Leadership

Leadership

As we look forward to welcoming our first class of students this coming fall, we continue to build our team of world-class educators recruited from institutions of higher education, independent schools, and public schools around the world. On opening day, we will have 400-plus passionate and committed faculty and staff members spread between Washington, DC and Shenzhen, as well as experienced senior education design teams of over 30 people in the U.S., China, and the U.K., all working together to put our creative 21st-century curriculum into action.

As our campus leaders, faculty, and staff on each campus arrive and as we fill out our global team, our full time team will grow to over 400 staff members in the two years ahead with roughly 175 team members on each campus on opening day and an HQ group of over 60 at about that time.

The depth and talent of our team drives the quality of our education so we hope you’ll carefully study our team members. We believe this group—and those who will be joining them every week in the years ahead—represent the key reason parents will entrust their children with us.

Our global leadership team and staff has been recruited over the past three years from three primary sectors: education (both from leading independent schools and top tier universities); the school reform movement (individuals who have played leading role as change agents in schooling worldwide); and global enterprise (individuals who have held leadership roles in organizations which have global reach and operations.)

Global Executive Team and Management Committee

  • Chris Whittle

    Chairman and C.E.O.

    Chris is an entrepreneur with four decades of leadership experience in the fields of education and media. He conceived of and founded Edison Schools (now EdisonLearning) in 1992 with Benno Schmidt. Edison has been instrumental in establishing the charter-school movement and has served 450,000 students on three continents.

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  • Ian Thomas, Ph.D.

    Vice-Chairman/President

    Ian Thomas was born in New York City and raised in Texas. He has 30 years of global experience spanning four continents, including 15 years with The Boeing Company, where he served in a variety of leadership roles in Europe and as C.E.O. in India, Australia, and China. Prior to this, Ian served in the office of the secretary of defense at the Pentagon. He holds an M.Phil. in international…

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  • Nicholas Dirks, Ph.D.

    Vice Chairman/Chancellor

    Nicholas Dirks is a professor of history and of anthropology at the, University of California, Berkeley, where he served as the 10th chancellor until mid-2017. An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, he is a leader in higher education and well-known for his commitment to and advocacy for accessible, high-quality undergraduate…

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  • Raymond Bordwell

    Global Head of Architecture

    Ray Bordwell is an architect and school facility specialist who has been involved in hundreds of projects in 13 countries and 26 U.S. states. As an instructor for 13 years at the Office of Executive Education at Harvard University, he created and taught the course Planning and Design of Public Schools. For the past 10 years, he has been a leader in the planning and design of private school…

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  • Peter Brown

    Global Head of Design, N.Y.C. HQ

    Architect Peter Brown is a recognized expert in creating responsive learning environments. For over 20 years, Peter has worked with architects and educators—often becoming a translator—to transform educational and curricular ideas into thoughtful concepts for learning spaces. His educational-focused projects in over 25 states and seven countries, including many leading international schools,…

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  • Jim Hawkins

    Global Head of School Heads & Vice Chancellor

    Prior to taking on this role, Jim Hawkins was Head Master of Harrow School in London, one of the world’s great learning institutions and boarding schools, with over four hundred years of history. Before beginning his teaching career, Jim read Mathematics at Brasenose College, Oxford University, where he also completed his teaching qualification. He then taught at Radley College before being…

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  • Joe Keeney

    Chief Operating Officer, N.Y.C. HQ

    Joe Keeney has opened and operated over 100 schools in his 20-plus years in the field of education. He is the founder of 4th Sector Solutions, a provider of charter-school shared services, and was formerly president of Edison Charter Schools, where he led a national network of schools. Joe was also a divisional president and the C.O.O. of a Fortune 1000 global manufacturer, and he has lived in…

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  • Li Jing

    Global Head of Enrollment, Marketing, and Communications, Beijing & N.Y.C. HQ

    Li Jing has extensive senior leadership experience in education, helping connect schools in China and to those in the rest of the world. Prior to joining Whittle, she was secretary-general at YK Pao School, China’s top independent school, where she headed external affairs, enrollment, and strategic development; before that, she served as assistant principal at RDFZ, a top Chinese school,…

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  • Peter Merrill, Ph.D.

    Co-Chair of the Education Design Team, N.Y.C. HQ

    After attending Phillips Exeter Academy, Peter earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Russian at the University of Pennsylvania, and then an M.A. in linguistics and a Ph.D. in Slavic languages, both at U.C.L.A. He spent nearly 30 years teaching Russian and German at Phillips Academy, Andover, where he led the division of world languages and spearheaded new initiatives in global programming in China,…

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  • Andrew Meyers

    Co-Chair of the Education Design Team, N.Y.C. HQ

    Andy Meyers is the proud son of two prominent psychoanalysts, the father of two amazing women, and a native of the Bronx. He received his A.B. in architecture from Princeton University, his M.A. in architectural and planning history from Yale University, and his M.Phil. in American urban history from Columbia University. He has taught at Connecticut College, Yale University, Empire State…

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  • Anand Padmanabhan

    Global Chief Information & Technology Officer

    Anand holds global responsibility for leading Whittle School & Studios’ technology organization and its technology portfolio ranging from digital strategies, learning technologies to infrastructure and technology platforms Anand brings significant experience and achievement in leading technology strategy and innovation in educational organizations. He has been a CIO at multiple…

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  • Manuel J. Rivera, Ph.D.

    Global Head of Faculty Recruitment, N.Y.C. HQ

    Manny earned both his doctorate in education and his master’s degree in education from Harvard University. He also holds a B.A. in urban studies from Brandeis University. Manny’s 40-year career in education as a teacher, principal, school superintendent, chief executive officer, and senior policy adviser to two New York State governors has been recognized nationally in the field of education.…

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  • Elizabeth (Betsey) Hun Schmidt, Ph.D.

    Global Head, Centers of Excellence, and Vice President, Studios, N.Y.C. HQ

    Born in Washington, D.C., Betsey has lived in New York for most of her life and has taught at every grade level from elementary school through graduate school. She earned her B.A. from Wesleyan University, where she now serves as a trustee, and her Ph.D. in American literature from New York University. Most recently, Betsey worked for seven years for Ascend Public Charter Schools in Brooklyn,…

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  • Morgan Silver-Greenberg

    Chief Product Development Officer, N.Y.C. HQ

    As chief product development officer at Whittle School & Studios, Morgan is responsible for developing an innovative and holistic experience for the students, teachers, and stakeholders of our network. His career spans innovation and technology, global branding, and product development. He was previously the U.S. director of innovation at Omnicom Media, where he worked closely with G.E.,…

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  • Alan Smith

    Global Head of Human Resources, N.Y.C. HQ

    Alan has broad H.R. experience from working at such firms as Pfizer, Wyeth, Aon Consulting, and John Hancock. Prior to joining Whittle School & Studios, Alan spent eight years with TE Connectivity, a $12 billion global industrial electronic-components manufacturer. In his last role with the company, Alan was based in Shanghai, leading the global H.R. function for the communication-…

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  • Saibaba (Sai) Tata

    Head of Development, Middle East, India, and Far East, N.Y.C. HQ

    One of the earliest members to come on board Whittle School & Studios, Sai brings more than three and half decades of corporate expertise and educational prowess to his position. Prior to joining the company, he was a founding member of GEMS Education, the largest pre-K–12 company in the world. Sai worked in several countries on four continents, establishing educational and health-care…

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  • Rebecca Upham

    Executive Chairwoman & Vice Chancellor, DC Campus

    Born in Washington, D.C., Rebecca Upham comes to Whittle School & Studios after leading Buckingham Browne and Nichols School for 17 years. She has also held senior leadership posts at the Ellis School and the Harvard-Westlake School. In addition to earning a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.A. from Columbia University, Rebecca has a background in molecular biology, which led to a…

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  • Christine Y. Zhao

    Chief Financial Officer, N.Y.C. HQ

    Born in China, Christine holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in economics with distinction from Fudan University in Shanghai. She comes to Whittle School & Studios with a wealth of experience in the finance sector. She previously served in high-level positions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, J. P. Morgan, American Express, and Goldman Sachs. She served as group chief…

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  • Tino van den Heuvel

    General Counsel, N.Y.C. HQ

    Tino is Whittle’s general counsel. Prior to that, he was a member of the corporate-development team and head of global tax and structure at Patheon, where he played an integral part in its I.P.O., debt funding, management of the I.P./contract portfolio, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Hill Smith King & Wood, Tino was a tax partner at an international law firm. He also serves…

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Staff & Faculty

Growing daily, the Shenzhen and Washington launch teams are charged with the “pre-opening” operations of the school including faculty recruitment, student recruitment, campus construction, and the setting up of all operating functions prior to opening day.

Global Leadership and Staff

  • Greg Carlson

    Education Design Team, N.Y.C. HQ

    Greg Carlson has led the design and implementation of transformative learning experiences for students in K–12 schools in China and the U.S. At Fudan International School in Shanghai, Greg served as deputy director and taught history. Greg subsequently headed innovative American charter schools as assistant principal at Manara Academy and director of instruction at Codman Academy. Greg earned…

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  • Ryan Chorazy

    Vice President, Business Development, N.Y.C. HQ

    Originally from Reston, Virginia, Ryan has lived in New York City for the last decade. He earned his B.S. in commerce, with concentrations in finance and management, at the University of Virginia. Ryan spent over 10 years in private equity and investment banking at Liberty Partners and at Rothschild. While at Liberty Partners, he led the investment in Avenues: The World School, where he…

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  • Jules L. Coleman, Ph.D.

    Senior academic adviser and director of research, N.Y.C. HQ

    A Brooklyn native, Jules Coleman earned a B.A., magna cum laude, at Brooklyn College of CUNY, a Ph.D. from the Rockefeller University, and a graduate degree in law from the Yale Law School. The author of a dozen books and more than 100 articles and peer-reviewed essays, Jules spent nearly 30 years as the Wesley Newcomb Hohfeld Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of Philosophy at Yale…

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  • Laura Eshbaugh

    Office of the C.E.O., Knoxville, Tennessee

    Laura has worked with Chris Whittle on all his communications and education initiatives. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Tennessee and holds an M.A. in English from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the Whittle team, she served as senior adviser and as chief administrative officer for Avenues: The World School. She worked for EdisonLearning (earlier known as…

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  • Jan Lippert

    Finance, Knoxville, Tennessee

    Jan Lippert has over 25 years of experience working at Whittle Communications, Edison Schools (now EdisonLearning), and Avenues: The World School. Her responsibilities have included marketing, investor relations, capital formation, budgets, and finance, as well as corporate events, such as client conferences and shareholder meetings. Jan is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from…

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  • Lindsey Nelson

    Associate Director of Product Development, N.Y.C. HQ

    Born in Dallas, Lindsey spent most of her childhood in the South before moving to Manhattan to attend New York University, receiving her B.A. with honors in architecture and urban design and environmental science. Following three years in the publishing industry, she attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she obtained her M.L.A. Lindsey was drawn to Whittle by the holistic…

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  • Matthew Pohl

    Director of Enrollment Strategy/Associate Director of College Counseling, N.Y.C. HQ

    Matthew’s upbringing extended from Salem, Massachusetts, to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He earned his B.A. from Tufts University and his M.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he led global marketing and recruitment for Penn’s undergraduate schools as associate director of admissions. He lived briefly in Israel after years of Hebrew and Arabic studies. He joined…

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  • Vriti Saraf

    Deputy Head, Centers of Excellence, N.Y.C. HQ

    Born in India and raised in New York, Vriti earned her B.A. from Macaulay Honors College and went on to serve as a Teach for America corps member in Brownsville, Brooklyn, at Ascend Public Charter Schools. At Ascend, Vriti was a founding teacher and dean of instruction while also earning her M.A. in early-childhood education and teaching as an adjunct professor at Relay Graduate School. Most…

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  • Mike Stakias

    Director of Global Marketing and Communications, N.Y.C. HQ

    Originally from the Philadelphia area, Mike Stakias joined Whittle School & Studios in September 2015. He received a B.A. in political science from Hobart College and an M.B.A. from the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary. Mike spent nine years in Washington, D.C., in various legislative, political, and government-affairs capacities. Previously, he worked for Senate…

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  • Laura Coleman

    Education Design Team, N.Y.C. HQ

    Laura Coleman grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, where she studied dance and cultivated a passion for the performing arts. She moved to New York City to dance professionally and study at N.Y.U.’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she designed an interdisciplinary curriculum in psychology and the arts. After graduating, she toured the country, playing drums in a band and dancing…

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  • Rongrong (Rachel) Zhang

    Executive Administrator and Office Manager, N.Y.C. HQ

    Rongrong’s parents were teachers, sparking her interest in education from an early age. Before she joined Whittle, she worked in the education field for more than five years. She developed an online education platform, which had a focus on bringing American education resources to the Chinese market. More recently, she worked as the operation director for a career-consulting firm. Rongrong…

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  • Wendy Zhou, Ph.D.

    Associate Director of Partnerships and Communications, NYC HQ

    Wendy was born and raised in China. After earning her B.S. at Tsinghua University, she moved to the U.S. to pursue graduate education. She earned a master’s in public administration at Columbia University and a doctorate in engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. She has 10 years of research and work experience in academia as well as in the public and private sectors, focusing…

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  • Sandra (Sandy) Schultz

    Global Faculty Recruitment Manager

    A Philadelphia native, Sandra joins the Global Faculty Recruitment team with operational and leadership experience in the education and corporate arenas. Utilizing her education background in a corporate setting, she developed and implemented an employee training program for a start-up healthcare agency in Utah, eventually overseeing the formation of its Human Resources department. Upon…

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  • Carola McGiffert

    Vice President, Government & Stakeholder Engagement

    Carola served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, with positions in the White House, State, Commerce and the Office of the US Trade Representative. From 2002-2009, she worked at CSIS, the DC-based think tank, where she served as chief of staff and senior fellow. In 2012, she successfully stood up an independent non-profit, the US-China Strong Foundation, focused on US-China…

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Washington, D.C. Launch Team

  • Rebecca Upham

    Executive Chairwoman & Vice Chancellor, DC Campus

    Born in Washington, D.C., Rebecca Upham comes to Whittle School & Studios after leading Buckingham Browne and Nichols School for 17 years. She has also held senior leadership posts at the Ellis School and the Harvard-Westlake School. In addition to earning a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.A. from Columbia University, Rebecca has a background in molecular biology, which led to a…

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  • Dennis Bisgaard

    Head of School, DC Campus

    For the past 30 years, Dennis has worked at top U.S. schools, most recently as head of school at Kingswood Oxford. Dennis served on the board of the National Association of Independent Schools and previously held positions at Bryn Mawr College, Shady Hill School, Collegiate, and Vejlefjord Højere Skole. Born in Germany, Dennis has also lived, studied, and worked in Denmark and Canada. He holds…

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  • Stephanie Fitzgerald

    Head of Early Learning Center, DC Campus

    Stephanie Clark Fitzgerald brings over 25 years of experience in PreK-12 education leadership to this role. Beginning as a teacher in Chicago, she founded and led three schools, including two early childhood programs. Most recently, she served as director of a nationally recognized project-based early childhood program in New Jersey. Previously, she prepared principals through New Leaders and…

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  • Susanna Stossel

    Head of Lower School, DC Campus

    Susanna joins Whittle School & Studios from Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School in Washington, D.C., where she taught both math and science before taking on her most recent role as Director of Early Childhood Teaching and Learning. She received both her B.A. in Child Study and M.A. in teaching from Tufts University. Prior to joining Beauvoir, Susanna taught at Belmont Day…

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  • Marek Beck, Ph.D.

    Head of Middle School, DC Campus

    Marek brings almost 25 years of experience in education working at some of the nation’s finest schools including the Greenwich Country Day School and Harvard University. He has taught students at the elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels. Marek holds five degrees, including a Ph.D. from Fordham University and an M.S. from Columbia University. With over a dozen…

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  • Ara Brown, Ed.D.

    Head of Upper School, DC Campus

    Over the past two decades, Ara has held numerous leadership and teaching positions within K-12 and higher education, including his most recent role as Upper School Dean of Boys at Cranbrook Kingswood School, which he has held since 2010. Before joining Cranbrook Kingswood, Ara co-founded and developed the curriculum for a summer Chinese language program for children ages 5-12. He received his…

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  • Emily Reynolds

    Director of Admissions, DC Campus

    Emily Reynolds is a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Dartmouth College, and is a former high school All-American and collegiate swimmer. During her career in private school education, she has served as director of admissions at St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s in New York City and more recently at Episcopal High School, a boarding school in Alexandria, Virginia. Before joining Whittle School…

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  • Vincent Travaglione

    Director of Enrollment Management, DC Campus

    Vincent, a native New Yorker, earned his B.A. from Villanova University and his M.S.Ed. in higher-education administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Vincent served for 13 years at La Jolla Country Day School as director of college guidance, director of admission, and enrollment consultant. More recently, he worked as the founding director of admission at the International School of…

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  • Sidra Smith

    Faculty Recruitment Director, DC

    Sidra joined the Whittle team after serving as the Assistant Head of School at Pacific Ridge School in California. She began her career at Ghana International School, followed by a teaching fellowship at Phillips Academy (Andover). These early experiences marked the beginning of her interest in global education and international cross-cultural engagement. Sidra has traveled to over a dozen…

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  • Matthew Drake

    Associate Director of Admission, DC Campus

    Matt joined Whittle School & Studios after 15 years of experience in the independent-school world. Upon graduating from the Groton School, Matt earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia. His career began at the Fessenden School in Massachusetts, where he served as a dorm parent, coach, and teacher. He also spent three years at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut as a teacher,…

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  • Ron Corrado

    Director of Construction and Facilities, DC Campus

    Ron was born in New York City and raised in Connecticut, where he studied electrical engineering at Greater New Haven State Tech. Ron’s career experience includes working with the U.S. Department of State; he moved to Herk-de-Stad, Belgium, to lead construction and renovation projects in over 20 European countries and the former Soviet Union. He then spent three years on the Pentagon’s…

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  • Mary Jane Greene

    Enrollment Management Administrative Assistant, DC Campus

    Originally from New Jersey, Mary Jane earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. She spent the last 20 years as a Director of College Counseling in highly competitive independent schools in San Juan Capistrano, CA, La Jolla, CA and most recently in Richmond, VA. She worked in college admission at Villanova University before relocating to California…

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  • Harrison Hart

    Associate Director of Global Boarding

    A Baltimore native, Harrison joins Whittle School & Studios from Amerigo Education, a leading boarding provider for international students at U.S. high schools. As the third employee at Amerigo, Harrison established business-development and student-recruitment strategies and oversaw the fit-out of the three inaugural campuses. He received his B.A. in English from Dartmouth College, where…

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  • Greyson Mann

    Assistant Director of Admission, DC Campus

    Greyson is a fifth-generation Washingtonian and attended Wofford College, where he received a Princeton in Asia Fellowship to teach at YK Pao School in Shanghai. He previously served as a presidential appointee in the Department of Education’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, where he supported the development of a global network of political, education, and religious…

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  • Rachel Mieszczanski

    Assistant Director of Admission, DC Campus

    Hailing from New York City, Rachel has over a decade of experience working in New York independent schools. During her tenures at Horace Mann and Ethical Culture Fieldston School, she established expertise in assessing needs of students, designing innovative curricula to advance student development, and leading cross-functional teams. Rachel earned her B.A. from Connecticut College, where she…

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  • Katarina Slobodova

    Assistant Director of Admission, DC Campus

    Raised in Europe with an American education, Katarina was able to enjoy a trilingual upbringing (Slovak, German, English), which prompted her to pursue a degree in linguistics and cognitive science at Rice University. She went on to complete an M.A. in international education at Columbia University under the Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship, focusing on East Asia. After extensive…

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  • Megan Sagurton

    Assistant Director of Admission, DC Campus

    Megan was born in South Korea and grew up in Northern Virginia, where she attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She graduated from Emory University, where she majored in History, with a focus on East Asia. After spending a year in Hunan, China teaching English, she returned to the DC area to work in international student admission and recruitment. She gained…

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Shenzhen Launch Team

  • Xianzhang Shen

    Executive Chairman, Shenzhen Campus

    As the former vice principal of RDFZ, founding principal of RDFZ Chaoyang Campus, Xianzhang Shen is a distinguished educator in China. He has more than four decades of experience as a teacher, administrator, and principal. He formerly served as an expert lecturer at the National Training Institute for Chinese Teachers at the Ministry of Education, as a member at China Entrance Examination…

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  • Rhiannon Wilkinson

    Head of School, Shenzhen Campus

    Rhiannon Wilkinson is currently Headmistress of Wycombe Abbey School in Buckinghamshire, England, one of the world’s leading girls’ boarding schools. She will take up her position in Shenzhen in April 2019. She read History at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University, and completed her teaching qualification, with distinction, at the University of Bath. She also gained an M.Ed. degree in…

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  • Chen (Brian) Yang, Ph.D.

    Director of Center of Excellence, Shenzhen Campus

    A native of Hunan, China, Brian Yang received his bachelor’s degree from Peking University and a Ph.D. from Yale University. Brian then went on to work for McKinsey & Co., first in Chicago and later as the founding member of McKinsey’s office in Shenzhen. Having experienced the best of what both China and the U.S. have to offer in education, Brian is attracted to Whittle by the vision of a…

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  • Xi (Allen) Zhang

    Director of Enrollment Operations, Shenzhen Campus

    Originally from Fujian, China, Allen Zhang, C.F.A., has lived and worked in four countries: China, Romania, France, and Singapore. He earned his B.A. from Xiamen University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD. He spent seven years working in the financial sector: four years at PwC and three at Huawei as financial manager in charge of finance and accounting operations in the Europe-region shared-services…

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  • Jin (Hilda) Huang

    Finance Director, Shenzhen Campus

    Hilda grew up in Shanghai, Beijing, and Henan provinces. She studied at Chongqing University, majoring in accounting. She is a member of C.I.M.A. (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and C.G.M.A. (Chartered Global Management Accountant), and has broad experience in audits, internal controls, financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and legal compliance in…

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  • Haisheng (Eric) Lin

    Vice President, Business Development, China

    A former senior business leader for Lafarge China and G.E., Eric held positions in strategy planning and business development, sales, and marketing for over 20 years. Eric was an Experienced Commercial Leadership Program member and Six Sigma black belt for General Electric, and was also the China youth envoy to UNESCO and a member of its Antarctica expedition (1997). He has extensive work…

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  • Xiaoheng (Melissa) Wang

    H.R. Director, Shenzhen Campus

    Melissa Wang has joined Whittle School & Studios as the head of human resources for the Shenzhen site. She is an outstanding H.R. leader with deep experience in both multinational corporations and Chinese companies. She spent four years in the U.S. with Emersion Electric and then returned to China to work for Oracle, serving for almost seven years as head of H.R. at its Shenzhen center.…

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  • Xiufang (Susan) Chen

    Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Shenzhen Campus

    Originally from Guangdong, China, Susan earned her B.A. at Hubei University of Technology in 2006, launching her 11-year career in the hospitality business. Susan was the founding member of two internationally known hotels, where she specialized in administration, sales, and marketing. The idea of a different future for education drew her to Whittle School & Studios. Susan is fluent in…

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  • Jingya (Kara) Gao

    Associate Director of Admission, Shenzhen Campus

    Kara earned her B.A. in accounting at Tsinghua University and an M.B.A. in finance at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has a background in sector-wide and company research, developed while at Bosera Asset Management Co., one of the first fund-management companies established in mainland China. After entering the education field, she served as senior manager at a private kindergarten…

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  • Brian Lee

    Admission Associate, Shenzhen Campus

    Born in the U.S., Brian Lee has lived in eight countries and studied at 20 different schools in pursuit of a global education. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, Brian earned a B.A. in psychology at Swarthmore College, where he served as an Admissions Fellow. He then completed an M.A. in China studies with highest honors from Zhejiang University. During the past several years in…

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  • Chang Liu

    Copywriter and Administration, Shenzhen Campus

    Chang Liu earned her B.A. in English at Dalian Maritime University in Dalian, China. As an undergraduate, she spent two years as an exchange student in Buffalo, New York, and earned her second B.A., at Medaille College. In Buffalo, she served as a volunteer tutor for Literacy New York. She went on to study in the U.K. and graduated with a M.Sc. in business-technology consulting from the…

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  • Dimian (Connie) Wu

    Associate Director of Admissions, Shenzhen Campus

    Originally from Shenzhen, Connie has lived in Hong Kong for more than 14 years. She earned her B.B.A. in accounting and finance, with honors, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and an M.Sc. in psychology from Hong Kong University. She also studied finance and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to taking her position at Whittle School & Studios, she…

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  • Xiaoxia (Rachel) Yong

    General Administrative Associate, Shenzhen Campus

    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…

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  • Yanan (Jane) Zhang

    Admission Associate, Shenzhen Campus

    Jane received her M.A. in cultural management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She is the founder of World Top School Exchange Education Consulting Services which helps students from Asia and their families to experience top schools in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Japan. Previously she worked at Zuoyou Management Consulting.

  • Mengya Zhang

    Admission Associate, Shenzhen Campus

    Mengya holds a master’s degree in guidance and rehabilitation from Columbia University. She is a trained behavior analyst in autism-spectrum disorders, and also a founding member of the first national special-education foundation in China. After a career in marketing, Mengya pursued her passion in developmental psychology, which ultimately led her to working with families and children of…

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