Cai Shiyin

About Cai Shiyin
  • Founder & CEO, Dialogue in the Dark (China), CEO, Yucheng Group

Ms. Cai, previously worked as CTO of GE Infrastructure Asia-Pacific based in Shanghai. In her 13-year professional experience, Ms. Cai worked for GE, Siemens, AIG and Roland Berger in New York, Atlanta, UK, Mexico, Singapore and China. She was speaker addressing at the TEDxShanghai 2012, TEDxNanjing 2012, 37th and 38th St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland, 2008 Hamburg Summit and chosen as the BMW Foundation Young Global Leader in 2010 and 2011. She was awarded as the “Big Ben Award - Top Ten Young Chinese in Germany” in Jan 2011 and also selected as the “2011 Rising Talents” (one of the 17 globally) of the Women’s Forum at Deauville, 2018 UN Global Business&Peace Award.

Shiyin is an ordained Christian marketplace missionary in mainland China and an active Marathon runner (qualified for Boston Marathon after 7 months running Marathon). She is YPO Shanghai chapter member, also serves as the Chairperson for her family foundation, Chinese art collection, auction house, private museum and Chinese Ceramics Academy.

Ms. Cai got her MBA with full-scholarship at the State University of New York and was also educated in Chinese Art (Diploma) at SOAS, London University, Christian studies at Regent College in Vancouver and International Business Management at Fudan University in Shanghai.

After the encounter with Sabriye Tenberken who founded the blind school in Tibet (Braille without Borders) in 2008, Shiyin was inspired and started working as a volunteer advisor for the blind school in charge of the communications, marketing and PR. The work with blind people brought Shiyin to the Dialogue In the Dark exhibition in Atlanta. She was so intrigued by the concept and decided to take the global COO role for Dialogue Social Enterprise in April 2010 and therefore started her full-time work in social sector. After almost two years running the global social franchising network, Shiyin decided to move back to China and successfully founded the “Dialogue in the Dark” social enterprise China which has expanded to Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Shenzhen focusing on changing the stereotype and discrimination against marginalised people in mainland China, now employing almost 60 blind and deaf employees in the organization and over 100000 people in mainland China have experienced the “Dialogue” experience. Shiyin also set up NGO "Running in the dark" in Mar 2016 and has motivated over 200 events, 600 blind runners and over 4000 volunteers guides, participated in 20 marathons including sponsoring and guiding the first blind runner from mainland China to complete Boston marathon in 2017.


Generation Impact

05 Jun 2018

Read session notes here. Session Description The Next Generation of High Net Worth Individuals (Next Gen) in Asia are playing an increasingly important role as change makers in the social space. Many of them are engaging in impact investment activities,…Read More

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