Rachel was born in Lanzhou, China, in the Gansu province, and moved to Shenzhen in 1992. She earned her B.A. in international business economics from the University of the West of England and an M.Sc. in economics, finance, and management from the University of Bristol. She is a native speaker of Mandarin and Cantonese and is fluent in English. She is drawn to Whittle School & Studios by its pioneering educational philosophy.