Uli Sigg, born 1946, grew up in Switzerland. He completed his studies with a Ph.D. in law. He then worked as journalist and editor for various Swiss newspapers and magazines. From 1977 to 1990 he joined the Schindler Group where he held positions as Area Manager for Asia Pacific and later Member of the Group Executive Committee and Shareholders Board. He established in 1980 the first Joint Venture between China and the West and remained its Vice Chairman for ten years. He then served on the boards of a number of global companies till 1995 the Swiss federal government appointed him for four years ambassador to PR China, North Korea and Mongolia. Upon his return to Switzerland he again assumed the chairmanship or board membership of several multinational companies.
Presently he also serves asmember of the Advisory Board of China Development Bank and other Chinese entities. He spent altogether many years in China, following the opening up of China and its contemporary art scene from day one. As collector of formerly Western contemporary art he has formed the most substantial collection of contemporary Chinese art in the world. In 2012 he donated 1463 works and sold 47 works to M+Museum in Hong kong. He also established 1997 the Chinese Contemporary Art Award, an art award for Chinese contemporary artists and for art critics. He is a member of the International Council of New York MOMA and member of the executive committee of the International Advisory Council of Tate Gallery, London.