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Who does Jack Ma choose to bring Alibaba’s ‘NASA’ vision to life?

March 22, 2018 Conferences No Comments Email Email

When Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group announced the multinational conglomerate’s 20-year plan to ‘become the fifth largest economy in the world, serving two billion consumers, creating 100 million jobs and helping ten million companies profit’ – it was clear that Alibaba needed to build strong leadership for its Research and Development capacity.

One person was right for the job.

Former Senior Principal Scientist at Amazon Go, Xiaofeng Ren was selected to spearhead the ambitious vision as Chief Scientist and Associate Dean, Machine Intelligence and Technology at Alibaba.

Announced as an international keynote speaker at CeBIT Australia 2018 in Sydney this May, Ren will share insights behind China’s artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem, provide a unique perspective on the emerging technologies being developed at Alibaba, and how they are set to impact the future of the organisation and the global retail landscape.

Ren commented on the impact of advanced AI technologies and continued investment into research and development ahead of his keynote presentation.

“The growth of AI technology is reshaping the future of business and our economy.

“At Alibaba, we have a vision to become the world’s fifth largest economy within the next 20 years, an ambitious feat that will only be possible with long-term investment into advanced technological research and development. AI applications have the power to transform business, enabling consumers and businesses to improve productivity and efficiency.

“At Alibaba’s DAMO Academy – we are proud to be focused on discovery, adventure, momentum and outlook, and it is innovations driven by these values that I look forward to sharing at CeBIT Australia,” said Ren.

Joining Ren at CeBIT Australia will be Jez Frampton, former Global Chief Executive Officer, Interbrand and global expert on the anticipated impact of business automation on brands.

Frampton will share what the future of brands in an automated world will look like over the next 5-10 years, focusing on the impact AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies will have on the human elements of business, cultural identity and how brands are built and perceived.

Niall Blair, NSW Minister for Trade and Industry said the CeBIT Australia speaker and conference program continues to gather strength in the lead up to May ensuring strong learning opportunities for attending businesses and individuals.

“CeBIT Australia will not only be the Asia Pacific’s biggest exhibition and marketplace for the latest business technologies but will be the international platform for the latest thought leadership,” said Blair.

Ren and Frampton join a stellar line up of previously announced international keynote speakers at CeBIT Australia 2018, including:

  • Greg Clark, CEO, Symantec
  • Rob Wainwright, Executive Director, Europol
  • Tamara McCleary, CEO, Thulium
  • Liesl Yearsley, CEO, Akin.com
  • Hiroshi Saijou, CEO & Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley

CeBIT Australia, the largest and longest running business technology conference in the Asia Pacific, will take place 15-17 May 2018 at International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour.

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