AAV In Conversation with Jennifer Zhu Scott, executive chairman, The Commons Project


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Jennifer Zhu Scott, executive chairman of The Commons Project.

Asian Aviation Editor Matt Driskill is In Conversation with Jennifer Zhu Scott, the executive chairman of The Commons Project, a nonprofit public trust established to build global digital infrastructure as public good for the people. Scott discusses the CommonPass, a digital health initiative that could help restart international air travel. Prior to joining The Commons Project, she was the founder of Radian Partners, focusing on direct investment in Artificial Intelligence and deep tech. Scott was Forbes Word’s Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018. She is a China Fellow of the Aspen Institute and has a dual fellowship at The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) under the Asia-Pacific Programme and the Digital Society Initiative. She is a Council Member at the Data Policy Council of the World Economic Forum, where she served for the China Council and the Future of Blockchain Council. WEF named Scott as a Young Global Leader in 2013. Scott 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 awarded as a Distinguished Alumni. She completed the public policy and leadership programme at Yale University in 2013, Harvard Kennedy School in 2016, and Oxford University in 2017. In 2018, she joined Princeton University’s inaugural executive education programme focused on energy sustainability and leadership. Scott is a frequent public speaker and published writer on AI, data ownership, and China’s digital monetary strategies. Her TED Talk on data ownership is now approaching 2 million views. 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. She is the lead author or co-author of numerous White Papers by the World Economic Forum and was a senior technical consultant on seasons 5 and 6 of the HBO show Silicon Valley.

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