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Over the past eighteen months, the predominant discourse on technological transformation seems to revolve around the development and evolution of generative artificial intelligence (AI). Almost periodically, we find ourselves deeply impressed by the latest advancements in this field, both intellectually and philosophically. A probable reality is that generative AI might imminently revolutionize operational models in industries worth trillions or even tens of trillions of dollars, spanning from retail to aerospace. This transformation could encompass, from molecular information modeling in the biomedicine sector to environmental simulation in oil exploration, from autonomous driving in logistics to technological breakthroughs in aerospace.

However, an inevitable truth is that the advancement of generative AI relies on the computing power of global massive data centers. In other words, the demand for computing power in the ongoing AI competition is insatiable. Yet, the persistent need for computing power will consume substantial amounts of electricity, inevitably resulting in further emissions of greenhouse gases and exacerbating global warming. Thus, the triumvirate of computing power demand, energy consumption, and global environmental goals seems to constitute an insurmountable challenge—a different form of an "impossible triangle".

In the current geopolitical landscape, it appears daunting to persuade major economies to forsake the competition in the field of AI, particularly considering that national security has, to some extent, become the predominant theme. We certainly do not want to witness the pursuit of technology leading the world back to an era of high carbon emissions. As Sam Altman asserted at this year's Davos, if we cannot anticipate a slowdown in the development of artificial intelligence, our greatest hope may rest in breakthroughs in the field of clean energy, encompassing production capacity to energy storage technology.

For this event, we will invite leaders and experts in the energy sector to deliberate on the new opportunities and challenges brought by generative AI. Additionally, we will analyze how to harness new technologies to address energy consumption issues, achieve sustainable development in the industry, and attain carbon neutrality goals.

*Please note that the language for this event will be Chinese/bilingual. We will provide simultaneous interpretation on-site during the event. 此次活动的语言将是中文/双语。我们会在活动现场提供同声传译。

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Registration and Network
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Presention and Discussion
7:15 PM - 9:00 PM
Cocktail Party


  • Dr Zuozhi Zhao (Vice President at Siemens Energy)

    Dr Zuozhi Zhao

    Vice President at Siemens Energy

    Vice President, Siemens Energy
    Head of Innovation Center Shenzhen
    GM of Siemens Energy (Shenzhen) Ltd.
    Head of Sustainability Energy System, Siemens Energy China
    CTO, Siemens Energy China

    Dr Zhao joined Siemens in March 2009. From 2009 to 2016 he has held the following posts: Component Design Group Lead in Gas Turbine Components; Program Manager Gas Turbine Technology, Development of Advance Design Methods; Head of the Gas Turbine R&D team in China; General Manager of the Gas Turbine Unit in China, involving development of the Gas Turbine Collaboration Model, support for the new Sales setup, Large Gas Turbine and Generator Licensing and Subcontracting Business, Large Gas Turbine Project Management, and Technology and Innovation activities in connection with the Power and Gas Division in China.

    Since January 2017 Dr Zhao moved to Berlin Germany, serving as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Power and Gas Division, Siemens AG. In this role, Dr. Zhao was leading the team in developing the most advanced gas turbine portfolio of Siemens, developing and executing the technology roadmap for the division, managing the R&D budget and programs over EUR 500 million, driving external collaboration with Chinese partners in areas such as gas turbine technology, developing digitalization technology, and exploring the new energy business fields.

    in April 2020 Dr Zhao Zuozhi joined New Energy Business of Siemens Energy, taking overall responsibility for Asia-Pacific and China business, and in parallel heading the Strategy Function globally.

    Starting from January 2023, Dr Zhao is leading the Innovation Center of Siemens Energy in Shenzen which covers greater China region and Asia Pacific region. In parallel, Dr Zhao is serving as the CTO of Siemens Energy China, and General Manager of Siemens Energy Shen Zhen Company, while leading the Sustainability Energy System Business in China.

    From 2005 to 2009 he was employed at the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York. He collaborated closely with GE Aviation, GE Energy and the Boeing Company on various projects relating to the Design, Manufacturing and Inspection of Aero Engine, Gas Turbine and Aircraft components.

    Dr Zhao obtained a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University and a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing. Dr Zhao serves as the Executive Director of China Gas Turbine Industry Innovation Alliance, and the adjunct researcher in Shanghai Jiaotong University. Dr Zhao is also the Executive Committee member of Global Propulsion and Power Society.

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  • Dr Zhonghua Xu (VP, Head of R&D Asia at TotalEnergies)

    Dr Zhonghua Xu

    VP, Head of R&D Asia at TotalEnergies

    National Chair for Energy WG of European Union Chamber of Commerce of China

    Born in July 1, 1973
    Bachelor/1996 and PhD/2001 in Material Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University.

    During 2001-2008, he worked at The University of Tokyo, as Researcher for Center of Excellence, Research Fellow, Faculty Member, China Representative for School of Engineering. He devoted to super-high-density tech for microelectronic system, founded International Ecodesign and Microelectronic Packaging Center, created China Office for School of Engineering, initiated Green Electronic International Conference, organized City-University Forum of Asia Advanced University Alliance.

    In 2008, he joined TotalEnergies as Chief Scientist for China, Vice President for Asia R&D. He developed and managed 40+ Energy Innovation programs, created TotalEnergies China Scientific Forum with 100,000+ participants.

    He has published 150+ papers, lectures, etc. Awarded of Best Paper for International Conference by several times, and No 2 for Sino-France Climate Innovation at COP 21. Dr. XU has abundant knowledge and management experience on energy transition, innovation, international cooperation, etc. He took various roles as

    Societal Position
    - National Chair for Energy WG of European Union Chambers of Commerce in China
    - Vice Chair, China-Europe Green Development and Innovation Association
    - Vice Chair, Committee of Carbon Peak and Neutrality and Sustainable Development, CAEFI
    - Senior Advisor for Jilin Provincial Government
    - Standing Director & Founding member of MNC Carbon Neutrality 50 Forum
    - Vice Director of Expert Committee for China Energy Society
    - Member of Director Committee, Tech4SDG Asia Alliance
    - Professor for TotalEnergies Professional Association
    - Senior Researcher for Global Climate Innovation and Governance Center
    - Founding Member of Zero Emission Airport and Park Global 30 Forum
    - Member of Senior Advisory Board, The Blue Book on the Development of the Global Clean Energy Equipment Industry
    - Former National Chair for R&D WG of European Union Chambers of Commerce in China

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  • Dr Jiangnan Tian (Senior Engineer at China Electric Power Engineering Consulting Group Corporation)

    Dr Jiangnan Tian

    Senior Engineer at China Electric Power Engineering Consulting Group Corporation

    Dr Tian is a Senior Engineer at China Electric Power Engineering Consulting Group Corporation, specializing in research related to renewable energy, hydrogen energy, and energy storage. Dr Tian has authored multiple SCI papers as the first author, with over ten Chinese core papers, and holds two authorized invention patents and over twenty utility model patents. He has also participated in over 100 renewable energy and hydrogen energy engineering projects.

    In addition, Dr. Tian serves as an external expert for Chinese companies including China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Sinopec, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC), China Datang Corporation, China Huaneng Group, China Three Gorges Corporation, among others. Furthermore, he is appointed as an external expert for the China Energy Conservation Association, China Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, China Electronic Energy Saving Association, China Association for Quality, China Gas Turbine Association, and serves as a reviewer for academic journals such as "Oil & Gas Science and Technology," "Environmental Science and Pollution Research," and "Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy."

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  • Dr Robert Xiao (Director, Beijing of The Economist Intelligence Corporate  Network)

    Dr Robert Xiao

    Director, Beijing of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Robert Xiao is the Director of the Economist Intelligence Corporate Network (EICN) in Beijing. He is responsible for engaging in high-level dialogues with business and political leaders, providing insights on global macroeconomic trends and policy directions for Fortune 500 decision-makers to support their macro layout and business development in domestic and international markets.

    Prior to joining EICN, Mr Xiao held positions as a lecturer, senior lecturer, PhD supervisor, and Deputy Director of the Impact Finance Hub at Monash University and Deakin Business School in Australia. His research mainly focused on the fields of corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, and economic and financial policy analysis related to the Chinese and US markets. He has authored multiple publications in Financial Times Top 50 Journals and been awarded major research grants jointly by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and Chinese Academy of Social Science.

    An educator at heart, Mr Xiao has always maintained a passion for tertiary teaching. He has more than a decade of experience teaching business courses, including Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Finance, and Bachelor of Commerce programmes at leading universities.

    Mr Xiao obtained his Ph.D. in Finance from Monash University and graduated with honours (B.Com. Hons) from Monash Business School in 2008 as the highest-achieving student in his cohort. He has won multiple awards from Australian universities, including the Australian Postgraduate Awards granted by the Australian Federal Government.

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