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Alondra Nelson, President of the Social Science Research Council and Harold F. Linder Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, is an acclaimed researcher and author, who explores questions of science, technology, and social inequality. Nelson’s books include, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination and The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome. She is coeditor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race and History (with Keith Wailoo and Catherine Lee) and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life (with Thuy Linh N. Tu). Nelson serves on the Board of Trustees of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of the Teagle Foundation and the Data & Society Research Institute. She is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and of the Hastings Center, and is an elected Member of the Sociological Research Association.
Lesley understands that today’s Chief Information Officers play the critical role of a transformation change agent – a business leader and innovator that is positioning companies for the future. At NSF International, a global health and safety organization serving over 175 markets, Lesley is positioned to further their mission to improve and protect human health and safety and the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF opened its first location in China in 2005 and now operates laboratories and offices in both Shanghai and Qingdao. As a leader in the testing, inspection and certification industry, NSF International develops standards and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.Lesley recently held the position of Global CIO for Cadillac – a division of General Motors, where the big focus was supporting the Brand’s aggressive transformation. While overseas, Lesley was based in Shanghai, China, where she oversaw the Purchasing and Supply Chain and the Sales and Marketing Systems functions for China and 140 other countries. Her work included bridging the technology strategies and data foundations needed with Chinese joint ventures, business partners and other wholly owned entities. Lesley was recently honored by Ascend’s New York Chapter with their Trailblazer Award and by Pace University, with their Innovative Leader Award. She continues to work with Ascend (the largest Non-Profit for Pan-Asian Executives), Catalyst, National Association of Female Executives’ Executive Roundtable, Women in Technology – Executive Group (WinTEG, which she co-founded) and other notable groups on their initiatives to promote and sponsor Asians and Women into corporate roles.
Amy Y. Zhang is Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager of the Alger Small Cap Focus, Alger Mid Cap Focus and Alger Small Cap Growth strategies. She joined Alger in 2015 and has 24 years of investment experience. Additionally, Amy is a member of The Alger Partners Plan. During her tenure at Alger, she has been featured and quoted in a number of publications such as: The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The New York Times, Citywire, Investor’s Business Daily, Bloomberg, Business Insider, Investment News, MarketWatch, China Business Network, Xinhua, Forbes, CNBC, and CNN. Alger was also recently awarded the number one position in Standout Funds Managed by Women on Morningstar.
Jolyne is a Divisional Vice Chairman at UBS in the firm’s Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) division within the Global Wealth Management business. Jolyne joined UBS in July 2019. Jolyne’s area of focus is the UHNW business with a specific mandate to support the strategic growth objectives in the Americas UHNW segment. With a long track record of working with some of the world’s wealthiest families across multiple generations, she significantly bolsters the division’s efforts to deepen and develop new and existing UHNW client relationships. Ms. Caruso holds a B.A. with Honors from Barnard College, Columbia University, and is Chair Emerita of Barnard’s Board of Trustees. She currently serves on the boards of Align Impact, LLC, the Institute of International Education- IIE, and is on the advisory council to Columbia University’s Entrepreneurship Program as well as an advisor to Golden Seeds Fund 1. She also served as the Managing Director – Head of Equities America at JP Morgan Securities from 1992 – 2001.
Professor Amy Chua is the John M. Duff Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Chua graduated from Harvard College in 1984 and Harvard Law School in 1987. While at Harvard Law School, Professor Chua was the first Asian American executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating, Professor Chua practiced for four years with the Wall Street firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where she worked on international transactions throughout Asia and Latin America. She joined the Yale Law School faculty in 2001. Professor Chua is also the author of World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, as well as her 2011 memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, a runaway international bestseller translated into over 30 languages. In 2011, she was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Julia Reichert is an Academy Award-winning American documentary filmmaker and feminist. Reichert grew up in New Jersey. Reichert was honored with the International Documentary Association’s Career Achievement Award in 2018. In 2019, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar premiered their documentary American Factory at the Sundance Film Festival winning the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary. The film has been picked up by Netflix. In January 2020, Bognar and Reichert won the Directors Guild of America Award for Documentary for American Factory. On Feb 9, 2020, American Factory won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Her first film was the noted documentary Growing Up Female. In 1971, she helped to found New Days Films, a US film distribution company created to help bolster the Women’s Movement. She received her first Academy Award nomination in 1978 with Klein and Miles Mogulescu for Union Maids. She was also nominated, again with Klein, in 1984 for the Oscar for the best documentary for Seeing Red.
A Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning Hollywood producer with deep roots in China, Janet Yang came to prominence through her collaboration with Steven Spielberg on Empire of the Sun followed by partnerships with Oliver Stone and Lisa Henson. Her extensive Film and TV credits include The Joy Luck Club, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Shanghai Calling and High Crimes. She currently leads Janet Yang Productions, which is developing projects with Asian themes, including the upcoming animated feature, Over the Moon.
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Rui Ma is an entrepreneur and China-watcher who lived and worked in the technology space in China for many years. Rui Ma is also an angel investor. Rui Ma and Ying-Ying Lu together host the Tech Buzz China podcast by Pandaily, a tech media startup reporting on everything about China’s innovation.
Carrie is the founder of Mainland China’s first zero-waste and envirmontal friendly retail store, THE BULK HOUSE. In a journey through minimalism, Carrie came across the zero-waste way of living. With trash everywhere it made Carrie look at her own life and realize that these piles of waste are creating so many problems, problems that Carrie herself was contributing to. After realizing that living a zero-waste lifestyle was the right way to live, Carrie hoped that more people would also understand this lifestyle. With this concept, Carrie set up THE BULK HOUSE, which aims to promote a zero-waste lifestyle, with the 6 R’s guiding the way. In order to reduce the burden that waste has on the environment Carrie and her boyfriend began to practice a zero-waste lifestyle and from August they set themselves the challenge to see how little trash they could produce within a 3-month period. The result was just 2 small jars of trash. This was achieved by using tote bags and cotton produce bags when shopping, not using single-use cutlery, ceasing to buy new things and only buying food without packaging. Any food waste from the kitchen was composted, which turns into a nutrient rich soil after about 6 weeks.
Carrie and Joe were sure that if they want to encourage more people to live a zero- waste lifestyle, they need to set a good example and show how convenient it is to live this way.
Cindy Mi is the founder and CEO of VIPKID, an education technology company that connects K-8 students in China with teachers in North America for online English immersion. Founded in 2013, VIPKID has become one of China’s leading education startups, growing 40% month over month and attracting investments from Northern Light Venture Capital, Innovation Works, Matrix Partners, Sequoia Capital, YF Capital, Learn Capital and Bryant Stibel. VIPKID, which offers a progressive pedagogy based on the Common Core curriculum, now serves over 600,000 students from all of China’s provinces. The company is regularly featured in the Chinese media and has won accolades from technology giants like Tencent.
Roseann Lake is a former Beijing correspondent and author of the bestselling book, “Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower” (published in Chinese as 单身时代). Her work and reporting have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The Guardian and The Atlantic, among others. Roseann has spoken about the social and economic gains made by trailblazing young Chinese women at universities, conferences and for private institutions across the US, the UK and China, as well as for private corporations including Microsoft and Bloomberg, and at TEDx Suzhou. She speaks five languages and covers Cuba for The Economist.
Professor Merit Janow is an internationally recognized expert in international trade and investment, with extensive experience in academia, government, international organizations and business. She is Dean of the Faculty and a Professor of Practice in International Economic Law and International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and affiliated faculty at Columbia Law. She is also Co-Director of the APEC Study Center and until recently Chair of the Faculty Oversight Committee of Columbia’s Global Center East Asia. Professor Janow is on the Board of Directors of several companies and not for profit organizations. In 2009, she became a charter member of the International Advisory Council of China’s sovereign wealth fund, the China Investment Corporation. In 2003 Professor Janow was elected as one of the seven Members of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body, the first woman to serve as a judge on the Geneva based Appellate body. She was raised in Tokyo and speaks Japanese. From 1997 to 2000, she served as the Executive Director of the first international antitrust advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Justice. She was Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China (1989-93), responsible for all bilateral trade negotiations between the United States and both Japan and China.
Ms. Wei Sun Christianson is CEO of Morgan Stanley’s China division and Co-CEO of the Asia-Pacific division. She is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Under her leadership, Morgan Stanley has broadened its onshore footprint in China to include domestic securities and bonds underwriting, commercial banking, asset management, trust services and RMB-denominated private equity investing. Before Morgan Stanley, Ms. Christianson started her career as an attorney in the New York offices of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and worked as a managing director, chairman, and country manager for Credit Suisse First (Boston) and a managing director and chairman of China, Citigroup Global Markets (Asia) Ltd., where she was responsible for the securities and investment banking businesses in China. She received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She is currently based in Beijing.
Virginia Tan is the founding partner of Teja Ventures, Asia’s first gender lens venture capital fund, which targets early stage technology companies relating to the She Economy. She co-founded She Loves Tech, the world’s largest startup competition for women and technology and the Wonder School, a leadership academy for women professionals and entrepreneurs together with Jane Sun, CEO of Ctrip and one of Forbes 100 most powerful women in the world. Virginia Tan is also the co-founder and president of Lean In China, one of China’s leading nonprofit platforms for women with over 100,000 members across more than 25 cities and 100 universities in China, which supports the goals and aspirations of Chinese women.Virginia was named by Fast Company as one of China’s 100 most innovative people in business in 2019.
Shirley Wang is founder and CEO of Plastpro Inc., one of the largest fiberglass door manufacturers in the world. Builder News recognized Plastpro’s doors as the “Best Product,” and Plastpro was named the “Most Innovative” and “Top 100 Manufacturer” by Window and Door magazine. Ms. Wang’s philanthropy includes support across causes and institutions, from Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, the Emmy nominated “Becoming American: The Chinese Experience” and the Oscar winning documentary “The Blood of Yinzhou District.” She is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, China Institute’s Blue Cloud Award, Asia Society’s Visionary Award, Anti-Defamation League’s Humanitarian Award and Asian Business Association’s Media Advocate Award. Ms. Wang sits on the board of the UCLA Foundation, and is the immediate past Chairman of the Board. Ms. Wang and her husband, Walter Wang, have endowed Chairs for Asian American Center and for Medicinal Drug Discovery, and established student scholarships and fellowships for UCLA. Ms. Wang is also a trustee for Harvard Westlake and was the Chair of the Education Committee for the board. Ms. Wang and her husband have also provided the lead donation for the Humanities Building at Harvard Westlake, now named Wang Hall.
Mary Nichols is the Chair of the California Air Resources Board, where she occupies the attorney seat. She has served on the Board under Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. (1975–82 and 2010–18), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (2007–2010) and Governor Gavin Newsom (2019–present). She also served as California’s Secretary for Natural Resources (1999–2003), appointed by Gov. Gray Davis. When not working for the State of California, Mary was a senior staff attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council; Assistant Administrator for US EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, in the administration of President William Jefferson Clinton; and headed the Institute of Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Over a career as an environmental lawyer spanning over 45 years, Mary Nichols has played a key role in California and the nation’s progress toward healthy air. She has also led the Board in crafting California’s internationally recognized climate action plan.
Ms. Anla Cheng is the Founder and CEO of SupChina, an independent digital China news and business platform which aims to inform everything on China. Prior to this, Ms. Cheng ran a Family Office of Asian Hedge Fund of Funds. Centenium Capital ; and a China PE firm, Sino- Century. Her career included work as Asia Head as SVP at Robert Fleming , (bought out by JP Morgan). Her career began at Goldman Sachs, then Citi where she was a Pacific Basin analyst, then became an Asian Portfolio Manager. Ms. Cheng received her MBA from Wharton Graduate School of Business. She is a Trustee of the following Boards: Vice Chair of the China/US at TNC (The Nature Conservancy); Facing History and Ourselves(past Chair of China Project) ; Vice Chair at China Institute; and past Trustee and current member of Committee 100. Ms. Cheng is China/ Global Council Member of Brookings and a Member of NCUSCR .
Stella Li is the President of BYD Motors, a global green technology company based in Los Angeles, California that produces cutting edge battery-electric vehicles, battery-energy storage solutions, solar farms, and energy efficient LED lighting systems. As President, Stella is responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations and long-term strategic vision. She is also the architect of BYD’s thriving expansions in the Americas—including its North America headquarters in Los Angeles, California in 2011 and its electric bus, truck, and energy module factories in Lancaster, California in 2013. Prior to becoming President, Stella served as BYD’s Senior Vice President and was responsible for successfully expanding the company’s operations around the world. Under Stella’s leadership, BYD achieved exponential market growth, developed invaluable partnerships, and became a dominant global force across multiple industries.
PAST WINNER OF THE SUPCHINA NEXT GEN AWARDIngrid has extensive global investing experience, with specific expertise in identifying investment opportunities in Asia and in healthcare. At the 2018 SupChina Women’s Conference, Ingrid was chosen as the U.S. recipient of the Female Rising Stars Award. Prior to co-Founding MayTech, Ingrid served as the Managing Director of China Equity Research at Oppenheimer & Co. Previously, she led China research as a Senior Research Analyst at Brean Capital, after as well as an Asian Equity Analyst at Wellington Management, and a global healthcare specialist at Sirios Capital Management and Jefferies Asset Management. Before her career in finance, Ingrid was a Research Fellow and Senior Research Scientist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Ingrid is a board member of Gilda’s Club. She earned her B.S. from Beijing University, an M.B.A. from MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from SUNY-Stony Brook.
Lenora Chu is an international correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, covering Europe and China’s influence abroad. She is also author of the award-winning book Little Soldiers, a narrative account of China’s education system. Published by HarperCollins with translations forthcoming in half a dozen languages, Little Soldiers won the Nautilus Award, ASJA’s 2018 nonfiction prize, and was also shortlisted for Stanford’s Saroyan International Prize. With 15 years’ experience in the U.S. and China, Lenora covers the intersection of politics, education and culture. As a commentator on China and education, Lenora has appeared on NPR, CBS, BBC, and the CBC, and her articles and op-eds have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Cut and Business Insider, among others. A former media and management consultant, Lenora holds degrees in engineering and journalism from Stanford and Columbia Universities. In 2019, she was named to the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. She is currently based in Berlin, Germany.
Deborah M. Lehr is an accomplished global business strategist who has supported leading global firms and organizations to grow their presence in the world’s most complex markets. Deborah has applied her business acumen and policy knowledge to launch the Antiquities Coalition, which works with governments across the world to fight against antiquities trafficking and its use in funding terrorism and organized crime. Deborah is also CEO and founding partner of Basilinna, a strategic consulting firm focused on China and the Middle East. She is also the Executive Director of the Paulson Institute, a think tank founded by former Secretary of Treasury Hank Paulson, which is focused on US-China trade, finance, and conservation. She oversees their Green Finance initiative including helping to establish the U.S.-China Green Fund to invest in energy efficient technologies and projects.
Catherine Zhu, based in Toronto and Hong Kong, has deep expertise in technology and digital transformation. She is the former head of Egon Zehnder’s Greater China Practice and was the Managing Partner in Hong Kong. Catherine is a trusted advisor to multinationals operating between China and North America, and also helps entrepreneurs and family businesses meet their most pressing board and CEO search, leadership succession, and cultural transformation needs. Passionate about innovation, she also advises global companies on their talent strategies.
Director of Conservation Investments at the New York Division of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the largest environment group in the world with 600 scientists. Nina is responsible for leveraging the private sector and private capital to accelerate and scale up conservation impacts, and creating the public policy and program enabling conditions for the private sector to be effective for conservation. Her areas of focus include healthy cities, climate resilient infrastructure, and climate mitigation. She held a similar role at the Conservancy’s New Jersey Chapter. Prior to her positions at the Conservancy, Nina had a career in finance, spanning a wide range of areas from sovereign bonds, interest rates derivatives, mortgages, and structured credit products at Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Canada among others. She is also on the Advisory Board of MIT Sloan Business School Sustainability Initiative. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Ines is the Co-Founder of Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide. She is responsible for the operations of FEW, including social media and content marketing, monthly seminars, annual global conferences, influencers engagement, media relationships, strategic partnerships and sponsorships. She served as a speaker at the SCMP’s Game Changers and voted “Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs in Hong Kong” by Hong Kong Tatler. Founding FEW has allowed Ines to combine her love of technology, digital business, and her passion to empower women, and enable startups to unleash their full potential with meaningful connections.
She is the Co-founder of Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide, an international platform of businesswomen, professional and corporate leaders. Anna is strong at strategic planning, stakeholders engagement, crisis management, project execution, market entry and growth, and cost effectiveness analysis. She worked for world’s leading communications agencies, O&M and Edelman, responsible for designing integrated communications and marketing strategies to promote global brands especially in Asia Pacific. Accounts include GSK, Pfizer, Novartis, Bayer, Starbucks, Wyndham Hotel Group, The Economist, ebay & BOC.
Dr. Dai has played a significant role leading California’s collaboration with China on climate, energy and environment. She was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr as Special Advisor on China. Under Brown, Dr. Dai chaired the state’s China Interagency Working Group, and acted as the state’s liaison on its critical economic and environmental initiatives on China. Previously, Dr. Dai served as senior advisor at California Environmental Protection Agency and California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, advising on the state’s international policy and global climate partnership. In 2017, she organized Governor Brown’s trip, which resulted in a successful meeting with President Xi Jinping and the commitment to establish the California-China Climate Institute. Dr. Dai is a graduate of Berkeley Law, University of California, and holds a doctoral degree on Environmental Policy and Economics from State University of New York. Her research has been focused on market mechanisms for climate change mitigation, energy efficiency and innovations.
Ruth Jin has extensive experience in corporate and securities laws. She regularly represents private equity firms and hedge funds for fund formation, investment management and related regulatory compliance; and represents corporations for equity/debt securities offering, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporate matters. She also provides broker-dealers with regulatory compliance related legal advice. Ruth’s clients range from entrepreneurs and emerging companies to Fortune 500 companies. She advises businesses through all stages of growth from start-up and capital financing right through to initial public offering and counsels on the ongoing securities law compliance and periodic reporting obligations. Ms. Jin also is an expert in not-for-profit laws. She represents schools, churches, temples and science associations for their federal and state tax exemption applications and compliance. Ruth has knowledge in Chinese law, Korean law and Japanese law, and is fluent in these three languages. She has a rich experience in cross-border transactions, including wealth management related transactions.
Wan Ling is Executive VP and Head of Asia, Oceania & Africa Zone at Nestlé SA, a Member at International Women’s Forum, a Member at The Chicago Network, and Chairman at Nestlé Finance SA. She is on the Board of Directors at Royal Neighbors of America, Museum of Chinese In The Americas, Nutrition-Wellness Venture AG, and Life Ventures SA. Wan Ling was previously employed as Chief Financial Officer & SVP-Strategy by Wal-Mart International, Executive VP-Global eCommerce & Emerging Markets by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., President-United States by NCH Marketing Services, Inc., and Controller by Borden Foods Corp. She also served on the board at Committee of 100. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of the Philippines and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. Born and raised in the Philippines, Wan Ling is a Chinese American and speaks multiple languages including Chinese and Tagalog.
Lu Zhang is the Founder and Managing Partner of Fusion Fund, a renowned Silicon Valley based investor, a serial entrepreneur and a Stanford Engineering alumna. Fusion Fund is active in supporting early-stage entrepreneurs who are looking to build globally disruptive companies using innovative technologies to drive systemic change originating from the U.S market. For the past couple years, Lu leads the Fusion Fund team funnels exits of multiple portfolios’ IPO and M&As. Lu received the title of 2018 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos). She has also garnered other accolades including the Featured Honoree in VC of Forbes 30 Under 30 (2017), Silicon Valley Women of Influence (2018), Town & Country 50 Modern Swans – Entrepreneurship Influencer (2017) and Top 10 All America Chinese Youth (2018). Prior to starting Fusion Fund, Lu was the Founder and CEO of a medical device company focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acquired in 2012). Lu is active in the entrepreneur and investor communities and serve as board member and 2020 president for Youth Council of Future Forum.
Haishan Fu is the Director of the World Bank’s Development Data Group, overseeing its global development monitoring and open data initiative, surveys and other technical advisory services, and global statistical programs such as the International Comparison Program. In her capacity as the Ex-Officio member of the WBG Data Council and the Co-Chair of the Development Data Directors Group, Haishan leads and coordinates the development and implementation of the Bank’s development data agenda. She has been an active leader in the global statistical community, having served or currently serving as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, Council Member of the International Statistical Institute, and Co-Chair of the Global Steering Committee of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics, among others.
Susan Shirk is the Chair of the 21st Century China Program and Research Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS, formerly known as the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies) at University of California, San Diego. She is also director emeritus of the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). Susan Shirk first visited China in 1971 and has been teaching, researching, and engaging China diplomatically ever since.
Yang Lan is a household name in China, as a leading broadcast journalist and media entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and chairperson of Sun Media Group, Sun Culture Foundation. She is also the founder and chairperson of Her Village Academy. She is the only person to have represented Beijing twice for its successful Olympic biddings. She was named as Goodwill Ambassador for 2010 Shanghai Expo. She is a Global Ambassador and International Board Member for the Special Olympics Movement and the first Chinese UNICEF Ambassador, and the vice-chairman of China Charity Alliance. Ms. Yang was honored with many awards, including Columbia University SIPA’s “Global Leadership Award”, the “National Philanthropy Award”, “Women’s Achievement Award” by All-China Women’s Federation, “40 Returned Scholars in 40 Years of China’s Reform and Opening-up”, the Paley Center for Media and AOL’s “Makers” award. She is one of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes.
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