Antonius WiriadjajaAssistant Arts Professor, NYU Shanghai
Antonius Wiriadjaja is an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was a postdoctoral research resident and adjunct faculty at NYU Tisch's interactive telecommunications program (ITP) in New York City. Wiriadjaja performs as an actor, dancer, and musician to sold-out audiences at venues including the Kitchen, the Stone, and Lincoln Center. His work combines programming and circuit hacking to manipulate sound, video, and imagery for live performance and installations. He holds an MPS from NYU Tisch's ITP and a BA from Hampshire College.
Brian CrosbyCreative Director, Marvel Themed Entertainment
Brian Crosby is Creative Director, Marvel Themed Entertainment. In that capacity, he serves as Marvel's Creative representative ensuring that Marvel’s library of over 9,000 characters are accurately represented when they appear in the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, and in various traveling exhibits, shows, conventions and amusement venues around the world. Most recently, he worked on Marvel Universe Live! (a traveling arena show), Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (an immersive walk-thru attraction), IMG Worlds of Adventure (the world’s largest indoor Family Entertainment Center featured in Dubai) and attractions for the Disney Parks such as the “Iron Man Experience” at Hong Kong Disneyland, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission: BREAKOUT!” attraction at Disney California Adventure and many other experiences around the world.
Denis SimonVice Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University; Senior Adviser to the President for China-related Strategic initiatives, Arizona State University.
Denis Simon is the Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University, previously having leadership positions in international affairs in China and the United States. Before joining DKU, Denis was the senior advisor to the president for China-related strategic initiatives and Professor of Contemporary Chinese Affairs at Arizona State University. He has his B.A. degree in Asian Studies from SUNY, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in UC Berkeley. Additionally, with an interest in science and technology of international relationships, he has written about innovation and foreign investment strategy in the Pacific-Rim, which has been quoted in many Western and Chinese press. Denis Simon has also received a China National Friendship Award from former Premier Wen Jiabao.
Diane GengAssistant Dean for Academic Affairs at NYU Shanghai; Co-founder of the Rural China Education Foundation
Diane Geng is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at NYU Shanghai. She is responsible for the advising program, providing students with academic support, and assisting with maintaining academic policies. Diane obtained a master's degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and is the co-founder of the Rural China Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting quality education for children in rural China.
Diane YuCounselor to Leadership at New York University Abu Dhabi; Former Deputy President of New York University
Diane C. Yu is the Counselor to Leadership at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and Executive Director of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs. Previously she was the Deputy President of New York University, Managing Counsel at a Fortune 500 company, State Bar of California General Counsel (for whom she won a case in the U.S. Supreme Court), and a California Superior Court Commissioner. She attended Oberlin College (B.A.) and U.C. Berkeley School of Law (J.D.). She sits on a number of boards, including Oberlin College, American Management Association, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Association of Governing Boards. She served as the White House Fellows Association President and chaired the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession. Among her numerous awards are Ten Outstanding Young Women of America, Women’s Leadership Award from the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and an honorary doctorate from City University of New York.
Ping ZhouHead of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
As Head of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Mrs. Zhou Ping has successively built orchestra performance department, education development center, and brand center, making the management of the orchestra more professional and scientific. She is the curator of Annual Orchestra Music Season, and successively founded many art brands of great international influence, including Shanghai New Year’s Concert, Shanghai Summer Music Festival. Zhou has also organized tours over North America, Europe, and South America, laying a solid foundation for reaching goal of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra of being an orchestra “classic in Asia and famous in the world”. Meanwhile, she spared no effort to make charity brand such as “easy life”, not only bringing symphony into schools and enterprises, enriching people’s cultural life, but also making a new win-win mode between enterprises and orchestras.
Gu DaWeibo Sensation; Talk Show Translator; American Talk Show Chinese localization pioneer
Gu Da Bai Hua is a recognized talk show translator with 8.7million followers on Weibo. He started posting the translated talk show of “The Late Night Show” and since then his works have been well embraced by netizens. He is also named as one of the US-China 50 people powering the world’s most complex and consequential relationship by Foreign Policy. He realizes that Americans are slowly but surely getting hungrier for news and information about China, while Chinese people have been ravenous for decades for any scuttlebutt about American life. Gu Da translates popular media ranging from tabloid headlines to bits from The Daily Show to the latest White House Correspondents’ Dinner, in each case using simple language and Chinese slang to make sometimes-inscrutable American culture more accessible to a Chinese audience. Gu Da Bai practiced translation beyond cultural borders with deep grasp of cultural connotation, which serves as the unique trait of his work. In the famous TV Show “Qi Pa Da Hui”, he shared his experience as honored guest.
Joanna Waley-CohenProvost, NYU Shanghai; Julius Silver Professor of History, New York University
Joanna Waley-Cohen is the Provost for NYU Shanghai and Julius Silver Professor of History at New York University, where she has taught Chinese history since 1992. As Provost, she serves as NYU Shanghai’s chief academic officer, setting the university’s academic strategy and priorities, and overseeing academic appointments, research, and faculty affairs. Her research interests include early modern Chinese history; China and the West; and Chinese imperial culture, especially in the Qianlong era. She has received many honors, including archival and postdoctoral fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies; Goddard and Presidential Fellowships from NYU; and an Olin Fellowship in Military and Strategic History from Yale.
Roopa VasudevanAssistant Arts Professor, NYU Shanghai
Roopa Vasudevan is an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she was an adjunct professor and postgraduate research fellow at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and adjunct faculty at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. She holds an MPS from ITP and a BA from Columbia University. Vasudevan’s research interests include natural language processing, data collection and analysis, and the artistic representation of social media, as applied to political and cultural dynamics in the United States, both online and off. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured by Reuters, Hyperallergic, PBS NewsHour, Slate, Complex, The FADER, and Public Radio International, among others.