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Jennifer Scott | TED | Get paid for your data

Jennifer Scott | TED | Get paid for your data

The world’s most valuable tech companies profit from the personal data you generate. In this eye-opening talk, entrepreneur and technologist Jennifer Zhu Scott makes the case for private data ownership. This approach would empower you to donate, destroy, or sell your data as you see fit. Moreover, this growing movement could put power (and cash) back into the hands of people.

Jennifer Scott | TED | Get paid for your data

About Speaker

Jennifer Zhu Scott is an entrepreneur and investor based in Hong Kong. She specializes in blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and other deep tech.

Early Life and Education

Jennifer Zhu Scott is originally from Sichuan Province in Southwestern China. She studied Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at Sinchua University, China. Later, she earned an MBA in Finance at Manchester Business School. Her research on PE/VC (Private Equity/Venture Capital) in China earned her a distinction.

She has participated in debates at Oxford University in 2017 and Princeton in 2018. At Oxford, she argued against Universal Basic Income, while at Princeton, she debated Sustainable Energy.


Jennifer Zhu Scott has extensive professional experience in the fintech industry. She is a leading expert in Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, and data ownership. Her expertise spans both Chinese and global contexts. She served as the Head of Business Development and Strategy in APAC for Thomson Reuters. Additionally, she has been an independent investor and advisor for fintech start-ups. She also co-founded one of the first education companies in China, which she sold before moving to the UK. There, she became a senior advisor to the education subsidiary of Daily Mail & General Trust.

In 2015, she founded Radian Partners, an advisory company and investment community based in Hong Kong. The company focuses on direct investment in deep tech and renewable energy.

Achievements and Contributions

Jennifer was appointed as one of the 18 council members of the China Council, convened by the Global Agenda Council, the World Economic Forum’s think tank. The council was co-chaired by former NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission) Chair Zhang Xiaoqiang and Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. In 2016, the World Economic Forum re-appointed her as one of the 20 members of the inaugural Council of The Future of Blockchain. In 2013, the WEF honored her as a Young Global Leader. Forbes listed her among the World’s Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018. She is an Associate Fellow of The Royal Institute of International Affairs (also known as Chatham House) and a China Fellow of the Aspen Institute. She is also a permanent member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Jennifer frequently speaks on Artificial Intelligence, FinTech, China macroeconomics, and Sustainable Investment at various events and conferences. One of her career highlights was speaking at Davos 2018. She debated against Nobel Prize winner Prof. Robert Shiller and Swedish Central Bank Deputy Governor Cecilia Skingsley on Crypto Assets. This debate was broadcast on Yi Cai television in China. She also contributes as an opinion writer, being the lead author and co-author of several World Economic Forum White Papers on business technology adoptions, blockchain, and the Token Economy. Additionally, she is a tech columnist for Caixin Global.

Recent Projects

Recently, Jennifer served as a consultant for the HBO show Silicon Valley for its fifth and sixth seasons. She continues to influence and shape discussions on technology and its impact on society.

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