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Lin Gao

Research Specialist, The Rockefeller Foundation


Lin Gao joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2019. As a research specialist, her primary role is to conduct review and analysis of innovation at the nexus of the Foundation’s focus areas and to develop network opportunities to ensure the Foundation’s resources are being leveraged.  

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Gao had worked at the United Nations Headquarters in New York as a researcher and interlocutor since 2015. She served as a high-level communications liaison between the UN, permanent missions to the UN, non-government organizations (NGOs) as well as regional, parliamentary and local government municipalities on economic, social and environmental development agendas. She was also involved in special projects with a key focus on the implementation and measurement of meeting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  

As a Chinese native, she worked at Mundipharma’s Beijing office as government affairs and public relations manager from 2011 to 2014, working closely with the Chinese Ministry of Health (MOH), the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) as well as the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). Ms. Gao is also an experienced art law/art provenance researcher, specializing in the application of data and technological tools to prevent the illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property.  

Ms. Gao holds a U.S. bachelor’s degree in communications and an M.A. in art business. She speaks Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic. She was the Gold Winner of the President’s Volunteer Service Award issued by the White House (2015) and the Grand Winner of the Martin Luther King Award issued by the U.S. Embassy in Japan (2008). Ms. Gao recently joined the Board of Advisors of the George H. W. Bush Foundation for U.S.-China Relations.