May Xue, Chief Executive Officer
May Xue assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in May, 2011. Prior to joining UCCA, Xue worked in various multinational corporations at the director level, amassing over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, and general management. Her areas of expertise include business, luxury goods, art, and events management. Her past projects include planning and coordinating the first Chinese Contemporary Art Awards (CCAA) exhibition in 2008; managing the VIP reception for the Organizing Committee of the 2008 Olympic Games; and planning the ceremony to celebrate the first US flight undertaken by Hainan Airlines, in which she managed the reception for all Chinese and US officials as well as press relations. She has previously worked at the City Club in Los Angeles (CAA), the Capital Club Beijing, and Cartier.
May Xue first joined UCCA in 2009 as director of UCCASTORE, creating a concept store celebrating China’s best in original design and in the process turning the traditional museum shop model on its head. Her work with the store has also helped promote the appreciation of limited edition art pieces in China. She oversees the development activities that support UCCA’s many not-for-profit activities, including exhibitions and public programs, moving it toward long-term financial viability and independence. Since becoming CEO, Xue has built up a management team of international caliber while dedicating herself to the long-term development of the institution. In 2015, she completed the Getty Leadership Institute program.
Philip Tinari, Director
Philip Tinari assumed the directorship in 2011. In this role, he organizes an exhibition program devoted to established figures and rising talents both Chinese and international, as well as a wide range of public and educational programs and development activities, aimed at UCCA’s annual public of nearly a million visitors. In the past four years, he has curated exhibitions at UCCA of artists including William Kentridge, Liu Wei, Sterling Ruby, Matthew Monahan, Kaari Upson, Alex Israel, Pawel Althamer, Xu Zhen/MadeIn Company, Ji Dachun, Tino Sehgal, Taryn Simon, Wang Keping, Teppei Kaneuji, Tehching Hsieh, Wang Xingwei, Kan Xuan, Yung Ho Chang, Yun Fei-Ji, and Gu Dexin among many others.
Prior to joining UCCA he was founding editor of the bilingual art magazine LEAP, published by the leading Chinese publishing group Modern Media. Before that, in addition to independent work as a writer, translator, publisher, and curator, he served in roles including China advisor to Art Basel, lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, and founding editor of Artforum’s Chinese web edition, where he remains a contributing editor. He speaks and writes Mandarin fluently, and has written and lectured around the world on contemporary art in China. Tinari currently serves on advisory boards to institutions including the Guggenheim, the Asia Society, and NTU Center for Contemporary Art Singapore, and was recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He holds a B.A. from the Program in Literature at Duke, an A.M. in East Asian Studies from Harvard, was a Fulbright scholar at Peking University.
You Yang, Deputy Director
You Yang joined UCCA in 2011, becoming Deputy Director in 2012. His main responsibilities include enhancing the Center’s long-term growth and building its audience through special projects, public relations, and marketing. He works particularly on UCCA’s communication strategy, social media positioning, image development, and messaging, overseeing communication with domestic and overseas media as well as with the general public. Prior to joining UCCA, You Yang was the marketing director of the Chinese-language version of Time Out Beijing and the deputy general manager of the China International Gallery Exposition (CIGE), the first large-scale contemporary art fair in China. In 2010 and 2011, he also served as Asia consultant for the ART ASIA art fair in Miami, Florida. Complementing his wide range of marketing and management experience, You Yang is also a published author and art critic with more than one hundred journal articles and catalogue essays to his credit. He holds a master’s degree in business management from the University of Hull.
Ada Zhang, Chief Operating Officer and UCCA Creative Studio General Manager
Ada Zhang joined the UCCA team in 2009 and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer as well as general manager of UCCA Creative Studio. Her responsibilities as COO include the allocation of museum-wide resources and the maintenance of an inter-departmental framework according to financial strategy, striving to meet developmental needs that suit the varying functions of the museum. As general manager of Creative Studio, Ada is responsible for the new program’s overall planning, financial development, and daily operations.
Ada Zhang is a graduate of Renmin University. Before joining UCCA, she served as financial manager for the businesses Stellar Megamedia, Willsonn Partner, and Flight Center.