Our Mentors

Dyad Mentors help you reach your Dream School by providing expert admissions strategy guidance. Dyad Mentors are the Best of the Best. Find the perfect fit for YOU by exploring each Dyad Mentor’s Profile.

Sara Clarke-Habibi recently completed her PhD in Education at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and doctoral fellow of the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She has worked as a lecturer, trainer, project manager and consultant for universities and civil society organizations in Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Germany, Israel-Palestine, Mexico, Switzerland and USA on education reform, development, peacebuilding and youth empowerment. Sara holds an MPhil in Education Research from Cambridge (UK), an MA in Conflict Resolution from LIU (Switzerland), and a BA in Ethics, Society and Law from the University of Toronto (Canada).
Ryan is an environmental engineering PhD student at Yale University and a US National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Before Yale, he was a 2016 Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge and the top engineering graduate from the University of Arkansas. Ryan’s work mostly focuses on water treatment technologies that can help alleviate water scarcity. His goal is to ensure all people have access to safe, affordable, and sustainable water supply. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys training with the Yale Triathlon Club, hiking in New England, and reading about science and leadership.
Gina is an Oxford MBA 2016-17 with 5 years of experience in PwC as a consultant and finance professional in Advisory - Deals - Valuation and Economics – providing management consulting, valuation and financial modeling for clients mostly in energy, banking, telco and IT. Gina has a passion for economics and for technology, having two bachelor degrees in both areas, she is a rolling stone, loves technology and is curious about the world, about people and what makes both tick.
Gabrielle Newell is a social science researcher working in Washington DC. She completed her Masters in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford University in 2016, thanks to the support of many mentors and friends. As an undergraduate student, she attended the University of Chicago where she studied International Studies and Human Rights. At University of Chicago, Gabrielle was a part of the honors society and chosen as Student Marshall, the highest award given by the University to a graduating student. She also was involved in student groups focused on health, welfare, and dance. Gabrielle recognizes that her academic success is the product of hard work and an enthusiastic support system. She is eager to provide that same support and mentorship to Dyad students.
Andi Garavaglia is a 2018 MBA candidate at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School (SBS). Prior to SBS, Andi was a Manager of Retail Sales & Marketing for the National Hockey League (NHL). She is one of the first SBS candidates to enter the school directly from a professional sports league, and credits her successful candidacy on strong communication skills. Andi tested in the top 10% in both the GMAT verbal and critical writing sections. Andi’s interests include sport business, digital disruption, psychology, and management consulting. She strangely enjoys editing CV’s and essays—and is ecstatic about joining team Dyad!
Andrae attended The University of Michigan on a partial Academic Scholarship, earning a B.A. with honors in Cultural Anthropology in 2006. He served in the U.S. Army, earning a scholarship to attend The William Knight Law Center at The University of Oregon, where he graduated in 2012. Andrae was honorably discharged from the Army in 2014, before attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Performing Arts, earning an MA in Performance Studies in 2015. In his free time, Andrae loves to write literary fiction, science-fiction and screenplays. His truest joys are his child and wife.
Cameron Hickert (何川) works at Harvard University, where he is a researcher at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Prior to joining Harvard, Cameron was a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University, where he earned a master’s degree in global affairs. He also is a fellowships tutor at Harvard; in this role, Cameron mentors students applying to graduate schools and fellowships. His students have won a Rhodes Scholarship, a Schwarzman Scholarship, and admittance to universities including Oxford and Cambridge. Cameron studied physics and international studies as an undergraduate. He speaks Mandarin, and loves skiing and hiking.
Daria Levina completed LL.M. at Harvard Law School in 2018. To pursue her studies, she received grants from the Harvard University Committee on General Scholarships, the HLS Graduate Program, and the Russia - United States Legal Education Foundation. Over the years, Daria has been awarded scholarships for studies and research in the USA, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Russia, the UK, Belgium. Her professional experiences include working as an attorney at major European and American law firms, as well as in academic and public sectors. Currently she is an assistant legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. In spare time, she likes to dance salsa and film short movies.
Mohit Jain is the HCI (Human Computer Interaction) expert in the Cognitive IoT group at IBM Research. Along with, he is pursuing PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington. He graduated with a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Toronto. His research interest includes developing ubiquitous computing systems, designing interaction techniques, collecting and analyzing data, and conducting usability evaluations in the field of Health, Sustainability, Education and HCI4D (HCI for Development). Previously, he has worked at Microsoft Research, HP Labs, and Amazon, and has published at important venues including CHI, UbiComp and IUI.
Danielle is an ESL specialist, teacher, and editor from Providence, Rhode Island with over 10 years experience in her field. She has worked around the world in New York City, Chile, Denmark, South Korea and currently in Madrid, Spain. Danielle studied her undergraduate degree in psychology at Hamilton College and studied a masters in higher education at Columbia University. In addition to holding two degrees, Danielle is also a former Fulbright Grant recipient. In her free time Danielle enjoys yoga, running, traveling, and cultural exchange. She is very knowledgeable about college and university systems and looks forward to working together!
Didi is a recent graduate from University of Pennsylvania with a master degree in education. She had completed her bachelor degree in Chinese literature in China prior to her master. She is absolutely enthusiastic about education and language that she devoted at least two years to the teaching English and helping students with college admission. After getting her master degree, she focused developing her skills as a language educator, while at the same time pursuing a law certificate in China and an admission to U.S. law school in the future.
After graduating from UChicago with a B.A. in Economics, Richard has been developing his expertise in data analysis and business operations. While advising the head of the tax agency of his home country, the Dominican Republic, on public policy issues, he finished a MA in Business Intelligence and Big Data from the EOI in Spain. He previously was the second employee in charge of user acquisition at Beepi – a Silicon Valley startup once valued at $2 Billion - and the eighth ops employee at Hostwise. Richard loves scuba diving, dancing and the outdoors.
Thi is an award-winning medical doctor and molecular biologist with 10 years of experience in biomedical science. He obtained his MD from the Free University of Berlin and was a research fellow in pharmacology at Yale University. Thi then obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Cambridge, where he worked at the world-famous MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Thi won scholarships worth over $200,000 and is passionate about mentoring students. He is now building his own biotech company and loves composing music, rock climbing and trying out all kinds of food in his free-time.
Having made her way into five prestigious universities in China (Zhejiang University), Hong Kong (University of Hong Kong), and the United States (University of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis, Mount Holyoke College) on her own, Xiaoyu gained insights into the differences and similarities of the education systems and application processes across the globe. She offers valuable and useful tips to students applying to graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences. She also earned 1580/1600 on GRE and 115/120 on TOEFL. She is very much looking forward to sharing her experiences, insights, and success tips.
Kerric is a former Boeing Company manager where he oversaw multi-million dollar procurement contracts for the 737. An elite athlete, Kerric recently represented Team China at the World Ultimate Frisbee Tournament! He is passionate about startups, professional development, Chinese food, Seahawks football, and guiding Dyad Scholars through life-changing mentorship programs!
Lucas is pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Columbia University in New York City. He has mentored 100+ students during his experiences teaching English, working in a college admissions office, and advising social entrepreneurs in over 70 countries. He received the Fulbright Scholarship in 2016, where he taught writing and critical thinking in one of Vietnam’s top high schools. He helped numerous students receive scholarships to prestigious universities like Stanford, Smith, and Bryn Mawr. He has a BA from Union College in Political Science & Chinese. In his free time, Lucas loves trying new foods across New York City.
Sean recently graduated with his Masters in Ethics and Religion from Yale in 2018. Sean completed his undergraduate studies in 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Health and Societies with a concentration in Global Health and minor in Philosophy. During his junior year, Sean studied abroad in Vietnam, South Africa, and Brazil through the International Honors Program in Health and Community, a program coordinated by the School for International Training. Following his graduation, Sean sought additional international experience by teaching as a university lecturer in Yogyakarta, Indonesia through a Princeton in Asia fellowship from 2015 to 2016. The experience motivated Sean to study religion, specifically to research the history and role of Islam in Southeast Asia.
Mohammad Mofatteh is a postdoctoral scientist in Cell Biology and Pathology at the University of Oxford. He successfully completed his PhD with a fully-funded scholarship at the University of Cambridge, after also receiving offers from the University of Oxford, Harvard University, Princeton, and Stanford. Before that, Mohammad studied BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science at King’s College London. Throughout his academic career, he has secured funding and scholarship equivalent of $1,000,000. He has been mentoring students from high school, to Bachelor, Master and PhD over the past eight years. Mohammad also loves science and research, and his dream is to become a full professor at one of the top universities in the world.
Robert Snyder is an American higher education administrator, with 23 years of professional experience working in admissions and enrollment management and student services at the George Washington University (GW) and the University of Delaware (Delaware). Robert has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and sociology and a doctorate in higher education administration from GW and master’s degrees in business and education from Delaware. Robert is passionate about helping students to have the opportunity to be successful as they consider and choose their universities, but also as they pursue their degrees. During his free time, Robert enjoys exercise and going to concerts.
Rebecca is an M.A. candidate in Early Childhood Education at Columbia University. With a cross-cultural background in China, Hong Kong and Albany, New York, Rebecca holds a B.A. with honours in Sociology and graduated from Hong Kong Baptist University with the highest GPA in the Class of 2015. Prior to Columbia, she worked as an Education Programme Manager for an NGO where she advocated for at-risk immigrant children. Her experiences in child development, immigrant reintegration, project management and volunteer training earned her admissions to Columbia, along with offers from New York University, University of Southern California, and Tufts University ($20,000 scholarship). Rebecca is talented in Pipa and has 3 years experience in a professional Chinese orchestra.
As a teen, Hasta became passionate about international issues. After first studying philosophy, Hasta went on to receive her bachelor of arts from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in economics and international development. Upon graduating, Hasta accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations Master’s Program. She spent the latter part of her degree in Beijing and Shanghai writing her masters thesis and conducting research as a fellow of Fudan University. Hasta has received numerous grants and fellowships for her studies and research. She’s currently attending the IUP program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.  
Patricia Pichardo received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University (2014), M.S. in Chemical Engineering from UCLA (2016), and is currently a Chemical Engineering Ph.D. candidate at UCLA. Patricia has worked industrially in both the Aerospace and Bioscience industries for companies such as The Aerospace Corp., MOOG Inc, and Prolacta Bioscience. She is currently a doctoral candidate under Prof. Manousiouthakis in his Hydrogen Energy Research Consortium (HERC), where her research areas include process intensification, green engineering, optimization, and process synthesis. Specifically, she focuses on hydrogen production via Steam-Methane Reforming, and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Plants (IGCC).
David Llanos is a mechanical engineering graduate holding a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s degree from Stanford University. He currently works for a global energy company in Houston, Texas as a Heat Transfer Engineer. He chose to study mechanical engineering because of its broad career prospects and because of how it intersects in our daily lives. Graduates can work in the automotive, energy, biotech, defence, space and tech industries among many others. Outside of work David enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling across the U.S. and around the world with his fiancé, and always trying out the latest brunch spot in whatever city he is in.
Marc Chen grew up in the United States and Canada and is of German and Chinese heritage. He studied Economics and Applied Mathematics at Vanderbilt University on the Chancellor’s Scholarship and became passionate about urban planning during this time. After graduating from Vanderbilt Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors in Economics, Marc did a Master’s degree in Global Affairs and public policy at Schwarzman College in Tsinghua University. Marc has been involved in mentorship roles for a long time and is very excited to be working with Dyad Scholars on getting into the academic program that is right for them!
Joseph Wilson is passionate about three fields that mainly govern our world: business, science, and politics. Joey earned a B.S. in Bioengineering from Clemson University's Calhoun Honors College and an MSc in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Oncology at the University of Cambridge. Joey served as Clemson's Student Body President, conducted six years of lab-based research, filed a provisional patent for a cancer-treatment device, and earned multiple national honors, including the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship. Outside studying, Joey loves traveling, trying new foods, dancing, drinking coffee with friends, and playing sports.
Nancy Kasvosve is currently a product manager in medical devices at Philips Healthcare. She is passionate about solving problems in access to healthcare for vulnerable populations, and want to become an expert at putting together innovative business strategies to drive access to healthcare and healthcare products particularly, in sub Saharan Africa. She graduated from the University of Chicago with dual undergraduate majors of Public Policy and Biology, and the University of Michigan in an MBA/MPH dual master program. Amongst other things, Nancy enjoys mentoring, writing, reading and travel.
Lindsey is a teacher with a passion for International Education. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and after, went on to pursue teaching English as a Second Language, abroad. To build on the passion of International Education, Lindsey traveled through rural communities in South East Asia and developed community projects to provide educational resources to students in need. She strongly believes in providing all students, despite their socioeconomic status, the right to a proper education. She currently teaches English to students based in China, through an online learning platform. When she’s not teaching, she’s educating herself in the field of Health and Wellness, her second area of interest.
Maddi graduated from Georgetown University, where she double majored in Spanish, Justice and Peace Studies, and earned her certificate in Entrepreneurship. While in college, Maddi enjoyed leading her campus’ Investment club, teaching English, mentoring students on lessons of financial literacy with Moneythink, and writing. Whether it be through her senior thesis on social impact documentary film or writing her book on the trends transforming the fashion industry, Maddi likes to stay busy and feel productive. In her free time, Maddi enjoys reading, listening to music, learning ways to maximize her productivity, and going on walks outside.
Cong is currently a Master student in Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, specialized in Epidemiology/Biostatistics. Before coming to the U.S., she was an undergraduate student in Biology. Her research interest is cancer epidemiology, with the integration of bioinformatics and statistical analysis. With the successful experience in application for graduate programs, she is there to help you find your strengths and provide her suggestions and experience living in the U.S.
I'm an educator and global professional. My work shapes how young people work and learn in the 21st century by mitigating the effects of distance and poverty to education access. I oversee a digital learning environment for international students and young professionals at Dyad, a Shanghai-based startup with global reach.
Rita is a Lead Mentor at Dyad HQ in Shanghai. Prior to joining Dyad, she taught at Shanghai Normal University with their Foreign Language College. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and minor in French from Providence College in Rhode Island. While in college she studied abroad in Paris, France and Madurai, India. She also enjoys playing lacrosse and going for sunrise hikes. Rita believes in the value of international education and is excited to help you begin your own journey!
Yevgen Sautin is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge where he is a Gates Scholar. Studying modern Chinese history, Yevgen’s dissertation is on the early years of the PRC. Previously Yevgen worked as a Strategic Risk Analyst at U.S. Bancorp. He has an MA from the University of Chicago in International Relations. Prior to graduate school, he was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Yevgen speaks and reads both Mandarin and Russian, and publishes commentary on international politics in leading journals and newspapers such as the National Interest. When not working, Yevgen enjoys globetrotting, rowing, and being a foodie.
Katie is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Law at McGill University and visiting scholar with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy at Harvard University. She completed a PhD in Sociology and MPhil in Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar and Commonwealth Scholar. She also holds a JD from McGill University's Faculty of Law. She has held a number of fellowships including with the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland and the Embryo Project at Arizona State University in the United States. She has been involved with policy development for organizations including the World Health Organization. She is really passionate about education and has taught in the areas of Psychology, Legal Studies, and Health Policy and Ethics.
Brianne is currently a researcher in Alzheimer's disease at the University of British Columbia in Canada. She was a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, working towards a PhD in Neuroscience. She grew up in Vancouver, Canada and completed her undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University with a major in Psychology. Before going to Cambridge, Brianne was a graduate student in the Behavioral Neuroscience program at Yale University. She has over 10 years of experience teaching and tutoring students of all ages, and is excited to help international students gain acceptance to top schools.
Minwei is an avid Biology and English double major on the pre-med/pre-grad school track at Williams College. When she's not studying, doing research in lab, and writing, she actively leads many extracurricular activities and sits on various committees at school. As for hobbies, she's always eating and cooking and updating her food blog. She aspires to become a pediatric physician-scientist and opening her own cafe! As a skilled college apps veteran, she is ready to help you with any aspect of the college application process including standardized tests, essays, activities list, recommendations, and interviews, especially if you are looking to apply to elite, small liberal arts colleges in the U.S.

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