Digital Sovereignty, Regulation and the Geopolitics of Technology
Launch of Center for AI, Ethics, Law and Policy at end of event
Jason Hsu, Congressman, Taiwan
Michael Sung, Fudan University FINTECH
Henri Arslanian, PwC Global Crypto Leader
Prof. James Cooper, California Western
School of Law
Karl Seelig, Co-founder chainBLX
The curiosity to understand the world and passion to change it influence my life decisions. I believe that in order to change the system you must create something new to make the original system obsolete. For me, entrepreneurship was the answer -- a way to create opportunities for many. In 2008 I co-founded The Big Questions Conference to bring together leaders from all fields to engage in conversations and actions for sustainable future. In 2009 I co-founded TEDxTaipei. Since 2011 I have been serving as TEDx Ambassador for Asia. Over the course last years, I have organized conferences and gatherings that promote cross-border dialogues and innovation. More than 35 cities and 400 leaders and innovators participated in these meetings.
Prof. Michael Sung is a technology venture builder and investor, having founded various companies in diverse high-tech industries ranging from AI, blockchain, semiconductor, and new materials industries. He is founder and Chairman of CarbonBlue Innovations, a tech-transfer and commercialization platform that is focused on rapidly commercializing and scaling internationally sourced high-tech innovation. He has a strong background in cross-border technology transfer, strategic industry engagement, commercialization strategy, business model innovation, and hi-tech entrepreneurship.
Prof. Sung is also an expert on blockchain and crypto-finance innovation, as founding co-director of the Fintech Research Center at the Fanhai International School of Finance at Fudan University. In addition, Prof. Sung is faculty at the Chinese Institute of Economics and Finance, a national level think tank focused on developing finance innovation policy for central government. He is also a venture partner for FinNX, cross-border investment bank platform for Fundamental Labs, one of Asia’s top blockchain funds.
Henri Arslanian is the PwC Global Crypto Leader and Asia FinTech Leader, the Chairman of the FinTech Association of Hong Kong and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches the first FinTech university course in Asia.
Henri leads PwC’s crypto efforts and advises many of the world’s leading crypto exchanges, investors, custodians and token issuers on a broad range of crypto matters from regulatory and tax to due diligence and capital raising.
He also advises many of the world’s leading financial institutions and tech firms on their FinTech and crypto initiatives as well numerous governments, regulators and central banks on Fintech and crypto regulatory and policy matters.
With over 500,000 LinkedIn followers, Henri is a TEDx and global keynote speaker, a best-selling published author and is regularly featured in global media including Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.
Henri was named by LinkedIn as one of the global Top Voices in Economy & Finance and is the host of the FinTechCapsules™ and CryptoCapsules™ social media series. Chambers Global recent named Henri the “highest profile FinTech consultant in Hong Kong” and Asian Private Banker awarded him the “FinTech Changemaker of the Year” award.
Henri has been also awarded numerous other industry and academic awards over the years from being regularly named one of the Most Influential Individuals in FinTech in Asia to being awarded the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for Academic Excellence. Henri’s latest book “The Future of Finance: The Impact of FinTech, AI and Crypto on Financial Services” published by Palgrave Macmillan, was ranked as one of Amazon’s global top 10 best-sellers in financial services and was recognized as one of the “Best FinTech Books of All Time” by Bookauthority. Before joining PwC, Henri was with a FinTech start-up and previously spent many years with UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong. Henri started his career as a financial markets and funds lawyer in Canada and Hong Kong. Henri speaks five languages including English, French, Armenian, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. He holds a Masters in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University; a joint Global Executive MBA from Columbia Business School, London Business School, and Hong Kong University; a Masters in Transnational Law from the University of Sherbrooke; and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal (Dean’s List of Excellence).
James Cooper is Professor of Law and Director of International Legal Studies at
California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. Professor Cooper has been a
change agent for countries around the Americas for more than two decades, consulting
for the U.S. Departments of Justice and State, the Organization of American States,
USAID, USPTO, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Bolivian President’s Office
for the Constituent Assembly negotiations, Mexico’s Executive Branch (Los Pinos),
Paraguay’s Congress, and a number of other international and regional aid organizations
and technical cooperation agencies. An Intellectual Property and trade scholar, he has
served on the U.S. government delegation to WIPO. A Cambridge University-trained
Barrister and Solicitor, Professor Cooper’s public policy work has been commissioned by
the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation of Germany as well
as the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission of the Organization of American
States. He contributes to newspapers, television and radio news programs around the
world and has served as an academic staff member of the Heidelberg Center for Latin
America Visiting Professor at University of California, San Diego, Justus Liebig
University in Giessen, Germany, and the University of Macau. He is co-founder of the
One World Blockchain Alliance and consults for blockchain companies around Asia.
Karl Seelig is co-founder of ChainBLX. Karl debuted ChainBLX, in January 2018 in Davos-CH at The One World Blockchain Summit and curated the 2019 digital.davos event and launched the first decentralized opinion-based accreditation association for white papers in the blockchain industry. Karl is the inventor of the RingBack Tone technology and founder of the U.S. wireless carrier Ring Plus, Inc. Ring Plus was also the first carrier to except cryptocurrencies in the U.S.