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Peggy Liu

Chairperson, Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE)

As Chairperson of JUCCCE, Peggy Liu is one of the leading catalysts of a green China and consults companies and governments on sustainability. JUCCCE is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the greening of China, because a green China is the key to a healthy world. JUCCCE is a leader in catalyzing systemic change in sustainable cities, sustainable consumerism and smart grid, and most noted for its multi-sector convening power. Key JUCCCE milestones: • 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, just as China was just starting to look seriously at greening itself, • introducing Smart Grid to China in 2007 and catalyzing USD7.2B in initial investment by the State Grid in 2009 as well as their roadmap to implement smart grid by 2020, • educating ~1000 Chinese government leaders (mayors and central government) on how to build sustainable cities, (helping shape ecocity trends in China over 10 years) • catalysing China’s change in using incandescents to energy efficient compact fluorescent lighting, • creating the China Dream initiative in 2010 to reimagine prosperity for sustainable consumerism which led to China Dream being the second most popular slogan in 2012. • launching China's first comprehensive kids' healthy food curriculum, Food Heroes. Peggy is a Distinguished Professor at China Academy of Governance, a lecturer at China Executive Leadership Academy of Pudong, and the National Academy for Mayors of China. She is a board member of Project Drawdown, an advisor to EAT Forum and Volans, a Governor of the Hillary Institute. She is a member of the FTSE Environmental Markets Committee, and a Thought Leader at Criticaleye. She served as an executive advisor to Marks & Spencer, a sustainability advisor to HP, 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. She is a consultant on market entry into China to companies such as Duke Energy and governments such as New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, and consults on sustainable market innovation for companies such as Unilever and Danone. As one of the leading green voices in China, Peggy was honored as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Foreign Policy's shaper of US-China relations, the Hillary Step for climate change solutions in 2012, a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment in 2008, the Hillary Laureate of 2010 for climate change leadership, a Forbes 'Women to Watch in Asia' in 2010, a Huffington Post 'Greatest Person of the Day' in 2011, one of China’s top 50 innovative business leaders by China Business News Weekly in 2012, Shanghai Excellence Award 2014. In Chinese press, she has been recognized as a green leader on covers and in features such as Oriental Outlook ('China Dream'), Global Times ('Green Goddess'), Beijing Tatler ('Green Miracle'), The Guardian ('Climate Change Abolitionists'), Vogue China ('3 Women Who Better the World'), Psychologies ('10 Green Handkerchiefs award'), Madame Figaro 'Top Life' award 2012, Jessica ('Most Successful Women' 2013), L’Officiel ('China's Most Successful Women' 2014). She speaks around the world to explain how China works and China’s green journey. Peggy is a frequent speaker at World Economic Forum and TED, and appears regularly on BBC, Discovery Channel, and other media. Watch her in: Voice of America’s “A Single Step: Journeys of Women Leaders”, "Cities Changing Diabetes", "Catching the Sun", Discovery Channel’s “Power the Future” Part 3 and Part 4, Discovery Channel "How China Works". She is a recurring judge for The Circulars at Davos (circular economy) and the Hult Prize (social entrepreneurship at college level). Prior to JUCCCE she was a venture capitalist in Shanghai. In the 1990's Peggy was on the cover of 'Red Herring Hits' as an Internet pioneer in Silicon Valley heading Channel A, one of the earliest e-commerce companies. Other executive positions in Silicon Valley included General Manager of Consumer Applications at Zaplet, a dynamic email communications platform, and VP of Marketing at SeeUthere.com. Peggy also served as a management consultant at McKinsey (see her on the homepage http://www.mckinsey.com/careers), a software product manager for Internet Chameleon- the first graphical user interface for surfing the Internet on Windows, product manager for Symantec C++ and Norton OEM products, and a computer programmer. Her early goal in life was to use technology to improve the living standards of people around the world. She is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and completed a program in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a program at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.