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Jennifer Zhu Scott

Hong Kong

A mainland Chinese and a leading expert in Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, data ownership with an insightful understanding of the China context as well as the global landscape

Founding Principal, Radian Partners, focusing on AI direct investment for large family owners

A published author on AI, China digital monetary policies, blockchain applications, and data ownership. A tech columnist of Cai Xin Global

“Her presentation was impressive and highly appreciated, definitely one of the highlights of the Summit. Jen’s sharp understanding of disruptive technologies, their impact on the world, as well as the ethical concerns, in particular toward ownership and affordability of new technologies, was an eye-opening and very inspiring experience.” – Mark Haefele, Global Chief Investment Officer, UBS Wealth Management

Jennifer Zhu Scott is the founding principal of Radian Partners, a private investment firm for large family owners and UHNWIs focusing on Artificial Intelligence, deep tech, and renewable energy.

Prior, she was head of business development and strategy in APAC for Thomson Reuters and led the firm’s speech-to-text, deep search intelligence, video-indexing projects. Born and brought up in a small town of the rual Sichuan in the west China and overcame extreme poverty, Jennifer co-founded one of the first education companies in China and exited before moving to the UK as a senior advisor to the education subsidiary of Daily Mail & General Trust.

In 2014, Jennifer was appointed as one of the 18 council members of China Council, cochaired by former NDRC Chair Zhang Xiaoqiang and former Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, convened by the World Economic Forum’s think tank, Global Agenda Council. In 2016, WEF re-appointed her to be one of 20 members of the inaugural Council of The Future of Blockchain. In 2013, Jennifer was honored by WEF as a Young Global Leader. Jennifer studied Applied Mathematics at Sichuan University and holds an MBA in Finance with Manchester Business School, where she earned distinction with her research on PE/VC in China and was awarded as a Distinguished Alumni. She completed the public policy and leadership program at Yale University in 2013, at Harvard Kennedy School in 2016, and at Oxford University in 2017.

Jennifer is a frequent public speaker and published opinion writer on Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, data ownership, and China’s digital monetary strategies. In 2017, she debated against the notion of Universal Basic Income at Oxford Union and at the Davos 2018, she debated against Nobel Prize winner Prof. Robert Shiller and Swedish Central Bank Deputy Governor Cecilia Skingsley on Crypto Assets which was televised by Yi Cai in China. She is the lead author or coauthor of numberous White Papers by the World Economic Forum on business adoptions of the blockchain technology and the Token Economy. Jennifer is China Fellow of Aspen Institute and a permanent member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

She is also a consultant to the Season 5 of the HBO show Silicon Valley. She sits on numerous boards and advisory boards of deep tech companies, including RNDR (rendertoken.com) of OTOY along with Ari Emanuel of WME IMG, Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript, and JJ Abrams, a director of Star Wars. Jennifer will start her monthly column at Caixin Global from January 2019 as the publication’s first tech columnist.

Jennifer lives in Hong Kong with her two young daughters and husband.

Our Comment

"Jennifer's personal story is extraordinarily powerful; having lived through extreme poverty as a child, she now influences global leaders as an innovator, connector and experienced manager of multinational media and financial tech corporates. She combines a deep knowledge of China’s extraordinary transformation with thoughtful insights into the complex challenges it’s facing to create a moving and informative presentation."

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