MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

MANY COUNTRIES, MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS, ONE MISSION

The Leadership Team

Daniel Nivern

Daniel Nivern
Co Founder & CEO

UK
Daniel founded Virtual Internships with the aim of democratizing the global workforce and making internships accessible to all. He is a graduate of Oxford University and previously ran a company that helped over 10,000 students to do internships in Asia. As CEO of Virtual Internships, the company was a winner of the world’s biggest zero-equity accelerator, Mass Challenge, was listed as one of the top 100 EdTech startups in Europe by Holon IQ, and was selected as one of the top 20 EdTech startups ready to address the education sector’s biggest challenges. Daniel has formed partnerships with over 100 universities around the world, governmental bodies including the British Council and the China Education Association for International Exchange, and organizations focused on social impact, including Mencap for young people with disabilities and Kiron for student refugees in the Middle East. Daniel has spent the last 15 years in the USA, China and Vietnam, speaks French, German and Chinese, and enjoys international affairs and sports, most notably as an avid Manchester United fan and boxing enthusiast.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Visionary. Ambitious. Motivated
About me
Edward Holroyd Pearce

Edward Holroyd Pearce
Co Founder & President

UK
Ed Co-founded Virtual Internships alongside Daniel in 2018. Having seen the huge positive impact an internship could provide, and noticing the barriers to in-person internships in their previous company, creating Virtual Internships was a no-brainer. Ed is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds an MBA from Bayes Business School. Within Virtual Internships, alongside supporting the CEO, Ed is primarily focused on innovative partnerships and is particularly tenacious about the potential for remote work experience to level the playing field for under-represented communities. The growth in the numbers of program participants, the increase in host company partnerships, and the pioneering of new platform iterations are all allowing for greater impact to such communities. By leveraging industry know-how and new developments and trends, Ed engages with governments, charities and other institutions to push the boundaries of remote work experience. Ed was born and lives in London with his husband and five year old twins. He speaks Chinese, Spanish and Thai, and is passionate about travel, Asian languages, culture and food.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Empathetic. Persistent. Innovative
About me
Jason Kan

Jason Kan
Chief Operating Officer

Vietnam
As COO of Virtual Internships, 'adaptability', 'resourcefulness, and 'results' are Jason's default settings. Harnessing know-how from a range of roles in investment banking, operations, business development, marketing, HR, and recruitment, Jason has honed the skill of being a 'specialist generalist'. As the relentless executor, Jason is responsible for all day-to-day operational activity across the organization in addition to ensuring VI's culture, systems, processes, and product can fundamentally meet the needs of a rapidly scaling organization. With 5+ years of experience in international education across Asia and Europe, Jason has witnessed first-hand the transformative benefits of work experience for young people and is therefore driven by VI's mission to bridge the gap between education and the workplace. Jason holds a degree in Politics with International Studies from Warwick University, UK, and is determined to be the 'superhero of his own movie' so outside of work can often be found exercising or reading/watching anything related to start-ups, psychology, or personal development.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
If anyone Kan.
About me
Jillian Low

Jillian Low
Chief Academic Officer

US
Jillian is the Chief Academic Officer at Virtual Internships where she leads in the development and delivery of all academic and professional development programming. As CAO Jillian has strived to build a holistic scaffolding of support for all virtual internship participants including enhanced curriculum, professional coaching, and direct student engagement. Jillian has worked with over 70 different universities globally to curate remote internship programming to directly support over 2000 students in accessing internship experiences virtually. In creating engaging and meaningful content Jillian has delivered sessions at the Global Internship Conference, NAFSA, NACE, and directly at universities supporting professional development best practices, virtual international internship understanding, and key data and outcomes. In the past, a focus on youth workforce development has allowed her to work and live in over 6 different countries delivering programming focused on transitioning to full-time meaningful work post-graduation. Jillian holds an MA from UCL in International Development and Education.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Dynamic. Tenacious. Loquacious.
About me
Katina Dell’Acqua-Lubich

Katina Dell’Acqua-Lubich
Chief Financial Officer

Vietnam
Katina joined the Virtual Internships family in 2019, relocating from the United States to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. As CFO of Virtual Internships, Katina manages the company's financing and funding. In collaboration with CEO Daniel Nivern she led a seed capital raise, and she continues to plan for the company's growth trajectory. She works closely with the executive team and VI's investor bench to set and monitor performance goals. Katina leads a diverse team of talented accounting and finance professionals responsible for all financial operations including routine accounting, compliance, auditing and due diligence as well as strategic planning, budgeting and cash flow planning. In her nearly 10 years in higher education and student travel, Katina has had the pleasure of working with a variety of student populations, from K12 through executive MBA. In her time working in pricing, accounting & finance, revenue management and operations, she has traveled internationally with over 250 students to offer onsite support to their programs.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Great at Math.
About me

Our Team

Daniel Trepanier

Daniel Trepanier
VP of Partnerships

United States
Dan joined VI in 2022. Dan's career has been focused on early stage startups from Co-Founding Permabit to then moving into the EdTech market at companies like Raptor and Remind101. Dan's passion is building high performing sales teams.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Driven. Focused. Competitive
About me
Yudhishthir Chede

Yudhishthir Chede
Global Head of Sales Operations

India
Yudhishthir has 12+ years of experience in Sales Operations and has helped established organisations as well as startups scale up their sales operations function from scratch. He is an avid runner and considers it to be the supreme form of meditation.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Reliable. Loyal. Curious Soul
About me
Priyadeep Sinha

Priyadeep Sinha
Global Head of Product

India
PD is the Global Head of Product at VI. He began his career as an edtech founder in India & ran his company for over 8 years impacting over 146k learners. Post this, he played a leadership role in a non-profit. In his most recent role he headed Product at a Staffing Co.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Being Crazy Curious
About me
Shaun Butcher

Shaun Butcher
Global Head of University Partnerships Development

Spain
Shaun is a digital nomad and is currently based in Barcelona, Spain. As Head of Partnership Development for the EMEA region, Shaun creates and develops new partnerships with Universities across the region with the aim of supporting more students gain global work experience, remotely.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Synergistic. Loyal. Ambitious.
About me
Dominic Palazzolo

Dominic Palazzolo
Global Head of International Recruitment

Netherlands
Dominic has lived within the higher ed. world for over 8 years. He has been responsible for numerous strategic partnerships and initiatives aimed at widening participation for students worldwide. During his downtime, you can find him chasing his two children or cooking up something new in his kitchen.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Tenacious. Inventative. Scrumtrulescent.
About me
Thomas Reed

Thomas Reed
Global Head of Partnership Account Management

Bulgaria
Tom discovered the international education scene in 2013 and has since helped thousands of students achieve their study abroad dreams. In his downtime you'll find him either sliding down a mountain, relaxing on a beach, or exploring whichever city he's currently in.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Optimistic. Adventurous. Genuine
About me
Gemma Goodbourn

Gemma Goodbourn
Global Head of Growth Marketing

UAE
Gemma is a digital marketing and business development professional with a real passion for EdTech. Originally from the UK, but now based in Asia, she has worked across the education sector since 2015 developing her expertise in global marketing.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Reliable. Organised. Thoughtful
About me
William Bodansky

William Bodansky
Head of Demand Generation

UK
Will has a background in business intelligence, AI, Edtech and is focused on full-funnel business development optimisation across sales and marketing. His experiences have taken him from the UK to North and South America.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Unified business development
About me
Lucie Zajíčková

Lucie Zajíčková
Global Head of People Operations

Czech Republic
Lucie leads VI's People Ops team. Before, she worked with several tech startups and NGOs across EMEA and North America. Lucie is passionate about social impact and all people (ops) topics. Off the clock, you can find her on a yoga mat, cooking, or walking her pug.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Free-spirited. Energetic. Kind
About me
Leo Grainger

Leo Grainger
Interim Global Head of Talent

UK
Leo specialises in scaling VC-backed startups by building and leading high-performing talent teams. Leading Talent Acquisition at 2 high-growth startups (Series A & B) over the last 4 years, he established the processes, systems and teams to enable rapid global growth.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Direct. Driven. Positive.
About me
Nadim Naccache

Nadim Naccache
In-House Legal Counsel

Vietnam
Nadim oversees all legal matters related to VI’s programs. He is a member of the Quebec Bar with several years of experience at leading law firms in the Middle East and Asia. He speaks 5 languages and holds an LL.B. from the University of Montreal and an LL.M. (with honors) from the University of Hong Kong.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Meticulous, Dedicated, Collaborative
About me
Andreea Berbecaru

Andreea Berbecaru
Head of Host Company Experience

UK
With a passion for leadership and growth, Andreea has always envisioned herself working in the educational and development sector, starting her career early as part of varied international organisations. In 2018, she co-founded a charity in Romania following her values and goals, delivering educational programs to over 200 young people.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Determinated. Empathetic. Persistent
About me
Allison Ross

Allison Ross
Head of Intern Experience

UK
Allison has focused her career on improving student mobility. Working primarily with international students she has worked with universities, nonprofits and private programs to provide all students with new opportunities and forming new cultural connections.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Empathetic. Dedicated. Conscientious
About me
Andrew Radelet

Andrew Radelet
Global Head of Sales Development

US
A Chicago native and Michigan State graduate, Andy has worked within the international education & EdTech industries for over four years in a number of different roles. He is passionate about expanding opportunities for all students to enrich their employability, thus maximizing their potential.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Entrepreneurial. Resilient. Player-Coach
About me
Hannah Murphy

Hannah Murphy
Head of B2C Enrollment

USA
Hannah’s career has been rooted in her belief that through different types of work, we can build a peaceful, more inclusive, and equitable world. She is passionate about connecting people to opportunities that positively impact their futures.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Adaptable. Strategic. Resilient
About me
Mirta Aguirre

Mirta Aguirre
Head of Employability

Argentina
MA in Education and Certified Coach, Mirta is a curious polyglot passionate about self-improvement and professional development. Thanks to her grit, she won international awards that allowed her to build a global career in the areas of Education, Debate and International Development.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Bold. Nonconformist. People empowerer.
About me
Matthew Barton

Matthew Barton
Head of Automation & Technology

Vietnam
In his role, Matt is constantly working with business stakeholders to build and streamline technology-backed processes that enable us to scale at speed. Matt brings with him a wide variety of experience whether it be from his previous roles in Management Consulting or the Pharmaceutical industry
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Genuine. Imperturbable. Capable
About me
Amy Lobl

Amy Lobl
Head of Partnership Development - MEA

United Arab Emirates
I have worked in education for 13 years and lived across 5 countries. My specializations are international recruitment and agency management. I currently live in Dubai and also practice yoga as a qualified instructor.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Focused. Organised. Helpful
About me
Zoe Marlow

Zoe Marlow
Head of International Partnership Development

UK
Zoe has worked in international education for 20 years, travelling and living in a range of culturally diverse countries. Out of work you will find her drinking tea at the beach. She has an MSc from Bayes Business School, focusing on nonprofit-corporate partnerships.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Determined to succeed
About me
Julia Gonchar

Julia Gonchar
Partnership Manager

USA
Julia is originally from Russia and has had a passion for international education ever since she came to the US as an intern. Julia has 10+ years working in the international education space promoting universities globally. Julia lived in Bangkok for 7.5 years where she headed up recruitment in the Asia Pacific with CEG and Shorelight.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Ambitious, hard-working, entrepreneurial
About me
Raksha Kini

Raksha Kini
Head of Company Account Management

India
Raksha found her passion for Global Education during her undergraduate studies in the US and has been associated with the Overseas Education Management Industry ever since. With years of experience in assisting thousands of students, she hopes to have encouraged them to achieve global citizenry.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Dancer. Traveller. Smart-Worker
About me
Rachael Criso

Rachael Criso
Events Business Development Manager

France
Following a dynamic and fulfilling career at the University of Michigan running an alumni-mentored international internship program, Rachael remains dedicated to helping students bridge the skills gap between school and work and widen their view of the world. She is currently developing European partnerships.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Experienced. Dedicated. People-oriented
About me
Cam Vo

Cam Vo
Sales Development Representative (APAC)

Vietnam
Having lived in California, USA for a year to finish my degree helps me understand the importance of international exposure in developing the student’s overall wellbeing and adaptivity to their career in the future. With my experience in education, I can help students maximize their potential through the new possibility that VI’s services provide.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Adaptable. Persistent. Empathetic
About me
Satyam Khandelwal

Satyam Khandelwal
University Partnership Manager (India)

India
SK specializes in strategic alliances in ed-tech & career growth space. He is a passionate Career Growth Expert & has helped over 5000 students achieve mindful career growth in the last 8 years. He loves connecting with people. Loves Yoga. Plays flute in his free time.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Coach. Rational. Networker
About me
Adam Dimitroff

Adam Dimitroff
University Partnership Development Manager (APAC)

UK
Adam is a skilled, versatile and accomplished strategic educational partnerships manager, student careers and employability specialist, Higher Education professional and Educational Technology entrepreneur.
Innovative. Curious. Dynamic.
About me
Mackenzie Bishop

Mackenzie Bishop
University Partnership Development Manager (USA)

US
Mackenzie is passionate about innovation in education, intercultural exchange, and the future of work. She has severed on the board for EnglishUSA and presented at conferences including TESOL International, EnglishUSA PDC, EnglishUSA Stakeholders, among others.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Curious. Responsive. Innovative
About me
Nicole Casale

Nicole Casale
University Partnership Development Representative (USA)

United States
Nicole has experience in international recruitment and strategy development in the US higher Ed. Her experience working abroad in AUS in the Higher Ed sector cultivated her passion for creating global partnerships to gain access to international opportunities abroad.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Keep moving forward
About me
Kelen Townsend

Kelen Townsend
Partnerships Account Manager

USA
Kelen is passionate about supporting student development and her previous experience includes working in mental health, career services, and international education. Kelen holds a MS from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a focus on College Counseling and Student Development.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Adaptable. Energetic. Intuitive
About me
Danielle Nivern

Danielle Nivern
Partnerships Account Manager

UK
Danielle has over 10 years of experience in higher education, managing global internship programs, and entry level recruitment across a variety of industries. Having lived in China, USA and Vietnam, Danielle has a passion for helping young professionals with their employability objectives and the early stages of their global career development.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Resourceful. Collaborative. Personable
About me
Oanh Nguyen

Oanh Nguyen
International Recruitment Manager (APAC)

Vietnam
Oanh has over 2 years of experience as a consultant in education for local and international agencies. She has a strong passion for inspiring students to exceed their capabilities and unleash their potential in the early stages of their careers.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Adaptable. Attentive. Ambitious.
About me
Alexander McLean

Alexander McLean
International Recruitment Manager - EMEA & Americas

UK
Alex has a wealth of experience in the higher education and EdTech landscape through various roles in organizations with this primary focus on student mobility and industry placement. Alex has experience in partnership development, student recruitment, admissions process in both Asia and the UK.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Knowledgeable, Enthusiastic, Motivated
About me
Eduard Sava

Eduard Sava
Partnerships Account Manager

UK
About me
Misaki Yamamichi

Misaki Yamamichi
Partnerships Account Manager

UK
Becoming aware of the power of education through her career at the NPO for children in the Asia-Pacific region, Misaki is now working on making international work experience more accessible in Japan, especially among the underserved communities.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Vision-driven. Curious. Compassionate
About me
Olivia Podmore

Olivia Podmore
Partnership Account Manager

UK
With extensive experience in recruitment and account management into the UK Higher Education and apprenticeship sectors, Olivia prides herself in listening to and looking after clients whilst championing expectation management and transparency.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Enthusiastic. Warm. Driven
About me
Heather Yovanoff

Heather Yovanoff
Partnership Account Manager

UK
Heather has worked in UK Higher Education for 12 years in international student recruitment, transnational education and academic partnership development. Heather is motivated by working for an organisation with a positive social impact.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Diligent. Empathetic. Creative
About me
Stephanie Xu

Stephanie Xu
Host Company Placement Manager

China
As a company placement manager. It always reminds me to support the students to enhance global employability and international experience. they could have beneficial internships as well as bring a big value to the company!
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Optimistic. Commitment. Sports
About me
Thuy Le

Thuy Le
Host Company Placement Manager

France
With a qualified background in International Strategy & Management, plus more than three-year teaching experience, Thuy, following her passion in the Education Management industry, enthusiastically joins Virtual Internships team in enhancing students' employability opportunities through global virtual internships.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Self-driven. Conscientious. Compassionate
About me
Sanghwi Lee

Sanghwi Lee
Host Company Placement Manager

Vietnam
Sanghwi has over 4 years of experience within the Hotel industry. Professional service mind bring the positive energy to the Edutech industry, connection between hosting companies. His discipline and teamwork learned from the Army will bring a great bond among the teams.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Positive. Team-oriented. Humble
About me
Sam Nguyen

Sam Nguyen
Host Company Placement Manager

Vietnam
Sam has over 5 years of experience within the Hospitality and Customer Service Industry. Bringing her experience working with customers into the Education field with hope to contribute into younger generation's future employability.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Ambitious. Adaptable. Attentive
About me
Greta Bonfrisco

Greta Bonfrisco
Host Company Placement Manager

Vietnam
Greta started her career in an international education company as a Business Development Manager in China helping companies hire international talents. Her passion for global education and self-improvement led her to also start her coaching business supporting professionals find their dream job.
About me
Andrew Makin

Andrew Makin
Host Company Placement Manager

South Africa
With qualifications in Management and a background in education, I believe that small actions can yield impactful results. Living in South Africa perfectly exhibits the need for accessible education and positive social impact - and that is what I hope to influence.
Curiosity is King.
About me
Michelle Andrea Maninang

Michelle Andrea Maninang
Company Account Manager

Philippines
Maikee is from an island in the Phils. She believes that life should be lived with compassion, dedication and kindness. She is strong willed but is far from closed-minded, she sees the importance of allowing others to show their own truth. Family is everything to her.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Passionate. Reliable. Altruistic
About me
Simone Labuschagne

Simone Labuschagne
Company Account Manager

South Africa
Simone lives on the Sunshine Coast of South Africa and has the personality to match. She brings a wealth of educational experience to the table. Simone has a passion for education and strives to ensure that everyone has equal access to opportunities.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Bubbly. Passionate. Committed
About me
Tona Pham

Tona Pham
Partnership Development Representative

Vietnam
Bao is originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and was raised in the countryside of Wales, UK. His background is in aircraft engineering and has since progressed his career to taking on office roles with experience working in an FTSE250 corporation. Bao has worked on projects based in countries all over the world such as in the Middle East, Singapore, Taiwan, France, and Norway, to name but a few; and is passionate about bringing his skills forward to helping the younger generation improve their employability and skills. Bao loves travelling, exploring new cultures and motorsport, where he has driven on two Formula 1 circuits in the past.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Attitude is everything.
About me
Tien Truong

Tien Truong
Intern Experience Manager

Vietnam
Jane has two-year experience as a consultant in human resources and education. By giving useful advice, she takes pride in helping others realize their true motivations and future orientation. Jane is deeply inside a dreamer and loves being surrounded by movies, photographs, ASMR videos, or idols.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Imperturbable. Assertive. Enigmatic
About me
Nadya Anisimova

Nadya Anisimova
Intern Experience Manager

Ireland
Nadya is an experienced international education professional. With expertise in student recruitment, she helped hundreds of young people find their dream universities. Originally, from Russia, she lived and worked in Central Asia before settling down on the Irish coast.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Driven, reliable, thoughtful
About me
Carina Saenz

Carina Saenz
Intern Experience Manager

Argentina
Passionate about tourism, Carina holds a Degree in Tourism and as Tour Guide, a profession she has been practiced for over 30 years,that service mindset, took her to work as a Coach for adolescent students during their educational exchange program. Eager to learn new things, she is joining the Ed-Tech world
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Ambitious.People-oriented.Resilient
About me
Mostafa Abdellatif

Mostafa Abdellatif
Intern Experience Manager

United Arab Emirates
Mostafa is a professional educationalist with experience in student recruitment and career advising. He was recognized as one of the young pioneers to achieve 2030 Sustainable development goals in 2018. He worked with many international organizations across the world.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Persistent. Energetic.Flexible
About me
Sierra Burke

Sierra Burke
Intern Experience Manager

USA
Sierra is a recent graduate from the University of Oregon with a background in International Relations. She has a great passion for global peace and loves to travel every chance she gets. On top of this, she enjoys working in global education with VI to not only assist others on their career journeys, but gain a wider perspective at the same time.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Motivated, Resilient, Empathetic
About me
Micaela Flesch

Micaela Flesch
Intern Experience Manager

South Africa
Micaela is a seasoned mental health practitioner who has a passion for working with individuals within the education sector. She is dedicated to assisting in the holistic development of youth from around the world - focusing on empowerment and resilience building.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Empathetic. Conscientious. Open
About me
Jessica Pacheco

Jessica Pacheco
Intern Experience Manager

Mexico
Jessica has worked in the international education field for over 3 years. She enjoys meeting and working with people from different backgrounds and cultures. She believes that education is the key to making a positive impact on the world.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Empathetic Adaptable Creative
About me
Phuong Luong

Phuong Luong
Enrollment Manager

Vietnam
With over six years of experience in Education as a Senior counselor for both local and international corporations, Ashley has inspired many students with specialist knowledge and devotion in discovering their abilities and talent.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Creative, Ambitious, Independent
About me
Mahnoor Suhail

Mahnoor Suhail
Enrollment Manager

Hungary
Currently pursuing a Masters in Marketing, traveling around and experiencing cultures, life in general, and mother earth on the way.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Spontaneous. Eager. Happening
About me
My Dang

My Dang
Product Manager

Vietnam
My Dang - graduated in Marketing Management. She found interest in Technology, startups, and Education. In 2015, she worked for a ride hailing technology company as Operation Associate and Business Development. From 2016 to 2018, My and her friends founded a start-up company with a simple vision "Connect freelancer tutors worldwide with people who want to improve their knowledge/ skills by technology.". She has more than five years of experience creating platform/product vision and managing the development process.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Discipline and Freedom
About me
Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen
Senior Product Analyst

Vietnam
Anh has 10-year data analytics experience. She has worked with Fortune 100 companies and start-ups. She wants to build a life-changing edtech product to help young people globally. Anh has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Adaptable. Reliable. Resilient
About me
Swetha Kothakapu

Swetha Kothakapu
Senior Product Analyst

India
Swetha is passionate about business strategy, database design, and data analysis. She enjoys mentoring and building successful work teams - remotely for the last couple of years; has extensive international experience in end-to-end product development and delivery.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Boffin. Persevere. Vanguard.
About me
Sindhura Somayajula

Sindhura Somayajula
Product Analyst

UK
Sindhura has good experience in Geo Mapping and service delivery projects. She is interested in People and project management. She loves to update herself with the latest buzz and NEWS, which helps to advise and guide next-generation kids in and around her circle.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Curious. Adaptive. Enthusiastic
About me
Hien Quang

Hien Quang
Business Analyst

Vietnam
About me
Lilit Margaryan

Lilit Margaryan
Senior Product Manager

India
Lilit has over a decade of experience in education sector. She worked as an instructional designer creating programs to upskill employees of large organizations, and as a product manager building products for mid-career and senior professionals to gain new skills.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Build epic stuff
About me
Ankur Goyal

Ankur Goyal
Senior Product Manager

India
As an engineer turned product person, Ankur loves solving problems at scale. He has previously worked with multiple MNCs, but most recently he has worked with an early-stage startup in the ed-tech space. He is passionate about football and reading book
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Motivated. Creative. Diligent.
About me
Shoa Khan

Shoa Khan
Product Manager

India
Having worked with children belonging to families from lower economic backgrounds with no access to proper education, Shoa is passionate about empowering students with early career opportunities for their growth and development.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Hardworking. Empathetic. Energetic
About me
Michael Nguyen

Michael Nguyen
Senior Product Designer

Vietnam
Michael started his career in architecture in NYC, designing airports & skyscrapers. Now he designs user experiences. He's always up to something -- whether it's planning his next hike, career coaching, or working on side projects (e.g. documenting the best taco places).
Describe yourself in 3 words:
On-the-go. dependable. Hungry
About me
Aaina Singh

Aaina Singh
Senior Product Designer

India
Aaina likes to call herself an 'experience' designer. Starting with building clay sculptures to infographics to food and now to products... she always loves giving the end user the best experience. In her spare time, you'll either find her baking or annoying her cat 😛
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Quirky. Empath. Optimist
About me
Tung Bui

Tung Bui
Product Designer

Vietnam
With a Business background, Tung found himself infatuated with solving business problems from a humanistic viewpoint. Constantly curious, he loves to learn more about the people around him. During downtime, Tung often tinkers with new ideas or simply annoys his cat(s).
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Curious. Empathy. Witty
About me
Anh Hoang

Anh Hoang
UI/UX Designer

Vietnam
Tuan Anh had 5 years of experience in Graphic Design (included 3 years in the UI/UX field). He is a confident and meticulous person with huge background knowledge. He enjoys working under pressure because it makes him find out more crazy ways to solve problems
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Meticulous. Optimistic. Calm
About me
Musaffir LP

Musaffir LP
Senior QA Engineer

India
Musaffir is a passionate Software Quality Awareness engineer at VI having more than a decade of experience in finding and communicating the truth about software products. He enjoys giving feedback that threaten the value of software products & he believes in teamwork.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Open. Easygoing. Pro-active
About me
Darshana Nehulkar

Darshana Nehulkar
Senior QA Engineer

India
I bring the best skill set of manual testing. So these skills would let me add values to the testing processes of your organization. I’m a fast learner and can bring immediate productivity to work. I love organising things in free time and fitness is a destined.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Flexible. Enthusiastic. Persistent.
About me
Jayesh Katariya

Jayesh Katariya
QA Engineer

India
Jayesh joined VI in 2022 as QA Engineer. Jayesh specializes in both Manual and Automation techniques. He has past experience of 3+ years in a similar domain and helped organizations/teams to provide Quality deliverables to clients on time.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Organised. Curious. Dedicated
About me
Romal Patel

Romal Patel
Engineer 3 (Backend)

India
At VI, Romal serves as the Senior Software Engineer. He has more than 12 years of expertise in developing software.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Rapid Learner. Thinker
About me
Vishwanath Telsang

Vishwanath Telsang
Engineer 3 (Backend)

India
Passionate software developer with 7 years of experience. He's is well-known for his commitment and discipline towards his work. Believer in the phrase "time is money"!
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Composed. Enthusiastic. Friendly
About me
Yen Pham

Yen Pham
Engineer 3 (Backend)

Vietnam
I've been working in Software Development for 9 years and counting. I have experience in software development in the fields of e-commerce, management, education, and health care. I have experience working for startups.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Curious. Dedicated. Responsible
About me
Priyanka Rajput

Priyanka Rajput
Engineer 1 (Backend)

India
Priyanka is a software engineer at VI. She is a graduate of Delhi University, India. She likes to read and learn new things. She is passionate about coding, Apart from work she like to do dancing.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Hardworking. Ambition. Flexible
About me
Divyank Gupta

Divyank Gupta
Engineer 3 (Frontend)

India
Working on front-end technology Divyank is responsible for developing user interface adding value to the code base of team making it more user's interaction experience much better and hassle free.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Acumen. Prudent. Surgical
About me
Manohar Boddeti

Manohar Boddeti
Engineer 2 (Frontend)

India
Manohar is Passionate about Front End Developing. He had 4+ years of experience in front end developer. He likes to learn new things and he wants to be up-to-date. He likes to play cricket and Basketball.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Flexible. Responsible. Creative
About me
Ashu Singla

Ashu Singla
Engineer 2 (Frontend)

India
A motivated engineer, who likes front-end development and wants to grow in Frontend. He also likes playing cricket or chess in his free time.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Motivated. Sports enthusiast
About me
Komal Raj

Komal Raj
Engineer 2 (Frontend)

India
Komal is a Senior Software Engineer with user-friendly experiences and a strong interest in projects. She is always prepared for projects, teams and to solve unraveling tasks. She definitely brings a lot of diversity to our organization.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Creative. Committed. Diligent
About me
Vaithiyanathan Kunchithapatham

Vaithiyanathan Kunchithapatham
Engineer 1 (Frontend)

India
Vaithiyanathan is a Software Engineer at VI. He comes with 1+ years of experience in Frontend development. He likes to learn new things.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Hardworking. Optimistic. Calm
About me
Avinash Paila

Avinash Paila
Engineer 2 (Frontend)

India
Avinash is a Frontend Engineer. He is passionate about building Web Applications. He is hard working and always curious to learn and grow.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Optimistic. Hardworking
About me
Prajwal Bhatia

Prajwal Bhatia
Engineer 2 (Frontend)

India
Prajwal Bhatia is a Senior Software Developer with specialization in Frontend Development. He believes that project-based learning is the best way of learning new things, so he follows the same to learn new things.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Calm. Hardworking. Friendly
About me
Akshay Maru

Akshay Maru
Engineer 2 (Frontend)

India
Akshay has over 2 years of experience in Frontend and blockchain. He is a dedicated his journey in building and contributing in techs and startups for the better world. He is a Frontend Developer with keen knowledge of Frontend as well as Backend.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Caring. Humble. Kind
About me
Kirankumar Gonti

Kirankumar Gonti
Software Development Engineer (SDE) - 2

India
Kirankumar Gonti, experienced lead front-end developer & technical lead. Expert in all front-end technologies. Drives successful projects with technical knowledge & leadership skills.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Expert, Skilled, Innovative.
About me
Thanh Chi Nguyen

Thanh Chi Nguyen
Full Stack Engineer

Vietnam
About me
Vinayak Singh

Vinayak Singh
DevOps Engineer

India
Vinayak is a DevOps Engineer at VI. He comes with 4+ yrs of experience as a Cloud Engineer and Deployment. He has experience in EdTech as well as FinTech Startups.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Curious. Passionate. Humble
About me
Alice Lieu

Alice Lieu
Demand Generation Manager

Malaysia
As a Lead Generation Manager, Alice is passionate about Virtual Internships's mission to bridge the gap between education and the workplace. She is determined, flexible and creative in her approach to finding the best leads that can nurture the workforce of the future.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Determined. Flexible. Creative
About me
​Angie Tran

​Angie Tran
Finance and Accounting Manager

Vietnam
Goal-oriented Finance Manager with 7 years of substantial experience leading sound financial operations & ensuring confidence, profitability & transparency. Core competencies in financial analysis, modeling, planning & overseeing a full spectrum of financial functions.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Ambitious. Masterly. Versatile
About me
Mai Nguyen

Mai Nguyen
Finance and Accounting Specialist

Vietnam
Mai graduated from the University of Economics HCM City, joined the Virtual Internship at the end of 2022. She has a passion for working with numbers. Accounting is a very suitable job that she can unleash her strengths to do work well
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Responsible. Careful. Reliable
About me
Hieu Tran

Hieu Tran
FP&A Specialist

Vietnam
Hieu is a recent Master Graduate in Accounting & Finance at Glasgow University, UK. He had two years of diverse working experience in accounting & finance and project management. Thrives in high-pressure environments, passionate about analyzing financial data and make them speak.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Adventurous, Adaptable, Resilient
About me
Grace Homer

Grace Homer
Content Marketing & Communications Manager

UK
Grace is an experienced marketing professional with a strong background in organic content creation. Having lived in Vietnam and Indonesia for three years, Grace is based in the UK (for now) focussing on her passion for EdTech and helping others build a remote career.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Resilient. Curious. Optimistic
About me
Ellie Dickinson

Ellie Dickinson
Digital Marketing Manager

UK
Ellie is a digital marketing professional with a background in growth marketing and a keen interest in EdTech. Currently living in the UK, she has worked in the tech scale-up and start-up space across several sectors including EdTech.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Driven. Passionate. Organised.
About me
Nicholas Lokasasmita

Nicholas Lokasasmita
Graphic Designer

Indonesia
Nicholas Lokasasmita is an Art Director, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, UI/UX Designer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. As an alter, He loves creating patterns & textures in his spare time. He has big interests focusing on art, graphic design, poster design, and football.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Trust the process.
About me
Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams
People Partner

Czech Republic
Ashley has a wide experience working at international VC-backed startups. From Seed stage to Series C, her skills are rooted in efficiency and sustainability, but her passion lies in building fulfilling places to work.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Creative. Empathetic. Fast
About me
Chi Le

Chi Le
Talent Acquisition Manager

Vietnam
Chi is an International Business graduate from Henley Business School, UK. Having lived and worked in 6 global cities, she values the importance of international exposure to one's self-development. She is passionate about connecting people and empowering students with early career opportunities.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Determined. Supportive. Flexible.
About me
Ngoc Tran

Ngoc Tran
Business Associate

Vietnam
Ngoc is fascinated by how education and entrepreneurial creativity can help transform people's lives and stimulate innovations. As a lifelong learner, she has a wandering mind always finding its way to please her inner curiosity. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to music, studying online, reading, and catching up with friends.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
A lifelong learner.
About me
Hong Nguyen

Hong Nguyen
Legal Associate

Vietnam
In her role, Hong assists Legal Counsel in all legal matters related to VI’s programs. She is passionately curious about everything she does. Hong enjoys blitz chess and uses it as a superb distraction from the stress of current events.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Curious. Meticulous. Adaptable
About me
Chau Anh Nguyen

Chau Anh Nguyen
Academic Data Associate

Australia
Chau Anh (Jamie) Nguyen is a Business Administration sophomore at SP Jain School of Global Management, who is holding a full-tuition scholarship. She ranks 2nd of her batch. Before that, she was awarded a full-ride scholarship at TH School, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Perfectionist. Organized. Logical.
About me
Alex Nguyen

Alex Nguyen
Vietnam HR Admin Manager

Vietnam
As a young woman who appreciates working in the HR Department to support the VI's most crucial goal. Uyen Nguyen believes that everything she is doing and studying now is supposed to improve the critical abilities she needs to develop into a competent HR professional.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Persistent. Honest. Dedicated
About me
Ngan Thai

Ngan Thai
People Operations Associate

Vietnam
Ngan is a People Operations Associate. After graduating from Business English and 2 years in UNIQLO as a Management Trainee, she found herself passionate most in personnel management. She loves traveling and listening to music.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Optimistic - Kind - Resilient
About me
Thy Huynh

Thy Huynh
People Operations Associate

Vietnam
Graduate in Hospitality Management, Thy used to be a Team Leader in Guest Relations. Hence, with enthusiasm and passion for people service, Thy can always be the first point of contact for team members who need assistance.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Humble. Friendly. Open-minded
About me
Tri Tran

Tri Tran
Finance and Accounting Associate

Vietnam
I am a senior student with a great willingness to learn. I want to gain hands-on experience with various occupations and cultures in order to gain a thorough understanding of business procedures and discover my strengths.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Whimsical. Sagacious. Resilient.
About me
Jamila Jacob

Jamila Jacob
Social Media Executive

Trinidad and Tobago
Jamila Jacob is trilingual communication professional and social. media expert. She has served across several sectors including nonprofits and start-ups. She is a graduate of Lincoln University of PA, USA, and holds degrees in Spanish, French, and Mass Communications.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Innovative. Futuristic. Driven
About me
Lam Hoang

Lam Hoang
Content Coordinator

Vietnam
Lam had a background in HR and Marketing to fulfill her interest in branding and diverse cultures. Considered herself a full-time learner, she always values curiosity and eagerness to go further out of her comfort zone. Always fulfilled my life with travel stories.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Ambitious. Driven. Resilient
About me
Linh Nguyen

Linh Nguyen
Graphic Design Associate

Vietnam
Though she is only in her early 20s, Linh has worked on various projects with many different people. She understands that creativity is a diverse and unlimited field, therefore, she always tries to look at a problem from divergent perspectives to find the best solution.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Adaptable. Calm. Sociable.
About me
Justice Anthony

Justice Anthony
Talent Acquisition Associate

Nigeria
Justice works as a Talent Acquisition Associate at Virtual Internships where he uses his knowledge of people management and organizational efficiency to improve the talent acquisition team.
Resilient. Motivated. Realistic
About me
Giang Tran

Giang Tran
Talent Acquisition Associate

Hong Kong
Giang is a thoughtful and open-minded person. She is determined and resilient. She embraces the difference in personalities and wants to help bring the best out of everyone. She is passionate about people and wants to help individuals with self-development.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
One and Only.
About me
Do Bui

Do Bui
Company Development Associate

Vietnam
With the "People Business" background and strong network NPOs and university associations, Daisy has been an aspiring project coordinator who drives possibilities to people's lives by decent teamwork, courage & GOOD Will.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Organised.Transparent.Reliable
About me
Quynh Chenh

Quynh Chenh
Demand Generation Associate

Vietnam
Quynh has a passion for studying new things. Being knowledgeable about diverse aspects of any subject is an ongoing process, and she is always proactive about seeking new opportunities to develop and grow in her role. "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny." is her favorite motto.
Meticulous. Open-minded. Adaptable
About me
Van Do

Van Do
Demand Generation Associate

Vietnam
Van Do is an International Business Economics graduate from Foreign Trade University. An environmental lover that pursues sustainable goals in life. She values and cultivates the conflicted yet harmonious relationship that happens between people and all elements of life.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Genuine. Inquisitive. Insightful
About me
Ngoc Nguyen

Ngoc Nguyen
Demand Generation Associate

Vietnam
She has experienced leading in many stages of startups with a demonstrated history of designing and implementing the marketing and partnership strategy.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Extraverted. Observant. Judging
About me
John Boyce-Bugansky

John Boyce-Bugansky
Sales Operations Associate

UK
John is a recent graduate of Business and Management who is currently studying towards an MSc in Strategic Innovation Management. John has interests in gamification and entrepreneurship and comes from a professional background in the retail sector.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Creative. Driven. Curious.
About me
Hang Truong

Hang Truong
Sales Operations Associate

Vietnam
Hang is a Partnership Associate, she is a part of America - Partnership Development team. She is passionate about research and learning. She also believes that everything is possible as long as you try your best and trust yourself.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Curious. Meticulous. Adventurous
About me
Shuhan Yang

Shuhan Yang
Partnerships Development Associate

China
As the Partnership Development Assistant. Hathaway has a long-term contribution to international education for the international higher institution. Willing to help more students open their global eyes.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Adaptable. Persistent. Energetic
About me
Vivian Sun

Vivian Sun
Talent Acquisition Associate

China
Qingyao (Vivian) Sun works as a Program Associate for Virtual Internships with a Master in International Affairs. Qingyao is experienced in client relationships relationship management, administrative support, and improving the efficacy of the workflow.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Dedicated. Driven. Caring
About me
Loc Tran

Loc Tran
International Student Development Associate

Vietnam
A fresh graduate who owns great curiosity and is passionate about pursuing ideals. She is determined to embrace challenges and strive further out of her comfort zone who is ready to become the next team player at VI.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Ambitious. Curious. Creative
About me
Phieu Ta

Phieu Ta
Admissions Associate

Vietnam
As a person full of positive energy, Phieu always has an optimistic look at things in life. She found herself interested in the education and customer service field. She always feels being a VI member is a great thing. Her favorite saying "Investing in education is never a loss".
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Energetic. Optimistic. Honest
About me
Ngan Cao

Ngan Cao
Admissions Associate

Vietnam
Ngan is pursuing a Bachelor's degree focused in International Business at RMIT University Vietnam. With a passion for education, Ngan approached the education management industry very early by being an Academic Coordinator for a local center. She is always looking to further develop her skills in many depths.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Organised. Dedicated. Adaptable.
About me
Aditya Govind

Aditya Govind
Product Development Intern

India
Aditya is a final-year undergraduate, who loves exploring the startup ecosystem and is a keen business and Product enthusiast. Previously, he has interned for a startup accelerator as a Program Manager for various ecosystem development initiatives in India.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Confident. Curious. Flexible.
About me
Trinh Le

Trinh Le
Product Associate

Vietnam
About me
Mary-Jane Oakes

Mary-Jane Oakes
Business Administrator Apprentice

UK
Having amassed almost 7 years of experience within the retail and charity e-commerce sectors, Mary-Jane is ready for a new challenge as a Business Administrator Apprentice. In her spare time, Mary-Jane enjoys creating digital art.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Creative. Driven. Kind.
About me
Phuong Ta

Phuong Ta
Administrative Assistant

Canada
Phuong joined VI in 2021 as a PDA and started her new position as an Administrative Assistant at VI in April 2022. She is an easy one to work with and has experience working in different sectors as well as countries.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Optimistic. Chill. Hardworking
About me
Natalie Seivwright

Natalie Seivwright
Marketing Supervisor

United Kingdom
With 5 years of experience in Marketing and Sales within the Food & Drink Industry, Natalie applies expertise and knowledge to grow businesses in the UK. She has a passion for education, holding a degree in Interactive Media and Interior Design.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Creative. Driven. Confident.
About me
Simona Davidson

Simona Davidson
Program Coordinator Women Returners

UK
Simona is passionate about Learning and Development practices. Her previous experience includes running community-based projects and educational programs in not-for-profits. Simona holds a Degree from The University of Dundee with a passion for lifelong learning.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Creative. Motivator. Intuitive
About me
Sibu Nhlapo

Sibu Nhlapo
Employability Coach

UK
An individual who is committed to developing and improving as an educator and mentor. Sibu excels and enjoys working on outcome-oriented projects. Sibu values communication, respect, and loyalty with a desire to be a good professional and colleague
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Practical. Driven. Positive
About me
Sophie Flynn

Sophie Flynn
Academic Project Manager

UK
Sophie engages with students to support, focus and drive each individual towards achieving their goals during the internship and beyond. She has experience working in international education in the UK, Singapore, and Vietnam. She enjoys helping others and connecting with people around the world.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Open-minded. Considerate. Optimistic
About me
Susanna Andrea Hedstrom

Susanna Andrea Hedstrom
Intern Coach

France
Leadership coach & Diversity trainer based in France with 20+ years of corporate experience as a Finance, HR & Administration manager in Multinationals. NLP practitioner, expert in priming & preparation, she also helps people struggling with Public-speaking anxiety.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Attentive. Proactive. Organized.
About me
Mojisola Olurotimi

Mojisola Olurotimi
Intern Coach

Nigeria
Mojisola has 6+ years experience in Human Capital Management and Career Development Coaching. She is passionate about training professionals on developing transferable skills that will enhance their job performance, and provides employability coaching to Higher Ed students and recent graduates.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Altruistic, Resourceful, Energetic
About me
Maria Bidegain

Maria Bidegain
Intern Coach

Argentina
Laura brings in +10 years’ experience as a career development specialist, coach and advisor and helps students, mid-career professionals and executives design purposeful careers. She holds a BA in Psychology and a Master in HR Management and Organizational Development.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Creative. Innovative. Connector
About me
Damián Della Libera

Damián Della Libera
Intern Coach

Argentina
After working for almost 20 years in -mainly- commercial positions for local and international companies, he decided to certify as an Ontological Coach and use his experience to accompany others to further develop their professional careers through coaching processes.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Empathetic. Resilient. Feeling
About me
Blessy Alex

Blessy Alex
Intern Coach

Vietnam
Blessy is a passionate educator with experience in the education industry for over 4+ years. She believes in facilitating an interactive learning environment for her learners and peers by guiding them in every step of their journey effectively and efficiently.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Empathetic. Reflective. Positive
About me
Mariana Gercovich

Mariana Gercovich
Intern Coach

Argentina
Mariana holds+30 years’ experience as a Psychotherapist, HR, Recruiting, Career Counselor, and Coach. She helps professionals and senior citizens design their careers with purpose. She holds a BA in Psychopedagogy Postgraduate in Coaching and Cognitive Psychotherapy.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Empathy.Connector.Counselor
About me

Advisors

David Armstrong

David Armstrong
Board Advisor

Vietnam
J. David Armstrong, Jr. is a higher education consultant, international educator, investor, board member, and philanthropist. He is president emeritus, retired, of Broward College, one of the largest and most diverse institutions in America, serving 60,000 students across 11 campuses and centers in South Florida. He has been recognized for his work in the business community, receiving several awards including the 2018 “South Florida Business Journal Ultimate CEO” Award, Leadership Broward Foundation “Profiles in Leadership” award, South Florida Business Journal “Diamond CEO Award,” recognized as a South Florida Business Journal “Power Leader,” one of Gold Coast Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People in Broward County,” and the 2017 Hall of Fame Honoree by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. During 2020 and 2021, he has been a nomad and world traveler, spending time in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Birmingham, AL, Denver, Colorado, many state and national parks in his RV, and hiking and traveling in Eastern Europe, Iceland and Egypt. He intends to return to Vietnam when Covid is under control.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Adventurous. SocialJusticeEntrepreneur. Compassionate
About me
Thomas Kirkwood

Thomas Kirkwood
Director

USA
Tom was born in Thailand in 1967 and educated in Singapore, Pennsylvania and England. He has an MA degree in Oriental Studies (Chinese) from Cambridge University and wrote his Master’s dissertation on “China’s Oil & Gas Development Strategy”. Tom began his career at the emerging Markets Group of Wall Street investment bank, Wasserstein, Perella & Co. In 1991 he moved to China where he established several businesses in oil & gas, property, telecommunications and investment. He is the owner of Kirkwood & Sons LLP, a board member of Sino Geophysical, a shareholder in Yeepay and an adviser on energy matters to KW&Co. Tom is fluent in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese and his interests include family time, oil and gas exploration, geophysics, fly-fishing, ice hockey and tennis. Tom and his wife Kate have been involved in co-sponsoring China’s first private charity for the blind (The Bright Angel Fund) and are active supporters of the Peace Corps and Special Olympics in China.
About me
Aaron Sokol

Aaron Sokol
Advisor

USA
Aaron Sokol ran enterprise budgeting and technology for large public school districts in the USA before earning his MBA from UC Berkeley. He co-founded Spotlight Education (eventually sold to Pearson) before becoming the first K12 marketing and sales leader at Clever (eventually sold to Kahoot) where he led the fastest K12 technology growth team ever - capturing 60% of the national K12 market and 90% of the largest 500 districts in 2.5 years. He then became the first VP of Marketing & Sales at Handshake (now worth US$3.6B) where he led the fastest higher education technology growth team ever, grabbing 500+ universities and a 75% market share of the USN Top 200 in just over 2 years.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Ed-Tech Hypergrowth Advisor
About me
Kate Schlesinger

Kate Schlesinger
Advisor

Wisconsin, USA
Kate Schlesinger is currently an Adjunct Faculty and Solutions Advisor at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business, Center for Professional and Executive Development in Madison, WI. Prior to the role, Kate served as the Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for the Center at UW Madison. She was also a Dean for the Wisconsin campus of DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management and Vice President of Educational Operations for a Microsoft Academy. Throughout her career, Kate has been deeply committed to diversity and inclusion efforts and strategically managed hundreds of projects for corporate education partnerships with leaders from Fortune 500 organizations, helping them reimagine employee learning and development. Kate brings over 20 years of experience in the field of education and executive leadership. Kate holds a Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Center for Professional & Executive Development, a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University (Chicago).
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Engaged. Ally. Passionate
About me
Max Johnson

Max Johnson
Advisor

Indonesia
Max has spent the past 15 years in Asia. After graduating in 2009 from Tsinghua University, Beijing with an MBA (and the 1st British citizen to have done so), Max spent 5 years in China working as the Business Development Manager for a British metals trader. He then spent 4 years at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong as an Investment Banker working on a wide range of transactions across many industries (2013-2016) before establishing his own firm. He now leads ABG International which is an independent advisory business. Max was educated at Eton College (1998-2003), has a B.A with Honours in Russian with Polish from Christ Church College, University of Oxford (2003-2007), an M.B.A from Tsinghua University in Beijing (2007-2009), and a Certificate in Management from MIT (2007-2009). He speaks fluent Russian, Polish, French and Mandarin and is a keen practitioner of Taekwondo (Black belt) and tennis. He was Vice Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in China, is a Leading Light for the British Council China, and a founding member of China Britain Business Council's China Committee.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Determined, Ambitious, Charming
About me
Mike True

Mike True
Advisor

US
Mike serves as president of INTRUEITION, the parent company of InternQube.com. He worked in the field of internships for 29 years with Messiah University until July 2019. Over those years he provided resources to his global colleagues, employers, students, and faculty. His most recent contribution is “The Future of Internships” published in 2020 by the Future Talent Council based in Stockholm, Sweden. He has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Money Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Business Week, Newsday, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, as well as other national and regional newspapers and magazines regarding internships. He has served as Chair of the Internship/Co-op Special Interest Group of the National Society for Experiential Education and is a certified trainer with the Cooperative Education and Internship Association. Among his many achievements, Mike has been named one of ten Visionary Leaders in a national survey, presented with the Exemplary Leader Award and Higher Education Leader Award by NSEE, the Dean Herman Schneider Award from CEIA, and has received several other honors from various other organizations.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Futurist. Detailed. Resourceful.
About me
Gretchen Dobson

Gretchen Dobson
Advisor

Australia
Gretchen Dobson is a global engagement strategist, author and academic with 28 years’ experience working across six continents. Dobson advises CEOs, governing boards, embassies and policymakers on best practices in digital and other creative strategies and solutions that enable institutions, companies, organizations and governments to identify, track, engage, and manage relationships with their global stakeholders and brand ambassadors. Dobson is the author of Being Global: Making the Case for International Alumni Relations (CASE Books, 2011), the International Travel Handbook (Academic Impressions, 2014), has edited Staying Global: how international alumni relations advances the agenda (EAIE, 2015), and co-authored Engaging International Alumni as Strategic Partners (NAFSA, 2021). Dobson received her BA and MA from Boston College, and her EdD from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds adjunct faculty appointments with the University at Albany and Endicott College’s Graduate Schools of Education. She is based in New South Wales, Australia.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Outgoing. Connector. Coach
About me
Jade Poduska

Jade Poduska
Advisor

US
About me