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Bay to Bay: Shenzhen

Making Shenzhen A Home For Innovation

Shenzhen has long been considered the innovation hub of China’s Greater Bay Area, but does the city truly have everything it needs to succeed and become a true home of innovation? In our third instalment of our Bay to Bay event series, we will explore:

  • How Shenzhen can become a city that doesn’t just attract talent, but can keep it for the long-term and build a true “Shenzhen culture”
  • The opportunities for innovation – how brands can leverage Shenzhen and its neighboring cities to stay ahead
  • The opportunities and challenges for new businesses in the Greater Bay Area in terms of policy, finance and talent
  • How the Greater Bay Area measures up against Silicon Valley and other innovation hubs around the world
  • The challenges local companies can expect when venturing outside of the Chinese Market


Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue: Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan, No. 88, Haide Yi Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen  518054, China


*This is a closed event. Kindly contact [email protected], for further information or to request a seat.


Session Overview:
  • Welcome and Overview
  • Panel Discussion 1: The Future Goldmine of Greater Bay Area
  • Panel Discussion 2: From Domestic to Globalization
  • Networking Drinks



John Dorris

Chief Cultural Officer, Sino Associates

John is one of the founders and Chief Cultural Officer of Sino Associates with more than 17 years of training, coaching, and facilitation experience in Asia, including 15 years of leadership development experience in China. John developed thousands of professionals in leadership practices across Asia and North America to develop a shared vision for the future, create alignment and drive engagement.

Jim Fields

China Head, OnePiece and Founder and Managing Director, Relay

Jim Fields has 25 years of knowledge of Chinese business culture and over 15 years speaking Mandarin Chinese. He has been tapped as an industry expert to speak at events including CHat Shanghai, HAX, China Accelerator events, DayDayUp, Tsinghua X-Lab and more. He is also launching OnePiece, a co-working space and accelerator brand from Silicon Valley, to China market. Jim is also the Founder and Managing Director of Relay, a Beijing-based cross-border marketing agency that helps visionary Chinese tech companies to expand in Western markets.

Toya Zhang

PR & Marketing Director of QLC Chain and Communication Advisor of Blockchain projects

Toya is an experienced Communication professional, specialized in technology, fintech, finance and blockchain sectors. She has helped crypto companies to raise tens of millions USD in total. Starting her career from public relation communication with clients including Elliott, Barings, Latham & Watkins, HKVCA, and Huawei, she moved into blockchain space in 2016 and committed to explaining the innovative technology and its potential applications across HK and global landscape.


Race Chen

CEO, OAX Digital Asset Exchange

Race is a pioneer in the digital asset and blockchain industry and a regular speaker on financial channel “Big Bang Blockchain”. In 2015, she co-founded “Award Global”, the first Chinese brand in Australia, focusing on global asset allocation, family trust and other fields. In 2018, Race founded OAX digital asset exchange, which has independently developed as an international digital currency trading system, fully supporting a series of processes such as issuing, trading and charging of digital currency.

Jinyan Ou

Marketing & PR Director, WeRide

Jinyan Ou is Marketing & PR Director of WeRide, China’s leading L4 autonomous driving company committed to developing smart mobility. She is responsible for WeRide’s corporate and technology communication in China and abroad. Jinyan has 12 years’ experience in public communication. Prior to WeRide, she was Associate Director of Burson-Marsteller and Uniplan. She provided full consultancy for international and local companies. As a trusted adviser, Jinyan developed communication strategies and planning to implement brand and corporate campaigns, including media relationships, social communication and event management.


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