China

China Global Conservation Fund Board Committee and Contributors

Karen Lo
Member, philanthropist

Ms. Lo is the former Vice Chairman of Heritage International Holdings and has many years of experience in the fashion industry. A member of The Nature Conservancy’s China Board of Trustees, she is a generous supporter of environmental and arts organizations. Ms. Lo lives in Hong Kong, travels extensively and loves the outdoors.

 

Ma, Huateng (Pony)
Member

Mr. Ma, Huateng, as a core founder, created Tencent in 1998, and leads the Company grow into one of ’the largest and most used Internet service portals over last 15 years in China.

Mr. Ma is also dedicated and passionate in participating in charitable activities, promoting corporate social responsibility by leveraging on the Group’s online platforms. In September 2006, Mr. Ma together with the other Co-Founders of Tencent established the Tencent Charity Foundation, the first charity foundation set up by a Chinese Internet enterprise. As a committee member of Tencent Charity Foundation, Mr. Ma has leaded a number of public charity projects across China, developing innovative online charity products and services, as well as promoting charitable and philanthropic activities among the hundreds and millions of Internet users.

Mr. Ma was awarded as “The Young Global Leaders” by the World Economic Forum in 2006, “Best CEO for the Year” by the Institutional Investor magazine in 2008, “Chinese Business Leaders for the Decade” by CCTV in 2009, “Top Ten Outstanding Persons for the ShenzhenCity’s Charity Industy” and “30 Outstanding Persons for the 30th Anniversary of the Shenzhen Special Administrative Region” in 2010. Mr. Ma is also a deputy to the 5th Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress and the 12th National People’s Congress.

Mr. Ma joined the China Board of The Nature Conservancy as China Trustee in December 2010.

 

Niu, Gensheng
Member

Mr. Niu Gensheng is a co-founder of Mengniu Dairy Group and was its chairman until 2009. Born in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, Mr Niu graduated from Inner Mongolia University with a degree in Administration and Management and obtained a Master’s degree in Enterprise Management at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School. Mr. Niu has received numerous accolades and awards.

From 2002-2007, he was included in a list of “China’s Most Influential Business Leaders,” and was honored at the 2007 Hong Kong Business Awards. In 2008, he was included in a list of “30 Most Influential Chinese Economists in the 30 Year Opening and Reform Period” and in 2010 he became the first person to receive the “Contributions to Charity Lifetime Achievement Award.” Mr. Niu currently serves as the deputy chairman of the International Dairy Federation’s China National Committee.

Mr. Niu is one of China’s major philanthropists and was ranked third in the 2007 Hurun Top 10 for Charity. In 2004, Mr. Niu established the Lao Niu Foundation, whose primary aims are to address issues of public health, social welfare, and environmental protection in China and around the world. The mission of the foundation is “to serve public interest and to help build a harmonious society.”

 

Ou, Yaping (Thomas)
Member

Mr. Ou Yaping is the Chairman of ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co., Ltd. Mr. Ou is the founder and the substantial shareholder of Sinolink Worldwide Holdings Limited. Mr. Ou also serves as the chairman of the board of Rockbund Art Museum and a trustee for The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific and China Program. Mr. Ou has over 25 years of experience in investing, trading and corporate management. He had held offices in a number of trading companies and investment companies. Mr. Ou holds a Bachelor of Engineering Management degree from the Beijing Institute of Technology in the PRC and is also a member of the board of the Beijing Institute of Technology.

 

Wu, Ying
Chair

Mr. Wu is chairman of China Capital Group since October 2008, has more than 25 years of experiences as a technological innovator and telecommunications entrepreneur. Co-founder of UTStarcom Inc., Ying served as chairman and chief executive officer of UTStarcom (China) Co., Ltd. Prior to its merger with Unitech Telecom, Inc. in 1995, he was president of Starcom, Inc., which he co-founded in 1991. Previous to his founding role with these start-up enterprises, Ying was a member of the technical staff at Bellcore, and earlier a consultant to AT&T Bell Labs.

Mr. Wu is currently a member of the think-tank Consultant Committee of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, and senior consultant on Internet industry for the Shenzhen City government. He also performs Chairman of E-China Alliances.

 

Zeng, Fanzhi
Member, artist

After graduating from the oil painting department of the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts in 1991, Zeng Fanzhi has led an artistic career that has seen his work displayed all over the world. He had some important Solo-exhibitions in the art museums and great galleries all over the world, such as the RockBund Art Museum in Shanghai, The National Gallery of Foreign Art in Sofia Bulgaria, the Godia Fundation in Barcelona, Spain, the Suzhou Museum in Suzhou, the Acquavella Galleries in New York City, etc. Some of his

 

Zhu, Baoguo
Member

Mr. Zhu Baoguo was born in 1962 and holds a Bachelor degree in enginering. Through his career he has held the positions of Chief of Henan Xinxiang Water-Base Resin Institute, Vice President and General Manager of Henan Drake Meticulous Chemistry Products, Shenzhen Emil Foods Co., Ltd and Shenzhen Missis Health-care Foods Co., Ltd and President and General Manager of Shenzhen Missis Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Mr. Zhu is currently the president of Joincare Pharmaceutical Group Corporation and Livzon Pharmaceutical Trading Co., Ltd.

 

Ma, Yun (Jack)
Emeritus chair

Mr. Jack Ma is the lead founder of Alibaba Group and has been chairman and chief executive officer of the company since its inception in 1999. He is responsible for the overall strategy and focus of Alibaba Group. He is a pioneer in the Chinese Internet industry and in 1995 founded China Pages, one of the first Internet-based directories in China. From 1998 to 1999, Jack headed an information technology company established by the China International Electronic Commerce Center (CIECC), a department of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation (MOFTEC).

As a respected business leader, Jack was chosen by the World Economic Forum as a "Young Global Leader" in 2001 and selected by China Central Television (CCTV) and its viewers as one of the "Top 10 Business Leaders of the Year" in 2004. He was named one of the "25 Most Powerful Businesspeople in Asia" by Fortune in 2005, a "Businessperson of the Year" by BusinessWeek in 2007 and one of the 30 "World's Best CEOs" by Barron's in 2008. In 2009, he was recognized as one of the "TIME 100: The World's Most Influential People" by TIME, one of "China's Most Powerful People" by BusinessWeek and one of the "Top 10 Most Respected Entrepreneurs in China" by Forbes Chinese edition. He also received the "2009 CCTV Economic Person of the Year: Business Leaders of the Decade Award." In March 2010, Jack was named by Forbes Asia as one of “Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy” for his contribution to poverty and disaster relief in China.

Jack currently serves on the board of SOFTBANK CORP., a leading digital information company that is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He is also a director of Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, a company listed on The Shenzhen Stock Exchange. In 2009, Jack became a trustee of The Nature Conservancy’s China program and joined the global board of directors of the organization in 2010.

 

Zhao, Zhijun
Emeritus member

From 1990 to 1996, Mr. Zhao worked at Beijing City Real Estate Overall Development and Operation Co. In 1996 he founded Beijing Runyu Property Management Co., Ltd as its first General Manager. In 1997 he invested in several estate companies including Beijing Orient Lihao Hotel, Beijing Greenland Spring Entertainment Center, Oversee Trading USA and Beijing Earth to Sky Co., Ltd. In 1999 he founded Beijing Jiaxuan Real Estates Development Co., Ltd and Beijing Jiahua Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.

In recent years he completed 2 major estate projects: 5A Class estate projects “Silvernet Center” which is an office building occupied over 50,000 square meters and Lugangjiayuan which is an apartment community located at Nanhuqu, featuring about 250,000 square meters home space. In 2000, with a registered capital of 100 million RMB he founded Earth to Sky holdings. In 2002 he founded Tiandijiahe Real Estate Development Co., Ltd; later that same year he made an investment to initiate Acadia Garden Villas, which is a villa estate project located in Shayu County, Shunyi District and featuring its 110,000 square meters high-end facilities. In 2006 he acquisitioned Beijing Joyo Estate Development Co., Ltd, and developed the 380,000 square meter project “Jiazhou Sunshine” apartments in Tongzhou District. Later that same year he registered Jiaxuan Real Estates Development Co., Ltd in Langfang City to develop “Phoenix City” inside university district of the city, which is an apartment community featuring over 1,080,000 square meters. In 2009 he acquisitioned an ongoing estate “huayiyuan”,and “Shunyi Golden Streets”, a 200,000 square meters commercial-use estate. Later in the year he invested in Nanfaxin County of Shunyi district to develop “Mahehui”, a 130,000 square meters estate project. In 2010 he acquisitioned the entire Haikou State Guesthouse project, which occupies over 260 acres land with a 70,000 square meters first-phase construction plan.

 

Alibaba Foundation
Corporate supporter

 

Steve Denning
American Member

 

Mark Collins
American Member

 

Jack and Caroline Long
American Members

 

Fehsenfeld, Fred Jr. & Suzanne
Contributors

 

Craig McCaw
American Member

 

Mark Tercek
Contributor

 

Roy Vagelos
Contributor

 

Vin Ryan
Contributor

 

Joe Gleberman
Contributor

 

Jim Rogers
Contributor

 

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