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Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

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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.

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Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

Paul Payne

Architect | Network Platform

Jussi Westergren

Senior Advisor

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Ernst Stöttinger

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Vlad Dabija

Technical Fellow

Kelly Romano

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Soleil Brisbane

Employer Branding Specialist

Gerald Toh

APAC IT Manager

Jon Gleasman

Senior Product Designer

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Christian Czernich

Innovation Banking and Development

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & SEA

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Shiloh Stuart

Software Engineer

Sally Flaxman

Contract Manager

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Marketing

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

Ryan Canfield

Software Engineer

Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Maynard Kang

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Connor Timmerman

Senior Analyst | Network Platform

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Matthew Holloway

Vice President of Products

Christopher Ruehs

Software Engineer

Leesa Murphy

Payroll & Benefits Analyst

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Vivek Ramakrishnan

Managing Director

Chal Davidson

Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Dana Lindquist

Data Scientist

Darrel Rhea

Managing Partner | Innovation Banking and Development

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Olivia Armstrong

Project Manager

Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Andrew McLain

Product Manager

Rahul Das

Vice President

Jake Cannon

Senior Technical Support Engineer

Sharat Reddy

Chief of Staff to Founder & CEO

John Kim

IT Manager

Cassandra Schwartz

Product Marketing Manager

Daniel Edenhofer

Software Engineer

Ken Poppe

Managing Director | Innovation Development and Banking

Anton Orlich

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Andre Lee

President | Innovation Development & Banking

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Isaac Pek

Innovation Development Manager

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Adam Holiber

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

Arra Ardona

Sr. Product Manager

Nadia Savin

Senior Analyst

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Molly Kent

Software Engineer

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Banking and Development

Mai Huong Tran


Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Alyssa Moore, MBA

Senior Marketing Manager

Duncan Mowatt

Senior Product Designer

Brian Yen


Chip Murray

Partner, Innovation Banking and Development

Andy Tolton

Public Relations and Marketing Manager

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Rapha Goyran

Software Engineer

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director | Innovation Banking and Development

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Cate Yochum

Software Engineer

Kevin Crommelin

Product Manager

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Liron Porat

Innovation Program Director

Evelyn Miles

Office Manager

Emmanuel Gomez

Principal Engineer

Yang-Won Jung

Senior Director | Innovation Services Group

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Matthew Ritchie

Senior Product Designer

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Maggie Ng

Vice President

Jordan Bundy

Software Engineer

Jake Fagan

Senior Product Designer

Emma DeMaris

Marketing Intern

Wyatt Antoine

Information Technology Intern

Grace Kang

Accounts Payable Specialist

Mark Buchthal

Software Engineer

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Chris Buntel

Vice President | Singapore

BK Lee

President Korea

Jacob Harvey

Accounting Manager

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