Dongwei Shi joined Alibaba Group in March 2015, as Vice President responsible for group public affairs. Before joining Alibaba, he was Vice President of Starbucks Coffee Company responsible for China public affairs from 2008 until 2015. He worked as Director of Global Public Affairs for China in Lucent Technologies from 2001 to 2004, and Vice President, Corporate Relations of Agilent Technologies from 2004 to 2008.
Dongwei worked as the Deputy Division Director, Division Director in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China from 1989 to 2001, including a posting at the Chinese Embassy in Singapore, and Chinese Consulate General in Mumbai, India. He also participated in the China-UK negotiations for the return of Hong Kong from 1995 to 1997.
Dongwei holds bachelor of law in Diplomacy from China Foreign Affairs University in 1989, and M.A in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University, Australia in 1999. He is also a part-time professor in the Public Affairs Management Department, Chinese Academy of Governance (2016-2018), and vice chairman of China Digital Economy Committee of ICC (International Chamber of Commerce), and the deputy to Jack Ma, Chairman of SME taskforce of B20 China, 2016, and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, joining the B20 discussion on SME development through e-commerce.