San Francisco Bay Area Council Chairman Jim Wunderman visits TBSI

November 09 2016

In the morning of  October 17th, Bay Area Council Chairman and Chief Executive Jim Wunderman, Global Business Officer Del Christensen and Chinese Affairs Special Assistant to the President Jane Zhao visited the Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) and met with TBSI Vice Co-director Zhang Lin and Office Director Song Yan. Both sides subsequently discussed issues related to future cooperation.

Zhang Lin pointed out that TBSI, co-founded by Tsinghua University and the University of California at Berkeley and supported by the Municipal Government, has a unique advantage. The long-term friendly cooperative relationship between Tsinghua University and Berkeley will provide a good foundation for future cooperation between TBSI and the Bay Area Council. They are willing to work with the Bay Area Council to explore cooperation mechanisms, gather resources and give full play to their advantages in talents, technology and capital.

Jim Wunderman gave a brief overview of the San Francisco Bay Area Council, pointing out that as a non-profit organization, the Bay Area Council has a strong presence in the Northern California region, and has long been committed to regional innovation and economic development. Over the past 10 years, the Council has been actively promoting cooperation and exchange with China, and has established resident offices in Nanjing, Hangzhou and Shanghai. As one of the most innovative international cities in the world, Shenzhen is very advantageous in attracting excellent enterprises, talents, science and technology and other resources. The Bay Area Council hopes to explore cooperation opportunities with TBSI and Shenzhen to achieve win-win results.

 Based on the Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI), Nanshan District of Shenzhen has built an international open innovation center in San Francisco Bay, and gradually established a sound communication mechanism with the Bay Area. When the leaders of TBSI visited Nanshan, the leaders of the district suggested that to further strengthen communication between the two gulfs, a high-scale international conference, the 'Two-Gulfs Forum', could be held to promote and deepen the exchange and cooperation between Shenzhen Bay and San Francisco Bay.

In the afternoon of the same day, Jim Wunderman and his team as well as Zhang Lin and Song Yan were invited to attend a meeting with Shenzhen Vice Mayor Ai Xuefeng.  At the meeting, Ai Xuefeng invited the Bay Area Commission to set up offices in Shenzhen, and both sides expressed that they are looking forward to cooperating.

The Shenzhen Municipal Government will fully support the organization of the 'Two-Gulfs Forum', and the preparatory work of the Forum will be mainly conducted by the Shenzhen Nanshan Government and TBSI; at the same time, the Municipal Government will seriously assist in the preparation of the Forum. The Shenzhen Municipal Government and the participants also discussed cooperation between the Bay Area Council and the Shenzhen International Exchange and Cooperation Foundation.

translator/editor: Feifei Wei