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Recent Movers & Shakers

Zoran Bjelnaovic

Moved within/to: Stafford House International
On: February 2017

Stafford House International, Canada. Zoran has joined Stafford House International as Centre Director in Calgary. With more than 10 years of progressive management and leadership experience, Zoran has additional expertise in coaching, staffing, customer service, marketing and sales. He brings a unique blend of corporate and education approach to leadership. He has worked in both the ESL sector as Director of Berlitz Calgary as well as in higher education where he held the position of the Campus President at Reeves College, a private career college.

Carol Stax Brown

Moved within/to: Navitas
On: March 2017

Navitas, US. Carol has joined Navitas at Florida Atlantic University as Executive Director. She previously held the role of Executive Director at the Michigan Community College Association’s Center for Global Initiatives. Prior to that, Carol was the Executive Director of the international non-profit, Community Colleges for International Development, an organisation tasked with advancing internationalisation and expanding access to the community college model. Carol also has an Ed.D in Workforce Education from the University of Georgia.

Jamie Currier

Moved within/to: ECE Travel
On: February 2017

ECE Travel, UK. Jamie has joined ECE Travel as the Business Development Manager, and will be responsible for all inbound sales for the UK and Europe. Jamie will develop the business promoting tailor made educational group travel, ECE’s two flagship youth festivals, as well as special interest groups within science, music and faculty led programmes. Jamie comes to ECE Travel with six years of experience in international education and training, and prides himself on his quick response times and pro-active attitude. Before joining ECE, Jamie was a Senior Regional Sales Manager, responsible for the inbound funded programmes available through Erasmus Plus and other means.


Sebastien Barnard

Moved within/to: GEMS World Academy (Singapore)
On: February 2017

GEMS World Academy, Singapore. Sebastien has been appointed Head of Marketing and Admissions at GEMS World Academy (Singpore). Prior to joining the institution, Sebastien worked for the International Baccalaureate for six years in the Asia Pacific office as the Regional Marketing & Communications Manager APAC. Sebastien has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing communications, media, public relations and brand reputation management. An IB Diploma graduate from UWCSEA, Sebastien formerly held communication and marketing roles with the British Chamber of Commerce and various multinational corporations working throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Rosana Ortega

Moved within/to: Embassy English
On: February 2017

Embassy English, Brazil. Rosana joined Embassy English as Senior Sales Manager, Brazil. Based in São Paulo, she will be responsible for developing recruitment strategies, advancing the Embassy presence in Brazil, and strengthening partnerships with current agents. Rosana brings with her a wealth of experience in the international education sector, having previously held the position of Marketing Manager, Latin America for ILSC Education Group for 10 years, and Marketing Manager for Pearson Brazil. After a few years away from the education sector, due to the development of her own business, she’s excited to be back in the industry she is very passionate about.

Joe Paley

Moved within/to: IDP Education
On: March 2017

IDP Education, UK. Joe joins the IDP Client Relationship Team after working in the organisation’s marketing department for over a year. His role will be to manage and support the relationship between IDP’s UK clients and the IDP network. A graduate of Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Joe was jointly responsible for the UK team’s internal and external communication activities, including co-ordinating newsletters, producing video to market study destinations and administrating the IDP Hub while working in the marketing department. Previous to IDP, Joe worked at the Welsh Examination board, WJEC.

Marielle van der Meer

Moved within/to: African Leadership University
On: February 2017

African Leadership University, Mauritius. Marielle has joined the African Leadership University as Vice President for Global Affairs, and will be responsible to lead ALU’s global expansion efforts – from building out the brand internationally to recruiting non-African students to setting up global partnerships. Previously Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East at Minerva, Marielle has 14 years of experience in international higher education across many countries and continents. When not travelling, Marielle will be splitting her time between her home in London and ALU’s main campus in Mauritius.

Darragh Murray

Moved within/to: Queensland University of Technology
On: February 2017

Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Darragh has joined Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane as their Manager, International Development. Darragh is an analytics specialist who has worked in international education for the past five years, most recently as the Senior Business Intelligence Analyst at UQ International within the University of Queensland. Darragh has a passion for promoting the benefits of data-driven decision making and its applicability to creating efficiencies in international marketing and recruitment. Darragh regularly writes and speaks about the nexus of big data and international education.

Leigh Webb

Moved within/to: ISC Research
On: December 2016

ISC Research, UK. Leigh has been appointed CEO of ISC Research, provider of data and intelligence on the English-medium, K-12 international schools market. Educated at Charterhouse and Durham University, Leigh’s career has encompassed finance, retail, sport and distribution. He was an equities analyst in the City of London for five years, was co-founder and CFO of sports data analysis company StatsOnSport, and CFO & COO of home entertainment group Go Entertainment until its sale to the LiteBulb Group, an AIM-listed retail business. His move comes at a time when investment and development within the international schools market is substantial.

Maria Cecilia Arango

Moved within/to: Embassy English
On: February 2017

Embassy English, Colombia. Maria has joined Embassy English as Account Manager for Latin America, and will be based in Medellin, Colombia. Maria will be responsible for supporting the LATAM sales team, specifically with the Embassy Summer and Study Tours programmes. She comes to Embassy with four years of experience in the international education industry. Her previous role was with the British Council as an Exams Administrator (IELTS, Cambridge and British Council Exams) in Medellin. Maria is excited to join the Embassy English team.


Mark Cunnington

Moved within/to: Study Group
On: February 2017

Study Group, UK. Mark has been appointed the new Campus Operations Director for the UK & Europe ISC Network. In this role, Mark will take responsibility for the performance of Study Group’s International Study Centres, with a particular focus on maximising operational effectiveness and enhancing the overall student experience. Mark joins from Pearson Plc, where he held a variety of roles, latterly as CEO for Pearson’s CTI Education Group in South Africa. As well as having responsibility for the academic and student experience on campus, Mark was also heavily involved in marketing and student recruitment. He is also busy with his Doctorate, researching in the field of higher education.


David Hancock

Moved within/to: Kingswood Learning
On: February 2017

Kingswood Learning, UK. David has been appointed as Business Development Manager with Kingswood Learning and Leisure Ltd. In his new role, he will be responsible for recruitment of residential junior groups all year round from Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Based in Bristol, UK, David has worked in the language travel industry since 2004. Before joining Kingswood, he spent seven years as the Sales & Marketing Manager for International House Bristol.

James Aldridge

Moved within/to: Lakehead University
On: January 2017

Lakehead University, Canada. James has been appointed Vice-Provost International at Lakehead University in Canada. With campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead is home to nearly 1,000 international students from over 50 countries. James will manage teams responsible for international student recruitment, student services, study abroad, international partnerships and the English Language Centre. James has held a variety of roles in the sector since 1995. He has recently moved to Lakehead from Beijing, where he was Executive Director, China, and Managing Director, Global Strategy for Grok Education Services. Grok helps HEIs deploy dedicated in-country recruiters, marketers, partnership officers and other key staff in key education markets in Asia.

Niko Phillips

Moved within/to: Activate Learning
On: February 2017

Activate Learning, UK. Niko has been announced as the new Group Director – International at Activate Learning. Niko has a background in international education, with 16 years’ experience working as a teacher, trainer, academic director and school leader across a variety of locations including South East Asia, Africa and Europe. He was most recently Group Operations Director for the BSC Group of schools where he was focused on international business development, quality assurance, safeguarding and developing the use of technology in schools. Activate Learning operates across Oxfordshire, the Thames Valley and overseas, and consists of three UK FE colleges, four schools, two apprenticeship and training providers and four colleges in Saudi Arabia.

Jogvan Klein

Moved within/to: RMIT University Vietnam
On: January 2017

RMIT University, Vietnam. Jogvan has joined RMIT University Vietnam as Director, International. He joins with more than ten years’ experience in various leadership roles at Australian and Danish universities, specialising in international marketing, recruitment and student mobility. Jogvan takes on the task of further internationalising RMIT University’s campuses in Vietnam. He will be responsible for developing and implementing recruitment and student mobility strategies to support global activities at RMIT Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. With on-the-ground experience from six continents, Jogvan is likely the first Faroese, Icelander from Denmark with Australian citizenship based in Vietnam.


Agnieszka Januszkiewicz

Moved within/to: Stafford House International
On: January 2017

Stafford House International, UK. Agnieszka has joined Stafford House International as Regional Sales Executive for Europe. With a BA in English Philology from Poland, Agnieszka has gained experience in teaching English to non-native speakers, while working within an international environment in sales and customer service in both Poland and the UK. She is known throughout the Cambridge Education Group for her speed and pro-active attitude. Agnieszka is fluent in Polish and English, beginner in German and Spanish and is able to understand Czech and Slovakian.


Chris Broadhurst

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

Oxford International Education Group, UK. Chris has joined Oxford International Education Group as Director of Student Recruitment for Schools and Colleges. He has a global remit and will be responsible for developing the recruitment strategies for d’Overbroeck’s and Oxford Tutorial College. Chris brings with him a wealth of experience, having previously held senior recruitment and marketing positions at Bell and Cambridge Education Group. His most recent role was Deputy Director of Recruitment and Marketing at Astrum Education in London, where he achieved an exponential level of growth. He is a dedicated and passionate advocate of the UK school and college sector and is delighted to have the opportunity to join Oxford International at such an exciting stage in the organisation’s history.

Emma Goodwin

Moved within/to: WCBS
On: January 2017

WCBS, UK. Emma has joined WCBS as chief executive officer. WCBS supplies school information management systems to independent schools in the UK and overseas. Emma is a software industry expert, previously Operations Director at software specialist Advanced in Bournemouth, during which time she led the transformation of customer service across the business. She was also a Managing Director of information technology company IPL in Bath (now part of Civica Digital), responsible for the £14m commercial business unit. Emma’s appointment comes at a time when the company is developing its position internationally, particularly in China.

Tarkan Ulas

Moved within/to: Stafford House International
On: January 2017

Stafford House International, Turkey. Tarkan has joined Stafford House International as Regional Sales Manager, MENA. Based in Istanbul, Tarkan joined Stafford House from Sprachcaffe, where he had been Marketing Manager for the MENA region since 2013. He has over 12 years of experience in the international education sector, in both the agency and school sides. He studied in Toronto, Canada, and started his international education career at ILAC. He lived in Mexico for over three and a half years, and then returned to Turkey and worked as director for one of the country’s biggest agencies. He is fluent in Turkish, English and pretends to have a limited proficiency in Spanish.


Ben Reynolds

Moved within/to: Embassy Summer
On: January 2017

Embassy Summer, UK. Ben has been appointed the Global Director of Embassy Summer, and will be based in Brighton. In his new role, Ben will have responsibility for the growth and development of the Embassy Summer brand across operations in the UK and USA. After a short career as a professional footballer, Ben’s work has focused on creating opportunities for young people to access education. Ben draws on a wealth of experience working both in the UK, Europe and Middle East, with premiership football clubs, education providers and experiential travel companies.