The China-US Center seeks new ways to collaboratively engage the business community, government, higher education and non governmental organizations to demonstrate how commerce, communities and nature can thrive in harmony. Designed to draw upon the vision and agility of the private sector, the knowledge and expertise of scientific and academic institutions, as well as the authority and ability to mobilize resources of government agencies, the Center is in a position not only to plan but to act. On the basis of the relationships formed through this organizational framework, the Center’s members have unprecedented openings to engage in the creation of sustaining enterprises.
The Board of Councilors provides guidance for the strategy and initiatives of the Center. Leading corporations and organizations make up the membership of the Founders’ Circle, which provides support for the Center’s operations and offers the opportunity to pursue specific initiatives under the auspices of the Center.
Members of the Board of Councilors bring professional distinction to their mission and have the opportunity to take the lead in developing new initiatives. China Board members include high-ranking officials from government ministries that oversee the technology, industrial and agricultural sectors, as well as distinguished scientists, educators and entrepreneurs. Members of the China Board are playing a critical role in the planning and implementation of the national policy governing the next generation of development in China. Like their international counterparts, they bring to the Board proven expertise and enthusiasm for the future of sustainable development. A wide range of industry sectors is represented, including high technology, energy, chemistry, commercial equipment, diversified retailing, venture capital and investment banking. From institutions of higher education come distinguished scholars in engineering, agriculture, marine sciences, forestry and other fields. Non-governmental international development and environmental organizations are also represented.
China and the U.S. each appoint Co-Chairs to lead the Board of Councilors. The Founding Chair for China is Madame Deng Nan, Chief Executive Secretary of the China Association of Science and Technology and the Founding U.S. Chair is William A. McDonough, FAIA, architect, designer and Time magazine’s “Hero for the Planet.”
The operations of the Center are managed by two secretariats that work as a team. The China Secretariat is the Administrative Center for China’s Agenda 21 and the U.S. Secretariat is the International Sustainable Development Foundation – a 501 © (3) non-profit organization.
Madame Deng Nan,
Vice Minister, Science and Technology
Gary Dirks, Ph.D., Director, Lightworks, Arizona State University