CHAIN has recently gone through a biennial presidential election. Our former president, Lu Wang, has now become a board member and Zhiyong Zhao is our new president，we are also pleased to announce the following leadership role changes
CHAIN (China America Innovation Network) is a non-profit organization that aims to help entrepreneurs transform innovation into value through knowledge and resource exchange between U.S. and China. Our mission is to build a multinational ecosystem of mentors, experts, professionals, and peers based in U.S. and China that will enable entrepreneurs to realize their entrepreneurial ambitions by accessing resources from both U.S. and China.
CHAIN has recently gone through a biennial presidential election. Our former president, Lu Wang, has now become a board member. Meanwhile, we are also pleased to announce the following leadership role changes:
Zhiyong Zhao, President
Zhiyong is a business leader with 15+ years of experience in business development, strategic planning, sales and marketing, and product development. He is currently with PayPal leading global strategic partnerships, prior to which he was an account manager for a global IT services company and has taken the management role in numerous startups.
Zhiyong is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. He was an entrepreneur consultant when attending Ross School of Business, servicing the University of Michigan community. He is also a winner of 12 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards granted by the US government.
Zhiyong holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida and an MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan.
Yunhao Xu, Co-founder & COO, General Manager of US
A goal-oriented engineer with 15 years of experiences on research and new product development in a wide range of industries from consumer electronics to health care; An aspiring leader with a proven record of founding and managing new businesses and professional organizations to facilitate innovation and promote entrepreneurship; An accomplished scientist with more than 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 10 technical presentations in international conferences on nanotechnology.
YunHao holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Minnesota.
Linna Li, EVP of Business Development, General Manager of China
A strategy-oriented thinker, she combines a strong design background and business development experience with strategic business innovation mind. She is passionate about bringing the meaningful design and value to business and enjoys fixing the complicated problems and seeking opportunities to make things simple and easy to comprehend. She learns and acquires knowledge by observing, listening and talking with others. She also loves high-level strategic exploration as well as implementing strategies to align firm behavior with mission.
Linna has 10 years of working experience in design consultancies from design research, concept, and design development to execution. She accumulated the international and local communication in Fortune 500 company and also founding partner for boutique design studio.
As the General Manager and BD China, Linna will bridge the connection between China and Silicon Valley and contribute to the community with the international perspective.
Linna graduated from Tsinghua University and received her MBA in Design Strategy from California College of the Arts.
Yiyi Jin, VP Marketing, General Counsel
Yiyi is an international business lawyer. She is licensed to practice law in California and also admitted to practice throughout China. She has worked for more than 14 years at top Chinese and international law firms in Shanghai, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley.
Yiyi holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Tongji University and studied accounting and EU law at ESCP Paris, financial analysis at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and human resources management at Manchester Metropolitan University.
China America Innovation Network (CHAIN) aims to help entrepreneurs transform innovation into value through knowledge and resource exchange between U.S. and China. Our mission is to build a multinational ecosystem of mentors, experts, professionals, and peers based in U.S and China that will enable entrepreneurs to realize their entrepreneurial ambitions by accessing resources from both U.S. and China. As an non-profit organization, we are powered by a team of passionate volunteers, successful entrepreneurs, experienced executives, business operations professionals and engineering wizards. Founded in 2011, the CHAIN network now connects thousands of members in both Silicon Valley and China.