Robert Fried, CO-Founder and Executive Director
Robert co-founded his first organization, the Chinese Language Institute, in 2009 while studying abroad in Beijing. CLI has since hosted over 3,000 students in China from more than 45 countries and 200 universities.
In 2013, CLI began developing global faculty-led programs in Africa, Europe, South Asia, and Latin America. This effort evolved into Solstice Education.
Robert holds a BA in political science and communication from Virginia Tech, where he served as visiting professor for the spring 2019 semester to teach Management Theory & Leadership Practice, a core requirement for Virginia Tech business majors. Robert holds an MBA/MA joint master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.