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The Paradise Foundation is a nonprofit organization that focuses on protecting prestigious lands and waters around the world.

About us

We commit ourselves to conserving and preserving of mother earth with a charitable intention, in a scientific approach, and under business support. Initiated by a number of well-known entrepreneurs, artists and philanthropists in China, The Paradise International Foundation is now led by co-chairmen Jack Ma, Pony Ma, and executive chairman Shen Guojun. The foundation honors cooperation and expands its conservation projects globally in regions of high conservation value. We attach great importance to local conservation and management capacity building, helping to explore sustainable fund-raising models and promote environmental-friendly products. Outdoor activities are organized for the public, especially for the young people, with volunteer jobs being provided. By doing so, we aim to encourage more people to lead a healthy lifestyle that contains the wisdom of “from nature, back to nature” and fulfill our vision of “preserving more green mountains and clear waters for future generations”.

Voluntary Consultant Group

The Paradise International Foundation

Senior Voluntary Consultants

The Paradise Foundation invited China’s most influential philanthropist, entrepreneurs and artists, forming a voluntary consultant group supporting and supervising the Foundation’s work.

Co-Chair

Mr. Jack Ma & Mr. Pony Ma

Executive Chairman

Mr. Guojun Shen

Managing Director

Mr. Baoguo Zhu

Jack Ma

Chairman of Alibaba Group

Jack Ma

Mr. Jack Ma is the lead founder of Alibaba Group and used to be chairman and chief executive officer of the company from its inception in 1999 to May of 2013. As a respected business leader, Jack is the board of trustee of World Economic Forum (WEF), board member & investor of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Chairman of Zhejiang Entrepreneur Association and Chairman of China Entrepreneur Club. He has been named Special Adviser to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for Youth Entrepreneurship and Small Business in September of 2016. Jack is also the founder of Jack Ma Foundation. Degree in English Language Education, Hangzhou Teacher's Institute.

Pony Ma

President of Tencent, Inc.

Pony Ma

Pony Ma is one of Tencent’s Co-Founders and currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Pony oversees strategic development, overall direction and management of Tencent. In 2016, Harvard Business Review named Pony one of the “Best-Performing CEOs in the World,” and he topped Fortune’s list of “China’s 50 Most Influential Business Leaders.”Pony received his Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from Shenzhen University in 1993.

Guojun Shen

President of China Yintai Holdings Co., Ltd.

Guojun Shen

Mr. Shen Guojun, Founder and Chairman of Yintai Group, Chairman of the Board & Chairman of Strategic Development Committee of Intime Retail Group (01833 HK), Executive Chairman for Cainiao Network Technology Co., Ltd. He’s also the founder and Honorary Director of the Yintai Foundation. Mr. Shen is an innovative entrepreneur, forwarder of industries and distinguished social citizen. He leads Yintai Group to successful operations in multiple fields, and dedicates to the charity and public welfare, he has profound impact on industries and society.

Baoguo Zhu

President of Joincare Pharmaceutical Industry Group Co., Ltd.

Baoguo Zhu

Mr. Zhu Baoguo, founder and chairman of China public listed pharmaceutical company - Joincare Group and also the chairman of Livzon Group, one of the most competitive public listed pharmaceutical companies in China, is the pioneer of China’s health care industry. Mr. Zhu is also an outstanding investor and practitioner, who is the joint founder of Webbank, Share-holder of several famous projects such as Yu Feng Fund and MI. Besides from his devotion and achievement in business, Mr. Zhu has been taking an active part in public welfare activities for years, serving as the core initiator and participant of The Paradise International Foundation.

Fanzhi Zeng

Artist

Fanzhi Zeng

Zeng Fanzhi was born in Wuhan, China in 1964, and lives and works in Beijing. Solo museum exhibitions include: “Zeng Fanzhi: Idealism,” Singapore Art Museum, Singapore (2007); “Zeng Fanzhi,” Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne de Metropole (2007); “Zeng Fanzhi,” Fundación Godia, Barcelona (2009-2010); “2010: Zeng Fanzhi,” Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2010); “Zeng Fanzhi”, Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong (2011); “Zeng Fanzhi”, Gagosian Gallery, London (2012-2013); and “Zeng Fanzhi: Paintings, Drawings and Two Sculptures”, Gagosian Gallery, New York (2015). His works have also been featured in various group exhibitions, including: the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); “The World Belongs to You,” Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2011–12);  "Prima Materia,” Punta Della Dogna, Venice, Italy (2013); “Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2013–14), etc. Zeng’s work was the subject of a phased retrospective at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2013–14. Invited by the specially commissioned exhibition at the Musée du Louvre in 2014, his painting From 1830 till now No. 4 (2014) was shown alongside Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People (1830). In September 2016, “Zeng Fanzhi: Parcours” at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art is the artist’s largest and most comprehensive exhibition anywhere to date.

Zhongjun Wang

Chairman and CEO, HuaYi Brothers Media Co., Ltd.

Zhongjun Wang

Dennis Wang graduated from the State University of New York with a master degree in Media and Communication in 1994. In the same year, he established Huayi Brothers Advertising Company which is now Huayi Brothers Media Corporation. Dennis Wang and his team opened up Chinese New Year film market and created many box-office triumphs. In 2009, Huayi Brothers went public in Growth Enterprises Market, and became China's first listed movie company. Now the corporation includes 3 main business units: Film & TV Entertainment Unit, including film & TV drama making and talent agency; Real-scene Entertainment Unit, represented by movie theme parks; Internet Entertainment Unit, covering games, new media and fans community. In recent years, Huayi’s business development is led by visions, bolstered by innovations. Now Huayi is a well-recognized pioneering leader in China’s culture and entertainment industry.

David Yu

Founder and Chairman of Yunfeng Capital

David Yu

Established in early 2010 and named after our co-founders Mr. Jack MA (Yun), Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group and Mr. David YU (Feng), founder of Target Media, Yunfeng is a private equity firm started by a group of successful entrepreneurs and influential industry leaders.  Yunfeng Financial Group, originally established as Reorient Group in 1982 and listed on HKEx Main Board on July 17th 1987(Stock Code 00376 HK),is one of the first listed securities companies in Hong Kong.

Gensheng Niu

Founder of Lao Niu Foundation

Gensheng Niu

Mr. Niu Gensheng is the founder of the Lao Niu Foundation and Mengniu Group, as well as a co-founder of Yili Group. Mr. Niu currently serves as the Vice Chairman of China Charity Alliance, and as Vice President of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Great China Council, and Council Member of The Paradise International Foundation. The Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs has twice awarded Mr. Niu “China Charity Award”, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award and Special Achievement Award. Mr. Niu’s leadership in environmental protection was recognized by TNC, which presented him with their prestigious OakLeaf Award, and "The Charity Excellence Award" of the Committee of 100 in the United States;“TOP 10 of China Charity Leaders List” and “Impact•100 Persons of 2016 China Philanthropy”. The Lao Niu Foundation is a private family foundation, which was established in late 2004 by Mr. Niu Gensheng and his family. The foundation is committed to exploring paths for the globalization of philanthropy and the internationalization of philanthropic programs. Under Mr. Niu's impact, the Niu family shares Mr. Niu’s devotion to philanthropy, and actively participates in the cause. Mr. Niu’s descendants have also established the Lao Niu Brother &Sister Foundation.

Shawn Zhang

CEO, The Paradise International Foundation

Shawn Zhang

Zhang Shuang (Shawn), graduated from Nanjing University with a major in natural resource management in 1994. Zhuang Shuang is a conservationist and conservation planner. He is the CEO and co-founder of The Paradise International Foundation. Zhuang Shuang has fifteen years of first-hand experience in conservation projects. He presided over the sub-project of priority area of protected land analysis under the "China National Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Action Plan" later adopted by China’s State Council and the priority area of forest carbon sequestration analysis in response to climate change project of the State Forestry Administration. He has led numerous international cooperation projects, including the forest carbon sequestration projects of The Nature Conservation (TNC) and Conservation International (CI), and was the first in the world to earn the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) “gold standard” carbon sequestration project certificate. He is the designer and pioneer of China’s "Land Trust Nature Reserve", and led the establishment of the first specialized non-governmental managed protected area. He worked to initiate the China Carbon Sequestration Fund, Yunnan Green Development Fund and Sichuan Paradise Foundation, and he set up and managed the China Global Conservation Fund, which was initiated by concerned Chinese supporters aiming at overseas conservation projects. Zhuang Shuang was previously the director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) China Program.

The Paradise International Foundation

Voluntary Supervisors

Chairman

Mr. Thomas Ou

Vice Chairman

Mr. Ying Wu

Thomas Ou

Chairman of ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co., Ltd.

Thomas Ou

Mr. Thomas Ou, is the Chairman of ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co., Ltd, China's first digital insurer. He is also the founder of Sinolink Worldwide Holdings Limited, a listed company on the HK stock exchange. Mr. Ou also serves as the chairman of the board of Rockbund Art Museum and a trustee for The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific and China Program. Mr. Ou has over 25 years of experience in investing, trading and corporate management.

Ying Wu

Chairman of China Capital Group

Ying Wu

Ying Wu, founder and Chairman of China Capital Group since October 2008, has more than 28 years of experience as a technological innovator and telecommunications entrepreneur in China. As a co-founder of UTStarcom, Ying had served Chairman and CEO of UTStarcom China for 12 years. Prior to that he performed President of Starcom Inc., which he co-founded in 1991. Previous to his founding role with these start-up enterprises, Ying was a member of the technical staff at Bellcore after his graduation from NJIT. Ying has been a global board member with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) since Oct 2015, and a board member of TNC China since May 2013. Ying has also been a founding board member of the Future Forum in China since Jan 2015. In addition, Ying has been serving as a senior consultant on Internet industry for the Shenzhen City government in China, and performing as Chairman of E-China Alliances. The recipient of numerous awards, Ying was recognized in 1998 by Business Week as one of the 50 Stars of Asia, credited for averting a financial crisis in Asia. In 2003, China Central TV (CCTV) named Ying one of the Top 10 Most Influential Persons in China’s economy.

The Paradise International Foundation

Voluntary Consultants

Chair

Mr. Pony Ma

Managing Director

Mr. Baoguo Zhu

Vice Chair

Justin Tang, Fion Song

Chairman of Shenzhen Minsen Investment Co., Ltd.

Ming Cai

Chairman of Head & Shoulders Financial Group

Stanley Choi

President of Bainiankangcheng Health Management Group Co., Ltd.

Xiao Chen

Executive Vice Chairman of Alibaba Health Information Technology Limited

Xiaoying Chen

Chairman of China Dongxiang (Group) Co., Ltd

Yihong Chen

Guosheng Financial Holding Inc. Chairman

Li Du

Chairman of Han’s Laser Technology Industry Group Co., Ltd.

Yunfeng Gao

Chairman of Grand Asia Pacific Investment Holding Pte. Ltd.

Youlong Huang

Chairman and CEO of Eurostar Diamond Traders

Jie Jiang

Chairman of Greenwoods Asset Management Limited.

Jinzhi Jiang

Chairman of Beijing Zhaode Investment Co., Ltd

Botan Li

Chairman of Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd (Hepalink)

Li Li

Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of A8 New Meadia Group

Alvin Liu

Chairman and CEO, Wanxiang Group

Weiding Lu

Founder, Chairman & President of China Oceanwide Holdings Group

Zhiqiang Lu

Marketing Expert and Conservationist

Karen Lo

Chairman of Universal International Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited

Fenglei Qian

President of Shanghai Hugeleaf Investment Holding Co., Ltd

Peijin Shen

Editor-in-Chief of Talents Magazine

Fion Song

Chairman of Tongyi Industrial Group Co., Ltd.

Tieming Song

Managing Partner of Boyu Capital

Sean Tong

Chairman and CEO of Xiaoying Technology

Justin Tang

Chairman of Five Stars Holding Group Ltd

Jianguo Wang

Vice President Of HTW Investment Co., Ltd

Xiaoduan Wang

President of Shanghai City Property Holding Co. Ltd

Zhangxing Wang

President of YUYUE Group

Guangming Wu

Vice Chairman and Executive Director of China Wanxiang Holding Co., Ltd.

Feng Xiao

Chairman of Shenzhen Parkland Group Co., Ltd

Hang Xu

Chairman of Zall Holding Co., Ltd

Zhi Yan

Chairman of Fang Group Company Limited

Mingfang Yu

Chairman of Grandland Group

Yuanxi Ye

Chairman of Chi-Courser Investments

Ye Zhang

Chairman of the Board of Director in Henan Tian Lun Group

Yingcen Zhang

Chairman of Valley Development Co., Ltd

Yau Choi Cheung

Board Chairman of Kingworld Medicine Group

Lisheng Zhao

Founder and CIO of Keywise Capital Management (HK) Limited

Fang Zheng

Chairman of YuFu Group

Junhao Zheng

Chairman of Fujian Septwolves Industry Co., Ltd

Shaoxiong Zhou

Executive President of Guangdong Sibu Group

Qiang Zhu

Chairman of Gold Mantis Holding Co., Ltd.

Xingliang Zhu

Chairman of Jinke Holding Group Co., Ltd.

Zhigang Zhu

Staff

The Paradise International Foundation

List of Staff

Ranked first in alphabetical order by last name

Shawn Zhang

CEO, The Paradise International Foundation

Shawn Zhang

Zhang Shuang (Shawn), graduated from Nanjing University with a major in natural resource management in 1994. Zhuang Shuang is a conservationist and conservation planner. He is the CEO and co-founder of The Paradise International Foundation. Zhuang Shuang has fifteen years of first-hand experience in conservation projects. He presided over the sub-project of priority area of protected land analysis under the "China National Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and Action Plan" later adopted by China’s State Council and the priority area of forest carbon sequestration analysis in response to climate change project of the State Forestry Administration. He has led numerous international cooperation projects, including the forest carbon sequestration projects of The Nature Conservation (TNC) and Conservation International (CI), and was the first in the world to earn the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) “gold standard” carbon sequestration project certificate. He is the designer and pioneer of China’s "Land Trust Nature Reserve", and led the establishment of the first specialized non-governmental managed protected area. He worked to initiate the China Carbon Sequestration Fund, Yunnan Green Development Fund and Sichuan Paradise Foundation, and he set up and managed the China Global Conservation Fund, which was initiated by concerned Chinese supporters aiming at overseas conservation projects. Zhuang Shuang was previously the director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) China Program.

Ma Jian

Vice President

Ma Jian

Graduated from Yunnan Normal University and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, EMBA Program24, Ma Jian is the co-founder and the vice president of the Paradise International Foundation, fully in charge of project implementation and operation management. Ma Jian has been working in ecological conservation area for more than 13 years. Prior to joining the foundation, Ma Jian has worked with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) from 2002 to 2015, participating in the design and implementation of the forest carbon sink project that’s become the world’s first to meet the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) gold standard. Mr. Ma also leads his team to accomplish many other carbon sink and reforestation projects across Yunnan, Sichuan Provinces and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, which cover an area of more than 10,000 hectares. Carbon-trading schemes in these regions are also been launched under his leadership. Ma Jian is the main developer of an analysis tool which focuses on influences of climate change on bio-diversity. His research program Vulnerability and Adaptability Research on 32 Chinese Land Conservation Priority Areas to Climate Change, which is jointly initiated with Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, has won the third prize of Awards for Scientific and Technological Progress by the Ministry of Environmental Protection. Ma Jian was also the former executive director of TNC China (2013-2015).

Wang Dezhi

Vice President / Chief Scientist

Wang Dezhi

Wang Dezhi graduated from School of Life Sciences, Peking University, with a doctoral degree in zoology and conservation biology. He is also an alumnus of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, EMBA Program 25. Apart from being a co-founder, Mr. Wang is the current vice president and chief scientist of the foundation, responsible for offering scientific guidance and implementing conservation projects. With more than 10 years of working experience in ecological conservation, Ma Jian used to be working with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) from 2008 to 2015, taking in charge of the implementation of Meili Snow Mountain National Park project, ecological restoration and conservation projects in Inner Mongolia and all the wilderness projects from TNC China.

Tian Feng

Vice President

Tian Feng

Tian Feng graduated from Beihang University. His previous occupations also include aircraft constructor and documentary director. He is now the vice president of the Paradise International Foundation, being in charge of offering scientific guidance and implementing conservation projects. Tian Feng made his career change to the field of nature conservation in the year 2004 and he is one of the pioneers who first introduced the concept of Conservation Steward Program (CSP) to China. His past positions as the project officer in Conservation International and the head of Conservation Steward Program in Asia have demonstrated his long term commitment to the development of community-based agreement protected areas in China and Asian regions. Tian Feng also served as the director of ALXA SEE ecological project and the technical director for Shanshui Conservation Centre. As a warm-hearted man, Tian Feng always cares for the public good and will remain committed to driving the development of public protected areas after his joining to the Paradise International Foundation in 2017.

Bi Jing

Director of Strategic Development

Bi Jing

Graduated from Renmin University of China with a master degree in sociology, Bi Jing co-founded the foundation and now is the director of strategic development, responsible for board relationship management. Bi Jing has more than nine years of working experience in conservation project implementation and fund-raising. From 2006 to 2015, on behalf of TNC, Bi Jing participated in the long-term planning projects on Chinese biodiversity and later was in charge of enterprise-, individual- and foundation-related funding work after a transfer to the Department of Fundraising.

Zhao Xi

Director of Operations

Zhao Xi

As the co-founder of the foundation, Zhao Xi is now the director of operations, responsible for its day-to-day operations and personnel management. During her work from 2004 to 2015 at TNC, Zhao Xi was the administrative assistant of TNC Beijing office and the special assistant for the chief representative from TNC China.

Zhang Zheng

Director of Finance

Zhang Zheng

Zhang Zheng graduated from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, majoring in international accounting. Besides years of working background in one of the four largest accounting firms, Zhang Zheng is also a holder of ACCA advanced diploma in accounting and business. In 2011, Zhang Zheng joined, as a co-founder, the West Sichuan Nature Conservation Foundation, which is the predecessor of the Paradise International Foundation. Zhang Zheng is now responsible for financial management of Si Chuan, Shen Zhen and Hong Kong office.

Zhang Xiangfu

Director of PA Product

Zhang Xiangfu

Zhang Xiangfu now works as the director of PA product in the Paradise International Foundation, responsible for supply chain management of Paradise Design·PA products, including work in product selection, quality control and supply management. Zhang Xiangfu used to hold middle and senior management positions in food enterprises. Her 20 years of work experience in quality control and production management in the food industry has helped to develop her insight on quality management systems, relevant national policies, laws, regulations, and food safety standards both in China and the EU.

Yang Fangyi

Partnership Development Director

Yang Fangyi

Mr. Fangyi YANG,Graduated from Yunnan University and Gottingen University, Obtained Bachelor’s degree of Economics and Master’s degree of Forestry respective. He has worked with Conservation International since year 2004, playing the role of focal points of Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund which is the first Fund in China to fund civil society groups to work for biodiversity conservation. From Year 2011, Fangyi has worked with SHANSHUI conservation center, which is a local conservation group and he has lead the forest team to design and implement the Mekong Fund. From 2013, Fangyi has started 3 years career with Alibaba Foundation and design the funding program including Qingyuan Initiative (Pollution Prevention Action by NGOs), Nature Education and Environmental Philanthropy Venture program. Prior to serve as the director of Partnership Program at Paradise International Foundation, Fangyi has served as senior researcher at China Global Philanthropy Institute, leading the team to research on social finance and impact investing.

Yuan Yuan

Director of Communication

Yuan Yuan

Graduated from Renmin University of China with a master degree in Communication, Yuan Yuan joined the Paradise International Foundation in 2017, responsible for publicity and external business communication. Her work in TNC from 2014 to 2017 mainly covered board relationship maintenance and membership development. Work experience in news gathering and editing has also been accumulated during her years at the media owned by State Grid Corporation of China.

Li Ruinan

Project Manager for Nature Education

Li Ruinan

Li Ruinan finished his study at the University of Leeds, with a master degree in Energy and Environment and then began his career in an environmental nonprofit organization after he came back to China in 2011. As a serial entrepreneur, Li Ruinan has been committed to solving problems in social environmental education in a commercial way. After joining the foundation in 2017, he is now in charge of nature education projects.

Qin Ran

Project Assistant

Qin Ran

Qin Ran graduated from NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, major in International Policy and its Development. With previous work experience at NGOs, Qin Ran joined the Paradise International Foundation in 2017, responsible for project implementation and coordination.

Li Jingjiang

Conservation Officer

Li Jingjiang

Jingjiang graduated from Nanjing University with higheset academic honour and earned his master's degree as yenching scholar at Peking University. After a 10-month horseracing internship in the UK, he joined the Paradise Foundation working on conservation projects both in and outside of China.