Team Bios

 

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Jack Z. Chen, Founder & CEO

Mr. Jack Z. Chen is the Founder and CEO of Transworld Capital Group. He has over 16 years of experience in managing complicated cross-border investments involving Western and Chinese companies. In 2010, Mr. Chen led Beijing-based Pacific Century Motors, a public-private acquisition consortium, in its acquisition of Nexteer Automotive, a major unit of General Motors specializing in steering systems and related technologies with over $2 billion in revenue, in a transaction referred to as “one of the landmark deals of the era” by the Wall Street Journal. The Nexteer Automotive transaction followed the 2009 acquisition of Delphi Corporation’s braking and suspension unit by a similar Beijing-based consortium, in which Mr. Chen also acted as an advisor. Each of these two transactions comprised the largest overseas acquisitions by a Chinese company in the automotive parts industry at their respective times.

In addition to providing M&A advisory services, Mr. Chen has made investments in companies that have become highly successful. Those companies include Trio Engineered Products Inc., one of the world’s leading independent manufacturers of aggregate and mining equipment which was sold to the Weir Group in October 2014 for approximately $238 million, and Magceutics Inc., a biotech company that has developed a patented compound that has been shown in preclinical experiments to reverse age-related memory decline and prevent memory decline in lab mice. Magceutics is conducting a clinical trial at Stanford University which will lead to the Phase II Clinical Trial in the Alzheimer’s Disease patients. Magceutics has achieved profitability through the licensing of a patented compound to nutriceutical companies.

 

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Dr. Telles is a famous American psychologist. She has been on the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry since 1986 and the Director of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Spanish-Speaking Psychosocial Clinic since 1980. She is a board member of Kaiser Permanente, the biggest medical network in the U.S. She was also a board member of General Motors.

She was appointed to and served on the following key bodies: President Obama’s White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, the Mental Health Task Force at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, the National Advisory Council to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Department of Health and Human Services) during the Clinton administration, and as chair of the board of the National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Service Organizations in Washington, D.C.

 

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Dr. Tong is Assistant Clinical Professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and an active member of the Global Mental Health Program at UCSF. She is also the Director and Adjunct Professor for the Global Masters’ Program-China at Palo Alto University. She is responsible for liaison between Palo Alto and China and focuses on clinical supervision partnerships in China.

She has made great efforts introducing Mindfulness into China, including brining the masters such as Jon Kabat-Zinn and Jack Kornfield to deliver workshops in China.

 

JKJack Kornfield, Advisor for Mindfulness

Jack Kornfield  is a bestselling American author and teacher in the vipassana movement in American Theravada Buddhism . He trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma and India

He has taught meditation worldwide since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist Mindfulness practice to the West. In 1975, he co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusettsand subsequently in 1987, Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.

 

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Frank Fu, VP, Admin and Accounting

Mr. Fu has nearly 20 years of valuable experience in the finance industry, primarily dealing with accounting, auditing, and investment banking activities from various management positions. Since 2003, Mr. Fu has headed the administration office as well as the accounting department of Shanghai Co-Way International Technology Transfer Center, which is one of the most important global information platforms in China. He has engaged in numerous projects dealing with M&A, VC, and Tech-transfer. Prior to joining Co-Way, Mr. Fu served as the manager of Shanghai Commercial Bank, China Southern Securities, Jiangsu Provincial IMS IT training Center. During his tenure, Mr. Fu coordinated with all functional areas to identify opportunities, provide sound solutions and ensure the success of each business relationship.

Mr. Fu obtained a bachelors degree in Accounting from Shanghai University of Finance & Economics.

 

Sophie Yao, Chief White-Collar Officer

Ms.Yao holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Tsingua University and an Master of Public Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the deputy general manager of Boguan Investment Management Co.,Ltd, in charge of the sales, marketing, branding, and human resources. Before that, she worked for the Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission and China International Capital Corp.as a regulator and researcher.

Ms.Yao has extensive experiences in the clean energy and environment protection field. She was a project manager for the Ministry of Environment Protection, overseeing the investment plan of “Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer” on the Chinese auto industry and refrigeration industry. She was involved in many high-level international conferences and negotiations. She served as a research assistant in MIT for the project “The Future of the Natural Gas” – a project to study the status of natural gas in the global energy market, the impact of other alternative resources (such as the wind power and solar energy) on the natural gas and provide policy advices accordingly. The report of the project was presented to the White House in 2010.

Ms. Yao is fluent in English and knows basic Spanish. She is skillful with Bloomberg terminal. She is also an artist and dancer.

 

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Walter Greenleaf, Project X

Walter Greenleaf is known internationally as an early pioneer in the medical application of virtual environment technology and one of the founders of the field.
For the last 25 years he has developed innovative clinical systems for use in physical and cognitive medicine, with a specific focus in the use of virtual reality technology.

Walter has served as CEO and founder for InWorld Solutions, a company specializing in the therapeutic use of virtual worlds for behavioral health care, and Virtually Better, a company that develops virtual environments for the treatment of phobias, anxiety disorders, and PTSD.Walter is Chief Science Officer for Pear Therapeutics, a company that is combining digital health technology with pharmaceutical therapy, He is a founding Board Member of the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation.

Walter has served as a scientific adviser and reviewer for the U.S. Public Health Service, National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA, and the U.S. Department of Education.Walter got his Ph.D. in Neuro and Biobehavioral Science from Stanford University.

 

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Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford, a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Faculty Director of Stanford’s Digital Learning Forum, and a Faculty Leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity.

Bailenson’s main area of interest is the phenomenon of digital human representation, especially in the context of immersive virtual reality. He explores the manner in which people are able to represent themselves when the physical constraints of body and veridically-rendered behaviors are removed. Furthermore, he designs and studies virtual reality systems that allow physically remote individuals to meet in virtual space, and explores the manner in which these systems change the nature of verbal and nonverbal interaction. In particular, he explores how virtual reality can change the way people think about education, environmental behavior, empathy, and health.

His findings have been published in over 100 academic papers in the fields of communication, computer science, education, environmental science, law, medicine, political science, and psychology. His work has been consistently funded by the National Science Foundation for fifteen years, and he also receives grants from various Silicon Valley and international corporations. Bailenson consults regularly for government agencies including the US Army and Air Force, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Research Council, and the National Institute of Health on policy issues surrounding virtual reality.

Bailenson earned a B.A. cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1994 and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Northwestern University in 1999. After receiving his doctorate, he spent four years at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and then an Assistant Research Professor.

 

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Skip Rizzo, Project X

 Dr. Albert (Skip) Rizzo is a pioneer in applying virtual reality to clinical assessment, treatment and resilience. His work using virtual reality-based exposure therapy to treat PTSD received the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Treatment of Trauma, is the associate director for medical virtual reality at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies. He also holds research professor appointments with the USC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the USC Davis School of Gerontology.

Rizzo conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of virtual reality (VR) systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment rehabilitation and resilience. This work spans the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in both healthy and clinical populations. Rizzo is working with a team that is creating artificially intelligent virtual patients that clinicians can use to practice skills required for challenging clinical interviews and diagnostic assessments. His cognitive work has addressed the use of VR applications to test and train attention, memory, visuospatial abilities and executive function. In the motor domain, he has developed VR game systems to address physical rehabilitation post stroke and traumatic brain injury and for prosthetic use training.

He is currently designing VR scenarios to address social and vocational interaction in persons with autistic spectrum disorder. Rizzo is currently examining the use of VR applications for training emotional coping skills with the aim of preparing service members for the stresses of combat.He is senior editor of the MIT Press journal, Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments. He also sits on a number of editorial boards for journals in the areas of cognition and computer technology (Cognitive Technology; Journal of Computer Animation and Virtual Worlds; Media Psychology).

 

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 Andy Lam, Project X

Andy Lam, M.D. is a physician, engineer, and entrepreneur.  He is Co-founder and Partner at Uprising, a VC firm in Silicon Valley.  He was on the founding team at PL Capital, a $300m fund, worked for the highest-performing hedge fund in the world, and has founded four technology companies.

 He received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine, trained as an anesthesiologist, and has a BS in Engineering from Stanford where he was a President’s Scholar.

 

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Shan graduated with MBA degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business and science degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where he received National Scholarship from China Ministry of Education and also Distinguished Graduate Award by Shanghai government.

Shan was previously the Product Manager for the largest medical device portfolio of Johnson & Johnson. He also advised a leading VC firm to invest in the largest mental health mobile app in China and led several strategic consulting projects for Stanford Hospital. Shan is always passionate for applying technologies to improve people`s everyday life.

 

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Tipatat Chennavasin, Project X

Chennavasin is a Virtual Reality Artist, developer and an expert of Vertual Reality Gaming. He graduated from Standford University and owns a Gesture-based user interactions with status indicators for acceptable inputs in volumetric zones patent.

Chennavasin has developed a number of projects for Oculus Rift, including The Matrix V, The Sistine Chapel Rift, Godzilla Attacks VR,and Transformers VR. He is the Creative Director of Rothenberg Ventures, and the VR expert, Co-director of River, the first and only VR Focused accelerator program.

Chennavasin also has extensive experiences in game design and user experience. He was the CEO and Co-founder of Big Head Mode, which brings personalized gaming to the masses: the patent-pending personalization technology transforms existing social network data and photos into relevant game content, allowing the social/mobile games to take on the ultimate meaning for players. He was also the Director of Product, Social and Infrastructure of PlayFirst, in charge of Social Game Design as well the cross promotional advertising network.

 

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Shih-Ching Yeh, Project X

Dr. Shih-Ching Yeh is currently on the Faculty at Fudan University.  He was recently Associate Professor at Sun Yat-Sen University and previously Assistant Professor at National Central University – Taiwan.  He received his M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in 2004 and 2008 respectively. In the year of 2008, he joined the Institute for Creative Technologies at USC and served as a computer scientist. He joined the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Central University, in August 2009, as an assistant professor. His current research lies in the area of Virtual Reality and Healthy/Serious Games with an emphasis on employing and delivering interactive and immersive technologies into interdisciplinary research areas such as digital learning, neurocognition training, neuromotor rehabilitation, neuropsychological treatment.