Shu-Kun Lin, Ph.D. (President)
Shu-Kun Lin was born in Hanchuan, Hubei Province, China. He graduated with 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 (UofL, January 1987 to July 1989). He received his doctorate (organic chemistry) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zürich) in 1992 following studies over 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 (MDPI Samples Exchange), and founded the international organization, 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 (2000), Sensors (2001), Marine Drugs (2003) and 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 joined MDPI in August 2005 as Dr. Shu-Kun Lin's assistant. He is currently responsible for the overall business and product development, as well as the general management of operations. Dietrich received a broad education and his general interests include 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. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at the same institute. Additionally, Dietrich obtained certificates in Venture Management from the IFJ Institut für Jungunternehmen, and in Negotiations as well as in Private Equity from the WWZ Summer School. Besides, Dietrich chairs the financial committee and serves on the board of the Rordorf Family Foundation.
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 Internation Journal of Molecular Sciences (IJMS). 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 (IBM) Corporation 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 of the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.
Jely He, M.Sc. (Managing Director China)
Jely He was born in 1982. She obtained a B.Sc. in Food Science and Engineering from the Hunan Agriculture University in 2005, and a 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 Pharmaceuticals and was subsequently promoted to Editorial Section Manager and now Managing Director of the MDPI operations in China.
Ophelia Han, Ph.D. (Chief Editorial Director)
Dr. Ophelia Han was born in Beijing, China. She obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry, Capital Normal University in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Biochemistry from the School of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University in 2008. Ophelia joined MDPI in November 2008 as a Managing Editor for the journals Sensors and Remote Sensing and was subsequently promoted to Editorial Section Manager and now Chief Editorial Director. Ph.D. thesis: Study on the multifunctional sensors based on polypyridyl ruthenium (II) complexes. Ophelia published five papers in international journals as the first author. She co-authored several other papers.
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/Chinese Academy of Sciences as a software developer. From September 2007 until the mid 2011, he worked for TheNetCircle as a senior software developer. He joined MDPI in October 2011, holding the position of IT Manager.