Mitchell F. Stanley, Chairman of the Board
Mitchell F. Stanley serves as Chairman and Trustee of the National Center for Sustainable Development (NCSD), Muuzii, Inc. an innovative mobile education, translation and language learning technology company, and Sinoaccess Corporation. Prior to the establishment of NCSD, he was Chairman of the Board and Executive Vice President for Business Development of WebBank, an FDIC insured financial institution located in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mr. Stanley helped acquire WebBank in September 1997 to pursue loan origination and transactions over the Internet utilizing WebBank’s national financial institution charter in the government guaranteed and other small business lending fields. His interest in new and innovative small business lending products and economic development programs began during his tenure with the federal government as Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Finance, Investment and Procurement programs.
His career in government service began in 1977 and included senior positions with the U.S. Department of Commerce and State, the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation and the White House. Mr. Stanley completed his government career with the highest rank in the Senior Executive Service and received several Presidential Rank Awards. He graduated in 1977 from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.
Eric Fang, President & Trustee
Eric Fang is the founder and CEO of Sinoaccess Group, founder, Chairman and CEO of Muuzii, and President and Trustee of NCSD. Sinoaccess Group, based in China and the United States, covers a wide variety of market sectors including telecom, mobile and media, renewable energy and environment, and healthcare and bio-medical fields. Mr. Fang has more than 25 years of experience in business entry and strategic relationship development, product marketing and sales and joint ventures investment development in both China and the United States.
He also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Foundation. Mr. Fang holds a BA from both Sichuan University in China and the University of Wisconsin and is an MBA candidate from the University of Houston.
Dr. Charles M. Ludolph, Senior Vice President
Dr. Ludolph is Senior Vice President, a member of the Board of Trustees and Advisory Board, and Director of the Policy Institute of the NCSD. Starting in 1971, Dr. Ludolph served in the U.S. Commerce Department and advised seven Presidential Administrations and 20 successive U.S. Congresses on economic matters including international trade and investment. He also served more than ten years in a senior capacity for the Albright Stonebridge Group, the premier public affairs company led by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Dr. Ludolph was the Commerce Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe from 1994 to 2002. In 1996, he negotiated the U.S.-EU Mutual Recognition Agreement, which liberalized non-tariff barriers burdening more than $1 billion of bilateral trade with Europe in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and ICT equipment. This agreement was later adopted by Switzerland and Canada.
Starting in 1983, Dr. Ludolph directed the U.S. government’s commercial and investment programs with European Union countries, which resulted in seminal transatlantic accords covering tariffs, environment, technology, testing and standards. He received the U.S. government’s highest award for his work supporting trade and investment flows with the EU and Russia in 2000. He is a 2007 recipient of the Bundesverdienstkreuz Medal from the government of Germany bestowed by President Koehler and a 2009 Vice President and Academician in the Russian Academy of Sciences for Complex Security. He has published extensively on international trade and econometrics, particularly related to international transactions affecting pensions, annuities and taxation.
He is an occasional lecturer on foreign policy and trade at the George Washington University School of Business and the Elliot School for International Policy as well as the American University and Marymount University. He is a founder of the Luther Brady art education program at GWU. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and served on that University’s Alumni Committees for undergraduate studies. Dr. Ludolph has also served on the GWU Business School’s Advisory Committee for undergraduate studies and has paneled graduate and undergraduate business case study competitions for George Washington University. He has an MBA and DBA from George Washington University, as well as a BA from Georgetown University.
Donald R. Forest, Senior Vice President, Executive Director, China America Education Fund
Donald R. Forest has more than 30 years of domestic and international experience managing major government, private sector and nonprofit programs and initiatives.
Most recently, Mr. Forest served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), America’s pre-eminent association representing the nation’s major aerospace and defense manufacturers. As COO of AIA, he was responsible for the association’s day-to-day operations and worked extensively with AIA’s Executive Committee to support the industry globally. While with AIA, he also served as President of the National Center for Advanced Technologies, a nonprofit research foundation established to advance aerospace technologies.
Prior to joining AIA, Mr. Forest worked in Beijing to assist a number of multinational corporations and industry groups to achieve their business objectives in China. Forest was Vice President and Chief Representative of Citigroup Citi Insurance in China from 2001 to 2006, where he managed the company’s market entry and operating strategy. From 1999 to 2001, he worked in a similar capacity in China for Aetna International. He also led a number of business forums and initiatives in China, including for the American Chamber of Commerce in China.
From 1984 to 1999, Mr. Forest served in number of senior positions with the U.S. Department Commerce’s International Trade Administration. As Senior International Economist and Director for China and Hong Kong, he introduced a variety of important trade initiatives and managed the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, a major government-to-government forum for expanding U.S.-China commercial ties. A former Presidential Management Fellow, Mr. Forest has a BA from Clark University in Massachusetts and an MA in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. He served as an adjunct professor at George Washington University, supported efforts to establish the Aetna-Jiaotong School of Management in Shanghai, and studied at Shanghai’s East China Normal University.
Steve Chien, Chief Technology Officer
Steve Chien brings 20 years of experience in the IT industry, identifying innovative technologies to support R&D and to guide the development of life-cycle methodologies. He was a principal staff member at Product Lab and led big data analysis and cloud data center development. Previously, Mr. Chien was a senior management staff member of eCommerce division of GSI Commerce that powered sites such as Ralph Lauren, ToysRUs, and the NFL. Before GSI, he was Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering and Service Operations at Moka LLC, a technology company that developed SMS realtime translation solutions in both the U.S. and China.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Chien served as Chief Architect of WisageTech, a technology company which developed enterprise project and portfolio management solutions for companies such as Lockheed Martin, Bank of Montreal, and Amway. Prior to WisageTech, he was a Senior Manager at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Steve was directing technologies of the middleware platform for the Clearing unit. Prior to HKEx, Steve was Senior Director of Platform at InterWorld Corp., a leading eCommerce company that provided solutions to enterprises including Disney, Marks & Spencer, and Brooks Brother. Mr. Chien holds an MA in Computer Sciences from New York University and a BA in Power Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Taiwan.
Richard G. Klann, Chief Financial Officer
Richard Klann is an experienced financial analyst with an extensive background in banking and renewable energy for both public and private companies.
For the past seven years, Mr. Klann has been the VP of Corporate Finance for BlueFire Renewables Inc., a technology company, deploying its proprietary process to produce biofuels. He is in charge of the company’s finance, accounting, financial analysis, financial modeling, corporate compliance and investor relations. His responsibilities include public company financial reporting, SEC filings and general accounting and auditing of the company’s finances. While at BlueFire, he has been instrumental in securing an $88 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as well as two different loan guarantee applications with the USDA and DOE. In addition, he has an extensive background in government grant compliance and reporting. He has overseen the implementation of business computer systems and general management of day-to-day activities.
He has been successful raising more than $4 million in various transactions from multiple private investors as well as mid cap funds. In connection with these investments, he has worked on multiple Registration Statements for the sale of stock as well as the issuance of multiple convertible and traditional debt offerings and warrants in connection with these investments.
Previously he worked for Ironstone Bank, a commercial bank in Newport Beach, California focusing on corporate lending and equipment acquisition. He also worked for Bank of America for almost six years as a client manager and lending specialist.
Mr. Klann has a BA in Economics, and minor in Political Science, from California State University, Fullerton.
Dr. Ricky Li You, Vice President of Capital Market and Carbon Emission
Dr. Li oversees global energy research at Chicago Mercantile Exchange NYMEX division in New York City. As a pioneer in carbon trading and reduction industry, he manages and promotes NCSD’s carbon emission market development, project financing and capital market activities in North America, China and other emerging regions.
He led and managed PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) management consulting team as engagement manager providing consulting services to financial institutions and energy firms in various areas including trading & risk management, M&A, process optimization and organization restructuring. Prior to PwC, he has years of experience trading energy commodities at wall street investment banks.
Tina Pei, Director of Business Development
Ms. Pei currently serves as NCSD’s Director of Business Development. Previously to joining NCSD, she was the founder and president of M&C Associates, LLC a Texas based business advisory company focused on U.S.-China business development and investment. In addition to her work at M&C Associates, Ms. Pei was the Director of Online TV of the World Hall of Fame Network in Houston, Texas. In that position she was responsible for and managed the group’s marketing, reporting, business partnership development and advertising strategies. She planned, organized and implemented many of the signature gala and performance events for the World Hall of Fame Network. During this time, Ms. Pei served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Nanjing Friendship Association.
Ms. Pei has more than ten years marketing, media and business development experience and has extensive experience in developing and implementing news network marketing. She founded her first company in Shanghai called Shanghai LianKe LLC in 2002 focused on product marketing and sales. With Shanghai LianKe, she gained extensive experience in project planning, team building, and communications training. In her role as Chief Executive Officer, she was responsible for developing product test plans, test manual and applications standards. Upon graduation from Yangzhou University she established sales administration reporting and helped to strengthen the organization’s news department. She is a graduate of Yangzhou University in China with a major in International Trade.
Fang Ling, Vice President, China Operations
Madam Fang Ling co-founded Sinoaccess Corporation and serves as President and COO for the China-based related group of companies. Ms. Fang is a co-founder of Muuzii Inc. Madam Fang manages NCSD’s Beijing office. She brings more than 18 years of broadband telecommunications and broadcast business development experience as well as corporate management experience.
Madam Fang has extensive experience in executive management, analyzing, developing and managing appropriate distribution channels for market coverage, including business development consultants, distributors, and representative partners. She is also very experienced in recruiting, developing, and managing sales staffs and sales organizations with particular emphasis on team building, objective setting, metrics development and measurement, and implementation of business plans. Prior to joining Sinoaccess, Ms. Fang was the Associate Chief Editor for “Management World” Magazine under the powerful State Council of China. Ms. Fang is a graduate of Sichuan University with a BA and an MA in Philosophy from Beijing University.
Andrea Huang, Vice President, Business Development, China
Mr. Huang serves as VP for business development in China, and is responsible for projects development, negotiation, and implementation.
Mr. Huang’s career in government service began in 1982 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, and he worked in European countries for seven years, very familiar with European affairs and international affairs. Since 1987, he worked in retail industry, manufacture industry and tourist industry in China, with rich professional experience in the above sectors. He was responsible of several projects concerning VC investment, merger and acquisition between enterprises, international JV, and combination between internet hi-tech and traditional industries.
Mr. Huang has created and organized several international seminaries and forums with positive influence in China. He was instrumental to lead a successful management consulting and training business team for one of the large China travel and tourist companies. He was also been put in charge of market research in enterprise culture, development strategy, VIP service platform for tourist industry, and he has been nominated as the country’s expert in recruitment and training of the volunteers for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. Mr. Huang is also managing a very large commercial complex in the central area of Beijing.
Wen Gang, Managing Director, Policy Research & Development, China
Dr. Wen Gang is the Deputy Director of Research and Development Department, China CDM Fund Management Center, Ministry of Finance (MOF) of China. He has held this position since October 2007. From 1990-2003, he served with the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and was actively involved in a series of national key climate change research projects and received the second highest National Nature Science Award because of his work during that time.
From 2003-2007, Dr. Wen served as Senior Program Officer on climate change in the China GEF Office. From 2005-2007, he participated in the preparation process for the establishment of the China CDM Fund and was the team leader on the technical design group. In the above positions, Dr. Wen was deeply engaged in international climate change cooperation and contributed to design, implementation and evaluation of a number of GEF and domestic development projects. Dr. Wen holds a BS from the Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, and MS and Ph.D. degrees of Climatology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Leila Zhao, Program Manager, China
Leila Zhao is Program Manager, CAE Fund of NCSD. With her strong interpersonal and financial analysis skills, Ms. Zhao has worked in various major Asian cities, at industry leaders such as Capitaland, China Investment Corporation, Shui On Land, and Taiping Assets Management as Investment Analyst. She was the Co-Chair of the 2013 & 2014 Asia Business Conference held at Harvard University and the Co-President of the Harvard-MIT Asia Real Estate Association. She co-founded the architecture design studio FaberSociety in Shanghai in 2013, which is committed to providing better educational resources through optimized architectural design. She holds a master degree in business from Harvard University.