Ya Li

Currently the COO of Phoenix New Media (www.ifeng.com)in Beijing, China. As a pioneering Internet entrepreneur, Mr. Li founded Global Villager Inc. in New York in 1995, which was acquired by Startec Global Communications Inc. in 2000. Mr. Li served as COO of a U.S.-China multinational hi-tech startup China Quantum Communications Ltd. and CFO/COO of publicly traded Techedge from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Li’s non-entrepreneurial working experiences included Verizon, DLJ, Lehman Brother, and Morgan Stanley, from 1993 to 1999. He served on the Board of Directors for U.S. China Chamber of Commerce, Chinese Finance Society, National Council of Chinese Americans, and Council on U.S.-China Affairs. Mr. Li received undergraduate education in Control Systems Engineering from University of Science & Technology of China (1987-1991), a M.S. in Computer Science from Temple University (1991-1992), and Executive Management education from Wharton School of Business (1993-1995). He returned to China and joined Phoenix New Media as COO/CFO in June 2006. Mr. Li was appointed Visiting Fellow at New Media Marketing Communications Research Centre by Beijing University in 2010.