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Jeanne LIM (CEO of Hanson Robotics)

Jeanne LIM

CEO of Hanson Robotics

Lim was formerly the Chief Marketing Officer at Hanson Robotics and the Brand Manager and co-character lead of Sophia the Robot. She has over 25 years of business management and marketing experience in the technology industry, having served as the Asia Pacific marketing head for Danaher, Dell, Cisco-Tandberg, 3Com, as well as leading corporate marketing executive for a Silicon Valley-funded internet startup. Also, she was the product and business manager for Apple in Asia Pacific, responsible for launching many of Apple’s groundbreaking products across the region. Lim holds a Ph.D. degree in integrated and holistic health from the Energy Medicine University, an MBA degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a BA degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jeanne has over 25 years of business management and marketing experience in the technology industry. She began her career as a general management trainee in the Swire Group and worked on rotational assignments within the group’s shipping, trading, and aviation (Cathay Pacific Airways) businesses. She joined Apple Computer as a business analyst, later moving up to product management, product marketing, and business management roles. She led the launch of many of Apple’s groundbreaking products such as the Newton, PowerBook, and iMac, as well as developed a custom desktop publishing solution for the China market. She served as the Asia Pacific head of marketing for several leading enterprise technology companies including 3Com, Cisco-Tandberg, Dell, and Danaher, where she built marketing teams, launched new businesses, and championed intrapreneurial projects. She was also the corporate head of marketing at an internet startup funded by Intel Capital, Greylock, and H&Q Asia Pacific, and then acquired by a Nasdaq-listed company. Also, she founded a consulting company that provided marketing strategy and services to multinational corporations and technology startups looking to commercialize new products or enhance the results of their marketing efforts in Asia Pacific.
Jeanne has a Ph.D. degree in integrated and holistic health from the Energy Medicine University in the United States, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an angel investor of several startups and a board director of Hanson Robotics, Kami, BioSmart Investment Group, and Himalayan Consensus Institute–an NGO involved in social enterprise development and climate protection. Jeanne is a certified yoga instructor and a life-long student of Buddhist and yoga philosophy, having completed Georg Feuerstein’s five-year Traditional Yoga Studies course. She has a passion for art appreciation, creative writing, photography, swimming, and hiking.

Sophia Hanson (The Robot)

Sophia Hanson

The Robot

Sophia was created to be a research platform for Hanson Robotics' ongoing AI and robotics research work. Working with labs, universities and companies around the world, she is an architecture and a platform for the development of real AI applications. The Sophia character is also an evolving science fiction character we use to help explore the future of AI and lifelike humanoids, and to engage the public in the discussion of these issues.
She has become a much-sought-after media personality, helping to advocate for AI research and the role of robotics and AI in people’s lives. She has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes with Charlie Rose, the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning Britain, and has been a keynote speaker and panel member at some of the world’s most prestigious conferences. She has also addressed members of the UN, ITU, and NATO. Sophia has also received the title of Innovation Champion for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote sustainable development with the use of technology and innovation in developing countries and named the new ambassador and future AI Tutor for iTutorGroup, the premier online education platform and largest English-language learning institution in the world. She was also named the 2018 Gold Edison Award™ winner in Robotics.

Guo BAI (Lecturer of Strategy at CEIBS)


Lecturer of Strategy at CEIBS

Dr. Guo Bai is a Lecturer of Strategy at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). Prior to joining CEIBS, she was a Research Associate in the China Institute of Fudan University.
Dr. Bai earned her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from HEC Paris, M.A. in Strategic Management from HEC Paris and M.A. in Management Science from ESCP Europe. Her current research primarily focuses on governance design, digital economy, adaptive efficiency, collective creativity, etc. The book, China’s Development: Capitalism and Empire, which is co-authored with Professor Michel Aglietta, has a significant impact in France and beyond. It has been granted a whole page report by several major newspapers in France, such as Le Monde, Le Figaro, Les Échos, etc.
Dr. Bai was invited as speaker on China’s Economic and Political Development to Paris Institute of Political Studies, CEPII, Foundation Prospective et Innovation in France, European Chamber, China Academy of Social Sciences, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, and Oxford University, etc. Her recent research about organizational structure and governance in the internet era has attracted much attention among academia and business. Dr. Bai has won numerous awards, such as Foundation Scholarship of HEC from 2011 to 2016, Eiffel Scholarship from 2008 to 2010, etc.

Ryad CHELLALI (CEO of Kita Technologies)


CEO of Kita Technologies

Ryad Chellali is currently a distinguished professor at the Nanjing Forestry University, where he is also the director of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Institute. Formerly, he was a professor at CEECS-Nanjing Tech University. He created there and leaded the Nanjing Robotics Institute. He is a visiting senior scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy. He is also the CEO of KITA technologies, a company dealing with biomedical devices and robotics. He is also acting as the CTO of Teksbotics LLC, a startup company based in Honk Kong developing service robotics.
He obtained his Ph.D. in Robotics from University of Paris in 1993 and his Dr. Sc from University of Nantes (France) in 2005. His main research interests include robotics, human-robot interactions, human behavior analysis (social signal processing and affective computing). Telepresence, virtual and augmented realities are also keywords of his activity.
He served as Junior Researcher in 1992 at the French Institute of Transports (INRETS). From 1993 to 1995 he was assistant professor at University of Paris. From 1995 to 2006, he joined Ecole des Mines de Nantes/CNRS (France), heading the automatic control chair. He joined IIT (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia ) in 2006 as a senior research scientist, where he created the Human-Robots Mediated Interactions Lab. In 2011, he joined the Department Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision (PAVIS). Ryad Chellali co-authored more than 150 papers. In 2000 and 2005 the French Government awarded him for the creation of innovative technologies companies. Ryad Chellali organised one the flagship conferences in robotics, the IEEE ROMA2018 in Nanjing, China in 2018. He is associated with many universities and research centers in China and abroad.

Claire CHEN (Co-Founder & COO of Shanghai Clobotics Co., Ltd.)

Claire CHEN

Co-Founder & COO of Shanghai Clobotics Co., Ltd.

Claire Chen is the Co-Founder and COO of Clobotics, a global leader in intelligent computer vision solutions for the wind power and retail industries. Clobotics is dual-headquartered in both Seattle and Shanghai, has branch offices in Beijing and Dalian and a sales office in Singapore. Claire oversees overall marketing strategy, general business operations and HR related activities, etc. for the company.
Clobotics recently closed an additional $11 million (USD) in funding in a continuation of its Series A round of financing. Venture capital raised in this round now totals $21 million (USD). New investors include Nantian Infotech VC and Wangsu, joining previous investments from KTB Network, GGV Capital and Capital Development Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd.
Clobotics’ solutions combine hardware, software and emerging technologies such as computer vision, AI, machine learning and data analytics to help companies in the wind energy and retail sectors automate operational processes that have traditionally required time-intensive, manual labor. With unprecedented access to real-time data and analytics, Clobotics’ customers make intelligent decisions that improve business processes and significantly increase revenue.
Prior to Clobotics, Claire served as the VP of Business Development of EHang. And at the same time, responsible for the overall business of North America region for the later part of her assignment.
Claire spent her most important ten years of career with Microsoft Corporations. She worked as the director of business operations at Cloud and Enterprises Division, and was accountable for landing Windows Azure and Office 365 business in China. She was at an essential role of business strategy planning and implementation, managing the operating entity business, process and analyze the performance data for the overall cloud business in China. As part of her endeavor, Microsoft signed an MOU with
21Vianet and the Shanghai Government to introduce Azure to China on November 1, 2012, realized Microsoft Azure’s official landing in China on May 22, 2013, began the public review on June 6, 2013, and announced Microsoft Azure’s general availability on Mar 26, 2014, began the Microsoft Office 365 preview on Aug 8th 2013 and announced Office 365 general availability in the following year in April. The work contributedmade Microsoft the first international business to officially bring the cloud services locally in China.
Before that, Claire was the business manager of Global Foundation Services, accountable for the global cloud infrastructure build out, including but not limited to, Data Centers, Networking Infrastructure and CDN services, which makes Microsoft as one of the top technical leaders in the cloud industry.
Claire graduated from Shanghai International Studies UniversityUniversity, majored in International Accounting. Prior to Microsoft, she worked as the Corporate IT manager in Philips (China) investment Co., Ltd.

Robert CONTANT (Account Director of Seedlink)


Account Director of Seedlink

Robert spent 5 years as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp, specializing as a Signals Intelligence Operator for two years, and then serving as part of the US Marine Corps Embassy Security Guards in London, Sarajevo, and Shanghai. During his tenure, he provided security for Vice President Joseph Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry, and was awarded various Conduct Medals, and Certificates of Commendation. After the completion of his tour, Robert joined Seedlink in 2017. He has spearheaded multiple high-level projects including liaising with legal entities to bring Seedlink into compliance with the EU GDPR, acting as the Information Security Manager and successfully co-initiating Seedlink’s certification in ISO 27100. Robert has led the successful deployment of Seedlink in over 10 countries. He currently consults senior executives in AI/innovation strategy at multi-national companies with workforces exceeding 30,000 worldwide as the Global Key Accounts Director.

Thomas W. SIMON (Professor at The Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center)

Thomas W. SIMON

Professor at The Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center

Thomas W. Simon received a PhD in philosophy from Washington University and a JD in law from the University of Illinois (1990). He has taught widely in the United States, including Harvard, and in many different countries, including Japan, Kosovo, Malaysia, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom. He currently teaches law and philosophy for Johns Hopkins University in its joint graduate program with Nanjing University at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC). He has published nearly ten books and over fifty articles on a wide variety of topics. Recently, he published China’s Changing Legal Practice: Lawyers and Judges on Civil and Criminal Law (2015), which is meant to be a primer for foreigners on what China’s legal system is really like.

Simon’s involvement in Artificial Intelligence (AI) goes back to its early days. He organized the first interdisciplinary conference, sponsored by the Sloan Foundation held at the University of Florida (1978). He published an edited volume of the proceedings (Language, Mind, and Brain). He started the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Mind, whose newsletter eventually became one of the leading journals of cognitive science. His paper on “Computer Programs as Theories” was chosen as one of the seminal, foundational articles on AI (The Foundations of Artificial Intelligence: A Sourcebook, 1990).

Currently, he conducts research on the interface between technology and law. He teaches courses at the outer edge of inquiry, including Cyber Law and Neuro Law. However, his focus has turned to the broader ethical issues facing technology and business. In short, he is not so concerned with “what is” or “what will be” as he is with “what ought to be.” He challenges us to think more about what kind of world we should live in.

Christopher UDEMANS (Senior Reporter at Technode)

Christopher UDEMANS

Senior Reporter at Technode

Christopher Udemans is a senior reporter at TechNode, where he reports on artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity, and their effects on society. He has moderated and spoken at tech events including RISE, TechCrunch, and CES Asia. Chris has reported on technology from two continents. Before moving to China, he wrote about innovation across Africa for HumanIPO, covering topics including mobile money, cryptocurrencies, and telecommunications. He is now fascinated by the ever-changing environment in China and has a particular interest in humanity’s future alongside intelligent machines.



Dan Wong is an expert in the fields of artificial intelligence, digital transformation, and product innovation – with over 20 years of experience in Greater China and Silicon Valley. As CEO of artificial intelligence startup Rokid, Mr. Wong was one of the earliest industry pioneers to apply AI technology to home use. At Rokid, Mr. Wong brought to market a cutting-edge home AI product that captured numerous industry accolades, including CES Innovation Award 2016 and 2017. This was a “full-stack” product involving the development of Rokid’s own voice recognition technology as well as customized hardware, software, and materials. Mr. Wong is now a mentor and advisor to several startups in the artificial intelligence, converged retail, and smart home industries. Previous to Rokid, Mr. Wong was Vice President of Media Solution Center at Samsung, where he was responsible for the software and services on Samsung mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs and wearables in China. Before that, he ran one of China’s largest mobile ad networks as Chief Operating Officer of Madhouse. At Nokia, Mr. Wong launched and built NSeries into a $1.9B USD business across Greater China (covering China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan). While at Nokia, he was also responsible for the company’s Ovi internet services – launching multiple consumer services (app store, games, music, and maps) and establishing the joint-venture company that served as the basis for these services. Under Mr. Wong’s leadership, Nokia became the first foreign entity to obtain an Online Maps license in China’s tightly regulated market. In Silicon Valley, Mr. Wong has held various management positions with industry pioneering companies such as Openwave (WAP and mobile internet) and Excite@Home (broadband internet services and portal). Mr. Wong is a frequent industry event speaker and has extensive experience working with media and government. Mr. Wong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School as well as BS Electrical Engineering and MS Materials Science from Stanford University.

Longhua ZHANG (Management Consulting Partner at KPMG Advisory (China) Limited)

Longhua ZHANG

Management Consulting Partner at KPMG Advisory (China) Limited

Mr. Zhang Longhua has more than 25 years of experience in the Information Technology industry and has accumulated extensive experience in personnel and business management.
In his career path, Mr. Zhang is mainly responsible for the implementation of enterprise information technology planning, digital transformation, strategy customization of relevant departments, operation management and business development. Before joining KPMG Business Consulting, Mr. Zhang Longhua has worked in NuTech Solutions, Infosys China, EDS Shanghai, HP China, Deloitte Management Consulting and other companies for different technical and managerial role. His clients come from different industries including banking, manufacturing, air transport, energy, telecommunications operators, medical and consumer industries etc.
Mr. Zhang Longhua is a member of the Chinese Computer Committee. He holds a double bachelor's degree in computer science and mechanical engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University as well as a doctorate in computer information from North Carolina University.

Abby ZHAO (Cargill Business Service PMO Lead/Nanjing Center Lead at Cargill)


Cargill Business Service PMO Lead/Nanjing Center Lead at Cargill

Abby Zhao joined Cargill in April leading CBS Nanjing center. Before joining Cargill, Abby worked in various industries (Banking, IT, Consulting, FMG, BPO) in different roles (SSC Implementation and Service Management Lead, Regional Finance Director, BPO Client Operations Head).

Abby came from finance background and obtained her professional designation as CPA for both US and Canada. She also built the expertise in other domains such as Procurement, Logistics and BPO. She has 15+ years of shared services experience in transition, knowledge management, operations, service delivery, service management and continuous improvement.

As the head of business services center for Cargill, Abby led the establishment and growth of the center. The Cargill Business Services Nanjing center provides services to more than 60+ plants/offices for Cargill in North Asia in Finance, Supply Chain, IT, HR and Master Data. Abby has played an instrumental role in shaping the Shared Services Implementation strategy for China and building a talented team who has become the talent pool to drive further transformation in Cargill.