Marco Polo Project
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Event team

Our culture and events team

Inspiring audiences and learners around the world: our international culture and events team


Patrick Laudon -

Translation Club Tokyo coordinator - Marco Polo Museum co-designer

Patrick Laudon is an Executive Coach. He founded and runs LifeCrack, a firm based in Tokyo, operating all over Asia. LifeCrack aims to bring a more humanistic approach to organizations, when they want, or need, to change. For instance, shift to a human centered approach to management and leadership, excellence for leaders and their teams, raising creativity and capability to change, or enhanced communication across boundaries.

Patrick joined Marco Polo Project in January 2018. He co-designed the Marco Polo Museum with CEO Julien Leyre, and started and runs a weekly Translation Club in Tokyo.


Andrea Lasheras Ortiz - Hispanic World lead

Andrea is currently combining her work as a Chinese teacher in Mexico with social research. She graduated from the Autonomous University of Madrid with a Master of Social and Cultural Anthropology degree in 2010. Since 2005 she has lived and worked at nine different cities in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, where she has developed teaching, counselling, translating and cultural mediation skills. Her career has focused on deciphering the worries, behaviours and collective imagination of worldwide communities, with the aim of making different groups better understand each other in order to promote social harmony and cross-cultural exchange.

Andrea joined the Marco Polo Project in late 2018 and is in charge of launching Translation Club among the Hispanic World.

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Charles (Won Chak) Leung - Translation Club Melbourne text curator

Charles is a a first year IT Master student at RMIT, who completed a Bachelor degree and a Master degree of Translation at Melbourne University . Originally from Hong Kong, Charles has a strong interest in languages, translation, science and technology.

Charles has been a regular participant of the Marco Polo Translation Club since the very start, and came on board as text curator in August 2018.


Kevin (Wen Tao) Chian - Marco Polo Museum Curator (China Collection)

Kevin is currently studying to be a Mandarin-English interpreter at RMIT University. Born in the beautiful garden city of Suzhou, China, Kevin has chosen another such city, Melbourne, as his second home away from home. As a keen translator, Kevin has been regularly attending the Marco Polo Translation Club, and now is in charge of curating the China section of the Marco Polo Museum.


Allen (Yinglun) Wang -

Translation Club Melbourne


Allen Wang is an international student specialist currently working at RMIT university. Born in northern China, Allen studied social work at Melbourne University, and is committed to improving the welfare and well-being of international students and migrants in Australia.

Allen has been a regular attendee of Marco Polo Translation Club since 2017, and started taking responsibility for coordinating the event in 2018. In addition, Allen advises on text selection and partnership with universities.