A new vision for
International Education in Asia
Leading the education industry as a group of professionals with expertise in operating K-13 international schools and enrichment programmes.
The CEA Team
Mr. Hu is a British-Chinese entrepreneur living and working between Tokyo, Hokkaido, London and Shanghai. He is the founder of the school and also the founder of Clarence Education Asia and Hokkaido Home Farm.
Mr. Hu was an assistant to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for 8 years from 2007-2015, when he served as Secretary of The Prince’s Foundation (China) based in Clarence House and St. James’s Palace, UK. Mr. Hu studied Philosophy at Waseda University and University of Oxford.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Ms. 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 Mr. Hu, she continued her education at University of the Arts London and The Royal Drawing School. She then worked at Sotheby's headquarters. After returning to Japan in 2015, she co-founded Clarence Education Asia.
Co-Founder & Director
Ziver Olmez has worked in the premium school investment sector in Asia for 12 years. He led strategic planning projects for both public and international schools in Hong Kong and China.
He was the Director of Research & Development for Harrow International Management Services (Harrow Schools in Asia), developing and refining both compliance and K-13 premium school turnkey systems for a wide range of projects in China, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam.
His experience as both an educator and a development economist, with a focus on the education and energy sectors, has resulted in his creation of some of the industry’s most successful and sophisticated investment and turnkey models for high performing educational institutions. Ziver holds an MA in Development Economics (Sussex, UK), and an MSc in Energy Economics and Policy (Surrey, UK).
Kirsten O'Connor's educational background includes a BA.Ed in Primary Education and English from Canterbury Christ Church University. She earned an M.Ed in Educational Leadership from The University of Southern Queensland, Australia and holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) from the Institute of Education, UK.
During her 17 years at The British School in Tokyo she has been Head of Years 1 & 2, Deputy Head Teacher and served as Head Teacher of the Primary School for six years. She has also been a member of IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools). As a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan Kirsten was Head of Primary when the school won Company of the Year in 2014. Kirsten is an active Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Japan Fellows Network.