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AmCham Shanghai would like to invite you to August's Member Briefing featuring the Future Leaders of the Year Awards on Tuesday, August 6th from 17:30-19:20 at the Four Seasons Hotel.


Young professionals under the age of 41 have made significant strides in our community as corporate executives, entrepreneurs and community leaders. Join AmCham Shanghai for the Future Leaders of the Year Awards program featuring presentations by finalists. The winners will be chosen by the audience followed by a cocktail reception that will celebrate these future leaders' contributions and demonstrate why more companies are recognizing the value of investing in young talent.


Since nominations opened in May, we have received numerous applications. From them, a panel of judges have selected finalists for each of three award categories (listed alphabetically):


Future Leader of the Year Award

  • Marina Du, Innovation Manager, Design and Digital, EY
  • Ziyi (Chris) Li, Chief Financial Officer, Neolix
  • Lucien Pang, Founder and CEO, Generation Now PR and Communications
  • Juju Wang, Installation Artist, Juju Wang Studio
  • Alina Zhu, Head of Legal , Chubb Insurance Company Limited


Entrepreneurship Award

  • Victor Chu, CEO, AMPOS Solutions Inc.
  • Brady Luo, Co-Founder and CEO, everiToken
  • Yoan Rigart-Lenisa, Co-founder and CEO, IT Consultis


Social Impact Award

  • Chang Liu, Managing Director for Singapore, Mainland China, and Hong Kong, ACCESS Health International
  • Jay Yang, Corporate Brand Asset Director, Coca-Cola Greater China and Korea
  • Jiakai Yuan, Vice President and Chief China Representative, United Way Worldwide


On the ceremony, finalists will be given a few minutes to showcase their achievements in the form of a speech, the winner of each category will then be chosen through a live vote by the audience.


Agenda:

17:30-18:00: Check-in & Networking

18:00-18:05: Opening Remark by AmCham

18:05-18:15: Introduction of Future Leaders Awards, Judges, Finalists

18:15-19:10: Finalists pitching opens

19:10-19:20: Announcement of Future Leader of the Year Award Winner


*For more details about Future Leaders Awards, please click HERE. Any inquires of the event, please contact Bing Chen at bing.chen@amcham-shanghai.org

**Please find more about finalists' profiles in SPEAKERS section.


Speakers

  • Marina Du (Innovation Manager at Design and Digital, EY)

    Marina Du

    Innovation Manager at Design and Digital, EY

    Marina Du is an Innovation Manager with EY's Innovation Center EYwavespace in Shanghai. She helps clients accelerate and transform their business leveraging digital, experience design and innovation approaches.

    With a strong desire to scale social impact, Marina jumpstarted her career in impact investing in New York right after college. Selected to join the inaugural class of Populate Wall Street (an Impact Investing program designed for young professionals), Marina became part of the pioneer movement in bringing social awareness and responsibility in the world of wealth management and investing. Following the theme of financial service innovation, she later joined a Silicon Valley FinTech startup when she had to move to California for personal reasons.

    But all along, Marina has had a passion for transforming the traditional industry through human-centered design and digital innovation. She was excited to come back to China in 2016 to realize her vision at ArcheX, an in-house innovation team for a large local F&B corporation. As the only Business Designer at the time, Marina shaped the Business Design practice at ArcheX. Applying her previous impact investing experiences, she helped lay the foundation research for China's first food tech VC fund. At ArcheX, Marina translated business problems into design challenges and used co-creation workshops to inspire changes for client.

    In realizing the scale of the impact digital has on the business and the society at large, Marina joined MINGLabs, a German digital agency, to hone in her digital skill sets in 2017. At MINGLabs, Marina continued to work as Business Designer, this time designing digital and product strategy for multinational clients ranging from Automotive, Consumer Product to Hospitality industries.

    Marina is now responsible for the Innovation Service and Digital Strategy & Transformation offerings of EY’s innovation and growth center (wavespace). Wavespace had welcomed more than 3,000+ guest across 90+ innovation sessions with clients from all industry. The center has recently helped secured EY’s market-leading position (ranked by Forrester and IDC) in Innovation and Digital. This year, she is leading the first innovation project in EY Greater China, supporting a pharmaceutical company to establish its internal corporate innovation program.

    Apart from building a professional career, Marina has a strong passion for social impact and community engagement. She is an active advocate for using design and new ways of thinking to solve business and social issues. She has given talks and workshops on topics like Design Thinking, Circular Economy and Future Foresight at events like 2050 and Startup Weekend.

    Marina graduated from St. Olaf College with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. She is certified in Permaculture Design and Foresight Practice.

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  • Ziyi (Chris) Li (Chief Financial Officer at Neolix)

    Ziyi (Chris) Li

    Chief Financial Officer at Neolix

    Chris Li is the Chief Financial Officer at Neolix, a leading autonomous vehicle company to reinforce last mile/KM delivery service coverage, reshaping the future of logistics service in China. He is responsible for Neolix’s fundraising and strategy expansion. In his current role, Chris finished fundraising of round A for the company of 100 million RMB in 2018 led by CHJ Automotive, Yunqi Capital and Glory Ventures. He established finance structure of the start-up and obtained support from the China local government to construct world's first L4 autonomous vehicle manufacturing plant, which is the first L4 autonomous delivery order in the industry.
    Before Mr. Li joined Neolix, he was a senior associate of assurance at Price Waterhouse and Coopers, served as senior-in-charge for the statutory audit of Xiaomi and NetEase. He then joined China Renaissance as senior associate of investment banking department and joined China Yintai Investment Group as vice president. Mr. Li led the investment from Yintai Group during Neolix’s angel round fundraising by April 2018, and then joined the company officially July 2018.

    Mr. Li holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Tsinghua University.

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  • Lucien Pang (Founder and CEO of Generation Now PR and Communications)

    Lucien Pang

    Founder and CEO of Generation Now PR and Communications

    Lucien is Founder of GenNow, a PR and Communications agency that works with Technology, Fitness and Lifestyle clients. His crowning professional achievements as an entrepreneur are working alongside the Nanjing Government, naked Hub and being PR Director for FitHearts, a charitable sports organisation that teaches kids in rural villages confidence and teamwork through sports.

    The PR Director role at FitHearts is, of course, pro bono. And as anyone who’s tried to do charity in China will know, it’s both thankless and difficult: making success in this sector actually an outsized achievement.

    Previously a reporter in lifestyle, tech, and business, both in London and Shanghai, Lucien has firmly established his networks within the media, lifestyle and tech industries.

    Lucien’s time as a reporter meant he frequently moderated panels and fireside chats, which he continues to do and is now also an accomplished bilingual MC, hosting events as large as Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile industry conference, as well as giving lectures on PR, communications and other marketing topics.

    He hails from London in the UK, and has been in China since early 2016.

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  • Juju Wang (Installation Artist at Juju Wang Studio)

    Juju Wang

    Installation Artist at Juju Wang Studio

    Born in Shanghai China, but growing up in the United States, Juju has found herself at the meeting point between western future-orientated visual culture and traditional Chinese handcrafts, folklore and beliefs. Over the past several years, Juju has been exploring China’s heritage through both techniques and philosophy that have amazed and inspired her to produce art installations focused in bringing old practices into the present day.

    In 2016, Juju was invited as an installation artist to participate to the World Historical & Cultural Cities Expo in Nanjing, where she was asked to create a series of installations in the 600-year-old Chaotian Palace, the place where the main conference were held. It was the first time that a series of contemporary art installations were permitted in an official national cultural heritage palace in China and were collected by the Nanjing government.

    Juju presented “PalaSee” in front of mayors from over thirty cities and media across the world, and received glowing praise and recognition of having achieved its intended transformation of visitors’ experience of a traditional Chinese Palace. The exhibition period was extended by the mayor of Nanjing from one month to one year to welcome tourists from throughout China and the world.

    Another well-known work of hers is the House of Clouds. With nine consecutive stops in representative cities of China, the installation has brought into public view Dai paper: one of China’s listed national intangible cultural heritage, with over 800 years of history. Thousands of people have lined up, posted online and impacted millions of netizens to embrace the new face of Dai Paper.

    In 2018, Juju was awarded the title “China’s new Pioneer”, followed by “Asia’s new Pioneer” in 2019. It was a recognition statement for her evolutionary professional trajectory and the impact that her work has in promoting Chinese culture.

    This year, Juju received the “Designer Of the Future” Award by Swarovski. An award that selects three young talents across the globe each year to respond to crystal sustainability. In collaborating with Swarovski and Design Miami/Basel, her newest installation “sea-cret” was unveiled to an influential audience at Design Miami/Basel fair in June 2019.


    Notable awards:
    June 2019: Swarovski Designers of the Future Award, “Sea-cret” Design Miami Basel, Basel
    June 2019: Generation T. “Asia’s new Pioneer” title
    June 2018: Generation T. “China’s new Pioneer” title
    May 2018: "Artistic Star Award of the Year” by PCLADY
    Oct 2016: "Culture Heritage Award” by Design Shanghai
    June 2008: National COMTO Scholar, The Thomas G. Neusom Scholarship
    2004-2008 Cal Opportunity Scholarship
    August 2007: UC Berkeley College of Engineering Department Award, Bechtel Engineering Scholarship
    December 2006: Northern California Chapter COMTO Scholar, The Sharon Banks Scholarship
    June 2004: UC Berkeley Alumni Leadership Scholarship
    June 2004: Bechtel Women in Engineering Scholarship
    May 2004: Turner Construction Scholar, The Achievement Scholarship
    May 2004: Port of Oakland ASA Scholarship
    April 2004: Bank of America, Outstanding Student Award

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  • Alina Zhu (Head of Legal at Chubb Insurance Company Limited)

    Alina Zhu

    Head of Legal at Chubb Insurance Company Limited

    Alina Zhu has been serving the insurance industry for over 10 years. Before joining Chubb, she worked as a lawyer in China for a global law firm specializing in insurance practice.

    Alina has extensive experience in advising international insurance and reinsurance companies on a wide range of matters including mergers and acquisitions, market entry strategies, license applications, bancassurance, distribution channels, insurance technology, data protection, reinsurance as well as commercial and regulatory issues. She has assisted Chinese insurance companies with overseas capital investing (including Lloyd’s of London) as well as helping many global insurers, reinsurers and brokers with their businesses in China. She has also advised on policy coverage, reinsurance claims and brokers’ Errors and Omissions (E&O).

    Working as General Counsel for Chubb for several years, Alina has provided unrivalled expertise and understanding of the Chinese insurance market. She has handled the entire spectrum of insurance matters, including advice relating to market entry, investment and business growth strategies as well as specific advice on new business models, new policy wordings and strategic solutions.

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  • Victor Chu (CEO of AMPOS Solutions Inc.)

    Victor Chu

    CEO of AMPOS Solutions Inc.

    Victor is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with bachelor's and Master's degrees in Information Systems Management and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He previously spent many years at PwC consulting for Fortune 500 companies in adopting the latest enterprise technologies to improve their performance.

    Victor is a serial entrepreneur. AMPOS is the fourth company co-founded by Victor. Two were successfully sold; one to Tencent. Victor is also an advisor and board member to numerous technology startups worldwide.

    As an HK-native, Victor spent most of his youth in Shanghai. He has lived in nine cities and takes most pride as a father of two children.

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  • Brady Luo (Co-Founder and CEO of everiToken)

    Brady Luo

    Co-Founder and CEO of everiToken

    Brady is a CO-FOUNDER & CEO of everiToken which is a blockchain company. He is Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Electrical engineering undergraduate, Brandeis University financial graduate student, studied block chain strategy curriculum in Said Business School of University of Oxford. Entrepreneur, elected the third batch of Shanghai 1000 people’s plan (venture group). Worked in New York Oppenheimer Funds alternative asset investment (CDO – Based asset securitization) and Japan’s largest financial group, MITSUBISH.

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  • Yoan Rigart-Lenisa (CEO of IT Consultis)

    Yoan Rigart-Lenisa

    CEO of IT Consultis

    2007 - Yoan is a 24-year-old fresh graduate in Shanghai. He is incredibly motivated and senses the opportunities and vibes of the city. He must start something new, something meaningful.
    2019 - Yoan is the CEO of IT Consultis, an independent digital agency composed of over 80 talents with offices in Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City, and Singapore on its route to becoming a leader in digital transformation and omnichannel solutions.
    It has been a long way and success certainly did not fall from the sky. Yoan’s story is a tale of motivation and resilience, lessons learned and hard work.

    It all started from a dream, the drive to have an impact, to touch multiple things and build success. But the way soon revealed to be steep and full of obstacles. Support came from very far, but still very close. His brother Aurelien, a construction engineer, joined Yoan from the United States, motivated and ready to dig his way into the market.

    The first venture the brothers jumped in was an e-commerce platform for tailor-made items. The idea sounded great and so did the business model. But, when aiming at building a digital presence for their venture, Yoan and Aurelien experienced that at that time, tech providers would split into two groups. The first one was made of agencies with a great name and reputation, way too expensive. The second was made of small companies or freelancers who offered low prices but were unable to deliver.

    There was a big gap in the market, an opportunity, a starting point. This was the very beginning for IT Consultis, an independent agency with the mission of empowering digital transformation. The first project taken on by the company was worth $300. Today, IT Consultis counts over 500 satisfied clients across all industries, including Fortune 500-listed companies. In 2016 the company inaugurated its Vietnam branch in Ho Chi Minh City, while last year it opened an office in Singapore.

    IT Consultis was born in the industry of innovation, and we keep serving it and redefining it by crafting omnichannel solutions tailored to the needs of every client in their digital transformation journey. Our portfolio proudly boasts names like Porsche, Zara, Leica, Budweiser and many more.

    The drive and urge to explore new opportunities had Yoan jump also in the F&B world, founding Urban Thai, a restaurant that celebrates Thai cuisine and healthy nutrition. Today, The Urban Thai Group, with three locations in Shanghai and a delivery platform called Urban Tuk Tuk. The chain is well-known among the expat community of the city and has been recently awarded the title of Best Southeast Asian Restaurant by Chope.

    Success after success Yoan keeps working to improve himself and everyone around him. Under his leadership, IT Consultis is pursuing a 50% YoY growth for the second year in a row while still being an enjoyable working place where the close-knit team of ITCers delivers only excellence and top-notch solutions.

    Not stopping here, the next mission for Yoan is to help tech startups grow and develop by creating ITC’s Tech Accelerator.
    Other projects less tech-related are in the initiation phase as well. Stay tuned!

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  • Chang Liu (Managing Director for Singapore, Mainland China, and Hong Kong, of ACCESS Health International)

    Chang Liu

    Managing Director for Singapore, Mainland China, and Hong Kong, of ACCESS Health International

    Chang Liu is the Managing Director for ACCESS Health Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is involved in the designing and supervising ACCESS Health and aging related projects in Southeast Asia and Greater China. These initiatives, including “Health Futures”, “Modern Aging”, and “Fintech for Health”, promote the shift of futures health systems from a currently hospital centered service model to a person centered, high quality, affordable, and accessible model. Dr. Chang Liu works with leaders from government, academia, and industry, brings together partners to encourage cross industry, cross border, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Dr. Chang Liu is the author of annual Singapore health system update published by the Commonwealth Foundation and London School of Economics. He is an author of the Epilogue to Affordable Excellence, which documents the progress toward sustainable high quality healthcare in Singapore during 2013 and 2014. He also works with ACCESS Health International Chairman Dr. William Haseltine on the book A City for All Ages, which documents Singapore’s aging planning process.

    In addition to his work with ACCESS Health, Chang Liu has adjunct professorship in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Duke Kunshan University. Before that, Chang worked as an assistant professor in Health Services and Systems Research at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and the Center for Ageing and Education at Duke-NUS. He also participates in several projects on aging in Singapore, including large scale national surveys and intervention programs. He worked at the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at Brown University, where he studied long term care and elder care policies in both the United States and China. He earned his PhD in Health Services Research (2013) from Brown University with a specialization in health economics. He was awarded the eXebs Friedrich J. Schoening International Scholarship and was named an eXebs Fellow during his exchange study at the European Business School, Germany. He also received a Master's degree in Finance (2009) from the Guanghua School of Management of Peking University, China.

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  • Jay Yang (Corporate Brand Asset Director, of Coca-Cola Greater China and Korea)

    Jay Yang

    Corporate Brand Asset Director, of Coca-Cola Greater China and Korea

    2017-now Director of Corporate Brand Assets & Communications
    2016-2017 Director of Sustainability
    2013-2016 Senior Manager of Sustainability
    2011-2013 Manager of Sustainability
    2010-2011 Assistant Manager of Sustainability

    In his10 + years tenure with Coca-Cola China, Jay has worked in sustainability, corporate branding, and business innovation. Some of his achievements have become great assets with profound impact on both corporate branding and business growth of the company.

    • Clean Water 24: This is a disaster relief mechanism Jay launched in 2013 that leverages Coca-Cola’s products distribution network to deliver bottled water to disaster victims within 24 hours of the disaster. This has been activated in response to over 200 disasters and benefited over 2 million people, with average delivery time under 11 hours. This has won Jay the Global Innovation Award by the Board of Directors in 2016. The mechanism was imbedded into the national disaster relief system in 2018.

    • VenCycling: This AI enabled combo of beverage vending and package recycling is Jay’s brain child and the fruit of an agile team he led, consisting of colleagues from corporate communications, R & D, business development and so forth. The machine is to incentivize consumers to return beverage bottles and cans after consumption. It is a tailored solution to implement Coca-Cola’s sustainable packaging vision: World Without Waste (WWW) Announced in January 2018, The Coca-Cola Company commits to help collect 100% of the packaging used by 2030. Within a short 8 months, Jay’s agile team was able to unveil the prototype machine at the World Economic Summit in Tianjin in September 2018. The machine will be available in several cities in Q4.

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  • Jiakai Yuan (Vice President and Chief China Representative, at United Way Worldwide)

    Jiakai Yuan

    Vice President and Chief China Representative, at United Way Worldwide

    Mr. Jiakai Yuan is the Vice President and Chief China Representative of United Way Worldwide (UWW), the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit organization. Jiakai leads the design and implementation of UWW’s strategic plan for China, including program development, government relations and compliance, corporate engagement, branding and marketing, resource development, staffing and operations required to support the China program.

    Jiakai helped secure UWW’s Shanghai representative office license in 2017, when UWW became the first foreign human services nonprofit organization to receive endorsement from the Shanghai Bureau of Civil Affairs. Jiakai cultivates and builds the UWW China Advisory Board, which includes executive leaders from US Fortune 500 companies and leading influential Chinese entrepreneurs (Ms. Hu Shuli, Founder of Caixin Media; Mr. Wang Shi, Chairman of the Vanke Foundation; Mr. Pan Shiyi, Founder of SOHO China; and Mr. Raymund Chao, Asia Pacific and Greater China Chairman of PwC). Jiakai works closely with UWW’s China national member, the China Charity Federation (CCF). Under Jiakai’s leadership, in 2018, UWW and CCF’s joint China flagship project, Left Behind Children, received the tenth China Philanthropy Award, China’s highest charity award, presented by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

    Jiakai led the thought leadership partnership with Bain and launched the joint China Digital Philanthropy Report in 2018, which examined the exponential growth of individual online giving and Tencent’s huge success in promoting its annual 99 Charity Day. Based on the report, the UWW Executive Management Team approved a US $2.3 million budget for a China digital philanthropy technology platform project. UWW is currently having close conversations with partners including China Telecom and PwC to explore how to leverage big data and machine learning to better select and rate NGO projects, empower NGOs with digital marketing capabilities for more targeted funding access and track and monitor donations using blockchain technologies.

    Prior to joining UWW, Jiakai served in executive leadership roles at Chinese domestic charitable organizations as well as at leading international NGOs, including the Jet Li One Foundation (Strategic Planning Director), the Youcheng Poverty Alleviation Entrepreneur Foundation (Executive Deputy Secretary General), the Arlington, Virginia-based Rare Conservation (Vice President and Country Director) and the World Wildlife Fund China Representative Office (Chief Operating Officer).

    Prior to Jiakai’s nonprofit career, he worked at Credit Suisse’s Leveraged Finance Group within the Investment Banking Division in New York and operated his own business in Toronto.

    Jiakai received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Jiakai is currently pursuing a part-time doctoral degree in a joint program between Peking’s National School of Development and Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business.

    Jiakai is enthusiastic about ultra-endurance sports. He completed his first Ironman race in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2016, and he enjoys long-distance trail races, mountain biking and kayaking.

    Jiakai was nominated and selected by the World Economic Forum as a member of the Global Young Leader Class of 2019, and recently attended the 2019 Dalian Summer Davos as a panel speaker on “the Rise of China Philanthropy”.

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500 Wei Hai Road (Cnr. Shi Men Yi Road)
Shanghai, China

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