Urban China Initiative Events

The Urban China Initiative holds a variety of events to stimulate innovative urban solutions, provide a home for urban thinkers, convene dialogues on urban issues, and support research. The UCI Annual Forum provides an inclusive forum for international and Chinese urban thinkers to discuss urban problems and trends, to trigger innovative ideas for solutions, and to create a network of policy makers, professionals and academics. The UCI hosted its first annual forum in Beijing on October 22, 2011, providing a dialogue platform for over 300 participants.

The Urban Leaders Roundtable Series brings together 20 leaders in China, including ministers, government directors, corporate senior executives, NGO leaders, and top academic theorists. The roundtable series examines pressing urban issues in China.

A series of urbanization workshops convene professionals involved in China’s urban affairs to examine problems, solutions, and implications of specific urbanization challenges.

The UCI also hosts and co-organizes trainings on urban issues. These trainings provide theoretical and practical knowledge for urbanists to think in a professional, systematic, and long-term way and make wiser decisions for the sustainable development of China’s cities. Trainers are mainly scholars and professional experts in urban affairs. It is our hope that these training sessions will help Chinese cities learn from domestic and international best practices.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events


Oct 23, 2012 | Beijing

UCI Forum 2012: China's Urban New Era

Keynote Speakers:
Yang Weimin, Office of the Central Leading Group on Finance and Economic Affairs
Gu Shengzu, Deputy Director of Internal and Judicial Affairs Committee at National People’s Congress and Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the China National Democratic Construction Association
Li Xiaojiang, President of China Academy of Urban Planning and Design
Li Dongming, General Manager, Urban Fund of China Development Bank Capital.
Moderator: Jonathan Woetzel

Jun 13, 2012 | Beijing

Urban Leaders Roundtable

Keynote Speakers:
Shengzu Gu, Deputy director of the Internal and Judicial Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress
Zhang Haimeng, a Principal of McKinsey & Company
Ming Xiaodong, Deputy Director of the Development Planning Department of NDRC
Liu Yong, Director of Urban Affairs Office at the Development and Research Center (DRC) of the State Council
Xie Chengxiang, vice mayor of Huangshi city from Hubei Province
Chen Yongjie, Deputy Secretary General at China Center for International Economic Exchanges
Zhang Zhi, manager from China Development Bank Capital
Yu Jiantuo, Program Director, China Development and Reform Foundation
Jonathan Woetzel, Co-Chair of UCI and director of McKinsey & Company

Apr 13, 2012 | Beijing

Urban Sustainability Workshop / 2012 USI Launch

Mar 27, 2012 | Beijing

Urban Leaders Roundtable

Keynote Speaker:Yang Weimin, Vice Minister of the Office of Central Leading Group on Finance and Economic Affairs

Mar 24, 2012 | Beijing

Mayoral Training – National Academy for Mayors of China (NAMC)

James Lee, iContinuum Group
Quentin Montrie, Studio Director at Woods Bagot


Dec 08, 2011 | Beijing

Urban Leaders Roundtable

Jonathan Woetzel, a senior director at McKinsey & Company and Co-Chair of UCI
Li Tie, director of China Center for Urban Development affiliated with the National Development and Reform Commission
Zhao Xuemin, Vice mayor of Haimen; Li Xun, Vice President of China Academy of Urban Planning & Design
Jiang Yinshi, a member of the Central Political Consultative Committee and former head of Shanghai Development and Reform Commission
Yu Jiang, chief director of strategic development at CDB Capital

Dec 06, 2011 | Shanghai

Urban Leaders Roundtable

Nov 01, 2011 | Shanghai

Mayoral Training - Chinese Executive Leadership Academy of Pudong (CELAP)

Trainers: Wang Li, Johnson Yeh

Oct 22, 2011 | Beijing

UCI Forum 2011: Urban Sustainability and Integration

Keynote Speakers:
Yang Weimin, Office of the Central Leading Group on Finance and Economic Affairs
Zuo Kun, China Development Bank Capital
Elliot Sclar, Columbia University
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University
Tadeusz Chomicki, Polish Ambassador to China.
Jonathan Woetzel