Zhenyao Wang
President, China Global Philanthropy Institute

Wang Zhenyao, Ph.D., is President of the China Global Philanthropy Institute and Dean of the Beijing Normal University China Philanthropy Research Institute. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University and a doctorate from Peking University.

In November 2015, Dr. Wang was appointed the first president of the China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovative, high-impact philanthropy through education and training. Founded by prominent Chinese and American philanthropists, Bill Gates, Ray Dalio, NiuGensheng, He Qiaonv, and Ye Qingjun, CGPI is dedicated to advancing philanthropy in China by improving the professional standards of philanthropic education, strengthening international dialogue and cooperation, and promoting innovative reforms in global philanthropy.

Dr. Wang also helms the Beijing Normal University China Philanthropy Research Institute (CPRI), which he helped found in 2010.Under Dr. Wang’s leadership, CPRI has become a leading philanthropy think-tank, which drives national discourse on China’s social services and charitable sector. In addition to its research, CPRI also provides professional philanthropy consulting services and has completed a number of influential projects related to charity law and policy reform,child welfare, and senior citizen service systems reform.

Dr. Wang previously worked for over 22 years at China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) where he was instrumental in launching several renowned national policies including direct village electionsand the country’s urban/rural minimum welfare social safety net system. Following the devastating Wenchuan earthquake, he established the National Natural Disaster Response System, a four-tiered mechanism for coordinated emergency response. While at MOCA, Dr. Wang also focused on expanding social security benefits to the country’s most vulnerable, reforming the national welfare system to provide allowances and greater support to groups such as orphans and senior citizens.

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