As a founder of StudentUniverse, he has taken the company from an idea at his kitchen table in New York City to the world’s largest student deals site. During this ride, he has led fundraising activities and been an active manager of the business. Espen grew up in Oslo, Norway, however moved to the United States to attend Columbia University. As a national champion in swimming, he proved early on that he is highly competitive. As a student in New York, he founded his own travel agency, which would later become Prism Travel. In 2000, he moved to Boston and launched StudentUniverse.
Chief Executive Officer
Atle joined StudentUniverse in 2005, and prior to his role as a CEO, he led the business development and marketing teams. Having grown up in Norway, you would think he would not mind the cold Boston winters - think again. Atle loves whiteboards, digital business and good wine. He is in charge of continuing StudentUniverse’s growth and is involved in all commercial aspects of the business. Atle received his undergraduate degree from The Norwegian School of Management - B.I. and his graduate degree from Boston University.
Chief Commercial Officer
Mike joined StudentUniverse in 2011 and is responsible for the commercial strategy and development of the company. During his 20+ years in the travel industry, he has owned and sold a ski tour company and an educational tour company. Prior to his role at StudentUniverse, Mike was in charge of sales and business development for Ski.com, the largest provider of mountain travel in North America. Prior to Ski.com, he led EF College Break (a division of EF Educational Tours). Mike loves spending time with his wife and three daughters. He is also an avid skier and fisherman.
Chief Financial Officer
Affectionately known as “The Principal”, Cindy joined StudentUniverse as Controller just prior to launching our first online presence in April 2000. Cindy built the accounting and finance departments from the ground up and now manages finance, accounting and HR as CFO of our global organization. When not crunching numbers, Cindy tries to find time to spend with her husband and often gets tackled by her two young sons in the suburbs, where she enjoys gardening and channeling her inner Martha Stewart (the creative one, not the crook) on various projects around the house.
Chief Operating Officer
Chad is responsible for making sure our website and service works the way we want it to. He grew up in central Indiana (Frankfort- home of the Hot Dogs), and got his B.S. from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2000. After receiving his degree, Chad lived in Cork, Ireland for a while before moving to Boston in 2001. He had no job, but wanted to be close to his lifelong favorite baseball team – the Boston Red Sox. Chad joined the StudentUniverse team in 2002, and has held positions in many departments over the years. He loves sports, Las Vegas, relaxing vacations where there is possibility for some culture (hates Cancun, but loves Costa Rica) and spending time with his 2 young daughters.
Director, Business Intelligence
Amy joined StudentUniverse in 2004, and prior to her current role as data junkie, she lead the development, customer service, product sourcing and product management teams. So, she knows what's happening all over StudentUniverse. She is the only one at StudentUniverse with 'intelligence' on her business card - she spends hours figuring out how to get what students want to students when they want it. Amy got her B.A. at Dartmouth College and her masters degree at University of Michigan. Her degree at Michigan was Master of Information - something her mom liked to mention during all conversation pauses.
Senior Software Engineer
Anton received a Bachelor's in Computer Science and Business from Northeastern University. He's worked in the financial industry in Boston and NY as well as a tech start-up in San Francisco and London. Anton is an entrepreneurship enthusiast and in 2012 started a company to help college students exchange textbooks. Originally from the Ukraine, travel is in his DNA and he's joined a company that specializes in just that. When he's not slinging code he enjoys being outdoors and playing a variety of sports.
Vice President, Customer Care Center
Antonio joined StudentUniverse in 2007 with more than 20 years in both airlines and student travel experience in Customer Service. Antonio loves traveling and exploring archaeological and historical wonders listed in the Unesco World Heritage sites like Bagan, Myanmar, Angkor Wat, Cambodia, Hoi An in Vietnam to name a few. While at complete awe with his explorations, he feasts his palate with the gastronomical richness of country's culinary and savors each bite with delight. Antonio is a strong believer of the fundamentals of UNESCO to protect history against human destruction and preserve for future generations.
Vice President, Travel Services
Brad brings nearly 25 years of student and group travel experience to the Travel Services (Groups) department. Before joining StudentUniverse, he worked for a large student tour operator, negotiating airline prices and seat allocations for hundreds of thousands of students. Recently, Brad returned home to Boston after living and working for several years in Switzerland, where he learned to make a mean rösti.
Corey is a Web Designer and Developer who joined StudentUniverse to implement the latest in Web design, technologies and standards. With a degree in Graphic Design and two years of hands-on experience, Corey brings HTML5, CSS3, Wordpress, Drupal, Adobe Creative Suite and CMS knowledge to his role as Graphic Designer. New Zealand and Japan are at the top of Corey's bucket list. In his free time, he loves extreme sports and playing tabletop and video games with friends. Corey hopes to create his own games someday.
Courtney works with partners to implement integrated advertising programs and creative strategies to reach the student audience across StudentUniverse’s channels (display, mobile, email newsletters, social media and sweepstakes). Prior to joining StudentUniverse, Courtney worked as an Account Manager at ChoiceStream and Specific Media in Boston. While working at Allrecipes.com, she worked with brands such as General Mills, Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser and Kraft. A diehard Seahawks fan, you can find her Sunday’s cheering on the team. She spends her free time volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House Boston and raising money for various charities. Courtney moved to Boston three years ago from Seattle. She is a graduate from Washington State University, Go Cougs!
Crista has been a part of the Travel Services team for six years, and has been with StudentUniverse for a decade. She worked as part of our customer care team before transitioning over to travel services. Crista graduated from Lasell College, located in Newton, MA, with a B.S. in Hospitality Management. Crista has been traveling internationally since she was 2, a few of her favorite places are London, Italy and San Diego.
Lead Architect / Development Manager
Originally an architecture major at UMiami, Dale shifted to Computer Science at UMass Dartmouth. He started his career as a web designer, but quickly transitioned to web development, and joined StudentUniverse in 2001. He was the chief developer responsible for the main web site for many years. Currently, he is engaged in designing new applications for StudentUniverse. Dale’s proudest moment at StudentUniverse was leading its dodgeball team to victory in 2004. When he's not writing beautiful code Dale likes to play volleyball and, of course, travel.
Head of UK Marketing & Business Development
Dan joined StudentUniverse in 2013 to lead the marketing efforts as StudentUniverse expanded into the UK. After graduating, Dan started his career in the travel industry at Thomas Cook where he worked on a number of high-profile projects over four years. He's a big traveller having visited six of the seven continents, and has plans to complete the set with a trip to Antarctica in the future. In his spare time, Dan is a keen triathlete, cyclist, cricketer and footballer and often combines this passion with travel as a recently completed 330 mile cycle from London to Amsterdam highlights.
Quality Assurance Engineer
Dana came to StudentUniverse in 2012 with 17 years experience in Information Technology. He joined our QA team where he now gets to break things instead of fixing them. Unlike many of his coworkers, Dana lived his entire life in the Boston area where he graduated from UMass in 1996. When he's not working, he enjoys a sedentary lifestyle filled with TV, movies, music and unhealthy food.
Public Relations Manager
After growing up in the Halloween capital of the world, Salem, MA, Danielle graduated from Bentley University and spent the first six years of her career in high-tech public relations. Danielle started her career at BluePoint Venture Marketing, helped launch ThinkMedia PARTNERS (which was acquired by Matter Communications) and then spent three years as an account manager at fama PR in Boston. She has successfully launched and raised the profile of both early stage and multi-billion dollar tech companies in the US and abroad. Danielle caught the travel bug during her semester abroad at the Copenhagen Business School and joined StudentUniverse in the fall of 2014 to launch a public relations program. When she’s not working, Danielle loves traveling, enjoying craft beers and spending time with family and friends.
Director, Travel Services, StudentUniverse UK
Eric has worked in the student travel business for a decade (makes him sound older than he really is). Back in those ye olde days, plane tickets could be handwritten on paper, and the internet was still ‘new’. Since then, he’s been hopping from one continent to the next, while helping others do the same.
Senior Software Engineer
Eric grew up in upstate New York and went to school at University of Buffalo for BS in Computer Science. Before joining our Development team, Eric previously worked in Industrial Process Automation, Health Care industry, and development of CASE tools. He loves building things. He helped build his parents' underground house. Eric traveled to most of the US and reached the summit of the highest mountains in New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. He also did some traveling to Canada, England, Netherlands, and India. Besides his passion for building things, Eric likes corvettes, golf, hiking, and spending time with his wife and daughters, one of which is currently in college and the other is in her senior year of high school.
Website Operations Analyst
Erin graduated from from Mount Holyoke College in 1997 with a B.S. in Anthropology. After college, she pulled pints in London and traveled around Ireland before returning home to Boston to get a "real" job. She worked on Martha's Vineyard for a couple of years from 1998-2000 at the local historical society and drove cabs around the island. In 2001, she moved to Scotland for a year with her husband and came back to Boston in 2002, which was when she started working for StudentUniverse. As part of the Website Operations team, Erin tests the website functionality to ensure customers have a positive experience. Outside of the office, Erin is an avid hiker and runner, having completed the Marine Corp Marathon in 2003 and London Marathon in 2004.
Director, Business Development
Evan joined StudentUniverse in 2011 and works on the Business Development team. With a background in student deals at the student discount site Edhance, and some time in the daily deals space, he's all about finding students new ways to save. Evan works on a variety of projects at StudentUniverse including the Hotels product, Tourism Board relations, Travel Services partnerships, Advertising and anything up and coming that requires a business development touch. As a self proclaimed road-warrior, outside the office you're most likely to find Evan on a plane either traveling for business or exploring the world on his own.
Genesis had no choice but to catch the travel bug early on due to growing up in a military family. Though she was born in Texas, her family was fortunate enough to be stationed in Germany twice before moving to Massachusetts where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dean College. Genesis has traveled to over 14 countries and draws from her experiences to motivate others to begin adventures of their own. When Genesis is not helping others travel, you can find her dancing and competitively practicing her German.
Hotel Operations Manager
Hannah is part of the hotel team and manages operations. She grew up attending Petersfield School in the beautiful rolling countryside of Hampshire, England. Later, she studied business and fashion design at Chichester Arts and Technology College. Her first proper job was working in HR for a charity, which she really enjoyed, but as the Brit puts it: “I hankered for sunnier climates!”. So after college, she travelled and worked in Portugal. Loving the country and people, she decided to make the official move from the UK to Portugal and has never looked back.
Paid Search Marketing Manager
Henry earned his Bachelor's at the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management in 2010. After graduating, he moved to Boston and jumped right into the world of internet marketing with a focus on paid search. In spring of 2014 he joined the StudentUniverse team to head paid search marketing initiatives. In his spare time, Henry indulges in the Boston's live music and makes frequent weekend trips up along the East Coast.
Hetty joined StudentUniverse in November 2014 and her main responsibility is to create test automation. She came to the US in February 2014 to pursue her Master of Science in Computer Science. Before Hetty came to the US, she lived in Sydney, Australia for almost 6 years where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and worked for 2 years in National Australia Bank (NAB) as a Test Engineer. Hetty enjoys traveling and exploring new restaurants. Some of her other interests are swimming, ice skating, badminton and rocks climbing.
Ilse recently joined the Travel Services team. She’s a Seattle native that caught the travel bug at age 6, and has had many international escapades since. Lately, more thrilling adventures include ice swimming in Finland, hiking in Northern Ireland, and scootering through Cambodia. After studying International Politics and French at the University of Montana, Ilse spent a year teaching English to elementary students (and drinking delicious red wine) in Southern France. In her free time she likes to experiment in the kitchen and enjoy the sunshine outdoors!
Jason joined StudentUniverse in 2014. He brings 15 years of travel, hospitality and customer service experience to our team. From 2005-2013 Jason worked abroad in Amsterdam, Netherlands as manager and global recruitment coordinator at Booking.com. When he is not at work, Jason attends Middlesex College full time where he is majoring in Business Management, specializing in HR Services. He loves to travel the world any opportunity he gets, with Asia and Egypt being at the top of his list. In his spare time, Jason enjoys cooking and entertaining family and friends.
Jason joined StudentUniverse in 2007, and he is one of the guys that makes our cheap student airfares appear on the webite. When he is not in work-mode he is an avid video gamer. Jason received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts.
Jeff has been a Software Engineer at StudentUniverse since 2000. He is an avid golfer and lover of all things beef and bacon (washed down with a nice glass of box wine). He is also the reigning SU hamburger eating champ, devouring 7 half pound burgers. His favorite travel destination is the beautiful island of Aruba, where the weather, beaches, and golf are always perfect. (Jeff also wonders why his head barely fits in this picture)
Director of Land Product
After spending more than a decade in London, Jim returned to his hometown of Boston and joined Student Universe in 2015. With a background in youth and specialty travel, he's focused on growing the tours program to offer students new experiences around the world. When he's not scouring the globe for the next hot-spot in student travel, you'll find him with his border terrier Scout, who is still not sure about the move to America.
Desktop Support Technician
Justin is a quantum computing AI that was built by the highly gifted dev and QA team at StudentUniverse. When he came online on October 2014, he started assisting in troubleshooting and maintaining StudentUniverse's computer systems. Hobbies include calculating prime numbers, determining the meaning of life and world domination.
Director of Operations, Travel Services
Karoline grew up in western Massachusetts and is a first generation American with family roots in Ecuador. Her unique upbringing includes learning Spanish at home while attending a Polish Catholic School for grades K-8. She has 12 years of experience working for EF Education in Boston and in Switzerland and loves to travel whenever she can.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Manager
Katie joined StudentUniverse in 2015 to manage SEO. Creative as well as competitive by nature, the challenge of solving complex issues through collaboration is what keeps her on her toes to thrive in this ever-changing field. Prior to joining StudentUniverse, Katie worked agency-side at agencies in New York, Portland, and Boston. She helped clients of all sizes to iterate their online presence to perform better in search engines. Katie was born and raised in Portland, Maine, and moved to Boston after studying Advertising and Sculpture at the University of Maine. When she can find the time she is in the ocean, in the woods, around the world, playing music, or blacksmithing.
Kelima joined StudentUniverse in November, 2014 as an Accounting Assistant. She is responsible for Accounts Payable and other Finance tasks. Kelima has a Master's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and has over 7 years experience in Accounting. Kelima was born and raised in the cool tropics of the Caribbean island of Jamaica and moved to the United States in 2012. When Kelima is not at work, she's spending time with her active 4 year old son. She has a passion for travelling and one day hopes to visit a new country each year.
Kenneth joined the Travel Services Team after pursuing his master degree in communication from Emerson College. Having grown up in China, Kenneth has had many international living and learning experiences before coming to Boston. Being bilingual in Mandarin Chinese and English, Kenneth is passionate about empowering the Chinese-speaking youth to travel around the world.
Jr. Software Engineer
Since he was in high school, Kyle always enjoyed development and the ability to see creations come to life. Naturally, Kyle went on to major in Computer Information Systems (with a business management minor) at Westfield State University. Kyle recently moved from Western Massachusetts to the Boston area to join StudentUniverse's development team, where he is focused on testing. Kyle's favorite vacation spots are Florida and Las Vegas, and he hopes to make it to Australia someday. In his free time, Kyle enjoys watching football and playing soccer. Prior to joining StudentUniverse, Kyle worked at United Technologies Corporation in CT.
Assistant Manager, Website Operations
Laura grew up in Ithaca, NY and also attended Ithaca College where she met her husband and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. After spending 21 years in Ithaca, she decided to move to Boston. Shortly after, Laura joined StudentUniverse in 2004 and started off in Customer Care. She then moved over to Website Operations in 2009, where she currently does QA. She’s one of the people who makes sure the products on the site show up correctly and helps make sure the site itself is running smoothly. Laura has lived abroad twice, both times in Germany. She lived in Munich when she was 10 and Dresden when she was 18. During this time she got to travel extensively throughout Europe and also got the chance to see her favorite rock bands, Pearl Jam and U2, for the first time. When not working, Laura enjoys playing violin, reading, playing with her 3 kids and traveling.
Leah comes to us with a passion for travel that started while studying abroad in Prague. After graduating from St. Lawrence University, she worked in Florence, Italy, for the student travel company Bus2alps, doing marketing, sales, and guiding tours around Europe.
Human Resources Manager
Liezel oversees the life cycle of our employees as well as recruiting, performance, payroll, benefits, & employee relations support & resolution. She ensures we are in compliance with laws & regulations affecting our employees and the workplace. Liezel started with StudentUniverse 11 years ago as a temp, entering cash receipts. When the Director of HR left in 2001, she picked up from there with limited experience and just ran with it. Personal life? Hmm…she has a family the size of a basketball team on court, whom she loves going home to.
Director, Mobile Development
Lucas is an experienced entrepreneur and software developer with a focus on mobile. He's in charge of all the amazing technology in our mobile apps. Lucas has lead teams of mobile developers including Android, iOS and web and distributed across the world. He loves beautiful, simple mobile apps that make people's lives easier. Lucas studied Computer Science at Universidad Argentina de la Empresa in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Madeleine joined StudentUniverse's travel services team in 2015. She spent her childhood in Houston, her teenage years in Manchester, England, her university years in Edinburgh, Scotland, and then she started her career at a small travel agency in Boston. Growing up in the UK allowed Maddie to see much of the world. She has been to 22 countries and 40 states at last count. Some of her favorite travel experiences include sharing an ice cream cone with a kangaroo in Australia, riding a camel through Petra and sailing Greece's Ionian Sea. When she isn't traveling, she works on her creative writing and cheers on the Boston Bruins.
Maria grew up in Boston and attended the Boston Latin High school but moved to Cuenca, Ecuador for 3 years where she finished high school. She has been in the travel industry since 1997. She started at StudentUniverse as a travel consultant, moved on to do Accounts Receivable and now handles all Accounting duties. When not at work, she enjoys her time with 3 daughters and a new puppy - causing sleepless nights. She would one day like to move back to Ecuador to live. Maria loves to travel, as well. Her favorite place other than Ecuador is Paris, France.
Web Graphic Designer
Matt's the guy you can blame if something looks odd on our new website. He graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Studio Art. Luckily, Al Gore invented the internet so Matt could get a web design job upon graduation (or else he'd be painting). Matt's done illustration work for publishers such as Pearson and comic book companies Marvel, DC and Disney. When he's not working, he's probably working on something else.
Vice President, Website Operations
Matt heads up Website Operations handling overall project planning, build execution and management, process control and pricing strategies. After college and some time abroad in Aix en Provence, France, Matt moved to Boston and started working in the airline industry, specifically in student travel. Prior to joining StudentUniverse in 2002, Matt worked for Council Travel at 3 different local university shops focusing on retail sales, e-commerce and international support. Matt received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and certification in Spanish and International Relations at Saint Anselm College. His love for language forces him to learn more - taking on studies of Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese.
Michelle brings nearly 30 years of travel industry experience to her role as a group sales agent. Michelle’s previous positions in the industry included creating individual and group tours with Milne Travel American Express and most recently as an Event Coordinator for the American Program Bureau.
Nico grew up in Zapala, Argentina and moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina to start a career in software when he was 18. He graduated as a Software Engineer and since then he has been working as a developer with a focus on mobile, but always with interest in learning new technologies and programming languages as well. In 2014 he moved to New York to join our mobile team to help develop our mobile apps. In his free time he is a huge soccer fan and he likes to watch movies and TV shows.
Paras joined StudentUniverse as a Software Developer in 2015. Paras was born and raised in India where he attended Mumbai University for Computer Engineering. He came to the US in 2012 to pursue his Masters in Computer Science at Northeastern University. Paras is a huge soccer fan (English Premiere League and Chelsea FC). His favorite travel experiences include trekking on the snowy Himalayas and travelling on the highest roads in the world in India.
Vice President, Marketing
Paul joined StudentUniverse in 2008 to develop new business partnerships and opportunities. He graduated with honors from Bentley University majoring in Business Management with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. At StudentUniverse, Paul works to continue the growth of our business and the strategic partners that we work and collaborate with. Paul caught the travel bug back in college while studying abroad in Italy and continues to take every opportunity to explore new places.
Having made his first website at the age of 11, Peter has always been fascinated with technology. Born, raised, and currently residing in Rhode Island, he makes the 45 minute commute to work every day, helping make our website what it is today (and more importantly tomorrow). He is currently studying Computer Science and Information Processing at the Community College of Rhode Island. Outside of the StudentUniverse world, Peter enjoys sports, his favorite sport being American Football, doing freelance programming, and playing cards. If not a computer programmer, he would have liked to become a professional poker player. His dream vacation spots are Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Japan, but would love to travel the world. He is hoping that working at StudentUniverse may one day help him accomplish that.
Director of Marketing
Rebecca joined StudentUniverse as Director of Marketing in July 2015. She has a diverse background marketing student travel companies including TUI NA Education businesses, Explorica and ACIS and loves creating opportunities for students to experience the world. As a Florida native Rebecca loves wearing brightly colored clothing year-round and believes haden mangoes and honeybell oranges are liquid gold. 15 years in Massachusetts has, however, given her a newfound appreciation for wicked awesome 60 degree days, Fenway Pahk, homemade ice cream, and aggressive driving paired with inexplicable roadway engineering. When not at work she can be found exploring the city with friends or experiencing the outdoors with her dog MacGyver.
Vice President, Airline Product
Renaud is in charge of making sure students can fly for less. He grew up in Maine where he attended the University of Maine before heading to Kissimmee,FL, where he graduated from the now non-existent Southeastern Academy. Attracted to the lights of the big city, he moved to The Big Apple where he had accepted a job with Trans World Airlines (TWA) looking for that opportunity to “see the world for free”. After 12 years in The Big Apple, he headed to the quieter, slower paced Midwest where he worked 11 years for Northwest Airlines (NWA). Having now worked for a total of 30+ years in the travel industry, making him one of the two “grand dads of travel” at StudentUniverse.
Richard is a designer with a strong background in mobile UX/UI. He's in charge of designing the amazing StudentUniverse mobile apps and the general look and feel of many initiatives in the company. He loves fun and useful design. He's also known for being the top ping-pong player in the company since his introduction in 2013. Richard studied Design at Universidad Los Libertadores in Bogotá, Colombia.
Lead Software Architect
Rick has been coding for more than thirty years. When he’s not watching Star Trek, he is involved in everything architectural from the infrastructure to the application front and back end of the website. Before joining StudentUniverse, he worked at Netzero with linguistic content analysis (for ad targeting) and searching, content management authoring software at EBT and search engine technology way back at Silverplatter. Before that, it would look like stones and knives.
Junior Systems Engineer
Ruskin is the go-to-guy when StudentUniverse employees have technical issues. He is responsible for providing the support that keeps all of our systems up and running smoothly. He is of Dominican decent which was born in Jersey but raised in Roxbury, MA. He is a die hard Boston Red Sox fan who likes fast cars and traveling. In 2007, 2 years after graduating high school, Ruskin received his associates degree in applied science - computer networking systems. He worked with Siemens IT solutions as a contractor performing technical support at the Monster.com headquarters until summer of 2010 when he was offered a position at StudentUniverse by our Systems engineer.
Saadet was born in Istanbul, Turkey and moved to Northern Virginia when she was five years old. She worked with her tight-knit family at her father’s business throughout her teen years and adolescence. She later decided to move to the lovely city of Boston, where she completed her Bachelor’s in International Management at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She joined StudentUniverse in 2014 as a Marketing Associate, where she assists in online and offline marketing initiatives. Saadet enjoys dancing, going to concerts, and sitting down for exotic meals overlooking beautiful scenery. Her biggest passions are travel, and learning/experiencing new cultures.
Business Process Manager
Scott is new to the Travel business, but not to travel. He's been to 17 countries on four continents, and has set foot in just about every US state. He finds the most memorable travel adventures usually weren't part of the original plan: guiding a raft down Rios Tenorio in Costa Rica, finding a Boston Celtics themed sports-bar during his first hour in Frankfurt, or racing an Olympic medalist down from Machu Picchu in a heavy rainstorm. (He lost). After serving in the US Army and attending graduate school, Scott worked on eCommerce, Contact Center, and technology systems at some large corporations before arriving here at StudentUniverse, where he manages technology and business integration projects.
Director, Airline Product
Tina is part of the Airline Product team at StudentUniverse. She is responsible for negotiating fares and fare rules with our airline partners. Tina grew up in New Hampshire and went to college at the University of New Hampshire. She studied one semester of her junior year in London (Regent's College), after which she decided she wanted to keep traveling. After graduating from college she decided to move to the "big" city of Boston. Since then, she has been with StudentUniverse since 2001 and has moved apartments seven times.
Marketing Assistant, StudentUniverse UK
After an 18 month marketing internship with StudentUniverse, Vanessa joined StudentUniverse UK as Marketing Assistant in September 2015. Passionate about travelling, writing and poetry, Vanessa hopes one day to help tackle the poverty barrier and social structures in Africa. She currently runs her own startup company, Muvafrika, which creates African jewelry and products. Vanessa studied International Relations at Essex University.
Business Development Manager
Before joining the team in 2014, Victor had been, as they say, living the dream. He built his sales career from a lifelong passion of skiing, which made him Senior Sales Manager at Big Sky Resort in Montana. While leading their sales division, he still maintained a freelance writing career, skied on his lunch break, and traveled the world. Today, he continues living the dream in New York City, where he develops business partnerships for StudentUniverse and continues traveling globally. When he is not skiing or writing, Victor enjoys dark beer, mountain biking, and a reliable pair of shoes.
Wenyi joined the StudentUniverse team as a Software Engineer in 2013 after receiving her masters degree in Computer Science from Brandeis University. Wenyi was born and raised in China and has a passion for learning new languages - both human languages and computer and machine languages. Wenyi is addicted to the world of coding and programming and fascinated with new technologies. She is living her dream of exploring the world from the viewpoint of numbers and logic.
Market Development Manager
Yi grew up in Sichuan, China which is well known around the world as heaven for foodies. She took her BA of Advertising in her home country and received MA degree in Public Relations from Michigan State University. She joined StudentUniverse as a Marketing Associate in January 2013, handling Marketing and Business Development for Chinese-speaking markets. Yi is an enthusiast of cross-cultural studies and enjoys cooking in her spare time.