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Rubén Salgado Escudero
Rubén Salgado Escudero is a freelance photographer that has lived in Myanmar since 2013. His work focuses on conceptual-artistic documentary projects with real philanthropic outcomes for his subjects.
His current project, Solar Portraits, has been touted as an overnight game-changer for bringing rural communities access to electricity through solar technology.
Rubén’s works have been exhibited and sold in dozens of countries across the world and his photos have been published in numerous international publications, including National Geographic Magazine, TIME, GEO, and The New York Times. He has won various international awards including the Sony World Photography Award, two years in a row.
Ching Tien is the founder of Canadian Society for Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC) a non-profit organization that has, to date, sponsored over 690 Chinese young women and girls in their educational pursuits.
The importance of education came into sharp focus for Ching when her own privileged, Beijing education was cut short during the Chinese Cultural Revolution and she was sent to Gansu province to work in a chemical factory for eight years. Her dream of graduating from university was never realized but she has been committed to providing that gift to others ever since.
Since its inception in 2005, EGRC has boasted a 100 percent graduation rate and Ching has been nominated as a CBC hero for her empowering work.
Greg Smith is Managing Director of the strategic projects division of the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), a UK-based charity dedicated to creating a world free of high-risk roads.
Greg is responsible for leading iRAP projects globally and works closely with governments, multilateral development banks such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, non-government organizations and industry to Star Rate roads for safety and identify cost-effective life-saving treatments.
Greg is part a team that received the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award (2014), and also a recipient of the Institute of Transportation Engineers ITEANZ Emerging Professional of the Year Award (2010) and the Roads Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia (REAAA) Katahira Award for Best Technical Paper (2009).
Hu Weiwei (Mobike)
Hu Weiwei is founder and president of Mobike; a bike-sharing network where users can rent a bike on the go.
Mobike launched in Shanghai last year and moved to Beijing in September, 2016 where they have rapidly dominated the bike rental market with low rental costs, user-friendly app, and well-designed bikes.
WeiWei believes that by encouraging young people to ride bikes, Mobike can ease both traffic congestion and air pollution. Her vision is for Mobike is for it to become more than just a method of transportation and for it to change the way people think about and move through their city.
Before coming to Mobike, WeiWei worked for SAIC, Tencent and The Beijing News where she garnered over 10 years of experience as a journalist.
Saki Jingxian Chen
Saki Chen is the first and youngest Chinese female to fly around the world in a small aircraft and currently works as a private pilot.
In addition to being a pilot she is a qualified attorney with both Chinese legal and New York Bar qualifications. She published and translated the first book in Chinese on US General Aviation Laws and is a frequent contributor in International periodicals on aviation legal analysis. She is currently working on a book of her personal flying experiences.
Saki holds several professional titles including the Vice presidency of the Chinese Aviator Society of New York and the Director of NJ Sector of 99s international organization of women pilots.
Qichao Hu is the founder and CEO of SolidEnergy Systems. He received his PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard and started SolidEnergy during his postdoctoral work at MIT.
Since it’s inception, Qichao has built a world-class team that has led to SolidEnergy’s unprecedented ability to demonstrate twice the energy density in real cells in less than 2 years, and spearhead a brand new state-of-the-art pilot facility.
SolidEnergy has raised two rounds of venture financing from some of the world’s largest strategic investor and has formed joint development agreements with leading aerospace companies, battery manufacturers, consumer electronics and auto OEMs.
His dream is to power every aspect of peoples’ lives and provide access to these technologies in the most remote areas.
Hu YiHan graduated from George Washington University in 2013. While in university she assisted Carola McGifferet in establishing the 100K strong project. After graduation, YiHan worked for both the Health and Family Planning Commission and at Morgan Stanley in equity investments. During this time, she was sent as a delegate to the World Economic Forum as the vice president for Beijing’s 100k strong community. In 2014, she moved to Silicon Valley and established the Beijing-Chi Network Technology Co., Ltd., which is committed to promoting digital development in the medical field.
At 30-years-old, Yuan Chen became one of the youngest COO’s at a listed company but she really set herself apart when she successfully helped bring her traditional Chinese company to the International market.
Yuan was the first PH. D and first English speaker in upper management to join to the 23-year-old company and was initially perceived as a wild card for a high-level position. She took the initiative to expand the business abroad and the company is now No. 1 in both the Nigerian and Indian markets after only one year of expansion.
Mario Zaccagnini has made quite the name for himself on the Beijing restaurant scene as CEO of Eatalia Group (La Dolce Vita, Carpe Diem, Unique), Galleria and Feel Bar. Mario prides himself on his venues’ tasteful combination of art and gastronomy.
Born and raised in Italy, Mario came to China in 2010. Espying the lack of quality western food, he decided to open his first Italian restaurant in the Wudaokou area of Beijing. Mario now leads the helm at five award-winning restaurants including Galleria, which opened to rave reviews in 2016.
Mario founded the SIFCEE (Sino-Italy foundation for culture and economic exchange) and his restaurants have won numerous awards including the Art Award from the Italian Chamber of Commerce in China, and Food Report’s Best Restaurant 2015.
Chen Xu is the Director of Greater China Observatory Group and is responsible for the business development and public relations in the Greater China Region.
Prior to joining Observatory Group, she has worked in Fidelity International as a strategy analyst to develop Fidelity’s strategies in China and strengthen its government relationships. Chen worked for Accenture China in the strategy department before moving to Fidelity. She participated in strategic and management consulting projects for many clients in China such as China Construction Bank, People’s Insurance Company of China, China Unicom and State Grid.
Chen Xu holds a Master of Science in Corporate Finance from EDHEC (France) and a Bachelor of Economics in Finance and Credit Management.
Hao Zhou is the founder and CEO of QuantGroup, a web-based credit scoring and data mining system that assesses risk for large institutions, including the Federal Reserve, totaling hundreds of billions of dollars.
Since it’s founding in 2014, QuantGroup, a Fintech company, has garnered high-level attention including a CCTV televised meeting with Premier Li Keqiang in 2015 and the National and Beijing Government Award for “High-Tech Leaders in Science and Technology” and “Returnees Leading Pioneering Projects.” In 2016, Hao Zhou was named “China’s Entrepreneur of the Year” in the 3rd Annual World Internet Conference.
Hao Zhou has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Peking University and a Ph.D. in Physics from Rice University.