The board consists of the chairman, the first deputy chairman, the second deputy chairman, the third deputy chairman, the communication director and the treasurer.

Chairman: Dr. Han Xiao

Dr. Han Xiao is a senior staff scientist at Tencent AI, focusing on neural information retrieval and NLP topics. He was a senior research scientist at Zalando research from 2014 to 2018, working on recommendation and search systems. Han completed his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in computer science at Technical University of Munich in 2014 and 2011, respectively. He did his undergraduate study at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

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1st Deputy chairman: Raphael Kohler

Raphael is strategy consultant at BCG focusing on digitalization and banking IT. He has multiple years of experience in conceptual and operational data management, IT migration, quantitative risk assessment, implementation of new regulation within the risk management and project management.

Raphael is driven by use cases for new technologies, e.g., blockchain and AI, or more generally in data science (e.g., machine learning, distributed ledger technology, cloud computing) and worked with different scripting languages (e.g., Python, R).

Raphael acquired German diploma in financial mathematics at Technical University of Kaiserslautern and National University of Singapore (NUS). Among other scholarships, he was awarded by Foundation of German Business (sdw) and by China Scholarship Council. Today, Raphael acts as chairman of the organization sdw Alumni e.V. dedicated to >2.200 alumni.

To get a better understanding he studied Chinese language in Nankai University and economics at Renmin University. Raphael currently serves as vice chairman of the German-Chinese Association of Artificial Intelligence (GCAAI) and as senior advisor at Association of Chinese Professionals in Finance (VCAF). He is fluent in Chinese (passed HSK level 5 of 6) and based in Berlin.

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2nd Deputy chairman: Dr. Hao Wu

Dr. Hao Wu is currently a PostDoc at Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Freie Universität Berlin, and the head of research group “Machine Learning for Time Series” at Zuse Institute of Berlin. Previously he obtained his B.E. and Ph.D. in computer science and technology from Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, China. In 2018, Hao was awarded by the Recruitment Program for Young Professionals (known as the “Thousand Talents Plan for Young Scientists”) from the Chinese government. His research interests include machine learning, time series analysis and their applications to molecular biology.

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3rd Deputy chairman: Dr. Kashif Rasul

Kashif is a senior research scientist at Zalando research where he is working on utilizing Deep Reinforcement Learning for a number of Zalando usecases. Prior to that, he was in the Price and Sales forecasting team at Zalando. He completed his PhD. in Mathematics at the Freie Universität Berlin and his Masters from Monash University in Melbourne and still teaches the Deep Learning class at Freie Universität Berlin once a semester.

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Treasurer: Shan Huang

Shan is a research engineer at Zalando, working on statistical methods of A/B testing. Prior to that, Shan was working at SAP Innovation Center on machine learning applictions in finance. Shan has a master degree of Computer Science from University of Bonn.

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Communication director: Jing Yuan

Jing Yuan is now a Ph.D. student at Distributed Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Technische Universität Berlin (TUB). Prior to joining DAI-Labor, she received her master degree from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and bachelor degree from China Agricultural University (CAU) respectively.

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