2022 Annual Gala Honoree: Stella Li
Stella Li is Executive Vice President of BYD Company Limited and the President of BYD Americas, a global green technology company headquartered in Los Angeles that manufactures innovative and cutting-edge battery-electric vehicles, battery energy storage and solar systems.
Before being appointed President in February 2010, Li served as BYD’s Senior Vice President. She was responsible for expanding the company’s global sales and operations, including successfully launching an office in Hong Kong in 1997, and BYD's first Europe headquarters in Rotterdam in 1999.
As the architect of BYD’s thriving expansions in the United States and Latin America, Li successfully launched BYD in the Americas, first in Chicago, ultimately relocating to Los Angeles in 2011. Li oversaw the successful openings of BYD’s electric bus, truck, and energy module factories in Lancaster, California in 2013. Under Li’s leadership, BYD achieved exponential market growth, developed invaluable partnerships, and became a dominant global force across multiple industries around the globe.
In 2021, Li was recognized by Forbes China on its “Most Powerful Women,” “60 Outstanding Chinese in North America,” and “Women in Tech” lists. She was recognized in 2018 as one of the “Women of the Year” in California and won the Project Sunshine “Business Leader” Award. In 2017, Li was awarded US-China Business Leadership Award by the US-China Policy Foundation.
Li earned her B.A. in Statistics from Fudan University - one of the top 5 universities in China.