Who We Are

China Development Brief

Created in 1996 in Kunming, and currently based in Beijing, China Development Brief (CDB) is China’s first independent platform for civil society. Using both English and Chinese, CDB provides services of media and communication, research, consultancy and resource-matching to NGOs, foundations, enterprises, individuals and research institutes. CDB registered as an NGO named “Beijing E-share Civil Society Center” in 2017.

Our Mission

Promoting the sustainable development of civil society through information exchange and the matching of resources, based on the principles of independence and professionalism.

Our Strategic Goals

By capitalizing on our platform, CDB aims to promote the sharing and exchange of development ideas, knowledge, experiences, and approaches; enhance the opportunities for grassroots NGOs to spread their voice; and drive the resource matching for NGOs in terms of funding, talent, and capacity.

Core Activities

What we are really great at


Publicizing information on civil society.


Consultancy, research and experience sharing.

Resource Matching

of funds, talent, knowledge and skills.


Knowledge and skills training.

Board of Directors

CDB Leadership

Director General

  • Zhang Gengrui
    Legal representative of the Beijing Gongminhui Consultancy

Deputy Director General and Executive Director

  • Liu Zhongliang
    Former guest Professor of Beijing Normal University

Directors (in alphabetical order)

  • Feng Yuan, gender equality expert
  • Lu Gengyu, partner of the Guangdong Zhaolu Law Firm
  • Meng Lan, former Chief Finance Officer of Amcham China
  • Qiao Dong, former Chief Officer of Jingdong Crowdfunding Charity Fundraising
  • Wang Kunyu, Operation Manager and Project Development Commissioner of the World Resources Institute
  • Wang Tingyu, China Program Chief Representative of the Fred Hollows Foundation


  • Liu Xueyong, Researcher in the Research Committee, Beijing Chaoyang Lawyers Association

Advisory Committee (in alphabetical order)

  • Feng Yuan, initiator of various gender equality organizations, including Gender Watch
  • Fu Lin, China Corporate Social Responsibility Manager of SAP
  • Kang Xiaoguang, Professor of the School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, President of the Institute for NGO research, Renmin University of China
  • Liang Xiaoyan, Executive Director of the Beijing Western Sunshine Foundation, founder of Friends of Nature
  • Song Qinghua, Director of the Shining Stone Community Action Center
  • Wang Jin, Professor of MIT comparative media studies, Director of MIT New Media Action Lab, Director General of NGO2.0
  • Wang Zhenbang, Dean of the China Philanthropy Research Institute, Beijing Normal University
  • Wen Bo, Policy and Media Advisor of the National Geographic Society Global Research Fund
  • Yang Tuano, Deputy Director & Researcher of the Center of Public Policy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Director General of the Social Policy Professional Committee of the China Association of Sociology, Director General of CCFA
  • Zhang Jufang, Executive Director of CBAC