Mr. Brad Smith
President of Microsoft Corporation
Brad Smith is the president of Microsoft, where he leads a team of more than 1,400 business, legal and corporate affairs professionals in 56 countries. He serves as the company’s chief legal ofﬁcer and leads work on a wide range of issues involving the intersection between technology and society, including cybersecurity, privacy, ethics and artiﬁcial intelligence, human rights, immigration, philanthropy and environmental sustainability. Described by the New York Times as “a de facto ambassador for the technology industry at large,” Smith has testiﬁed numerous times before the U.S. Congress and other governments on key policy issues.
Agenda & Panels for Seattle 2020
Mr. Brad Smith
President of Microsoft Corporation
9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Global supply chains, data and network infrastructure are an increasingly important part of national security. Countries that successfully utilize and protect their data will be in a position to dominate the geopolitical landscape. Are we destined for a bifurcated world of technology because of a lack of trust, or can the US and China work together for the common good?
SPEAKER 1: Rob Spiger, Microsoft
SPEAKER 2: Carly Ramsey, Control Risks
SPEAKER 3: Xiaomeng Lu, Access Partnership
SPEAKER 4: Naomi Wilson, ITI
MODERATOR: Samm Sacks
FIRESTARTER 1: Xiaomeng Lu, Access Partnership
FIRESTARTER 2: Samm Sacks, New America
10:20 AM – 10:35 AM
10:35 AM – 11:25 AM
While the economic and diplomatic challenges facing the United States and China are wide ranging, trade remains the central issue and political hotbed in both countries. With globalization under threat, the rules of engagement that have benefitted billions of people are being challenged.
SPEAKER 1: Jorge Guajardo, McLarty Associates
SPEAKER 2: Nigel Cory, ITIF
SPEAKER 3: Wendy Cutler, Asia Society
SPEAKER 4: Danny Tenegauzer, Bank of New York Mellon
SPEAKER 5: Robert Smith, EY
MODERATOR: Jenny Leonard, Bloomberg
FIRESTARTER 1: Jenny Leonard, Bloomberg
FIRESTARTER 2: Wendy Cutler, Asia Society
11:25 AM – 12:15 PM
NATIONAL SECURITY AND DIPLOMACY
China’s economic rise has led to claims about a new kind of military rival to the United States not seen since the Soviet Union. As the complexity of the digital age changes the nature of con-ﬂict and cooperation, the United States and China are central to a quickly evolving world order.
SPEAKER 1: Maggie Lewis, Seton Hall Law
SPEAKER 2: Nelson Dong, Dorsey & Whitney
SPEAKER 3: Jessica Chen Weiss, Cornell University
SPEAKER 4: Paul Scharre, CNAS
MODERATOR: Paul Krake, View from the Peak
FIRESTARTER 1: Jessica Chen Weiss, Cornell University
FIRESTARTER 2: Paul Scharre, CNAS
12:20 PM – 1:40 PM
LUNCH, THE BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE
Our featured panel led by senior business leaders who have been directly affected by the prevailing tensions between the United States and China. We will hear about their experiences, the challenges their businesses face under new tariff regimes, their capital expenditure plans and their vision for the future of engagement with China.
SPEAKER 1: Sherry Carbary, President of Boeing China
SPEAKER 2: James Kalani Lee, Global COO of SAP Ariba, former COO of SAP Greater China
SPEAKER 3: Bo Li, CEO of Realwear China
MODERATOR: Michael Rawding, Geofusion
1:40 PM – 2:30 PM
As the trade dispute has morphed into a broad remaking of the entire economic relationship, bi-lateral capital ﬂows are becoming the next source of tension. From Chinese ownership of US treasuries to the listing of China’s leading companies on US exchanges, the interdependence of both countries regarding investment ﬂows is subject to increasing skepticism.
SPEAKER 1: Bill Callanan, Syzgy Investment Advisory
SPEAKER 2: Wenchi Yu, VIPKid
SPEAKER 3: Anna Ashton, US-China Business Council
SPEAKER 4: Shan Huang, Caixin
SPEAKER 5: Scott Kennedy, CSIS
MODERATOR: Neysun Mahboubi, University of Pennsylvania
FIRESTARTER 1: Scott Kennedy, CSIS
2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
GLOBAL HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCE
Reevaluating the US-China relationship means understanding the growing role of China in health, development and other essential global goals. Using low-cost, rapid commercialization capability to scale up affordable solutions is an effective model for China, and its own technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated. What does this new landscape mean for US institutions and what opportunities are there to collaborate to improve human conditions around the world?
SPEAKER 1: Steve Davis, PATH
SPEAKER 2: Kathleen Walsh, Gates Foundation
SPEAKER 3: Benjamin Shobert, Microsoft/NBR
SPEAKER 4: Jennifer Bouey, RAND Corporation
MODERATOR: Kristi Heim, BGI Group/WSCRC
3:20 PM – 3:40 PM
3:40 PM – 4:30 PM
Chinese and American ﬁrms are racing ahead of the rest of the world in advancements in artiﬁcial intelligence. The competition is not entirely zero-sum as innovation ﬂows both directions across the Paciﬁc. Nevertheless advancements in AI will fundamentally alter the strategic landscape and global economic leadership in ways that are leading to a reexamination of interdependence in transformative technologies.
SPEAKER 1: Danit Gal, Technology Advisor, United Nations Secretary General, High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
SPEAKER 2: Graham Webster, Stanford
SPEAKER 3: Joy Dantong Ma, Home Partners of America
SPEAKER 4: Karen Hao, MIT Tech Review
MODERATOR: Kaiser Kuo, SupChina
FIRESTARTER 1: Danit Gal, Cambridge University
FIRESTARTER 2: Joy Dantong Ma, Home Partners of America
Kaiser ﬁreside chat live podcast interview with Jeffrey Prescott
Jeffrey Prescott is a senior fellow at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engage-ment and executive director of National Security Action. In the Obama Administration, Jeff served as Vice President Biden’s Deputy National Security Advisor and senior China advisor.
Director of Business Advisory Services, US-China Business Council
Ms. Ashton has served as the director of business advisory services at the US-China Business Council. She leads staff across USCBC’s three offices in providing member companies with analysis of China’s commercial policies, business operating environment, and best practices; and also helps to develop and implement USCBC’s advocacy on behalf of member companies. Ms. Ashton has served as a China analyst in both public and private sector positions. She began her career at the Department of Defense, working on strategic China issues
ude Blanchette holds the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Previously, he was engagement director at The Conference Board’s China Center for Economics and Business in Beijing, where he researched China’s political environment with a focus on the workings of the Communist Party of China and its impact on foreign companies and investors. Prior to working at The Conference Board, Blanchette was theassistant director of the 21st Century China Center at the University of California, San Diego.
Senior Policy Researcher and the Tang Chair for China Policy Studies, RAND Corporation
Dr. Bouey leads wide-ranged collaborative research initiatives on health, education, and global developments. Prior to RAND, Dr. Bouey served as a global health faculty for 14 years at the Georgetown University with research interests centered on global health strategy, migrant health, and social determinants of health. Between 2015-2018, she led an international research workgroup on U.S. and China’s health security interests, including pandemic preparedness, global health governance, and health risks among international migrants in China. Dr. Bouey also successfully conducted NIH funded research on disease prevention studies among underserved population in U.S. and China and has been serving as a consultant for the World Bank Group, China National Center for AIDS prevention and Control, Hong Kong Government AIDS Fund, and several multiple international NGOs. Dr. Bouey hold a PhD degree in Epidemiology from the George Washington University and a Clinical Medicine Degree from the Peking University School of Medicine.
Nigel Cory is an associate director covering trade policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a non-profit, non-partisan think tank that focuses on the intersection of technological innovation and public policy. He focuses on cross-border data flows, data governance, intellectual property, and how they each relate to digital trade and the broader digital economy. Cory has provided in-person testimony and written submissions and has published reports and op-eds relating to these issues in the United States, the European Union, Australia, China, India, and New Zealand, among other countries and regions, and he has completed research projects for international bodies such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and the World Trade Organization. Prior to ITIF, he worked for eight years in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which included postings in Malaysia and Afghanistan and positions in Canberra working on G20 global economic and trade issues.
Wendy Cutler joined the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) as vice president in November 2015. She also serves as the managing director of the Washington D.C. Office. In these roles, she focuses on building ASPI’s presence in Washington —strengthening its outreach as a think/do tank —and on leading initiatives that address challenges related to trade and investment, as well as women’s empowerment in Asia. She joined ASPI following an illustrious career of nearly three decades as a diplomat and negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
Outgoing President and CEO, PATH
Steve Davis is outgoing president and chief executive officer of PATH. Combining expertise as a technology business leader, global health advocate, and social innovator, he has led PATH’s growth and evolution into a leading social enterprise advancing health solutions across the globe.
Before joining PATH in 2012, Mr. Davis served as Director of Social Innovation at McKinsey & Company, Interim CEO of the Infectious Disease Research Institute, CEO of global digital media firm Corbis, and practiced law at the international law firm K&L Gates. Earlier in his career, he worked on Chinese politics and law, and refugee programs and policies.
Executive Committee member, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
Nelson Dong is a Seattle-based senior partner with the Dorsey & Whitney international law firm. He leads his firm’s international trade and national security law practice and is also co-head of its Asia Practice. He has advised American companies, professional associations, universities and independent research institutes to operate in Greater China and elsewhere around the world for over 30 years. He writes and teaches regularly in the intersection of technology and international law and has been an adjunct international law professor at Seattle University Law School. He was a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General and took part in the Justice Department’s defense of President Jimmy Carter’s establishment of full diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China in 1979. He has been an export control policy advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce under two Administrations. Nelson also later served as Deputy Associate Attorney General and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, in Boston. He is a director and Executive Committee member of both the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in New York City and of the Washington State China Relations Council in Seattle, taking an active role in many of their public programs intended to foster better public understanding about the many dimensions of the relations between the United States, Washington state and China. He is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Committee of 100. Nelson is a graduate of Stanford University and the Yale Law School, and he was the first Asian American trustee of Stanford University.
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.
MIT Technology Review
Karen Hao is an AI reporter at MIT Technology Review, covering the field’s cutting edge research and social impact. Before joining TR, she was a tech reporter and data scientist at Quartz. In a past life, she was also an application engineer at the first startup to spin out of Alphabet’s X.
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.
Mr. Shan Huang is Deputy Managing Editor and Editorial Board Member of Beijing-based Caixin Media, equivalent to the Economist in China. He is charged with overseeing Caixin’s foreign desk and overseas branding efforts, with 15 years of experience in reporting on Chinese domestic economic & political situations, its external relations with focus on Chinese economic diplomacy.
Mr. Huang was a visiting fellow with the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford in the trinity term of 2018. He served as a senior research associate with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame for the period of August 2018 through May 2019.
Scott Kennedy is senior adviser and Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). A leading authority on Chinese economic policy, Kennedy has been traveling to China for over 30 years. His specific areas of expertise include industrial policy, technology innovation, business lobbying, U.S.-China commercial relations, and global governance. His articles have appeared in a wide array of policy, popular, and academic venues, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and China Quarterly.
From 2000 to 2014, Kennedy was a professor at Indiana University (IU), where he established the Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business and was the founding academic director of IU’s China Office. Kennedy received his Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University, his M.A. in China Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and his B.A. from the University of Virginia.
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.
Jenny Leonard has been a Bloomberg reporter in Washington, DC for three years and have covered the trade policy beat for two years. Prior to Bloomberg, she covered the Trump administration and Capitol Hill for Inside U.S. Trade, and her print and video pieces were published by Vice News, USA TODAY, the Texas Tribune, the Marine Corps Times and McClatchy.
Professor of Law at Seton Hall University
Maggie Lewis is a Professor of Law at Seton Hall University. She has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at National Taiwan University, a visiting professor at Academia Sinica, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and a delegate to the US-Japan Foundation’s US-Japan Leadership Program. Professor Lewis has participated in the State Department’s Legal Experts Dialogue with China, has testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and is a consultant to the Ford Foundation. Before joining Seton Hall, Professor Lewis served as a Senior Research Fellow at NYU School of Law’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute where she worked on criminal justice reforms in China.
CEO, RealWear China
Dr. Bo Li is the co-founder and CEO of RealWear China. Prior to his current role, he was the Vice President, APAC of RealWear Inc. Dr. Li brings a wealth of leadership skills in business management, technology development, strategy and business development from his 10+ years professional experiences with multiple fortune 500 companies and technology startup. Prior to Realwear, Dr. Li worked for 3M as Head of Strategy, Greater China Area, responsible for growth strategy development and planning for $3B Greater China portfolio. From March 2012 to Oct 2017, Dr. Li held multiple positions for Johnson Controls as General Manager of Safety Products, and Head of China Technology Center, where he has demonstrated track record of driving business growth and successfully launching product portfolios from China R&D center to global markets. Before his commercial and engineering leadership experiences in China, Dr. Li worked in the US for GE Global Research as Technology Project Leader, where he led multiple technology development programs on noninvasive diagnosis, digital energy management, and microsystem-based industrial control systems for various GE businesses. Dr. Li holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and EMBA from China Europe International Business School. Dr. Li has 10+ US patents and 20+ publications in leading academic journals and conferences.
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.
Joy Dantong Ma
Joy Dantong Ma works at the intersection of data science and public policy. Currently she works as a data scientist in Chicago, where she leverages machine learning tools to analyze a multitude of policy issues, ranging from housing affordability to criminal justice. Previously, she was an Associate Director at the Paulson Institute, where she led a cross-functional team building interactive products on technology policy. Her work has been cited by the BBC, the New York Times, MIT Technology Review, Nature and others. Born in northeastern China, Joy completed her undergraduate education in Beijing and holds a master’s degree in public policy from Columbia University.
University of Pennsylvania
Neysun A. Mahboubi is a Research Scholar of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Lecturer in Law at Penn Law School. He also hosts the CSCC Podcast. His primary academic interests are in the areas of administrative law, comparative law, and Chinese law, and his current writing focuses on the development of modern Chinese administrative law. He has chaired the international committee of the ABA Section of Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice, advised both the Asia Foundation and the Administrative Conference of the United States on Chinese administrative procedure reform, and moderates the Comparative Administrative Law Listserv hosted by Yale Law School. Occasionally, he comments on Chinese legal developments for CGTN America. He has taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, the University of Connecticut School of Law, and Yale Law School. Previously, he served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division (Federal Programs Branch) of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a law clerk to Judge Douglas P. Woodlock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an A.B. (Politics & EAS) from Princeton University. You can follow him on Twitter @NeysunM
Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement
Jeffrey Prescott is a senior fellow at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and executive director of National Security Action. In the Obama Administration, Jeff served as Vice President Biden’s Deputy National Security Advisor and senior China advisor.
Political and Regulatory Risk Consulting for Greater China and North Asia
Carly Ramsey, a director of global risk consulting firm, Control Risk. based in Shanghai, and she leads the political and regulatory risk division for Greater China and North Asia. She has a decade of experience in China advising multinationals how to engage the Chinese government and mitigate political and regulatory risk.
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.
Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is the award-winning author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War, which won the 2019 Colby Award and was named one of Bill Gates’ top five books of 2018. From 2008-2013, Mr. Scharre worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) where he played a leading role in establishing policies on unmanned and autonomous systems and emerging weapons technologies.
Senior Manager Health Business – Strategy, Microsoft
Ben leads strategy engagements with national governments, providers and the biotech community. For most of the last decade, he worked across Asia helping to address market access, technology incubation strategies, and regulatory reform for healthcare providers, pharma and medtech companies. He is a Senior Associate for International Health at the think tank NBR, where he works on questions around healthcare policy and innovation.
Principal Security Strategist, Microsoft
Rob Spiger is a principal security strategist at Microsoft on the digital diplomacy team inside the customer security and trust organization. Rob leads the team’s policy work on the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence security. Rob is an industry security expert with in-depth understanding of trusted computing technology and standards development. He has participated for over a decade in the Trusted Computing Group, a global standards organization and currently serves as the vice president. He collaborates with global technologists from industry, government and academic institutions who are devoted to advancing security technology research and innovation. Previously he was responsible for technical program management of Windows security features as a part of the security and identity Team. Rob’s substantial industry experience also include his contributions at Avanade and Lockheed Martin. He has degrees in computer science with honors and electrical engineering from the University of Washington.
Americas Global Trade Leader
Robert Smith is currently the leader of EY’s Global Trade Practice in the Americas. Prior to returning to the USA in 2015, he was based in China for over 15 years leading EY’s trade practice in China and across the Asia-Pacific Region. He is focused on providing strategic trade advisory services to companies around the world and has in-depth knowledge on practical trade, import/export and customs matters in both China and the USA.
Head of Markets Strategy, BNY Mellon
Daniel Tenengauzer is Head of Markets Strategy at BNY Mellon and leader of the Aerial View market commentary platform. In this role, Daniel heads strategy efforts for our clients, providing them with original insights into the world’s asset and currency flows, equipped by the firm’s unique position at the center of the global financial system. He also acts as a media spokesperson for BNY Mellon on global macroeconomic and geopolitical issues.
Boasting more than 20 years of cross-asset experience on both the buy and sell sides, Daniel is a seasoned global macro researcher with unparalleled knowledge of international markets, informed by lengthy periods working on four continents. He joined BNY Mellon from Tse Capital Management, a New York-based hedge fund, where he was director of research, overseeing currencies and fixed income exposures globally.
Before Tse, Daniel supported foreign exchange and fixed income sales and trading at some of the world’s largest banks, from emerging market debt and FX at Goldman Sachs, to G10 research at Lehman Brothers, and emerging markets fixed income strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. More recently, Daniel led global FX strategy for RBC Capital Markets.
He holds a master’s degree in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has also been published in a wide variety of academic journals and speaks several languages, including Portuguese, Hebrew and Spanish.
Deputy Director, Strategy, Planning & Management
Kathleen Walsh joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2007 and is currently the Deputy Director, Strategy, Planning & Management for the Global Delivery Program, focused on improving the delivery of health products and services and promoting health system innovations so countries can
significantly reduce maternal and child mortality, improve disease control, and advance health equity. In prior roles at the Gates Foundation, she was based in Beijing, China, as the Deputy Director in charge of strategy and country operations in the foundation’s China Country Office and was the Interim Director and Chief of Staff to Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Program. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, she spent 15 years in software development and management, two of those years living in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Kathleen holds a MA in Information Science from the University of Washington and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.
Kathleen is on the board of the Washington State China Relations Council.
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.
Jessica Chen Weiss
Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University
Jessica Chen Weiss is Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University. She is the author of Powerful Patriots: Nationalist Protest in China’s Foreign Relations (Oxford University Press, 2014). Her research appears in International Organization, China Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Security Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, and Review of International Political Economy, as well as in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and Washington Quarterly. She was previously an assistant professor at Yale University and founded FACES, the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford, while an undergraduate at Stanford University. Weiss is an editor at the Washington Post Monkey Cage blog and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, she received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2008, where her dissertation won the 2009 American Political Science Association Award for best dissertation in international relations, law and politics.
Senior Director of Policy, Asia
Naomi Wilson serves as senior director of policy, Asia. Prior to joining ITI, Naomi served at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where she most recently held the position of acting director for Asia-Pacific. In that capacity, she played a leading role on cybersecurity, law enforcement, and customs cooperation issues related to Asia and served as a senior advisor to Secretary Jeh Johnson. During her tenure at DHS, Naomi led development and implementation of priority policy initiatives for DHS engagement with China, including secretarial engagements and agreements. She worked closely with interagency colleagues to negotiate and implement agreements stemming from the September 2015 State visit between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, including managing the U.S.-China High-Level Dialogue on Cybercrime and Related Issues for DHS.
Prior to joining DHS, Naomi served as a staffer on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs and as a research assistant at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).
Naomi holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Master’s in International Affairs & National Security. In 2011, she completed intensive Chinese language training at Peking University. Naomi speaks advanced Mandarin and French and is a native of Connecticut.
Head of Global Public Policy at VIPKid
Wenchi Yu is the Head of Global Public Policy at VIPKid, the world’s leading education technology platform company. She leads VIPKid’s public policy and social impact initiative, including the establishment of VIPTeach.org, a non-profit organization seed funded and incubated by VIPKid to promote equitable access to quality education through technology. Prior to joining VIPKid, Wenchi was the Head of Corporate Engagement for Goldman Sachs in Asia, where she led strategic philanthropy for stakeholder engagement and social impact in Asia. Before joining the private sector, she was a senior advisor on global women’s issues in the U.S. Department of State, and worked on the rule of law and civil society development in China in the U.S. Congress. Early on, she worked on women’s rights, human trafficking, and immigrant issues at various non-profit organizations.