D.Phil, Publisher, Deputy General Manager
Joint Publishing Company International

Zhang Zhijun has explored publishing from its traditional means into the digital age. She has been a change maker and tireless promoter for innovation and social justice through publishing. In 2012, Zhang was awarded Beijing News' "Children's Respect" Book Prize.

Zhang's book projects include:
2002 Opened a new era of picture story books in China by introducing the renowned Taiwan picture book author Jimmy Liao, particularly to depict individuals when rapid urbanization changes everything. The JIMMY series was sold a legendary 1.2 million copies and won numerous awards including China Outstanding Bestseller Award, and the Social Sciences Outstanding Book Prize.

2003 " Record of Beijing " by WANG Jun, was a landmark for triggering heated public debates over the value and protection of Beijing's old town. The book was consequently published in English (cited Classic by the New York Review of Books) and Japanese.
"Cities in the Reporter's Notebook" also by WANG Jun won the Industry's Outstanding Bestseller Award (2008), National Library Wenjin Award (2008), China Publishing Group Picture Book Award (2008).

Other awards:“Lens for Green”by WANG Yongchen, won The Best Writer Award of Science Times Reading Cup(2004).“Ten Years in Kekexili”by YANG Xin ,won Top 100 Bestseller Books for Youth(2006).

In 2009, Zhang Zhijun established the Joint Publishing Picture Book Space (JPPBS), to create a base for nurturing publishing of China-Made picture books. Over the years JPPBS has become one of China's most active and influential platform for researching, cooperating and publishing picture story books.Starting from 2012, JPPBS has started an experimental CLASSROOM, to systematically attract talents in creating and disseminating China-Made picture story books. The CLASSROOM provides trainings and workshops to for creative arts and story-telling, remaking and co-making of Chinese stories, targeted research and study tours. The JPPBS uses a collaborative approach for dissimination, including eBooks, games, comics, forums, interactive gaming, exhibitions and competitions, as these are the untapped areas for reaching out to the market.

Speakers: (in alphabetic order)
KERSTIN AMEND(克里斯汀 • 阿曼德) | BAO YAN(包岩) | TILMAN BARES(提尔曼 • 巴赫斯) | JAMES CHAU(周柳建成) | STEFEN CHOW(赵峰) | CHU XIAOYING(初晓英) | KRISTIAN COSTA-ZAHN(克里斯蒂安 • 科斯塔-仓恩) | MATT COSTELLO(马特 • 科斯特罗) | CASPAR DELANEY(卡斯帕 • 德兰尼) | DONG RUIFENG(董瑞峰) | NICK ELIOPULOS(尼克 • 艾里普洛斯) | JONATHAN GOTTSCHALL(乔纳森 • 高特肖) | NOBERT GRABYSCH(诺伯特 • 格莱贝诗 ) | OLIVER HARDT(奥利弗 • 哈特) | KATHARINA HESSE(黑斯) | JACKIE HUANG(黄家坤) | PETER IPPOLITO(彼得 • 依普利托) | LAO DU(老杜) | LIN HUA(林华) | LIU ZHENYUN(刘震云) | MI JING(米静) | ANKE REDL(安珂 • 雷德尔) | NICOLE ROESLER(妮可 • 惠斯勒) | BARTLOMIEJ ROZBICKI(巴特罗密 • 罗兹比克) | LUKE SCOTT(卢克 • 斯科特) | SHI TAO(石涛) | MARCO SPIES(马可 • 石碧思 ) | MARK STAUFER(马克 • 司涛福) | TAN YUE(谭跃) | STEFANIE THIEDIG(由甲) | HOLGER VOLLAND(傅蓝) | WOLF U. WAGNER(沃尔夫 • 瓦格纳) | WANG HUI(王珲) | WANG RUI(王瑞) | WANG TAO(王涛) | JOACHIM WENDT(尤阿希姆 •文德特 ) | WILLIAM WHITE(白威廉) | XUE XIAOLU(薛晓路) | ZHANG ZHIJUN(张志军)