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How China and the US Are Using Big Data to Fight COVID-19

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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How should we embrace tech’s role in face of a pandemic crisis? The deployment of the latest technology—5G and AI—against COVID-19 has been both exciting and worrisome. While China’s employment of tech in the pandemic has enabled the country to keep a close track of every resident, even some Chinese are concerned about handing over privacy to the hands of tech companies and the government. So now that Facebook and Google are developing contact tracing technologies, how should Americans respond? Join Joy Tan, SVP of Public Affairs at Huawei USA, and Gary Rieschel, founding managing partner of Qiming Ventures, and Samm Sacks, Cybersecurity Policy and China Digital Economy Fellow at New America, on June 3 at 1:00 PM for this profound exploration of the role of technology in society at a time when digital surveillance could help save lives.


Gary Rieschel is Founding Managing Partner of Qiming, a firm with more than $3B USD focused on early stage investments in China. Rieschel’ s personal investment areas are Healthcare and Cleantech. He has sponsored investments in imaging systems (Alltech), clinical trial execution, fuel cells (Bloom Energy), industrial waste water treatment (CSD Water and Sludge), clean coal technologies (LP Amina), smart meters (Hexin), and bioengineering (Lanzatech). Qiming launched a U.S.-based health care fund in 2017. Gary Rieschel has more than 25 years of investing experience as a senior executive, entrepreneur, investor, and global business strategist. During his career, Rieschel has held executive positions at Intel, Sequent Computer, Cisco Systems, and Softbank Corporation.

Rieschel holds a BA in Biology from Reed College in Portland, OR, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He lived in Japan for five years in the late 1980s and lived in Shanghai from 2005 through 2016. He now lives in Seattle, WA.

Samm Sacks is a Cybersecurity Policy and China Digital Economy Fellow at New America. Her research focuses on emerging information and communication technology (ICT) policies globally, particularly in China. She has worked on Chinese technology policy issues for over a decade, both with the U.S. government and in the private sector. Previously, Sacks launched the industrial cyber business for Siemens in Asia, focusing on energy sector cybersecurity markets in Japan, South Korea, and China. Prior to this, she led China technology sector analysis at the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group. Prior to this, she worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and Defense Group Inc., where she was an analyst-linguist focused on China’s technology development.A former Fulbright scholar in Beijing, Sacks holds an M.A. from Yale University in international relations and a B.A. from Brown University in Chinese literature.

Joy Tan is SVP of Public Affairs at Huawei Technologies USA. In this capacity, Tan is responsible for setting and executing Public Relations and Government Relations strategies for Huawei USA. From 2014 to January 2019, Tan served as the President of Global Media and Communications for Huawei, setting and executing media and communications strategy for the entire company. She was instrumental in promoting Huawei’s thought leadership, corporate values, key products and solutions, and making Huawei one of the top 100 brands in the world. Before joining Huawei, Tan worked at Verizon, where she was responsible for consumer strategy and digital marketing, and at TXU Energy, where she led customer acquisition efforts in the newly deregulated energy markets. Tan studied Biology at Tsinghua University in Beijing and holds a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where was a PhD candidate. She holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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June 3
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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