December 4th -5th, 2021

December 4th, 2021, 9:00-22:00 (GMT+8)

9:00 - 10:25

Opening Ceremony


Introduction of guest speakers

Yang Bin, Vice President of Tsinghua University, Board Director of I-AIIG


Welcome remarks

Qiu Yong, President of Tsinghua University


Welcome remarks

Beate Trankmann, UNDP Resident Representative in China


Opening speech

Wang Yongqing, Vice Chairman of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Deputy Secretary-General of the State Council



Opening Speech

Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Officer-in-Charge of UN Office of Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology


Opening Speech

Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, Turing Award Winner; Chair of I-AIIG Academic Committee


Keynote speech #1

Li Meng, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology


Keynote speech #2

Representative of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology


Keynote speech #3

Wang Xiaolong, Director-General of the Department of International Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 10:25 - 12:00

Main Plenary I

Constructing the Vision for a Balanced and Inclusive AI Governance Framework


Introduction of Guest Speakers

Liang Zheng, Vice Dean I-AIIG


Keynote Speech #1

Xue Lan, Dean of I-AIIG


Keynote Speech #2

Gong Ke, President of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations; Executive Director of Chinese Institute of New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Strategies; Academic member of I-AIIG


Keynote Speech #3

Xu Haoliang, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director of Bureau for Policy and Programme Support


Keynote Speech #4

Wendell Wallach, Professor of Yale University; Academic Member of I-AIIG


Keynote Speech #5 

Su Jun, Deputy Director of the Managing Committee of I-AIIG 


Keynote Speech #6

Rohinton Medhora, President of the Center for International Governance Innovation

14:00 - 22:00

Thematic Sessions: Opportunities and Challenges AI


  • How to increase cross-cultural trust in AI ethics and governance cooperation between different regions?

  • How to improve problems such as distrust, and misunderstanding between cultures?


Thematic Session #1: Cross-Cultural Trust in AI Ethics and Governance (Co-organized with University of Cambridge)


Ensuring AI develops sustainably requires international cooperation on defining governance and ethical standards, especially taking into account different cultural perspectives. Currently, there are many obstacles to achieving this goal, such as distrust between cultures and coordination challenges across regions. This forum will discuss these challenges and explore how to increase cross-cultural trust in AI ethics and governance cooperation between different regions.


Moderator: Zeng Yi, Chief Expert of I-AIIG


Panelists (TBD)

  • Seán S. ÓhÉigeartaigh, Program Director, LCFI, University of Cambridge

  • Danit Gal, Former AI Chair of USG Office

  • Vincent Müller, Professor, University of Eindhoven

  • Mark Findlay, Singapore Management University

  • Emanuela Girardi, Founder, Pop AI

  • Arisa Emma, Tokyo University




  • How to make global AI governance and digital cooperation mechanisms more inclusive for small and developing countries, as well as make their voices heard?

  • How to promote equality with the global South via standard setting, knowledge exchange, capacity building and strengthening digital cooperation?

  • What are the typical obstacles for the global South in mobilizing multi-stakeholder and multi-sectorial cooperation to close the digital divide?

  • How can South-South Cooperation help to ensure no country is left behind and increase the capacity of poorer countries to regulate and govern AI tech for their own benefit?


Thematic Session #2: Closing Digital Divide in the Age of Global Digital Interdependence


With lower capacity in AI, developing countries are at a greater risk of being left behind in the digital era, unable to benefit from economic and other opportunities that AI presents. Addressing this imbalance and ensuring that all have a voice in the digital future and can manage the associated upside and downside risks, is essential for developing countries.


Moderator: Violante di Canossa, Chief Economist, UNDP China



  • Eugenio Vargas Garcia, Tech Diplomat, Deputy Consul General; Head of Science, Technology, and Innovation; Focal point for Silicon Valley and the Bay Area innovation ecosystem; Consulate General of Brazil in San Francisco, USA 

  • Rohan Samarajiva, Chairman, LIRNEasia Think Tank (Sri Lanka)

  • Vasuki Shastry, Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House

  • Nanjira Sambuli, Fellow in the Technology and International Affairs Program at The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

  • Nannan Lundin, Innovation Counsellor, Swedish Embassy in China



Report Launch: AI for Sustainable Development Goals

Zeng Yi, Chief Expert of I-AIIG


19:30 -21:00


  • How can AI technologies and innovations be better supported to further enhance technological solutions on climate change, ranging from enhancing energy efficiency to disaster relief and reduction?

  • How can we promote interdisciplinary approaches to tackling climate change?

Thematic Session #4: AI and Climate Action (co-organized with System Engineering Society of China)


Climate change remains the most pressing challenge facing humanity. Emerging AI applications have shown potential to enhance climate solutions. These range from climate modelling and improving environmental protection, to increasing production efficiency and decreasing carbon emissions across the value chain. This panel will examine the critical role these applications have in facilitating mitigation and adaptation strategies to tackle climate-related issues. 



  • Zhang Wei, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in China


  • Zhang Xiliang, Director of the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economics, Tsinghua University 


  • Felix Creutzig, Professor of the Mercator Institute of Global Commons and Climate Change

  • Wu Libo, Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Big Data, Fudan University

  • Sylvain Duranton, Senior Partner and Managing Director of the Boston Consulting Group; Global Head of BCG Gamma  

  • Tian Feng, Dean, SenseTime Intelligent Industry Research Institute  




  • How can we promote multi-disciplinary research between computer scientists building AI products, and the social scientists who can understand their consequences?

  • What are the consequences of gender-biased AI programs on society, regulation and governance?

  • How can governance mechanisms incentivize transparency in the elimination of bias in AI? 


Thematic Session #5: AI Algorithm and Social Justice


While AI shows great potential to tackle social challenges, it also poses a wide range of societal risks, including challenge for labor rights and the risk of introducing digital discrimination based on gender, ethnicity and other social groups. It is therefore critical that we develop a framework on how to manage these challenges brought by AI algorithms. This panel will explore opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and ways to address and manage AI induced biases and exclusion with a view to ensuring that AI applications can benefit everyone in support of inclusive, ethical societies and the Sustainable Development Goals


Moderator: Yu Yang, Assistant Professor, Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences at Tsinghua University



Chen Ling, Director of the Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance (CIDEG), Tsinghua University



  • Rayid Ghani, Director of the Center for Data Science and Public Policy, Department of Machine Learning, CMU Heinz School of Information Systems and Public Policy

  • Chen Qiufan, Fiction Author

  • Daniel Freund, Assistant Professor of Operations Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

  • Birat Lekhak, Programme and Partnerships Specialist at UN Women, UN Woman China


December 5th, 2021, 08:30 -18:00  (GMT+8)


Main Plenary II: Frontier Technologies in Artificial Intelligence


Introduction of Guest Speakers

Sun Maosong, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Technology of Tsinghua University


Keynote Speech #1 (TBD)

John Hopcroft, Turing Award Winner, Professor at Cornell University


Keynote Speech #2

Yolanda Gil, the former chairman and the academician of I-AIIG


Keynote Speech #3

Zhang Bo, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Honor Director of Institute for Artificial Intelligence of Tsinghua University; Academic Member of I-AIIG


Keynote Speech #4

Gao Wen, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering; Professor of Peking University; Director of Peng Cheng Lab; Academic Member of I-AIIG



Keynote Speech #5

Tang Xiaoou, IEEE Fellow, Professor at the Department of Information Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Deputy Dean of Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences



Keynote Speech #6 (TBD)

Zhu Songchun, IEEE Fellow; ACM Fellow; Chair Professor of Tsinghua University and Peking University; Dean of Peking University Artificial Intelligence Research Institute; Dean of Tsinghua University General Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (in preparation)



  • What new risks and challenges can companies encounter when integrating AI technology?

  • How should companies’ internal compliance system be strengthened?

  • How can companies achieve sustainable development under current situation?


Thematic Session #6: Global Digital Governance and Sustainable Enterprise Development


Countries all over the world have introduced relevant laws and regulations to supervise digital security and strengthen the governance of the digital economy and artificial intelligence. Enterprises, especially multinational enterprises, face different laws and regulations on data governance in different countries. In this regard, the session will discuss how companies, particularly multinational companies, should strengthen the construction of internal compliance systems to achieve sustainable development.


Panelists (TBD)

  • Shen Xiangyang, Foreign Academician of the National Academy of Engineering; Former Global Executive Vice President of Microsoft

  • Xia Huaxia Vice President and Chief Scientist of Meituan Group

  • Yang Fan, Co-founder and Vice President of SenseTime

  • Zhai Feng, Minister of Industrial Strategy and Policy, Huawei Strategy Department

  • Shen Jianguang Vice President of JD Group; Chief Economist of JD Digital

  • Song Jiqiang, President and Vice President, Intel China Research Institute

  • Huang Xiaoqing, Founder and CEO of CloudMinds Technologies

  • Xu Jian, Chief Ecology Officer and Vice President of Horizon Robotics


Plenary Session III: The Future of Governance in the Metaverse 





Zhang Wei, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in China

Yu Yang, Assistant Professor, Institute of Cross-Information, Tsinghua University 



The future of Governance in the Metaverse

  • What should the governance structure within the metaverse look like? Who is responsible for metaverse governance? Who has the right to define ethics and principles within the metaverse?

  • What is the relationship between the metaverse and the real-world? How to balance the technological gap between the Global North and South in the construction of the metaverse?

  • How to balance future tension and conflict between the virtual world and the real world?



  • Duan Weiwen, Director of the Academy of Philosophy of Science, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

  • Shen Yang, Director of New Media Research Center, Tsinghua University

  • Wei Qing, CTO of Microsoft (China)

  • Yu Chen, Co-founder and President of YeePay

  • Zeng Yi, Chief Expert of I-AIIG

  • Zimin, bilibili KOL

  • Zeno He, NVIDIA Omniverse BD


Side Session IV: Youth Voices and the Future of Artificial Intelligence for SDGs


  • What are the societal, especially ethical challenges for applying AI to social development?

  • How to promote responsible and trustworthy AI development for a sustainable society?


Thematic Session #7: Artificial Intelligence and Social Development (co-organized with TUM)


While AI can drive social development, it also poses risks and challenges in its application. How to maximize the benefits of AI while minimizing its potential ethical risks is a critical area of AI governance to ensure healthy development of the technology, both in the short and long-term. This panel will explore how to promote responsible and trustworthy AI development for a sustainable society.



Zhu Xufeng Executive Dean, Institute for Sustainable Development Goals, Tsinghua University


Panelists (TBD)

  • Christoph Lutge, Director of the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence

  • Alexander Kriebitz, TUM School of Governance

  • Expert, Moscow Institute of International Relations

  • Expert, Yonsei University

  • Tokuchi Tastsuhito, Executive Director at the Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance at Tsinghua University and former Managing Director at CITIC Securities Co., Ltd.



Youth and AI for Sustainable Future

Five winning teams of U&AI each have five minutes to present their proposals;

Summary video of 2021 U&AI Camp


Closing ceremony

Host: Xiao Qian, Vice Dean of I-AIIG


Closing remarks, UNDP (TBD)


Closing remarks

Xue Lan, Dean of I-AIIG