Sharon Gai

China’s position in the world is changing fast, and in e-commerce that change is paramount. Alibaba’s new retail, Tencent’s expanding WeChat and financial services: no day passes by without major developments in this industry. As Artificial Intelligence kicks in, logistics, self-driving cars, and international initiatives become more important at e-commerce. The speakers at the China Speakers Bureau are following that development closely. When you are a lawyer, you study e-commerce. When you focus on the wealthy, you also study their e-commerce habits. When you are in logistics, you are in e-commerce. When you are in finance, you have to know about e-commerce. A section of our speakers at the China Speakers Bureau is more heavily involved in e-commerce. But if you do not find what you need on this list, do get in touch and we can add more alternatives to this list, or check out our latest stories here. 

Ashley Dudarenok

Ashley Dudarenok is a China marketing expert with two decades of professional experience in China. Ashley is fluent in Mandarin, Russian, German and English.

Ashley is a China marketing expert, serial entrepreneur, professional speaker, bestselling author, vlogger, podcaster, media contributor and female entrepreneurship spokesperson. She is the founder of several startups, including social media agency and resources & training company

Ashley is a member of Alibaba’s Global Influencer Entourage and works directly with a Tencent core founder to conquer Western social media. She runs Asia’s #1 entrepreneurship vlog at She’s also the world’s #1 China marketing blogger at

For Ashley’s recent contributions on China, click here.

William Bao Bean

William Bao Bean is investment Partner at SOS Ventures and Managing Director of Orbit startups. His focus is firmly on cross-border e-commerce, and their efforts to consumers both in China and outside China. Task is getting the mobile innovation that has been tried and tested in China ready for a more international audience. In a previous life, William was managing director a Singtel Innov8, a partner at Softbank China&India Holdings and financial analyst at the Deutsche Bank.

You can read some of his articles here.


Sharon Gai

Sharon Gai has 10+ years of experience in leading positions at e-commerce companies, including five years at Alibaba.

Sharon Gai is a China-born Canadian who is an expert in e-commerce, digital transformation, and AI. She is the former Head of Global Key Accounts at Alibaba and General Manager at a billion-dollar e-commerce unicorn. In her tenure at Alibaba, she has advised brands and heads of state in crafting their digital strategy with programmatic marketing and AI. She is the author of Ecommerce Reimagined: Retail and Ecommerce in China.

She has been the keynote speaker at TEDx, Singularity University, UBS, Nestle, Ecomworld, and Etail. She has appeared on ABC, CCTV, CBC, Techcrunch, Retail Asia, and The Next Web. Sharon is also a Global Shaper in the World Economic Forum. Sharon has an Honors Bachelor’s degree in International Development from McGill and a Masters in Information Management from Columbia University.

You can read more of her stories here.

Arnold Ma

Arnold Ma is a marketing expert focusing on the cultural change among China’s youth and its subculture. Based in London, his agency Qumin helps global companies to figure out how to deal with China’s millennials, who have very little in common with the older generations.

The unprecedented growth and unparalleled development of China’s economy over the last 30 years brought about important changes within the society. The adaptability and global awareness of China’s younger generation are way beyond those of their ancestors, for example, he says.

You can read his full profile here.

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Mark Schaub
Mark Schaub

Lawyer Mark Schaub is a partner at law firm at King&Wood and Mallesons in London, and involved in almost all international transactions of his firm. As a lawyer he had extensive experience in negotiating deals, firing people and otherwise dealing with the ignorance of companies entering the Chinese business minefield. Mark Schaub has 20 years of legal experience in China and was the first foreign lawyer to enter a Chinese law firm. Recently, he has been focusing cross-border trade and self-driving cars.

He moved in August 2018 from Shanghai to London.


You can find his recent articles here.


Ben Cavender
Ben Cavender

Ben Cavender is a senior analyst with The China Market Research Group (CMR) focusing on strategic planning and brand positioning. Next to his boss, Shaun Rein, he has become one of the leading voices of his firm. His focus on retail has also made him into an e-commerce expert. No brand, no product in China can nowadays survive without also a solid online marketing strategy.

You can read some of the articles who quote Ben here.



Kaiser Kuo

Kaiser Kuo was until May 2016 Beijing-based, American-born writer, rock musician, technology watcher and cultural commentator. In June 2010 he became director international communication at China’s largest search engine, Baidu was the first Chinese company to become part of the NASDAQ-100 index. In 2016 he returned to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2007, he joined the leading advertising agency Ogilvy as their director of digital strategy but left in early 2009 to devote more time to writing and to his advisory work for several Chinese Internet startups. Before joining Ogilvy, had worked extensively in China’s booming Internet and mobile sectors. As an opinion leader in his industry, Mr. Kuo worked at the famous magazine Red Herring, as their Beijing bureau chief, but his activities have not been limited to that leading publication.

You can read some of his stories here.

Shaun Rein
Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein, managing director of the China Market Research Group (CMR) At the end of 2017 he published his latest book The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order Shaun Rein is one of the world’s recognized thought leaders on strategy consulting in China. His bookThe End of Cheap China, Revised and Updated: Economic and Cultural Trends That Will Disrupt the World, published in 2012, solidified his reputation of challenging established classic ways to frame China. He is a regular commentator on Bloomberg TV, The Wall Street Journal and other mainstream media. At the end of  2014 he published his latest book The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia. In that book he explains how China from a copy-and-past culture is now developing into one of the world´s leading innovators.

You can read about Shaun Rein´s recent activities here.