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May 25, 2021

Penn-Fudan Virtual Series on Global Issues and Governance: U.S.-China Hospital Management and Navigating Challenges During COVID-19

TUESDAY, MAY 25 | 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM BJT
This virtual event is the inaugural event of the Penn-Fudan Virtual Series on Global Issues and Governance jointly launched by the Penn Wharton China Center and the Institute for Global Public Policy at Fudan University. We invited top executives and scholars from the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Fudan University School of Public Health, and Zhongshan Hospital affiliated to Fudan University. The panelists will have a comparative dialogue on hospital management practices between the U.S. and China, and two top-ranked hospital systems which are both at the forefront of fighting COVID-19.

MAY 25 @ 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM • PENN WHARTON CHINA CENTER • CHAOYANG DISTRICT

Event Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/us-china-hospital-management-and-navigating-challenges-during-covid-19-tickets-154822324741

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ABOUT THE EVENT

This virtual event is the inaugural event of the Penn-Fudan Virtual Series on Global Issues and Governance jointly launched by the Penn Wharton China Center and the Institute for Global Public Policy at Fudan University. We invited top executives and scholars from the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Fudan University School of Public Health, and Zhongshan Hospital affiliated to Fudan University. The panelists will have a comparative dialogue on hospital management practices between the U.S. and China, and two top-ranked hospital systems which are both at the forefront of fighting COVID-19.

EVENT INFORMATION

Date & Time:

  • Beijing Time: 8:00 PM, May 25, 2021
  • Eastern Time: 8:00 AM, May 25, 2021

The webinar will use Zoom as its platform. To download or learn how to use Zoom please visit: https://zoom.us/download

Click here to register on Eventbrite. The link will be distributed through an email at 5:00 PM on May 25.

If you are interested in this topic, please leave your questions while the registration. The speaker will select some questions to answer.

OPENING REMARKS

Yijia Jing
Dean of the Institute for Global Public Policy, Professor of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University

Prof. Yijia Jing is a Chang Jiang Scholar, Seaker Chan Chair Professor in Public Management, Dean of the Institute for Global Public Policy, and Professor of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University. He got his BA/MA in Economics from Peking University, MA in Sociology from University of Maryland College Park, and Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Ohio State University. He conducts research on privatization, governance, and collaborative service delivery. He is founding editor-in-chief of the journal Global Public Policy and Governance and co-editor of International Public Management Journal. He is the founding co-editor of the Palgrave book series, Governing China in the 21 Century.

ABOUT THE MODERATOR

Dan Guttman
Professor, Tianjin University Law School; Adjunct Professor, Institute for Global Public Policy, Fudan University, Affiliated Scholar, New York University US Asia Law Institute

Dan Guttman is a teacher, lawyer, and has been a public servant. Following 2004-6 years as a China Fulbright scholar he has worked with China and US colleagues teaching and developing programs in comparative governance, and practices law in the U.S. He served as Executive Director of a Presidential Advisory Commission on bioethics, was a Commissioner of the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Review Commission, directed U.S. Senate investigations on government use of private expertise, and was UNDP and EU China “foreign expert advisor” on environmental law.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Patrick J. Brennan, MD
Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Penn Medicine; Professor, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Patrick J. Brennan, MD is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brennan leads implementation of Penn’s Blueprint for Quality, a strategic effort to improve clinical accountability and the outcomes of care.

Dr. Brennan oversees the departments of Healthcare Quality, Patient Safety, Regulatory Affairs, and Medical Affairs. He has developed a Center for Evidence Based Practice to apply scientific evidence to clinical operations. Dr. Brennan is an infectious diseases physician and previously served as Director of Infection Control for 11 years at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and for periods of time held the same post at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He also served as Director of Tuberculosis Control for the City of Philadelphia for seven years.

Dr. Brennan is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and in 2008 served as SHEA’s president. From 2004 to 2010 Dr. Brennan chaired the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), which advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on a broad range of issues related to control of infectious diseases.

Dr. Brennan is a member of the Patient Safety Advisory Group of The Joint Commission. He is past chair of the Board of Directors of the Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF), an independent, nonprofit organization that leads health care initiatives aimed at improving the safety, outcomes and care experiences of patients in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Philip Okala, MA
Chief Operating Officer, Penn Medicine

Phil Okala is Chief Operating Officer at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. In this role, he has executive oversight for the health system’s hospitals, clinical service line operations and integration. Prior to this role, he was Senior Vice President for Business Development at Penn Medicine, overseeing strategy and business development initiatives. He provided executive leadership on major health system initiatives for strategic marketing positioning, which included expanding clinical service lines, successful mergers and strategic alliances across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Before joining Penn Medicine in 2007, Phil held executive positions at other organizations including: System Vice President of the Cancer Service Line at Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA; Vice President for Clinical Strategic Planning at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY; and management positions at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He has a master’s in Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman’s University; Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Houston – University Park; and an advanced certification in Healthcare Executive Leadership from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. He is involved with numerous community and professional organizations and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA).

Chouwen Zhu
Chief Physician, Vice President of Zhongshan Hospital (affiliated to Fudan University)

Professor Chouwen Zhu, Chief Physician, is the Vice President of Zhongshan Hospital (a top tertiary-care general hospital) affiliated to Fudan University. He was the team leader of Shanghai Medical Support Team to Hubei province in 2020.

He earned his MD degree from Peking Union Medical College after completing 8-year curriculum and was a visiting scholar at the School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester. He got his MSc degree in Health Development from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. He is currently an associate professor at Shanghai Medical College, specializing in clinical medicine (gastroenterology), clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine.

After working as the Deputy Director of Medical Service of Zhongshan Hospital, he has served as the Vice Director and Director of Foreign Affairs Office, Director of Medical Center Office, and Director of the China Medical Board Affairs at Fudan University. Now Dr. Zhu is the President of ChinaCLEN International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN), China.

Yingyao Chen
Professor, Associate Dean of the School of Public Health, Fudan University

Professor Yingyao Chen is the Associate Dean of the School of Public Health, Fudan University. He earned his PhD degree from Fudan University and was a visiting scholar at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

His research interests include health technology assessment and hospital management. He is the author of the books Evaluation of Health Services (in Chinese) and Economic Evaluation of the Burden of Disease and Prevention Strategies for Birth Defects in China (in Chinese).

He has published extensively in economic evaluation of maternal and child health technology, technical evaluation of medical equipment and hospital management and regulations. He has been engaged in funded research projects with support from the World Health Organization, China’s Ministry of Health, China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, National Science Foundation, among others.

Recent Events

May 12, 2021 - Penn in China Faculty Speaker Series: High Speed Rail, Civil Society, and Income Inequality

Join Penn Global, Penn Alumni, and the Penn Wharton China Center in welcoming Chao Guo, Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management in the School of Social Policy and Practice, and Faculty Director of Penn’s International Master of Public Administration Program, to discuss a cross-country, cross-disciplinary project which extends a hypothesis regarding transport links and the strength of civil society. Based on a unique dataset of 519,684 social ventures in China between 2007 and 2016, Chao and his collaborators find that the operation of high-speed rail positively affects the creation of civil society organizations, and that these civil society organizations help reduce urban-rural income inequality.

Co-presenting with Professor Guo will be Sunny Li Sun, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Peiyi Jia, Ph.D. Candidate in the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell,  and Jipeng Qi, Associate Professor of Economics at Beijing Jiaotong University.

Click “Read More” to register. Link will be distributed in your confirmation email.

The webinar will use Zoom as its platform. To download or learn how to use Zoom please visit: https://zoom.us/download

ABOUT THE PENN IN CHINA FACULTY SPEAKER SERIES

The Penn China Faculty Speaker Series aims to highlight the wide range of research conducted by Penn faculty in China and engage the Penn community in intimate conversations on a broad range of topics including, COVID-19 and the future of US-China relations. The Faculty Speaker Series is sponsored by the Penn Wharton China Center, Penn Global, and Penn Alumni.

ABOUT PENN GLOBAL

Penn Global provides strategic direction for Penn’s global endeavors, with a focus on the efficient investment of University resources for global activities. Penn Global collaborates with Schools and Centers across the University and seeks to catalyze cross-school collaborations to integrate knowledge that addresses key issues. We partner with leaders from Penn and around the world to develop innovative interdisciplinary global strategies, initiatives, and programs.

For more on Penn Global, please visit the below website.

https://global.upenn.edu/global-initiatives/about-penn-global

Speakers

Chao Guo
Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management, School of Social Policy and Practice; Associate Faculty Director, Fox Leadership International Program, University of Pennsylvania

 

Professor Chao is Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the premier journal in the field. His award-winning research includes the 2014 text Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value and the 2020 book The Quest for Attention: Nonprofit Advocacy in a Social Media Age. Actively involved in community-serving projects, he serves as Faculty Director of Penn Restorative Entrepreneurship Program (PREP), which helps formerly incarcerated persons to become entrepreneurs, participate in civic engagement, and advocate for social justice.

Sunny Li Sun
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Professor Sun’s research interests cover entrepreneurship, corporate governance, venture capital, network, and institution. He has published over 50 papers in Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Venturing, and other English journals. He has four papers listed as “highly cited papers” (in the top 1% of its academic field) based on Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators. He is the senior editor of Management and Organization Review. Before joining the academia, Dr. Sun has 11 years’ industrial experience in new venture creating, financing, and consulting.

Jipeng Qi
Associate Professor of Economics, Beijing Jiaotong University

Professor Qi’s research interests cover FDI, cross-border M&A, entrepreneurship, and venture capital. He has published over 20 papers in Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Journal of Career Development, Employee Relations, and other scholarly journals. He also has extensive consulting experience in transportation and utilities industries.

May 11, 2021 - PWCC Book Talk Series: Winning in China – 8 Stories of Success and Failure in the World’s Largest Economy

EVENT INFORMATION

The Penn Wharton China Center is delighted to launch the Penn Wharton China Center Book Talk Series in collaboration with Wharton School Press.

The series brings thought-leading book authors to a Chinese audience to facilitate an ongoing exchange of ideas in our increasingly interconnected global environment.

We welcome the participation of Penn/Wharton alumni, friends, managers and executives interested in company leadership and its development, publishers, and the general public.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos visited China in 2007, he expected that one day soon China would be a double-digit percentage of Amazon’s sales. Yet, by 2019, Amazon, the most powerful and successful e-commerce company in the world, had quit China.

In Winning in China: 8 Stories of Success and Failure in the World’s Largest Economy, Wharton experts Lele Sang and Karl Ulrich explore the success and failure of several well-known companies, including Hyundai, LinkedIn, Sequoia Capital, and InMobi, as more and more businesses look to reap profits from the demand of 1.4 billion people.

Click “Read More” to register. The link will be distributed through an email at 05:00 PM on May 11.

The webinar will use Zoom as its platform. To download or learn how to use Zoom please visit: https://zoom.us/download

About the Author

Lele Sang
Global Fellow, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Lele Sang is Global Fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. A former journalist and editor, she has worked for the Beijing News and Caijing Magazine covering business and politics and has interviewed world leaders from prime ministers to Fortune 500 company CEOs. She also worked at startups and multinational corporations in both the United States and China.

She is co-author with Karl Ulrich of Winning in China. She was a visiting scholar at University of California–Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. She holds an MPA degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Karl Ulrich
Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the CIBC Professor, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Karl Ulrich is the Vice Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the CIBC Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds an appointment as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He leads Wharton’s San Francisco campus and the Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship programs and his research is focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and product development.

He is the co-author of Winning in China (Wharton School Press, 2021); Product Design and Development (6th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2015), a textbook used by a quarter of a million students worldwide; and Innovation Tournaments (Harvard Business Press, 2009). He is the winner of many teaching awards, including the Anvil Award, the Miller-Sherrerd Award, and the Excellence in Teaching Award at The Wharton School. At Penn, he co-founded the Weiss Tech House and the Integrated Product Design Program, two institutions fostering innovation in the university community.

In addition to his academic work, Ulrich has led dozens of innovation efforts for medical devices, tools, computer peripherals, food products, web-based services, and sporting goods. As a result of this work, he holds 24 patents. Ulrich is a founder of Terrapass, Inc. which the New York Times identified as one of the most noteworthy ideas of the year, and he is a designer of the Xootr scooter, which Businessweek recognized as one of the 50 coolest products of the 21st century. Ulrich holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.

April 30, 2021 - PWCC Special Virtual Event: Fireside Chat with Former Ambassador Gary Locke on U.S.-China Relations and Stopping Anti-Asian Racism

ABOUT THE EVENT
Former Ambassador to China, Former Governor of Washington State, and Interim President at Bellevue College Gary Locke has been at the forefront of addressing and combating Anti-Asian Racism as U.S.-China relations deteriorate. As a representative of the Asian American community, he is bringing his diplomatic expertise to join Penn Law Professor Jacques deLisle in discussing U.S.-China relations and the ongoing social campaign against the surge of hatred, violence, and discrimination against Asians.

Event Time

  • Eastern Time: April 29th, 9 PM – 10 PM
  • Pacific Time: April 29th, 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Beijing Time: April 30th, 9 AM – 10 AM

Click “Read More“ to register. The link will be distributed through an email at 05:00 PM on Apr 29th.

The webinar will use Zoom as its platform. To download or learn how to use Zoom please visit: https://zoom.us/download

Zoom Webinar Link: https://upenn.zoom.us/j/96970316377
Meeting ID: 969 7031 6377
Passcode: 012039

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Gary Locke

Former Ambassador to China and Governor of Washington State; Current Interim President at Bellevue College

As Governor of Washington State (the first Chinese American to be elected governor in United States history and the first Asian American governor on the mainland of U.S.), U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and U.S. Ambassador to China, Gary Locke has been a leader in the areas of education, employment, trade, health care, human rights, immigration reform, privacy, and the environment. Currently, Gary Locke serves as the interim president of Bellevue College, which is the third-largest higher education institution in Washington State serving nearly 30,000 students annually.

As Washington’s 21st Governor from 1997–2005, the nation’s most trade-dependent state, Mr. Locke increased exports of Washington State products and services by leading trade missions to Mexico, Europe, and Asia, more than doubling the state’s exports to China.

During his tenure, he achieved bipartisan welfare reform and oversaw the gain of 280,000 private-sector jobs, despite two national recessions. Mr. Locke also had the most diverse cabinet in state history. More than half his judicial appointments were women and 25% were people of color.

As U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2009-2011, he led President Obama’s National Export Initiative to double American exports in five years; assumed a troubled 2010 Census process but which under his active supervision ended on time and substantially under budget, saving taxpayers $2 billion; and achieved the most significant reduction in patent application processing in the agency’s history: from 40 months down to one year. With U.S. Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, Mr. Locke also oversaw a significant first step in the president’s export control reform effort that strengthened national security, while making U.S. companies more competitive by easing their licensing burden for high-tech exports.

As U.S. Ambassador to China from 2011–2014, he opened markets for made-in-USA goods and services; reduced wait times for visa interviews of Chinese applicants from 100 days to 3 days; and through the Embassy’s air quality monitoring program, exposed the severity of the air pollution in China, causing the Chinese people to demand action by the government and the government in turn beginning to address the issue.

His innovations in government efficiency, customer focus, and priority-based budgeting, as well as successful and under-budget management of high-risk initiatives, have won him acclaim from nationally recognized authors and organizations, including Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In his two terms as Governor, Washington was ranked one of America’s four best-managed states.

Jacques deLisle

Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School; CSCC Director

Jacques deLisle is the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching focus on contemporary Chinese law and politics, including: legal reform and its relationship to economic reform and political change in China, the international status of Taiwan and cross-Strait relations, China’s engagement with the international order, legal and political issues in Hong Kong under Chinese rule, and U.S.-China relations. His writings on these subjects appear in a variety of fora, including international relations journals, edited volumes of multidisciplinary scholarship, and Asian studies journals, as well as law reviews. DeLisle is also a professor of political science and former Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Penn and director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He has served frequently as an expert witness on issues of P.R.C. law and government policies and is a consultant, lecturer, and advisor to legal reform, development, and education programs, primarily in China.

 

Learn more about Penn’s Task Force on Support to Asian and Asian American Students and Scholars.

April 28, 2021 - Future of Education: Fireside Chat with VIPKid Founder and CEO Cindy Mi, Hosted by Penn GSE Dean Grossman

ABOUT THE SERIES

At Penn, we work hard to ensure that our students are career- and future-ready. This brand-new series entitled, “Penn at Work — Making Your Future: 2021 and Beyond,” covers carefully curated topics that will define the future and reshape humanity through the lens of our students, faculty, alumni, and industry leaders.

ABOUT THE EVENT

This conversation will offer insights into how current tech advancements are influencing the future of education. Penn GSE Dean Pam Grossman’s fireside chat discussion with VIPKid Founder and CEO Cindy Mi will provide the audience with valuable takeaways about what education might look like for the next generation of learners.

This is a joint event with Penn Graduate School of Education, VIPKid, and Eisenhower Fellowships.

EVENT INFORMATION

Date & Time: 

  • Beijing Time: 08:00 PM, April 28th, 2021

Click “Read More” to register. The link will be distributed through an email at 05:00 PM on Apr 28th

If you are interested in this topic, please leave your questions while the registration. The speaker will select some questions to answer.

The webinar will use Zoom as its platform. To download or learn how to use Zoom please visit: https://zoom.us/download

Pam Grossman
Dean, Penn Graduate School of Education

Pam Grossman is the Dean of the Graduate School of Education and the George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. A distinguished scholar, she came to Penn from Stanford University’s School of Education, where she was the Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Education. At Stanford she founded and led the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching and established the Hollyhock Fellowship for early career teachers in underserved schools. Before joining Stanford, she was the Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington.

Dr. Grossman’s research focuses on the preparation of teachers and other professionals, as well as issues of instructional quality, particularly in English Language Arts. Her most recent work focuses on practice-based teacher education and the role of core practices of teaching in teacher preparation and professional development. She co-directs the Core Practice Consortium, a consortium of faculty from 11 different institutions that has been investigating pedagogies useful for helping novices learn to teach. She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2009 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017. In addition to chairing the Board for the Spencer Foundation, she currently serves on the Board of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Dr. Grossman is a leading expert in teacher preparation, teacher quality, and teacher professional development. A former high school English teacher, Dr. Grossman is at the forefront of rethinking how teachers are educated and studying the connections between the support they receive, the quality of their classroom practice, the likelihood they remain in teaching, and student learning.

Cindy Mi
Founder and CEO, VIPKid

Recognized for her career as an educator and entrepreneur, Cindy Mi is the Founder and CEO of VIPKid, a global edtech company that connects children in China (and globally) with the world’s best teachers for real-time online English language learning. Cindy has led VIPKid to become China’s market-leading edtech startup with over 800,000 students and approximately 100,000 teachers connecting for around 200,000 classes daily.

VIPKid’s vision is to build a global classroom that empowers students and teachers through personalized learning, connects cultures across the world and sparks a passion for lifelong learning.

Cindy has spoken on the main stage at The New York Times New Work Summit, TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, ASU+GSV Summit, OZY Fest in Central Park, Y Combinator’s Startup School at Tsinghua University in Beijing and Y Combinator’s Global Founders Summit in San Francisco, among others.

In 2021, Cindy was invited by The Brookings Institution to join the Leadership Council, Center for Universal Education. In 2020, Cindy was named a Fellow in the Eisenhower Fellowships’ prestigious Women’s Leadership Program, a five-week exchange that leverages the organization’s global network of trailblazing talent to help the Fellows pursue projects that better the world. She was also named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list of most influential young people in technology in 2020 and honored as 2020 CEO of the Year by the EdTech Breakthrough Awards. In 2019, Cindy was named a Glassdoor Top CEO and was #1 on Crunchbase’s list of 50 Female Entrepreneurs Everyone Should Know. She was also a recipient of the ASU + GSV Summit 2019 Power of Women Award. In 2018, Cindy joined the Whittle School & Studios’ Academic Advisory Board. Cindy was also selected to join the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Class of 2018.

Cindy earned her MBA from CKGSB, China’s leading private business school, and studied at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management as part of an MBA exchange program.

April 23, 2021 - 2021 Penn Blockchain Conference China Panel

ABOUT THE EVENT
This panel discussion is a complimentary virtual event that is part of the 2021 Penn Blockchain Conference. It is a collaboration between the Penn Wharton China Center and the Penn Blockchain Club.

About the Conference

2020 has rapidly transformed the landscape of digital banking, payments, security, identity, and financial inclusion both in fintech and blockchain. This conference will present cutting-edge developments and trends in both industries.

Visit the conference Website via https://pbc2021.com/

EVENT INFORMATION

This panel discussion is a complimentary virtual event that is part of the 2021 Penn Blockchain Conference. It is a collaboration between the Penn Wharton China Center and the Penn Blockchain Club.

Event Time

  • Beijing Time: April 23, 8 AM – 9 AM
  • Eastern Time: April 22, 8 PM – 9 PM
  • Pacific Time: April 22, 5 PM – 6 PM

ABOUT SPEAKERS

Herbie Fu/傅哲飞
Venture Partner, Alpha Square Group, A New York family office; Former Partner, 8 Decimal Capital

Blockchain advisor to several listed companies, internet companies, and Hong Kong real estate companies. Independent advisor to Matrixport, a subsidiary of Bitmain.

Ken Huang/黄连金
CEO, DistributedApps

  • Executive Program Alumni, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Author of a Book entitled <Blockchain Security Technical Guide> in Chinese
  • Former High-End Blockchain Expert at Huawei
  • Chair of Blockchain Security Working Group of Cloud Security Alliance of Great China Region
  • Chief Security Advisor of China Mobile Communications Federation’s Blockchain Expert Committee
  • Distinguished Researcher & Lecturer of  Big Data Blockchain and Regulatory Technology Laboratory and RegChain Laboratory of Renmin University of China
  • IEEE Honored Speaker for AI and Blockchain
  • Frequent speaker at many global Blockchain conferences, including Davos WEF, CoinDesk Consensus, IEEE, Blockchain Connect, Tokensky, World Crypto Economic Forum, Bigdata Expo, Wangxiang Blockchain Conference, Finwise, Singapore FinTech Festival, etc.
  • Was invited to speak at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Beijing University, World Bank, Bank of China, Huawei, etc.

Phillip Liu
Ex-COO, Ex-CPO, Bitmain, largest Bitcoin mining ASIC manufacture; Recent Defi, NFT infrastructure projects; Mega Fund, venture capital focus on high-tech startups in China

Phillip has many years of experience both in China and the United States, focusing on developing blockchain infrastructure technology, Defi and NFTs, central bank digital currency projects, His track record includes the successful restructuring of Honghe Lighting, a publicly listed company in China, and the restructuring of Hualing Group’s Hong Kong IPO and other mergers and acquisition.

He created a solid relationship with People’s Bank of China, especially with the institute of digital money, and Bank of China. He was the second-largest shareholder of The China Jining Bank. He has a very strong knowledge in finance and asset management. He led the team that successfully established and managed several funds including DongFang Yongtai Fund, and has established a solid reputation in China’s private equity circle. His team has managed to maintain the internal rate of return at 40% over several years.

Phillip received his Bachelor of Engineering from Tsinghua University and his M.S in Economics from UPenn.

Ken Lo/卢廷匡
Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, HKbitEx

Ken Lo is a co-founder of HKbitEX and holds the position of Chief Strategy Officer. HKbitEX, headquartered in Hong Kong, builds a digital asset exchange serving professional investors with a virtual asset trading platform license (in application with HK SFC) as the core. Prior to joining HKbitEX, Ken was one of the early founding members of ZA International where he held the position of Head of Strategic Partnerships. ZA International recently obtained Virtual Banking and Virtual Insurance licenses – the only financial institution that achieved such a hallmark in Hong Kong.

He is an active participant in the Fintech community, and currently serves as a Board Member of Fintech Association of Hong Kong, adjunct assistant professor for the Master of Fintech Program at Hong Kong Chinese University, and guest lecturers for Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Hong Kong University. He also serves as a mentor for the Cyberport Start Up Incubation Programme, HKUST BBA program, and HKU MBA program. He graduated from HKUST BBA and obtained a Masters of Finance (Investment Management) at HKUST.

April 9, 2021 - Penn Wharton China Center Career Series: Wharton Alumni & Top Venture Capitalists on VC Career Path Planning

Please visit the Event Website below to learn more.

Event Website: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/VukGpG9ErcfpawFvSiGKhQ

Location

Penn Wharton China Center

World Financial Center West Building, 16F No. 1 East Third Ring Middle Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020

March 17, 2021 - Landing a Lob in China: Facts, Fictions, and Transformations

Penn Wharton China Center is inviting you to a scheduled virtual event.

Topic: Landing a Lob in China: Facts, Fictions, and Transformations

Time: March 17, 2021, 20:00 PM Beijing, Shanghai (08:00 AM Eastern)

JOIN ZOOM MEETING

https://upenn.zoom.us/j/96850863252?pwd=bkQreVRodXg1YWx6bVRaNjNVSlNqZz09

Meeting ID: 968 5086 3252
Passcode: 151638

Event Website: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/FyQ0qoODx0nRbW_f-M8HAg

March 6, 2021 - Emerging Research at Penn Engineering

ABOUT THE SERIES

At Penn, we work hard to ensure that our students are career- and future-ready. This brand-new series entitled, “Penn at Work — Making Your Future: 2021 and Beyond,” covers carefully curated topics that will define the future and reshape humanity through the lens of our students, faculty, alumni, and industry leaders.

ABOUT THE EVENT

In this research panel, three of our faculty members will describe their emerging cutting-edge research in the areas of computer vision, materials science, and emerging hardware for machine learning, and the importance of collaborative approaches to education and research. The panelists will discuss their new work and put it in context of emerging markets and technology trends in the Asia-Pacific and Americas region.

Theme: Technological research and innovation trends relevant to China and the US.

Introduction: Prof. Vijay Kumar, Nemirovsky Family Dean, Penn Engineering

Moderator: Prof. Boon Thau Loo, RCA Professor (CIS) and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

Panel:

  • Prof. Jing Li, Eduardo D. Glandt Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor (ESE, CIS)
  • Prof. Jianbo Shi, Professor (CIS)
  • Prof. Shu Yang, Professor (CBE, MSE)

HOW TO REGISTER

Date & Time:

  • March 6, 2021, 9:00 AM Beijing Time
  • March 5, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern Time
  • March 5, 2021, 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Click “Read More” to register. The link will be distributed through a text message at 6:00 PM on February 23.

SPEAKERS

Vijay Kumar
Nemirovsky Family Dean, Penn Engineering

Vijay Kumar is the Nemirovsky Family Dean of Penn Engineering with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor’s of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1987. He has been on the Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987.

In addition to holding many administrative positions at Penn, Kumar has served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2012 – 2013).  His lab has founded many startups in robotics, and he is the founder of Exyn Technologies. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013 and the American Philosophical Society in 2018.

Boon Thau Loo
RCA Professor (CIS) and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, University of Pennsylvania

Boon Thau Loo is the RCA Professor of artificial intelligence in the Computer and Information Science (CIS) department at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a secondary appointment in the Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) department. He is also the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, where he oversees all academic and admissions operations for doctoral, master’s and professional programs at Penn Engineering. He leads the NetDB@Penn research team, and is also currently the director of the Distributed Systems Laboratory (DSL), an inter-disciplinary systems research lab bringing together researchers in networking, distributed systems, and security. In addition to his academic work, he actively participates in entrepreneurial activities and has co-founded two technology companies that were successfully acquired.

In addition to holding many administrative positions at Penn, Kumar has served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (2012 – 2013).  His lab has founded many startups in robotics, and he is the founder of Exyn Technologies. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013 and the American Philosophical Society in 2018.

Shu Yang
Professor (CBE, MSE), University of Pennsylvania

Shu Yang is a Professor in the Departments of Materials Science & Engineering, and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at University of Pennsylvania (Penn). Her group is interested in synthesis, fabrication, and assembly of (bio)polymers, gels, liquid crystals, colloids, and their composites; dynamic tuning of the sizes, shape and assembled structures, and use of geometry to create highly flexible, super-conformable, and shape changing materials. Combining novel materials at the nanoscale and geometric designs at micro- and macroscales, the Yang lab explores unique surface, optical, and mechanical properties for potential applications, including coatings, adhesives, displays, (bio)sensors, energy efficient building skins, robotics, biomedical devices, and wearable technology.

Yang received her B.S. degree from Fudan University in 1992, and Ph. D. degree from Cornell University in 1999. She worked at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies as a Member of Technical Staff before joining Penn in 2004. She received the George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research from Penn Engineering (2015-2016). She is a Fellow of Division of Soft Matter (DSOFT) from American Physical Society (APS) (2018), Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering from American Chemical Society (ACS) (2018), Royal Chemical Society (2017), and National Academy of Inventors (2014). She serves as an Associate Editor of Science Advances and Polymer Reviews, respectively, and as a Scientific Editor of Materials Horizon.

Jing Li
Eduardo D. Glandt Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor (ESE, CIS), University of Pennsylvania

Jing (Jane) Li is the Eduardo D. Glandt Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering (primary) and of Computer and Information Science (secondary) at the University of Pennsylvania. She spent her early career at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center as a Research Staff Member and was one of founding members of Hardware Accelerator and Machine Learning Group at IBM. She is broadly interested in developing fundamental methods for workload optimized systems, ranging from embedded systems, IoT to cloud/data centers and super computers. Her group has focused on cross-stack approaches to synergistically optimize algorithm, software, and hardware for machine learning, graph analytics, and information retrieval. To validate the research ideas, her research puts a strong emphasis on real system prototype both at chip level and system level.

She is one of the founding members for a new research community – machine learning system with leading IT companies. Her past contributions to IBM’s IP portfolio had been essential to multiple lucrative partnerships. The innovations were implemented in prototypes by global partners and vendors within the area of memory products. She won IBM Research Division Outstanding Technical Achievement Award for successfully achieving CEO milestone on multi-bit storage class memory. She served as the advisory chair and steering committee for an industrial memory venue – International Memory Workshop (IMW) to hold annual meetings with worldwide memory vendors. She is in the program committee for International Symposium of Computer Architecture (ISCA) Industry Track. She holds over 40 patents.

Jianbo Shi
Professor (CIS), University of Pennsylvania

Jianbo Shi was born in Shanghai, China. He studied Computer Science and Mathematics as an undergraduate at Cornell University where he received his B.A. in 1994. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from University of California at Berkeley in 1998, for his thesis on Normalize Cuts image segmentation algorithm. In January 2003, he joined the Department of Computer & Information Science at University of Pennsylvania where he is currently a Professor His current research focuses on human behavior analysis and image recognition-segmentation. His other research interests include image/video retrieval, and vision based desktop computing. His long-term interests center around a broader area of machine intelligence, he wishes to develop a “visual thinking” module that allows computers not only to understand the environment around us, but also to achieve higher level cognitive abilities such as machine memory and learning.

 

Event Website: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/HvgPcJcPIv7rN6ZDIHXMNQ

February 24, 2021 - Future of Blockchain and Crypto

ABOUT THE SERIES

At Penn, we work hard to ensure that our students are career- and future-ready. This brand-new series entitled, “Penn at Work — Making Your Future: 2021 and Beyond,” covers carefully curated topics that will define the future and reshape humanity through the lens of our students, faculty, alumni, and industry leaders.

ABOUT THE EVENT

This inaugural event is in collaboration with the Penn Blockchain Club. The Penn Wharton China Center and the Penn Blockchain Club worked together on the China panel of the 2019 Penn Blockchain Conference. Together, growing with the Penn/Wharton blockchain eco-system, we are witnessing the development of this game-changing amazing technology and our vibrant student group.

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are becoming a global phenomenon in recent years. Talks continue about the future of the sector as crypto prices soar.

Litecoin’s underlying technology is similar to Bitcoin, but has a decreased block generation time, increased maximum number of coins, and a different hashing algorithm. Litecoin has consistently been one of the top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap.

HOW TO REGISTER

Date & Time:

  • February 24, 2021, 9:00 AM Beijing Time
  • February 23, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern Time
  • February 23, 2021, 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Click “Read More” to register. The link will be distributed through a text message at 6:00 PM on February 23.

If you are interested in this topic, please leave your questions while the registration. The speaker will select some questions to answer. The webinar will use Zoom as its platform. To download or learn how to use Zoom please visit: https://zoom.us/download

SPEAKERS

Charlie Lee
Founder, Litecoin
Engineering Director, 
Coinbase

Charlie Lee built Litecoin while he was working at Google, and later became Engineering Director at Coinbase. Now he serves as the head of the Litecoin Foundation.
Joyce Yang
Founder and CEO, Global Coin ResearchJoyce Yang is the founder and CEO of Global Coin Research, a research and advisory firm focusing on Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain. She is also the founding partner of Global Coin Ventures. Joyce graduated from Harvard and spent her prior life working in finance on technology companies in the East and West.
Event Website: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/ZArTjSdiK8vZTOMoO7s4Rw