Professor Gao Shangquan, born in September 1929 in Jiading - Shanghai, is one of China's most prominent economists, a key figure in thinking-thanking economic reforms in China. He is a senior research fellow, professor and former vice-minister of the State Commission for Restructuring the Economic Systems, the central agency that played an essential role in setting up and carrying out economic reform policy. He is also appointed member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy and consultant for the World Bank. In 1952, he graduated from the Department of Economics at St. John's University in Shanghai. He held various positions in the Ministry of Machine-Building Industry and the State Commission of Machine-Building Industry (1952-1982). From 1985 to 1993, Dr. Gao was vice minister of the State Commission for Restructuring the Economic Systems. During the same period, he was the head of the Economic Systems Reform Office of the State Council, vice chairman of the Housing System Reform Leading Group of the State Council, a member of the National Economic & Social Development Research & Coordination Panel of the State Council, and a member of the Council of the People's Bank of China. He was also a member and the head of the Economic Subgroup of the Preparatory Committee for Hong Kong Special administrative Region (1996-1997). A large portion of his responsibilities lay in drafting policy proposals and conducting respective policy research. he was deeply involved in the overall design of state policies and guided the economic reforms in China for the past 20 years. Some of his economic theories and policy proposals were adopted in major policy documents by the Central Committee of China's Communist Party.
At the present time Professor Gao Shangquan is a member of the National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, president of the China Research Society of Enterprise Reform & Development, Chairman of China Reform Foundation, president of the China (Hainan) Institute for Reform & Development, and senior advisor for the China International Institute of Strategic Studies. He is a Professor and Ph.D. supervisor at Beijing University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, dean of the School of Management in Zhellang University and a guest professor at the People's University of China, Nankai University, and Shanghai Financial and Economics University. He is also an advisor for the MBA Program of the Australian National University and Financial Center of the University of London.