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Ling Fan

Ling Fan

Founder, CEO, Tezign; Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum


Dr. Ling Fan is a designer, entrepreneur, and catalyst to bridge design, technology, and business. He is the founder of, a venture-backed tech startup as a platform-based design and creative talent solution. Prior to being an entrepreneur, Ling was an assistant professor in design, human-environment interaction, and urbanism at the University of California at Berkeley and China Central Academy of Fine Arts, respectively. He is the founding chair of "Tongji x Tezign Design & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory" at Tongji University. This lab is devoted to interdisciplinary research and pedagogy bringing data, algorithm and network into design, and publishes design and A.I report.

Ling is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Hong Kong M+/Design Trust awarded Fan as the inaugural design fellow in 2014. Ling has received numerous international awards, including the China National Thousand Talent Plan, Contemporary Young Art Criticism prize from Art Observation journal; the Focus on Talent Award from the Martell Art Foundation and Today Art Museum; and the National Art Special Project grant from the China National Scholarship Council. Ling is the fourth class of Aspen Institute China Fellowship program and a member of Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Ling received his Doctor of Design from Harvard University and a master from Princeton University. He was a fellow at Harvard Innovation Lab and Princeton Center for Architecture, Urbanism and Infrastructure.