Since July 2021, Pit Heltmann is the Consul General of Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai. From 2018 to 2020 he served as the German Ambassador in Pyongyang, North Korea.Heltmann’s diplomatic career began in 1988 when he joined the German Federal Foreign Office. The focus of his work during the following three decades has been East Asia. Apart from serving twice at the German Embassy in Tokyo, he was Head of the Trade Promotion Bureau at the German Embassy in China. He also served as Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Mongolia from 1994 to 1998 and at the German Embassy in the Philippines from 2007 to 2010.Between 2014 and 2018, Heltmann was Director of the Foreign, Security and Developmental Policy Division at the German Federal Press Office, where he was in charge of formulating the speaking notes for the Government Spokesperson on the German government's foreign, defense, and development policies.Heltmann double-majored in Geography and Japanese Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany.
Richard Cuntz took office as Head of Science & Technology and policy officer for Economic Affairs at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai in 2020.
Prior to that, he was working on EU trade policy at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Before joining the Foreign Office, he was a Senior Manager for the Business Dialogue (B20) of the German G20 Presidency 2017 and the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (Federation of German Industries) with a focus on Trade & Digitalization as well as Global Governance.
Mr. Maximilian Butek has more than 13 years of experience in the Network of German Chambers Abroad. Before he serves as the Executive Director and Board Member of the German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai, he has held positions as Delegate of German Industry and Commerce in Guangzhou and Ghana. His previous postings include the Southern Africa-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce. Before his career in the German Chambers Network abroad, he gained experience in a multinational company and a German strategy consulting firm.
Since August 2018, Jens Hildebrandt is heading the Delegation of German Industry & Commerce Beijing as Delegate & Chief Representative and Managing Director of the German Chamber of Commerce in North China. He studied Political Science and Sinology in Leipzig, Beijing and Hong Kong and completed an MBA. Since 2007 Jens Hildebrandt has held various management positions in the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), i.e. as Head of the East Asia Department in Berlin and later as Delegate & Chief Representative of German Industry & Commerce in Guangzhou.
In October 2016, Dr. Sigrid Winkler was appointed Executive Chamber Manager at the German Chamber of Commerce in China | Shanghai and is in charge of the membership organization at the Chamber. Dr. Winkler joined the German Chamber earlier in spring 2016, initially as Project Manager Social Responsibility where she was responsible for the More than a Market initiative. Dr. Winkler holds a PhD in Political Science from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium and a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies from Vienna University. Before joining the German Chamber, she was Head of Office of the Austrian Academic Exchange Agency (OeAD) in Shanghai. Previously, Dr. Winkler managed international business development projects in China and Eastern Europe for Business Upper Austria, the economic agency of the regional government of Upper Austria. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on EU-China relations, and since 2002, she has been regularly coming back to China for shorter and longer-term stays.
Mr. Oliver Yang is the trustee of Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation (SSCLF) and the Director of Sustainability and Social Impact at Coca-Cola China. He is responsible for sustainability strategy planning and driving cross-function collaboration to ensure effective implementation across the Coca-Cola system. Mr. Yang works closely with internal and external stakeholders. He contributes to the holistic approach to conduct public policy, government engagement, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and social impact better support business growth and make a difference.
Mr. Li joined Fosun since 2001 and set up the group’s regional office in Beijing and Fosun's Global Chief Representative system. Over the years, Mr. Li explores, maintains and consolidates Fosun’s public resources; organizes and
participates in major events to create a good domestic and international environment for Fosun’s development and leads the organization of mixed ownership project development; additionally, he participates in the decision making of Fosun’s major foreign affairs and responsible for implementation
of the relevant major matters; at the same time, he is responsible for the daily
management of Fosun’s Public Affairs and Corporate Communication Center,Administrative Excellence Centre, Fosun Foundation, Fosun Trade, Fosun’s regional office in Beijing and other overseas offices
Dr. Bradley Morrison is Senior Vice President of BASF Group since 2013, in charge of Operations & Site Management in Greater China. He began his career at BASF in Germany as post-doctorate in 1993. Over the past 30 years, he has worked at diversified positions in research, marketing, business, site management, product and supply chain management with rich cross-regional/cultural experience in Europe, Australia and Asia. Dr. Morrison holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Sydney.
Ivy is the co-founder of Diversity & Inclusion Consulting (DNIC), a corporate advisory and training consultancy that supports diversity and inclusion at the workplace. She has worked with United Nations, Chambers of Commerce, Consulates
and other regional NGOs to drive workplace inclusion initiatives. She has led an award-winning disability job fair in Hong Kong. Born in Hong Kong, Ivy is a strong LGBT+ ally. Since 2015, she has been working with numerous multinational companies in developing their LGBT+ initiatives in Hong Kong, Greater China and APAC. She led the Asia pioneering Hong Kong LGBT+ Workplace Inclusion Index, which is a benchmarking tool to measure companies’ LGBT+ inclusion effort at the workplace. Relocated to Shanghai in 2017, she is the co-lead of the ShanghaiPRIDE x Out & Equal China Forum, an annual LGBT+ workplace inclusion forum in China, and the Pride Job Fair. She is part of the driving force for LGBT+ workplace inclusion in China.
Charlene Liu was born in Malaysia and has lived in the US, Singapore, and now Shanghai, China. She is an engineer, a social change maker, and a community builder. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BSc in Electrical Engineering and has 20 years of working experience in different areas of the Semiconductor & Electronics industry, ranging from design, engineering, manufacturing, project management to sales and marketing. She has also experience with events, corporate innovation, and management consulting at PwC.Charlene has 16 years of community leadership, commercial event management, and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) advocacy experience. In 2009, she co-founded ShanghaiPRIDE, an annual festival run entirely by volunteers that promotes diversity, in 2014 Q-Events, an event management company, in 2016 Ladies Who Tech, a social impact community for women in STEM, and in 2019 D&I Consulting. Charlene is now embarking on a full-time journey in creating an inclusive workplace for all in Greater China and in the region.
She is co-founder of Q-Events, a holistic events management company, where she is responsible for event planning, logistics, and execution. Some of the events include galas, conventions, weddings, and exhibitions. Darick began volunteering for ShanghaiPRIDE in 2013 and served as the director of operations managing consulate and corporate partnerships, events, merchandising, social media, and volunteers. Darick represented ShanghaiPRIDE at the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance (APQFFA) at Sydney Mardi Gras, Hamburg Pride, and the 2019 New York City World Pride. She was invited to join the LA LGBT Center leadership program as well as the Queer Asia film program in London. In 2014, she and team ShanghaiPRIDE were awarded Shanghai Hero by Time Out Shanghai, and in 2018, Best Event Organizer in East China by Huodongxing.
Sebastien is a Vice President and Head of the Global CoE Greater China within SAP Customer Success. In this role, he leads the delivery of SAP Premium Engagements and Professional Services, driving a team of 400 professionals, 38 per cent of whom are female.
Sebastien and his team focus on enabling SAP Top customers' transformation towards the Intelligent Enterprise, from the Digital Core to Analytics and Customer Experience, to Cloud Platform, Applications and Intelligent Technologies.
Sebastien focuses on attracting, Growing and Retaining amazing talents by creating a diverse, inclusive, bias-free and positive culture at SAP in Greater China.
On a personal note, Sebastien is married with 3 kids and has been living in Shanghai for the last 9 years...
WANG Li is the Program Development Manager at the Taicang Inclusion Factory. She is responsible for the Social Inclusion Academy and consulting programs. She designs and implements educational programs related to disability, aiming to promote awareness for a more inclusive society.Prior to joining the Inclusion Factory, WANG Li was a documentary film director and made a series of short films about different social issues in China.
Mr. Michael Haendel is the Corporate SCM Head for Siemens in China and Asia Australia since April 2019. In this role he is responsible for indirect materials and services, pooled directed materials, cost and value engineering and processes incl. digitalization and sustainability.
With more than 20 years of SCM experience, Michael was responsible for the direct material pooling organization at Siemens and was 8 years the CPO of Draegerwerke AG, besides other SCM management position in Germany and in the US.
Michelle Yi-Hua Tseng started her own restaurant business in university. She was born in Taiwan and grew up in Canada. After graduation, she moved to China to expand her passion for the food and beverage industry. She wants to inspire people to a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle through good food that has a positive impact on people and the planet. At IKEA she focuses on three main sustainability factors; supply chain, operations, and consumption to provide access to more sustainable food options. She believes that a brand’s existence is an integral part to restoring relationships of those around, a more colourful life, blessing and positive influence to those we come in contact with, corporate social responsibilities that benefit the community, corporate values transcend to realize customer values and grow together.
Zhao Hongcheng (also known as Dachengzi) is a video blogger and former Product Manager of Netease and Meituan. She holds a Master's degree from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. In 2019, she launched a video channel to share her experience of working, traveling and growing up in a wheelchair, presenting an independent image of people with disabilities. She has introduced two cases of barrier-free transformation in office area carried out by the company she worked for, which received more than 400,000 views on Internet. Also, she has been interviewed by over 20 media, including: Communist Youth League, NHK, AFP and Doctor Dingxiang. In March 2021, she became a full-time blogger, dedicated to helping people with disabilities better integrate into society.
Catherine joined Brose China in 2015. In her current role as HR Manager, she is in charge of recruiting, trainings, compensation employee relations and CSR. In 2021, after a long period of hard work, Catherine was able to employ the first person with intellectual disability at Brose.
Richard is the Managing Director of Collective Responsibility, Founder of HandsOn China and an Adjunct Professor of Sustainability and Social Innovation at Southern Methodist University.Driven by the belief that change begins with a single step, Richard Brubaker has spent the last 20 years in Asia working to engage, inspire and equip those around him to take their first step.Acting as a catalyst to driving sustainability, to bring about the changes in leadership and business models, and to recalibrate old models so that new opportunities can be captured, Brubaker’s work is centered around building foundations of knowledge, understanding core issues, engaging stakeholders, and doing what it takes to move forward.To date, Richard has overseen the development and execution of more than 200 projects focused on solving the social, environmental and economic challenges that are faced in Asia.Richard holds a Masters in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and serves as the Vice Chairman of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.
Since Aug 2016 Chengzhan Zhuang is the Program Manager of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Shanghai. He is a veteran policy specialist with years of experience in research and analysis on public policy. His expertise on public policy includes the related policy transitions related to climate change, geopolitical risks and China-EU relations, China's political and economic institutions. His main task at Konrad Adenauer Stiftung is to serve the European academic, think-tank and thought-leaders community, to establish different dialogue mechanisms with the corresponding Chinese think tanks, national universities, and corresponding government departments, so that mutual dialogues, cooperation and trust between Europe and China can be established and enhanced.
Mr. Zhuang received his PhD in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Bonn, Germany.
As co-founder of Business Ecology studio, Haiyan launched China’s first magazine which focuses on sustainability and green business since 2011. She has around 20 years working experiences in China’s business media, such as Asian Business Leaders and 21st Century Business Review. She focuses mainly on the area of innovation, sustainability, and regional report. She published the book of The Age of Green Gold.
Mr Ketin Lei is Beiersdorf China’s Corporate Affairs General Manager and the Special Assistant for Group Executive Board Member‘s China Affairs. In the past 18 years, he has been responsible for Corporate Strategy, M&A and Post Merger Integration projects in real estate, automobile and cosmetics industry, respectively.
Ms. Zixi Zheng is CEO of SupplyOn Asia Pacific since 2008 and has more than 15 years experience in supply chain management. She is professional at cross-cultural communication, business development, customer network development and supply chain processes with her international experience and extensive connections in manufacturing industry.
SupplyOn connects with business partners worldwide and ensures the long-term success of supply chain. The SupplyOn shareholders are Bosch, Continental, Schaeffler and ZF, they are all world leading manufacturing groups. SupplyOn reproduces all of the processes in the digital supply chain in a structured, transparent and secure manner.
Covey is an expert in the field of ESH and has more than ten years of working experience at Continental Tires. In his role, he has been in charge of building an environment friendly green plant in Hefei and initiated many environmentally-driven projects which have made Continental Tires Hefei plant an environment benchmark in the industry.
Brigitte Wolff is the President of EIM Executive Interim Management China, providing companies with experts for all kinds of functions and industries for permanent and interim positions, and has been working more than 18 years in China. During this period, she was a Partner at Booz&Company China (now PwC Strategy& China), MD and Partner of Management Engineers Business Consulting China and founder of Abacus Corporation Business Consulting China.
Since 2008 she is also a board member at the German Chamber of Commerce | Shanghai and its charity activities, such as the More than a Market initiative, working with German companies’ social engagement in China. Since 2017 she serves as a board member of the European Chamber of Commerce China in Shanghai. Prior to that she held management positions in Germany at Oliver Wyman and Constantia Packaging as well as Steinbeis Packaging.
She holds a German Engineer Diploma (Diplom-Ingenieur) from Technical University of Munich (TUM).
Mr. Liu worked in Kingdee Software, Huawei Technology, Lucent Technology and founded Qingyue Shanghai in 2014. He has been engaging in fields including Environmental Information Disclosure, Construction & Joint Punishment of Environmental Credit System, Green Finance, ESG and Pollutant Discharge Permit etc., contributing to supporting governments and enterprises to promote green development.
Manager of Sustainable Development Department, Energy officer, Engineer
Taking actively part to the company's green sustainable development strategy and energy planning; working in the innovation and development field of sustainable products; developing green & low-carbon processes and energy conservation & emission reduction projects. Participating product design, raw material selection, processing, and manufacturing, to realize R & D concept of "greener, friendlier, more natural, and safer", more than dozens of recycled materials, bio-based materials and degradable materials have been developed, which cover eight categories of products, including zipper, button, metal, plastic, cord, webbing, label, and bag accessory.