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.

Participants

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

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Ami Abreu Ami Abreu is currently working for Gwinnett County Public Schools in a cross-categorical special ed PreK classroom. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A.T. from USC. She has professional experience as an ABA therapist, a classroom teacher and a learning support specialist in various settings since 2008, both in the United States and the Dominican Republic. She is certified in the areas of special education, elementary education, preschool, middle grade social studies and has an endorsement in Autism spectrum disorder.

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.

Maha Al Romaihi Maha Al-Romaihi is the Director of one of Qatar Foundation’s Primary Schools. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English language from Qatar University in 2000. She also obtained a Master’s degree in educational leadership from Qatar University in 2009. Recently Maha has finished a one-year program on leadership from Qatar Leadership Center where she engaged in Modules from Harvard Business school, Oxford University and many elite universities around the world. Maha has won the Qatar University “Young Alumni Award” in 2009 for her contributions to education and society and the appreciation of her; being a role model of a successful Qatar University graduate. Maha has 20 years of experience in K-12 education starting her career as homeroom teacher through curriculum coordination, middle management until she was promoted to a school director in 2019.

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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.

Dinghong (Joy) Chen Dinghong (Joy) Chen is TAL Education Group’s US Chief Investment Officer based in Silicon Valley. She supports TAL in its overseas investments, business development, strategic partnership development, etc. Joy is also a limited partner at Blue Elephant Capital and EdBeta fund, two leading early-stage VCs in the China education industry. Joy received her master’s degree from the Indiana University School of Education. She was among the first group of people doing research in online education around the end of last century. Joy is also a Stanford Business School alumnus. She attended Stanford Executive Program in 2015 at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before Joy was the founder of FirstLeap Future Leaders Institute, which was acquired by TAL in 2015. She has also worked for consulting company Ernst & Young, and Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft and Verizon. Joy is also an author. She has published three books and is a columnist for several magazines. Her writing focuses on parenting and education.

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.

Barrone Conkrite Barrone Conkrite earned his bachelor from the University of California, Davis double majoring in Dietetics and African & African American Studies. He earned his MPH from the University of California Los Angeles and a second Bachelor’s in Education from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, specializing in Islamic Law. Before moving to Saudi Arabia, he was the Senior Health Educator for the Acute Communicable Disease Control Unit of the Los Angeles County Department of Health. He currently works for the Education & Training Evaluation Commission’s (ETEC) National Center for Academic Accreditation and evAluation (NCAAA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as an Accreditation Process Specialist. He spent 15 years working in the USA in various scientific research & health education capacities and has spent the last 19 years working abroad primarily in education and quality assurance. He held the CPHQ certification for seven years and became a certified Level 2 Crossfit Trainer (CF-L2) in 2018.

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Ida Dalessandro-Felix Ida Dalessandro-Felix is the Director of Leadership Development for the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. Bearing the Presidential Seal, the PMF Program is the Federal Government’s flagship leadership development program for advanced degree holders positioned to recruit top talent and develop a cadre of future government leaders. Administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) The PMF Leadership Development Program (PMF LDP) is designed to support a PMF’s leadership journey during their two-year fellowship. Ida has been employed at OPM for the past 10 years and prior to government, held management positions in the private sector for 25 years. Ida holds a master’s degree in Organization Development from Bowling Green State University, a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Geneva College and an undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Pennsylvania State University.

Rebecca Dinda Rebecca Dinda has over two decades of experience as a K-12 educator in the United States. Most recently having worked as a Principal for Downtown Miami Charter School, a Title 1 elementary school in Miami, Florida. Prior to that she served as a Director of Education for Charter Schools USA and has previous experience as an Assistant Principal and a School Counselor. She has recently opened a professional coaching practice, RAD Coaching which focuses on co-actively working with clients on lifestyle, career, and leadership goals. At the same time, she is a Board Member and Treasurer for Rethink Forward, Inc, which was recently approved to open Nashville Collegiate Prep in Nashville, Tennessee. She volunteers on Accreditation Engagement Teams for Cognia as well as a reading tutor through TutorMate. Rebecca offers a unique perspective as she has worked with traditional public schools as well as public charters in several diverse communities with varying needs. She holds a 6th Year Degree from Central Connecticut State University, a Master’s degree from the Florida International University and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Miami.

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Sonya Earley Sonya Earley is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California where she serves as a Medical Student Educator in the field of Internal Medicine. Professor Earley attended the University of California at Los Angeles and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Kinesiology and Human Science. Professor Earley completed her post-graduate studies and Physician Assistant Certification at Charles R. Drew University of Science and is currently serving her third term as a gubernatorial appointee on the California State Physician Assistant Board. She holds a Master’s degree in Biology from California State University, Dominguez Hills, completed a Pediatric Residency at LAC + USC Medical Center, and is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist.

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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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DeVonne Iao DeVonne Iao is the Vice President of Advertising, Brand Management and Visual Media at Sands China Ltd. (HKEx: 1928), a subsidiary of Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) and the leading developer, owner and operator of multi-use integrated resorts and casinos in Macau. With over 20 years of experience in the marketing and hospitality industries, DeVonne specializes in market development and brand building through consumer and partner education based on insights-led content and strategic communications. Born and raised in Asia, DeVonne has lived and studied in the US, and worked across various countries. She earned a Master of International Business from Seattle University and her Bachelor’s in Biology and Anthropology from Western Washington University.

Rachel Iheanacho Rachel Iheanacho is the founder and CEO of GREAT Prep, an educational services company that provides test preparation for the ACT and classroom management training. Her focus is the effective preparation and development of high school students interested in STEM careers. Rachel holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Louisiana State University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Iowa State University. Prior to pursuing a career in education, she had 10 years of professional experience as an engineer in manufacturing and industrial gases companies.

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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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Mariana Kou Mariana Kou is executive director and CEO of Research Study Education Group. Prior to this role, she was an award-winning equity research analyst specializing in the China education industry and the global luxury goods sector. Mariana started her banking career in New York at Lehman Brothers, and was most recently Head of China Education and HK Consumer Research at brokerage and investment group CLSA. In 2020, she published her first book “Investing in Dragons: Education Industry and Capital Markets”. Mariana was appointed Senator for China by the World Business Angels Investment Forum, an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) in Jun 2020. Mariana holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a graduate of Stanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate program. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with magna cum laude and Raymond P. Kent Award. She is a CFA charter holder and a member of global business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma and economics honor society Omicron Delta Epsilon.

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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.

Yi (Linda) Li Yi (Linda) 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, Committee Member of the Shenzhen Youth Federation, and Member of the International Association for College Admissions Counseling and China ICEF Trained Agent Counsellor (CITAC).

Qiuhui (Kellia) Liu Qiuhui (Kellia) Liu is a CEO of two international education companies. In one company, she oversees several international departments of a Chinese university and high schools. Her other company is concentrated on real estate and education investments in the U.S., Singapore, and China. Kellia received her MBA from Edinburgh Business School. She was named Outstanding Alumnus of her entire cohort and scored the highest marks among the top successive students. She also holds a BA in Business Administration from China. Kellia is a strong advocate in reducing the inequality gap in higher education and believes that everyone should have access to the best quality of education regardless of ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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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.

Belinda Penn Belinda Penn is an Assistant Principal at Sherwood High School in Montgomery County. Prior to becoming an administrator, Belinda served as a Resource Counselor in Montgomery County, a College Counselor at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School, Capitol Hill Campus and an Academic Advisor in Abu Dhabi at The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls. Belinda has also worked as a Special Education teacher at T.C. Williams High School. Belinda holds an Ed.S. in education administration from Old Dominion University, a master’s degree in Counseling Education from Virginia State University and a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia State University.

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Kathryn Rogers Kathryn Rogers currently serves as the Vice President of Community Outreach and Engagement at the Charles Butt Charitable Foundation in San Antonio, Texas. Kate graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising and Public Relations from Texas Christian University and received her Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Kate spent almost 20 years in marketing and communications at H-E-B, one of the largest privately held retail chains in the country before transitioning to pursue her passion in public education. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the founding President of the Holdsworth Center, a leadership institute for public school professionals located in Austin, Texas. Kate also serves on the board of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation and chairs its workforce committee which oversees the program she developed called SA Works, connecting local employers with the p-16 system.

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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.

Jeff Shultz Jeff Shultz is the Director of Information Systems at Green Dot Public Schools. He originally joined Green Dot as PowerSchool Administrator in 2007 and subsequently was promoted to Applications Engineer, Senior Applications Engineer, and Senior Data Systems Manager. Jeff and his team of sys admins are charged with implementation, administration, and support of varied systems including PowerSchool, Workday, GSuite, and many more. Jeff began his career at the California Psychological Association where he worked his way up to IT Director over his 7-year tenure. Jeff has a Bachelor’s in Social Science from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master’s in Science and Technology Leadership from Brown University.

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Jihad Turk Jihad Turk is the founding President and CEO of Bayan Islamic Graduate School, America’s first Muslim graduate school to offer accredited Master’s degrees in the fields of Islamic Studies, Education, Chaplaincy and Leadership. He is a sought-after national speaker on issues related Islam, Muslims in America, Muslim Reform Movements, Ethical Leadership, and Spiritual and Identity Formation of Youth. He completed his undergraduate study at the University of California, Berkeley where he received his B.A. degree in History and Arabic. Jihad completed his master’s degree at the University of Texas, Austin in Arabic and Islamic law and jurisprudence. Jihad has been consulted by the White House and has traveled around the world for the U.S. State Department to speak to Muslim communities abroad and represent the American Muslim Community. Jihad is a member of the USINDO, an NGO that aims to strengthen ties between the US and Indonesia. Jihad has been profiled on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, regularly appears on NPR and other news outlets and was most recently recognized as one of the 500 Most Influential People in Los Angeles by the LA Business Journal.

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He Wang He Wang is the Principal at Shenzhen Vanke Meisha Academy International in Shenzhen, China. She earned both a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Chinese Language and Literature from North East Normal University of China.

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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Yingjia Zheng Yingjia Zheng is a senior management member of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen). She was a Mandarin Language lecturer at Gettysburg College, USA. Later she served as the head of Curriculum and Scholarship Office of Yenching Academy of Peking University aiming to build bridges between China and the rest of the world through an interdisciplinary master’s program in China Studies. Yingjia received her Bachelor of Arts in Chinese language and literature from Shenzhen University, Master of Science in TESOL program from University of Rochester, and then TCSOL program from Columbia University in the city of New York.

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.