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Dinner Talk: AI-Tech Rivalry - China vs. the West





Ivy Plus European Leaders 

has the great pleasure of inviting you
a very topical and exciting
to delve into the
Economic, Social and Geopolitical Impacts of the

Tech-AI Rivalry

China versus the West

What Ties us and What Separates us?






















Monday 29 April 2024 - 7:00 p.m.

Maison des Polytechniciens - Hôtel de Poulpry


China and the West are engaged in a fierce competition for leadership in high-tech, green-tech, innovation and Artificial Intelligence. 

In the past decade, China had emerged as a frontrunner in developing and applying digital technologies, particularly AI, across various sectors, including e-commerce, ride-hailing, autonomous driving, as well as implementations in schools, office buildings and factories.  It was set to become the global leader in AI. 

But restrictions on tech trade and chip-bans in recent years, and the spectacular advances in Generative AI in the US in 2022 and 2023, have reshuffled the cards.  

China is cultivating counterparts to ChatGPT, such as Baidu’s Ernie Bot and Alibaba Group Holding’s Tongyi Qianwen, but American firms OpenAI and Google continue to lead. The UK, France, Israel, Canada, India, Japan, Germany and Singapore are the other countries leading the Tech-AI race. 


What are the perspectives for the future? 
What are the global impacts of the Tech-AI rivalry ?  What are the risks?
What can we learn from cultural differences between the West and China? 
What are the differences in leadership, management, entrepreneurship, 
as well as in the capacities to innovate and embrace change?

Guest Speakers

Yves Tiberghien

Professor of Political Science - University of British Columbia
Director Emeritus of the Institute of Asian Research
Distinguished Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada

Visiting Professor Science Po
HEC Graduate - Stanford University M.A. Ph.D. - Harvard Scholar
Author of numerous works on Asia. Latest book to be published:
Up for Grabs: Disruption, Competition,
and the Remaking of the Global Economic Order

Sandrine Zerbib


















President BAOZUN Brand Management & BAOZUN Europe 
Former President Adidas Greater China
Founder & Chair Full Jet (acquired by e-commerce giant Baozun )
Graduate Science Po, University Paris-Sorbonne (Agreg), M.S. Lumiere Lyon2
Co-author Dragon Tactics : How Chinese Entrepreneurs Thrive in Uncertainty

Paul de Billy (to be confirmed)
General Manager Alibaba Group - France
Former Director Sales Microsoft Public Cloud Platform
Formerly at Telecom & Media Capgemini
Graduate Sorbonne - EM Lyon

with inputs from
Olivier Coispeau
Olivier has 
worked for JP. Morgan, Crédit Lyonnais and Schroders, co-head a large Chinese Consulting Firm, co-founded two investment funds in tech, antfactory and Maverlinn. He has lectured in finance and economy at Paris-Sorbonne and ESG, and is the author among other works of Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships in China.
He is a graduate of Science Po, Paris-Dauphine and Stanford.

The year 2024 marks the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and France, the launch of the French-Chinese Year of Culture and of Tourism, with the Palace of Versailles and the Forbidden City holding a joint exhibition at the Beijing Palace Museum. 2024 also marks the 45th Anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and the United States.  On his first trip to Europe since the pandemic, Chinese President Xi Jinping is meeting Emmanuel Macron in Paris early May. Trade will be high on the agenda. 

Join us for cutting edge insights and lively discussions on the effects of AI-Tech Rivalry and the Future of Trade Relations between China and the West with our high level experts while enjoying a gourmet dinner in the beautiful salons of Maison des Polytechniciens - Hôtel de Poulpry. 

Click on link below to Register:



  Maria Adle
Founder & President Ivy Plus European Leaders

We extend our deepest thanks to HEC International, IMD Business School, Columbia Business School, London Business School, Fletcher-Tufts Alumni Clubs for their support and partnership.

=> We would like to inform you of an HEC "sister-event" 
Taiwan - Japan : The Race for Semiconductors 
organized by HEC Developpement International
on Wednesday April 17th, 7:15pm at DS Avocats - Paris 16
A conference led by Pr Yves Tiberghien, Professor at University of British Columbia 
Pr Chung-min Tsai, Professor at National Chengchi University (NCCU) & Taipei School of Economic and Political Science.

Semiconductors are used to produce cell phones, satellite systems, and other communication devices. They are required in Solar cells, field-effect transistors, self-driving car circuits as well as digital cameras, televisions, washing machines, refrigerators and LED bulbs… A new gold.

For more info on the HEC event on Microchips - Taiwan and Japan, and link to register, please contact

 please contact Pierre-Yves Carpentier, President HEC Developpement International pycarpentier@yahoo.fr


Dinner-Talk: The Tech-AI Rivalry - China vs the West
Venue: Maison des Polytechniciens, 12 rue de Poitiers, Paris 7
Date and Time:  Monday 29 April 2024 - 7pm

Price Participation: Cocktail with Champagne - 3 course dinner with wine - Round-Table and Q & A - IPEL Members 65€ - Members Partner Alumni Clubs (HEC,IMD, Columbia, LBS...): 65€ - Guests and Non-Members: 75€ - After April 18th, Members IPEL & Partners 69€ Guests & Non-Members 79€
Registration & Payment:  


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