The HEART & SOUL of CEA
Our CEA leadership team is international, diverse and committed to creating life-changing schools and places for all stakeholders
Ayahi Suda is a graduate of Tokyo University and was raised in an environment surrounded by a family of educators. At the age of 26, she started her own international early years education centre in the heart of Tokyo.
After moving to England in 2009 with her husband Fei-Fei she continued her education at University of the Arts London and The Royal Drawing School. Ayahi then worked at Sotheby's headquarters. After returning to Japan in 2015, she co-founded Clarence Education Asia.
Fei-Fei Hu is a British-Chinese entrepreneur living and working between Tokyo, Hokkaido, London and Shanghai. Alongside his wife Ayahi, he is co-founder of CEA.
An assistant to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for 8 years from 2007-2015, Fei-Fei served as Secretary of The Prince’s Foundation (China) based in Clarence House and St. James’s Palace, UK. He studied Philosophy at Waseda University and University of Oxford.
Ziver Olmez has worked in the premium school investment sector in Asia for 12 years. As Director of Research & Development for Harrow International Management Services, he developed K-13 premium school turnkey compliance systems for a wide range of projects in China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam.
An experienced educator and development economist, Ziver has created some of the industry’s most successful and sophisticated investment models for high performing educational institutions. He holds an MA in Development Economics (Sussex, UK), and an MSc in Energy Economics and Policy (Surrey, UK).
Lori Henderson MBE
Lori served as Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) from February 2011 – March 2022. Prior to that, she held senior media and management roles at the Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business and Business Breakthrough University in Tokyo.
Lori gained her BA in English Language and Literature and then her Master's degree in Mediaeval English from the University of St. Andrews. She was awarded an MBE in The Queen's 2013 New Years Honours List for services to post-earthquake reconstruction and to the British business community in Japan.
CEA PEOPLE - FREE THINKERS
We’ve developed models for each group school, location and leader to feel empowered, and make decisions based on real-time information and data.
Heads of Schools
Kirsten O'Connor, Senior Education Advisor
Aiko Kaneyama, Senior Legal Advisor
PEOPLE WITH PASSION
Our people have entered CEA Group at various stages in their careers. Everything they do is driven by positive outcomes for pupils, places and communities.
PLACES WITH PURPOSE
Our places are designed with beauty and playfulness in mind. All CEA locations feel different and, in turn, inspire limitless possibilities for generations to come