Dr Feiyu Xu

Non-Executive Director

Dr Feiyu Xu is a leading figure in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Germany. Dr Xu was Senior Vice President at SAP SE (a German software development and consulting group), overseeing the intelligent transformation of the corporation as Global Head of AI between 2020 and 2023. Dr Xu notably defined and orchestrated the design and the implementation of the AI strategy. Prior to joining SAP, Dr Feiyu Xu was Vice President of Lenovo Group (a global technology leader) and Head of the AI Lab at Lenovo Research from March 2017 to March 2020 at Lenovo’s headquarters in Beijing (China). Dr Xu designed and led Lenovo’s overall AI technology strategy. Prior to working for the Lenovo Group, Dr Xu was Principal Researcher at the German Research Center for AI (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH - DFKI), leading the research group of text analytics in the Language Technology Lab, based in Berlin (Germany).

Besides, Dr Xu co-founded Nyonic (an AI start-up aiming at empowering industry and business transformation through full-stack generative AI-solutions) and acted as Chief Product Officer until March 2024. Dr Xu was also general manager of Yocoy Technologies GmbH, a DFKI spin-off company that Dr Xu co-founded in 2007.

In her various executive and entrepreneurial roles in the technology industry, Dr Xu acquired extensive experience in the entire cycle of innovation ranging from basic research via AI development all the way to products and their commercialisation.  In 2013, she won a Google Focused Research Award for her contribution in the field of natural language processing.

In 1998, Dr Xu received a MSc in Computational Linguistics at Saarland University (Germany) and 2007 a PhD in the same subject.

Dr Xu is currently a Non-Executive Director at the Board of Chain IQ Group AG (a global leader in indirect procurement services) and at the Supervisory Board of ZF Friedrichshafen (a global technology company). She also serves as an advisory board member of Global Neighbours GmbH/eV (operating a dialogue platform for stakeholders, in Europe, Asia and beyond) and as chairwoman of the Asia Berlin Forum eV (a forum that promotes cooperation with Asia in business and tech).

Current Mandates:

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Airbus SE (Public Company)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Chain IQ Group AG
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of ZF Friedrichshafen
Feiyu Xu Portrait