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Roslyn Artis

Moved within/to: CIEE
On: April 2024

CIEE, US. Roslyn Artis is one of three women who have joined the Council on International Educational Exchange’s board of directors. Roslyn brings a distinguished career in higher education leadership to CIEE. As the 14th and first female president of Benedict College, Roslyn is a champion of equity and access in education. A stalwart advocate for underrepresented communities in higher education, under her leadership, Benedict College received the 2019 ACE Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation and was named the 2019 Historically Black College and University of the Year. Roslyn’s commitment to fostering inclusive academic environments aligns perfectly with CIEE’s mission.

Liam McGrath

Moved within/to: Rubicon
On: February 2024

Rubicon, UK. Liam McGrath launched Rubicon in February 2024 to bring a fresh and disruptive approach to the international student recruitment industry. Rubicon plans a focused effort with a select group of partner institutions in each market to ensure satisfaction for all parties involved, replacing the common problem of agent overpromising and underperforming. Rubicon works directly with students and recruitment partners alike, while remaining totally transparent and compliant. Its upcoming app to be launched in Summer 2024 is set to empower everyone in the education space, removing bias, eliminating compliance issues, and bringing the very best of education to the world. Rubicon is expanding from both Hong Kong (China) and India, to Egypt, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the U.A.E., followed by Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. It looks forward to entering the LATAM, EU, and Home student markets in the near future.

Volkan Okutkan

Moved within/to: UCD English Language Academy
On: April 2024

UCD English Language Academy, Ireland. Volkan Okutkan has been appointed to the role of sales executive at UCD’s English Language Academy in Dublin. He joins UCD from his previous role at ATC Language Schools, where he was a marketing executive and most recently its senior sales executive. Speaking on LinkedIn about his new role, Volkan said: “I’m excited to be part of this wonderful team. With a focus on both B2C sales and partnership management, I’m eager to drive growth and cultivate meaningful collaborations. Grateful for this opportunity, I can’t wait to collaborate with the team. Here’s to new beginnings and exciting ventures ahead!”

Farhan Quraishi

On: April 2024

Lead5050, UK. Farhan Quraishi has taken on a new role as director at Lead5050, which specialises in helping companies identify their gender pay gap with data and research, and how to help close it. The role will be alongside his current positions as CEO of English language school SpeakUp London, and as chair of ELT association English UK. Speaking on LinkedIn after the role was announced, Farhan said: “After successfully implementing a fantastic accreditation software – I was hooked! Their mission is something which resonates with me and the team are just a dream to work with. It’s a really exciting step towards the future and I can 100000% say that Lead5050 is seriously going to be on the map! (even more than it is now!) A huge thank you to Ella Tyler, Leanne Linacre, Jago Brown and Zara Nanu MBE for having the trust in me and to let me join their exciting journey.”

Bryce Loo

Moved within/to: World Education Services
On: April 2024

World Education Services, Global. Bryce Loo has become WES’ associate director of higher education research. It follows from his various previous roles, including as research manager, then most recently as associate director of research. Bryce has been at WES since 2015, where he began his career as a research associate. He also worked as a research intern at the Institute of International Education in the US. Upon the announcement of his new role, Bryce said on LinkedIn: “I will be leading research initiatives in international higher education for WES and am looking forward to connecting with scholars and practitioners around the world.”

Jaime Cortes

Moved within/to: OET
On: April 2024

OET, Global. COO Jaime Cortes has stepped up to the role of interim CEO at OET. Within just a few months’ time as COO, Jaime has already made a significant impact within the organisation. He brings to OET extensive global experience, with 23+ years in the testing industry, and his time as COO has been marked by a relentless commitment to excellence and innovation. Jaime has quickly demonstrated an innate ability to grasp the intricacies of OET’s operations, implementing strategies that streamline processes, drive key initiatives and empower staff. As interim CEO, Jaime’s blend of strong business acumen and strategic insight will be instrumental in maintaining the momentum of OET’s ongoing projects and initiatives during this transitional phase. On his appointment as interim CEO, Jaime shared: “I am honoured to be entrusted with ensuring OET’s continued success and progress towards our strategic goals. Under Sujata’s leadership for the past 11 years, we’ve seen remarkable growth and transformation. I’m fully committed to ensuring stability and supporting our steady progress to the next phase of OET’s transformation.”

Isabela Santa Roza dos Santos

Moved within/to: StudyPortals
On: March 2024

Studyportals, Global. Isabela Santa Roza dos Santos has begun the new role of events & campaigns manager at Studyportals. With a strong foundation in event management and a passion for leveraging technology to enhance interactions, she orchestrates seamless and impactful gatherings that leave a lasting impression. Isabela’s expertise in computer science seamlessly integrates with her creativity, allowing innovation in the future of event planning. As a leader, she excels in bringing teams together, fostering collaboration and excellence. With a dedication to lifelong learning, Isabela is shaping the future of higher education events, one immersive experience at a time.

Shelly Maller

Moved within/to: QS
On: January 2024

QS, Global. Shelly Maller has joined QS as its new partnerships director for Australia and New Zealand. She joins after sixteen years at Griffith University, where she led teams across various areas including global student mobility and international partnerships. Of her new role, Shelly said: “I’m delighted to share the news of my appointment. A special thanks to Jeroen Prinsen, QS APAC Executive Director and senior colleagues for this wonderful opportunity and for the warm welcome extended to me by all. I am very much looking forward to working closely with the colleagues from across the QS partnerships network in Australia and New Zealand, and to a big year ahead”.

Barry Winn

Moved within/to: Taylor's University
On: January 2024

Taylor’s University, Malaysia. Professor Barry Winn has been appointed as the vice-chancellor and rpesident of Taylor’s University, bringing four decades of expertise in higher education leadership, research, and academic development. He was previously the vice-chancellor of Sohar University in Oman and, preceding that, held senior positions in the UK. Professor Winn’s contributions extend beyond administrative roles with over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. His dedication to academic standards is evident through his roles as a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency (UK) and the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA). Moreover, he has served as an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as PhDs at various universities worldwide. In response to his vision for the institution, Professor Winn said, “I will ensure we continue to aim high to allow Taylor’s to reach its full potential and become a global leader in progressive and innovative teaching, research, and knowledge transfer. The vision over the next decade is to position Taylor’s as a world-leading institution, equipped to address the challenges of the modern world.”

Gwendolyne Guzman Rose

Moved within/to: IELTS
On: March 2024

IELTS, US. Gwendolyne Guzman Rose has been appointed as director of Business Development and Outreach for IELTS USA. Previously, she served as the Senior International Business Development and Marketing Manager for the University of California San Diego Division of Extended Studies International Programs. In this role, she managed agent partner relations, business development, student recruitment and marketing for a portfolio of executive, higher education and visiting student programs globally. In her new role, Gwen is eager to leverage her expertise and passion for connecting people and cultures to promote IELTS as the premier English language assessment tool, ensuring its continued growth, success and adoption worldwide. Gwen’s extensive global experience includes traveling to over 65 countries for work, living and studying. She currently serves as a Board Member for UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy Alumni Board and is a member of the Association of International Enrollment Management.

Manon Bowen

Moved within/to: Texas State University
On: March 2024

Texas State University, US. Manon Bowen has assumed the position of education abroad director at Texas State University in in San Marcos, Texas. She takes on the role after being promoted from education abroad co-ordinator – faculty led, and was previously also in the role of education abroad representative. She also is the co-chair of Texas International Monthly, a volunteer organisation of Education Abroad professionals working at or with Texas colleges and universities. Of her new role, Manon said: “I’m thrilled to announce that I will be stepping into the role of Education Abroad Director this upcoming March. I’m incredibly grateful and excited for this new opportunity.”

Ray Casserly

Moved within/to: Institute for Study Abroad
On: March 2024

The Institute for Study Abroad, UK. Ray Casserly has begun in his new role as the vice president for Academic Programs at The Institute for Study Abroad. He comes into the role after most recently being associate vice president for academic affairs, and the director for global learning and assessment before that at the IFSA. He also continues in his post as an adjunct lecturer and Queen’s University Belfast, in modules on Northern Ireland and anthropology of music. He has also previously held roles at the Council of International Education Exchange. On LinkedIn, Ray said: “I’m sharing my “first day” with Dr. Jill L. Creighton who leads our Global Operations department as associate vice president, and Dr. Jennifer Fullick, who leads our Health, Safety, and Wellbeing department as associate vice president. Much gratitude to all the IFSA community for the warm welcome and support.”

Anchal Sharma

Moved within/to: Edvoy
On: March 2024

Edvoy, Global. Anchal Sharma has joined agency Edvoy as head-USA. She joins Edvoy after five years at M Square Media, where she held various roles including manager of International Student Recruitment for Montana State University Billings, senior manager for the USA, and most recently as destination head for the USA. Anchal is highly motivated with strong people skills, attention to detail and a solid sales background. Of her new role, she said: “I can’t wait to join my new team and take on the new challenges. As I look back on my career journey, I’m excited to announce this role is coming up with new endless possibilities a new patterns of thoughts and new connection to the world. I would like to thank Firoz Sait and Jonathan Lee for their incredible support and giving me this opportunity.

Mackenzie Zak

Moved within/to: Ready Education
On: March 2024

Ready Education, Global. Mackenzie Zak has joined Ready Education as an account executive. She joins the company from Higher Education Marketing, where she was in the role of professional sales representative for the US. Mackenzie is a dedicated, proactive and committed young professional described as a “fierce advocate for international education and a vivid voice in the industry”. She has over seven years of experience in the international education industry, consulting institutions and recruitment partners toward sustainable international strategies and solutions. She was also co-founder and COO of Applywave, a software for international student experience.

Neal McKinney

Moved within/to: AIFS
On: March 2024

AIFS Abroad, US. Dr. Neal McKinney has joined AIFS Abroad as its new director of study abroad and internship operations. Neal was previously a graduate research associate at the College Impact Laboratory at Ohio State University, then in the institution’s office of Diversity, Equity and Global Engagement, and most recently as a dissertation fellow. AIFS called him a “is a renowned practitioner and scholar committed to individualized, inclusive student experiences abroad”. Of his new role, Neal said: “I am excited to join AIFS because I am truly passionate about living out their mission to bring the world together. Through this role, I aim to ensure that every student we work with can find just and equitable success through education and work abroad.”

Vinícius de Souza Santos

Moved within/to: EdCo LATAM Consulting
On: March 2024

EdCo LATAM Consulting, Global. Vinícius de Souza Santos has begun a new role as an account executive at EdCo LATAM Consulting, supporting on various projects, it has been announced. Vinícius has been working within the higher education industry for six years. He has experience in student counselling, supporting sales consultants with student profile analysis, assisting in student application processes, and conducting higher education training. Based in Brazil, Vinícius has previously worked with top Brazilian agencies and is passionate about making international education more accessible. Simon Terrington, EdCo’s CEO said: “It’s great to be working with you and supporting Olds College of Agriculture & Technology across Latin America!”

 

Bryan McAllister-Grande

Moved within/to: Harvard Business School
On: March 2024

Harvard Business School, US. Bryan McAllister-Grande has joined Harvard Business School for director of administration and operations. He joins from a previous role at Northeastern University, where he was firstly assistant director of curriculum integration and most recently as director of academic integration and planning. He also has his own company, GlobalEd, which he still runs aside from his new post at Harvard Business School. Of his new role, Bryan said: “Very thankful for my time at Northeastern University – especially colleagues, students and international partners. I’m also excited to join the wonderful ODEI team at HBS.”

Nathan Marshall

Moved within/to: IDP Education
On: March 2024

IDP Education, Global. Nathan Marshall has been appointed as an account director at IDP Education Ltd. He joins the team from Springpod, where he was the school and college partnerships lead. He also has experience in the edtech space, where he was head of sales at Ark Curriculum Plus. Of his new role, Nathan posted on LinkedIn: “I’m stacked to the brim with university data, and WOW the insights are unreal. I look forward to meeting my new university accounts and making a positive impact on their student recruitment. [I’ve] 15 years in the education sector so I am confident I can add something unique.

Anthony Koliha

Moved within/to: US Department of State
On: March 2024

Department of State, US. Anthony Koliha, in addition to his current role as the director of the office for educational programs at the US Government’s Department of State, has taken on the role of acting deputy commissioner general, USA Pavilion for the Osaka Expo 2025.  Anthony has over twenty years experience in the non-profit, higher education, and government sectors both in the United States and overseas. Experience with staff supervision, budgetary oversight, program development and management, as well as strategic planning and policy formulation. At an event as part of the handover for his new, additional role, Anthony said: “I was honored to join Expo Unit Japan at today’s plot handover in advance of Osaka Expo 2025. See everyone at the USA Pavilion next year!”

Jenny Hyde

Moved within/to: University of Wolverhampton
On: March 2024

University of Wolverhampton, UK. Jenny Hyde has begun her role at the University of Wolverhampton as its new senior international recruitment manager. Jenny has previously worked at the University of Portsmouth as a senior global officer, and was also a senior international officer at Oxford Brookes University. The role comes after a brief hiatus from the industry, and Jenny said she is “ready to dive in” to connect talent with opportunity. Of her new role, she said: “I’ll be focusing once again on Sub-Saharan Africa, and am delighted to be working with the dream team of Sergine Monple, Yusuff Kaffo, Manjit Sahota James Gachuki and Oluwatosin Daniel. Can’t wait to reconnect with old friends and forge new partnerships across this amazing region.”

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