ACYPI Perth | Pursuing the China Dream: from World Factory to Global Cleantech Laboratory
You are invited to join ACYPI’s inaugural Innovation Forum conversation, hosted by King & Wood Mallesons, with Peggy Liu, leading entrepreneur and Co-founder and Chairperson of the Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), a Shanghai-based, public-private non-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the use of clean energy in China within 10 years, while building trust and cooperation between China and the United States.
In her recent Harvard Business Review article “If you want to change the world, partner with China”, Peggy Liu, a leading entrepreneur and advocate for sustainable growth in China, answered the frequently asked question: Is China going green? As a leading pioneer on the “China Dream” initiative, JUCCCE has helped catalyse key tipping points in the way China creates and uses energy by introducing smart grid to China, training over 600 government officials on eco-cities, creating a national conversation about the "China Dream", a term which was later adopted by Chinese President Xi Jinping as a slogan of the next phase of China’s development, and triggering the start of mainstream green consumer media coverage.
Peggy was named a World Economic Forum Young Leader and Time Magazine hero of the environment in 2008.
In this evening event, Peggy will present the audience with China’s green innovation sector and uncover the most up-to-date progress over the last few years. Peggy will share her insights on the “China Dream”, how it translates to other areas of business and society and how we can all be a part of a common journey which sees a green and sustainable China. Peggy will also share her personal journey on starting her own career in China overcoming cultural barriers, how to build trust and successful collaboration between China and the United States, and the many sustainable business opportunities ahead for young professionals in Western Australia today.
About the speaker:
Peggy Liu, Chairperson of JUCCCE, is one of the leading international experts on China‘s sustainability landscape and fostering international collaboration with China. JUCCCE is a non-profit organization most noted for its multi-sector convening power. Key JUCCCE milestones: holding the first public dialogues between US & China on clean energy, introducing Smart Grid to China, educating 600 Chinese government leaders on how to build sustainable cities, creating the China Dream initiative to reimagine prosperity for sustainable consumerism, creating early consumer awareness on the use of energy efficient lightbulbs and pollution masks.
She is also an executive advisor to Marks & Spencer, an advisor to the World Economic Forum Project Board on Sustainable Consumption, and Volans. She is a member of the FTSE Environmental Markets Committee, and a Thought Leader at Criticaleye. She served as a sustainability advisor to HP in 2013, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Sustainable Consumption 2012-13 and on New Energy Architecture 2011-12, and an energy adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008.
As one of the leading green voices in China, Peggy was honored as a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment, a Forbes "Women to Watch in Asia", a China top 50 innovative business leaders by China Business News Weekly, WEF Young Global Leader, the Hillary Step for Climate Change Solutions. Also features such as Oriental Outlook ("China Dream"), Global Times (“Green Goddess”), Beijing Tatler (“Green Miracle”), Vogue ("3 Women Who Better the World"), Madame Figaro "Top Life" award, L’Officiel ("China's Most Successful Women").
In 2007, Peggy organized the MIT Forum on the Future of Energy in China from which JUCCCE was formed. This forum was the first public dialogue between US and Chinese government officials on clean energy in China. Prior to JUCCCE she had a diverse career as a venture capitalist in Shanghai, an ecommerce pioneer in Silicon Valley, a software marketing executive, a McKinsey consultant, and a computer programmer. She is a graduate of MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and completed programs at Harvard Kennedy School and at Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy.
Peggy has a passion for making the world a better place. She believes in the power of one person to inspire collaborative change, that the most helpful skill is telling a good story, that cultural translators are the most important job of the next generation, and that those who can, should. Peggy is Chinese-American and resides in Shanghai with her husband and two sons.
ACYPI Innovation Forum is a special event series dedicated to inspiring young professionals in WA on business innovation and engagement with Asia on important topics of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, technology, social and cultural innovation. We believe that by sharing and learning from each other’s experiences, we can encourage more young professionals to consider starting up their own businesses in the Asian market, or be an important innovation driver within their firms engaging with the region.