President, AiXin Foundation
Dr. Yongkai Weng is President of the AiXin Foundation, a charity foundation established in the US. Dr. Weng graduated from Peking University in 1980, and received her Ph.D. in 1992 from Temple University in the US. She worked for the US FDA for 11 years in the research and regulatory field after completing her post-doctoral training at NCI in NIH.
From 1969 to 1975, Dr. Weng was a “barefoot doctor” and midwife in the impoverished areas of China. Her focus in HIV/AIDS prevention began in 2001, the experience led to the founding of AiXin (Loving Heart) Foundation with a group of professionals in US and China committing to the mission to strengthening basic education and public health services in China’s rural areas with the hope to apply the accumulated experience to benefit other parts of the world.
In 2006, Dr. Weng took early retirement from the US FDA and returned to China. Since then she has supported a number of nationwide policy and advocacy initiatives in China. She has been actively involved in China’s healthcare reform, and has spearheaded some pilot programs in health education and promotion in rural China. Her extensive experience as a liaison to facilitate cooperation between state institutions, international organizations, and local and community based non-governmental organizations played a significant role in successful implementation of these programs.