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Honorary Citizenship Winners

Richard J. L. Yorke


HSBC Bank (China) Co Ltd

President and Chief Executive Officer

Yorke is highly regarded for his outstanding leadership that has helped turn Shanghai into a financial services center. He is the youngest leader of the China business in HSBC's history. He helps set up the Shanghai-based HSBC Bank (China) in 2007. In June, his company became the first China-incorporated foreign bank to issue yuan bonds in Hong Kong.

Klaus Toepfer


Former under secretary general of the United Nations and a guest professor at Tongji University

The city government has bestowed the honor on Toepfer for his substantial and committed contributions to enhancing cooperation and technical exchanges between the United Nations Environment Program and Tongji University. He has also helped with Shanghai's environmental protection efforts, including a donation of one million yuan (US$146,460) to set up the Klaus Toepfer Environmental Scholarship. It aids university students majoring in environmental engineering. He acts as an environmental consultant to the city government and was one of the people who recommended support for Shanghai to compete for the UN Champions of the Earth Award for 2010.

Magnolia Gold Award Winners

Dominic S. Barton


McKinsey & Company

Worldwide Managing Director

Barton recommended and fostered the movement of McKinsey's regional headquarters from Australia to Shanghai in 2003. He is recognized for maintaining cooperation with the municipal government and encouraging local talent.

Jack J. Jiang


Fudan University

Department of Otolaryngology, Fudan University Medical School

Lecture Professor

Jiang has set up a non-profit voice-study lab in cooperation with the hospital to introduce world best practice therapy and appliances to the city and has nurtured Chinese medical scholars.

Hugo Messiaen


Shanghai Flowerport Deroose Co Ltd

General Manager

HE gave up his career in Belgium to found a Shanghai research and production center for highly popular bromeliad flowers. Bromeliads were mostly imported but are now raised in China, and, thanks to Messiaen, their prices have been halved.

Andreas Tschirky


Roche Research & Development Center (China) Ltd

General Manager

TSCHIRKY'S devotion saw the Roche R&D Center set up in Pudong's Zhangjiang High-Tech Park in 2004. It has had more than 40 intellectual property rights registered globally. Shanghai college scholarships are also granted.

John A. Buswell


Shanghai Academy of Agriculture Science

Visiting Professor

Buswell improved research into edible fungi in Shanghai and enhanced exchanges with overseas institutions. With his help, Chinese researchers have won opportunities to attend top international forums and have findings published in leading journals.

Pieter Douwe de Jong


ING Bank N.V. Shanghai Branch

Branch Manager

He has increased competitiveness in the Chinese market during the past six years. The Shanghai branch's business performance has improved above most other offices in Asia. He has made great contributions to the financial development of the city.

Suzuki Hideyuki


Shanghai Suoguang Electronics Co Ltd


Hideyuki encourages the company's Chinese employees and management. He stresses the importance of a harmonious company culture and his firm has blossomed. Hideyuki and his company are also heavily involved in charity work.

Nora GuYi Wu



Shanghai Lead Partner

Gu is honored for her outstanding efforts in fostering collaboration between Chinese and overseas counterparts over the years, which has attracted foreign investment to China. She is also an active government adviser.

Mel Chua


Sulzer Shanghai

General Manager

Sulzer Shanghai was one of the first multinationals to move into Lingang Industrial Park in 2007. Chua has attracted increasing investments from overseas. He provides high-quality conditions for employees, 95% of whom are now Chinese natives.

Tomonaga Michihiro


Shanghai Yamatake Automation Co Ltd

General Manager

Michihiro largely expanded the company's market and operations in Shanghai. Last year, company profits soared by 568 percent from 2003. He attaches great importance to technological innovation and training and nurturing local employees.

Suzuki Shigeki


Konica Minolta (China) Investment Ltd

Managing Director

SHIGEKI has played a decisive role in rebuilding Konica's operations based in Songjiang District. Shigeki played a key role in enhancing smooth communications between Chinese and Japanese management.

Dao-Yi Yu


Eye and ENT Hospital of Fudan University

Advisory Professor

Yu invented a biotechnical tool that improves the effectiveness of glaucoma surgery. He has led experiments in Shanghai since 1999 to look for better surgical solutions to cure the eye disease. He has also helped Chinese doctors receive opportunities to study in Australia.

George Ferguson


Maunsell Consultant (Asia) Ltd

Tunnel Consultant

Ferguson is hailed for his great contribution to help safely complete the challenging Yangtze River Tunnel and Bridge project. His work has contributed substantially to the design and construction of a highly complex job.

Andreas Matthe


Siemens Ltd China

Executive Vice President

Matthe has built Siemens' biggest and most advanced customer center in Shanghai since he took the position in 2004. The center has become an important communication platform between Chinese energy industry experts and the company.


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