Young China Watchers is thrilled to announce that Oma Lee is the winner of the 2018 Young China Watcher of the Year Award! She is being recognized for her contribution to China’s nonprofit world.
Our panel of judges—Duncan Clark, Li Xin, Kaiser Kuo, Shirley Lin, and John Holden—was impressed by Oma’s on-the-ground experience with NGOs working in or with China. She and her colleagues have supported a global community of NGOs who are navigating the rapidly changing landscape of nonprofit work in China.
Our judges praised Oma for pursuing a career that straddles both domestic Chinese and foreign nonprofit spheres. At the Beijing Normal University (BNU) China Philanthropy Research Institute, she supported government efforts to formulate new regulations governing how domestic and foreign NGOs operate in China. In this capacity, Oma sought to bridge divides between grassroots initiatives, international stakeholders, and governance. She joined BNU after serving with the American Bar Association’s China office, and also cofounded the Beijing Women’s Network, a community platform connecting and supporting thousands of women across Beijing. She was recently a Richard Rockefeller Fellow at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Please join us on Tuesday, November 6 in New York to celebrate our winner. The event will feature a keynote address by New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos, and a short presentation by Oma on her work.
Stay tuned for a full-length interview with Oma, to be published soon on our website.
- Duncan Clark, chairman of BDA China and author of Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built
- Ken Wilcox, chairman emeritus of Silicon Valley Bank