Peggy Liu, 2010 Hillary Laureate
Peggy Liu, Chairperson and co-founder of JUCCCE, is the 2010 Hillary Laureate. An internationally recognized expert on China's energy landscape. JUCCCE is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the way China creates and uses energy, because a green China is the key to a healthy world. JUCCCE is well-known for its effectiveness in carrying out system changing programs and for fostering international collaboration with China.
Peggy was honored as a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment in 2008, an energy adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2009, the Hillary Laureate of 2010 for climate change leadership, a Forbes "Women to Watch in Asia" in 2010, a Huffington Post "Greatest Person of the Day" in 2011, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Energy Architecture 2011.
In Chinese press, she has been recognized as a green leader on covers and in features such as Global Times (“Green Goddess”), Beijing Tatler (“Green Miracle”), Psychologies (“10 Green Handkerchiefs award”), L’Officiel, Elle, Good Housekeeping, Rui Li, Southern People Weekly, Shanghai Daily, The Bund, 21st Century Herald, China Daily, QQ, Sohu.com.
She is the winner of The Economist debate "Why China is doing more than the US in climate change leadership" (November 24, 2009) ; author of an op-ed in Huffington Post, "3 Win-Win Areas for US-China Collaboration" (2009); author of an op-ed in 21st Century Herald, World Economic Forum supplement, "Why COP15 Negotiations are Built on Shaky Ground" (Sept 2009).
She is an advisor to the Katerva Challenge for innovative climate change solutions, and an executive advisor to Marks & Spencer on sustainable retailing.
In 2007, Peggy organized the MIT Forum on the Future of Energy in China from which JUCCCE was formed. This forum was the first public dialogue between US and Chinese government officials on clean energy in China. Prior to JUCCCE she was a venture capitalist in Shanghai. In the 1990's Peggy was on the cover of "Red Herring Hits" as an Internet pioneer in Silicon Valley heading Channel A, one of the earliest e-commerce companies. She was General Manager of Consumer Applications at Zaplet, a dynamic email communications platform (funded by KPCB and acquired by MetricStream). She was also VP of Marketing at SeeUthere.com (now owned by Starcite). As an independent advisor, she consulted ecommerce companies on strategy, fundraising, and business partnerships. Previously, Peggy also served as a management consultant at McKinsey, a software product manager for Internet Chameleon, Symantec C++ and Norton OEM products, and computer programmer. She is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and completed a program in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Peggy is Chinese-American and resides in Shanghai with her husband and two sons, 6 and 8. She has extensive non-profit management experience in a wide range of sectors and has a passion for making the world a better place.
Peggy‘s Laureate Award was bestowed by Hillary Governor Rajendra Pachauri and ED Mark Prain in Beijing on June 30, as part of the 2010 JUCCCE China Energy Forum. She was then welcomed down to New Zealand to lead the 3rd Annual Hillary Symposium in October – The Greening of China – New Zealand‘s Response/Opportunity.
In 2012 Peggy was also awarded the first Hillary Step Prize for her "China Dream" programme - see link below.
She was also appointed to the Hillary Summit advisory board at this time.