Irene comes from a Spanish-Japanese family and lived in Madrid until the age of 15, when she moved to the UK to continue with her sixth form studies. She then completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Exeter, spending a year abroad in France. Wanting to pursue a career in education, Irene completed her teaching qualifications at UCL Institute of Education. After spending three years as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher in the UK, she decided to pursue her dream of working in Asia. Irene really enjoys learning about new cultures, especially through food, drawing and painting as well as dancing.