BI Yantao (Mr.) is an independent observer, nonpartisan freelancer and communication professor based in mainland China. Born in Shandong Province in eastern China, Yantao received education in China, UK and Ireland. His major research areas are strategic communication,political communication, competitive intelligence.
Born into a farmer family, BI Yantao holds the firm belief that China needs a stronger civil society to ensure an improved relationship between the government and the people, to combat bureaucracy and corruption. That is why in recent years Yantao has been making every effort to help empower the grassroots organizations in China.
BI Yantao deems that communication studies can benefit both the elites and the grassroots. To impart the knowledge and techniques he has accumulated these years, Yantao has been working as Director of Center for Communication Studies, Hainan University, China, since he founded the Center December 2004. He is also Director of Communication Research Center of Sanlue Institute, a thinktank in Beijing.
To verify and enahnce his expertise, Yantao has been active in different kinds of social movements. Prof. BI is now Director for Asian Affairs, Global Unification International (GUI), an NGO headquartered in Australia. In the meantime, he works as a consultant for several other entities.
As a consistent advocate of freedom of expression in China, Yantao is a diligent writer. He is a contributing author of Global Voices Online As of December 2012 he has published 12 books and approximately 510 articles in print media of mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, UK, USA, Canada and Germany.