Daniel has a long held passion for foreign languages and culture, studying French and German at The University of Oxford, and spending a year living on the border of France and Germany, in Strasbourg and Freiburg. As his interest and attention turned to Asia, he completed a Masters Degree in International Management for China from the University of London (SOAS) and taught at a university in Hebei Province and a private school in Fujian Province.
Daniel co-founded CRCC Asia in 2006 and moved to China to launch CRCC Asia’s programs in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, overseeing the placement of 4000 students in internships in China between 2007 and 2012. In recent years, he has been located in the USA, where he works with the CRCC Asia teams globally to develop global partnerships and to refine best practises for running optimal international internship programs in Asia, helping students to improve their employability and enhance their cultural awareness. Daniel has helped to form lasting partnership programs with the Ministry of Education in China, The British Council and the Israeli Embassy in Beijing. He has been featured on CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Guardian and The Sunday Times for his work with China and has presented on the subject of internships in Asia at various conferences including NAFSA: The Association of International Educators, The Forum on Education Abroad, The Global Internship Conference and at The House of Lords (UK).
Daniel has acted in a number of voluntary roles, including being a UK Government connector, with the role of encouraging entrepreneurship amongst young Brits, the Vice President of the Oxford Cambridge Club Beijing, a founding member of the China Advisers Network and an early Founder of the China-US Entrepreneurship Club. He speaks French, German and Chinese, is a keen follower of international affairs and politics and enjoys all sports, most notably as an avid Manchester United fan, a boxing enthusiast, and a new convert to American football (Go Eagles!). Above all else, he most enjoys time with his wife Danielle and young son, Hugo.
Edward Holroyd Pearce
CFO & CMO
Ed’s passion for travel and Asia started early – at age 8, his mother sent him to Greece unaccompanied to stay with a Greek family. At 12, he started to learn Japanese, later switching to focus on Chinese which became his Major at Cambridge University. He still managed a GCSE in Japanese, and also speaks conversational Thai and fluent Spanish. He later achieved a Masters of Science in International Management from the University of London (SOAS).
He has lived in several countries throughout Asia (and spent his honeymoon in Vietnam), and has a real passion for the culture, food and language of the many places he has visited. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of worldwide cultures, and considering how they might improve the employability and global confidence of today’s students and graduates.
Ed 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. Ed has undertaken voluntary roles at the Young Icebreakers, part of the 48 Group Club, improving understanding between China and the UK, and he has also been a trustee at the Karen Hilltribes Trust, working to improve education, sanitation and health in Northern Thailand. Ed is currently studying for an executive MBA at Cass Business School in London.
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.
J. David Armstrong, Jr. is the sixth president of Broward College, one of the largest and most diverse institutions in America, with 63,000 students across 11 campuses and centers in South Florida. With more than 33 years of experience as a state and national leader in higher education and economic development, President Armstrong recently celebrated ten years leading the College.
With a strong commitment to the community, a business owner’s understanding of the evolving workforce landscape and the changing role of higher education, President Armstrong has led a redesign of the College to focus on new programs that better address skills gaps for students and employers. Several workforce bachelor’s degrees, for example, have been added in the fields of information technology, nursing, supply chain management, education, and aerospace science.
President Armstrong serves in a variety of positions with non-profit, workforce and educational organizations. He is currently the co-chair for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Six Pillars Economic Program and serves on the Board of Directors for the Broward Workshop, the Broward College Foundation, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), Fulbright Scholar Program. He is also past chairman of Leadership Florida and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.
After practising as a corporate lawyer with CMS in London, Marcus Shapiro pursued a 25 year investment banking career with Charterhouse Bank, Crédit Commercial de France and HSBC in London and New York, and ran his own M&A advisory firm, Amethyst Corporate Finance, prior to immigrating to Canada in 2014. Since then, he has pursued a variety of roles assisting growth companies achieve their objectives, including serving as Chair of fintech company, Katipult Technology Corp (TSXV: FUND), and serving on the Advisory Boards of Bit Stew Systems Inc. (sold to GE for $200mm), NovoBind Livestock Therapeutics and SHM Controls, and he is currently Chair of the Advisory Board of Sikeleli Africa Safaris. In addition, he has operated as a Trustee of the West Vancouver Memorial Library and as a Director of the West Vancouver Library Foundation, among his voluntary roles.
Symone D. Sanders
Symone D. Sanders is a strategist who served as the youngest presidential press secretary on record for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. In recognition of her outstanding achievements, Symone was featured on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election. As a CRCC Asia Beijing Program Alumni, Symone has a deep understanding of the intern experience, providing key insight in her role as a Senior Adviser.
A communicator with a passion for juvenile justice, Symone is the former chair of the Coalition of Juvenile Justice Emerging Leaders Committee and former member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice. While serving on the committees, Symone worked to bring millennial perspectives to policy conversations. Now, Symone draws from her experience on the national stage to provide perceptive analysis and results-oriented problem solving on political and social issues. Through her work, Symone challenges the conventional wisdom that strong communities are only defined by what we have in common. Instead, she outlines the way our differences contribute to effective social movements and impactful media narratives.
Symone has been featured on NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, BET, TV One and currently can be seen on CNN as a Political Commentator. She has been profiled in the Washington Post, the New Yorker, ESSENCE Magazine and ELLE.
Rachael Criso, PhD
In her role within the LSA Opportunity Hub at the University of Michigan, Rachael leads the Global Opportunities team that strives to provide quality international work and volunteer experiences for students enrolled in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Rachael sources international internships in over 20 countries, often connecting students with international UM alumni who serve as local mentors. Rachael is expanding the program to include: English as a Second Language training workshops, the Touchdown Series (survival language and culture instruction for departing interns), and Global Immersions (group visits to Global UM alumni in their workspace to learn about their industry). Rachael maintains strong ties with colleagues, partners, and UM alumni across the global in order to enhance the experiential component of the University of Michigan undergraduate experience.
Rachael has been placing UM students in international internships since 2001; 140 were placed summer 2016 and the projection for 2017 is 200+. Having placed more than 500 students, she has witnessed how adaptable and effective liberal arts undergraduates can be in off-campus, out-of-country, out-of-comfort zone work situations; and how much they can learn from these transformative experiences.
Rachael also serves as a faculty member in the UM Romance Languages & Literatures department, teaching courses in Business French. In addition, she has developed the curriculum for two UM internship classes that prepare students to live and work abroad, connecting the practical experience they will gain with their undergraduate studies and career path.
Luise Schafer OBE
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.
Rhys Palmer is Deputy Head of International Strategic Engagement at UNSW Sydney, providing high-level advice to the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) to ensure an outcomes approach to strategic international engagement and global partnerships. Working with key University stakeholders and the University’s offshore teams in China, India and beyond, Rhys is charged with ensuring UNSW’s international strategy delivers profile, impact, and funding to position the University as a global partner of choice.
Prior to joining UNSW Sydney, Rhys held the positions of Director of Strategic Institution Relations (Greater China), Director of Confucius Institute, and Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the University of Newcastle Australia. He has extensive experience in providing high-level strategic advice on China relations including institutional partnerships, business development, industry and government relations, strategic projects, marketing, and recruitment.
As a former member of the Executive Committee of the NSW Australia China Business Council (2011-2018) he has actively contributed to the Sino-Australian trade and investment relationship and was instrumental in establishing the CRCC Asia’s first Australian University Partnership with the University of Newcastle.
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.
Director of Programs
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.
Director of University Partnerships
Director of Global Initiatives
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.
Director of Finance
Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, Katina completed her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 2013. Her experience studying in Berlin, Germany led her to believe deeply in the value of education abroad, and she decided to begin a career in student travel shortly after her studies. She has worked with diverse student populations, from school-age children to MBA candidates to student athletes, and she has enjoyed being a part of some of the most impactful experiences in these individuals' lives. Katina's family is from southern Germany and southern California, and she has traveled throughout Europe, Latin America and the United States. She speaks fluent German and some Spanish and French.
University Partnerships Manager (UK & Europe)
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.
Asia-Pacific University Relations 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.
University Partnerships Manager - Americas
As a communications and advertising graduate from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Jessica started her career as a digital marketer. Though she very much enjoyed the creative, engaging nature of the industry, after a few years, she realized that her true passion lies within education abroad.
Throughout her high school and college careers, Jessica had the opportunity to travel to 6 different countries before studying abroad in Florence, Italy and ultimately adding 3 more countries to that number. Educational experiences abroad have impacted and shaped her life immensely, and so her professional mission is to help others see the value in similar experiences.
University Partnerships Manager - Americas
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) in 2017. Prior to her undergraduate studies Danielle spent six months working in orphanages in El Salvador and Guatemala. While at PBA Danielle worked in the Center for Experiential Learning for four years and studied abroad at the University of Roehampton in London. These experiences helped her realize her passion for international education and upon graduating she became the Coordinator for Experiential Learning at her alma mater for two years before coming to CRCC Asia. Danielle is currently working on an M.A. in Intercultural Studies at Biola University.
Throughout college and her professional career, she has had the opportunity to travel to fourteen countries. In addition to travelling, Danielle enjoys reading, yoga, spending time outdoors, cooking vegan dishes, and a good cup of tea.
Head of Digital Marketing
Matthew, although British, has spent most of his life living overseas. Up until the age of 13, Matthew lived in Staffordshire in the humble town of Leek. He was approached by his father one afternoon explaining that they would all be moving to China for the foreseeable future in a matter of weeks. This changed his life forever. By the age of 17, Matthew was now proficient in Mandarin and completing his final years of the International Baccalaureate at Dulwich College Shanghai. Matthew then moved back to the UK to attend The University of Manchester studying Business and Management with Chinese. During this time, he also founded The Chairman's Bao - a Chinese newspaper for Mandarin learners. Fast-forward a few more years and now Matthew is seeking new and exciting opportunities in fields related to what he loves and knows best - Asia. CRCC Asia was the perfect fit.
Head of Program Development
Andrea is originally from Barcelona, Spain. Her family then moved to Cambridge (UK) when she was 10 years old. Andrea studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2016. She thoroughly enjoyed her time at University, and was a committee member for a number of societies, such as the Politics Society and the University Events Management Committee. After graduating, Andrea worked in Sheffield for a few months before spending a number of months traveling different regions. Andrea enjoyed visiting South America, North America and Europe. She has a real passion for traveling, enjoys interior design and is always on the lookout for new and exciting food hot spots.
Shenzhen General Manager
David grew up in South Tyneside in the north of England and graduated from Newcastle University with a Bachelors degree in History and Politics in 2012. It was during the summer of his second year of University that he first visited Xi'an in China on a volunteer internship program and fell in love with the country. After graduating from university, David moved to China and has lived there ever since, first in the northern city of Tianjin, and later moving to Guangdong province, Shenzhen. David has worked in a number of professional roles in China, for the British Council, INTO University Partnerships, and SF Express. In addition to his interest in Chinese history and culture, David is also a student of the Chinese language and spent time studying Mandarin at Tianjin Normal University. Outside of work David has traveled extensively within mainland China, and other Asian countries. He also enjoys cooking, and reading, particularly on history, international politics and current affairs.
Seoul General Manager
Claire was born in Daegu which is in the southern part of Korea. Claire used to study in Australia and America in a middle school and a high school. She went to the oldest university in Asia called Sungkyunkwan University, which has a very oriental yet global environment. Claire made friends with many foreign students and took part in many different opportunities and found the experience to be one of the most interesting things she'd ever done. Since then, she always takes herself to a global environment through travel and work. After graduation, she worked in Singapore as a business development executive for HR solution company and a career consultant for Korean young professionals.
Osaka General Manager
Kevin grew up in London and after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a Law degree his passion for building new relationships and connecting people has led him to work in sales at Japanese trading companies and the recruitment industry.
With Japanese background on his father's side he has always had a deep affinity with the country and his love for the culture, warm-hearted environment and great cuisine found in Osaka has led him to move there in 2017.
Kevin has been a keen musician since the age of 5 and on the weekends he enjoys finding new undiscovered places in around Osaka and Kyoto.
Shanghai General Manager
While originally from the Chicago area, Allison received her BA in International Affairs and Communication Studies from Marquette University before continuing on to King's College, London where she earned her MA in Education, Policy and Society.
She has a long history of studying and living abroad, including time spent in Costa Rica, Spain, the UK and China. She originally fell in love with China in 2010 when she traveled to the Shanghai World Expo, before returning in 2012 as a full time student to the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Since then she has pursued a global career in international education leading her to return to Shanghai in 2018.
Her favorite part of international travel is trying adventurous new foods and trying to find a new book set in each location she visits. She joined the CRCC Asia team in 2019 to share her passion for China and international education with students from around the world.
Japan General Manager
Head of Admissions
Europe Admissions Adviser
Waverley is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. She also went to school there and attended Edinburgh University, where she studied International Business with Chinese, graduating in July 2017. Throughout university, she was a competitive hockey player, playing for the Edinburgh Uni First XI during her studies there.
Waverley loves to travel and during her third year at university, she spent a year studying abroad at Peking University in Beijing. During this year she improved her Chinese and travelled to various places such as Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand and Japan. She loved experiencing the different cultures and made many friends she remains in contact with today.
Having recently moved to London in October, Waverley loves the new experience and dynamic environment that living in London brings. Outside of work, she enjoys meeting up and cooking with friends. She also enjoys running and staying fit; having recently completed the London Winter 10k Run.
Beijing 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.
USA Admissions Adviser & University Relations Associate
Tyler grew up in rural West Grove, Pennsylvania and graduated from Temple University in 2018 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. During the fall 2017 semester, Tyler studied abroad in Tokyo and attended classes at Temple University Japan. Tyler also volunteered in an international festival and attended numerous university trips including mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking, camping, and plenty of hot spring visits. During his time abroad, Tyler gained a newfound appreciation for international travel and the personal and professional growth that can come with such an experience. It is Tyler’s aspiration to assist applicants in determining their own goals for interning abroad, so they may craft their own unique international journeys.
In college, Tyler was a competitive gymnast who participated in many competitions throughout the United States, even being involved with two Guinness World Records. In his leisure time, he loves keeping up with his gymnastics training and also enjoys running, playing basketball, and trying new foods.
In-house Legal Counsel
Olly grew up in London and graduated from Durham University in 2010 with a BA in Classics. Olly worked in a law firm London for 6 years, gaining exposure to Asia through working for clients from South Korea, Hong Kong, and mainland China. He now works as CRCC Asia’s in-house legal counsel as well as managing CRCC Asia’s subsidiary company, The Student Lawyer. His recent travel highlights include a trip to Japan, and attending the Lake of Stars festival in Malawi and the AfrikaBurn festival in South Africa.
Europe Admissions Associate
Lauren is an experienced Administrator and has recently joined our team to provide support to students during the Visa application process.
She had recently moved to London to begin an Undergraduate Degree in Philosophy, Politics and History at Birkbeck.
Asia-Pacific Admissions Adviser
Anthony Skedzielewski is from the Philadelphia area in the United States. Anthony has been involved in international relations for quite some time stretching all the way back to his time as a Model United Nations club member in high school. Anthony continued this pursuit in university where he studied international relations and Japanese. During his third year of university he was able to study abroad in Japan, impacting him a great deal. Japan became an important part of Anthony's life from that point on. Anthony has worked in Japan in various capacities for a number of different years and was also fortunate enough to do an international internship at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. He will always value international exchange and cross-cultural communication which has inspired him to become involved in this work.
Tokyo Business Development Manager
Ho Chi Minh City General Manager
Shanghai Business Development Manager
Francis is from Northampton in the UK and interned as a TEFL teacher in 2012 in Changsha, China. After spending time living both back home and in Australia, he began his BA in Mandarin Chinese and Linguistics at Nottingham Trent University in 2014. As part of this course, he spent a year studying at Yunnan Normal University before graduating in 2018.
Francis grew up with his father living in Poland and traveled extensively through Europe when he was younger. This, along with his experiences of living, working and studying abroad, has fed his great enthusiasm for travelling and he is keen to help others discover that passion.
Global Business Development Associate
Anh is from the South of Vietnam. She did her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Economics from Foreign Trade University – one the most prestigious universities in Vietnam. After graduation, she moved to England to earn MSc Degree in International Business from Nottingham Trent University.
Anh was a member of Social Work Club and did many volunteering works during her college. At the same time, she joined an English School with the role of Teaching Assistant. She likes to help and work with students.
Anh loves travelling and wants to develop her international mindset by travelling. She has been to more than fifteen countries in Asia and Europe. She also wishes to explore the rest of the world in the future. Anh is spending time studying Spanish due to her interest in Spain, especially Barcelona.
Shanghai Senior Program Manager
Tsu always has a smile on her face and loves meeting new people. She studied
Economics at university and before switching to pursue a career in travel. Her passion for
travel kept her in the travel industry for 6 years. She has also studied Chinese Language
and loves mingling with the local community. She enjoys showing people the best that China
has to offer and also spending time in the gym. She lives by the motto that your words can
inspire freedom. Your every act can open hearts and minds.
China Finance and Operation Manager
Interim Beijing General Manager
Global Finance & Operations Associate
Mi was born and raised in Vung Tau, a beach city in Southern Vietnam before moving to Ho Chi Minh City attending University of Social Sciences and Humanities in International Relations. Despite staying for only a short period, the studies had provoked her curiosity in cultures around the world and eagerness to learn and see things from different viewpoints. At 20, she moved to Finland pursuing a BBA degree in International Business whilst fulfilling her dream to explore different parts of the country and travel around Europe.
Mi started her career at CRCC Asia as an intern supporting Ho Chi Minh City Summer Program 2019 where she met a lot of young internationals and gained valuable experience. After graduation, she decided to return to Vietnam and challenge herself in Finance role. Mi loves cooking and baking in her free time and has a deep passion for Korean cuisine and culture.
Mumbai General Manager
Raksha was born in Mumbai and has lived in the city for most of her life. While studying for the Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology at the University of New Hampshire, USA, she realized her passion for connecting with people from around the world and sharing global cultural experiences. Having studied and lived abroad, she chose a career in the study abroad industry a decade ago. She loves to meet with people from different parts of the world, break their myths and stereotypes about India and hopes to share a different and meaningful perspective through that interaction.
During her free time, she loves to dance, binge watch TV, paint glass bottles and read books. She is an avid traveler and has visited 10 countries so far and hopes to explore at least 20 more in the next decade.