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Recent Movers & Shakers

Rajay Naik

Moved within/to: Study Group
On: February 2019

Study Group, UK. Former director of The Open University, Rajay Naik, has been appointed chief commercial officer at Study Group. Rajay’s previous tenure as Keypath Education’s European CEO saw him lead the rapid expansion of the company’s online degree programs on behalf of the University of Exeter, Aston University and other prestigious higher education institutions. Prior to this, he led all external functions of The Open University for five years and was a key architect of the FutureLearn MOOC platform.  He was also one of five members of the landmark review of UK higher education chaired by Lord Browne. Rajay is uniquely qualified to lead Study Group’s new product development, as the company enters a new era and expects to innovate to ensure the best international student experience possible.


Helen Bartlett

Moved within/to: Regional Universities Network
On: January 2019

Regional Universities Network, Australia. Helen Bartlett, vice-chancellor of Federation University Australia, will be the next chair of the Regional Universities Network, taking over from Greg Hill, vice-chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast. Regional universities give students the chance to study, work and live in their local communities, helping to create stronger regional economies, and Helen hopes to achieve greater recognition, better resources, and increased access and participation in higher education at all of Australia’s regional universities in the role. Helen also looks forward to helping governments better understand how regional universities contribute to both the higher education sector and the communities in which they exist.

Tara Hofmann

Moved within/to: AFS Intercultural Programs
On: January 2019

AFS-USA, US. AFS-USA has announced the appointment of Tara Hofmann as President and CEO. Tara was previously Chief Operating and Organisational Development Officer at AFS-USA, where she oversaw the development of new programs. Tara also was an integral leader in the development and implementation of the organisation’s technological resources for the more than 4,500 volunteers in 80 locations across the US who serve 5,000 program participants each year. Prior to joining AFS-USA, Tara was the Executive Director of AFS-Hong Kong and holds a B.S. in Communications from Syracuse University and is a graduate of the Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate program at the School of Public Diplomacy at Georgetown University.

Tommi Muttonen

Moved within/to: UK College of English
On: January 2019

UK College of English, UK. Tommi Muttonen has joined UK College of English in London as Business Development Manager and will focus on developing new business in Asia Pacific markets for the group’s adult and junior schools. Tommi has a long career in international student recruitment, having held sales positions at Bell, Twin Group and Anglo-Continental, and most recently, at St George International. He is originally from Finland and holds an MA in modern languages from Cambridge University.

Melissa Torres

Moved within/to: The Forum on Education Abroad
On: January 2019

The Forum on Education Abroad, US. Melissa Torres is President and CEO of The Forum on Education Abroad with two decades of experience in higher education and program development. She previously served as Vice President for Academic Programs at IES Abroad where she supervised 36 international study abroad centers in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Her campus-based experience includes leading a variety of international initiatives for Brown University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The Ohio State University. She worked as a change management consultant for Accenture, and most recently developed innovative, service-learning programs as Vice President of Institutional Relations at Global Vision International.


Basrie Beren Rashi

Moved within/to: UK College of English
On: January 2019

UK College of English, UK. Beren Rashit has been appointed as Business Development Manager for North Africa and Middle East Asia at UK College of English, where she will manage and develop UKCE’s key agent partnerships in those regions. She began her career working as an English Teacher and, in short time became Branch Manager in one of the biggest language schools in Turkey, later opening her own English language school. Having moved to London in September 2018, Beren joined UKCE and started to work as Business Development Manager for International Sales Support and Marketing. She is responsible for all sales operations and marketing activities in the UK and MENA. In the coming months, she will focus on gaining market share across the regions, as well as optimising internal processes and systems to improve the overall agent experience.

Perry Hobson

Moved within/to: Sunway University
On: January 2019

Sunway University, Malaysia. Perry Hobson has joined Sunway University, taking up a newly created role as the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement. Perry moved to Malaysia from Australia in 2012, where he worked for Southern Cross University and THE-ICE international accreditation body for hospitality and tourism education. Over the last six years he has been the PVC for Global Engagement at Taylor’s University, where he successfully developed their international strategic plan, grew their network of exchange partners, opened up TNE partnerships and contributed to raising the institutions’s profile in both the QS Asia and World University Rankings. He will focus on raising Sunway’s international profile, as well as developing new international linkages and education partnerships. In particular, Sunway University is looking to creating a range of long and short term global mobility opportunities for students and staff.

Pankaj Pathak

Moved within/to: Phoenix Academy
On: January 2019

Phoenix Academy, Perth, Western Australia. Pankaj Pathak has recently joined Phoenix Academy as the Managing Director. Pankaj started his career with Phoenix Academy as the Director of Marketing and Student Services in 2008 moving to Curtin University undertaking Business Development and Intelligence. In 2015, Pankaj joined Curtin College (Navitas) as Director of Marketing and Recruitment where he was also responsible for the Singapore and Sydney operations. Pankaj is a young, dynamic and results driven professional who will lead Phoenix through its next phase of development. Pankaj is currently pursuing his PhD through the University of Notre Dame, Australia where he also graduated with a Bachelor of Business and Master of International Business originally arriving as an international student from Botswana.

Kristi Achilleos

Moved within/to: Unibuddy
On: January 2019

Unibuddy, UK. Kristi Achilleos has joined Unibuddy as a Senior Software Engineer where she will be responsible for scaling the Unibuddy platform – enabling even more students to connect with universities and find where they belong. She’s joining Unibuddy after working on a software platform for the student accommodation market. Prior to joining the international education sector she worked in a variety of industries including the petroleum and gaming industries. She holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MRes in Web Science and Big Data Analytics from University College London.

David Bradley

Moved within/to: Dundalk Institute of Technology
On: September 2018

Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland. David Bradley has been appointed as the International Student Recruitment Manager with Dundalk Institute of Technology. This new post will see David responsible for leading the recruitment and partnerships drive in Europe, North America, Latin America and South America. David will be helping to grow the international student population at DkIT over the next five years and support the development of these new territories for the institution. David has previously worked at two other Irish institutes and brings a wealth of partnership experience from both higher education and professional sport to this new position. He is keen to develop partnerships with other institutes in Europe and the America’s.

Tregarran Percival

Moved within/to: UKLC
On: January 2019

UKLC, UK. Tregarran Percival has been promoted to Sales and Marketing Director at UKLC. Tregarran, known as Trig, started his association with UKLC many years ago when he worked as a teacher, then Activity Manager and then Centre Manager, at its centres over several summers. Finally in 2012 UKLC coaxed him into its head office to work full time in sales. Over the past six years, he has become a key player within the business. He is always keen to push the company forward and he has been instrumental in the growth UKLC has experienced over the past few years, specifically in his conquering of the Chinese market. UKLC is very excited about this new progression for him and the positive step it will be for all at UKLC.

Anthony Tattersall

Moved within/to: Coursera
On: January 2019

Coursera, Global. Anthony Tattersall has joined Coursera as the new Head of Enterprise for EMEA. Anthony will oversee the growth of Coursera’s enterprise solution, Coursera for Business, helping companies give their employees the critical skills they will need for the future and achieve their workforce transformation goals. Anthony brings more than 20 years of technology and corporate learning experience to the role. He was most recently the Area Vice President UK at Cornerstone OnDemand, where he led the direct sales organisation across the UK & Ireland. Before that, he held several leadership positions as Chief Sales Officer for Launchpad Recruits, Sales Director EMEA for Cogeco Peer 1, and UK Country Manager for Kronos. He also has an MBA from Durham University Business School.

Naira Abrahamyan

Moved within/to: British Study Centres
On: September 2018

British Study Centres, UK. Naira Abrahamyan has joined British Study Centres as in-country Business Development Manager for CIS. Based in Moscow, Naira looks after Russian & CIS markets to raise the company’ profile, extend the network of partners, provide support and increase in-country sales activity. Over a decade Naira’s expertise was in the field of education and language assessment. She is in charge of developing the relationship with agents, recruiting individuals and groups for English language courses and International Foundation program.  Naira has a good grasp of the CIS market, helping her to deliver an impact and has already proved visible results. Moving from marketing to sales, her role is to understand customers’ needs and look for market opportunities leading to business growth.

Andy Tolhurst

Moved within/to: EC English
On: January 2019

EC English, APAC. Andy is taking on the role of Director of Business Development, APAC for EC English, after 10 years in various senior recruitment positions globally with Study Group and Embassy English. His knowledge and experience of ELT, VET and HE within the APAC region will be a welcome addition to EC as it expands into ANZ following the recent acquisition of Embassy’s campuses there. His career in international education began almost 20 years ago, after teaching in Japan. Following time on the academic and operations side, he moved into sales and marketing where he has successfully driven strategic growth with key partners in a range of regions. He holds a BA in Asian History/Culture and is currently studying through Queensland University.

David Staley

Moved within/to: Future Finance
On: January 2019

Future Finance, UK. Formally their Head of Global Engagement at UVIC Ltd, David has a new role at student lending firm Future Finance Loan Corporation, where he brings ten years’ plus experience of business relationships and outstanding student recruitment initiatives alongside the world-class university sector across all four of the UK regions, together with many in China, Australia and in New Zealand. Central London based Future Finance is built from a desire to make sure no talent is wasted, giving students studying at UK Universities the freedom to pursue their dreams. Education can be expensive and often government funding is insufficient or unavailable. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Future Finance offers loans designed specifically for ambitious students, helping them to bridge those funding gaps as they invest in their future.

Susannah Morrissey

Moved within/to: British Study Centres
On: September 2018

British Study Centres, UK. Susannah Morrissey is the School Director at British Study Centres Dublin and a professional with over 23 years’ strategic experience gained in Educational and Business leadership roles. She was the founder of the International School of English ACELS 2015 where she was CEO and Director of Education and Strategy. Her Educational career is further leveraged by a 15-year International Business background in Forecasting, International Trade and Account Management with Pharmaceutical Multinationals. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics and has specific experience in Curriculum and Test Development for ESP programs specifically Aviation English programmes.  Her specialisations lie within English Department Unit Management, P&L responsibility, educational, project management, effective team management and regulatory compliance of English language schools.

Andy Caldwell

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: January 2019

Oxford International Education Group, UK. Andy has been appointed as Pathways Global Sales Director at Oxford International Education Group where he will be responsible for leading the global recruitment team to deliver growth across the Pathway provision at Oxford International. Andy started with Coventry University in 2013 as an International Officer before progressing to Regional Manager, Deputy Director and more recently as Acting Director in the last 18 months where he delivered 10% growth in enrolments in September 2018 to the University’s Coventry and London campuses. Having worked across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Andy is bringing a diverse amount of knowledge with him to Oxford International. Matched with his big ambitions  and his eye for detail Andy will be looking to rapidly expand Oxford International’s reach.

Rica Marcus

Moved within/to: Eurocentres
On: October 2018

Eurocentres, UK. Rica Marcus has joined Eurocentres as the new Head of Enrolment Services. She began her career in international education at Bell Educational Services, where she worked for eight years as Registration Manager, Business Development Manager and Head of Customer Service. She has worked on numerous projects to improve systems, processes and procedures. As Head of Customer Service, she developed Bell’s customer service strategy and led a company-wide project to enhance the customer experience. Rica is CELTA qualified and has worked as a teacher at Wall Street English, Vietnam and as a Student Services Director on Bell’s young learner programs. Bringing her experience and expertise, Rica will support Eurocentres’ growth and development.

Wassim El Kadhi

Moved within/to: LAL Language Centres
On: January 2019

LAL Language Centres, UK. Wassim El Kadhi has been appointed as Head of Global Business Development for LAL Language Centres from January 1, and will be responsible for driving LAL’s global B2B sales. Wassim has an MBA from the ESB Business School Reutlingen, and previously worked as Country Product Manager at EF Education First in Switzerland and Saudi Arabia, in charge of sales, marketing and product development. Wassim joined LAL in 2011 as an International Sales Manager before being promoted to Head of Regional Business Development  in 2015. His extensive experience in the educational travel industry will be of tremendous value to LAL’s commercial strategy in his new role.

Victor Seah

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

BROWNS English Language School, Australia. Victor Seah has joined BROWNS at Recruitment and Marketing Director (China). Victor began his professional journey as an engineer before switching his career to Recruitment and Marketing in education where he has more than 12 years experience spanning across Greater China, North Asia, Malaysia and Singapore. Victor is also currently completing a PhD in Engineering Education. By the time he graduates, he will be a qualified academic with 13 years of marketing experience, and intends to continue his path in the development of international education. Victor works closely with our education agents and students in Australia and overseas.


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