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Recent Movers & Shakers

Dale LaFleur

Moved within/to: NAFSA
On: January 2020

NAFSA, US. Dale LaFleur is the Senior Director, Academic Affairs and Internationalization at NAFSA: Association of International Educators where she leads the association’s strategies to support NAFSA as a force for global learning and higher education internationalization.  For over twenty years, she worked in the field of international education at the University of Arizona and Seattle University.  Dale received her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Arizona and served as an instructor for Leadership Strategies and a guest lecturer in Comparative Education. She is also a part-time faculty in the International Education Leadership master’s program at Northern Arizona University.

Ceren Genc

Moved within/to: Utrecht University
On: March 2020

Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Ceren Genc has joined Utrecht University as the new Team Leader for International Student Admissions. Ceren brings 15 years of experience in international higher education, serving in various roles in both the public and private sector. Most recently she was Lead Higher Education Expert for the international NGO SPARK. She was based in Gaziantep, Turkey, working on projects providing pathways to higher education and to employment for displaced students. Ceren is the Chair of the Expert Community ‘Admission & Recognition’ of the European Association for International Education.

Brían McNamara

Moved within/to: University of Brighton
On: January 2020

University of Brighton, UK. Brían McNamara has been appointed as International Recruitment Manager (Asia) at the University of Brighton. He will be responsible for international student recruitment, agent network management and partner relations across the Asia region. Brían brings over 15 years of extensive experience to the role having led the International student recruitment team at UK music education provider, BIMM Group and from his time as International Officer for East Asia at the University of Sussex. McNamara commenced his career in International H.E at Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland when he was appointed as the International Officer for South & S.E Asia in 2005. He created and led on a sector-wide Irish diaspora focused initiative: ‘The Ireland Homecoming Study Programme’ which was launched by the Irish Prime Minister (An Taoiseach) in Washington D.C  in 2010.

Luiz Pion

Moved within/to: SideKick Card
On: January 2020

SideKick Card, Canada. Euro Asia Pay, parent company for the SideKick Card, has appointed Luiz Pion as its Marketing Director. Luiz takes responsibility for marketing strategy and implementation after a year-and-a-half working in the company as a Digital Marketing Consultant. Luiz has 14 years’ Marketing and Communications experience in the educational industry working with both domestic and international students in Canada and Brazil. With degrees in Marketing and Business,  Luiz looks forward to using his knowledge and experience to launch the SideKick Card and expand the company’s strategic partnerships across the globe.

Laurie Price

Moved within/to: Kaplan Business School
On: November 2019

Kaplan Business School, Australia. Laurie Price recently joined the Kaplan Business School (KBS) team in Sydney as the Senior Manager, Student Recruitment. Laurie is very excited to join such a talented team and a world-class organisation and to continue supporting KBS’ recruitment initiatives.  Laurie, originally from the UK, has worked in the international education sector in Australia for more than 17 years and has been lucky enough to work in the VET and Higher Education sectors as well as with a digital start-up working in the student recruitment space. She has skills across multiple areas including marketing and recruitment, communications, business development, operational management of international students on campus, as well as coordinating delegations and study tours. She has a passion for supporting aspiring students to realise their dream to study and putting them at the centre of everything. She is thrilled to continue her career with such a vibrant organisation.

George Warshaw

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: February 2020

Oxford International Education Group, Asia. George Warshaw has recently been appointed as Regional Director for Asia with specific focus to develop the Oxford International Schools and Colleges division. George has ten years’ experience within the international education industry. Having initially moved to Beijing in a role developing Cambridge Education Group’s China-based operations, he has spent the past eight years in Hong Kong, in a variety of positions at Study Group, promoting UK products for China and Asia. He has most recently held the post of the Associate Recruitment Director for Bellerbys College. Of his new role, George commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining such a dynamic organisation. Having worked alongside many of the staff at Oxford International over the past few years, I have gained the impression that it is a highly rewarding company to work for, with a great culture and great people. I’m really excited about joining such a prestigious and diverse range of schools and colleges in Oxford, a city where I have a strong connection.”

Jo Nesbitt

Moved within/to: M Square Media
On: January 2020

M Square Media, UK. Jo joins MSM as Vice-President UK following a career of over 28 years in international Higher Education.  Originally from Australia, Jo moved to the UK as an international student and this sparked her interest in the challenges both students and universities face in international education.  Her experience includes Director posts at the University of Southampton and Solent University, focussing on international recruitment, international relations and international development.  An expert in many of today’s education markets, she has specialist knowledge of India, where in 2014 she spent 6 months, developing an international office and internationalisation strategy for an IIT, as well as Pakistan and Nigeria. In addition to her university positions, Jo has established an education consultancy, UniConnectEd, in an entrepreneurial venture.  Jo’s MBA specialised in Higher Education Management which has served her well in her leadership positions over the years.  “I am extremely keen to bring success to UK universities with the student recruitment solutions MSM has to offer”.

Andrew Disbury

Moved within/to: M Square Media
On: January 2020

M Square Media, UK. Andrew Disbury has joined MSM as Vice President UK, bringing 30 years’ experience in international education to the company. Andrew was always a keen linguist, reading Chinese and French at university and studying abroad in those countries as an undergraduate. Andrew’s career led him to academic and professional leadership roles in China, Scotland and England and extensive experience in the Indian and US education markets. His university roles have included Admissions and International Director, and Pro Vice Chancellor and he was also the British Council’s Education Director in China. “I am delighted to be working more closely with MSM, having served on its International Advisory Board. I wanted to join MSM because the student recruitment services we can offer UK HEIs are those I would have wanted available to me” said Andrew on his appointment.

Cherie Metcalf

Moved within/to: IDP Connect
On: January 2020

IDP Connect, UK. Joining IDP Connect as the Head of Marketing and Communications (B2B), Cherie Metcalf brings over six years of experience in language travel and further education colleges. While at Education First, Cherie worked closely with both local communities and global offices, overseeing the full student experience from promoting UK destinations to welcoming overseas students and ensuring they were fully prepared for life in the UK. Cherie has 15+ years of experience in marketing across a range of industries, successfully managing both B2B and B2C marketing teams. Most recently, as Global Marketing Manager for Edison Group, Cherie oversaw full marketing strategy for a range of markets and international regions. Commenting on her appointment, Cherie said: “I’m excited to be joining a team so committed to providing genuine and trusted support for both students and institutions, it’s great to part of an organisation where the voice of the student really is at the heart of everything it does.”

Christine Wach

Moved within/to: IDP Connect
On: February 2020

IDP Connect, Canada. IDP Connect is delighted to announce the appointment of Christine Wach as Director of Client Partnerships for Canada. Christine’s new role will build on 14 years of experience in student affairs during which time she has been instrumental in areas including international, career and co-operative education, student support and partnerships. A higher education leader and former Director of International and IELTS for Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Christine has built strategic partnerships in education, industry, and associations from the municipal to the international level. In her new role, Christine takes on leadership of the client team in Canada, a key and growing destination market for international students. She will oversee IDP Connect’s commercial strategy and key initiatives from the regional office in Toronto. “I look forward to partnering with international education colleagues across the country as we continue to raise the profile of Canada, and our world class education institutions, to students and families around the world,” Christine said.

Tom Digby

Moved within/to: Atom Learning
On: December 2019

Atom Learning, Global.  Tom Digby has joined online  learning platform Atom Learning as lead developer. He will be supporting Atom Learning as the company expands the tech team, and lead digital architecture and design. He is a highly proficient react developer with eight years experience as a front end developer. He comes from the Stylist Group where he was the head of digital product. “Tom’s huge experience in digital product development will be invaluable as we ensure Atom Prime becomes a vital component for schools looking to build excellence in results for key stage 2,” said Atom Learning co-founder Jake O’Keeffe. Atom Learning is expand into the UK State sector, following a trial in the independent sector – over 250 Preparatory Schools now use the platform. It is also undergoing an international expansion, now operating across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

David Anthonisz

Moved within/to: St. George’s University
On: February 2020

St. George’s University, Grenada. David Anthonisz joins SGU as Director, International Recruitment and Commercial Engagements. David brings more than 25 years of experience in international student recruitment, including as Commercial Director with De Montfort University in the UK. His experience also includes serving as the Global Sales Director for international education groups Oxford International and Study Group. He is well-known and respected throughout the industry and brings to SGU a track record of developing sector-leading international strategies, leading high-performing teams, and driving exceptional growth. David is based in the UK.

Lesley Byrne

Moved within/to: St. George’s University
On: February 2020

St. George’s University, Grenada. SGU has announced the appointment of Lesley Byrne as Head of International Student Recruitment. Lesley recently led recruitment, marketing, and admissions at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland–Medical University Bahrain. She joins SGU as part of the University’s increasing international focus and to support its ambition of attracting the most talented and academically strong students from across the globe. An entrepreneurial professional, Lesley has demonstrated success in driving partnerships, teams, strategy, and events in higher education, hospitality, and consumer goods. She has significant expertise in medical school recruitment and delivering best-in-class student experiences, student recruitment, and brand strategy. She is based in Hong Kong.

 

James Raven

Moved within/to: The English-Speaking Union
On: January 2020

The English-Speaking Union, UK. The English-Speaking Union has announced the appointment of Professor James Raven LittD FBA FSA as the new Chair of its board. Chair of the ESU’s Education Committee, James succeeds Lord Boateng who has stepped down after five years of distinguished service. James is a writer, academic and broadcaster specialising in literary culture; an internationally recognised authority in the history of the book and Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Essex. He is a past and present Fellow of two Cambridge and one Oxford colleges (currently at Magdalene) and has a longstanding involvement in promoting international educational, scholarship and partnership schemes and volunteer engagement. He has over 40 years’ membership of the ESU, ever since he won the national ESU Public Speaking Competition in 1976 and an ESU exchange scholarship to the ESU of New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Caroline Roussel

Moved within/to: IÉSEG School of Management
On: January 2020

IÉSEG School of Management, France. Caroline Roussel Professor and Academic Dean, has been appointed Vice Dean of IÉSEG School of Management. This newly created position will help realise the school’s 2025 vision: to be a unique international hub empowering change makers for a better society. Caroline has a PhD in management sciences and a DESCF higher degree in accountancy, and is also accredited to supervise research. She has been a professor at IÉSEG since 2002 and Academic Director since 2016. She was previously Head of Department and Director of Academic Development at the School. In charge of academic affairs, she currently pilots research and programs, as well as accreditations, and is Dean of the academic faculty. The themes of her current research include open strategy practices, as well as management and performance tools. She has published in internationally recognized reviews, such as European Management Review, Knowledge Management Research & Practice, and British Journal of Management.

Kerry Houchen (née Ormand)

Moved within/to: Coursera
On: January 2020

Coursera, US. Kerry Houchen (née Ormand) has joined Coursera as Strategic Business Development Manager leading the launch of Coursera for Campus to Universities across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Based in London at Coursera’s London office, Kerry brings over 14 years’ experience in Higher Education, previously as Key Account Director at FutureLearn and Global Digital Sales Director at Macmillan Education. Kerry said “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Coursera team and to be working to empower Universities to offer high-quality, online, job-relevant education to students, alumni, faculty and staff.”

David Joerring

Moved within/to: Atom Learning
On: December 2019

Atom Learning, Global. David Joerring has joined Atom Learning as the company accelerates expansion in the UK and internationally. David will lead the company’s business development and growth team. He comes from Boston Consulting Group where he was a strategy consultant, with a particular focus on working with the public sector and government. With ambitions to become the Netflix of education, Atom Learning is an adaptive learning platform, using machine learning to determine the optimal learning pathway for children at key stage 2. “David brings fantastic experience within public sector and government as we look to develop our offering across the UK State sector and overseas,” co-founder Jake O’Keeffe noted.

Don Young

Moved within/to: M Square Media
On: January 2020

M Square Media, Global. Don Young has joined MSM as president, bringing more than 45 years of global experience. In his first career in the Royal Canadian AirForce, he was a helicopter pilot serving across Canada and overseas. Upon retirement from the RCAF, Don joined St.Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, where he was designated as a school Dean in engineering technology and trades for six years, then a Faculty Dean with four schools and 3,000 students for eight years. This portfolio included academic programs ranging from apprenticeships and certificates to bachelor’s degrees. He was then given responsibility for all international activities in the college and was promoted to Vice President for international education in 2017. “It is nothing short of exciting and challenging to join MSM as it grows rapidly and establishes its leadership in the international education space,” Don said on his appointment.

Trent McHenry

Moved within/to: BROWNS English Language School
On: February 2020

BROWNS English Language School, Australia. BROWNS English Language School is excited to announce that Trent McHenry has been appointed to the role of Global Director of Recruitment, Marketing and Partnerships. Trent brings with him significant leadership experience and high-level business development, marketing and student recruitment skills acquired over 17 years in the international and tertiary education sectors. Trent has previously led large-scale and diverse teams in executive positions for universities and private providers where previous responsibilities have included the management and leadership of university campuses and driving new student enrolment growth through the development of onshore and offshore partnerships and student recruitment channels. “I am looking forward to working closely with management, staff and industry partners to ensure its continued success and lead the recruitment, marketing and partnership operations as BROWNS implements its growth and diversification strategies,” Trent said.

Manoel Pereira Neto

Moved within/to: The Class of 2020
On: December 2019

The Class of 2020, the Netherland. The Class of 2020 welcomed Manoel Pereira Neto in December, and he will be responsible for strengthening Partnership and Development. An experienced manager and trained researcher, Manoel is passionate about building bridges across sectors. Previously, he served Harvard University for more than eight years, where he focused on initiatives that expanded research, teaching, and learning opportunities for Harvard scholars in Brazil and for Brazilians at Harvard. Manoel earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, a postgraduate certificate in Geography, City, and Architecture from the Escola da Cidade School of Architecture and Urbanism, and a master of science degree in Urbanisation and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.