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Wang Shi

Founder & Chairman, China Vanke; President, Vanke Foundation

Mr. Wang Shi founded Vanke in 1984. Under his leadership, Vanke has grown into the world’s largest residential home developer by sales revenue and China’s pioneer in green home construction. Mr. Wang Shi is also acting as an independent director for numerous publicly listed and non-listed companies, including SOHU.COM Inc., China Resources Land Ltd., Beijing Genomics Institute, etc. Committed to Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR),

Mr. Wang Shi has created and led many influential social commonweal societies and social organizations, including the Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology, China Urban Realty Association, Shenzhen One Foundation Charity Fund, and Yabuli China Entrepreneurs Forum. Mr. Wang Shi has been promoting the idea and practice of green, low carbon life, and environmental protection.

Since 2009, he has led the delegation of China’s Private Sector to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference three times, getting involved in dialogues and manifesto releases. From December 2013, Vanke, corresponding to the national multilateral diplomacy policy, has established the China pavilion in the United Nations Climate Change Conference, organized the China Day, providing a platform for the Chinese government and enterprises to share their experiences in environmental protection and communicate with international counterparts.

To promote sustainable development, Mr. Wang Shi was invited to work as the UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador and Member of Global Agenda Council on Governance for Sustainability, World Economic Forum. In October 2013, he was elected Board Director of World Wildlife Fund US, becoming the first Chinese to win the position. In the same month, he was awarded the Honorary Citizen of Washington State by the governor of Washington State in Shenzhen Vanke Center, in recognition of Mr. Wang Shi’s international contribution to environmental protection.