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    China’s Digital Transformation: Shaping the global data landscape

    Key figures from Microsoft, IBM and McKinsey will share their insights on China’s digital transition, and its implications for the global data environment, during an Asia House online conference held in partnership with CKGSB.

    Alongside the US, China is now the primary actor driving the global data landscape and shaping regional digitisation strategies. As countries in Asia and beyond look to develop their own digital capabilities, navigating the divergent digital strategies of key trading partners represents a major challenge.

    Beijing has been keen on digitising its services in a manner that simultaneously preserves national economic and security interests while facilitating trade openness and safeguarding existing economic relations.

    With these divergent digitisation strategies, the lack of standardised data regulations, and the ever-increasing ‘digital divide’ between the key actors, international businesses operate in an increasingly complex digital ecosystem, challenged by the relative lack of digital interoperability.

    This online conference will explore China’s domestic digital transition, and its role in shaping regional and global digital transformation strategies. The virtual event, which will take place on Thursday 17 November, will also explore the challenges stemming from the relative lack of digital interoperability on international businesses.


    For more information about this digital conference, please contact Magdalena Markiewicz, Programme Producer: magdalena.markiewicz@asiahouse.co.uk


    Roan Kang
    Chief Operating Officer and Global Accounts Leader,
    Microsoft Greater China

    Roan Kang, Vice President for Microsoft and Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Greater China Region (GCR), is in charge of establishing and executing product and marketing strategy as well as business operations in the region. In this role, he is also accountable for managing in China Global Accounts, Microsoft’s largest global multinational customers. Roan has also been the executive sponsor of Diversity and Inclusion in GCR for Microsoft since 2016.

    Anthony Butler
    Chief Technology Officer, IBM

    Anthony is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for IBM Middle East and Africa and based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is responsible for leading IBM’s most complex technology and engineering projects across the region and helping clients to leverage emerging technologies, such as AI, quantum, and blockchain, to transform their organisations, ecosystems and industries. He was previously the CTO for IBM’s Software business in Middle East and Africa providing technical leadership across the entire software portfolio with specific focus on artificial intelligence, blockchain, and cloud.

    Violet Chung
    Partner, McKinsey and Company

    Violet serves banks, financial conglomerates, and insurance companies on a wide array of topics including strategy, M&A, commercial due diligence, joint ventures, and organisation. She has a special focus on digital and innovation, and is one of the leaders of McKinsey’s work in this area across Asia and Greater China. Violet has supported large Chinese financial conglomerates with the design, build, operations, and transfer of innovative products and has advised banks on digital transformation strategy.

    Li Yang
    Associate Professor of Marketing, CKGSB

    Dr Li is Associate Professor of Marketing at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. His research focuses on big data marketing analytics, with emphases related to pricing, consumer choice, and competitive strategy. Professor Li has published on leading academic journals such as Management Science, Marketing Science, and Journal of Marketing Research. At CKGSB, Dr Li teaches marketing management to MBAs, EMBAs and Executive Education. He has also consulted for Tencent, Baidu and Yonghui Groups, and currently holds a US patent.

    Sun Tianshu
    Visiting Professor of Information Systems,
    Director of the Centre for Technology, Big Data and Digital Transformation, CKGSB

    Tianshu Sun is a Visiting Professor of Information Systems and Director of the Center for Technology, Big Data and Digital Transformation at CKGSB. He has been tenured at USC Marshall School of Business, held a joint appointment in Computer Science and been recognised with a Robert R. Dockson Named Professorship. Tianshu has worked closely with a variety of organisations including Facebook, Alibaba and Adobe.

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