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Mei Ye appointed as Adviser to Rhodes Trustees

The Rhodes Trustees are delighted to announce that Mei Ye has agreed to serve as Adviser to the Trustees. This is as a volunteer (non-paid) role. Mei Ye is working with the Trustees and staff at Rhodes House to support the global expansion of the Rhodes Scholarships in Asia and other countries and regions across the world.

In recent years, the total number of Scholarships awarded each year has increased from 83 to over 100, including new Scholarships in China, East and West Africa, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Palestine, Singapore, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. The expansion to include two new Global Scholarships (with this number set to increase in future years) marks a historic moment for the Rhodes Trust, and further strengthens the reach of the Scholarship around the world. This increases the number of Rhodes Scholars studying at the University of Oxford at any one time to more than 250. The global expansion continues with the objective to increase the number of Scholarships awarded each year to 120, creating a community of over 300 Rhodes Scholars in Oxford at any one time.

Mei Ye is also a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company, and a former Senior Expert and consultant with the firm.  She has advised clients in a range of industries – including consumer/retail, media, financial services, Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWF), government and regulators – assisting MNCs on China entry and growth strategies, helping transform local companies into global leaders, and developing policy recommendations for government.

Mei is an experienced corporate board director. She serves on the board of Shenwan Hongyuan Group in China, a leading investment holding public company and portfolio company of China Investment Corporation.  She also serves on the board of Bekaert in Belgium, a public company in steel cord transformation and coating technology. 

Mei has a passion for education and philanthropy.  She is a council member of SFY Foundation, a foundation to support elderly hospice and mind care.  She is also a board member of New York Military Academy and Stanford Global Projects Center.

Mei has an M.P.A. in international economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in laws from Fudan University in China.  She is the co-author of nine children’s art books, and China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China (Talisman, 2007)