Jen Zhu Scott is an experienced keynote speaker on technology and the investment environment. She is the Executive Chairman of The Commons Project. She built Radian Partners, a private investment firm for large family owners and UHNWIs focusing on Artificial Intelligence and deep tech.
Prior to this, she was head of business development and strategy in APAC for Thomson Reuters and led the firm’s speech-to-text, deep search intelligence, video-indexing projects. Jen co-founded one of the first education companies in China. She exited before moving to the UK as a senior advisor to the education subsidiary of Daily Mail & General Trust.
Jen was named by Forbes as one of the Word’s Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018. She was the Co-Chair of Fortune Global Tech Forum in 2019. She was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2013. In 2014, Jen was appointed as one of the 18 council members of China Council, cochaired by former NDRC Chair Zhang Xiaoqiang and former Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, convened by the World Economic Forum’s think tank, Global Agenda Council. In 2016, WEF appointed her to be one of 20 members of the inaugural Council of The Future of Blockchain and reappointed her for the 2018-2020 term. In 2020, she joined the Data Policy Council of the World Economic Forum as a Council Member.
Jen is a China Fellow of Aspen Institute and an Associate Fellow at The Royal Institute of International Affairs in London (Chatham House) with a dual fellowship under the Digital Society Initiative as well as the Asia Pacific Programme.
Jen studied Applied Mathematics at Sichuan University and holds an MBA in Finance with Manchester Business School, where she earned distinction with her research on PE/VC in China and was recognised as a Distinguished Alumni. She completed the public policy and leadership program at Yale University in 2013, Harvard Kennedy School in 2016, and Oxford University in 2017. In 2018, she was also selected to be a part of Princeton University’s first executive education program focused on energy sustainability and leadership.
Jen is a frequent public speaker and published opinion writer on Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, data ownership, and China’s digital monetary strategies. In 2017, she debated against the notion of Universal Basic Income at Oxford Union. At Davos in 2018, she debated against Nobel Prize winner Prof. Robert Shiller and Swedish Central Bank Deputy Governor Cecilia Skingsley on Crypto Assets. Her TED Talk “Why You Should Get Paid for Your Data” has over two million views. She is the lead author or co-author of numerous White Papers by the World Economic Forum on business adoptions of the blockchain technology and the Token Economy. Jen is also a Senior Technical Consultant to the Season 5 and 6 of the HBO show Silicon Valley.
Jen lives in Hong Kong with her family