Young China Watchers (YCW) is excited to announce the second annual Young China Watcher of the Year Award. The award seeks to recognize a young professional who has made an extraordinary contribution to the global understanding of China, be that in the realm of politics, business, academia, or civil society. The initiative aims to elevate the work of up-and-coming talent within the global community of China observers, thinkers, and doers.

Last year, we launched the award in our New York City Chapter with a distinguished group of judges. At last year’s award ceremony our inaugural winner, Oma Lee, a rising star China’s non-profit sphere, gave a talk on the importance of finding one’s sweet spot in the ever-changing world of China watching.

This year’s winner will be honored at a celebration held on November 2, 2019 at King’s College in London.

judgesOur panel of judges is a diverse group of experienced China watchers. They are (left to right):

  • Jamil Anderlini, Asia Editor of the Financial Times
  • Juliana Liu, Editor at Inkstone
  • Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London
  • Mimi Zou, Fangda Career Development Fellow in Chinese Commercial Law at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford
  • Duncan Clark, Chairman of BDA China and author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built

Call for Nominations

We need your help finding the brightest talent in the young China watching community!

Fill out the nomination form here.

Deadline: Wednesday, October 9 at 11:59 pm BST.


What costs will YCW cover?

YCW will cover the cost of the winner’s flights to and from London, lodging, and, if applicable, related visa fees.

Who is eligible?

There are no strict eligibility requirements. Nominees are not required to be actively involved in Young China Watchers.

Who is ineligible?

All former and current members of the YCW leadership team are ineligible. This includes all YCW chapter leaders, all global leaders, and all members of YCW’s Global Editorial Team. Former and current board members of the YCW are also ineligible.

Is there an age requirement?

There is no strict age limit. Because the majority of Young China Watcher members are between the ages of 25 and 40 we will be looking to honor an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the China field and who reflects the profile and character of the YCW community. We may recognize younger or older nominees, but most finalists will fall within the age range of our community members.

Is there a profile the nominating committee and judges are looking for?

No. However, we expect our shortlisted nominees and the winner to reflect the high ethical and professional standards of the YCW community.

I am a member of the press. How can I learn more about the award?

Please download our press release here. For further questions and interviews please contact our two members of the organizing team: Michael Yip and Sarah Montgomery at

Nomination Criteria

The nominees will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Impact of their work
  2. Originality of their ideas and/or courage demonstrated in the pursuit of their work
  3. Potential for significant future contributions to the global understanding of China
  4. Their embodiment of connecting and educating China-engaged young professionals, the heart of YCW’s mission



For individuals, foundations, or corporations interested in supporting this initiative please email

Call For Nominations: 2019 Young China Watcher of the Year Award
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