Rachel Leng is COO and Co-Founder of SeiRogai, Inc. (株式会社SeiRogai), a Tokyo-based business consultancy, film & media production company. Concurrently, she is Leader of Business Development on the Investment Management team at Whiz Partners, Inc. (株式会社ウィズ・パートナーズ), a Japanese private equity fund. She previously worked as Policy Analyst and Research Associate at Hyundai Group's Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, South Korea.
Rachel is an international speaker, multi-award winning writer, former Miss Singapore titleholder, and East Asia specialist. She 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.
Born in Singapore and raised in Shanghai, China, Rachel has been recognized widely for her leadership and originality in approaching East Asian affairs. As a multi-award winning writer, she has published numerous book chapters, journal or magazine articles on topics including contemporary Chinese culture, civil society, East Asia regional politics and history, gender rights, and migrant issues. Her blog on travel, culture, and education is ranked as a Top Japan Blog and News Website in 2019 and 2020.
As a Harvard graduate and 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 Best Mentor of the Year in 2017. She has been internationally featured in interviews by magazines, TV programs, and newspapers on global careers, cross-cultural perspectives, leadership, beauty, travel and lifestyle. She is also an engaging presenter and is regularly invited to speak at seminars or public talks at top universities and professional corporations globally.
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リン・レイチェルは、東京のメディア制作会社の取締役COO兼共同創設者として、企業執行とストラテジーを行う。同時に、ヘルスケア及びハイテク中小企業に投資している日本のファンド会社の投資運用部に所属している。また、国際的なスピーカーであり、複数の賞を受賞したエッセイスト、２０１３年ミス・シンガポール代表としてMiss Beauty with a Purposeのタイトル所有者、そしてデューク大学とハーバード大学院で最高位の優秀賞を受賞した東アジアに関する専門家でもある。これらの経験に基づいて、学生と若手専門家を指導しており、 ２０１７年に優秀メンターとして協力したことにより韓国政府より表彰されている。
来日前は、韓国のソウルでヒュンダイ（現代、현대）のシンクタンクで経験を重ねている。これまでも、様々な雑誌、テレビ番組、新聞などのインタビューを受けたこともあり、セミナーや 公開講演で定期的に講演している。アメリカのHerCampusという雑誌の「キャンパスセレブ」と、Yale大学のChina Hands組織の「25歳未満の25人の優秀者」（China Hands 25-Under-25 Rising Stars）というリストの一人に入っている。
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。
Rachel目前是总部位于东京的商业咨询, 电影和媒体制作公司SeiRogai，Inc.的首席运营官兼联合创始人。同时，她在日本私募股权基金Whiz Partners的投资管理团队的业务发展主管。来日前，她曾在韩国首尔的现代集团(Hyundai Group)的亚洲政策研究所担任政策分析师和研究助理。也曾任韩国首尔峨山政策研究会Asian Institute for Policy Studies的助理研究员和首席英文编辑。
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。多年来积极指导着学生和年轻的专业人士，因其优秀的导师服务在2017年受到韩国人力资源开发服务署的表彰。
- Diverse Transnational Background with credentials from top institutions in China, Singapore, Italy, Japan, and the United States. Work experience in Japan, South Korea, U.S., China, and Singapore.
- International Speaker: Numerous invited speaking engagements or lectures at university or professional conferences; engaging presenter on topics including education, global careers, publishing, and leadership.
- Global Media: Featured on TV, online, and print interviews across Singapore, Japan, South Korea, the U.S., Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, and China; including Mediacorp Channel U, The Straits Times, The Huffington Post, Channel 8 News, Yahoo! News, AsiaOne News, TNP Singapore, The Japan News.
- Multi-Award Winning Scholar on East Asia (China, Japan, Southeast Asia) and International Policy.
- Publications: 27 book chapters, peer-reviewed journal or magazine articles on topics including U.S.-China relations, East Asia regional politics, modern Chinese literature, cultural history, and social movements.
- Languages: English and Mandarin Chinese (Bilingual); Japanese (Business Proficiency); Korean (Basic).
- National Titles: Miss Singapore World 2013 titleholder (Second Runner Up; Miss Beauty with a Purpose)
- Government Service: Youngest advisor recruited by the Human Resources Development Service of Korea; awarded 2017 K-Move Best Mentor, inspiring young Koreans to work abroad
- Cultural Ambassador: First foreigner selected for lead role in Japanese historical and cultural Oiran Dochu parade at the 27th Annual Shinagawa Shukuba Festival 「第27回品川宿場祭り」; made The Japan News front page
- Feature Film: Starred in “Homeward Bound”《我家在这里》, a feature-length, bilingual documentary film showcasing my life in different countries; aired nationwide on Singapore’s Mediacorp Channel U
- Top-Ranked Multilingual Blogger, SNS Influencer & Freelance Writer: Media collaborations for Travel Content, Local Services, and Event Promotion at https://scholar.harvard.edu/rachel_leng/blog
Thus far, my life has been founded upon multicultural hybridity and movement. I am a half-Cantonese, half-Teochew Singaporean woman who was raised in Shanghai but attended an international high school; my childhood classmates named me the “Nanyang Girl” – too foreign for some, too Asian for others. For as long as I can remember, the only constant way to describe me has been through my relationship with the liminal “other.” At Duke, interactions with people from clearer roots have made me keenly aware of this ambiguous status. When asked about my personal upbringing, I find myself filtering my experiences to appear more comprehensible. Although this conscious screening often makes me feel isolated, it enables me to empathize with representations of “otherness” in the stories of fringe communities that I encounter in my studies. When I first started research and writing, however, I was not conscious that my topics concerned manifestations of Sinitic displacement. Across my Asian studies and public policy majors, my intellectual interests continually returned to Sinitic-region affairs. What drew me to these issues was the desire to better understand the Sinophone languages, cultures, and identities subjected to transnational flows. I now realize that my personal migratory experiences give me a nuanced, but inextricable, perspective on the multiple meanings of diasporic sojourn vis-à-vis Chinese roots. To date, my essays published in student journals have addressed America’s Chinatown immigrants, Asian American feminism, national identity politics in Taiwanese literature, and others. My own sense of displacement inspires these disparate interdisciplinary interests, focusing my attention on communities similarly marked by transnational influences.
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, K-Move, a mentorship program organized by the South Korean government, and HLAB, an NPO that organizes summer school programs promoting Liberal Arts to Japanese students.
[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.
[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.