Speaker Bios (in panel order)    

John C. Bravman

Professor, Vice Provost, Stanford University
John C. Bravman earned his B.S. (1979), M.S. (1981), and Ph.D. (1985) from Stanford in materials science and engineering. He is vice provost for undergraduate education, the Bing Centennial Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and dean of the Freshman-Sophomore College. He has also served as senior associate dean for student affairs for the School of Engineering and as acting vice provost for student affairs. In recognition of his excellence in teaching, Professor Bravman has received several awards, including the Gores Award, Stanford highest honor for teaching.In his spare time, Professor Bravman enjoys photography, cooking, and discussing politics and economics.

Xudong Zhu

Office Director,Science and Technology Commission of Pudong New Area,Shanghai
Mr. Zhu is an advanced governor in science and technology with professional backgroud. He is familiar with science and technology development in China. He knows well program and plan of science and technology both nationally and locally. And he is quite familiar with problem and requirements of SMEs in China. Mr. Zhu holds PhD in Road and Transportation Engineering from Tongji University. Before his current position, he used to be Vice Director of the Development and Planning Bureau of Pudong New Area and General manager of Pudong Architecture and Construction Management Co. Ltd. Now he is also General Director of Science and Technology Bureau, Pudong New Area

James H. Boettcher

General Partner, Focus Ventures
Jim was a founding partner of Focus Ventures in 1997. While at Focus, he has led successful investments in Cosine Communications, Telera (Alcatel) and Netscaler (Citrix). He is currently responsible for Focus's investments in ClearCube, Infoblox, Pure Digital, Starent Networks and Teknovus.

In addition to his investment work, Jim spearheads Focus's efforts in Asia, to which he brings to bear his 30 years experience in the region. Jim has initiated customer and partner relationships for numerous Focus portfolio companies including inCode Telecom, NetScaler, PixelWorks, PureDigital and Silicon Optix. Jim is frequently tapped to speak about his experiences at events hosted by organizations such as Asian Venture Capital Journal and International Business Forum.

Jim has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin and MBA (as an Arjay Miller Scholar) and MA degrees from Stanford University. Prior to attending business school, he worked for four years as a telecommunications engineer in the U.S. Air Force, specializing in analog/digital voice systems and digital networking.

Kaiser Kuo

China Bureau Chief, Red Herring magazine
Kaiser has been a business and technology journalist since 2002, contributing to publications including Time, Time Asia, China Economic Review,Telecom Asia, Asia Inc, and Asia Computer Weekly before joining Red Herring as China bureau chief. Previously, he was English editor-in-chief of Internet startup ChinaNow.com and Creative Director for wireless value-added service provider Linktone. Kaiser came to China after graduating in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He co-founded China's first heavy metal band, Tang Dynasty, in 1989, and after a stint in graduate school at the University of Arizona, where he received an MA in East Asian Studies focusing on modern Chinese intellectual history, he returned to the band from 1996 to 1999. He remains active in the Beijing music scene, as guitarist of original Mandarin metal band Chunqiu and bassist of AC/DC tribute band The Dirty Deeds. He lives in Beijing with his wife Fanfan, two-year-old daughter Guenevere, and five-month-old son Johnny.

Andrew Qian

Founder and Managing Director, New Access Capital
Andrew is the Founder and Managing Director of New Access Capital, a boutique investment consulting company. He was formerly a Vice President with SOFTBANK China. Prior to his VC/finance career, Andrew practiced US corporate law with premier law firms in New York and Hong Kong, where he participated in the IPOs of China Southern Airlines and China National Offshore Oil Company.

At New Access, his team successfully completed several private placement and cross-border M&A deals in the past 2 years, with transaction amount over $100 million. Its existing or former clients include the 9.com (NASDAQ: NCTY), Focus Media (FMCN), Norstar Media (www.it168.com), DNS (www.dns.com.cn), China Broad Media (www.cnr8.com)and Shanghai Chinllenge Gases.

Andrew earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale University Law School and an MA in political science from UCLA. He grew up in Shanghai and attended college in Beijing. He is President of the Yale Club of Shanghai, and an executive member of the Chinese National Youth Association Returnees Council. He was formerly an advisor to the Shanghai Xuhui District government.

Jianjun Yu

CEO, City8.com
Born in 1976, Yu Jianjun holds the Master of Technology degree from Xi'an Jiaotong University. Prior to establish Shanghai Jietu software Ltd., he was the Marketing manager of Xi'an Da'hai Infomation Ltd., As the present General Manager of Jietu, as well as the CEO of City8.com, Yu is responsible for the company management and the product marketing both in China and abroad. Making great contribution, he accomplished to double the revenue consecutively in each year since 2002.

Till now, the company has grown into one of the world's leading developers and marketers of virtual tour software with over 3,000 customers from 50 countries. Featured cusotmers include Intel, Siemens, Boing, FBI, Boeing, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), Harvard University, US House of Representatives and Los Alamos National Laboratory etc.

From late 2005, Yu started planing city8.com, which features local search with real stree view. City8 combines 360 degree panroama with GIS map to provide unique visual local search service. City8 targets an online city platform to serve the net citizen in more direct, detailed, comprehensive way.

Jack Gu

Founder & CTO, Podlook.com
Jack gradulated from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2000 (major electronic engineering). He joined Microsoft and worked for 5+ years as tech leader, security consulting, product development, product support, etc. In Oct 2005, Jack start his own business, podlook.com. Podlook is the first Chinese podcast directory site and also the largest one so far. It wins nearly all the Chinese web2.0 award like "Best Web 2.0 Site in China 2005", "Most worthy of Attention Chinese Web 2.0 Site 2006", "Internet 2.0 New Website 100", etc.

Nick Yang

President and Co-Founder, KongZhong Corporation
Nick Yang graduated from Stanford University with a Masters in electrical engineering in 1999. After graduation, he founded ChinaRen.com with two other friends and became CTO of the company. In 2000, ChinaRen.com was sold to Sohu.com, where Nick continued as CTO. In March 2002, he quit Sohu.com and co-founded KongZhong Corporation, where he serves as President of the company. KongZhong Corporation is a leading provider of advanced second generation (2.5 G) wireless valued-added services in China. As the strategic partner of China Mobile which has the largest mobile subscriber base in the world, KongZhong is leading the industry in terms of revenues of WAP, MMS and JAVA from China Mobile. On July 9, 2004, KongZhong was listed on Nasdaq (Nasdaq: KONG).

Benjamin Joffe

CEO Plus Eight Star Ltd
Founder and organizer of Mobile Monday Beijing
Benjamin is the CEO of the Beijing-based consulting company Plus Eight Star Ltd (+8*), which focused on mobile and Internet business consulting in China, Japan and South Korea. Benjamin is also a founding member and organizer of Mobile Monday Beijing, the Beijing chapter of Mobile Monday, the global information and networking event and community for mobile professionals.

Prior to this, Benjamin has been in charge of Asian business development for Newt Games, a mobile content company in Tokyo and Seoul, a market analyst and IP&L manager for the software and patent portfolio for France Telecom in Tokyo, and a market research consultant in various technology fields.

A MS in both Engineering and Acoustics by training, Benjamin has lived, worked and studied in China, Japan and South Korea for the past 7 years.

David Ding

co-Founder 8box Music(8box.cn)
In 2006, David co-founded 8box Music(8box.cn),the first internet music service based on social filtering and personalization in China. Before 8box, as co-foundering member, David worked in Roambox to provide innovative mobile information & entertainment solutions since 2004. Meanwhile, he was the Director of Networking of Silicon Valley-China Wireless Technology Association, which promotes entrepreneurship, business development and technology exchanges between wireless industries in the United States and China. He also once worked for IBM on developing rich Internet applications. After graduation, he spent one year working in Hong Kong on research of multimedia modeling and retrieval. David received his Master degree from Zhejiang University with a major in Computer Science. 

Haidong Pan

co-Founder and CEO, Hoodong (Beijing) Technologies Co.
Haidong Pan, Ph.D., co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hoodong (Beijing) Technologies Co., the largest Chinese Wiki website globally. Before that, Dr. Pan served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) with AsiaEC.com, the largest online e-procurement office supplies company in China. While studying in Boston University, Dr. Pan acted as co-president of Harvard China Review and organized its annual conference that attracted mainstream media in both US and China. Besides that, the MIT talent forum he organized as conference chair stirred the returning enthusiasm among overseas Chinese students and scholars. As excellent overseas student, Dr. Pan was interviewed by Xinhua News agency and People Daily. Mr. Pan obtained Ph.D. in systems engineering from Boston Univ., M.S. from Tsinghua Univ., and B.S. from Beijing Science & Technology Univ. He also joined the "Advanced History Studies Program" in Dept. of History, Peking Univ. Dr. Pan is a council member of All-China Youth Federation and committee member of Overseas Returnee Association ACYF.

Dexi Qiao

Partner, King & Wood Law Firm
Mr. Dexi Qiao specializes in intellectual property protection with special focus on patent prosecution and enforcement. Mr. Qiao started working at the State Intellectual Property Office in 1980. He has participated in the establishment of Chinese patent legal system and the legislation of patent laws and regulations. He also led the legislation work of Chinese Patent Law and its administrative rules, the regulations regarding protection of new plant varieties, and the regulations concerning protection of integrated circuits designs. Mr. Qiao has represented the Chinese government at numerous WIPO meetings and negotiations and is an executive member of number of Chinese and international organizations in relation to I.P. Mr. Qiao is an expert in all patent related legislations and practice.

Po Chi Wu

Co-founder, Dragon Bridge Capital
Dr. Wu is a co-founder and one of the Managing Directors of DragonBridge Capital, a merchant bank serving Chinese and US technology companies, helping them become global citizens. He is also a co-founder and former Managing Director of Alameda Capital. Before this, he was co-founder and President of Allegro Capital, which managed Strategic Value I, L.P., a fund which returned almost four times the invested capital, and almost double the original paid-in capital within three years to its investors.

His work experience as a venture capitalist began in late 1985, when he was invited to co-found a venture capital subsidiary of China Development Corporation (now China Development Industrial Bank), a publicly traded investment and development bank in Taiwan. After that, he was a partner with one of the world's largest international venture capital firms, Advent International Corporation, where he opened and headed the California office and was responsible for some of the firm's investment activities in Asia and in the US.

Dr. Wu is currently a Visiting Professor at the Mundell International University of Entrepreneurship (Beijing), an International Finance Advisor to the City of Guangzhou and serves on the Advisory Council of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California at Berkeley, his alma mater. He has been involved with several non-profit organizations as: a Director and former President of the Chinese Software Professionals Association (Silicon Valley), a Trustee of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Foundation and Chair of the Technology Committee and a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Genetic Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Benjamin Bin Zhao

Founding Partner, HHP Attorneys-At-Law
Mr. Zhao's particular focus includes foreign direct investment, intellectual property law, e-commerce, banking and real estate. Many of his clients are renowned companies such as Mcdonald's, Haier New York Life Insurance, Roche, Volkswagen Financial Service, Zublin AG and he also advises a big number of wholly foreign owned enterprises, equity joint ventures or contractual joint ventures invested by European companies. His work includes helping domestic and overseas investors establish representative office, equity joint venture, contractual joint venture and wholly foreign owned enterprise in China, as well as provide answer and solution in legal sense with regard to land, premises construction, equipment purchase, technology import, tax, foreign exchange, product export, domestic distribution of product, intellectual property protection, labour issues, M&A etc. during the establishment and running of enterprises. In terms of intellectual property law, Mr. Zhao has acted for a lot of foreign companies and foreign investment enterprises on matters relating to intellectual property registration, intellectual property transfer, intellectual property permit and intellectual property tort.

Mr. Zhao has published a number of articles and books with topics raging from company law of China , legal system of China to the international law of the sea, to note one of them, The Legal System of the People's Republic of China, which was published by Joint Publishing ( Hong Kong ) Co., Ltd in 2000.

Mathew Daniel

Director, Business Development, R2G
Mathew is a 15-year veteran of the advertising industry and made the transition to the online space in the early days of the dot com boom, living through the years of irrational exuberance with the then leading web developer Organic after which he went on to lead the interactive and strategic planning disciplines for Y&R Wunderman in Hong Kong and China.

His combined interests in new media technology and music then led him to be part of R2G, the first centralized digital music distribution platform in China which aims to promote the consumption and monetization of legitimate digital music content.

In the past 5 years, he has worked in the cities of Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing and perused the particularly different social and cultural environments which dictate the approach to and adoption of IP. At R2G, he plays a key role in the safeguarding of the content copyright of music publisher and label partners whilst balancing it with the practicalities of shaping the right business models for the monetization of content in China.

Tony Chen

Legal Counsel, Jones Day Law Firm, Shanghai Representative
Tony has thirteen years of experience working with hi-tech and biotech companies in the United States and in China. His practice focuses on patent prosecution and litigation, technology transfer, and formation of technology start-ups. Tony is a member of the California Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In 2000, he founded a biotechnology company in Silicon Valley to develop technologies for drug discovery with the support of venture capital investors in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

In China, Tony Chen has represented multinational companies to enforce their intellectual property rights in civil actions and through criminal sanctions. He has also represented Chinese companies to build and acquire intellectual property on a worldwide basis. Furthermore, he consults Shanghai government on life science industry and intellectual property matters.

Tony received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology from the University of Science and Technology of China.

His recent publications include: "Keeping China Healthy," The China Business Review, November–December 2004; "Crackdown on IPR Bandits," Financial Times, 8 September 2004; "ITC Investigation," Asian Counsel, July/August 2004; and "Western ways, good and bad," Financial Times, 21 July 2004.

Andrew Tang

Managing Director, DFJ DragonFund China
Mr. Tang was born in Taiwan and spent his career in the U.S. Mr. Tang has over 15 years of operating, R&D, and investing experience in the semiconductor industry. Most recently, he was a principal and member of the investment committee at Infineon Ventures, where he oversaw and managed investments in Broadbus, Imago Scientific, Zettacom (IDTI), NuTool (ASMI), and Corrent. Prior to Infineon Ventures, he was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston's technology group in Palo Alto. He worked on the Magma IPO (LAVA), as well as numerous M&A transactions. Prior to CSFB, Mr. Tang was a senior engineer and marketing manager at Intel Corporation. He was responsible for chip design as well as market enabling for the Pentium and Itanium processors. Mr. Tang holds an MBA from the Wharton School, MSEE and BSEE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Texas at Austin respectively.

Yonghao Luo

Deputy Director, Institute of Thermal Engineering at SJTU
Chief Scientist, Shanghai Clean Energy Research and Industry Promotion Center
Director, Chinese Society of Power Engineering
Dr. Yonghao Luo was born in 1962, Zhejiang province in China. He is a Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (shortened as SJTU). Dr. Luo received a B.E. in thermal engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 1982 and Ph.D. in thermophysics engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1997. Dr. Luo was a visiting scholar at the University of Stuttgart in Germany from 1999 to 2000, and was a visiting scholar at the Joint Global Change Research Institute in U.S.A. in 2002. Dr. Luo was a Research Engineer at Shanghai Power Equipment Research Institute from 1982 to 1988. He has been at SJTU since 1988 until present time. Dr. Luo was the Chairman of the Department of Energy Engineering at SJTU from 1998 to 2001. Now Dr. Luo is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Thermal Engineering at SJTU, Chief Scientist of the Shanghai Clean Energy Research and Industry Promotion Center, and the Director of Chinese Society of Power Engineering.

His research interests are energy efficiency, clean combustion, biomass and hydrogen energy. Dr. Luo retrofitted more than 200 coal-fired industrial boilers by the proprietary technology in China, which was selected as Best Practice Programme by the State Economic and Trade Commission supported by the World Bank and GEF. He also improved the design technology about the hydraulic calculation for the utility boiler. His improvement was recognized as a great achievement by the Ministry of Science and Technology, and the improvement is being disseminated to all of China. Now Dr. Luo leads his team to develop energy efficiency technologies for thermal system, low NOx combustion technologies for coal-fired boiler, power generation technologies by biomass, and broaden research in hydrogen and fuel cell.

Dr. Luo was honored as outstanding young university teacher in Shanghai and key university teacher of the Ministry of Education. Dr. Luo received the Science and Technology Progress Award by the Ministry of Education in 2000, and the Promotion Award for Combining Scientific Technology with Industry by the Shanghai municipal government in 2000, and the Science and Technology Progress Award by the Shanghai municipal government in 2002.

Leroy L. Luo

Managing Director, Shanghai Operations, Miasole (Shanaghai) Co., Ltd
Mr. Luo has over twenty years of international senior management and engineering experience in high technology companies. He has been successful as both an entrepreneur and a corporate contributor in the US and in China.

Prior to joining Miasolé, Mr. Luo co-founded AMEC a venture capital funded Shanghai company focused on the design and manufacturing of semiconductor vacuum equipment. Before AMEC, Mr. Luo was the Vice President of Engineering at SciVac, a company that designed and manufactured thin-film vacuum-deposition equipment in Silicon Valley. He worked for Mattson Technology and Lam Research in the US.

Mr. Luo is fluent in both Chinese and English. He currently resides in Shanghai. His extensive relationships in the Chinese high technology market are vital to Miasolé's success in Asia. Mr. Luo holds multiple degrees in solid-state physics and electrical engineering (BS, MS, MSEE and Ph.D. candidate) from Zhongshan University and The University of Texas.

Yupin Wu

Prof. Department of Chemistry, Fudan
After visiting Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany as a Humboldt Fellow, Wu returned to China in 2003, and stayed in Fudan University, Shanghai as a full professor. He was the youngest professor at that time.

Since 1994, he has published over 90 papers on peer-reviewed journals such as Progress in Material Sciences, Electrochemistry Communications, Journal of Power Sources, Carbon, Electrochimica Acta, and Journal of Material Sciences, and has contributed three monographs on lithium batteries in China, whose sale is above 15000 copies, and two chapters for two monographs. Almost every university and factories on lithium ion batteries in China has bought his book. He applied 15 patents, delivered over 10 plenary lectures and invited lectures at international and national symposiums.

Now he is an editor of Battery (in Chinese), International Batteries (in both Chinese and English), associate editor of Research Journal of Chemistry & Environment, advisor of 3 factories related to lithium batteries, and reviewers of several international journals such Electrochemistry Communications, Journal of Power Sources, and Materials Science and Engineering.

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