Tianqiao Chen co-founded the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute with his wife in 2016. He is also the Founder and CEO of the Shanda Group.
Widely recognized as one of the most innovative entrepreneurs globally, Tianqiao has been credited with pioneering the online game industry and the online literature industry in China. Since 1999, three of Shanda Group’s subsidiaries were listed on NASDAQ and one on KOSDAQ. Shanda Group became a global investment company, wholly-owned by Tianqiao and his family, after he took Shanda’s parent company private in 2012.
Chrissy Luo is Co-founder of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute. She is also is Co-founder and Vice Chair of Shanda Group.
Directly involved in Shanda’s investment strategy, Chrissy also oversees the finance, operations and administrative teams at Shanda. Since its inception, she has held a number of executive positions at the company including the role of Group CFO from 1999 – 2004. Prior to co-founding Shanda, Chrissy was an investment banker at Zhe Jiang Jin Xin Security Company in Shanghai.
Chrissy has a Bachelor of Investment degree from the China Finance Institution (now part of the University of International Business and Economics).
Executive Director, TCCI
David is an Executive Director at Shanda Group responsible for healthcare investments and venture funding for university innovations. He is also involved in the Chen Institute’s philanthropic efforts, which is focused on supporting research to understand the brain and mind.
Previously, David spent over a decade at Lazard and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. He has advised clients across diverse industries, including healthcare, energy, consumer and aerospace, in transactions involving mergers & acquisitions, structured financing and private issuance of equity or equity-linked securities.
David earned his Ph.D. in Quantitative & Computational Biology from Princeton University. He received his B.Eng. summa cum laude in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University and also has an M.Eng. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.
Deputy Director, TCCI for Translational Research
Yang Yang is the Deputy Director for the Tianqiao Chen & Chrissy Luo Institute for Translational Research in Shanghai, China. In this role, he is responsible for managing TCCI’s principal partnership with the Zhou Liangfu Medical Foundation and coordinating with clinical partners such as Huashan Hospital and other TCCI scientists in China. Yang Yang has a Bachelor of Journalism from Fudan University. Early in his career, Yang Yang was a journalist, working first at People’s Daily and then at Xin Min Evening News as USA Bureau Chief, director of health, science and education news department and management office. Between 2009 and 2017, Yang held a variety of executive positions including managing director of Shanda Capital, senior vice-president of Shanda World Limited and chief executive officer of Shenzhi O2O Entertainment Limited.
Yan Li, Ph.D.
Program Manager, TCCI
Dr. Yan Li is a program manager for the Tianqiao Chen & Chrissy Luo (TCCI). Responsible for the day-to-day management of the Institute’s initiatives and communications with its beneficiary organizations/individuals, Yan works with cornerstone partners and is also building a building a network of young scientists, faculty members and advisors to the Institute. Dr. Li received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences at Shanghai. She spent six years as a postdoctoral fellow at Profession Fred H. Gage’s lab at the Salk Institute and then moved to Stanford where she worked with Professor Thomas Sudhof and Marius Wernig for two years. Prior to joining Chen Institute, Dr. Li worked at a startup company at Menlo Park, California.
Head of Global PR & Communications
Jason Reindorp heads global public relations and communications for Shanda Group and the Tianqiao & Chrissy Chen Institute. Prior to joining Shanda Group, Jason worked in philanthropy, most recently as Chief Communications Officer at the Schultz Family Foundation in Seattle, WA and Director of Communications & External Relations before that at MasterCard Foundation in Toronto Canada. Before entering the philanthropic sector, Jason held a variety of international marketing and communications roles in the technology industry working at companies such as Microsoft, Visio, Expedia and Akamai.
Jason has a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount St Vincent University in Nova Scotia, Canada and a Masters in Communications Sciences from the Sorbonne in Paris, France.