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Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Business Bio  LinkedIn Profile

I was born in Shanghai but moved to Beijing as a boy during the chaotic time of the Culture Revolution, from 1966-1976.  Academics were de-emphasized then, but I was very fortunate to have loving medical doctor parents who shared their broad curiosity, exposing me to everything from photography to nature, science, history, and music.  You see, I was different from the other kids. I experienced many wonderful things–parks, movies, even museums, which were very rare then in China–and I learned many skills, like playing the violin (which I finally learned to enjoy in adulthood), wood working and carpentry.

Perhaps my diverse and stimulating childhood uniquely prepared me to seize a very unusual opportunity. In 1980 the Bank of China, the country’s only foreign exchange bank at the time, decided to recruit young talent to meet growing offshore business needs. The Culture Revolution had prevented there from being college graduates in 1980 (the college system was only restored in 1977), so the bank decided to hire a group of freshmen to split their days evenly between work and attending college courses at work.  Sure, we had professors from some of the best universities in Beijing, but I must admit I missed the typical college campus experience.   
Identified as an elite talent in the bank group, I was assigned at age 22 to work as an exchange employee with what was then the second-largest German Bank, Dresdner Bank.  I was one of the earliest and definitely the youngest in China to get involved with foreign exchange and capital markets. I became a senior manager of Bank of China when I was 23 in New York, and remained a leading figure at the bank throughout my 10 years there. In 1992 I joined Lehman Brothers in New York and moved to Hong Kong, where I served from 1994 to 2008 in roles including Managing Director and Hong Kong Branch Manager of BankBoston (later FleetBoston, which was merged with Bank of America in 2003); and Managing Director, Head of China for AIG Financial Products. I led efforts to complete many innovative transactions for China-based global companies such as Huawei,  China Resources, China Merchant, and ENN. I left Wall Street in late 2008 when the global financial crisis hit, having dedicated over 25 years of work in finance in the US, Europe and China.
I joined Xinova’s predecessor in late 2008 as its President in China, heading operations in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. I set up my own company, PAIF in late 2015 but continue to work closely with Xinova and serve as Chairman for Xinova China.  
Living overseas for so long, I witnessed the various evolutions of Made in the USA” alongside Made in Japan/Korea/Taiwan” and Made in China.” I wish to leverage the Xinova technology ecosystem towards helping China make world-class products, elevating Made in China” from its current connotation to a brand synonymous with quality.

Our Team

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Paul Levins


Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director, Innovation Programs

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Programs

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Mai Huong Tran


Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Rob Dhat

VP of Innovation Partnerships

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

BK Lee

President Korea

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Kelly Romano

Managing Director | Innovation Programs

Brian Yen


Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Rahul Das

Vice President

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Bo Garcia

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Soleil Brisbane

Marketing Specialist

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

John Kim

IT Manager

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Alyssa Moore

Senior Marketing Manager

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Kyle Dowling

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Sherri Richman

Innovation Business Development Representative

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Chal Davidson


Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

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We are always seeking new problems to solve, as well as innovators and entrepreneurs to help us solve them. Let’s work together to create the future.

Our Worldwide Locations


311 ½ Occidental Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
+1 (206) 800-2678


Xinova Japan GK
Yaesu Mitsui Building 6F
2-7-2 Yaesu, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0028 Japan


Xinova Innovation (Beijing) Consultancy Co. Ltd.
Room 2494, Level 24, Tower 3
China Central Place
77 Jianguo Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025 China


Xinova Asia Pte Ltd.
331 North Bridge Road
#22-01, Odeon Towers
Singapore 188720
+65 6408 5080


Xinova Korea
10th floor, Golfzone Tower
735, Yeongdong-daero
Seoul 06072, Korea
+82 2 6952 8840


Xinova Australasia Pty Ltd.
223 Liverpool St
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
+61 2 8093 4850


Xinova India
Suite No 208, 2nd Floor
Survey No 414
PSR Complex
Govinda Reddy (GR) Layout
Bannerghatta Road
Karnataka, 560076, India


Xinova Finland
Erottajankatu 5 A 4
FI-00130 Helsinki

Affiliate offices in Tel Aviv & Vienna