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Hale Educational Consultants are graduates of top US and Canadian universities and experts in the application process. They are  deeply familiar with the challenges and concerns that face students and families applying from overseas. We are the gold standard in North American college admissions, and your success is our priority.

Peter Y. Davos

Founder and CEO

Peter is a first generation college graduate, born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with a double major, from Johns Hopkins University and spent his junior year abroad completing the General Course in International Relations at the London School of Economics. Peter holds master’s degrees from Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall) and Harvard University (Graduate School of Design), where he was selected Marshal of his class, and has completed UCLA’s Certificate in College Counseling with Distinction and IECA’s Summer Training Institute. As a student, he received numerous awards and accolades, including the Graduate Merit Award for study at the London School of Economics, Harvard GSD Alumni Council Unsung Hero Book Prize (awarded to the student that contributes most to student life outside of the classroom), the Harvard GSD Colloredo-Mansfeld Prize for Superior Achievement in Real Estate Studies, the Harvard Real Estate Consortium Founders’ Award, and membership in the Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, Order of Omega and Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Societies.

Peter is the co-President of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Society of the UAE, member of the Johns Hopkins Second Decade Society, former member of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council, and member of the Harvard GSD Alumni Council. He has been featured in over 100+ international news features in media outlets such as Gulf News, the National, Khaleej Times, Al Bayan, Arabian Business, Hindustan Times, Peninsula Qatar, Saudi Gazette, Times of Oman, City 7, Dubai One, Forbes Middle East, and Dubai Eye.

Peggy Shih

Education Consultant (Taiwan)

Peggy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and French from the University of California, Berkeley. During her time at Berkeley, she served as president of Cal’s Taiwanese American Student Association, chair of the East Asian Union, and marketing director of the Global Leadership Conference held at UCB. Additionally, Peggy co-founded the Language Partner and Culture Exchange program at Berkeley. Before joining Hale, she worked in the US, France, China, and the UAE.

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Nathan Vanelli

Education Consultant (Abu Dhabi)

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Middle East Studies from Brown University. While at Brown, he spent three years as an Arabic teaching assistant, coordinated peer-lead courses for less-commonly-taught languages, and worked as a research assistant for the History Department. Before coming to Hale, Nathan taught fifth-grade English in Nablus, Palestine.

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Melusi Dlamini

Co-Director of Test Prep Services

Originally from the Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa, Melusi graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. He began his career in education as a Fellow with the MATCH Charter Public School in Boston, where he tutored and mentored 6th, 7th and 8th graders in all subjects before moving to Dubai. Throughout his career, Melusi has developed test preparation programs for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, GRE, and GMAT tests for international test prep companies in Singapore and the US. He has an impressive record working with high-achieving students, many of whom have scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and ACT and earned perfect 800 scores on the SAT Physics, Chemistry, and Math Level II tests. Melusi has 8 years of teaching experience and is always looking for innovative ways to deliver content and improve student learning.

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Jeffrey Dalton

Co-Director of Test Prep Services

Jeffrey graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics and Languages. After college, he taught English in Lahore, Pakistan for four years where he helped middle school students develop their literacy in English. After returning to the USA, Jeffrey worked 2 years as a Math and Verbal tutor for SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT in New York and New Jersey for a leading international test prep company before making the shift to Dubai. He has scored in the top 99th percentile on both the SAT and ACT. With 10 years of teaching experience , Jeffrey capably and efficiently guides students to achieve their target scores on standardized tests.

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Ijaaz Jackaria

Education Consultant (Dubai)

Ijaaz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from The University of Chicago, where he was awarded full financial aid. He has previously interned in China and India, guiding over one hundred students through the US college application process. During his college years, Ijaaz also worked with the Office of College Admissions at UChicago and as the Director of Operations of Maroon Tutor Match, a student-run tutoring program serving over 400 students in Chicago.

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Azusa Ueno

Director of Test Prep Curriculum

Azusa was born in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology. She went on to obtain her Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. Azusa has 10 years of experience in education. She was a senior tutor for 9 years at a test prep company in New York City before moving to Dubai to continue her career as both an instructor and curriculum developer. She has worked with students on a wide variety of standardized tests including the SAT, ACT, SAT 2 Subject Tests (Math I/II, Chemistry, Biology, and Literature), SSAT/ISEE, and AP Exams (Chemistry and Music Theory). Azusa is also a specialized subject tutor in Chemistry, Biology, Algebra II/Trig, Pre-Calculus, French, and Japanese. She has taught many high-achieving students who have seen an average ACT increase of 5 pointsand average SAT increase of 200 points. She has done extensive work with students on academic skill structuring, organizational skills, and time management. Azusa is also an accomplished concert pianist. She regularly concertizes and conducts music history lectures. She has performed in numerous venues throughout New York, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Los Angeles, Japan, the UAE, and the Czech Republic.

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Arienne Calingo

Educational Consultant (Dubai Office)

Arienne Calingo obtained her master’s degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She also took courses at the Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Divinity School. Arienne went to Georgetown University for her undergraduate studies, where she graduated with a major in Theology and a minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies. While at Harvard, Arienne served as the project lead for developing an open e-learning course on diversity, equity, and inclusion for the UNESCO Chair in Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning. Immediately after graduation, Arienne was a Teaching Fellow for the Center for Asia Leadership and taught a Harvard Business School course entitled “Authentic Leadership Development” to students and business executives in Malaysia, Korea, and China. She has also worked in the Philippines, Thailand, and United States before joining Hale. During her free time, Arienne enjoys writing poetry, volunteering, and watching horror films.

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