The Social Impact Award acknowledges alumni who have made an exceptional contribution and commitment to creating positive social change and improving lives.

Award winners

Zheng Jianwei

Zheng Jianwei studied for an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at the University of Essex. He works as a private English tutor and was the first blind candidate in southwest China to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and to study abroad. His experience in the UK provided him with a unique study opportunity and he hopes that his story will help to close the gap for visually-impaired people in both China and beyond.

Steven Luk

Steven studied Business Administration at the University of Oxford. He currently works for one of the world’s top financial institutions and has recently launched the social initiative, Oxbridge Impact, to help underprivileged children in China. Steven says that his time studying in the UK helped him discover his passion in the field of social impact.

Zhu Weiqing

Zhu Weiqing (Susan) studied Marketing at Durham University. As a low-carbon industry innovation practitioner, she founded the Shanghai Treasure Carbon New Energy Environment Protection Technology Co., Ltd, one of the largest carbon traders in China. She attributes her passion for ‘clean-tech’ to her experiences of living and studying in the UK and hopes to bring similar changes to China. 

Wang Weikang

Wang Weikang is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Senior Manager in the Membership and Organisation cooperation department for the China Beijing Environment Exchange (CBEEX). As well as working for CBEEX, Wiekang is also a committed campaigner for environmental protection. She led a success campaign with Greenpeace to encourage large Chinese retailers to adopt ecologically responsible agriculture production practices.

Yan Luhui

Yan Luhui is a graduate of the University of Oxford and founded Carbonstop, One of China’s first carbon management software and consulting solution provider. To date, Carbonstop’s services have helped more than 500 businesses, organisations and governments reduce their emissions. Luhui is also an Expert Reviewer for the United Nations Intergovernmental Policy on Climate Change.


Zhang Yonghong

Zhang Yonghong is a graduate from the University of Liverpool and a Senior Judge and Deputy Director for Enforcement Supervision at the Shanghai High Court. Based on his studies in the UK, he wrote ‘English Enforcement Law’, the first Chinese book that outlines the UK system to Chinese practitioners. This book highlights key parts of the UK legal system that may be helpful in reforming China’s enforcement laws.