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 in Kenya, wishing to support China integrate into global sustainable development through youth engagement.
Since then, China House has led thousands of young Chinese to work on sustainable development projects in 27 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. They have been partnering with governments, international organizations and academic institutions, hoping to create positive impact for a better world.