Meet The Team

Christo Hughes
Founder & CEO
Oxford, UK

With 15 years living and working in Asia Pacific, Christo is well known for actively embracing the cultures and languages he encounters. Ten years in Vietnam and an excellent command of Vietnamese are evidence of his special commitment to the country and its path forward.

Former roles saw him leading a 6 country network of training and sourcing teams, responsible for team-building, implementing and deploying training systems. "Selecting the knowledge and skills that matter... delivering them so they are retained and effectively applied is of critical importance to Vietnam's young learners today. This is what TechTrain is all about.”

Christo holds an MA, an MBA, and graduated from Tech Elevator (USA) coding camp, where he is also an early stage investor. The school has campuses in 5 major US cities, and ranked first in CIRR's USA graduate placement tables in 2018 and 2019.

Hoàng Xuân Chính
Co-founder and Business Advisor

Chinh is a firm believer in the value proposition of quality education, and has been involved in education and training ventures through his career. Chinh holds an Executive MBA from RMIT, and has an engineering background.

Chinh’s track record as a leader in the world of Private Equity in Vietnam speaks for itself, making his mark with international firms such as Mekong Capital and Excelsior Capital Asia, occupying several board positions, private and public. Chinh brings valuable experience in operations, corporate culture development, and strategic planning; from start-ups through to international M&As.

Mehdi Tass
Technical Lead

Mehdi excelled in Computer Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. Today, with over a decade of professional software development experience to his name, he has successfully led international teams and projects across many technologies. 

Passionate about teaching and mentoring, he led tutoring sessions throughout university as his desire to share his skills and knowledge began to shine. This desire has flourished in his work at TechTrain. Mehdi boasts an impressive software development portfolio: both individual and as contributions to open source projects.

Evan Chipman
Product Management

Growing up on Silicon Valley’s doorstep, Evan was surrounded by the buzz of technology for as long as he can remember. Following his Marketing and Communications Studies at the University of California, Evan veered straight into the tech entrepreneur scene, working to develop and successfully exit a music messaging app. Evan then turned his sights to the education world, departing to Vietnam to join the TechTrain core team.

Beyond his work in the US, Evan brings valuable insights from his training and experience in education (course design and build) as well as several student facing roles.

Dr. Mark Spittle
Learning and Technologies Specialist

Mark’s academic and professional skill-sets fit perfectly with TechTrain's vision of supporting Vietnam's “grassroots up” skills development and emergence onto the global digital stage. Mark is a PhD-qualified Electronics Engineer and Computer Scientist (Artificial Intelligence), European Patent, Trade Mark and Designs Attorney, and CELTA-qualified Lecturer in Technical, Legal and Academic English.

Mark brings to the table a wealth of experience working with successful technology and education start-ups internationally.

The Crew Members
Operations: Product, Services and Tech Events

From our researchers to our program writers and trainers, TechTrain's team is passionate and committed to building pioneering learning paths and experiences. As an organization, we place huge emphasis on our recruiting process, and also work closely with Vietnam’s top universities to bring in great talent; bilingual, and with proven passion for tech, education and teamwork. Our awesome team includes graduates of Computer Science, Design and Communications, Pedagogy, Information Systems, and more.

Anthony Hughes
Business and Education Partner

Anthony is currently the CEO of Tech Elevator, USA, a demand-driven in-person educational platform designed to support rapid acquisition of technology skills for careers.

Anthony previously served as President of the Software Craftsmanship Guild, a coding bootcamp in Ohio, USA, which was acquired by Learning House in 2015. Prior to that, Anthony founded the Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program at JumpStart, Ohio, in partnership with MIT, which matched serially successful entrepreneurs and executives with budding technology entrepreneurs in mentoring relationships. In his advisory role, Anthony brings invaluable perspectives and guidance to TechTrain.