Event Round up: Sino-UK AI Innovation and Development Forum
On 23rd September, during 2021 London Tech Week, Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation (SIEF) Technology and Innovation Committee and Xinchuang Tech have put up a successful online forum in partnership with techUK, London & Partners, and China Association of International Trade, bringing officials from the Chinese Embassy in the UK, industry experts and scholars, investors, elites from Global 500 enterprises and promising entrepreneurs together to jointly discuss and share their knowledge and latest findings or achievements on this year’s theme of Innovative R&D in AI and Digital Technology, Technology Transformation & Investment, and Industry Development and Cooperation.
JIANG Sunan, Minister Counsellor for Science and Technology of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, first extended his good wishes to the event organiser for their firm commitment to deepening technology and innovation cooperation between China and UK. He extensively introduced the initiatives, projects and schemes of China-UK AI collaborations, stressing that the two countries share prominent complementary advantages in AI and digital technologies, and hoped both sides will strengthen mutual understanding so as to actively boost R&D and industrial cooperation.
JIN Xu, Chairman of China Association of International Trade, underlined the crucial role that AI as the most important emerging technology plays in technology exchange. The UK leads innovative R&D in Artificial Intelligence and China has a market with great potential for AI application. The application and commercialisation of AI technologies will drastically remove all obstacles including the isolation caused by the global pandemic, and resume international exchanges in economy and trade.
Katherine Holden, Head of Data Analytics, AI and Digital ID of techUK, emphasised on the newly released UK National AI Strategy in her opening remarks, and expressed her willingness to further collaborate with world leading players in AI including China through this forum, bringing the development of UK AI industry to a greater scale, and hit the ten-year strategic objective.
DONG Bin, China Coordinator of Sino-International Entrepreneurs Federation, and CHEN Liyang, Vice President of Xinyuan Group & President of Xinchuang Tech delivered welcome remarks respectively, and thanked all parties from China and UK for their support and participation. Since 2018, Sino-UK AI Innovation and Development Forum has been consecutively held during London Tech Week, which has gradually become an influential platform for dialogue in tech community. Despite facing the challenges of the pandemic, SIEF Tech Committee and Xinchuang Tech will relentlessly enhance this China-UK communication platform, extend global cooperation in science and technology, and continuously promote complementary advantages and win-win cooperation in AI and digital technology industries.
Joined by an exclusive line-up of speakers from China and UK, including Koen Vandecaveye, FDI Lead in Innovation and Life Sciences, London & Partners, Mark Hedley, Director of Knowledge Economy and Tech Sector, China-Britain Business Council, Prof. LIU Lu, Head of School of Informatics, University of Leicester, Prof. Richard Leaver, Partner, Sino-UK Fund, John Liu, Senior Partner, China Equity Group, ZHANG Xue, Managing Director of Qingdao China-Europe Innovative Industry Investment Fund, Dr. SHEN Jie, General Group Leader, National IoT Standards Working Group, Dr. CHEN Taihai, Co-founder & COO, AccelerComm Ltd, Dr. ZHU Ni, AIoT expert, China Mobile International (UK) Ltd, and SHANG Rong, Vice President of Public Affairs & Operations, Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group of Microsoft, the three-hour long forum covered an extensive range of topics, with particular focus given to Market Trends of AI Sector & the Future of China-UK Cooperation, Industrial Development Trend & Application of IoT, Social Networking for AIoT with Smart Edge Computing, the Application of AI and Digital Technology in Life Sciences, Health and Design, Empowering AI through 5G Infrastructure, Embracing Intelligence Transformation with Global Available AIoT Digital Infrastructure, China-Europe Fund Empowers Industrial Cooperation and the Landing of China-UK AI & Digital Technology, and Building a More Sustainable Future Together through Technology Cooperation.
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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.