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Daniel Niven

Daniel Nivern

CEO

Daniel Niven

Daniel Nivern

CEO

Daniel studied French and German at Oxford University (Keble) and obtained a Masters Degree in International Management for China from the University of London (SOAS). He taught at a university in Hebei Province and worked with Exxon Mobil in the UK, before co-founding CRCC Asia in London in 2006. Daniel set up and managed the CRCC Asia offices in Beijing and Shanghai between 2007 and 2012, overseeing the operations of placing 4000 international students in internships in China.

Since 2012, he has been located in San Francisco where he works with global universities and institutions to develop their strategies for running internship programs In China. Daniel has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Guardian and The Sunday Times for his work with China and he was the main role in a documentary on doing business with China for American TV. He has presented on the subject of internships in China at various conferences worldwide including NAFSA: The Association of International Educators, The Forum on Education Abroad and The Global Internship Conference.

Daniel was listed as a UK Government connector, with the role of encouraging entrepreneurship amongst young Brits, he was the Vice President of the Oxford Cambridge Club Beijing, is one of the founding members of the China Advisers Network and is a member of the 48 Group Club, committed to the development of relations between China and the West. He speaks French, German and Chinese, is a keen follower of international affairs and enjoys sports, foreign cinema and travel.

Edward Holroyd Pearce

Edward Holroyd Pearce

CMO

Edward Holroyd Pearce

Edward Holroyd Pearce

CMO

Edward read Oriental Studies (Chinese) at Trinity College, Cambridge and has a Masters of Science in International Management from the University of London (SOAS). He is fluent in Mandarin, having studied at Beijing University and also in Singapore.  Edward initially held a position as an assistant manager at China Eastern Airlines before moving to an asset management company with over US$2Billion under management, where he specialized in investments into China.

Edward co-founded CRCC Asia in 2006 and has been heavily involved in various M&A projects, company due diligence and strategic analysis.  He has been published in print and in media such as Businessweek, The Sunday Times and the BBC.  Edward is a founding member of the China Advisers Network, a committee member of the China-Britain Youth Association and plays an active role in other China related societies in London and in San Francisco. He is also co-chair of the Young Icebreakers and has been responsible for running the Young Icebreakers Annual Dinner for the last two years. Edward is a trustee of the Karen Hilltribes Trust, providing water and sanitation to villages in North Thailand.

Thomas Kirkwood

Thomas Kirkwood

Director

Thomas Kirkwood

Thomas Kirkwood

Director

Tom was born in Thailand in 1967 and educated in Singapore, Pennsylvania and England. He has an MA degree in Oriental Studies (Chinese) from Cambridge University and wrote his Master’s dissertation on “China’s Oil & Gas Development Strategy”.

Tom began his career at the emerging Markets Group of Wall Street investment bank, Wasserstein, Perella & Co. In 1991 he moved to China where he established several businesses in oil & gas, property, telecommunications and investment. He is the owner of Kirkwood & Sons LLP, a board member of Sino Geophysical, a shareholder in Yeepay and an adviser on energy matters to KW&Co.

Tom is fluent in written and spoken Mandarin Chinese and his interests include family time, oil and gas exploration, geophysics, fly-fishing, ice hockey and tennis. Tom and his wife Kate have been involved in co-sponsoring China’s first private charity for the blind (The Bright Angel Fund) and are active supporters of the Peace Corps and Special Olympics in China.

Luise Schafer

Luise Schafer

Senior Adviser

Luise Schafer

Luise Schafer

Senior Adviser

Luise Schafer is a senior international executive with 30 years’ professional experience of China. A literate and fluent Chinese speaker, completing postgraduate studies in Beijing in 1983, she is a sought-after commentator on China’s business environment. Her early career included positions at American and Japanese technology firms in Beijing, followed by a Consultancy role assisting British companies break into the China market. A stint as First Secretary, Commercial at the Embassy in Beijing in the 1990′s allowed Luise to lead on a broad commercial portfolio, building UK-China partnerships across a range of key industries and ministries. She successfully led on the visit of the British Deputy Prime Minister in 1996 in the run-up to Hong Kong’s handover and brought to signature an important bilateral maritime treaty opening up huge commercial opportunities to UK shipping.

Latterly head hunted into the Abacus Group, as Vice Chairman of Abacus’s China operations she grew the business and brand significantly over 15 years, in China and E. Asia, and in 2010 delivered on a new, larger greenfield design/manufacturing facility in Shanghai.

Luise is the immediate past-Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and has held a number of other board positions, in the past, including Vice Chair at The 48 Group. She was honored at the Chinese Embassy in London in 2010 with an award acknowledging her deep contribution to Sino-British relations.

Luise was honoured with an OBE in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List for services to British business in China.

Andrew Radelet

Andrew Radelet

USA Admissions Advisor

Andrew Radelet

Andrew Radelet

USA Admissions Advisor

Andy is a native of the northwest suburbs of Chicago and graduated in 2017 from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Chinese. He spent Summer 2016 in Beijing as a CRCC program participant as well as extensively backpacking throughout China via The Dragon Trip. He joined our team in June 2017 determined to help provide students with meaningful international travel experiences.
In his leisure time, he is passionate about traveling, supporting his sports teams, boating/wake surfing, and learning about new cultures.
Chris Wearden

Chris Wearden

UK & Europe Admissions Manager

Chris Wearden

Chris Wearden

UK & Europe Admissions Manager

Chris is responsible for managing student applications, conducting telephone interviews and overseeing the admissions process for CRCC Asia’s internship programs.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds and a Masters in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), specialising in Korean history. Prior to joining CRCC Asia Chris lived in South Korea for two years, after which he worked at the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency in London. Outside work Chris is a keen footballer and hiker, and also has a strong interest in foreign cultures and languages.

Matt Bolton

Matthew Bolton

UK Admissions

Matt Bolton

Matthew Bolton

UK Admissions

Matthew joined CRCC Asia as the UK Regional Assistant in 2015 and provides support to the UK Regional Manager and the rest of the London team. He is responsible for processing applications, visas, and pre-departure arrangements.

Matthew is currently studying Politics, Philosophy and History at Birkbeck, University of London, and enjoys the range of perspectives multiple subjects allow him to discover. Outside work Matthew enjoys cricket, ancient history and live music/theatre. He is excited by the opportunity to help others gain a wider view of the world and support CRCC Asia in developing UK-China relations.

Jason-Kan

Jason Kan

Director of Business Operations

Jason-Kan

Jason Kan

Director of Business Operations

Jason is from the UK and graduated in 2010 from Warwick University with a BA in Politics and International Studies. He spent two years on the Barclays Investment Bank graduate scheme focusing on risk management, before embarking on a one year round-the-world trip which incorporated being a CRCC programme participant in Shanghai. Upon completion of his travels, he accepted the role of Partnership Manager at a London-based startup specialising in online graduate recruitment.

Alongside his passion for travelling, Jason has an eclectic mix of interests that include personal fitness, sport, amateur theatre, and eating out.

Veronika Vadovicova

Veronika Vadovicova

Shanghai General Manager

Veronika Vadovicova

Veronika Vadovicova

Shanghai General Manager

Veronika comes from Slovakia but throughout her studies she has lived in Austria, in the UK and in China. In 2012 she graduated from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor Degree in Chinese and Business Management. After her studies she came back to Slovakia to work for an IT company but in less than a year she made a decision to come back to China to pursue a Master Degree in Chinese Economy at Fudan University.

She started working for CRCC Asia’s Program Management team in November 2014 and later transitioned to the Business Development team as a Business Development Manager. In September 2016, Veronika transitioned to her new role of Shanghai General Manager.

Veronika loves delicious food from all over the world, exotic travel destinations and she definitely cannot live without sports and exercise.

Megan Swanick

Megan Swanick

Director of Institutional Relations

Megan Swanick

Megan Swanick

Director of Institutional Relations

Megan grew up outside of Philadelphia and attended college at The University of Maryland, College Park. Megan spent two years after graduation in Southeast Asia working in first Thailand and then Myanmar. Megan then returned to The United States determined to encourage and facilitate meaningful international experiences for students. Before joining CRCC Asia, Megan pursued her passion for international education as a study abroad advisor for college students in New York City at Brooklyn College

Megan’s past travels include going to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup, backpacking through Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and traveling all around Southeast Asia. In her free time Megan likes to explore the outdoors, explore the arts, and plan her next trip.

Matthew Rowett

Matthew Rowett

Director of Admissions

Matthew Rowett

Matthew Rowett

Director of Admissions

Matt is originally from the Bay Area but went to school at Whitman College in Washington State.  He graduated with a BA in Asian Studies after studying Chinese language, politics, and history, and completing his undergraduate thesis in Taiwan.  After graduating he participated in the Whitman In China Teaching fellowship and taught English to undergraduate and graduate students at Yunnan University in Kunming, China.

He has traveled extensively around Asia including backpacking in the lower Himalayas, scuba diving in the Philippines and studying in Taiwan.  In his spare time he is a swimmer, surfer and aspiring chef. Future travel plans include Japan, Korea and Indonesia.

Tingting Tsang

Tingting Tsang

Business Development Manager

Tingting Tsang

Tingting Tsang

Business Development Manager

After graduating from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Tingting joined CRCC Asia, where she aims to both gain experience and work with great colleagues in a multicultural environment.

Before joining CRCC as a full timer, she was a BD intern. She likes communicating with others, learning more about different cultures and believes that working in CRCC can get her prepared for more.She also enjoys playing basketball, biking and watching NBA games.

Joel Senecal

Joel Senecal

Business Development Manager

Joel Senecal

Joel Senecal

Business Development Manager

Originally from the United States’ Pacific Northwest, Joel first came to southern China on a travel-study program in 2011. Since that first introduction, he has become an avid China watcher and nonstop drinker of Yunnan teas.

After finishing his undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies at Whitman College, Joel promptly moved to Kunming to begin his career in China. He’s spent the intermittent period working and traveling around China and Asia, where he plans to make a fruitful future for himself.

Cat Hanson

Cat Hanson

Program Manager

Cat Hanson

Cat Hanson

Program Manager

Cat studied at the University of Manchester and Tsinghua University in Beijing before graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Chinese Studies. She worked in Anhui province before moving to Shanghai to become a Program Manager for CRCC Asia. She loves meeting new interns every month and hearing about their goals and stories.

Cat's favourite China memories include visiting the Harbin Ice Festival in minus thirty degree weather, archery in Inner Mongolia, and fishing in the Anhui countryside.

Mengdi Zhao

Mandy Zhao

Business Development Manager

Mengdi Zhao

Mandy Zhao

Business Development Manager

Mandy is responsible for organizing and overseeing all aspects of our internship programs, including living arrangements, events and activities, host company relationships, and other logistics. Mandy is from Nanjing and graduated from the University of Manchester with a master’s degree in Business Analysis and Strategic Management.

Previously she graduated with a Bsc degree in Financial Management from Hohai University, Nanjing. She previously has worked in market research and finance sectors in both UK and China. She was also a part-time football news editor for one year and enjoys sports and music in her spare time.

Grace Abba

Grace Abbà

Europe University Partnerships Manager

Grace Abba

Grace Abbà

Europe University Partnerships Manager

Grace is responsible for the Italian and Spanish Marketing and pre-departure processes for interns from Italy and Spain. This involves managing the visa process and day-to-day liaison with future interns and with CRCC Asia’s global teams. Grace attends the pre-departure drinks evening run by CRCC Asia giving program participants the chance to meet and ask any last-minute questions before they depart to China. She is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with Italian universities, other institutions and alumni. In addition to this Grace is responsible for organising and conducting university outreach trips and sourcing new advertising platforms, bringing CRCC Asia programs to as many students and graduates as possible in Italy and Spain.

Grace is studying oriental languages at Università Ca’Foscari in Venice. Since she was young she had a passion for foreign countries, cultures and languages, and thus decided to undertake a degree in foreign languages. She speaks Italian, English, German and French. After high school, thanks to her passion for English language and culture she decided to move to London to work and gain an experience outside of Italy. She eventually started studying Japanese and Korean at Università Ca’Foscari and is now based in our London office.

Stephanie Xu

Stephanie Xu

Senior Business Development Manager

Stephanie Xu

Stephanie Xu

Senior Business Development Manager

Stephanie is originally from Beijing and has worked in the city for most of her professional career. She has spent time travelling in Thailand and throughout China. Before joining CRCC Asia she worked in the Education sector for more than 5 years- recruiting English teachers to Beijing.

Stephanie enjoys socializing with her friends, sports (especially swimming) and participating in Chinese Karaoke (KTV)! She likes working in an international environment and seeing projects through to completion.

Oliver Wessely

Oliver Wessely

Beijing General Manager

Oliver Wessely

Oliver Wessely

Beijing General Manager

Sunny Tang

Sunny Tang

Administrative Assistant

Sunny Tang

Sunny Tang

Administrative Assistant

I’m Sunny, from Zhejiang Province. I graduated from Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce with a major is international economics and trade. I like playing badminton and travelling and I often stay at home on the weekends. I’m outgoing and love to smile. In my opinion, everything is possible if you try.

Simona Lu

Simona Lu

Finance & Operations Manager

Simona Lu

Simona Lu

Finance & Operations Manager

In her role with the CRCC Asia Shanghai office, Simona coordinates budget projections, manages payments, and oversees other accounting processes required our internship programs in Shanghai. Simona is a fresh post-graduate from Ecust. She majored in Accounting for her Bachelor’s degree and decided to learn something new by studying International Politics for her Masters degree.

She has internship experience in different departments of foreign companies and domestic start-ups, such as HR, Admin. and Procurement; She is a self-described extrovert, tends to think about things from a different perspective, and is always willing to communicate with others to ensure a successful experience of planning activities between companies.

Suki Wen

Suki Wen

Shenzhen General Manager

Suki Wen

Suki Wen

Shenzhen General Manager

Suki graduated from Shanghai Ocean University with a Bachelor of Marketing Management Degree. She subsequently studied an Master Degree at the ESC Rennes School of Business in Rennes, France.

After her experience studying in France, Suki was determined to improve her cultural awareness and gain experience working in an international organisation.

Shaun Butcher

Shaun Butcher

UK University Partnerships & Marketing Manager

Shaun Butcher

Shaun Butcher

UK University Partnerships & Marketing Manager

Shaun graduated with a degree in History from Newcastle University in 2013 and then spent a year working as an English Language Assistant in Tianjin, China. Having thoroughly enjoyed his first year in China, Shaun decided to stay and subsequently taught English to undergraduates at a university in Wuhan. Whilst there, Shaun studied Mandarin Chinese and passed the HSK4 exams. Shaun then returned to the UK to complete postgraduate studies in Law at the University of Sheffield.

Shaun has extensive experience in the international education sector and is passionate about UK-China relations. He has worked on summer programs in the UK, the USA, and China for over 6 years. Shaun is also a proud CRCC alumnus and completed a 2-month internship based in Beijing in summer 2016.

Charlotte Davies

Charlotte Davies

Digital Marketing Manager

Charlotte Davies

Charlotte Davies

Digital Marketing Manager

Amanda Reynolds

Amanda Reynolds

University Partnerships Manager

Amanda Reynolds

Amanda Reynolds

University Partnerships Manager

Amanda earned her B.A. at Gettysburg College where she studied Spanish and International Relations. While at Gettysburg College, she studied abroad in Spain and did a summer internship in Nicaragua. After graduation, she worked as a consultant for private high schools in the United States who were developing international student programs and recruiting abroad in China. She became even more interested in international education and decided to return to school for a M.A. in International Education and Intercultural Relations at Lesley University. During graduate school and afterward, she worked at Boston University’s ESL school in admissions. She is passionate about working with students looking to gain international experience and knowledge.

Amanda tries to travel as much as possible, both in the United States and internationally. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and baking.

Edward Pitcher

Edward Pitcher

Director of Program Operations

Edward Pitcher

Edward Pitcher

Director of Program Operations

Edward is originally from Leeds, England. Whilst studying at the University of Nottingham he developed an interest in Chinese politics, culture and history which was furthered by visiting China upon graduation.

Edward has an international background and has spent time living and working in Ghana, Italy and Australia. Prior to moving to Beijing Edward was working as the UK Marketing and PR Coordinator in CRCC Asia’s London Office.

In his free time Edward enjoys sport, food and travelling.

Dominic Palazzolo

Dominic Palazzolo

Director of Global Initiatives

Dominic Palazzolo

Dominic Palazzolo

Director of Global Initiatives

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Dominic’s journey has taken him to San Francisco, Washington DC, Tampa, back to San Francisco and finally Amsterdam. Dominic has managed university partnerships with US and international institutions; as well as, created multiple internship programs in Amsterdam, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Madrid, Reykjavik and Prague, Manchester - and finally, Tokyo and Ho Chi Minh.
 

In his leisure time, Dominic is passionate about oenology, supporting his football clubs, and taking lengthy rail journeys with his wife, baby boy and dog.

Alexander McLean

Alexander McLean

Partnership & Admissions Manager

Alexander McLean

Alexander McLean

Partnership & Admissions Manager

Alex has traveled around Australia, living in multiple cities and towns. He attended Griffith University and completed a bachelor of Business and Arts graduating with a double major of Marketing and Sociology. In 2015 Alex attended the CRCC Program in Beijing for 3 months working for an NGO, applying his marketing skills to the company and extending their reach into the western world of media. This experience has led to him joining the CRCC Asia in the Australian region.

Alex loves to travel and has been to China multiple times for personal trips, as well as Nepal and India. Alex has fell in love with the Asia region, and always willing to speak about his experiences.

Stephanie Landes

Stephanie Landes

Program Coordinator

Stephanie Landes

Stephanie Landes

Program Coordinator


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