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Recent Movers & Shakers

Maria Dezenberg

Moved within/to: Navitas
On: July 2017

Navitas, US. Maria is the new Executive Director of Navitas at Richard Bland College of William & Mary. Formerly the Associate Provost and Campus President for a group of ESL programs on college campuses, Maria has more than 20 years of professional experience in international education and leadership, including her time as a K-12 ESL instructor in the Peace Corps, and her experience teaching in community college, adult education and private ESL programs. Maria holds a BA in International Relations from Eastern Washington University, an MA in Education Leadership from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is pursuing her PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.

Matthew Spragg

Moved within/to: The Essential English Centre
On: June 2017

The Essential English Centre, UK. Matthew has joined The Essential English Centre in Manchester as Director of Studies/School Manager. Bringing with him extensive industry experience, he is a highly regarded academic and school management professional. Having worked for reputable organisations nationally and internationally, Matthew has most recently worked in Manchester as a Senior Teacher and Blended Learning Specialist for Kaplan International English, and as Academic Manager and then Principal of Excel College. His appointment forms a key aspect of the school’s strategy to solidify its growth.

Ingeborg Loon

Moved within/to: StudyLink
On: July 2017

StudyLink, Australia. Ingeborg has recently joined StudyLink as the Director, International Partnerships where her focus is on business development of the online international student applications platform, working with institutions and agents both in Australia and overseas. Ingeborg’s international education export career spans more than 20 years. She has held senior international marketing and student recruitment, business development, policy and advocacy roles at Academies Australasia Group, Australia’s private education and training industry association ACPET, Griffith University, University of Queensland and TAFE Queensland International. She is currently also a member on the board of the International Education Association of Australia.

Michael Green

Moved within/to: Sannam S4
On: June 2017

Sannam S4, India. Michael has been appointed General Manager – India at Sannam S4, a global market entry firm with a growing expertise in higher education. He relocated from Washington DC where he was Sannam S4’s Director of Client and Stakeholder Relations and helped develop key partnerships with education associations like NACAC, ACE, AIEA and AIRC, as well as the US Department of Commerce and regional development organisations. Prior to Sannam S4, Michael held leadership positions within the US-India Business Council, where he focused on policy advocacy and identifying market access solutions for members. In his new role, he will support the company through a period of growth including expanding its US Business Centers Initiative, launched to support the market entry of US organisations and institutions into foreign markets.

Patrick Atack

Moved within/to: The PIE
On: July 2017

The PIE News, UK. Patrick has joined The PIE News as a reporter, based in London. He joins the team from Euronews, where he worked as a producer, as well as a correspondent during the 2017 UK general election. Patrick holds a master’s in international journalism from City University London, and during his undergraduate study at Keele University, he studied abroad at Willamette University in Oregon, US. He also spent time in New Zealand post-graduation. His journalistic experience spans a variety of platforms.

 

 

Donna McGrath

Moved within/to: Thompson Rivers University
On: June 2017

Thompson Rivers University, Canada. Donna has recently been appointed the Associate Director, International Student Services and Study Abroad at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. She oversees a dynamic team of international student advisors, study abroad co-ordinators, homestay advisors and activity co-ordinators. Donna has moved to TRU from the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, where she served as English Foundation Program Advisor, and Customised Short Term Program Business Developer.

Rahul Choudaha

Moved within/to: StudyPortals
On: July 2017

StudyPortals, US. Rahul has joined StudyPortals as Executive Vice President of Global Engagement, Research & Intelligence. Operating from the San Francisco Bay Area, he will be responsible for establishing and strengthening strategic partnerships with professional associations, institutions, government bodies and related stakeholders on the foundations of research and intelligence. Rahul is recognised for his expertise in leveraging data, innovation and technology for informing and enhancing international student mobility, experiences and enrolment. He also blogs and tweets as DrEducation. Rahul holds a doctorate in higher education, a master’s in management, and a bachelor’s in engineering.

Hannah Lines

Moved within/to: Goldsmiths University of London
On: July 2017

Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Hannah has recently joined Goldsmiths, University of London as the International Recruitment Manager for the Americas, where she will be primarily working with Canadian, American, Mexican and Brazilian markets. She moved from the Chevening Secretariat, where she also covered the Americas for the scholarship, liaising closely with British embassies and High Commission across the region. Having lived and travelled extensively in the region, Hannah will bring a solid understanding of the education sector and what it is students from there are looking for in an international higher education setting.

Jacob Elsen

Moved within/to: Navitas
On: July 2017

Navitas, US. Jacob has recently joined Navitas as the Vice President of Recruitment for North America, where he will work closely with university partners to continue to deliver a diverse and qualified international student body. Prior to joining Navitas, Jacob served as COO of Knowlura, where he counselled higher education institutions on ways to improve online education strategies, especially those that serve adult and non-traditional students. With a focus on enrolment and operations, Jacob has spent the entirety of his career supporting colleges and universities across the US. He holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin.

Anke Menkhorst

Moved within/to: ESL Education
On: June 2017

ESL Education, Spain. Anke has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of ESL Education. With over 20 years of experience, Anke has led multiple international businesses and has consistently delivered excellent results combining strong business acumen and team building skills. Anke joined ESL in November 2015, and held the role of Chief Operating Officer, until her promotion to CEO. She takes over from Patrick Siegenthaler, who will assume the role of Chairman for the ESL board.

Stephen Lowe

Moved within/to: Student.com
On: June 2017

Student.com, UK. Stephen has joined Student.com as Chief Technology Officer, bringing more than 15 years of experience in leading technical teams and driving continuous improvement for businesses. Before joining Student.com, Stephen held various senior technology roles at Paddy Power Betfair across the UK and Europe. He has an excellent track record in delivering quality at speed by maximising the potential of teams, and providing collaborative and engaging working environments. He graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in pure mathematics and computer science.

Leigh Williams

Moved within/to: BROWNS English Language School
On: April 2017

BROWNS English Language School, Australia. Leigh is the new Chief Operating Officer at BROWNS English Language School and BROWNS Professional. Her role at BROWNS will be to provide leadership and oversight of BROWNS operations with the goal of continuing the growth of the company in becoming a global leader in international education. Prior to BROWNS, Leigh held multiple senior leadership positions in local and state-wide education bodies, and has presented on the success of her leadership programs at conferences around the world. She has also published many academic journal articles and currently holds six university qualifications, giving her a diversified and well-researched understanding of educational and business leadership.

Vivian Shen

Moved within/to: Student.com
On: June 2017

Vivian Shen, general manager of Asia at Student.com

Student.com, China. Vivian has joined Student.com as General Manager of Asia in June 2017, bringing rich experience in strategic planning, management and online business development. Before joining Student.com, Vivian led e-commerce, marketing and omni-channel retailing in China for global fashion retailer C&A, and served as a board member for C&A China. During her time at C&A, Vivian built a profitable e-commerce business for the company from scratch to over 10% of company sales within three years. She started her career in management consulting at McKinsey & Company in Shanghai and New Jersey, and holds an MBA from INSEAD France.

Andrew Brewick

Moved within/to: Navitas
On: July 2017

Navitas, US. Andrew is the executive director of the newly launched University of Idaho Global Student Success Program, a pathway program partnership with Navitas. Andrew has held positions in advising and retention at UI since 2005. Prior to joining the university, Andrew taught English in the Japan Exchange and Teaching program in Yuzawa City, Akita, Japan, and worked as a learning specialist for the University of Minnesota. He holds a BA in history and philosophy, and an MA in secondary education, curriculum and instruction from the University of South Dakota.

Joanna Chung

Moved within/to: Clubclass London
On: July 2017

Clubclass London, UK. Joanna has recently joined Clubclass London as a Principal. She moved from a Principal role in Newcastle upon Tyne. Joanna has over eight years of experience within the international education industry. She has a range of experience in management and teaching roles, which can help grow the company to its full potential. In her new role, she will be leading the London school while working alongside Clubclass Malta. She is looking forward to continuing the expansion and development of Clubclass London.

Delia Heneghan

Moved within/to: Sannam S4
On: June 2017

Sannam S4, India. Delia has been appointed Director of Education for India at Sannam S4, and will lead the company’s education division. She has 25 years of experience of higher education as an academic and specialist in international strategy and operations. Delia worked for 15 years as a Dean and Director of International at a leading UK university, where she was responsible for the development and delivery of its internationalisation strategy. She has also worked in Saudi Arabia as Dean and Principal of a women’s college of excellence, and on her return, took on the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor at a US university in London in 2015.

Carly Doyle

Moved within/to: Embassy English
On: June 2017

Embassy English, UK. Carly has joined Embassy English as the Head of Marketing. She will be responsible for developing and overseeing Embassy’s global marketing strategy (B2B and B2C) to maximise the commercial potential of all the Embassy English brands. She previously held the position of Head of Marketing for Inspiring Learning where she was part of the Senior Leadership Team with direct responsibility for the marketing strategy including brand proposition development, customer strategy and lead generation. Carly has over 15 years’ experience in B2B and B2C marketing in the educational and travel sectors.

Thorsten Wilhelm

Moved within/to: UNSW Global
On: June 2017

UNSW Global, Australia. Thorsten has been appointed Product Manager in the field of educational assessment at UNSW Global. In his new role, he will look at developing new products and plan to implement them abroad. Thorsten comes to UNSW from MEGT, where he worked as Head of Marketing and International Client Relations. He has also previously worked on major TAFE NSW projects and represented various TAFE NSW institutes on high-level discussions with internal and external clients. Thorsten also has over 10 years of experience in the field of onshore and offshore delivery of English ESOL/ESL education in a variety of contexts.

Tanith Fowler Corsi

Moved within/to: CCIS
On: June 2017

College Consortium for International Studies, US. Tanith has joined CCIS as the new Director of Membership and Outreach. She has been professionally active in global education and education abroad for many years in the Washington, DC area at various universities, non-profit organisations and private companies. Tanith oversaw education abroad offices at George Mason University and the Catholic University of America, and at NAFSA undertook the roles of Director of Education Abroad and Senior Director of Leader Services, Diversity and Regional Affairs. Most recently, she worked as Director of Institutional Partnerships at EF Education First before joining CCIS.

Phil Sanders

Moved within/to: i-graduate
On: March 2017

i-graduate, UK. Phil has succeeded Will Archer as Managing Director for Tribal’s i-graduate and analytics business. With 16 years’ experience within Tribal, across all education phases in the UK, Asia Pacific and a year in Canada establishing the North American operation, he will be looking at how to better utilise the wider group’s resources to develop and expand the i-graduate business. Phil sees opportunities combining the student barometer surveys with learning analytics and student information systems data, to deliver insights that empower institutions to improve student experience and outcomes.