She is growing China’s first and biggest public blockchain in the global market

Lili Zhao

Director, NEO Global Development, Zurich, Switzerland

Why you should listen

Lili Zhao is the Director of Ecosystem Growth at NEO Global Development. NEO is a community-driven public blockchain dedicated to realising the vision of implementing a Smart Economy– a peer-to-peer trading platform where investors can convert their own real assets into digital assets on the NEO blockchain and trade them there.

Lili is an active mover in the cryptocurrency space. She possesses cross-disciplinary experiences in the areas of wealth management, media, education and blockchain across China, UK and Switzerland.

Prior to her job at NEO, Lili worked for Swiss private banks and following that advised a number of blockchain projects internationally. She has served in a number of advisory and board membership including organizations like biotech company MedMira Inc., blockchain funding platform LiveTree ADEPT, and data-sharing platform VETRI.

Meet Lili at Worldwebforum where she is a Blockchain Track Speaker.

About Neo Smart Economy

NEO as China’s first ever original and open source public chain project, NEO serves as a smart assets platform. Smart assets are the combination of smart contract of blockchain and digital assets. NEO allows for a smarter way for assets registration, issuance, and circulation.

Digital assets exist in the form of electronic data and with blockchain technology, digital assets becomes decentralized, trustless, traceable and highly transparent. NEO underlying technology supports multiple types of digital assets and use digital certificate to enable trust for public chain, namely the assets issued by users via digital certificate are protected by law. On the other hand, for more complicated scenarios, users can use smart contract to enhance and enrich the functions of assets. Besides, users can also create smart contracts with other functions unrelated to assets.

Smart contract, a concept that was first initiated by Nick Sazbo in 1994, has a history as long as that of the Internet. According to Nick Szabo:Smart contract can execute contract clauses when the preprogrammed conditions are met.It is blockchain technology, due to its decentralization, immutability and highly reliable system that provides the very environment for smart contract to embody its value.


Lili Zhao is the Director of Ecosystem Growth at NEO Global Development (NGD) based out of the Zurich. NEO is a leading community-driven public blockchain – an open network for a Smart Economy. Lili was previously on the advisory board of a number of blockchain projects and companies internationally. Piror to entering the blockchain space, Lili worked in private banking at HSBC and Bank Vontobel in Zurich.

A Chinese native, Lili holds an MBA from University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and a Bachelor of Economics from University of London.