Panels

In our panels, experts from the tech industry share their insights. By bringing together people with different perspectives, we hope to provide our audience with a comprehensive understanding of individual fields. There will be five independent panels: Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, Biotechnology, Blockchain, and Entrepreneurship. The following lists our panel speakers: 

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

SHAHI GHANEM (Moderator)

Managing Director, WI Harper

 
Shahi is a technology industry veteran, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capital investor and advisor that has raised over one hundred million dollars in capital and helped create over one billion dollars in shareholder returns. With deep experience in digital media, social media, Internet advertising, consumer electronics, and distributed technologies, he has worked with dozens of early-stage companies in director, advisor, and executive roles. He is also a successful executive mentor and featured speaker on media and technology.​​

TIMOTHY TANG

Head of US Business, Alibaba Cloud

Timothy Tang is the Head of US Business (Alibaba Cloud) and he is responsible for leading the efforts on business development, marketing, and channel development.  He joined Alibaba Cloud in 2018 after spending 11 years at Microsoft in various enterprise & commercial sales and leadership roles.  Timothy received his undergraduate degree from Cal Poly Pomona and MBA from UC Irvine.  In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with his family and his 4-year old son.

STEVE CARLIN

Chief Strategy Officer, Softbank Robotics

Steve Carlin leads SoftBank Robotics America and is the global Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, he acts as the President for the Americas region 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.
Outside of SoftBank, Carlin sits on the Consumer Technology Association’s Board of Industry Leaders and is advisor to multiple startups in the US.  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. 

CHI-YI KUAN

Director, LinkedIn

Chi-Yi Kuan is an enthusiastic analytics leader with 18+ years of industry experience. He has been applying the-state-of-the-art big data analytics, data science, global risk & fraud management, and marketing effectiveness on solving challenging large-scale problems in corporate and startup settings to make data science with significant impact. 

Chi-Yi is a data science visionary & inventor with 20+ patents filed to bring "Analytics to Impact" disruptive innovation to the data industry and share strong knowledge and experience of cutting edge tools and methodologies for sophisticated quantitative, data mining, predictive modeling, and decision optimization.

Currently, he is leading a high-performing Decision Science Solutions team (of 70+ talented data mining & analytics scientists) through leveraging the power of data and advanced technology at scale to drive understanding and impactful decision making.

 

PING WU

Cloud AI at Google

Ping Wu is with Google Cloud AI where he leads recent announced products like: Cloud AutoML, Cloud Contact Center AI and DialogFlow Enterprise Platforms. Ping has spent more than a decade in Google. Before Cloud AI, Ping was one of the founding engineers of the Google mobile monetization effort and holds more than 50 issued US patents across digital advertising, mobile, location-based services and data mining. Ping received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and B.S. from Fudan University respectively. 

YI MA

EECS Professor at UC Berkeley, Board Member of Cheetah, Advisor to Toutiao

Yi Ma received his B.S. degree in Automation and Applied Mathematics from Tsinghua University, China in 1995, an M.S. degree in EECS in 1997, an M.A. degree in Mathematics in 2000, and a Ph.D. in EECS in 2000 all from UC Berkeley. He was on the faculty of ECE Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2000 to 2011. He was the manager of the Visual Computing Group and a principal researcher of Microsoft Research in Asia from 2009 to 2013. He was then a founding professor and the executive dean of the School of Information Science and Technology of ShanghaiTech University from 2014 to 2017. He joins the faculty of EECS of UC Berkeley in 2018.

HAO YIN

Chief Digital Officer, Longfor Group

Hao is focusing on setting up Longfor’s digital technology system, digitalized operation and transformation. He used to be the CIO & CDO of Haier Group and CTO of Enterprise Services, Microsoft China. With 25-year experience in technology field,he is the expert in the industrial internet, cloud computing, big data, commercial intelligence and enterprises architecture. 

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QUANTUM COMPUTING

HING WONG (Moderator)

Managing Director, Walden International

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.

JOHN MARTINIS

Quantum Computing Leading Scientist, Google; Professor of Physics, UCSB

John Martinis pioneered research on superconducting quantum-bits as a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley.  He has worked at CEA France, NIST Boulder, and UC Santa Barbara. In 2014 he was awarded the London Prize for low-temperature physics research on superconducting qubits. In 2014 he joined the Google quantum-AI team, and now heads an effort to build a useful quantum computer.

TSU-JAE KING LIU

Dean of College Engineering, UC Berkeley

Professor Tsu-Jae King Liu is the 13th dean of engineering at UC Berkeley. She is the former vice provost for academic and space planning and former chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS). Her research focuses on nanometer-scale semiconductor devices and technology, novel non-volatile memory devices and technology, and M/NEMS technology for ultra-low-power integrated circuits. Professor King Liu is a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and serves on the Board of Directors for Intel Corporation.

NORMAN YAO

Assistant Professor of Physics, UC Berkeley

Norman Yao joined the Berkeley Physics Department in 2016. He received his A.B. summa cum laude in physics and mathematics from Harvard University in 2009. After completing his Ph.D. at Harvard in 2014, he began postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley as a Miller Fellow. His research interests lie at the interface between atomic, molecular and optical physics, condensed matter, and quantum information science. He is the recipient of the Radcliffe Institute’s Captain Jonathan Fay Prize (2009) and the APS Division of Atomic, Optical and Molecular Physics Outstanding Thesis award (2015).

XUAN CHEN

Managing Director of HOPU-Arm Innovation Fund

Dr. Xuan Chen is the Vice President of Arm, managing director of strategic investments in Greater China, managing director of ARM-HOPU Innovation Fund and co-founder of ARM ecosystem accelerator. Dr. Chen has about 20 years’ experience in high-tech industry, including strategic investment and partnership, business development and product development in Cloud and IoT. He received Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Southern California, MBA from University of Massachusetts Amherst and Bachelor in Computer Communications from Beijing University of Post and Telecommunication. In 2017, Dr. Chen was nominated as Top 100 Rising Stars by Global Corporate Venturing (GCV).

PING WU

Founder and former CEO, Spreadtrum, Founding partner, Summitview Capital

Ping Wu is the co-founder of Summitview Capital China Venture Capital Funds and has invested in more than 30 start-up companies since 2010. Prior to co-founding Summitview Capital China Venture Capital Funds, he was the co-founder, president, Chief Executive Officer, and the chairman of Spreadtrum Communications Inc, a Nasdaq listed leading fabless semiconductor provider in China with advanced technology in 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless communications standards, since its inception in April 2001. Wu also served as a senior director at Mobilink Telecom Inc. from 1997 to 2001; and as a senior design manager of Trident Microsystems, Inc. Wu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, a master’s degree, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics.

 

 

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BIOTECHNOLOGY

JIMMY LU (Moderator)

Managing Director, WI Harper (leading US/China VC Fund)

Jimmy Lu is a Managing Director of the WI Harper Group. Jimmy has over 20 years of high technology, healthcare and venture capital experience. He serves on the boards of and represents WI Harper’s investments in Kindstar Global Co., StemCyte Inc., Circle Pharma, DeepBiome Therapeutics, PaperG/Thunder, Inc., Wonder Workshop and Noble AI, Inc. Jimmy led WI Harper’s successful exits in CNano Technology Limited and China Diagnostics Medical Corporation.
Prior to joining WI Harper, Jimmy co-founded and was a General Partner of  iD Ventures America (formerly Acer Technology Ventures), which was an early investor in iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT), Harmonix Music (creators of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, acquired by MTV/Viacom; NYSE: VIA), ArtX Inc. (acquired by ATI Technologies; NYSE: AMD), Allayer Communications (acquired by Broadcom; NASDAQ: BRCM), Monolithic Power Systems (NASDAQ: MPWR) and Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT).
Jimmy joined the Acer Group in 1992 and as a member of the senior management helped to negotiate and structure Acer’s international joint ventures, strategic alliances, mergers & acquisitions, global financings and commercial transactions.  Before joining Acer, he worked as an attorney with McCutchen Doyle in San Francisco and as a banker with JP Morgan in New York City.  Jimmy looks back fondly to when he was first introduced to entrepreneurship and venture investing as the director of a community outreach program sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston that trained local underserved high school students how to operate their own small business.
Jimmy earned a B.A. from Yale College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. 

YONGWEI ZHANG

Founder of Complete Genomics (a BGI Company)

Yongwei Zhang, Ph.D., serves as Executive Director of BGI Research, the R&D arm of BGI-Shenzhen, world’s largest genomics service company. He is also Chief Operating Officer of Complete Genomics (San Jose, CA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of BGI. Dr. Zhang has over 20 years of experience in optics-based instruments and systems. He began his career in Quinta Technologies developing optically-assisted computer hard drives. Quinta was later acquired by Seagate. He was a Co-Founder of telecom component startup company iolon, Inc, which has raised ~$100million VC funding. He joined biotech startup Guava Technologies in 2005, where he held positions with increasing responsibilities. Guava was later acquired by Millipore, subsequently by Merck KGaA. As Head of New Product Introduction at Merck Life Science division, he helped to develop and manufacture several generations of Guava flowcytometry instruments and reagent kits, including the award-winning Muse Cell Analyzer. In 2013, he joined Complete Genomics as Sr. Director of Engineering, responsible for the development of NGS sequencing platform BGISEQ series. Dr. Zhang is also a strong advocate for STEM education. He served as a Board Member of US nationally top-ranked Saratoga School Union District. Dr. Zhang received his B. Eng in Precision Instruments and B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, M.S. in Computer Sciences, M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

GUOLIANG YU

Chairman, CrownBio Science

Guoliang Yu is Powell Chair in Mathematics and Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University. He was awarded University Distinguished Professor in 2018. Yu's research interests include noncommutative geometry, higher index theory of elliptic operators, K-theory, and geometric group theory. He is best known for his fundamental contributions to the Novikov conjecture on homotopy invariants of higher signatures where he developed controlled operator K-theory. In the mathematical literature, several concepts are named after him, including Yu's property A and Yu's localization algebra.Prof. Yu is now Chairman of Board of Crown Bioscience which seeks to  change how industry discover new oncology and cardiovascular metabolic drugs and as such assist in determining the best drugs to treat patient. Before Crown Bioscience Prof. Yu was Vice-President of Research and Development, Mendel Biotechnology Inc. Scientist in Human Genome Sciences, Inc. He is also the co-founder of Chinese Biopharmaceutical Association. Prof. Yu holds a bachelor in Biochemistry from Fudan University and PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from UC Berkeley.

CHENG LIU

Founder of Eureka Therapeutics

 
Dr. Cheng Liu is our founder and CEO. Prior to founding Eureka, Dr. Liu was a Principal Scientist in antibody drug discovery at Chiron (now Novartis), where he championed anti-CSF1 antibody program for treatment of bone metastasis to human clinical trials. He is the inventor of multiple issued US patents in drug discovery. In 2007, he was awarded Special US Congressional Recognition for his contributions to improving human health. Dr. Liu received his B.S. in Cell Biology and Genetics from Beijing University and a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

DAVID SCHAFFER

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, and Neuroscience, UC Berkeley

David Schaffer is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, and Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as the Director of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1998. He then conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies before joining the University of California at Berkeley in 1999. There, he applies engineering principles to enhance stem cell and gene therapies, work that includes novel approaches for molecular engineering and evolution of new viral vectors as well as new technologies to investigate and control stem cell fate decisions. David Schaffer has received an NSF CAREER Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Whitaker Foundation Young Investigator Award, and was named a Technology ReviewTop 100 Innovator. He was also awarded the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award in 2017, the American Chemical Society Marvin Johnson Award in 2016, the American Chemical Society BIOT Division Young Investigator Award in 2006, the Biomedical Engineering Society Rita Shaffer Young Investigator Award in 2000, and was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2010.

KUNWOO LEE

CEO, GenEdit

Dr. Kunwoo Lee is the Co-Founder and CEO of GenEdit. He received a PhD from UC Berkeley in the Department of Bioengineering. He has always had a passion for technology innovation changing people’s lives and it led him to involve in CRISPR revolution. He is the inventor of several delivery technologies for CRISPR/Cas9, which have shown great potential to revolutionize the treatment of genetic disorders. He was named as a Forbes 30 under 30 in 2017 and was a Siebel Scholar in 2016.

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BLOCKCHAIN

GREG LA BLANC (Moderator)

Faculty Director, Berkeley 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.

ALESSANDRO CHIESA

Faculty member, UC Berkeley; Co-Founder, StarkWare and Zcash.

Alessandro is a faculty member at UC Berkeley's EECS department (theory, cryptography, security). He is an author of libsnark, a C++ library for zkSNARKs, and a co-inventor of the Zerocash protocol. He is co-founder of StarkWare Industries and Zcash.

REESE JONES

Cofounder, Singularity University, Advisor to Facebook

Reese Jones has 25 years in innovation, entrepreneurship & patents. As a venture strategist Reese has engaged in a dozen company's innovation, start up, financing, development, IPO, boards, mergers and acquisitions.

Activities include Netopia, Farallon, Convergence, C-Core, Mediabolic, Rotani Wireless, RCDb, WatchWith, Self Health Network, Genome Compiler, Cambrian Genomics, Dulcetta, Focus@Will, SU Labs and Singularity University; also Venture Partnerships including Accel, August, Telesoft, Current Group LLP, Definitive Partners, and others.

Reese has academic experience in biophysics and human brain research at UC Berkeley, LBL, and UCSF. Jones supports public education via UC Berkeley, Wikipedia, Chabot Space Science Center, Genetics Advisory Counsel at Harvard Medical School, Trustee at Singularity University at NASA Ames and Trustee at Santa Fe Institute.

ANDY LI

Former CTO, Alibaba.com

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.

ADAM ZHENG

Founder, ObEN

Yi (Adam) Zheng is the co-founder and COO of ObEN, an artificial intelligence company developing Personal Artificial Intelligence (PAI), a 3D intelligent avatar that looks, talks, and behaves uniquely like its human counterpart. ObEN is an early adopter of Project PAI, a fully decentralized blockchain based network designed to give people trackable ownership and management rights to their PAI. Adam’s career first started in 2003 as co-founder of China’s leading dating site baihe.com which now has over 270M users. In 2007, Adam became a venture partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Adam received a Master’s in Financial Engineering from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley (2003), and a Ph.D. in transportation system from UC Davis (2003), and MS in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University in China in 1998. While Adam studied his Ph.D., he published papers in Atmospheric Environment, Environmental Science and Technology, and Transportation Research Part B. Adam speaks both Chinese (native) and English.

Guo Ming

Bubi Blockchain Lab (Leading Blockchain Co. in Finance Area)

Guo Ming is a software (and hardware, in his early years) developer in Silicon Valley for 15 years, and since become a technology entrepreneur. He has expertise in high performance algorithm design, networking protocols and business transaction systems. He later co-founded Make Mountain Accelerator in Shenzhen, helping startups around the world get their gadgets prototyped and manufactured. He dabbed at blockchain and crypto in their early years and is amazed by their revolutionary potentials. He recently co-founded Soteria, a privacy-preserving smart contract blockchain project, and is also an advisor to BUMO, a blockchain based Ubiquitous Trust Network for Next-generation Internet of Value.

RAYMOND CHENG

CTO and co-founder, Oasis Labs

Raymond is CTO and co-founder of Oasis Labs, as well as a research scientist, open source software developer, and blockchain lecturer. His research interest lies in building practical systems for security and privacy. He has made contributions in a wide range of areas in distributed systems and security, including creating a networking project that was productionized by Google into Outline. Raymond obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington, and graduated from MIT with degrees in Physics (Bachelor of Science), Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering).

ROBERT HU