Chris is a co-founder of Global Leadership Adventures and former CEO of the African Leadership Academy. He brings a hybrid background in business and education to his work designing and building educational institutions of excellence. He previously worked with the Procter and Gamble Company, the Boston Consulting Group, The Broad Foundation, and at Oundle School. He holds a BA degree summa cum laude in Economics from Yale University and an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University. As a graduate student at Stanford University, Chris and fellow GLA co-founder, Fred Swaniker, began to build African Leadership Academy, an institution that seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting future generations of leaders from across the continent.
Peter is a co-founder of Terra Education. He spent 15 years working across Africa before joining Terra full-time in 2016 as CEO. Peter was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Duesseldorf before transferring to Johannesburg. He later co-founded and co-ran Tana Africa Capital; now a leading Africa-focused investment company. Peter is a German citizen; he holds a Master’s degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Aachen, an honors degree in Law from the University of Hagen, and a degree in Economics from the University of Bayreuth. In his limited spare time (Peter and his wife Busi have three children, which are a great joy), Peter likes to meet friends and play chess.
Jessica (Jess) has always had passion for leadership development and initiating personal change as she is proud to be a first generation college graduate. Her passion for international education and social entrepreneurship stems from various experiences studying, living and working abroad. Jess joined the founders at GLA in 2007, ignited by the mission of the organization and its relationship to the African Leadership Academy. She has overseen and supported GLA programs consistently since 2007, and had the honor of facilitating GLA programs all over the world over the years before launching Teen Travel Network in 2022. She is a graduate of Oregon State University, where she studied history, anthropology and Spanish. She believes in the genuine inspiration and transformation of the next generation through authentic, international learning experiences. Jess currently lives in sunny San Diego with her husband, two sons Adryan and Kieryan, and their leopard gecko Sunny!
Brett describes his job as connecting people from digital spaces to real-life places. He graduated as a Journalism and Communications Fellow from Elon University and has been incredibly fortunate to travel to five continents so far – Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as North and South America – on his journey to visit them all. Brett began at Global Leadership Adventures in the spring of 2014, and his very first day on the job was during the annual Program Directors Training session in San Diego that year, meeting all of the wonderful summer program team members getting ready to staff sites around the world. Brett leads a team of content experts who focus on sharing all of the exceptional programs and trips we offer across five divisions at Terra Education. Brett is originally from Connecticut but currently calls California home.
Anna grew up in San Diego and obtained her Bachelors in Accounting at the University of Lynchburg in Virginia. She enjoys working for Terra Education because it aligns her love of numbers with her focus of being a global citizen. Anna’s travels and service learning began close to home volunteering at a school in Tijuana, Mexico as a teen. She has since traveled to many places and hopes to visit Antarctica one day.