Ms. Yang is a leading television anchor in China. She is also the co-founder of Sun Media Investment Holdings Ltd, one of China's most prominent private media groups. Businesses include television production, newspapers and magazines, as well as on-line publishing.
In 2005, she founded Sun Culture Foundation with a mission to promote the relief of poverty, advancement of education, and mutual understandings across cultures.
Ms. Yang received her bachelor degree in English Language & Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University and acquired her master degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, New York, USA. She won national fame in 1990 by hosting Zheng Da Variety Show on CCTV. Her renowned programme Yang Lan One On One is popular with Chinese audiences across the world for which she has interviewed more than 500 leaders across the world. Since 2006 her talk show, Her Village, has been targeting the rising urban woman population. Today the show is growing as the leading cross-media community for Chinese women professionals.
In 1999 and 2001, Ms. Yang was named by Asiaweek magazine as one of the "Leaders in Society and Culture in Asia" and one of the "Movers and Shapers of the 21st Century China" respectively. Ms. Yang also received the "Chinese Women of the Year" award in 2001 and "Top Ten Woman Entrepreneurs" award in 2002. Her contributions to the development of the civil society in China won her the "National Charity Award" in 2008.
In 2001, Ms. Yang served as a Goodwill Ambassador for Beijing's bidding for the 2008 Olympic Games and as one of the speakers in the final presentation to the International Olympic Committee in Moscow, where Beijing won the bidding. She actively serves as goodwill ambassador on several national charity foundations, promoting environmental protection, education, disaster relief and capacity building for NGOs.
Ms. Yang currently serves as a member of the 10th and 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). She is also a member of the Columbia University International Advisory Council (IAC) and director of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.