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R. May Lee

Board of Governors

Co-leader, Guild of Future Architects; Adjunct Professor of “Entrepreneurship and Architecture”, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; former Dean, School of Entrepreneurship and Management, ShanghaiTech University; and former Vice Chancellor, New York University

May Lee is a global thought leader on innovation/digital transformation, education and gender workplace issues.

Over the last eight years, May has led two groundbreaking innovations in higher education: New York University Shanghai and ShanghaiTech University. Utilizing her experience in various industries (financial services, education, and marketing), insight into entrepreneurship and deep understanding of the innovation ecosystem in China and the U.S., May offers strategic advice to large organizations on change management and digital transformation. Moreover, her ability to bridge academic research and product development gives her a unique ability to drive innovation within an organization.