Meet Our Team
We take pride in our team because they genuinely care about international education and cultural exchanges. Our Trip Leaders and Coordinators assigned to each program are not just tour guides. They have taught in other countries, have lived abroad, can speak other languages, has diverse background and professional experiences, and enjoy working with both students and professionals. They are invested in making sure that visiting groups have a once-in-a-lifetime experience in our programs. In addition, Adz Group can arrange for bilingual Trip Leaders and Coordinators, if needed.
Our Team’s Profile
- 90% have lived, studied and/or worked outside of the U.S. in other countries
- 69% of our staff have lived in Japan
- 75% can speak another language other than English
- 50% have worked as teachers in Japan
Amherst College, Boston University, Columbia University, City University of New York, Doshisha University, Georgetown University, Harvard College, Hult International Business School, Kenyon College, New York University, Princeton University, Suffolk University and Tufts University to name a few.
Alden Zecha is the Founder & President of Adz Group. He has more than 25 years of international experience having worked in more than 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America. In addition Alden has founded and run several travel companies including being a co-founder of PrivatSea an ultra-luxury travel club in London and has personally led tours of up to 150 travelers.
Alden received both his MSE and BSE with honors in chemical engineering from Princeton University where he was a United Technologies Scholar and Institute of Nuclear Power Operators Scholar. He also has a certificate in Finance from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business Administration and currently holds positions at both Duke and Brandeis Universities.
Alden has served as the vice-chair for Boston of the Princeton Alumni Schools Committee which interviews applicants to Princeton, President of the Princeton Entrepreneurs' Network of Boston a business organization and Trustee and Treasurer of the Puppet Showplace Theatre a performing arts organization. Alden is an avid traveler having visited more than 65 countries and was a 4-time member of the US Rowing team including having won medals at both the Goodwill and Pan American Games.