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Yin Qi

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Megvii Technology, People's Republic of China

Yin Qi (who also goes by “Inch”), age 31, is the co-founder & CEO of MEGVII Technology Limited, a world-class AI company with core competencies in deep learning. Founded in Beijing in 2011 by Yin Qi, Tang Wenbin and Yang Mu, three Tsinghua University graduates who studied under the Turing-prize winning Chinese computer scientist and computational theorist Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, MEGVII is a pioneer in applying AI technology and computer vision algorithms to Internet of Things (IoT) use cases. The Company’s mission is to “power humanity with AI.”

Together with his co-founders and MEGVII’s Chief Scientist, Yin personally oversees the development of MEGVII’s deep learning algorithms and its proprietary Brain++ deep learning framework. Yin has led the company to commercialize its technology in three industry verticals: personal IoT, city IoT, and supply chain IoT.

Yin Qi graduated from Tsinghua University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and even while an undergraduate, he was already working on advanced artificial intelligence and computer vision at Microsoft Research Asia. In 2011, Yin went to Columbia University to pursue a doctorate in computer science, with a research focus on smart sensors, but sensing the enormous opportunity back home, he returned that same year to China to start MEGVII. While building the company, Yin also managed in 2015 to join the first class to study business strategy and enterprise management at Hupan University, founded by Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma and committed to help Chinese most potential entrepreneurs grow, bound, and thrive in the global economy.

Yin Qi has been a member of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum since March 2019. He joined the Professional Committee for AI Ethics under the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence in February 2019. Yin was named to Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list of Chinese elites for three consecutive years, 2015, 2016 and 2017. In January 2016, he was ranked No. 1 on Forbes Asia’s “30 under 30” Enterprise Technology entrepreneurs. In June 2018, MIT Technology Review’s included him in their global “Innovators under 35” list. MEGVII ranked No. 11 among MIT Technology Review’s 50 Smartest Companies 2017.

Yoon Song-Yee

President; Chief Strategy Officer, NCSOFT, USA

President of NCSOFT, responsible for managing the organization and planning the company’s globalization strategy. NCSOFT is one of the most successful online game company globally, which started developing and servicing network based online multiplayer games in 1997. Her early work focused on MLNN in medical imaging applications. As a VP of Communication Intelligence at SK Telecom, Songyee lead its development and deployment of mobile communication platform for adaptive and personalized delivery of data services. She is a PhD recipient from MIT in Computational Neuroscience based on her research at the MIT Media Lab and a founding member of Micro Robot World Cup Soccer Tournament. She served on the Presidential Advisory Council for Science and Technology for the 16th president of South Korea and taught Media and Entertainment Business Strategy at Yonsei University in Seoul. She currently serves on the advisory board of Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Center for Asia Pacific Policy at RAND and MIT Corporation As a chairperson of NCSOFT Culture Foundation, she actively engages herself in various philanthropic initiatives including sponsoring Special Olympics players, collaboration with UN Food Program and UNHCR.

Yasui Yoshiki

Advisor, New Industrial Structure Committee, Japan

Yasui Yoshiki is Founder and recently sold Origami, a Tokyo-based company offering a mobile payment solution that bridges online and offline commerce. He is also a Committee Member of the Payments Japan Association, as well as the New Industrial Structure Committee of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. Yoshiki began his career in the Investment Banking Division for Lehman Brothers. Later he worked at DCM Ventures, a major venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, where he was responsible for investments in the US, Japan and China. He studied at the University of Sydney and later graduated from Waseda University.

Kaliya Young

Network Director, Planetwork, USA

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Leading expert on blockchain and Identity also known as self-sovereign Identity. She served from 2012-2015 on the Management Council for the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group an Obama Administration effort to make the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace real. 2010, Founder, Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. 2005, Co-Founder, Co-Producer, Facilitator, Internet Identity Workshop. Works with Planetwork to grow open standards-based infrastructure for citizens and organizations to connect outside of commercial silos/platforms. Inspiration to transform how the internet works comes from their work in the early 2000s and the paper they published in 2003: Augmented Social Network: Building Identity and Trust in the Next Generation Internet.

Has a parallel independent career designing and facilitating unconferences (interactive participant driven conferences) for a range of professional communities worldwide.

She has a Master of Science in Identity Management and Security from University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, focused on Political, Economic and Human Rights, University of California, Berkeley. She also played on their varsity water polo team and was a member of the Canadian National Water Polo Team.

Patrick Youssef

Regional Director, Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Switzerland

I joined the ICRC in 2005 and completed different field missions in Sudan, Chad, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. Between 2010 & 2013, I was the deputy head of operations for the Near and Middle East covering Yemen, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the GCC. Prior to my current assignment as Regional Director for Africa, I headed the Red Cross delegation in Iraq and was the Head of Operations for North and West Africa

In addition to my field experience, I worked on specific topics related to the respect of International Humanitarian Law such as the treatment and judicial guarantees of persons deprived of freedom, the recruitment of children in armed forces and Transitional Justice.

Born in 1978, I hold a degree in law and a master’s degree in diplomacy and strategic negotiations from Paris Sud XI and an LLM in International Law in armed conflicts from Geneva University.

Chih-Han Yu

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Appier, Taiwan, China

Chih¬-Han Yu is CEO and co¬founder of Appier, a technology company for businesses to use artificial intelligence to grow and succeed in a cross screen world. Under his leadership, Appier has grown from a five-person startup to a rapidly growing company with employees throughout 11 countries in Asia. Appier has raised 30 million USD in total funding and is the first investment Sequoia Capital made in Southeastern Asia.

Prior to Appier, Yu has authored dozens of research articles in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and machine learning, and has been awarded two US patents. In 2010 Yu obtained his doctoral degree in computer science from Harvard University, where he collaborated with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Medical School to develop self-¬adapting robotics systems to help polio patients walk correctly. His doctoral thesis was nominated as the best thesis of the year in the field of multi¬ag ent AI. Prior to Harvard, Yu earned his master’s degree from Stanford University, where he participated in the school’s champion DARPA Grand Challenge development team.

Yuan Jiakai

Vice-President and Chief Representative, China, United Way Worldwide, People's Republic of China

Vice-President and China Chief Representative of United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest privately funded non-profit organization with a focus on improving early child education, financial stability and health in 40 countries and territories. Over a decade ago, gave up career as an investment banker in the US to devote professional life to civil society work. Served leadership positions at both leading domestic and international non-profit organizations, including China Red Cross Jet Li One Foundation, Beijing Youcheng Entrepreneur Poverty Alleviation Foundation, Arlington based Rare Conservation and World Wildlife Fund for Nature China Representative Office. Formerly: worked for Credit Suisse’s Leveraged Finance team within the Investment Banking Division in New York; also founded own business as an entrepreneur in Toronto. BBA, University of Toronto, Scarborough; MBA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently completing part-time doctoral studies at the National School of Development, Peking University. World Economic Forum Global Young Leader (2019).

Yuefei Qin

Founder, Serve For China, People's Republic of China

Member of the 13th National People's Congress. Founder of Serve For China, a non-governmental and non-profit organization sending top university graduates and young professionals to work in remote villages on poverty reduction and rural public service improvement. Served as village chief in rural China for seven years. Recipient of First-Class Medal for Meritorious Service. BA in Economics and Political Science, Yale University.

Monica Yunus

Co-Founder, Sing for Hope, USA

A leading voice in the artist as citizen discussion, Soprano Monica Yunus is the Co-Founder of Sing for Hope, a leading non-profit that brings arts outreach programs to communities in need and presents initiatives that make the arts accessible to all. An internationally-renowned soprano, Monica has performed with the world's leading companies and in recitals in Spain, France, and her native Bangladesh. She has been honored with a 21st Century Leaders Award and, received a US Congressional Citation, among other honors. The daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Monica is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Raya Yusuf-Sbitany

Chief Executive Officer, Derma Beauty Lab, Palestinian Territories

Raya left the Bank of Palestine's executive team to focus on creating employment opportunities for marginalized Palestinian young workers from East Jerusalem. As CEO of Derma Beauty Lab, she has restructured and put a factory back to business, now exporting to eight countries and growing.

Carol Yu Ying

Producer and Host, Phoenix Satellite Television Co. Ltd, People's Republic of China

World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Producer and Host of weekly television interview show "Visionaries" with global thought leaders at Phoenix TV, one of the largest global Chinese TV networks. The show focuses on the future of technology, health, education and society to help people understand change and prepare for change. Past guests include Klaus Schwab, Muhammad Yunus, Henry Paulson, Larry Summers, Stephen Schwarzman, David Rubenstein, Stanford and Yale presidents, Niall Ferguson, Michael Phelps, Terry Gou, Morris Chang and many others. Formerly with the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley, Hong Kong and the World Bank office in Beijing. Extensive experience as a trilingual host/moderator for forums; regular columnist for several publications across mainland China and Hong Kong. Undergraduate degree in Economics at Stanford University and Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Sawsan Zaher

Human Rights Lawyer; Director, Social and Economic Rights Unit, Adalah, Israel

Sawsan is a Palestinian feminist and human rights lawyer, based in Haifa, Israel. A senior lawyer with Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, serving as the director of Social, Economic and Cultural Rights Unit since 2005. She has litigated several landmark cases before the Israeli Supreme Court challenging discrimination and racism against the Palestinian minority in Israel; In 2015 Sawsan was selected as a Young Global Leader and she received several fellowships: in 2013 selected as a Yale World Fellow; in 2012 selected as a fellow at the Women in Public Service Project at Wellesley College, M.A., USA; in 2008 a Fellow of the Public Law Program in the Public Interest Law Institute in Colombia University, NYC. In 2004 received an L.L.M. in International Legal Studies with a concentration on human rights and gender from the American University, Washington College of Law (USA). In January 2015 appointed to serve as the Acting General Director of Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counselling in Ramallah. Active in several human rights and digital rights organizations including board member at 7amleh - The Arab Center for Social media Advancement.