Prior to Venture Education, Zhubei’s taught English to thousands of university volunteers for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Committee and as coordinator between CCTV and its overseas partners. Determined to bridge young people in China to the rest of the world, she co-founded Venture Education with Julian.
Firmly believing that parents’ mindset is the key to children’s healthy development and full potential, she has since devoted her time to lead positive change in parenting and how academic success is perceived and achieved. She has worked closely with hundreds of parents to inspire, coach and advise them on building a loving and nurturing family environment with healthy boundaries, as well as engaging students to make positive life choices.
She regularly delivers talks, webinars and workshops across China and writes a weekly column on education and parenting in the Economic Observer.
Zhubei is chair of the Educating Girls of Rural China committee in Beijing, a mentor for both the Young Professional’s Development Programme and Future Female Leaders, a judge for the British School Awards, and the leader of Yoga for Love, a weekly session on mental wellbeing for women in business.
Julian spent nearly a decade teaching history and history of art in Harrow Beijing (which he joined in its founding year) while also working as an IELTS examiner for the British Council.
In the latter job, speaking to thousands of Chinese students, he understood first hand the challenges that many of them faced in developing confidence, making ideas happen and moving beyond education to lead fulfilling and meaningful careers and lives. Then he met Zhubei and in the first year of Venture they talked. A lot. He leads the consultancy arm of Venture that supports schools, universities and education organisations to thrive in China.
Julian is the Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in China and Chair of the Chamber’s Education Forum which includes driving initiatives such as Employability Week and the Young Professionals Development Programme. He is also a mentor for Durham University, former president of the China North Entrepreneurs’ Organization and a strategic advisor for the innovative edtech platform Globiliti. He graduated with a joint degree in History of Art from UCL and SOAS and has a masters in Antiques from UCLAN.