China Development Research Foundation (CDRF), Beijing, China
Mr. Lu Mai has been Secretary General of China Development Research Foundation since 1998. Under his leadership, CDRF has grown into a well-known national think tank with academic excellence and policy influence. He has headed research projects and social experiments in a number of social sciences areas, primarily in economic reform and transition，human development theory and practice, social welfare system reform, urban development, as well as public governance. He has also expanded CDRF’s global network and helped strengthen its connections and partnerships with various institutions. In this regard, he has led many important events that have tremendously promoted international communication and collaboration, including the annual China Development Forum since 2000, the most prestigious platform for the Chinese central government to exchange viewpoints with global business elites.
Mr. Lu has accumulated extensive expertise on poverty alleviation through years of research and practice. He led the completion of China Human Development Report 2005, which received UNDP’s 2007 Human Development Award for Excellence in Policy Analysis and Influence. For over a decade, Mr. Lu has been dedicated to advocating childhood development in China and played a crucial role in advancing its progress and relevant policy-making. He and his colleagues in CDRF have pioneered to launch pilot programs for disadvantaged rural children to provide them education and nutrition interventions, which prove to be an effective way to eliminate poverty and enhance social development. Based on the program outcomes, he submitted several policy suggestions to the central government in the hope to translate the successful experiments into national policies. In 2013, he drafted the policy memo entitled Recommendations for Formulating the National Childhood Development Plan in Impoverished Rural Areas, which obtained written instructions from the politburo and was awarded with Extraordinary Contributions to China’s Development Research by the Development Research Center of the State Council of China (DRC). The national plan is currently under deliberation and is expected to be issued this year.
He formed CDRF’s ties with international organizations and think tanks, including the World Bank, IMF, UNDP, WFP, ADB, Brookings Institution and Peterson Institute. He strengthened collaborations with OECD and made CDRF its key knowledge partner in China. He also deepened partnerships with the world’s top universities including Harvard, Cambridge, Stanford, UChicago, and engaged their best faculty members in CDRF’s research and pilot projects. Based on such relationship, he co-founded two training programs on public governance and business management, for China’s top-ranking officials and the executives of China’s largest companies.
Before joining CDRF, Mr. Lu served as the senior research fellow in DRC from 1995 to 1998. Previously, he was the senior research fellow in China Business Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 1993 to 1995; in 1991-1993, he was the research associate at Harvard Institute for International Development and the Department of Government of Harvard University. Mr. Lu started his career in the Research Center for Rural Development of the State Council of China in the late 1980s, where he assumed a number of positions including the director of Experimental Area Office for Rural Reform, and played a significant role in China’s rural reform.
Besides his position in CDRF, Mr. Lu is also the executive director of China Public Finance Society. He has been in charge of many important research projects and providing consultation for the government of New Zealand as well as international organizations such as the World Bank and ADB. As the only Chinese commissioner, he served in the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization (established by ILO) from 2002 to 2004. He receives the special allowance from the State Council of China for his contribution to the development research.
Mr. Lu earned his M.A. in public administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1991, and his B.A. in economics from Beijing College of Economics in 1982. He was once the distinguished visiting scholar of MIT in 1999, and the Lulu Chow Wang Senior Visiting Scholar at Columbia Business School in 2010. In 2011, LGOPAD Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development (of the State Council) named Mr. Lu as one of the “National Pioneers in Poverty Alleviation and Development”.