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Recent Movers & Shakers

Aoife Mulvihill

Moved within/to: Atlantic Language Galway and Dublin
On: April 2019

Atlantic Language Galway and Dublin, Ireland. Atlantic Language Galway and Dublin is happy to announce the newly appointed Sales and Marketing Manager Aoife Mulvihill. Aoife re-joined the sales and marketing department last October as a Consultant to the team, and accepted the full-time permanent position in April. She will be based in Galway. Previously working for the school from 2005 until 2010, Aoife looks forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of Atlantic Language Galway’s Family Package Program this summer, a program she researched, designed and created back in 2008. The inaugural program ran in 2009 and welcomed 22 families from seven different nationalities. Atlantic Language now welcomes up to 130 families every summer. Aoife will be attending ALPHE UK and ICEF Berlin in 2019, as well as visiting highly valued partners and agents across the globe. Aoife is looking forward to sharing a lot of the 2020 programs and new ideas with everyone soon!


Katrina Reid

Moved within/to: Study Queensland
On: June 2019

Study Queensland, Australia. Katrina Reid was recently appointed Principal Policy and Research Advisor at Study Queensland, Trade and Investment Queensland. She started her career in international education at the Australia-Indonesia Centre, Monash University, supporting the establishment of bilateral, multi-institutional research clusters. After a stint at RMIT University working in global relations, she moved to Queensland and oversaw international and local partnerships to activate student attraction, employability and experience strategies as Head of Partnerships and Trade at Study Gold Coast. Before recently moving to Study Queensland, she led the team for a short time as Acting CEO and is in her final year of a Master of Tertiary Education (Management) from the University of Melbourne.

Lisa Besso

Moved within/to: Global Ed Professionals
On: June 2019

Global Ed Professionals, US. Lisa Besso, together with Jeff Hutcheson, has founded a new non-profit venture, Global Ed Professionals, supporting internationalisation within the education community. Global Ed Professionals, established on the foundation of education as a shared value, is proudly non-profit providing comprehensive assessment and specialised services to institutions, programs, and offices. With over 20 years in international education, Lisa’s focus has been on secondary and higher education internationalization, including pathway program development and execution and intensive English program accreditation, operations and academic development. Lisa has served on the Board of EnglishUSA and is a Lead5050 First 50 mentor.

Jeff Hutcheson

Moved within/to: Global Ed Professionals
On: June 2019

Global Ed Professionals, US. Jeff Hutcheson, together with Lisa Besso, has founded a new non-profit venture, Global Ed Professionals, supporting internationalisation within the education community. Global Ed Professionals, established on the foundation of education as a shared value, is proudly non-profit providing comprehensive assessment and specialized services to institutions, programs, and offices. With over 25 years within the educational community, Jeff’s professional focus has been on higher education internationalization and integration, working with partner schools, government agencies, and associations in providing environments and paths for student success. Jeff’s experience includes ESL Operations, Business Development, Student Affairs, Immigration Compliance, Accreditation, and Student Engagement. Jeff has served as Chair of NAFSA Regions VII and on the Board of EnglishUSA.

Catherine Dalipe

Moved within/to: Amerigo Education
On: May 2019

Amerigo Education, US. Catherine Dalipe recently joined Amerigo Education as Regional Director, Campus Operations based in San Diego, California. Catherine will play a critical leadership role in the ongoing development of Amerigo’s operations and has accountability for the overall health and performance of campus operations across multiple Amerigo locations. She brings over 25 years’ experience in international education management, holding key strategic operations and recruitment roles at EF Education and Study Group/Embassy English.  Also a certified leadership coach, Catherine is committed to leadership development and collaborates with The Global Leadership League, Lead5050 and Designing Your Life for Women. Cathy is excited to bring her broad background and expertise at a pivotal and exciting period of the organisation’s expansion phase.  She looks forward to collaborating with an experienced operational team to drive strategic operational practices, build high performing teams, nurture long-term school partnerships and ensure top quality student experience and outcomes.  

Marnie Watson

Moved within/to: UP Education
On: June 2019

UP Education, ANZ. Marnie Watson has moved into the role of CEO of University Partnerships at New Zealand based UP Education. Based in Singapore, Marnie has been the Group’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for the last two years, responsible for leading the Sales, Admissions, Marketing and Student Services team. After working with university partners across three continents, Marnie has a close connection and affinity with public / private university partnerships through pathway colleges and is very excited about the opportunity to focus on this area of the UP business. Marnie previously worked for Study Group as UK & Europe Global Sales Director, and Global Sales Transformation Director. She has also previously worked for the University of New South Wales Foundation program. Marnie opened the UP Education office in Singapore in 2017 and the organisation now has marketing and student recruitment staff located in nine countries across globe.

Fiona McKenzie

Moved within/to: Carfax Education U.A.E.
On: June 2019

Carfax Education, U.A.E. Fiona McKenzie has become the new Head of Carfax Education in U.A.E. Fiona will oversee key business functions and work with families in the Gulf region to identify the best education pathways for their children and to offer expert, impartial, advice regarding educational planning. She also provides business development support to Carfax Education U.A.E. Educated at Rugby, and the University of St. Andrews, Fiona has over 30 years of experience working in the education sector. She has worked in independent education in the UK, the U.A.E., and Australia. Her roles in schools encompassed teaching, marketing, recruitment, and running alumni relations. Before taking her new role at Carfax Education, she ran the Middle East business of another well-known education consulting firm.

Kerry Law

Moved within/to: University of Leicester
On: January 2019

University of Leicester, UK. Kerry Law joins as Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer and a member of the Executive Board to help shape, steer and deliver the future vision of the University. Kerry is a highly accomplished senior marketing and communications strategist with a career spanning over 28 years. In her 20 years in Higher Education leadership roles, Kerry has successful led rebrands at the University of Nottingham and De Montfort University, delivered year-on-year student recruitment number growth, launched industry-focused degrees at FTSE100 company Pearson Education, and re-positioned universities and enhanced reputation to meet strategic objectives through global marketing and communications campaigns.

Tina DeNeen

Moved within/to: AACRAO
On: May 2019

AACRAO, US. Former University Registrar at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Tina DeNeen joined AACRAO’s executive staff in May, upon the retirement of long-time Associate Executive Director Janie Barnett. Tina’s laudable professional and association accomplishments, as well as her friendly personal style, should help to make this major transition a smooth one for AACRAO, as she takes over as AED of Meetings and Partnerships. One of Tina’s biggest responsibilities will be to direct AACRAO’s three yearly on-site professional development conferences, as well as exploring new avenues of content delivery through the newly restructured professional activities committee. Her former volunteer work on the PAC, as well as her experience as a conference presenter, a member of the program committee, and chair of the nominations and elections committee and of the black caucus, all will serve her well as she guides the future of AACRAO meetings.

Jonathan Whitehouse

Moved within/to: University Bridge
On: May 2019

University Bridge, US. Jonathan Whitehouse has a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford and a CELTA from International House (London). He has worked in the education field for 20 years, both in academia and on the business side. Most recently, he has held senior managerial roles at INTO, Cambridge Education Group and the Alpha Plus Group. As the Vice President of Global Recruiting, Jonathan will be  responsible for all student enrolment around the world for University Bridge. He has assisted numerous students in entering world top 50 universities in several countries including the USA, UK and Holland. He will continue to be based in Hong Kong. Jonathan says: ‘I believe students can achieve their dream here at UBridge, through our transfer process, elite advisors and our all-inclusive support system. That’s why I decided to join UBridge.’

Dafina Blacksher Diabate

Moved within/to: Lincoln University
On: May 2019

Lincoln University, US. Dafina Blacksher Diabate has been appointed Director of International Programs at Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania. Excited to join one of the oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Dafina will serve as the senior international officer, providing leadership for the university’s international programs, partnerships, and strategy. For more than six years Dafina managed daily operations of the Association of International Education Administrators, based at Duke University. She negotiated contracts with universities, governments and for-profit and nonprofit organisations in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America, raising a quarter of a million dollars annually.  Dafina earned her doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Luke Sikorski

Moved within/to: INTO University Partnerships
On: May 2019

INTO University Partnerships, US. Luke recently joined INTO University Partnerships as the Assistant Recruitment Director, Sponsor Projects. Luke is responsible for working closely with INTO’s 12 university partners in the US to maximize recruitment from government sponsored entities. He joins INTO after spending almost eight years at Study Group, mainly within the Embassy English division where he held various roles in admissions, recruitment, product, and business development. Luke holds a B.S. in Diplomacy & International Relations from Seton Hall University as well as a M.S. in Global & International Education from Drexel University.

Andrew Kuchins

Moved within/to: American University of Central Asia
On: May 2019

American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan. Andrew Kuchins, a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and formerly director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will serve as the university’s next President. Located on a newly constructed campus in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, the American University of Central Asia is the first university in Central Asia to offer US accredited degrees in liberal arts programs through a partnership with Bard College in the US. Andrew is currently Senior Fellow and Research Professor at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. From 2007 to 2015 he was Director of the Russia and Eurasian Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and from 2000 through 2007 he held a series of positions with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Patrick Dang

Moved within/to: Robertson College
On: May 2019

Robertson College, Canada. Patrick Dang has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer at Robertson College, a division of the Education Canada Group, where he will lead day to day operations as well as be responsible for ensuring the growth and development of the college. Having spent over 24 years at Sprott Shaw College in Vancouver, Patrick brings his extensive experience in all facets of private education to Robertson’s College. Patrick’s range of experience includes Admissions, Marketing, Branding, Operations, Compliance, Business Development, International Partnerships and Recruitment. His mission is to instill a sense of pride and purpose as the college strives to become an industry leader worthy of choice for students, staff and partners in education.

Carolina Casas

Moved within/to: UK College of English
On: September 2018

UK College of English, UK. Carolina Casas has become a Sales Manager at UK College of English. She brings 10 years of experience in the Education industry and over 18 years in international business development, marketing and sales. She has a Degree in Tourism, a MA & several professional qualifications in Digital Marketing. Prior to her new role, Carolina worked at Cavendish School as a Head of Digital Marketing and Marketing Manager for almost seven years. Carolina is very keen and motivated on actively contributing to the expansion and development of UKCE.

Maxime Medina

Moved within/to: EHL Group
On: May 2019

EHL Group, Switzerland. EHL Group which operates Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne has appointed Maxime Medina as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO. As COO, Maxime will be responsible for leading the group’s ambitious development strategy in Switzerland and abroad. He will also ensure the smooth operational functioning and strengthening of educational departments and internal hospitality services. Maxime began his career as an engineer in information technology in the world of finance and private banking. Very quickly, through his entrepreneurial spirit, he created a company to market a pioneering and innovative development tool, from Israeli universities, throughout Switzerland. Since 2017, Maxime has been at the head of EHL Group’s Campus development and asset management projects, managing an operating budget of over CHF 240 million.


Jamie Kanki

Moved within/to: Grok Global
On: April 2019

Grok Global, US. Jamie Kanki recently joined the Grok Global leadership team based in Malaysia to roll out the new Global Access service launched earlier this month. The new service will allow universities to effectively and economically diversify their recruitment efforts in small to medium-sized markets around the world. Jamie brings with her several years of international admissions experience from a wide range of institutions, as well as knowledge from the education-technology sector. A recent recipient of International ACAC’s Going the Extra Mile (GEM) award, she is an active member of the organization and serves on the Inclusion, Access and Success Committee.

Gemma Goodbourn

Moved within/to: Grok Global
On: May 2019

Grok Global, US. Gemma Goodbourn will be joining the Grok leadership team as Head of Global Marketing based in of Malaysia. Gemma’s team will provide marketing solutions for universities to build their global brand and engage key audiences. Previously Business Development Manager at McGraw Hill Education, Gemma brings experience working on HE partnerships to impact and improve the learning outcomes of students globally. From working in the learning technologies industry, Gemma is excited to bring both her Digital Marketing and Business Development expertise to Grok, and help their institutions effectively utilise digital marketing channels.

Pulkit Vasudha

Moved within/to: UK College of English
On: March 2019

UK College of English, UK. Pulkit Vasudha has recently become the new Head of Studies at UK College of English. Pulkit has a wide range of teaching and management experience, and she has worked in the US, Saudi Arabia, India and Vietnam. She founded her own teacher training company working out of India and Singapore, and has been involved in teacher training for the last seven years. Pulkit has also produced teacher training programmes for Young Learners and has been an EdTech co-ordinator with the British Council – she holds a CELTA, CETYL and DELTA.

Laura Villa

Moved within/to: UK College of English
On: January 2019

UK College of English, UK. Laura Villa has been promoted to Operations Manager at UK College of English. This new role will see Laura responsible for the operational and financial aspects of the school. Laura joined UKCE over a year ago and, as well as having previous management experience, is an experienced teacher. She is originally from the north of Spain. She discovered her passion for teaching and the English language at Roehampton University, where she studied a BA in English Literature and Linguistics. She also holds a MA in Victorian Literature, Art and Culture from Royal Holloway, University of London, and periodically contributes to blogs on Victorian Literature with essays and literary articles.