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Ziyat Abdykaimov is an expert-manager for assistive technologies and accessibility at Nazarbayev University Library and IT Services. He holds a master’s degree in educational Leadership with concentration in Inclusive Education from Nazarbayev University and bachelor’s degree in political science from Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Ziyat’s professional interests include disability studies in higher education, inclusive education and advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities. 
Before taking the position at Nazarbayev University, he has volunteered in different communities of persons with disabilities including Zhiger Youth Non-Profit Organization of Persons with Disabilities, Komektes Charity Foundation and worked at the Rehabilitation Center for the visually impaired Zhanar as a screen-reading software instructor as well as in Zhiger Youth Non-Profit organization on different positions. 




Abrar is an aspiring youth activist from Bangladesh who is on a journey to make the world a better place through youth empowerment. He has worked for social enterprises which ensures the accessibility of education among the deprived population through alternate business models and the development of innovative technologies. He is active in the developmental sector by working for international youth organizations including Youthful Cities, United Nations Environment Program Tunza, Child Helpline International and Green the Gene in the fields of social entrepreneurship, sustainability and innovation. His work has enabled him to represent his nation as well as receive awards at international platforms in India, Germany, South Korea and Cyprus.


GUANGNING "Phillip" An (安广)

United States

Phillip is a computer science student at the California Institute of Technology. He has previously worked in expansion stage Venture Capital, focusing on international investments in Technology, Education and Telecommunications. He also helped start Educo, a cross-border initiative aimed to improve students' education by utilizing custom-designed tablets in conjunction with MOOCs. 




A dreamer, a trainer, a social entrepreneur and a TEDx speaker, Asma Zina Belheddad is a passionate Algerian advocate for Innovation in Education, a medical student at the University of Algiers, Algeria and an alumna of Study of the US institute on Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Connecticut, USA. 
Zina has been serving her community since the age of 18, as project manager and executive board member at AIESEC, co-founder of the Algerian Center for Social Entrepreneurship, member of the Cultural Innovators Network, co-founder of the Butterfly Effect (a social enterprise initiative that works on making personal development trainings accessible to all), project director of Wadjihni (the first career guidance camp for high school students in Algeria) and co-initiator of the innovative teachers academy. In the recent years, she has trained hundreds of people from different backgrounds on personal development, capacity building and social entrepreneurship.



CHEN “TED” MO (陈沫)


Ted Mo Chen is the Co-founder and President of Symposium for Advocating Global Education (SAGE), a newly started public benefit program based in Shenyang. Initiated collectively by the world’s leading universities’ undergrads, SAGE bridged the gap between Chinese education and various modes of foreign pedagogical innovations. It is the first ever research-based forum by and for students in China that focuses on discovering the essential values of education. SAGE has every intention to become a forceful drive of not only the individual pedagogical openness, but also overall Chinese educational reform. Its flagship program “Vision Alliance Reports”, brought aboard 300+ attendees this summer. Following the intensive one-day showcase, founding lecturers shifted into the roles of tutors to coach students in self-conducted researches. Sizable scholarships were awarded to outstanding participants for a overseas travel-study. The winning case, titled “On Practicality of Science Textbooks” hits a pain point in basic Chinese education.




Roman Ziqing Chen studies Gender Politics and Global China Studies at New York University Shanghai. During his semester abroad in Washington DC, Roman interned at Machik, a non-profit organization that works to develop opportunities for education and innovation in Tibet. Through this experience, he developed better understanding of social issues in Tibet and became actively engaged with local communities. Over the past summer, Roman travelled to Shangri-La and participated in Machik's Summer Enrichment Program in Shangri-La, which immersed Tibetan high school students in an innovative curriculum. As a teaching fellow, he taught drama and English and co-chaired a Model United Nations conference. In a long term, Roman is interested in bridging gaps between different ethnic groups' access to educational resources in China. 



United Kingdom

Nyasha Duri is a Zimbabwean born British citizen who founded Politicks: an award-winning online platform for marginalised young people. It led to investment from Nominet Trust in partnership with HRH The Duke of York, mentoring from BBC’s Head of Strategy and a place on Outbox Incubator funded by the Salesforce Foundation. She has pitched at Google Campus London through Founders Forum for Good, Canary Wharf and in 8 different countries plus, been on hackathon winning teams thrice. In addition to this, she spoke at the Department of Education, Facebook, Twitter, EdSpace and the WYO Summit alongside building affiliations with academic institutions such as SOAS and CYUPS. Nyasha has also interned at UNICEF in Uganda analysing child poverty reduction, worked on global Unilever projects for social innovators and helped Demos facilitate a workshop in Parliament exploring school experiences. Her first job was tutoring at Kumon; nowadays she voluntarily teaches digital skills.




Johannes got his undergraduate degree in philosophy and Latin American Studies at Princeton, before pursuing a master’s degree in China studies at Peking University's Yenching Academy. His biggest experience in education was teaching English and working in orphanages in Arequipa, Peru for a year before going to college. Together with friends, he set up a scholarship program for aspiring university students there. He has organized a summer camp for socioeconomically disadvantaged children in Germany, interned at one of the German states’ ministry of education and recently worked at a summer school. He has been wondering for a long time how critical thinking can be encouraged in education. In particular, he is concerned about a deficit of mentorship in psychological issues and philosophical thinking.




Shuangmiao is currently reading a DPhil (PhD) in Higher Education in the University of Oxford with B.A.s in English Language and literature and in Design and M.Ed in Education from Tsinghua University in China. Her doctoral thesis investigates the state-university relationship and educational policymaking through the lens of policy experimentation in China's higher education reforms. Proud as a world citizen, she was selected as a youth representative on behalf of Chinese government in the 2011 EU-China Year of Youth in Belgium, a ‘leader of tomorrow’ in the 2013 43rd St Gallen Symposium in Switzerland, a student delegate in the 2013 Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) in the United States, the only Chinese student representative in the 2015 4th ASEM Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC4) in China, along with many academic conferences.




Once realizing computer science is underrepresented in K-12 education, Wanhui volunteered to mentor middle school students to learn visual programming language with Scratch and build simple robots with Lego Mindstorms in high school as a member of robotics club. As a computer engineering major, she believes that technology has the power to shape the future of education. Currently, she is building an IOS game which integrates vocabularies for standard tests like SAT and GRE in traditional RPG battle system with a background scenario in common western cultures. The game is designed to help students to truly understand the vocabularies for standard tests, instead of just cram them up only to pass the exam, Also, as the reading sections often require a background in western cultures, the game is designed to familiarize international students with cultural backgrounds required by the tests and fill the gap between eastern and western educational differences on art and history.




Born and raised in a Chinese family, homeschooled using American textbooks, later educated in a British high school, and now attending an American college, Xinhui has had the opportunity to experience different education systems and learn about various aspects of education. 
As an avid promoter of English education in rural regions, she co-organized English camps in her city and taught classes in the neighborhood. In high school, in order to encourage her peers to learn about existent problems in the world, she led PovertyX, a poverty simulation intended to inform people of issues related to poverty, evoke thought, and urge action.


TY HOPP 赫毅翔)

United States

Ty Hopp is an interdisciplinary Asian Humanities scholar and graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). An avid backpacker and fluent Korean speaker, Ty spent a year at Yonsei University in South Korea and taught English to North Korean refugees as a volunteer for Seoul-based NGO PSCORE. Working remotely with the US Embassy in Jakarta, he founded the Teach for Borneo initiative, an English education program for rural Indonesian students on the island of Borneo. A budding designer and front-end developer, he intends to merge his diverse interests to pursue culturally-informed global entrepreneurship. He is 23 years old and from the United States of America.




Hantao Huang is a senior and member of the inaugural class of New York University Shanghai, completing a Bachelor’s Degree in business and finance, with minors in public policy and management. Hantao created and chaired HackShanghai, China’s largest Hackathon organization, which attracted over 1,800 applicants annually and developed 400 products in total. He also raised and managed a HackShanghai fund of 1.3 million RMB, and partnered with 30 companies. HackShanghai is now a globally recognized innovation platform functioned with angel investing, tech VC and incubating, which was spotlighted by over 20 Previously, Hantao was a Private Equity Summer Analyst at China International Capital Corporation (CICC) in Beijing. He has also interned at the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington DC, W.R. Berkley Corporation in Greenwich CT, and Dentons in Shanghai. In his limited free time, Hantao enjoys free-diving around the world.



South Korea 

Beko is an entrepreneur interested in solving challenges via technology-enabled solutions. He most recently started a software company to better manage data in early-stage biopharma research groups. In college, he founded a non-profit to educate African villagers to enable sustainable development of home-grown technology. In addition, Beko conducted immunology research at the Texas Children's Hospital and worked at the U.S. National Science Foundation and the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy, a Houston-based think-tank, to nurture his interest in policy. He graduated from Rice University with a B.S degree in Bioengineering.



South Africa 

David is the director of operations and training for the Mikhulu Trust, a small but impactful organisation which developed a ground-breaking intervention termed ‘dialogic book-sharing’. The programme equips parents to have stimulating conversations over picture books with their young children, and has been demonstrated to lead to significant gains in infant sustained attention and language (among the best predictors for future school performance). It now forms part of the World Health Organisation’s Parenting for Lifelong Health Initiative. Drawing on this work, he founded a social enterprise that offers early childhood education support through low-fee laundromats in South African townships, which was featured in the Clinton Global Initiative as part of the 2015 Hult Prize, and has been recognised by the Harvard Family Research Unit as one of the most innovative stories of family engagement. In 2014, he graduated from a MSc. Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford




Daniel Chen Jin grew up in San Jose, California and currently attends Pomona College where he is majoring in Computer Science and Asian Studies. His studies focus on education technology and educational disparities in China. In high school he travelled to Yunnan as a teacher volunteer, teaching secondary students at a rural school English. He returned to China during a gap semester in college to research digital learning solutions at an INCLUDED community center for migrant children. Previously, Daniel has worked at World Possible, an NGO that creates digital learning solutions for communities in developing countries without internet, where he helped spur efforts that raised over a million dollars since his appointment as Director of Grants and Proposals. He currently is working on his senior thesis examining the rural-urban education gap in China through economics of education, sociology, anthropology, and educational policy viewpoints. 




At present, Huolingxiao is a first-year graduate student whose major is English and Chinese Translation in Peking University. As a person who shows great interests in cross-cultural education, at the age of 18, she went to Lahore, Pakistan as a global volunteer who was involved in an educational program. She visited children in poverty-stricken areas with her teammates from all over the world to get information about educational resources kids needed the most there. Local corporations, NGOs, government branches and philanthropists were asked for help. In addition, she also experienced western educational style by having an exchange program in Duke Kunshan University where she was allowed to select any courses that she liked without major limitation. In classes like Global Health Ethics and Social Determinants of Global Health, she realized that Education plays an essential role of brightening one's life in not only socioeconomic status but also self-confidence and self-actualization.




Extraordinarily effective at all he does, Wenpeng has chosen to dedicate himself to promoting education equality as his first step toward achieving global equality. As a China Board Member in Harvard Association for U.S.-China Relations (Harvard AUSCR), he engages in empowering Chinese youth leaders whereby thrilling and eye-opening experiences, for instance, Hsylc and China Thinks Big, changing lives of over 10,000 students annually. He is also Co-Founder and Program Director of Guangdong Service Learning Program, a 2-year-old social entrepreneurship, through which he immerses himself presenting service learning pedagogy and cross-cultural exchanges to students. Wenpeng also has abundant international experiences, traveling to 23 countries and territories, among which he shared ideas on education as a selected representative in a UN Conference held in South Korea, accomplished social investigation on refugee children in Middle East, and offered academic tutoring and off-class activities to children from poorest slums in Kenya.




Thomas is the Co-Founder of Fox Education, a primary school focused application which seeks to reduce the delay in educational feedback from teachers to parents. He is also the Vice-President of the Australia China Youth Association - UWA chapter and through this role he has facilitated a large number of Chinese students to explore educational disadvantage in rural Australia. In the coming year he will also leverage his role to send Australian students to volunteer in rural China. He has spent time volunteering in both rural China and rural Australia and he is deeply passionate about education. Thomas is keen to bring his passion and energy to the Yenching Social Innovation Forum and he looks forward to creating something special




Ahmed Lodhi has worked on bridging education gap across 29 districts of Pakistan’s impoverished Sindh province. As a consultant to the government, he aligned the functions of state’s education department with an SMS-based communication portal backed with complaint resolution, curriculum development, and teacher monitoring mechanisms. By devising and implementing this Big Data portal, Lodhi brought 40,000 public schools on the communication grid, and engaged more than 2 million students, parents, teachers, and education officers affiliated with them. The project has evolved into an extensive Monitoring & Evaluation program for enhancing teaching performance in the province and bringing rural education on a par with urban standards.
Currently, Lodhi is working as an Associate for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, and is shaping collaborations between Pakistani and Chinese educational institutions for establishing bilateral think-tanks, providing student scholarships, and conducting Chinese language and business ethics training.




Marcos Rojas lives in Santiago where he currently studies Medicine at the University of Chile. He wants to impact the public health through changing the way medicine is taught. Marcos has created multiple initiatives; one of those is the Teacher Assistant Program, a student organization in the Faculty of Medicine where undergraduates help one another to face the challenges of university life and curriculum. Marcos has also experienced different educational systems in several countries in Europe and America; this has allowed him to deeply understand how management and politics impact education. Today he is doing his practice of the Program for strengthening the civil service in Latin America of the Botín Foundation in the Teaching and Learning Center of the Faculty of Economics and Business as a Trainer Researcher. In the future Marcos wants to do a master and PhD in higher education with focus on innovation and health sciences




Vinícius is a Brazilian 20-year old that sees social innovation as a pathway to change. As a fellow in WISE, the World Innovation Summit for Education, he co-founded Halohalo, a social enterprise leveraging skill-sharing as a bridge between refugees and local communities in Europe. He is also an undergraduate student at Minerva, a innovative higher education institution that aims to nourish global leadership through an experience that travels through seven cities across the world and welcomes an extremely diverse student body. Vinícius is also a practitioner of Deep Democracy, a decision-making and conflict resolution framework which he applies consistently in his facilitation practice. He currently lives in San Francisco, having accumulated experiences that range from facilitating innovation workshops for university students to a national leadership development camp back in his home country.




Sharon Tshipa is a Media Practitioner, Writer and Social Entrepreneur. As far as her civic work is concerned she is a co-founder and Chairperson of a non-governmental organisation called Botswana Society for Human Development (BSHD), licensed in 2014. An organisation founded with the main objective to come up with, and implement strategies that solve challenges that impede human endogenous and socio-economic development across several sectors such as Education, Health, Environment and Tourism. 
To date the NGO has held two annual Disability Workshops, lunched its first annual Share Botswana Tourism Fiction Award, adjudicated for the UNFPA SWOT Annual Competition 2014, gives contemporary and ballet dance lessons to orphaned children, has donated hundreds of stationery, cutlery, food and clothing to schools, the poor and other organisations in Botswana and Malawi among many other achievements.
Sharon has also served as an International Director of Rotaract for Young Professionals (RYP) in Gaborone, Botswana.


WANG HAO  (王浩)


Wang Hao is the co-founder of the Enlightening Club which focuses on teaching high school students some basic concepts of Political Philosophy. They believe that many high school students in China lack such kind of education and with our help, they can better understand topics related to justice, fairness and morality. Enlightening Club has taught 6 groups of students in Hebei Xingtang No.1 High School and will organize more activities this winter. Also he used to work for the Art Meets Autism program which aims to build a platform for autistic people to sell their art works and use the money to invest in autistic people’s art education. He is also interested in topics of improving teaching effects in lagging urban schools and helping Chinese students better choose their majors in college based on their interests.




Luke Wang is a junior at Shanxi University where he is majoring in Environmental Engineering. His interest in education began during the fall semester of 2014 when he had the opportunity to participate in the “FLTRP CUP” National English Debating Competition. He devoted hours to research, discussing, writing cases relating to tops in education. During this process, he learned how to think rigorously and critically. Inspired by this experience, Luke cofounded Shanxi University English Debating Society in 2015 and trained debaters. In mid-July 2016, Luke was invited to participate in an educational forum at National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. In late-July, he joined the First Asian-African Youth Festival held in Beijing. In the future, he hopes to contribute to improve education in China.




Program manager of The ThinkBIG Initiative Program, which was first launched by CHENGMEI Charity Foundation and hosted by Youthink center in 2013. ThinkBIG Initiative aims to provide angel invest for youths’ social enterprises and support the selected young change- makers through its Five-in-One support system, which includes capacity building activities, global network, social connection, publicity &promotion and incubation & funding. These Young Change-makers will serve as a model to encourage more youngsters to solve social problem through innovative ways. In the past three years, we have supported about 130 young change-makers from different perspective to open their own social enterprizes and grow, cooperated with more than 100 organisations and media partners and have 3,794,000 Weibo readers.




Sibo Wang is interested in promoting cooperation between China and the United States to expand educational opportunity for children of migrant workers in Chinese cities. He most recently served as a 2014 Teach For America corps member in New York, where he taught first grade and K-2 science in Harlem at the flagship school of Success Academy Charter Schools, the highest-performing charter management organization in the state. He graduated cum laude from Columbia College in 2014 and with Distinction from the Relay Graduate School of Education in 2016.


ALISHA zhao (兆立泓)

United States

Alisha Zhao is a first generation Chinese-American who is currently finishing up her last year at Lincoln High School in Portland, OR. She works as the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit, Kids First Project, and serves as the first youth in history to be appointed on to Portland's Human Rights Commission. In both of these capacities, she is able to pursue her passion for human rights, specifically youth homelessness and education. She has been most notably recognized for her work by the Prudential Spirit of Community Award in being named one of America's Top Ten Youth Volunteers in 2016. When she is not pursuing human rights, Alisha enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and cooking up her own concoctions in the kitchen. She is excited to bring forth her experiences and connect and learn from likeminded innovators to develop solutions to help solve the education gap within China.




Born and raised in China, Richard Zhao is a senior majoring in finance at New York University Shanghai. He serves as a Resident Assistant and an Academic Peer Leader at school and was also the Clubs Committee founding chair on Student Government. Zhao is enormously passionate about the law and public policy and aspires to utilize these powerful tools the better the lives of minorities. During his study-away in Prague, Zhao conducted a research project on educational affirmative action in the U.S. He also interned with Amnesty International and conducted several projects on human rights issues. While in Washington D.C., Zhao worked as a legislative intern in the United States House of Representatives with the Honorable Hakeem Jeffries. He also served as an adjunct consultant at ACCESS Health International, a global healthcare think tank and advisory group. Zhao aspires to go to an American law school in the future




One year working experience in an NGO targeting at providing equal liberal-arts education to students in rural China in the methods of teacher training and other related short-term and long-term programs. Also, several experiences in course designing, professional training for teachers and volunteers. An internship in an educational technology corporation, providing guidance and services to high school and university students who would like to study and work abroad. Half year research experience in PKU Graduate School of Education, investigating the intergovernmental grants on compulsory education expenditure in rural China and vocational and technical education. Seven years of volunteering experience in China, America, Britain, Vietnam as a teacher, teacher assistant, class coordinator or student mentor in universities, secondary schools and primary schools and orphanages. One practice of setting up a charity foundation (the first adolescent-sponsored charitable foundation in China) for families with autistic children when I was in middle school.




She has set up a team---Moredoers in 2015, they have done a research about Contemporary Situation of Chinese Schools and they have discovered the separation of students' environmental knowledge and their action. In order to solve this problem, they came up with an innovative strategy which is to help students form green habits in an app called Wehabit. This project made them the champions in the Harvard China Thinks Big competition since they successfully illustrated their slogan "think big, do small". Now, they are doing a project about online family education and their goal is to make sure every child has an equal opportunity to a good family education.




Zheng Biao is a first year MA(by research student) of sociology at the University of British Columbia. Before going to Canada, he had spend four years in Peking University, where he got his BA in sociology. As a sociology student, he is interested in culture, media, social mobility and education. He tried to put issues relevant to education in a broader social context and approach them with both quantitative and qualitative methods.




As a Psychological Counsellor, he volunteered to help the youngsters in comforting their heartbreaks during my spare time. Specifically speaking, he is currently focusing on the therapy of identity confusion and emotional disorder of the rural students and children. When it comes to his academic experiences, during the three years of postgraduate study, he has done a lot of fieldwork projects, ranging from the left-behind children’s wellbeing, to the gender equality in rural china, to the migrant workers’ struggle in terms of urbanization, which eventually offered him a familiarity with both the qualitative research approach and the quantitative research approach.




Monrada is a young diplomat at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Though originally from Thailand, she has studied in 6 different countries 3 continents including Thailand, China, Mexico, Peru, Wales, and The United States. She is strongly passionate in International development and volunteerism. She is also an alumnus at Peking University. During her free time, she loves to bake, watch movies and hang out with her friends. She identifies herself as a social entertainer where she loves to make everyone surrounding her laugh and have fun together. Her experiences have taught her that "Despite different belief and background, same passion and strong determination, everyone can achieve great contribution together."




Firstly, they conducted a research on the influence on the relation of student's learning motivation and education resource, we found that girls are the group which is more susceptible to the limited educational resource. This research has been awarded as the first prize in China Thinks Big competition.
After that she decided to establish her own non-profit organization Horizon as a complementary resource to education motivation in my hometown. Horizon is founded in 2014 with only 4 people in the beginning and gradually growing up to have over 60 members. They invited the students who had been admitted to university to share their experience on their preparation for University Entrance examination and their university life as a way to motivate the local students. So far they've held 15 lectures in 10 different high schools covering over 8000 audience, which has been reported by the local TV station.