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Ex-Alibaba, China Expert, Keynote Speaker & Author



Sharon Gai is a China-born Canadian who is an expert in e-commerce, digital transformation and AI.

She helps organizations become more “Culture Fluid” bracing them to be more agile, innovative and resilient in the VUCA time we are in today.

In her tenure at Alibaba, she has advised brands and heads of state in crafting their digital strategy with programmatic marketing and AI.

She has been the keynote speaker at TEDx, Singularity University, UBS, Nestle, Ecomworld, and Etail with over 40,000 attendees. She is in the AAE list of Top Keynote Speakers in 2023.

Sharon has appeared on CCTV, CBC, Techcrunch, Retail Asia, and The Next Web. She is the author of the book, Ecommerce Reimagined: what we can learn in retail and ecommerce from China.

Sharon has an Honors Bachelor’s degree in International Development from McGill and a Masters in Knowledge Management from Columbia University.

Talking Points

The Dark Side of AI: Anxiety, Isolation, and Job Displacement

Discover the essential tools for thriving in the age of artificial intelligence (AI) with this workshop. This immersive experience will empower you to face the challenges and uncertainties brought on by AI's rapid advancements, transforming potential threats into opportunities for growth and success. Join us as we delve into the complex world of AI and its impact on mental health. Together, we'll unravel the intricate web of anxiety, social isolation, and job displacement that may arise from these technological advancements. We will guide you through thought-provoking discussions and interactive exercises designed to help you develop effective coping strategies and build resilience in the face of uncertainty. Don't let AI's potential pitfalls hold you back from achieving your full potential. Arm yourself with the knowledge and skills necessary to embrace the AI revolution with confidence, and turn the challenges of the digital age into opportunities for personal and professional growth.

In this keynote, you will learn:

• Examine the potential negative consequences of AI on mental health, including increased anxiety, social isolation, and job displacement
• Discuss coping strategies for dealing with the uncertainty and stress related to AI advancements

Culture Fluid: the new way to thrive in an ever-changing world

The world is shifting at speeds that are now faster than ever. From ChatGPT displacing thousands of jobs to cashless societies and digital currencies, we live in what Sharon calls a VUCA (Volatility, Uncertain, Complicated, Ambiguous) time. This is when businesses must adapt to a newer way of thinking. Sharon provides a fresh take as someone who has worked in the top companies of the US and China. She has led teams from Gen X to Gen Z, across various diverse backgrounds and types of companies. Apart from being a DEI speaker where she coined the term “Culture Fluid”, she uses the same agile methodology in a business setting, opening companies and projects that has beat competitors and disrupted industries. Culture Fluid shows how businesses can be agile to fit the changing tides for a VUCA time ahead. Sharon uses first-hand experience and actionable insights to present a compelling vision of the future world and leaves the audience with tools and an approach to develop a strategy to succeed in the shifting landscape of the 21st century tech-driven and digital economy.

In this keynote, you will learn:

• The key macro-trends that is disrupting our world today
• An overview of what your industry will look like in the near and distant future
• Five key strategies today’s most successful players are adopting to prepare for tomorrow
• How to evolve into a more agile and disruptive competitor
• Tools and a process for developing concrete ideas for a strategy and approaches that could disrupt the industry
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