Professor Li Xiguang is the Executive Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University, as well as the Deputy-director of Tsinghua University Comprehensive AIDS Research Center and the Director of the Tsinghua Institute for Health Communication.
He is a leading scholar and educator in the field of journalism and communication and is the author of many books including the HIV/AIDS Media Book, Reporting against Stigmas: HIV/AIDS stories from China, A Handbook for Human Rights Reporting and A Handbook for Tobacco Control Reporting.
Professor Li has received a number of awards in education including Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education by the State Council (2004). Li was an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow with the Washington Post in 1995 and a research fellow with the Shorenstein Canter for Press, Politics and Public Policy of Harvard University in 1999. He worked as a science writer, editor, senior editor and director of the political desk of Xinhua News Agency for 11 years before he joined Tsinghua University.
Since early 2004, Professor Li Xiguang has, with the support of UNAIDS, BAYER, DFID and Gates Foundation, piloted a series of workshops aimed at understanding the role of media in the promotion of public health focused on promoting the advocacy role of the news media in order to combat HIV/AIDS. The program itself was founded to create a proactive media agenda in China which contributes to social change aimed at stopping the spread of HIV, but also at exploring how to mitigate the extensive impact of the disease on society. People living with HIV have been an integral part of the programme interacting directly with the journalists.