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Date(s) - 29/05/2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Bookworm

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This May, Viva is delighted to welcome as part of our on-going Inspired Women’s Series internationally renowned Ms. Songqiao Yao.

Ms. Yao is the Founder of WildBound, an innovative environmental education venture based here in China. She was the first Chinese participant and faculty member of Homeward Bound, the largest ever all-female expedition to the Antarctica to raise awareness of women’s leadership in science.

Prior to founding Wildbound, Songqiao actively campaigned on environmental justice and climate change as a researcher and youth delegate at the UN 2010 climate change conference.  In 2012, she helped build the environmental NGO International Rivers’ China office and strengthened its program on river protection in China through field research and policy publications. Her ethnographic research along the Nu/Salween river won a National Geographic Global Explorer grant.

Songqiao received her MPhil in Geography from Cambridge under a Gates Scholarship and her MBA from Oxford under a Skoll Scholarship.  She graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, the first women’s higher education institution in the United States.


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