The Board
UWC Changshu China is a non-governmental, independent and not-for-profit school. Ultimate authority for decision-making for the school lies with the School Board.
Mark Wang
Chairman of the Board

Mark is the founder of UWC Changshu China. He is member of UWC International Council and Chair of UWC China National Committee, member of IB Asia Pacific Council.

Mark was injured in an air crash when he was twelve. During the five years of rehabilitation he learned the school courses by himself and through sheer determination kept up with his peers. In 1998, through competitive selection, he got the scholarship set up by Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway and became the first student from the mainland of China to study at Red Cross Nordic UWC (RCNUWC).  In Norway, he is known as a hero for his courage and dauntless struggle with his disability. He won two gold medals at the 36th Disabled Ski Championship (1999) held in Norway. During his time at UWC, Mark wrote and published his autobiography, which became a best seller in China. Later his autobiography was adapted into a TV series, and a musical which inspired many people.  A chapter of his autobiography has been adapted for Chinese text book used by all public secondary schools in Shanghai.  

After his graduation from RCNUWC in 2000, he started to pursue his dream of opening a UWC in the mainland of China. In 2008, he became a member of UWC International Council. In 2010, together with other alumni of UWC in China, Mark founded UWC National Committee of China was founded and he became the Chairman of the Committee. In 2015, UWC Changshu China after 15 years of relentless efforts.

In 2018, Mark was elected as a deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress.

Mark also founded a number of enterprises in the Nordic region and China.

Mark graduated from RCNUWC in 2000 and later received master’s degree in Economics from Oslo University of Norway.

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Wang Yi
Vice Chairman of the Board

Yi is a co-founder of UWC Changshu China and a member of the UWC China National Committee. 

Yi currently works for Harvard University as the Executive Director of the Harvard Center Shanghai, where he oversees Harvard University’s programs in China. From 2011 to 2014, Yi was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs based in Beijing Gaohua Securities, where he led the China onshore asset management business. From 1995 to 2011, he worked at McKinsey & Company’s Toronto, New York, and Shanghai offices, and was the Partner in charge of the banking and securities practice in mainland China. Yi is passionate about education and has supported the development of UWC on a voluntary basis over many years. He has also established a college scholarship programme for Huaguang Girl’s High School in Nanning, a school dedicated to educating underprivileged minority girls in Guangxi.

Yi graduated from UWC Pearson College in Canada in 1991 and Harvard University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astrophysics. 

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Pelham Lindfield Roberts
United Kingdom

Pelham began his association with the UWC movement in 1995 when he joined UWC Atlantic College. There he taught History and Peace and Conflict Studies and ran the RNLI Lifeboat Service.  Before his appointment as Head of UWC Mahindra College in India in 2011 he had led schools in Africa, Europe and North America. At Mahindra College, he is known for his passion for bringing the UWC Mission to life within and beyond the IB, the classroom and the confines of the college campus.

After leaving Atlantic College in 2004, Pelham held Headships at Salem International College in Germany (part of Schule Schloss Salem, the first school founded by Kurt Hahn) and at IB schools in the USA and South Africa. When his wife, Ulrike, worked at the Waterford Kamhlaba UWC of Southern Africa he volunteered there, undertaking academic research.

He has a wide-range of professional experience prior to training as a teacher at Oxford University. He has a Masters in Education from Bristol University and worked on doctoral studies at Bath University where his focus has been on Leadership and creating the culture of a Learning Organization.

Pelham and his wife, Ulrike have three sons, all of whom have passed through different UWC schools and colleges. Their entire family is grounded in UWC’s mission and values and Ulrike is also taking teaching and other responsibilities in the college.

“It is our responsibility to envision the role that education has to play in our changing world, and to empower our students to not only be up to its many challenges but be forces for peace and sustainability in shaping a better future.”

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Wesley Chiu
Board Director
Hong Kong, China

Wesley is a board member of UWC Changshu China,a member of the UWC National Committee of China(as Selection Coordinator) and a financial sponsor of "UWC Go Make A Difference" programme. He is a visiting fellow at Harvard University.

Previously he worked at SCA (a global leading tissue company) as General Counsel Asia Pacific, also responsible for sustainability projects in the region. He was also a board director of Vinda (HKSE 3331), one of the leading tissue companies in China and an external postgraduate programme faculty at the Law School of Shanghai Jiaotong Univeristy.  

Wesley is enthusiastic about education. Apart from serving at UWC, he is a founding management team member of Project VolunOnline, an NGO pioneering the application of using video conferencing technology for 200+ volunteers in cities to provide real-time interactive classes to children in more than 40 remote villages in China on a daily basis.   

He graduated from LPC UWC in 1995. He then received scholarship from University College London and furthered his study at Hong Kong University. He is a qualified lawyer in Hong Kong and England.

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The Senior Leadership Team is made up of divisional heads from all branch of the school, which consists of: Academic, Co-Curricular, Residence, Chinese Education, Operations, Development, Admissions, University Counselling and IBDP Coordination:
Li Ping
Vice Principal of Chinese Programme
Hong Kong, China

Li Ping is the VP of Chinese Programme.

Li Ping graduated in 1982 from Xiamen University. She taught at the Chinese Language and Literature Department for 13 years as an Assistant Lecturer and later as a Lecturer.

From 1995 to 2015, Li Ping taught different courses including IBDP Chinese A Literature, Chinese A Literature & Language, and Chinese B at Li Po Chun United World College Hong Kong. Li Ping also played a leading role in organizing a variety of Chinese cultural activities and the China Week trips.

Li Ping is accredited by the IBO as a senior examiner in the subject of Chinese A. In recent years, she has hosted on behalf of the IBO eight training workshops for teachers covering both Chinese A and Chinese B curricula. Through her sound academic training and 32 years of teaching experience in Chinese Literature and Chinese Language, Li Ping is highly regarded in the field.  Li Ping recently co-authored and published, upon invitation and commissions of Joint Publishing (H.K.) Co. Ltd., an IB Chinese A Literature reference series of three books, IBDP Chinese A Literature Exemplary Essays I, II, and III. In September 2013, Li Ping was named an "Outstanding Educator" by the University of Chicago.

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Kokming Lee
Dean of Studies

Kokming Lee has more than sixteen years of experience teaching various levels of Mathematics in the IB Diploma Programme at Mahindra United World College of India and Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong. He was also part of the founding faculty of the International School of Asia, Karuizawa that has now become the 17th UWC in Japan. Ming has been a senior examiner for IBO for many years and contributed to the IB Mathematics SL Internal Assessment process. In recent years, he has been leading IB workshops on Mathematics. He had contributed articles to Economic and Political Weekly (India), and EduMath published by the Hong Kong Association for Mathematics Education. Ming is currently writing articles on Mathematical teaching for IB Review that is published by Hodder Education, United Kingdom.


Ming has a double major from Berea College and went on to obtain his MA from Duke University in the United States of America. He was awarded a double distinctions in his Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Mathematics) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In the past, his students had recognized him as “Outstanding and Inspiring High School Teacher”from the University of Chicago,“Most Influential Teacher”from MIT, and for“Exceptional Teaching”from Stanford University. As a graduate of UWC Adriatic in Italy, Ming enjoys supporting his students in achieving their personal best in whatever they do. 

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Shirla Sum Nga Wan
Dean of Curriculum & Director of Yushan Academy (Design & Innovation)
Hong Kong, China

Shirla leads curriculum development and evaluation in the Foundation Program, with a firm belief in a research-driven approach to curriculum design.  Shirla is also the Director of Yushan Academy Center for Design and Innovation (YSACDI). She was part of the YSACDI founding team that contributed to its conception to creation. Through work of YSACDI, Shirla hopes to encourage the UWC community and beyond to embed design thinking and an innovative, interdisciplinary approach in capturing the opportunities presented by the 21st century.

Prior to her career in education, Shirla spent five years at Goldman Sachs in New York and Hong Kong conducting macroeconomics research, covering the US and Asia-Pacific economies. Shirla is an IB examiner and used to teach different courses including Economics, Business Management, and Individuals & Societies in international schools in Hong Kong and the mainland of China.

Shirla is a graduate of Pearson College UWC in Canada, and has a double major in Economics and Philosophy from Wellesley College in the United States of America. She completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies and is currently working towards a PhD in Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education from the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include the growth of international education, Chinese students' experience of international education, and the IB Diploma Program.

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Ma Hua
Dean of Student Life

Ma Hua graduated from Shandong University with a Master of Arts degree in English Language and Literature. He taught Mandarin in York County School Division and at the College of William and Mary in Virginia as well at South Island School of English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong. Ma Hua also a taught graduate course of Education Research at the College of William and Mary. He attended IBO workshops of Chinese B, ab initio, and Theory of Knowledge, and is appointed as a Chinese B Examiner by IBO. Ma Hua currently teaches Chinese B. He is also leading a committee to design and implement the course of Chinese Studies, a school-based-subject.

Ma Hua is currently the Dean of Co-curricular and Additional Programmes at UWC Changshu China, overseeing both FP co-curricular and DP CAS programmes. The aim of the programme is to live out UWC values of cross-cultural understanding, personal challenges, responsibilities and integrity in a Chinese cultural immersion environment. 

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Tim Smith
Director of Admissions and Alumni Relations

Tim Smith has close to 25 years of experience in admissions, college counseling and teaching at some of the most prominent and selective schools in the world. He was the Director of Admission and University Advising at UWC-USA from 2004 to 2014, and College Counsellor and teacher at The American College of Sofia before that.

Tim holds a BA (summa cum laude) from the City University of New York and an MBA (with an emphasis on Operations and Strategy) from the University of New Mexico.

In Tim’s words: “The UWCs mean the world to me.I am really excited about setting up and positioning the Admissions department at UWC Changshu China for success and growth. I look forward to learning from others at UWC Changshu China and I also look forward to learning more about China and its rich culture, language and history.”

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Elisha Anderson
Head of University Counselling

Elisha has worked in Brown's Office of College Admission for the last fifteen years before joining UWC Changshu China, serving as an Associate Director and the Director of Transfer Admission. In his career at Brown Elisha read and reviewed applications from geographic regions including Washington DC, the Mid-South, Appalachia, the Deep South, New York City and Brooklyn. In his final year at Brown, Elisha read over 3300 freshman applications and chaired 17 domestic and international admission committees. Elisha has also served for several years on the judging panels of two of America's largest college scholarship programs.

Elisha holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University where he studied Modern Philosophy and Religious Studies. When not working, Elisha enjoys exercises, running, biking and playing board games.  

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Dr. Arunananda Mukherjee
IB Diploma Coordinator

Dr. Arunananda Mukherjee has been teaching Physics since 1993 in a variety of environments in the most reputed schools in India, Kuwait, Malaysia and currently, China. 

Arun is a successful IB Educator, IB Diploma Programme Workshop Leader for Extended Essay and Physics, and School Visit Team Member for Authorization and Evaluation. In addition to those, he is also IBDP Online Workshop Leader. Arun is also a leader trained to facilitate ‘learn2facilitate’ workshop, which is a training for new Online Workshop Leaders.  He is a Senior Moderator for Internal Assessment and Extended Essay for IBDP Physics. He is also a Senior Examiner and Team Leader for IBDP Exams in his own area. Recently, he has been promoted as a member of the Standardisation Committee of Physics for IBDP Examinations. He brings an unparalleled expertise in the International Baccalaureate system to the school. His work with IB has given him a better understanding of the IB Philosophy and holistic approach to the curriculum.

Arun has obtained his Undergraduate, Post-Graduate and Ph.D in Physics from Visva Bharati University, India. His research work was mainly based on Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics (SUSYQM) and he has many publications of his research in International Physics Journals during his Ph.D. Also, he received his teaching certificate from Nottingham University. 

He is intrigued by music, especially of the Indian and Western Classical genres. He loves visiting different places and deeply wants to learn about cultures of different communities around the World. 

He believes that school should be a place where students should feel comfortable and can extend their knowledge without any fear. Students also can explore many aspects of life so that they can achieve their dreams. Hence peace in life.

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