Nominations Open for Beijing Board Positions

Nominations open from 10-28 April

Greetings UChicago Beijing Community!

The University of Chicago Alumni Club of Beijing is looking for volunteers to join the club board. Nominations are now open and will close on 28 April. Voting will take place from 1-15 May. Please find below the open positions and descrpitions. Anyone interested in volunteering for a board position should fill out the nomination form (self-nominations are welcome). Pleae note: text from nomination forms will be posted online on this website and will be included in the voting ballot.

Guidelines and Eligibility Requirements

  • To be eligible for a Board Position, all nominees must have volunteered in some capacity for any length of time for any UChicago or Chicago Booth alumni club or for any other area of the University (e.g., interviewing prospective students for the Admissions office)
  • Board terms will be two years, and each board member will not serve more than two consecutive terms
  • Board members will be democratically elected by a majority vote of the Beijing alumni, parents, and friends community. Electronic ballot will be maintained by the Alumni Association and hosted on the Alumni Club of Beijing website

Open Positions

  • Responsible for overall strategy and operations of club in coordination with UChicago Alumni Association
  • Develops implementation plan for term in coordination with Alumni Association staff liaison and other board officers
  • Convenes and runs board quarterly meetings
  • Serves as main point of contact with the Alumni Association staff liaison
Vice President/Secretary
  • Assists President with strategic oversight and operations of club
  • Responsible for logistics of board meetings, including scheduling, generating and circulating agendas, and taking minutes 
  • Maintains current roster of board and volunteer personnel, including election cycles and upcoming term limits
  • Responsible for submitting event attendance to Alumni Association
Program Chair
  • Responsible for quality and consistency of club programming
  • Oversees the planning and execution of regular club events targeted toward the broader UChicago alumni, parents, and friends community in Beijing
  • Recruits and manages Program Committee volunteers, delegates events tasks to committee members

Outreach and Communications Chair

  • Oversees club’s external communications 
  • Coordinates with Program Chair to develop and implement marketing and outreach strategy for events
  • Writes and sends UCCO website newsletters, posts events online, maintains social media communications

Young Alumni Chair

  • Maintains a wide network of young alumni connections and serves as the point of contact for the club to young alumni in the region 
  • Coordinates with Programming Chair to plan and host programming aimed towards young alumni, including both social and career/networking events
  • Recruits and oversees Young Alumni Committee volunteers who assist with organizing young alumni events and promotes young alumni attendance for all relevant club events 

Questions or concerns should be directed to



Jun Wei, AM'07, Nominated for Vice President/Secretary
 Nomination Received: 12 April, 2:01AM CST

What has your University of Chicago experience meant to you?
My University of Chicago experience meant to me is to learn think and analyze critically and with a comprehensive perspective on addressing issues.

Briefly state why you are interested in serving as a Board Member for the Alumni Club of Beijing
As the founding director of U.S.-China Foundation for Exchange and Development, I have been served as a bridge between Chinese local governments and agencies, chambers, and associations; and public and private entities and their counterpart in the United States for nine years. I would like to bring these experience ,expertise, and network to the Alumni Club of Beijing.

How have you been engaged with the University of Chicago alumni community in Beijing in the past?
I have participated several events which have been hosted by the University of Chicago alumni community in Beijing in 2016 and 2017.

What skills and expertise do you feel you could bring to the Alumni Club of Beijing Board?
Based on my ten years of experience of U.S.-China Exchange Programs, I can provide strategic and innovative relationship management and advice ; crafting roadmaps to achieve the goal, developing partnerships with companies, and Chinese local governments and agencies, chambers, and associations and public and private entities to serve University of Chicago alumni community. 

Taili Wang,LLM'03, Nominated for Vice President/Secretary
  Nomination Received: 13 April, 3:14AM CST
What has your University of Chicago experience meant to you?
I got the LLM degree from the University of Chicago Law School and passed the New York Bar Examinations, so I have been the registered lawyer of both China and New York State of USA. When I provide legal advice to my clients, I think about legal issues from both the Chinese legal aspect and the American legal aspect, so my view is relatively broad. As the Chinese legislation has been evolving and changing rapidly, learning from the American legal system and other nations is the obvious phenomenon. In terms of the legal profession, the ability of prediction and knowing higher standards is important. The training and learning in UofChicago Law School is the advantage for my professional career. Since the Chinese rules have been changing rapidly, it is important and not easy to assist your clients to develop in China and be in compliance with the Chinese regulations at the same time. UChicago alumni need legal assistance since many alumni have been doing business in China, whether in big international companies or in start-ups. Protecting their interest and giving legal advice to them are our responsibilities and capacity. It feels good to have skills to help others, especially to help alumni. 

Briefly state why you are interested in serving as a Board Member for the Alumni Club of Beijing.
Networks and connection are important for alumni to develop in China. Knowing each other is the precondition to work together in the future. I would like to help arrange events for alumni in China. An Alumni club is a bridge to connect friends and establish friendship for alumni. The trust cost for alumni is relatively low. I think contributing to alumni is a good giveback to UofChicago. After working many years, you always want to give back to the school where you learned and the place you go from to the next stage. 
How have you been engaged with the University of Chicago alumni community in Beijing in the past?
I have attended many events of UChicago in Beijing and known many alumni of University of Chicago. It has been my honor to have the opportunities to help some alumni to solve problems, personal or business related. For example, a Chinese company stole bios of two Booth alumni, one was in London and one in Tokyo. The Chinese company illegally used their bios to make fake statement that they were the senior advisors to the company. With their authorization and on behalf of them, I contacted the Chinese company to demand the deletion of the fake statement. The Chinese company immediately deleted the fake statement. Alumni of UChicago have been active in the Chinese market and I have known some alumni in business transactions. It is good to work with alumni. It is wonderful to see the deal successful. 
What skills and expertise do you feel you could bring to the Alumni Club of Beijing Board?
It will be a good mix to have alumni from various schools of UChicago. As a lawyer graduated from UChicago Law School, I always think things from the legal aspect, which is the skill and expertise I can bring to the Alumni Club of Beijing Board. As a legal mentor of the Entrepreneurs School of WRSA (Western Returned Scholars Association of China), I can help enhance the connection between the Alumni Club of Beijing of UChicago and WRSA. If needed, I can help enhance the relation between the Alumni Club of Beijing of UChicago and the Peking University Law School where I got the bachelor degree.
Adam Sun, MBA'98, Nominated for President
  Nomination Received: 13 April, 5:21AM CST

What has your University of Chicago experience meant to you?
When I first came to Chicago to attend the MBA program in 1996, I have not had spent extended time overseas. In retrospective, those two years at the University of Chicago have laid down the pillars for my professional career as well as my personal life. The University of Chicago experience is an incredible blessing to me.

First, the Chicago experience has greatly expanded my perspectives and enabled me to become a vigorous thinker. I benefited tremendously from the structured and vigorous approaches preached at University of Chicago. The lectures of Professor Eugene Fama, Professor Kaplan and Professor Ming Huang, to name a few, were not walks in the park in any sense, not in the best time in Chicago. Those endless hours in the classroom and library, deadlines for group projects, even pizza and beer time with friends have instilled a vigorous and analytical mindset in me. I was converted into a believer of “Chicago School of Thinking”, which values independent thinking and intellectual integrity. It has become almost a second nature for me.

Next, the University of Chicago education has helped me to gain a fundamental appreciation of human incentive and how it functions both on Wall Street and Main Street. From CAPM to Efficient Market Theory, the inner link is a understanding of how and why people behave in a certain way under certain circumstances. As Professor Thaler has excellently elaborated in his book, Misbehaving, humans often do not behave in the so-called rational way in the real world. This enlightening hypothesis becomes a bridge connecting the worlds of humans and econs - where theory and reality meet. Either as a management consultant or as an investor, I always attempt to get a clear picture of the incentive and motivation of all stakeholders. In the highly competitive world of biotech VC investment, the close rapport between an entrepreneur and an investor can often become the deal maker for our fund.

Last but not the least, the University of Chicago community is extremely close, highly supportive and very, very resourceful. Probably due to the endless hours we spent together to crunch numbers, Chicago alums have become a very close-knit community. At every stage of my career, I was blessed with valuable guidance and selfless assistance from the Chicago family. The first investment project in China that I have done in 2008, after I spent 12 years in the USA, would not be possible without the help and advice from a Chicago alum, David Han. As the Chicago family grows stronger, we have organized regular gatherings and various events to promote interaction among alumni of different age and background. I always told the young alumni who are seeking advice to just keep working on their dreams as “You can find the best teammates, coaches, trainers and fans in the University of Chicago community”.

To summarize, the Chicago experience has helped me to become a good thinker, a better communicator and mostly important, a proud life-time member of the community.

Briefly state why you are interested in serving as a Board Member for the Alumni Club of Beijing.
As a senior member of the Chicago alumni community in China, I feel the obligation to share my experience and insights with the young alumni, providing the same guidance and help I received from my Chicago mentors. Also, we will initiate a program to expand the impact of University of Chicago in China, including public awareness campaign, fund raising, summer and winter programs for high-school students in China and regular visits by faculty members. Through our collective efforts, we can help University of Chicago to become the most recognized academic institution in China.

How have you been engaged with the University of Chicago alumni community in Beijing in the past?
Since my return to China in 2008, I have become an active member of the Chicago alumni community in Beijing. The success of the alumni club needs the efforts and involvement of all members of the community. My involvement of the alumni work can be summarized in the following aspects:

  • Application interviews and orientation program: I have volunteered for interviews and orientations for applicants of Booth School of Business. During the interviews, I got to meet and evaluate many outstanding applicants to Booth. Through our face to face conversation, I was able to reach an objective assessment of the applicants and to provide the opinion to the application committee. It was a very rewarding experience to help these young applicants to become members of the Chicago family, contributing to the diversified culture of University of Chicago.
  • I am actively involved in various alumni events and conferences, including the Booth Summit in 2016 and the Chicago New Year Gala in 2017. The Booth Summit was held in the summer of 2016 in Shanghai, with over 400 participants from around the world. It was the first such event held in Beijing and Dean Kumar delivered a keynote speech. Because of my background in the healthcare industry, I was invited to be on the Healthcare panel of the summit. In order to share industry insights and network with peers, we often organize healthcare-related seminars and panels. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to share my opinion and to learn from the perspectives of other alumni and industry experts. 
  • University of Chicago Medicine (UCM)’s expansion in China: In 2015 and 2016, I have worked with the UCM, including Emilio Williams and his team, to evaluate the potential market expansion opportunities in China. I have accompanied the UCM team to visit various cities and hospitals to gain the first-hand knowledge of the healthcare sector in China. I have also visited UCM to discuss different options of market entry. In 2015, UCM signed a multi-year partnership agreement with China Century Group, a leading private conglomerate founded by Dave Chenn, an extinguished alum of Booth ‘99 and a generous donor to University of Chicago. The partnership was very successful and helped UCM to build up a strong presence in the fast-growing Chinese market.

In July 2014, Liang Zhao, Booth ’99, passed away after battling cancer, leaving behind a family with a young daughter. In order to show the support and solidarity of Chicago family, I became the contact person for the donation to his family and we organized a memorial service for him in the Beijing Center. More than 200 people participated the service, including Chicago alumni, his college classmates and former colleagues from all the companies that he has worked before. The donation and the memorial were a token of our support to his family, demonstrating the care of Chicago community.

In summary, I have been an active member of the Chicago alumni community in Beijing. I will devote more time and resources. 

What skills and expertise do you feel you could bring to the Alumni Club of Beijing Board?
I will bring my experience in corporate financial management, as I was the CFO of a public company, to the work of Alumni Club to promote transparency and control. From 2011 to 2016, I have served as CFO and Chief Investment Officer of Concord Medical, an NYSE-listed company in the healthcare sector. I was in charge of the accounting, reporting, budgeting and financial analysis of the company, so I am very familiar with the financial control and internal control processes of a public company. I would be able to apply the same methodology and thought process to the financial planning and management of the Alumni Club. As a not-for-profit organization, the Alumni Club should be subject to the same principles in financial planning. Without a well-established system of financial planning and internal control, potential donors will hesitate to open up their wallets.

Therefore, our first initiative will be to set up a well-defined financial control and supervision system under the board and auditors. The Alumni Club will disclose its budget and financial statements to the whole alumni community regularly.

Another initiative is to compile and publish the first Alumni Census 2017 of Greater China Area (Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan). We will compile the first State of the Alumni Club report. The census report will provide the most updated statistics, including number of alumni now working and living in the region, Year of Graduation, School, Current Occupation, etc. This report will become the most current and accurate database of the Chicago alumni in China.

Only through transparency and external supervision, we can build the Alumni Club into a sustainable venture for University of Chicago alumni in China. My past experience in financial management will be instrumental to achieve better transparency, internal control system and accountability to all alumni. 


Sixue Mao, MBA'08, Nominated for Vice President/Secretary
  Nomination Received: 13 April, 9:47AM CST 
What has your University of Chicago experience meant to you? 
The two years of experience in the University of Chicago is the most rewarding time in my entire life. The benefit of academic rigor, ideology freedom and independent thinking is far -reaching. The Noble Laurel winners are shining examples motivating me to pursue outstanding and excellence all the time. I re-shape my understanding of leadership in the world of business, which helps me to build up long-term competence of efficient decision-making, effective communication and positive influence. Most importantly, the like-minded classmates, and alumina, are lifetime friends, who I can totally trust in doing business together and have fun together. 
Briefly state why you are interested in serving as a Board Member for the Alumni Club of Beijing. 
Beijing is one of the largest alumni hubs of The University of Chicago globally. There are many brilliant school fellows in Beijing. They have different academic backgrounds and professional responsibilities, but they share a lot of similarities: being proud of our school, grateful to life and willing to give back. I hope to be part of the new Alumni Board of Beijing, uniting the most people we can, mobilizing the most resources we have, building up a strong local society and further strengthening the brand, reputation and influence of the University of Chicago in the Great China area. 
How have you been engaged with the University of Chicago alumni community in Beijing in the past? 
I have been actively involved into the alumni community of Booth Business School. We have a terrific B-school Alumni Board in Beijing, which organized many interesting events in the past one year in Beijing. I assisted them on some of those events, helping invite prestigious speakers, arranging logistics and etc. Now they are preparing the second China Summit to be held in Sep in Beijing. I volunteer to be part of the organization team, joining the discussion of schedule layout, keynote/panel topics selection and sponsorship invitation. I enjoy very much working with all the smart and warmhearted alumni and hope the Summit will be very successful as last one in Shanghai. Couple of years before, our eminent alumni David Booth visited Beijing. I assisted Michael Zhang to host a small group discussion with Mr. Booth. I attended the Beijing Event for the 125th Anniversary of The University of Chicago in August 2015. I was encouraged by the achievements our alumni have made and moved by the contribution our alumni give back to the society. I believe that with all the support from the school and from our lovely alumni, the upcoming new Alumni Board will make their best efforts to build up a stronger local community.
What skills and expertise do you feel you could bring to the Alumni Club of Beijing Board?
The most important criteria for a candidate to be qualified as the Alumni Board Member is being selfless and dedicated. He/She can represent the common interest for the most majority. He/She can reconcile different opinions and requests. He/She can work tirelessly and balance personal and professional life. I hope I would be quailed by such standards. My career provides me advantages to approach influential alumni and distinguished personages from and outside of China. Their active interaction would significantly boost the reputation of our school in local community. 


Ben Yang, AB'12, Nominated for Young Alumni Chair
  Nomination Received: 28 April, 10:59AM CST  

What has your University of Chicago experience meant to you?
“What do you feel about Wednesdays?” And this was the first contact with the University of Chicago for me, then a 12-year-old boy in China. I was reading about Chinese students applying to universities in the United States. Among all the impressive extracurriculars that the overachievers were accomplishing, the only thing that stood out to me was this quirky prompt for the application essay. The University of Chicago was love at first sight for me - It’s a school that looks for more than club titles and test scores in a person. Then, during my high school years I crossed my intellectual paths with Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Wheelan, Steve Levitt, Fredrich Hayek… all affiliates with the University. To me, the University of Chicago meant the promised land.

Once I arrived at Hyde Park, the University fulfilled my expectations for a Life of the Mind and much more. I found myself in an intellectual bootcamp, where every aspect of my viewpoint was aggressively challenged, and my critical thinking and writing skills broken down in pieces before being put back anew. And this challenge happens not only in classrooms - it was pervasive on the campus. People would have heated discussions on the house table in the Bartlett, in a club meeting, on a chair in the Quad. And one could not count on the protection of even their own dorm room. Just to survive, I was quickly learning about choosing the right subjects, using primary sources, backing up my claims with evidence, etc. The end result is a deeply sharpened, independent mind that does not take any notion for granted and always seeks to form its own stand on issues drawing on common sense, personal experiences, and independent intellectual musings. Such is the best gift that this University—or any institution—could possibly give me and has given me. In hindsight, all the qualities that my employers and peers value in me—a rigorous thought process and general willingness and courage to tackle any difficult problems—have all been a result of my College education. This is not a claim that I make lightly, nor do I think such is a claim that many college graduates would be fortunately enough to make.

And every once in a while, maybe on some idle Wednesdays, I would stop and wonder how I could have been entirely different had I not been a Maroon.

Briefly state why you are interested in serving as a Board Member for the Alumni Club of Beijing.
I have been in Beijing for 3 years now. As a younger College alumnus, I have always felt that there is much more that can be done to engage the new alumni population. Beijing can be an incredibly massive and, to some alums, strange city to transition into when one has been living in the United States. As a young alumnus myself, I hope I can take the lead in serving improving the experience for my fellow young alumni in Beijing and set up a standard for future operations in this respect.

How have you been engaged with the University of Chicago alumni community in Beijing in the past? 
I graduated from the College in 2012 and I started volunteering as an alumnus almost immediately, first for the San Francisco Bay Area alumni club and then in Beijing. I have been interviewing applicants every year, helping out and speaking at official events organized by the University, and participating in activities in both Bay Area and Beijing. Last year, I volunteered to be a member of the Young Alumni Working Group (YAWG) to take initiative in engaging younger alumni in the Beijing region. An immediate output of YAWG was a trivia contest hosted at the Local’s bar for young alums when we saw a good turnout at that event. This year, I am currently organizing a 5-year reunion in Shanghai for Class of 2012 college alumni who are based in the Greater China region (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taiwan) and cannot make the trip to the alumni weekend/5-year reunion proper in Chicago. 

What skills and expertise do you feel you could bring to the Alumni Club of Beijing Board? 
A little bit about my background first: I have been a product manager for the past 5 years and for the past year I have been the lead product manager for a project team. In a development team, a product manger is obligated to take the initiative to ensure that the development process goes forward and that the product is delivered at the best possible quality, on schedule, and at a reasonable cost, coordinating whatever resource at his or her disposal. And as the lead product manager, I have frequently been the first person to figure out and setup the standard processes for work that other teams or colleagues have never done before. I am the go-to person for charting unknown waters at work as I have consistently proven my ability to navigate new circumstances and setting the course for future colleagues.

I am running for the Young Alumni Chair. While the goal of the position is very clear, little has been said in terms of which steps need to be taken to achieve the goal of engaging young alumni in Beijing, effectively and consistently. I believe we need to start with baby steps. Had I have the honor to serve my fellow young alumni in this post, I would devote my coordination skills and leadership into 3 main areas: 1) Work with the University’s Alumni Association, CAPS, and CAAS to set up a robust registering system to make sure we can get in touch with every alumnus in Beijing. 2) Organize at least 2 events for Beijing young alums each quarter. 3) Set up the playbook for this board position so future Young Alumni Chairs can have better clarity in executing the responsibility of the office.