CCG Publishes 2015 Top 50 Chinese Oversea Returnees on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The 17th Guangzhou Convention of Oversea Chinese Scholars in Science and Technology was held On Dec. 21-22, jointly by Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Oversea Chinese Affairs Office, Western Returned Scholars Association Chinese Oversea Educated Scholars Association, Guangzhou Municipal Committee of China, and the People’s Government of Guangzhou Municipality. As a major event at the convention, the Center for China and Globalization （CCG）host a seminar on Chinese Oversea Returnees on Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Dec. 22. It was hosted by Li Jing, Deputy Secretary General of The Association for Chinese Oversea Returnees Services.
At the seminar, CCG's Executive Secretary General Dr. Mabel Miao Lu released a list of “Top 50 Chinese Oversea Returnees on Innovation and Entrepreneurship” that CCG developed with the China Globalization Talents Society, to recognize the significant achievement those returned scholars made in their respective fields such as business, scientific research, academic study, media production and music. In particular, the report singled out Liqun Jing, Yigong Shi, Yingyi Qian, Daokui Li, Shiyi Chen, Yongnian Zheng, Yanhong Li, Nanpeng Shen, Shi Wang, Chaoyong Wang, Xiaoping Xu, Daqing Mao, Lan Yang, and Lang Lang.
As China promotes mass entrepreneurship and innovation, it witnesses the emergence of a great variety of new industries and business models, which has unleashed great vitality and creativity in society. By the end of 2014, the number of Chinese studying abroad has reached 3.52 million, and the number of overseas returnees hit 1.81 million. After living and working abroad for years, the overseas Chinese returnees have acquired broad international perspectives and global networks. Moreover, they possess extensive knowledge about science and technology, unique business insights and strong entrepreneurship, which make them a leading force in China’s social development driven by entrepreneurship and innovation.
Against this backdrop, the list of “Top 50 Chinese Overseas Returnees on Innovation and Entrepreneurship” was presented to honor their outstanding contributions and to encourage more elites to join and build the momentum. Among those on the list, there include senior official in international organizations, a Yale graduate and village chief in China’s underdeveloped area who was born in the 1980s, and a winner of the “Nature’s 10,” the 10 people that matter in the year selected by the Nature Magazine, a prominent British science publication. In addition, it includes the youngest expert for the “One Thousand Talents Plan” and a world-influential pioneer for innovative higher education, as well as business leaders in IT, venture investment, education, healthcare, and media.
As a new type of think tank dedicated to promoting the globalization of Chinese talents, CCG has persisted with studies on overseas Chinese student and published multiple blue books on Chinese overseas returnees and Chinese studying abroad. In 2015, CCG’s research team conducted a study on “globalization of talent.” Through survey, interview and seminar discussion, they collected nearly 200 case studies of oversea returnees who engage in innovation and entrepreneurship. After a whole year of analysis and review, CCG scholars and experts selected the top 50 Chinese overseas returnees on innovation and entrepreneurship, based on evaluation of the innovativeness, impact, representativeness and social benefits of their achievements.
According to CCG President Dr. Wang Huiyao, the list is developed based on not only the year-long research in 2015 but also many years of tracking study of Chinese overseas returnees. He believes that Chinese students abroad and oversea returnees will be a valuable asset to China’s effort to become an innovative country. They can also make great contribution to the One Belt, One Road strategy, public diplomacy, among many other initiatives.
Top 50 Chinese Oversea Returnees on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (full list)
Bai Chun Li President of China Academy of Sciences
Cai Chongxin Executive Vice President of Alibaba Group, Inc
Chen Ou Founder &CEO of Jumei.com
Chen Shiyi Principle of South University of Science and Technology of China
Deng Xingwang Managing Director ofBeijing Weimingxingwang Pioneering lab for System Design
Ding Lieming Founder & CEO of Betta Pharmaceuticals Co.,Ltd
Guo Sheng CEO of Zhaopin.com
Huang Jiefu Deputy Director of The Central Healthcare Committee
Huang Junjiu Associate Professor at Sun Yat-sen University
Jing Liqun President-to-Be of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Lang Lang World-Famous Pianist
Li Daokui(David) Chair Professor of Economics and Dean of Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University
Li Dongsheng Deputy Dean of COMAC Shanghai Research Centern for Aircraft Designing
Li Yanhong Founder, CEO & Managing Director of Baidu.com
Liang Jianzhang CEO & Chairman of the Committee Board of Ctrip.com
Liu Ke Vice President of Haldor Topsoe
Liu Qing Vice President of Beijing Xiaoju Keji Co.,Ltd.
Lu Gaoqing Principal of University of Surrey
Lu Yingying Specially Appointed Researcher at Zhejiang University College of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Mao Daqing Founder of URWORK
Mo Tianquan Managing Director of Fang.com
Pan Jianwei Chief Scientist of China Academy of Sciences QuantumMolecular Science Lab
Qian Yingyi Dean of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management
Qing Yuefei Village Officier of Baiyun village in Hengshan County
Rao Yi Director at IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Peking University
Shen Nanpeng（Neil） Founder and Executive Partner of Sequoia Capital
Shi Yigong Vice Principal of Tsinghua University
Tang Min Vice Chairmanof YouChange China Social Enterprise Foundation
Tian Suning Managing Director of CBC-Capital
Wang Chaoyong Managing Director of China Equity Group
Wang Shi Founder & Chairman of Vanke Group
Wang Boqing Founder of MyCos
Wang Junfeng Chairman of King & Wood Mallesons
Xu Xiaoping（Bob） Founder of ZhenFund
Xue Lan Dean of School of Public Policy & Management at Tsinghua University
Yan Wangjia Founder & CEO of Venustech Co,Ltd
Yang Lan Founder of Sun Media Group
Yang Haoyong CEO & Co-Founder of Ganji.com
Yi Min MTR Corporation(China) Limited
Zhang Lei Managing Director & Co-Founder of Hillhouse Capital
Zhang Tao Founder & CEO of Dianping.com
Zhang Zhong Tenured Professor at University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
Zhang Hongli Vice President at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Zhang Jianwei Senior Vice President of Bombardier,Inc
Zhang Yaqin Vice President of Baidu.com
Zhang Yichen Managing Director & CEO of CITIC Capital
Zhao Houlin General Secretary of International Telecommunication Union
Zheng Yongnian Dean of Asian Study Research Center at NUS
Zhou Chenggang President of New Oriental Education & Technology Group
Zhu Min Managing Director at Cybernaut(China) Limited,Inc