CHAIN (China America Innovation Network) aims to help entrepreneurs transform innovation into value through knowledge and resource exchange between U.S. and China. Our mission is to build a multinational ecosystem of mentors, experts, professionals, and peers based in U.S. and China that will enable entrepreneurs to realize their entrepreneurial ambitions by accessing resources from both U.S. and China.

As a non-profit organization, we are powered by a team of passionate volunteers, successful entrepreneurs, experienced executives, business operations professionals and engineering wizards. Founded in 2011, the CHAIN network now connects thousands of members in both Silicon Valley and China.

 


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Board Members

Frank Shi 施煜

Frank_big Chairman of Board

frank.shi@innovationchain.org

Frank is a volunteer, co-founder and former president (2011-2013) of CHAIN, where he drove the overall organization strategy and development. Frank has a regular job too, working as a Chief Architect at Visa and responsible for and managed the development of multiple large commercial and enterprise product platforms. Prior to Visa, he was Vice President of eFORCE, where he and his organization developed multiple banking and trading platforms for some top US banks and mutual fund companies. Prior to eFORCE, he was a developer at Sabre, where he and others developed the foundational platform of Travelocity.

Favorite thing outside of work: Traveling and sightseeing with family and friends.

Chen Peng 彭晨

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chen.peng@innovationchain.org

As the co-founder, former president (2013-2015), and current board member of CHAIN, Chen is a passionate promoter of technology innovation and entrepreneurship as well as the cross-cultural communication between U.S. and China. At CHAIN, Chen was responsible for the overarching strategy of long-term development and also ran the daily operations with other members in the leadership team. Chen previously served as the director of marketing (2011-2012) , EVP of marketing & product (2012-2013), and president (2013-2015) in the organization.

Chen Currently works at Uber as a senior data scientist; before Uber Chen worked at Google’s Cloud infrastructure & platform division as a quantitative analyst for many years.

Chen holds a B.Eng. degree in Information Technology (Automatic Control) from Zhejiang University and a PhD in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford.

彭晨是中美创新协会联合创始人、前任会长、和现任董事。于2011年夏和Frank等人共同创办了CHAIN, 主要曾负责CHAIN的市场宣传和推广,以及在中美两地的项目筹划工作。彭晨一直以来对跨国的创业和文化交流有浓厚的热情和兴趣。 彭晨目前是Uber公司的资深数据科学家;在此之前他曾在Google总部的云计算平台部门担任数据科学家多年。彭晨2007年获得浙江大学信息学院自动控制专业学士学位,2011年获得美国斯坦福大学管理科学与工程系博士学位。

Datong Chen 陈大同

datong_bigDatong is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of WestSummit Capital.

Datong has more than 20 years of investment and operational experience in the technology industry. He is the co-founder and managing director of WestSummit Capital, the first private equity firm sponsored by the most prestigious financial institution in China focused on growth-stage technology companies. Prior to WestSummit, Datong was a Venture Partner at Northern Light Venture Capital, a leading technology VC fund, where he led investments in the semiconductor industry.

Before pursuing the investment career, Datong was a successful serial entrepreneur and co-founded and brought two companies to IPO. He was the Co-Founder and CTO of Spreadtrum Communications (NASDAQ: SPRD), a leading fabless semiconductor company that develops baseband and RF processor solutions for the 2G/3G/4G wireless communications market, and Co-Founder and Senior VP for Omnivision (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of CMOS imaging sensor.

Datong holds his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University while completed his post-Doctoral research at Stanford University. He also holds B.S.E.E., an M.S.E.E., and an EE degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University.

Notables

Owner of 34 US and European patents National Science and Technology Progress Award, First Prize, 2006 China Special Award for Inventor and Entrepreneur, 2006 Counsel member of China Invention Association and China Semiconductor Association Assigned Expert of Ministry of Industry & Information of China and selected in UNESCO expert committee Chairman of TEEC, Tsinghua Entrepreneur & Executive Club, 2009

Eugenia Rao

Eugenia is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and she has over 16 years of experience and specializes in providing tax consulting services to US and Chinese multinationals.

Eugenia leads the PwC Chinese Business Network (including China, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong) in California which was created to provide enhanced, integrated, and on-the-ground worldwide support for US and Chinese multinationals. Eugenia also leads the Technology Sector for the US Inbound Asian Enterprises and she also has experience in various industries including, distribution, entertainment, manufacturing and retail industries.

Eugenia is bicultural and fluent in Mandarin and English, having spent over 15 years in Asia and worked in the Taipei office for 2 years where she helped build a US tax practice. Eugenia also worked in the New York office (US headquarters) for 18 months as the Chief of Staff for the PwC US Tax Leader.

Eugenia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University.

In her spare time, Eugenia likes to play badminton, golf, ski and scuba dive and is involved with church and non-profit organization activities.

Tao Li 李涛

Founder & CEO, APUS Group

In June 2014, Mr. Li Tao resigned from Qihoo 360 to start APUS, which is dedicated to provide the best mobile Internet services to the world’s 3 billion mobile phone users. The first product APUS launched was APUS Launcher, which became the miracle of this industry—-online for 7 months, reached 100 million users with 80 million MAU. In December 2014, APUS closed Series B round of over 100 million USD investments. Li Tao is former vice President Qihoo 360, “the father of 360 mobile guard”. He was in charge of the 360 wireless businesses and international business, leading the 360 wireless team, created 360 wireless Internet business line, and launched 360 mobile guards and a number of mobile Internet applications. In 3 years, 360 mobile guards reached “0” to “600 million” users, more than 70% market share, became the first brand of mobile security of China. At the same time, 360’s undisputed leading position in the mobile industry in China was established.

作为3721公司创业团队的核心成员,李涛曾一手缔造了3721渠道市场及营销网络,被誉为中国的“渠道营销教父”,其所创立的“第二代分销体系”奠定了当今搜索引擎市场的分销模式;2004年先后担任8848、中华网营销副总裁;2005年,李涛自主创立本地通网站,从事本地分类信息及定向广告传播;2006年底,李涛带领本地通网站及其创业团队加盟图为先,担任图为先公司COO,负责公司运营及市场营销工作;2009年底,李涛加盟360公司,担任360公司副总裁,全面负责360手机安全业务。 2014年6月李涛从360离职,创立移动桌面应用APUS Launcher;2015年初APUS全球下载量超过一亿。

Lu Wang

Lu has worked in IT for more than 15 years in various roles. He currently works as an IT architect for Chevron to set up an internal cloud. Before that, he was an enterprise architect at Safeway. Prior to Safeway, he worked for a few start up companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lu believes in CHAIN’s mission to provide members with the right opportunities and resources to help bring their innovation to fruition.

At CHAIN, Lu’s main responsibility is to ensure CHAIN maximize value delivery to members and partners by hosting events addressing their interests. Lu previously served as VP of Event Management in the organization (2013-2015).

Lu graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a BSE in Computer Science & Engineering with a minor degree in Psychology.

Favorite things to do outside of work: reading and photography.


 

Leadership Team

Zhiyong Zhao

President

zhiyong.zhao@innovationchain.org

Currently, with PayPal leading global strategic partnerships, Zhiyong is a business leader with 15+ years of experience in product development, business development, strategic planning, and sales and marketing.  Previously an account manager for a global IT services company and have taken the management role in numerous startups.

Zhiyong is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. He was an entrepreneur consultant when attending Ross School of Business, servicing the University of Michigan community. He is also a winner of 12 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards granted by the US government.

Zhiyong holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

YunHao Xu

Co-founder & COO, General Manager US

yunhao.xu@innovationchain.org

A goal-oriented engineer with 15 years of experiences on research and new product development in a wide range of industries from consumer electronics to health care; An aspiring leader with a proved record of founding and managing new businesses and professional organizations to facilitate innovation and promote entrepreneurship; An accomplished scientist with more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 10 technical presentations in international conferences on nanotechnology.

YunHao holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Minnesota.

Linna Li

Executive VP, General Manager and BD China

A strategy-oriented thinker, she combines a strong design background and business development experience with strategic business innovation mind. She is passionate about bringing the meaningful design and value to business and enjoys fixing the complicated problems and seeking opportunities to make things simple and easy to comprehend. She learns and acquires knowledge by observing, listening and talking with others. She also loves high-level strategic exploration as well as implementing strategies to align firm behavior with mission.

Linna has 10 years of working experience in design consultancies from design research, concept, and design development to execution. She accumulated the international and local communication in Fortune 500 company and also founding partner for boutique design studio.

As the General Manager and BD China, Linna will bridge the connection between China and Silicon Valley and contribute to the community with the international perspective.

Linna graduated from Tsinghua University and received her MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts.

Outside of work, Linna loves to explore the cities and stories and try something new.

Yiyi Jin

VP Marketing, General Counsel

yiyi.jin@innovationchain.org

Yiyi is an international business lawyer. She is licensed to practice law in California and also admitted to practice throughout China. She has worked for more than 14 years at top Chinese and international law firms in Shanghai, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley.

Yiyi holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Tongji University and studied accounting and EU law at ESCP Paris, financial analysis at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and human resources management at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Philip Hong

CTO

philip.hong@innovationchain.org

Philip is a software product visionary and engineering wizard. He is the major contributor to the development of CHAIN’s website and some other technical properties.

Philip holds a master degree in computer science from the University of Southern California.

 

 

Jay Liu

Chief Designer

 

 

 

 

Shaun Zheng

VP Business Development US

 

Humphrey Gu

Director of Engineering

Humphrey has more than 15+ years of eCommerce/ Retail software system design & architect experience in both US and China. Currently he serves as tech-leader for one of the biggest phone companies focusing on big data/AI tools and platform design in Silicon Valley.  Prior to that, he worked at eBay and Sybase (SAP) for 10+ years across many engineering and leadership roles.

Humphrey has published several U.S. patents related to Internet search-engine and audio processing.  He holds a Master degree from Fudan University and Bachelor degree from Donghua University, both majored in C.S. 

Besides the routine engineering support, Humphrey is also helping drive the CHAIN Entrepreneur Mentor Program which aims to build a platform to link experts and startups, and foster Sino-US cross-border innovation and cooperation community.

Eva Zhang

Business Development Manager

Eva is an advisor, builder, and catalyst in the TMT Sector. She helps big techs and start-ups in regional and global context to innovate, scale, and lead in technology inflections by building and growing organization and talents.

She is an HR consultant in Cisco, specializing in executive selection, development, and coaching. Prior to the current position, she spent six years in human capital consulting. Her expertise is organization development, rewards strategy, talent strategy and change management.

As a BD manager at CHAIN, Eva supports the innovation initiatives from talent, development, and organization perspectives.

Eva graduated from Fudan University with a Bachelor Degree in Management Science and received her MBA Degree from Cornell University.

Jane Wu

Content Advisor

Jane is a communications professional with eight years of experience in writing and editing (English, simplified and traditional Chinese).  Previously she worked as reporter in Financial Times and features editor in ELLE magazine in Hong Kong. Jane has a MSc in Media Management from Hong Kong Baptist University and B.B.A in Information System Management from Communication University of China.

Gawa You

Business Development Manager

Gawa is currently a PhD Student in AI at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  Previously, he has been a management consultant and Data Scientist at S.F. Express, augmented by the design and implementation of new value propositions that create new products leveraging the latest technologies and S.F. physical networks and assets.

Gawa has a Certificate of Leadership Training at Harvard University.  At CHAIN, Gawa works to further extend the organization’s efforts to promote cross-border innovation in the Sino-U.S entrepreneur community.

Cici Deng

Marketing Manager

At CHAIN, Cici leads and participate in design, marketing, and events.  She also works as a We Media.  Previously, she was a co-founder and president of Mini Cooper fans club, a nonprofit in Zhuhai, China.

A child at heart has helped Cici to be more creative, imaginative, and innovative. She is always ready to explore new opportunities and possibilities.

Cici holds B.B.A. and M.A. degree.

Ren Ren

Marketing Manager

Ren Ren has 7 years of experience in media, videos and design development. Ren is a co-founder and chairman of Shanghai ShangRen Environmental Technology Co., Ltd.  At CHAIN, he works on marketing and events.

Ren holds a B.A. in digital media and M.A in Communication and Media Tech.  He has also studied MBA at New York Adelphi University.

Ren is a professional saxophone player and a big sports fan.  He also enjoys fishing.

 


 

Alumni Members

Wei Nie

Chief Talent Officer

Wei serves as the Chief Talent Officer at CHAIN, focusing on bridging the Chinese entrepreneur community with resources and funding in Silicon Valley to maximize technology innovation.

Wei is a Business Analyst Staff in Lean Corporate Initiatives Group at Cypress Semiconductor. He joined the firm in 2010 and led, studied and implemented a series of initiatives focusing on enhancing business operation efficiency. His arena covers lean product launch process, sales force performance improvement and lean G&A spending. Before joining Cypress, Wei accelerated his career in KPCB China and McKinsey, where he received intensive training in constructive problem solving and business operation theory and analysis.

Wei graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology –Shanghai Jiaotong University dual master degree program in electrical computer engineering. He received his bachelor degree in electronic information engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He also was the national champion of China Electronic System Design Contest and CFA China scholarship awardee.

Chenhao Zhu

Director, Legal Affairs

What I am good at professionally: legal counsel for venture capitalists, emerging companies and Chinese enterprises seeking to explore business opportunities in the Valley

One sentence of my personal goal: I want to have the power to take on other people’s burden, endure any pressure and hardship without losing my smile, so that I can take care of all those I care about.

Chenhao holds a master degree from Stanford Law School.

Jingjian Ren

Director of Business Development, Global

Jingjian has more than 6 years of research experience in the area of semiconductor electronics, with emphasis on non-volatile memory devices and their data storage applications. He currently works as a senior device engineer at SanDisk, where his cross-functional role involves advanced NAND flash memory technology R&D and various product development.

At CHAIN, previously Jingjian served as event program manager, responsible for the planning, organization and coordination of events which directly delivered value to CHAIN’s members and partners. In his new role of business development, Jingjian works to further extend the organization’s efforts to both the US and China entrepreneur community to promote cross-border innovation.

Jingjian got his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Riverside in 2012. Prior to that, he graduated from Dalian University of Technology, China in 2008 with B.S. in Optical Information Science and Technology. He is a big fan of sports, reading and music/Karaoke.

Lulu Guo

Director of Marketing

Lulu joined CHAIN in 2014 as an event manager. Later she was also responsible for the online marketing of the 2015 Smart City Smart Life Summit held in Hangzhou, China.

Lulu has 8 years of experience in business analysis and currently is an IT project manager. Lulu holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a master’s degree in Information Management & Systems from UC Berkeley.

In her spare time, Lulu enjoys traveling and drawing/painting.

Omar Wang

Senior Event Manager, Interim Director of Event Management

Omar has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development area and his most recent position was Global Director, OEM Business with Covidien, one of the largest medical device companies in the world. Previously, Omar worked with HP, Agilent, Philips, and JNJ for many years.

Within CHAIN, Omar worked with Event team for a while and now with focusing on event going forward.

Omar holds a Medical degree from Shanghai Second Medical School, and an MBA from MSU.

Yangyang Pan

Program Manager

As a Non Volatile Memory(NVM) technologist at Fusion-io(Acquired by Sandisk), Yangyang has strong interests and passion about innovation and entrepreneurship, especially in the area of big data applications with high performance enterprise Solid State Drive Storage system.

Yangyang holds a B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering (Automatic Control) from Zhejiang University and a PhD in Electrical and Computer System Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), NY. His research focused on high performance solid state drive system with 10+ peer-reviewed publications and he has served as reviewers of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II, IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems and IEEE Transactions on Computers. He also served as the President of Chinese Student and Scholar Association of RPI from 2010 to 2011.

Xiao Wang

Co-founder & Former EVP of Business Development (2011-2013)

xiao.wang@innovationchain.org

A natual business development professional and a passionate alliance relationship manager with 3 years of experience advising drug development strategies for top 10 pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Xiao holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the Case Western University.

 

Shijing Yao

Former Director of Business Development (2012-2013)

Shijing Yao works in OmniVision Technologies as an Analog IC Designer. He develops CMOS Image Sensor chip solutions for consumer products such as smartphones and tablets. He also has experiences in complex low-noise electronic system design for semiconductor inspection equipment.

Shijing has served project lead for many non-profit organizations in Bay Area. As a member of CHAIN, he is currently working on coordinating, marketing and hosting entrepreneurial events.

Shijing received M.S. in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2010. Prior to that, he graduated from Tsinghua University with his bachelor’s degree.

Xi Qiao

Co-founder and former EVP of Event & Sponsorship (2011-2013)

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Xiu

Co-founder and former VP of Marketing (2011-2012)

 

Jianghanhan Li

Former Director, Marketing & Branding

Jianghanhan Li serves as the marketing director at CHAIN, and she is responsible for marketing, branding, and event.

Previously she interned as a media & advertising associate at The Townsend Group: Association Ad Sales. In 2014, Jianghanhan graduated as a marshal student from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in international communications and statistics. At college she was extensively involved with research projects on HCI and Internet of Things.

She is passionate about Internet, information technology for development, entrepreneurship, and psychology. She is also curious about cosmology and astronomy. She enjoys philosophy, classical music, dancing, and swimming.

Louis Zheng

Former Program Manager

Louis joined CHAIN core team since 2014, responsible for marketing and BD.

Also, Louis is working as a marketing strategist at MoWeather. And previously, he has working experience in non-profit and education industry. Louis is also an entrepreneur and started The TA Project in 2011, an education program designed for college students to engage in critical thinking and sharing of ideas.

Louis is holding MBA and M.S.Finance dual degree.

Qiyue Zou

Former VP of Operations (2011-2012)

Qiyue received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, in 2001 and 2004, respectively, and the M.A. degree in mathematics and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 2008.

From February 2001 to September 2004, he was with the Centre for Signal Processing of NTU, working on statistical and array signal processing. From August 2008 to April 2009, he was with the WiLinx Corporation, San Diego, CA, working on ultrawideband communications. Since April 2009, he has been with the Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., Santa Clara, CA, working on signal processing for data storage IC. His research interests include signal processing and digital communications.

Qiyue received the Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Special Silver Award in 2001 and the Young Author Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2007. He has published more than 30 technical papers in the fields of signal processing and digital communications, and has filed 10 US patents in the field of magnetic read channel.

One sentence about your goal: Make contribution to our society .

Baolu Shen

Former Program Manager

Baolu is a product manager at Intuit. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and engineering design. Things Baolu is passionate about: human-centered design, mobile, payments, Kickstarter, soccer, and anything outdoorsy.

 

 

John Li

Former Program Manager

John is currently employed at Google Search as a data scientist. He has extensive experiences in applied statistics, big data analytics and statistical machine learning. He is also very passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship.

John received his Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of Michigan and his B.E. in computer software engineering from Xiamen University. He enjoys traveling and exploring new things, playing tennis, and many outdoor activities.