Meet Our Team - International

Andrew Chien

Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Journalist, editor, consultant, and entrepreneur, Andrew has more than 30 years experience in growing businesses and connecting students with schools abroad. A citizen of Canada, Andrew assisted Canadian universities in designing international recruitment plans and served as Chief Editor of a Chinese immigration publication. He has seen the Chinese international education industry grow from a niche offering into a global network encompassing millions of students and thousands of institutions. In his free time, Andrew enjoys reading, yoga, and kayaking.

Rebecca Chang

Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Rebecca graduated from National Tsing Hua University before moving to Canada. There she studied immigration law at both Ashton College and the University of British Columbia (UBC). With 30 years of legal experience, Rebecca is a member of the Canadian Immigration Consultants Association (CSIC) and the Canadian Immigration Consultants Regulatory Commission (ICCRC). She has served as a legal representative for many immigration institutions in China, and has co-authored a number of visa-related publications. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and traveling, and she has a strong passion for discovering new cuisines from all over the world.

Luying Chen

Project Director

Luying is a devoted foodie and international traveler. While living, working, and eating around the world, Luying has developed first-hand experience in international education: she holds a Masters of Advanced Management Practice from the University of Bath and a Bachelors in Management from the University of Wakaito. Luying is fluent in Chinese and English and is currently learning how to order tapas in Spanish.

Jon Kalies

Head of CRM

Jon has spent the last six years living in China and working within a number of areas of international education. Fluent in Chinese, Jonathan holds a Bachelor in Business Management - Marketing from Swansea University and a Master of Arts in International Business from Zhejiang University. Now an adjunct lecturer of international business, Jon has first-hand experience in Chinese classrooms which he which he now applies to his role of balancing the needs of international institutions, domestic companies, and Chinese students. Jon is an avid Arsenal fan which may be the reason for his stress wrinkles.

Derrik L Karst

Director of International Engagement

Living in China for six years, Derrik first arrived as a university lecturer in economics and international business. Before China, he directed customer service and project management teams in America and led teacher training for a nonprofit in Italy. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah (USA), he loves anything to do with mountains - biking, backpacking, rafting, and snowboarding. He also loves international travel, and has studied Chinese at Zhejiang University and Italian at the Società Dante Alighieri di Siena. Derrik holds a Bachelor in Economics from Westminster College and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Aeriel Benjamin-Kent

International Engagement Coordinator

Aeriel has worked in international education in China for two years, preparing Chinese students for international travel and teaching a college-level economics curriculum. Prior to this, she worked in marketing and business development for a non-profit in Canada’s capital. Originally from Toronto, Aeriel holds a bachelors degree in International Development and Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. When she’s not in the office, she can be found cooking, reading, or searching for the best dumplings in Hangzhou.

Lily Wang

International Engagement Coordinator

Lily is an adventurous person that loves learning and exploring new places. Fluent in Chinese and English, Lily enjoys talking to people from all walks of life and striking up conversations with strangers. She once met an old man who helped people patch shoes, and they unexpectedly talked together for hours. These passions brought her to international education as she loves bridging cultures and helping students. Lily has a Bachelor in English Language and Literature from Xiamen University and a Master in English Linguistics from Zhejiang University. She has also worked as a translator and education consultant. When not working, she can be found climbing mountains and enjoying nature.

Maye Luo

Alumni Engagement Coordinator

Maye is a dedicated Germanophile. After studying, working and living in Germany for seven years, Maye has accumulated first-hand familiarity in Chinese students’ experience, especially in German education. She gained a Bachelor degree in Economic Geography at RWTH Achen. Maye appreciates the German character and work-ethic including rigor, punctuality, and orderliness. She is fluent in Chinese, German and English. In her spare time, Maye likes to read and travel – currently, she is planning a volunteer trek to Africa.

Hanyu Lin

International Marketing Coordinator (Intern)

Hanyu is a student earning her bachelor of finance at Nanjing University Jinling College. She has earned numerous academic awards, including 1st prize at a finance competition sponsored by Jiangsu Province - and she ranked at the top of her class last year. She hopes to combine her passions for technology, finance, and international experience to study abroad for her masters degree. (We know she will be a star!) Outside of work and school, Hanyu enjoys art and basketball.

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