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Board of Directors
Robert Wu, Chairman & CEO
Robert Wu is Chairman and CEO of the US-China Green Energy Council; Co-Chairman and founding president of the Berkeley Chinese Alumni International Association, the Co-Chairman and founding president of the Fudan University Business Education Foundation and a director of The 1990 Institute. Mr. Wu is a veteran of the Computer and Semiconductor Industry in both the U.S. and China. He received his BSEE with highest honors from University of California, Berkeley in 1953 and his MSEE from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1954. He was a project manager in semiconductor development for the Transitron Semiconductor Corporation before returning to China in 1956.
In China, Mr. Wu became a member of the Chinese Academy of Science and played an active role in the early development of the Institute of Semiconductors, the Institute of Computing Technology, and the Institute of Microelectronics. He was a technical director in developing China's first transistor, the first transistorized mainframe and its first microcomputer with silicon IC. He was recognized as a founding member of China's computer and semiconductor industry.
Mr. Wu returned to US in 1978 and joined HP Labs. He facilitated the establishment of HP China, the first joint venture between the US and China. HP China grew to be one of the most successful joint ventures in China with revenue of more than $1 billion in 1999. Early in 1982, he supported immediate VLSI implementation on RISC architecture and became the project manager of HP's first RISC microprocessor. In 1985, he made the initial proposal of utilizing the vast amount of cost effective manpower resources in China and India, and became the program manager of HP International Contract Programming. Mr. Wu cofounded Silicon Magic Corporation in 1994, where he served as the Director of Human Resources, Planning, and China Business Development until 1999.
Robert E. Larson, President
Dr. Larson has enjoyed a challenging and fruitful career in the computer and electronics industry for the past 40 years. Since 1983 he has been a General Partner with Woodside Fund, an early-stage venture capital fund based in Silicon Valley. He has participated in all aspects of venture capital operations, including service on numerous Boards of Directors. From 1968 to 1983 he was co-founder, President and CEO of Systems Control, a computer systems and software company with 500 employees, including 100 with Ph.D. degrees, prior to its sale to British Petroleum. In addition, in 1982 he was President of the international Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the 340,000 member professional society for electrical engineers and computer scientists. Dr. Larson previously worked for IBM, Hughes Aircraft and SRI International. He was also a Consulting Professor at Stanford University in the Engineering-Economic Systems Department from 1973 to 1988. He received his Ph.D. and MS degrees from Stanford University, and a BS degree from MIT, all in Electrical Engineering. He has written six textbooks and 140 technical papers on software and computer systems. Dr. Larson has been actively involved in China since his first visit there in 1980. He has lectured at Tsinghua University and has been named an Honorary Professor at Beijing University for Post and Telecommunications. He has worked with a number of Chinese entrepreneurs developing companies in both China and the U.S. He has also been an advisor to numerous government, university, and industrial organizations in China, including the Development Research Center of the State Council, the Zhongguancun Science Park and the State Grid Corporation of China.
Chuck Ng, CFO
Chuck is Managing Director of Suma Ventures, a VC fund affiliated with Acorn Campus Ventures, and is involved in investments across the life science, TMT, Cleantech and other emerging technology sectors with cross border strategy between US and China. He is currently a board member of Vimicro (NASDAQ: VIMC), the first fabless semiconductor co. listed on Nasdaq from China. Previously, Chuck was a founding member of Eureka Therapeutics and helped grew it to be a leading oncology therapeutic platform technology company. Chuck also led eBay PayPal's financial strategy and int'l expansion of its global footprints to Singapore (APAC HQ), China and the creation of PayPal Bank where he won the "PayPalian" Award, the highest award at PayPal. Prior to that, Chuck managed the global hedging/strategic investment at Chiron Corp. (now Novartis), the 2nd largest biotech co. by revenue after Genentech in SF Bay Area. Aside from his professional work, Chuck dedicates a considerable amount of time in community services. He is the co-founder and CFO of BCAIA (www.bcaia.org), which won "2007 UC Berkeley Alumni Club of the Year”. In addition, he is the Co-founder and Head of PE/VC at the US-China Green Energy Council (www.ucgef.org), an impact/solution-driven Greentech collaboration platform for businesses, researchers, investors, and policy makers in US/China. UCGEC's Honorary Chairs include Dr. Qide Han, Vice Chairman of Nat'l People’s Congress of China and US Senator Dianne Feinstein from California. Furthermore, he has co-founded and led various PE/VC networks that focus on US/China cross border investments. In recognition of his leadership efforts, Chuck is the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Bradford King Award for Excellence (given annually to an outstanding Berkeley alumnus within first 15 years of graduation) and recognized by Asia Society as an Asia 21 Young Leader. Chuck is a graduate of UC Berkeley and has a dual EMBA degree from Tsinghua University & INSEAD.
James T. Caldwell
James T. Caldwell, Ph.D., Founder of Pacific Rim Connections, Inc., was the first editor of the Unicode Standard (ISO10646). VP for Multilingual Technology at Ion Global US, and is President of E3 Regenesis Solutions, Inc., where he specializes in building green energy alliances and energy systems integration. He is a member of the California Biomass Collaborative, of Sustainable San Mateo County a Director of Conexions and a member of the Sustainovation steering committee. He is a member of the Energy Voyager Corporation's International Knowledge Trust, and a Director of the 1990 Institute. Jim specializes in building green energy alliances and system integration. He has taught university courses on the Politics of Energy and the Environment, Comparative Politics and World History at SUNY Binghamton and Iona College, NY. He was Fellow at the U.C. Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies and Assistant Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University.
Wai-Yan Sandy Chau
Wai-Yan Sandy Chau is both Founder and President of Trident USA: a diversified holding company that invests in real estate and provides venture capital throughout Greater China and the United States. As a Hua Yuan "Angel," Mr. Chau has been an active investor in several companies started by Hua Yuan members including: Achievo, Viador, Servgate, Photonify, EnReach, and Televigation. Prior to Trident USA, from 1986 - 1999 Mr. Chau actively invested in real estate and provided venture capital in Taiwan, China, and the US. He served as Chairman of CITIC Shenzhen Properties from 1994 - 1997 and from 1992 - 1995 served as President of Pacific Constructions, one of the largest public real estate development companies traded publicly in Taiwan. Before real estate, Mr. Chau was a successful technology entrepreneur, founding Universal Semiconductor and running the company as its CEO.
Mr. Chau was born in Shanghai, was raised in Hong Kong and Vietnam, and received his B.S. and MBA in the US.
Wei-Tai Kwok is president of The 1990 Institute, an action-oriented non-profit research organization dedicated to the study of major economic and social issues relating to China. Professionally, Wei-Tai is a Vice President and Managing Director of Molecular, a full service interactive agency which is a subsidiary of Aegis Group PLC. Known as an expert in the area of web site globalization, Kwok has chaired 10 international conferences on the topic since 1997.
Previous to Molecular, Kwok was a Managing Director at Ion Global, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China.com, and was CEO of Dae Advertising, an Asian American advertising agency. Early in his career he was an associate in a nuclear power consulting firm, MHB Technical Associates in Silicon Valley. A native of Washington DC, Kwok earned his B.A. in Economics & Political Science from Yale University.
Dr. Belle Wei, the Don Beall Dean of Engineering, was appointed dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose State University in 2002. With nearly 5,000 students, the college is the largest provider of engineers to Silicon Valley.
Under Dr. Wei's leadership, the College's vision is to educate new engineers for the new century. The college advances this vision through three programmatic priorities: student success, faculty excellence, and cutting-edge multidisciplinary programs, such as biomedical device engineering, green engineering, and global experiential learning. During Dr. Wei's tenure, the College has increased its endowment gifts from $7 million to $32 million.
Dr. Wei holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from U.C. Berkeley and an M.S. degree in engineering from Harvard University. She has received many awards, among them the 2008 U.C. Berkeley Outstanding Alumnus Award in Electrical Engineering and the 2007 Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien Educational Leadership Award.
Hing Wong is managing director at Walden International. His investment focus is in semiconductor, components, and clean tech. Prior to the venture world, he spent fifteen years in semiconductor industry in technical, management and business roles. He worked in IBM, Chromatic Research, and co-founded Silicon Access Networks, a network IC company where he served as VP VLSI Design and later in VP Business Development. He received PhD degree in EECS from UC Berkeley, and studied in SiChuan University and Chinese University of Hong Kong for undergraduate.
Dr. Yung is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at PMC-Sierra. Dr. Yung has over twenty years of experience in the technology and semiconductor industry. Prior to joining PMC-Sierra Dr. Yung was a Founding Partner of GSR Ventures, an early-stage private equity technology fund focusing on semiconductor design, wireless and Internet services in China and the USA. Previously, Dr. Yung held various CTO positions within Intel Corporation, including Chief Technology Officer, Enterprise Processors and Chief Technology Officer for the Communications Products Group. Prior to joining Intel, Dr. Yung was the Chief Technology Officer for Sun Microsystems in Asia.
In 2002, Dr. Yung was named to the National Committee of US-China Relation's Fellow during the inaugural Young Leader Forum. In the same year, Dr. Yung was appointed to the Executive Board and is a Founder of the World Economic Forum New Asian Leaders Program. In 2000, Dr. Yung was named to the World Economic Forum's "Top 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow" in Davos, Switzerland.
Dr. Yung earned his BA, MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California at Berkeley.
Barry received his Master of Science Degree from University of Cincinnati in Ohio. He worked as a structural design engineer for Nuclear Power Plants in the United States.
Barry changed his career to Real Estate sales in 1984. He was elected as one of the Board of Trustees of Cupertino Union School District in 1995 and was re-elected in 1999 with the highest number of votes.
Barry is very active in community affairs. He is the Founder for Vision New America, one of the co-founders for Alliance for Preserving the Truth between Sino-Japanese War. He organized many fund raising events for Secretary Gary Locke, the first Chinese-American Congressman David Wu, Congressman Mike Honda, Congresswoman Judy Chu and many State and local candidates.
Dr. Cazalet has over forty years of electric power experience as an executive, board member, consultant, and entrepreneur.
In 2007 Dr Cazalet co-founded MegaWatt Storage Farms. MegaWatt deploys and manages grid-scale electricity storage farms for multiple applications in including integration of intermittent wind and solar generation.
Dr Cazalet was appointed by California Governor Schwarzenegger in 2004 to a three-year term as a member of the five-person Board of Governors of the CAISO. The CAISO is charged with safe and reliable real-time operation and planning of the high voltage transmission system in California.
Dr. Cazalet founded APX in 1996 and served for many years as CEO. Dr. Cazalet conceived the business opportunity, and raised $66 million in investment capital in three rounds. APX provides independent transaction services for electric power and environmental registries.
Dr. Cazalet founded Decision Focus, Inc. (DFI) in 1976 and led DFI to become a leading firm in energy and electric power market modeling and decision analysis consulting. Previously at SRI International he was an early member of the pioneering Decision Analysis Group at SRI International. With both companies, and also as an independent consultant, Dr. Cazalet has participated in and led high-level consulting and decision analysis engagements for several of the world’s largest corporations and many government agencies.
Dr. Cazalet holds a PhD from Stanford University focused on economics, decision analysis and power system planning and degrees in engineering from the University of Washington.
Weili Dai, Vice President of Sales for Communications and Consumer Business, Vice President and General Manager of Communications and Computing Business Unit, Marvell.
Weili Dai has been a cornerstone of Marvell's success since she co-founded the company in 1995. Ms. Dai's business acumen, strategic thinking, leadership and endless passion, have contributed greatly to Marvell's fast rise to success. Her close relationship with her customers and the foundation of the trust shared with them has given her a strong reputation for professionalism and integrity throughout the technology industry. Ms. Dai has served a pivotal role in creating some of the Company's most important strategic partnerships and under her leadership Marvell's technology has become an integral part of many of the world's most important products in enterprise, communications, consumer and emerging markets.
One of Silicon Valley's leading women executives, Ms. Dai currently serves as Vice President of Sales for Communications and Consumer Business and Vice President and General Manager of the Communications and Computing Business Unit which encompasses the Mobile Cellular Business, the Connectivity Business and Power Management Business. She has also held a number of significant positions within Marvell since she co-founded the Company: she has served as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and General Manager of the Communications Business Group. She has also been a Director of Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and Corporate Secretary of the Board. Prior to co-founding Marvell, Ms. Dai was involved in software development and project management at Canon Research Center America, Inc. Ms. Dai holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Ms. Dai is dedicated to the community with a passion for philanthropy. She has been the driving force behind many of Marvell's civic engagements, including participation in the One Laptop Per Child program, The MIT Media Lab Human Speechome project, charitable activities with Give2Asia, and significant donations to earthquake disaster relief in Asia. Her passion for education includes long term contributions to the Harker School and the University of California, Berkeley. Most recently she and her husband Sehat Sutardja, CEO of Marvell, along with Pantas Sutardja, CTO of Marvell, made a significant contribution to Berkeley. The building, named Sutardja Dai Hall by the University in recognition of their support, was opened in February 2009. The Sutardja Dai Hall is home to the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) will help create information technology solutions for many of our most pressing social, environmental and health care concerns.
Peng Fang, PhD President of Best Solar Hi-tech ltd. Head quartered in SuZhou and with manufacture facility in NanChang China. Best Solar is one of the leading manufacturers of solar module for both thin film and crystal silicon. He has more than 20 years experience in world leading Semiconductor companies in Silicon Valley as well as China. From 1989 to 2002, he has been in various research and management positions in AMD and Applied Materials Silicon Valley USA. From 2002-2004, he was President of Huahong-NEC, which is one of the largest Semiconductor company in Shanghai China.
Dr. Fang received his PhD degree from EECS Department University of Minnesota, USA. He was also a postdoctoral research fellow at EECS Department, UC Berkeley. Dr. Fang was Chairman of IEEE EDS Society, Silicon Valley Chapter. He has published many technical papers and delivered invited speeches in international conferences and holds many US patents.
Lin Sun-Hoffman, PhD, JD
Dr. Sun-Hoffman served as President of Chinese Biopharmaceutical Association (CBA) from 2008-2009. She successfully leads the organization to hold its annual conference in Shanghai, in May 2008, which is the first one outside US, and the biggest one in CBA history. Under her leadership, CBA also received highest sponsorship in its history including BIO’s sponsorship and became the first Chinese based organization to partner with BIO’s Annual Convention this year. Dr. Sun-Hoffman will be the lead representative of Asian Affairs for Biotechnology Industry Organization, the largest biotechnology and pharmaceutical organization in the world.
Dr. Sun-Hoffman is also actively in the area of green technology. In March 2009, she is appointed as Vice President of Public Relation at US-China Green Energy Council founded in Bay Area in 2008.
Dr. Sun-Hoffman is in the patent field for more than 10 years and was a USPTO patent examiner. She more than 10 year of biotech research experience includes working at NIH. In addition, she also draft and negotiate various licenses for biotech companies. She gave talks in IP and licensing matter to audiences including US government, WTO IP Council members, State Intellectual Property Office in China.
Dr. Sun –Hoffman serves as a Sr. Patent Attorney at Life Technologies Corporation formerly Applied Biosystems, one of the biggest biotech company in US. Previously, she was a managing patent attorney at Celera Genomics, the first company sequenced human genome. She obtained company’s first patent.
Dr. Sun-Hoffman is admitted to the Maryland Bar and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Dr. Ta-lin Hsu is Founder and Chairman of H&Q Asia Pacific and has been investing in Asia for over 20 years. He joined Hambrecht & Quist Group in 1985 as a General Partner and founded H&Q Asia Pacific in 1986. Since inception, H&Q Asia Pacific has managed over $2.6 billion in capital, operates from eight offices throughout the region and has invested in more than 300 companies. Prior to H&Q, Dr. Hsu worked at IBM for 12 years. In his last position in senior management, Dr. Hsu held corporate responsibility for all of IBM’s advanced research in mass storage systems and technology.
Dr. Hsu received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and a B.S. degree in Physics from National Taiwan University. Dr. Hsu plays an active role in developing business and policy relationships between the U.S. and Asia, including advisory positions with government, academic and industry organizations. Dr. Hsu was a founding member of the prestigious Technology Review Board, a group established to advise the Executive Branch of Taiwan on all technology matters. Dr. Hsu is an Advisory Board Member of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley, a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Member of the Board of Trustees of Give2Asia and represents H&Q Asia Pacific at the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Kung co-founded Pine Photonics in 2000 and served as President/ CEO until merge with Opnext. He has then served as Sr. VP of Opnext Inc until 2005. Currently, he is a partner of Acorn Campus Ventures and Chairman of Luxnet Corporation. His previous experience included co-founder/VP manufacturing of SDL Inc. from 1983 to 1997. He also serves on the boards of several optoelectronics companies.
Dr. Kung was former chairman of Monte Jade (West coast) in 2004. In recent years, he has devoted to promote Chinese-American participation in main stream community. He was a former board member of Fremont Union High School District Board. In his tenure, he has made significant contribution to promote multi-culture climate in high schools. In addition, he also involved in many other community programs and foundations. Currently, he serves on United Way Silicon Valley Board, and American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley board.
Dr. Kung holds BSEE from National Cheng Kung University, PhD EE from University of California at Berkeley, and MBA from Santa Clara University. In 1997, he was awarded Distinguished Alumni Award from Northern American National Cheng Kung University Alumni Association. In March 2001, he has received a Partnering for Education award from The National Council of Negro Women, Northern California Sections. In December, 2001, Margaret and Hsing have received "Venture Culturists" award from DeAnza College. In 2002, he received "Asian American Hero 2002" award from County of Santa Clara. In April 2004, he received "Community Star Award" from Asian Americans for Community Involvement, and "Helen Tao Activist of Year" Award from Silicon Valley APA Democratic Club.
Stephen T. Lee, Senior Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute. Dr. Lee has over 40 years of electric power industry experience. He received his S.B., S.M., E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from M.I.T. in Electrical Engineering, majoring in Power System Engineering, in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972, respectively. He worked for Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation in Boston, and Systems Control, Inc. in Palo Alto, California, and he was Vice President of Consulting for Energy Management Associates (EMA). Before joining EPRI in 1998, Dr. Lee was an independent Consultant in utility planning and operation. At EPRI, Stephen Lee has managed and directed technical research programs for power system analysis, planning and operations, and has been actively developing new concepts and tools for power system operation and transmission planning. He is considered one of the top Thought Leaders of EPRI. Dr. Lee actively participates in activities of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) in the Operating Committee and reliability standards and is a co-chair of the Reliability Fundamentals Working Group. Recently, he is active in the research of the Holistic Vision of the Smart Grid. Stephen is a board member of The 1990 Institute and a Smart Grid task force co-chair of the US-China Green Energy Council.
Paul McEntire, Chairman of Palo Alto Advisors, Inc. Dr. McEntire is currently Chairman of Palo Alto Advisors, Inc., a registered investment management firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Palo Alto Advisors specializes in hedging and risk management for stock portfolios. He has managed hedge funds, founded two mutual funds, and was portfolio manager for a Morningstar Five-Star technology mutual fund. Previously he was the CEO of Optimization Technology, a Department Manager at Systems Control, Inc. and a Software Manager at TRW Systems Group.
He has lectured at Stanford University and UC Berkeley, and has given short-courses and talks throughout the US, at many universities in China, and in Sweden, Japan, Switzerland and Bermuda. He has visited China fifteen times since 1986. Most recently, in 2008, he spent seven weeks as a visiting professor in the Graduate School of Finance at Renmin University. He currently writes a monthly column entitled “Wander Wall Street” for Caijing Magazine, Beijing.
He has TV appearances on CNBC Business Center, CNNfn and Bloomberg, and press coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Forbes, Business Week, the NY Times, Fortune, CNNfn.com, TheStreet.com, and Yahoo!Finance Vision.
He holds a B.S. in Mathematics (Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems, all from Stanford University. He is a member of the Stanford Faculty Club and the American Finance Association. He has written many articles and edited books on distributed computing, electric power systems, and investments.
Cliff Nakayama is a managing director & general partner based in California, USA. Vice Chairman of DIAS Holding, Inc. Member, board of directors, U.S.-China Green Energy Council ( a 501 (c) (3) non-profit). Cliff's extensive executive experience in automotive supply (Asia Forging Supply Company), aerospace/defense ( United Defense, acquired by BAE Systems), software ( Synchronicity acquired by MatrixOne), and manufacturing (FMC Corporation). As Vice President for a major defense/aerospace company, Cliff was instrumental in advocating his programs in Congress. As a product-line general manager, he ran two U.S. product lines ($60 million annual sales), and established overseas operations in Asia ($70 million in sales), directed and led the development of a major defense equipment program ( $200 million+), followed by capturing the production contract ( $1.2 billion) over a seven year period. After returning to the USA, he was brought on board a Tier 2 Taiwan automotive company as the CEO. Led company through 20+% year-to-year growth, then led reverse merger process for eventual public listing in the US. He is one of the few executives to have successfully run operations in two different countries, and in two different industries. He currently serves as on the board of directors or advisor for a handful of companies & organizations. Cliff is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in general engineering, and from Pepperdine University of Malibu, California with a MBA.
Carolina Woo retired as a Partner of the international architecture-engineering firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). A native of Shanghai, China, she served as President of SOM International Ltd., with overall responsibility for SOM’s work in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Asia-Pacific region.
A graduate of Columbia University Gradual School of Business and Rhode Island School of Design, Ms. Woo joined SOM in 1969, becoming a Partner in 1984. She began her career working as a staff architect working with Gordon Bunshaft in New York on such famous SOM projects as the Smithsonian’s Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library at the University of Texas in Austin.
After becoming a Project Manager, Ms. Woo was on one of two senior managers responsible for King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A key element of this wholly-new airport was the Haj Terminal which won an Aga Khan Award—the highest honor for a work of architecture in an Islamic country.
Work and projects in the public interest have been a recurring theme of Ms. Woo’s career. She was a Trustee of San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art and a member of New York City’s Municipal Art Society. She also directed the implementation of New York City’s Transitional Housing for the Homeless Program. In China, she has overseen the planning of China’s first national center for pediatric acute care treatment and training—Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, sponsored by America’s Project HOPE Foundation and planned in collaboration with the Pediatric Departments of the Medical Centers affiliated with Harvard and three other American universities. Presently, she is a Trustee of Rhode Island School of Design, Providence Rhode Island; A Board of Director of China Housing and Development Co., Ltd.
Ms. Woo has an international reputation as an effective manager of large-scale private and public sector development. In Vietnam, she directed the planning of Saigon South, a new community south of Ho Chi Min City. In London, she directed the planning and first-phase implementation of Canary Wharf—at 6.5m square feet, Europe’s largest privately-sponsored development. She directed the design and construction of the new San Francisco International Terminal Building, the renovation of San Francisco’s historic U.S. Court of Appeals, and also lead the renovation and expansion of the nearby, equally important California Supreme Court Building as a new State Office & Courts Building in San Francisco’s Civic Center. In China, she directed major commercial projects in Beijing, Shanghai, and other cities, including the new headquarters of the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China in the heart of Beijing near Tiananmen Square, the JinMao Tower and the Master Planning of XinTianDi in Shangahi.
In retirement, Ms. Woo heads up The CW Group, bringing her experience and resources to bear on a world landscape where environmental preservation and sustainability are of paramount importance to the built environment. Her most recent ongoing project is the master planning of the City of Ten Thousand Buddha, with a campus for their new university in California, an advisor and consultant to the Master Planning of the new Central Business District, City of Tianjin, and an adult community in China.
Dr. Mike Tao Zhang is the Executive Vice President of US-China Green Energy Council. He dedicates himself to facilitating cleantech collaborations between the U.S. and China in the overall goal of achieving sustainability. Prior to that, Dr. Zhang worked for Spansion and Intel in various managerial/executive capacities and has assumed leadership roles in the organization of many international conferences. Dr. Zhang is currently the Co-Chair of an IEEE Technical Committee, and the recipient of some prestigious awards, including the Li Foundation Heritage Prize for Outstanding Achievement, the IIE Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer Business/Industry Award, and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Early Career Industry/Government Award. He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World and is invited to 2009 Asia 21 Young Leader Summit. Dr. Zhang received the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees, as well as the Management of Technology certificate from the Haas School of Business and the College of Engineering, all at the University of California, Berkeley in record-breaking 3 years.
Dr. Oliver Yu, President of the STARS Group, a premier strategy consulting firm, is an internationally recognized expert on technology and resource strategy planning and analysis. Prior to founding the STARS Group in 2000, he was for 11 years the Director of Energy and Technology Strategies at SRI International, managing numerous large projects on technology and resource strategies throughout the world, and serving as a senior advisor to the Vice Chairman of Commonwealth Edison in Chicago, the Chairman of Taiwan Power Company, the Energy Minister of China, and the President of Philippines. Before joining SRI in 1989, Dr. Yu was for 15 years the Manager of Planning Analysis at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), responsible for energy industry analysis and EPRI-wide technology research planning. Dr. Yu holds a BSEE from National Taiwan University, an MSEE from Georgia Tech, and an MS in statistics and a PhD in Operations Research from Stanford University. He has published over 70 professional papers and authored and co-authored 5 technical books, including Technology Portfolio Planning and Management, Springer 2006, and Technology Management and Forecasting, Tsinghua University Press 2008. Dr. Yu has been invited to make technical presentations at many research institutions and professional conferences around the world, including most recently, an energy strategy seminar at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a power wheeling tariff seminar for the State Grid Corporation of China in 2006, two smart grid seminars for Schneider-China and Taiwan Power Company respectively in 2007, as well as chairing the smart grid panel at the 2008 US-China Green Energy Conference and the power technology development & investment panel at the 2009 Asia-Pacific Electricity Supply Industry CEO Conference
Victor Shum is a corporate partner at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell, LLP, a 140 attorney full-service law firm with offices in Los Angeles , San Francisco , and Orange County California. Mr. Shum's practice concentrates on counseling emerging growth high-technology companies with venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border issues, and other strategic business transactions, including real estate transactions and intellectual property and technology licensing matters. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Shum was an engineer at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he conducted research in high temperature superconductors and at the Mobil Oil Corporation in Los Angeles , California . In 1995, he served as a petrochemical services consultant in Beijing , China . Mr. Shum holds a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California , Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from the University of California , Hastings College of the Law..
Dr. Peng Zhou is the founder and chairman of SinoElectric Powertrain Corporation, a venture backed company that is serving as a full service tier-one supplier of electric powertrain for Chinese automotives OEMs. Dr. Zhou served as Director of R&D and powertrain chief engineer at Tesla Motors before founding SinoElectric Powertrain. He led the development of 1.5 powertrain for Tesla Roadster and was responsible for the newly unveiled Tesla Model S powertrain. At Tesla Motors, Dr. Zhou’s team also collaborated with Daimler that led to the all-electric SMART powered by Tesla battery packs. Prior to Tesla Motors, Dr. Zhou spent his careers in various silicon valley startup companies, including COOLIGY (acquired by Emerson in 2005) and High Speed Solutions (acquired by Intel in 2002). Dr. Zhou holds a PhD from Stanford University and MS and BS from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).
Jianhui Zhang received the B.S. and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, China and the Ph.D. degree from University of California, Berkeley in electrical engineering in 1999, 2001, and 2006 respectively. In June 2005, he joined National Semiconductor Corporation, Santa Clara, CA, as the senior design engineering manager of corporate research lab and battery management system business unit, focusing in the architecture and design of mixed signal devices and systems for power management applications. He was the principal architect and designer for design and development of SolarMagicTM product. He was also the chief architect and designer of National Semiconductor battery management system product for electric vehicle and grid energy storage application. From November 2010, Dr. Zhang joined Siemens Ltd. China as the chief technology officer for smart grid application business unit. His is in charge of developing the key technologies in the area of micro-grid, smart meter and electro-mobility. Dr. Zhang is a member of IEEE and served as the reviewer for IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics and Journal of Solid State Circuits. He co-authored more than ten journal and conference papers and had pending patents on power management systems for renewable energy sources.
Yan Zhang is a counsel in the Silicon Valley and Shanghai office of O’Melveny & Myers. Yan represents public and private technology companies on a variety of corporate and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and governance, venture capital financings, public offerings, and cross-border transactions, with a particular emphasis on China-focused technology companies, including a number of companies in the clean energy field. Yan has been providing legal advice to UCGEC since its formation and active involved in UCGEC's board and corporate governance matters. Yan previously practiced with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in their Palo Alto office for more than five years
Ms. Wu has over 20 years experience in marketing, sales, business development, venture investment, research/technology development in semiconductor and solar sector. Before joining TD Growth Capital, Jane served as President, Global Operation of Comtec Solar, a monocrystalline solar ingot and wafer manufacturer, where her main responsibilities include formulating market penetration strategy, positioning and branding new products, improving operational efficiency and creating new business models with both upstream and downstream partners. The company went public in Hong Kong Market October, 2009. Between 2007 to 2009, Jane served as Corporate Officer, Vice President of Business Development for JA Solar (NASD: JASO). She is in charge of global business operation, corporate marketing, and R&D center and strategic venture investments. Prior to JASO, Ms.Wu served 11 years at Applied Materials, taking various position from process engineering, business development to corporate strategy. Before AMAT, Ms. Wu also worked 4 years at Rockwell Semiconductor as a device process engineer for space wireless communication applications.In addition, Ms. Wu was an entrepreneur and co-founded CiWest Corporation which was acquired by a Chartered Semiconductor.
Dr. Liang Min is the Grid Operations Leader in the Engineering Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Prior to LLNL, Dr. Min worked at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as a Senior Project Manager in the renewable integration, grid operations and planning program, led the grid operations research area, and managed a team of project managers and contractor charged with delivery of more than 20 projects a year. He was the sub-recipient and EPRI lead of the Entergy’s DOE smart grid project, using synchrophasors to assess voltage stability. He also managed a couple of NYSERDA smart grid research projects related to synchrophasors and sensor technologies applications to grid operations. Dr. Min has published numerous papers in journals and conference proceedings and has served as a panelist and invited speaker in various industry forums. He holds two U.S. patents in the area of measurement based voltage stability assessment. Dr. Min received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China and his Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Dr. Qi Wang is the Executive Vice President of US-China Green Energy Council. He is now coordinating the Council’s overall operation, and managing the cleantech projects matching between US and China. He received his PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and he got his BS degree with highest honors and M.E degree from Tsinghua University in China. Dr. Wang is a leading expert in material science, semiconductor, chemical and environmental engineering. He had worked for Fortune 500 companies such as AMD in senior technology/management positions for many years. He has a proven track of records on excellent large-scale project management, leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. Dr. Wang has also been the co-chair of the organizing committee of 3rd and 4th annual US-China green energy conference. He has published many technical papers in world-class journals and has been cited many times by his peers. He has also presented to and/or organized many national and international conferences. Dr. Wang is a Director of the China High-tech Industrialization Association.
Sam Wang is Executive Vice President of US-China Green Energy Council (UCGEC). He is responsibilities in program developing and project management of UCGEC. In this role, he led UCGEC project strategy definition and execution of various program and consulting services. He has also managed the Council’s daily financial operation and coordinated the accounting and auditing works with external CPA firms. Prior to UCGEC, Sam worked for Ricoh Corporation USA Inc., one of world Fortune 500 company, the biggest laser MFP multi-function copier, scanner and printer manufacture, where he worked as pre engineer marketing product manager. In that time, he successfully led team transferred the research group research result into DOD user authentication (CAC) system. It made company secure MFP product stood on advanced leading position, made Ricoh product led at least one year advanced than other competitors. Sam provided high quality and excellent capability to help on result of research group covert to market product. Sam received three awards from Ricoh. Sam had Master Study in Electrical Engineering from Japan Electric and Communication University and a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Science and Technology University in China.