Board of Trustees

Beijing City International School implements its "Head of School responsible system," which is under direct guidance of the Board of Trustees. With expertise and rich experience from international education, the business community, finance, facilities and risk management, human resources and legal areas, the board members provide direction and strategy for the sustained development of the school.

There are three committees affiliated to the board: Education & Development Committee, Finance & Operations Committee, and the Policy Committee. The Head of School sits on all committees. Each committee consists of one to two board members, with one board member as the chair of the committee, which is conducive to the timely communication channel between the board and the school.

The positive and effective relationship exists between the board and Head of School works for the best interest of all students and staff. The board convenes at least four times a year to review the Head of School and Committee work reports at major board meetings. The committees provide guidance and recommendations for all sectors of the school through meetings, consultation and discussion to address concerns and promote the development of the school.

School Founder

Mr. Ni Haohua

Mr. Ni established the Landgent Group in 1996 and has been President of the group ever since. Landgent Group has diversified interests in the areas of education, services for senior citizens, real estate, fixed asset management, and city investment and operations. The Landgent Group has programs in many areas of China including Beijing, Shan Dong, Zhejiang, and Hainan.

“To achieve one’s own goal while contributing to society” is both the fundamental concept underlying the Landgent Group and the mission guiding its development. In furtherance of this mission in 2003 Mr Ni decided to build a school that incorporates international-mindedness and meets international standards. In preparation for this project, he visited many prestigious schools in Europe, America, and Asia, as well as analyzed a large amount of data regarding educational institutions at home and abroad. Based on his findings he decided to use the International Baccalaureate (IB) as the core curriculum on which to found a high quality international school.

Working with colleagues from within the school, along with other educational experts, Mr. Ni finalized the school philosophy and personally directed every stage of campus design and construction. He also advocated the school philosophy to governors, embassy officials, and entrepreneurial friends. All this laid a solid foundation for the smooth opening of the school.

As an investor, Mr. Ni hopes that students will be proud to study in BCIS and that teachers will be delighted to teach at. He trusts that BCIS will build on its deep Chinese roots, while absorbing advanced concepts from international education to become widely respected as a model school that provides an excellent international education. His aim is that BCIS will aspire towards achieving its 100th anniversary and contribute strongly to the globalization of Chinese education.

Board Chair

Ms. An Wei

Ms. An Wei lived and studied in Beijing before pursuing further education in Macquarie, Sydney. Following that she worked in International School Singapore both in Singapore and Beijing for more than ten years, gaining extensive experience in school management.

At the end of 2004 she played a leading role in the establishment of BCIS by heading the school’s foundation team in all its preparatory work. When the school was officially opened in August 2005, she served as Head of Business and Administration. On that position she completed the establishment of the administrative and operating systems of the school.

In June 2007, Ms. An Wei was appointed Board Executive of BCIS. She facilitated the formal establishment of the school board and developed guidelines and principles for the board and the school. As the only full-time director, An Wei has served as a major channel of communication and coordination between the board, the School Head and the wider community.

In September 2011, An Wei was additionally appointed Chief Executive Officer of Yuecheng Education Management Company.

Ms. An Wei is a team member of NCCT Accreditation and has been involved in accreditation visits to many expatriate-oriented schools in China.

Board Members

Mr. Tan Wee Seng

Mr. Tan Wee Seng (陳偉成), is a professional in value and business management specializing in shareholders’ strategic value creation, merger and acquisitions, ipo and advisory in risk management and corporate governance. He is a director of Renesola PLC, 7-Days Group Holding Ltd, Beijing City International School and Landgent Group Company Limited. He has been an executive director, the chief financial officer, qualified accountant and the company secretary of Li Ning Co. Ltd. from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Tan has been instrumental in bring the Li Ning to public listing in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2004. He has also been responsible for capital planning & allocation, and led investors relation with overwhelming success, a prime mover on good corporate governance and risk management and instilled forward financial management concept. He also held various senior management positions in a number of multi-national corporations. From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Tan has been the senior vice president of Reuters China, Mongolia and North Korea regions, and chief representative of Reuters in China. Prior to that, he was the managing director of a Reuters subsidiary in Hong Kong, a major domestic equity and financial information services company, as director of its Australia subsidiary, Infocast Pty Limited and as the Reuters East Asia regional finance manager (director) respectively. He is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, United Kingdom and a fellow member of Hong Kong Institute of Directors.

Ms. Liu Peng

Ms. Liu Peng is a national registered architect with more than 20 years' practice on many type of projects awarded in design. She has education and work experience in both China and the US: bachelor of architecture from Tsinghua University in Beijing and master of architecture from Ball State University in the US.

Ms. Liu participated the design of several projects of BCIS including the technical design of ECC, the gate of BCIS and etc. Ms. Liu was also one of the parents of BCIS students, and she and her child enjoy and benefit a lot from the education of BCIS. Ms. Liu is very happy to be able to do something benefiting the development of BCIS in any way she could.

Mr. Li Zhong

Mr. Li Zhong was born in Gansu Province, China. In the past 28 years, he has been involved in the construction and energy industries, working in a number of renowned state-owned and private companies as a senior executive of finance management. Mr. Li is a certified public accountant (CPA). He is currently the CFO and GM of the strategic investment center of the YueCheng Group.

Mr. Li joined BCIS in 2005 as a board member, concentrating on finance and operation guidance. In addition to this, he is a member of the Board Finance and Operation Committee.

Mr. Fan Weifeng

Fan Weifeng is the founder and CEO of Gaozhang Capital.

Founded in 2015, Gaozhang Capital is focused on investment in the new media and education sectors, with investors including leading entrepreneurs and individuals hailing from reputed internet and finance companies and parent funds.

Fan Weifeng graduated from the Department of Trade and Economics of Renmin University of China. He wrote the book Ten Lectures on New Media (CITIC Press), which was regarded by industry experts as "a pioneering piece for the New Media sector.” Prior to this, Fan Weifeng worked in the Joint Office of the China Securities Market Design and Research Center as well as the People's Daily, where his responsibilities included coverage management and investment in newspapers, magazines, television, radio and internet. He has also been rated as one of the most forward-thinking investors in China's new entertainment sector.

Zhang Yan

Zhang Yan is President of Zhejiang Health Products & Cosmetics Industry Association, Vice-president of Zhejiang General Assembly for Non-profit Organizations, Commissioner of the Chinese Nutrition Society, and Executive President of Nutrition and Healthcare Industry Alliance of the Yangtze River Delta Area.

She has over 20 years’ work experience in industry associations, standardization organizations and other non-profit organizations, and has been one of the key managers in provincial industry associations for a significant period of time. She has extensive practical experience in industry association management, industry standard formulation, industry policy proposals, food safety regulation, and healthcare industry research among other areas. Zhang Yan led a team which performed focused research on industry association growth models, which produced innovative results used by industry associations nationwide. In 2016, she completed the one-year ‘U Theory’ course held by Tsinghua University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In order to promote philanthropic activity in industry associations nationwide, Zhang Yan created a philanthropy platform with the aim to encourage “business for good”. Since 2013, she has done substantial work to improve animal welfare, industry poverty alleviation, and nutritional improvement for children and the elderly.

Honorary Board Members

Mr. Robert Fricker

Bob Fricker is an American educator with 35 years of experience as teacher, senior administrator, Head of School, and consultant. Bob is a consultant with Carney Sandoe & Associates, which is based in Boston and consults with schools in United States and internationally. The largest consulting firm of its type, Carney Sandoe consults with schools on issues relating to organizational development, leadership transitions, strategic planning, and board governance.

Bob’s consulting is informed by his experience as a Head of School, teacher, and senior school administrator. Prior to his work in schools, Bob spent ten years as a senior administrator in American higher education, including senior leadership positions at the University of Massachusetts and the Pratt Institute in New York City.

In addition to his work with schools and colleges, Bob has served on the Boards of several organizations, including two schools in the United States. He is also the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Foundation for Children, a school reform organization that works with hundreds of public schools throughout the United States.

Mr. Hardin Coleman

Hardin Coleman has spent his career as an educator, counselor, scholar, and administrator, focused on helping adolescents become effectively engaged citizens. After starting as a religion teacher, counselor, and coach at Quaker schools in the Philadelphia area, he spent a year teaching at the Shanghai Teachers University in China. Dr. Coleman then earned his PhD from Stanford University in Counseling Psychology, with a focus on multicultural counseling. He spent 17 years as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he trained school counselors, produced research on the role of cultural identity in student achievement, and rose to the position of Associate Dean of Outreach and Multicultural Initiatives in the School of Education.

Since 2008, Dr. Coleman has served as Dean of the School of Education at Boston University. There, he has helped the school to focus on using research to improve the practice of education; preparing educators who are leaders in their schools; and meeting the needs of practicing educators through effective professional development. He is currently involved in the improvement of educational opportunities within the Boston area. He was appointed by Mayor Menino to the External Advisory Council on School Assignment, and has served as well as on the advisory boards for Edvestors and FUEL – non-profits that are driving change in urban education. He serves on the Boston School Committee, the Executive Committee for the Council of Academic Deans of Research Education Institutions, is Chair-Elect for the Organization of Institutional Affiliates with the American Education Research Association, the board of the Home for Little Wanderers, and the Beijing City International School. He is a Fellow in the Society of Counseling Psychology and has numerous publications.

Dr. Coleman is celebrating more than 30 years of marriage with Gail Coleman and enjoys watching his sons Jesse and Aaron emerge as the next generation of Coleman’s engaged in education.

Superintendent, YueCheng Education

Mr. Nick Bowley

Nick Bowley received his first degree from the University of Cambridge in 1969. A year spent volunteering as a teacher in a small Sudanese town persuaded Nick to pursue a career that combined education with travel. He met his future wife Rhona at the University of London where they both qualified as teachers before setting off to Nigeria to work in a national girls’ boarding school. Following that, Nick taught in his native UK before serving for many years in international schools in Africa and the Middle East.

In 2001, Nick gained his first experience of living and working in China when he was appointed Director of the International School of Tianjin. He worked in Tianjin for six years, and it was here that he developed a keen interest in Chinese culture and the Chinese education system. In 2007, he moved to Beijing to become Interim Head of School of BCIS for one year. Following two years living in Europe, Nick returned to BCIS as Head of School. He remained here until his retirement from full-time employment in 2013. Nick now works part-time as a consultant for the accreditation service of the Council of International Schools.

Nick has served on the IB Regional Heads’ Representative Committee, Asia-Pacific region, and on the board of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools.

Nick’s appointment as the Superintendent of YueCheng Education (YCE) provides him with the opportunity to resume his service to education at BCIS and, through YERI, to national schools in Chaoyang District and beyond. Nick feels deeply committed to YCE, to Beijing, and to the extraordinarily vibrant people of China.

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