Sharon Gai – Keynote Speaker

AI Expert, Author, Rethink Retail Top Expert, Ex-Alibaba

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Specialist Subjects

  • How to do more with less using Generative AI
  • Culture Fluid: the new way to thrive in an ever-changing world
  • The Red Pill or Blue Pill: Navigating the Dichotomy in AI
  • China’s rise in AI: From the world’s factory to the world’s AI lab
  • Lessons of innovation from the world’s largest and most competitive consumer market
  • Ecommerce Reimagined: How leading ecommerce companies use AI to win ecommerce and retail
  • How to Build Resilience in Chaos
  • The Fastest Growing Apps in the US are Chinese


  • Chinese
  • English


Sharon Gai is a culture fluid expert in ecommerce, digital transformation and AI. She helps organizations become agile disruptors in their industries so they can increase revenue and retain users. In her tenure at Alibaba, she 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, Deloitte, LVMH, Nestle, Ecomworld, and Etail.

Sharon Gai is in the AAE list of Top Keynote Speakers in 2023. She is also one of 2024’s RETHINK Retail’s Top Retail Expert and a Linkedin Top Voice in Public Speaking 2023. She has appeared on Bloomberg, ABC, CBC, CCTV, Techcrunch, Retail Asia, Wired, 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.

Popular Talks by Sharon Gai

How to do more with less using Generative AI

With two ongoing wars, collapse of big companies, and inflation, the economy today is going through a turbulent time. How do you survive? How can you have a turnaround? Companies no longer have the luxury in spending money on low return projects. In this keynote, Sharon will teach businesses how to do more with less. In this keynote, we’ll dive deep into the transformative effects of AI on business and explore the tremendous opportunities and challenges it presents. You’ll discover how businesses of all sizes can leverage AI to gain a competitive edge, streamline processes, automate tasks, and make data-driven decisions that drive growth and profitability. Those who listen to this keynote will come out ahead.

Session takeaways:

  • Understand the difference between hype and reality when it comes to AI and its potential for business.
  • Learn about practical and impactful use cases of AI in various industries and business functions.
  • Gain insights into how AI is being used to streamline processes, optimize operations, and drive revenue growth.
  • Discover the key challenges of AI adoption in business and how to overcome them, such as data quality, privacy concerns, and organizational change management.
  • Learn about the skills and competencies needed to succeed in the age of AI, and how to cultivate them in yourself and your team.

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. 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 are 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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