4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Closing Keynote
Director of International Communications
Kaiser Kuo is director of international communications for China’s leading search engine, Baidu. He is one of the most highly-rated communications professionals in the world, and has been named to the Holmes Report Influence 100 list for three consecutive years. Kaiser is also well known as a writer, rock musician, and commentator on technology, society, and politics. He hosts the popular Sinica Podcast, which is a weekly discussion of current affairs in China that features leading journalists, businesspeople, and academics. Before joining Baidu, Kaiser served as an international business and media relations consultant for Youku.com (China’s leading Internet video site) and was an advisory board member to several Internet-related start-up companies. Kaiser co-founded China’s first successful heavy metal band, Tang Dynasty, in 1988 and remains active in the Chinese music scene as lead guitarist of the metal band Chunqiu (Spring & Autumn). His monthly column in Beijing’s premiere English-language magazine, The Beijinger
, ran from 2001 to 2011, and an anthology of columns titled Ich Bin Ein Beijinger
was published in June 2009. He was named one of the global top 100 Twitter users by Foreign Policy magazine in three consecutive years, and was named at Top Writer on the website Quora.com for 2013, 2014, and 2015. Kaiser received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Arizona.