Professor Jack Ma founded Alibaba Group in 1999 and served as its executive chairman from 1999 to September 2019. Professor Ma previously served as Alibaba Group’s chief executive officer from 1999 to May 2013.
Professor Ma founded the Jack Ma Foundation in 2014, and its efforts are focused on supporting education, entrepreneurship and environmental protection, among other areas. Professor Ma is a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Emeritus Advocate and serves as a global board member of The Nature Conservancy and is co-chair of the Paradise Foundation.
Professor Ma has been awarded honorary doctorates from several universities including the University of Hong Kong and Tel Aviv University.
Professor Ma graduated from Hangzhou Normal University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English education.