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Lou Greenwald

Moved within/to: Cialfo
On: August 2021

Cialfo, USA. Lou Greenwald has joined the edtech giant Cialfo as Director of University Partnerships. This new position will be instrumental in launching Cialfo’s university facing platform and products in the U.S. and beyond. Cialfo’s network of 1600+ international high schools and over 260,000 students provide unmatched access to data and insights. With a long career ranging over 20+ years in international education Lou has worked at universities in the Boston area as well as a proven track record in brand development and thought leadership working on the service provider side.  Lou holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a MS in Criminal Justice from Suffolk University in Boston.

Katherine Tyler

Moved within/to: Globeducate
On: May 2021

Globeducate, UK. Katherine Tyler recently took on the newly created role of Group Safeguarding and Welfare Officer for Globeducate, moving from her role as Designated Safeguarding Lead at the group’s successful IB school, ICS London. Katherine brings many years’ experience and great expertise from her previous role. She has worked in education for 25 years, starting her careers as an English specialist. As Director of Studies for many ICS London summer schools her responsibilities included ensuring the safety and welfare of students from the age of three upwards. In international schools, many students speak multiple languages and Katherine is passionate about the importance that mother tongue languages play in language development, as part of welfare, and she has spoken about this subject at ECIS conferences.  Katherine will work with school leaders in the nine countries where Globeducate has schools and will support schools in their duty to protect and keep students safe, healthy and well.

Adam Freed

Moved within/to: GSV Ventures
On: August 2021

GSV Ventures, US. Adam Freed has joined GSV Ventures as Managing Partner as the company launched its Fund III capital raise. As a linguistics major at Harvard, Adam speaks 11 languages. He started his career as a reporter, then did a stint at Yale Law and transitioned into tech. Adam joined Google in 2002 when the company was private and had fewer than 1,000 employees. During his six years at Google, he ran International Product Management and International Online Sales Operations. In 2014, Adam joined as CEO at Teachers Pay Teachers, the world’s first and largest open marketplace for K-12 educators to buy, sell and share their original resources. In August of 2018, Adam moved to Executive Chair of the TpT board and also sits on the board of Cambium Learning Group. Adam has been described as a great friend of the company for several years and a “test driving” partnership in the weekly Investment Committee for the last six months.

Perry Hobson

Moved within/to: Breda University of Applied Sciences
On: January 2022

Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands. After 10 years of working in Malaysia, Professor Perry Hobson is moving on from being the PVC for Global Engagement at Sunway University and becoming the Director of the Academy of Tourism in Breda. BUas probably has Europe’s largest number of hospitality, tourism and leisure enrolments in its undergraduate and postgraduate programs, with some 4,500+ students out of 7,000 in the university. In his new role, he will also be contributing to the further development of the BUas global engagement strategy. Perry has a significant reputation in the field of leadership in tourism and internationalisation with roles at Sunway University (Malaysia), and Taylor’s University (School of Hospitality and Tourism Management). From 2006 to 2011 he was Chief Executive Officer at the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education, after having held other academic positions such as at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


Sarah Clayton

Moved within/to: CUBO
On: September 2021

CUBO, UK & Ireland. Sarah Clayton has joined higher education campus and commercial services association CUBO as Events and Engagement Manager. Sarah brings a wealth of experience in events management in higher education, most recently as Sales and Revenue Manager, Conferencing and Events, at the University of Birmingham. At CUBO, Sarah will be responsible for a range of virtual and physical events supporting the association’s mission to share knowledge, develop skills and drive best practice in HE and FE campus services. CUBO’s 800+ members are responsible for student accommodation, catering, sport, retail, residence life/student experience, soft facilities, nurseries and childcare, conferencing and events, among other services. Building on CUBO’s recent growth, Sarah will also help to recruit new members and corporate partners, and ensure that members and partners gain maximum benefit from CUBO. “This new role is central to CUBO’s strategy to connect, support and represent senior leaders, head of service, teams and commercial partners working in campus and commercial services, enabling them to support wider university missions, respond to change and new challenges, and create successful campuses of the future,” said Jan Capper, CUBO CEO.

Holly Catalfamo

Moved within/to: Niagara College
On: July 2021

Niagara College, Canada. Award-winning educator and author, Holly Catalfamo, was appointed Niagara College’s Director of Global Engagement in July, bringing to the position more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in both academic and non-academic settings. A leader in global development projects and partnerships, Holly has collaborated with educators and industry leaders around the world on gender equity and capacity building best practices while supporting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. She has developed, championed, and managed innovative student learning opportunities focused on cross-cultural competency building, fostering world-ready and work-ready graduates. Holly has earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Brock University in addition to a Doctorate of Education from the University of Toronto with a focus on leadership and leadership development in the postsecondary sector. A lifelong learner herself, Holly recently completed a certificate in Leadership and Inclusion at Centennial College. Holly is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Colleges and Institutes Canada Gold Leadership Excellence Award and Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’s National College Sector Educator Award.

Amira Hariri

Moved within/to: Northwestern University in Qatar
On: July 2021

Northwestern University, Qatar. Amira Hariri has been appointed director of admissions at Northwestern University in Qatar. Amira will be responsible for all recruitment and admission functions. Amira is currently the assistant director of admissions, where she provides counsel to prospective students, parents, and counselors regarding the admission process. She is responsible for administering the application systems, coordinating the department’s events, and maintaining communication campaigns. Prior to joining NU-Q, she worked in the operations and research departments at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Hariri has a bachelor’s degree from Lebanese American University in Beirut. She said that she looks forward to continuing to work with prospective students and to shape the admissions office at Northwestern Qatar to attract the brightest students locally, regionally, and internationally. “I am confident that with the leadership of Alex Schultes and Kathleen Hewett-Smith, the experience of our students will be enhanced significantly and the success will ensure that our admissions efforts will remain among the best in the region,” Amira said.

Alex Schultes

Moved within/to: Northwestern University in Qatar
On: July 2021

Northwestern University, Qatar. Alex Schultes has been appointed Northwestern University in Qatar’s assistant dean for the student experience. As assistant dean, Alex will have overall responsibility for admissions, student affairs – including student life, health and wellness, internships and career services, and alumni affairs – student conduct and equity, and academic advising. The position of assistant dean was created to oversee and coordinate all aspects of student life. The area will become an integral part of the school’s academic mission. Alex has been with Northwestern Qatar since 2016 and has held enrolment management positions in domestic and international settings. He first joined Northwestern University via the Kellogg School of Management’s campus in Coral Gables, Florida where he worked together with senior administrators, global university partner campuses, government officials, and local vendors to provide student services for graduate and executive education students. He has also worked in admissions at the University of Miami and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. “Providing our students with a holistic experience as undergraduates,” he said, “reinforces the essential elements of all facets of an undergraduate education and ensures that each element complements the other.

Simon Nelson

Moved within/to: QA
On: September 2021

QA, UK. Simon Nelson will become CEO of QA’s Higher Education business, as the company looks to further boost its ability to deliver a world-leading learning experience to customers across the world. Simon will join to replace Julie Noone as CEO of the QA’s Higher Education business, with Julie becoming Chair. He brings a wealth of experience in the global edtech market. Founder and CEO of FutureLearn, the online learning platform launched by the Open University and used by world-renowned academic institutions, Simon was responsible for scaling the platform from start-up to reaching a global audience of more than 15 million students. Prior to this, Simon played a key role at the BBC for more than a decade. Most recently Simon headed up the digital strategy at Nord Anglia Education, the world’s largest international schools group.


Shivani Bhalla

Moved within/to: Brunel University London
On: September 2021

Brunel University London, UK. Shivani Bhalla joined Brunel University, London as an international student from India to pursue her masters in corporate brand management in 2008. After completing her master’s she returned to India and worked in various multinational organisations and also supported Brunel as an alumni ambassador for India. She was then approached by the head of international recruitment to set up their office in India and joined as regional manager which she successfully did for five years and was then promoted as their Head South Asia based in New Delhi. Marking her 10th year at Brunel she was recently promoted to being the Deputy Head International Student Recruitment role for Brunel University and made the move to the UK . She has been responsible for changing the brand image and development of Brunel’s recruitment, partnerships & business development in the region and grew student numbers year-on-year by more than 100%. In fact Brunel saw their largest growth of student numbers from India during the pandemic and September 2021 intake shows to create history for the university with unimaginable numbers being achieved.

Ant Bagshaw

Moved within/to: Online Education Services
On: September 2021

Online Education Services, Global. Online Education Services has appointed Ant Bagshaw as Partnerships Director for its UK operations. Ant brings more than 12 years’ specialist experience across universities, vocational education providers, government and membership organisations to the role and will operate as an essential part of the business development team. Ant will lead OES’s efforts in generating further growth through successful brand-building for OES in the UK to make it a market leader in the services of online education. In his previous role, Ant was a Principal of an international management consultancy where he worked from their London and Melbourne offices as a higher education specialist. Having previously worked at the London School Economics, University of Kent, University College London and Wonkhe, Ant brings extensive knowledge and experience of the UK and Australian higher education sectors and will be an invaluable addition to the OES leadership team.


Armelle Dujardin-Vorilhon

Moved within/to: IÉSEG School of Management
On: June 2021

IÉSEG School of Management, France. Armelle Dujardin-Vorilhon joined IÉSEG School of Management as director of studies for the Grande École program and the bachelor in international business program within the program department. She graduated from the University of Versailles-St-Quentin-en-Yvelines in contemporary history and brings her expertise in the optimal operational management of programs, the support and supervision of students during their studies at the school, and in the management and monitoring of the teaching teams. Before joining the higher education sector, Armelle previously worked in marketing/communication positions for the Geodis group, before being appointed General Delegate of the Geodis Foundation. Then, she discovered the entrepreneurial world as Communications Director of a start-up in the Social and Solidarity Economy. An executive coach, Armelle then joined IPAG Business School as head of the PGE program.

Angela Hollington

Moved within/to: ICS Paris
On: July 2021

ICS Paris, Globeducate, France. Angela Hollington replaced Philippe Kopcsan as Head of School of ICS Paris, one of Globeducate’s premium IB schools, in July. Bringing a wealth of experience in international education, Angela has taught and had senior leadership roles in in Vienna, Brussels, Geneva, Tanzania, Dubai, Berlin and most recently, Singapore – where she has been Primary Head of an international school of more than 1,400 students. Her roles have ranged from IB assessor to Founding Principal and Director. Angela is an alumna of Nottingham University, and Murdoch University at Master’s level, and has considerable experience and interest in developing bilingual programs. In Singapore she pioneered a new approach to teaching English to bilingual and multilingual learners, working with academic researchers. She is looking forward to working with the ICS Paris Primary team, supporting them on introducing the PYP and to guiding them through the authorisation process.

Alec Webb

Moved within/to: Regional Universities Network
On: July 2021

Regional Universities Network, Australia. The Regional Universities Network has appointed Alec Webb as its new Executive Director. With a wealth of leadership experience in public service, public policy and advocacy, and economic and corporate consulting, Alec has recently finished his work as the Head of Policy and Member Engagement at London Higher, a place-based university network representing over 40 higher education institutions. A graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, Australian National University and University of Queensland, Alec has also worked extensively across the higher education sector in Australia. Alec said he is excited to return to Australia and honoured to lead RUN at this time of great challenge for the global higher education sector. “The higher education sector is facing unprecedented challenges on a global scale and I look forward to navigating RUN through this next chapter, seizing new opportunities and building upon RUN’s strong legacy of driving change.”


Simon Gooch

Moved within/to: ILSC Education Group
On: June 2021

ILSC Education Group, Global. Simon Gooch has joined ILSC Education Group (ILSC Language Schools & Greystone College) as Regional Sales Manager, EMEA & South Asia. Simon brings a wealth experience in international student recruitment in Europe, CIS, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa; he has worked for 20+ years in the industry with senior roles at ELS, EAC and Kaplan. Simon will help ILSC and Greystone College forge new partner relationships throughout Africa, Middle East, South Asia and the UK and will work to support and strengthen the company’s long standing partnerships in Europe.

Jordan Poll

Moved within/to: Michigan Language Assessment
On: April 2021

Michigan Language Assessment, US. Jordan Poll joined the organisation as Manager of Marketing and Communications. She develops global B:C and B:B marketing campaigns to promote Michigan Language Assessment’s exam solutions and the launch of their digital exams in new markets. She brings nine years of experience supporting the brands of WKAR, Michigan State University, University of Michigan Credit Union, University of Michigan Law School, and the Michigan Institute of Clinical & Health Research. She’s provided written content and editorial direction for publications including the Red Cedar Review; Law Quadrangle Magazine; Dublin, Ireland’s FOOD&WINE Magazine; iNG Magazine; Sun Times News; and the Awesome Mitten.

Nicole Philips

Moved within/to: Glion Institute of Higher Education
On: July 2021

Glion Institute of Higher Education, UK. Nicole Philips, formerly VP International Hotel Development Planning at Marriott International, is the new Program Director of the MSc in Real Estate, Finance and Hotel Development at Glion Institute of Higher Education in London. Having first joined Glion as a lecturer in September 2018, Nicole brings over 25 years’ experience in hospitality and real estate industries across Europe, Middle East and Africa to her new role as Program Director. She worked for Marriott International for 16 years during which time she supported the expansion of the company in the region. Under Nicole’s leadership, the MSc in Real Estate, Finance and Hotel Development prepares students for careers in international hotel development and asset management, real estate investment, and investment strategies and financing. Modules covers areas such as business and financial analytics, mergers and acquisitions, portfolio valuations and private equity.

David Pilsbury

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: August 2021

Oxford International Education Group, Global. Oxford International Education Group has appointed David Pilsbury as Chief Development Officer to lead the group’s higher education growth and development strategy. Until recently David was Deputy Vice Chancellor, International, at Coventry University, where he was responsible for a 6-fold increase in overseas student recruitment, establishing the UK’s largest overseas collaborative delivery programme with over 20,000 students in almost 30 countries, and creating the world’s largest global enhancement programme, including making Coventry No.1 for outbound mobility for 5 years running. He holds a number of Board level and advisory positions including with JISC, China Britain Business Council, Times Higher Education Student, StudyPortals and the Hainan Provincial Government. He recently stepped down as Co-chair of the UUK International Pro-Vice Chancellors Group following a successful tenure steering new approaches to the future of Global Engagement. Following a D.Phil and postdoctoral research at Oxford University, David spent a number of years in strategic consultancy and investment banking before moving into HE at HEFCE and then became CEO of the Worldwide Universities Network.

Philipp Reichert

Moved within/to: UBC Okanagan
On: August 2021

University of British Columbia (Okanagan), Canada. Philipp Reichert has been appointed Director, Global Engagement where he will lead the new Global Engagement Office, bringing together International Programs & Services and Go Global. An experienced international educator and administrator, Philipp has worked with International Programs & Services at UBCO since 2012. Prior to joining UBCO, he was at the Rotterdam School of Management, and the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies in the Netherlands. Originally from Germany, Philipp received his Master’s in International Relations from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and his doctorate from the University of Calgary with his research focused on the internationalisation of higher education. Philipp is involved in a number of roles with CBIE, NAFSA, AIEA and volunteers as a member of the Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership Committee and other community activities focused on welcoming newcomers to Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.

Gizelle Rezende

Moved within/to: OpenLearning
On: August 2021

OpenLearning, Australia. Gizelle Rezende has joined OpenLearning, an online learning platform at the forefront of a new wave of education delivery as Head of Partnerships. Gizelle is an experienced senior executive with a strong track record in leading education businesses in implementing organisational structures and strategies to increase market share, build reputation, increase revenue and drive profitability. “I am very excited to join OpenLearning. I am  looking forward to working with our partners in sustainably growing their businesses while transforming people lives through education,” she said. Gizelle has previously been on the board of English Australia, with roles at Greenwich College and EC English Language Centres.

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