Mary Ellen Simoni, Director and Founder


Mary Ellen Simoni graduated second in her class from Cornell University’s pre-law program. Instead of going on to become a lawyer, she fulfilled her dream of working in leadership roles in top-ranked universities both in the United States and in Europe.

Ms. Simoni directed Stanford University’s operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for eight years, overseeing Stanford’s admissions recruitment in these regions. During this time she interacted directly with leaders of many of the top universities in North America and Europe, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, Penn, MIT, Oxford, and Cambridge.

Internationally, Ms. Simoni has worked directly with UK universities such as Oxford and Cambridge; with a number of Canadian universities, including University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and HEC Montréal; and for a consortium of eight top French business schools, traveling throughout the Middle East to meet with prospective students.

Originally from California, Ms. Simoni lived in France for thirteen years before moving to Dubai, U.A.E. in 2010.