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Recent Movers & Shakers

Alix Hernandez

Moved within/to: UWC ISAK Japan
On: August 2019

UWC ISAK Japan. Alix Hernandez has joined UWC ISAK Japan as Director of Admissions. Being Japan’s only full-boarding international high school and one of the newest members of the United World Colleges movement, UWC ISAK Japan is committed to educating academically curious, compassionate, and innovative students from around the world who are eager to make a difference, and it is Alix’s task to select these students. She comes with experience in a variety of international education-related roles, including: Center Director for ELS Language Schools in Colombia; lecturer at the Swiss Hotel Management School in Switzerland; Regional Manager for the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe at Seneca College, and more recently, she was in charge of international student recruitment and market development at York University (these last two institutions located in Canada). As testimonial to her commitment in the international education sector, she has been recognised by the Council of International Schools with the Future Leader Award.

Maurits van Rooijen

Moved within/to: University of Applied Sciences Europe
On: September 2019

University of Applied Sciences Europe, Germany. Maurits van Rooijen has been elected Rector of the University of Applied Sciences Europe, working across UE’s three main campus’ in Berlin, Hamburg and Iserlohn, Germany. Maurits will retain his current position of Chief Academic Officer of Global University Systems. In 2012, Professor van Rooijen joined Aaron Etingen to launch a global approach to education at Global University Systems. As Rector, Maurits will lead on the overall strategy of the university relating to the student experience, maintaining the high quality delivery of education, and academic advancement for each of the three campuses. He will also focus on engagement with external stakeholders and will work to raise the standing of UE departments in regard to their impact in society, from local to international. Prior to GUS, Maurits was CEO and Rector Magnificus at Nyenrode University and Executive Vice President of the University of Westminster in London.

Jeff Blackford

Moved within/to: Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
On: August 2019

The University of Liverpool, UK. The University of Liverpool has announced the appointment of Jeff Blackford as the first Dean for Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. Jeff will have a remit to strengthen research collaboration between the two universities and promote educational opportunities for the benefit of both UK and China-based students. He will also continue to work in his capacity as Dean for the University of Liverpool in London, a role to which he was appointed earlier in the year. Jeff’s role will also support a closer relationship in furthering both universities’ research priorities, including collaboration over PhD and postgraduate research students. He looks forward to working with colleagues in China and the UK in his new role while the partnership presents a “wealth of opportunities for both universities to further their research and offer life-changing experiences to students”.

Edward Harcourt

Moved within/to: QS Enrolment Solutions
On: September 2019

QS Enrolment Solutions, UK. Edward Harcourt has joined QS Enrolment Solutions as Senior Vice President and Managing Director. During six years as a pro-vice-chancellor at Liverpool John Moores University, Edward held academic leadership responsibility for all aspects of external engagement including overseas student recruitment and international affairs. Edward was previously Director of International Relations at the University of Birmingham and Head of Institutional Relations and an Assistant Registrar at the University of Warwick. He graduated from Lancaster University and began his career in New York City at Oxford University Press and the New York Academy of Sciences before completing a PhD at Vanderbilt University. As Managing Director, Edward will manage the continued integration of enrolment services within the QS portfolio, leading the QSES executive team based in London, Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne. He will also shape the development of new products and services and lead on the development of partnership initiatives.

Andreina Rejon

Moved within/to: IDP Connect
On: September 2019

IDP Connect, Europe. Andreina has joined the international client team at IDP Connect as a client manager. She will work closely with universities in the UK and Europe to support them with their international recruitment strategies using IDP Connect’s digital marketing solutions and data insights. Andreina has been in international recruitment for the past four years in a B2C role supporting students with their postgraduate studies and then supporting efforts for the outreach of the school she previously worked with. She also worked with different partnerships across Europe where she decided that she wanted to dedicate to the B2B market and influence the education sector at a greater scale. She has worked in the US and the UK, and her experience is mainly in the European market. She is really excited to be part of this moment for IDP Connect and be part of such an international and supportive team.

Berenice Lewis

Moved within/to: Alexander Academy
On: April 2019

Alexander Academy, Canada. Berenice Lewis is the Director of Admission and Business Development at Alexander Academy, located in downtown Vancouver, BC. Alexander Academy is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Diploma Program and the BC Dogwood Diploma. Berenice brings over 20 years of experience to the field of international education as a teacher, principal, and head of school. She is passionate about promoting diversity and collaborative teaming in education. In her new role, Berenice is responsible for student recruitment, international student support, helping students pursue their educational dreams, and the expansion of Alexander Academy to both international and domestic students.

Jennifer Hatcher

Moved within/to: ILSC Education Group
On: September 2019

ILSC Education Group, Australia. Originally hailing from England and with over 15 years’ experience of success in international education, Jennifer Hatcher has been appointed Director of ILSC-Adelaide. She embarked on a language journey of her own in Taiwan, where she taught English for five years. She joined the ILSC family seven years ago in Sydney as a teacher, before becoming the Head Teacher, followed by the University Pathway Coordinator. Jennifer was instrumental in opening the ILSC-Melbourne campus in 2016 as the Director of Studies, and helped grow the student body from 50 to 600+ students in only 18 months. At the beginning of 2018, Jennifer transitioned into a Senior Manager, overseeing three departments: academics, student services, and administration. Excelling in this new capacity, she was moved to ILSC-Vancouver for the summer in 2019 to support, lead, and cross train the teams. ILSC-Adelaide, the company’s newest location, is positioned to begin welcoming students at the end of 2019, with Jennifer’s leadership, passion and expertise.

Ayesha Sodha

Moved within/to: Digitary
On: August 2019

Digitary, Ireland. Ayesha Sodha has joined academic credentialing platform Digitary as Business Development Manager. In her role she will be responsible for strategic growth and client management across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Previously, Ayesha was Business Development Manager at the University of Edinburgh Business School where she managed corporate relationships to maximise research impact and created industry facing novel national and international student experiences. She has extensive experience working within Asia as well as the US. Prior to working within the HEI sector, she worked in technology environments in the private sector. From helping to create learning experiences within the HEI sector to working in a company that captures them, the transition was natural. She is excited to join the Digitary team where micro-credentialing capabilities are being launched in Q1 2020. Making all learning visible is paramount in an increasingly competitive market where university education is filled with learning outside the classroom.

David Patton

Moved within/to: American Councils for International Education
On: August 2019

American Councils for International Education, US. American Councils for International Education and its Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of David Patton, PhD, as the third president and CEO to lead the 45-year-old nonprofit. David’s tenure as president began on August 1, 2019, and he has previously served as acting president and CEO. David will lead the nonprofit’s nearly 500 employees worldwide, operating out of 39 offices to advance nearly 100 programs in 90 countries. As president, David’s connection with American Councils comes full circle: in 1983, he studied abroad on American Councils’ lauded Advanced Russian and Area Studies Program (RLASP) in Moscow, Russia. Ten years later, he joined American Councils as a full-time staff member in its Moscow office. David spent 13 years serving various posts in Eurasia and Southeast Europe before becoming vice president for field operations in 2002, before becoming executive vice president in 2013.


Vincenzo Raimo

Moved within/to: Unilodgers
On: September 2019

Unilodgers, UK. Vincenzo (Enzo) Raimo is joining student housing marketplace, Unilodgers as Chief Relationship Officer. A former Reading graduate, Enzo took up his role of Reading University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement in August 2014. He is a member of the University Executive Board and led Advancement Functions (Marketing, Communications & Engagement; Global Recruitment & Admissions; Alumni & Supporter Engagement) and its global engagement activities – including partnerships and sites around the world. Enzo also chaired RUMAL Reading Sdn.Bhd., which operates University of Reading Malaysia (UoRM), and was the joint chair of the Governing Board of the NUIST-Reading Academy. Under Enzo’s leadership, the university’s global footprint has grown enormously, both in terms of its international students and colleagues and the number and diversity of partnerships it has across the globe. Enzo also studied at the universities of Rome ‘la Sapienza’ and Leicester, and was previously Director of the International Office at the University of Nottingham.

Alan Wall

Moved within/to: Higher Education Authority
On: August 2019

Higher Education Authority, Ireland. The Board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has approved the appointment of Alan Wall as CEO of the HEA following an open competition managed by the Public Appointments Service. Alan has extensive experience in the education sector having served as Assistant Secretary General at the Department of Education and Skills leading most recently its Research, Reform, Policy and Data Division. As Deputy Director with the Teaching Council he played a key role in the establishment of the agency. Alan holds a Doctorate in Governance from Queens University Belfast and also holds degrees from Maynooth University and Trinity College, Dublin.


Rob Lynes

Moved within/to: Durham University
On: September 2019

Durham University, UK. Rob Lynes has joined Durham University as Head of Stephenson College and Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor Global. Rob spent 23 years working in a number of senior roles with the British Council, including, Deputy Director Global Operations, Regional Director Middle East, Director India and Director UK. He has lived and worked in a range of countries around the world, starting his career as a linguist in Berlin, before working in Hungary, as a teacher and teacher trainer and Executive Director of a large language institute in Budapest. Most recently he was an adviser for Future Hope, an NGO working with children living on the streets of Kolkata. He was awarded the CMG in 2017 in recognition of his services to strengthening UK – India ties.

Beth Button

Moved within/to: University Alliance
On: July 2019

University Alliance, UK. Beth has joined University Alliance, the mission group for technical and professional universities, as Head of Communications and Public Affairs. Prior to joining UA, Beth was campaign manager at Universities UK, developing and leading the MadeAtUni campaign. Before this, she led on political and public affairs at Universities Wales. Her career in higher education began in the student movement where she held various elected roles including president of the National Union of Students in Wales. As Executive Committee Member of the European Students’ Union, Beth led the organization’s international campaigning on the Sustainable Development Goals, working within UNESCO and as a member of the UN Education and Academia Stakeholder Group. As head of communications and public affairs, Beth will work with member universities to champion the role of technical and professional universities in unlocking potential and effecting change for individuals, communities, the public sector, and the country as a whole.

Alan Morris

Moved within/to: Proodle Solutions
On: June 2019

Proodle Solutions, UK. Alan Morris is a successful entrepreneur, CEO and company Chair, and as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Nottingham University his work includes mentoring early life businesses such as Proodle Solutions. He has experience of starting, growing and developing businesses in the technology sector and balances the need for innovation, with the need for continuous business performance improvement. Alan believes in developing individuals and in creating high performing teams. Through Executive Advisory roles, Alan works with businesses creating and delivering growth strategies that achieve the objectives of all stakeholders. He has also engaged as a Speaker and writes guest blogs covering subjects from business growth to technology innovation, and the importance of people in business.

Yeliz Hussein

Moved within/to: Bayswater Education
On: August 2019

Bayswater Education, UK. Yeliz Hussein has joined Bayswater Education as Global Sales Director. Yeliz will lead the recruitment for Bayswater College’s Digital Marketing, Fashion and English language programmes, as well as English in Cyprus, a partner school of Bayswater. Yeliz said, “It’s an incredibly exciting time for Bayswater, and I feel delighted to be part of its future. Being part of a business which also invests and engages in educational projects with underprivileged students, is something I feel proud to be involved in.” Yeliz has been in the industry for nearly 15 years, starting in operational roles then moving into sales with LAL Language Centres in 2010, most recently as a Head of Regional Business Development.

June Dunn

Moved within/to: Wimbledon School of English
On: August 2019

Wimbledon School of English, London. June Dunn has joined Wimbledon School of English as Sales and Groups Manager. June started in the EFL industry as a teacher working abroad in Spain, Australia and Italy. After several years as a teacher she changed direction and moved within the industry to sales and marketing where she worked for a couple of London language schools. June has mainly worked with European and Latin American markets and has enjoyed travelling there to meet representatives and sample new cultures. She is looking forward to a new challenge at Wimbledon School of English, the UK’s joint top centre of excellence.

Serkan Ozturk

Moved within/to: CATS Academy
On: August 2019

CATS Academy, Boston. Serkan Ozturk joins the CATS Academy Boston team as a Regional Manager – Europe, Turkey, MENA and South Asia. Serkan gained an impressive 18 years of experience in international student recruitment at LSI Education where he was a Senior Sales & Marketing Manager specialising in MENA, Turkey and Scandinavia. Serkan is very excited to be moving into US high school recruitment where he will be responsible for the continued growth of CATS Academy Boston in his regions. CATS Academy Boston is a successful international boarding school teaching US High School Diploma curriculum from grades 9 through 12 on a $45 million purpose-built campus in Boston MA.

Sjors Helderman

Moved within/to: Wimbledon School of English
On: July 2019

Wimbledon School of English, UK. Sjors recently joined the Sales and Marketing Department at Wimbledon School of English after working for one of its partners. He is delighted to be joining a friendly team, and be located in a beautiful part of London. In the past, Sjors has followed several language courses abroad and for him they were unforgettable times. He has had very good experiences with language stays, contributing to reason why he enjoys being part of an organisation that provides these services. Because Sjors likes sharing his experiences and encouraging people to do the same, he sees it as no challenge to convince people that coming to Wimbledon School of English is definitely the best way to learn English.

Rachel Wells

Moved within/to: Intrax
On: August 2019

Intrax, US. Rachel Wells recently joined the Intrax leadership team as Director of Business Development, where she aims to develop and diversify international partner relationships across Intrax’s range of cultural exchange programs, including AuPairCare, Ayusa (their non-profit high school exchange division), Work Travel and Internships.  Rachel has worked in the International Education and Cultural Exchange sectors since 2002, in academic, senior operational, and strategic leadership roles. Having lived and worked in a variety of places across the UK, SE Asia, Europe and the US, she is passionate about providing transformative experiences to international students and participants. Rachel previously worked as director of the language school division of Intrax, before they were acquired by Stafford House, and was instrumental in ensuring the success of the Stafford House expansion in North America. She is excited to bring her skills and experience back to Intrax in a new and challenging role.

Simon Terrington

Moved within/to: EdCo LATAM Consulting
On: August 2019

EdCo LATAM Consulting, Colombia. Simon has founded EdCo LATAM Consulting which supports International Universities in Latin America. EdCo provides strategic marketing advice and planning, in market representation, budget allocation, new market entry, agent development/management and digital media planning. Prior to EdCo, Simon headed up INTO’s operations in Latin America with responsibility for student recruitment, management of Regional Office staff, management of the agent network, marketing, communications and budget management. Simon’s previous experience includes Co-founding MAS Education (a Colombian education agency) Associate Director-Marketing at Kaplan International Colleges, NAVITAS as Marketing Manager HIC, Marketing Manager, Middlesex University Business School and Marketing Officer, the University of Westminster.