Rachel Leng is an international speaker, multiple award-winning writer, former Miss Singapore titleholder, mentor for young leaders, and regional specialist on East Asia.
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).
As a former Miss Singapore 2013 titleholder, Rachel actively mentors students and young professionals and has been commemorated by the Human Resources Development Service of Korea for her service as an Excellent Mentor in 2017. She has been internationally featured in interviews by magazines, TV programs, and newspapers and is regularly invited to speak at seminars or public talks at top universities and corporate events.
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 has been invited to prestigious delegations such as Harvard's IMUSE Project, Stanford's FACES conference, and the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit. To date, she has published 27 book chapters, journal or magazine articles on topics including contemporary Chinese literature, civil society, cultural history, gender rights, queer activism, migrant issues, and environmental policy.
She is currently on the Investment Management team 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.
Rachel Leng （凌惠颖）是哈佛大学东亚研究的文学硕士，杜克大学公共政策、亚洲研究和经济学的文学士，荣获2015年哈佛大学毕业典礼典礼官的荣誉称号。同时，她也是学术期刊《哈佛亚洲季刊》Harvard Asia Quarterly的总编辑以及哈佛东亚研究学会的会长。
凌惠颖在2013年被列入 China Hands 杂志评选的《25名25岁以下在中美关系方面有突出贡献的青年》；当选哈佛大学 Her Campus 杂志评选的 《Campus Celeb》（校园名人），作为年轻女大学生学习的榜样。
有趣的是， 凌惠颖是2013年新加坡世界小姐（Miss World Singapore）选美大赛的亚军，并荣获 "2013年新加坡小姐：有目标的美"(Miss Beauty with a Purpose)荣誉称号。期间，她到各地的学校讲座，鼓励女孩子展现领导力并且争取自己的权力。
Rachel was born in Singapore, but moved to Shanghai and lived there from the ages of 6 to 18. After high school, Rachel took a gap year to pursue her interests in translation studies, writing, music, and art history. To date, Rachel has diverse international and cross-cultural background with credentials from tertiary institutions in China (Shanghai), Singapore, Italy (Venice), Japan (Kyoto) and the United States (Durham, NC; Cambridge, MA). She also speaks Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and some Korean.
[Grants, Scholarships, and Awards]
Rachel has been honored with more than 20 different grants, scholarships, and awards affiliated with Harvard, Duke, Yale, and Stanford Universities, as well as the Sanford School of Public Policy.
[Publications and Speaking Engagements]
Since her undergraduate years, Rachel has published 27 book chapters, journal or magazine articles on topics including contemporary Chinese literature, civil society, cultural history, gender rights, queer activism, migrant issues, and environmental policy. She has been invited to speak at 19 conferences across the U.S., China, Singapore, South Korea, and Japan. Her work has been cited by numerous scholars in highly regarded publications, including the Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture (2016).
Rachel is passionate about working with and raising awareness of marginalized groups and under-privileged children, especially across the U.S. and China. She served as a DukeEngage in China Fellow in 2012, where she taught in a non-profit school for migrant children who have moved from rural areas throughout China to Beijing. She also served as a seminar leader for the Komatsu Summer School in 2014, where she worked with high school students in rural Japan. She frequently volunteers at schools to tutor and lead workshops in her free time. Most recently, Rachel was invited to be a seminar leader and expert speaker at Ignite Academy in Guangzhou, China. She is currently active as an advisor with Three Guineas Academy, a Chinese education consulting NPO, and K-Move, a mentorship program organized by the South Korean government.
[Miss Singapore 2013 and Media Presence]
Rachel was a finalist in the Miss Singapore World 2013 national pageant and placed as Top 3 and a Runner Up. She also won the title of Miss Singapore - Beauty With a Purpose 2013. This was her first pageant.
She has been featured internationally by various magazines and newspapers as a role model for work-life balance and youth leadership. She regularly speaks at university seminars and public panels on topics including liberal arts education, publishing/writing, cross-cultural communication, global careers, and women's leadership. During her time as a Miss Singapore titleholder, she visited schools and led seminars to encourage leadership, education equality, and empowerment for girls. She has also made TV appearances, including for interviews and documentary feature films.