Sai Yan was born in Beijing, China, and worked for 18 years in the Chinese military. She attended the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force Engineering University where she completed her undergraduate, and later completed a Masters of Arts in Education and Leadership and Administration at Shanghai Jiaotong University.
In 1999, Sai Yan emigrated to the United States of America, where she worked for Japanese airlines, ANA, as a Sales Key. Later she became a Project Manager at the University of California (UCLA). Sai Yan returned to China in 2012, moving to Shanghai where she joined the ClarkMorgan team.