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Mailing address

Rural China Education

P.O. Box 224
New York, NY 10276

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Professor Tiejun Wen

Prof. Tiejun Wen is Dean of the School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at the People's University of China in Beijing. He also holds positions as the Deputy Secretary-General of the China Society of Economic Reform and Deputy Secretary-General of the China Macroeconomic Research Foundation, and serves as a senior consultant for the State Information Center and Research Center of Rural of the Ministry of Agriculture. In


China, he has worked at the central and local government levels on Policy Studies on Current Affairs and Macro-economic and Geo-Strategy, Long-Term Issues, Agriculture and Rural Development. His academic research has focused on the topics of land rights, processing and market affairs, Rural Reconstruction and grassroots organizations, farmers burden and tax reform, financial affairs, and urbanization and migration. Wen is the Founder of the James Yen Institute of Rural Reconstruction. He has also worked as a consultant for numerous international institutions.

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Professor Ruth Hayhoe

Ruth Hayhoe Prof. Ruth Hayhoe is a specialist in comparative education and a Sinologist. From 1997 to 2002 she headed the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and was given the title of President emerita on her departure from Hong Kong. She is now a professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, where she served from 1986 to 1997, including appointments as Chair of the Higher Education Group 

and Associate Dean. Before that she held teaching positions at Heep Yunn School in Hong Kong (1967-78), at Fudan University in Shanghai (1980-82) and at the Roehampton Institute of Higher Education in London, England (1983-84). She also held a diplomatic post at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing from 1989 to 1991. She is the author of about 80 academic articles and book chapters, as well as several books on Chinese education and East-West relations in education. She holds MA and PhD degrees in Comparative Education from the University of London Institute of Education. She is advisory Professor to ten universities in different regions of China and Zhijiang Chair Professor of Education at the East China Normal University in Shanghai. From 1998 to 2001 she was a member of the Education Commission in Hong Kong, and she is a Past President of the Comparative and International Education Society, based in the United States.

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Professor Emily Hannum, Executive Director, Starfish Rural Youth Cultural Research Center

Emily Hannum Prof. Emily Hannum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also affiliated with the Population Studies Center, the Center for East Asian Studies, and the Graduate Group in Education. Professor Hannum is also an affiliated faculty member at Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, China. Her research focuses on education, poverty, and social 

social inequality, particularly in China. Recent publications include ''Market Transition, Educational Disparities, and Family Strategies in Rural China: New Evidence on Gender Stratification and Development'' (Demography, 2005) and ''Global Educational Expansion and Socio-Economic Development: An Assessment of Findings from the Social Sciences'' (with Claudia Buchmann, World Development, 2005). She co-directs the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, a research collaboration of several US universities with Northwest Normal University. The Gansu Survey investigates family, school, and community factors that support children's education and healthy development in rural Northwest China.

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Committee of 100 where she is Co-Chair of the Education Project known as the Asian Curriculum Partnership. She is also a past Board member of MIT, KQED, The Pacific bank and Golden West Financial Corp.

Leslie Tang Schilling

Leslie Tang SchillingLeslie Tang Schilling is a Director of Union Square Investment Company, a Real Estate investment business in San Francisco. In 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Leslie to the Board of Regents of the University of California. She currently serves on the Boards of Tristate Holdings, Ltd., KOA Holdings, The Asia Foundation, Trinity School, the Bay Area Council and The 




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Professor Peter Ho

Peter Ho Prof. Peter Ho is Professor of International Development Studies and concurrent Director of the Centre of Development Studies of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. Peter Ho is member of the Steering Committee of the European Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in China (ECARDC), a member of the Academic Board of the International Institute 

of Asian Studies (IIAS), and chair of the Academic Board of the Dutch Studies Centre of Fudan University, Shanghai. He has published widely on issues of environmentalism, collective action and property rights, and natural resource management in China and Asia.

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Professor Fei-fei Li

Li Feifei Prof. Fei-Fei Li is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department as well as an affiliated faculty in the Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University. She received her M.S. and Ph.D degrees from the California Institute of Technology, and B.A. degree from Princeton University. From 1999 to 2000, Li spent a year in Tibet conducting medical research in rural and nomadic regions under the prestigeous Princeton Dale Fellowship. Following 

her research experiences in Tibet, she had been involved extensively in both NGO work as well as ethnographic research in Tibet.

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Professor Sharon Yu

Sharon Yu Prof. Sharon Yu received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she was the Director of the Chinese Language Program within the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies from 1991-2006. Her main research interest and publications are in the field of historical Chinese linguistics. She has also published articles on Chinese language pedagogy as well as Chinese language textbooks and 

education software. In recent years she has concentrated primarily on exploring external influences on the changes of the Chinese language as well as topics related to teaching theory, methodology, and practice. She was a trainer in RCEF's Summer Volunteer Program in 2007 and 2008.

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Wei Xing, Member of the Board

Wei Xing is the Executive Assistant to CEO and Vice President of Business Development Department at Oriental Cambridge Education Group (OCEG).  He is in charge of OCEG’s capital raising, operations of 60 kindergartens, and international exchange programs.  Before Wei joined OCEG in 2011, he had been working in NY finance corporations, BlackRock and TriOptima North America, for over four years.  In 2007, Wei co-founded China Young Development Program at Columbia University, a summer/winter program focusing on Chinese 

college students’ career development.  Since 2006, he has been taking leadership roles at Harvard China Review, the largest China-focused conference in the U.S., and became its Chairman in 2009.  Wei started his volunteer work at RCEF’s Strategy team in 2009, and he initiated exchange programs for teachers and students at Xiaochao, a Starfish elementary school, and Zhongshan Experimental Elementary School under OCEG.  Wei obtained his Master of Engineering Management at Dartmouth College and his Bachelor in Computer Science at Beijing Institute of Technology.

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