Carol Yu

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Person.png Carol Yu  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
BornJanuary 18, 1983
Alma materStanford University Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Parents • Yu Youjun
• Xu Ming
Member ofWEF/Young Global Leaders/2018
Chinese broadcast journalist, columnist, television host and media executive. Selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2018.

Carol (Ying) Yu is a Chinese broadcast journalist, columnist, television host and media executive. She is currently the host of “Visionaries” which airs prime time every Sunday evening on Phoenix Television and reaches over 400 million viewers in Asia alone.

Educated in the United States at Harvard Kennedy School, she was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2018.

Early life and education

Carol was born in Guangzhou, Guangdong, the only child of Yu Youjun, a minister-level government official and academic, and Xu Ming, a media executive.[1]

Yu was educated at The Affiliated High School of South China Normal University,[2] the top public high school in Guangdong Province, and completed her high school studies at San Domenico School in California, before enrolling in Stanford University.[3] After a successful internship at Morgan Stanley during her sophomore year, she graduated early with honors and joined Morgan Stanley after her junior year. After a few years of work experience, Carol returned to school and obtained a Master’s in Public Policy degree from Harvard Kennedy School.

While at Stanford, she was one of the founding members and vice-president for “Forum for American Chinese Exchange at Stanford” (FACES),[3] vice-president for “Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Stanford” (ACSSS), and co-founder of a political forum “Bursting the Bubble.” While at Harvard Kennedy School, she was Chair of the Chinese Students Association, Co-Chair of East Asia Students Association, and Co-Chair of Asia Business Conference.

Media Career

Yu began her media career at Phoenix TV as a reporter and news presenter. Later, upon deciding to rejoin Phoenix TV after obtaining a master's degree at Harvard Kennedy School, she was tasked with launching the new radio business for the group. Being head of the radio station at 28, she was the youngest head of any major media channel in Hong Kong, and was responsible for the launching and running of a new radio business in Hong Kong, as well as leading the efforts in expanding Phoenix’s multinational network in Mainland China and abroad.[4] Carol has interviewed many top politicians, businessmen, media personalities, academics, artists, athletes, etc., and remains active as a columnist in several leading publications in China.

Prior to joining Phoenix TV, Carol was a member of the Investment Banking Division team of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Asia in Hong Kong. Carol has also worked at the World Bank office in Beijing and the United Nations Development Programme in New York.[5]


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