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Max Liu

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

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

Chairperson, Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), People's Republic of China

As Chairperson of JUCCCE, Peggy Liu is one of the leading catalysts of a green China and consults companies and governments on sustainability and cross-cultural collaboration with China. JUCCCE is an environmental organization that has been at the heart of the greening of China since 2007. It is most noted for accelerating societal-scale change with its multi-sector, cross-border convening power, having introduced Smart Grid to China, having educated over 1000 Chinese mayors and central government leaders on how to build sustainable cities, having created the China Dream initiative in 2010 to embed sustainability into a new vision of prosperity, and having catalysed China’s change in using incandescents to energy efficient compact fluorescent lighting. JUCCCE is firmly focused on the intersection of personal and planetary health and launched Food Heroes in 2013, China's first comprehensive kids' healthy food curriculum.

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.

Liu Qian

Managing Director, The Economist Group, China, People's Republic of China

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 China. Steering Committee member for World Economic Forum's Value in Media. 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.

Liu Xiao

Chief Partner, Beijing Vanke, People's Republic of China

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

Pro-Chancellor, University of Sydney, Australia

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.

Li Yifan

Chief Executive Officer, Hesai Technology, People's Republic of China

Li Yifan (David) is a leading figure in the autonomous driving industry. His work in the development and commercialization of cutting-edge LiDAR (3D laser sensor) technology enables self-driving cars to see the world around them. He was named to the Fortune Magazine 40 under 40 in China in 2019. He studied at Hupan University, an elite business school in China. As the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Shanghai-based Hesai Technology, Li led the company's growth to become the world's largest LiDAR supplier to the autonomous vehicle (AV) industry in a span of just 3 years. Li is passionate about disrupting the current transportation paradigm and reimagining how people move by ushering in safer, cleaner and more accessible mobility.

Stephanie Lo

Managing Director, Shui On Investment Company Limited, Hong Kong SAR, China

Stephanie Lo is Executive Director of Shui On Land and Shui On Management as well as Vice-Chair of China Xintiand. Her extensive experience and insights in the field has made her a driving force in moving the propery management industry forward in the region. In addition, Lo is also actively involved in projects geared towards closing the social gap.

Tina Y. Lo

Chairman, O-Bank, Taiwan, China

Ms. Tina Y. Lo is Vice Chairman of Industrial Bank of Taiwan (IBT), a boutique financial institution in Taiwan that is dedicated to providing the best solutions for its clients with a one-stop shop of financial services. Prior to her appointment as Vice Chairman, Ms. Lo served as Managing Director and Chief Strategy Officer of IBT, during which she shaped and implemented the Bank’s Greater China and global business strategies, and supervised the overall business administration among its subsidiaries. Previously, as the first Chief Executive of IBT’s Hong Kong Branch, she successfully led the Bank’s effort to grow and expand beyond Taiwan. In addition to banking and finance, Ms. Lo has extensive experience in venture capital. During her tenure as President of IBT Management Corporation, she was responsible for raising and managing large-size venture capital funds.
Ms. Lo is not only a financier, but also an entrepreneur who understands the ins and outs of starting up new ventures, and especially appreciates the positive influences brought about by entrepreneurship. Before joining IBT Group, she co-founded Intumit, Inc., a Taiwanese software company at the forefront of knowledge management. Furthermore, she has been a devoted advocate for young entrepreneurs, establishing a partnership between IBT Group and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to launch the renowned WeWin Entrepreneurship Competition in Taiwan, which has helped more than 5,000 young entrepreneurs establish their own businesses.
Ms. Lo was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2011, the first ever Taiwanese person to receive this international distinction. In 2013, she was also awarded the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship.
Ms. Lo holds an MBA degree from MIT and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Boston University.

Clare Lockhart

Chief Executive Officer, ISE, USA

Clare Lockhart is Director of the Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE), which works to close the trust gap between citizens and government through supporting the emergence of essential governance functions. Lockhart is the Co-Author of “Fixing Failed States” and numerous articles on development, economics, law and citizenship, and engages frequently with the media on development and security issues. Lockhart is a Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs at Yale University where she teaches seminars on governance, citizenship and reconstruction. She is a trustee of the Asia Foundation, and a board member of SOLA and the Alliance for Peace-building. Before founding ISE, she worked for the UN and the World Bank. She is a Member of the Bar of England and Wales, and was educated at Oxford and Harvard.

Christopher Logan

Managing Director; Lead, Freight and Logistics, Growth Markets, Accenture, Singapore

Degree in Business Admin., Ivey School of Business, Univ. of Western Ontario, Canada. Formerly, President, Livingston International USA: Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Agility, a global logistics provider; Principal (Partner), Mercer Management Consulting, now Oliver Wyman. Co-Founder and CEO, Silk Road Mining and Development. World Economic Forum: Member, Global Agenda Council on Global Trade & FDI; formerly, on Global Agenda Council on Logistics & Supply Chain, Supply Chain and Transport Risk Initiative; Young Global Leader (2009).

Yashovardhan Lohia

Executive Director and Chief Sustainability Officer, Indorama Ventures, Thailand

Yashovardhan Lohia started his career at Indorama Ventures in the Packaging Division, overseeing the company's operations across seven countries. Since 2018, he has also helped guide the fibres business, which is a strong growth area for the company. Lohia was appointed Executive Director of the Board of Directors in 2019 and is a member of the Sustainability and Risk Management Committee. He was also Chief Recycling Officer and later appointed as Chief Sustainability Officer. In this position, he plays an important role to define Indorama Ventures’ path to sustainability.

Lokesh Nara

Member, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, India

Former Minister of Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, Panchayat Raj, and Rural Development of Andhra Pradesh, India. One of the youngest ministers in the country. Is passionate about cultivating a robust business-friendly environment and accelerating technology penetration and rural development.