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Jia Li is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford’s School of Medicine. She also serves as an advisor to the UNICEF. She co-founded DawnLight Technologies and served as the founding CEO. She was the Head of R&D at Google Cloud AI. Her org at Google focuses on both research and innovation to solve real world problems and develop the full stack of AI products on Google Cloud to power solutions for diverse industries. Before joining Google, she was the Head of Research at Snap, leading the research innovation effort. Before Snap, she led the Visual Computing and Learning Group at Yahoo! Labs. Jia received her Ph.D. degree from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. She is serving as the Associate Editor of the Visual Computer: International Journal of Computer Graphics by Springer and the Computer Vision Foundation Industrial Advisory Board Member. She served as the Program Chair of the ACM Multimedia Conference 2017, Area Chair for ICCV 2017, Industry Relationship Chair in CVPR 2016 and Volunteers Chair in CVPR 2010 in the past. In 2014, she was selected to receive the Super Star award at Yahoo!, the highest award at the company. She was also awarded the Master Inventor Award for her innovations in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Vision, E-Commerce, Product Recommendation and Image Search. She was the leader of the OPTIMOL team, which won the first prize in the Semantic Robotics Vision Challenge sponsored by NSF and AAAI in 2007.
Drawing on personal experience as a serial entrepreneur and founder, Veronika through her Single Family Office, invests in alternative investments in high growth emerging markets with a very strong focus on sustainability. They are also building one of the leading and profitable tech enabled ecosystems in SEA including Electric Vehicle, logistic, supply chain, and commerce infrastructure.
Veronika is also a co-founder of one of the largest Human Capital development companies in Indonesia (Qerja.com, Jobs. Id, Karir. Com, Linardi Associates, Kelas.com). Qerja is Indonesia’s first online community for empowering professionals on making the right decisions for their careers by creating a platform for professionals to share knowledge, salary and experiences. Qerja introduces transparency to an otherwise opaque working environment.
Henrik Lind is an ambitious entrepreneur, pioneer and philanthropist. He is an inspiring leader and a front-runner who takes and gives responsibility.
Henrik is the founder, owner and CEO of Lind Invest, a single-family office, with a portfolio consisting of different investment activities. Furthermore, he is founder and owner of several other companies, and he serves on a number of boards. He has extensive experience with general management, business strategy, financial markets, and business development.
Accordingly, Henrik engages in social projects and he wants to play an active role in society and make a difference for vulnerable people. He grew firm in his belief that while limited by conditions or resources, restricted by contexts or means, everyone has a potential to unfold, improve and develop. And what matters is not a person’s starting point; what matters is the facilitation of opportunities, genuine support and constantly challenging the status quo. Henrik believes that we all have a shared responsibility to help and support where needed.
By proactively investing in people, companies and society Henrik aims to create significant returns – for the development of individuals, the value creation of businesses and the welfare of civilisations.
Henrik Lind is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2015.
Carol Li Rafferty
Carol Li Rafferty is the Managing Director of Yale Center Beijing and a Co-Founder of Lean In China. She previously worked for the China Investment Corporation (CIC), the country’s sovereign wealth fund, as Senior Vice President, responsible for strategic and private equity investments. Carol graduated cum laude from Yale University, with dual B.A. degrees in Economics and International Studies. She received her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School. She is also a China Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and a member of the Board of Trustee at Keystone Academy, a non-profit K-12 school in Beijing, China. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Carol is a member of the founding family of the Bank of East Asia. She is currently a member of the Hong Kong government’s Financial Services Development Council's Working Group on the Asia Institute of Finance, and a member of the Hong Kong X-Tech Startup Platform Advisory Committee.
Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. BA in Economics and Mathematics, Columbia University, New York, Kluge scholar. Extensive experience in conducting high-level interviews with world leaders, business executives and entrepreneurs, leading special coverage reports and moderating industry forums. Former: investment banking experience, UBS and JPMorgan Securities; investment professional, KKR and Lehman Brothers Private Equity; Correspondent, CNBC Asia. Currently, bilingual Anchor, Reporter, Financial Commentator, China Central Television Business Channel; currently hosts Dialogue and Global Business Report. Has served as a UNEP TUNZA Global Youth Adviser. Interests: music, art, triathlon (Ironman 70.3), ultra-marathon (250 km self-supported desert foot race); founder of a healthy lifestyle brand GLO Kitchen and Fitness.
Gary Liu is CEO of the South China Morning Post, a global news media company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Gary is also the Chairman of the WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific Committee, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2019. Prior to joining the SCMP in January 2017, Gary was CEO of Digg, spearheading the New York startup’s transformation from aggregator to a data-driven news platform. Previously, Gary was Head of Labs at Spotify, after joining the company as Global Director of Ad Product Strategy. Gary has also worked at AOL and Google.
Ida Liu is the Global Head of Citi Private Bank and a member of the Global Wealth Management Leadership team. Ida leads the Private Banking activities in 50 offices across 18 countries and delivers wealth management solutions to ultra-high net worth families and their businesses globally. Before becoming the Global Head, she was the Head of Citi Private Bank North America and held numerous other leadership roles.
Ida created Citi Private Bank’s North America Asian Clients Group, and she started her career at Citi by launching and heading the Fashion, Retail and Entertainment Group. Before joining Citi, Ida was at Vivienne Tam, a women’s wear design house, where she was Global Head of Sales, Marketing, Public Relations and Business Development. Prior to this, Ida spent seven years in investment banking with Merrill Lynch’s mergers and acquisitions and technology, media and telecommunications investment banking groups in New York and Hong Kong. She started her career in mergers and acquisitions at BT Wolfensohn (now Deutsche Bank).
Ida has received many industry accolades including Barron’s 10 Most Influential Women in Wealth Management, Barron’s 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance, Crain’s Notable Women on Wall Street and American Banker’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance. Additionally, Ida is a Young Global Leader (YGL)
of the World Economic Forum, a member of The Committee of 100 (C100) and Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Ida serves on the UCLA Health Advisory Board as well as the Asia Society Board.
Ida holds a BA with honors from Wellesley College and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and conversant in Russian.
Max Liu is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of EMQ.
A veteran of the financial services industry, Max’s career spans more than 20 years across Asia and the United States.
Across Asia, Max has seen how conventional banking excluded large segments of society, particularly low-income overseas workers from having access to financial services. Over time, these overseas workers have become a pillar of the economy while providing a critical lifeline to millions of households in the developing countries. This has inspired Max
to build a financially inclusive business leveraging Fintech innovation to meet the needs of the overseas workers. EMQ was launched in 2014 and offers remittance services
between two countries at a fraction of the price of conventional banks by utilizing aggregation and netting. With a strong presence across Asia, the company partners with
financial institutions and other strategic partners in each country to enable and settle cross-border remittance via banks and various modes for top-up and cash pickup.
Earlier, Max served as a founding member and portfolio manager of the Special Situations Asia team at Citadel Investment Group, a global multi-strategy hedge fund with US$26 billion in assets under management. At Citadel, Max led the Greater China team that sourced, structured, invested, and managed assets across the capital structure.
Prior to Citadel, Max held several leadership roles at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York and Hong Kong in the Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities division and served
as the Head of Proprietary Research for the Asia Convertible and Credit Trading Group.
Max received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He was also named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Peggy Liu is Chairperson of JUCCCE, an NGO at the heart of the greening of China since 2007. Peggy is one of the most impactful environmentalists globally. She catalyzed China’s leaps into clean energy, Smart Grid, ecocities, efficient lighting, green bonds, and sustainable diets. Her efforts have helped a billion and a half people leapfrog towards personal and planetary health.
For this, Peggy was awarded the Hillary Step, the "Nobel" for climate change solutionists; “Hero of the Environment” by Time magazine, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. ; CEO Magazine named her a “Top 20 Sustainability Thought Leader 2023”; The Economist called "one of the most innovative thinkers in Asia"; and press dubbed her the "Green Goddess of China".
Today, Peggy shares with communities, governments and companies around the world the lessons she learnt in scaling societal movements by successfully tackling China's toughest environmental health challenges. Peggy’s "Tornado Leadership" lessons empower visionaries to curate societal change and bring in a better future faster.
She has taught 1000 mayors and central government officials across China how to build ecocities. Her workshops on reimagining prosperity sustainably have been used to birth the National slogan “China Dream”, used in Britain, and to reimagine Pakistani Dream 2047. She is an Sr. Executive Advisor to the sovereign Nation of Hawaii.
As a global speaker, Peggy believes that the most helpful skill is heart-based storytelling, and that cultural translators will have the most important roles of the next generation. She is the best-selling author of “Mesmerize the Media: Maximize Your Impact With more Press” on transformational speaking.
Previously, Peggy was a venture capitalist and McKinsey consultant. She was dubbed an "Internet Pioneer” in Silicon Valley for founding one of the earliest ecommerce companies. She is an MIT-trained electrical engineer and completed public policy programs at Harvard Kennedy School and National University of Singapore.
Peggy is a Distinguished Professor at China Academy of Governance, a lecturer at China Executive Leadership Academy of Pudong, and the National Academy for Mayors of China. She is a board member of Project Drawdown, an advisor to the FTSE Environmental Markets Committee, EAT Forum and Volans, a Governor of the Hillary Institute. She is a Thought Leader at Criticaleye CEO network. She served as an executive advisor to Marks & Spencer, a sustainability advisor to HP, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Sustainable Consumption 2012-13 and on New Energy Architecture 2011-12, and an energy adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008. She is a recurring judge for The Circulars at Davos (circular economy) and the Hult Prize (social entrepreneurship at college level).
As one of the leading green voices in China, Peggy was honored as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Foreign Policy's shaper of US-China relations, the Hillary Step for climate change solutions in 2012, a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment in 2008, the Hillary Laureate of 2010 for climate change leadership, a Forbes 'Women to Watch in Asia' in 2010, a Huffington Post 'Greatest Person of the Day' in 2011, one of China’s top 50 innovative business leaders by China Business News Weekly in 2012, Shanghai Excellence Award 2014. In Chinese press, she has been recognized as a green leader on covers and in features such as Oriental Outlook ('China Dream'), Global Times ('Green Goddess'), Beijing Tatler ('Green Miracle'), The Guardian ('Climate Change Abolitionists'), Vogue China ('3 Women Who Better the World'), Psychologies ('10 Green Handkerchiefs award'), Madame Figaro 'Top Life' award 2012, Jessica ('Most Successful Women' 2013), L’Officiel ('China's Most Successful Women' 2014).
She speaks around the world to explain how China works and China’s green journey. Peggy is a frequent speaker at World Economic Forum and TED, and appears regularly on BBC, Discovery Channel, and other media. Watch her in: Voice of America’s “A Single Step: Journeys of Women Leaders”, "Cities Changing Diabetes", "Catching the Sun", Discovery Channel’s “Power the Future” Part 3 and Part 4, Discovery Channel "How China Works".
She is a recurring judge for The Circulars at Davos (circular economy) and the Hult Prize (social entrepreneurship at college level).
Prior to JUCCCE she was a venture capitalist in Shanghai. In the 1990's Peggy was on the cover of 'Red Herring Hits' as an Internet pioneer in Silicon Valley heading Channel A, one of the earliest e-commerce companies. Other executive positions in Silicon Valley included General Manager of Consumer Applications at Zaplet, a dynamic email communications platform, and VP of Marketing at SeeUthere.com. Peggy also served as a management consultant at McKinsey (see her on the homepage http://www.mckinsey.com/careers), a software product manager for Internet Chameleon- the first graphical user interface for surfing the Internet on Windows, product manager for Symantec C++ and Norton OEM products, and a computer programmer. Her early goal in life was to use technology to improve the living standards of people around the world.
She is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and completed a program in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a program at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
Qian is an influential economist and business executive. As Managing Director of The Economist Group in Greater China, she has deep knowledge of the Chinese economy, understands both China and the West very well, with exceptional ability to bridge the two. She publishes in highly regarded academic journals and business outlets, and is frequently interviewed by BBC, CNBC, NPR etc. She is also a prominent advocate for gender equality in China, and introduces cutting edge global economic research on gender, and promotes intelligent public debates reaching millions of people. She also serves as Vice Chair for British Chamber of Commerce in China. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member of Global Future Council on Geopolitics. Outstanding Women Award, China. Qian earned her PhD in economics from Uppsala University, Sweden, and was previously a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, and received executive training from Stanford University and attended Global Leadership and Public Policy program at Harvard University.
2003, Bachelor’s and Master’s in Economics, Renmin University; 2008, Master’s degree, Harvard Business School. Formerly with McKinsey & Company. 2009, joined Vanke; 2010, General Manager, Department of Strategy , Investment, Financing and Operation; 2012, General Manager, Zhejiang Nandu Vanke; 2015, General Manager, Beijing Vanke. Currently, Senior Vice-President, China Vanke Group and Chief Executive Officer, Beijing region.
Jason Li Yat-Sen
Degree (Hons) in Arts/Law, University of Sydney; Master's in Law, Australia's Hauser Global Fellow, New York University Law School. Chairman, Vantage Asia Holdings, an investment group with interests in financial services, natural products and technology. Former: Youth Chair, NSW Ethnic Communities Council; Cultural Spokesperson, NSW Tourism during the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games; Director, National Centre for Volunteering; NSW Government's Sydney Metropolitan Strategy Group. Vice-Chair, Australia-China Chamber of Commerce, Beijing; Director, George Institute for Global Health and the Sydney Institute. Governor, Smith Family, one of Australia's largest charities. Senate Fellow, University of Sydney.