher in the world. He also held a series of roles in sales, shopper marketing, brand management, and strategy at Energizer and Procter & Gamble.

Carlin is a dual US and Canadian Citizen and holds a BA in Geology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and an MBA(with Honors) in Marketing and International Business from Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta. He has also studied at Cornell, HEC business school in Paris and the UIBE business school in Beijing.

Inhyok Cha

EVP of SK Telecom

Head of IoT Business Division
- Oversight of SKT B2B, B2B2C and B2G biz
- Enterprise solutions and services Government ICT, IoT, Analytics, Retail, Logistics, Energy, SoC, Productivity, Fintech, Connected Car, etc
- Global business strategies and development 

Fengmin Gong

VP of Information Security Strategy andDiDi Research, and head of DiDi Labs in Mountain View

Fengmin is a well-respected technologist in cybersecurity with more than 30 years’ experience. He is also a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Fengmin has been afounder and senior executive in several leading security companies. Five of them have achieved successful exits, including Palo Alto Networks, FireEye, and Cyphort. His angel investments include more than half a dozen startups. He is a trusted advisor to many entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. He has 17 awarded patents and over 40 technical publications in the areas of security and networking. When he does have time to spare, he enjoys travel, outdoor activities, and photography.

Nikhil Jain

Co-founder and CEO of ObEN

Nikhil Jain is the co-founder and CEO of ObEN, an artificial intelligence company developing Personal Artificial Intelligence (PAI), a 3D digital avatar that looks, talks, sings and thinks uniquely like its human counterpart. ObEN is also the leading developer for Project PAI, a fully decentralized blockchain based network designed to give people trackable ownership and management rights to their PAI. Prior to ObEN, Nikhil cofounded technology companies OnGreen and Up and Running Software. Nikhil has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Pondicherry University.

Steve Liu

Chief Scientist at Tinder, Computer Science Professor at McGill University

Over the course of Mr. Liu's career, his research has focused on big data, machine learning/AI and its applications, computing systems and networking, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Internet of Things. His research has been referenced in articles publishing across The New York Times, IDG/Computer World, The Register, Business Insider, Huffington Post, CBC, NewScientist, and others. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Canadian Computer Science Researcher Prizes from the Canadian Association of Computer Science and is a recipient of the Tomlinson Scientist Award from McGill University.


Ankit Jain

Founding Partner, Gradient Ventures (Google AI Fund)

Ankit Jain is the VP of Special Projects at SimilarWeb which he joined via the acquisition of mobile intelligence startup Quettra that he founded and led as CEO. Prior to that, he was the Head of Search & Discovery for Google Play which he joined through the acquisition of Cuil where he helped build several parts of a web, real time and social search engines from scratch. Ankit is very involved with the entrepreneurial community via the Startup Leadership Program.

Michael Li

Global Head of Analytics & Data Science at LinkedIn

Michael Li is the Head of Analytics at LinkedIn, driving analytics effort across all cross-functional teams (sales, product, engineering, marketing, operations) to deliver actionable insights and developing analytic solutions. He recently joined the advisory board for the newly founded business analytics program at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley.

Zhong Zhang

BES Chief Architect and VP of Engineering at Huawei Technologies

Emerging mobile, in-memory database and cloud computing technologies in enterprise software applications development. Product visioning and direction definition to solve challenging business problems with engineering architectural software design. Strong background in managing large scale development projects across locations.

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Autonomous Driving

An autonomous car (also known as a driverless car, auto, self-driving car, robotic car) is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input.

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Marc Tarpenning

Co-founder, NuvoMedia, Inc. Co-founder, Tesla Motors, Inc.

Marc Tarpenning started building and programming computers as a teenager and earned an A.B. degree in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley. After graduating, he spent the next five years with Textron split between Boston and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In 1997, he returned to the Silicon Valley and co-founded with Martin Eberhard, NuvoMedia, an electronic book company that pioneered the legal and technological framework for the digital distribution of eBooks. NuvoMedia, and their Rocket eBook reader, was sold to Gemstar/TV Guide in 2000. 

In 2003, he and Martin Eberhard co-founded Tesla Motors. At Tesla, Mr. Tarpenning ran the electrical engineering group in addition to being the acting CFO for the first three years. Tesla Motors became a public company in 2010, has sold 2500 battery electric Roadsters, and over 50,000 Model S sedans that have driven over 1 billion miles combined. Tesla Motors employs over 12,000 people.

Since leaving Tesla Motors, Mr. Tarpenning has been Entrepreneur in Residence at Mayfield Fund, sits on several company Advisory Boards, speaks frequently on entrepreneurship, is a publicly elected School Board Trustee for the Woodside Elementary School District, a Trustee for the private Nueva School, a member of the Advisory Board of the Science Learning Institute at Foothill College, and an elected Member representing Area Three of the San Mateo County Committee on School District Organization.

John Yu

Fouding partner at Oriza Ventures

Before Oriza - Founding Partner and Managing Director of WestSummit Capital, a growth capital private equity fund focusing on investment in technology sector primarily in North America. Cofounder of Advanced Communication Devices Corp. – a semiconductor device company focusing on networking in Silicon Valley.Cofounder of Viaquo Corp. - an Internet security management software company in Silicon Valley. General Manager of AgateLogic Beijing China - a programmable semiconductor device company.

Vinay Ravuri

Qualcomm VP of Product Management

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Liang Heng

CTO & co-founder of

Liang Heng is the co-founder of Roadstar which is working on an exciting robotics project poised to revolutionize transportation. He also worked as software engineer in Google, Tesla and Baidu USA.

Arnaud de La Fortelle

Director of Robotics Lab. (CAOR) at Mines ParisTech, Visiting Professor, UCB

Prof. Arnaud de La Fortelle has a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and engineer degrees from the French École Polytechnique and École des Ponts et Chaussées. He managed several French and European projects (Puvame, Prevent/Intersafe, REACT, COM2REACT, AutoNet 20...) and has been coordinator of the European project GeoNet and of the French project AROS (awarded in 2011 the French prize for enhancing industry competitiveness). He has been elected in 2009 to the Board of Governors of IEEE ITSS (Intelligent Transportation System Society). He is member of the Board of the French SIA (Automotive Engineers Society). He has been member of several program committees for conferences and is Program Co-Chair for IEEE Intelligent Vehicle Symposium 2017. Since 2015, he is president of the French ANR scientific evaluation committee for sustainable mobility and cities. He also served as expert for the European H2020 program.

Alex Liang

Founding partner of Oriza Ventures

Alex Liang is Partner of Oriza Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund focusing on technology investment in North America. Previously, Mr. Liang was a Venture Partner at SAIF Partners, a leading VC/PE firm in China. He headed SAIF’s US investment activities and helped the US portfolio companies expand into the China market.

Connie Sheng

Co-Founder, Managing Director Nautilus Venture Partners

Connie Sheng is the founding managing partner of Nautilus Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital fund focusing on early stage investments in artificial intelligence, IoT and mobile areas.Connie is also a member of Silicon Valley China Angel and CFO of Silicon Valley Association of Industrial Innovations. Connie currently sits on several boards including DriveScale.

Previously, Connie was the managing director of Global Investment at Foxconn. Connie has also worked in HP Computing, Inkjet imaging and Printing, and Enterprise System business units for over 7 years.

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The financial technology (fin-tech) sector is growing at an incredible speed and scale. Both US and Chinese governments have been taking initiatives to foster collaborative fin-tech ecosystems. Potentially, the revolution can reshape the finance industry and benefit the real economy and individual consumers.

This panel is in collaboration with Haas FinTech Club. (Image from MIT Fintech Hackathon)

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Gregory La Blanc

Faculty Director of Fintech Institute

Gregory La Blanc is the Chair of the Berkeley-Haas Professional Faculty and a Distinguished Teaching Fellow at the Haas School, Berkeley Law School, and the Department of Economics at Berkeley. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Haas Cheit Award, he teaches classes in law, innovation, strategy, technology and data. He is a graduate of the Wharton School, and studied law at Duke University, George Mason University, and UC Berkeley School of Law. He has consulted in the areas of innovation, decision making, risk management, and strategy around the world. He has worked in competitive intelligence, consulted in IP Strategy and litigation, and advised numerous startups, particularly in Fintech, Data Analytics, and people operations.  His research lies at the intersection of law, innovation and the use of data in rapidly changing industries.

He has worked with many Chinese companies including: Alibaba, China Telecom, Postal Bank of China, Chiangjiang Pension Fund, Asset Management Association of China, Sinopec, Hefei Manufacturing, and China Heavy Machinery Company.

Government bodies including SASAC and the Ministry of Science and Technology,  the provincial governments of Szechuan, Hubei, Hebei, Hunan, He’nan and the city governments of Beijing, Quingtao, Chongqing, Guangzhou, and Wuhan.

Sam Olesky

President of Olesky Capital Management and Finance Faculty Member at Haas School of Business

Sam Olesky has been a member of the Professional Finance Faculty at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business since 2004. At Haas, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Financial Institutions and Markets, Portfolio Management, Investments, Asset Management, Hedge Funds, Hedge Fund Strategies, Equity Investment Strategies and the Haas Investment Fund. He is also the Managing Member of Olesky Capital Management, LLC.

Jike Chong

Chief Data Scientist of Acorns and Professor at Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Jike Chong is the Chief Data Scientist of Acorns, the leading micro-investment app in US with over 2 million investors, using economic psychology to help the up-and-coming save and invest for a better financial future. Before Acorns, Dr Chong served as the Chief Data Scientist of YiRenDai, an online P2P lending platform with more than $7B loans originated, and the first of its kind from China to go public on NYSE. Prior to YiRenDai, Dr. Chong established and headed the data science division at Simply Hired, a leading job search engine in Silicon Valley, with over 30 million unique visitors each month, serving job seekers in 24 countries. While at Simply Hired, Dr. Chong was invited to the White House multiple times to advise the U.S. Department of Labor and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on the design of big data related products for reducing unemployment. From 2011 to 2012, Dr. Chong led quantitative risk analytics at Silver Lake Kraftwerk, responsible for applying big data techniques to risk analysis of venture investment projects in the Kraftwerk fund. 

Chida Khatua

Cofounder & CEO of EquBot

Chida Khatua, cofounder & CEO of EquBot, is a technologist, innovator and entrepreneur. Chida has extensive experience in using Artificial Intelligence in scoping opportunities. Chida holds several patents to his credit. Chida started his career in Architecture design at Intel and was director of engineering at Intel. Chida have also co-founded Bumper Glass an innovative Ad tech company. Chida holds Master from Indian Institute of Science and Stanford and MBA from Haas school of Business.

EquBot automates identifying opportunities and influencers of opportunities in the public equity market. EquBot innovative approach redefines how big data and AI can be used to disrupt finance industry. EquBot brings first ETF (AIEQ) powered by Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. EquBot is also launching Robo-Analyst to enable any retail investors to be an informed investor. 

Vivian Wang

CEO of Lezhuan Internet Finance Group (member of Haier Financial Holdings)

Vivian Wang is the CEO at Lezhuan Internet Finance Group. Prior to Lezhuan, Vivian Wang held various senior roles including the VP, Internet and Mobile Payment at Pingan Payment; Head of Product at PayPal, China; Sr. Product Manager at Microsoft; Sr. Product Manager at; Online Product Manager at Dell; and, Marketing Manager at IBM Services. She is an experienced management professional with demonstrated success in leading ecommerce, online payment, Internet finance and consumer-focused businesses. Vivian Wang has over fifteen years of global marketing, product, strategy, operational leadership and numbers-driven impact. 

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Quantum Computing

Quantum computing studies theoretical computation systems (quantum computers) that make direct use of quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, to perform operations on data. (Image from The Economist)

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Irfan Siddiqi

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Physics at UC Berkeley

Current Professor of Physics at the Quantum Nanoscience Laboratory (established by him) and the Department of Physics at the University of California Berkeley.[He is known for groundbreaking contributions to the fields of circuit quantum electrodynamics and for the development of the Josephson quantum electron pump. In recognition of his pioneering work in superconducting circuits, among other honors and awards, he was awarded with the American Physical Society George E. Valley, Jr. Prize in 2006, "for the development of the Josephson bifurcation amplifier for ultrasensitive measurements at the quantum limit

Andy Li

Former CTO of

Andy Li is a technologist and investor with 20 years experience in building Internet platforms, applications, and businesses. He joined Alibaba Group in 2004. During his 10 years tenure at Alibaba, he led the technology strategy, development, and operations for Alibaba B2B and Alibaba Group information platform. Prior to joining Alibaba Group, Andy founded a technology consulting business based in the San Francisco Bay Area and led the re-design of Taobao platform.

Dawn Song

Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley

Dawn Song is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Her research interest lies in deep learning and security. She has studied diverse security and privacy issues in computer systems and networks, including areas ranging from software security, networking security, database security, distributed systems security, applied cryptography, to the intersection of machine learning and security. She is the recipient of various awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the NSF CAREER Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review TR-35 Award, the George Tallman Ladd Research Award, the Okawa Foundation Research Award, the Li Ka Shing Foundation Women in Science Distinguished Lecture Series Award, the Faculty Research Award from IBM, Google and other major tech companies, and Best Paper Awards from top conferences. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining UC Berkeley as a faculty, she was an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University from 2002 to 2007.

James Hardiman

Partner at Data Collective

James is a Partner at Data Collective where he focuses on deep tech investing, including the applications of machine learning and hard science to enterprise and industrial problems.  Prior to investing, James advised Fortune 50 and pre-revenue healthcare and biotech companies on their sales and marketing strategy. James also worked with technology executives during a stint in The Blackstone Group's M&A Advisory Practice.  James holds a BS in Engineering Physics from the University Of California, Berkeley—where he completed graduate course work in quantum mechanics—and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School Of Business.

Mark B.Ritter

Senior Manager at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Senior Manager at IBM T.J. Watson Research Cente, Distinguished Research Staff Member and Senior Manager, Physical Science.

Hing Wong

Managing Director of Walden Inernational

Hing joined Walden International in 2005. Prior to joining WI, he spent fifteen years in the semiconductor industry in technical, management and business roles. He worked at IBM, Chromatic Research, and co-founded Silicon Access Networks, a network IC company where he served as VP VLSI Design and later in VP Business Development. Named Best Investor of the Year 2013 by HYSTA.

Hing holds a Ph.D. degree in EECS from UC Berkeley, and studied in SiChuan University and Chinese University of Hong Kong for his undergraduate degrees.

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