Owen Xu
Robert Han
Shirley Lei
Stefanie Vallee
Tony Li
Victor Yu
Grace Jing
Bobby Wu

Alex Chang is the founder and CEO of Ivy-Way Academy, CTO of a tech startup on skincare, a dance teacher, and a hacker. Back in high school, Alex was not exactly "Ivy League material." He did not finish top 5 in his public high school in New York, did not get a near-perfect SAT score, did not win national honors in math, was not a starter on his lacrosse team, and did not have rich and famous parents to get him into places. Therefore, after receiving his Bachelor's degree from Harvard and finishing his education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, his identity as an "ordinary student" served as the prime example for high school students to model and reach their dream schools. However, in addition to sharing his secrets to Ivy League admission, Alex feels the social responsibility to inform - and warn - students about the life behind those Ivy League gates. Things may not always be as pretty as they seem.

Internationally recognized improvisational actor and Applied Improv Facilitator. Originally from the American South, Curt has lived and worked in China for 10 years. Curt has worked as a TV host for the Fox TV network, a radio journalist, a theatrical actor, and a professional singer. In China, this passion has led to teaching and training others in improvisational theater. In 2009, he founded Zmack, which has grown from being an amateur improvisational comedy team to becoming Shanghai's brand for comedy. The Zmack Family performs and teaches improv teater in Shanghai and throughout China and Asia, and trains improv comedy theater in 4 languages in an internationally recognized curriculum. Curt's passion is for Applied Improvisation, using the principles of improv as life philosphy to help others live more abundantly.

Curt Mabry
Alex Chang
Jackie Yu

Jackie Xinyue Yu, currently the Executive Producer and Programming Supervisor at Shanghai Culture Square, introduced, managed, and produced numerous performing arts projects in Shanghai, including Blue Man Group, Musical Spring Awakening, Ultimate Broadway, and more. Before breaking into the entertainment field, she had rich experiences in government relations and the business consulting realm both in China and the UK. Jackie received her MA in Cultural and Creative Industries from King's College London and a MBA from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a strong believer in the value of culture and art and its positive impact towards society, and is dedicated to facilitate the creation and marketization of quality cultural content in order to bring real happiness and beauty to people's lives.

Owen Xu is a student, entrepreneur, and environmentalist. As a student, he is a senior at the Stanford Online High School. As an entrepreneur, he is the cofounder and CEO of his startup company, MicroH2O, focused on treating and reusing wastewater. As an environmentalist, he is the President of the Junior C Team, which is a group of talented Chinese young adults united for the cause of fighting climate change. Owen was named Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list in the Manufacturing and Energy category in 2016.

Robert Han is the CEO at China Capital International Corporation (CCIC), Chairman of Board at Green Fortune Agri-Holdings, Ltd. He has a PhD degree from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and a MBA from the Ivey Business School in Canada. Robert has 10 years of experience in executive spearheading the China region in a global chemical company derived from Alfred Nobel's family business, and 11 years of experience in private venture businesses in environmental and renewable energy industries. He strongly believes that learning is a lifetime task to be excellent, beyond any academic studies of degrees. He stresses that "best learning is from real daily life!"

Shirley Lei passionately runs a boutique consulting firm aiming to inspire the inspired - helping young professionals in China to embrace the world, and the international professionals to appreciate the beauty of China, thus to enhance their professional success in the fast growing country. She loves traveling, reading, physical training, and meeting interesting people from different parts of the world - aiming to become a walking library so she is able to share fascinating stories to inspire people, no matter their generations, religions, or continents. Shirley acts as an ambassador of Shanghai - a glamorous city of international standard. As a "wai di ren" living in this magic city, anybody can be somebody.

Stéfanie Vallée is an Executive Coach, Sr. Consultant and Facilitator. She is a public figure on the Canadian scene in Shanghai, based on her uniquely combined profile of former athlete and artist, which differentiates her from her fellow corporate coaches. Her past performances both in sports as a National Team athlete in white water kayaking (she achieved 10 National Championship titles, 3 World Class top 5 against all odds in between 2003-2012), and International Artist (she sold an artwork to Ma Huateng in 2013 for RMB 1.9M) all demonstrate her high capability to merge diverse talents and inspire others to develop their full potential. Based on her achievements, she believes that everyone has unique skill sets to develop and share among global organizations. This makes her passionate about accompanying Top Leaders and F100 companies to grow to their full leadership potential.

Tina Yiu

Tina was born and raised in Hong Kong. She also has lived in the USA, the UK, Beijing, and Shanghai, which allowed her to be culturally sensitive. Professionally, she is the General Manager of New Ventures with Coca-Cola China, and held various executive positions in sales, operations, marketing, and new business development for 20+ years. Tina is a Certified Proessional Coactive Coach (CPCC) from the International Coach Federation. She is also a faithful Christian and serves actively with ICS (International Church of Shanghai). She enjoys cycling, swimming, travelling, and photographing in her leisure time.

Li Zixin has fifteen years of experience in both journalism and public relations. He was chief writer for the Bund magazine, covering international political events, such as Presidential Elections in the US, Russia, and France. He also interviewed many celebrities, e.g. Drew Faust, the President of Harvard University, and Thomas Transtromer, the Nobel Literature Prize laureate. Now he is the founder of China30s.com, a platform to cultivate non-fiction writing in China.

Victor Yu is a student, entrepreneur, and researcher in high energy particle physics. As a student, he is a senior at the Shanghai High School International Division, where he serves as the President of the International Affairs Association. He is the founder and CEO of the startup Lucerna Technologies, a company focusing on energy technologies. In his capacity as a researcher in physics, Victor has worked with institutions including Shanghai Jiao Tong University on projects including wireless electricity, spectroscopic modeling, and supersymmetric grand unification theories.

Grace Jing is a junior at Shanghai High School International Division with a particular interest in nothing at all and absolutely everything. Born in Shanghai, she has lived in the US, Australia, Singapore, and of course this city. With a somewhat strange interest in politics and global affairs in general and the American legal system (especially Constitutional Law), she is the founder and president of the American Legal Studies Club and a member of the International Affairs Association. A translation hobbyist, she winds down by translating lyrics and literature from Japanese to English.

Xin She

Xin She has been working in the food industry for 25 years, in the area of food R&D, dairy product manufacturing, and food and beverage processing, in world-leading companies, Fonterra Diary and Tetra Pak. Since 2016, he has been working as the Global Vice President for Automation & Information Solutions in the Tetra Pak Group. He is married with two kids.

Bobby is a pro-gamer who believes in the learning assistance that gaming can bring to Chinese students. Young as he is, Bobby reflects on the role gaming plays in daily life. To most adults, if grades are at the top of parental concerns, then video game addiction ranks second. Bobby was once a "gaming addict." According to his observation, entwined with fear and anxiety, parents can fail to see the positive side of video games for adolescents. In a rebellious sentiment, Bobby reveals how gaming has actually allowed him to better monitor and control his progress in real life.