Keio University Global Research Institute
Danit Gal is a Project Assistant Professor at the Cyber Civilizations Research Center at the Keio University Global Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan. She is interested in global strategic technology planning to maximize shared social benefit. Danit chairs the IEEE P7009 standard on the Fail-Safe Design of Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Systems, and is an active member of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. She is also an affiliate at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Prior to joining Keio, Danit was a Yenching Scholar at Peking University and International Strategic Advisor to the iCenter at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Among her current projects is an ongoing study of the unanticipated consequences of AI under the Association of Pacific Rim Universities – Google research project ‘AI for Everyone: Building Trust in and Benefiting from the Technology’.
Former Mexican Ambassador to China
Ambassador Guajardo has had an active career in government and significant experience in the private sector. He most recently served for six years in Beijing as the Mexican Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. Prior to this, he was Consul General of Mexico to the US in Austin, Texas, and a Mexican congressional candidate in 2003. He previously served as Director of Communications for the Governor of Nuevo León, Mexico from 1997 to 2000.
Director of International Communications, BGI Group
Kristi Heim is a senior executive working in international communications, business development and diplomacy. She currently leads communications, public relations and strategic partnerships at BGI Group, a global genomics company. Prior to BGI, she served as president of the Washington State China Relations Council, a nonprofit business organization. At WSCRC, she developed many high-level partnerships between companies, institutions and governments in healthcare, environmental sustainability and other areas. An award-winning journalist for more than 15 years, she has written about business, technology and global health from Asia, Silicon Valley and Seattle. Kristi is passionate about using entrepreneurship and innovation to improve the lives of people around the world.
View from the Peak
Paul has over 25 years’ experience as an economic and political strategist. He founded View from the Peak in 2011, seeing a need for a truly global, multi-asset class research platform that focuses on the interactions between public policy, economic trends, technology, and geopolitics. View from the Peak takes its name from Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island and the firm aims to look at the world from a 360-degree view with an Asian perspective. The firm has offices in Hong Kong, Chicago, and London. Prior to forming View from the Peak, Paul spent 15 years in Investment Banking and Asset Management.
Kaiser Kuo host of the Sinica Podcast, a weekly discussion of current affairs in China, and editor-at-large at Supchina.com. He recently repatriated to the United States after 20 years in Beijing, where he worked as Director of International Communications for Baidu. Before that he was a technology correspondent for Red Herring magazine, and also worked as director of digital strategy, China, for Ogilvy & Mather in Beijing.
In May 2016, he was honored by the Asia Society with a leadership award for “revolutionizing the way people live, consume, socially interact, and civically engage.” He speaks frequently on topics related to politics, international relations, and technology in China.
Professor of Law at Seton Hall University
Senior Policy Manager and China Practice Lead
Xiaomeng Lu is Access Partnership’s Senior Policy Manager and China practice lead. She is well-versed in the technology policy world, specializing in standards, cybersecurity, sustainability, and market access issues. She has extensive experience throughout Asia, with a strong emphasis on China. This expertise includes how government agencies, indigenous companies, foreign businesses, industry groups, and media influence and interact with each other to form technology policy in Beijing and other Asian capitals. Her in-depth understanding of the Chinese market and Chinese people serve as the basis for valuable political and policy insight and analysis. She has achieved favorable policy outcomes for Fortunate 100 technology companies across the governments of Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Pakistan, Taiwan, and UAE.
Before joining Access Partnership, Xiaomeng spent six years advocating for global high-tech companies at the Information Technology Industry Council where, among other initiatives, she led a coalition of industry groups that successfully secured the indefinite delay of a Chinese manufacturing regulation, saving global information technology manufacturers billions in potential losses. Her policy analyses have been quoted by the New York Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, South China Morning Post, and Forbes.
Xiaomeng holds a Master’s Degree in International Trade Policy from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics and Trade from Renmin University of China.
Political and Regulatory Risk Consulting for Greater China and North Asia
Founding Partner, GeoFusion
Michael Rawding has an extensive background in the Asia region, having served as the President of Microsoft Greater China, Microsoft Japan, and Microsoft Asia. He has also worked on a variety of cross-border leadership assignments during his tenure at Spencer Stuart, gaining an appreciation of both recruiting and developing local talent. Michael was previously Chairman of the Washington State China Relations Council, served on the Board of Governors at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and is a member of the National Committee on US China Relations.
Samm Sacks is a Cybersecurity Policy and China Digital Economy Fellow at New America. Her research focuses on emerging information and communication technology (ICT) policies globally, particularly in China. She has worked on Chinese technology policy issues for over a decade, both with the U.S. government and in the private sector.
Coordinating Editor of the Stanford-New America DigiChina Project
Graham Webster is coordinating editor of the Stanford-New America DigiChina project and a fellow with New America. DigiChina is a collaborative effort to translate, contextualize, and analyze Chinese digital policy documents and commentary. He also writes the independent Transpacifica e-mail newsletter. He was previously a senior fellow and lecturer at Yale Law School, where he was responsible for the Paul Tsai China Center’s U.S.–China Track 2 dialogues for five years before leading programming on cyberspace and high-tech issues. In the past, he wrote a CNET News blog on technology and society from Beijing, worked at the Center for American Progress, and taught East Asian politics at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. Graham holds a master’s degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He is based in California.