Co-Founder & Director of Curriculum Development - ieGAT & INSEAD Assessment Instructor
Mike Diamond is Apex’s Head of Instruction and Director of Curriculum Development. Mike comes to the GMAT from the diverse locales of the campaign trail, Wall Street, and the classroom. At Apex, he develops instruction that is designed to be customized to the cognitive profiles of each of our clients, while recognizing and addressing the psychological and emotional components of the GMAT as well. Mike has a strong grounding in advanced mathematical modeling specializing in non-linear mathematics, stochastic calculus and statistical analysis.
With over 20 years’ experience in test preparation, Mike has personally mentored hundreds of clients to 700+ GMAT scores.
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Marvin has over 15 years of experience in wealth management and startups and has a strong skill set which includes strategic planning, team building, financial modelling and analysis. His love for teaching and interacting with ambitious professionals in order to reach their goals is what makes Marvin a great instructor. Having worked with different personalities throughout his career, he has the ability to work with clients from different backgrounds with vastly different needs successfully. As an integral member to the Apex team, Marvin has the capability to understand what clients require to be successful on the test.
His friendly demeanor and clarity of expression prove for an enjoyable process and great GMAT outcomes.
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Jaymes Kine is Apex’s international man of mystery. In his 10 years of teaching, he has taught a variety of subjects in locations all around the globe, from marine science in Alaska, to English and math in Spain, to test prep in Israel. At Apex, Jaymes indulges his passion for helping students reach that “ah ha” moment, and his diverse teaching experience helps him connect to people of all skill levels from all backgrounds. He believes that a personal connection between student and teacher is imperative to successful preparation, and strives to make that connection with each of his students, whether in private lessons or a seminar setting.
Apex GMAT & Executive Assessment Instructor
Christopher joins the Apex Team with over 10 years of experience in education and project management. His clients have ranged from Fortune 50 corporations to undergraduate students. With vast experience in the test preparation industry, Christopher has a deep understanding of the GMAT and prides himself on delivering custom experiences and successful outcomes for his clients.
Over the years, Christopher has found that he prefers to specialize instruction for those to whom it has highest impact and is keen to guide our clients to GMAT successes.
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David comes to Apex with over a decade of GMAT experience, and is our man on the ground in London. As one of the most experienced tutors in the GMAT space, his keen intellect and straightforward style has led to successful outcomes on the GMAT for thousands of clients. David holds an MBA from London Business School and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge.
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Rich is a man of many passions. He grew up in Houston, Texas, where he frequently indulged in barbecued brisket and Tex-Mex. After attending Duke with plans of being a scientist or engineer, he took an abrupt turn towards filmmaking and film criticism, eventually attending the USC School of Cinema-Television and earning his Masters in Journalism from NYU.
Along the way, Rich discovered that he could channel his penchant for standardized tests into a rewarding career helping students succeed with their exams and coursework. He loves going over quirky (and often entirely unrealistic) math problems, and he genuinely enjoys the feeling of imparting knowledge onto others. He’s compiled more than a decade of in-person teaching and tutoring in the USA and also racked up thousands of online tutoring hours to students all around the world, including Algeria, China, Germany, Australia, Sri Lanka, The United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil, and South Korea. And yet he still feels there’s a lot to learn about the practice of quality pedagogy. He looks forward to teaching (and learning from) many more students in the years to come.
Lead Admissions Consultant & Apex Economics Instructor
Iva comes to Apex with a strong background in the banking industry, focusing on credit risk and investment banking. With previous experience putting together teams from the hiring to project completion phase she has vast experience when it comes to helping clients frame the best possible narrative for the role that they desire. Iva is a passionate mentor and coach, committed to developing the next generation of leaders. She focuses on advising students with career planning and development, personal branding, interview preparation, resume & cover letter assistance and LinkedIn profile framing.
Before working with us Iva spent over 5 years working for Morgan Stanley where she established and trained a team responsible for a combined portfolio of $38 Billion, and directly oversaw the production of over 250 credit reviews per annum.
Dr. David Bernstein
Lead Economics Instructor
David is Apex’s lead Economics tutor and has a robust background in the field of study. He has earned a Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Oxford and a BA in Mathematics and in Economics from Brandeis University. He is currently in his fifth year as a doctoral candidate at the Department of Economics and the University of Miami. Over the course of his education he has published research in leading economics and econometrics journals including Energy Economics, and Econometrics. His interests in the subject include Energy Economics, Statistical Theory and Financial Economics.
At Apex, David assists clients with general and more advanced economics tutoring including thesis consulting, academic advice and topic and exam preparation. Clients benefit from his depth of understanding of the topics and personable teaching style.
Fatma Xhafa joins the Apex team as the Academic Engagement Manager. She is in her final year, completing a degree in Computer Science and Business Administration. Her experience includes working in several customer service roles which require strong communication skills. She brings with her leadership skills as she has experience as the Head of Speakers Department and the Vice President of [email protected], leading teams of 10 and 40 people, respectively.
She joined the Apex team as an intern in March where she was responsible for multiple marketing and IT related duties. As an Engagement Manager, she now manages the communication between staff and clients and monitors client activity, handles invoicing and sales to provide a positive experience for our clients.
Director of Marketing
Natalie Mathews joins the Apex team as the Director of Marketing. She has experience working in the USA, Europe and Africa in marketing roles across industries such as tech, pharmaceuticals and property development. She has a passion for delivering the best service to Apex clients and continuously strives to provide our clients with the best experience when engaged with Apex.
In her role she oversees all marketing operations including online, social media and direct marketing, also handling any client queries with regards to our services.
Director of International Development, East Asia
Guodong joins Apex as the Director of International Development in the East Asia region, formulating and implementing Apex’s strategic market expansion into Mainland China. He brings on board his management consulting expertise acquired from previous works at McKinsey and PwC Advisory. Guodong is also uniquely skilled in multicultural communication, having lived and studied in China, Austria, and the United States. In his current role, Guodong focuses on international business development to bring Apex’s top-tier services towards clients in new markets.
Guodong holds a B.A. in Economics from New York University, with three Minors in Psychology, Mathematics, and Business Studies. He is a member of Mensa, a debate and public speaking veteran, and a professional player of chess and bowling.
Jennifer began at Apex as an administrative assistant in 2016, and returned as a content editor in 2020. She is an undergraduate instructor and PhD candidate in Temple University’s English department. Her dissertation research addresses medical rhetoric in the 18th-century Atlantic world. Recent fiction and essays have appeared in Bedfellows Magazine and the Philadelphia Secret Admirer. She lives in Philadelphia.
In her role she reviews and edits all our GMAT, EA and Admissions related content before it is published.
Bhavna joined the Apex team in 2019 and is in charge of all IT related matters. She has been IT consultant for over 9 + years and has extensive experience in building/managing softwares, websites and apps for corporations from various industries and has worked for Multi National Companies like Siemens, HDFC India and NS&I bank in the UK assisting in automating their business processes.
In her role she oversees all the company’s IT needs.