Using Oxford-style debate rules, the Economist holds a debate: Is America winning the innovation race? A team of expert speakers will argue for and against the debate. A straw poll will be taken ahead of the debate commencing and again at the end. The moderator will declare the winner live.
Andrew is interested in developing leading companies in cleantech, Internet, mobility, education, and genomics and also leads the firm's China activities. He is one of six investing partners at Khosla, and is a director on the boards of Lanzatech (biofuel), LS9 (biofuel), EcoMotors (transportation), Pellion (storage), Biodiscovery (agriculture), and a stealth company (mobile).
Ann Lee is the author of the book 'What the U.S. Can Learn from China" and a senior fellow at Demos. She also teaches graduate finance and economics at New York University and was formerly a professor at Peking University and Pace University. Before that, she was a former investment banker and hedge fund partner. Ms. Lee was educated at U.C. Berkeley, Princeton, and Harvard. She has been widely published in mainstream media such as The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Businessweek and regularly guests on CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, CNN and many other television and radio stations around the world.
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran
Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran is an award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker. The Financial Times recently proclaimed him to be “a writer to whom it is worth paying attention.” A 20-year veteran of The Economist, he is currently the magazine’s China business and finance editor. Kirkus Reviews has called Need, Speed, and Greed, Vaitheeswaran’s new book on global innovation, “the perfect primer for the postindustrial age.” He is a life member at the Council on Foreign Relations and advisor to the World Economic Forum. His commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University.
Wadhwa oversees the academic programs at Singularity University, which educates a select group of leaders about the exponentially growing technologies that are soon going to change our world. These advances—in fields such as robotics, A.I., computing, synthetic biology, 3D printing, medicine, and nanomaterials—are making it possible for small teams to do what was once possible only for governments and large corporations to do: solve the grand challenges in education, water, food, shelter, health, and security.
In his roles at Stanford, Duke, and Emory universities, Wadhwa lectures in class on subjects such as entrepreneurship and public policy, helps prepare students for the real world, and leads groundbreaking research projects. He is an advisor to several governments; mentors entrepreneurs; and is a regular columnist for The Washington Post, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and the American Society of Engineering Education’s Prism magazine. Prior to joining academia in 2005, Wadhwa founded two software companies.
In Feb 2012, the U.S. Government awarded Wadhwa distinguished recognition an "Outstanding American by Choice" — for his "commitment to this country and to the common civic values that unite us as Americans."
Haiyan Wang is Managing Partner of the China India Institute, a research consultancy with a focus on creating winning global strategies that leverage the transformational rise of China and India. She has also been an Adjunct Professor of Strategy at INSEAD.
Ms. Wang serves as a columnist for BusinessWeek and a blogger for Harvard Business Review. She is the co-author of two highly acclaimed books: Getting China and India Right (which received the 2009 Axiom Book Awards' Silver Prize as one of the world's two best books on globalization/international business) and The Quest for Global Dominance (2nd Edition).
Her opinion pieces have appeared in top international media such as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, Chief Executive, The Economic Times, China Daily, The Times of India, South China Morning Post, as well as other outlets. She has also been frequently interviewed by CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, India Today, CNN ExpansiÃ³n, Shanghai Daily, INSEAD Knowledge, and other prominent business media.
A native of China, Ms. Wang has spent the last twenty years consulting for and managing multinational business operations in China and the United States in several different industry sectors. Haiyan serves regularly as a keynote speaker at major conferences and corporate forums in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Vivek Wadhwa, Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley's School of Information, argues that Chinese innovation lags far behind innovation in the United States because China's rigid political structure doesn't allow for risk-taking.