Guest of Honor

Chief Guest of Honor

Mr. Al Gore
Former US Vice President
Board Director, Apple
Senior Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Mr. Al Gore

  • Vice President of the United States (1993-2001)
  • Technology Investor & Board Member of Apple & Silicon Valley's Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Founder and Chairman, The Climate Reality
  • Nobel Peace Laureate (2007)

Al Gore was referred to by Time magazine as “a businessman who is out to change the world.” An environmental, business, and tech visionary recognized as one of the world's leading activists, Vice President Al Gore offers a unique perspective on national and international issues, including the threats of climate change and the future of tech.

Consistently an active leader in technology, Al Gore is uniquely in touch with the opportunities and challenges in charting a new digital society. Vice President Gore’s status as a leader in global politics, technology and business influences his positions as member of the Board of Directors of Apple and a Senior Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Silicon Valley’s preeminent venture firm. In addition, he is Chairman of Generation Investment Management, an asset-management company incorporating sustainability values into the financial-services world.

Principal Guest of Honor

Dr. Bernard Chan
Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development
Dr. K C Chan

Before Dr. Chan was appointed to his current position, Under Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, he was the Political Assistant to the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development. He first ran for public office in the 2007 local elections for Kwun Tong District Council and received 62.9% of the votes casted.

Dr. Chan was the Director of Research and Development at the LifeTec Group (SEHK:1180), a pharmaceutical company which developed recombinant protein drugs for the treatment of liver disease. In 2006, he and his friends co-founded Comprehensive Drug Enterprises, which would go on to win the Hong Kong Award for Industries' Technological Achievement Award in 2007. Dr. Chan is a graduate of La Salle College, and he received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.

Principal Guest of Honor

Dr. Radia Perlman
Dell EMC Fellow, National Inventor Hall of Fame 2016, National Academy of Engineering 2015, Internet Hall of Fame 2014.
Dr. Radia Perlman

Radia’s work has had a profound impact on how computer networks work today. It enables huge networks, like the Internet, to be robust, scalable, and largely self-managing. Her technology also transformed Ethernet from a technology that could support a few hundred nodes within a building, into a technology that could support networks of hundreds of thousands of nodes. She has also made important contributions in network security, including robustness despite malicious trusted participants, assured delete, key management for data at rest encryption, DDOS defense, and user authentication. She is currently a Fellow at Dell EMC, and has taught as adjunct faculty at MIT, Harvard, and University of Washington. She wrote the textbook "Interconnections", and co-wrote the textbook "Network Security". She holds over 100 issued patents. She has received numerous awards including induction into the Inventor Hall of Fame, lifetime achievement awards from ACM's SIGCOMM and Usenix, election to National Academy of Engineering, induction into the Internet Hall of Fame, and an honorary doctorate from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She has a PhD in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.