About us

Our people

Our people

 

The multilingual Hutong School staff consists of both foreign and Chinese employees, always available to make your stay in China truely unforgettable.

Jan Wostyn

Jan Wostyn

Managing Director and Co-founder

Languages: Dutch, English, French, Mandarin, Spanish, Norwegian and German

I was born and raised in Flanders, Belgium. After obtaining my Master Degree in Economics at the University of Leuven, I left for Wuhan, China to study the Chinese language. I returned to Belgium to get a Bachelor in Chinese studies in Leuven, and then continued studying Chinese at Xiamen University and Fudan University (Shanghai). In 2005 I co-founded Hutong School in Beijing and acted as Marketing Manager and later General Manager. In 2008, I returned to Belgium to obtain an MBA at Vlerick. As a Managing Director, my goal is to further promote the Hutong School worldwide, by establishing a wide network of agents, universities, Chinese language schools and companies doing business in China. 

Brussels [email protected]
Jeremie Rossignol

Jeremie Rossignol

Managing Director and Co-founder

Languages: French, English and Mandarin

Hi! I'm Jeremie from France. I arrived in China in 2002 for an internship. These few months in Beijing changed my life. After graduating in Law and Politics in 2004 I returned to China and co-founded Hutong School. Since then, I am devoted to developing an organization driven by human values and offering young people from all over the world an experience that will impact their life durably. 

Paris [email protected]
Anne Hak

Anne Hak

Program Director

Languages: Dutch, English

Hi There! I am from the Netherlands and a year after my studies in the United States, I moved to China. I work for Hutong School for many years already and enjoy the dynamic and interesting environment that we offer to students. China is an interesting country and it will challenge you every day in a positive way! Experience it yourself and join our student network in China! 

Beijing [email protected]
Ida Speyer

Ida Speyer

Marketing Director

Languages: Danish, English and Spanish

Ni hao, my name is Ida and I am from Denmark. I have lived all over the world but in 2015 China drew me back with its incredible cuisine, culture, people and diversity. Shanghai offers an exciting mix of old and new China, making sure that you are always experiencing something new wherever you go. I believe everyone should come and see China for themself as it really is impossible to explain it all in words. 

Shanghai [email protected]
Wei Ming Virasami

Wei Ming Virasami

Financial Director and Branch Manager

Languages: Mandarin and English

Hello, I’m Wei Ming Virasami, Financial Director and Branch Manager at Hutong School and I’m based in Shanghai. I am originally from Shandong Province - home of Lai Yang Pear and Tsingdao beer! I studied in the UK where I majored in accounting and finance before I settled in Shanghai. I was a senior auditor at Ernst & Young for several years before I joined Hutong School three years ago. I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures. Thanks for stopping by our website and hope you get a chance to visit our school located in the beautiful Former French Concession

Shanghai [email protected]
Bridget Madell

Bridget Madell

General Manager

Languages: English and Mandarin

Hi! I'm an American from California. I'm half-Japanese and have lived on Guam, Saipan and in the UK. I've traveled to China several times, but finally made the big move in May of 2009. I love traveling and experiencing new adventures and am having a great time here in Beijing! I enjoy playing all types of sports, especially rugby. I've even started a women's rugby team here in Beijing!

Beijing [email protected]
Massimo Spagnuolo

Massimo Spagnuolo

General Manager

Languages: French, English, Italian

Ni hao there! My name is Massimo, born and raised in a small French-speaking town in Belgium. I transited through Italy & Brazil before ending up here in Shanghai which is the best decision I have ever made. Shanghai is a city full of opportunities which has an unique Asian charm while growing amazingly fast into a megalopolis. My taste for languages, travels and always going out of my comfort zone brought me here and I couldn't recommend it more. You may not know it yet but China is the place where you want to be! 

Shanghai [email protected]
Sang Rongli

Sang Rongli

Education Manager Shanghai

Languages: Mandarin, English, Japanese

Ni hao! My name is Xiǎo lì (小丽). I'm from the Province of Anhui. I graduated from Anhui Nomal University, and since then I have been teaching Chinese for over 6 years in Shanghai. I have specialized in teaching Chinese and I have studied the history of Chinese language, both modern and ancient. In these 6 years I had the honor to teach Chinese to over 200 students, from any part of the world. I really appreciate the time I spend with my students. In my free time I like travelling, cooking and reading.

Shanghai [email protected]
Chang Haina

Chang Haina

Branch Manager Beijing

Languages: Mandarin and English

Hi, my name is Haina. I’m a Beijinger and I have deep emotional ties with this old city.  Beijing was the capital for two dynasties with every ancient structure having its special story. That’s also one of the reasons I absorb myself in Chinese history and culture.  After graduation, I became a member of Hutong School team and it has been two years since then. As an education coordinator, I will do my best to help you with studying Chinese and if you’d like, I’d be happy to share stories of Beijing as well.  Hope to meet you in China and I believe you will fall in love with this country as my colleagues and students do!

Beijing [email protected]
许蕾 (xǔ lěi)

许蕾 (xǔ lěi)

Education Coordinator

Languages: Mandarin, English

Hello everybody! I'm Xu Lei. I used to be a part-time teacher at Hutong School when I was studying for my master degree. After graduating, I went to America to teach Chinese at public school there for one year. When I came back to Shanghai, I found myself missing the Hutong School family so much. So I came back and started my first formal job here.
Now I am the education coordinator, in charge of all the Chinese courses in Hutong School Shanghai. I really enjoy my job and I do really love all our professional teachers, the lovely students and my colleagues. I am sure you will definitely love this family as much as I do. Hope to see you in Shanghai soon! Cheers! 

Shanghai [email protected]

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