KaiFu Li is the founder and chief executive officer of Innovation Works, an investment institution. Prior to that, he was the vice president at Google Engineering and president of Google Chinese Operations. Li is widely known for his pioneering work in the areas of speech recognition and artificial intelligence. He joined Google from Microsoft, where he held the position of corporate vice president, after founding Microsoft Research China in 1998.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Li was the vice president and a general manager at Silicon Graphics. He also spent six years at Apple, serving as the vice president of Apple's interactive media group, and before that was an assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the chairman of the Advisory Board at WI Harper Group, which he joined on October 1, 2009.
Born on December 3, 1961, Li holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Columbia University and a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
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