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.
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.
SHSID Class of 2020
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 theater 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 philosophy to help others live more abundantly.
Emily Chang is the CMO for Starbucks China. Over the last 18 years, Emily has demonstrated a track record for cross-cultural team leadership, change management, and innovative brand building. Most notably, she is known for her personal and authentic brand of people leadership. Prior to Starbucks, Emily worked in executive roles at IHG and Apple. In her free time, Emily loves to teach, blog on LinkedIn, and speak at events like TEDx. She loves to read as much as she loves to write, and challenges herself to learn a new “big thing” every year (last year was playing the cahon drum, this year is pulling the perfect espresso). Most of all, Emily enjoys spending time with family: her husband of 17 years, her 9 year-old daughter Laini, Holly Berry their rescued mutt, and Scarlett Jellybean their rescued Pygmy Hedgehog.
Greg Kaskan grew up in the city of Watertown (pop. 25,000) in New York state. He is a graduate of Williams College. He teaches English at SHSID, this year at both the AP and IB levels. He spends his spare time reading literature and philosophy, cooking, and trying out new restaurants in Shanghai.
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.
Jiannan Xu is the Founder and Head Coach of Vigorous Training Teenager Outdoor Sports Camp. Having graduated from Shanghai International Studies University in 1993, he has been working in the international logistics industry for over 20 years. He founded Vigorous Training in 2013 and dedicated himself to the development of teenagers by providing a platform of safe, fun and inspiring outdoor sports activities.
activities to benefit his community. His distinctive experiences not only make him an extraordinary team leader but moreover, an outstanding global citizen with a unique understanding of the world around us.
Today’s society is more distracted than ever, and this social phenomenon can be analyzed through music—specifically, through the British rock band Oasis. Jimmy will invite his audience to rewind to the days when we would patiently listen to a CD disc to shed light on a pithy truth: In this day and age, it is increasingly necessary to “unplug” ourselves and take a breath before plunging ourselves back into a constantly connected realm.
Michael Corayer graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2006. In 2008, he began teaching at SHSID, where he currently teaches AP and IB psychology. Michael is the author of Master Introductory Psychology, a textbook for psychology students, and creator of the Psych Exam Review YouTube channel, where students can find hundreds of tutorial videos covering a range of topics in psychology. With a passion for the mind, he wishes to share the workings of his own with those willing to listen.
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.
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 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.
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.
在代码公理之前，William曾在BlackBerry担任嵌入式软件工程师，负责研究和整合GPS芯片性能；在Microsoft-Mobile担任SDK软件工程师和业务开发工程师；在SaaS公司BadgeVille 担任系统架构师；在Twitter担任业务开发工程师，负责大数据分析系统(Programmatic Ad Exchange)的架构；在Couchbase担任技术推广部负责人，从头搭建纽约分部工程师团队、同时负责技术指导、业务拓展、大客户维护；拥有丰富的大型软件和移动端开发经验。
Xin She has been working for 25 years in the areas of food R&D, dairy product manufacturing, and food and beverage processing for world-leading companies. 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.