Wells (Zhiyuan) Zhao

Zhiyuan Zhao (Wells) - Researcher at NPI Social Entrepreneur Institute, contact: zhiyuan.zhao@npi.org.cn

Zhiyuan Zhao is a graduate student in Shanghai University Sociology Department's master's degree program. His research interests include organizational sociology, civil society, and social organizations. At NPI Social Entrepreneur Institute his main responsibility is scholarly research, including evaluation of the capacity building programs for social organizations. As a researcher for the SEFORIS program he wrote the SEFORIS country report for China, “The State of Social Entrepreneurship in China," and he works with the research section's project officer to carry out the case studies and other research tasks for the WP2 social enterprise case studies.

Roger (Sijia) Li

Roger is a Project Supervisor at NPI, where he works on the team that runs NPI's social enterprise focused programs. He is an analyst on the SEFORIS China team, which has successfully completed over 100 interviews with Chinese social enterprise directors.

In addition to his responsibilities with SEFORIS, Roger also helped to implement the J.P. Morgan Kunpeng Social Enterprise Accelerator, China's first nationwide accelerator program for growth-stage social enterprises. Roger has worked closely with multiple social enterprises, both within the context of NPI programs and also as a pro-bono consultant before he joined NPI in mid-2015.

Roger has a BA in English Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University and a Diploma in Accounting from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Before Joining NPI, he worked as an associate at Venture Avenue, one of the earliest impact investment funds in China and, before that, as an associate at Morgan Stanley.

Kathy (Qianlan) Cheng

Kathy is a Project Specialist at NPI, where she works on the team that runs NPI's social enterprise focused programs. She is an analyst on the SEFORIS China team, which has successfully completed over 100 interviews with Chinese social enterprise directors.

Kathy has an MA in Economics from the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA). Before joining NPI in early 2015, she worked as a market coordinator at a boutique healthcare market research firm. Kathy is quite interested in learning more about the development of social enterprises globally.

Denise (Xiaodan) Deng

Denise was a project supervisor at NPI up until April 2014, where she was a member of the SEFORIS team and also the evaluation officer for several other NPI programs. In addition to her responsibilities as an analyst—conducting interviews with Chinese social enterprise directors—Denise also has played a key role in the translation and localization of the SEFORIS surveys, as well as the preparation of the SEFORIS case study summaries.

Denise has a Master of Public Policy degree with a minor in Evaluation Studies from the University of Minnesota (USA). Before joining NPI in late 2014, she worked as an evaluator at the Science Museum of Minnesota, where she worked to build evaluation capacity within the museum. Denise is interested in NGO management, building evaluation capacity in NGOs and human development.

Contact: xiaodan.deng@npi.org.cn

Jennie (Chen) Lijing

Jennie was a project supervisor at Non-profit Incubator (NPI) up until mid-2015. While at NPI Jennie was the administrative coordinator for the SEFORIS project, arranging the 2014 Shanghai project meeting and helping to arrange interviews for the WP2 case studies.

Lijing Chen graduated from San Jose University (USA) with a degree in business administration and management. Before joining the NPI team, she worked for WINTEC, a Silicon Valley hardware company.

Austin Dempewolff

Austin is a program manager at Non-profit Incubator (NPI), where he leads a team that runs NPI's social enterprise focused programs. Austin has been a part of the SEFORIS project since joining NPI in 2014. He is the country manager for China with responsibilities including training analysts, supervising survey localization and overall project management.

In addition to his work with the SEFORIS project, Austin also co-designed and managed the J.P. Morgan Kunpeng Social Enterprise Accelerator, China's first nationwide accelerator program for growth-stage social enterprises. While implementing the accelerator, Austin work closely with over two dozen social enterprises and through this experience has become familiar with many of the challenges and opportunities facing Chinese social enterprises. Austin is passionate about finding ways to solve tough social problems and scale impact and sees social enterprise as a promising space for experimenting with new ideas and models.

Austin graduated from St. Lawrence University (USA) with a degree in Global Studies and a minor in Economics. He studied Chinese at St. Lawrence and also at East China Normal University. He has lived in China for 5 years, most recently in Shanghai.

Contact: austin.dempewolff@npi.org.cn

Windy (Yongfeng) Tan

Windy was a senior consultant at NPI in 2014 and advised the China team on matters including case selection, research methods and case analysis. She also conducted interviews for one of the WP2 cases after the lead analyst left NPI to continue his studies.

Windy has over 16 years of experience in business services, as a previous deputy department director at Shanghai Jiahua Marketing as well as a previous senior consultant for Interbrand (China). She has a PhD. in psychology from East China Normal University (ECNU) and is an external professor for ECNU's MBA Program and Psychology Department.

Audrey (Yan) Han

Audrey was the director of the Social Entrepreneurship Platform at Non-profit Incubator (NPI) up until mid-2015. She played a key role in preparation for NPI's participation in the SEFORIS consortium and in kicking off data-collection in China.

Audrey has an MBA from Newcastle Business School (UK). Prior to joining NPI she had worked in media, business and for an international NGO. Audrey specializes in the promotion of third-sector organizations, social resources integration strategy, crisis management and emergency management.