First Round Confirmed Speakers
Publisher, Writer, Blogger | Independent
Hung Huang is an American-Chinese television host, author, actress, blogger, media figure, and the publisher of the fashion magazine iLook. CNN called her China's answer to Oprah Winfrey and Anna Wintour.
Hung's mother, Zhang Hanzhi. worked as a translator and as an English tutor for Mao Zedong.
Partner, Investor | Matrix Investment
In 2008, Harry joined Matrix Partners China as a founding member of the team with a focus on investments in the mobile internet sector. Prior to Matrix,
Harry is a Partner at WI Harper Group and led investments in their China office in the TMT sector. Before WI Harper, Harry led the corporate development teams of two US listed internet and mobile companies, and helped Linktone Ltd. (NASDAQ: LTON) and chinadotcom (Nasdaq: CHINA) in their investments in various sectors respectively. Harry started his career as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen in 1998.
Harry has been investing in China since 2000, and always focuses on early stage internet and mobile sectors. During the past 15 years, Harry led investments in Momo Technology (Nasdaq: MOMO), 21Vianet (Nasdaq:VNET), Sungy Mobile (Nasdaq: GOMO), iKang (Nasdaq: KANG), Editgrid (sold to Apple), Mapbar (sold to RenrenNasdaq:RENN), UMeng(sold to Alibaba Group), Koudai and Kuaidi.
Director HR Strategy Think Tank Future Trends and Innovation | ADIDAS
Christian is a strategy, learning and communication expert, having worked at multinational companies like DaimlerChrysler, Siemens and adidas over the last 20 years.
At the intersection of technology, and megatrends, people and organizational strategy, Christian built up the so-called Think Tank for Future Trends and Innovation within the adidas Group HR Strategy Team, shaping global trends into strategy, organizational design and innovation & culture change projects.
Christian grew up abroad in England, India, Nigeria and Greece and - with a Chinese wife, Greek stepmother, Hungarian brother-in-law and Dutch sister-in-law - he is living in his very own United Nations community.
Beijing bureau’s senior producer | CNN
An English-Chinese bilingual journalist, Steven has worked in Asia and the United States for almost two decades.
Now based in China, Steven is CNN's senior TV producer at the network's Beijing bureau.
In addition to his regular reporting from around China, Steven has covered Japan's worst nuclear crisis in history and the Arab Spring unrest in the Middle East for which the CNN team received a prestigious Peabody Award.
More recently, he managed the network's coverage on the missing Malaysian airliner from China and the sunken passenger ferry from South Korea.
Before returning to CNN in 2010, Steven covered Asia - as a producer or a correspondent - for CBS News, NBC News, France24 and Singapore's Channel NewsAsia. From 1999 to 2005, he spent nearly six years producing for CNN in Atlanta and Beijing.
Steven moved to the United States from China as a teenager. He graduated with honors from Northwestern University with majors in journalism and international studies.
Co-FounDer,Editor in chief | Kaput Magazine
Studied Sociology and Political Science at the University of Stuttgart. In 1993 he started the multimedia magazine Harakiri as well as freelancing for daily newspapers and magazines and publishing books. From 2000 till 2014 he acted as Editor-in-Chief of Intro Magazine, from 2011 till 2014 also as Director Media Content of the Hörstmann Unternehmensgruppe. He runs the three electronic labels onitor, Scheinselbständig and Cereal/Killers as well as the Art imprint Edition Fieber. He contributes on a regular basis to Spex and Groove magazine.
Co-Founder & CEO | Alesca Life
Stuart is an investment banker turned urban farmer passionate about sustainability, innovation, and impact. He co-founded Alesca Life, an agricultural technology company developing solutions to improve food security, food safety, supply chain transparency and farming efficiency.
Co-Founder | Fakemusicmedia & NEU
Since 2009, as co-founder of Beijing based FMM, a 360 degree music, events + creative agency with a passion for technology, has produced over 400 events/tours with 200+ artists and 40+ brands/institutions in 15 countries on 4 continents, released 5 albums, manages NOVA HEART & SHAO and co-founded DANCE DANGEREUX, ELECTRIC CITY电市 & M.A.D (Music and Design) event series. Philipp also has worked as a journalist for major german media, is a frequent speaker about the chinese music business at international conferences and started the chinese chapter of the International Music Management Forum (IMMF). He holds a MA in Latin American Studies/International Relations which he studied in San Diego + Cologne. He spins music under his DJ name Metro Tokyo under which he compiled a special China edition of !K7´s DJ Kicks.
Ex-Creative Diretor | VICE Media
At VICE Media, Santiago joined the magazine in 2006 and led the company’s transition to video as the first in-house producer, Content Director of VBS.TV (2007-2010) and Creative Director of VICE Media (2010-2012.) Over six years, Santiago produced and directed more than 100 VICE documentaries, developed dozens of original series, and oversaw creative for all branded content productions. Santiago’s role extended across all VICE properties, territories and disciplines, launching new platforms –Motherboard, The Creators Project, Noisey–, opening new offices in Mexico, Brazil, China, South Korea, Japan and Europe, and overseeing editorial direction for television productions with MTV and HBO. During this time, Santiago helped VICE grow to over 800
Before VICE, Santiago spent six years working with COLORS Magazine –the humanistic quarterly publication about “the rest of the world” created by Oliviero Toscani and Tibor Kalman. At COLORS Santiago produced groundbreaking journalism and helped develop the magazine’s earliest digital presence, as well as documentary film productions.
Today, alongside 75 EAST BROADWAY, Santiago collaborates with startups and non-profits, and is a sought after creative consultant for brands and media companies– most recently at Huffington Post / Aol.
Professor | NYU Shanghai
Christian is a professor of Interactive Media Arts and Business at NYU Shanghai and the co-founder of the NYU Shanghai Program on Creativity and Innovation.
Christian's current VR project involves the creation of networked, spatially audio VR environments in locations throughout the world, starting with Abu Dhabi, New York and Shanghai. Using this system, people are able to enter these virtual spaces and interact with each other in realtime.
He has also created a networked multi-user room-scale VR music sequencer, which will be available for participants at TOA Berlin try out.
In his spare time, he likes to drink coffee, build computers, create financial volatility data visualizations and brew beer.
He will also present: m3diate
m3diate is a VR content creation, collaboration and communication platform designed with the single goal of giving you a sense of presence with others regardless of dimensions, time and place. All audio is rendered using HRTFs, indirect and direct reflections, environment acoustics and more.
In this demo, 3 people enter a virtual world and are able to communicate and work together to escape a collaborative puzzle room.
Co-founder | Maker Collider || Director, Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab || Co-founder | Hacked Matter
David Li has been contributing to open source software since 1990. He is member of Free Software Foundation, committer to Apache projects and board director of ObjectWeb. Over the past 20 years, David has started several open source software projects and contributed to many others. In 2010, he co-founded XinCheJian, the first hackerspace in China to promote hacker/maker culture and open source hardware. In 2011, he co-founded Hacked Matter, a think tank on makers and open innovation. He In the past two years, he has become interested in urban farming and is an enthusiastic proponent of aquaponics, which brings the spirit of open source to farming and gardening. In 2015, he co-founded Maker Collider, a platform to develop next generation IoT from Maker community. He is also the director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab.
Chairman | BDA China || Author | “Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built“
Duncan is a recognized expert on the Internet and entrepreneurship in China, where he has lived and worked for more than 20 years.
Duncan is chairman of BDA China, which he founded in 1994 after working as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in London and Hong Kong. BDA China is an advisory firm serving investors in China's technology and consumer sectors, employing over 100 mainland Chinese professionals in Beijing.
An early advisor to leading China Internet entrepreneurs, Duncan is author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built, the definitive work on China’s e-commerce and technology giant, its founder Jack Ma, and the forces and people that propelled its rise. (Published in April 2016 by HarperCollins/Ecco).
Correspondent | AP
Gerry Shih is a Beijing correspondent for the Associated Press. He was previously a technology reporter for four years for Reuters based out of San Francisco writing about Silicon Valley's startups, and later about technology in China, based out of Beijing. Before that he wrote about San Francisco politics for The New York Times.
Policy Advisor | IMMF
Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt advises The International Music Managers Forum (IMMF) on copyright and new business models. IMMF is an organisation that brings together artist and artist representative associations from 50 countries, for networking, sharing, and discussion of trading terms and opportunities for artists.
Jake focuses on industry structural concerns including metadata issues, usage data opportunities, and B2B innovation. He has a background in financial markets, and has managed chart topping Dutch artists and signed a UK band to a US label. He works as a business adviser for a selection of artists and music copyrights, and is working on digital innovation projects to improve digital offers for artists.
Co-Founder & CTO | Mobike
Prior to working at Mobike, Joe Xia worked as head of APAC Uconnect Connectivity at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, APA SYNC team leader at Ford Motor Company, and senior engineer for system and software development at ZTE.
He finished his Master of Science (M.S) in Telecommunication and Information Systems at University of Essex in 2006, and his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) in Communication Engineering at Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2004.
Co-Founder | Hatchery
Alex has a background in corporate agribusiness, F&B, startups and marketing strategy. Alex is Co-Founder of Hatchery, China's first culinary incubator in Beijing, as well as Global Manager for the Starbucks and Fonterra global partnership. Alex balances corporate food and agribusiness with startup interests in China, believing both large and small businesses can learn more from each other. When he’s not with his young family or enjoying New Zealand wine and produce, Alex travels across Asia ensuring Starbucks' dairy needs, building food incubator platforms and encouraging rural farmers to use less chemical fertilisers. Alex is an alumni of Tsinghua and MIT universities, and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Writer/Director | "The Cabinet of Fear"
Jesús Manuel Montané (Barcelona, Spain, 1972) is a filmmaker who's always been fascinated by the dialogue between traditional storytelling and new technologies. In 1998 he wrote, produced and directed "2.0", a short featuring one of the very first CGI actresses in movie history. It premiered at Malaga's Spanish Film Festival to rave reviews.
This work led to many commercial assignments for the likes of Nissan, Sony and Panasonic. Then, in 2008 and after many years in the making, he released the CGI feature length movie for TV "Godspeed: One: Secret Legacy", which had its world premiere at Cannes' MIPCOM.
In 2011, he made a great leap with the live action film "Ushima-Next", which features heavy CGI effects and premiered at the Official Section "Noves Visions" of the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival. It stars noted playwright and Nobel nominee Fernando Arrabal, who created the "Panic Movement" together with Alejandro Jodorowsky ("The Holy Mountain") and Roland Topor ("Fantastic Planet"), from which the movie took its inspiration.
Since then he's been creating, directing and shooting advertising campaigns for BASF, Dolby Laboratories, Nokia and Samsung, among others, and developing the revolutionary transmedia project "The Cabinet of Fear”.
Dr. Abraham KC Ho is Chief Medical & Marketing Officer and VP of Business Development at LAM China, and Partner at J&J Investments Worldwide, Ltd.
Abraham was raised in Vancouver, Canada and comes from a family of 5 generations of doctors. He moved to Beijing China in 2002, attended Peking Univ., and began his career as a general surgeon at PKU People's Hospital, where he gained extensive clinical experience in the field of surgical oncology.
With the passion to provide patients in China with world class medical care, Dr. Ho joined Prof Yan (Duke Univ.) at Genetron Health in January 2014 and headed medical consulting in cancer precision medicine. Dr. Ho became a well-known cancer consultant in the private sector in Beijing. Subsequently, Abraham co-founded Temple, a digital precision health services company based in Beijing, and served as CMO. CiMing JJK Life acquired Temple in early 2016. Dr. Ho continued to serve as CMO at JJK and lead all aspects of health and medical related affairs, including strategy, BD and management (headed health and diagnostics departments). He was also responsible for developing and managing data-driven health management programs, state-of-the-art diagnostics, patient-centered concierge medicine and EHR.
Today, Dr. Abraham Ho is CM&MO and VP of BD at LAM China, a world leader in cfDNA methylation cancer liquid biopsy technologies.
Abraham is also a council member of GLG, consulting investors in the healthcare industry in China. Besides giving lectures at major hospitals, medical conferences and universities, Dr. Ho is also very active in promoting social awareness of health & wellness. Notably, Abraham was invited to give a TEDxTALK on Precision Medicine & Cancer Care in June 2015.
Founder of TM Talent Management
Tarsame Mittal is the Founder of TM Talent Management. Tarsame has over ‘ 13‘ years in the music and entertainment industry. With TMTM, he aims to transform the way talent is perceived in the country.
TMTM manages 23 musicians from India including top names like Arijit Singh, Vishal Bhardwaj, Amit trivedi, Vishal & Shekhar, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sajid Wajid, Rekha Bhardwaj, Hariharan and Zubeen Garg. His roster contributed to more than 50% most successful music in India in the last 5 years.
While graduating from Guwahati Commerce College in 2004, Tarsame also appeared for Foundation Examinations from ICAI and ICSI and cleared both the examinations in 1st Class. Started to work at a young age during his college days, he was involved in teaching students, modelling, anchoring, organizing events and many other small time jobs. With his aggressive attitude and professional approach, he has started various businesses and excelled in all fields he is operating. Tarsame Mittal Talent Management is a very emotional project for Tarsame and he personally looks after this business. The young entrepreneur sees immense potential in the Indian music industry and has taken his passion about building and nurturing talent and promoting music in the country to a next level by building up TM Talent Management with experienced people from diverse segments. Tarsame aims to establish the company as a very clean, transparent and business driven company. His plan is to establish the company as a 360 degree solution for any musician who might be successful or who is just starting a career in the industry.
Co-founder of FakeMusicMedia, NEU & Singer of Nova Heart
After graduating B.A. of Business Administration and Management from USC, Helen Feng returned to China and has been influential in the media scene since 2004, where she worked first as a VJ and associate producer at MTV China. Later she went to create two nationally syndicated programs on China Radio International, Sunset Blvd. on EasyFM in 2002, and the Rock Show on HitFM in 2006. Along side her role as a show presenter, Helen created three popular indie acts, ZIYO, Pet Conspiracy, and now Nova Heart which has become one of China’s most internationally successful acts.
Chief Creative Officer Ogilvy & Mather China
Throughout his 25 years working in Media and Advertising, Graham Fink has worked at a string of the best agencies in the UK including CDP, WCRS, Saatchi’s, and GGT before leaving to direct commercials and music videos. Since then among his numerous creative accomplishments include a club hit in the late 90’s and the short film that was shortlisted for a BAFTA Award. 1996 he became the youngest president of D&AD and was voted into the D&AD’s Art Direction book representing the world’s top 28 Art Directors of all time. His own successful production company thefinktank won awards for his direction including a BRIT nomination for best dance video of the year. In 2001 he joined M&C Saatchi as ECD and turned them into one of the most awarded agencies in London before joining Ogilvy China as their Chief Creative Officer in 2011.
Founder of Humanity+China
SUN Wei is the founder of Humanity+China (Or H+China), and an A.I. Research Consultant at KurzweilAI. She formerly served as a product manager at Advantech, a MBA consultant to Nuance Communications, a research consultant in IDC Massachusetts headquarter and a professional associate at The World Bank DC headquarter. Her education background includes a full-time MBA degree from Boston University with the highest Dean’s scholarship and a bachelor degree of Electrical Engineering from Carleton University with a GPA 4.0/4.0.
Kevin Geiger has over 25 years experience in the arts & entertainment, including 15 years with Disney in Burbank and Beijing. Resident in China since 2008, Kevin has enjoyed an eclectic career as artist, animator, technician, teacher, consultant, entrepreneur, producer and executive. Among his accomplishments, Kevin is a Disney feature animation veteran, was an animation instructor at Cal Arts, is the first foreign Guest Professor at the Beijing Film Academy's Animation School, received the 2011 Beijing Great Wall Friendship Award, co-founded Magic Dumpling Entertainment in Beijing, and was VP & Head of Creative for Disney’s Greater China Local Content team, where he created Disney’s first Chinese TV co-production. In 2015, Kevin left Disney to resume his independent ventures in China. He is currently a founding Partner of Magic Dumpling Entertainment, Distinguished Professor & Acting Vice Dean of the Beijing Film Academy's new Digital Media School, and Executive Director of the Beijing Film Academy's International Animation & Virtual Reality Research Center.
Gita Suharsono is a journalist by trade, turned professional fighter. She is currently a competitive kickboxer, aiming for Mixed Martial Arts in the near Future. Gita is training hard, fighting harder and passionate about fitness and nutrition.
Former Asia-Pacific creative director with Ogilvy and DDB, Dirk co-founded innovative luxury travel startup Zanadu. He lives on the intersection of creativity, technology and media, is partner in China’s best live music venue, Yugong Yishan, and rides his motorbikes if Beijing air quality permits.
Founder | YUMI
Adrian Lai has built his career helping progressive brands build connections within culture communities. He is the Founder of System & Co., a business consultancy working with the likes of 88 Rising, MISSBISH, Webwork, and Founder of yumi, a new Social Commerce platform. Adrian was previously Head of Culture Marketing at Red Bull China bringing properties such as Red Bull Music Academy to China and also Head of Digital Production at Wieden+Kennedy Shanghai helping Beats by Dre and Tiffany & Co. launch social media in China and overseeing award-winning campaigns for Nike and Converse.
Al Di is one of Asia's Leading Independent Producers , He produced 4 movies in Hollywood for the past 2 and half years .
Dreamland nominated for Best U.S. Narrative Feature at 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Later on ORION and Netflix released DREAMLAND in North America .
He also produced the 2017 Sundance Hit movie Brigsby Bear , It's also the closing film of the International Critic Weeks for 70th Cannes Film Festival, It's also one of the main competition movies at Shanghai international film festival 2017 .Sony Pictures Classics acquired worldwide rights of Brigsby Bear released in USA on July 28th .
He is also the executive producer for the movie named Piercing starring Mia Wasikowska , who also exec produced Robert Schwartzman's latest movie The Unicorn . Both movies in post production now . His fifth movie in Hollywood named Lost Transmission starring by Simon Pegg will be shoot in this Autumn .
Award winning Director & Cinematographer.
Native of Beijing China.
Her film has been focusing on woman's voice, culture exchange and discover humanity itself. She received her two M.F.A. degrees in Film production at University of Souther California and Documentary Film Production at Beijing Normal University. Before attending USC, she published a photography book, Illusion, which features photos taken in India, Cambodia, Nepal and China.
She recently directed feature film "Meiduo", shot in Tibet, Lebanon Syrian Border Tripoli and Beijing. Her short film "Mandala" won 2015 DGA Best Short Film Award. She was the Director of Photography for the documentary “Looking at the Stars” won 2015 Student Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Guan Xi served as the Cinematographer on feature film The Mad Whale, Produce and Act by James Franco.
As a young filmmaker, she believes her camera is a weapon and she plans to use it to inspire people while building an everlasting legacy of art, vision and creativity.
Vice President | Noitom
Chen Qiufan(A.K.A. Stanley Chan) is Vice President of Noitom. Noitom focuses on motion capture technologies and virtual reality. He used to work for Google and Baidu for 10 years, where he built up his experience in Online Advertising and Internet Marketing. He is also an amateur Science Fiction writer who has been translated into different languages and winning awards in China and overseas. Published works included: “The Waste Tide”, “Thin Code” and “Future Disease”. As one of the representatives of a newgeneration of Science Fiction writers, he is well known for his realism and new wave style and has been called “China’s William Ford Gibson”. Besides, he is also a scenarist, script supervisor and columnist and frequently invited to speak publicly and share his insights on science & technology, fiction, media, and related fields in film and television..
Vice President | Musikid
Musikid is one of the largest crowd fund website and musician online cloud management platform.Independent music critic, art exhibition curator, former senior media journalist, internet music radio host, youth culture watcher and she even has been the bassist of a female punk band. Currently she runs the podcast "commune"( 大内密谈 ), specializing in independent music related content. Each show has over one million listeners.
Founder & CEO | Beijing Health Forum
An entrepreneur with a foundation in medical research and health policy, he has both a broad and deep network in the healthcare industry. He has been in Beijing for more than 6 years and has worked in the largest hospitals (public, private and military) in China as well as research laboratories (Chinese Academy of Sciences). He has helped dozens of health-focused startups find strategic partners in China, starting from market entry and identifying their first hire to regulatory consulting and investment sourcing. He currently assists several medical associations in China as well as the Nobel Summit to attract high-level media coverage as well as interesting personnel to their events. He organized the Digital Health Innovation Event, the first of its kind in China, and lectures at medical universities on how to cultivate innovation. In 2015, he was elected to the UNDP China Innovation Advisory Committee, established to identify high potential projects to fulfill SDG objectives. In 2017, he was elected to the B20 Health Initiative to help elucidate the Chinese healthcare system and has already made policy recommendations to reflect both public and private Chinese companies’ perspectives. Additionally, he has begun working on APEC with Chinese stakeholders and aims to launch the APEC China Health Forum in early 2018.