Shanzhai City is a social development technology holdings company, focused on creating data solutions, products, and services to unlock capital for sustainable development, for both enterprise and grassroots-level clients and users.  

...a Social Enterprise

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.   

Founded in 2015 in Hong Kong, we have since expanded to San Francisco and Shenzhen, and currently with active presence in China, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Laos, Vietnam, and Brazil.  

Meet The Team

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.

Tat Lam

Chief Executive Officier

Chris Gee

Chief Operation officier,

Head of IP

Howie Chan

Director of Growth

Harris Li

Software Engineer

Sandra Tai

Lead Development Researcher (Social Development)

Brian Leung

Impact Analyst

(Finance and Statistics)

Lei Ye

Administrative Manager

Kepler Chan

Development Researcher

(Social Work)

Min Hsu

Development Researcher

(Social Work)

Peter Ko

Director of Finance

Jessica Cheung

Director of Operation

Tim Lin

Director of Product

Jia Li

Development Researcher

(Social Development)

Doreena Deng

Impact Analyst

(Public Health)

Ting Zheng

Development Researcher

(Rural urban development)