Judge Criteria

We are always seeking industry experts and investment professionals who are experienced in helping US companies expand into China. High-quality judges are needed to help us select the best companies throughout the InnoSTARS Preliminaries, industry finals and grand final.


We are seeking judges in the following industries:

Energy | Information and Communication Technology | Materials | Advanced Manufacturing | Medical Devices | Digital Health and Diagnosis | Environmental Technology | Biopharma 

Judge criteria

Industry experts

  • Senior R&D managers of large enterprises in the industry.
  • Professors and researchers from universities or other research institutions in the relevant field.

Investment professionals

  • Minimum 3 years of venture investing or management experiences.
  • Deep expertise and acumen in industry trend, market, business model, technology, finance, etc.

Current Judges

Dick Co
Co-Founder and Managing Director Solar Fuels Institute
Jonathan Egan
Founder and Director China Metal Solutions
Sharon Feng
Executive Director Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
Mengmeng Fu
Investment Director Skylight Investment
Shawn He
Managing Partner NewLight Capital LLC
Jim Hurd
Strategic Alliances and New Business Development EoCell Inc
Ken Lai
VP Asia Pacific Operations LanzaTech Inc.
Laura Rice
Corporate Scientist Ecolab
Christine Richardson
Director of Research, Development, and Engineering Ecolab
Jerry Strub
CEO, Founder Strategic Growth Consulting, Inc.
Alexander Tang
Licensing and Commercialization Manager Gas Technology Institute
Shih-Perng Tsai
Technical Consultant Renewables and Water
Michael Warady
Project Manager aquaTECTURE, LLC
May Wu
Environmental Scientist Argonne National Laboratory
David Chen
Principal Software Engineer Optum & UnitedHealth Group
Lyndsey Zhang
Corporate Development Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.
Yang Wang
Director of Global Sourcing Medline Industries, Inc.
Baiyun Gong
Engineer IV and Technology Manager AECOM
Yanjiao (Andrew) Xie
Lead Chemical Engineer and Project Manager Nalco Water
Tony Zhang
Portfolio Manager Zacks Investment Management
Tao Li
Senior Engineer SPX Corporation
Zuotao Zeng
Principal Engineer Argonne National Laboratory
Shenshen Li
Advisory Scientist Plastipak, Inc.
Brian Zimbelman
Principal Crawley Ventures
Cyril Yee
US Cleantech Lead IP Group plc
DuWayne Peterson
Vice President Colorado Angel Investors
Lance Reisman
Group Executive and Vice President Danaher
Yutong Jiang
Senior Research Investigator Array BioPharma
Praful Shah
Chairman of the Advisory Board Principium Investments
Seth Terry
Principal Sustainability Rising
William Sarni
Founder and CEO Water Foundry
Bo Lee
Founder and President Everest Investments and Trade Co.
Eva Yao
Principal CrestoneStar Consulting
Trent Yang
Director and Private Equity AMG National Trust Bank
Rachel Rea
Senior Manager Medtronic
Haiyan Zhang
Managing Partner Gordon Pacific, LLC
Ruosida Lin
Senior Associate Rocky Mountain Insititue
Fengping Wu
Green Tech Expert Cummins Inc.
Vincent Ma
Managing Partner Mashington Group
Tianyi Zhu
Co-Founder/Partner SmartHealth Ventures
Stephen Markscheid
Senior Executive & Corporate Director DealGlobe
Aaron T Ratner
Managing Director Ultra Capital
John Robinson
Principal Consultant Mandarin Environment
David Wilson
Chief Innovation Officer Bechtel Corporation
Angelos Angelou
Founder & CEO International Accelerator
JP Giometti
Director, Strategy and R&D HCSS
Lance Black
Medical Device Innovation Lead Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute
Joan Koerber-Walker
President and CEO Arizona BioIndustry Association
John Weatherspoon
IP Counsel Immunophotonics Inc
Anna Jarman
Shell Ventures Shell
Donald Kendall
Managing Director Five Stone Capital, LP
Trevor Best
CEO Syzygy Plasmonics Inc
Kemal Farid
Managing Director BlueVine Ventures
Tyler Johnson
Mentor RealCo Seed Fund Program
Mushahid Khan
CEO & Board Member APS Plastics & Manufacturing
Greg J. Micek
Founder Houston Inventors Association
Rashmi Kilam
Managing Director Bouin Capital LLC
Mushahid Khan
CEO MediBookr.com
Richard Seline
Executive Director & Senior Advisor AccelerateH2O
David Boikess
Advisor, Coach & Investment Evaluator International Accelerator
Helen Lou
Professor Lamar University
Kannan Alpadi
Principal Scientist Anshlabs
Andy Goldstein
China Advisor GreenWorld Capital

Previous Judges

Chris Bhatti
Assistant Dean University of Texas at Dallas
Jinfeng Bo
President and General Manager Heilongjiang Keli Capital Co., Ltd.
Bryan Chambers
Director Blackstone LaunchPad at UT Dallas
Brian Magierski
Managing Partner & Co-Founder Pacific Springboard
Cangshan Dong
Managing Director of Prospect Investment (Asia) Co., Ltd, Managing Director of ICID, Chairman of International Innovation City Committee of ITTN
Xu Huang
General Manager China Fortune Land Development Co Ltd.
Yanan Liu
CEO and Executive Director Giant Med-Pharma Services, Inc.
Lisa McDonald
Managing Director Endura Ventures
Ying Mcguire
Vice President Technology Integration Group (TIG)
Mike Mueller
Acceleration Director Houston Exponential
Matt Myers
Vice President EARTHx
Andrew Nerlinger
Venture Partner China Center for Food and Vesalius Ventures
Huihong Ren
CEO Songshan Technology Innovation Fund Management Co., Ltd.
John Robinson
Principal Consultant Mandarin Environment
Richard Seline
Executive Director & Senior Advisor AccelerateH2O
Dale Sizemore
Director of Operations Tech Alpharetta
Seth Williams
CEO Zhongmen Group
Tao Xie
General Manager Haier’s Global R&D Centers Operation
Qi Yang
Chairman and CEO Interstellar Firefly (Beijing) Consulting Co., Ltd.
Hubert Zajicek
CEO & Co-founder Health Wildcatters
Bing Zeng
Executive Director Association of Chinese Professionals
Bin Zhang
Managing Director Tianyi Capital
Yang Zhang
Executive Director Hong Kong Fengyi International Cultural Investment Co., Ltd.