Michelle Hsu, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Michelle Hsu, President and Founder of International Academic Alliance, is a pioneer in the field of international education, being among the first Asian women to develop bi-national academic program models between American and Taiwanese universities in the early 1980s. Since then, Ms. Hsu has grown her network of universities, colleges, high schools and government agencies through her programs across several countries and cultures.
Working in collaboration with accredited American universities, Ms. Hsu cultivated international academic relationships through niche programs in business, computer engineering, healthcare, hospitality, education, fashion design, etc., for international students, career changers, professionals and government officials. Ms. Hsu speaks at international conferences on a wide range of topics in business and education. She is also a highly regarded academic and business executive in New York City, having been honored by the New York Queens Theater, and lauded by the U.S. government’s key federal business administration program as having developed a “blazingly successful new enterprise…the International Academic Alliance.”
Hadi Salavitabar, Chief STRATEGY Officer
As IAA Chief Strategy Officer, Dr. Salavitabar oversees corporate direction and key initiatives across the International Academic Alliance. A well-respected faculty and university administrator with an enthusiasm for international education, Dr. Salavitabar was Founding Dean of the School of Business at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and most recently served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College of Saint Rose. In addition to his work as Chief Strategy Officer, Dr. Salavitabar also serves as Executive in Residence at University at Albany - State University of New York and a Trustee of Ulster Savings Bank.
Tumin Chook, Chief Technology Officer
Tumin has extensive experience working in IT and software industry in the United States and abroad. He defines the corporate IT strategy and provides guidance to the IT team on building IT infrastructure and education technologies. He is currently the Co-founder of MySignBox, a startup which offers an interactive digital signage platform with social reward. Prior to his start-up, he was the CTO of GPRO Technologies Bhd., a listed company in Malaysia Stock Exchange. He joined the company in early 2004 and was one of the key management to bring the company public. Tumin also served as the CTO for National Institute of Technology, a New York based education service provider, from the year of 2001 to 2003, where he spearheaded the effort to create a new e-learning platform. Before moving to New York, he was managing the User-Interface Group of Supplyworks, a Massachusetts based B2B Company. He spent 5 years of his career earlier with AppNet, later merged with Commerce One, as a Senior Consultant serving various corporations including Ford, Unisys, UMI, and Comshare.
Lynn Huang, Director of International Admission, China
Lynn holds the dual positions of Director of International Recruiting and the Director of China Development at IAA, responsibilities she has held for over nine years. A well-connected world traveler with strong communication skills, prior to joining IAA, Lynn served as an academic recruitment executive for nearly ten years, most notably as the Manager of marketing and student recruitment for Xincon America Technical School, a vocational training institution in the New York City area. In addition to her considerable business development profile, Lynn also holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the New York Institute of Technology.
ANNIE HAN, PATHWAY PROGRAMS DIRECTOR
Annie brings experience in international education and school admissions within universities, independent schools, and private education institutions. With a background in international education development, Annie specializes in international student advising and program management. Most recently, Annie was an Academic Director at the Hoyah Overseas Education Institute, developing and maintaining international education programs, along with successfully advising students seeking application to American boarding schools and universities. She holds a master's degree in education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego.
Jerry Tsong, MD, Member on Board of Advisors
Jerry is a Senior Partner at Greenwich Ophthalmology Associates, one of the largest private medical group practices in Greenwich, CT. He is the Retina Specialist of the group. Previously, Jerry has been involved in medical education at the University of Southern California and the George Washington University Medical Center. Jerry holds a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.