Get to know our world-class academic advisory board who is responsible for improving Asia Exchange’s academic experience. 

Asia Exchange is all about people. Our organization focuses on providing affordable and global study opportunities for youth students who dream of having life-changing experiences through international education. By achieving this, these people can do and share their part in changing the future 

To assist us in making this happen, we have our core team supported by world-class advisors who want to share their experiences and visions to benefit Asia Exchange students and featured universities. 

The Asia Exchange Advisory Board is a committee from different professions and/or industries. Members are educational decision-makers, academic advisors and influencers, institutional coordinators, media representatives, and other important stakeholders from various countries. 

They oversee our academic standing and assist Asia Exchange in continuously improving our students’ learning experience 

We may seek advice from the Advisory Board in the following areas: 

  • Existing and future collaborations with universities from different countries 
  • Improving Asia Exchange’s marketing strategy towards the fast-changing 
  • Enhancing Asia Exchange‘s policies and processes regarding academic experience 
  • Other important matters relating to study abroad programs 

As part of our Advisory Board’s dedication, we will hold a bi-yearly meeting to discuss updates on our goals for the year. Our Advisors have an opportunity to visit our Asian study destinations to get a glimpse of how Asia Exchange students spent their semester with us. 


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Peter Vesterbacka is a global entrepreneur from the Finest Bay Area at the Heart of Eurasia, Helsinki, Finland. Branded communities co-created and initiated by Peter include the HP Bazaar, Mobile Monday, Slush, and Startup Sauna, to name a few. He was the Mighty Eagle at Angry Birds for many years, taking that brand to unprecedented heights. Peter is also currently an adjunct professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Tongji University, one of the leading universities in China. In 2011 Time Magazine named Peter one of the 100 most influential people on the planet.

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Derek Bradley is the Assistant Director responsible for Education Abroad at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.  Before that, he was the Director of Asia Pacific Programs for ISEP (International Student Exchange Programs) for nine years.  He worked in China for five years, teaching at Beijing Language and Culture University, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, and Anhui Normal University.  He has an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College and a B.S. in Business/Communications from Grove City College.

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With travel experiences in over 20 countries worldwide, Karen is a professional in business development and marketing in the higher education industry. Currently working at the University of Hertfordshire as the Hong Kong and Taiwan representative and the Vice-Chair of NAFSA China MIG, she embodies her power of global experiences in international education and recruitment. Before then, she worked as the Asia regional representative for The Intern Group, who successfully helped the group to double its size and inspired students to pursue their goals in the international realm. She also excels in applying her marketing knowledge into brand building from her previous experiences working with clients including Nikon, Shell, HSBC, Ferrero, Swire Properties, and many more when she was a client manager in various international advertising agencies such as WPP Group and McCann Worldgroup.

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Akos Kiraly is a higher education marketing specialist with over 9 years of experience. Akos grew up in Hungary and came as an international student to Germany. He had started his career in Germany with one of the leading German university agencies before he switched to the education provider side. Akos has previously worked as Director of Student Recruitment at GISMA Business School and has successfully implemented an international student recruitment strategy for SRH Berlin University of Applied Science (SRH Hochschule Berlin). Akos joined Lancaster University Leipzig in September 2019. He is also a volunteer in the EAIE rainbow task force.

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Anton John Crace is an editor and program designer at QS Quacquarelli Symonds, based out of Singapore. He has worked in international and higher education since 2011 and was formerly the Asia Pacific editor of The PIE News, an international education media outlet. He has received awards, including the Universities Australia Higher Education Journalist of the Year in 2019 at the National Press Club of Australia and the International Education Association of Australia award for Professional Commentary in 2018.

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Michael Hauchecorne is the vice-president for international relations and academic affairs at Université Le Havre Normandie, France. His prime interest in languages and most specifically, in the sociolinguistics of international studies have led him to travel around the world to study many educational systems and to observe the benefits of international education. He is now an accomplished citizen of the world who promotes humanistic values through intercultural encounters and projects.

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