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25 October, 2018 - 10:45 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge China Forum unveils speakers for November event

Next month will see the inaugural Cambridge China Forum take place at the Guildhall, Cambridge on 20-21 November. It is designed as a bespoke event, driving UK|China business relationships, innovation and talent pipelines. Iniitial speakers for the event Include leaders from top technology companies, UK|China specialists, and well-respected university researchers.

Run as a two-day event of learning, networking, debating, panel discussions, trade exhibition and job fair, Cambridge China Forum will be a high-calibre annual event uniting top executives from science and technology companies, investors and heads of leading universities from both the UK and China, in addition to senior officials from Chinese central and provincial governments.

Yunming Shao, vice-General Manager at TusPark Cambridge, will be speaking at the event, showcasing TusPark’s substantial plans in Cambridge and their experience in cultivating international relationships. Yunming joined TusPark’s parent company, TusHoldings, as a senior investment manager in 2015. Before that, Yunming was a director of a listed Singaporean water company. 

Yunming said of the Forum: “Cambridge is a major technology cluster in the UK and one of the most important clusters in the world, like Zhongguancun in China, where our very first TusPark is located. It has been encouraging to see the Cambridge China Forum featuring the international interactions between both countries, making this one of the highlights of the Forum.”


Yunming Shao, vice-General Manager at TusPark Cambridge

Cambridge China Centre has secured well-respected university speakers, with Professor Yike Guo speaking in the AI track. Professor Guo is founding Director of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College; he also holds the position of CTO of the tranSMART Foundation, a global open source community using and developing data sharing and analytics technology for translational medicine.

He will be joined by Bryan Zhang, co-founder and Executive Director at Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Cambridge Judge Business School, who will join industry speakers in the FinTech and Ecommerce track.
 
Those active in the Cambridge technology scene will see some familiar faces as well, with Humayun Sheikh, CEO and founder at Fetch.ai speaking in the Blockchain track and Alan Hirzel, CEO at Abcam speaking about the life sciences forefront. 

Professor Alan Barrell
Professor Alan Barrell

Professor Alan Barrell, who has an extensive track record in UK|China collaboration projects and Martin Rigby, Managing Director at ET Capital, with over 25 years making and managing investments in over 40 innovative technology businesses, will address UK|China collaboration opportunities. 

A respected UK|China specialist is Ting Zhang, founder and CEO of Crayfish.io. Known as one of leading China business experts in the UK, Ting has 20+ years’ experience of UK|China international business, trade and investment. 

She says of the forum: “For the last 17 years I have been personally witnessing and actively facilitating trade, investment and technology links between Cambridge and many parts of China.

“It is time to consolidate the learning from both sides and to deepen the collaborations, by sharing experiences and building joint visions for the future. The Cambridge China Forum is a perfect way to achieve this and  I’m pleased to be part of this important conversation.” 

Ting will be chairing the collaboration opportunities session, as well as joining the panel for ‘When East Meets West’. 

Co-founder and Director of Cambridge China Centre, Jinzhao Li, will also be sharing her experience of more than a decade of UK|China collaboration.

TusPark UK hit the news earlier this year when announcing their joint venture with Trinity College which is injecting over £200 million into a new phase of renewal and investment in Cambridge Science Park, building 350,000 sq ft of office/research space over five new buildings, including a ‘state-of-the-art Biohub’ – a first for the Science Park.

Speaking in Beijing in January, Theresa May said: “This collaboration between two world-leading institutes is an inspiring example of the many ways the UK and China can work more closely together. 

“The UK and China are both global powers with a global outlook and I’ve been using this trip as an opportunity to promote the UK’s innovative enterprises and discuss future research and trade opportunities for centres like Cambridge Science Park.”

TusPark UK is the subsidiary of TusHoldings Co., Ltd, which is one of the largest, leading technology service providers in the world. As one of the most significant points in Tus’s innovation network, TusPark UK is engaged in building the innovation ecosystem in the UK.

The Bio-Innovation Centre will support early stage biotech companies and entrepreneurs with communal office space, mentoring and guidance, and on-site access to business angels.

• Cambridge China Forum 2018 will take place in the Cambridge Guildhall on 20-21 November. Tickets are available now from CambridgeChinaForum.com

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