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Recent Movers & Shakers

Marnie MacDougall

Moved within/to: Seneca College
On: September 2017

Seneca College, Canada. Marnie is the director of International Student Recruitment at Seneca College. Her dynamic team at Seneca recruit in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Caribbean, and South Asia. Marnie was new to the International Education industry when she began with Seneca just over a year ago. With experience in Federal Canadian politics (Marnie ran as a candidate in the last Canadian Federal Election) and International business, she is fluent in Spanish after many years living in Panama. She is currently taking an Executive MBA at Western’s University’s Ivey Business School while she continues her position at Seneca.

Alex Pirie

Moved within/to: Astrum Education
On: September 2017

Astrum Education, UK. Alex has seven years of student recruitment experience across EFL, Higher Education and Pathway, his most recent role being Marketing Manager for Europe, Russia/CIS and West Africa at Navitas. Alex has also led student recruitment activity from South and East Asia, China and Latin America in his previous positions, and as such he possesses substantial and truly broad market experience. Alex brings additional market knowledge, cultural awareness, creativity, digital marketing expertise and commercial acumen to the team.

Dan Peirce

Moved within/to: Tellus Education Group
On: September 2017

Meridian School of English / Tellus Education Group, UK. Dan has joined the International Marketing and Sales team at Meridian School of English (part of the Tellus Education Group) to cover the Western European market. They offer adult English language courses and work placement in Plymouth and Portsmouth. Dan has over 8 years experience within the education sector initially as a trained ESL teacher and later moving over to student recruitment and marketing. Dan said he is excited to be promoting English courses in the UK, something he is very passionate about. 

George Sipos

Moved within/to: SUNY College at Brockport
On: September 2017

SUNY College at Brockport, US. George has been appointed Director of International Education and Senior International Officer at the State University of New York College at Brockport, where he is tasked with the design and implementation of the first comprehensive campus internationalization strategic plan. George moved to upstate New York from Japan, where he served as the Executive Director of Administration and Global Affairs and Dean of Students at the International College of Liberal Arts at Yamanashi Gakuin University. He has more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration, teaching and research.

Laura Medina

Moved within/to: Net Languages
On: September 2017

Net Languages, Spain. Laura Medina has joined Net Languages to become the new Sales and Marketing Director. Laura has over 12 years of professional experience in the international education industry. She started her career in Paris at Education en France/Escapade, then moved to USA to work as Marketing and Sales Manager for Inlingua Washington,D.C. Laura returned recently to Spain after a long trip around the world. In her new role, Laura will be responsible for developing Net Languages’ marketing and sales strategy, establishing new agreements with partners and tapping into new markets.

Eddie O’Loughlin

Moved within/to: The English Studio
On: September 2017

English Studio, UK. Eddie has taken on the role of Managing Director of the English Studio Group – Dublin and London schools. He brings over 17 years of experience in the international education sector to his new role. As founder of ECM College in 2009,  he sold the business in 2016 to the Real Experience Group as the 2nd largest full-time EFL provider in Ireland.  Now rebranded as English Studio Dublin, Eddie remained to manage the business. “We focus on quality, accredited education in scalable, busy city centre locations which allow a very affordable price point,” he said. He is now also the MD of English Studio London. 

John Gregory

Moved within/to: University of Alberta
On: August 2017

University of Alberta, Canada. John joins the University of Alberta in Canada as Director International Recruitment and Transnational Programs. He was previously the Marketing Director at Fraser International College, the pathway program at Simon Fraser University. Under his leadership, the recruitment team significantly diversified the international student population, increased academic entry criteria and grew FIC to be the biggest pathway program of its kind in the world. John started working in the education sector in the UK, and has previously worked at the University of Alberta as the Regional Manager (Europe).

Jonah Duffin

Moved within/to: Hotcourses Group
On: August 2017

Hotcourses Group, UK. Jonah has joined Hotcourses Group in the newly created role of Chief Marketing Officer, where he will oversee the domestic and international marketing strategy – both B2C and B2B. Jonah arrives from Birkbeck, University of London where he worked for nearly twelve years in a number of senior roles including both Head of International Marketing and Recruitment, and Director of External Relations. His interests and experience are in developing data-led campaigns that drive student recruitment, creating engaging content that enables students to make the right decisions and developing strong brands.

Tony Kim

Moved within/to: iae Edu Net
On: July 2017

iae Edu Net, Korea. Tony has rejoined the head office of iae Edu Net in Seoul, Korea as Global Business Manager. He first started with the company in 2001, with the admissions team. And after one year, he worked in the international marketing team, and was transferred to the UK in 2006 to establish a branch in London. Since then, he managed the iae London sales team as a director before transferring back to the head office this July. He is excited to be rejoining the iae Edu Net Korea team after 11 years in the UK. His new role will extend to cover other major study destination countries.


Nick Stratford

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: August 2017

Oxford International Education Group, UK. Nick has been appointed Managing Director for the Language Division of Oxford International, where he will lead the strategic development of the organisation’s UK and North American language products. Nick brings nearly 20 years’ experience in international education, most significantly in senior leadership positions at Study Group, BPP University and recently at Embassy English, where he has worked in both operational and sales roles. His experience working in EFL in the USA, Canada and Australia, as well as the adult and junior business in the UK, complements the diverse language portfolio at Oxford International.

Lindsey Lopez

Moved within/to: Hotcourses Group
On: August 2017

Hotcourses Group, US. Lindsey has joined Hotcourses Group as the Vice President of Client Relations in the US after 15 years within the international higher education industry. In this role, Lindsey leads the US team’s strategic initiatives to share Hotcourses’ international market expertise and expand higher education partnerships. Along with Hotcourses’ digital platform, Lindsey is eager to unveil Hotcourses’ market data and insights from 37 million international student visits annually. Lindsey holds an MBA and MA in Latin American Studies, and most recently held the positions of Regional Sales Director – North & South America at Study Group, and Regional Director – Latin America at INTO University Partnerships.

Jack Joseph

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: July 2017

Oxford International Education Group, UK. Jack has recently joined Oxford International Education Group as a Regional Sales Manager for Schools and Colleges. Among the key responsibilities in his new role is a remit for international recruitment across Europe and Russia CIS for the group’s d’Overbroecks and Oxford Tutorial College. Prior to this, Jack has worked at Astrum Education in London as Regional Recruitment Manager – Europe, Latin America and UK based partners.

Fiona Diack

Moved within/to: Gecko Labs
On: August 2017

Gecko Labs, UK. Fiona has joined Gecko Labs as VP of Marketing in Edinburgh, Scotland. Gecko Labs provide software to help the education sector capture inquiries, manage data and engage with prospective students. She is responsible for developing and implementing marketing and brand strategy to support business growth and increased demand for Gecko Labs products. Fiona joins the team from FreeAgent, accounting software, where she managed the partnership marketing team. She is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Charlie Pybus

Moved within/to: University of Exeter
On: July 2017

University of Exeter, UK. Charlie recently joined the University of Exeter as the new Head of International Student Growth, responsible for delivering against Exeter’s ambitious agenda for growth in international student recruitment. Prior to joining the university, Charlie worked at The University of Manchester for over 10 years, most recently as Senior International Office for East Asia. There, he had considerable success growing student numbers from the region at all levels. Charlie also has experience in admissions, home/EU recruitment, and in marketing and recruitment for English language programs.

David Di Maria

Moved within/to: University of Maryland Baltimore County
On: August 2017

University of Maryland, Baltimore County, US. David was recently appointed as the inaugural Associate Vice Provost for International Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In this capacity, he will head the Office of International Education Services and provide campus-wide leadership in advancing the international dimensions of teaching, research and service. Prior to joining UMBC, David served as Associate Provost for International Programs at Montana State University. David joins UMBC with more than ten years of experience in international education administration. He holds BA and MEd degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a doctorate in education from the University of Minnesota.

Alberto Vivekananda de Freitas

Moved within/to: Focus Learning Group
On: July 2017

Focus Learning Group, Australia. Alberto has recently joined Focus English/Focus Learning Group as Head of Sales and Marketing in Melbourne, Australia. He will have operational responsibility for the upcoming Sydney campus which will open in 2018. Last year, Alberto worked as International Recruitment Manager for Laureate International and Think Education group, to successfully launch the Torrens University brand in Melbourne. He has also held the position of Regional Marketing Manager for the Australian Institute of Professional Education and worked at the New Zealand Institute of Education in Auckland.

Jamie Kanki

Moved within/to: Concourse Global
On: July 2017

Concourse Global, US. Jamie recently joined the education start-up Concourse Global where she serves as Head of Student Engagement, working with international high school counselors and university representatives around the globe to find the right educational programs for the next generation of graduating high school students. Prior to Concourse, Jamie led the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Graduate Marketing and Recruitment team as the Associate Director. Throughout her career in higher education, her passion has always been in creating more efficient and transparent processes for both students and universities. She is an active member of International ACAC and serves on the Admissions/Enrollment Practices Committee.

Slavas Palkevicius

Moved within/to: SUL Language Schools
On: July 2017

SUL Language Schools, UK. Slavas has joined SUL Language Schools as a Director and co-shareholder of the company. He has 17 years of experience in international education and in his new role, he will create new products and help to further develop the company. Prior to joining SUL Language Schools, Slavas worked as International Sales Manager for Oscars International. He has also worked as Business Development Manager at Malvern House International and Marketing Director at the International Mediterranean Academy in Turkey. Slavas has also recently co-founded an education management company, Edu.Baltica, to help expand higher education opportunities across the region.

Holly James

Moved within/to: The PIE
On: August 2017

The PIE, UK. Holly has joined The PIE News as a business development executive, based in London. She has joined the team from Informa, where she previously worked as a sales consultant within the education sector. In this role, she sold professional development and academic courses in the oil & gas, maritime and legal industries. Holly holds a BA degree from the University of Westminster. She is looking forward to pursuing her role with the team at The PIE, and learn more about what the international education sector has to offer.

Neil Harvey

Moved within/to: UK College of English
On: August 2017

UK College of English, UK. Neil has been appointed Chief Executive of UKCE, the language and skills training arm of UKCBC. Neil has been brought in to lead the strategic development of the organisation, starting with the London-based operation, but shortly to expand into education hub destinations globally. Neil plans to create a language training organisation which focuses on boosting client employability in growth sectors of the new economy. With a career in international for-profit education spanning more than 27 years, Neil has held senior positions in a range of organisations – Nord Anglia, Aspect, Kaplan, and most recently as Managing Director at The English Studio.