Distinguished Speaker Series

The Western Academy of Beijing is connecting our students with exceptional people who inspire. These distinguished speakers are invited to WAB from all over the world, and through their experiences and stories, challenge our newest generation to make a difference.

All Distinguished Speaker Series are free of charge and open not only to WAB students, parents and staff, but also to the community. RSVP to reserve your seat now.

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Past Speakers

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Lijia Zhang

Lijia Zhang is a rocket factory worker turned freelance journalist, social commentator and author of the newly released novel 'Lotus'. She shared her first novel with us, a story inspired by the secret life of her grandmother.

Ruben Payan

We experienced mountain climber and fitness expert Ruben Payan's extraordinary journey summiting 8 of the world's most challenging peaks in honor of humanity, culminating with a K2 expedition in 2016.

Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen

World-renowned explorers and educators Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen lead the Access Water team. They shared how they turned their hope into action to raise awareness, incite advocacy and inspire future leaders to provide access to clean water.

Liu Guoliang

Liu Guoliang is an Olympic champion and coach of the Chinese men's table tennis team. Liu was the first Chinese player and second player worldwide to win a Grand Slam, having won the World Championships, World Cup and Olympic Games men's singles.

John Isaac

Once the United Nation's foremost photojournalist, John Isaac is now a world-renowned photographer and endangered species documentarian. During his career, Isaac has travelled to over 100 countries to capture conflict, world events, and now nature.

John Robinson

As the managing partner and CEO of Our Ability, he is dedicated to connecting people with disabilities with education and employment opportunities through mentoring, workshops and public speaking

DSS Video Presentations

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WAB has successfully hosted a number of DSS events - look for more coming in Spring 2017.

March 14, 2017: Lijia Zhang


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