Chairman of SOHO China
Pan Shiyi is co-founder and Chairman of SOHO China, one of China’s largest prime office property developers. Born to a humble family in rural Gansu Province, Pan Shiyi’s has rise to success has made him a celebrity role model for aspiring entrepreneurs, a social media pioneer in China and a highly followed opinion leader with over 18 million fans on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter. Deeply committed to environmental causes, Pan Shiyi has been a leading voice raising public awareness for air pollution, leveraging his public profile to inform citizens about the dangers of PM 2.5 contaminants. He spearheaded efforts to develop Energy Saving and Air Purification systems for all SOHO China projects, challenging industries peers to follow suit. Openly crediting his personal success to the opportunities made available to him through China’s economic reform and growth, Mr. Pan is also an active philanthropist. He founded the SOHO China Foundation in 2005 with his wife Zhang Xin, and in 2014 launched the SOHO China Scholarships a US 100 million initiative to fund financial aid scholarships to Chinese students admitted to top international universities. Pan Shiyi and Zhang Xin are also members of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group of global business leaders brought together by Bill Gates to invest in technologies that will transition the world to a zero emission energy future.
Mr. Pan is currently a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research interests are in the area of climate change and the environment. He is interested in best practices for corporates endeavoring to lower emissions and curtail energy use with the ultimate aim of producing a source of solutions for Chinese companies, and companies around the world.