Below, you'll find information about the speakers at this year's IB Chinese Education Forum in Shenzhen.

Andrew Macdonald - Chief Schools Officer, International Baccalaureate

Andrew Macdonald joined the International Baccalaureate (IB) in 2014 as the Chief Schools Officer (CSO). He leads a team of 200 employees in the US, The Netherlands, Singapore, and Wales who are dedicated to serving over 4,500 IB World Schools attended by over one million IB students worldwide. As CSO, Macdonald oversees IB professional development, school authorization, ongoing support services to IB World Schools, and marketing and development.

Andrew has a combination of commercial and educational experience spanning over two decades. He has helped lead mission-driven organizations in North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia, covering international education, literacy improvement, computer-based assessment, and online learning. Working for such organizations as Renaissance Learning, Kaplan Virtual Education and Wilson Language Training, he developed significant cross-functional experience in marketing, business development, logistics, HR, IT, academic services, finance, and customer service.

Dr. Macdonald holds a B.A. from Drew University in Madison, NJ, an M.B.A. from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and an Ed.D. from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His research topic is entitled; Teacher Leadership and the Integration of Technology: Colliding Areas of Reform.

Ms. Panetha Theodosia Nychis Ott - Director of Admission, Brown University

Dr. Panetha Theodosia Nychis Ott graduated from Bryn Mawr College and studied for a doctorate in Classics at Brown. She recently earned a doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught Latin and Modern Greek in addition to Classics courses at Brown University, and participated in the excavations at the Agora of Athens.  

In the late '80s she was appointed Assistant to the Dean of the College at Brown University where she worked with the Curricular Advising Program and the Resumed Undergraduate Education Program. In 1989, she joined Brown’s Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Panetha has been advising students for 25 years, both as an academic advisor and as a friend of many of the international students at Brown. She also teaches international high school students for Brown’s summer program. Outside of Brown, she works primarily with international organizations to make the dream of a US education a reality for students around the world, and the goal of international peace and understanding a reality for students everywhere.

She has served as Chair of the Higher Education Committee for CIS (Council for International Schools), and was a member of national committees for NAFSA (Association of International Student Advisors), for OACAC (Overseas Association for College Admission Counselors), for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Languages), and NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counselors). 


Mr. Houqing Yin - Vice President of China Education Association, Chairman of Shanghai Association of Education

Mr. Houqing Yin currently holds various positions including National Superintendent, Vice President of China Education Association, and Chairman of Shanghai Association of Education. He is also a part-time professor of East China Normal University and Shanghai Normal University. 

Mr Yin has participated in and hosted researches, and designs of significant reform in Shanghai K-12 education, such as Shanghai K-12 education public service system, the education administrative management system, curriculum and teaching reform, education equilibrium development strategy, reform of K-12 education quality evaluation, private elementary and secondary school system, and so on. He is a main character in promoting the sustainable and healthy development of K-12 education in Shanghai.

Ms. Ally Wu - School Director, Shen Wai International School, Education Inspector of Shenzhen

Ms Wu received a Bachelor of Arts, English Major, from East China Normal University in June 1988. She worked as English Teacher in Beijing Meteorological College from 1988-1990. From 2002 to 2012, she set up the branch school of Shenzhen Foreign Language School independently and worked as the Principal for ten years. Since 2012, she has been working as the principal of Shenwai International School. 

Ms Wu has been awarded one of the top 10 principals in Shenzhen in 2012, the top 10 youth teachers of Shenzhen in 2010, and a leading scholar of English teaching in Shenzhen in 2003.