Who We Are

NYC English about us

Vision & Values

NYC English believes in opening the world to people through English: empowering them, connecting them and giving them the language skills and confidence to thrive in their careers and social life.

Our goal is to accelerate learning of conversational English by delivering a professional grade product that is easy-to-use, anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

With the world becoming increasingly reliant on digital technologies, we will provide the most comprehensive, immersive, and enjoyable digital learning experience.

Looking into the future, we will continue to enhance, deepen and expand the product range through digital learning innovations and pedagogical excellence.

Our Team

Mark Emerson - founder of NYC English

Mark Emerson

President

The Founder

NYC English was founded by Mark Emerson, a C Level executive, who has successfully owned and managed global digital English language companies for the past 18 years.

Emerson entered the market in 2000 as President of Ellis Inc, an English language software company he expanded globally.

In 2006 he sold Ellis to the largest education company in the world, Pearson Education, who later asked Emerson to serve as VP over Global Digital English products.

He grew Pearson’s Digital English division significantly and expanded it across the world.

While working in many different countries he saw first hand the need for a radical new approach to learning English: one that combined the natural way people learn with mobile communications, bi-lingual teachers on-line and cutting edge 21st century software.

He saw that conversational English was a vital skill in an increasingly interconnected world and that confident command of spoken English was the key to people around the world having a better chance in life.

He concluded, “most people feel they can’t communicate in English but want to. I felt that they can.”

So, with this in mind, Emerson founded NYC English in 2015.

After years of development the Software App is rapidly expanding across the world.

Thomas Irle

SVP and Acting
Chief Operating Officer

Prabish Chandran

Chief Technology Officer

Anthony Pettifer

Acting Chief Brand Officer

Brian Kofford, CPA, MAcc

Chief Financial Officer

Karen Barton

Team and Operations Manager

Dr. Yefei Jin

Academic Advisor

Satish Nair

Senior Technical Consultant

Kjeld Hansen

Senior Sales and Marketing Manager

Dr. David Christiansen

Instructional Design

Varsha George

Technical Consultant

Kristina Witte

Brand and Product Design Manager

Tim Biker

Brand Manager

Henry Witte

Social Media Marketing Manager

Dhimas Purnomo

Brand Manager

Sergei Skvortsov

Website Consultant

Key People

Thomas Irle

SVP, Acting COO

  • Managing Director, Educational Technologies Ltd.
  • Director, Time Life Asia
  • Vice President, Asia Universal Music
  • Masters in Business Administration, Hamburg University

Prabish Chandran

Chief Technology Officer

Anthony Pettifer

Brand strategy & design advisor

  • Founder and Managing Partner of Brandstorm Asia
  • 30+ years management and creative experience in the advertising and media industries
  • Head of New Business, Leo Burnett Asia Pacific
  • Master of Arts Degree, University of St Andrews

Dr. Yefei Jin

Academic Advisor

  • PhD Harvard University.
  • M.Ed. in Education Policy Harvard University.
  • B.A. in Asian Languages & TESOL University of Minnesota.

Brian Kofford, CPA, MAcc

Chief Financial Officer

  • Owner, Biesinger & Kofford CPAs, PLLC
  • Owner, Kofford & Associates, CPAs
  • Manager CPA, Bramble & Co
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Masters Degree in Taxation, Brigham Young University

Dr. David Christiansen

Instructional Design

  • Curriculum Developer – Pearson Education
  • Ph.D., Educational/Instructional Technology
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Bilingual Education

Our Vision

NYC English believes in opening the world to people through English: empowering them, connecting them and giving them the language skills and confidence to thrive in their careers and social life.

Our goal is to accelerate learning of conversational English by delivering a professional grade product that is easy-to-use, anytime, anywhere and on any device.

With the world becoming increasingly reliant on digital technologies we will provide the most comprehensive, immersive and enjoyable digital learning experience.

Our focus is on Asia, home to 60% of the world’s population, with high economic growth and a strong desire to learn English. Looking to the future we will continue to enhance, deepen and expand the product range through digital learning innovations and pedagogic excellence.

ANYTIME • ANYWHERE • ANY DEVICE

Thomas Irle

SVP and Acting Chief Operating Officer

  • Managing Director, Educational Technologies Ltd.
  • Director, Time Life Asia
  • Vice President, Asia Universal Music
  • Masters in Business Administration, Hamburg University

Prabish Chandran

Chief Technology Officer

  • CEO Vidyatech Solutions Private Limited
  • 20+ years of experience in developing solutions for organizations such as Microsoft, CA, IBM, AT&T, and Symantec
  • Designed and developed instructional technology solutions for Reader’s Digest, Pearson Digital, and Thomson Reuters
  • Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science

Anthony Pettifer

Acting Chief Brand Officer

  • Founder and Managing Partner of Brandstorm Asia
  • 30+ years management and creative experience in the advertising and media industries
  • Executive Director of Brand Planning, Leo Burnett Thailand, and Head of New Business, Leo Burnett Asia Pacific
  • Master of Arts Degree, University of St Andrews

Brian Kofford, CPA, MAcc

Chief Financial Officer

  • Owner, Biesinger & Kofford CPAs, PLLC and Kofford & Associates, CPAs
  • Manager CPA, Bramble & Co
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Masters Degree in Taxation, Brigham Young University

Karen Barton

Team and Operations Manager

  • Human Capital & Administration Manager at Times Publishing Limited in Hong Kong
  • Reported to the Managing Directors of Educational Technologies Limited on the company’s daily operations and legal affairs
  • Master of Human Resources Management & Development, University of Leicester, UK

Dr. Yefei Jin

Academic Advisor

  • 10+ years in U.S. edtech and curriculum design
  • Former Product Manager at Nearpod, advisor to startups
  • Doctorate and M.Ed., Harvard University; MBA, Boston University

Satish Nair

Senior Technical Consultant

  • Business Unit Head – Learning & Content Technology at Vidyatech
    Software LLC
  • 20+ years implementing successful software development methodologies with hands-on design and development skills
  • Proven ability to analyze needs, identify deficiencies, and innovate for enhanced reliability and productivity

Kjeld Hansen

Senior Sales and Marketing Manager

  • 4+ years of experience in business operations.
  • Worked in the management offices of major engineering and Technology companies such as Mercedes-Benz, MSL Motor Group, Felix Schoeller, and Harting Technology Group
  • Bachelor of International Business Management, Osnabrueck University of Applied Sciences

Dr. David Christiansen

Instructional Design

  • Curriculum Developer – Pearson Education
  • Ph.D., Educational/Instructional Technology
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) Teaching English as a Second/Foreign
    Language
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Bilingual Education

Varsha George

Technical Consultant

  • Tech Lead & Project Manager at Vidyatech Software LLC
  • Experience in designing, developing, and implementing software solutions
  • Master of Technology in Network Engineering; Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science

Kristina Witte

Brand and Product Design Manager

  • Product enhancement, quality control, and content creation
  • Day-to-day management of brand and marketing assets
  • Social media and marketing design experience in the hospitality industry
  • 1+ year experience in education as a conversational English Teacher
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Mae Fah Luang University

Tim Biker

Brand Manager

  • Ai strategy, product enhancement, and CRM
  • Background in Private Equity and Finance
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Germany

Henry Witte

Social Media Marketing Manager

  • Co-founder of MERGE, reached the Top 6 of the project Start-up Thailand League 2020 (Youth Start-up Fund)
  • Experience in social media advertising and marketing communication
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Mae Fah Luang University

Dhimas Purnomo

Brand Manager

  • Product enhancement, brand marketing, and sales
  • 1-year undergraduate work experience in an IT consulting company in Germany
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

Sergei Skvortsov

Website Consultant

  • 20+ years of experience in digital and media solutions
  • Owner of Vasartes agency
  • Certified by Google in UX Design, Digital Marketing and E-Commerce

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