Speaker Detail

Dennis Liu

Associate Director - Global Strategy & Business Development,
Ford Research & Innovation Center


Dennis Liu looks after Global Strategy & Business Development for Ford’s Research & Innovation Center, Palo Alto. He heads Ford’s Silicon Valley corporate development efforts managing investment activity and relationships with VCs, Corporate Innovation / CVC outfits, and the greater startup ecosystem. Prior to his current role, he led feature-set development for a number of Ford’s digital products as well as a rotation in Greenfield Labs, a skunkworks JV between Ford Smart Mobility, LLC., and IDEO, created to design, build and invest in emerging mobility. There, he was an early employee who led business design for Bikeshare and Dynamic Shuttle.

Dennis has a breadth of experience across industries and verticals as an operator as well as strategist. He began his career in investment banking before moving into internal consulting / finance roles within corporates, worked at a VC firm and a few startups (co-founded two) before joining Ford.

Dennis is from Irvine, CA. He earned a B.S. from the University of California – Riverside and an MBA from the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross School of Business.