Dr Jiangang Zhu is a professor of the School of Sociology and Anthropology at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. He teaches anthropology, sociology, and social work. He has served as Executive Dean of the School of Philanthropy at SYSU since 2011. He also serves on the board of Guangdong Harmony Foundation, the first community foundation in China; and serves on the board of International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University in 2007–2008 and a Fulbright Scholar at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI in 2014-2015. 

Dr Zhu received his doctoral degree in Anthropology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and he has been doing research in a range of fields including civil society and philanthropy, community development, non-profit management, and social movements. His major publications include: Between the Family and the State: Ethnography of the Civil Associations and Community Movements in a Shanghai Linong Neighborhood (2010); and, Power of Action: Cases Studies of Private Volunteer Organizations (2009).