Grass Roots Social Innovation
Will Change the World
Shanzhai City was inspired by the raw creative power of informal economies and grassroots communities that innovate out of necessity to make their lives better – on their own terms – to address needs where mainstream markets fail and centralized systems often lose efficacy. We believe that by catalyzing the energy at the fringes of society and empowering grassroots communities with tools to build data literacy, improve financial inclusion, and coordinate collaborative intentions that we will see the end of poverty and social exclusion in our lifetime.
Shanzhai City and the United Nations
2030 Sustainable Development Goals
We aim to be profitable by doing good for the planet. More specifically, our thesis is to build both data literacy and financial literacy for people in developing markets using distributed ledger technology (DLT) to enable multi-stakeholder participation as the basis to solve widespread problems across different types of developing communities and markets.
With our tools and strategies, we seek to close the 2030 SDG funding gap by bringing data that can unlock investment mandates, and also activating grassroots capital through innovative blockchain-based participatory social finance solutions.
Meet Shanzhai City!
Each team member at Shanzhai City is driven to bring positive change to people’s lives with compassion, sensitivity, and an open heart. We do so by combining expertise in community building, data science, education, strategic planning, business design, urban and rural development and social impact metrics.
Our vision is led by co-founders Tat Lam and Chris Gee, who have been working together for over the past decade in social development by incorporating the grassroots nature of China’s “shanzhai” culture — creativity and innovation defined by local need and the zeitgeist of collective bottom-up intelligence.
Head of Growth
Director of Finance
Administrative Manager, China
Administrative Manager, Hong Kong
Director of Research
Director of Product
Head of Singapore
Head of China
Dr. Shaun Conway
Chairman, ixo.foundation, Switzerland, Technical Advisor
Founder, Grassroots Economics, Kenya, Economic Advisor
Founder, BlockScience, USA
Systems Engineer Advisor
Pei Yeing Ong
Director General at Guangdong JSY Foundation, Impact Investment Advisor
Technology Lawyer, Silicon Valley
Director, Strategic Programs & Operations, VMware, Silicon Valley, Business Advisor
Human Right Lawyer, Middle East
Humanitarian Rights Advisor
Global Health and Child Development, CDRF, World Bank, China, Brazil, Social Development Advisor
Senior Director of Corporate Solutions TVI, Singapore, SG Government Relations Advisor
Chairman, Executive Director, IDCC, Hong Kong, Social Services Advisor