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To recognize the leadership and success of young professionals, AmCham Shanghai is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Future Leaders of the Year Awards!

Nomination Deadline: July 12, 2021

Show your current and future employers that you're a trailblazer in the community! Recognize your own achievements or nominate another young professional for AmCham Shanghai's Future Leaders of the Year Awards.

Click "Register" to fill out the free online registration form.


Both AmCham Shanghai members, as well as non-members under the age of 39, may be nominated. Finalists will be selected by a panel of expert judges in July and will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony at AmCham Shanghai's Member Briefing on Tuesday, August 3. Finalists will be given a few minutes to showcase their achievements in the form of a speech, the winner of each category will then be chosen through a live vote by the audience. To register for the award ceremony, please click Monthly Member Briefing on Aug 3.

A panel of judges will pre-select the finalists in these two award categories:

  • Future Leader of the Year Award
  • Entrepreneurship Award



  • Leadership: Demonstrates proven leadership ability through influential positions in profession and community
  • Experience: Has over three years of professional experience in China and demonstrates a clear trajectory and growth in career
  • Vision: Conveys a clear vision of long-term professional goals
  • (+) Innovation: reinvented, improved, or implemented new innovation opportunities into existing business models
  • (+) Sustainability & CSR: Implemented sustainable development on the corporate level or demonstrates a commitment to giving back to the community



  • Ownership: Is an owner, partner, or shareholder of at least 25 percent of a business based in Shanghai and demonstrates positive social and/or economic impact in the region
  • Innovation: Demonstrates commitment and passion for transforming traditional practices through an innovative product, service, approach, or idea
  • Perseverance: Demonstrates capacity to be an independent thinker, to overcome business obstacles, and to take risks in the face of uncertainty
  • Scalability: Innovates business model for sustainable growth, and has demonstrated capability for long-term success
  • (+) Sustainability & CSR: Implemented sustainable development on the corporate level or demonstrates a commitment to giving back to the community

(+) indicates availability for bonus points


  • Dale Carnegie presentation training for Finalists
  • Mentor matching by AmCham Shanghai
  • 2 free tickets to any AmCham Shanghai conference
  • 10,000 RMB AmCham Shanghai Training Credit (limited within one year, excluding partner trainings)
  • Recognition on AmCham Shanghai website, WeChat account, and a feature in AmCham Shanghai's Insight Magazine
  • An interview by our digital content team, showcasing your achievement via video, which you can share with clients


  • Curt Ferguson, Managing Partner, Ventech China
  • Sharon Yang, Head of HR, SPD Silicon Valley Bank
  • Han Lin, Assistant Professor of Practice, Financial Markets, NYU Shanghai
  • Hongfei Zheng, Managing Director, Cargill Animal Nutrition and Health
  • Eric Hoang, Director of Strategic Planning and Business Transformation, Herbalife Nutrition


  • July 12 (Mon): Nominations Close
  • July 22 (Thu): Finalists Selected
  • August 3 (Tue): Awards Ceremony and Winners Announced

Past Future Leaders of the Year Awards:

The Future Leader Awards is supported by AmCham Shanghai's Future Leader Committee and HR Committee.

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