Director of Admissions, Marketing and Community Engagement
Raquel was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, where her mother and some of her extended family still live. Her international experience started when she was 7 years old when she lived in Houston, USA. Later, she was given the opportunity to be part of a French family for a year as an AFS exchange student. She is proud to say that she has both French and Japanese sisters and family! She started her career in communications as an environmental journalist for World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Latin America. This led her to move to Japan where she spent over 8 years conducting academic research and also teaching in schools and universities. After completing her studies and teaching contracts, she moved back to Venezuela to allow her children to connect with their heritage and extended family, alongside co-owning and managing an eco-friendly hospitality business. In 2014, she moved to Thailand where she worked as the marketing manager of an online business, before pursuing roles in admissions and marketing management within international education. She holds a PhD (ABD) & MA in Human and Environmental Policies from Kyoto University, Japan, a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking from Parsons School of Design, New York, a Certificate in Hospitality; Spa Management from Derby University, UK, and a BA in Communications from Catholic University, Caracas.
The aspect that she loves most about her current role is that she is able to communicate with people from all over the world and offer them the key to an excellent education in a safe, friendly, engaging and happy environment, aimed at being a global citizen and creating a better world for all.