Board Members

Susan Hanna-Wicht

Susan Hanna-Wicht was raised speaking Arabic, English and French. Her formative years between Baghdad and London fostered a lasting linguistic and cultural sensitivity. She has lived in England, Switzerland, France, and currently resides in New York City.

Susan earned a B.A. in Arabic/English Translation from Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad; a postgraduate certificate in Translation and Conference Interpretation from the University of Westminster in London; and an M.A. in International Business from Webster University in Geneva. Her career has spanned translation, interpretation, marketing, and competitive intelligence. In 2005, she completed the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).  In 2012, her family relocated to New York and in 2015 Susan earned an M.A. in Bilingual Bicultural Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Since then, she has worked with the Research Center at City University New York (CUNY) on the Arabic curriculum content for Students with Interrupted Education (SIFE), and has served on non-profit boards, including Career Transition for Dancers, St. Christopher’s Inn.

Angela Jackson

Angela is the by-product of a long developed vision, which was nurtured by her experience working with multinational companies and traveling abroad.  During her experiences, Angela saw first-hand how children abroad were bilingual at an early age, and was inspired to see the positive effects gained from these additional language skills.  Angela most recently served as head of New Channels Marketing at Nokia, where she was responsible for managing the North America marketing for Nokia Nseries Brand. In addition, she sat on a cross-divisional global team that outlined Nokia’s best practices for improving profitability and increasing market share in Asia and India. Angela joined Nokia from MTV Networks, where she served as Director of Retail Development. Previously, she worked at Nickelodeon Networks in the Consumer Products Division and for Universal Studios in various capacities including business development, licensing, marketing, and sales. Angela is fluent in French, and she also spent time living abroad in Paris. She graduated with a BA in Journalism and History from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


 

Shawei Wang

Shawei Wang is Counsel and Assistant Vice President in the Bank Supervision and Markets Division of the Legal Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY).  From 2011-2014, she was Secretary of the Financial Markets Lawyers Group.  She also advises clients in the areas of bank supervision and bank applications, Dodd-Frank Section 165(d) resolution plans, cybersecurity and reverse repo program documentation.  Before joining the FRBNY in 2009, Ms. Wang worked in private practice for several years as an associate at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and raised in upstate New York, Ms. Wang has a degree in Asian Studies from Williams College.  After college graduation, Ms. Wang taught English in Guangzhou at the Sun Yat-sen University for Medical Sciences, worked as a legal assistant at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in Hong Kong and organized U.S.-China programs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.  In 2003, Shawei received her juris doctor degree from Columbia Law School.  Ms. Wang is a Member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.

Georges Chahwan

Holder of a DESS from the Lebanese University and an MA from the University of Geneva, Georges’ belief in the power of languages, as well as his scholarly endeavors, led him to teach Arabic and French at the Lebanese University, the American University of Beirut, Grenoble University in France, and at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. Throughout his teaching career he has designed curriculum, developed and taught online courses, and created Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies programs, including Arabic immersion programs in Jordan, Oman, and Morocco. Georges has also leveraged his expertise in communications and media in the design of an advanced French language course at Choate, entitled “The Francophone Press”.

A leader in language pedagogy, Georges has presented on Project-Based Learning, iPad integration, and 21st Century Skills and World Readiness Standards at national and international conferences including ACTFL, the Global Language Project, Fudan University – Shanghai, and Casa Àrabe – Madrid. In 2012, Georges was invited by ACTFL to help develop and refine the Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (APPL) in Modern Standard Arabic. Georges’ most recent venture into academic leadership is the Directorship of Choate’s Summer Teaching Intern Program, for which he recruits, designs professional development, and mentors aspiring teachers of languages and other disciplines.

 

Sharon M. Chin

Sharon provides strategic and execution guidance to healthcare stakeholders as a Manager at PwC’s Health Industries Advisory practice. Previously Sharon served as a Senior Consultant in Managed Markets Services for IMS Health. She also worked as a Campus Campaign Manager for Teach for America’s recruitment efforts at Columbia University. In 2005, Sharon was a Research Fellow for Humanity in Action where she traveled to Europe to study human rights and minority rights and completed a research project. Sharon received her BA in Political Science and English with a Concentration in Human Rights from Columbia University, where she was also Editor-in-Chief of the undergraduate publication, The Journal of Politics and Society.

Nisrine Danaf

Nisrine Danaf is a strong advocate for empowerment of people, systems, and communities. Both a strategist and a community organizer, she is the co-founder of Yaday Collective, a social business thriving to build a financial and social ecosystem enabling Syrian refugees wherever they are. Nisrine’s true passion lies in creating tangible opportunities for individuals and communities. And her daily motivation in all she does comes from the importance of access – to learning, progress, and equitable dignified living.

Professionally, she has worked in both the private and non-profit sectors. She has a dynamic experience in partnerships development, capacity building, communication, and advocacy. Prior to founding Yaday Collective, Nisrine was Program Director at World Kindness China, a new NGO in mainland China with focus on bridging rural and urban Chinese youth. She also has an extensive portfolio of consulting for UN agencies and leading European health-centered organizations. She is fortunate to have worked and lived in different countries: Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, China, and the US.

Nisrine holds an MBA from University of Geneva focusing on non-profit management, an executive certificate in international advocacy from Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and a B.S in Nutrition and Dietetics from the American University of Beirut. In addition to her native Arabic, she speaks French and English.

Shelly Delice

Shelly has fun at work, she is often seen playing rather than working – but that’s part of her job. She is an accomplished creative director, illustrator, and toy designer. She moved to New York City to work at Walt Disney doing product development. She later ventured out on her own and started a design studio, SHELLY ADVENTURES inc. which provides innovative solutions from everything from style guides for licensed characters to original character development for all types of schemes and manufacturing needs, creating products and designs for Walt Disney, Nickelodeon, Scholastic, Hasbro, MGA, Jakks Pacific, Sassy Baby, etc.

 She has also invented and manufactured her own toy line,
 The ROOMIES which won several awards and successfully sold for over 7 years. She continues to run her design studio and also invents, develops & licenses her products which include SHOEZIE, FUNNY FEET, JABBERS, UNRAVELS Crayons, and many many more. One of her latest inventions is a preschool language learning tool – JINGLE BILINGUAL.

Edwina Kulego

Born and raised in Sweden by Ghanaian parents, Edwina Kulego manages International Business Development at UBM Fashion Group. She began her career working for Zara / Inditex Group, as a Sales Manager in Copenhagen, Denmark.  She moved to New York in 2007 where she interned at various companies such as Essence Magazine, Tommy Hilfiger and PROJECT Trade show.

After graduating from Berkeley College with a Bachelors Degree in International Business she landed a job as the Executive Assistant to the President PROJECT. After that, she became the Business Coordinator to the CEO and eventually went on to manage International Business Development at UBM Fashion Group. This role includes helping international fashion brands create pathways into the US market.

She is a proud member of African Health Now, a non profit organization that provides accessibility to primary health care in Africa. She is also fluent in Swedish, English, Ga, Twi and proficient in Danish.

Beverly Pimsleur

Ms. Pimsleur worked with her late husband, Paul Pimsleur, to create the Pimsleur Language Programs. She has a master’s degree in Ancient History and completed course work for a Phd. in Comparative Literature at NYU and the Sorbonne. She taught Comparative Literature at Ohio State University and English at Marymount College in New York. She is the co-author with Paul Pimsleur of “C’est La Vie”, “Sol y Sombra”, and “Encounters”, and is the author of “Counterparts” ; she founded Actuel Video, Inc. which produced cultural and educational films. More recently Ms. Pimsleur was Language Consultant and Contributing Producer for her daughter’s company, Little Pim, a language learning program for young children. She has been a board member of GLP since 2016.