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Zoe  Shen  (Vice Secretary General  at One Foundation)

Zoe Shen

Vice Secretary General at One Foundation

Zoe SHEN worked at Horizon Research Consultancy Group for over a decade. Horizon is one of China's earliest and most influential think tanks. She honed her leaderships skills at Horizon eventually becoming the youngest Vice President in the organization. Her extensive research experiences in public opinion and social studies have enabled her to serve as a bridge locally between the public and the government in China as well as internationally.
After completing her Hubert Humphrey fellowship in the U.S. in 2011, Zoe came back to China and shifted her career from a social researcher to a leadership role in the philanthropy industry. She led an NGO startup, “Black Apple Youth,” funded by Horizon focusing on youth development. Black Apple Youth’s innovative approach to mobilize the local Chinese youth participation in philanthropy activities swiftly shaped it as a leading brand amongst young professionals and university students.

In 2015, she joined One Foundation as Vice Secretary General with overall responsibility for fund raising.

 Sarah  Kemp (Minister Counselor Commercial Affairs at  US Embassy Beijing, China)

Sarah Kemp

Minister Counselor Commercial Affairs at US Embassy Beijing, China

Sarah has been working at the U.S Embassy in Bangkok, Hanoi and Beijing as a Commercial Counselor for over fifteen years. With her experience in China’s market and expertise in communication, Sarah has advocated on behalf of U.S Companies with a variety Chinese government officials to develop public private partnerships in aviation, energy and railroad sectors. She is currently the third most senior official in the Embassy and directs six offices across China with a staff of 150.

Rachel  Morarjee (China Columnist at Thomson Reuters Breakingviews )

Rachel Morarjee

China Columnist at Thomson Reuters Breakingviews

A fluent Mandarin speaker and former writer and editor at the Financial Times, Rachel has written extensively about the economy and finance environment in China and Russia. In addition, Rachel was also an correspondent in Afghanistan and covered news on its political and security developments. With over fifteen years of in the media industry, she has an extensive network of media connections across Asia and and in-depth understanding of the news cycle.

Dr. Amanda  Barry (Director of Academics, Faculty and Research at The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies)

Dr. Amanda Barry

Director of Academics, Faculty and Research at The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies

Dr. Amanda Barry is Director of Academics, Faculty and Research at The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, a research, education and study abroad program at University of International Business and Economics, Beijing. She is responsible for leading and developing the Center’s academic and research staff and programs, with a particular focus on professional and career development for young people. Amanda holds a Ph.D. in Indigenous history from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and has published, presented and taught internationally. Amanda moved to Beijing in 2005 and has worked in business consulting, education, culture and the arts including at the Australian Embassy and Peking University. Amanda is also actively involved in Beijing’s cultural life, regularly performing with the International Festival Chorus Beijing. Amanda speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and lives in Beijing with her husband and daughter.

Jackie You (Founder  of I.E Capital)

Jackie You

Founder of I.E Capital

Jackie founded i.e. Capital after serving as a CFO of two NASDAQ-listed technology companies – ChinaCache and China Information Technology. Prior to assuming the CFO role, she was in charge of China investments for JLF Asset Management from May 2007 until May 2008, which was ranked by Barron's among the world's top 30 hedge funds in early 2008.

Hannah Ryder (Diplomat/Economist)

Hannah Ryder


Hannah Wanjie Ryder (芮 婉 洁) is a diplomat, economist and award-winning writer, who has been leading the United Nations Development Programme’s work with China to help it scale up and improve its cooperation with other developing countries, including in Africa.

She is a Kenyan and British national and has worked in the areas of climate change and development for the past 14 years.

Hannah is a co-author of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change and she writes a regular blog called "Development Refreshed", for which she won the UK’s 2012 Observer Ethical Award.
She recently featured in the British Embassy in China's "Be Yourself" women's empowerment campaign, and was nominated as 2016 “New African Woman on the Rise”. In 2015 she was listed as one of the UK's 100 most influential black people in the "Black Power List".

During her career, Hannah worked on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and helped to design Phase I and II of Europe’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme. She has supported countries such as Ethiopia and Nigeria to introduce green growth policies and options, and represented the UK in the UN Climate Change negotiations, specifically on the question of how much finance is needed to support developing countries to act on climate change and how to ensure such finance is well spent.

In the past, Hannah also led a team to organize the 1stever meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation – which aims to help countries work together to make aid and other policies – such as trade and investment – deliver as much poverty reduction in poorer countries as possible.

Joan Xu (Screenwriter)

Joan Xu


Joan Xu is a multi-cultural screenwriter in Beijing, driven by a love of great stories and entertainment. She aims to create Chinese movies that can help represent modern China to global audiences.

Ms. Xu has work experience in industries spanning finance, tech, consulting, media and NGOs. Previously, Ms. Xu worked in Strategic Development at, China’s largest online travel platform. She also spearheaded a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called IMUSE, which orchestrated fellowship programs for top university students from the US and China, seeking to bring together future leaders in intimate dialogue. During her student years, Ms. Xu held internships in China at McKinsey & Company, Lenovo, Xinhua News Agency, and also served as a volunteer during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Ms. Xu holds an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and an A.B. in Government and Economics from Harvard University.

Josephine  Mason (Chief Correspondent - Commodities China at Thomson Reuters)

Josephine Mason

Chief Correspondent - Commodities China at Thomson Reuters

Josephine arrived in Beijing in August to run the Reuters commodities team in China, moving from New York where she was deputy commodities editor for the Americas. This was her first stint in Asia, having worked in Europe and the States for daily print, weekly trade publications and news wires. Josephine has been at Reuters for five years and has spent most of her career reporting on commodities covering anything from the impact of China’s meteoric economic growth on the nation’s need for base metals, grains and oil to how Wall Street banks’ involvement in these niche markets have roiled prices and supply of key raw materials such as aluminium.

She completed her BA and Masters in German literature in London and her first job was in Frankfurt reporting on the internet bubble that burst in 2000.

Em Roblin (Founder of LEAP)

Em Roblin

Founder of LEAP

Em has been based in Beijing for a decade and has been working regionally in Asia since she founded LEAP in 2010. Em is focused on developing female leaders.

She works with organizations by creating meaningful learning journeys for women and by partnering with executives to drive change and create more inclusive environments. Em has worked with Fortune 500 companies from a range of industries including technology, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, consumer products, financial services and more. She has a strategic alliance with a US-based management consulting firm and collaborates on global D&I projects with leading companies.

Em also works with professional women outside of organizations through her quickly growing peer coaching program, where she is the creator and cofounder, The Fulfilled Self. This initiative attracts achievement oriented professional women who want to maximize their impact and be their best selves.

She has been invited as a guest lecturer at several notable universities including Peking University, Tsinghua University, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, INSEAD, and was recipient of the Ernst & Young Women in Business Inspiration Leadership Award in 2011. She is Canadian, with an MPA from Ryerson University and a BAH in Education and Mathematics from Queen's University

Alessandra  Aresu  (Country Director of Handicap International Federation, China Programme)

Alessandra Aresu

Country Director of Handicap International Federation, China Programme

DR. ALESSANDRA ARESU is the Country Director of Handicap International Federation, China Programme, since January 2013. Since then Handicap International launched a project which is still on going on the theme of “disability gender and sexuality” in partnership with local DPOs.

Dr. Aresu is originally from Italy. After obtaining her first degree in Political Science (1999, Milan University), she moved to London for her Master Degree in Chinese Studies (2001, School of Oriental and African Studies), followed by her doctoral degree on Gender, sexuality and education in Contemporary China (2001-2006, University of Westminster, London). Before joining Handicap International she worked as lecturer and as post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) and University of Bristol (UK). Dr. Aresu conducted extensive research work on gender, sexuality, women’s related issues, and disability in China and she is the author of numerous articles published on these topics. Her working experience also includes collaborations with UN agencies and non-governmental organization in UK, Italy and Haiti.

Martina Fuchs (Host and Business Reporter at CCTV NEWS)

Martina Fuchs

Host and Business Reporter at CCTV NEWS

Martina Fuchs is CCTV NEWS Host and Business Reporter for the Global Business show ( based in Beijing. She joined the rapidly expanding channel in 2012.

Previously, she worked as Reuters Economy Correspondent for the Gulf Arab region based in Dubai and as Reuters Financial TV Producer in London. She holds a Masters degree in Economic History from the University in Geneva, Switzerland, and a Postgraduate Diploma in TV Journalism from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

She graduated in 2015 with a Master of Science in Global Finance (MSGF) with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the New York University Stern Business School.

She speaks 9 languages, including: German, French, English, Chinese (HSK level 5), Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian, and Swahili.

Lei Cheng (Anchor, Global Business at CCTV)

Lei Cheng

Anchor, Global Business at CCTV

Cheng Lei is an anchor on CCTV’s Global Business. She began her career in finance in Australia, holding accountant and business analyst roles with Cadbury Schweppes and ExxonMobil from. Returning to China in 2001, Cheng Lei has reported on China's business and economic issues, conducting one-on-one interviews with CEOs and political figures. She hosted the Australia China Business Awards 2013, the APEC Women Leadership Forum 2014 and was a panellist on ABC television’s Q&A program filmed in Shanghai in 2014. Cheng Lei is a Certified Practising Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland, and is the inaugural Australian Alumni Ambassador for China.

Liqi Peng (COO at Leipin)

Liqi Peng

COO at Leipin

Liqi Peng is the COO of, a leading talent recruitment and HR services company based out of China. She is in charge of sales, service delivery, branding, marketing and internet user acquisition for this company of ~3000 staff. Prior to the current role, she was a Brand Director leading Gillette Premium line’s global business (US$2billion Revenue) in Procter & Gamble (P&G) company. Her expertise lies in P&L, growth strategy, innovation, cross-culture global brand building as well as transforming organization and culture.

She has been a passionate leader in diversity and women’s development in the past 13 years. She acted as the co-leader of Boston Women’s Network at P&G for 5 years. Right now, she is working in China HR industry to promote Women for Leadership.

Stella Xu (Founder & CEO of Zivalry)

Stella Xu

Founder & CEO of Zivalry

Stella works with global independent designers to design and bring wearable and useable art to Chinese consumers. Products are carried by online luxury platforms, offline boutiques and museum stores. Zivarly has gained over 100 interviews and reports from mainstream media including China Daily, Sina, Sohu, and Cosmo. She is also the ex-Principal of The Boston Consulting Group and has had over ten years experiences with top management consulting firms in Boston, New York and Beijing. Stella led strategy projects for financial services clients including BNY-Mellon, Carlyle, and Black Stone, and consumer industry clients including Victoria’s Secrets, Estee Lauder, and Versace. She was an invited speaker for the 15th World Luxury Goods Industry Meeting in Barcelona in 2013; invited speaker for Cornell China Forum in 2014 and the  Chairwoman of YaleWomen Greater China Chapter

Jinghui Wang (Head of the Discipline of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Tsinghua University)

Jinghui Wang

Head of the Discipline of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Tsinghua University

Wang Jinghui is PhD supervisor, Professor of Comparative Literature and World Literature, Deputy Director of Australian Studies Centre, Head of the discipline of Comparative literature and Cultural studies, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Tsinghua University. She is a postdoctoral of Australian Centre, the University of Melbourne, and PhD candidate in comparative literature from Beijing Language and Culture University. She specializes in Australian studies, intercultural communication, world Literature. Her book publications include Foreigner Forever: On J.M. Coetzee(Peking University Press, 2010) and a dozen of other books on English Language learning and academic writing. She strongly believes that the manna or the power of women lies in their inborn capacity in giving, not only in giving life, but also in giving selfless maternal love. And to be able to give more, women need more support, education and cooperation

Helen Tian (Founder of Oneness Culture Development Co. Ltd)

Helen Tian

Founder of Oneness Culture Development Co. Ltd

Helen is a bilingual Executive Coach of Career and Leadership based in Beijing (Mandarin & English), Founder of “Oneness Culture Development Co. Ltd.” since 2007. She is an international MBA, a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accredited by ICF (International Coach Federation) – the first few in China (since Feb 2011). She is also an Associate Coach of CCL (Center for Creative Leadership), the 1st batch in China. She has been a Leadership Development professional for 20 years since 1996 out of her 24 years of working experiences in leading American and European companies with diverse industry experiences and a strong international exposure (Europe, North America, and APAC).

Helen provides one-on-one, team/group, mentor coaching services to executives in both multinational and local companies focusing on Leadership Competency Development, Career Planning & Transition (incl. talent/strength development), and Personal Transformational Growth (incl. State & Energy Management).

Ashleigh Au (Special Assistant to CEO &  Secretary SOHO China Scholarships  of SOHO China)

Ashleigh Au

Special Assistant to CEO & Secretary SOHO China Scholarships of SOHO China

Ashleigh leads international public relations for SOHO China, China’s best-recognized real estate development company with 5.5 million square meters of iconic properties. As Special Assistant to the CEO Ashleigh directs publicity and communications for foremost woman business leader and celebrity entrepreneur Zhang Xin. Additionally, as Secretary of the SOHO China Scholarships, Ashleigh steers the US $100 million philanthropic initiative to provide financial aid to Chinese students at top international universities.

Ashleigh holds a BA from the University of Toronto in East Asian and Latin American Studies and a Graduate Certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. She serves as Advisor to the Canada China Business Council Beijing and Advisor to G(irls) 20. Ashleigh is fluent in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. She lives with her husband and two sons in Beijing, China.

Greta  Bradford (Co-Founder of Relay Video)

Greta Bradford

Co-Founder of Relay Video

Greta is co-founder of Relay Video, a video production agency that launches Chinese tech start-ups in the West. Inspired by the creativity of the Chinese tech and entrepreneurial scene, she seeks to bring Chinese start-ups and technology companies global by providing them with videos that position them for entry to the Western market. She also seeks to bringing US firms to China.

Before Relay, Greta worked with British creative house, Studio Output, in their Beijing office overseeing video project for clients like Tencent, Baidu, and Lenovo. She also worked in Beijing in corporate events for MNCs such as Volkswagen Group, BMW, and Mercedes, handling events for Chinese audiences and stakeholders.

Julie Broussard (Country Programme Manager at UN Women China Office)

Julie Broussard

Country Programme Manager at UN Women China Office

Ms. Julie Broussard is the Country Programme Manager for the UN Women China Office. She is the Chair of the UN Task Force on China’s first national domestic violence law and the Chair for the UN Theme Group on Gender, a forum which advocates gender equality in the work of the UN System and wider donor community. Before coming to UN Women, she worked for UNFPA, UNESCO, and the World Bank.

Jennifer De Rose (Executive Director of Americans Promoting Study Abroad)

Jennifer De Rose

Executive Director of Americans Promoting Study Abroad

Jennifer De Rose is the Executive Director of Americans Promoting Study Abroad (APSA), a non-profit established in 2008 supporting youth from underserved US communities empowering them through global education programs. The organization has a network of 400 Alumni across the US and is focused on reaching 1000 youth by 2020.

Born in Canada, Jennifer grew up with a great passion for adventure sports. She first came to China in 2005 for a rock climbing trip and was hired as a climbing guide in rural Yangshuo. She continued her time in China working with several companies focused on empowering youth through experiential learning and cross-cultural experiences. She is also involved in collaborative projects supporting the development of Chinese women and girls in extreme sports such as the World Snowboard Federation's PROWomen initiative for China.