The Power of Balance: How Gender Equality leads to Economic Growth

With Quinnie Lin – CEO & Founder of QB Strategies LLC 

In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Quinnie examined the question of whether gender equality leads to better business outcomes from the perspective of an international lawyer turned social entrepreneur. In this webinar, she presented data on the gender leadership and wage gaps across the globe and in the United States. She also offered some tools and case studies for addressing gender inequities in your workplace, and how that can translate to economic growth.

About the Speaker

Quinnie is an attorney and social entrepreneur who founded the DC-based public affairs firm, QB Strategies, LLC, to help companies, candidates, and organizations level up their impact through innovative data-driven and people-centered approaches. She immigrated to the United States from China at age 8 and grew up in Boston.

A graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Georgetown Law, Quinnie has worked as an international anti-corruption investigative lawyer for a DC law firm, on voter engagement and protection for various political campaigns, and as the senior organizer at the DC affiliate of the US-based reproductive health organization, Planned Parenthood. Her international experience includes projects that touch on gender in Kenya, Ghana, and Nigeria. As a first time social entrepreneur, Quinnie’s firm offers courses on leadership skills such as negotiations, networking, public speaking for diverse audiences, including courses specifically designed for women. 

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Assessing Fintech in China – Still Disrupting?

With Zennon Kapron – Founder and Director, KapronAsia

Fintech promises to disrupt the financial industry as we know it today, changing the way that billions of people bank and handle their financial lives. Nowhere is the impact of fintech more evident than in China where by any measure, whether valuations, assets under management, or payment value, fintech is disrupting one of the largest banking industries in the world. It has also created some of the world’s biggest unicorns including Lufax and Ant Financial.

Yet over the past year, delayed IPOs, increased regulations, and general discomfort with data usage have sent waves through the market and left observers wondering what’s next for the industry.

In this engaging one hour webinar, we will take stake of where the market is now and where it is going. We will examine how regulations will impact the future growth of the market, what the latest industry changes mean for the incumbent banks, as well as the implications for the giants of the industry including Tencent, Ant Financial and Lufax.

About the Speaker

Zennon Kapron is the Founder and Director of Kapronasia, one of Asia’s leading providers of research and consulting services focusing on the financial industry and financial technology. Zennon has been involved in the financial technology industry for over 20 years and covers all topics financial technology and digital currency. Before Kapronasia, Zennon was the Global Banking Industry Manager for Intel based out of Shanghai and, prior to Intel, was the CIO for Citigroup Portugal. Zennon has testified in front of the U.S. Congress on issues of China fintech and is the author of ‘Chomping at the Bitcoin: The History and Future of Bitcoin in China’ published by Penguin. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Syracuse University and an MBA from INSEAD.

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Semiconductors – Market Forecast of a $400 Billion Industry

With Jim Handy – Founder and General Director, Objective Analysis

The semiconductor industry has undergone tremendous growth over the past two years to well over $400 billion in revenues. Can this level of growth last? Will there never be another market cycle? In this webinar noted Industry Analyst Jim Handy of Objective Analysis will provide a very clear and well-founded outlook for the market over the next three years, based on capital spending, commodity cycle dynamics, and historical patterns derived drawing from over 40 years of historical semiconductor industry statistics. Participants will learn how the market reached its current status and how market revenues will be impacted by technology shifts, demand trends, capital spending, and China’s upcoming role as a significant producer of semiconductors. All of these factors will be combined to project the most likely scenario for the years to come.

About the Speaker

Jim Handy is the Founder and General Director at Objective Analysis – a third-party independent market research and data provider for investors in the semiconductor industry. A widely recognized semiconductor analyst, with over 30 years experience in electronics, including 14 years as an industry analyst of Dataquest (now Gartner) and Semico Research – he has had a front seat view of the evolution of the industry with DRAM, NAND, and SSD since 1991. He is also an avid blogger (The Memory Guy and The SSD Guy, among various other blogs, articles, and publications he is known for) and a frequent presenter at trade shows.

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AI and Deep Learning – the Chips Changing the World

With Dr. Norman Rubin – Principal Research Scientist (retired), NVIDIA

This talk provides an introduction to Machine Learning, an overview of the hardware companies trying to innovate in the area, and a deep dive into the mainstream chips used in AI, ML and Deep Learning. Machine learning and, in particular, deep learning have recently revolutionized many domains including vision, speech, and many others. The computation within deep learning is mostly low precision linear algebra. Because ML addresses many important problems while using limited kinds of computation, it benefits from domain specific architectures such as GPUs or custom chips. The discussion with Norm will also include a description of how computer architecture is changing to accommodate neural nets, and solving problems of increased complexity. He will also discuss the difference between “”training”” and “”inference”” chips – the major players in both verticals (large companies and startups) – concluding with an industry investment analysis.

About the Speaker

Dr. Norm Rubin is an expert in compilers, system software, GPUs, and other devices. He culminated a 35 year career in programming and microprocessors by spending the last 6 years as a Principal Research scientist at NVIDIA working on the design of specialized tools for deep learning. Before that he was a fellow at AMD for 11 years, where he was the architect and lead implementer for the widely used GPU compilers at AMD/ATI, including both compute and graphics. Dr. Rubin holds multiple patents in computer architecture and compilers, one of which is currently shipped on millions of machines including cell phones, consoles, and PCs. He has authored many peer-reviewed articles and has spoken at numerous conferences. Norm holds a PhD from the Courant Inst of NYU. He is also known for his work on binary translators and dynamic optimizers.

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Cloud Computing – Cloudy with a Chance of Growth

With Javaid Iqbal – Co Founder and CEO, TransformX

Cloud is now uniquely positioned as the driver of innovative business models as well as the key foundational element in the enablement of AI/Cognitive, IoT, Big Data, Social Platforms, Mobility, Trusted Computing (Blockchain) and other futuristic trends. As the worldwide cloud services market grows from $175.8 in 2018 to $206.2 in 2019 (Gartner), tech titans continue to battle for supremacy in their own unique ways and the pace to accelerate infrastructure investments (to keep pace with the growing demand) and the inclusion of hyper-scale data factories are at an all time high. What remains to be seen is that who will emerge as an eventual victor/leader in a play of private/public/hybrid clouds competing, converging and cohabiting for ultimate success.

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Javaid is an innovative and multilingual strategist/advisor/educator who has been helping transform businesses and governments across North America, Europe, and Asia for the past two decades. He is the co-founder & CEO of TransformX, a global advisory in the digital customer transformation, disruption and innovation space with a focus on AI, Mobile, IoT, and Data Science. He advises multiple tech startups, teaches innovation focused executive and board level courses globally, is an adjunct professor at DePaul University and is actively researching the effects of The Fourth Industrial Revolution in the developing world.

Previously, Javaid served as a Customer Engagement and Success Leader at Salesforce and held leadership positions at multiple consultancies including EY and PwC. Javaid attended Purdue University for his undergraduate studies in Computer Information Systems and holds a Master’s degree in Communication Systems Strategy and Management from Northwestern University where the focus of his academic research was bridging the business, technology and communication gap towards finding growth opportunities across global enterprises.

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Sustainability and Sourcing in Pigment Production

with Dr. Helmut Henneberger – Global Procurement Manager – Clariant International AG (retired)

An in-depth analysis of the factors that determine the sustainability, maximize the efficiency, and drive the success of pigment production. Helmut will focus on the factors that go into the responsible sourcing of raw materials, the market forces at play, and the supply chain governing availability, growth, and production of pigments internationally. He will also highlight the sustainability initiatives that are encouraging the use of renewable raw materials instead of chemically synthesized products.

About the Speaker

Dr. Helmut Henneberger, former Global Procurement Manager for Clariant International AG has over 25 years experience in Fine Chemicals International Procurement and Product Management. He led the sourcing of polymer additives and organic pigments that drove the development and implementation of the Global Category Sourcing Strategy for Clariant. His other areas of expertise include Supply Chain optimization, Sustainability in Procurement, Low Cost Country Sourcing, and managing the life cycle of new products from ideation to scaling processes and production.

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