CEA People

Our CEA Leadership team is international, diverse and committed to creating

life-changing schools and places for all CEA stakeholders.

Fei-Fei Hu

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. 


Ayahi Suda

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.


Lori Henderson
Managing Director

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.


Ziver Olmez
Managing Director

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).

We bring together a wealth of experience from the public, private and civil sectors, striving for excellence in all that we do.

Working closely with the Heads of each CEA business, our Board of Directors and Senior Advisors provide best-in-class solutions for business performance.

Claire Fletcher
Head of School

Ms Fletcher is from England and has previously lived in Dubai. Before reading Psychology at the University of Glasgow, Ms Fletcher enjoyed academic and house life at St. Bees School, located in the north of England. She has experience as a Deputy Head Teacher, Head of House, Head of Year and Head of English in international schools, as well as primary teaching experience in the UK.


Kirsten O' Connor
Senior Advisor

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 was Head of Years 1 & 2, Deputy Head Teacher and Head Teacher of the Primary School. She is also 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. She is an active Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Japan Fellows Network.