Chairperson - Yang Lan
Chairperson, Sun Media Group and Sun Culture Foundation
Yang Lan is a China’s household name as a leading broadcast journalist and media entrepreneur. She is the Co-founder and Chairperson of Sun Media Group and Sun Culture Foundation. Sun Media Group is one of the leading private media companies in China with businesses ranging from TV production, integrated communications, to events, etc.. 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 “Golden Microphone Award” in 1994. She attended Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and earned 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 Hong Kong based Phoenix TV. “Yang Lan One On One” has become China’s longest in-depth talk show of more than 600 interviews with leaders around the world. In 2000, Ms. Yang and her husband Dr. Bruno Wu launched Sun TV, the first satellite channel on history in Greater China. In 2005 she created “Her Village”, a TV talk show geared towards Chinese urban female audience, which was developed into a multimedia community to empower women. To promote cross-cultural communications has been her firm commitment. 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 Special Olympics Movement and the first UNICEF Ambassador in China, and the Co-Chair of Lincoln Center China Advisory Council. Ms Yang was honored with many awards, including “Chinese Women of the Year” award, “Top Ten Women Entrepreneurs” award, “She Made It” award by The Paley Center For Media, “Global Leadership Award” by SIPA of Columbia University, “National Philanthropy Award” and “Women’s Achievement Award” in China.