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D I R E C T O R S

James

Lavender

Founder & Managing Director

James oversees the design of our educational service, international strategy, and focuses on expanding our social enterprise model through creating strong new partnerships in both China and the United Kingdom.

He graduated in English Literature from University College London, and studied Chinese at Peking University.

Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese (working proficiency)

Joel

Sugarman

Director of U.K. Partnerships

Combining his love of improving education with an active career in Medicine, Joel manages our wide range of British school partnerships. He focuses on helping British schools create the perfect Chinese partnership through our service, to help U.K students become internationally aware and better educated about China.

He graduated in Medical Sciences, and balances his directorship in Synergy Learning alongside a second career in Medicine.

Languages: English, Welsh (fluent), French (working proficiency)

Jose

Calero

Non-Executive Director

Jose advises our management team on operational setup, financial planning, pipeline development, and strategic relationships. He has supported our parent company, IDEAS Globally, as an executive business-advisor for over three years, and has extensive experience in change management (including at J.P Morgan, UBS and EY).

Languages: English (native), Spanish (native), Catalan (fluent), Italian (fluent), French (fluent)

M A N A G E R S

Vivek

Shah

Teaching staff manager

Vivek oversees recruitment, induction and training of our teaching staff in Synergy Learning. He loves empowering talented university students and graduates to bring their diverse talents to bear on improving education in Asia.

He is leading the expansion of our staff community in London, and focuses directly on enabling our staff to make the greatest possible impact in schools in Asia.

He is currently also working with IBM and completing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University College London.

Languages: English, French (fluent), Spanish (working proficiency).

Naomi

Chen

Local PR and Communications strategist

As our local PR representative, Naomi helps to manage many of our partnerships in China, actively collaborating and communicating with our local partners on behalf of Synergy Learning. She also advises on the delivery of our educational content to Chinese students, both online and offline.

She has studied Communications and Marketing in Boston (United States)

Languages: English (fluent), Chinese (native).

Cici

Jiang

Lead volunteer & Educational advisor

Cici balances a busy career both doing and studying business with her second passion: helping significantly improve educational opportunities for school students in China. She oversees our volunteer teams in Sichuan province, and supports our numerous educational partnerships there, as well as frequently seeking out new opportunities for educational collaboration.

She is completing a Master’s Degree in Business Analysis & Management at University College London.

Languages: English (fluent), Chinese (native).

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