Prize for Cities of the Future Jury

Richard Daley

Former Mayor of Chicago, Jury Committee Chairman

Hal Harvey

CEO, Energy Innovation

Huang Nubo

Chairman, Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group

Mao Zhibing

Chief Engineer, China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd (CSCEC)

Pan Jiahua

Director General, Institute for Urban & Environmental Studies, CASS

Zhuang Weimin

Dean, Architecture School, Tsinghua University


The longest-serving mayor in Chicago’s history, Richard M. Daley has earned an international reputation as a leading innovator in urban development, fiscal policy and government stewardship. As mayor, Mr. Daley enhanced Chicago’s quality of life, improved the public school system and infrastructure, strengthened the economy, reduced crime, improved transportation and made Chicago one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.

Mr. Daley transformed the Chicago economy by bringing cutting-edge businesses to the city. During his 22-year tenure as mayor, Chicago became a prominent player in the 21st century global economy, now ranking among the top economic centers and most influential cities worldwide. Mr. Daley pioneered a model of successful public-private partnerships that established Chicago as the benchmark for long-term sustainable urban growth and development. These partnerships, such as the city’s privatization of its Chicago Skyway, allowed Chicago to improve the state of its infrastructure and preserve much-needed social programs while other cities were forced to make concessions.

Throughout his career, Mr. Daley has maintained a commitment to unifying mayors across the United States and the world to tackle the challenges confronting cities. He served as the 54th president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, organized the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative in 2003 for the restoration of the Great Lakes and founded and chaired the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus for the Chicagoland region. Mr. Daley also made Chicago a hub for mayors globally by hosting the Sino-U.S. Mayors Summit in 2007 for municipal leaders of the United States and China, the Mayor’s Hemispheric Forum in 2007 for municipal leaders across the Americas, and the U.S.-Arab Cities Forum in 2008 for municipal leaders throughout the United States, Canada and the Arab world. Mr. Daley continues to speak internationally on the issue of sustainable urban development and work with global leaders on building the cities of tomorrow.

A former state senator and county prosecutor, Mr. Daley was elected mayor in 1989 and re-elected five times before deciding to retire from government in May of 2011. He now serves as Of Counsel to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, an international law firm based in Chicago; the Executive Chairman of Tur Partners LLC, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy; a Director of the Board of The Coca-Cola Company and Diamond Resorts International; a member of the International Advisory Board for the Russian Direct Investment Fund; and a senior advisor to JP Morgan Chase, where he chairs the new “Global Cities Initiative,” a joint project of JP Morgan Chase and the Brookings Institution to help cities identify and leverage their greatest economic development resources.


Hal Harvey is the CEO of Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC. He is also a Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at The Paulson Institute located at the University of Chicago. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of ClimateWorks Foundation, a network of 13 regional foundations and expert teams who promote polices to reduce the threat of climate change. From 2001-2008, he served as Environment Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. From 1990 through 2001, Mr. Harvey served as founder and President of the Energy Foundation, a joint initiative of six large U.S. Foundations. Mr. Harvey has served on energy panels appointed by Presidents Bush (41) and Clinton, has published two books and dozens of articles on energy and national security issues, and speaks widely on energy topics. He is President of the Board of Directors of the New-Land Foundation, and Chairman of the Board of MB Financial Corporation, a $10 billion Chicago bank holding company. Earlier in his career, he designed and built solar homes. In 2005, Mr. Harvey served as Rhodes Chair and Lecturer in Public Policy at Arizona State University. Mr. Harvey has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University in Engineering, specializing in Energy Planning.


Huang Nubo is the founder and the Chairman of Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group Co., Ltd since 1995. Graduating from Peking University with major in Chinese and Literature in 1980, he entered and worked for The Central Propaganda Department until 1990. Then he entered into Chinese Mayors Association where he has been serving as Deputy General Secretary and President Assistant to present. He studied EMBA in CEIBS, China Europe International Business School, from 1996 to 1998, which plays an important role on his way to becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Zhongkun Group is unique in the field of real estate and resorts, which is the only private enterprise in China that operates a world cultural heritage-Hongcun-a famous scenic ancient village in south China. Zhongkun Real Estate aims to keep its high reputation and Zhongkun Resort aims to build a respected global resort brand. As the Chairman of Zhongkun, Mr. Huang commits himself and his team to conservation during every development project, including protection of the surrounding environment, local lifestyle, ancient architecture, unique wildlife, minorities etc. He acts as the Councilor of the Nature Conservancy, the Chairman of WildAid China Board, the Fellow Member of the Explorers Club, the Vice President of China Real Estate Chamber of Commerce and the Councilor of China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development, to name a few.

Particularly, he has devoted himself to charity, especially in the field of education, cultural exchange and environment conservation. On behalf of Zhongkun Group, as of 2012, Mr. Huang has donated over 376 million yuan . In 2006, he donated 30 million yuan to found Zhongkun Poetry Foundation, with the purpose of promoting the poetry communication internally and internationally. In 2010, he donated one million dollars to set up China Iceland Culture Fund to promote and enhance cultural cooperation with a special focus on literature, in particular poetry, between Asia and Northern Europe. And he also provided one million dollars to support the environmental projects of the Nature Conservancy in China. Mr. Huang was elected into a series of rankings, including Forbes Chinese Rich List, Forbes Chinese Charity Rich List, Hurun One Hundred Rich List, Hurun Charity List, and Forbes Asia Charity Heroes during these years.

With the pen name of Luo Ying, Mr. Huang is also a poet and serves as the director of the Chinese Poetry Institute, the deputy director of the Chinese New Poetry Research Institute of Peking University, and the vice president of Chinese Poetry Research Institute of Peking University. Numbers of his poetry anthologies and novels have been published and translated into English, French, German, Japanese, Mongol, Turkish and several other languages.

He is a famous mountain climber and serves as the vice president of China Mountaineers Association. During 2007 to 2011, he reached the highest summits of the seven continents of the world, and successfully arrived at the North and South poles. He has reached the summit of mountain Everest three times–in May 2009, May 2010, and May 2013.


Director and President, China Construction Engineering Design Group Corporation Ltd

Member of Science & Technology Commission of Ministry of Housing and Urban -Rural Development

Deputy Director of Professional Committee of Green Building and Energy Conservation

Deputy Director of Professional Committee of China Construction Industry Association

Deputy Director of Science & Technology Commission of China Association of Construction Enterprise Management

Visiting Professor of Tsinghua University, and Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT)

Senior member and Vice Chairman of China Branch of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Expert with special government allowances from the State Council

Professorates Senior Engineer

Feb 1992 – Executive Director and Vice President of China Construction America, Inc

July 1995 – Deputy General Manager of Overseas Department of CSCEC

April 1996 – Deputy General Manager of General Contracting Department of CSCEC

Jan 2002 – Standing Vice Chairman of Science & Technology Commission of CSCEC, General Manager of S & T Development Dept. of CSCEC

Feb 2002 – Deputy Director of Enterprise Management Committee of CSCEC, General Manager of Enterprise Management Department of CSCEC

Nov 2004 – General Manager of Technology & Design Dept. of CSCEC

Dec 2007 – Assistant General Manager of CSCEC and Director of General Office of CSCEC

May 2011 – Chief Engineer of CSCEC

July 2011 – Director and President, China Construction Engineering Design Group Corporation Ltd


PAN Jiahua, currently director-general, Institute for Urban & Environmental Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and professor of economics at CASS Graduate School, Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Urban & Environmental Studies. Received his PhD at Cambridge University in 1992. Areas of study include economics of sustainable development, energy and climate policy, world economy and environmental and natural resource economics. Worked for the UNDP Beijing Office as an advisor on environment and development; Lead author of the IPCC Working Group III 3rd, 4th and 5th Assessment Report on Mitigation; Member of China National Expert Panel on Climate Change; Member of National Foreign Policy Advisory Group; Advisor to the Ministry of Environment Protection. Vice president of Chinese Association for Urban Economy, vice president of the Chinese Society of Ecological Economists, vice president of Chinese Energy Association. Co-editor of Climate Change 2001: mitigation published by Cambridge University Press and author of over 300 papers, articles and books in both English (including Science, Nature, Oxford Review of Economic Policy) and Chinese (Including Journal of Economic Research and China Social Sciences). First and Second prize of best research work, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (2002, 2004 & 2013), Sun Yefang Award of Economic Sciences, 2011, China Green Person of the Year 2010/2011.


Zhuang Weimin is the Dean of the School of Architecture and the President of the Architectural Design and Research Institute at Tsinghua University. He has B.E., M.E., and D.E. degrees in architecture from Tsinghua University.

As a Class A Registered Architect and Registered Design Counselor of China, he was nominated as China Design Master by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development in 2008. He is the architect for many important projects in China, including the Reconstruction of the National Art Gallery, the Swimming & Diving Gymnasium for the World University Games, the Judo & Taekwondo Gymnasium and the Shooting Range Hall for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, for which he was awarded numerous prizes including gold medals for Excellent Engineering, Survey and Design Projects issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development and the First Prize for Excellent Design Work issued by the Ministry of Education.

He is the author of a series of academic publications, such as Introduction to Building Programming, Ecological Guidelines for Architectural Design, Economics and Architectural Design, and Architecture for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

He is also a Council Member of the UIA, Co-director of the UIA Professional Practice Commission, a Standing Council member of the Architecture Society of China, a Standing Council Member of China Association of Survey and Design, a member of the National Board of Architectural Accreditation of China, and a Member of the China Supervision Committee of APEC Architects.