Born and raised in Beijing, Michael graduated from Tsinghua University with first class honors before attending Harvard University for a masters in engineering, then returning to China to work at Goldman Sachs on its China investment banking team. He joined Primavera Capital from its inception and helped build it into China’s leading private equity management firm with USD 8bn assets under management where he worked on significant investments in education, technology, and financial services including Alibaba Group, Ant Financial, and Didi.
With previous board directorships at Stratford School, Zhengming Logistics, Dashu Finance, Element Fresh, and Miaozhen Systems, Michael’s unique combination of experience, strategic vision, and Chinese market knowledge helped him establish a talented team of engineers, educators, and designers to found Beacon and bring the world’s educational resources to China through its unique online technology and services platform.
Steve Wang, CTO
An alumnus of Tsinghua University undegrad with his postgraduate degree from Peking University, Steve has worked in China’s most innovative and advanced technology companies, bringing that expertise to Beacon where he leads the development of our world-class technology stack that includes Beacon’s learning management system, live teaching platform, and CRM.
Steve has built an incredible range and depth of experience in game, database, and advertising development. He worked at IBM before joining Qihoo 360 where he led a product development team of over 50 people responsible for the development of the advertising platform and CRM, implementing complex system architecture across varied stakeholders.
Charlie Iannuzzi, SVP Business Development & Operations
Charlie joined Beacon after more than a decade in international education and leads its global university program outreach, development, and management, often traveling to America and around the world expanding Beacon’s partnership network.
Upon graduation from Duke University, Charlie went to the Marshall Islands with the INGO WorldTeach; Uttarakhand on a William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service through the American India Foundation; and Shanghai where he taught, worked in student affairs, and admissions for Fudan International School at the High School Affiliated to Fudan University. He returned to America as Director of International Admission and Instructor in Development Economics at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT before returning to China to direct global boarding for Whittle School & Studios.
Annie Ma, SVP Domestic Relations
A graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Finance and Management, Annie brings Beacon extensive experience in management consulting services. Having previously worked for a number of foreign companies including BMW Group, Temasek Investment Consulting, Moody's Investment, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Advik Capital, and Far East Holdings, Annie’s management and strategic consulting background is critical to Beacon’s rapid growth.
Marrying this this foreign experience with the best practices she developed at Yu Consulting in Shanghai, Towers Watson Management Consulting in Shenzhen, and Ernst & Young China, Annie’s unique breadth of knowledge in both foreign and domestic services provides an anchor for the integrated nature of Beacon’s robust tech and services platform infrastructure.
Huizi Guo, VP Academics
Huizi is one of China’s most experienced educational developers, having worked at China Europe International Business School where she was deeply involved in all aspects of course content development and creation, research, and student management.
A graduate of Peking University with a master’s degree from Oxford, Huizi has also worked in strategy and industry research at some of China’s leading financial institutions such as China Jianyin Investment Limited and Zhongrong International Trust bringing a network of resources and experience to our educators and learners in China and around the globe.
Thomas Wang, VP Corporate Strategy
After graduating from Tsinghua University, Thomas has worked in all aspects of marketing, sales, and consumer services at a range of companies including ChinaSoft and Nestle and holds unique and powerful insights into our corporate partnership network, their professional development goals and needs, and the consumer markets that surround them.
With vast experience across a set of internet business startups in charge of new business development and supply chain management, Thomas’s unique combination of professional experiences allows Beacon to directly integrate those businesses looking to acquire powerful professional growth opportunities into our university programs.
Dominique Song, General Counsel
Dominique started her career with Goldman Sachs in investment banking and after returning to law school at the University of Pennsylvania, began practicing corporate law with Gibson Dunn before moving into the role of General Counsel for a real estate private equity firm with $1.6 billion in assets under management.
Experienced in business, investment, and law in both China and America, Dominique brings valuable insight, experience, and practice into Beacon’s growth around the world.