Shu-Kun Lin, Ph.D. (President)
Shu-Kun Lin was born in Hanchuan, Hubei Province, China. He graduated with a BSc from Wuhan University in January 1982, majoring in inorganic chemistry; he studied physical chemistry in the Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1982–1986, MSc in 1985) and in the USA (University of Louisville, 1987–1989). He received his doctorate (organic chemistry) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Swiss Institute of Technology, ETH, Zurich) in 1992 after studying for three years in the group of Prof. Dr. Bernhard Jaun, Laboratory of Organic Chemistry. In 1996, Shu-Kun Lin initiated the samples collection and exchange project, and founded the international organization, Molecular Diversity Preservation International
(MDPI) in Switzerland, to implement this. In the same year he launched the first MDPI journal Molecules
. In 2001 he became a professor at the Ocean University of China (OUC). He is the founder or co-founder of several other open-access journals: Entropy
(1999), International Journal of Molecular Sciences
(2001), Marine Drugs
(2003) and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
(2004). He became the Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Diversity
in 2002 and held this position until his resignation in June 2007. He is the principal author of over 40 publications.
Dietrich Rordorf, B.A. (Chief Executive Officer)
Dietrich Rordorf serves as CEO of Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI AG), based in Basel, Switzerland. He originally joined MDPI in August 2005 as Dr. Shu-Kun Lin's assistant. Dietrich received a broad education and his general interests include editorial work, web and publishing technologies, economic and monetary history, finance and marketing. Dietrich graduated from the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Basel in 2012 and additionally obtained certificates in Negotiations and Private Equity. He was further credited with a certificate in Venture Management from the Institute for New Business Ventures (IFJ, St. Gallen). Dietrich gained extensive editorial experience by managing the International Journal of Molecular Sciences
from 2005 to 2007, and Entropy
and Marine Drugs
from 2007 to 2008. He later helped to launch the journal Games
in 2010. He is still actively managing a small journal and handling editorial work in parallel to his responsibilities as CEO. Besides his work within the scholarly publishing industry, Dietrich chairs the financial committee and serves on the board of the Rordorf Family Foundation
, one of the oldest family foundations in Switzerland (registered in Zurich in 1710).
Alistair Freeland, B.A. HSG (Chief Operating Officer)
Alistair Freeland initially joined MDPI in February 2006, supporting Dr. Shu-Kun Lin as editor of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences
. In 2008, he graduated from the University of St. Gallen with a degree in Business Administration. His studies focused on the subject of information and technology management. He then joined International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and subsequently went on to hold a number of responsibilities in the area of commercial IT and account management, new business acquisition, IT service management and delivery. In his last role at IBM, he was responsible for the new service delivery to a large outsourcing customer in the life-science industry. Alistair rejoined MDPI in May 2013 as Chief Operating Officer. He also holds a degree in Performing Arts from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.
Jely He, M.Sc. (Managing Director China)
Jely He obtained a B.Sc. in Food Science and Engineering from the Hunan Agriculture University in 2005, and an M.Sc. in Biochemical Engineering from the South China University of Technology in 2008. Jely joined MDPI in 2008 as a Managing Editor for the journals Molecules
and was subsequently promoted to Editorial Section Manager before being appointed the position of Managing Director of the MDPI operations in China.
Xianhua Zhou (IT Manager)
Xianhua Zhou was born in 1982 in Jiangxi, China. He graduated from the Hunan Institute of Engineering in 2002. From 2003 until 2007, he worked for The Institute of Microbiology and the Chinese Academy of Sciences as a software developer. From 2007 to 2011, he worked for TheNetCircle as a senior software developer. He joined MDPI in October 2011, holding the position of IT Manager.