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Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative (GCPI): Tsinghua Forum

9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

The two largest global economies, the United States and China, make up 36% of the world’s economy, and have the highest number of billionaires in the world. The Hurun Research Institute in 2016 estimated that there are now more billionaires in China than in the US, a phenomenal development given that China’s wealthy class has arisen almost entirely over the past three decades. As their economies grow, so does the practice of giving among Chinese and Chinese American philanthropists. However, there are significant similarities and differences in motivation, interest, areas of giving and impacts between these philanthropists in the two countries.

Philanthropy in different cultural contexts takes on different forms. The act of giving is well established in the West and has long been woven into the cultural fabric. In the US, philanthropy among Chinese Americans has grown substantially in the past decades, and has moved far beyond the traditional models established by early Chinese immigrants through ethnic mutual aid societies, such as huiguan and family/clan associations. While little is known about Chinese American giving in the old days, there are currently nearly 1,300 Chinese American foundations, a 418% increase between 2000 and 2014, according to the Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative (GCPI) Report. Meanwhile, private and corporate philanthropic practices in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan have also significantly increased in recent years, and have achieved significant impacts. There are now more than 5,545 philanthropic foundations in mainland China, a 430% increase between 2006 and 2016.

However, philanthropy in China is just budding, accounting for only 0.1% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014, which is in striking contrast to the 2% of GDP in the United States. Indeed, the concept of philanthropy is relatively new to wealthy Chinese, while the nonprofit sector is still at the early stage of development in China. Yet, the interest in giving among the new generation of Chinese entrepreneurs has grown and the potential to significantly transform the philanthropy landscape is extremely strong. At this critical moment, China and the United States have enormous opportunities to collaboratively address the most pressing issues in the economy and society and create impactful philanthropic partnerships. As the two countries are becoming increasingly interconnected, interaction among Chinese and Chinese American philanthropists can lead to positive exchanges of ideas and best practices.

In today’s increasingly globalized world, philanthropy has no borders. It is against this background that the Global Chinese Philanthropy Initiative (GCPI): Tsinghua Forum is held. The forum is co-hosted by the Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies (CCES) of Tsinghua University and the Asia Pacific Center (APC) of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and co-sponsored and supported by many institutions in China and the United States. Philanthropists, scholars, experts and foundation representatives from both sides of the Pacific Ocean are getting together on the Tsinghua campus to share ideas, best practices, and research findings on philanthropy and stimulate research on Chinese and Chinese American philanthropy, philanthropy and higher education, Chinese entrepreneurship and philanthropy, and innovative methodologies.

The forum will further promote philanthropic spirit and corporate social responsibility, increase the global visibility of the contributions of Chinese philanthropists to world prosperity and peace. It will also provide opportunities through an online platform for continual interaction, communication and cooperation for Chinese and Chinese American philanthropists and other philanthropists, professionals of philanthropic foundations and organizations, academic scholars, and policymakers. The ultimate goal of the forum is to jointly promote the effective communication and positive development of philanthropy, to advance Chinese and Chinese American philanthropists as positive and contributing role models in Greater China, the United States, and around the world, and to strengthen China-US relations.

About the GCPI Tsinghua Forum


Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies, Tsinghua University

Asia Pacific Center, University of California, Los Angeles


Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University

Long US-China Institute, University of California, Irvine

China Institute for Chinese Overseas Studies

Center for China and Globalization


Institute for Philanthropy, Tsinghua University,

Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles

China Philanthropy Research Institute, Beijing Normal University

Center for Philanthropy & Social Enterprise, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China


China Overseas Exchange Association

China Federation of Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs

School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University

Media Partners

Xinhuanet, People.cn, Chinanews, Tencent, Sina, Sohu, Sing Tao, Takungpao, SupChina, Chinaqw, China Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs and some 20 other media outlets


Dalio Auditorium, Schwarzman College,Tsinghua University


Morning Sessions

08:00-09:00 Registration

09:00-09:30 Welcome Remarks

Yong Qiu, President & Professor, Tsinghua University

Gene D. Block, Chancellor & Distinguished Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Chaired by

Denggao Long, Director & Professor, Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies, Tsinghua University

Min Zhou, Director & Professor, UCLA Asia Pacific Center, Walter & Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations and Communications

09:30-09:50 GCPI Report Briefing

Stewart Kwoh, President & Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Los Angeles

Chaired by

Brian T. Hervey, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Alumni Relations, University of California, Irvine

09:50-11:00 High-Level Dialogue I: Philanthropy, Innovation, Research and Education

Ronnie C. Chan, Chairman, Hang Lung Properties

Anla Cheng, Founder & CEO, SupChina

John Long, Founder & CEO, Highridge Partners

Dezhi Lu, Chairman, Hongkang Life Insurance; Chairman, Huamin Charity Foundation

Sue Van, President & CEO, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation

Tao Zhao, Chairman, Shandong Buchang Pharmaceuticals; Vice President, China

Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs Association

Moderated by

Christopher Marquis, Samuel C. Johnson Professor, Cornell University

11:00-11:20 Tea Break

11:20-12:10 High-Level Dialogue II: Chinese and Overseas Chinese Philanthropy

Bo Lu, Co-Founder and Founding Director of World Future Foundation, Singapore

David Q. Pan, Executive Dean, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University

Jaff Shen, Secretary-General, Beijing Leping Public Welfare Foundation

Linda Wong, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Yihai Group

Moderated by

Huiyao Wang, President, Center for China and Globalization

12:10-13:00 High-Level Dialogue III: Emerging Philanthropy Landscape

Adley Chan, Assistant Professor, the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California

Patrick Liang, Executive Director, Cyrus Tang Foundation

Ben Niu, Chairman, Lao Niu Brother & Sister Foundation

Virginia Tan, Co-founder and President, Learn In China

Catherine Zhang, Vice President, Rockcheck Group; Director, Rockcheck Puji Foundation

Moderated by

Vivian Long, Director of Programs, Long Family Foundation

13:00-14:20 Luncheon

Afternoon Sessions

14:20-15:15 Deans’ Panel: Philanthropy Research and Higher Education

Haoming Huang, Vice President & Professor, China Global Philanthropy Institute

Ping Li, Director & Professor, Institute of Marxist Philosophy and Chinese Modernization at Sun Yat-sen University

Bill Maurer, Dean & Professor, School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine

John Sonego, Associate Dean for External Affairs, USC Price School of Public Policy

Moderated by

Min Zhou, Director & Professor, UCLA Asia Pacific Center, Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations and Communications

15:15-16:15 Academic Panel I: Diverse Patterns of Global Chinese Philanthropy

· “Traditional Patterns of Philanthropy in Public Work in China”

Denggao Long, Director & Professor, Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies, Tsinghua University

Jinghua Xing, Deputy Director, Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies, Tsinghua University

· “The Contribution of Overseas Chinese to Philanthropy in China since the Economic Reform”

Xiuming Zhang, Deputy Director, China Institute for Chinese Overseas Studies; Editor-in-Chief ofOverseas Chinese History Studies

· “The Donations of the Extremely Wealthy in China”

Chien-Chung Huang, Director & Professor, Huamin Research Center, Rutgers University

Congcong Zhang, Ph.D. candidate, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Beijing Normal University

· “Institutional Logics, Imprinting and Corporate Social Responsibilities: A Tale of Private and Public Charities”

Tianli Feng, Associate Professor & Executive Director, Center for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Moderated by

Chunwang Zhang, Director, China Institute for Chinese Overseas Studies; Vice President, Overseas Chinese History Society of China

16:15-16:30 Tea Break

16:30-17:40 Academic Panel II: Philanthropy Research in Comparative Perspective

· “Why Giving: A Comparative Study of the Motivation of Donations by the Wealthy”

Xijin Jia, Associate Professor & Vice Dean, Institute for Philanthropy, Tsinghua University

· “The Driving Forces of Philanthropy among Chinese Immigrants: The Case of Shunde, China”

Jianggang Zhu, Professor of Sociology, Nan Kai University

Yanchun Jing, Dean, Guangzhou Institute for Philanthropy

· “Environmental Philanthropy and Public Participation: Comparison on Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore”

Wenjuan Zheng, Ph.D. candidate, CUNY Graduate Center

Zhenxiang Chen, Ph.D. candidate, UCLA

Paul M. Ong, Research Professor, School of Public Affairs, UCLA

· “Rockefeller Foundation’s Agricultural Philanthropy in Rural China”

Ruisheng Zhang, Ph.D. candidate, Purdue University

· “The Internet and Philanthropic Donations among Middle-Class Chinese: Evidence from CGSS2012”

Yuting Shi, Ph.D. Candidate, Sun Yat-sen University

Chaired by

Tuan Yang, Research Professor, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Deputy Secretary-General, China Lingshan Charity Public Welfare Promotion Association

17:40-17:50 Closing & Acknowledgments

Denggao Long, Director & Professor, Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies, Tsinghua University

17:50-19:00 Dinner (by special invitation only)

About Tsinghua CCES

The Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies (CCES) was established as a campus-wide interdisciplinary research institute involving faculty and researchers from the School of Social Sciences, the School of Economics and Management, and the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University. The CCES aims to provide a prominent platform for government officials, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and scholars to exchange knowledge about Chinese entrepreneurs, or huashang, at home and abroad. By examining huashang’s entrepreneurial spirit and inspiring ideas, and practical cases of entrepreneurial endeavors, the CCES promote innovative research in economics, management, and other related fields. As Chinese entrepreneurs have been a significant driving force for China’s rapid economic growth, the CCES will grow together to engage in cutting-edge research and strive for a unique place in the international academia. Website: http://www.cces.tsinghua.edu.cn


The UCLA Asia Pacific Center (APC) promotes greater knowledge and understanding of Asia and the Pacific region on campus and in the community through innovative research, teaching, public programs, and international collaborations. It focuses on the inter-Asian and transpacific connections from historical, contemporary, and comparative perspectives and encourages interdisciplinary work on cross-border and supranational issues. APC is designated as a National Resource Center on East Asia under the US Department of Education’s Title VI program and is home to the UCLA Program on Central Asia. It is an academic partner of GCPI. Website: http://www.international.ucla.edu/asia/home

Biographies of Panelists, Chairs/Moderators, and Presenters

Yong Qiu

Qiu Yong is President of Tsinghua University, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Professor of Chemistry. Professor Qiu has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Young Scholar by the National Science Fund, Chang Jiang Scholar by the Ministry of Education, National Model Teacher by the Ministry of Education, and the National Technological Invention Award conferred by the President of China. With over 290 published papers and 530 patents, Professor Qiu’s research interests primarily focus on organic electronics, optoelectronics, semiconductors, and organic light emitting materials and devices. He has been devoted to both the fundamental research on Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) and technology transfer

Gene D. Block

Gene D. Block, Ph.D. in Psychology, is Chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also Distinguished Professor of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and holds a joint faculty appointment in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. He was appointed UCLA Chancellor in 2007. Previously, he served as Vice President and Provost of the University of Virginia, the Alumni Council Thomas Jefferson Professor of Biology, Vice President for Research and Public Service, and founding Director of the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center in Biological Timing. He is also an expert in neuroscience. His research has focused on the neurobiology of circadian rhythms, specifically the neural mechanisms by which organisms adjust sleep and wakefulness to the day and night cycle. Most recently, he has examined the effects of aging in the nervous system and how it impacts biological timing in mammals, including humans.

Listed in alphabetical order by family name

Adley Chan

Adley Chan, Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, is an occupational therapist and Assistant Professor in the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California. His doctoral work involved building a collaboration between architecture and occupational therapy education, using universal design as the intellectual bridge. He now has the opportunity to pursue another passion —raising awareness of and building the educational foundation for occupational therapy throughout China.

Ronnie C. Chan

Ronnie C. Chan is Chairman Hang Lung Properties. He is the founder and President of the China Heritage Fund, co-founding Director of the Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, former Vice President and former Advisor of the China Development Research Foundation, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chairman Emeritus of the Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, and founding Chairman of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society. He serves or has served on the governing or advisory bodies of several think tanks and universities, including the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the World Economic Forum, the East-West Center, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Eisenhower Fellowships, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, the University of Southern California, the Indian School of Business, Yale University, Tsinghua University, and Fudan University.

Anla Cheng

Anla Cheng is the Founder and CEO of SupChina, a digital China news company which aims to inform and educate English-speaking millennials to boomers, Chinese diaspora, Fortune 500 companies, and Chinese in China. She has been a senior partner at Sino-Century, a China Private Equity Fund which pursues an Inbound and Outbound China strategy. Prior to that, she worked at Robert Fleming as SVP and Head of the Japan/Taiwan/Korea Institutional Group, at Goldman Sachs on the GNMA bond desk, and at Citigroup as the Asian Portfolio Manager. She is a board member/trustee of the Committee 100, China Institute, the Nature Conservancy (TCN), Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO), and Global Council Member of Brookings China and Columbia University – which all are engaged with advancing US-China relations. She has an M.B.A. from Wharton.

Tianli (Tilly) Feng

Tianli (Tilly) Feng, Ph.D. in Management Science Engineering, is currently Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. She was a visiting associate Professor at Stanford University from July 2013 to 2015 and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Irvine from 2012 to June 2013. Her research interests include philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, strategic philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility. Dr. Feng has undertaken two national natural science funds and the Ministry of Education's Humanities and Social Sciences Research Fund as well as several other national research projects. She has published papers in Management and Organizational Review, Journal of Comparative International Management and Management World (in Chinese).

Brian T. Hervey

Brian T. Hervey serves as Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Alumni Relations and President of the UCI Foundation at the University of California, Irvine. He has served as Vice President of Scott & White Healthcare Foundation, led successful multimillion dollar fundraising campaigns, and supervised staff in the areas of major gift development, communications, and planned giving for the Baylor Scott & White Health Central Division, which includes 14 hospitals and over 65 clinics in central Texas. Previously, he was Director of Institutional Advancement at Texas A&M Health Science Center (HSC) College of Medicine. Mr. Hervey is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and a Certified Gift Planning Professional (CGPP).

Chien-Chung Huang

Chien-Chung Huang, Ph.D. in Social Work, is Director of the Huamin Research Center and a professor at the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. His research emphasizes the role of social policy in the well-being of children and their families, both domestically and internationally. He specifically investigates the effects of domestic violence on victims and their children. In recent years, Dr. Huang has focused on effects of philanthropy, social innovation, and the nonprofit sector on social development. Dr. Huang has co-edited four books and published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His research has appeared in journals, including Child Development;the Journal of Human Resources;the Journal of Marriage and Family; the American Journal of Public Health; Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance; theInternational Journal of Social Welfare; the Journal of Population Economic; the Social Service Review;and the Children and Youth Services Review.

Haoming Huang

Haoming Huang, Ph. D. in Management, is Vice President of and a professor at the China Global Philanthropy Institute, Honorary Chairman of China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), and Vice Chairman of China Association for Non-Profit Organization (CANPO). He is also an adjunct professor at the Institute for Philanthropy Tsinghua University, the School of Public Administration at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Chinese Academy of Governance. Dr. Huang’s main research areas are in: project management of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), international exchanges and cooperation among social organizations, organization governance, strategic management, and internationalization. His monographs include Study on Strategy and Route of China’s NGO Internationalization, Strategic Management of Non-profit Organizations, Editor-in-Chief of Exploration and Practice of Social Organization Innovation Mechanism, and co-edited NPOs in Germany. He was awarded Chinese Public Figure in 2014 and 2016.

Xijin Jia

Xijin Jia, Ph.D. in Sociology, is Associate Professor of School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, and Vice Dean of the Institute for Philanthropy, Tsinghua University. She is also Managing Editor of the China Nonprofit Review. She was a visiting scholar at Harvard University in the U.S., London School of Economy in the U.K., and Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Jia’s research interests focus on social organization, governance, and public ethics. She has published 5 books and about 100 articles. She is currently conducting research on legislation and policy of NGOs, social governance, and public and philanthropic ethics.

Yanchun Jing

Yanchun Jing, Ph.D. in Anthropology, is Dean of the School of Philanthropy in Guangzhou, Director of Ning Xia Hao Shan Social Work Development Service Center, a specially invited expert of the Guangzhou Society Organization Credit Evaluation Center, the academic advisor of the Shunde Daliang Shiyang Women’s Charity Academy, and a part-time researcher in the SYSU-Shunde Center for Research and Development. She is a member of the International Society for Third-sector Research. She has been doing research in a range of fields, including overseas Chinese, diaspora philanthropy, community development, and non-profit management.

Stewart Kwoh

Stewart Kwoh is a co-founder and current President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, the largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization in the US that serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. He is a nationally recognized leader and expert in race relations, Asian American studies, nonprofit organizations and philanthropies, civil rights, and legal services. He was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1998, becoming the first Asian American attorney and community leader to receive this highly prestigious recognition, often referred to as the “genius grant.” Kwoh earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ping Li

Ping Li, Ph.D. in Ethics, is Professor of Ethics and Director of the Institute of Marxist Philosophy and Chinese Modernization at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU). She also serves on the Social Science Committee of the Ministry of Education as well as the Philosophy Subject Evaluation Committee of the National Social Science Fund. She has been nationally recognized as an expert of exceptional contribution and outstanding teacher. She previously held the position of Vice President and Deputy Party Secretary at Sun Yat-sen University. Professor Li’s main areas of research include: comparative moral education, charity ethics, ideological and cultural issues, and youth research.

Patrick Liang

Patrick Liang, M.B.A., is the Executive Director for the Cyrus Tang Foundation, which has been active in China for over 20 years and primarily supports educational causes in China, including programs at 22 Universities and over 400 middle and high schools throughout China. He is also the Managing Director-China for Tang Industries Inc, which is a private diversified conglomerate with activities in the manufacturing, metals, real estate, life sciences, investments, and other industries. He has been with the organization and manages the investment and operations for both Tang Industries’ China activities and the Cyrus Tang Foundation.

Denggao Long

Denggao Long is Director of the Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies at Tsinghua University and a professor in the School of Social Science at Tsinghua University. He is the chief expert of the National Social Science Fund and an expert consultant for the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council. He is also Vice President of the Overseas Chinese History Society of China and a member of the Academic Committee of the Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Previously, Denggao Long was a visiting professor at Harvard University, Yale University, Cambridge University, KU Leuven, Academia SINICA, and National Chengchi University. Professor Long has published over 80 papers in Chinese and English in academic and professional journals, including Social Science in China, Economic Research Journal, Historical Research, and Sociological Studies. More than 10 of his monographs have been published in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, and other countries. Professor Long is co-editor of the International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies and chief editor or co-editor of the Social Economic History Translation Series, the Tsinghua Economic History Series, theInternational Chinese Entrepreneur Research Series, and the Chinese Entrepreneur Leader Tsinghua Auditorium.

John S. Long

John S. Long, M.B.A., is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Highridge Partners, a distinguished entrepreneur and a business leader. He is also the Founding Chairman of the UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Governors, and a member of the Committee of 100. He is noted for his immense support and involvement over the years in the academic and civic communities. He and his family foundation established the Long US-China Institute at the University of California, Irvine, which focuses on bridging common understanding between the US and China in the areas of business, law, and society.

Vivian Long

Vivian Long, M.P.A., is Director of Programs at the Long Family Foundation, a private foundation established in 1992 that funds religious, educational, cultural, and research endeavors. As Director of Programs, she focuses on creating bridge-building programs between the US and China. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles and is a Trustee for the Pi Beta Phi Foundation. She has led domestic policy and advocacy efforts at the Joyful Heart Foundation.

Bo Lu

Bo Lu, Ph.D. in Non-Profit Management, is Co-Founder and former Managing Director of World Future Foundation, Singapore. World Future Foundation is the first charitable foundation established by Chinese entrepreneurs outside China and financially supports research in environmental and social sustainability. He is multilingual, fluent in Mandarin, English and Arabic. He recently published a book, entitled Doing Good across the World: Personal Reflections by a Chinese Philanthropy Executive.

Dezhi Lu

Dezhi Lu, Ph.D. in Philosophy, is Chairman of Hongkang Life Insurance (LLC) and the Huamin Charity Foundation. He also serves as the Chairman of the China Foundation Center and the China Charity Fair Shenzhen Development Center. He is Vice Chairman of the International Confucian Association, the China Association of Social Security, the China Policy Research Fund, and the China Association for Nonprofit Organizations. He is also a member of the World Productivity Academy of Sciences and is an adjunct professor and doctoral advisor at Peking University, Nanjing University, and other universities and research institutes. In 2014, he became one of the first Chinese members of the Global Philanthropists Circle (GPC). Dr. Lu’s fields of study include philosophy, economics, sociology and nonprofit management. He published many monographs such asTheory of Trading Ethics and Spirit of Capital. Over the years Dr. Lu has extensively explored modern philanthropy theories and practices in China. He has delivered more than 150 speeches on the topic and is regarded as one of the foremost experts on modern charity in China. His theoretical frameworks, in particular those relating to capital and collective sharing, have had meaningful impacts and generated discussion worldwide.

Chris Marquis

Christopher Marquis, Ph.D. in Sociology and Business Administration, is the Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Global Sustainable Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University, a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, and Associate Editor of the Administrative Science Quarterly. Prior to joining Cornell, he taught at Harvard Business School for 10 years. He has previously held visiting positions at Harvard Kennedy School, Fudan University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Peking University, and Shanghai Jiaotong University. Dr. Marquis’ research is focused on how business can have a positive impact on society and the natural environment. He has published in leading international academic and practitioner journals and his research has won many international awards, including the 2006 William H. Newman Award for best dissertation across the entire the Academy of Management as well as the 2003 James D. Thompson Award for best graduate student paper from the American Sociological Association. He was a finalist for the 2010 and 2013 Aspen Institute Faculty Pioneer Award, and in 2017, he received the Thousand Talents Award from the Chinese Government.

Bill Maurer

Bill Maurer, Ph.D. in anthropology, is Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology, Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is one of the world’s leading experts on money’s artifacts and technological systems. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including most recently, How Would You Like to Pay? How Technology is Changing the Future of Money. He is also a founding member of the Future of Money Research Collaborative and is currently editing The Cultural History of Money, covering antiquity to the present.

Ben Niu

Ben Niu, graduated from Luton University, is the chairman of the Lao Niu Brother & Sister Foundation. With the support and encouragement of his father, Mr. Niu Gensheng, he has focused much of his philanthropic efforts on environmental protection. He has been working with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya. In 2011, Niu Ben and his sister founded the Lao Niu Brother & Sister Foundation, which mainly focuses on childcare, youth entrepreneurship, and family philanthropy research and advocacy. He has been in charge of the Lao Niu Foundation's environmental protection program since 2012 and donated $6 million to the Nature Conservancy through the Lao Niu Foundation. In 2015, He joined the first "Global Philanthropy Leaders Program (GPL)." In 2016 and 2017, he was awarded the “Chinese Public Welfare Figures” twice by China Philanthropy Times. In January 2018, He joined in China-US Next Generation Philanthropy Partnership. In March 2018, he served as member of council for Guiyang Seiwajyuku.

Paul M. Ong

Paul M. Ong, Ph.D. in Economics, is a research professor at the Institute of Environment and Sustainability, the Asian American research department, and the School of Public Affairs at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He is currently Director of the UCLA Community Knowledge Center and Senior Editor of the AAPI Nexus Academic Journal. His main research areas are in: immigration, civic and political participation, economic status of minorities, welfare-to-work, health workers, spatial inequality, and environmental inequality.

Qingzhong (David) Pan

Qingzhong (David) Pan, Ph.D. in Finance from Tsinghua University and Master’s in Science from Stanford University, is Executive Dean of Schwarzman College from 2013. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the Center for Corporate Governance at Tsinghua University. His career has crossed over entrepreneurship and academics. He has worked in four companies in the IT industry (1994-2004), serving as an engineer, director of R&D, Vice President, CEO, and Chairman. From 2004 to 2014, he returned to Tsinghua and served as Director of the Development Office of the School of Economics and Management (SEM).

Dongshu (Jaff) Shen

Jaff Shen, a social entrepreneur, social innovation catalyst, and market maker, is currently Secretary-General of the Beijing Leping Public Welfare Foundation and publisher & editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review Chinese Magazine. In 2002, he co-founded, grew, and led Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation to catalyze social innovation and build the market for positive changes in China. Jaff has grown five social enterprises over the course of ten years. In 2013, he introduced SVP, a venture philanthropy model, to China. Its introduction opened up innovative ways to strengthen the financial market, energize the talent market, and enhance thought leadership in the field of social innovation. Jaff brings robust strategic planning, vigorous corporate governance, and increasing social impact to Leping. In 2014, he was named "Chinese Youth Leader" bySouthern Weekly.

Yuting Shi

Yuting Shi is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Sun Yat-sen University. She was the recipient of the Full Scholarship from Sun Yat-sen University. Her research projects include the “China Labor Dynamics Survey” at Sun Yat-sen University and “Study on the Construction of an Incentive Model and Policy System for China's Family Charity Donations.” She has published academic articles and reports on overtime work, citizen participation in the middle class, charitable donations, and participation of urban residents in social organizations in academic journals and reports. Her doctoral dissertation examines the relations of social stratification, differences in internet usage, and the levels of civic engagement in China.

John Sonego

John Sonego is the Associate Dean for External Affairs at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. He also teaches in the School’s Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management program. He has served as Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Affairs for UCLA’s School, the Director of Programs and Communications at GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and as Senior Vice President for the Rogers Group. He was appointed as a Commissioner to the Local Government Services Commission of Los Angeles County, and served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Geffen Playhouse and on the Board of Trustees for the Hollywood Schoolhouse and of the Thrive in Joy Foundation. He is an accomplished writer, published in USA Today, The Detroit News, The Advocate, and the Huffington Post. He is the author of My Three Sons: The Birth of a New Family and of In the Belly of the Fish: A Study in the Book of Jonah.

Virginia Tan

Virginia Tan is the co-founder and president of Lean In China, She co-founded She Loves Tech, a global initiative focusing on technology by women and technology for women. She is also the founding partner of Teja Ventures. Her background is in law and finance, where she was an experienced finance lawyer for more than 8 years, specialising in energy, resources, and infrastructure sectors in emerging markets. She moved to Beijing in 2013 to work on strategic investments related to the "One Belt One Road" initiative on behalf of Chinese state owned companies and financial institutions. She has spoken at Peking University, Tsinghua University, and UNICEF and has been filmed by BBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, CCTV, and Vice.

Sue Van

Sue Van is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation with responsibility for its vision,strategic plan and operations. The Foundation continues Wallace H. Coulter's practice of providing risk capital for innovative initiatives through its grant programs. Prior to establishing the Foundation in 1999,Ms. Van was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Coulter Corporation,the leader in global diagnostics that created and built the market for automated hematology which made blood cell testing affordable and accessible。Ms. Van was born in Shanghai and immigrated to the United States at the age of five。She graduated in Political Science from the American University and received her MA in International Affairs from George Washington University

Huiyao (Henry) Wang

Huiyao (Henry) Wang is a professor, doctoral supervisor, counselor of the State Council, founder and President of the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), Vice Chairman of China Western Returned Scholars Association, Vice Chairman of China Association for International Economic Cooperation under the Ministry of Commerce, Expert Committee Member of the China State Council Overseas Chinese Office, Vice Chairman of China Talent Society under Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and Dean of the Institute of Development Studies at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. He is also an advisory board member of the International Organization of Migration of United Nation and a member of the Asia Advisory Council of Yale University. He has served as a senior research fellow at Harvard University as well as a visiting professor at several universities, including Peking University and the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He is the author of over 60 books published in the English and Chinese languages on international talents, global governance, national strategy, Chinese think tanks, China outbound investment, and returned overseas students.

Linda Wong

Linda Wong is the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors at Yihai Group and Yihai Education Group. She is a pioneer entrepreneur during the 1st Hong Kong Investment Convention led by the Beijing municipal government. She is also the first in Beijing to bring elite schools into communities and implement the idea of educational community. Yihai Group, which she founded 30 years ago, has now become a corporation deeply involved in the field of real estate, education, finance, property management, business operation, and health care. Being passionate about charitable activities and fully committed to the cause of charity, she was awarded the “China Charity Prize,” which is the highest prize awarded by the Chinese government in this field, and was named as one of the Top 10 Philanthropists on China Philanthropy List, both for four consecutive years.

Jinghua Xing

Jinghua Xing, Doctor of Public Administration, is Deputy Director of the Center for Chinese Entrepreneur Studies, Tsinghua University. Dr. Xing is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies. She is a committee member on the Party History Research and Party Affairs Committee of the Central Committee of the China Zhi Gong Party, Deputy Director of the Overseas Chinese Committee of Beijing Committee of China Zhi Gong Party, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Bio-medicine in the Department of Philosophy, Peking University jointly with Peking University Health Science Center.

Tuan Yang

Tuan Yang is a professor and graduate advisor at the Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She is concurrently Deputy Secretary-General of China Lingshan Charity Public Welfare Promotion Association and Chairwoman of the Beijing Yongqing Rural Development Foundation. She has long been committed to social policy and social security, charity, public welfare and non-profit organizations, comprehensive farmer cooperative organizations, community public services, and long-term care for the elderly. She has published more than 200 monographs, papers and research reports. She is Chief Editor of the annual series Research on Contemporary Social Policy (2005-2017), China Charity Development Report (2009-2018), and Comprehensive Agricultural Association: Breakthrough of China's ‘Three Rural Issues’ (2013-2017).

Catherine Zhang

Catherine Zhang, with two Bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science, is Vice President at Rockcheck Group, a fortune 500 Chinese conglomerate in industrials (iron and steel production), finance, culture, and sports & health. She is also Director of Rockcheck Puji Foundation, a public welfare foundation that focuses on accumulating positive energy and caring about vulnerable groups, providing medical services, education, and disaster relief efforts to impoverished regions. She has a strong passion for philanthropy and charity efforts. She has lead multiple school construction projects and educational exchanges in China, and promoted a charity project focused on social entrepreneurship in Kenya, providing young local entrepreneurs with learning platform and business opportunities.

Chunwang Zhang

Chunwang Zhang, is Director of the China Institute for Chinese Overseas Studies, the director of a Chinese think tank, and Vice President of The Overseas Chinese History Society of China. He has been engaged in relevant research work in the All-China Federation of Trade Unions and All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese, participated in the drafting of important documents of relevant departments, and presided over several major research projects of relevant departments. His main research area is in the theory and policy of overseas Chinese affairs, and many his research results have been adopted by policymakers in different government agencies.

Ruisheng Zhang

Ruisheng Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate in history, in the Department of History and the Chinese Research Center at Purdue University. As the recipient of both the Chinese Scholar Council (CSC) fellowship and the Purdue Research Foundation Research Fellowship, he has published in academic journals on issues pertaining to US-China agricultural cooperation, rural reconstruction, and agricultural philanthropy during the Republic of China. His doctoral dissertation formulates alternative understandings of agricultural technology, philanthropic organization, rural rebuilding, and the dissemination of science and modernization in the agricultural sector of Chinese society by examining the five most organized cooperative agricultural programs between the United States and China during the first half of the twentieth century.

Xiuming Zhang

Xiuming Zhang is Deputy Director of the China Institute for Chinese Overseas Studies, Secretary General of the Overseas Chinese History Society of China, and Editor-in-Chief ofOverseas Chinese History Studies. She is also fellow at the Peking University Overseas Chinese Research Center, an adjunct professor at the Wuhan Overseas Chinese Affairs Theory Research Center, and an adjunct professor of Wuyi University. Her main research areas are in overseas Chinese policy, international migrants, new migrants, and international students. Her recently published works include “An Analysis of China’s Entry-Exit Policies and Entry-Exit Activities in the Thirty Years of Reform and Opening-Up,” “Analysis of the New Traits in International Migration and Clarification of the Distinction between ‘International Migrants’ and ‘Overseas Chinese’,” “New changes in relations between overseas Chinese and China since twenty-first Century,” and “Examining the Definitions Relating to Overseas Chinese and Chinese Overseas.”

Tao Zhao

Tao Zhao, M.B.A., is Chairman of Shandong Buchang Pharmaceuticals Co., LTD, Vice President of China Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs Association (COCEA), and chief supervisor of Shandong Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs Association. He has ample management experience in the pharmaceutical industry and is keen on charity. He organized the Heart of China Foundation, which has since been incorporated into the “United Project” of the Central United Front Work Department, and was named the “2016 Top Ten Philanthropists.”

Wenjuan Zheng

Wenjuan Zheng is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Sociology of the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is interested in organizational studies and comparative sociology. Her dissertation examines how different degrees of involvement of the state and the market have interactively shaped nonprofit organizations’ strategies and the configuration of the nonprofit sectors in the cities of Guangzhou and Shanghai in China. She will become a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University in early September.

Min Zhou

Min ZHOU, Ph.D. in Sociology, is Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies, the Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations and Communications, and Director of the Asia Pacific Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She was the Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor, Head of the Division of Sociology, and Director of the Chinese Heritage Centre at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She was also the Chang Jiang Scholar Chair Professor of Sociology at Sun Yat-sen University, China. Dr. Zhou’s main research areas are in migration and development, Chinese diaspora, education and the new second generation, ethnic entrepreneurship, ethnic/racial relations, and the sociology of Asia and Asian America. She has published widely in these areas, including an award-winning book The Asian American Achievement Paradox (2015), The Rise of the New Second Generation (2016), and Contemporary Chinese Diasporas (2017). She is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Career Award of the American Sociological Association Section on International Migration.

Jiangang Zhu

Jiangang Zhu, Ph.D. in Anthropology, is Professor of Sociology at Nan Kai University and Vice Chairman of the Guangdong Qianhe Community Foundation. He is also a special researcher in the Institute of Sociology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI and a visiting scholar of the Harvard Yanjing Institute in the United States. Dr. Zhu has been doing research in a range of fields, including philanthropy, NGO studies, community development, social movements and collective action. His major publications are Between the Family and the State: Ethnography of the Civic Associations and Community Movements in a Shanghai Linong Neighborhood(2010), The Community, Space and Action (2010), and Power of Action: Cases Studies of Private Volunteer Organizations(2009).

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