Advisory Board

Dr. Weiru Chen

Weiru Chen is Chief Strategy Officer at Cainiao Network Technology, Alibaba Group. He received his Ph.D. in strategic management at Purdue University in the US, and served as strategy professor at INSEAD and China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS). His research centered at innovation strategy and organizational transformation. He received Teaching Excellence Award at CEIBS, INSEAD, and Purdue University. Dr. Chen published on the world’s leading academic journals and bestseller books on Platform Strategy (2013), and Platformization Transformation (2016), which provides systematic framework for traditional business to incubate new platform business. In 2017, he was selected as one of the “world management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led” in the Thinkers50 Radar List.

Dr. Ben Shenglin

Dr. Ben Shenglin, Professor & Chair, Department of Finance & Accounting; Dean, Academy of Internet Finance,Zhejiang University
Before joining Zhejiang University as a full-time professor in May 2014, Dr. Ben served in financial services firms like ABN AMRO, HSBC and lastly JP Morgan Chase as CEO, JP Morgan Chase Bank (China) Co Ltd.
Dr. Ben is well-trusted advisor to public and private organizations. He is Joint Chairman of Zhejiang Association of Internet Finance; Executive Director, International Monetary Institute, Renmin University of China; Counselor to Zhejiang Provincial Government and a member of Standing Committee & Vice Chairman of its Economic Commission of Zhejiang CPPCC. He is also a non- executive board director of leading companies including China International Capital Corporation, Tsingtao Brewery and Bank of Ningbo.

Dr. Shaojun Guo

Shaojun GUO is Currently an Associate Professor in the Institute of Statistics and Big Data at Renmin University of China. He is Assistant Dean and Director of the Committee on Graduate Studies at Instistute of Statistics and Big Data. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor in Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science at Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2008 and also Research Fellow in Department of Statistics at London school of Economics and Political Science from 2014 to 2016.

He completed Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics from Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science at Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2008, advised by Professor Min Chen. From 2009 to 2010 he was a Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering (ORFE) at Princeton University, hosted by Professor Jianqing Fan.

Dr. Peng Qi

Peng Qi is an Associate Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, and he received the PhD in Robotics from King’s College London in 2016. Dr Qi is winner of the Shanghai S&T 35U35 and Shanghai Science and Technology Rising-Star Program. Dr Qi has served as Vice-President of Shanghai Youth Science and Technology Talent Association; Secretary General of Tongji University Branch of Shanghai Overseas Returned Scholars Association; Member of Robot Intelligence Professional Committee of Chinese Association of Automation.


Dr Qi’s research interests include medical robotics and intelligent sensing and interaction. He has published over 50 academic papers, and applied/authorized over 100 patents. He has led the research and development of cardiac intervention surgery robot, autonomous venipuncture robot, and the first needle-free vaccine injection robot in China. Dr Qi received the Shanghai Youth May Fourth Medal, Tongji Youth May Fourth Medal, and the gold medal in the Shanghai Industrial Youth Innovation Competition. Dr Qi is also the youth scientist at the Pujiang Innovation Forum, and the related achievements have received attention from multiple media outlets, including CCTV, People’s Daily, Wen Wei Po, Guangming Daily, and MIT Technology Review, etc.

Wang Xuejian, a graduate of the Communication Technology program at Shanghai University, has held positions in several large telecommunications companies in China, specializing in communication and artificial intelligence fields. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director and General Manager of the Sino-British Talent Exchange Development Center, Chairman of Beijing Xingyi Information Technology Co., Ltd., and holds concurrent positions as a council member of the Shandong Province Overseas Exchange Association, Shandong Province Overseas Friendship Association, Vice President of Weifang Overseas Friendship Association, Vice President of Heze Overseas Friendship Association, Executive Director of Yantai Overseas Friendship Association, Honorary Director of Dongying People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Overseas Consultant of Weifang Overseas Chinese Federation, Overseas Commissioner of Zaozhuang Overseas Chinese Federation, and President of the UK Shandong Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce, among other social responsibilities. 

His current focus lies in facilitating and promoting international exchanges and cooperation between the governments and enterprises of China and the UK in areas such as economy, culture, education, talent, technology, as well as providing consultancy and cooperation in fields related to artificial intelligence, urban sustainable development, and international talent exchange between the two countries.

Pingliang Bai

Mr Pingliang Bai, Senior Partner and Director of the Capital Markets Department of Beijing Celue Law Firm, graduated from Peking University Law School, obtained the Tsinghua-Temple University Joint Training LL.M. degree and the University of Oxford St Edmund Hall alumni status. Mainly engaged in finance, securities, insurance, investment, mergers and acquisitions, corporate listing, and major asset restructuring, as well as private equity funds, bonds, the NEEQ and other legal business. Responsible for more than 60 major deals in the areas of corporate restructuring and listing, major asset restructuring, non-public issuance of shares and NEEQN listing, directional issuance, private equity and bond issuance.

Mr Bai, has participated in the compilation of “Enterprise Restructuring and Distribution and Listing Operation Practice” (Law Press, republished in 2014), “New Third Board Listing and Capital Operation Practice” (Law Press, May 2015 edition), “Securities Lawyer Practice Guide” and “New Bond Lawyer Practice Guide” (Peking University Press, September 2020 edition), China’s first “Blue Book of Litigation for Listed Companies in China” (Law Press, October 2020 edition), “2020-2021 Blue Book of Litigation for Listed Companies in China” (Law Press, October 2021 edition) and other books regarding law practice.

Mr Bai’s Current Social Appointments: Director of China Business Law Society、Director of Institute of Securities law of CLS、Director of Beijing Association of Banking Law、Director of Beijing Financial Services Law Society、Director of Beijing Financial and Fiscal Law Society,Deputy Secretary General of Securities Law Commission of Beijing Lawyers Association,Arbitrator of Hainan International Arbitration Court /Hainan Arbitration Commission and Arbitrator of Beihai International Arbitration Court /Beihai Arbitration Commission,Vice President and Executive Director of Ecological Industry Investment Professional Committee of The Investment Association of China,Expert Consultant of Chongqing Wanzhou District Young Entrepreneurs Association,and Independent Director of Henan Huiqiang New Energy Materials Technology Co., Ltd.

Dr. Jie Zhang

Dr. Jie Zhang is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Bath. His research, situated at the interface between computer science and economics, lies in the emerging areas of algorithmic game theory, internet economics, blockchain technologies, and multi-agent systems. He analyses agents’ decision-making processes and aligns their incentives with the objectives of a system designer by analytical methods. He has publications in leading journals and peer-reviewed conferences spanning the fields of artificial intelligence, theoretical computer science, and mathematics. Dr. Zhang has been awarded research grants as the sole Investigator by EPSRC and The Leverhulme Trust.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from algorithm design, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain protocols. He leads a team of two postdoctoral research fellows and two PhD students.

Wang Zhengzhi

Mr. Wang Zhengzhi, an IP attorney, is the Founding Partner at Beijing Globe-Law Law Firm (Globe-Law), Arbitrator at China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)/Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC)/World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). He is the Chair of Intellectual Property Committee of All China Lawyers Association (ACLA).

Mr.Wang has published Intellectual Property Rights of China Time-Honored Brands, China’s Intellectual Property Index (publication series, the 11th version has been published). Since 2003, Mr. Wang has hosted Top Ten National IP Case (Copyright of Network Plug Case), Beijing Top 10 IP Protection Case (Case of World Executives’ Trademark and trade name Conflict). Two of his cases have been selected as 50 Classic IP Cases of the Supreme Court of China. He serves as the member of the drafting group of Patent Law Fourth Amendment (in charge of patent administrative protection) , Council member of China Association for Science and Technology and Member of the National Intellectual Property Advisory Board.

Dr. Cong Zhou

A data scientist in cancer research, Dr. Cong Zhou is currently the lead biostatistician in Cancer Biomarker Centre, CRUK Manchester Institute. Before this, he was an assistant professor in biomarker statistics in the University of Manchester.

His work focuses on developing novel statistical and machine learning methods to identify innovative biomarkers that enable personalized cancer therapy: the right treatment to the right patients at the right time. Together with his biological and clinical collaborators, he enjoyed carrying out multi-disciplinary research, designing and running clinical trials as committee members, especially on ovarian cancer and lung cancer. His key stakeholders include research committees such as CRUK and MRC, and leading pharmaceutical companies such as AstraZeneca and Roche. Recently, in the era of pandemic, he teamed up and developed CORONET, an online machine learning platform that recently won NCRI CRN award, to assess COVID-19 risk in cancer patients and to assist clinical decision making on these patients.

Weihua Zheng

Weihua Zheng, Vice President of the Cross-border Division at Tonglian Payment, holds a Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from the University of Greenwich, UK. He has studied at Lancaster University and King’s College, University of Cambridge, and Peking University Guanghua School of Management. With a long-term role in leading Chinese fintech enterprises, he has been responsible for specific market and management roles. He is an early innovator and practitioner in China’s cross-border payment field, possessing rich experience and industry resources within the fintech sector. Combining his earlier work experience in the Chinese government sector and years of studying in the UK, Mr. Zheng Weihua is currently responsible for facilitating the collaboration between the Sino-British Artificial Intelligence Association and the Shanghai Municipal Government Science and Technology Park.

CBAIA Vice Chairman

Huang Yan

Huang Yan, Ph.D., serves as the General Manager and Head of Equity Investment at Zhongguancun Development Group. Previously, he was a partner at the Zhongguancun Gazelle Investment Fund and a member of the Investment Committee. Over the course of more than 10 years, he has been involved in and responsible for the operational management of three private equity investment funds under the company, with investment cases that include several listed companies. He possesses rich experience in corporate investment, financing, and management consulting. Dr. Huang graduated with a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Imperial College London, UK, on a full scholarship. He also concurrently holds the position of Vice Chairman of the China-UK Artificial Intelligence Association and is responsible for the China region.