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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 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.

Danny Kennedy

Chief Energy Officer, New Energy Nexus
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. 

Lizhong Yu

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.

Lun Feng

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. 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.

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. 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.

YGT Special Legal Advisor

Paul Weidong Wang

Partner
Zhong 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.

YGT Mentors

Andrew Chang

Director of Partnerships, Asia Pacific
New Energy Nexus

Hai Chi

Managing Director
Blackstone

Yimei Chen

Secretary-General
Vanke Foundation

David Li

Executive Director
Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab

Elena Foukes Lucas

Tesla

Yong Lu

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

Md Hadi Shafie Othman

CEO
Oniline Media Re/cap

Ryan Kushner

Expert in residence
New energy nexus

Yaping Shi

Chief Operating Officer
Metropoly Holdings Limited

Stanley Ng

Regional Program Manager - Southeast Asia
New Energy Nexus

Stella Tian

Investment director
SenseTime Technology

Lixin Wang

Board Secretary
Ch-Auto Technology Corporation Ltd.

Yiting Liu

Partner
Coalescence Partners

Zhezhou Yue

President
Century Forever

Huiying Zhu

Founding Partner
Restone Capital

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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