New Class

We are excited to welcome 127 Young Global Leaders for the Class of 2019. This year's class includes the most decorated Olympian female swimmer of all time, the founder of the first app providing advice on contraception in Bangladesh, the managing director of a leading supermarket chain looking to ban plastic packaging, and a female scientist whose work is revolutionizing batteries.

9 YGLs in Greater China

Chao (Amy) Gao

Founder, Shanghai May Foundation, People's Republic of China

Amy Gao comes from business background, AnXin Trust Company, serving on the Board of Directors of the company. Her passion in making change in the education field led to her own initiative, The May Foundation that focuses on helping college students build capacity. Gao has a masters degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Gong Rujing

Founder and Chairwoman, Happy Life Tech, People's Republic of China

Founder and Chairwoman, Happy Life Technology (HLT). HLT (Yiducloud) is a leading medical big data and artificial intelligence (AI) company in China. HLT is on a mission to bring innovative green healthcare solutions to key industry stakeholders empowered by AI technology. Before HLT, co-founded HKtrust Capital, a healthcare-focused fund. Served as an investment professional with Deutsche Bank and Global Infrastructure Partner during the early years of career. EMBA, CKGSB; BSc in Economics, London School of Economics.

Huang Dinglong

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Malong Technologies, People's Republic of China

Huang Dinglong is an entrepreneur in the technology field in China. His passion and Malong’s AI+ visual recognition technology is one of the leading players in China and in global markets as a groundbreaking solution. This includes solving the dependency on high-quality human annotated data. Malong is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

Gary Liu

Chief Executive Officer, South China Morning Post Publishers Limited, Hong Kong SAR, China

Gary Liu is CEO of the South China Morning Post, a global news media company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Gary is also the Chairman of the WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific Committee, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2019. Prior to joining the SCMP in January 2017, Gary was CEO of Digg, spearheading the New York startup’s transformation from aggregator to a data-driven news platform. Previously, Gary was Head of Labs at Spotify, after joining the company as Global Director of Ad Product Strategy. Gary has also worked at AOL and Google.

Liu Qian

Managing Director, Greater China, Economist Group, People's Republic of China

Qian is an influential economist and business executive. As Managing Director of The Economist Group in Greater China, she has deep knowledge of the Chinese economy, understands both China and the West very well, with exceptional ability to bridge the two. She publishes in highly regarded academic journals and business outlets, and is frequently interviewed by BBC, CNBC, NPR etc. She is also a prominent advocate for gender equality in China, and introduces cutting edge global economic research on gender, and promotes intelligent public debates reaching millions of people.

Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member of Global Future Council on China. Outstanding Women Award, China. Qian earned her PhD in economics from Uppsala University, Sweden, and was previously a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, and received executive training from Stanford University.

Pei-Chun Tsai

CEO, Pou Chen Group, People's Republic of China

In 2012, Pei-Chun Tsai took the reins at Pou Chen, which produces 300 million shoes per year for brands like Nike, Reebok, Adidas and Puma. The Taiwanese company, with revenues of more than $8 billion, was founded by the Wharton graduate’s father almost 50 years ago and now claims to be the world’s largest manufacturer of athletic and casual footwear. Its operations are sprawling, with more than 400,000 employees in Mexico, Indonesia, China, and beyond.

Yin Qi

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Face++, People's Republic of China

Yin Qi (who also goes by “Inch”), age 31, is the co-founder & CEO of MEGVII Technology Limited, a world-class AI company with core competencies in deep learning. Founded in Beijing in 2011 by Yin Qi, Tang Wenbin and Yang Mu, three Tsinghua University graduates who studied under the Turing-prize winning Chinese computer scientist and computational theorist Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, MEGVII is a pioneer in applying AI technology and computer vision algorithms to Internet of Things (IoT) use cases. The Company’s mission is to “power humanity with AI.”

Together with his co-founders and MEGVII’s Chief Scientist, Yin personally oversees the development of MEGVII’s deep learning algorithms and its proprietary Brain++ deep learning framework. Yin has led the company to commercialize its technology in three industry verticals: personal IoT, city IoT, and supply chain IoT.

Yin Qi graduated from Tsinghua University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and even while an undergraduate, he was already working on advanced artificial intelligence and computer vision at Microsoft Research Asia. In 2011, Yin went to Columbia University to pursue a doctorate in computer science, with a research focus on smart sensors, but sensing the enormous opportunity back home, he returned that same year to China to start MEGVII. While building the company, Yin also managed in 2015 to join the first class to study business strategy and enterprise management at Hupan University, founded by Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma and committed to help Chinese most potential entrepreneurs grow, bound, and thrive in the global economy.

Yin Qi has been a member of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum since March 2019. He joined the Professional Committee for AI Ethics under the Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence in February 2019. Yin was named to Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list of Chinese elites for three consecutive years, 2015, 2016 and 2017. In January 2016, he was ranked No. 1 on Forbes Asia’s “30 under 30” Enterprise Technology entrepreneurs. In June 2018, MIT Technology Review’s included him in their global “Innovators under 35” list. MEGVII ranked No. 11 among MIT Technology Review’s 50 Smartest Companies 2017.

Yuan Jiakai

Vice-President and Chief Representative, China, United Way Worldwide, People's Republic of China

Vice-President and China Chief Representative of United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest privately funded non-profit organization with a focus on improving early child education, financial stability and health in 40 countries and territories. Over a decade ago, gave up career as an investment banker in the US to devote professional life to civil society work. Served leadership positions at both leading domestic and international non-profit organizations, including China Red Cross Jet Li One Foundation, Beijing Youcheng Entrepreneur Poverty Alleviation Foundation, Arlington based Rare Conservation and World Wildlife Fund for Nature China Representative Office. Formerly: worked for Credit Suisse’s Leveraged Finance team within the Investment Banking Division in New York; also founded own business as an entrepreneur in Toronto. BBA, University of Toronto, Scarborough; MBA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently completing part-time doctoral studies at the National School of Development, Peking University. World Economic Forum Global Young Leader (2019).

Zhang Longmei

Deputy Resident Representative for China, International Monetary Fund (IMF), People's Republic of China

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Resident Representative for China, senior economist. Previously, China Economist in the Asia and Pacific Department based in Washington DC, focused on macroeconomic forecasting, broader China rebalancing and issues on high savings. Co-edited the book “ The future of China’s Bond Market’. Before working on China, worked on regional issues in Asia-Pacific and published research in a wide range of areas, including long-term growth/middle-income trap, macroprudential policies, corporate leverage, and capital flows and asset prices. Prior to that, worked on the Philippines, focusing on macro surveillance and labor market issues. Also worked on Romania, engaged in IMF program negotiations and reviews. Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. PhD in Economics from Goethe University Frankfurt.