Huang Qifan was born in 1952 and is the current Mayor of Chongqing, one of China’s four directly-controlled municipalities, equivalent in rank to that of a provincial governor. Huang began his political career in Shanghai and was transferred to Chongqing in 2001 as its Deputy Mayor, before being promoted to Mayor in 2010.
Huang was born in Zhuji, Zhejiang province. During the Cultural Revolution he worked in a coking factory. He joined the Communist Party of China in 1976. His political career began in Shanghai’s Pudong New Area in 1993. Between 1994 and 1995 Huang served as the Director of the Policy Research Office of the Communist Party organization in Shanghai. Between 1995 and 2001 Huang served as the Deputy Secretary-General of the Shanghai Municipal Government. Between 1998 and 1999 Huang took on a one-year stint pursuing his Executive MBA at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai.
Huang was transferred to work in Chongqing in 2001, several years after the city was elevated to “Direct-controlled Municipality” status equivalent to that of Shanghai. He was the city’s Deputy Mayor from 2001 to 2009 and sat on the Communist Party’s Chongqing Standing Committee. He was elected to the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China in 2012, and re-elected Mayor of Chongqing in January 2013.