| Yinuo Li|
|Alma mater||Tsinghua University, UCLA|
|Member of||WEF/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 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.
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.