Mr. Junwei Chen has served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Hailiang Education Group Inc. since June 23, 2020. Mr. Chen joined Hailiang Group Co., Ltd. in September 2018. He has served as vice president of Hailiang Group Co., Ltd. since January 2019 and the president of Hailiang Education Management Group Co., Ltd. since March 2019. Mr. Chen holds a Ph.D. in Energy and Resource Engineering from Peking University in 2019. During his time at Peking University, he served as the 38th chairman of the University’s Postgraduate Students’ Association, organizing various projects to serve the society, such as Peking University Doctoral Service Group, and he was invited to the Great Hall of the People to receive the honors in recognition of his active participation in poverty alleviation causes. In addition, Mr. Chen owns multiple patents and has published several academic papers on international journals.
Director and Principal General
Mr. Cuiwei Ye has served as a director and principal general of Hailiang Inc. since November 3, 2017. With the accumulation of 17 years’ experience being the principal of Hangzhou No.2 High School, Mr. Ye is a seasoned school principal with high reputation and rich experience in education. Mr. Ye received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Hubei University, a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from the University of Canberra in Australia, and is currently a PhD candidate from East China Normal University. As a nationally renowned principal, Ye has been awarded with honorary titles by famous education organizations and media for many times, such as Person of the Year of Chinese Brandsin 2017, Contemporary Education Master, one ofChina’s Top 10 Popular Principals selected by China Education Newspaper, China’s Good Principal selected byChina Education Website, initiator of high school principal’s real-name recommendation system of Peking University, Adjunct professor of high school principal training center of Ministry of Education, Adjunct professor of Southwest University, Adjunct professor of Zhejiang Normal University, National Education Advanced Worker,Zhejiang Merit Teacher.
Mr. Ken He has served as our independent director since June 2015. Mr. He is currently serving as the vice president of Racing Capital Management (HK) Limited, an asset management company, where he oversees its asset management and financial activities. From August 2011 to September 2015, Mr. He served as the chief financial officer of China Shengda Packaging Group Inc., or China Shengda, where he oversees China Shengda’s financing and investment activities, accounting practices and investor relations. Before joining China Shengda, Mr. He served as an investment director of Wealthcharm Investments Limited, a private investment company, from September 2009. Prior to that, Mr. He spent five years at PricewaterhouseCoopers Australia and China. Having several years of experience in the financial and accounting field, Mr. He is experienced and familiar with Chinese accounting standards, Hong Kong accounting standards, Australian accounting standards, international accounting standards and U.S. GAAP, as well as the differences among them. Mr. He holds a master’s degree in applied finance from Macquarie University, Australia. Mr. He is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant, and he also holds a Certified Public Accountant designation from the Chinese Institute of CPA, a Certified Public Accountant designation from the Hong Kong Institute of CPA, a Certified Practicing Accountant designation from the CPA Australia and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute.
Mr. Xiaohua Gu has served as our independent director since June 2015. Since August 2016, Mr. Gu has been the chief financial officer of Dragon Victory International Limited. Since March 2012, Mr. Gu has been the vice president of Zhongxingcai Guanghua Certified Public Accountants LLP, Shanghai Office, where he is responsible for the audit, tax compliance and book-keeping services of the firm. Since 2011, Mr. Gu has been an independent director of China Education Alliance, Inc., a reporting company with common stock traded on the OCTQX marketplace. From March 2010 to February 2012, Mr. Gu has been a partner at Beijing Jiafucheng International Investment Corporation, which is a financial service institution providing investment banking services and managing private equity investments. Starting from 2014, Mr. Gu has also been lecturing and organizing case studies in finance and auditing at Fudan University. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Gu worked in KPMG as an associate, providing tax planning services. Mr. Gu obtained his master’s degree in accounting from Leeds Metropolitan University, the United Kingdom, in 2004, and he also received a master’s degree in business administration from Newcastle University, the United Kingdom, in 2001.
Mr. Xiaofeng Cheng has served as our independent director since October 2016. Since July 2012, Mr. Cheng has served as a partner at Jingtian & Gongcheng law firm in Beijing. Previously, Mr. Cheng served in various positions at several international law firms. In addition, Mr. Cheng has served as adjunct professor at Peking University Law School since September 2011. Mr. Cheng received his master’s degree in Law from Columbia University in 2003, master’s degree in Criminology from University of South Florida in 2002 and bachelor degrees in both Law and Economics from Peking University in 1999.