Peggy Liu: China – from hunger to obesity in one generation

Peggy Liu

Peggy Liu, Chinese environmental protection advocate spoke about how China has shifted from hunger to obesity in one generation.

Peggy Liu
Peggy Liu is Chairperson of JUCCCE, a non-profit organization creating a livable China. As one of the leaders in China’s sustainability advocacy, her work encompasses ecolivable cities, clean energy, reimagining prosperity, and sustainable diets. Because of her useful contributions in the field, Peggy Liu has been given several accolades including: 
  • Time Magazine Hero of the Environment
  • Foreign Policy’s shaper of US-China relations
  • Forbes “Women to Watch in Asia”
  • World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
  • the Hillary Step for Climate Change Solutions
  • China Business News Weekly (“China top 50 innovative business leaders”)
  • Global Times (“Green Goddess”)
  • L’Officiel (“China’s Most Successful Women”).
Before her beginning her work on sustainability, Peggy was a venture capitalist in Shanghai, an ecommerce pioneer in Silicon Valley, a software marketing executive, a McKinsey consultant, and a computer programmer. She graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and completed public policy programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Peggy is currently a professor at China Academy of Governance.
She was also an advisor to several companies like Marks & Spencer, FTSE, HP, World Economic Forum, and the Clinton Global Initiative, The Hillary Institute. She currently does advisory work for The EAT Forum, which focuses on how to feed people sustainably.  She appears regularly in documentaries, news and events such as Discovery Channel, BBC, CNN, TED, WEF, Voice of America.
On top of sustainability, Peggy has recently been involved in promoting health eating habits in China for the young generation. Her program, “A New Way To Eat” is China’s first curriculum for primary school children teaching
them how to eat in a way that is good for you and good for the planet. She has also been involved in the documentary “Cities Changing Diabetes”.

Last 2015, Peggy Liu’s groundbreaking work promoting healthy eating reached a wider audience as she authored two articles for prominent outlets: “A New Way to Eat” for United Nations Environment Programme magazine “Our Planet” and  “Kids as Food Heroes: Piloting a New Way to Eat in China” for Huffington Post on Jun 3, 2015. She also spoke at EAT Forum 2015 with a topic entitled “China: from hunger to obesity in one generation”, in which she tackled how JUCCCE is combining planetary and personal health curriculum to change the diets of 94 million primary school children across China. And how this curriculum can be localized for countries around the
world.

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