UPCOMING EVENT | 2019 CSIA


2019 China Social Impact Awards gala dinner is getting closer and closer. In less than two weeks the winners of the seven different categories will be announced in Beijing on the 7th of November.  

Want to meet the finalists and judges? 

Join us on 7th November 2019 at the awards ceremony! RMB 900/individual and RMB 8,500/ corporate table, tickets include a 3-course meal and free-flow drinks from 6 pm to 10 pm.

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While our independent judging panel is on the second round of deliberation we thought of introducing them to you.

Himalchuli Gurung

Culture Program Officer, UNESCO

Himalchuli Gurung is a trained architect and holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Building Technology. She started her career with UNESCO in 1998 as a United Nations Volunteer for the International Safeguarding Campaign for the Kathmandu Valley World Heritage Site. Ms Gurung served as a National Programme Officer for Education and Culture based in UNESCO Kathmandu Office in Nepal (2000-2004). She took up her international duties in UNESCO Jakarta Regional Bureau for Sciences in Asia and the Pacific in Indonesia and was responsible for implementing Culture Programme activities in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Timor-Leste (2004-2008). She also served in the Caribbean based in the UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean covering 18 Dutch and English Caribbean Territories (2008-2015). She joined UNESCO Beijing Office in June 2015. 


Liu Meng

Head for Asia and Oceania networks with the United Nations Global Compact

Before joining the United Nations in 2007, Meng has worked for the non-profit and public sector across the US and in Asia. She was a fellow on Asian public policy with Harvard Kennedy School and book author of “Responsibility Changes the World-UN Global Compact Leading Business Revolution Worldwide”. She speaks regularly at global and regional conferences on the topics of corporate social responsibility, inclusive business, climate change, cross-sector partnership and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Meng has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2015.


Marcus Ryder

Chief International Editor of CGTN Digital

Marcus Ryder is the Chief International Editor of CGTN Digital. He has over 25 years’ experience working in television and before coming to Beijing in 2015 was the head of BBC Scotland Current Affairs for almost ten years.

He oversaw some of the BBC’s most difficult and sensitive investigations including an award-winning investigation into drugs in sport in which the reporter took banned substances to prove he could ‘beat the drug testers’ and executive-produced an award-winning BBC Panorama into a possible miscarriage of justice titled “The innocent serial-killer”.

He has won both international awards for his journalism including the Foreign Press Association Media Awards for an investigation into Scotland’s top football club Rangers and a multiple winner of Bafta journalism awards and Royal Television Society Awards.


Danny Whitehead

Deputy Country Director, British Council China

Danny has recently joined the British Council China as Deputy Country Director. He has worked for over 20 years in Asia and Africa, the last six years of which he has spent as the British Council’s Country Director in Iran and Vietnam. Danny’s academic research interests and publications are in the fields of cultural relations, language, and development. He is also a theatre professional and playwright.


Sheng Zhang

Partner, SynTao – Sustainability Solutions

Mr. Sheng ZHANG has contributed more than 14 years of professional NGOs and CSR career development in China. He has rich international program execution and cross-culture communication experience. Now, he is one of the partners at Syntao, a leading CSR and sustainability consulting firm in China since last October. Before this, he worked in a global leading real estate company, CapitaLand, which mainly focus on its China CSR matters. He was also in charge of global campaigns at WWF for more than 2 years and lead the China operations of a US-based microfinance NGO for more than 5 years. He has rich in-depth views and working experience of China’s rural development, environmental protection/wildlife protection as well as poverty alleviation work among women and children in China.