Xian Li: embracing new challenges

Xian Li is the Head of Statistics & Data Management at The George Institute China.  Today, let's listen to her profile story and step into her world.

How long have you been working at the institute?
I have been working here for five years since April, 2012.

What is your professional background?
My major is medical statistics - to be more specific, health statistics in the department of public health, medical school.

What attracted you to work at The George Institute?
I joined The George Institute due to my predecessor's recommendation. What really attracted me was its humanistic atmosphere, values and standard SOPs. TGI had a detailed work division system so that everyone could have his or her own specific work direction and clear career path.

What does your work focus on?
Currently I am responsible for economics evaluation, statistical analysis and data management.

What is a recent highlight?
Our division provides support and service for the projects. The highlight of my work is exploring and applying innovative statistical models into projects, and increasing our impact.

To unwind at the end of the day you…
Actually, I like traveling which becomes infeasible since my schedule is usually too tight. Apart from that, I have no extremely preferential hobbies. I used to play badminton with my colleagues when I had spare time.

Your first job was…
My first job was a statistic analyst in FuWai hospital’s epidemiological research office, which was similar to what I am currently doing.

Your biggest achievement so far…
My idea is always to “be steadfast in work”. Indeed, I encounter multiple challenges in my work like new research designs, which constantly require studying new things, turning to the headquarters, searching relevant materials and collaborating with team members to overcome it. Every challenge excites our interest and spirit. Continuing to improve the project design, with a rigorous and precise attitude, is the origin of my sense of achievement. In my opinion, the sense of achievement comes from the perpetual challenges in life.