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Bill Liao

Bill is an Australian entrepreneur, venture capital investor, diplomat, author and speaker with a distinguished record in the areas of business, development and community activism. Bill is co-founder of the CoderDojo movement, a free global network formed to assist young people to learn how to computer program and Founder of WeForest, a global movement dedicated to planting trees and which now has seen 5 million trees planted around the world.

He is also the European venture partner for SOSV a $200m international investment fund and is currently running a Synthetic Biology Accelerator Program, IndieBio, in Cork, focusing on entrepreneurs building technologies in or around the field of Synthetic biology.

Previously, Bill co-founded XING, a pioneering business social networking platform in 2003 and served as COO of Davnet a telecommunications carrier that went public in the late 90’s.  Bill serves as a special diplomatic envoy for St Kitt’s and Nevis, with an emphasis on sustainable development and the environment. Author of three books, he is a regular speaker at many events and venues such as The London School of Economics, The World Economic Forum, The Globe Forum in Sweden, The House of Commons and TED.

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