Yinuo Li

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NationalityChinese?, US?
Alma materTsinghua University, UCLA
Member ofWEF/Young Global Leaders/2016

Yinuo Li is the Director of the China Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing a team that works with China’s public, private, and nonprofit sectors "to address key domestic and global health, development, and policy issues" - meaning that she is a lobbyist for the solutions wanted by Gates. The Gates Foundation is a formally philanthropic door opener for decisions that a few years down the road will create huge profits for companies invested in by Gates, for example Monsanto and RNA vaccines.

Li was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2016.


Li joined the Gates foundation in 2015 after a career at McKinsey & Co., where she was most recently a partner at the firm’s office in Palo Alto, California. While based in McKinsey’s Beijing office from 2008 to 2013, Yinuo served as co-leader of the Healthcare Practice and as leader of the Social Sector and Global Public Health Practice.[1][2]

When the opportunity to lead the Gates Foundation in China arose, however, it was not a natural step for me. This role is very different from the typical jobs that McKinsey partners would leave for: it was more complex and challenging, and much less well-paid. Even worse, it’s a position with no “career track” afterwards – “a career ending move” according to one of my respected senior colleagues at McKinsey. What changed my view was a conversation I had with Bill Gates himself, when I asked what his motivation was in starting a foundation. He said it was because when he looked beyond the business world and into human wellbeing, he realized there was a huge vacuum for solutions to issues that impact hundreds of millions of people’s lives.[3]

She was previously a member of the final selection committee of the Rhodes Scholarship in China.[4]  

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