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Pascal Coppens Speaker

Pascal Coppens

Keynote speaker, Author, Tech Entrepreneur and Social Media Influencer

Pascal Coppens is an expert in all things innovation and the Day After Tomorrow in China, rooted in his deep understanding of the country as a sinologist and China tech entrepreneur. He is an inspiring international keynote speaker who delivers keynote speeches and workshops, sharing his China expertise on innovation and leadership, and the impact of China on business and world affairs.

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About Pascal Coppens

For the past 35 years, Pascal Coppens has experienced China’s incredible rise and aspirations first-hand as a manager and serial tech-entrepreneur. He has gained huge exposure and is an internationally recognised and respected China expert.

Pascal began his career with Alcatel in Shanghai after earning a degree in Business Engineering from Solvay Business School. He then ventured to Silicon Valley, where he worked with renowned companies such as Wind River Systems and Polycore Software, which he co-founded.

After his time in Silicon Valley, Pascal returned to China and founded Letsface, a groundbreaking offline digital community platform for premium brands. Through Letsface, Pascal engaged with numerous Chinese innovators, both as partners and competitors, gaining valuable insights into the Chinese business landscape.

Currently, Pascal serves as an inspiring international keynote speaker at nexxworks, where he shares his expertise and experiences with audiences worldwide. He is also the author of the book “China’s New Normal,” which provides sensational insights into the business and technology landscape in China and its potential impact on the rest of the world.

His popular keynotes and panel discussions cover various topics, and his sought-after presentations include “China’s New Normal: Innovation and Disruption,” where he explores the rapidly evolving technological landscape in China. He also delves into the complexities of trust in China in his keynote “(How) Can We Trust China?”. Pascal addresses the impact of fear on decision-making in his thought-provoking presentation “The Great Wall of Fear.” Additionally, he offers valuable insights on effective leadership during times of change in his presentation “Leadership in Times of Change.” Lastly, he delves into the advancements and implications of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and blockchain technology in his keynote “Tech Superpower: AI, IoT & BC.” These engaging presentations highlight his expertise and ability to captivate audiences on diverse subjects.

Pascal’s clients benefit from his extensive knowledge and experience in China and his ability to navigate the complexities of the Chinese market. He also offers masterclasses which cover a wide range of topics including innovation, tech & digital, business leadership, ecosystems, CX, geopolitics, trust, China plus one, and entrepreneurship. Participants will gain valuable insights into the latest trends and developments in these areas, as well as practical strategies for driving business growth and success. The masterclasses provide a comprehensive and insightful learning experience for business professionals looking to stay ahead in today’s rapidly changing business landscape.

In addition to his keynotes and masterclasses, Pascal also offers advisory services and round-table discussions on topics such as economy, business, and trends. He provides insights on collaboration, research and development, competition, de-risking strategies, and supply chain optimization. Pascal also discusses the intersection of politics, finance, and the environment, offering a comprehensive understanding of their impact on businesses and economies. He covers sensitive topics such as Taiwan, soft power, the BRI, and the complexities of the US-China relationship. Pascal also explores evolving trends and demands in the market, examining the dynamics between consumers, society, and industries.

He has had the privilege of working with an impressive list of clients from various industries. Some of his notable clients include Mastercard, Microsoft, Salesforce, Huawei, L’Oreal Paris, Walmart, Coca-Cola, P&G, S.W.I.F.T., Rabobank, Jan De Nul Group, Jardines, EY, PWC, London Business School, and Cedep. These clients represent a diverse range of sectors, including finance, technology, consumer goods, manufacturing and education. Pascal’s extensive client portfolio showcases his ability to cater to the needs of different organizations and deliver successful outcomes for their business objectives.

Pascal is a passionate advocate for Chinese innovation and technology. His persistent interest, along with his significant knowledge and expertise, elevates him to the position of leading authority on the subject. Through his speaking, writing, advisory and consulting work, he is dedicated to helping businesses and individuals unlock the immense potential of Chinese innovation in the digital age.

Pascal Coppens's 2024 talks & topics

LEADERSHIP: How to survive in times of change and what we can learn from China.

Today’s Business leaders are faced with increasing uncertainty and challenges. The prevailing leadership models from successful Western CEOs often fall short in giving us all the answers. After all, they thrived during a predominantly stable and safe era in which trust in the brand, its purpose, the systems and the people were their anchors to success. In the present geopolitical climate, these anchors no longer suffice and leaders need more to navigate the rough seas.

Chinese business leaders have already learned to survive this ‘new normal’ for decades. They’ve thrived against all the odds at an incredible pace; in a hostile home market dealing with unfair competition, a lack of funding, a void of regulations, a distrust in brands, a decrease in customer loyalty, and major societal shifts.

This keynote offers ‘out-of-the-box’ inspiration with many examples of how Chinese business leaders have become more resilient, of how their business savviness is success-driven and competitive by using team-building and networking, by being customer centric, digitally empowered, autonomy steering and ecosystem oriented. It offers an explosive cocktail, unveiling the secrets of Chinese companies like BYD, Haier, PingAn, TikTok and TEMU who have become global market leaders against all the odds. Western business leaders also need to learn to survive!

AI BEHIND THE GREAT WALL: How the GenAI coming from China can unleash our imagination.

In 2015, China claimed to become a world leader in AI by 2030.

In 2020, the US started restricting China’s access to global AI resources because it was clear that the Chinese were the frontrunners in the AI race: TikTok’s AI algorithms, Baidu’s largest fleet of robotaxis and Ant Financials face recognition payments… These AI applications, amongst others, have already become mainstream in China over the past years.

Since 2019, not surprisingly, Chinese companies have started working on
Generative AI. But when ChatGPT was released at the end of 2022, it took the world and China by storm. The Chinese quickly jumped on the GenAI bandwagon, supported by their government (the first country to issue a Generative AI regulation). Last year, China counted over 130 large language models as a result, whilst Baidu’s GenAI ‘Ernie bot’ reached over 100 million users so far.

This keynote shows why and how China has become an AI laboratory at scale in only 8 years and intends to do the same but much faster with Generative AI. Inspiring examples from Baidu, Huawei, Ant Group, SquirrelAI, etc. will reveal how the future of work, services, creation, CX, innovation, education, manufacturing and more is being redefined by China, and is applicable to the world.

China's New Normal

How China sets the standard for innovation

By 2030, China wants to become the world leader in innovation. This leaves Western companies with some 10 years to gear up. Pascal’s keynote “China’s New Normal” gives clear insights into the modern China, and reveals new potentials and superpowers coming from the fast and furious innovators of China. As ever more radical innovation will soon be inspired by China, this eye-opening keynote is a treat to anyone who is concerned with disruption and excited about the opportunity.

This keynote will elaborate on the trends and strenghts of innovation in China, and how China is taking on the challenge and the West to become an innovation superpower by 2030.

Topics we will cover:

The China miracle: from ‘copy’ to ‘creator’
China’s social upward mobility
China’s digital world
China’s innovation dream
The global dilemma for China: America
The internal dilemma for China: big tech
China’s secret: infrastructure planning
China’s transformation drive: customer first
China’s incredible agility: competition, speed and talent

In this keynote, Pascal can focus on any specific industry or transformations to showcase China’s New Normal:

  • Industry focus: New Retail, Media, Entertainment, Security, Mobility, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Finance, Insurance, Education, Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Logistics, Construction, Human Resources, Marketing, Government

  • Transformation focus: Artificial Intelligence, Digital China, Chinese Ecosystems, Chinese consumer, New Regulations, Global Ambitions, Sustainability, Industry 4.0

Pascal Coppens's 2024 speaking fees

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  • Belgium

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