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Recent Movers & Shakers

Rayann Ibasco

Moved within/to: University of Maryland Baltimore County
On: March 2018

University of Maryland Baltimore County, US. Rayann Ibasco recently joined University of Maryland, Baltimore County as an International Recruitment Manager. In this role, he will act as a liaison officer between the university and EduCo International. Rayann previously worked at EduCo in Southeast Asia for two years. He aims to diversify the graduate student population in UMBC through efficient and effective recruitment strategies and increase the application conversion depending on the market need. Rayann has a strong relationship with education agents in markets such as the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and India. He is very passionate about his job and, above anything else, puts the best interest of his students first.

Steve Harvey

Moved within/to: Eduvest
On: March 2018

Eduvest, UK. Steve Harvey is Managing Director of Eduvest Limited Advisory, consultancy and non-executive services to the international higher education and investment sectors. Steve has over 30 years experience in the education sector at home and overseas. He negotiated over 20 partnerships with universities around the world in his 10 years at Cambridge Education Group and has held positions in the UK Government Department for Education, Strategy & Innovation Unit, Study Group, the University of Sunderland, the University of North London and at KPMG UK. He was educated at the Universities of Kent, Bristol, and Sunderland and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Steve holds qualified teacher status and is a Chartered Member of the CIPD.

Leonardo Duque

Moved within/to: SI-UK
On: January 2018

SI-UK London, UK. Leonardo is a British Council accredited education professional with over five years experience coordinating and implementing international student recruitment activities. Leonardo has been with SI-UK for the past five years, where he has developed and managed new markets (Americas, EU and emerging markets), and was appointed Head of Sales in February 2017. Since January 2018 has been responsible for SI-UK London operations. Leo studied International Business and Relations in Colombia and moved to the UK in 2006 in order to travel and learn from different cultures. Once settled in the UK, he completed an MSc in Strategic Marketing, and has since helped 1000s of students from around the world. Leo is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English and has a vast understanding of student recruitment trends.

Macarena Pickett (neé Parada)

Moved within/to: Patagonia Open
On: April 2018

Patagonia Open, Latin America. Macarena Pickett is seeking to bridge the language and cultural opportunities between the Southern Cone and the UK with her new editorial and LSP venture. A significant shareholder of British-based Language Residential Courses Agency, LANACOS, she has over 20 years of experience within the international educational industry. Recently, Macarena oversaw language training programs for a port authority in Chile, and collaborated in international projects for the US film and banking sectors from Patagonia. She has previously acted as Trade Mission Secretary to DTI-UK sponsored trade missions to Peru, Bolivia and Chile and holds a degree in Tourism & Hospitality Management from WLC, London. Macarena is focused on increasing LANACOS’ virtual presence, hence, she seeks to build a stronger nexus with its global partners and redefine business development strategies.

Roselyn Joseph

Moved within/to: Rochester Institute of Technology
On: April 2018

Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai. Roselyn has recently joined Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai as the International Students’ Recruitment Specialist. In this role, she is responsible for the international outreach for RIT, Dubai. This includes recruiting students outside the UAE market, agent partnership, international school collaborations and international education tie-ups.  Roselyn is an English Literature and an MBA graduate with more than seven years experience in the education sector. She believes education recruiters, as industry experts, are always learning and adapting to new trends. She believes education is the most powerful weapon and she is selling a future. She gives her 100% to give away the best part of their lives to her students and their parents.

Gladys Yanez

Moved within/to: Españole International House Valencia
On: April 2018

Espanole – IH Valencia, Spain. Gladys has joined Espanole –IH Valencia as the new Sales Director where she will oversee the Sales and Marketing Departments. After completing her law degree in the UK, she gained a Diploma in Marketing Sales and PR.
Gladys bring more than 12 years of experience in the ESL Industry with key player companies such as Study Group – Embassy English, Kings Education and INTO, developing different roles and international markets mainly focused in Europe and Latin America. As Sales Director Gladys will create, grow and maintain Espanole existing agent-network and expand different channels into the organisation to recruit international students. She will aim to diversify the current nationality mix which right now counts with 74 nationalities.

Meghan McKinnie

Moved within/to: Olds College
On: April 2018

Olds College, Canada. Meghan P. L. McKinnie has recently joined Olds College as the Director of International. In this role, Meghan is responsible for the internationalisation of the college with respect to strategic recruitment, partnership development, student and faculty mobility, and international engagement.  With over 20 years of experience working in post-secondary teaching, research, and administration, Meghan joined Olds College from MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada where she managed international partnerships and education abroad programs. She has held other positions at McMaster University, the University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta and Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhems-Universitaet Bonn in Germany.  She served on the Canadian Bureau of International Education’s Mobility Sub-Committee and sits on other provincial and national committees.

Stewart Brougham

Moved within/to: Christchurch Educated
On: April 2018

Christchurch Educated, New Zealand. Stewart Brougham, Director of UC International College (UCIC), has been elected as the new Chair of Christchurch Educated in New Zealand. Brougham’s 10-year history working within New Zealand’s international education industry combines experience that spans both the private and public sectors – having been involved in tertiary education for over 20 years teaching in both New Zealand and Scotland. A regular presenter at international conferences in New Zealand and overseas, the Navitas executive is particularly recognised for his expertise in transnational education, while being widely respected for his wealth of knowledge in the education sector, and his strategic approach to establishing Christchurch as an education destination.

Chris Elam

Moved within/to: Sannam S4
On: April 2018

Sannam S4, US. Chris Elam has been appointed at Sannam S4’s new Senior Manager, Education (North America), based in Texas, as the company builds on its ongoing expansion in the United States. Chris will support Sannam S4’s existing North American institutional partners and develop new collaborations and partnerships. He will initially focus on the American south and west in order to support Sannam S4’s strong east coast presence. Chris brings tremendous experience in the international higher education sector having previously consulted and worked for a range of service providers including Graduate Management Admission Council, IDP Education and Pearson Language Testing. He is well connected and brings useful insights from the range of partners he has supported over the years.

Steve Lowy

Moved within/to: Anglo Educational Services
On: April 2018

Anglo Educational Services, UK. Steve Lowy starts as CEO of Anglo with aims to grow the offering to other UK cities, alongside attracting marketing outside the traditional US Study Abroad market. He is a successful hotelier and entrepreneur, having founded the Umi Hotel brand in 2007 at 26 and going on to CoFound Umi Digital in 2010. In 2014, he joined AES as Managing Director of Academic Services with responsibility for academics service and the sales, marketing and technology strategy for the whole Anglo business, which has seen annual double-digit growth and the best financial performance in the company’s history. Steve is also the Chairman of British Educational Travel Association. He is passionate encouraging young people to learn abroad to broaden their horizons, employability and become global citizens.

Eleanor Maly

Moved within/to: International House London
On: November 2017

International House London, UK. Eleanor Maly, formerly UK operations director at Embassy English, joins as International House London as Director of Education. She has 15 years’ experience in the industry and has also previously worked at the school of English at GSM London. Eleanor is excited to work at a language school with an amazing history and heritage, and unparalleled levels of experience in the teaching and training team. Her aim is to build on its industry-leading position and to improve outcomes for its learners.

Greg Patton

Moved within/to: International House London
On: January 2018

International House London, UK. Greg Patton joins International House London as Director of Sales and Marketing from Bell Language school. Following graduation from Ulster University, he started his career in the FMCG industry before working at Churchill House School of English and Thanet College. He has over 20 years’ experience in strategic business development and marketing. Greg believes that a single overall experience is the most important thing for customers – there is always room for improvement and he looks forward to improving clients’ experiences at IH London.

Martina Moetz

Moved within/to: St. Gilgen International School
On: January 2018

St. Gilgen International School, Austria. Martina Moetz has taken over as the new director (Head of School) of St.Gilgen International School. The Lower Austrian native completed her studies in Austria, and was awarded a Fulbridge-Scholarship in the USA. She has over 21 years of teaching experience, 18 years of which she spent aboard, teaching at schools in the Bahamas and Angola. Prior to taking on her role at St. Gilgen International School, Martina was Head of School at the United World College in New Mexico, USA. She looks forward to fostering and strengthening community ties, building trust and confidence in a team of leaders at both administrative and governance level, enriching a balanced school between education, care and opportunities, whilst continuing to focus on internationalism and a global world view.

Deryn Vahl Meyer

Moved within/to: CQUniversity Australia
On: February 2018

CQUniversity Australia. Deryn has joined the International Directorate at CQU as Deputy Director International (Future Students and Partnerships), having recently been in the position of Assistant Dean, International & Engagement (Science & Engineering Faculty) at QUT. Deryn brings to the role extensive experience in the Higher Education sector which includes international and domestic student recruitment, marketing & communications, industry engagement, work integrated learning, tertiary admissions, and student services. Deryn has previously worked at Queensland University of Technology and the University of Melbourne and studied at Monash University, Victoria. She is keen to address growth of the markets as well as driving a diversity agenda within CQU cohorts.

Rachel Wells

Moved within/to: Stafford House International
On: March 2018

Stafford House International. Rachel Wells has been appointed Director of Operations, North America for Stafford House International. Rachel holds an MBA in International Education from the University of Keele, UK and brings over 17 years’ experience in academics, student services and operations to the role. Rachel has lived and worked in the UK, SE Asia, Europe and the US, and is passionate about providing transformational experiences to international students. As Director of the Stafford House centers in the US, Rachel was instrumental in ensuring the success of the Stafford House expansion there, and she is excited to help bring that same success to the Canada schools. Rachel was also recently elected to the Board of EnglishUSA as Vice-President-Elect for Outreach and is looking forward to starting her Board service in May 2018.

Douglas Sessions

Moved within/to: Sannam S4
On: March 2018

Sannam S4, US. Douglas Sessions has joined Sannam S4 as Vice President for Client and Stakeholder Relations in North America, based out of its Washington D.C. office. Douglas is focused on providing US institutions, Non-Profit Organizations and Trade Associations with enhanced support for their international operations and expansion. Prior to this role, Douglas served as an Independent Consultant to educational non-profits and served as a private school principal, a public school teacher and helped to start one of the first computer training centers for a member of the royal family in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Douglas did his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership with distinction at Washington State University, after receiving his Masters from the University of Portland and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Seattle Pacific University.

Hanna Banks

Moved within/to: Language Study Centres
On: December 2017

Language Study Centres, UK. Hanna has recently joined LSC as a Business Development Manager after working in business development roles all over the world. She is going to be growing LSC’s market share in Russia & CIS, China and Europe and will also be responsible for tapping into new emerging territories. She brings over 10 years’ experience in marketing and sales for English language programs across UK, USA and Malta, as well as in EU/non-EU admissions and recruitment for UK Higher education sector. Her experience and knowledge of the international education industry will guide LSC in this new chapter of the company’s strategic growth and is important for building relationships with key business partners and for increasing sales worldwide. Hanna is a graduate of Bournemouth University and a qualified CELTA teacher.

Saskia Loer Hansen

Moved within/to: Aston University
On: September 2017

Aston University, UK. Saskia Loer Hansen joined Aston University in September 2017 as Pro-Vice-Chancellor International. In this role Saskia is responsible for the University’s internationalisation agenda across recruitment, mobility, partnerships, international research, and engagement with sponsorship agencies and other external stakeholders across the world. Saskia joined Aston from RMIT University in Australia where she was the Executive Director, Global Development and Performance. Prior to that, Saskia worked at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and before that Aalborg University in Denmark. Saskia also served as the Secretary General to the European Consortium of Innovative Universities while working in Denmark and Scotland.

Marko Remes

Moved within/to: BROWNS English Language School
On: January 2018

BROWNS English Language School, Australia. Marko has joined BROWNS English Language as Director of Recruitment and Marketing. Celebrating its 15thanniversary in 2018, award-winning BROWNS has five campuses in Brisbane and Gold Coast. Prior to BROWNS, Marko worked at Navitas in leadership, recruitment and marketing roles in Brisbane, Perth and Dubai. A well-known and respected name in the industry, Marko will have a pivotal role in strengthening BROWNS position as one of the leading ELICOS providers in the world.

Kyu Kim

Moved within/to: Amerigo Education
On: October 2017

Amerigo Education, US. Kyu comes to Amerigo with a broad experience in international education and is the Associate Director for recruitment and marketing overseeing the North East Asia markets of Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Prior to joining Amerigo, Kyu was the Regional Manager Asia for EC, an ESL and pathway provider and also worked with Navitas as a Marketing Manager based in Korea. Kyu was born in Brazil and has lived in Portugal, Washington D.C., Peru, New York, and France and is now located in Korea.