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|6th Chief Executive of Jindao|
|Assumed office |
11 January 2020
|Preceded by||Guo Zhenya|
|Chairwoman of the Jindanese Transport Authority|
20 June 2006 – 18 February 2014
|Preceded by||Xie Ming|
|Succeeded by||Hao Jie|
|Minister of Transport|
18 February 2014 – 14 October 2019
|Preceded by||Wen Tai|
|Succeeded by||Zhuan Liang|
|Born||November 20, 1966|
St. Chloé's Hospital, Metropolitan, Jindao
|Nationality||Xiaodongese (since 1996)|
Estmerish (until 1996)
|Alma mater||Knowleston University (PhD)|
Wei Hanying GY-JM (Xiaodongese: 魏汉英; born 20 November 1966) is a Jindanese politician and professor in urban planning currently serving as the 6th Chief Executive of Jindao, taking over from Guo Zhenya after his resignation on January 10, 2020. Wei previously served as the Chairwomen of the Jindanese Transport Authority between 2006 and 2014 and as Minister of Transport under Hou Su and Guo Zhenya between 2014 and 2019. Zhenya dismissed her from her position in 2019 after she openly criticised his handling of the 2019 Mathratown protests.
Wei was born in the Metropolitan district of Jindao in 1966 to a Xiaodongese stock broker father and an Estmerish mother. She grew up bilingual and was taught both languages at home and at school. Wei displayed a natural proficiency in geometry and architecture from an early age, and was accepted into Knowleston University to study urban planning in 1984, graduating with a PhD in 1989. Wei was employed for an urban planning company that worked in both Estmere and Jindao, and she regularly travelled between the two countries until Jindao was ceded back to Xiaodong in 1996. Wei was one of the leading planners for the Houfu and Yaoling City districts of Jindao, a role that earned her the Grand Yao-Jin Medal - awarded for outstanding contributions to the city.
She entered politics in 2002, working for the Jindanese Transport Authority before being elected as Chairwomen in 2006. Under her tenure as Chairwomen, subway links were expanded to include more of the South Territories, road and rail links with Xiaodong were subsidised and the infrastructure surrounding the Port of Jindao was greatly rejuvenated, including an expansion of the cargo bays at the port. She stepped down as Chairwomen in 2014 to take up the role of Minister of Transport in Hou Su's cabinet in 2014. She was kept as Minister in 2016 after Guo Zhenya succeeded Su, during which she proposed increased funding for transport around the city to support her policies enacted as Chairwomen of the JTA, however she was continuously denied by Zhenya who was adament to keep the transport systems as is. Wei was dismissed in 2019 by Zhenya after criticising in stance towards the recent protests, much to the reported dismay of the Xiaodongese government and Yuan Xiannian.
Wei was re-appointed into the government as Chief Executive by Xiannian and the Xiaodongese government as Zhenya's replace on January 11.
Early life and education
Wei Hanying was born on November 20, 1966, in St. Chloé's Hospital in the Metropolitan district of Jindao, to father Sun Jia - a stockbroker of Xiaodongese ancestry - and mother Bella Baker, who was a stay-at-home mother and nurtured Wei throughout most of her infancy and early childhood. Wei grew up on Kung Hui Street in Little Verlois, a suburb on the western side of the Metropolitan district. Wei attended Aldworth Girls' School from reception to Year 6 (aged 11-12), when she moved to the Academy of New Estmere, a prestigious secondary school around 15 minutes from Little Verlois. At ANE she flourished and displayed her natural intellect in the fields of geometry, and was particularly fascinated with the city's infrastructure. Teachers of Wei remarked how she would "stare deeply into maps of the city on the wall" and would often read street directories "as entertainment".
Wei was accepted into the prestigious Knowleston University in 1984, aged 18, after achieving proficient results on her high school exams. Studying urban planning and architecture in the wake of the oncoming Jindanese Housing Crisis, Wei would write some of her university reports on the need for planned residential areas in Jindao. Wei graduated Knowleston in 1989 with a PhD in urban planning.
Civil service career
Wei was influential in the push for the renovating of Yaoling through land reclamation. She participated in the initial design phase, and, along with architect Meng Qigang and urban planner Ma Kang, saw increased funding granted for the residential expansion of Yaoling City in 1996. Wei also worked to gain the endorsements of companies to fund and sponsor various plans and projects around the city, most notably gaining funding from Xiaodongese phone and internet service provider Yuanjing, who advertise throughout the city and give their name to an apartment block in the city's northern quarter, and expanded Jindao's phone and later 4G and internet network to the city throughout the 2000s. In 2001, for her services in the expansion and planning of Yaoling City as well as similar successful endeavours in the planned district of Houfu, she was awarded the Grand Yao-Jin Medal by Chief Executive Shao Xiuying.
Jindanese Transport Authority
Chairwomen of the Transport Authority
Minister of Transport
Under Hou Su
Under Guo Zhenya
Wei was announced as the 6th Chief Executive of Jindao in the early morning of January 11, 2020. She delivered a speech in the Metropolitan district of Jindao the following morning thanking the Jindanese populace for accepting her into the position.
Styles and honours
- Deng Yazhou, "Jindao Chief Executive should resign immediately", 东海日報; East Sea Daily, 10 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
- Liu Mei, "Wei Hanying to succeed Guo as Chief Executive of Jindao", Jindao Morning Post, 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.