Zhang Xinsheng, a native of Shuyang, Jiangsu Province, was born in November 1948. He is a CPC member. He is President of the China Education Association for International Exchange. His previous roles include Vice Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration, Vice Secretary of the CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee and Mayor of Suzhou, and Assistant Minister and Vice Minister of Education. He was a deputy to the 7th and 8th NPC and a member of the 11th CPPCC National Committee. He has a deep knowledge of educational policy research, international exchange, urban planning and conservation culture development, with much influence on the educational and diplomatic fronts. He was engaged as a research fellow of the Counsellors’ Office of the State Council in September 2013.