Our alumni

Marco Polo Project alumni include all of our former board members and volunteers. Comes and work with us to experience the thrill of the Marco Polo community – and live forever on this alumni page.

First phase – January-June 2011

These people helped Marco Polo Project turn from just an idea in someone’s head into an existing embryo – a working organisation, with a working website.

Web team: Ray Tsai (information architecture), Dan Miao (web team coordinator), Mathieu Vendeville (graphic design), Harry Yan (main developer), Kevin Liu (developer), Alan Chen (developer), Philip Thiel (web writing, web policy advisor)

Editorial team: Eric Yan, Vivien Cheng

business and legal team: Aaron Zhang (business advice – China), Nghi Huyhn (business advice – Melbourne), Kartik Subramaniam (legal advice)

Second phase – September 2011-December 2012

These people revealed Marco Polo Project to the world, and brought us from the state of an embryo to a website with thousands of visits from all over the world.

Business team: Kevin Mangwiro (communications), Ali Aziz Muhammad (evaluation), Wenfei Tu (accounting and business systems), Linan Zhong (business development), Lily Lee (strategy and evaluation), Grace Yu (accounts)

Marketing and communications team: Ashley Lei, Sara Jaffery, Anna Liang, Lavender Kuang, Denice Wong, Yixuan Xu

Editorial team: Simon Huang, Louise Liang, Lavender Kuang, Vicky Li, Lily Yan, Shuwen Liew, Amy Gao

Web team: Jason Zheng (rating system), Roy Gao (wordpress development), Pandu Setiawan (website migration), Guillaume Mauboussin (side-by-side translation interface)

Graphic design: Mathieu Vendeville (LCNAU poster design, logo)

Third phase – January 2013 – August 2013 

These people helped us grow into a visible, connected organisation – one supported by governments, and with solid internal systems.

Business, evaluation and legal: Jacqueline O’Donnell (grant writing), Rick Chen (crowd-funding), Donna Fiegert (internal comms and KPI development), Seeyan Lee and Jenny Wu (legal advice), David Fang (accounting advice), Syeeda Aziz (evaluation report), Alicia Monasso (recruitment), Ross Ensbey, Elle Brooker, Jay Sonn Tay and Sandra Qian (business systems), Samuel Taylor (everything from HR to corporate governance)

Editorial team: Sarah Gosper (translation catalyst), Mansi Zhao (‘Mansi’s corner’ editor), Chester Li (engagement with authors)

Social media advisers: Fergus Ryan (twitter), Madeline Snow (facebook) , Paris Huang (weibo), Philip Thiel (crowd-funding campaign)

Events: Beate Stavik (‘all-you-can-translate’ event coordinator), Language Connection, particularly Di Yuan, Ben Injam, Ada Jia, Cyrus Leung and Isabella Lu (translation workshops)

Design and promotion: George Galanis (website re-branding), Glenn Stephenson (infographics, RSAnimate, fliers), Ron Killeen and Karen Pickering (RSAnimate voice over), Nghi Huyhn and Quick Chat Productions (film)

Fourth phase – September 2013 – December 2014

During this period, Marco Polo Project turned into an international organisation, with presence in Australia, China, and the UK – and growing networks with arts and education institutions – as well as trialling new event formats

Events: Jodie Kinnersley (Marco Polo Journal draft), Gordon Douglas (Events coordination), Lincoln Daw (Melting Pot Stories), Hugh Douglas (Nanjing events), Sichao Zhou (Nanjing events),  Lucy QianQian Lv (Melbourne Knowledge Week and Translators under Twelve event)

Media and partnership development: John-Paul Grima (media guru), Lawrence Quan (Chinese social media advisor), Jiahe Yu (Weibo manager / China outreach)

Editorial and education development: Tracy Wang (Editorial scout and research advisor), Jingzi Li (editorial contact and education advisor), Michael Zuo (event innovation design), Samuel Lar (Translation catalyst), Connie Bai (Translation challenge coordination), Lu Bai (Editing event design), Weitai Ting (Marco Polo Magazine chief editor)

Business development: Tristan Tan (Business analysis), Eric Li (accounting)

Also, we would like to wish all our partners on the Marco Polo Festival, including the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Beijing Bookworm, and our festival co-director Hugh Davies.

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