Monday 20 May 2019


Kai-Fu Lee

Investing in AI: separating hype from reality

Kai-Fu Lee has a unique perspective on the global technology industry, having worked extensively between the US and China in artificial intelligence research, development and investment for more than 30 years. In his current role, as Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, he manages US$2 billion in dual currency investment funds, invested in both Chinese and global technology companies.

Drawing on his deep, first-hand experience Kai-Fu will cut through the noise around investing in AI, helping us understand how smart thinking can future-proof our investment portfolios and why we should start paying attention to how AI will propel economic growth. He will also discuss wider trends around AI.

Dr Kai-Fu Lee

Kai-Fu is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and the President of Sinovation Ventures Artificial Intelligence Institute. Prior to founding Sinovation Ventures in 2009, he was the President of Google China and a senior executive at Microsoft, SGI and Apple.

He is the author of New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book, AI Superpowers, and the Co-Chair of the Artificial Intelligence Council for the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

He has a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, an honorary Ph.Ds from Carnegie Mellon University and City University of Hong Kong and over fifty million followers on social media.

"Kai-Fu Lee's smart analysis on human-AI coexistence is clear-eyed and a must-read."

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft