board of trustees
Yihao Li 李一豪 – Chairman of Board of Trustees 理事长
Yihao is a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. From 2014 to 2016, he was a land policy consultant at the World Bank in D.C., where he did policy research on land reform, land governance and urbanization on China, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Rwanda. His work appeared in several World Bank flagship reports, including one commissioned by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang: "Urban China: Toward Efficient, Inclusive and Sustainable Urbanization". In 2015, Yihao was named among "25 under 25 rising stars in US-China relations" by Yale University China Hands Magazine. He graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in international relations in 2014. Yihao has been with GCC since 2010, first as co-founder and co-president of GCC Tufts Chapter, then as Trustee. He is from Beijing, but has also lived and studied in Singapore, France and England. Yihao is a total politics/current affairs/economics junkie, but you may find him traveling, scuba-diving or skiing.
Jim Lechleitner 林志远 - Trustee 理事
Jim joined GCC in 2010 as a member of Internal Management. At the time he worked remotely from a laptop in Weinan, Shaanxi with teammates from around the globe to create GCC’s HR structure. Since, he’s been involved with GCC as an alumni based in Beijing and New York.
Jim is currently the Co-head of Strategic Consulting at Starr Strategic Holdings LLC, a member of Starr Companies. He is responsible for advising U.S. state governments and private sector clients on a range of Chinese FDI issues, including greenfield investment and capital raise. Prior to joining Starr, Jim worked at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, a foreign policy think tank based at Tsinghua University.
Jim has been engaged with China for over ten years and is active in a number of organizations dedicated to strengthening U.S.-China relations. Jim studied at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing and is a graduate for Fordham University. He speaks Mandarin Chinese.
Ben Wang 王韵墨 - Trustee 理事
Ben was the President of GCC Central Management from 2015 to 2016. He is currently a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard University's J.F. Kennedy School of Government. Previously, he worked in Washington D.C. as a researcher for Eurasia Group, a leading political risk consultancy. Ben graduated with distinction from Tufts University in 2014 with majors in International Relations and Political Science and a minor in Economics. During college, he was the co-founder and co-president of GCC’s Tufts Chapter, and also worked as a research assistant at Harvard and at the Stimson Center. Ben has written articles for mainstream publications including Foreign Policy and The Huffington Post. In 2014, he was named among China Hands magazine’s "25 under 25 Rising Stars in US-China Relations." He was born in Nanjing, China and spent his childhood in Toronto, Canada.
Robert (Bobby) Franklin - Trustee 理事
Bobby has been involved in GCC since 2011, when he was a member of the Beijing committee. From 2012-2013, he was the global Media Director for GCC, with a focus on improving social media and other marketing activities both internally and outside of the organization. During that time, he also advised the successful start-up of the University of South Carolina GCC chapter as an MBA student.
Bobby moved to Shanghai in the summer of 2013 and currently does international marketing for Giti Tire, in addition to having past marketing and operations experience in the US and overseas. He is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and is very interested in Asia business and the region’s relationships with the United States and other countries. As an undergraduate student at Drexel University, he also studied and interned in Tokyo, Japan. Bobby is married to a Chinese native and the couple recently welcomed a daughter in August, 2016.
Marianna Leonteva – Board Observer
Marianna was a president of Toulouse chapter from 2009 to 2011, the first student-run Sino-French association in South of France. The organisation and its activities for students were highly praised during the EU-China year in 2011.
Prior to studying economics at Toulouse University, Marianna lived, worked and studied in Beijing for 2 years. Marianna has diverse international experience, as she has lived in the US, Russia, China and Latin America. She holds a double master degree in finance and diplomacy from Sciences Po Paris and MGIMO Moscow Universities.
After her first work experience in private equity in Paris and Gazprom in Moscow, Marianna is currently working at PwC Paris in Transaction Services department focusing on energy and infrastructure projects.
Yijiao Wang - Trustee 理事
As the Vice President of Internal Affairs for GCC management in 2011 and 2012, Yijiao oversaw HR and Communications divisions of GCC management and successfully led her teams to deliver desired results to GCC.
Yijiao has in-house HR (talent engagement, talent acquisition, and talent management) experience in a global Fortune 500 company. She is also a research associate and project manager at Cambridge Well-being Institute who conducts research on well-being corporations and cities (Positive Organizational Behavior/Positive Organizational Scholarship). She has contributed to related articles in the Chinese version of Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and partnered with associates at Roland Berger on related projects. Yijiao received a B.A. summa cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In her spare time, Yijiao enjoys playing dulcimer, modeling and dancing.