Curriculum Vitae of Zhang Haidi
1. Member of the Standing Committee of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC);
2. Chairperson of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF);
3. President of the National Paralympic Committee of China
4. President of Rehabilitation International;
5. Executive President of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Work experience with the Paralympic Movement:
1. In 1994 Athlete in the women’s 10m air pistol (sitting) event at the Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled;
2. In 2013 President of the National Paralympic Committee of China;
3. In 2014 Vice President of the Bid Committee for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games;
4. On July 31, 2015 made a statement in support of Beijing’s bid at the 128th IOC Plenary Session;
5. In 2015 Executive President of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games;
6. In 2014 Chef de Mission of the Chinese delegation to the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games;
7. In 2016 Chef de Mission of the Chinese delegation to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
1. Zhang Haidi is currently a national Class-A writer in China. Dating from 1983, her publications include full-length novels: A Dream in Wheelchair, The Topmost, and Enduring as the Universe, and an essay collection Life Is Life. Her screenplay My Girlhood was made into a movie. She was once the Vice Chairperson of the Shandong Writers’ Association, and has been a member of the 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th China Writers’ Association National Committee.
2. Since 1998, she has successively acted as a member of the 9th and 10th CPPCC National Committee, and as a member of the Standing Committee of the 11th and 12th CPPCC National Committee. She has submitted several proposals to protect the rights of people with disabilities which have contributed to improvements in their living conditions.
3. She has been acting as CDPF Chairperson since 2008, making full efforts to push for the wellbeing of the 85 million people with disabilities in China by leading the CDPF in its provision of “representation, service and management”.
4. She was elected President of Rehabilitation International, which is an international organization with a history of more than 90 years dedicated to serving people with disabilities worldwide.
Honors and awards:
1. In 1983 awarded “Model Youth League Member” by the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League;
2. In 1983 awarded “Prize for Model Women” by All-China Women’s Federation on International Women’s Day;
3. In 1997 named as one of the “World’s Five Outstanding Persons with Disabilities” by NHK of Japan;
4. In 2000 awarded “National Model Worker” by the State Council of China;
5. In 2001 voted one of the Most Influential Women in China in recognition of her accomplishments as a writer and a social activist;
6. In 2012 honored with the title “Asia-Pacific Champions of Disability Rights” by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).
Zhang Haidi became a paraplegic at the age of five due to complications from spinal angioma. Although she was unable to attend school, she taught herself primary, middle school and college courses, learning several foreign languages on her own including English, Japanese and German.
In 1993, she obtained a Master’s degree in philosophy from Jilin University.
From 2007 to 2008, she was invited to be a visiting scholar at Das Internationale Kuenstlerhaus Villa Concordia, Bamberg, Germany. She was awarded honorary doctorates by the University of York in the UK and the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
Chinese (mother tongue), English
Sports, writing, painting, philately and music