The UW in Shanghai

Speaker bios

Ralph Haupter

Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Greater China Region

HaupterRalph Haupter has been Corporate Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Greater China Region at Microsoft Corporation since April 13, 2012. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Microsoft GCR. Prior to this position, Mr. Haupter worked as VP and COO for Microsoft Germany. He also previously served as head of the partner division for Europe, Middle East & Africa and General Manager of Microsoft’s Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partners group for Western Europe.


Co-founder and President of BGI International

As the core leading figure of BGI, Jian Wang has conducted administration and decision making on a series of major applied projects, directed the research and application of these projects. He and his team have established a large-scale, high-throughput and low-cost technology platform.

Jian Wang has published over 100 scientific papers, several of which were published on top journals such as Science and Nature. The trans-omics research system created by him surely will bring benefit to people on human health and ecological environment, which will make great contribution to the society.

In the meantime, Jian Wang is also the forger of a world-class talent system. His social influence is so fully recognized that he was granted the “Innovation Award of 2010 CCTV China Economic Person of the Year”.


联合创始人,董事长, 华大基因

喜欢挑战,创新至上;不守规矩,热爱冒险。56岁时登顶珠峰。在他的带领下,年轻的华大团队2007年完成绘制第一个中国人基因组图谱,2008年后陆续完成炎黄计划、国际千人基因组计划、人类肠道菌群宏基因组等研究工作。2010年,华大基因成为全球最大基因组平台,营收过10亿。2011年启动国家基因库建设,2013年,将硅谷的Complete Genomics公司纳于麾下,并陆续完成高端仪器设备及耗材的国产化突破,搭建全球最大贯穿组学大平台,广泛应用在科研、医学及农业领域,合作伙伴已遍及百个国家、千家医院、万家实验室,华大从“跟随”、“同步”发展到了“引领”的新阶段,探索了一条以原始创新驱动为主的发展之路。

Shwetak Patel

Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington

Shwetak Patel

As director of the Ubicomp Lab at UW, Shwetak Patel’s work focuses on developing new sensing systems, energy and water sensing, mobile health and new interaction technologies. He has started two companies based on his technologies – Zensi, Inc., a residential energy monitoring company acquired by Belkin, Inc. in 2010; and SNUPI Technologies, a low-power wireless sensor company. He is also the creator of six new health care devices that use the existing capabilities of mobile devices to diagnose potential health issues. Examples include “SpiroSmart,” which can detect airway restriction, and “BilliCam,” which allows parents and physicians to identify infant jaundice by using their mobile device camera.

Shwetak received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship, a Sloan Fellowship, a TR-35 Award, a World Economic Forum Young Global Scientist Award and a National Science Foundation Career Award. In 2010, he was named Top Innovator of the Year by Seattle Business Magazine and Newsmaker of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, and was selected as a Seattle Shaper in 2012.

Gina Neff

Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Washington

Gina Neff

Gina Neff is a media and communication scholar whose work centers on the impact of new communication technologies on work, companies and society. Her book Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative Industries(MIT 2012) examines the risk and uncertainties borne by New York City’s new media pioneers during the first internet boom. Funded by Intel, she studied the impact of social media and consumer health technologies on the organization of primary care, and wrote with Dawn Nafus The Quantified Self (forthcoming from MIT in 2016).

Her work with the Project on Communication Technology and Organizational Practices, a research group studying the roles of communication technology in the innovation of complex building design and construction, has been funded by the National Science Foundation.

Gina has a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University, where she remains an external faculty affiliate of the Center on Organizational Innovation. She has held appointments at UC San Diego, UCLA and Stanford University. In addition to academic outlets, her research and writing have been featured in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Fortune, The American Prospect and The Nation.

Adina Mangubat

Chief Executive Officer, Spiral Genetics

Adina Mangubat

Adina Mangubat’s passion for world-changing technology, coupled with her strong entrepreneurial focus, have enabled her to take the team at Seattle-based Spiral Genetics to the forefront of bioinformatics innovation.

Prior to founding Spiral Genetics, Adina worked with two other high-technology companies, where her role included team development, brand and channel development and marketing and sales for complex technologies. She was recognized as one of the 2013 Women to Watch in Life Science by the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association and was featured in Forbes’ 2013 “30 under 30″ for Science and Healthcare. Adina holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington with a focus on entrepreneurship.

Benjamin Waters

PhD student, Electrical Engineering
University of Washington

Ben Waters

Ben Waters is CEO of WiBotic Inc., a startup company based on his research at the University of Washington, where he is working to commercialize wireless charging systems for robotics. WiBotic has licensed the technology from CoMotion at UW.

As a graduate student, Ben developed the FREE-D System – a wireless power system for left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). LVADs are implanted artificial heart pumps for end-stage heart failure patients who are waiting or ineligible for a heart transplant. However, LVADs require a driveline that penetrates out of the patient’s stomach and connects to an external battery. The FREE-D System offers a solution by delivering efficient, long-range and safe wireless power to the implanted LVAD. It eliminates infection caused by the driveline, significantly improves quality of life and increases LVAD market value as patients instead seek a wireless solution.

As an undergraduate, Ben worked in the Columbia Integrated Systems Laboratory at Columbia University, where he completed research on wireless power transfer. His research interests lie mostly in the field of wireless power, including near-field antenna design, adaptive maximum power point tracking systems as well as applications for these systems, such as biomedical, military, industrial and consumer electronics. He has interned with Network Appliance, Arup, Intel Labs Seattle and, most recently, with Bosch in 2013, where he continued his research in wireless power transfer.

Ben holds a B.A. in physics from Occidental College, a B.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from UW, where he is now working towards his Ph.D. in electrical engineering.

Jiande CHEN

Chief Executive Officer
IMAX China Ltd.

Jiande Chen

Jiande Chen, ’87, ’91, is Chief Executive Officer for IMAX China Ltd. He was Senior Vice President, Chief Representative and General Manager with Sony Pictures Entertainment China from 2000 to 2011. Prior to that, Jiande served as Vice President of Allied Signal (China) Holding Corp. and Vice President of Boeing China Inc. From 1990 to 1995, Jiande worked as Vice President of DDB Advertising/PR Corp. in Seattle.

Jiande earned a master’s and Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Washington. He is the Vice Chairman of the Fu Dan University Shanghai Alumni Association.






Anchor Woman
Dragon TV


Yuan Ming is an anchorwoman at Shanghai Dragon TV, a Shanghai-based satellite television network. Dragon TV has become China’s second largest national network, seen by an audience of some 600 million across China, North America, Japan and Australia.

Ms. Yuan is a household name. She has worked as a TV news anchor, presenter and producer for 25 years and won China’s Golden Microphone Award, the country’s top prize for news anchors.

She is currently host of “Boss Town,” featuring China’s best entrepreneurs, as well as “Crossover,” a weekly debate program that focuses on international affairs. In recent years, she has interviewed Tony Blair, Fidel Castro and George H.W. Bush, as well as many other heads of state. She is a board member with the China Youth Federation.

In addition to a master’s in international relations from Cambridge University, she also holds an executive MBA from the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business.