Songqiao Yao is the only Chinese woman on the expedition. In fact, the 76 scientists on board are overwhelmingly white. Both a participant in the leadership training and an assistant in Fabian’s team, it is her task on board to communicate the experiences of the 76 scientists to a Chinese audience.
Songqiao Yao MBA, MPHIL
From: Dongying / Beijing, China
“All the discussion about leadership is a bit more tricky to translate to a Chinese audience because the leadership model we talk about on board is very much coming from the individual…”
“It's those times I remind myself, okay you need to step up. And that's when I think I'm a leader.”
“When I was nine years old, I received six photos of Antarctica.Those were my most precious possessions. I've always wanted to go.”
What is Songqiao doing now?
Songqiao Yao is the founder of WildBound (www.wildbound.earth), an innovative sustainability and education venture that empowers sustainability leadership through expeditions, advocacy and creative expressions. Prior to founding WildBound, Songqiao has gained her interdisciplinary and cross-cultural experience as a researcher, activist and entrepreneur working on global issues such as food, water and climate change. She has worked on China-EU, China-US projects on climate change and has consulted for agriculture and private sector development in Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Songqiao received her Mphil in Geography from Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, and her MBA from Oxford as the first Skoll Scholar from China. She graduated summa cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.