Ziyang Fan

Head of Digital Trade

World Economic Forum


Attorney and policy-maker with over a decade of experience from both the public and private sectors, with a focus in the Asia Pacific region. Expert in digital trade, e-commerce, cross-border data flows, sharing economy, and TradeTech. Former positions include Senior Legal Counsel, Airbnb; Assistant General Counsel, US Trade and Development Agency; and Corporate Associate, law firm of Shearman & Sterling. Currently runs the Digital Trade programme at the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco. Undergraduate degree, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Juris Doctor degree, George Washington University Law School. Speaks fluent Chinese.


The existing global framework for collaboration on trade and intellectual property rights has increasingly come under stress. New 21st century style international trade agreements, the extensive global reach of digital technologies and recent political shifts against multilateralism will have major implications on how businesses and governments operate around the world.  

December 03, 2020

10am EST / 3pm GMT / 16h CET