Director and Co-founder
Open Data China
Feng Gao is the co-founder and managing director of Open Data China, the first civic group and social enterprise in China working on data transparency and digital rights. Under Feng’s leadership, Open Data China actively advises governments and other data holders on how to build an open and transparent data agenda. Open Data China also sets up a community for data users to make their voices heard. In 2015, Open Data China co-launched Shanghai Open Data Apps (SODA), a competition-based open data innovation model. Since then, Feng leads the daily operation of SODA and its sister programs in Chongqing, Shenyang, and other cities in China. The SODA model unlocks more than 60 datasets from 30 government agencies and private companies, generates nearly 1000 prototypes and applications, and cultivates several startups with over 100 million CNY investments. Feng’s publications and talks on open data are featured in Paris Innovation Review, Financial Times China, and at the International Open Data Conference. He was nominated and selected by the U.S. Department of State to be part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) in 2016. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southampton, and a BE in Computer Science from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications.