Dr. Harry Shum, the founder and chairman of IDEA, is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering. Dr. Shum is a top expert on computer science and AI and a leader in the global science and tech industry. He is also a strategic scientist with great influence in academia, industry and the investment field. Dr. Shum was the Executive Vice President of Microsoft Corporation from 2013 to 2019, leading Microsoft’s global research institutes and AI product lines and responsible for driving the company’s overall AI strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts. He returned to Beijing in 1998 as one of the founding members of Microsoft Research China (later renamed Microsoft Research Asia) and served as the Managing Director and Chief Scientist of the research institute during 2004-2007, helping to cultivate many global leading computer scientists, tech experts and entrepreneurs for China.