Mr. Yibin Chu oversees Citi’s corporate citizenship efforts across 17 markets in the Asia Pacific region, including Citi Foundation grant investments, charitable contributions, employee volunteerism, sustainability and disaster response. He also leads the design and execution of key regional investments, focusing on youth employment & empowerment and financial inclusion.
A specialist in economic development and financial inclusion, Yibin has extensive experience spanning public, non-profit and private sectors, including fieldwork in over 20 countries across Asia Pacific, Africa, North America and the Caribbean. He has a proven track record in cross-country large scale programming that engages multi stakeholders and uses market-based approaches, including:
- co-created Youth Co:Lab with UNDP, and currently co-leading this youth social entrepreneurship movement across 25 countries in Asia Pacific, which positions young people front and center to solve the region’s most pressing challenges;
- co-designed Asia Pacific Financial Inclusion Summit and Citi-FT Financial Education Summit (2014-2017);
- managed a 3-year, US$8 million global urban value chain development program supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in Kenya, India, Indonesia and Jamaica, which developed innovative models for sustainable, large-scale enterprise development as well as increased the incomes of thousands of small enterprises working with the vulnerable communities.
- led the initial project on international adoption of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), building steering committee and strategic partnerships with UN agencies and international NGOs, and developing a training and certification program.
Yibin earned an M.A. in Public Policy and International Development from the Johns Hopkins University, USA and a B.A. in Public Management from Zhejiang Gongshang University, China with honors.