Hu Qili, male, Han nationality, is a native of Yulin County, Shaanxi Province. He was born in 1929, studied at Beijing University and joined the CPC in 1948.
Hu was a student activist during his years at Beijing University. He later assumed leadership roles in the CYLC and the All-China Youth Federation. Following the Cultural Revolution, Hu held several Party leadership roles at the county and prefectural level in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. In 1980, he became mayor of Tianjin. He later was transferred to Beijing, where he became vice-minister of the Ministry of Electronics Industry. He became minister of the agency in 1993.
Hu was a member of the secretariat and politburo of the 12th CPC Central Committee and a standing committee member of the 13th CPC Central Committee. He was also vice-chairman of the 9th CPPCC National Committee.
He was elected chairman of the Song Qingling Foundation in 1998.