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Since 2011, as a graduate student of Columbia University, the founder Hongxiang Huang has been researching on Chinese overseas investment in the global south, as well as the impact of these investments on local sustainable development.

During this period, he worked as a wildlife trade investigator against illegal ivory trade in Africa and so on. His experience was captured in a Netflix documentary the Ivory Game, which was shortlisted for Oscar in 2017.

In 2014, he started social enterprise China House (Global Citizen Action) in Kenya, wishing to help the world understand and engage Chinese stakeholders regarding sustainable development.

Since then, China House have worked to create communication and collaboration between civil society organizations in the global south and Chinese stakeholders in their countries and in China.

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