Dr. Kai-Fu Lee

Chairman and CEO, Sinovation Ventures, President, Sinovation Ventures Artificial Intelligence Institute

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. Sinovation is a leading technology-savvy investment firm focusing on developing Chinese high-tech companies.

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. 

In the field of artificial intelligence, Lee founded Microsoft Research China, which was named 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 U.S. patents, and more than 100 journal and conference papers. Altogether, Dr. Lee has been in artificial intelligence research, development, and investment for more than 30 years.

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.His New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order (aisuperpowers.com) discuss US-China co-leadership in the age of AI as well as the greater societal impacts brought upon by the AI technology revolution.

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Sinovation Ventures

Sinovation Ventures is leading Chinese technology venture capital, started in 2009 by a team led by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, with presence in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. We currently manage over $2.5B AUM between ten USD and RMB funds in total, and over 400 portfolio companies across the technology spectrum in China.