Co-founder and senior vice president (Asia-Pacific), PatSnap
A founding member of intellectual property intelligence firm, PatSnap, Guan Dian is responsible for building the company's presence as a patent‑search provider and analyst in China. The 32-year-old computer science graduate, who believes in the value of building meaningful relationships over anything else, was key in bringing in PatSnap's first Chinese clients. Today, PatSnap has amassed an impressive pool of international investors such as Sequoia Capital China, Temasek Holdings and Shunwei Capital. Also notable are its clients, which include Nasa, IBM, PwC and Vodafone.