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Yinyan Zhao

Manager, Chemicals, Life Sciences, & Nutrition, and Pulp & Paper

Headquarters
44426 Atwater Drive
Ashburn, Virginia 20147
USA

As a Business Area Manager, Yinyan oversees IPA’s global work in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotech, food & consumer products, and pulp & paper sectors, managing client relationships and supporting client improvement initiatives.

Yinyan has been at IPA since 2012 and most recently held the role of Senior Implementation Analyst prior to her current role. She has evaluated many capital projects, including chemical processing plants, pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, and refineries, ranging in size from US$0.25 million to US$3 billion. She has led multiple site benchmarkings, project system evaluations, high profile chemical and pharmaceutical capital projects, and site and megaproject staffing analyses. Yinyan has also led several continuous improvement initiative consulting engagements covering capital planning, portfolio management, governance, gatekeeping, and end-to-end work process improvement.

Yinyan has instructed IPA Institute project management courses in both public and private settings, and has published research on estimating practices for site-based projects. She was also a key contributor in updating IPA’s proprietary pharmaceutical sector workbook documentation and analysis methodology. In addition, Yinyan is IPA’s client engagement leader for three major global companies in the pharmaceutical and chemicals industries.

Fluent in English and Chinese Mandarin, Yinyan has earned an M.A. in Medicinal/Organic Chemistry from Boston University and an M.S. in Organic Chemistry and B.E. in Pharmaceutical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China.

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