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Pascal Coppens

Pascal Coppens is the expert in all things innovation and Day After Tomorrow in China, rooted in his deep understanding of the country as a sinologist.

He is an entrepreneur at heart with more than 20 years of experience in China and Silicon Valley. Pascal has employed, partnered and competed with hundreds of Chinese innovators. Currently he is a trusted advisor and an inspiring keynote speaker. 

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Pascal’s first-hand business experience, extensive network and flawless understanding of the customer mind, help his audiences to truly understand what is happening in this new frontier of innovation, how it will impact us and what we can learn from it. That’s exactly why he calls himself the ‘China Evangelist’: because he wants to show us how China will shape our Day After Tomorrow, and how we can use that to our advantage.

First and foremost, Pascal takes his audience on a journey into the immense potential of this new land of opportunity: with eye-opening stories that go far beyond the usual suspects of the BAT (Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent), into the realm of fast and furious innovators like Mobike, Face++ and a whole pack of exciting new start-ups and scale-ups. Pascal will introduce you to the real China, its potential to the rest of the world - moving from 'Made in China' to 'Created in China' - and to your business.

He started his career at Alcatel in Shanghai, and – after an intense period in Silicon Valley at Wind River Systems (today's IoT software division of Intel) and Polycore Software (which he co-founded) - he returned to China and later founded Letsface to build the first offline digital community platform for premium brands. To help technology companies scale their business into the Chinese market, he also co-created Sinnolabs in 2016: a Chinese growth accelerator for Innovative European SMEs.

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Chinese versus Silicon Valley Innovators

Expect a step-by-step comparison between the Chinese technology giants with the global unicorns from that other leading technology-hub: Silicon Valley. 

Pascal will guide you through the meaning of innovation in China, its unique strengths, how it compares to Silicon Valley - when it comes to talent, money, tech, market, infrastructure, regulations and culture - and how both innovation leaders are partnering up in numerous ways.

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China's New Normal

This keynote elaborates on the six waves of innovation in China, and how China is now ready to take on the challenge to become a global leader in innovation by 2030. 

Pascal will tell the story of how China evolved from 'copy-cat' to 'creator', what its strong points (market, cash, people, ux & personal) are compared to those of Europe (technology & research, brands, efficiency, meaning, & balance) and how China and Europe can help each other.

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​ A smarter China with A.I.

China and the US are battling to become the world’s first AI superpowers. This presentation will zoom in on the 10 main reasons why the usage of A.I. in China could surpass the West. 

Pascal will show you why Chinese society makes it so much easier to adopt A.I., how the latter could solve most problems in China, why it’s a unique opportunity for China to globalize faster and which are the Chinese A.I. industries and companies we should keep an eye on.

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