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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

XU Xiaolan, Vice Minister 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


Thematic Session #1: 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 




Thematic Session #2: Cross-Cultural Cooperation in AI Ethics and Governance (Co-organized with the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence of University of Cambridge&Center for AI Governance)

Realizing sustainable AI development requires international cooperation in 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: Yi Zeng, Professor at Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Chief Scientist of I-AIIG


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

  • Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem, Chairperson of the UNESCO Ad-Hoc Expert Group on AI Ethics

  • Vincent Müller, Professor, University of Eindhoven

  • Amandeep Singh Gill, Former Excecutive Director of the Secretariat of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

  • Mark Findlay, Director of the Center for AI and Data Governance at Singapore Management University

  • Danit Gal, Former AI Chair of USG Office, and Associate Fellow, LCFI, University of Cambridge



Report Launch: AI for Sustainable Development Goals

Zeng Yi, Chief Expert of I-AIIG


19:30 -21:00

Thematic Session #3: 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. 


Moderator: Zhang Wei, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in China


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


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

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

  • 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 

  • Priya Donti, Co-founder and Chair, Climate Change AI



Thematic Session #4:AI and International Security (Co-organized with the Center for International Security and Strategy at Tsinghua University and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue)

This session will discuss how AI would affect global strategic stability in the context of changing major-power relations, and how would this influence the powers that are less competitive in this area, and will share ideas on how to mitigate the negative impacts brought by AI.

Opening Remarks
XIAO Qian, Deputy Director, CISS
LYU Jinghua, Northeast Asia Programme Director, HD

Session 1 – Understanding the impact of AI on global strategic stability   

Moderator: CHEN Qi, Professor of International Relations, Tsinghua University; Secretary General, Center for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University


  • LI Chijiang, Vice President & Secretary General, China Arms Control and Disarmament Association

  • LI Ruishen, Fellow, Center for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University 

  • Vadim Kozyulin, Director, Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project and Asian Security Project, PIR Center

  • Heigo Sato, Professor and Vice Director, the Institute of World Studies, Takushoku University

  • Jean-Marc Rickli,Head of Global and Emerging Risks, Geneva Centre for Security Policy


Session 2 – Exploring ways to alleviate AI-related security risks

Moderator: Eric Richardson, Senior Advisor, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue 


  • ZHU Qichao, Deputy Director and Professor, Institute for Defense Technology and Strategic Studies, National University of Defense Technology (NUDT)

  • R.S. Panwar, Analyst, Future Warfare; 57th Colonel Commandant of the Corps of Signals, Indian Army

  • Barry O’Sullivan, professor at the School of Computer Science & IT at University College Cork

  • Paul Scharre, Vice President and Director of Studies, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)


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

Keynote Speech

  • 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

Day 1

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

Susan Athey, Member of the National Academy of Sciences; Member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences; John Bates Clark Medal Winner; Economics of Technology Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business;Associate Director of Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI) 



Keynote Speech #2

Yolanda Gil,  former President of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI); Academic Member 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; Director of Peng Cheng Lab; Professor of Peking University; Academic Member of I-AIIG



Keynote Speech #5

Harry Shum, Foreign Member of the National Academy of Engineering; Foreign Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering; Adjunct Professor of Tsinghua University; Former Executive Vice President of Microsoft Corporation



Keynote Speech #6 

Ya-qin Zhang, Foreign Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering; Dean of the Institute for AI Industry Research at Tsinghua University; Academic Member of I-AIIG



Tea Break


Thematic Session #6: Global Digital Governance and Sustainable Enterprise Development(Co-organized with the
Institute for AI Industry Research of Tsinghua University)


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.


Moderator:  Wei-Ying Ma, Huiyan Chair Professor, Tsinghua University; Chief Scientist of the Institute for AI Industry Research of Tsinghua University

Keynote Speech

  • XIA Huaxia, Vice President & Chief Scientist at Meituan

  • QIN Yao, Vice President of AI Industry Development of Huawei Strategy Department of Huawei

  • TAO Dacheng, Director of the JD Explore Academy and a Senior Vice President of

  • SONG Jiqiang,Vice President, Intel Labs, Director of Intel Labs China


  • Bill HUANG, CEO&Founder, CloudMinds Inc.

  • XU Jian, Chief Ecosystem Officer, Horizon Robotics

  • SHEN Weixing, Professor and Dean of School of Law at Tsinghua University, Dean of the Tsinghua University Institute of AI and Law. 

  • MENG Qingguo, Director for Tsinghua University-China Electronics Corporation Joint Institute for Data Governance Engineering; Director of Center for Internet Governance at Tsinghua University


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


  • 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

  • SONG Ting, AI and Crypto Artist


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


Thematic Session #7: Artificial Intelligence and Social Development (co-organized with theInstitute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence of Technical University of Munich)


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.


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

Keynote Speech

  • Christoph Lutge, Director of the TUM Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence; Academic member of I-AIIG

  • ZENG Yi, Professor at Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Chief Scientist of I-AIIG


  • Sergey Kamolov, head of the Department of Public Governance of Moscow Institute of International Relations

  • 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.

  • JIA Xiaofeng,  Director of Data Management Department, Beijing Big Data Center

Day 2
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