Staff profile
Head of Departments
Christoph Genz
HOD Arts & Music Teacher

Christoph Genz began his musical training as a member of the renowned Leipzig Thomanerchor. After studying music at King's College, Cambridge, where he was also a member of the King’s College Choir, he continued to study voice and music drama at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Leipzig and with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. He won first prizes at several International singing competitions.


Christoph has been engaged for concerts, recitals and opera productions throughout the world collaborating with many distinguished conductors performing in major concert halls and opera houses. His discography contains more than 50 CDs and DVDs including operas, concerts, songs and arias. After obtaining his PGCE degree he has been teaching both MYP and DP Music courses in Switzerland, Austria and Bangladesh for three years.

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Jack Zhen Peng
HOD Chinese & Chinese Teacher

Jacky Zhen Peng graduated with a Master’s degree of Arts from East China Normal University. During 2006-2016, Jacky Peng taught different courses in Shanghai High School International Division and Wuxi No.1 High School International Division, including IBDP Chinese A Literature, Chinese A Language & Literature. He is highly experienced in teaching IBDP Chinese and high school Chinese. Jacky Peng attended several IBO workshops for Chinese subject teachers. He has also been accredited as an IB examiner in the subject of Chinese A Literature.


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Noel Villajin
HOD Maths & Maths Teacher

Noel Villajin studied Civil Engineering in Manila, Philippines in 1987. He later went to Rome, Italy and Pamplona, Spain to do his Masters, and afterwards, his doctorate in Philosophy in the University of Navarre, Spain. He obtained “Summa Cum Laude” with his thesis dissertation on the “Philosophy of Science in the Works of Stanley Jaki” in 1994. He worked as Director of Community Relations in St. Louis University in Baguio, Northern Philippines while teaching a course on Philosophy. He also had a wonderful experience teaching in Nairobi, Kenya for a year as a volunteer where he climbed Mt. Kenya together with some students. He migrated to the US in 2000 where he taught various levels of  Math and Spanish in High School.


Noel firmly believes on a holistic education in forming individuals who are immersed in society. He upholds the close connection between theory and praxis. Knowledge has a practical dimension that has to be a positive contribution beneficial not only on an individual level but also transcending it to a universal sphere.

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Mohammed Zawid Naseem
Head of Sciences and Head of Accreditation

Mohammed Zawid Naseem leads the UWC accreditation initiative, and the science department as their Head. He teaches Biology and Theory of Knowledge (TOK). He has worked in international schools for more than two decades, most of which in school administrative roles such as  Head of Department and IBDP Coordinator. He has taught various subjects in IBDP, IBMYP, GCE A & O level, and university Graduate and Under-Graduate programs. He worked with the IBO Asia Pacific (IBAP) office as the University Recognition Ambassador for India and is currently a member of the IB Educator Network (IBEN). He visits different IB schools for authorization verification and evaluation. He leads IB Regional and in-school workshops in IBAP region. He has led school program evaluation, authorization, accreditation, and curriculum designing. UWC Changshu China is the 4th such educational institution where he is associated with the making of the school, either as a part of the founding team or having joined right after the foundation year.

Mohammed is a life-long learner, presently working towards his Master’s degree from the Miami University, USA. He is certified by the Principal Training Centre (PTC) for International School Leadership, and by the University Grants Commission – Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (UGC-CSIR) for lectureship in life science. He is a PADI certified Advance Open-Water SCUBA diver. Mohammed is a teacher by choice. He believes that the making of great learners should start early when they are young and in schools, by teachers who can identify the learners’ potentials, nurture, and inspire them to become valuable global citizens. He wanted to become one of those teachers.

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Maryanne O'Neill
TOK Examiner and History Teacher

Maryanne O'Neill has been teaching for sixteen years, ten of those at international schools. Prior to joining UWC-China she worked at the British International School, Phuket for five years teaching TOK, DP and IGCSE History, middle school History and Geography and was the MUN director. Before the leap to Thailand she worked at Teda International School in Tianjin as the MUN Director teaching History, Geography and English.


Maryanne obtained her degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, from Monash University in Australia. She competed at track and field for fourteen years and is looking forward to taking advantage of  the school sports facilities and sharing her knowledge of competitive sprinting with the students. Maryanne enjoys traveling during her holidays, often combining this with her amateur photography habit, she particularly enjoys wildlife photography. Currently she is TOK examiner, an experience she has found both challenging and enjoyable. She is also working towards her Masters of Ancient History. 

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Marilyn Trinidad

Marilyn commenced her teaching career in New York City as ESL and Learning Support Specialist.  She has been teaching in Asia, Africa, Caribbean and the USA for twenty one years.

She has Master’s Degree in Education/Leadership from Buffalo State University, in New York ( USA). Her Bachelor’s Degree is in Education from the City College of New York. As an exchange student, she had the opportunity to study Spanish literature at the Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain.

She loves cooking, dancing, reading and traveling.

“It takes a village to raise a child”

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David Michael Hart
Head of Design Technology
United Kingdom

After completion of a Master’s degree in Industrial Design, David worked as a Design Engineer and Interactive Science Exhibit Designer for notable companies including the National Museum of Science and Industry(London). During my time as a design Engineer, I contributed to design projects that were worldwide in their client list with familiar organizations such as “The Hong Kong Science Centre”, “Singapore Science Centre” and many others.

He became a teacher after completion of PGCE studies and worked at state maintained Secondary Schools in London where he developed teaching practice in delivering both GCSE and A level Design Technology and Vocational Studies.

In 2011 he left the UK to work at United World College Masstricht as a Design Technology teacher where he introduced the IBDP course of Design Technology to the school and helped set up the now established design classrooms that are used for both DP and MYP students.

David graduated from Newport Art and Design College in Wales, UK where he got his BA ( Hons ) in 3D-Design.  He is also an alumni of Central Saint Marins College of Art and Design, London where he studied a Master Degree in Industrial Design. He received his Post Graduate Teaching Certificate (PGCE) from Cardiff University, Wales.

He is interested in making and playing guitars and writing and recording music.  He enjoys all things musical, and will be very excited to indulge in the local music and rich culture that China has to offer.  He is also a keen cyclist.

UWC strives to “make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.” Then its people are the resource that helps to carry this far into the future.

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Lorissa Sinasac
HOD, English Department

Lorissa has lived and worked as a in Colombia, Australia, Fiji, UK and Kuwait where she joined the IB six years ago and never looked back.  Lorissa is trained and experienced in teaching both MYP and DP English A as well as Theatre Arts and Theory of Knowledge, while supervising many Extended Essays & CAS experiences.


She has been travelling internationally since age 11 as an ambassador for peace and intercultural understanding through Children’s International Summer Villages(C.I.S.V.). 


Lorissa received her B.A. in English Language & Literature from Queen’s University with an Honours & Minor in Drama from Western University.


She enjoys baking for her husband and colleague Conor, as well as supporting the dance and yoga Zhi Xing here on campus.

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Suvash Dhakal
HOD of Individuals and Societies Department
Suvash is an economics teacher. He joined UWC Changshu China in 2016. He taught IBDP, CIE (A level) in Nepal. He worked as the Head of Social Science and Academic Counselor for IDPB program as well as teaching economics and mathematics. In over 10 years or working as an educator, he has mentored students, collaborated across faculties and supported senior management in improving academic delivery. He is an examiner for the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). Suvash also has experience working as a market research analyst in the USA. He received Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Bard College, New York, US and Master of Arts in Economics at Northeastern University, Boston, US. He loves playing and watching sports. 
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Naddine Espiegle
HOD Foreign Languages & Self-Taught
Nadine has experience teaching in international schools in Mauritius and Egypt. She has 21 years of experience teaching in the IB, and more specifically in French Language A Literature, French language A Language and Literature, French Language B and TOK classes. She also has experience as a Dean of Students for the IBDP programme and as a Head of Department. Nadine is presently a School Visitor for IB accreditation, Workshop Leader for French Language A and Language B, and an IB Examiner for French Language B. She has two grown up children who have been through the IB so she also knows the IB from a parent's point of view as well. Nadine studied French literary studies in the University of Reunion Island and did a postgraduate teaching certificate in Mauritius Institute of Education. She believes that IB and UWC really are striving to build a better world together. Her wish is to see the French language and culture vibrant and thriving on the UWC Changshu China campus.
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