Larry Rosenstock is CEO and founding principal of High Tech High, a network of sixteen K-12 public charter schools in California, and is the Special Advisor to the President of the HTH Graduate School of Education. Larry taught carpentry in urban high schools in Boston and Cambridge and was principal of the Rindge School of Technical Arts, and of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. A member of the Massachusetts and U.S. Supreme Court Bars, he served as an attorney at the Harvard Center for Law and Education, and was an instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at the University Of California at Berkeley. He directed the federal New Urban High School Project. Larry and his work have been featured on Oprah, Lehrer, Newsweek, and Forbes. He is a winner of the Ford Foundation Innovations in State and Local Government Award, is an Ashoka Fellow, was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education and is the 2019 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Laureate.
Li Ping is the Vice Principal of Chinese Program at UWC Changshu, China. She graduated in 1982 from Xiamen University and worked at the Chinese Language and Literature Department for 13 years as an Assistant Lecturer and later as a Lecturer. From 1995 to 2015, Li taught different courses including IBDP Chinese A Literature, Chinese A Literature & Language, and Chinese B at Li Po Chun UWC Hong Kong.
Li Ping is accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as a Senior Examiner in the subject of Chinese A. In recent years, she has hosted training workshops for teachers on behalf of the IBO, covering both Chinese A and Chinese B curricula. She recently co-authored and published an IB Chinese A Literature reference series of three books, and in 2013, was named an "Outstanding Educator" by the University of Chicago. Li Ping was also voted "Most Influential International School Principal" in mainland China in 2017.
Orly Friedman is the Founder of Red Bridge School, a new K-8 school in San Francisco with a mission to develop a sense of agency in every child as the foundation for academic and life success. Earlier in her career, Orly spent five years teaching elementary school in Washington DC. She moved to California to get her MBA at Stanford, after which she joined the founding team of Khan Lab School and worked there for four years, serving as Head of Lower School and Assistant Head of School. Orly also holds a BA in Urban Studies/Affairs from Yale University and a MA in Early Childhood Education and Teaching from George Mason University.
Prof. Sharon Choa
Sharon Choa is an accomplished conductor, musicologist and educator. She was born and bred in Hong Kong, educated at St. Paul’s Co-educational College before being accepted by the Royal Academy of Music in London as a violinist to study under the great quartet leader Sidney Griller. Since then, she has worked professionally in the U.K. until 2014 when she was offered the position as Dean of the School of Music at the HK Academy for Performing Arts. In that same year, Sharon was given the Music Award under the Norfolk Arts Award scheme for her services in music, and the A.R.A.M. in recognition of her work as performer and educator.
Bruce is a philanthropic grantmaker who started out as a financial analyst on Wall Street. As a Senior Charities Project Manager, he currently supports The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Trust-Initiated Projects in his focus areas of talent development, technology education, and community resilience. He was previously a founding Director of Operations at Character Lab, a New York-based NGO that advances scientific insights that help kids thrive. Bruce had also been a strategy consultant who specialized in serving mission-oriented enterprises, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank. He holds an MPA in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Bruce went to local schools in Hong Kong and is a graduate of Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong.
Dee Poon graduated from Harvard College with a BA in philosophy. She is currently the Managing Director of Brands and Distribution at Esquel Group and is actively engaged with renowned arts institutions around the world. Dee is a board member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (Hong Kong) and a member of the International Council of the Tate (London) and The Museum of Modern Art (New York). She also serves on the Board of Directors of the China Arts Foundation (Beijing & New York). In 2014, Dee was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and designated a Fellow of Aspen Institute’s China Fellowship Program. Her 42-second short film “An Exercise in Futility,” shot as part of 42x42, was screened at the Beijing International Film Festival as well as the Cannes Film Festival.
Theodore Ma is the co-founder of CoCoon, one of the largest entrepreneurship communities in Hong Kong with over 1200 members and alumni. CoCoon helps to bridge the business innovation community with the startup community through hosting startup events, developing entrepreneurship education and angel investing.
Theodore earned his Masters in E-Commerce & Internet Computing from the University of Hong Kong and his BA in Communication with a minor in Computer Science from Stanford University. He is the Board Chairman of the Stanford Club of Hong Kong, Member of the HKUST Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board, Member of the HKMA/TVB Marketing Awards Organizing Committee, Member of the HKTDC Jewellery Advisory Committee, Advisor of Our Hong Kong Foundation and Member of the HKU Careers Advisory Board.
Dickie Liang-Hong Ke
Dickie Liang-Hong Ke is a recognised expert and practitioner on entrepreneurship and innovation. He is a renowned veteran of digital business creation, digital disruption, and digital transformation. Dickie‘s main areas of expertise also include new venture creation, digital platform establishment, and business eco-systems building.
As a technologist with over 30 years of experience in global technology management and advisory, Dickie has held executive and leadership roles at Microsoft, Nokia, Ericsson Business Consulting, where he established numerous globally pioneering businesses such as cloud computing and mobile internet, working closely with strategic clients such as China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Japan NTT, and other leading internet players in China, to together shape the future of the TMT industry over the years.
Dickie is not only a very active strategy and leadership advisor, speaker, executive educator and coach to many large corporations, he also consults to disruptive start-ups and fast growing companies in all stages of their development, from founding to IPO. Dickie is also a senior advisor who spearheads business development in China for Europe-based strategy advisory firm Evolution Ltd, founded by Professor Michael Jacobides - one of the Forbes Thinkers50 top global management thinkers, providing Advisory Services and Thought Leadership to the corporate world.
Dickie is a Sloan Fellow, with an MSc in Leadership and Strategy from London Business School. He serves as Adjunct Faculty and Guest Lecturer / Speaker in leading universities and business schools in Europe and Asia, focusing on strategy, leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, agility, and technology management. Besides playing the role of a mentor, he also serves as a member on the candidates selection panel, simultaneously acting as admissions interviewer, in prestigious post-graduate leadership degree programs, such as the Tsinghua University Schwarzman Scholars program and the London Business School Sloan Fellowship program.
Dickie has co-written numerous business cases and an influential book, and most recently, “Innovation and Agility at Tencent’s WeChat” (Harvard Business Publishing, The European Case Centre) - co-authored with Professor Julian Birkinshaw, as well as “Handbook on China and Globalization” (Edward Elgar). Dickie’s works have been published or quoted by Harvard Business Review, Think (LBS Thought Leadership Magazine), South China Morning Post, China Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and others. Dickie appears on media outlets such as CGTN, and he speaks regularly at business conferences in China, the UK, and Europe.