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 July 2016, the Group was first listed on Fortune Global 500, ranking 356th. It ranked 307th in 2017. 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.
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.
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. A skilled researcher and dedicated teacher, Yu is also an experienced administrator, having served in several important administrative capacities throughout his career at ECNU. It was under his leadership and forward-thinking global vision that ECNU embarked upon an ambitious path of growth and internationalization, cementing ECNU’s reputation as an institution of higher education with global impact. Chancellor Yu received his undergraduate degree in Geography from ECNU and his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Liverpool. He also holds honorary doctorates from Montclair State University, École Normale Supérieure, the University of Loughborough, and the University of Liverpool.
Founder, Vantone GroupChairman, 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. Known as the innovator and pioneer of real estate in China, Mr. Feng Lun actively promoted the progress of the industry. 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 agencies in China. Mr. Feng Lun is also the sponsor and donor of the most famous NGO in China—One Foundation and AI You Foundation.
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. As the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Musings, Susan offers a portal to vetted products and brands that are pioneers in health, environmental, and social consciousness. 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. A longstanding philanthropist, Susan sits on the boards of Oceana, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, We are Family Foundation, Southampton Arts Center, and Land and Garden Preserve. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and is additionally an advisor to Food Systems 6, MADE SAFE, Oceanic Global, and Ohana & Co. 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.
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Paul Weidong Wang
PartnerZhong Lun Law Firm
Mr. Paul Weidong Wang is currently a partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm. to that, 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 received his Master of Laws degree and Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Chicago Law School and also received a master’s degree in Comparative Law from Brigham Young University Law School. Mr. Wang was a visiting scholar at Peking University Law School and the University of Michigan Law School, and was a visiting professor and adjunct professor of BiMBA Business School of the National School of Development at Peking University. Currently, Mr. Wang is a board member of Peking University Health Science Center & University of Michigan Health System Joint Institute for Translational and Clinical Research, member of the University of Chicago Law School Council, and Mentor for Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University, Schwarzman College. He is a board member of the Committee 2005 of Western Returned Students and Scholar Association (WRSA). He served as former president of UChicago Beijing Alumni Club, and received University of Chicago Alumni Service Award in 2018. 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.
Partner and DirectorTPI’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. Over her career, Maggi has held senior leadership positions with national and international organizations, including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, UNICEF, the Fetzer Institute, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. 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.
Director of Partnerships, Asia PacificNew Energy Nexus
Executive DirectorShenzhen Open Innovation Lab
Elena Foukes Lucas
Senior DirectorNational Committee on U.S.-China Relations
Md Hadi Shafie Othman
CEOOniline Media Re/cap
Expert in residenceNew energy nexus
Chief Operating Officer Metropoly Holdings Limited
Regional Program Manager - Southeast AsiaNew Energy Nexus
Investment directorSenseTime Technology
Board SecretaryCh-Auto Technology Corporation Ltd.
Founding PartnerRestone Capital
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2019
Cofounder and CMO of Zeleros Hyperloop
Cofounder and COO of Sunbright Quantum Technology
ceo of Breeze Technologies
CMO of GPACK INN
José M. Bermúdez
CEO of Bound 4 Blue
General Manager of Orca-Tech
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2018
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.
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.
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 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.
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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