Follow Your Inner Guidance

72 | Lili Xu Brandt directs MITx u.lab China (, making the distributed innovation / action-learning infrastructure available for Chinese business and social leaders. The award-winning program has globally enrolled more than 200,000 participants in 185 countries for various social and business renewal initiatives. She has also brough Theory U based innovation processes to various Chinese organisations and contexts, including globalisation strategy program at Ant Financial, top 400 leaders’ sensing journeys at Alibaba, leadership capacity building programs at ICBC, Fosun, Save the Children Foundation (Hong Kong) and many other business, social and government agencies. With a diploma in Engineering, Lili has always been interested in the cutting-edge intersection between the collective human intelligence and technology. She was invited to become an executive team member of Council on Extended Intelligence founded by MIT and IEEE (, and since 2020, she has also become a partner of a boutique Chinese tech firm Planet 178 with a focus on providing tech and human solutions for upcoming symbiotic business paradigm in China and beyond. She was a parent at Green School in Bali and has since involved with the Cousteau’s family’s Oceans 2050 foundation (, service as an advisory board member.