Resident Directors


Rebecca Swanson

Dr. Rebecca Swanson
Director of Program and Student Services in Barcelona
Rebecca has an MA in Medieval Culture Studies and a PhD in Art History with honors from the University of Barcelona. She was a student and visiting scholar at Sapienza Università di Roma in Rome, Italy and at the Université Paris I, Panthéon Sorbonne, in Paris, France. Rebecca has taught Art History at the University of Barcelona and spent a number of years working with college students as a mentor and supervisor. She was most recently a Program Manager and Art History professor for the Business and Culture and Economics and Culture programs at CIEE Barcelona. Her favorite hobby is reading, and she also enjoys sports, particularly hiking and mountain climbing. She loves traveling, art, meeting new people, and spending time with her family and cats.


Susanne Bach


Susanne Bach
Director of Program and Student Services in Dublin

As CAPA Dublin’s Resident Director since 2012, Susanne oversees student affairs and welfare. She works closely with our faculty and staff, as well as our Griffith College partners, to ensure the best possible study abroad experience for our students. Susanne holds an MA in Film Studies from University College Dublin. Having arrived in Ireland as a student herself, cultural immersion and a deep understanding of Ireland’s rich heritage lies at the heart of Susanne’s work. Dublin has so much to offer; having lived here since 1970, she’s still fascinated with the country and its remarkable people.


Lorenzo Ciccarelli

Lorenzo Ciccarelli
Director of Program and Student Services in Florence
Lorenzo was born and raised in Florence and is half Italian and half Swiss. His mother tongue is Italian, though he is fluent in German, English, French, and Spanish. After attending high school in Florence, Lorenzo moved to Lucerne, Switzerland where he obtained his degree in Hotel Management. Lorenzo became a part of the CAPA Florence Center team in 2000. Prior to joining CAPA, Lorenzo worked in the hotel business for several years in various countries in Europe and South America. He oversees all the operations for the CAPA Florence Center.


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Katie Cohen
Director of Program and Student Services in London
Katie comes to CAPA with over a decade of experience in study abroad; she has worked at an international education organization, at a US institution, and has served on the Board of AASAP/UK (The Association of American Study Abroad Programs, UK). Katie holds a BA in American Studies from the University of Birmingham, in which she spent a year studying in the US at the University of California, Santa Barbara, an experience which provides her with a solid frame of reference when connecting with students in London today. Katie also holds an MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture from Birkbeck College, University of London. When not at our CAPA London Centre, Katie can be found serving her community in leadership roles as a school Governor and town councillor. Across all her endeavours, Katie brings a passion for widening opportunity and a strong belief in the transformative potential of education.


Colin Speakman

Colin Speakman
Director of Program and Student Services in Shanghai
Colin manages CAPA Shanghai operations and student services, including leading orientation and excursions, as well as providing extensive support throughout the program. He brings over 25 years of high-profile experience in international education for American undergraduates. Colin makes regular contributions as a columnist to the China Daily newspaper and has also undertaken education consultancy for blue-chip companies.


Daniel Cunningham

Daniel Cunningham
Director of Program and Student Services in Sydney
Since 2008, Daniel has focused his skills and expertise around student services, activity programming, accommodations, procurement and staff management, sales and marketing, client relations, and health and safety. Holding roles such as the Duty Manager and Academic Coordinator at Corrib Village, a large student accommodation facility in Galway, Ireland, and at the Griffith College housing facilities in Dublin, where he provided exceptional service to the CAPA Dublin team and our students, has allowed Daniel to understand and meet the range of needs that students have to complete a successful program abroad. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Accountancy (Honors) degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a Higher Diploma in Project Management from Griffith College, Dublin.