Rui Zhang

Executive Director, CGPI International Philanthropic Innovation Center (CGPI-IPIC), China

Rui (Merisa) Zhang is the executive director of the International Philanthropic Innovation Center, and executive officer of international affairs of China Global Philanthropy Institute (CGPI). The Center is dedicated to building a supporting system of social entrepreneurship for Chinese young leaders, establishing a highest-standard cooperation and exchange platform of social innovation for world young leaders, and designing training curricula of social innovation and social entrepreneurship for global young leaders. Before joining CGPI, Merisa was director of investor relationship management of a boutique investment bank, where she directed overseas merger and acquisition practices, advised and led Chinese corporations and investment funds to go global and invest in Western Europe and North America. Merisa holds a BA in accounting from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China, and an MA in management from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Illinois at Chicago, United States.

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