The 5th Global Grand
Challenges Summit


September 18-20, 2023 Beijing, China
Featured Guests

Li Xiaohong

President of CAE
Li Xiaohong holds a Ph.D. degree in Engineering, and is an expert in mine safety technology. He is a member of the 19th and 20th Central Committee of the CPC, a member of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and a deputy to the 12th National People’s Congress. He currently serves as the Secretary of the Leading Party...

John L. Anderson

President of NAE
John L. Anderson was born September 29, 1945, in Wilmington, DE, where he attended Mount Pleasant High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in 1967, and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1969 and 1971, all in chemical engineering.He was most recently Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and president ...

Jim McDonald

President of RAEng
Sir Jim McDonald is one of Scotland’s most accomplished engineers, and co-chairs the Scottish Government’s Energy Advisory Board with the First Minister. He is Chair of the Independent Glasgow Economic Leadership Board and holds senior business appointments with the Weir Group, Scottish Power, the UK Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, and the National Physical Laboratory...

Wang Chen

Vice President of CAE
Dr. Chen WANG is a specialist in respiratory medicine and critical care medicine. He is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, an international member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, a foreign member of Academia Europaea, an ordinary member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and a member of the CAMS Academic Advisory Committee.

Wu Manqing

Vice President of CAE
Wu Manqing, born in Tongcheng, Anhui, is the Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE). He has been a CAE Member since 2009. He is an expert in radar technology and network information systems, and a pioneer and leader in China's digital array radar theory and technology system. He has independently innovated digital array technology, and promoted...

Chen Jianfeng

Secretary General of CAE
Prof. Chen Jianfeng is a Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering(CAE) and has been promoted to Secretary-General of the Chinese Academy of Engineering since June 2018. He is also Director of the State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology  (BUCT). Prof. Chen received a BSc degree and a PhD degree from Zhejiang ...

Wang Jian

CAE Member & Founder of Alibaba Cloud & President of Zhejiang Lab
Wang Jian is a Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and a founder of Alibaba Cloud. He Pioneered the “data-centric” distributed cloud computing architecture, and was the first to propose the industrial model of using computing as a public service. He Led the development of Alibaba Cloud computing platform, known as "Feitian" which is a large-scale...

Wu Zhiqiang

CAE Member & Professor at Tongji University
Wu Zhiqiang is a Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (Acatech), and a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). He is a professor and doctoral supervisor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University. He is a leading figure in the theory ...

Chandrakant Patel

NAE Member & Senior Fellow and Chief Engineer at HP Inc
Chandrakant Patel is a Senior Fellow and Chief Engineer at HP Inc. He leads HP’s technology strategy and the company’s global technical community. With extensive experience in leadership and innovation, Mr. Patel has driven the development of servers and data centers from concept to market. Formerly leading HP Labs, he shaped advancements in storage, networking, print...

Ou Jinping

CAE Member&Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology
He obtained academic B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering respectively from Xiangtan University (China) in 1978, Wuhan University of Technology (China) in 1982 and Harbin Institute of Technology (China) in 1987. Then, he joined the faculty of Harbin Institute of Technology, China and was promoted to full professor in civil engineering and engineering ...

Jim Hall

RAEng Fellow & Professor at Oxford University
Jim Hall FREng is Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the University of Oxford and Director of Research in the School of Geography and the Environment. Before joining the University of Oxford in 2011 to become Director of the University's Environmental Change Institute, Prof Hall held academic positions in the Newcastle University and the University...

Du Xiuli

CAE Member & Professor at Beijing University of Technology
Du Xiuli is an expert in earthquake engineering, specializing in seismic resistance research for large-scale engineering structures. He was born in December 1962 in Guang’an City, Sichuan Province. In 1990, he obtained his doctoral degree from the Institute of Engineering Mechanics, China Earthquake Administration (CEA). In 2021, he was elected as a Member of the Chinese...

Anne Kiremidjian

NAE Member & Professor at Stanford University
Anne Kiremidjian is the C.L. Peck, Class of 1906 Professor in the School of Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, at Stanford University. In addition, she was Co-Director and then Director of The John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Research Center at Stanford for 15 years. Dr. Kiremidjian’s research has focused on earthquake hazard and risk assessment methods...

Sam Youdan

Director of Buro Happold & Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers
Sam Youdan is a Director of Buro Happold and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  Part of the team that recently received the Royal Academy of Engineering Major Project Award for Sustainability 2023, Sam has been working on the Redevelopment of Battersea Power Station since 2012, leading the heritage, restoration and refurbishment works for Buro Happold...

Nie Zuoren

CAE Member & President of Beijing University of Technology
Dr. Nie Zuoren is a Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), professor and President at Beijing University of Technology. Dr. Nie currently serves as the vice chairman of Chinese Materials Research Society (C-MRS) and Nonferrous Metals Society of China (NFsoc), vice director of National Standardization Committee for Carbon Dioxide Peaking and Carbon Neutrality...

Mao Xinping

CAE Member & Professor at University of Science and Technology Beijing
Professor Mao Xinping, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, tenured professor at University of Science and Technology Beijing, and Dean of Institute for Carbon Neutrality at University of Science and Technology Beijing, the Director of the Expert Committee of the Steel Industry Low-Carbon Promotion Committee. Prof. Mao's research career has been dedicated ...

Mercedes Maroto-Valer

Director of the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre & Professor at Heriot-Watt University
Prof Mercedes Maroto-Valer (FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA, FEI) is Champion and Director of the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) that forms part of the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge focused on accelerating the transition to net zero of industrial clusters and establishing the first world net-zero industrial cluster.Prof Maroto-Valer is Deputy...

Tim Lieuwen

NAE Member & Professor and Executive Director of the Strategic Energy Institute at Georgia Institute of Technology
Tim Lieuwen is a Regents’ Professor, the David S. Lewis, Jr. Professor and the Executive Director of the Strategic Energy Institute at Georgia Tech. In this capacity, he manages Georgia Tech’s overall strategy and external relations for its 315 faculty and over 1000 researchers working in energy RD&D. He is also founder and CTO of TurbineLogic, an analytics firm working ...

Caroline Hargrove

RAEng Fellow & CTO at Ceres
Caroline is Chief Technology Officer (“CTO”) at Ceres, a leading developer of high efficiency fuel cell and green hydrogen technology. She started her career as a lecturer in Engineering at Cambridge and then moved to McLaren Racing, where she pioneered the simulation of human-machine interaction leading the development of the first F1 simulator. Later she was a founding...

Gavin Towler

NAE Member & Corporate Vice President and Chief Scientist of Sustainable Technologies for Honeywell
Gavin Towler is the Corporate Vice President and Chief Scientist of Sustainable Technologies for Honeywell, with broad technical accountability across Honeywell for driving thought leadership in the field. Previously, Dr. Tower served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Honeywell UOP and of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. He has 30 years of ...


CAE Member
Madame Sun Lili, one of the National Masters of Engineering Survey and Design, is specialized in petroleum refining and petrochemical engineering design. She is mainly engaged in technologies innovation, research on smart design, and management mode in petroleum refining and petrochemical industry. In 2019, Madame Sun was elected as the academician of Chinese...

Chen Xiaohong

CAE Member & Secretary of the CPC Committee at Hunan University of Technology and Business, Director of Xiangjiang Laboratory, Honorary Dean of the Business School of Central South University
Chen Xiaohong, Ph.D. from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, member of the 13th and 14th CPPCC National Committee. As a leading expert in Management Science and Engineering, Engineering Management and Data Intelligence in China, Academician Chen currently serves as the Secretary of the Party Committee of Hunan University...

Alfred Spector

NAE Member & Visiting Scholar at MIT and Senior Advisor at Blackstone
Alfred Spector is a Visiting Scholar at MIT and a Senior Advisor at Blackstone. His career has led him from innovation in large scale, networked computing systems to broad engineering and research leadership. Recently, he co-authored a Cambridge University Press textbook, Data Science in Context: Foundations, Challenges, Opportunities. Previously, Dr. Spector was CTO ...

Mark Enzer

RAEng Fellow & Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge & Strategic Advisor, Mott MacDonald
Mark Enzer OBE FREng is a keen champion of outcomes-focused systems-thinking, collaborative delivery models, digitalisation, connected digital twins and the circular economy in the built environment. Mark is the Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in the digitalisation of the built environment at the University of Cambridge. As Strategic...

Wu Hequan

CAE Member
Wu Hequan, Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He is an expert on optical fiber transmission networks and broadband information networks. His research primarily focuses on optical fiber transmission systems, the next-generation internet, broadband mobile communication, and the strategic development of engineering science and technology. Currently, he holds the positions of Director of...

Zhang Ya-qin

CAE Foreign Member & Chair Professor and Dean of Institute for AI Industry Research of Tsinghua University
Dr. Ya-Qin Zhang is Chair Professor of AI Science at Tsinghua University, and Dean of Institute for AI Industry Research (AIR) of Tsinghua University. He served as the President of Baidu Inc. for 5 years (2014.09-2019.10). Prior to Baidu, Dr. Zhang was an executive at Microsoft for 16 years with different key positions, including Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia...


University of Leeds & Chair, Digital Twin Consortium & CTO, Crysp Digital Compliance
University of Leeds; Chair, Digital Twin Consortium; CTO, Crysp Digital ComplianceDr David McKee is a globally recognised technology leader, Managing Partner at Counterpoint Technologies, and fractional CTO. He is also CTO in Residence at the University of Leeds supporting academics with their startup journeys. Until recently he was founder, CEO and CTO of University of Leeds...

Diane Greene

NAE Member & Member of the Board of Directors of Stripe and A.P. Moller Holding
Diane Greene is a member of the Board of Directors of Stripe and A.P. Moller Holding and Chair Emerita of the MIT Corporation (2023.) Her previous positions include CEO of Google Cloud, Director of Alphabet Inc., Intuit, and SAP, and Ms. Green co-founded and was CEO of three technology companies: VMware, which she took public for a $19B first-day...
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