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Next-Gen Leaders Circle (NGLC) U.S-China Philanthropy Dialogue

April 14, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Building U.S.-China Climate Collaboration: The Role of Next Gen

On April 14, join the China Institute-Serica U.S.-China Next-Gen Leaders Circle (NGLC) for a U.S-China Philanthropy Dialogue: an online event exploring Sino-American climate collaboration, and celebrating the winner of our inaugural NGLC Giving Circle.

Fireside Chat with Charlotte Kaiser and Peggy Liu
Cooperation on environmental-related issues remains one of the most promising opportunities in the increasingly strained U.S.-China relationship. In this fireside chat, Charlotte Kaiser, Managing Director of NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy, joins Peggy Liu, Chairperson of JUCCCE, to discuss impact investing and the roles that their organizations play in tackling global challenges. Moderated by Dinda Elliott, Executive Director of the Harvard Fairbank Center.

Keynote Address by Rena Peng
Rena Peng, Advisor at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) will discuss the key milestones and considerations in creating thoughtful and effective philanthropy and trends in next-gen giving.

NGLC Giving Circle Winners Roundtable
We are thrilled to launch the inaugural NGLC Giving Circle. Our focus in 2022 is to support organizations working on U.S.-China climate collaboration. Learn about the two finalists of our 2022 NGLC Giving Circle: the Chengdu Urban Rivers Association and China Outdoor Collective. How can emerging organizations play an outsized role in contributing to U.S.-China climate collaboration? What will NGLC’s Giving Circle grant help these organizations achieve, and what lessons can we draw about Next Gen philanthropy and the impact it can have? Moderated by Annie Liang-Zhou, a founding member of NGLC and a Founding Partner of Liang Capital Partners.

The China Institute-Serica U.S.-China Next-Gen Leaders Circle (NGLC) is a trusted platform for young American and Chinese philanthropic leaders and social innovators to contribute towards social impact endeavors, with the goal of driving positive change through collaboration in both the U.S. and China.

This event is co-presented by China Institute and The Serica Initiative


7:30 Welcome Remarks: James Heimowitz, President, China Institute
7:32 Opening Remarks: Anla Cheng, Founder and CEO, SupChina
7:35 Fireside Chat with Charlotte Kaise and Peggy Liu: Charlotte Kaiser, NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy; Peggy Liu, Chairperson, JUCCCE; moderated by Dinda Elliott, Executive Director, Harvard Fairbank Center
8:10 Keynote Remarks: Rena Peng, Advisor, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
8:30 Introducing the NGLC Giving Circle: Yvonne Liu, NGLC Founding Member
8:35 Giving Circle Winners Panel: Kyle Obermann, Co-founder, China Outdoors Collective; Sun Ji, Chief Executive Secretary, Chengdu Urban Rivers Association; moderated by Annie Liang-Zhou, NGLC Founding Member
9:10 Closing Remarks: Josephine Lau, Executive Director, The Serica Initiative


Anla Cheng is the Founder and CEO of the Serica Initiative, which convenes a community of global changemakers to advance positive social impact between the U.S., China, and the rest of the world, and SupChina, an independent digital China news, business, events, consulting marketplace platform and podcasts with social media/website. Prior to this, Ms. Cheng ran a Family Office of Asian Hedge Fund of Funds, Centenium Capital. Her career included work as Asia Head, SVP at Robert Fleming, (bought out by JP Morgan). Ms. Cheng received her MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business. She is a Trustee of the following Boards: Vice-Chair of China/US at TNC (The Nature Conservancy); Facing History and Ourselves (past Chair of China Project); Vice-Chair at China Institute; and past Trustee and current member of Committee 100. Ms. Cheng is also China/ Global Council Member of Brookings and a Member of NCUSCR and Columbia University’s China Global Center.

Dinda Elliott is Executive Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Harvard China Fund. Before joining the Fairbank Center, she served as SVP, Director of Programs, at China Institute and as editorial and communications director at the Paulson Institute, which promotes U.S.-China relations and sustainable growth in both countries. Elliott worked as a journalist for some 30 years, with a deep background in China. She covered the beginnings of China’s reforms in 1984 for BusinessWeek Magazine, and served as Beijing bureau chief for Newsweek Magazine from 1987 to 1990. Elliott later lived in Hong Kong for a decade, traveling and reporting across China. Elliott was Newsweek Bureau Chief in Beijing, Moscow, and Hong Kong, then Asia Editor. As Editor-in-Chief of Asiaweek from 2000-2001, she relaunched the magazine with a new focus on China and business. Elliott was later an Assistant Managing Editor at Time Magazine, then Global Affairs Editor at Condé Nast Traveler, where she wrote about China, global issues, and corporate social responsibility.

James B. Heimowitz is President of China Institute, the oldest bi-cultural organization in the United States focused exclusively on China. Prior to joining CI, James spent nine years at Hill + Knowlton Strategies where he was CEO for Asia. He spearheaded international PR for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and advised successful pioneering MNC’s, JV’s, and SOE’s facing the challenges of entering new overseas markets. James first went to China as a student before it opened to the West, and after earning his MBA at Wharton, joined Chase Manhattan, helping to open the bank’s first branch in China (Tianjin) since 1949. He also was MD, Corporate Strategy at Deutsche Bank, and Manager of the Boston Consulting Group’s Hong Kong based World Wide Asia Team. His recent commentaries and articles have appeared in South China Morning Post, Economist, and China Daily, and he has served on numerous company boards in the media and technology sectors.

Charlotte Kaiser oversees NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy’s conservation investing division, whose mission it is to create and transact investable deals that deliver conservation results and financial returns for investors. To achieve this mission, NatureVest sources and structures investment products that support TNC’s global conservation strategies, raises capital for these investments, and shares its knowledge and experience with the investment and conservation communities to amplify its efforts in this emerging area. Charlotte started her career at The Nature Conservancy developing the Conservation Notes, which have raised more than $50M of debt capital for TNC from impact investors. A former community development banker, Charlotte holds a BA from Harvard University in Environmental Science & Public Policy, a Masters in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Josephine Lau is Executive Director of the Serica Initiative. Serica convenes a community of global changemakers, in order to make a positive social impact between the U.S. and China, through dialogue, philanthropy, and effective collaboration at the nexus of business and social impact. Based in New York City, Serica is the 501(c)(3) organization powered by SupChina. Previously, Josephine worked in U.S.-China global health philanthropy; as a policy advisor at the UN; and practiced law at Davis Polk & Wardwell and Goldman Sachs. She has also worked as a financial journalist at the Bloomberg News Beijing Bureau, reporting on China’s institutional investors and outbound investments. Born in London and raised in Asia, Josephine earned her J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and her M.A. and B.A. degrees from Stanford University. She serves on the junior board of the Children of China Pediatrics Foundation, and is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and high school French.

Annie Liang-Zhou is Co-Founder of Liang Capital Partners, a private multi-family office focused on wealth succession and social/environmental impact for next-gen families. She is also Managing Partner of Universal Pacific Advisors, a cross-border advisory firm for sustainable businesses. She currently serves as President of the Huamei Green Foundation which engages in environmental education and action. Previously, she co-founded Asia Green Fund, and worked for the World Policy Institute, Neuberger Berman, and MetLife Investments. She earned her MBA from University of Oxford, MPA from Columbia University, and bachelor’s from George Washington University. She also serves on the young advisory boards of several non-profit organizations including Teach for China and World Monuments Fund. She is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations.

Peggy Liu is the Chairperson of Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating the greening of China through systemic changes in sustainable cities, consumerism, the smart grid, and multi-sector convening power. She is internationally recognized for her expertise on China’s sustainability landscape and for fostering international collaboration with China. Liu also created the China Dream initiative to reimagine prosperity for sustainable consumerism, and in 2013 she launched China’s first kids’ healthy food curriculum initiative. She is a professor at China Academy of Governance and since 2008 has trained over 1,000 mayors and central government officials on how to build eco-livable cities. Peggy has received numerous accolades, including Time Magazine’s Hero of the Environment, World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, and Forbes’ “Women to Watch in Asia.”

Kyle Obermann is the co-founder of the China Outdoors Collective. He is an award-winning conservation photographer, filmmaker, and writer based between China and the US. Fluent in Mandarin, his work documents the evolution of China’s nature reserves, national parks, and grassroots environmental groups for National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, Chinese National Geography, etc., and earned him an Outstanding Alumni Award from Peking University in 2019. He is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the Explorers Club.

Rena Peng is an Advisor at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. She works with individuals and families to define and implement their philanthropic goals, providing mission and values guidance, issue area research and expertise, and grantmaking best practices. She is fluent in Chinese and works with the Global team on Chinese philanthropic and impact investing initiatives. Prior to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Rena served as Program Manager at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC, where she managed the Corporate Equality Index report rating Fortune 500 companies and AmLaw 200 law firms on their policies and practices pertaining to their LGBT workforce. Rena holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. in Government from Smith College.

Sun Ji is the Chief Executive Secretary of the Chengdu Urban Rivers Association. From 2010-2019 he served as a journalist and chief executive editor of Sichuan Eco-Tourism, Himalayan Story and Tibet Geographic. Prior to that Sun was a program manager at Unicorn Foundation and a Greenriver Environment Promotion Association.


April 14, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
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