Instructor Bios

NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai High School Academy Instructor Bios

Week 1 第一周

Leadership: Building Skills for College Success -- Susan Jenkyn-Jones

Susan Jenkyn-Jones, currently Professor and Director of Fashion Excellence at Conde Nast Center, Shanghai, is committed to developing the quality and the reputation of emergent Asian designers and future innovation entrepreneurs for the creation of fresh business models. She has been a Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martin's and London College of Fashion, has worked at IFA in Shanghai, and has been on both recruitment panels and external examination boards for universities in England and Asia. She has operated and owned three design companies and retail shops in London, and has consulted for the Textile Institute, the UK Design Council, and EU (Euratex) consortium concerning fashion e-commerce. Susan is in demand as a conference speaker and contributor to panel discussions on subjects as diverse as education, the future of design, fashion, digital production, sustainability and fashion e-commerce.

Tourism: Digital Marketing and Social Media -- Jiayi Du

Jiayi Du graduated from New York University with a Master's in Tourism Management and from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics with a PhD in Marketing. Currently, she is a lecturer at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. Her main research topics include social media and digital marketing, consumer behavior, and the entertainment industry. She also works in the training program of the Shanghai Shendi Group, which holds a 57% share of the Shanghai Disney Resort project. She has been the event leader of Shanghai NYU Alumni Club since 2013. Under her leadership, the Shanghai Alumni Club has held numerous events, including the 2nd Pan Asia Alumni Conference, happy hours, academic seminars, and the Annual Gala Dinner, among others.

U.S. History and Culture -- John Robertson

John Robertson is the assistant provost of academic affairs at NYU Shanghai. Prior to working at NYU Shanghai, he held a similar position from 2004 to 2012 at Carnegie Mellon Qatar, which had a student population of 40 percent Qataris, 40 percent children of expats working in Qatar, and 20 percent international students. There, he helped develop curriculum and recruit students for the first class of each school. In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches courses on globalization, including the Fall and Rise of Modern China, Trade in World History, the Globalization of Warfare, and Globalization of the Arabian Gulf.

Video Game Design: From Concept To Completion -- Aven Le Zhou

Le Zhou, also known as Aven, is a cross-disciplinary designer and researcher based in Shanghai. His recent work focuses on creative coding, interactive technology, computational geometry, and digital fabrication. He graduated from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a degree in architecture and is currently a consultant at Interactive Media Arts, NYU Shanghai as well as an adjunct professor at the Shanghai Art and Design Academy.

 

Week 2 第二周

Leadership: Building Skills for Career Success -- Sebastian Martin

Sebastian Martin is the founder and CEO of Cambio Coffee, an organic specialty coffee company that focuses on impactful sourcing, and developing wholesale, online, and retail distribution channels in China. He has been a mentor and adviser to dozens of early stage entrepreneurs and start ups and specializes in the areas of cross-cultural branding, strategy, business planning, and fundraising. An expert and practitioner in the field of social enterprise, Sebastian is on the board of Fresh Start Rotary Club, a volunteer group dedicated to empowering social entrepreneurs in China. He has extensive experience in creating hands-on learning environments and leading classes, talks, and workshops on the subjects of entrepreneurship, leadership, social enterprise, and doing business in China. He is passionate about helping individuals and organizations identify their purpose to accomplish their goals. Sebastian holds master's degrees in international management and in global entrepreneurship.

Integrated marketing: Innovation and Strategy -- June Bu

June is an accomplished Independent Marketing Consultant and Executive Coach. She has worked with various companies, including Johnson and Johnson, Merck Consumer Care, Wonder Milk, Church & Dwight, Mattel, Jahwa, Omey as well as start-up businesses such as Abest Education, Aedify Group, cakeland.com, wowyoung.org, and Ustore. She has a wealth of experience in strategic marketing, brand equity management, integrated brand communication, consumer relationship management, insight and new product development, professional marketing, and marketing talent development. June also actively participates in marketing talent education, teaching "Brand Management" at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics as well as "Fashion & Lifestyle Marketing" at Conde Nast Center of Fashion and Design. June also works as an executive mentor for CEIBS MBA ICSP and the NYU Shanghai Real Business Case program.

U.S.-China Dialogue: Joining the Discussion -- Ivan Rasmussen

Ivan Willis Rasmussen is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Political Science at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College and a Research Fellow with the International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. He holds a Ph.D. from Tufts University along with a Master’s degree also from Tufts and a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He has taught and researched at a variety of institutions including Hamilton College, Tufts University, Harvard Kennedy School, Boston College, and People’s University in Beijing. He previously worked for the US Department of State, Duke University/Gates Foundation, and the RAND Corporation. Professor Rasmussen is a member of the American Political Science Association, International Studies Association, and Association of Asian Studies along with acting as a reviewer for various journals such as International Security. His research has appeared in the Asian Journal of Public Affairs and the Chinese Yearbook of International Law and Affairs. More information can be found on his website: http://ivanrasmussen.com.

Web Design: Creativity Meets Technology -- Aven Le Zhou

Le Zhou, also known as Aven, is a cross-disciplinary designer and researcher based in Shanghai. His recent work focuses on creative coding, interactive technology, computational geometry, and digital fabrication. He graduated from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a degree in architecture and is currently a consultant at Interactive Media Arts, NYU Shanghai as well as an adjunct professor at the Shanghai Art and Design Academy.

Web Design: Creativity Meets Technology -- Jiwon Shin

Jiwon Shin is an interdisciplinary artist and programmer. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Computer Science and Visual Arts from New York University Abu Dhabi. Her past work ranges from full-stack web development to artwork such as public sculptures, performances, and generative visuals, most of which utilize programming in environments such as Arduino, Processing, p5.js, three.js and node.js. Most of her work explores new methods of communication that are simultaneously digital and analog. More detailed information about her work is available on her website: jiwonshin.com

 

Week 3 第三周

Global Finance -- Nicole Wang

Nicole Wang is a Shanghai-based financial trainer for banks (eg. Bank of China), and a guest lecturer for finance courses in many Chinese universities (eg. Shanghai Foreign Language University). She is also the founder of Mitang Academic Services, helping hundreds of overseas Chinese students with their studies when they are studying abroad. Prior to that, she was the youngest fund manager in one of Europe's largest asset management companies ING, managing over 10 billion euros together with her Fixed Income team. She also had investment banking experience while she worked with Royal Bank of Scotland in London. She obtained her Master's degree in Statistics from Columbia University, and her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Finance from University of Amsterdam.

Entrepreneurial Problem Solving -- Sebastian Martin

Sebastian Martin is the founder and CEO of Cambio Coffee, an organic specialty coffee company that focuses on impactful sourcing, and developing wholesale, online, and retail distribution channels in China. He has been a mentor and adviser to dozens of early stage entrepreneurs and start ups and specializes in the areas of cross-cultural branding, strategy, business planning, and fundraising. An expert and practitioner in the field of social enterprise, Sebastian is on the board of Fresh Start Rotary Club, a volunteer group dedicated to empowering social entrepreneurs in China. He has extensive experience in creating hands-on learning environments and leading classes, talks, and workshops on the subjects of entrepreneurship, leadership, social enterprise, and doing business in China. He is passionate about helping individuals and organizations identify their purpose to accomplish their goals. Sebastian holds master's degrees in international management and in global entrepreneurship.

Applied Psychology: the Brain, Thinking and Behavior -- KC Lee

Dr. KC Lee is a psychologist specializing in Contextual Behavioral Science and trans-diagnostic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches. He completed his doctoral studies in Counseling Psychology in London and holds a Masters in Social Science in Professional Counseling (Singapore) and a Masters in Psychology (London). His areas of specialty include treating depression symptoms and anxiety disorders, marriage counseling, stress, addiction and other mental health and mental disorders, as well as personal and professional coaching. Dr. Lee is also an academic staff member familiar with tertiary education, including thesis and research supervision. He also provides clinical supervision to trainee counsellors and psychologists. He has practiced clinically in Singapore, London and Shanghai in wide-ranging settings, and speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Digital Filmmaking: Telling A Story Through Technology -- Jiwon Shin

Jiwon Shin is an interdisciplinary artist and programmer. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Computer Science and Visual Arts from New York University Abu Dhabi. Her past work ranges from full-stack web development to artwork such as public sculptures, performances, and generative visuals, most of which utilize programming in environments such as Arduino, Processing, p5.js, three.js and node.js. Most of her work explores new methods of communication that are simultaneously digital and analog. More detailed information about her work is available on her website: jiwonshin.com

 

Week 4 第四周

Global Finance -- Nicole Wang

Nicole Wang is a Shanghai-based financial trainer for banks (eg. Bank of China), and a guest lecturer for finance courses in many Chinese universities (eg. Shanghai Foreign Language University). She is also the founder of Mitang Academic Services, helping hundreds of overseas Chinese students with their studies when they are studying abroad. Prior to that, she was the youngest fund manager in one of Europe's largest asset management companies ING, managing over 10 billion euros together with her Fixed Income team. She also had investment banking experience while she worked with Royal Bank of Scotland in London. She obtained her Master's degree in Statistics from Columbia University, and her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Finance from University of Amsterdam.

Sports Business in a Globalized World -- Jane (Rizhen) Wang

Jane (Rizhen) Wang currently serves as Manager, Sports Business Intelligence at HKS Architects, one of the world’s top 10 architect firms. HKS Architects has 30 international offices and 1500 employees, and has designed the U.S. Bank Stadium, AT&T Stadium, American Airlines Center, USTA National Campus, and many more. Jane specializes in the areas of sports marketing, revenue strategy, business development, client relationship management, and project management. Previously, she has worked in various areas of the sports industry, including event operations at the Beijing Sports Bureau, sports broadcasting at FOX Sports, social media at Bayern Munich, ticketing and digital strategy at the U.S. Tennis Association, sponsorship at Engine Group, and management consulting at Bain & Company. Jane holds an M.S. in Sports Management from Columbia University, B.S. in Economics from Peking University and B.A. in Sports Industry Management from Beijing Sport University.

Creative Writing: Finding Truth In Fiction -- Clemon Courtney

Clemon Courtney graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in Creative Writing. At 14, the Chicago native attended Northfield Mount Hermon School, where he enjoyed reading and writing short stories when he wasn't studying or watching The Simpsons. At Lake Forest College, he worked  as a columnist for the College's newspaper and a peer tutor. After college, Clemon moved to Shanghai, intending to stay for just a year. Instantly charmed by this dynamic city, he has made Shanghai his second home after living here for 13 years. After over a decade of teaching writing, literature and test preparation at schools including Livingston American School and the Lycée Francais de Shanghai, he is now the owner and founder of a writing services company, aptly called The Write Place. Clemon is absolutely elated to share his love of English with students in a city brimming with energy and possibility! 

Fashion Beyond Borders: Exploring the Global Fashion Industry -- Susan Jenkyn-Jones

Susan Jenkyn-Jones, currently Professor and Director of Fashion Excellence at Conde Nast Center, Shanghai, is committed to developing the quality and the reputation of emergent Asian designers and future innovation entrepreneurs for the creation of fresh business models. She has been a Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martin's and London College of Fashion, has worked at IFA in Shanghai, and has been on both recruitment panels and external examination boards for universities in England and Asia. She has operated and owned three design companies and retail shops in London, and has consulted for the Textile Institute, the UK Design Council, and EU (Euratex) consortium concerning fashion and e-commerce. Susan is in demand as a conference speaker and contributor to panel discussions on subjects as diverse as education, the future of design, fashion, digital production, sustainability and fashion e-commerce.