Professor Youmin Xi has served as our independent director since March 2021. Professor Xi is Executive President and Board Member of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of University of Liverpool and a Professor at the School of Management of Xi'an Jiaotong University. In 1987, Professor Xi established HeXie theory and later extended it with his research team into the HeXie (Harmony) Management Theory, one widely recognized in academic circles. Professor Xi gained his undergraduate degree in physics from Xi'an Science and Technology University and his masters in system engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University. In 1987, he was the first person in mainland China to be awarded a doctoral degree in the field of management engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, while in 1993 became the youngest supervisor of PhD candidates in management engineering in China.