YGT Advisors

WANG Shi

Founder & Honorary Chairman, Vanke Co.

WANG Shi is the founder and the Honorary Chairman of China Vanke Co., Ltd. Under his leadership, Vanke has grown into one of the world’s largest residential real estate developers with annual revenue over $34 billion globally, and China’s pioneer in upholding the vision of green construction. In recent years, Wang has been leading environmental initiatives among Chinese private sector companies. With a global vision of environmental sustainability, he sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability. He is also the board director of World Wildlife Fund-US, a member of the Leadership Council of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves under the UN Foundation.

Danny Kennedy


Managing Director, CalCEF Ventures

Danny Kennedy is a clean technology entrepreneur, an environmental activist, and an author. Kennedy currently serves as managing director of the California Clean Energy Fund, a non-profit dedicated to supporting clean energy startups. Its family of initiatives include CalCharge, a public-private partnership working to accelerate the development, commercialization, and adoption of new energy storage technologies (Kennedy serves as President); New Energy Nexus, a global network of clean energy incubators and accelerators providing the support to global startups; CalSEED, a funding and professional development program for innovators and entrepreneurs working to bring early-stage clean energy concepts to market. 

YU Lizhong

Chancellor & Chairman of the Board
NYU Shanghai

Yu Lizhong joined NYU Shanghai from ECNU, where he served as president from 2006 – 2012. Prior to his presidency at ECNU, Yu also served as president of Shanghai Normal University. Chancellor Yu’s research focuses on environmental processes, environmental change, and sustainable development. He has published over 150 refereed papers in major journals and is widely recognized as an influential scholar in the field, serving on the boards of multiple educational, environmental, and scientific organizations throughout China. 

FENG Lun

Founder, Vantone Group
Chairman, Yufeng (F&E) Capital Holdings Co., Ltd.

Mr. Feng Lun is the Chairman of Yufeng Capital Holdings Co., Ltd., Independent Director of NetEase, Haitong Securities Company Limited, and China Everbright Bank Company Limited. Mr. Feng Lun began to lead the establishment and development of Vantone Group for 25 years since 1991 and always act as Chairman. In June 2004, Mr. Feng Lun together with nearly 100 renowned Chinese entrepreneurs, established the society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology (SEE), an organization committed to desertification control and environmental protection. Today, the SEE has emerged as the most famous non-governmental environmental protection agency in China. 

Susan Rockefeller

Documentary Filmmaker
Artist and Conservationist

Susan Rockefeller is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, artist, and conservationist. Her latest endeavor, Musings is a digital magazine that curates ideas and innovations that pave the way for a more sustainable future. In addition to providing sustainable alternatives for cross-category consumption, Susan interviews thought-leaders in entrepreneurship, responsible innovation, and social impact to provide inspirational calls to action and day-to-day solutions that drive positive change. In her film work, Susan is a Principal of Louverture films and a member of the Film Committee for the Museum of Modern Art. Her own original films including Food For Thought, Food for Life, Striking a Chord, Making the Crooked Straight, and Mission of Mermaids, have aired on HBO, PBS, and the Discovery Channel.

Chauncey Shey

Managing Partner
Softbank China Capital (SBCVC)

Chauncey Shey is a distinguished venture capitalist and high-tech entrepreneur. Mr. Shey has successful startup experience in the United States & China in his early years. He founded Softbank China in 2000 and has been acting as the Managing Partner of SBCVC since then. Mr. Shey was a co-founder of UTStarcom, Inc (NASDAQ: UTSI), and served as UTStarcom’s Executive Vice-President and a board member. Prior to founding UTStarcom, Mr. Shey was Executive Vice-President of StarCom Network Systems, Inc. a Telecom Equipment provider. Prior to that, Mr. Shey worked for AT&T Bell Labs and DGM&S, a U.S. telecom software company.
Mr. Shey was elected as one of the “Forbes China’s Best Venture Capitalists” for several times. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the State University of New York.

YGT Special Advisor

Paul Weidong Wang

Partner
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Mr. Paul Weidong Wang is currently a partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm. He was a partner at DeHeng Law Firm and Dechert LLP. He also worked with Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago. Mr. Wang has rich experience in the areas of private equity and venture capital, financing, domestic and cross-border mergers & acquisitions, IPO, regulatory compliance, and corporate governance. Mr. Wang authored the book titled “M&A in America” published by Citic Publishing House in November 2007 and translated the “Understanding Lawyers’ Ethics” published by Peking University Press in 2009. Mr. Wang is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

Maggi Alexander

Partner and Director
TPI’s Center for Global Philanthropy

Maggi Alexander supports individuals, families, foundations, and corporations in aligning their philanthropy with their values in ways that are more effective. Maggi has spent over 30 years on improving the quality of life for children, families, and communities in over 40 countries worldwide. In 1991, Maggi joined the International Youth Foundation (IYF) shortly after it was established, playing key leadership roles as the organization expanded globally.  Today, IYF is among the world’s leading public foundations focused on investing in young people, with operations in more than 100 countries. Maggi is currently a Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College and on the Board of New England International Donors. She has a Master’s from John’s Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.

YGT Mentors

Andrew Chang

Director of Partnerships, Asia Pacific
New Energy Nexus

Hai Chi

Managing Director
Blackstone

Xin Chen

investment director
SoftBank China Capital

Yimei Chen

Secretary-General
Vanke Foundation

Alphae Chen

Head of Group Strategic Marketing and Communications
DBS China

Yong Ge

Founding Partner
Green Investment

James Maughan

Director
Falcon and Associates

Yiting Liu

Partner
Coalescence Partners

Yong Lu

Senior Director
National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

Martin Garratt

Founder and Chief Executive
Cambridge Cleantech

Ryan Kushner

Expert in residence
New energy nexus

Yaping Shi

Chief Operating Officer
Metropoly Holdings Limited

Stella Tian

Investment director
SenseTime Technology

Ute Elisabeth Weiland

CEO
Germany - Land of Ideas

Dongdong Wang

Managing Director
Fosun Energy, Industrial and Utility Group

Alex Wang

VP of Global Procurement
& Supply Chain
Orange Group

Zhezhou Yue

President
Century Forever

Zhen Zhang

Executive Director
Tongji Alumni Fund

Huiying Zhu

Founding Partner
Restone Capital

Marco Poliafico

Project Finance Modeller
GE Renewables

Julie Sun

Board Member/ CSO
Beijing JD360 M&E Technology Co., Ltd.

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2020

Alexander E. Fotsch

Agricultural Operations Vice President of Locus Agricultural Solutions

Locus Agricultural Solutions is helping to solve the interrelated challenges of climate change and food security. Its innovative, award-winning microbial soil “probiotic” technology and CarbonNOWTM program gives farmers a new way to boost yields and income and sequester carbon while reducing operating costs and environmental impact.

Csaba Singer

CEO and CTO of Hybrid-Airplane Technologies GmbH

Hybrid-Airplane Technologies GmbH has developed a prototype of the patent-protected Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) h-aeroTM one. At the current stage of development, it is fulfilling hitherto unsolved challenges in the market for Unmanned Aerial Systems and comes with zero emission.

Binglei Chen

CEO of BloomGEM

BloomGEM stands for a bloom of Genetically Engineered Microorganism. It expresses our beautiful aspiration to make sustainable fashion and a better world to live in. BloomGEM is a team focusing on biosynthetic projects, aiming to create the world’s first industrialized microbial dye chromatography.

Florent Héroguel

Co-founder and COO of Bloom Biorenewables

Bloom reveals the hidden value of biomass to provide renewable energy and materials in markets such as fragrances, materials, plastics or textiles. For the first time, Bloom offers products that are both sustainable and cost competitive.

Lu Ji

CEO of Beijing Hurricane Partner Network Technology Co., Ltd.

Beijing hurricane partner network technology Co., Ltd. is a B2B service platform. The company uses both the online system      ( Tyre Operating System ) and the offline system( tyre service stations),combined with supply chain finance, to provide the best tyre-solution for logistics enterprises.


Wenzhao Wang

CEO of Fairylands Environmental Sci-Tech. (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

Fairylands Environmental Sci-Tech. (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. is an enterprise incubated by Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2015. The company is the leader of distributed, intelligent and unitary pipeline-free wastewater treatment (PFWWT) technology as well as the practitioner and promoter of the PFWWT concept. It is committed to solving the problem caused by the difficulties in the construction and operation of rural sewage networks, and to improve the rural environment in a fast, safe and low-cost way.

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2019

Juan Vicen

Cofounder and CMO of Zeleros Hyperloop

Zeleros is a Spanish company leading the European hyperloop development, a new ground transport system that can travel at 1000 km/h with 0 direct greenhouse gas emissions, reducing aerospace and trucking pollution, congestion, energy consumption and increasing railway speeds. Zeleros’ focus on the vehicle exponentially reduces infrastructure costs and enables operation at safer pressures for both passengers and freight.

Jing Hu

Cofounder and COO of Sunbright Quantum Technology

The company’s core technology is the third-generation solar material –quantum dot flexible film. With quantum dot materials and devices as the kernel, the company develops clean energy solutions with visible light and infrared light as energy carriers for low voltage endurance and remote wireless charging of mobile electronic devices and outdoor photovoltaic power generation.

Robert Heinecke

ceo of Breeze Technologies

Fighting air pollution with artificial intelligence, Breeze Technologies is a leading provider of air quality sensors, data and analytics. The company provides an environmental intelligence platform that offers hyperlocal, comprehensive and accurate air quality data, as well as insights and actionable recommendations.

Yufan Liu

CMO of GPACK INN

Relying on its proprietary recyclable packaging products and nationwide closed-loop recycling network, GPACK INN provides clients with intelligent, efficient and low-cost green packaging product recycling and rental services and customized green packaging total solutions, to reduce packaging costs, improve environment and guide the packaging industry toward standardization and sharing. At present, it has joined hands with many famous companies, such as Cainiao, Tmall, JD, Shanshan and so on.

José M. Bermúdez

CEO of Bound 4 Blue

Our vision is to power the world with wind, delivering automated wind-assisted propulsion systems as a turn-key solution to all shipowners and operators looking to decrease their fuel-related costs and pollutant emissions.

Jiannan Zhu

General Manager of Orca-Tech

Founded in 2017, Orca-Tech is the pioneer of unmanned water surface cleaning robots. With intelligent cruising and cleaning algorithms, the robots can provide efficient cleaning, improving efficiency, reducing risks and bringing more clear waters. Currently, it has received investments from DJI Technology’s president Prof. Zexiang Li, Hong Kong X Foundation, Brizan Ventures and PNP Leaguer.

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2018

Xia Li

FOUNDER, SHENZHEN POWER SOLUTION​

Xia Li’s project is dedicated to supplying the Shenzhen Power Solution with high-quality and affordable solar solutions. Her company has delivered solar lightings to 63 developing countries which has benefited more than 4.22 million households. So far, these solar lighting solutions have generated 43.95 million kilowatts of electricity and reduced 77 thousand tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Shutong Liu

FOUNDER, MOTIONECO​

After earning his Master’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Shutong Liu returned to China and founded MotionECO. MotionECO is a company aiming at recycling used cooking oil and converting it into biofuel; this offers a solution to both food safety and environmental problems. MotionECO’s innovations in biofuel also provide exciting new solutions for sustainable transportation, energy conservation and improving air quality.

Brent Constantz​

SERIAL SILICON VALLEY ENTREPRENEUR​

Brent Constantz is a serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur. In 2017, he launched his efforts to address climate change by sequestering and transforming carbon dioxide into building materials, specifically concrete. In 2012, Brent founded his startup Blue Planet to provide a scalable solution to climate change and carbon dioxide emission in an economically and technically sustainable way.

Xi Wang

FOUNDER,VLOOP​

Xi Wang is the founder of VLOOP, the world’s first environmental protection platform for consumers. With VLOOP, consumers will reuse and recycle recommended eco-friendly products to earn digital eco-friendly credits as a reward for contribution to reducing plastic pollution. Living in such an era where environmental challenges are more urgent than ever, the eco-friendly credit system will encourage the public to a green lifestyle.

Sean Wihera​

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT,CLARITY MOVEMENT​

Sean Wihera is the Director of Business Development of Clarity Movement, a Berkeley-based startup providing real-time, street-by-street air quality data. Clarity Movement also provides in-depth analysis including sourcing air pollution and predicting air quality in cities around the world. So far, Clarity Movement’s solutions have been applied in 30 countries and 30 cities all over the world.


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