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Mr Herbert Chia
​Adjunct Associate Professor of HKU SPACE
Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China
Independent Non-Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group
Ex-Vice President of Alibaba Group and the Chairman of its Data Committee

Mr Herbert Chia is currently Venture Partner of Sequoia Capital China Fund. With over 10 years of experience in data strategy and analytics, he has formed his own unique way of data-thinking and data-management, and has original insights in the future of big data. Herbert has led Alibaba’s data team to make a series of significant achievements in the practical field of big data, including establishing a business and decision-making analytics framework for Alibaba Group’s business groups, developing intelligent data products, creating an operation team contributing to the datamation of the group, successfully launching the public and proprietary Data Asset Management systems, and releasing the Data Protection Pact and so on.

Herbert joined Alibaba in August 2010 and served as the Vice President of Alibaba Group and the Chairman of its Data Committee. During his tenure, the team awarded "China Excellent IT Team" in the 2014 "Excellent Chinese CIO" selection. In addition, Herbert was also rated as 2017 “China Top 10 Most Influential Big Data Entrepreneurs” by the State Information Center. In 2018, he won the "China Big Data Technology Leader Award". He is the author of the best-selling books "The Big Data", "The Nature of Big Data" and "Data Reinvention" and translated into “Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance". Now, as a globally recognized pioneer of big data, Herbert attributes his success to the passion for innovation and the understanding of the needs of industrial data.

Herbert was born in Hong Kong and he received Western education in the United Kingdom and Australia. He also engaged in advanced studies at world first-class universities such as the University of New South Wales, INSEAD, and Tsinghua University.