annual conference

40th CIE/USA-SF Annual Conference Program

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Santa Clara Convention Center

The theme of CIE 2019 annual conference is inspiration. Our renowned guest speakers will talk about the technology trend, their career stories, and most importantly, the turning point at which they were inspired.

Afternoon Session                                                                                          

We are honored to have executives from giant companies, venture capitals, and startup mentors to share their insights and inspirations:

  • Shuhong Ye, Co-Founder and CFO of MeituanDianping (美团点评)
  • Jimmy Lu, Managing Director of WI Harper Group
  • Lisa Duerre, CEO, RLD Group
  • Alireza Masrour, General Partner of Plug & Play Ventures
  • Limin Hu, the Founder and CTO Emeritus of EllieMae, Chairman of Monte Jade West
  • Mr. Rich Redelfs, Chairman of the Board of ACCO, and Board Trustee of Computer History Museum

Mr. Shuhong Ye, Co-Founder and CFO, Meituan Dianping


Mr. Jimmy Lu, JD, Managing Director, WI Harper Group


Ms. Lisa Duerre, CEO, RLD Group

Mr. Alireza Masrour, General Partner, Plug & Play Ventures


Dr. Limin Hu, Founder & CTO Emeritus, Ellie Mae


Mr. Rich Redelfs, Chairman of ACCO and Trustee of Computer History Museum

The six distinguished speakers all have their own twist in life.

  • Shuhong Ye obtained advanced degrees in US, worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley, then returned to China and cofounded Dianping 大众点评, became CFO of Meituan Dianping and eventually brought the company to public in September 2018, with a $40B market cap.
  • Jimmy Lu is a lawyer turned to a VC and served for 10 years in the Association of Yale Alumni.
  • Lisa Duerre is a reformed overachiever! At the peak of her career she hit ctrl-alt-delete to reboot her life!
  • Alireza was a successful entrepreneur and now a general partner of PnP Ventures and in 2018 won the recognition of Silicon Valley 40under40!
  • Limin Hu cofounded the unicorn Ellie Mae as CTO and served as Chairman of Monte Jade West 美西玉山科技协会in the last two years. He has been very active with the charity organization.
  • Rich Redelfs brought Atheros from a seed stage startup to maturity as President and CEO. He joined Foundation Capital for 11 years.  Now the Chairman at ACCO, and a Board Trustee of Computer History Museum.

In this event, you'll have the rare chance to hear the journey of the speakers making critical decisions in career or for family.  They'll share how they do the personal development and discuss how to cope with the diversified environment in job and life in Silicon Valley. The speakers will share personal stories through their short talks.  They’ll further carry out pair-dialogue, Q&A, and interactive panel to answer the questions from the audience. You can ask the questions regarding industries, technologies, investment, startup, etc. by clicking HERE or using QR code.

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Dinner Banquet

Dinner Banquet Keynote:

Dr. Chi-Foon Chan

As Synopsys' co-CEO, Chi-Foon shares responsibility for crafting vision and strategy, leading the company, and ensuring execution excellence in support of our customers' success. As the company's President and COO, a role he held for 14 years prior to his 2012 appointment to President and co-CEO, he guided internal operations and worldwide field organizations. Chi-Foon joined Synopsys in 1990 as Vice President of Applications and Services where he helped build the Technical Field organization. He has sponsored several key initiatives such as entering the IP market, and he personally facilitated key acquisitions such as Avanti, Virage Logic, Magma Design Automation, and SpringSoft. In 2014 he led Synopsys' entry into the software testing market with the acquisition of Coverity, and into the software security market with the acquisition of Codenomicon. He holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University; and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.


Entrepreneur of the Year Award:

Mr. Shuhong Ye

Mr. Shuhong Ye, the co-founder and CFO of Dianping, transitioned from a Silicon Valley electrical engineer to an entrepreneur in the last fourteen years. He was the key person to contribute to the China’s largest TMT merger of Meituan and Dianping in 2015. The new company, Meituan Dianping become the world leading e-commerce platform for services. After that, he was named as group CFO and eventually brought the company to public in September 2018, with a $40B market cap. With very strong finance, entrepreneurship and corporate management experience, he recently retired from the post and became an active angel investor in China.


Distinguished Community Leadership and Services Award: Mr. Buck Gee

Mr. Gee retired in 2008 from Cisco Systems, where he was Vice President and General Manager of the Data Center Business Unit. He joined Cisco with its 2004 acquisition of Andiamo Systems where Mr. Gee was President and CEO.

In 2010, he co-founded the "Advanced Leadership Program for Asian American Executives", an executive education program at the Stanford Business School.

He is board president of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. He also serves on the board of Ascend/Northern California and the advisory board of the Asia Society/Northern California.   He is a member of the Committee-of-100 and serves on its public policy committee. In 2015, he received the Executive Excellence Award from the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA). He has also received the Civic Entrepreneurship Award from the Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Institute (APALI) in 2012. He holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Distinguished Achievement Award in Technology and Humanities:

Dr. Jun Wu

Dr. Jun Wu is a Founder and Managing Partner at AMINO Capital. Jun Wu joined Google at 2002 as a senior expert and was a major contributor in developing the Google Search Engine for Asian languages, later becoming a pioneer of internet search anti-fraud. He also served as Vice President at Tencent from 2010-2012 and as an advisor to the Ministry of Industry and Information in China. Jun Wu completed his PhD degree at Johns Hopkins University in 2002, where he currently sits on the Whiting School of Engineering board. Dr. Wu has over 10 patents and is the author of six popular best-selling books, including “Silicon Valley”, “The Road of an University”, “On Top of Tides”, “Beauty of Mathematics”, “Civilization” and “Smart Times”. Jun also sits on the board of Citic Press Corporation. For over a decade, Jun has been investing and working closely with the teams at Focused Photonics (SHE: 300203), Grail, Human Longevity, Skycatch, Trustlook, and Orbeus among others.


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