20 Jul 2022
by Kevin Li

2022 London Tech Week • Sino-UK AI Innovation and Development Forum Successfully Held

On June 15th, 2022 London Tech Week • Sino-UK AI Innovation and Development Forum was successfully held. Organised by Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation Technology Innovation Committee and Xinchuang Technology.

On June 15th, 2022 London Tech Week • Sino-UK AI Innovation and Development Forum was successfully held. Organised by Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation Technology Innovation Committee and Xinchuang Technology, through a hybrid mode, the Forum brought 100+ global government and corporate leaders, inspirational start-up founders, senior investors and tech rising stars together to address how AI and Digital Technologies will be a key enabler for collaboration addressing net zero challenges together.

On behalf of the embassy, Jiang Sunan, Minister-Counsellor for Science and Technology from The Chinese Embassy in the UK first extended his well wishes to this year’s Forum, and paid tribute to the organising committee and people from all walks of life who have long devoted themselves to promoting Sino-UK bilateral cooperation in technology and innovation. He stated that this year marks the 50th Anniversary of Ambassadorial Relations between China and the UK. China and the UK are both leading players in the AI sector. Battling against global climate change challenges, the two countries shall adhere to the green and low-carbon development goal, and unleash the great power of AI to drive economic growth and elevate social prosperity.

Jin Xu, Chairman of China Association of International Trade, stated that there are vast opportunities in the AI sector for China and the UK to cooperate with each other. China enjoys great advantage in its infrastructure, application scenes, and market. The UK’s education and technology R&D sectors are growing robustly. Currently, both countries need to tackle challenges in areas such as climate change, health and pharmaceuticals and so forth. He hoped that the two sides can complement each other, and in a concerted effort to create more new opportunities for cooperation in tackling challenges and achieving green and low-carbon development goal.

Kiran Patel, Senior Director, China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), stated in his remarks that AI and digital technology play a crucial role in addressing net zero challenges for the UK and China. As the UK’s professional business network, CBBC will continue to working with Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation and Xinchuang Technology to create more opportunities for businesses in the UK and China to work together in advancing green technologies and upgrading of traditional industries. Dong Bin, China Coordinator, Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation, and Chen Liyang, Vice President of Xinyuan Group & President of Xinchuang Technology delivered their welcoming address respectively, and extended gratitude to the supporting bodies of the Forum and the online audience.

Dr. Lu Yuebing, Chairman, Air Liquide China Holding Co., Ltd. & Chairman of Climate Capital Group, Dr. Liu Hengwei, General Secretary, MNC Forum for Carbon Neutrality, and Yuan Yuming, CEO, Huochain delivered keynotes around topics of “Investing in Decarbonization and Digitalization with Focus on Hydrogen Energy”, “The Future of Energy: Decarbonization, Digitalization, and Globalization”, and “NFT and Digitalization”. Then, the Forum closed off followed by a lively roundtable discussion on “Industry, Academia, Research Collaboration & Investment Opportunities in Empowering Digital AI to Achieve the ‘Dual Carbon’ Goal”, with guest speakers that include Shang Rong, Vice president, Public Affairs & Operation, Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group, Microsoft, Prof. Yang Qiang, Director, International Research Centre for Advanced Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Dr. Shen Huangnan, Mentor, Tech & Innovation Entrepreneurs Training Camp, School of Management, Fudan University & Researcher, Centre for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School, and Zhou Quan, Founder & CEO, Artifactor (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

Started in 2014, London Tech Week has set its foot on becoming a major tech event in Europe, the influence of which has seized the attention of the entire tech eco-system. 2022 London Tech Week was held during 13th to 17th of June, with hundreds of events of different scales running, thrilling tens of thousands of attendees. London Tech Week, the UK’s flagship event indeed provides an eyewatering experience to the global audience by showcasing the most cutting-edge technologies and promising tech start-ups. As China and the UK have respectively set out ‘Dual Carbon’ goals and the Net Zero Strategy, the pressing task to achieve carbon peaking and carbon neutrality goals has in no doubt become a worldwide concern in recent years. AI and digital technology will be greatly applied to industries so as to help achieve the net zero target. Striving for a carbon neutral society can also advance innovation and create more application scenes to drive the development of AI and digital technology. As part of London Tech Week official event, this year’s Sino-UK AI Innovation and Development Forum focused on “Innovation and Empowerment of AI and Digital Technology towards the ‘Dual Carbon’ Goal”, and it has received immense support from The Chinese Embassy in the UK, China Association of International Trade, London & Partners, techUK, and China-Britain Business Council.

Jana Psarska

Jana Psarska

Policy Manager, International Trade, techUK

Jana is techUK’s Policy Manager for International Trade.

She supports techUK members in navigating international markets, including market access and regulatory challenges, and assists the tech sector in taking full advantage of UK’s trade deals. Her responsibilities also include driving the UK digital trade policy agenda. Jana is committed to promoting UK digital trade by engaging businesses, UK government and international partners.

Jana has several years of experience in trade promotion, public policy, and providing strategic advice on international expansion strategy to companies across a variety of sectors. Prior to techUK, she worked for the Department for International Trade, helping UK SMEs expand abroad.

She holds a MA in International Political Economy from King’s College London.

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Kevin Li

Manager, International Cooperation Centre, Xinchuang Technology Co., Ltd