Li Ping - Our Advisors
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.
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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.
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.
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.