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Hale Education Group

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Hale Educational Consultants are graduates of top US universities and experts in the application process who are deeply familiar with the challenges and concerns that face students and families applying from overseas. We are the gold standard in American college admissions, and your success is our priority.

Peter Y. Davos

Founder and CEO

Peter is a first generation college graduate, born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with a double major, from Johns Hopkins University and spent his junior year abroad completing the General Course in International Relations at the London School of Economics. Peter holds master’s degrees from Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall) and Harvard University (Graduate School of Design), where he was selected Marshal of his class, and has completed UCLA’s Certificate in College Counseling with Distinction and IECA’s Summer Training Institute. As a student, he received numerous awards and accolades, including the Graduate Merit Award for study at the London School of Economics, Harvard GSD Alumni Council Unsung Hero Book Prize (awarded to the student that contributes most to student life outside of the classroom), the Harvard GSD Colloredo-Mansfeld Prize for Superior Achievement in Real Estate Studies, the Harvard Real Estate Consortium Founders’ Award, and membership in the Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, Order of Omega and Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Societies. Peter is the co-President of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Society of the UAE, member of the Johns Hopkins Second Decade Society, former member of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council, and member of the Harvard GSD Alumni Council. He has been featured in over 100+ international news features in media outlets such as Gulf News, the National, Khaleej Times, Al Bayan, Arabian Business, Hindustan Times, Peninsula Qatar, Saudi Gazette, Times of Oman, City 7, Dubai One, Forbes Middle East, and Dubai Eye.

Lissett Mary Babaian

Managing Director

Lissett is a first-generation college graduate. She holds a master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University, where she was the recipient of a number of academic scholarships and awards, including Duke University’s Scholar with a Civic Mission recognition. Lissett has worked in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Africa to make quality education more accessible to youth from around the world. Her experience ranges from developing Akili and Me, an award-winning preschool cartoon, and managing the education innovation portfolio for Africa’s largest scholarship program, Wings to Fly, to designing Armenia’s first US-accredited undergraduate program at the American University of Armenia and serving as the principal at multiple innovative schools, including the MIT-inspired Ayb High School and the Africa Digital Media Institute, an alternative school for artists and techies.

Elysa Bryen

Educational Consultant and Director of Program Development

Elysa graduated from the University of Chicago with a double major in public policy studies and Near Eastern languages and civilizations. During her time at UChicago, she served on the Executive Committee of Model United Nations of the University of Chicago (MUNUC), an international high school Model UN conference, and co-founded the first ever Arabic language magazine for undergraduate and graduate students. Elysa also worked in the Career Advancement office, connecting students with career opportunities in policy, politics, and public service. She participated in a study abroad program in Vienna, Austria. Before joining Hale, Elysa interned in strategic communications, development, and research with legal nonprofits and NGOs in Detroit, Michigan and Washington, D.C. Originally from Michigan, Elysa loves volunteering with community organizations, painting, baking, and eating copious amounts of ice cream.

Frida Lundgren

Educational Consultant and Director of Operations

Frida graduated Cum Laude from Tufts University with a major in international relations. During her time at Tufts, Frida was very involved in the international community on campus. She worked as a coordinator for the Tufts International Orientation Program, and as a mentor and member of the advisory board for the Tufts University Undergraduate Admissions’ PASSPORT Program. Frida was awarded a Certificate of Achievement recognizing her contribution to the international community upon her graduation. She also participated in study abroad programs in Italy, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Before joining Hale, Frida worked in Boston and Berlin as a student advisor for language immersion programs. Originally from Sweden, Frida enjoys traveling, cooking, and blogging.

Tim Laas-Nesbitt

Regional Director: Asia Pacific

Tim graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in economics and English, before completing a master’s degree in economics at the University of Amsterdam. At UVA, Tim worked as a projectionist at Newcomb Hall Theater and was very active in the international community, organizing movie nights and sports events with the International Residential College. During his graduate studies, he focused mostly on behavioral and development economics. His thesis on Islamic banking and finance investigated the resilience of this nascent industry to financial crises. Before joining Hale, Tim spent three years as an admissions consultant in Singapore helping students find the right educational fit and apply to universities in the US. Born in the US and raised in Europe, Tim enjoys playing music, writing, and traveling.

Dari Seo

Educational Consultant and Director of Public Relations

Dari graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in government and a minor in environmental science. At Dartmouth, he was selected Marshal of his class, served as Student Body Vice President, and was awarded the William Jewett Tucker Fellowship. Dari also studied abroad in France and played for Dartmouth’s Club Soccer Team. Before joining Hale, he worked in China, served as a Human Rights Activist in Nicaragua, and interned with McKinsey & Company as a research analyst. Originally from Costa Rica, Dari loves cooking, sports, and outdoors activities.

Arienne Calingo

Educational Consultant (Dubai Office)

Arienne Calingo obtained her master’s degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also took courses at the Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Divinity School. Arienne went to Georgetown University for her undergraduate studies, where she graduated with a major in Theology and a minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies. While at Harvard, Arienne served as the project lead for developing an open e-learning course on diversity, equity, and inclusion for the UNESCO Chair in Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning. Immediately after graduation, Arienne was a Teaching Fellow for the Center for Asia Leadership and taught a Harvard Business School course entitled “Authentic Leadership Development” to students and business executives in Malaysia, Korea, and China. She has also worked in the Philippines, Thailand, and United States before joining Hale. During her free time, Arienne enjoys writing poetry, volunteering, and watching horror films.

Paul Stock

Educational Consultant (Dubai Office)

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Paul graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tufts University, where he completed a double major in international relations and Arabic. Paul was a recipient of the Arabic Language, Culture and Literature Prize upon graduation. While at Tufts, Paul studied abroad in Amman, Jordan, during his junior year and worked with his peers as a Head Tutor for Arabic with the Tufts Academic Resource Center. He has also interned with non-profits and local government. In his spare time, Paul enjoys trivia, learning languages, traveling, and playing tennis.

Peggy Shih

Educational Consultant (Taiwan Office)

Peggy graduated from the University of California - Berkeley with a double major in Linguistics and French, and minors in Japanese and Applied Language Studies. During her time in Berkeley, Peggy was heavily involved in the international community, serving as President of Cal’s Taiwanese American Student Association, Chair of East Asian Union, and Marketing Director of Global Leadership Conference held at UCB. After completing an internship and study abroad program in Paris, Peggy co-founded a Language Partner and Culture Exchange program at Berkeley. She also co-founded Cal’s Mahjong club, facilitated 2 student-taught courses, and directed 3 hip hop/urban dance teams. Before joining Hale, she worked in the US, France, China, and the UAE. Born in Taipei and raised in Dubai, Peggy enjoys adventuring across foreign countries, experimenting different cuisines, and hosting language exchange meetups.

Nathan Vanelli

Educational Consultant (Abu Dhabi Office)

Nathan graduated from Brown University with a double concentration in History and Middle East Studies. While at Brown, Nathan spent three years as an Arabic teaching assistant, coordinated peer-lead courses for less-commonly-taught languages, and worked as a research assistant for the History Department. Before coming to Hale, Nathan taught fifth-grade English in Nablus, Palestine. In his free time, Nathan enjoys reading, going for walks, and polishing his languages.

Jeffrey Dalton

Co-Director of Test Prep Services

Jeffrey graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics and Languages. After college, he taught English in Lahore, Pakistan for four years where he helped middle school students develop their literacy in English. After returning to the USA, Jeffrey worked 2 years as a Math and Verbal tutor for SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT in New York and New Jersey for a leading international test prep company before making the shift to Dubai. He has scored in the top 99th percentile on both the SAT and ACT. With 10 years of teaching experience , Jeffrey capably and efficiently guides students to achieve their target scores on standardized tests.

Melusi Dlamini

Co-Director of Test Prep Services

Originally from the Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa, Melusi graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. He began his career in education as a Fellow with the MATCH Charter Public School in Boston, where he tutored and mentored 6th, 7th and 8th graders in all subjects before moving to Dubai. Throughout his career, Melusi has developed test preparation programs for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, GRE, and GMAT tests for international test prep companies in Singapore and the US. He has an impressive record working with high-achieving students, many of whom have scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and ACT and earned perfect 800 scores on the SAT Physics, Chemistry, and Math Level II tests. Melusi has 8 years of teaching experience and is always looking for innovative ways to deliver content and improve student learning.

Azusa Ueno

Director of Test Prep Curriculum

Azusa was born in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology. She went on to obtain her Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. Azusa has 10 years of experience in education. She was a senior tutor for 9 years at a test prep company in New York City before moving to Dubai to continue her career as both an instructor and curriculum developer. She has worked with students on a wide variety of standardized tests including the SAT, ACT, SAT 2 Subject Tests (Math I/II, Chemistry, Biology, and Literature), SSAT/ISEE, and AP Exams (Chemistry and Music Theory). Azusa is also a specialized subject tutor in Chemistry, Biology, Algebra II/Trig, Pre-Calculus, French, and Japanese. She has taught many high-achieving students who have seen an average ACT increase of 5 points and average SAT increase of 200 points. She has done extensive work with students on academic skill structuring, organizational skills, and time management. Azusa is also an accomplished concert pianist. She regularly concertizes and conducts music history lectures. She has performed in numerous venues throughout New York, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Los Angeles, Japan, the UAE, and the Czech Republic.

Irish Clare Tolcidas

Assistant to the CEO

Irish Clare Tolcidas is the assistant to the CEO at Hale Education Group. She joined the Hale team in December of 2018. In her free time, Irish enjoys going out on adventures, dancing, blogging and travelling.   

Catheryne Gabrielle Paredes

HR and Admin Assistant

Catheryne graduated from Centro Escolar University-Manila with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After college she has been working in the field of Human resource for 4 years, with experience in the Philippines and Dubai. She has successfully passed the Philippine Licensure exam for Psychometrics and has been a professional in the field for 3 years. In her free time, Catheryne enjoys painting, recreational skating, playing video games, and writing.