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Angel B. Pérez

Moved within/to: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
On: July 2020

National Association for College Admission Counseling, US. Angel B. Pérez has been appointed CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, representing nearly 14,000 admission and counseling professionals worldwide. Angel is recognised as a national thought leader and is a sought-after speaker on issues of educational equity, access, and success in global education. Prior to his arrival at NACAC, he served for 22 years as a leader in higher education, most recently serving as vice president for enrolment and student success at Trinity College. He is a Fulbright alumnus and former visiting international faculty member at Rikkyo University in Japan. A staunch advocate for international education, Angel has travelled the world to increase global student mobility. During his tenure in higher ed, the governor of Connecticut appointed him to the New England Board of Higher Education, and he was chosen by the Gates Foundation to serve on Forward50, a group of leaders presenting higher ed solutions to Congress.

James Birrell

Moved within/to: Stay Campus London
On: July 2020

Stay Campus London, UK. Stay Campus London is delighted to welcome James Birrell to the organisation as Head of Partnerships. Joining the leadership team with a wealth of experience from both the leisure and language travel sectors. James will work across both Stay brands, leading the university partnerships strategy at an exciting time for The Stay Club, as it introduces two new purpose-built residences to the portfolio. He will support the continued growth of language travel and further education at Stay Campus London, focusing on product development, customer acquisition and entry into new markets. James said “I am thrilled to join The Stay Club/Stay Campus team. Having always been impressed with how these brands have successfully calved out a niche in the market, I am looking forward to supporting the delivery of some ambitious goals as we move into our next phase of growth.”

Bahar Sangar

Moved within/to: Edvisor
On: March 2020

Edvisor, Turkey. Bahar Sangar joined Edvisor’s global team as Business Development Manager for Turkey and MENA in March 2020. Having begun her career in the financial sector working in global investment banks in the UK, Greece and Turkey, Bahar made the move to the international education sector in 2018 when she joined PeopleCert as their Business Development Manager for Turkey. Her role in Edvisor will focus on developing strong relationships with partner agencies, associations and schools operating in her region and identifying opportunities to improve these partnerships through Edvisor’s technology.

Jhon Valencia

Moved within/to: Centre of English Studies
On: July 2020

Centre of English Studies, UK. Having worked for an American university in London, business school in the UK, and EFL school in Ireland, Jhon has just joined the CES Marketing Team as LATAM Regional Director, and is bringing his 18 years in the industry to help build the CES brand in LATAM region.  He is extremely well known in the industry and looks forward to applying his experience with American, UK and Irish education systems to a leadership role at CES Marketing.

Dylan Hoemsen

Moved within/to: Grok Global Services
On: June 2020

Grok Global Services, South Asia. Dylan Hoemsen joins Grok Global with nearly 12 years of experience in higher education, with the majority of his expertise directly related to international student recruitment across multiple channels, with an emphasis on South Asia. Most recently while based out of India, Dylan led the sales and recruitment team across South and South East Asia for Navitas’ North American portfolio – where he was recognized as the company’s Sales and Marketing Leader of the Year in 2019. During his time at Navitas, Dylan held multiple student recruitment and leadership positions within the company in both Canada and India. Dylan joins Grok Global as Executive Director South Asia, where he will lead Grok’s Indian entity, with their first office in New Delhi opening this Fall. “I am thrilled to join the great team at Grok and to be able to further build out our solutions offered in South Asia. As an industry-leader in providing market research and partnership services, as well as the deployment of both in-country resources and digital marketing solutions for institutions, Grok is showing their commitment to their services and their clients with the expanded presence in South Asia,” says Dylan.

Archie Pollock

Moved within/to: Higher Education Marketing
On: June 2020

Higher Education Marketing, Europe. Archie Pollock has been promoted to Regional Manager UK & Europe at digital marketing solution specialist Higher Education Marketing. Archie has been with the organisation for more than three years, providing comprehensive marketing solutions for Universities, Community Colleges, Career Colleges and private and public K-12 Schools. Archie’s new role is centred around developing business in the UK and Europe, managing the company’s regional sales team and enhancing Higher Education Marketing’s presence across various sub sectors of the education market.

Julie Hsu

Moved within/to: Grok Global Services
On: April 2020

Grok Global Services, South East Asia. Grok Global Services recently welcomed Julie Hsu to its growing Global Marketing team as Southeast Asia Marketing Manager, based in Kuala Lumpur. Julie has over 10 years of experience working in Southeast Asia in higher education roles and the K-12 schools sector. Previously she worked as the Regional Manager for the University of Western Australia and as Business Development Manager for ESSEC Business School focusing on SEA student recruitment. Prior to higher education, her positions in K-12 schools included Head of Marketing and Admissions and Head of the Chinese department. Her strong background in Marketing and International Student recruitment will now be utilised in supporting Grok’s clients develop brand awareness, create localised marketing strategies, and execute digital marketing activities to lead to recruitment success.

Kyriakos Kouveliotis

Moved within/to: Berlin School of Business and Innovation
On: July 2020

Berlin School of Business and Innovation, Germany. BSBI has appointed Professor Dr Kyriakos Kouveliotis as Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Kyriakos has more than 20 years of experience in international higher education as lecturer and author, as well as covering leadership roles. He is an accomplished researcher in a variety of disciplines and has worked as a consultant in the private and public sector. In his new roles, he will help BSBI to further establish itself in Germany and the international higher education scene, providing guidance to open the school and its programs to a global audience of students and partners. Kyriakos initially joined BSBI in 2019 as Programmes and Partnership Director, and supported the school in its academic development where he promoted the use of the technologies and innovative teaching methods.

Sherwood Wan

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: June 2020

Oxford International Education Group, Asia. Sherwood Wan has been recently appointed as Regional Director for Asia at Oxford International Education Group where he will be responsible for leading the Asia Recruitment Team with specific focus to develop the pathway division. With 15 years’ experience in the international education industry, Sherwood has held various leadership roles in both public and private institutions. Prior to Oxford International Education Group, Sherwood worked as the Regional Director for Asia at Study Group and Nord Anglia Education. Having managed regional teams across Asia, Sherwood is bringing a diverse amount of knowledge and experience with him to Oxford International with his extensive experience in areas of international student recruitment, university marketing and channel partner recruitment. With his new role, Sherwood will continue building relationships with existing and new partners, and will be looking to rapidly expand Oxford Asia’s reach. “I am looking forward to working closely with industry partners to ensure Oxford International’s continued success and lead the recruitment, marketing and partnership operations as it implements its growth and diversification strategies,” he said.

Jason Hoppner

Moved within/to: Dulwich College Singapore
On: May 2020

Dulwich College, Singapore. Jason Hoppner has been appointed as the Director of Admissions & Marketing for Dulwich College, Singapore. Prior to his appointment Jason spent the past five and a half years as at Navitas where he held multiple roles, most recently as the Australasian Recruitment Director leading multiple student recruitment teams across the South East Asia & South Asian regions. During his time at Navitas Jason oversaw record recruitment growth out of the Indian sub-continent and Indochina for Navitas’ seventeen business units based in Australia, New Zealand Singapore & Dubai. Prior to this Jason was the General Manager for a leading Student Accommodation provider in Australia and brings extensive sales, marketing and operations experience across multiple sectors. Jason began his professional career as an English Teacher in Hungary before moving into Education Consulting.

Jasper Tolarba

Moved within/to: CGFNS International
On: May 2020

CGFNS International, US. CGFNS is is pleased to announce the appointment of Fulbright Scholar Jasper Tolarba as Director of Global Standards and Qualifications. In this strategic and vital role, Jasper will lead CGFNS’ programs around global standards and qualifications for health professionals by collaborating with global leaders in the fields of education, regulation, accreditation and practice to promote innovation and the advancement of harmonisation to enhance cross-border mutual recognition. In addition, Jasper will collaborate with CGFNS’ Director for Quality and Research Rajan Anand to continue CGFNS’ quality transformation as a global standards enterprise in alignment with the International Organization for Standardization. He returns to CGFNS after completion of his research as a J. William Fulbright Scholar at the Jordan University of Science and Technology in the Kingdom of Jordan. Jasper first joined CGFNS in 2016 as Director of Credentials Evaluation Services.

Aaron Mitich

Moved within/to: Laurel Springs School
On: April 2020

Laurel Springs School, US. Aaron Mitich has joined Laurel Springs School as Director of Partnership Development, based in San Diego. Aaron’s extensive experience in designing, managing, and growing global programs, opportunities, and partnerships aligns with the fully accredited private online school’s mission to enrich students academically and personally as well as build an international educational community of enrichment and success. He has 14 years of experience in both public and private sector engagement and institutional collaborations. Before joining Laurel Springs, he led organisation-wide partnership development initiatives for Cambridge Education Group and Study Group in Bangkok, Thailand. Aaron previously managed fellowship programs for the IIE in various countries, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the UW-Milwaukee and a Master’s in International Communication from Macquarie University, Australia.

Abhishek Daniel

Moved within/to: University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
On: February 2020

The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Thailand. Abhishek Daniel recently joined The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) in Bangkok city as South Asia Manager of International Marketing and Admissions. Abhishek has lived and worked in South East Asia for over 14 years, in International Sales and Marketing in the education industry. He has worked with Laureate International Universities member universities in Bangkok and in India. During his career in the education industry, Abhishek has worked in International Collaborations and Partnerships, Student Exchange and of course admissions. In this position, his focus is to develop the South Asia market, grow partner network and execute branding events and activities.

Mike Foster

Moved within/to: CATS Colleges
On: April 2020

CATS Colleges, UK. Mike Foster has been appointed as Sales Director of CATS Colleges’ independent schools’ portfolio. With over 25 years’ experience in creating value for a range of businesses, most recently Mike was the Sales Director for Asia of a large education group. In the new role, Mike will continue  building relationships with existing and new partners, support strategic in-country recruitment events, work directly with students, families, feeder colleges and universities, and support the establishment of agent networks in emerging markets. CATS Colleges CEO Chris Stacey added: “It’s great to have Mike onboard. He brings with him a wealth of experience. He understands what’s important to parents when they consider sending their child to the UK for a British boarding school experience.”

Will Saville

Moved within/to: GL Assessment
On: May 2020

GL Assessment, UK. Will Saville has joined GL Assessment as International Manager, a newly created role in their international team. GL Assessment are the leading provider of formative assessments for K-12 schools, including the creators of CAT4, and Will will be focusing on the international schools’ markets. Prior to joining GL Assessment, Will held a number of commercial and stakeholder engagement roles at Cambridge Assessment, having joined them on their graduate training scheme. Will is very much looking forward to taking his knowledge and experience of the international education sector and to continue to promote assessment based educational solutions.

Alícia Betts

Moved within/to: University of Girona
On: February 2020

University of Girona, Spain. Alícia Betts has recently joined the University of Girona and her role is to provide technical support to Strategic International Projects. Her work focuses on the implementing the Internationalisation Strategy and increasing the visibility of the university in European and global spheres. She has extensive experience working in European funded projects, internationalisation of higher education institutions, responsible research and innovation policies, social responsibility of universities and the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, benchmarking studies and organisation of events. Until January 2020, she was Head of projects at the Catalan Association for Public Universities and at the Global University Network for Innovation where she was responsible for the joint internationalisation strategy of ACUP and participated in the coordination of the worldwide GUNi Reports. She is also a member of the Cooperation for Development Expert Community at the EAIE.

Mariam Shaikh

Moved within/to: Student Safety UK
On: April 2020

Student Safety UK, UK. Student Safety UK has appointed Mariam Shaikh as Regional Director for the Middle East & India. Mariam’s career spans over 35 years in international education that has seen her achieve global recognition and Awards. Over this period, Mariam has held senior positions in many leading schools and colleges within the Middle East, along with establishing new institutions and creating successful partnerships between local and foreign education providers, developing the regional international education market. With her exemplary track record of impact on international study, Mariam is well placed to take SSUK to the next level, and achieve the targets they have set. “We feel Mariam is the perfect fit for the role within our organisation,” Director of Operations at SSUK Stephen Helliwell said. “She is a proven and respected education professional with a passion for international study in all its forms, and has the experience and energy to make a hugely positive contribution to our foreign endeavours, which is to reach out globally, and enrich the lives of international students.”

Nanice Khalil

Moved within/to: Higher Ed Partners
On: April 2020

Higher Ed Partners, UK. Nanice Khalil has joined Higher Ed Partners Europe, Middle East, and Africa as Managing Director, Egypt. Nanice will drive the company’s expansion in Egypt and the wider region bringing distance education and the OPM model to a market that is yet to catch-up on that front. With 12 years experience in the education sector working with Pearson, Cambridge University Press, and McGraw-Hill Education, Nanice has led regional teams establishing key partnerships, delivering on government projects, and digital transformation in many educational institutions. Over the years, Nanice has worked across the education spectrum: K-12, TVET, higher education, and adult learning gaining hands-on experience of policy challenges and sectoral needs and challenges. Nanice’s deep understanding of the regional higher education landscape and experience introducing new business models and driving growth are going to the spring-board for her success in this new role.

Elaine Hewitt

Moved within/to: UPP
On: April 2020

UPP, UK. UK provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure, UPP has announced that Elaine Hewitt has joined the Business as its new Chief Executive Officer. A Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Elaine joins UPP from NHS Property Services, where she has been Chief Executive Officer since 2015 and was responsible for overseeing a £3bn asset portfolio, some 4,000 properties, 5,000 employees and an annual income of more than £700m. She was previously Group Property Director at BT Group PLC. As well as having considerable private sector experience, Elaine has held public sector roles, notably Crown Representative in the Cabinet Office for Property and Facilities Management across Government. She is also a Senior Board Advisor to Dorrington Plc, a property investment and development company. “My immediate priority is to support our people, partners and resident students through the COVID-19 outbreak,” Elaine said.

Alexia Galanopoulos

Moved within/to: Hermes College Network
On: March 2020

Hermes College Network, Canada. Hermes College Network is pleased to welcome Alexia Galanopoulos as their new Group Director of Channel Sales, Strategic Initiatives & Alliances bringing with her 18 years of industry experience in Sales, Business Development and Marketing. Alexia began her career with ILAC for 9 years, before accepting a position with Sprachcaffe/GEOS Languages Plus as Managing Director, Director of Operations and Business Development North America. In this role, she was tasked with overhauling the recruitment process to improve numbers, increasing revenue and growing a successful sales team. After four years, seeking growth she led TLGC at Global University Systems. Under her leadership, TLGC successfully built pathway agreements with 37 institutions, launched a new website and enhanced their social media presence. Alexia has vast experience with developing agent networks globally, handling government level negotiations and signing MOUs with different states or departments, as well as building pathway programs and public-private partnerships.


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