Dr. Kai-Fu Lee

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee

Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures

Dr. Kai-Fu Lee is one of the most prominent tech leaders, an AI expert, tech investor in China, and the inventor of the world’s first speaker-independent, continuous speech recognition AI system.

He holds a BS in computer science Columbia University and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon, and acts as Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global AI Council. Dr. Lee has held executive positions for some of the biggest names in the game: starting his career at the Apple empire in 1990, moving to SGI for two years, going on to become the Founder and Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia, and continuing his impressive career as Founding President of Google China.

Dr. Lee has helped many young people advance their journey of entrepreneurships, and is one of the most followed Weibo bloggers in China with more than 50 million followers. Currently Dr. Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, a leading technology investment firm focusing on developing the next generation of Chinese high-tech companies.

At the MQ! Innovation Summit 2019, Dr. Kai-Fu Lee spoke about the possibilities that artificial intelligence opens up for the world. At the same time, however, he pointed out that humanity must never be lost — it continues to be an important component on the path to innovation and the resulting progress.

For Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, artificial intelligence plays an important role in traffic, which will develop even more strongly in the coming decade. “I think in 10 years we will surely see innovations in mobility that reduce traffic, pollution, and congestion in metropolises largely enabled by AI and automation. I personally look forward to even bolder innovations on future of transportation down the road.”

In the near future, Dr. Kai-Fu Lee would like the premium sector to offer a product even more tailored to the future needs of the users: “My premium mobility should be always on demand, with personal space, video conferencing, and personal work facilities when I travel for work.  When I travel with family it should have entertainment, music, or even board games we like, with perhaps a glass of scotch for me.”

Sinovation Ventures

Sinovation Ventures is a tech venture capital in China, started in 2009 by a team led by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee. Sinovation Ventures and its Artificial Intelligence Institute now operate in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Nanjing.