Kai-Fu Lee

Investor, computer scientist
At Sinovation Ventures, Kai-Fu Lee invests in the next generation of Chinese high-tech companies.

Why you should listen

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee has a unique perspective on the global technology industry, having worked extensively between the US and China, and has been in artificial intelligence research, development and investment for more than 30 years. He is one of China's top technology investors, undertaking early pioneering work in the field of artificial intelligence and working with multiple US technology giants. 

Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, managing a $1.7 billion dual-currency investment fund. Sinovation is a leading technology-savvy investment firm focusing on developing Chinese high-tech companies. Lee also serves as president of the Sinovation Ventures Artificial Intelligence Institute.

Prior to founding Sinovation in 2009, Lee was the President of Google China. Previously, he held executive positions at Microsoft, SGI and Apple. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and he was Vice Chairman of the Committee of 100 and named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine. He is the author of seven best-selling books in Chinese, launching his new book AI Superpowers internationally in fall 2018, and has over 50 million followers on social media.

In the field of artificial intelligence, Lee founded Microsoft Research China, which was named as the hottest research lab by MIT Technology Review. Later renamed Microsoft Research Asia, this institute has trained the great majority of AI leaders in China, including CTOs or AI heads at Baidu, Tencent, Alibaba, Lenovo, Huawei and Haier. While with Apple, Lee led AI projects in speech and natural language, which appeared on Good Morning America on ABC Television and the front page of The Wall Street Journal. He has authored 10 US patents, and more than 100 journal and conference papers.

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