Honorary Chairman, L'Oréal China
Ms. Yue-Sai Kan is an Emmy-winning television host and producer, successful entrepreneur, fashion icon, bestselling author and humanitarian. People magazine called her "the most famous woman in China” and Time magazine proclaimed her "the Queen of the Middle Kingdom."
In 1972, Ms. Kan created the weekly television series "Looking East", the first of its kind to introduce Asian cultures and customs to a growing and receptive American audience. The series garnered critical acclaim and won dozens of awards. In 1984, PBS invited Yue-Sai to host the first live broadcast of a television program from China on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China. Two years later the television series "One World" produced and hosted by Yue-Sai aired on China’s national television network CCTV, with a weekly viewership of 300 million. It was the first time a non-Chinese citizen hosted a TV series in China. At that time with her broadcast in both China and the USA, she was the most watched woman in the world. Her many other TV credits include the ABC documentary "China Walls and Bridges", which earned her a coveted Emmy Award, "Journey through a Changing China", which was syndicated across the country, and more recent shows including "Yue-Sai's World" and "Yue-Sai's World Expo".
In 1992, she created the Yue-Sai Cosmetics brand which grew into China’s leading Cosmetics Company, selling products in more than 800 outlets through 23 regional companies in China's major markets. More than 90% of the Chinese population today recognizes the brand, which was purchased by L'Oreal in 2004. Additionally, she has written 7 best-selling books, and in 2000, became the first and only living American featured on a Chinese government-issued postage stamp.
Throughout her life Ms. Kan has been deeply involved in charitable work. In 2002, UNICEF named her as its first and only Global Chinese “Say Yes” Ambassador. Her many charitable activities include the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, and her own fund that builds schools, libraries and awards scholarships to outstanding underprivileged students in high schools and universities in China. Starting in 2006, she has served as Chairman of the Invitation Committee of the Shanghai International Film Festival, the largest film festival in Asia.
Since 2011, she has served as the National Director of Miss Universe China. The 2011 China Pageant winner (Luo Zilin) went on to capture the 4th runner up position (out of 89 Countries) in the Miss Universe Pageant held in Sao Paolo, Brazil on September, 2011. In honor of the Miss Universe China Pageant and the efforts of Yue-Sai Kan, the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation has established the China Beauty Charity Fund, which will support women and children in all aspects of their lives, particularly in health and education.