Training the next generation of young leaders to tackle issues of sustainability is critical to achieving lasting change. Keru bridges social impact education and practice through innovative consulting programs that bring together students and professionals from various industries. We partner with local mission-driven organizations to assist them with initiatives that drive social impact and promote sustainable development. Our programs focus on community development through sustainable wealth creation, provision of high quality social services, raising awareness, and developing actionable insights.
Keru aims to become a platform for talent from high schools, universities, and corporations to engage in meaningful social impact projects. We want to be a leader meaningful social impact project planning and execution. Through our work, we want to equip our local partners with the resources and solutions to achieve their visions and develop knowledge and insights on addressing complex social issues.
As part of Keru’s Theory of Change, we bring education, knowledge, and resources together to equip the next generation of passionate and service-oriented youth with skills and experience to become partners in achieving global sustainability. We offer the unique opportunity for ambitious individuals at the high school level to participate in our field-based consulting projects where they can gain problem-solving skills and apply critical thinking at a grassroots level, making a real impact and developing unique insights on pressing global issues. Through our programs and globally-focused approach, we hope to create a community of international citizens passionate about creating real change and lasting solutions.
COMMITTED TO UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
We are dedicated doing our part in driving social change and as such, our projects are aligned with the United Nations sustainable development goals. In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly outlined 17 sustainable development goals to achieve by 2030. These goals are meant to create clear and achievable targets for the global community to achieve to live in a better world. Each goal targets a global challenge, including poverty, hunger, public health, and education. While international institutions are an important actor in achieving these goals, cooperation among both large and small actors are required to create lasting change.
We organize professionals and students to work on short term community development projects throughout Asia.
We conduct grassroots-level research to understand root causes of sustainability challenges and inform the public discourse.
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Through our intensive programs, we redefine the future of learning by training the next generation of young leaders to tackle issues of sustainability. Combining project-based learning, design thinking, social emotional learning and real experience, we equip our students with the real knowledge and skillsets need to address social change now and in the future.
This world-class education experience is only made possible by our Keru Team, made up of experienced educators, high-caliber experts and seasoned professionals. Hailing from top US universities, world MBA programs, Fortune 500 companies, and a wide-range of social impact backgrounds, our team members not only help students deepen and refine their understanding about crucial social issues, but also expand their critical thinking to create actionable insights and plan out the next steps to take real action.
Inspiring ideas, sharing previous experience, guiding mindsets, and reflection through mentorship, our Keru Team is here to cultivate the world’s next generation of rising leaders.
DR. YONGCHENG LONG
The former Chief Scientist for China Program of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) (2010-2015) and the former chairman for China Primatology Society and now the honorary chairman for China Primatological Society, the vice chairman for science committee of Yunnan Nature & Culture Conservation Facilitation Society, and the board member for Yunnan Zoological Society. Yongcheng Long has dedicated most of his professional life focused on conserving and researching the Yunnan snubby (Rhinopithecus bieti), which is also known as Yunnan golden monkey or Yunnan snub-nosed monkey. Moreover, Yongcheng Long was successfully in sending three proposals to China’s annual national people congress with the first one for saving Hainan gibbon in 2015, the second one for saving Yunnan snubby in 2017, and the third one for saving China’s remained primary forest.
DR. NEIL SCHMID
Neil Schmid is Research Professor at the Dunhuang Academy, and he is one of the world’s leading authorities on medieval Buddhism’s visual culture. He studied Chinese and Linguistics at Georgetown University, and Buddhist and Dunhuang Studies at Waseda University in Tokyo, l’École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, and the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his PhD. He specializes in Silk Road and Buddhist Studies with an emphasis on the archaeological sites of Dunhuang. Neil has also served as consultant for international arts programming and museum exhibitions, as well as expert for Tencent and Discovery Channel documentaries
After completing her Bachelor of Law at Fudan University, Amber Lu volunteered as a teacher in rural Chongqing for a year, and decided to pursue a teaching career. She received her Master of Education from University of Pennsylvania in 2015, and has been devoted to international education ever since. When working at the Winchendon School in Massachusetts, she taught English, filmmaking and coached the badminton team, and was very popular among her students. She came back to Shanghai, China in 2018 and has working in the education field, including doing marketing campaigns for an established online education company.
Justin Clouden is from Atlanta, GA and is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Here in China, he teaches at an International School where he also co-coaches the girls high school soccer team. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and is working hard to add Chinese to that list. He is most excited about being able to apply his entrepreneurial and business background to a very worthy cause, while helping students to discover and cultivate their inner entrepreneur.
KSENIYA OTMAKHOVA (XENIA)
Xenia (born in Russia) is a Schwarzman Scholar with a master’s degree in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, and holds bachelor’s degree in Architecture and master’s degree in Urbanism from Delft University of Technology. As part of her Urbanism master thesis Xenia conducted research on the BRI Khorgos Gateway development and the local culture in the border regions around the Sino-Kazakh border. Throughout her research and studies Xenia developed the skill of translating such complex and often ambiguous data into versatile design and planning strategies that help create culture sensitive living environments.
Joshua Chan is a teacher from New Brunswick, Canada with 8 years of teaching experience in secondary education. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education specializing in Secondary Mathematics and Business Education. He holds two Bachelor’s degrees and most recently, he completed research in Data Collecting and Processing, as well as Using Databases with Python from the University of Michigan. Throughout his teaching career, he has helped students reach their potential by leading them in various nationwide competitions such as: World’s Scholars Cup, AVENIR Business Competition and the annual Kangaroo Math competition.
Josh Lim is a Singaporean Chinese and currently an Co-founder and Executive Director at IJK Capital Partners, a boutique advisory financial and management consulting company with offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Josh has previously, served as Head of Consumer Retail at BRF China where he helped build the food retail from scratch and has also held positions at Origo and Inventis Investment Holdings Co. Ltd.
Founder & CEO
Wharton MBA & MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, Program Manager at Teach for China, Apple Corporate Social Responsibility
Chief Operating Officer
BA in Philosophy and Asian Studies, Volunteer English Teacher for Teach for China,
US Study Abroad Senior Manager at BE Education
Head of Research
MS in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, BS in Earth Sciences from Tulane University,
Consultant for Multiple Fortune 500 Enterprises
Dr. Jee Peng Tan
PhD in Economics from Princeton University, BA in International Trade and Development from LSE, with 32-year career at World Bank, followed by teaching at National University of Singapore and international consulting
BA from Murdoch University in Australia, BA from Kaplan Higher Education Academy in Singapore
Business Development Manager
BA from University of Toronto
MBA from University of Toronto
Business Development Manager
MBA from National Chengchi University
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