JAMES C. JAO, NCARB, NABAR, SAFEA, AIA, RA, PRESIDENT & C.E.O. OF THE LONG ON GROUP
From his education and extensive urban experiences in New York-being the first Asian American Planning Commissioner of New York Planning Commission from 1990 to 1994, to his prolific work in China, Mr. James Jao has made an impact on his environment. As a Chinese American who grew up in New York since 1971, he has enthusiastically instilled in his bicultural experience.
For many years now, James Jao has actively taken on a range of important social responsibilities in a variety of positions earning him the moniker of “Urban Doctor” for China’s planning sector. These positions include: Expert for the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of the P.R.C; Co-Chairman of “Fortune 100” Association; Strategic Consulting Member of China International Urbanization Developing Community; Second CEO and The Steering Member of China Real Estate Design League (CREDL); Member of “Nation Elites” and planning and economic development consultant for more than 30 provinces.
In 2012, Mr. James Jao was been nominated and appointed as the Vice President and Standing Member Overseas Promotions Association of the Inner Mongolia Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC).
In 2014, he was appointed as an expert to the China Advisory Council for National Policies on Urban Development for a five year term (2014-2019). He is also a guest professor at the National Mayor’s Training Center, Peking University DBA Class Professor, Tsinghua University EMBA Class Professor, Honorary Professor of Wenzhou Kean University, MBA and MTA Professor of Beijing Capital Normal University. Guest Professor of Nanchang University Adjunct Professor, and Suzhou University Graduate Student Professor. He has been appointed as an advisor to Ministry of Construction now the Ministry of Housing Urban & Rural Development（MOHURD） since 2006. Since 2009, he has been a member of the UN Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee in 2009; he was named one of ten most influential planners in the Sixty Years history of PRC. The breadth of his involvement in urban-related affairs illustrates the extent of James Jao’s reach into Urban China today.
Mr. Jao has written five Chinese books, including an English book, "Straight Talk about China's Urbanization" with Dr. Janet Strong, which was published by Xinhua Publication in 2013. He is a certified architect by NCARB. He is a registered architect in the States of NY, NJ, CA, MA, PA, CT, and GA. Mr. Jao has won over 300 distinguished awards. He is probably one of most decorated architect other than I. M. Pei in modern China.
May 10, 2016 by the Economist Magazine
中国国务院外专局资深美籍规划建筑专家，中国科学发展观首席专家,全国市长培训中心特邀教授、《中国智库》委员，中国城市发展国策专家委员会委员（2014-2019），东中西区域发展改革研究院学术委员,中国养老健康国际联盟执行主席,联合国人居署人居年会指导委员（Steering Committee Member），世界银行及亚洲开发银行规划专家、中华金石奖荣誉主任委员（2004至今），中国住建部，中国房地产报，中国建设报，中国日报，法制晚报...等专家。
饶及人兼融中西方不同的生活环境和经历，将西方人的理性、幽默与东方人的传统、热情凝聚一身，局内人的体验及局外人的敏锐结合于一体。由于充分了解与熟悉中国的体制与管理，能和中国各城市主管领导进行无障碍沟通，同时掌握大量国外优势资源，成为中美双方认可的主流成员，他于2009年出任联合国人居署人居年会(UN Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee)程序委员，并开始大力倡导和致力于推动中国城市化的绿色生态和可持续发展。