"Women in an Inclusive Economy" Speaker: Yang Lan

Yang Lan is a household name in China as a leading broadcast journalist and media entrepreneur. She is the cofounder and Chairperson of the Sun Media Group and the Sun Culture Foundation. The Sun Media Group is one of the leading private media companies in China with businesses ranging from TV production, integrated communications, to events, and more. The Sun Culture Foundation is a non-profit organization aiming to improve education and promote philanthropy.

Ms. Yang graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. She became a rising star by hosting CCTV’s “Zhengda Variety Show," which earned her the “Golden Microphone Award” in 1994. She attended Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she earned a master’s degree in International Affairs. Upon returning to China, she created her signature show “Yang Lan Studio," now named “Yang Lan One on One" for the Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV. “Yang Lan One on One” has become China’s longest in-depth talk show, accumulating more than 600 interviews with leaders from around the world. In 2000, Ms. Yang and her husband Dr. Bruno Wu launched Sun TV, Greater China first documentary satellite channel. In 2005, she created “Her Village," a TV talk show geared towards the Chinese urban female audience, which was developed into a multimedia community to empower women. She has been firmly committed to promoting cross-cultural communications. She was chosen to represent China as the ambassador for Beijing’s bid for the 2008 Olympic Games, and was named as Goodwill Ambassador for 2010 Shanghai Expo. Currently she is the Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics Movement and the first Chinese UNICEF Ambassador, the Co-Chair of Lincoln Center China Advisory Council, and the Vice-President of China Charity Alliance. Ms. Yang has been honored with many awards, including the “Chinese Women of the Year” award, the “Top Ten Women Entrepreneurs” award, The Paley Center For Media “She Made It” award and “Makers” award, Columbia University SIPA’s “Global Leadership Award," the “National Philanthropy Award”, China’s “Women’s Achievement Award." She is ranked #100 World’s Most Powerful Women in Forbes.