Class Profile

Current Class Profile

We target each cohort for this program to be about 18-20 students drawn from countries around the world. In recent years, students have come from the United States, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Afghanistan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Guam, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Vietnam, Ecuador, Colombia, Uganda, Australia, Austria, and Canada.

Student Body

Students come from a broad range of education contexts such as primary, secondary, and tertiary education; government services such as ministries of education, public and private education, multi-lateral organizations, and philanthropic foundations; and corporations engaged in education.


The Global Executive EdD program is designed for established senior leaders in all aspects of education, although experienced leaders from other sectors seeking to transition into the field of education may also be suitable candidates for the program. Participants will be selected on the basis of academic strength, demonstrated leadership experience, and the potential for continued growth as an educational leader.

Qualified candidates will have at least 10 or more years of senior leadership experience in organizations such as:

  • Ministries of education
  • Universities
  • Schools or school systems
  • Education-related multilateral or non-governmental organizations
  • Education-related corporations

All classes will be taught in English. Students will work with a small, select group of peers who are focused on becoming change agents devoted to improving individual and national educational outcomes.

While this program is not suitable for every educator, if you are a change agent and want to be a leader in developing your country’s and region’s economic and social outcomes, this program is for you. If you are hardworking, dedicated to advancing education, interested in close collaboration with your peers throughout Asia and around the world, and leading a network of emerging and senior leaders in education, this program is for you.

Student Demographic Snapshot

U.S. Dom.: 19 (56%)
U.S. Expat: 3 (8.8%)
International: 12 (35.2%)

Female: 13 (38%)
Male: 21 (62%)

Higher Ed: 18 (53%)
K12: 3 (9%)
Other: 13 (38%)

Countries: Australia (2), Austria (1), Brazil (1), Canada (1), China (5), Colombia (2), Ecuador (1), Ethiopia (1), Hong Kong (1), India (1), Nepal (1), Uganda (1), United Kingdom (1), United States (19)

Degrees: Master of Arts (History, Strategic Studies, English Literature, Education, TESOL, Organizational Leadership, Intercultural Studies, Political Science, Philosophy & Education, K-12 Educational Administration), Master of Education (Counseling Psychology, Organizational Leadership), Master of Science (Leadership, Education, Logistics Management, Child Development, Preventative Cardiology, & Counseling), Executive Master of Leadership, Executive Master of Public Administration, Master in Management, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Laws, Master of Public Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Management, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Philosophy (Public Administration & International Development), & Doctor of Medicine

Positions: Executive Director, Director, Associate Director, Co-Director, Owner, Founder, Operator, Co-Founder, Program Officer, Teacher, Principal, Assistant Principle, Assistant Professor, Lecturer, EVP-COO, CEO, President, Vice President, Head of Special Projects, Consultant, Scholarship Division Manager, Director of Planning & Quality Directorate, Director of Research & Planning, Entrepreneur, Educator, Senior Curriculum Specialist, Teacher Trainer, Chief Education Officer, Provost Fellow, State Office Teacher, Chancellor, Learning Specialist

Student Profiles



Mikal Anderson Mikal Anderson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Prototype Entities, an equity focused management consulting firm that delivers solutions to maximize the educational and economic outcomes of undeserved populations. He also founded and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Equity in Education, a national nonprofit organization aimed at improving the academic, professional, and economic outcomes of people of color and those from low-income backgrounds. Mikal earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Education in Secondary Education from Temple University. Additionally, he holds a Certificate in Education Policy and Program Evaluation as well as an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.


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Nicole Chavez Nicole Chávez is the manager of the Office for Language Learners and Multilingual Services within the Orange County Department of Education, which supports twenty-seven school districts, 500,000 students and approximately 40,000 educators and staff. She also manages the OCDE Project GLAD® National Training Center and partner locations in the states of New Mexico and Washington with their implementation of Guided Language Acquisition Design development. She has earned a master’s degree and administrative credential from California State University Fullerton, as well as a liberal studies degree and multiple subjects teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University.

Jennifer Chidsey Jennifer Chidsey
is the Managing Director of Research and Evaluation for the Holdsworth Center, a non-profit institute focused on developing public school leadership and leaders that is based in Austin, Texas and the Founder of Ammonite Education, LLC, an education consultancy providing support for the development of STEM programs and curricula in K-12 schools. Previously, Jennifer served as the President and Chief Academic Officer at Ross Institute in New York City. Jennifer earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate in Critical and Creative Thinking at the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science in Education with a focus on biology at Northwestern University.

Alan Clipperton Alan Clipperton serves as the Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives at LeTourneau University (LETU) in Longview, TX. In this role, Clipperton heads all international activities including student recruitment, immigration, program development, retention, study abroad, institutional partnerships, and global service learning. Clipperton holds a graduate degree from Minnesota State University and undergraduate degrees from Dunwoody College of Technology and Toccoa Falls College. Additionally, Clipperton enjoys teaching cross-cultural communication & international marketing at LETU and operated his own English language testing company that held offices in four different states and experimented with social entrepreneurship by starting a construction/remodeling company that provided jobs and training for displaced oil field workers.

Brian Creswick Brian Creswick is the COO at Chartis Federal, an IT and Engineering services company he has helped grow from a small start-up to a nationwide firm with over 100 staff across North America. He earned a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from George Mason University and his Bachelor of Science from James Madison University.

Alan Cromlish Alan Cromlish is an assistant professor at Namseoul University in Cheonan, South Korea. Alan earned his Masters of Education from the University of Missouri and his Bachelor of Science from Georgia College and State University.


Aerial Ellis Aerial Ellis is a Professor at Lipscomb University where she teaches courses in public relations, organizational communication/leadership and cross-cultural communication. She owns Advisory 83, a communication consultancy advising senior leaders in the areas of diversity/inclusion, cultural competence, talent/organizational development and strategic planning. She is also author of the book, The Original Millennial: Lessons in Leadership for the Millennial Generation. A Memphis native, Aerial is a graduate of Tennessee State University and Middle Tennessee State University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication. She holds an executive leadership certification in diversity/inclusion from UCLA/National Organization of Workforce Diversity, and is a fellow of the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations.


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Sean Ferguson Sean Ferguson is the associate dean and director of Master of Business Administration Programs at the Asia School of Business (ASB) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ASB is a start-up business school that is in partnership with the MIT-Sloan School of Management and Bank Negara Malaysia. Sean earned a Master of Business Administration from Rice University and Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Nicolas Marcelo Fernandez Schatzer Nicolas Marcelo Fernandez Schatzer is the Vice Chancellor at UIDE, a private, non-profit university in Ecuador. At UIDE he lead the instiution’s 400+% growth of international students and the transition to a new budgeting and Financial KPI system. He holds a Master’s degree from the London Business School and a Bachelor’s degree from Webster University Vienna.

Allison Fry Allison Fry is Senior Principal at Wellspring Consulting, where she engages in strategic planning with a wide range of social sector clients. She earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College.


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Christopher Garnier Christopher Garnier is a former US Marine Corps Commissioned Officer and combat helicopter pilot. He is now the CEO of Cgarn Athletics, Inc., in Poway, California. He earned his Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaii – Manoa.

Ajaya Ghimire Ajaya Ghimire is the founder of Ace Group of Schools in Nepal and president and chairperson of Ace Education Ventures. He is chairperson of the Board at Ace Institute of Management, Ace Higher Secondary School, Ace School, and Ace International Business School. He is also the founder and chief executive officer of Avant Ventures, a private equity management firm, as well as the co-founder and chairperson of the board of Niti Foundation, a non-profit engaged in strengthening policy processes in Nepal. As a Fulbright scholarship recipient, Ajaya received a Master of Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Panjab University.

Yuan Gong Yuan Gong is the Senior Client Partner, Global Industrial & Financial Markets/HR Practice/China Enterprises at Korn Ferry International in Shanghai, China. Joyce has over twenty years of experience in human resources consulting in China. She received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor’s degree from Shanghai University. In addition, she is an ICF (International Coach Federation) certified coach.

Rebecca Good Rebecca Good is the founding dean of the Connecticut Campus of Relay Graduate School of Education. A dedicated award-winning educator, she has served in urban communities as a secondary teacher and principal. She earned a Master of Arts in educational leadership from Columbia University Teacher’s College and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. 


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Edwin Harris Edwin Harris is president of the Agape Foundation, an education nonprofit in Troy, Michigan. He is also the chair of Christall Technologies, a battery startup in Sterling Heights. He previously served as head of school at Friends School in Detroit, a K-8 independent school, after a career in the Bay Area’s biotech industry. He has worked for several start-ups including the founding teams of IDEC Pharmaceuticals and Accuchek. He also served on Jerry Brown’s commission on education while in Oakland. He received his Bachelors of Science in biological sciences from the University of California at Davis and his Master of Education in educational leadership from Concordia University.

Shakir Hussain Shakir Hussain is the Blended Learning Specialist at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), where he provides faculty support and consulting for instructional design and technology tools that support NU-Q’s growing interest in blended learning. He is a Designated ATD Master Instructional Designer™ and has earned a Master of Education in Learning, Design, and Technology from Penn State University. Shakir has been at NU-Q since 2010 after graduating with a degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.


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Luis Alejandro Lara Luis Alejandro Lara is the founder of, a non-profit organization that promotes early intervention strategies utilizing latest neurotechnologies to improve youth learning outcomes in developing countries. He earned a master’s degree in Corporate International Business from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA, an MBA from ESADE Business school in Barcelona, Spain, and a Mestrao em Gestao Empresarial, Fundacao Getulio Vargas, (FGV/EBAPE), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His undergraduate degree was in Global Business Development from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, USA.

Hanguo Li Hanguo (Luke) Li is the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives at Duke Kunshan University, a joint venture university established in 2013 by Duke University (US) and Wuhan University (China) in the city of Kunshan, China. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and his Bachelor of Economics in International Finance from the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China.

Wei Li Wei Li is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Simpson University in Redding, California. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Wales and her Bachelor of Medicine from China Medical University.

Yi Li Yi Li is the Director of University Guidance Office and the Chief Representative of International Program Development at Shenzhen (Nanshan) Concord College of Sino – Canada (SCCSC). She earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Royal Roads University, British Columbia, Canada. She is also the Vice-President of the Shenzhen Young Science and Technology Talents Association and Committee Member of Shenzhen Youth Federation.

Stephen Luk Stephen Luk is the Managing Director at Montres Journe Hong Kong Limited, a luxury watch retail company in Hong Kong. He also help his family run a kindergarten chain with 12 campuses. He formerly taught economics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University before moving to private business. Stephen earned his Ph.D. in economics from University of California, Berkeley, and his Bachelor degree from University of Southern California.


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Diego Mazo Diego Mazo is the president of CEIPA University in Medellin, Colombia. Previously, he served as General Vice President in CEIPA. He had lead different initiatives in education innovation such as the development of online education at CEIPA nationwide. He is also one of the founders and member of the board of directors of Transcontinental Education Group, several initiatives in education in Colombia and at international level. Diego earned a master’s degree in Higher Education Management from Universidad de los Andes.

Seid Mohammed Seid Mohammed is the Ethiopia Country Director at Imagine1Day. He earned his Master of Accounting and Finance from Addis Ababa University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management from Ambo University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance from Jimma University. 


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Jane Nakato Jane Nakato is the Founder and Director of KinderKare Schools in Uganda, East Africa.  She facilitated the growth of the schools from one school to five, with over 91 staff members.   She earned a Master of Arts in Social Sector Planning and Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences – both from Makerere University, Kampala.  She also holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from L2L Education Services, Uganda.


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Sabba Quidwai Sabba Quidwai is an Education Development Executive with Apple Inc. Sabba advises educational leadership teams on planning academic technology initiatives. Sabba’s experience spans K-16 having led 1:1 mobile learning initiatives at Keck USC and Fairmont Preparatory Academy. Sabba is a former Social Science teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and her Master of Arts in Education from the University of California, Irvine.


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Paulo Rodrigues Paulo Rodrigues is Associate Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Southern California. Before coming to the USC campus, he was the Director of the USC Brazil office in São Paulo and was responsible for representing USC’s interests in Brazil. Prior to working at USC, Paulo worked for Rosetta Stone, the U.S. Department of Commerce in São Paulo, Brazil, and the U.S. State Department. Paulo earned a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie in São Paulo and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business.


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Leigh Sata Leigh Sata is the Senior Director of Capital Projects for the Sonoma County Junior College District.  He manages the District’s capital improvement program and has successfully managed more than $1B of capital improvement programs for various San Francisco Bay Area Universities, Colleges and K-12 Districts.  His volunteer work includes Board leadership for the French American International School in San Francisco.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and lives in San Francisco.


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Andrea Thomas Andrea Thomas is the Director of International Education at the State University of New York at Farmingdale State College where she builds strategic partnerships with international universities for global programs and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).  As a U.S. State Department Alumna, she has worked closely with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and American Councils for International Education.  Andrea is also the principal consultant of AET Global, vice president of the Long Island chapter of Partners of the Americas and on the Board of Directors for One World United and Virtuous.  She earned a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs from the City University of New York at Queens College and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the State University of New York at Purchase. 

Arthur Tulak Arthur Tulak is a Research Faculty member at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He earned his Master of Science in Military Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, a Master of Science in Policy Studies from Missouri State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Arthur retired from the U.S. Army with rank of Colonel, and currently resides in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.


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Aleksandr Voninski Aleksandr Voninski is a Sydney-based management consultant in the international higher education sector, and is the former Executive Director (International) at UNSW Sydney. He holds a Masters in International Law from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from Hamilton College.

Nikhil Vyas Nikhil Vyas is the Co-founder, Executive Director at the USC Center for Global Supply Chain Management, Academic Director for Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Data Science & Operations and Program Director at USC Marshall Master’s in Global Supply Chain Management. He earned a Master of Business Administration in Business Management from California Polytechnic University and his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from California Poly Pomona.


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Lingling Wang Lingling Wang is the Associate Registrar at Duke Kunshan University, a joint venture university between Duke University in America and Wuhan University in China. Located in Kunshan, China, the University will welcome its first group of undergraduate degree students in August 2018. She earned a Master of Arts in Simultaneous Interpretation from Beijing Foreign Studies University and her Bachelor of Arts from Nanjing Normal University.

Huaxuan (Kevin) Wu Huaxuan (Kevin) Wu is the Executive Director at Quanzhou Huaguang Vocational College, a private higher education institution in southern China. Previously, he was Head of Research for Greater China at Egon Zehnder, and later on a Principal with Korn Ferry International. He earned a Master in Business Administration in information management from University of Leeds and Bachelor of Arts from Shanghai International Studies University.


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Yuanmeng Xu Yuanmeng Xu is the Assistant Director of China Initiatives at William Paterson University of New Jersey. She works with many top Chinese universities to promote cooperation and exchange programs between the U.S. and China. Aliyah earned an MBA in Finance at William Paterson University of New Jersey and a Bachelor of Arts in English at Beijing Institute of Technology.


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Ying (Erin) Yao Ying (Erin) Yao is the Executive Head of Learning Center of Yuanbo Education Group in Shanghai, China. She earned a Master of Arts in China and has an education background for 10 years in both higher education as well as private K-12 in the education business sector. Previously she has worked in Tongji University, Shanghai Normal University in fields of international exchange and student admission. In addition, she has a start-up company that provides early childhood STEM education.

Mary Crystal Yingling Mary Crystal Yingling is an adjunct Professor at Seattle University and a consultant for Equity, Inclusion, and Leadership in Seattle, Washington. Previously, Crystal was the Producer of Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program, an initiative she designed to increase equity in theatre. Before completing her Master of Fine Arts from Seattle University, Crystal served as a US Army Officer working with NGOs in North Africa, Asia, and Afghanistan on arts and cultural programming. She also earned a Bachelor of Music from Wheaton College.