PHL-China People-to-People Leaders Dinner

April 20, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA
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Who We Are...

The China Partnership of Greater Philadelphia (CPGP) is a non-profit organization that promotes collaboration – primarily on public/private clean technology initiatives – between Philadelphia and the People’s Republic of China. Its objective is to accelerate job creation, attract investment, and support clean technology business flows through strategic linkages between Greater Philadelphia and China. CPGP harnesses the Greater Philadelphia region’s exceptional academic, government, cultural and business resources to leverage regional and national initiatives in both countries.
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Federal Mandate

The Governments of the United States and China established the Ten Year Framework (TYF) for Cooperation on Energy and Environment in June 2008. The Framework is designed to foster innovation and develop globally-relevant solutions in areas such as clean water and energy efficiency.


The City of Philadelphia’s 30-year old official Sister City relationship with Tianjin, China. Tianjin, the fastest-growing Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in China, also has a national mandate for clean energy leadership under China’s 11th and 12th Five-Year Plans CPGP is working with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP), the highly respected economic development agency, to expand their access to research conducted at Chinese universities and to facilitate the two-way flow of clean technology research, trade and investments between China and the United States. CPGP is also acting as intermediary between Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia and Mayor Huang of Tianjin for a strategic initiative supporting the Philadelphia Orchestra and other cultural institutions.


The $150 million U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) program, with a dedicated building energy efficiency initiative led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) in the US and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) in China

Our Team

We could not reach this far without such a hero team. Dedicated, collaborative and professional workaholic people.

Dr. Merritt T. "Terry" Cooke

Founding Director & Chairman

Terry Cooke is a seasoned practitioner of Asian cross-border business and investment in clean energy and related high-tech fields. For the cleantech frontier in China, Terry brings broad context, unique insight, and an unparalleled range of contacts. Across the spectrum of technology innovation, Terry has decades of Asian in-country engagement at the ministerial level of government, with the private sector’s C-suite, and with the world’s premiere multi-stakeholder organization at Davos.

William Young

Director for Operations Strategy

William Young is a successful business leader who brings a broad range of experience in sales, information technology, business strategy, operations and entrepreneurship to guide the implementation of CPGP priorities and programs.

Joyce Lee

Senior Advisor, Urban Sustainability and Health

Joyce S. Lee, FAIA, LEED Fellow has been an Architect Fellow at the National Leadership Academy for Public Health. In New York, Joyce served under Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg. She was the Chief Architect at the New York City OMB overseeing the survey of major city- owned buildings and waterfronts with the goals of enhancing long-term planning and identifying green design and development opportunities.

Grace (Weining) Guo

Strategic Consultant for Outbound Programs and Washington D.C. Representative

Weining is experienced in helping Fortune 500 corporations, including Wal-Mart, Citigroup and Zurich Insurance, with strategic business expansion in China. She is fluent in both English and Mandarin and was awarded the “MBA Excellence Award” from W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in 2015.

Ben Leffel

Research Associate

Ben Leffel, currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California (Irvine), is expert in U.S.-China sub-national relations and in networks of international environmental cooperation among Chinese cities. Ben serves concurrently as Director of Research for the Tai Initiative and worked previously as Research Consultant for the International City/County Management Association China Center.

Jiayu (Joy) Zhong

Event Coordinator

Joy Zhong brings strong administrative skills and experience to support specific CPGP events and programs including: Building City/State/Federal Partnership in support of PHL-TEDA EcoPartnership program (Nov 7, 2014); Philadelphia Builds Two-Way Bridges program (Nov 7, 2014) in conjunction with The Philadelphia Orchestra; and CPGP Participation in SelectUSA Investment Summit 2015 in Washington DC (March 22-23, 2015).




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