Founding Academic Advisory  board

Dr. Jerome T. Murphy

Dr. Murphy is one of the most accomplished professors at Harvard and has written extensively on the politics of education over the last five decades. The former Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dr. Murphy is currently the Harold Howe II Professor of Education and serves as a member of the National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children.

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Dr. John DeFlaminis

Dr. John DeFlaminis is Executive Director of the Penn Center for Educational Leadership. As Superintendent of the Radnor Township School System, one of the best performing systems in the United States, Dr. DeFlaminis developed standards-based systems with international benchmarks.

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Professor Cheng Davis

Professor Davis is a leading academic and one of the most respected Chinese-Americans in the US. She has served as the Vice President of Drexel University, Vice Dean and founder of the Graduate School of Education for the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently Special Advisor to the President of the Teachers College, Columbia University, Special Advisor to President of the University of Pennsylvania, and Senior Advisor to the Shanghai Government. Professor Davis is one of the most renowned scholars on East-West relations and philosophy relating to education, founding the Eight Nations Education Research Project to cooperate on educational policy and chairing education roundtables with leading professors and ministers from the US, China, France, New Zealand, and Thailand. For her work in the field of education, Professor Davis has received numerous awards including the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership from Drexel University, the first University of Pennsylvania Alumni Pioneers Award, and the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education by the government of Thailand.

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Dr. John Yip

The former Director General of Education in Singapore, Dr. Yip was the Executive Director of the Singapore Institute of Management and established the Singapore International School in Hong Kong, on whose foundation board he still serves. Among many honors, he has been awarded Singapore’s Gold Medal for Public Administration and France’s Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academique.

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