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Recent Movers & Shakers

Mark Shay

Moved within/to: Academic Assembly
On: December 2016

Academic Assembly, US. Mark joins Academic Assembly as General Manager to guide the start of operations and buildout the organisation. He is charged with bringing the first round of products to market and establishing the business development processes for the early-stage company. Academic Assembly provides a suite of services, designed to boost the international success of institutions. Services range from professional development and training, to alumni development and relations, to student recruitment, risk management and strategic planning. In addition to his new role, Mark remains CEO of Abroad101, the study abroad review website.

Verena Ackels

Moved within/to: ESMT Berlin
On: January 2017

ESMT Berlin, Germany. Verena has joined the ESMT Berlin Executive Education team as new Business Development Manager. At ESMT Berlin, a business school in Germany for executive education, Verena will be responsible for finding new businesses and participants mainly in Germany and Europe for their high-profile management courses. Previously in the UK from 2013-16, Verena was Sales & Account Manager at formerly Language in Group, and before that in Germany she worked at GLS Sprachenzentrum for five years. Coming from an ELT background, Verena is excited to now explore the executive education world and grow the business at ESMT Berlin.

Raffaele d’Apice

Moved within/to: Embassy English
On: December 2016

Embassy English, Italy. Raffaele has joined Embassy English as the Embassy Summer and Study Tours Sales Manager, Europe. He brings many years of experience in the international education sector, having worked both with a key agency in Italy and, for the last four years, as Sales and Marketing Manager for Sprachcaffe, covering Italy, Portugal, Israel and Eastern Europe. Raffaele is well known amongst both providers and our agent network. He is fluent in Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and English and also speaks a little French. He will be based in Milan, Italy, and will support Italy, Portugal, France, Israel and Brazil.

Emma Cappello

Moved within/to: Norwich University
On: September 2016

Norwich University, US. Emma has joined Norwich University’s admissions team as the new Associate Director of International Admissions. From 2013-2014, Emma was an Assistant Director of Admissions at Norwich working on the domestic side of things. Emma also worked previously in special education, working with deaf-blind students at the elementary level. She is currently managing all of international admissions and recruiting. Her true passion is for higher education and specifically globalising the campus at Norwich University. Although she is new to international recruiting, she is confident in her skill-set and has passion for creating a better cultural competency campus-wide.


Tom Stuart

Moved within/to: FutureLearn
On: December 2016

FutureLearn, UK. Tom joins FutureLearn, the social learning platform, as Chief Technology Officer. Tom has previously worked as CTO at Econsultancy before successfully founding and running his own consultancy, Codon, of which FutureLearn was a client. He is a technologist with a strong educational streak with a background in helping organisations get better at making software as well as teaching training courses and speaking about computer science and mathematics. Tom also has a degree from the Open University and taught lectures in computer science at Cambridge.


Andria Wold

Moved within/to: BBR Education
On: September 2016

BBR Education, US. Andria has joined BBR Education as the Director of Operations, based in San Francisco. Andria has over 15 years of experience working in professional services, with a focus on human resources and business operations. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management Consulting, from the University of Southern California. On joining BBR Education, Andria says she is excited to support the growth of the company in its efforts to help international universities raise their profile in Latin America.


Sophia Lee

Moved within/to: University of Nottingham
On: December 2016

University of Nottingham, Malaysia. Sophia joins the Malaysia Regional Office of the University of Nottingham in the UK, as International Relations Officer. She joins the team from INTO University Partnerships, where she held the role of Regional Manager. Sophia has seven years of experience in recruitment and marketing, having also previously worked for the University of Adelaide. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Sophia’s portfolio in her new role will include representing the University of Nottingham in Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Myanmar, and the Philippines, with a focus on student recruitment and partnership development.


Connor Barniskis

Moved within/to: Pittsburg State University
On: October 2016

Pittsburg State University, US. Connor has joined Pittsburg State University in Kansas as the institution’s first International Student Recruiter. A graduate of Florida State University, Connor’s first encounter with international education came from spending a year abroad in Florence, Italy and later in London, England. Previously, Connor worked for Florida State University’s international programs from 2013-2016, first as a Student Recruiter sending students abroad, and then as a Program Assistant in Florence. Connor then returned to the US looking for new opportunities and to continue his international education career. He is excited about what the future holds in cultivating new markets for Pittsburg State University.

Sophia Howlett

Moved within/to: School for International Training
On: December 2016

School for International Training, US. Sophia has been named President of the School for International Training, part of World Learning. She comes to SIT from Kean University in New Jersey, where she was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Sophia holds a PhD in European Renaissance Philosophy and Literature from York University, UK, and has extensive international experience in more than 40 countries. She has served on the boards of NGOs including the Civic Education Project. Sophia also worked at the ministerial level to support higher education in Georgia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia and the Palestinian territories.

Nathan Pearson

Moved within/to: UKLC
On: October 2016

UKLC, UK. Nathan worked for five years with STARS Language between 2006-2011 before STARS and MJA Language merged to become UKLC in 2011. After the merger, he then progressed to become Operations Manager across the business, and in October, he was promoted to director. Nathan has been a key player in the development of UKLC over the past five years. This includes having implemented many positive changes to allow the business to grow and move forward. He has proved his ability to lead and direct projects and is very keen and motivated to drive the business to the next level.

Gretchen Dobson

Moved within/to: Academic Assembly
On: November 2016

Academic Assembly, Australia. With over 23 years of experience in higher education, Gretchen Dobson has joined Academic Assembly, Inc. as Vice President, International Alumni & Graduate Service and Managing Director, Australia. Her division leads institutions, governments and member-based organisations towards sustainable international alumni engagement strategies and solutions. Gretchen is the author of three books on international alumni relations and in November 2016, launched the first Global Alumni Relations eCourse. She also serves as Board Chair of United Planet, a network of leaders and volunteers fostering cross-cultural understanding and addressing shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders.



Mike Nieto

Moved within/to: The Intern Group
On: October 2016

The Intern Group, US. Mike joins The Intern Group as their Head of Global Partnerships and will work with universities in meeting their internationalisation and global experience goals for their students. Mike was born and raised in Northern California, and in college, he studied abroad in Torino, Italy. He has dedicated almost 15 years of his life to helping students to see the world and explore different cultures. Prior to joining The Intern Group, he worked as a Study Abroad Advisor at his alma mater, California State University, Chico, as a Program Assistant in Viterbo, Italy, and as the East Coast University Relations Coordinator for USAC.

Tim Field

Moved within/to: University of Sydney
On: October 2016

University of Sydney, Australia. Tim has been appointed as Head of Recruitment (Asia) for the University of Sydney. Previously, Tim was the Associate Director, Business Development for Swinburne University of Technology and successfully developed Swinburne’s offshore pathway partnership college in Sri Lanka as well as expanded the partner university network for both pathways and group programmes for Swinburne. Tim’s background was in the ELICOS sector and he transitioned into higher education after co-founding one of Melbourne’s most successful private English language centres. With a background in advertising, teaching, recruitment, TNE and partnership development and management, Tim is excited to join the successful and dynamic team at the University of Sydney.

Eddie West

Moved within/to: UC Berkeley Extension
On: October 2016

UC Berkeley Extension, US. Eddie has joined UC Berkeley Extension and now serves as its Director of International Programs. In this capacity, he oversees UCB Extension’s College Foundations Program for international high school students, Berkeley Global Access for international university students, and International Diploma Programs for young career professionals. He also leads UCB Extension’s international partnership development in support of emerging new programs. Previously, Eddie represented the National Association for College Admission Counselling (NACAC) as its first ever Director of International Initiatives, helping guide the association’s work developing best practices and publications about international student recruitment agencies, and undergraduate degree studies abroad by US students.

Peter Simpson

Moved within/to: COBIS
On: September 2016

COBIS, UK. Peter has been appointed as the Director of Accreditation at the Council of British International Schools. He has been a COBIS board member since 2010 and Head of the Professional Development and Research Committees. Peter has 24 years of experience teaching in schools both in the UK and internationally, and was a school head for over five years in the UK and over seven years in the Netherlands. He has had a long term interest in leadership development, having also recently taught on the University of Nottingham’s International Leadership Programme in China. He also has experience of inspection and accreditation regimes in the UK and internationally to support the current work of COBIS.


Juhanie Cheung

Moved within/to: IDP Education
On: October 2016

IDP Education, UK. Juhanie joins an experienced team of UK Client Relationship Managers, whose objective is to fulfil business opportunities and manage the relationships between education institutions and IDP globally. Juhanie has over 15 years in international education, in responsibilities of marketing and business development for partners of Australian universities and professional bodies in Hong Kong. He draws most recently from eight years of experience at the British Council holding roles of Regional Transnational Education Manager, Regional Client Relationship Manager, Education Manager, and Account Manager. Juhanie also holds a BSc in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Law.

Shilp Singh

Moved within/to: e-Verify
On: October 2016

e-Verify, Australia. Shilp is the founder behind the innovative international recruitment verification portal, e-Verify. This platform provides video interviews of pre-verified, prospective international students to assist education providers in the recruitment of international students. This is a unique and ethical platform for admission officers to efficiently evaluate language, communication and engagement skills. Prior to this, Shilp has managed the recruitment and admissions process of international students, including the marketing and promotion of Holmesglen Institute of TAFE. He has also worked as a business partner with education recruitment consultants, Oceanic Consultants, parent company of BPO intelligence and Object next software.

Jason Hiscocks

Moved within/to: WCBS
On: October 2016

WCBS, UK. Jason has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer at WCBS, a UK-based school information management system for international and independent schools. In his role, Jason will ensure that the company’s portfolio of solutions will continue to meet the evolving requirements of the market. He has over 25 years of experience in software development, and joined WCBS as Head of Development earlier this year. He was formerly Head of Development at Xuber Insurance in Cwmbran, Wales. He also spent 10 years as Lead Developer at the UK Intellectual Property Office.

Dave Few

Moved within/to: Cambridge Education Group
On: November 2016

ONCAMPUS, Thailand. Dave joined ONCAMPUS in early 2014 as Regional Market Development Manager for Russia, Central Asia and Europe non-EU. After a successful few years in this role he has now taken up the position as Regional Manager in Southeast Asia and has relocated to Bangkok in early November. With the support of the country managers, he will be responsible for recruitment in to the UK and EU university partners. Dave comes with over five years education sales experience and has previously worked at Study Group and Kings Education in similar positions. He is excited to take on the new challenge and looks forward to delivering growth out of the market.

Ian Hunter

Moved within/to: WCBS
On: October 2016

WCBS, UK. Ian has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer at WCBS, a UK-based school information management system, and will be responsible for executing the company’s commercial strategy and leading all of the customer relationships globally. He has been with WCBS since 2014 as Sales and Marketing Director. He previously worked at RM Education in Abingdon, Oxfordshire for 16 years, first as Area Sales Manager before being promoted to Head of Sales and later to Sales Director. Most of Ian’s career has been focused on technology within the education sector.