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Vince Ricci Vince Ricci / MBA
A graduate of Stanford (BA '92) and NYU (MA '01), Vince has coached Japanese admits to top MBA programs at Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Columbia, MIT, Berkeley, and LBS. Vince received the Lyons Award for Service to Stanford University. In his first career as a classroom teacher and non-profit director, he won a Distinguished Teaching Award for the State of Louisiana and Non-Profit Program of the Year for the City of New Orleans. Before moving to Tokyo in 2002, Vince completed his M.A. in Digital Media Design for Learning at NYU. While living in New York, he served as Founding Technologist at Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching & Learning. Vince has been an MBA and graduate school admissions consultant since 2002. Beyond consulting, Vince has taught technical writing and presentation skills at The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering. At present, Vince serves as The Governance Committee Chair of The Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC).
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Marcus Lovitt Marcus Lovitt / MBA/LL.M./Master
A veteran English and business skills trainer with over 14 years' experience, Marcus is a Senior Academic Consultant at Agos. Originally from Australia, Marcus lived in UK and Germany before settling in Japan.
At Agos, his role is to guide candidates through the university admissions process, assisting with the drafting of resumes and providing feedback on essays.
Marcus is a part-time lecturer at Hosei University, where he teaches English writing, Academic Skills, Basic and Advanced English Test Preparation (TOEFL) as well a course focusing on Australian culture and identity. He also teaches medical students and Nippon Medical School.
Marcus has also provided English business skills training to many of Japan's top corporations and organizations. In particular, he has worked with Japanese financial institutions (BOJ, JBIC, the so-called megabanks) consulting firms, manufacturers (Nissan, IHI, Ikegami Tsushinki) pharmaceutical and medical device companies (Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, Daichi Sankyo, Terumo) and in system integration (IBM, Hitachi).
In 2012 he assisted the Vice President of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Bid in preparation for Tokyo's (successful) presentation to the IOC.
Aside from his professional interests, Marcus is a keen photographer and videographer. In 2011 he traveled to southern Japan to take photographs for an English language guide to shochu. He is also a passionate traveler who has visited over 40 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
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Mengdan Chu Mengdan Chu / MBA/LL.M./Master
Mengdan, a former MBA admissions director at a top-ranked US business school, brings tremendous insight and expertise in the MBA admissions process to her role as an experienced and returning admissions consultant at AGOS. With her most recent eight years of tenure on the admissions committee of a top US business school, Mengdan has reviewed and made decisions on thousands of applications from bright and aspiring professionals and students, among them many hundreds of promising Japanese professionals. Mengdan has visited Japan several times as an admissions officer attending MBA forums and tours in Tokyo, conducting presentations at AGOS, and conversing with Japanese students. She holds a BA in English Literature and Linguistics and MBA in Finance and Corporate Accounting.
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Jumet Yuson Jumet Yuson / MBA/LL.M.
Jumet came to Tokyo in 1987 and is on her fourth season with AGOS, having helped numerous clients gain admission to top-tier MBA programs. Jumet started her career as a foreign currency trader with The First National Bank of Chicago followed by a middle office/finance function with Bear Stearns and subsequently with JPMorgan Securities Japan in the Securitized Product area. Prior to joining JPMorgan Securities, Jumet was in Bilingual Communications with Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd., and NSK Ltd., a Japanese automotive parts manufacturer, responsible for writing for a range of projects, from English version offering materials on potential divestitures and technical manuals to speeches for corporate bilingual meetings. Her professional experience spans a variety of industries and roles and puts her in a unique position of having experienced different management styles and environments.Jumet received her B.A. in Economics and Statistics from the University of Chicago and her M.B.A. from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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Warren Stanislaus Warren Stanislaus / MBA/LL.M./Master
Warren is a bilingual education and communications professional and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, splitting his time between Japan and the UK. Warren completed a B.A. in Liberal Arts at International Christian University and received his Master’s degree from the University of Oxford’s Nissan Institute of Modern Japanese Studies. He will draw on his diverse background, an acute awareness of the Japanese context and extensive interactions with universities, to help clients gain admission to top MBA and graduate programs.
Originally from London, Warren first came to Japan in 2006 as a volunteer and returned to Tokyo in 2007 as a full-time undergraduate student. Since then, he has spent over 8 years in Japan, with work experience across the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Previously, Warren served as a higher education officer at the British Council where he supported British universities’ student recruitment activities in Japan, through fairs, seminars and individual counseling.
Most uniquely, Warren had the opportunity to serve as the executive research assistant to Yoichi Funabashi, former editor-in-chief of the Asahi Shimbun and Chairman of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation (RJIF), a think-tank. At RJIF, Warren gained experience in crafting speeches, editing, and article writing for leading publications and high-profile international symposia.
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Daniel Sloan Daniel Sloan / MBA/Master
Daniel returns after a few years to AGOS to coach again MBA and Masters' applicants, bringing a wealth of corporate communications and journalism experience to the team and our clients. Since his last term, he wrote a book - "Playing to Wiin: Nintendo and the Video Game Industry's Greatest Comeback", taught Global Media Studies at Komazawa University, and founded a corporate newsroom for multimedia communications. He continues to speak on corporate developments at Japanese universities such as Rikkyo, Temple, Sophia, IUJ, and Doshisha Graduate School of Business, as well as before domestic and international industry audiences, with a concentration on content marketing and social media. Daniel has a strong track record both in the classroom and in counseling those aiming for acceptance to top-tier graduate schools, focusing in particular on the application and interview processes. He earned an MS in Journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 1991, and earlier a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia. During a long career in business journalism, Daniel reported for Reuters in Japan and Singapore, and frequently appeared on global broadcasters including CNN, BBC, CNBC and CCTV. He served as President of Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, and continues to assist as Chairman of the Public Relations and Communications Committee. Daniel is Permanent Resident of Japan, a lifelong student of the country, and a huge high school and professional baseball fan.
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Kevin Knight Kevin Knight / MBA (Interview)
Kevin is an expert in professional communication with 10 years of experience as an admissions consultant, and he has worked for Sony, the Japan Patent Office, and the University of California. As an associate professor with degrees in English (BA), International Affairs (MPIA), Business Administration (MBA), and Linguistics (PhD) from the University of California (UCD, UCSD), California State University (CSUDH), and Macquarie University in Sydney respectively, he teaches leadership communication in the Department of International Communication at Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba and business communication and international business at Waseda University and Rikkyo University in Tokyo. At Agos, he provides interview training, and he created and teaches the MBA ComEx (Communication Excellence) training modules that prepare Agos applicants for success in their MBA programs. He publishes his research (on professional communication and leadership development) in leading academic journals and books, and as an official blogger for a professional association with more than 12,000 members worldwide, he has published over 120 articles including almost 50 interviews with leaders about their work on six different continents.
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