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.: 17
U.S. Expat: 1
International: 17

Female: 17
Male: 18

Higher Ed: 15
K12: 7
Other: 13

Countries: Australia (1), Colombia (1), Ecuador (1), Hong Kong SAR (3), Peoples Republic of China (7), Qatar (4), Taiwan (1), Uganda (1), United States (16)

Degrees: Master of Liberal Arts (Government), Master of Arts (Teaching, Fine Arts, Counseling Psychology, Asian Studies, Social Sector Planning and Management, Education, Simultaneous Interpretation), Master of Science (Project and Enterprises Management, Educational Leadership, Computer Science, Real Estate Development), Master of Education (Educational Leadership [2], Secondary Education, Learning Design and Technology, Special Education Educational Management, School Administration), Master of Business Administration (10), Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Management, Master of Public Administration, Master of International Law, Doctorate of Philosophy in Economics, Master of Applied Psychology, Master of Linguistics, Master of Nonprofit Management

Positions: Founder, CEO, Teacher Effectiveness Coach, Director, Business Development Executive, Principal, Blended Learning Specialist, Research and Development Lead, National Program Officer, Global Leadership Coach, Co-Owner, Project Specialist, Associate Dean, Co-Founder, President, Program Officer, Senior Manager, Managing Director, Faculty, Head of Gifted Education, Consul, Instructional Leadership Team Partner, Executive Director, Vice President, Senior Manager Associate, Teaching Head

Student Profiles



Dhabya Al-Buenain Dhabya Al-Buenain is the Principal of Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration Secondary School at the Ministry of Education of Qatar. The school considers itself as the first of its kind in the Middle East. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Literature (English language). She is also a Professional Certified Trainer (PCT). Dhabya has worked as a Teacher and Subject Coordinator for 20 years and a Principal for 4 years.

Fatma Al-Jufairi Fatma Al-Jufairi received her Bachelor in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar, and her Masters of Science in Project and Enterprises Management from University College London. Over the years, she has worked on major projects in Qatar, ranging from real estate to museums to F&B and most recently, she has been managing leadership education programs for one of Qatar’s leadership institutes. Fatma is also a health coach with a passion for children’s well-being and education.


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Magdalena Bogacz Magdalena Bogacz is a Professor of Philosophy at Bakersfield College. She also teaches critical thinking courses at California State University, Bakersfield. She earned her Master of Arts from KU Leuven in Belgium where she focused her research on the philosophy of science and the replicability crisis in social and psychological sciences. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from CSU, Bakersfield where she did research in cognitive behavioral neuroscience. She is currently working on a logic textbook.


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Calvo David David Calvo is the Principal at Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise. Committed to the ideals of equitable public education, he is a student-centered educator with almost 25 years of predominantly serving minority student populations. Like most of his students, he was a first-generation college student. Entering public education as a teacher’s assistant, he has since worked with multiple schools across the PK-12 continuum in five of the top ten largest school districts in the nation. He has also participated in varying capacities with local, state, and national education and choice agencies. He previously earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Public Administration at Florida International University.

Shaohui (Steve) Chen Shaohui (Steve) Chen is the Director of International Relations for the School of Business at the University of California, Riverside. In his role, he defines the overarching vision and strategy of International student recruitment, program development, and institutional partnerships. Steve holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of California, Riverside, where he was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Nanjing University in China and is fluent in both English and Mandarin.

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.


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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.


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Ryan Gleason Ryan Gleason has a decade of experience as a K-12 administrator in the United States. Having worked as a change leader at the site, county, and district office levels throughout southern California, he offers a unique perspective about preparing the whole-child for college, career, and life-readiness. He is the current Director of Education and Leadership in the Las Virgenes Unified School District and was deeply involved in the creation of the new Las Virgenes Center for Educational Excellence, which offers a continuum of learning opportunities for teachers and administrators.


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Sakinah Harrison Sakinah Harrison is a Program Officer for Education & Learning and Family Economic Security at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. Prior to joining the foundation, Sakinah served as the Vice President of Early Learning and Community Engagement with the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Prior to United Way, Sakinah was Senior Site Manager for The New Teacher Project where she led school reform efforts in partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools. Sakinah holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Dayton.

Chang (Monica) He Chang (Monica) He He is the founder and CEO of Duuno Technology Limited, an online language learning platform for young children. Her other accomplishments include being the winner of the Shenzhen Government Innovation & Entrepreneurship Prize, a seat in the Hong Kong Government’s prestigious Cyberport incubator, and the first runner up in the Global Finals of the University of Chicago’s Alumni New Venture Challenge. Prior to Duuno, Monica was the Director of Institutional Relations and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Chicago. She holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School, a Master of Linguistics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Bachelor if Political Science from the University of Chicago.


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William “Billy” Johnson William “Billy” Johnson serves as the Director of Educational Strategy at The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund. Certified by the State of Connecticut to be a school superintendent, Mr. Johnson has served as Assistant Superintendent, Director of Instruction, Principal, Assistant Principal and Teacher. Mr. Johnson has two master’s degrees, in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University and Special Education from the University of Connecticut. He is also the Founder and President of Partnerships in Sustainable Education, which works with districts and educational organizations in designing, building and implementing strategic initiatives/plans. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in Educational Leadership, a Nonprofit Board Member and Deeper Learning Equity Fellow.


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Chih-Chieh (Cervantes) Lee Chih-Chieh (Cervantes) Lee serves as CEO of RedBridge Capital. He is trained as a real estate, private equity, and restaurant operator. He previously worked for Peking University Founder Group, Panda Express, CBRE Global Investors, AIG Global Real Estate, Colony Capital, and started his career from Arthur Andersen’s Global Corporate Finance in 1999 as the internet analyst. He received an M.S. degree in Real Estate Development from MIT, and an MBA in Finance and BA in Economics (1997) from National Taiwan University. He also spent two years as the second lieutenant of transportation in Taiwan Navy. He served as President of the MIT Club of Southern California in 2018.

Shwu-Yuan (Mandy) Lee Shwu-Yuan (Mandy) Lee is the CEO of JAPIN Group in Taiwan, a founder of nonprofit organizations Miracle-Worker Charity Association and Social Enterprise aim to support disadvantaged families and children, a founder and a trainer of Miracle Worker Self-Development Institute. Mandy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Business Administration from University of Southern California.


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Shamit Patel Shamit Patel is the Founder and Managing Director of AGL and Associates, a management consulting firm specializing in market research and employee engagement. With over 10 years of professional experience, his background consists of a combination of entrepreneurship, business development, and behavioral research predominantly in the technology space. Shamit received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with minors in Entrepreneurship and Organizational Leadership from Rutgers University and his Masters of Science in Applied Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Southern California. His focus is to leverage social science insights to improve the performance of virtual employees, teams, and organizations.


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Bo (Paul) Shao Bo (Paul) Shao is the Managing Director of the joint Executive MBA program between Washington University in St. Louis and Fudan University. Bo oversees the program’s operation in China. The program office under his management is responsible for student enrollment & services, alumni engagement, and the overall program branding in Greater China. Before working in higher education, Bo has had 15 years of experience working in world-renowned research and consulting firms such as AC Nielsen and Interbrand. Bo holds an MBA degree from Washington University in St. Louis.


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Victoria Shiroma Wilson Victoria Shiroma Wilson is the Founder and President of Exceptional Futures Inc, a coaching and leadership development firm focusing on multicultural career empowerment and global leadership and serves clients in higher education, global philanthropy, nonprofit, technology, and life sciences. She holds graduate degrees in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University as well as in Asian studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate degree is in international relations, Japanese, and East Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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Hongdou (Debby) Zhong Hongdou (Debby) Zhong is the founder of the social enterprise Edmmersion Academy which advocates diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) by providing Global Citizenship Education (GCE) related coaching and consulting services for students, teachers, educational institutions and government agencies in China and beyond. Debby is also a Visiting Lecturer at the College of International Studies, Sichuan University. Previously, Debby has worked at the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Office of Global Engagement. She earned her Master of Science degree from University of Southern California, her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of the Arts, London, and her College Diploma from Monash University in Australia.

Jennifer Zinn Jennifer Zinn lives in Denver, Colorado and has served as an instructional leadership coach and Chief Academic Officer. Jenn specializes in supporting student achievement through teacher development, curricular and instructional decision-making, and the design and implementation of reflective practices throughout schools. She has worked as a school principal in Denver Public Schools, KIPP San Antonio Public Schools, and the New York City Department of Education. She earned a Master’s Degree in School Administration and a Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Trinity University.