Leadership Team


Jianlan Zhang, Chinese Principal

Mr. Zhang Jianlan was the Director of the Higher Education Department, the Director of the International Exchange and Cooperation, and the Secretary of the Communist Party Committee of the Suzhou Education Bureau. He was the Principal of the Suzhou No.6 Secondary School and the founding Principal of the Rugao International Academy, BFSU. He was also the founder of the Suzhou International Foundation School, and brought in Dulwich and the first A-Level programme to Suzhou. Jianlan was also responsible for reviewing all Chinese and foreign cooperatively-run institutes/programmes in Suzhou, bringing in the United World College, and policy advisory for the establishment of the UWC.



Timothy Fryer, Foreign Principal

Tim has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and leader at international schools. An IBDP Chemistry teacher and examiner, Tim has taught in IB schools for most of his career, and has served in both CAS and DP coordinator roles. He has many years of experience as a pastoral care leader.  Tim has a BSc in Applied Chemistry, PGCE in Chemistry, a MA in Education and holds a Doctorate in Education awarded by the University of Leicester, UK. Tim is an experienced CIS Visiting Team Member and has also led accreditation processes in his own schools.



Xiaohang Sumner, Academic Inspector

From being an IB student in the 1980s, Xiaohang has accumulated over 30 years of experiences in various capacities in International Baccalaureate programmes: Teacher, Coordinator, Examiner, Senior Examiner, Workshop Leader, Visiting Team Member and IB World Schools' founding director. Xiaohang was co-founder and founding Director General of the United World College in China before coming to OCAC-Suzhou, and was co-founder of the Association of Chinese and Mongolian IB Schools.



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