Wang Jian, Chairman of HNA Group, and Adam Tan, Vice Chairman and CEO of HNA Group, Participated in Sixth Annual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy

HNA Group | 2017-09-22

New York (September 21, 2017) – On September 19, 2017, Wang Jian, Chairman of HNA Group, and Adam Tan, Vice Chairman and CEO of HNA Group, participated in the sixth annual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, held in New York in honor of Forbes’ 100th birthday. For those assembled, Tan delivered a speech about HNA’s corporate social responsibility efforts during lunch. 

“Social impact and giving back are an important part of HNA’s core value,” said Adam Tan. “We were proud to partner with Forbes for such an inspiring event that brought together some of the world’s most influential philanthropic leaders.”

Under the theme “Solutions for the Next 100 Years,” Forbes convened over 200 of the world’s leading philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the world for a critical discussion on the depth of increasingly complex global challenges and the opportunity for innovative ideas and practices to solve them.

Attendees and speakers included Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway; Matt Damon, Co-Founder, Water.org and WaterEquity; Gary White, Co-Founder & CEO, Water.org and WaterEquity; Malala Yousafzai, Co-Founder, Malala Fund; Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, Co-Founder & CEO, Blackstone; James Simons, Chairman, Simons Foundation, and Board Chair & Founder, Renaissance Technologies; Yuri Milner, Founder, DST Global; Jean Case, CEO, Case Foundation, and Chairman of the Board, National Geographic Society; Patrice Motsepe, Founder, Motsepe Foundation, and Founder & Executive Chairman, African Rainbow Minerals; Muhammad Yunus, Founder, Grameen Bank, Chairman, Yunus Centre, and Winner of 2006 Nobel Peace Prize; among many others. 

“For six years, we’ve gathered the world’s greatest givers to figure out solutions to the world’s most intractable problems,” said Randall Lane, the editor of Forbes magazine, who oversees the summit. “For Forbes’ centennial, we looked at the problems of the next 100 years, and we had our greatest gathering yet to tackle these challenges."

Participants came together to brainstorm breakthrough ideas for the future to address issues like universal water security, education, extreme poverty, and gender equality, while emphasizing business’ efforts to promote social good and create real, meaningful change.  The onstage conversations this year envisioned the world we’d like to see in 2117 and explored how to get there.  Imagine “A World With Educational Equality,” “A World With Safe Water and Sanitation For All,” “A World With Interstellar Travel and Life Beyond Earth,” and “A World Where Girls Have The Same Opportunities As Boys.”  Led by the consultants at McKinsey & Co., summit participants also took part in interactive brainstorming sessions that focused on different structural approaches to philanthropy to make a lasting impact.

Matt Damon, Co-Founder, Water.org and WaterEquity, and Gary White, Co-Founder & CEO, Water.org and WaterEquity, received the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship.  Eli Broad, Founder, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, was presented with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy.

Forbes magazine will feature highlights from the sixth annual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy this November as part of its special Philanthropy issue.

About HNA

HNA Group is a global Fortune 500 company focused on tourism, logistics, and financial services. Since its founding in 1993, HNA Group has evolved from a regional airline in China into a global company with an international workforce of 410,000 employees. HNA is committed to making the world a better place for everyone and established the Cihang Foundation in 2010 to further its philanthropic endeavors and maximize its efforts in corporate social responsibility.