Nita Ing

Chairman and CEO -- Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. -- Taiwan

Nita Ing has always cut her own path. As a teenager in the 1970s, she was expelled for rowdy behavior from the mostly expatriate Taipei American School. She ended up first at a Massachusetts boarding school, then at the University of California at Los Angeles studying economics. Ing's U.S. experience, particularly the American penchant for openness and institutional accountability, marked her indelibly.

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