Innovation and Progress: New Ideas for a New World

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No longer the sole territory of the United States, innovation has become globalized and democratized. Countries such as China and India have become global leaders in innovation, using new technology to solve problems. Join ASNC for a one-of-a-kind dialogue with four leading figures in philanthropy, business, and academia who are charting innovative paths in their respective fields and seeking to uncover new ways to improve the way people live, consume, interact, and engage.

As co-founder and CEO of the Energy Foundation, Eric Heitz has been at the forefront of one of the most important philanthropic organizations dedicated to clean and sustainable sources of energy. In addition to overseeing funding for projects in the United States, Mr. Heitz established the Foundation’s China office in 1999 and has since directed more than 1,500 grants totaling $200 million towards building a clean energy future in China.

A prolific musician and writer, Kaiser Kuo is (former) Director of International Communications at Baidu, China’s largest internet search engine. As co-founder of the weekly Sinica podcast, Mr. Kuo is a refreshingly original and innovative thinker on politics, society, and economics in contemporary China and an important cultural ambassador for China in the United States.

Vivek Wadhwa is a Fellow at the Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. Mr. Wadhwa researches robotics, computing and medicine, and how various forms of technology can be used to solve social issues such as education and poverty. Mr. Wadhwa was on TIME magazine’s 2013 list of “Tech 40” and is a regular columnist for The Washington Post and a contributor to TechCrunch.

Orville Schell of the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations will moderate the dialogue. Mr. Schell is a former professor at and Dean of the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of fifteen books and a contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Wired, Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among others

Program Agenda
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration & Box Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dialogue and Audience Q & A

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Event Details

Wed 04 May 2016
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Zendesk 1019 Market St San Francisco, CA 94103
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