advisory board

The Friends of Dunhuang’s International Advisory Board is comprised of academic, cultural and business leaders dedicated to safeguarding Dunhuang’s treasures for future generations.


Neville Agnew is Principal Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute and one of the architects of the “Principles for the Conservation of Heritage Sites in China.” He has since 1989 led the Getty’s partnership with The Dunhuang Academy to safeguard and conserve the treasures at Mogaoku. In 2005 he received the International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award of the PRC.


William Bowen served from 1988 to 2006 as President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and was President of Princeton University from 1972 to 1988. He was instrumental in Mellon’s multi-year grant that enabled the digitization of artwork in 22 of Mogao’s most important grottoes, imagery now included in the Mellon International Dunhuang Archive.


Gina Lin Chu is a civic leader and philanthropist whose passion and commitment are known to many. Her board memberships include The Asia Society, The Asia Foundation, the Eisenhower Fellowships, The Bhutan Foundation, Give2Asia and the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center.


Mimi Gardner Gates was Director of the Seattle Art Museum 1994-2009 and continues as Director Emerita. Dr. Gates is a scholar of Chinese art who received her doctoral degree from Yale University; currently she is a fellow of the Yale Corporation. She is the founding director of the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, a collaborative effort between the Seattle Art Museum and University of Washington.


Audrey Topping is a well-known photojournalist with close ties to the Middle Kingdom going back to her grandfather, a missionary in Hubei province. At age 16 she moved to China, staying three years before civil war and evacuation back to Canada. She subsequently made many visits as a writer and photojournalist, notably introducing the world to the Terra Cotta Warriors through two cover stories for National Geographic.


Seymour Topping covered China’s civil war and other conflicts as an overseas correspondent for The Associated Press before joining The New York Times in 1959, where he spent 40 years, first as chief correspondent from Moscow and Southeast Asia, then as foreign editor and managing editor. He served as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes for nine years, is Professor Emeritus of International Journalism at Columbia University, and has written several historical novels. His "Journey Between Two Chinas” has become a must-read study in Western scholarship about China.


Carter Tseng is the founder of Microtek International, a pioneer in digital imaging and a global leader in the imaging scanner industry. Dr. Tseng now devotes himself to education, environmental and cultural heritage protection, and other philanthropic programs as chairman of the Little Dragon Foundation, and as a board member of the Committee of 100 and Give2Asia.


Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo!, the world’s most highly visited website, a leading figure in the Internet media business. He was inspired during his 2005 visit to Dunhuang by the potential of digital technology to showcase Mogaoku’s splendors and educate visitors about the site’s cultural significance.