The world is changing significantly every day. We have to keep running all the time to pursue our desired future. However, when we finally achieve our goals, are we holding on to the belief that leads us along the journey?

ORIGIN is the source, the strong faith that has never been forgotten;
ORIGIN is the initiative, the courage that breaks through the status quo.

From the trickling headstream to the billowy downstream, we believe that the very beginning faith is the most accomplished mind of true enlightenment;

Never submitting to the fetters of fate, we believe that once there is a seed in our mind, it will finally sprout and bear the fruit of felicity.

Unveil the Essense of “ORIGIN”

Recalling the origin, we find the universal one;
Creating the origin, we bring new lives to the society.

Retain or Restart,
Where is the origin of your life?
If you are also thinking about this question,
why not join us and get inspired from the stories of THEM?”

Guest Speakers

They are the leaders of technology innovation
the icons for the business world
and the gurus of entertainment and culture.

LI Dan
LI Dan
Writer, Scriptwriter, Curator and Co-founder of Fun Factory

- Writer, Scriptwriter, Curator and Co-founder of Shanghai Fun Factory Media Ltd
- Awarded Annual Innovative Artist Award in 2017 Chinese Variety Summit Ingenuity Ceremony

LI Dan is recognized to be a person with a great spirit of fun. As a poet, he is sensitive, stubborn and desolate. However, his work as a talk show actor has made him funny, humorous and incisive. He has quietened the mind of many people and gained numerous fans with a few words:“Be happy, my friends, there’s nothing worth your sorrow on earth.” People who are not familiar with him will take him to be a facetious talented comedian, while people who have followed him for a long time say that he is just trying to face the bitter life with a sense of humor.

What does ORIGIN mean to him?

He says: “Don’t talk to me about just being yourself, it sounds really ironic. Let me be a person who can bring some value to the society.”

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TO Chung
TO Chung
Founder and Chairman of the Chi Heng Foundation

- Named as one of the Top-10 Figures Inspiring Chinamost in 2005
- Awarded World Top Ten Outstanding Young Person in 2016
- Awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award (The award is honored as Nobel Prize in Asia)
- Awarded the first Hong Kong Humanitarian Award in 2007
- Awarded BNP Paribas Philanthropy Awards in 2009

Born in Hong Kong in 1967, Chung TO immigrated to the United States with his parents after graduating from secondary school. He was admitted to Harvard University Asia Center to pursue a master’s degree after graduation from Columbia University. He served as Co-director of a bank in Switzerland at the age of 27 and was appointed Vice President of a bank in France at the age of 29. It was once his dream to be the most outstanding banker in Wall Street.

However, he made a life-changing decision in 2012. He turned from Wall Street to the AIDS village and from a banker to a “father” of 20,000 children. Over the past sixteen years, the total amount of bailout raised by the Chi Heng Foundation has reached RMB200 million and the number of people who have received funding from Chi Heng Foundation has exceeded 20,000, covering more than 200 villages in Henan, Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong province and other areas.

What does ORIGIN mean to him?

He says:“I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I know I can’t ignore what is happening now. It is not a big deal for this world to lose a banker, however, AIDS orphans are in urgent need to be saved. I have gained a sense of fulfillment out of worldly possessions. It is the heartfelt faith deep in me that has driven me to make such a choice.”

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ZHAO Xiaojun
ZHAO Xiaojun
Co-founder of CCDI, Current Chairman of CCDI

- Chief Architect of the National Aquatics Center (the Water Cube)
- CPPCC member of Yangpu District, Shanghai
- Member of Guangdong Association of Certified Architects
- Member of Urban Planning Society of Shenzhen
- Standing Vice President of Private Enterprise Branch of China Engineering and Consulting Association
- A founding member of WACA
- Editorial board member of Time Architecture
- Editorial board member of Urban Environment Design
- Chairman of CCDI

ZHAO Xiaojun is an influential senior architect who possesses outstanding professional quality and organizational capability. He was once chief Chinese architect for the National Aquatics Center (the Water Cube) in 2013.

Long-term management practice in knowledge-based companies has made Mr. Zhao Xiaojun a person with high culture attainments and compassionate humanistic feelings. He holds fast to the life credo that: “Be friendly to people and things around you; Be generous to accept rights and wrongs; Be wise to choose between persistence and give-up and be dedicated to chasing your dream.” Various phenomena and problems encountered in his work and life over the years have prompted him to look into the depths of culture and human nature. He puts his thoughts into practice with patience in order to find the essence of happiness in reality.

What does ORIGIN mean to him?

He says: “ Human being would never stop the exploration to regularities. We often start with the unceasing summary of external phenomena and then go into a deeper reflection and self-examination. However, no matter how hard we try, we can hardly find the true nature of the world and ourselves. Because there are regularities beyond regularities, while the origin always hides behind them. Although it is hard to reach the origin, the continuous pursuit of truth will bring us closer to the origin. The closer we approach origin, the more peaceful and free we will feel, and we will gain true wisdom. The same goes for enterprises.”

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YU Ying
YU Ying
Founder and CEO of Beijing U-link Care

- An ER superwoman who owns more than 3.4 million Weibo fans
- A pioneer of doctor entrepreneurship

Since 2011, ER superwoman YU Ying subverted the traditional image of doctors who are conservative and stiff with her personal charms of being optimistic, frank and generous and gained high reputation among the public. As a leader who advocates self-employment of doctors, in 2013, she joined Amcare as its partner and acted as CEO of Amcare’s first polyclinic. In 2017, she started her own business by referring to the mode of “US Emergency Center plus GP family medicine”, established a local medical clinic chain facing to midrange users in China and most importantly, created a chain clinic that delivered warmth.

From a star doctor within the system to a professional manager to an attention-attracting entrepreneur, every step of YU Ying is quite challenging while appropriate. Her aspiration to warm the patients has driven her to be unsatisfied with the present situation and forge ahead steadfastly.

What does ORIGIN mean to her?

She says "Being patient-centric is the core value. Doing is always more important than thinking. If you persist on exploration, you will find the way to the dream."

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ZHANG Tianyi
ZHANG Tianyi
Founder of Baman Beef Noodles

- One of "the 30 Young Entrepreneurs under the Age of 30" published by Forbes
- Member of the eleventh Youth Federation of Beijing

Born in 1990, ZHANG Tianyi is labeled as “the representative for college students' innovative undertaking ”, “a young writer”, “a gifted youth of Beijing University” and “praised by Premier Li Keqiang” at an early age.

After graduation from Beijing University in 2014, he started his own business with RMB 100,000. He set up a new food and beverage retail brand - Baman Beef Noodles - through the “Internet Plus” business model of restaurant chain plus e-commerce. More than 10 million bowls of beef noodles were sold out over the past four years. In the wave and context of consumption upgrading, he has made beef noodles - a traditional food - to be popular among a growing amount of young people.

What does ORIGIN mean to him?

He says: “It is our vision to bring Baman to every corner of the world that flies the national flag of China. I want to create a world-class consumer culture symbol for China in the future with the efforts and vitality of young people.”

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MA Weidu
MA Weidu
Founder of the Guanfu Museum

- Founder of the Guanfu Museum - the first private museum in China
- A speaker at CCTV’s Lecture Room for MA Weidu Talks About Collection series
- A speaker of Ma Weidu Collection and Guanfu Dudu

Born on March 22nd, 1955, MA Weidu is a native of Rongcheng, Shangdong Province. He set up Guanfu Museum, the first private museum in China in 1997 and established local museums in Xiamen, Hangzhou and Shanghai in succession within 20 years. In 2018, he was invited to be the speaker of Lecture Room, a legendary program of CCTV, to introduce Chinese relics and the historical and cultural knowledge behind them. Ma Weidu Collection, a TV show opened by Guangxi TV in 2010, remains a hit now and has become the leader of culture and collection shows. He launched a culture talk show named Guanfu Dudu in 2014, which interprets culture and current events in a humorous way and becomes the most popular cultural program.

MA Weidu gave hundreds of lectures across the country and was invited to give lectures abroad for UN headquarters in Geneva, Denver Museum in America and Confucius Institute in Turkey. He has devoted himself to the promotion of traditional Chinese culture for over 30 years, making great contributions in terms of cultural preservation promotion and heritage research.

What does ORIGIN mean to him?

He says: “The name of Guanfu Museum is taken from Laotse's Tao Te Ching. The moral to this name is that everything in the universe interacts with one another which makes it possible for us to observe their origin. Therefore, it is the mission of Guanfu to explore and present the origin of brilliant Chinese civilization and create new spiritual value in today’s society, so as to infuse stronger vitality into Chinese civilization.”

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Alan AI
Alan AI
General Manager of WeWork Greater China

WeWork is a giant of co-working space from the USA as well as a pioneer in the field of co-working. It covers 71 cities, gains over 200 office locations and has more than 210,000 members. It officially entered China in July 2016 with its office space mainly focusing on Shanghai and Beijing.

Alan AI was appointed General Manager of WeWork Greater China in 2017. In this role, he is fully responsible for business expansion and daily operation management in China. Under his leadership, WeWork develops rapidly. In Feb. 2018, it announced to enter into eight cities including Shenzhen, Xiamen, Chengdu, Suzhou, Hangzhou and others. Besides, it announced lately to incorporate Naked Hub, a national co-working platform into WeWork Greater China.

What does ORIGIN mean to him?

He says: “People might forget what they see and hear, but they will never forget what they feel. China is an important force in the global innovation field. We are committed to creating new products and services in China market and provide entrepreneurs and innovators with best possible experience.”

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Founder of the China-Europe Forum

-Global affairs and international relations expert
-Knight of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur) by a decree signed by the President of the French Republic François Hollande in 2014
-Awarded the “Cross of the Civil Order” by the then King of Spain, Juan Carlos I

In 2002, with the objective to deepen the exchanges between Europe and China, he established the Academia Sinica Europaea at CEIBS and founded the China-Europe Forum. The former French President Jacques Chirac considers that the China-Europe Forum established by David Gosset is “a unique platform for exchanges between the European and Chinese civilizations since 2002”. In 2015, Professor Gosset created the New Silk Road Initiative which aimed to study and support the “One Belt, One Road” strategy. 

As a sinologist, Professor Gosset wrote extensively on China’s transformation and its global impact. His comments have been published in the major global and Chinese media. 

Fluent in French, English and Chinese, Professor Gosset lectured at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, for the top French institution ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration), but also for large multinational corporations at the top of the Fortune 500.

What does ORIGIN mean to him?

He says, “Culture is the soul of a nation. The rise of China based on a cultural renaissance will surely bring a new and colorful pattern to the world.”

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QU Fanrui
QU Fanrui

-CEO of Lanxi Healthcare Ltd.
-Former Tianjin TV host and producer; A Gold-microphone Award winner in China

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