The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


Green development and a low-carbon future: opportunities for young entrepreneurs

16 May 2022, 4:30 pm–5:30 pm

Workshop information

Join us to hear from Shi Wang, the founder of the largest real estate firm in China, talk about the role young entrepreneurs can play in tackling climate change. This discussion will be chaired by Prof D’Maris Coffman.

This event is free.

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The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

With increased societal awareness of the urgency to combat climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy, there is growing recognition of the need to build-resource efficient economies. This has prompted many actors around the globe to seek solutions to solving environmental issues. In the past decade, entrepreneurs have become instrumental in solving our most pressing societal challenges through business model, technological, financial and social innovation.

The founder of Vanke, Shi Wang, will share his story with UCL students about Vanke’s relationship in confronting climate change. He will explain how he led 1 million Chinese companies to join the stage at the UN Climate Conference, and what challenges and opportunities he sees for China's carbon-neutral economy.

Join us either online or in person to hear from Shi Wang. Please note, there are limited tickets to attend in person. To register your attendance, kindly contact Hannah Gao via email: zaihan.gao@ucl.ac.uk.

To attend online, use the following details:
ZOOM ID: 830 4383 6243 Passcode: UCL

About the Speaker

Shi Wang

Founder at Vanke, President of WWF China Honorary, President of Asian Rowing Federation, Chairman of Shenzhen Foundation of International Exchange and Cooperation, Advisor of World Canal City Organization.

Shi Wang is widely regarded as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in China. He has been a keen supporter on climate mitigation in the last decade. Most recently, he sponsored the only Chinese venue at COP26 last November through Vanke Foundation.