Our team


Daniel Nivern

Daniel Nivern

Co-Founder
Daniel Nivern
Daniel Nivern

Co-Founder

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.

Our Team Edward Holroyd Pearce Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Edward Holroyd Pearce

Co-Founder
Our Team Edward Holroyd Pearce Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Edward Holroyd Pearce

Co-Founder

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.

Our Team Thomas Kirkwood Director

Thomas Kirkwood

Director
Our Team Thomas Kirkwood Director
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.

Our Team David Armstrong Senior Adviser

David Armstrong

Board Adviser
Our Team David Armstrong Senior Adviser
David Armstrong

Board Adviser

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.

United States
Our Team Marcus Shapiro Board Advisor

Marcus Shapiro

Board Adviser
Our Team Marcus Shapiro Board Advisor
Marcus Shapiro

Board Adviser

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.

Our Team Symone Sanders Senior Adviser

Symone D. Sanders

Senior Adviser
Our Team Symone Sanders Senior Adviser
Symone D. Sanders

Senior Adviser

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.

Our Team Rachel Criso PHD Senior Adviser

Rachael Criso, PhD

Senior Adviser
Our Team Rachel Criso PHD Senior Adviser
Rachael Criso, PhD

Senior Adviser

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.

Our Team Luise Schafer OBE Senior Adviser

Luise Schafer OBE

Senior Adviser
Our Team Luise Schafer OBE Senior Adviser
Luise Schafer OBE

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.

Edward Pitcher

Managing Director
Edward Pitcher

Managing Director

Our Team Jason Kan Chief Operations Officer

Jason Kan

COO
Our Team Jason Kan Chief Operations Officer
Jason Kan

COO

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.

Our Team Jillian Low US University Relations Manager

Jillian Low

CAO
Our Team Jillian Low US University Relations Manager
Jillian Low

CAO

A Colorado native, Jillian attended Temple University but only recently returned to Philadelphia after 6 years living and travelling abroad. Her international experiences were centered around youth workforce development, employability and education and most recently she obtained her masters in Educational Planning, Economics and International Development from the University College of London.
Jillian has had the opportunity to live in 6 different countries on 4 different continents. Most activities are in the pursuit of travel, coffee or rugby which when combined has enabled her to travel to the past two Rugby World Cups.
Philadelphia
Katina Dell

Katina Dell’Acqua-Lubich

CFO
Katina Dell
Katina Dell’Acqua-Lubich

CFO

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.

Our Team Oliver Grazebrook Philadelphia Associate

Shaun Butcher

University Partnerships Manager (UK & Europe)
Our Team Oliver Grazebrook Philadelphia Associate
Shaun Butcher

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.

Our Team Jessica Rutkowski University Partnerships Associate Americas

Jessica Rutkowski

University Partnerships Manager - Americas
Our Team Jessica Rutkowski University Partnerships Associate Americas
Jessica Rutkowski

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.

Philadelphia
Our Team Allison Ross Program Manager Shanghai

Allison Ross

Programs General Manager
Our Team Allison Ross Program Manager Shanghai
Allison Ross

Programs 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.

Our Team Andy Radelet US Admissions Adviser

Andrew Radelet

Head of Admissions
Our Team Andy Radelet US Admissions Adviser
Andrew Radelet

Head of Admissions

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.
Philadelphia
Our Team Waverley Miller Admissions Adviser

Waverley Miller

Europe Admissions Adviser
Our Team Waverley Miller Admissions Adviser
Waverley Miller

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.

Our Team Stephanie Xu Beijing Senior Business Development Manager

Stephanie Xu

Beijing Senior Business Development Manager
Our Team Stephanie Xu Beijing Senior Business Development Manager
Stephanie Xu

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.

Our Team Tyler DeVice Admissions Adviser

Tyler DeVice

USA Admissions Adviser & University Relations Associate
Our Team Tyler DeVice Admissions Adviser
Tyler DeVice

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.

Philadelphia
Stephanie Sam

Stephanie Sam

Shanghai Business Development Manager
Stephanie Sam
Stephanie Sam

Shanghai Business Development Manager

Our Team Tsu Makuvise Shanghai Program Manager

Tsu Makuvise

Shanghai Senior Program Manager
Our Team Tsu Makuvise Shanghai Program Manager
Tsu Makuvise

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.

katy clark

Katy Clark

APAC Admissions & NZ Partnerships Manager
katy clark
Katy Clark

APAC Admissions & NZ Partnerships Manager

kelen townsend

Kelen Townsend

University Partnerships Manager- Americas
kelen townsend
Kelen Townsend

University Partnerships Manager- Americas

During my junior year at Wake Forest University, I spent a semester abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Before this amazing experience, I had never been abroad. Studying in a new country had such an incredible impact on me, I knew right away that I wanted to work in international education. I received a master's degree in Counselor Education with a concentration in College Student Development from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During graduate school, I worked in both the study abroad and career service centers on campus. My experiences providing mental health counseling, career coaching, and working in study abroad programs have given me a passion for international education and supporting students in their personal development.

Nhi Phan

Nhi Phan

Global Finance Associate
Nhi Phan
Nhi Phan

Global Finance Associate

Nhi grew up in Hue city and graduated from Hue College of Economics with a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Banking. She is currently completing her Master's Degree in International Management at the University of Messina, Italy. During her study, she also participated in the Erasmus student exchange program in Cracow, Poland for six months. Two years of living abroad help her acquire international exposure and learn about different cultures. Before moving to Italy, she had three years of working experience as a Finance Officer in WWF-Vietnam. She enjoys traveling and learning new languages in her free time.


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