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CEO and Founder: Jack Hsu

Jack Hsu is Founder and CEO of Ivy Group International, Inc., an educational company based in Beijing investing and operating K-12 schools. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Columbia Global Center in Beijing. Previously, Jack was a founding partner at MMG Partners, a global management consulting firm headquartered in New York. Before founding MMG Partners, Jack was a consultant at Mitchell Madison Group in the securities practice where he served clients that included bulge bracket banks and exchanges. One of Jack’s early endeavors was with the startup technology company Scopus Technology which went public on NASDAQ in 1994.

Jack received his master’s degree in business administration from Columbia Business School, master’s degree in computer science from University of Maryland, College Park, and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from University of California, Berkeley. He has also earned a certificate in multiple intelligences from WIDE/Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jack currently lives in Beijing with his wife and son. He is a Fellow of the fifth class of the China Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


Board Member and co-Founder: Anita Ma

Anita Ma is a Director of Ivy Group. She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, customer service and management consulting.  Previously, she held positions at McKinsey & Company, Procter & Gamble, Johnson and Johnson, and L’Oreal. Most recently she was the Head of Marketing and Customer Service at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.   

Ms. Ma received her MBA from Columbia University and a certificate in Multiple Intelligences from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a mother of two young girls and has great passion in early childhood education.


Board Member and Daystar Academy Founder: Dawn Vermilya

Ms. Dawn Vermilya is a founder, board member, and former director of Daystar Academy. After gaining a BS Engineering degree from Cornell University she worked as an engineer for General Motors, then lived in the Republic of The Gambia, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer math teacher and USAID agriculture research project administrator. Returning to the US, she earned an MBA from Wharton Business School, and joined the World Bank in Washington, DC. With her husband, Jinyong Cai, she moved to Beijing in 1995. She continued working with the World Bank until 2000. In 2002, she started Daystar Academy with three students and continued as its director until 2011. She lived in China 17 years and is the mother of three daughters - Isabella, Sophia and Eva, all Daystar graduates.

Ms. Vermilya received her MBA from Wharton Business School and BS Engineering degree from Cornell University.


Legal Counsel (External): Rocky Lee

Mr. Lee is a corporate lawyer with broad experience in China cross-border legal matters. He is widely recognized as one of the top legal advisors to founders, CEOs and directors on business and legal issues. He is also highly regarded for his knowledge of the complex regulations governing foreign investment into China.  As the recipient of numerous high profile awards and honors, Mr. Lee has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Asia by the following organizations and ranking guides: China Business Law Journal, Top 100 Lawyers for China Practice in 2016; Financial Times, Top 10 Innovative Individuals of 2015; AsiaLaw, a Leading Lawyer in General Corporate Law in 2013, a Leading Lawyer in Venture Capital & Private Equity for seven consecutive years; Chambers Asia Pacific, Top-Tier Band 1 Lawyer in Private Equity & Venture Capital Investment for consecutive years; Legal 500, Leading Private Equity & Venture Capital Lawyer in Asia for consecutive years. Prior to joining KWM, Mr. Lee was the Asia Managing Partner and Head of China Corporate Practice of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. 

Rocky graduated from the University of California Berkeley with High Honors and Academic Distinction. He received his law degree, specializing in Business Law, from the University of California Los Angeles.