Advancing sustainable growth in the United States and China

Council Members

Henry M. Paulson, Jr.

Council Co-Chair
Founder and Chairman, Paulson Institute

Zeng Peiyan

Council Co-Chair
Chairman, China Center for International Economic Exchanges

Mary Barra

Chief Executive Officer, General Motors

Carlos Brito

Chief Executive Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Chen Dongsheng

Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Taikang Life Insurance

Tim Cook

Chief Executive Officer, Apple

David Cote

Chairman and CEO, Honeywell

Philip Enquist

Partner in Charge of Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Guan Qing

Chairman, China State Construction Engineering Corporation

Mark S. Hoplamazian

President and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corp.

Huang Nubo

Chairman, Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group

Li Dongsheng

Chairman, TCL

Liang Xinjun

Vice Chairman and CEO, Fosun Group

Andrew N. Liveris

President, Chairman, and CEO, Dow Chemical Co.

Lu Weiding

President and CEO, Wanxiang Group

Jack Ma Yun

Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group

Doug McMillon

President and CEO, Walmart

Virginia M. Rometty

Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM

Shu Yinbiao

Chairman, State Grid Corporation of China

Wang Shi

Chairman, China Vanke Co.

Zheng Zhijie

Vice Chairman & Executive Director, China Development Bank

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Henry M. Paulson, Jr., is a businessman, China expert, conservationist and author. He is the founder and chairman of the Paulson Institute, and co-chairman of the Latin American Conservation Council of The Nature Conservancy and the Risky Business Project.

Paulson served as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush, from July 2006 to January 2009. Prior to that, he had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as chairman and chief executive officer beginning in 1999. Earlier in his career, he was a member of the White House Domestic Council as well as a staff assistant at the Pentagon.

Today, he serves as chairman of the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago, which aims to advance sustainable economic growth, a cleaner environment and cross-border investment in the United States and China. A “think and do” tank founded in 2011, the Institute’s work is comprised of programs, advocacy and research with partners around the globe.

A lifelong conservationist, Paulson was chairman of The Nature Conservancy Board of Directors and, prior to that, founded and co-chaired the organization’s Asia-Pacific Council. In 2011, he founded and continues to co-chair the Latin American Conservation Council, comprised of global business and political leaders.

Paulson co-chairs the Risky Business Project with former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and fellow conservationist Tom Steyer. Risky Business is the first-ever report to quantify the economic impacts of climate change in the United States. The non-partisan initiative is aimed at spurring action to mitigate the effects of climate change before the worst potential outcomes occur.

In his best-selling book, On the Brink, Paulson details his experiences as Treasury Secretary fending off the near-collapse of the U.S. economy during the Great Recession. His next book, titled Dealing with China, is expected for release in 2015.

Paulson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968 and received an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1970. He and his wife, Wendy, have two children and four grandchildren.

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Zeng Peiyan also serves as vice chairman and chief China representative to Bo’ao Forum for Asia. He graduated from Tsinghua University in 1962 and began his career at the Shanghai Electrical Appliances Institute. He then joined the Xi’an Rectifier Institute under the First Ministry of the Machine Building Industry. From 1982 to 1984, he served in the Commercial Counselor’s Office of the Chinese Embassy in the United States. After returning to China, he became head of the general office and director general of the planning and construction department of the Ministry of Electronics Industry, vice minister of the Electronics Industry, and vice minister of the Machine Building and Electronics Industry. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Zeng was deputy secretary general (ministerial rank) and head of the general office of the Central Economic and Financial Leading Group, and vice minister of the State Planning Commission. In 1998, he became the minister of the State Planning and Development Commission and deputy secretary general of the Central Economic and Financial Leading Group. In 2002, he was elected a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee. In 2003, he became vice premier of the State Council.

During his tenure in the State Planning Commission and the State Council, Mr. Zeng led the State Leading Group for Information, the Three Gorges Project Construction Committee under the State Council, the State Leading Group for Energy, and other initiatives.

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Mary Barra was named General Motors’ CEO effective January 15, 2014. Under her leadership, GM is driving to become the global industry leader in automotive design and technology, product quality and safety, customer care, and business results. She is also a member of the GM board of directors. Ms. Barra began her career with GM in 1980 as a General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) co-op student at the Pontiac Motor Division. She graduated with an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1990, after receiving a GM fellowship in 1988. Ms. Barra is a member of the General Dynamics board of directors and also serves as vice chair of the Kennedy Center’s corporate fund board and as a member of The Business Council and the Stanford Graduate School of Business advisory council.

In 2014, Ms. Barra was named to the TIME 100, Forbes magazine named her one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and Fortune magazine placed her second on its Most Powerful Women in Business list.

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Carlos Brito is CEO of Anheuser-Busch InBev. He is a Brazilian citizen and received a degree in mechanical engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and an MBA from Stanford University. He held positions at Shell Oil and Daimler Benz before joining Ambev in 1989. At Ambev, he had roles in finance, operations, and sales before being appointed CEO in January 2004. He was appointed region president, North America, at InBev in January 2005 and CEO in December 2005. He is also a member of the board of directors of Ambev and Grupo Modelo.

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Chen Dongsheng is chairman and CEO of Taikang Life Insurance Co., Ltd. He founded the company in 1996 and has served in his current roles since then. Under his leadership, Taikang Life Insurance Co. has become one of the largest nationwide insurance and financial services groups in China. The company has a comprehensive industrial chain, and focuses on life insurance as well as corporate annuity, asset management, and senior-care community and health insurance. Taikang Life has been elected one of the Top 500 Chinese companies for ten consecutive years.

Dr. Chen, who earned his doctorate in economics at Wuhan University, worked for many years in the field of economics research in such state macroeconomics research organizations as the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation and the Development Research Center of the State Council. He initiated the practice of ranking the top 500 enterprises in China; the ranking has become influential in business circles. In 1993, he founded China Guardian International Auction Co., the first international auction house in China. Dr. Chen has received many professional honors, including being named the Most Respected Entrepreneur in China, China’s Greatest Entrepreneurial Visionary as well as its Most Influential Business Leader, and a Leader in the Group of 92 Entrepreneurs of Reform.

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Tim Cook is the CEO of Apple and serves on its Board of Directors.

Before being named CEO in August 2011, Tim was Apple’s Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations, including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain, sales activities, and service and support in all markets and countries. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace.

Prior to joining Apple, Tim was vice president of Corporate Materials for Compaq and was responsible for procuring and managing all of Compaq’s product inventory. Previous to his work at Compaq, Tim was the chief operating officer of the Reseller Division at Intelligent Electronics.

Tim also spent 12 years with IBM, most recently as director of North American Fulfillment where he led manufacturing and distribution functions for IBM’s Personal Computer Company in North and Latin America.

Tim earned an M.B.A. from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University.

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Dave M. Cote is chairman and CEO of Honeywell, a US $40 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. He assumed these roles in 2002. Under Mr. Cote’s leadership, Honeywell has delivered strong growth in sales, earnings per share, segment profit, cash flow, and a total shareowner return of 400%. Honeywell has positions in industries and technologies that address some of the world’s toughest challenges, including safety and security, clean energy generation, energy efficiency, customer productivity, and globalization. More than 50% of the company’s sales are outside the U.S.

Mr. Cote was elected this year as a Class B director to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to represent the interests of the public. Earlier he was named by U.S. President Obama to several bipartisan positions. This year he received the prestigious Horatio Alger Award. Also in 2014, he was named Institutional Investor’s Best CEO in his industry. In 2012, he received the Asia Society’s Global Leadership Award and the Peter G. Peterson Award for Business Statesmanship from the Committee for Economic Development. Mr. Cote earned a BBA degree from the University of New Hampshire, which also presented him with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2011. In 2009, he was named an honorary professor at the Beihang University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University.

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Philip Enquist, FAIA, is the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) partner who leads its global city design practice, the world’s most highly awarded urban planning group. Phil has been regularly recognized as a visionary leader in a rapidly evolving discipline.

Phil and his studios in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, London and Shanghai have improved the quality of life and the environmental performance of cities on five continents, by designing location-sensitive master plans that integrate nature and urban density within a framework of future‐focused public infrastructure.

He pioneered the firm’s presence in China, where he has strategically advised its national mayors’ association in conjunction with the Paulson Institute, which honored Phil’s practice with its first Paulson Prize for creative and sustainable design of a Chinese metropolitan area. His global city design portfolio of built work – and his firm-wide leadership within SOM – puts high performance environmental design at the core of every project.

Phil passionately believes that the world’s explosive growth of cities must be managed by humanely bold and holistically sustainable thinking at the national, regional and metropolitan scales and that human habitat design will be the alpha design science of the 21st century.

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Chairman of China State Construction Engineering Corporation;
Chairman of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd;
Professorate Senior Engineer & PhD graduate.

May 2015 Chairman of China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Chairman of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd;
Sep 2011 President of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd
Apr 2011 President of China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Dec 2007 Vice President of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd
Jul 2003 President of China Southwest Architectural Design & Research Institute Corp. Ltd

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Mark Hoplamazian was appointed to Hyatt Hotels’ board of directors in 2006 and named to his current roles later that year. Before being appointed to his current position, Mr. Hoplamazian served as president of The Pritzker Organization, LLC (TPO), the principal financial and investment advisor for Pritzker family business interests. During his 17-year tenure with TPO, he served as advisor to various Pritzker family-owned companies, including Hyatt Hotels Corporation and its predecessors. Mr. Hoplamazian has served on the boards of directors of a number of privately held companies and participated on behalf of the Pritzker family business interests in the formation of a number of companies. He previously worked in international mergers and acquisitions at the First Boston Corporation in New York.

Mr. Hoplamazian is the current chairman of the National Advisory Council on Minority Business Enterprise. He serves on the advisory board of Facing History and Ourselves, the council of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the board of directors of New Schools for Chicago, the executive committee of the board of directors of World Business Chicago, and the board of overseers for the Henry Crown Fellowship Program. Mr. Hoplamazian is a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Commercial Club of Chicago.

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Huang Nubo is chairman of Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group Co., Ltd. the company he founded in 1995. Zhongkun Group has a unique role in the fields of real estate and resorts: it is the only private enterprise in China that operates a World Heritage site—Hongcun—a renowned scenic ancient village in south China. Recognized by UNESCO for his roles in protecting World Heritage sites and promoting sustainable tourism development, Mr. Huang served on the jury for the Paulson Institute’s Cities of the Future Award for Sustainability in 2013.

After graduating from Peking University with a major in Chinese and literature, Mr. Huang served in the university’s Central Communications Department until 1990. He studied EMBA and CEIBS at China Europe International Business School from 1996 to 1998; his studies there have played an important role in his becoming a successful entrepreneur. A renowned mountain climber, he is a fellow of the Explorers Club. From 2007 to 2011, he reached the summits of the world’s seven continents. And, in a 20-month expedition, from 2008 to 2011, he successfully arrived at the North and South poles. Under the pen name Luo Ying, Mr. Huang has published novels and anthologies of his poetry. His work been translated into English, French, German, Japanese, Mongol, Spanish, Turkish, and several other languages.

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Tomson Dongsheng Li is the founder, chairman, and CEO of TCL Corporation. Mr. Li graduated from South China University of Technology in 1982. Named a National Model Worker and winner of the National May 1st Labor Medal, Mr. Li was elected as a delegate to China’s 16th Party Congress, and served as a representative of the 10th, 11th, and 12th National People’s Congress.

In addition to his roles at TCL Corporation, Mr. Li serves as chairman of the China Electronic Imaging Industry Association, vice chairman of the China Chamber of International Commerce, an executive committee member of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, and vice chairman of the Guangdong Federation of Industry and Commerce. In China, Mr. Li was awarded the Chinese Economics Prize in 2002 and 2004. In 2009, he was recognized as one of China’s Business Leaders of the Decade at the Annual CCTV Awards. Internationally, in 2004, Mr. Li was selected as Asia Businessman of the Year by Fortune magazine and one of the Top 25 Global Business Leaders by TIME magazine and CNN. Also in 2004, Mr. Li received the Officier de la Légion d’honneur (French national honor) from President Jacques Chirac. In 2013, Mr. Li was selected as the one of the Best CEOs of Listed Companies in China by Forbes magazine.

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Liang Xinjun, one of the co-founders of Fosun Group, is the vice chairman and CEO of Fosun International Ltd. Mr. Liang is also a member of the 12th Shanghai Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, vice chairman of the 11th Shanghai Youth Federation Committee and of the China Young Entrepreneurs Association, chairman of the Taizhou Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and of the Shanghai Fudan University Alumni Association, and deputy director of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business Alumni Association.

Born in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province, Mr. Liang received his bachelor’s degree in genetic engineering from Fudan University in 1991, and an EMBA degree from Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in 2007. Highly honored in his field, he has been designated as among The First Group of Distinguished Professors by Capital Market Institute. In 2013, he was recognized as Asia’s Best CEO by Corporate Governance Asia, named Director of the Year by the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, and received a Chinese business leaders award and the award for Outstanding Zhejiang Entrepreneur by the 2nd World Zhejiang Entrepreneurs Convention. He received a Top 10 PE Capitalists of the Year and a Shanghai Top 10 Financial Industry Leader award in 2012, and the Annual Chinese Business Leader honor at the 7th Horasis Global Chinese Business Meeting in 2011.

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Andrew N. Liveris is chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company, a global technology company focused on developing innovative solutions at the intersections of the physical, materials, polymer, and biological sciences. Dow reported 2013 annual sales of more than US $57 billion.

A 38-year veteran of Dow and a recognized global business leader, Mr. Liveris advocates the criticality of manufacturing worldwide. He serves as co-chair of U.S. President Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership steering committee. He is the author of Make It in America, which presents a comprehensive set of practical policy solutions and business strategies for reviving this important sector. He leads Dow’s collaborations with numerous governments on Advanced Manufacturing Plans and is simultaneously driving the company’s world-class investment and industry leadership in fast-growing regions around the globe. Mr. Liveris sits on the board of directors of IBM, and is chairman of the U.S. Business Council, vice chair of the Business Roundtable, and a member of the U.S. President’s Export Council. He serves as a trustee for the California Institute of Technology.

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Weiding Lu was born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, at March, 1971. He is Han nationality and a member of the Chinese Communist Party, a Senior Economist, and holds a Masters Degree. He is the Executive Director and CEO of Wanxiang Group CO., Chairman of China Wanxiang Holding CO., LTD., and Chairman and CEO of Minsheng Life Insurance CO., LTD.

Lu is also President of the presidium of CFIE (China industry and economy league), Vice Chairman of the China Machinery Industry Federation, and Vice Chairman of the Overseas Development and Planning of China Industry Association.

Weiding Lu is a committee member of the 15th Communist Youth League Central Committee, a committee member of the 9th/ 10th/ 11th All-China Youth Federation Committee, a committee member of the 11th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Committee of Zhejiang Province, a standing committee member of the 8th/ 9th Youth Federation of Zhejiang Province, a delegate of the 10th Party Congress of Hangzhou; a national machinery industry labor model, a national outstanding venture entrepreneur, the first national youth innovation and advanced individual, a recipient of the China Youth Wusi Medal, a top ten outstanding youth of Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou industrial legion entrepreneurs; has been selected as “the world’s most influential entrepreneur” by the United States’ Times and CNN in 2003, and won the award nomination of CCTV China economic annual figure in 2012.

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Jack Ma is the lead founder of Alibaba Group and has served as executive chairman since May 2013. Since the company’s founding in 1999 until he assumed his current role, Mr. Ma was chairman and CEO.

Mr. Ma currently serves on the board of SoftBank Corp., one of Alibaba Group’s major shareholders and a Japanese corporation listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He is also a director of Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, an entertainment group in China listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. He additionally serves The Nature Conservancy as chair of its China board of directors and a director of its global board. In September 2013, he joined the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation as a director. Mr. Ma graduated from Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute with a major in English language education.

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Doug McMillon, as Walmart’s CEO, leads a strong management team that is working to deliver the company’s mission of “saving people money so they can live better.” Under his leadership, Walmart is bringing together its stores, logistics network, and digital commerce capabilities in new ways to empower customers to shop whenever, wherever, and however they want. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. McMillon was president and CEO of Walmart International, a fast-growing segment of the company’s overall operations, with more than 6,400 stores and some 800,000 associates in 26 countries outside the U.S. From 2006 to 2009, he served as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, an operating segment of Walmart, with sales of more than US $46 billion annually during his tenure. He started as a summer associate in a Walmart distribution center in 1984 and has served in senior leadership roles in all of Walmart’s business segments.

Mr. McMillon is a director of Wal-Mart Stores, the Consumer Goods Forum, Enactus, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He also serves on the executive committee of the Business Roundtable and the dean’s advisory board for the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He previously served on the boards of the U.S.-China Business Council and Walmart Mexico. He earned a BS degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas and his MBA in finance from the University of Tulsa.

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Ginni Rometty is chairman, president, and CEO of IBM. Mrs. Rometty was appointed president and CEO effective January 1, 2012. She became chairman of the board of directors on October 1, 2012. Mrs. Rometty began her career with IBM in 1981 in Detroit, Michigan. Since then she has held a series of leadership positions in IBM, most recently as senior vice president and group executive, IBM Sales, Marketing, and Strategy. In this role, she was responsible for business results in the 170 global markets in which IBM operates and pioneered IBM’s rapid expansion in the emerging economies of the world. Prior to this, Mrs. Rometty served as senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services, where she led the successful integration of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting. This acquisition was the largest in professional services history, creating a global team of more than 100,000 business consultants and services experts. In recognition of her leadership in the professional services industry, Mrs. Rometty was honored with the Carl Sloane Award 2006, given by the Association of Management Consulting Firms. In prior leadership roles, she served as general manager of IBM Global Services, Americas, as well as general manager of IBM’s Global Insurance and Financial Services Sector.

Mrs. Rometty serves on the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and the board of overseers and board of managers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She holds a BS degree, with high honors, in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern University.

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Dr. Shu was born in July 1958. He holds a PhD degree in Engineering.

Dr. Shu is the Chairman of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) and Vice President of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

He once served as Deputy Director General of National Dispatching Center of SGCC, President of State Grid Construction Company, Vice President, Executive Vice President and President of SGCC.

Dr. Shu is a prestigious expert with strong influence in energy and power sector, and he has been long devoted in the management and research on electric power planning, construction, and dispatching, large grid control, UHV grid, smart grid, renewable energy development and international business.

Dr. Shu has been vigorously promoting management and technology innovation. In recent years, SGCC has made major breakthroughs in grid development, technical innovation, and grid security.

As Vice President of International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), one of the world’s three major international standard development organizations, Dr. Shu leads the Market Strategy Board (MSB) to identify emerging technologies and market trends, decides priorities in the new areas, and compiles IEC development strategy and planning as well as strategic policies.

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Mr. Wang Shi is the Chairman and Founder of China Vanke Co., Ltd. Wang founded Vanke in 1984 and led it to grow into the world’s largest residential home developer, with the annual sales more than USD35 billion in 2014.

Mr. Wang is a respected leader in China’s environmental conservation and charitable community. In 2004, Mr. Wang co-founded Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology, China’s largest environmental networks involving 350 private sector entrepreneurs. He was elected Chairman of China Entrepreneurs Forum in July 2012 and now acts as President of 2005 Committee of Chinese Overseas Returnees.

Mr. Wang sits on the board of World Wildlife Fund US and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council, with focus on forest, biodiversity, and climate change. Since 2009, Wang Shi led Chinese entrepreneur groups to attend UN Climate Change Conference and catalyze a Chinese civil commitment to environmental conservation.

As a passionate mountaineer who always challenges himself, Mr. Wang reached the peak of Mount Everest from North and South faces in 2003 and 2010 respectively. He is the 11th person in the world to accomplish “7+2” – reaching the Seven Summits in 2004 and North and South Poles in 2005.

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Zheng Zhijie is Vice Chairman and President of China Development Bank (CDB), Vice President of China Association for the Promotion of Development Financing (CAPDF), and Vice President of National Association of Financial Market Institutional Investors (NAFMII).

Previously, Mr. Zheng served as Executive Vice President and Executive Director of CDB (2008-2012). Prior to joining CDB in 2008, Mr. Zheng worked as President of China Jianyin Investment Co. Ltd. from 2004 to 2008. Mr. Zheng joined China Construction Bank (CCB) in 1982 and then successively held positions as Branch President of CCB Beijing Branch (1997-2001), CCB Assistant President (2000-2001), and CCB Vice President (2001-2004). Mr. Zheng is a certified Senior Economist and holds a PhD. degree in Economics.