Rachel Leng is Associate at Whiz Partners, Inc. (株式会社ウィズ・パートナーズ) in Tokyo, Japan. She previously worked as Policy Analyst and Research Associate at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, South Korea. As a multi-award winning specialist in East Asian affairs, Rachel has been recognized widely for her leadership and original work.
Rachel graduated with scholarships from Harvard University (M.A. in Regional Studies - East Asia) and Duke University (B.A. with double distinction and highest honors in Public Policy Studies, Asian Studies, and Economics). At Harvard, she was the recipient of a Harvard GSAS Merit Fellowship, and was named a 2015 Graduation Commencement Marshal. She was also a 2014-2015 Intellectual/Cultural Fellow at Dudley House, Editor-in-Chief at the Harvard Asia Quarterly, and President of the Harvard East Asia Society (HEAS).
Rachel's award-winning work includes her Harvard M.A. dissertation, which received an Honorable Mention for the 2015 Joseph Fletcher Memorial Award. At Duke, she wrote two senior honors theses which won the Robert P. Durden and Aptman Prizes for excellence in research. Rachel was also an honoree of Yale University's China Hands “25-Under-25 Rising Stars in China-U.S. Relations” in 2013, and invited to prestigious delegations such as Harvard's IMUSE Project, Stanford's FACES conference, and the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit.
As a former Miss Singapore 2013 titleholder, Rachel was named a “Campus Celeb” by HerCampus Harvard magazine as a role model to college women. She has been internationally featured in interviews by magazines, TV programs, and newspapers and regularly speaks at seminars or public talks.