Speakers and Attending Investors







Kathleen Hays
Top economics reporters and anchors
Kathleen Hays is one of the top economics reporters and anchors in the country, having covered the U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve, and global economy trends for 30 years on television and radio, and in the print and electronic media.

Kathleen is Bloomberg Media’s Global Economics and Policy Editor, appearing on Bloomberg TV and Radio to cover the global economy and global central banks, and the policymakers who run them, distilling down the latest news headlines and trends that drive global financial markets.

As part of Bloomberg Media’s joint U.S.-Asia coverage, she appears daily on Bloomberg Television’s and Bloomberg Radio’s “Daybreak Asia” shows. She also appears throughout the Bloomberg broadcast cycle with interviews of global macro newsmakers.

She is known nationally for her coverage and analysis of the Federal Reserve and the impact Fed policy has on markets; in particular her insightful, in-depth interviews with top Fed officials. And she is now specializing as well in the central banks and economies across Asia.

Hays joined the Bloomberg multimedia team in 2006, serving on Bloomberg Television as economics editor and anchor of “On the Economy.”

Kathleen came to Bloomberg TV from CNN where she served as Economics Correspondent for the network and appeared weekly on a weekend program, “On the Story.” She also anchored “The Flipside” and “CNN Money Morning” on CNNfn. Hays wrote a popular column called “Hayswire” and a Daily Eyeopener for CNNMoney.com.

Her TV career started at CNBC in 1990, when she was hired to be part of a three-person team on the daily business and economics talk show, “Business Insiders.” Hays became one of the key players on the morning show “Squawk Box,” known for coverage of the bond market, interest rates, and the U.S. economy. She was also Economics Editor for the network, hosting several segments throughout the day.

Hays started her career at Market News International, a financial news service, which she helped found and where she served on the board of directors. She was Economics Correspondent and New York Bureau chief from 1984 to 1986. In 1987 she joined Reuters to work on the Money Desk, covering domestic and global bond and currency markets, and central bank policy.

In 1989 Hays moved to Investors Business Daily, a national daily business newspaper, where she served as National Economics Correspondent and New York Bureau Chief.

She attended Stanford University where she earned her B.A. and M.A. in Economics. She is a past officer of the Money Marketeers of NYU.

Alex Mashinsky
Managing Partner
Governing Dynamics (mashinsky.com, governingdynamics.com)
Alex is one of the inventors of VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) with a foundational patent dating back to 1994 and is now working on MOIP (Money Over Internet Protocol) technology. Over 35 patents have been issued to Alex, relating to exchanges, VOIP protocols, messaging and communication.

Alex is a serial entrepreneur and founder of seven New York City-based Startups including Celsius Network, GroundLink, Transit Wireless, Elematics and Arbinet raising more than $1 billion and exiting over $3 billion. Alex founded two of New York City’s top 10 venture-backed exits since 2000: Arbinet, with a 2004 IPO that had a market capitalization of over $750 million; and Transit Wireless, valued at $1.2 billion.

Alex has received numerous awards for innovation, including being nominated twice by E&Y as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, in 2002 & 2011; Crain’s 2010 Top Entrepreneur; the prestigious 2000 Albert Einstein Technology medal; and the Technology Foresight Award for Innovation (presented in Geneva at Telecom 99).

As one of the pioneers of web-based exchanges, Alex authored patents that cover aspects of the Smart Grid, ad exchanges, Twitter, Skype, App Store, Netflix streaming concept and many other popular web companies. Additionally, Arbinet’s fundraising story was featured as a case study in 2001 by Harvard Business School.
Currently based in New York, Alex serves as a Managing Partner of Governing Dynamics. The firm has invested in Cryptocurencies and ICO’s as well as startups focused on AI/ML, biotech and cybersecurity.
Alex has invested in over 60 startups over the years, recording many successes and an equal number of failures. As a prominent figure in the New York entrepreneurial scene, he has previously been a member of the YPO’s NYC chamber. He believes that “the secret to success is finding something to do in which your skills can exceed your ambitions.”

Ken Miller
President & CEO
Ken Miller Capital,LLC (“KMC”)
Mr. Miller is President & CEO of Ken Miller Capital, LLC (“KMC”), a closely held merchant banking firm which invests in early stage companies.

Mr. Miller has served successively as Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch Capital Markets and Credit Suisse First Boston. At Merrill Lynch, Mr. Miller built and ran the Mergers & Acquisitions Department while forming the first bulge bracket private equity group, Merrill Lynch Capital Partners, as well as the very profitable bridge financing business, each of which reported to him. While there he led the negotiation for the transaction which first brought Merrill Lynch to China, its investment in Sun Hung Kai Securities. Upon leaving Merrill he formed The Lodestar Group, a merchant bank which he sold to Societe Generale. After that sale he joined Credit Suisse First Boston as, then, their only Vice Chairman, charged with acting as financial advisor to wealthy individuals and a number of the world’s largest corporations.

Mr. Miller has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Viacom, Inc., Intelsat Corporation, Kinder Care Learning Centers (Board Chair), CNA Surety and, now, Loews Corporation (NYSE: “L”), the company which controls Diamond Offshore Corporation (NYSE: “DO”), CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: “CNA”), Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (NYSE: “BWP”) and Loews Hotels.

Mr. Miller is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the NYU-Shanghai Program on Innovation & Creativity. Mr. Miller has a long history of involvement with China including serving as a visiting professor at Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management and chairing the Finance Committee for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Exposition.

Mr. Miller received his B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan (1964), M.A. from Yale University (1965 – Chinese Studies), and J.D. from Harvard University (1969). Publications include articles on China, venture capital, economic development, international relations, and the merger market in Foreign Affairs, Time Magazine, The Harvard Journal of Legislation, The Business Lawyer, The Far Eastern Economic Review, The New Republic, The Deal, The Nation, and Fortune.

Mr. Miller speaks French and Chinese.

Grace Chen
Director of Investment sourcing
Meixin Finance
Previously with Greenland Group USA with over 5 years of experience in real estate development, where she was responsible for over $6B in real estate projects. Dual Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics of Finance and Economics from SNUY Binghamton.
Meixin Finance is a leading cross-border financial technology platform provides Chinese wealth managers end to end solutions with access to global investments assets, aim to lower the transaction cost and drive efficiency . We provide streamlined execution to an expanding list of alternative investments, capital markets syndicate offerings, structured solutions and real assets.
S. M. Quamrul Hasan
Senior Procurement Specialist
The World Bank
Quamrul Hasan is a Senior Procurement Specialist at the Governance Global Practice of the World Bank in Washington DC. He is an MBA with an undergrad in Engineering. He led the World Bank’s engagement in the modernization of public procurement and coordinated the e-Government Procurement initiatives in the South Asia, Africa, and Europe and Central Asia regions. Quamrul takes interest in the adoption of disruptive technologies in the areas of public procurement.
Zhenghua Zhang
Founder and CEO
  • EMBA Graduate from Zhejiang University
  • Fortune China’s 40 40-year-old business elite
  • Vice President of The Mobile Finance Professional Committee and China E-Commerce Association
  • Deputy Director of the Internet Finance Committee of the China Internet Society
  • First batch of specialist from the Ministry of Science and Technology

A leader in China’s payment industry with thirteen years of rich experience in the payment industry

  • Zhenghua was the Head of Baidu Wallet (Payment) and founder and CEO of Baidu Finance. As the head of the Fintech team, he has nurtured and groomed about 800 people under his charge. This was rare for a Millenial (post-1980s) who had years of experience in overseas business development.
  • As the pioneer member in Alipay, Zhenghua spent seven years in various departments including Innovation and Business, Public Business, Education, Ticketing, (movies, theatrical and transportation). He started the first consumer-end product in Alipay and served as a lecturer in Ali College.
  • One of the pioneers in China’s online payment industry, Zhenghua had done research for various industries such as e-commerce and payment solutions in the early days. From, he saw a need and invented inventor of real-time liquidation methods and systems for payment funds in logistics and other industries. He started his Internet entrepreneurial experience in high school and was interviewed by media such as “Computer Newspaper” and “Youth Daily”.
Tra Vu
Chief Operating Officer
Kambria and OhmniLabs
Tra Vu, Ph.D., P.E. is the Chief Operating Officer of Kambria and OhmniLabs. In her current role, she is scaling OhmniLabs’ robotics and AI products and services, and further expanding the reach of the Kambria open innovation protocols platform. Before joining these two companies in the Silicon Valley, she was an adjunct professor at New York University Tandon School of Engineering, and a Technical Director at Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI). Tra was responsible for leading a team in designing the first city-wide Transit Signal Priority system in New York City.

Tra has a strong educational background in Civil Engineering and has expertise in economics and finance. She earned her Master’s in Financial Engineering and her PhD in Transportation Planning & Engineering from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Tra is a graduate of the highly regarded LeadershipITE program.

Tra is an active member of various non-profit professional organizations. She is the 2017 President of ITE Met Section and a lead organizer of the popular un-conference event TransportationCamp in New York. In her spare time, she loves to play sports and attend concerts.

Liang Bai
01Caijing and 01 Thinktank
Liang Bai founded of 01Caijing and 01 Thinktank. He is a former director of finance report center(Beijing) and Fintech research center of China Business News, former secretary general of China Financial Leasing 30 Forum.

01Caijing (01caijing.com) is an independent Fintech knowledge service platform, a leader and innovator of China’s Fintech study, in terms of data, research, media, consulting, and training.