Xin Liu is the co-founder and president of the Enlight Foundation, as well as director and co-founder of Xinping Foundation in China. Her philanthropy work focuses on creating equal educational opportunities for children in developing countries, grooming social entrepreneurs and change makers among youth, and supporting action driven research projects to advance education in developing countries, especially in China.
Educated in China and the United States, Xin is an award-winning photojournalist on both continents. Xin Liu worked as a writer and photojournalist for China Youth Daily from 1990 to 1993. She became the first female staff photojournalist working for a Chinese national newspaper, documenting women and children’s educational conditions throughout the mainland. Xin was invited to the U.S. to work at Baltimore Sun in 1993 after winning top awards in some international competitions. She subsequently interned at the Miami Herald, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Syracuse newspapers while completing graduate studies at Syracuse University and Ohio University. After three years of working as a staff photojournalist at the Palm Beach Post, Xin freelanced in China for Time Magazine, Newsweek, Fortune Magazine, among others from 1998 to 2002.
With her background working in the field as a journalist for a dozen years in both continents, Xin has experienced education inequality both in China and the U.S.. She strongly believe that it’s important to engage youth for social changes, while strengthen rural communities through early education initiatives to alleviate rural poverty.