DR. DAVID CHANG
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. David C. Chang was named the ninth President of Polytechnic University, now known as Polytechnic Institute of NYU on July 1, 1994, and was appointed Chancellor in July 2005. In addition to being a full professor at his home institution, Dr. Chang also holds honorary professorships at five major universities in China.
Previously Dr. Chang was Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at Arizona State University and Chairman of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1981 to 1989 at the University of Colorado. Dr. Chang holds a Master's and Ph.D. in applied physics from Harvard University and a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 1985, is a past President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, and Chairman of the U.S. National Committee of the International Scientific Radio Union.
Dr. Chang has a distinguished record of academic achievements in electromagnetic theory, antennas analysis, microwave & optical integrated circuit. He was awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000. He co-founded in 2009 the Joint Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in 2009 between Nanjing University and Polytechnic and served as chair of its governing board, 2009-2011.
Apart from his academic activities, Dr. Chang has actively involved in a number of civic and not-for-profit organizations including serving on the Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities (CICU), a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Transition Team and Mayor's Committee on Appointments. He was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve on the Panel for Educational Policies, which is the governing board for New York City's school system, and has served in 2009-10 as its chairman. Dr. Chang is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; was on the National Advisory Council for the Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholars, 2001-2010, and is a member of The Committee of 100, a Chinese American organization dedicated to better Sino-American relations and is currently serving as a co-chair for its international programs.
Dr. Chang is a board director of two public companies, i.e. American XTAL Technology and Time Warner Cable.
He co-founded in 2011 g-MEO and has been serving as its Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer.
DR. SHERRY SUN
Chief Operating Officer and President of Greater China Operation, g-MEO
Dr. Sherry Sun has a combination of 25 years of industrial and academic experience, across financial services, consulting, software/IT, and the higher education industries in the US and China. After 15 years of US corporate practice, Sherry returned to her favorite educational industry in 2008. As an Adjunct Professor at Peking University and a Senior Fellow at Fudan University in China, she has designed and lectured in executive programs for Chinese bankers and corporate leaders and advised students’ research. She is also designated lecture professor for MBA/EDP programs at several Chinese universities. From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Sun worked as Vice President of Risk Management at Citi Card, Citigroup in New York, to lead the credit policy group to manage North American E-Business Credit Card underwriting policy and a co-brand portfolio. Prior to that, she served three years as Vice President of Decision Science at JPMorgan Chase, to manage major credit card marketing channels with analytical strategies. Before that, she held technical head and executive positions at consulting and software companies in the Greater Washington DC area. In late 1990, as a co-founder and Vice President of Wintechi Inc., Dr. Sun worked on fund raising and “Multiversity” projects.
As a scholar in Management Science and a practitioner in the banking industry, Dr. Sun has authored 40+ publications and spoken at over 40 conferences and forums, and served as an Overseas Senior Adviser and Column Author for Chinese financial magazines since early 2000s. Sherry has received numerous awards, including Citigroup Global Talent Development Program; Citi Stars; Chase Service Stars; Asia Leadership Award from Bergen Community College; Outstanding Teaching-Research Award from China Management Modernization Association.
Dr. Sun has also served non-profits and on their boards. She is one of the founders and served as Executive Director of the Chinese American Bankers Association (CABA) since 2002. She was a founding member of the Chinese Association of Science and Business (CASB) in NY and the Washington Chinese Professional Forum (WCPF) in Washington, DC. Sherry is an active member of the International Association of Finance Engineering (IAFE), Professional Risk Management of International Association (PRMIA), the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), the Asian Financial Society (AFS), and the Chinese Economist Society (CES).
Sherry received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Management Science from University of Maryland, where she was honored with the Paine Doctoral Award for Academic Achievement. Sherry also earned her M.S. Certificate and B.S. in Physics from Yunnan University and Nankai University in China, respectively.
Dr. Sun is currently serving as Chief Operating Officer and President of Greater China Operation
Secretary of the Board
Mr. Daniel Lou started his career in the United States as a journalist, first as an intern to Institutional Investor's Newsletter Division, then as a reporter covering New York City's Chinese community with the World Journal - the largest Chinese language daily newspaper in the United States, then as a reporter at its business and finance desk covering Wall Street, US and China business and trade as well as high-tech industry and those high-tech firms started by Chinese Americans in the United States
In May 2001, Mr. Lou joined New York Life's Cultural Market Division, moving up from senior market management associate, to market management consultant and director specializing in marketing and communications. Over the past 10 years, he has helped develop and execute this Fortune 100 company's overall strategies for developing the Chinese American Market in the United States and helped the Company establish a dominant position in the market.
With an entrepreneurial spirit in his blood, Mr. Lou has participated in numerous start-up companies.
Daniel graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism with a Master of Science degree in 1994. He was a graduate of Peking University with a BA majoring in Philosophy in 1988. Before he came to the States to pursue his graduate studies in journalism, he worked as a reporter, translator and editor for Beijing Review in China.
Mr. Lou has been active in the professional and business community. He co-founded Chinese Investors Association in February 2001 and served as its President for over seven years. He also reorganized Peking University Alumni Association of Greater New York in early 2008 and served as its President for two years.
Mr. Lou is a co-founder of g-MEO and is currently serving as its Secretary of the Board
DR. MINGZHENG SHI
Senior Advisor to the Chairman
Mingzheng Shi is currently Executive Director of Duke Kunshan University Initiative. Born and raised in China, he earned his undergraduate degree at Peking University, his Ph.D. in Chinese History at Columbia University and a master's degree in American Studies from the University of Connecticut. He built a successful academic career at U.S. institutions including the University of Houston and University of Hawaii, Manoa, before returning to China in 2000. Dr. Shi has taught extensively in the areas of Chinese history and culture and urban studies at NYU's campuses in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi and at the Council on International Educational Exchange Study Center in Shanghai. He has also held senior management and program administration roles with CIEE and NYU Shanghai. He has served as a research fellow with the National Program for Advanced Study and Research in China, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr. Shi is currently a Senior Advisor to the Chairman at g-MEO.
CECILIA M. CHANG
Director, External Relations
Cecilia Chang started her career in the US as a public school teacher in the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado for over twenty years, specializing in teaching gifted and talented students in primary grades. She has received numerous recognitions, including being nominated for the Westinghouse Best Teacher's Award in 1992. Cecilia took early retirement and came to New York when her husband David assumed the Presidency at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY in 1994. She was active in school, community and international University affairs. She received an award from CTUAAA, the North American Alumni Association for all five Jiao Tong Universities in 2005 for her dedication and contributions. She served for many years as Director for International Development at Polytechnic and later on the Promise Fund Board. The latter was dedicated to raise scholarships for economically disadvantaged college-age students, raising an average of over one million dollars annually. She was instrumental in raising over $750,000 initially to establish the Joint Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in 2009 between Nanjing University and Polytechnic Institute of New York University, followed by securing the pledge of $1M in scholarship funds to support students from both universities to work on collaborative projects in Nanjing.
Cecilia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from National Taiwan University in Taipei and her M.Ed. in Child Study from Eliot Pearson School at Tufts University, Medford, MA.
She is currently Director, External Relations at g-MEO.
JAY F. MCKEAGE
Senior Advisor, Strategic Planning and Finance
Jay McKeage has over 25 years of experience in the areas of M&A, corporate finance, equity analysis and investor relations. Currently Mr. McKeage is a Managing Director in the New York office of Clairfield International, a cross-border M&A advisory firm with a presence in 15 countries worldwide. Prior to joining Clairfield, Mr. McKeage was Vice President of Corporate Development for Digital Angel Corporation and its affiliated companies, where he coordinated acquisitions and divestitures and served as in-house investor relations manager for this RFID and GPS technology group for seven years. Prior to that Mr. McKeage was a Managing Director in the Corporate Finance department of Dominick & Dominick LLC, where he was involved in a number of domestic and international M&A and equity funding assignments and also led European roadshows for US clients in conjunction with Dominick’s European branch network. Mr. McKeage began his investment banking career with Morgan Grenfell Inc., the New York office of Morgan Grenfell plc, the British merchant bank, where he participated in a number of domestic and cross-border M&A transactions.
Mr. McKeage holds a BA degree from Rice University, MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University and a Certificate in Business Administration from The Wharton School.
Mr. McKeage is currently Senior Advisor, Strategic Planning and Finance for g-MEO.
Director, Chengdu American Center
Prior to join g-MEO, Jingyu Wang was the East Asian Studies Research Associate and worked for Undergraduate International Education & Foreign Language (UISFL) project at University of Notre Dame, USA. She was responsible for researching best practices of Asian Studies programs at Title VI NRC institutions and other peer universities, benchmarking Notre Dame's current programs, and making recommendations on enhancing Asian Studies at Notre Dame. She also helped with curriculum development, innovations in language learning and assessment, co-curricular programming, library and language learning resources, as well as K-12 outreach programming. During the summer, Jingyu Wang also worked for the Notre Dame Asia Office (Beijing) as a program manager on academic programs including internship programs as well as exchange programs with local stakeholders.
Jingyu Wang earned an MA degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at Beijing Normal University, China. Ms. Wang previously worked as a lecturer in Chinese at Princeton University, and head lecturer at Princeton in Beijing Program. She also served as Assistant Director at Council International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Beijing Office (Host university: Peking University, China). In 2009, she published A Kaleidoscope of China-An Advanced Reader of Modern Chinese by Princeton University Press. In fall 2010, she was invited by Beijing Capital Normal University to teach as a guest lecturer, and she taught a course on Chinese language teaching pedagogy for their MA in Chinese Language for International Education program.
Ms. Wang is concurrently Director, Chengdu American Center for g-MEO.
Assistant Director for the Chengdu American Center
As a Lithuanian-American, Julius Gylys is constantly reminded to appreciate and understand cultural and social differences. He grew up attending Lithuanian Saturday School, dancing and singing in a number of folk groups, and staying involved in various Lithuanian community organizations. Numerous travel abroad opportunities during his time at Augustana College allowed him to apply his interest in international relations. He and the Augustana Choir were granted opportunities to tour China in 2005 and Scandinavia in 2008. One of his fondest memories of the China trip was when audience members would randomly stand up and clap enthusiastically in the middle of a piece! That trip inspired Julius to pursue a degree in Asian Studies, Sociology, and Chinese language. In 2011, Julius made his way back to Asia to teach English in Taiwan. He concentrated on re-learning Mandarin and eating delicious Taiwanese cuisine. He is still unsure whether his taste buds will withstand the spiciness of Sichuanese food, though! He is currently obtaining his Master's degree in International Higher Education from Loyola University-Chicago as part of a newly-formed online cohort.
Julius Gylys serves as the Assistant Director for the Chengdu American Center, g-MEO.
Wen received her Master degree in International Education from Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Wen was born and raised in Beijing, China. Wen received her Bachelors degree from Beijing International Studies University with an English major. Before joining g-MEO, she had experience in international organizations like the Institute of international Education (IIE), British Council, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and UNECA (United Economic Commissions for Africa) in Morocco. Wen loves to travel and thoroughly enjoys experiencing different culture. Wen is eager to share with the g-MEO students the beauty of her own country, and looks forward to helping students with their adventure of studying abroad.
Manager, Marketing and Recruitment
With root in China and study abroad experiences in Singapore, Australia, Canada and U.S., Stella has been at ease connecting with people of various backgrounds and cultures. After graduating with a degree in accounting from University of Minnesota, she decided to combine her logical mind and people skills to obtain a master degree at New York University while accumulating work experience in NYC. She has worked in corporate accounting in different industries such as fashion, film, event planning and financial institutions. With the entrepreneurial spirit, she then took the plunge to start getting into startup business at g-MEO.
Stella is currently in charge of recruitment and marketing.
Office Manager, Chengdu American Center
Shenglian Luo earned an MA degree in English in the year of 2008, after 7 years' study at Sichuan Normal University, China. Ms. Luo previously worked as a teacher in English at Sichuan Tianyi College, where she accumulated much teaching experience as well as teaching skills. Ms Luo also got a certificate of II degree in National Written Translation (From English to Chinese & Chinese to English) Test in China. Besides, she had also learned Japanese as a foreign language for several years.
Prior to joining g-MEO, Shenglian Luo was an internal trainer and has been working as a sales trainer for 6 years. She was mainly responsible for training all internal sales persons as well as sales manager in SHARP. In SHARP, she also taught some Japanese Chinese. This experience also aroused her enthusiasm for intercultural study, encouraging her to pursue a career devoted to international education.
Consultant in Recruitment, Admissions, Enrollment and Student Advising
Having held various roles in International Education over the past 15 years, Amanda Akyol is a seasoned professional in the field. She began her career teaching English in Turkey and spent much time traveling around Europe and the Middle East. Previous positions include Coordinator of Inbound Programs at CIEE, Program Officer in the Fulbright division of the Institute of International Education and most recently Admissions Manager at Studio Art Centers International (SACI). At SACI she assisted in developing recruitment strategies, managed the admissions process and advised students in both academics and basic tips of studying abroad.Amanda holds a BA in linguistics and an MA in International Educational Development, with a concentration in Peace Education, from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Amanda is currently g-MEO’s consultant in recruitment, admissions, enrollment and student advising.