The Future of Technology Collaboration – At the Crossroads of Technology Model Alternatives


Innovation and Technology Series


Reception 12:15 pm
Lunch & Discussion 12:45 pm
Close 14:30 pm

China and the U.S. have diverged in their respective approaches to building technology ecosystems but have witnessed extensive collaboration over the years. However, we are now at the crossroads of technology networks facing the prospects of decoupling. What models of technology collaboration works in the midst of increasing barriers? How are technology leaders reinventing their business models through innovation, AI and technology, and what is being done to achieve alternatives to prevent a deeper technology divide? The discussion will dive into the technology infrastructure in Asia and how these networks rely heavily on other parts of the world for further growth, particularly from an investment, human resources, and research-driven perspective.


Peter H. Diamandis, MD is the Founder & Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the Executive Founder and Director of Singularity University, a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world's biggest challenges and build a better future for all. As an entrepreneur, Peter has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital and education. He is also Co-Founder of BOLD Capital Partners, a venture fund with $250M investing in exponential technologies.  Peter is a New York Times Bestselling author of two books: Abundance & BOLD.  He earned degrees in Molecular Genetics and Aerospace Engineering from MIT and holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Fortune Magazine recently named him as one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders. Peter’s favorite saying is “the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”

Shuhong Ye

Shuhong Ye is the Managing Partner of WCG Capital, and the Co-Founder and former CFO of Meituan Dianping, which is the world leading e-commerce platform for services. After serving 14 years as group CFO, he recently retired from the post and became an active investor in China. Shuhong now also serves on the UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees



Christopher Thomas is a Partner with McKinsey & Company.  He serves as Managing Partner for the Firm’s Global Digital Strategy service line as well as its Asia Semiconductor Practice.  Chris joined McKinsey’s leadership team in 2011 after a long career in the technology industry.  He focuses on strategy, corporate finance, digital and product development topics for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, European and American clients in the high tech, industrial, and semiconductor industries.  Prior to joining McKinsey, Chris spent ten years at Intel.  He was the General Manager of & Chief Corporate Representative for, Intel China, with ownership for the region’s $5 billion-plus P&L.  In this role, he grew revenues by more than 50%, oversaw China’s successful elevation from a sub-regional sales unit to an independent regional P&L unit reporting directly into headquarters and led Intel’s Olympic sponsorship program.  Chris previously held multiple executive roles at Intel’s global headquarters, including Chief of Staff to Intel’s Chief Sales, Marketing and Strategy Officer.  He is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Advisory Board member of the Seva Foundation and was previously a private equity investor at The Blackstone Group.  Chris served as a torch bearer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  He received an MBA from Stanford Business School (Arjay Miller scholar), a MA in Political Science from Stanford University and a BS in Economics (summa cum laude) from Wharton.  

Andrew Work

Andrew Work is the Managing Director, Head of Media, Asia and Europe at NexChange Group, a digital merchant bank. It is the creator of the Fintech O2O (with Cyberport), Healthtech O2O, and Block O2O brands and events. He was the lead on-stage host for Consensus Singapore 2018, Hong Kong Blockchain Week, Block O2O, Hong Kong Fintech Week (2015-2017), the first Token 2049, SME Finance Forum (2015-2017),  World Business Angel Investor Forum (2017-2019) and many more world-leading blockchain and fintech events. Andrew has extensive executive experience in building successful media, content, community,  ecosystem and events brands from ground zero to become globally recognized properties. He has held executive positions as the Editor-in-Chief of Harbour Times and High Tide, CEO of New Work Media, Executive Director of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and more. Andrew founded the Hong Kong economic policy think tank, The Lion Rock Institute and remains an active board member. He has worked for The Economist Group, Penton Media and on  Parliament Hill with a senior Cabinet Minister in Ottawa. Andrew is the Consulting Editor to Sphere, the in-house publication of the CK Hutchison Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Victoria.  (Moderator)

In Partnership With


*Abundance 360 is Dr. Peter Diamandis' curated global membership community of extraordinary exponential entrepreneurs. This network of 360 bold entrepreneurs, executives and investors regularly convene and collaborate to take “moonshots” at creating a world of collective abundance. Dr. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation (Executive Founder, Singularity University), incentive competitions (Founder and Executive Chairman, XPRIZE) and longevity (Co-Founder & Vice Chairman, Human Longevity Inc.; Co-Founder & Vice Chairman, Celularity). In 2014, he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine. Dr. Diamandis is also the New York Times Bestselling Author of “Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think” and “BOLD – How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World.”  This autumn, an exclusive group of CEOs, investors and entrepreneurs will visit Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area and take a deep dive together into the cutting-edge technological opportunities that have emerged on this side of the world. As part of this trip, Asia Society Hong Kong Center will host a three-course evening banquet and presentation on Wednesday, October 16, where the latest trending topics such as AI, fintech, insurtech, regtech and the US-China models of innovation will be explored in rare detail by global vanguards in these exciting domains.


President’s Circle lunches are off-the-record and kept small to facilitate greater discussion.

Regular Menu
Smoked Salmon Carpaccio with Pickled Pear, Avocado and Ciabatta Croutons
Chicken Cordon Bleu with Cauliflower, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Tomato Chutney
Citrus Breton Tart filled with Lemon Mascarpone and Berries OR Mixed Berries Cup

Vegetarian Menu
Grilled Green Asparagus with Black Truffle Aioli and Chopped Egg
Grilled Cauliflower Steaks with Baby Spinach and Walnut Pesto
Citrus Breton Tart filled with Lemon Mascarpone and Berries OR Mixed Berries Cup

Technology and Innovation Series 
From Silicon Valley to the Greater Bay Area and beyond, the global economy is now in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In 2019, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center has inaugurated The Technology and Innovation Series to convene the world’s visionary vanguard to explore the latest trends, insights and projections on how the next phase of innovation and disruptive technology will shape the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Event Details

Wed 16 Oct 2019
12:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

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