Instructor Bios

 

Week 1 第一周

China - U.S. 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. In addition, Dr. Rasmussen is a co-author of the recent book At the Dawn of Belt and Road. More information can be found on his website.

Making Data Talk: Finding Solutions to Health Problems -- Chenkai Wu

Dr. Chenkai Wu is an Assistant Professor of Global Health and Associate Director of Graduate Studies, MSc Global Health at Duke Kunshan University. Dr. Wu has a M.S. in Human Development and Family Sciences, an M.P.H. in Biostatistics, and a Ph.D. in Public Health from Oregon State University. His main research interests include prevention of cardiovascular disease, frailty, and disability, promotion of healthy aging and longevity, and implications of big data in clinical practice. Dr. Wu has published over 25 papers in the fields of epidemiology, gerontology, and cardiovascular disease. His work has been featured in major national and international media, including the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, the National Public Radio, and Harvard Business Review.

Introduction to Computer Art and Drawing (Creative Coding) -- Aven Le Zhou

Aven Le Zhou(周乐)is Chinese artist and creative technologist works with Artificial Intelligence (AI). He founded the AI-augmented creativity and art studio -- artMachines and leads cross-disciplinary practices in said organization. His artworks and research interests spread in interactive media, generative art and computer vision art. He recently focuses on utilizing artificial intelligence/ machine learning to create art. His first solo exhibition “The Love of Shanshui”(乐山爱水)was held in Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art. Some of his recent solo exhibitions include "Chinese New Literati, 2019. Shanghai World Expo Exhibition& Convention Centre, Shanghai", "Chinese New Literati, 2019. Shanghai DaNing Library, Shanghai", and some selected group exhibitions include "Computer Vision for Fashion, Art and Design, 2019. Computer Vision Art Gallery, Seoual, Korean", "Dialog: a bit more AI, 2018. Fouhaus +, Shanghai", "SHANSHUIDaDA, 2018. Yeah!Nah Gallery, Shanghai", " Machine Learning for Creativity and Design at NeurIPS, 2018. AI Art Gallery, Montreal". Aven teaches AI Arts, Computer Arts and Interactive Media Arts in various institutions. Most recently, he teaches AI Arts, and Interactive Machine Learning at Interactive Media Arts Program at New York University, Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) and Computer Arts courses at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Before that, he taught New Media Art major at WPP school, Shanghai Art and Design Academy from 2016 to 2018, and was a resident research fellow at NYU Shanghai from 2015 to 2017.

 

Week 2 第二周

Entrepreneurial Problem Solving -- Enrico Iaria

Enrico IARIA is among the few foreigners — and only Italian — ever listed on Forbes China 30 Under 30, indicated as one of the most influential young innovators in China and later recognized by several media outlets including Forbes and Fortune, as one of the top experts in innovation management and new technologies. Based in China for about 10 years, Enrico is a serial entrepreneur and consultant. He is the founder of DooPlus Group, an innovative platform focusing on the development and management of open innovation programs and entrepreneurial educational trainings; co-founder and/or shareholder of numerous technology startups, as well as of SPICI, consulting company dedicated to innovation management processes, technology transfer and entrepreneurial educational programs with offices in Italy and China.

Enrico is a strategic consultant of several multinational companies, startups and government administrations and also professor at Shanghai Normal University, running entrepreneurial and innovation management courses also at ESSCA School of Managment and New York University, Shanghai. He is a former faculty member at Shanghai International Studies University and is also among the few foreigners who lead courses at the China Government Institute, Shanghai Municipal People’s Government.

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.

Integrated Marketing: Consumer, Experience and Strategy -- June Bu 

June is an accomplished Independent Marketing Consultant and Executive Coach. Previously, she was head of marketing responsible for all personal care brands at Johnson & Johnson.  In the past 6 years, June has worked with companies like Merck Consumer Care, Wonder Milk, Church & Dwight, Mattel, Jahwa, Pepsi Lipton, Ferrero on marketing strategies, brand building and talent development. June actively participates marketing talent education. She is the founder of “Superhero Marketer” training programs, and also taught ‘Brand Management’ programs at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, ‘Fashion & Lifestyle Marketing’ at Condé Nast Centre of Fashion & Design, NYU Shanghai School of Professional Studies. June is a Kellogg Executive Scholar of Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University. She has wealthy experience in strategic marketing, brand equity management, integrated brand communication, consumer relationship management, insight & new product development, professional marketing, as well as marketing talent development. She also works as an executive mentor for CEIBS MBA ICSP and Shanghai NYU Real Business Case program. 

Creative Coding and Games -- Aven Le Zhou

Aven Le Zhou(周乐)is Chinese artist and creative technologist works with Artificial Intelligence (AI). He founded the AI-augmented creativity and art studio -- artMachines and leads cross-disciplinary practices in said organization. His artworks and research interests spread in interactive media, generative art and computer vision art. He recently focuses on utilizing artificial intelligence/ machine learning to create art. His first solo exhibition “The Love of Shanshui”(乐山爱水)was held in Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art. Some of his recent solo exhibitions include "Chinese New Literati, 2019. Shanghai World Expo Exhibition& Convention Centre, Shanghai", "Chinese New Literati, 2019. Shanghai DaNing Library, Shanghai", and some selected group exhibitions include "Computer Vision for Fashion, Art and Design, 2019. Computer Vision Art Gallery, Seoual, Korean", "Dialog: a bit more AI, 2018. Fouhaus +, Shanghai", "SHANSHUIDaDA, 2018. Yeah!Nah Gallery, Shanghai", " Machine Learning for Creativity and Design at NeurIPS, 2018. AI Art Gallery, Montreal". Aven teaches AI Arts, Computer Arts and Interactive Media Arts in various institutions. Most recently, he teaches AI Arts, and Interactive Machine Learning at Interactive Media Arts Program at New York University, Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) and Computer Arts courses at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Before that, he taught New Media Art major at WPP school, Shanghai Art and Design Academy from 2016 to 2018, and was a resident research fellow at NYU Shanghai from 2015 to 2017.

Event Planning and Management -- Stephane de Montgros

After graduating from Ecole Centrale Paris, the leading Engineering University in France, and working in the United States, Stephane embarked on a new adventure in China. In 2003, he moved to Shanghai with an American automotive corporation. During his tenure, he learnt how to conduct business in a challenging and unfamiliar environment. Having the desire to start his own company and a passion for people and communications, it did not take long before Riviera Events was born. With a keen interest in technology, Stephane stays ahead of the technological advances in digital marketing, interactive installations and connected displays. Off the back of Riviera Events, Stephane then co-founded Stelliers, the leading hotelier awards platform, focusing primarily on recognising individual hoteliers and encouraging the younger generation to join the hotel industry.

 

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.

Seeing the "Big Picture" in Short Stories -- 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 15 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! 

Programming Web Design: Creativity Meets Technology -- Aven Le Zhou

Aven Le Zhou(周乐)is Chinese artist and creative technologist works with Artificial Intelligence (AI). He founded the AI-augmented creativity and art studio -- artMachines and leads cross-disciplinary practices in said organization. His artworks and research interests spread in interactive media, generative art and computer vision art. He recently focuses on utilizing artificial intelligence/ machine learning to create art. His first solo exhibition “The Love of Shanshui”(乐山爱水)was held in Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art. Some of his recent solo exhibitions include "Chinese New Literati, 2019. Shanghai World Expo Exhibition& Convention Centre, Shanghai", "Chinese New Literati, 2019. Shanghai DaNing Library, Shanghai", and some selected group exhibitions include "Computer Vision for Fashion, Art and Design, 2019. Computer Vision Art Gallery, Seoual, Korean", "Dialog: a bit more AI, 2018. Fouhaus +, Shanghai", "SHANSHUIDaDA, 2018. Yeah!Nah Gallery, Shanghai", " Machine Learning for Creativity and Design at NeurIPS, 2018. AI Art Gallery, Montreal". Aven teaches AI Arts, Computer Arts and Interactive Media Arts in various institutions. Most recently, he teaches AI Arts, and Interactive Machine Learning at Interactive Media Arts Program at New York University, Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) and Computer Arts courses at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Before that, he taught New Media Art major at WPP school, Shanghai Art and Design Academy from 2016 to 2018, and was a resident research fellow at NYU Shanghai from 2015 to 2017.

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.

Restaurant Entrepreneurship: Examining the Business of Restaurants -- Dr. Sacha Stocklin , ​Chef Francois Giussani, ​Benny Hu

Dr. Sacha Stocklin is from Switzerland and the managing director of the Center of innovative and entrepreneurial Culinary Arts and Services (CieCAS). CieCAS works in collaboration with the Institute for Economic Promotion (WIFI International) of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, bringing to China official European food and beverage education to exceptional chefs and restaurant managers. Dr. Stocklin has nearly 20 years of experience in hospitality education, working as college director, academic dean, program manager, and lecturer for Les Roches and the Swiss Education Group. Dr. Stocklin a Certified Hospitality Educator and holds a Doctorate in education (EdD) with a focus on Educational Management. 

Chef Francois Giussani, a Swiss national and the culinary program manager of CieCAS, has over 30 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry. He has been employed as chef, restaurateur, caterer, retailer and trainer. He speaks fluently 5 languages and graduated from EHL (Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland), one of the most renowned schools in the world is passionate about Culinary Arts. He received his passion for Culinary Arts from the late Chef Paul Bocuse, and then decided to become a Swiss Federal Certified Chef. Chef Francois worked around the world in prestigious hotel groups such as Four Seasons, Sheraton, Swissotel and Moevenpick, assisted Michelin Stars Chefs in Asia and Middle East during exclusive events and in upscale hospitals, such as the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Chef Francois’ expertise is in setting up safety service flows, cleaning standards, and offering delicious and nutritious meals for clinical patients. 

Benny Hu, a Chinese national, graduated with a Master of Arts in Tourism and Hotel Management. Mr Hu is an expert for food and beverage operations management, and has extensive experience as a hospitality instructor. Mr Hu is the service program manager by the Center of innovative and entrepreneurial Culinary Arts and Services (CieCAS), and has been teaching in Thailand for the renowned Le Cordon Bleu – Dusit Thani College in Bangkok, and for Les Roches Jin Jiang in China. Mr. Hu taught subjects a vast variety of restaurant management and service subjects such as F&B Cost Control, Banquet and Convention Services, Managerial Hotel Accounting, Hospitality Promotions and Marketing, Hotel Quality Management. In addition, he has a great understanding of the upscale food and beverage industry working as director of operations and food and beverage for renowned groups such as Compass, Meican, Sun Chateau, Intercontinental, and Langham hotels.

 

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.

Applied Psychology: Understanding the Brain, Thinking, and Behavior -- Lixuan Cui

Lixian Cui is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at NYU Shanghai and also a faculty affiliate in the Department of Applied Psychology, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. He holds a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, a M.S. from Sun Yan-sen University, and a B.S. from Southwest China Normal University (now Southwest University). Dr. Cui’s research focus on child and adolescent social and emotional development in various contexts, with a focus on emotion socialization in family, school, peer, and cultural contexts. Particularly, Dr. Cui is interested in physiological measures of stress and emotion (e.g., respiratory sinus arrhythmia, skin conductance, heart rate, cortisol) during social interactions. A second line of Dr. Cui’s research concerns mental health and family dynamics among LGBT youth and young adults. His work has appeared in prestigious scientific journals such as Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Emotion, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, the Journal of Early Adolescence, and Parenting: Science and Practice.​

Nonprofit initiatives for public goods -- Minchao Jin

Minchao Jin earned his PhD and master of social work at the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, the U.S. and a bachelor degree of science at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work and an affiliated faculty member at NYU Shanghai. His research areas are financial capability and financial inclusion. Dr. Jin had practice experience in poverty alleviation and community development in the U.S. and is now focused on Chinese social work and philanthropy development via providing training and program evaluations for nonprofit agencies.

Digital Filmmaking: Telling a Story Through Technology -- Yifan Hu / Li Wanyu

​Cindy Yifan Hu is a new media artist, designer and researcher based in Shanghai. Her work focuses on exploring how technology enables new narratives in storytelling, education and visual culture. She graduated from NYU Shanghai Interactive Media Arts program and is now an Associate Fellow here.

Liwa is a visual designer, photographer and video maker. She is devoted to produce video documentaries, motion graphics, audio visual performance and design graphics and exhibitions. She has made videos for many companies like robotic company GOOGOL TECH for marketing, IQIYI for entertaining shows, OF Course for online classes and Art Machines for exhibition documentaries. She currently works for Art Machines as a visual designer. Prior to that, she was a multimedia & visual designer at OF COURSE.

Curating Space -- Isabelle Pascal

French intellectual property lawyer turned creative director in Beijing, Isabelle Pascal loves being involved in projects that mix people and disciplines. After having spent + 10 years working with famous museums, archives and national libraries on innovative projects, Isabelle, captivated by the 5 elements philosophy, founded in 2009 in Beijing  吾号 WUHAO Curated Shop. There she curated +15 eye-catching seasonal installations, fostered + 100 brands and talents, handled + 60 creative projects and breathed new life into 2 amazing spaces : an Empress’ Chinese garden and a quirky tea house.  Consultant since 2015, she circles Asia with  十六 SHILIU, her design bureau, advising strategically innovative companies, creative agencies, upcoming brands, government, hospitality giant and smart manufacturers. In October 2017, she participated to Shanghai Fashion week curating a series of events for the Luxury group Kering including the group’s 1st « Innovative luxury Lab » at Jade house and the launch of their « my E P&L » Wechat mini program.  Motivational speaker, mentor and relentless talent advocate of Chinese cool, she is featured in + 150 international media outlets including Wallpaper, Vogue, Caijing and Casa de Abitare for her active contribution to the development of the Chinese creative scene in China and abroad.