Our Advisors

We ourselves are mentored by global leaders at the cutting edge of education and technology.

Ed Rensi

Former President and CEO of McDonalds

Mr. Rensi shares his expertise on international operations, team building, scalability and quality control.

Sam Beard

Founder and President of the Jefferson Awards

Sam Beard has initiated and chaired national programs for 7 U.S. Presidents and advises Dyad on government relations and social impact building.

John Morrison

Former President at the Association of American Rhodes Scholars

Mr. Morrison advises Dyad on British universities and scholarships.

Honorable Tidal McCoy

The former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force

Secretary McCoy provides insight on technological innovation and international management.

Annie Zhou

Founder & Managing Director of Universal Pacific Advisors

Ms. Zhou advises Dyad on partnership development.

Martin Bloom

Chairman of ReneSola

Mr. Bloom advises Dyad on community development, platform building and doing business in China.

Manuel Arriaga

Professor at NYU Stern Business School

Dr. Arriaga is an IT, information systems, electronic process and data mining expert.

Victor Jih

Partner at
O'Melveny & Myers
Winner of the Amazing Race season 14

A Stanford and Harvard Law graduate, Mr. Jih is an admissions and corporate litigation expert.

Dan Kimerling

Principal of Deciens Capital

Mr. Kimerling guides organization-building and venture capital strategy.

Jed Rose

Former Microsoft Product Manager

Mr. Rose is an expert in government relations, community building and expansion.

Leonid Markel

Private equity investor.

Mr. Markel provides insight on expansion strategy, international operations, and user experience.

Andrew Simon

Former Associate at Skadden, Arps

Mr. Simon has worked in admissions at both WashU and NYU Law (his alma maters) and advises Dyad on programmatic best practices.

Jakob Hiller

Strategy consultant at Deloitte MCS in London

A University of Chicago and Oxford alumnus, Mr. Hiller has served as an economic adviser in the UK Parliament and at Morgan Stanley.

William Bao Bean

Investment Partner, SOSV

Mr. Bao Bean advises Dyad on market strategy and scalability.

Josh Sommerfeld

Bain Capital Ventures

Mr. Sommerfeld helps guide business development, strategy, and venture financing.

Sarah Steinberg

Former Executive Vice Provost of Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Steinberg advises Dyad on university relations and international admissions strategy.

Charles Lipson

Director of Undergraduate Political Science Studies at the University of Chicago

Professor Lipson advises Dyad on academic integrity and mentorship quality.

Our HQ Team

Meet some of the brains behind our mentorship platform.

Greg Nance

Founder and CEO

Greg Nance is a 2011 Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge and Harry S Truman Scholar at the University of Chicago. A Seattle native, Greg enjoys running Evergreen forest trails, swimming the Puget Sound, and climbing the snow-capped Cascade Mountains.

Sameer Karim


Sameer is a technologist based out of Los Angeles and alum of UCLA and Carnegie Mellon. Sameer’s also a barefoot runner training for his Iron Man debut.

Anh Hoang

Director of Special Projects

Anh is a University of Texas longhorn with degrees in Philosophy and Communications. Anh can usually be found practicing her master chef skills or on the dodgeball arena.

Daniel Burnham

Director of Digital Learning

Daniel holds a masters degree from the University of Chicago where he studied International Relations. When not at Dyad HQ, he’s riding the rails in Japan and SCUBA diving in Arctic climes.

Daniel Tedesco

Director of Business Development

Daniel seeks to strengthen ties between the United States, China, and people across the globe through commerce and friendship. With five years in China, he has worked in international affairs, higher education, and the wine industry. He is fluent in Mandarin and a Fulbright Scholar (2011).

Liu Tao

Product Manager

Liu Tao is ranked one of China’s best PHP developers with more than 7 years of experience in product development, he spends time in the recording studio as a singer and hiking with his wife.

Corinne Hallander

Client Success Manager

Corinne has qualifications in Culinary Arts, Neuroscience, Mandarin and Economics. She especially loves learning about the brain and human behaviour. When she's not pondering over questions about the brain, she is organising poetry reading meetups in Shanghai, traveling China, saving kittens, and exploring the city by foot.

Wendy Cai

Office Manager

Wendy has a wealth of experience in Administration and HR in Shanghai. She loves watching American TV shows.

John Zhang

Senior PHP Engineer

John is a PHP engineer with more than 5 years of experience in website development. He likes attending technical forums and talking about technology all day long.

Sherry Jin


Sherry has a decade of experience in international finance and accounting. Her hobbies include reading about economics and foreign affairs, spending time outdoors, and shopping with friends in Shanghai.

Lisa Xu

Online Community Builder

Lisa Xu is a graduate from Chatham University with degrees in Communications and Arts Management. During her spare time, Lisa loves photography, traveling, visiting museums, and exploring different types of cuisine.

Summer Sun

Client Relations Associate

Summer studied Public Finance and Taxation at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. When she’s not taking voyages around the world, Summer enjoys running, daydreaming, smiling, and volleyball.

Noorissa Khoja

Business Development Associate

Noorissa is a graduate of Bowdoin College where she studied Economics and Math. In her downtime, she enjoys dancing her way through life, globe trotting, and putting spice on anything she eats.


VP of Feline Affairs

Noodle is our rescue kitten from a neighboring university. When she’s not stealing lunches she can be found killing plants, hiding office supplies, and directing our global strategy.

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