Nicholas Bonvini, Academic Director
Nicholas (“Nico”) Bonvini graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Economics. In college he interned at State Street Global Advisors and Thomson Reuters, served as the Chief Editor of a web magazine, and was a member of the Economics Society and the Federal Reserve Challenge Team. After graduating, Nico worked as a Royalty Analyst assisting in financial audits of intellectual property rights holders. Nico came to China in 2016 and has since taught business and debate to thousands of students across the country.
Jack Zheng, Business League Co-Director
Jack has a M.A in International Business from Florida International University. While at FIU, he was selected as a student ambassador and helped international students transition to academic and student life at FIU. Alongside his academic work, he interned at the Greater Miami Chamber Of Commerce, where he developed strategic business plans to attract new customers and nurture existing client relationships. After graduation, he worked as an associate sales manager in one of the largest international trade companies in Miami. He later joined a boutique travel company as an associate sales manager and created tailor-made luxurious travel experiences for customers.
Liam Mather, Debate League Co-Director
Liam Mather is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he earned an Honours B.A. in History. Liam has a decade of experience in competitive debate. He broke at numerous high school and university tournaments in North America, was an adjudicator at the 2016 World University Debating Championships in Thessaloniki, Greece, and recently served as Chair of the McGill Debating Union. He has also worked in Toronto’s financial services sector and as an academic researcher.
Carol St.Gelais, Debate League Co-Director
Carol has been involved in debate as a competitor, judge, and organizer for the past six years. As a member of the McGill Debating Union he was the convener of CUSID Central Novice Championship as well as the Union’s annual High School Tournament. Most recently, his focus has been on judging High School level tournaments throughout Canada, notably, out rounds of the Canadian National Debating Championships in Montreal. Carol graduated from McGill University with a B.A in English and History.
Daniel Carlson, Debate League Co-Director
Daniel Carlson has a combined 8 years of experience in debate between competing and coaching. He has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Daniel's coaching experience is tied almost entirely to a school in Nebraska, which he and a small team of coaches turned from a program with a handful of kids into a regional powerhouse. He has coaching experience in both Policy and Lincoln Douglas, with students in both events reaching late outrounds of national circuit tournaments and qualifying to the Tournament of Champions and NFL nationals. His most successful students reached semifinals at the Tournament of Champions and finals at NFL nationals, both in Lincoln Douglas.
Sunny Mewati, Business League Co-Director
Sunny Mewati has an M.S in Economics and Finance from Peking University HSBC Business School, where he completed graduate research on behavioral economics and investor sentiment. While at PHBS, he was a member of the International Business Association and interned at the Chancellor’s Office. Before joining Sunrise, he held roles in strategy, pricing, and sales at two technology startups in Shenzhen. Sunny also has over four years of experience in debate and public speaking, having competed in British Parliamentary debates while studying for his undergraduate degree in engineering.
Ellen Gao, Horizon Academic Program Director
Ellen has a B.A. in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, where she completed thesis research on the role of the International Court of Justice in politically controversial disputes. She has also garnered research experience during her year-long study at the London School of Economics. Ellen has previously worked in the admissions office of her college, policy watchdog organizations, non-profits, and corporate law firms in the United States.
Jacob Newton-Tanzer, CODE League Director