CARL BROWNE – FOUNDER & CEO
After graduating from the University of Kent with a degree in International Relations and Law, Carl moved to Asia to teach English. He taught in both colleges and high schools, as well as doing private tuition. During this time, he was contracted by the University of Hong Kong to run the Faculty of Social Science’s largest internship programme, MOEI. MOEI is and English teaching internship. Carl trains the interns and is the programme coordinator for Myanmar, Thailand, and Cambodia. In 2012, Carl moved to Hong Kong to take up a full-time post as an Academic tutor at the University of Hong Kong. He continues his work with the MOEI programme as well as his charitable work, such as setting up schools in refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border. He strongly believes that good education and good tutors should be available to all, regardless of their budget. After moving to Hong Kong, he couldn’t find an open platform where tutors could advertise their services. In his words “tutors don’t want to pay large amounts of commission to agencies. They want to communicate directly with students and parents – that’s why FindaTutor was created. It also allows students to find a good tutor (by reading reviews and ratings from peers) within their budget.
JOHNNY WARD – COFOUNDER & COO
Johnny, an International Economics graduate from Loughborough University, has been immersed in education and online businesses for the best part of the last decade. After teaching in Thailand and Korea, and furthering his passion for education, Johnny commenced his MA in Education Management at Nottingham University’s Malaysian campus. Since then, Johnny has founded a successful digital marketing company, step4wardmedia.com, and discusses both his online ventures and his ongoing travels to every country in the world on his popular travel blog, onestep4ward.com.
PROFESSOR IAN HOLLIDAY – CHAIRMAN
Ian has spent his entire career in education. He was an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge, and a graduate student at the University of Oxford. In the 1990s, he taught political science at the University of Manchester, and was also a Fulbright Scholar at New York University. He came to Hong Kong in 1999, and was Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at City University of Hong Kong from 2004 to 2006. He then moved to the University of Hong Kong, and was Dean of Social Sciences from 2006 to 2011. Since 2008, Ian has directed the University’s MOEI programme, which takes students from Hong Kong and elsewhere to teach English in marginalized and impoverished communities in Southeast Asia. He also teaches courses in the Department of Politics and Public Administration. His research focuses on politics in Burma/Myanmar.