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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.

Frida Lundgren

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.

Elysa Bryen

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.

Lauren Ketchum

Educational Consultant (Dubai Office)

Lauren graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in international relations and government. During her undergrad, she was selected as a Bill Archer Fellow and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. studying policy while interning full-time with a nonprofit judicial watchdog organization. Lauren also participated in two summer study abroad programs in Beijing, China and Rome, Italy. After working in D.C., she returned to Texas and served for a year as an Advise TX College Adviser at Floresville High School, guiding high-need, first-generation students through the college application process. She also spent a summer working as a Group Leader for Duke TIP's Field Studies program. Lauren moved overseas and taught English as a second language for three years in Indonesia, Vietnam, and Italy. Lauren returned to the U.S. in 2017 to complete her M.S.Ed. in International Educational Development at the University of Pennsylvania . During her master’s program, she interned with the Aga Khan Foundation in New Delhi, India, supporting AKF’s early childhood education initiatives in rural communities across four states. A Texas native, she loves travelling, learning new languages, and Latin dancing.

Nana-Korantema Koranteng

Educational Consultant (Dubai Office)

Nana graduated from Pomona College with a major in Middle Eastern studies and concentrations in religion and politics. As a student, Nana was an active volunteer on and off campus and especially enjoyed working with students in the community surrounding her college. Nana also studied abroad in both Jordan and Oman, conducted field research in Gaborone, Botswana, and interned with an Islamic feminist NGO in Malaysia. Prior to joining Hale, she completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Manama, Bahrain, where she taught at Ahlia University. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Nana enjoys reading, music, studying Arabic, and traveling.

Dari Seo

Public Relations Director

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.

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.

Tim Laas-Nesbitt

Asia Pacific Regional Director

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.

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.

Pierson Racanelli

Educational Consultant (Beirut office)

Pierson graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a BA in history. He then spent time working in Washington, DC and Amman, Jordan before pursuing an MA at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in International Economics and Middle Eastern Studies, as well as a minor in Emerging Markets. He spent his first year at SAIS in Bologna, Italy, before returning to DC for the second year. Prior to arriving in Beirut, Pierson was running a cultural center and planning events as part of a Department of State-funded program in Tunis, Tunisia. He is originally from the San Francisco area of northern California. During his free time, Pierson enjoys traveling, playing and watching soccer (football), reading about history and world affairs, and improving his Arabic.

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.

Hamad Al Badi

Digital Marketing Executive

Hamad graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Science in marketing communications. A Forbes 30 under 30 scholar, he worked as a marketing growth strategist for an education technology company that provides emergency education to impoverished and disaster-affected communities around the world and received recognition from IDEO, Forbes, CISCO, and Samsung. During his time in Baltimore and DC, he worked with Rustic Pathways in coordination with the Refugee Youth Project and designed a sustainable curriculum of service for young students to effectively assist with refugee resettlement. In Dubai, he redesigned the brand strategy for a sustainability-focused annual large-scale event. In his spare time, Hamad loves to learn new languages, travel, dance, make music, and learn about the human condition that drives people's behaviors.

Khaled Hamadeh

Relationship Manager

Khaled graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Master of International Affairs. He attended Georgia Tech as a Fulbright foreign student scholar. He also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Lebanese American University (LAU). While at LAU, Khaled received the Riyad Nassar Leadership award for his academic and extracurricular achievements on campus. During his university years, Khaled took an active part in leading several Model United Nations (MUN) conferences and engaged with student organizations on campus. After graduating, Khaled worked with youth coming from different conflict areas around the world. He also coordinated humanitarian response projects to support refugees affected by the Arab World crises. Originally from Beirut, Lebanon, Khaled enjoys travelling, exercising and history.

Vivien Kis

Sales and Business Development Associate

Vivien received the Klein Family Scholarship to study in the United States and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a major in economics from Sewanee: The University of the South. In her junior year, she received the Beecken Scholarship to complete the summer business program at UC Berkeley. Before joining Hale, Vivien worked as a recruiter within various industries. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and dancing. She has won national and international awards in the category of Acrobatic & Artistic Jazz Dance. Born in Hungary but raised in Germany, Vivien has lived in six different countries, studied eight languages and speaks four fluently.

Joel Lai

Test Prep Instructor and Business Development Associate

Joel graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Richmond, triple majoring in Latin, Greek, and economics. Joel was the recipient of The Mary Madison Bowen Award for Excellence in Latin upon graduation. During his time in UR, Joel was awarded grants for a summer program in the University of California – Berkeley and a semester abroad at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. On campus, Joel was the president of the Martial Arts Club, as well as a tutor of Greek and Latin for the Academic Skills Center. On his time off, he enjoys dancing, reading, and traveling the world.

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.