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Georgia Horsley

Moved within/to: Unibuddy
On: November 2019

Unibuddy, UK. Georgia Horsley has joined Unibuddy as Customer Success Executive. In her role, Georgia supports Customer Success Managers onboard new institutions, through bank-and-forth correspondence, generate license agreements and build Unibuddy platforms. She also manages the company support centre, helping with any issues users are experiencing with the platform. Georgia graduated with a 1st class honours in Education Studies from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2018. She worked as a student intern within the student engagement department in her first year, most notably with Partners in Learning, a student engagement platform enabling and encouraging partnership projects between staff and students. Unibuddy’s peer-to-peer service is an aspect of the company she is particularly passionate about.

Gizelle Rezende

Moved within/to: EC English
On: January 2020

EC English, Global. Gizelle Rezende has been appointed Managing Director Australia and New Zealand for EC English. Gizelle has been at the forefront of the international education sector since 2002.  As a business leader, Gizelle gained comprehensive experience in leading diverse teams, creating and implementing innovative growth strategies, and has been serving on the English Australia board for the past three years. In addition to her 17 years of professional experience in the international education sector, Gizelle is also an embodiment of an Australian International English student success story having arrived from Brazil in Australia 24 years ago to study English.

Erandhi Murphy

Moved within/to: UCD - English Language Academy
On: November 2019

UCD – English Language Academy, Ireland.  Erandhi Murphy has recently joined University College Dublin’s English Language Academy as International Sales Manager. Erandhi brings over seven years of extensive industry experience to this dynamic and highly-qualified team. As a UCD Graduate, Erandhi is extremely proud to return to the world-famous institution and repeated winner of the “University of the Year” title, including 2020.  Erandhi said, “I am honoured to have been asked to join this massive commercial venture for UCD and look forward to developing many strategic partnerships internationally, as well as delivering a top-class experience to students, in an unparalleled campus.” Erandhi’s competitive nature and demonstrable record of delivering results renders her a great fit for UCD.

Inga Frame

Moved within/to: Bayswater Education
On: October 2019

Bayswater Education, UK. Inga has recently joined Bayswater College as Student Services Manager, responsible for student experience. Inga is very excited to be part of the energy and passion at Bayswater and is thrilled to join an organisation which focuses on enriching students’ lives through education, both in the stunning London premises and by delivering lessons to underprivileged young people abroad. Inga brings with her eight years of industry experience, joining Bayswater from Stafford House International where she worked in sales, student services and most recently as Vice Principal of their London school. Inga is also Chair and Co-Founder of the London Student Services Management Association (LonSSMA) which is a networking and support group for Student Services professionals working in London ELT schools.

Clara Terra

Moved within/to: Book&Learn
On: November 2019

Book&Learn, Brazil. Clara Terra has joined Book&Learn as the Customer Success Executive for the Brazilian market. She has four years of experience in the international education industry in which she has dedicated herself to student support, visa processes and recruitment operations at S7 Intercambio and Spiible. She has lived and worked in both Australia and New Zealand and is now returning to her native Brazil to join Book&Learn’s Customer Success Department. As the Book&Learn community in Brazil continues to grow, Clara will focus on developing strong relationships with partners, identifying opportunities to improve the way agents and education providers connect and encouraging the use of Book&Learn’s unique technology to revolutionise the day-to-day processes of various industry players.

Ben Delaney

Moved within/to: Wisconsin ESL Institute
On: May 2019

WESLI, US. Wisconsin ESL Institute (WESLI) is delighted to announce that Ben Delaney has joined in the role of Director of Marketing and Recruitment. Ben brings with him over 15 years experience in the English language industry, with 12 years sales and marketing experience most recently as Global Head of Sales & Marketing at Malvern International plc. Ben said, “I am excited to join the superb team at WESLI and welcome students to the fantastic city of Madison. The opportunity to work with a small family owned business that focuses on high academic quality and phenomenal student support in one of the best small cities in the US was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

Peter Clack

Moved within/to: University of Exeter
On: November 2019

University of Exeter, UK. The University of Exeter has appointed Peter Clack as its inaugural Director of Global Exeter.  This is a new role to co-ordinate the University’s wide range of global activities, including global partnerships with universities and businesses; international student recruitment; global experiences for students and staff; engagement with international alumni; and global profile-raising. Peter is joining Exeter from the University of Birmingham where he has been Director of International Relations since 2013. He has also worked in Regional Director roles for the British Council in Dubai, Malaysia, and Turkey. Peter Clack said: “I am looking forward to taking up my role at Exeter and excited at the potential to work with colleagues to further enhance Exeter’s role on the global stage.”

Tarik Sokmen

Moved within/to: Seneca College
On: January 2020

Seneca College, Canada. Tarik Sokmen started his career in Vancouver in 2010 as a student counsellor looking after Turkey and Europe. In 2012, he was involved in organising the first EFC fairs which then became a very popular event within the Asian countries. In 2012, Tarik joined King George International College sales team and after three successful years at KGIC, he moved on with the ILSC Education Group. During his career at ILSC, the company won the UED awards of Turkey four times as the Best school in Canada and Australia. As of January 2020, Tarik will be the Business Development Manager for Turkey and the Middle East at Seneca College.

Gianluca Di Luciano

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

UKCE, UK. Gianluca Di Luciano has recently been promoted to Direct Sales Manager at UK College of English, only seven months after his first promotion to BDE. Gianluca is delighted to be joining the sales management team and to continue to support and promote UKCE as part of its global sales growth initiative. He has a proven-track record of meeting KPIs and targets over a +7 year period, as well as a solid base of skills in account and relationship management gained in vendor, distributor and reseller environments and across diverse client industry sectors in Italy and the UK. He has a Diploma in Administration, Finance & Marketing and he speaks Italian and English. Gianluca is very keen on actively contributing to the expansion and development of UKCE.

Nic Starkey

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

Greenwich School of Oxford International, UK. Nic Starkey is the new principal at the Greenwich School of Oxford International. After 10 years living overseas, the last five of which were spent in Italy working as the Director of Studies at a private language school, Nic returned to the UK this summer. Before taking up the principal role in Oxford, Nic spent time at one of Oxford International’s Junior Centres. It was his sixth summer with Oxford International, having previously worked in its Edinburgh summer centre as the Centre Manager. Nic is now embracing the challenge of delivering an exceptional experience to everyone who comes through the door at OIEG’s Greenwich school. In a fast-moving and competitive sector, he is proud to lead a team which counts every single person to be as important as the next.

Michele-Lin Sinnathamboo

Moved within/to: The Global Student
On: October 2019

The Global Student, SE Asia. The Global Student welcomed Michele-Lin Sinnathamboo as Marketing and Program Coordinator in October. Michele-Lin will be responsible for the marketing and communication and comes to TGS with vast experience. She has already slipped seamlessly into the team, and she will be implementing a number of campaigns for new projects for 2020. Michele-Lin has previously worked at Labuan IBFC, and will be taking over the responsibilities of Teena Razak. The Global Student looks forward to seeing Michele-Lin engage with students to provide reassurance for them during their adjustment while on the organisation’s programs.

Rajika Bhandari

Moved within/to: IC3 Institute
On: January 2020

IC3 Institute, US. The IC3 Institute has appointed Rajika Bhandari as its President and CEO. A global expert in international higher education with over two decades of leadership in research and program evaluation in the nonprofit, private and higher education sectors, Rajika worked most recently at the Institute of International Education, where she shaped and led its global research and impact studies focused on academic mobility. Rajika is a frequent speaker on higher education issues and a widely published author, including of six books, and has written for a wide list of publications. She has served as a Commissioner on the US National Commission for UNESCO. The appointment signals the next phase in the rapid growth and impact of the IC3 Movement, a mission-driven and systemic effort to bring effective counselling to high school students around the world.

Rachel Argyle

Moved within/to: UCD English Language Academy
On: November 2019

UCD English Language Academy, Ireland. UCD, Ireland’s Global University, has appointed Rachel Argyle as Marketing Director for its English Language Academy and Professional Academy. Rachel takes responsibility for marketing strategy across the two schools, with a significant focus on international and domestic growth. UCD’s recent award as The Times’ University of the Year 2020 offers a fantastic platform to grow and expand the University’s Professional and English Language portfolio. Rachel has 20 years’ Marketing and Communications experience, most recently as Global Marketing Director at Digital Marketing Institute, where she was part of the senior management team that drove rapid international expansion for the business. Prior to moving to Dublin in 2012, Rachel worked within a number of London’s leading PR and Communications agencies.

Jago Brown

Moved within/to: UKLC
On: November 2019

UKLC, UK. UKLC, the Chester-based language organisation best- known for providing junior summer language courses around the UK, has announced the appointment of Jago Brown in the new role of Commercial Director. Jago joins the management team of UKLC having spent much of the last 10 years in senior roles in the sector. His appointment is a key part of the delivery of the UKLC strategy as the business continues its recent growth. He will work across the business functions focusing on structure, systems, new markets and new products while ensuring the focus on agency customer delivery is maintained. Jago has previously held senior roles at BSC having been Managing Director of Experience English prior to the merger with BSC and before that ran the junior-focused provider EAC. Prior to coming back to ELT in 2010, he worked in the creative and digital sectors.


Antonio Loprieno

Moved within/to: Jacobs University
On: December 2019

Jacobs University, Germany. Antonio Loprieno, President of the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities and former Rector of the University of Basel, has joinedJacobs University in Bremen as its president. Antonio studied Egyptology, Linguistics and Semitic Studies at the University of Turin in Italy, before teaching at various European universities. He was also a professor of Egyptology at the renowned University of California Los Angeles, and later served as a professor at the University of Basel. From 2008 to 2015, Antonio was also President of the Swiss Rectors’ Conference. Since May 2018, he has been President of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and President of the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, an association of more than 50 academies in over 40 countries. He became a member of the Board of Governors of Jacobs University in August 2018. “Jacobs University is now well positioned to achieve further academic success while maintaining economic sustainability,” he said.

Gabriel Providel

Moved within/to: Mozaik Play
On: June 2019

Mozaik Play, Australia. Gabriel Providel is the CEO and Founder of Mozaik Play – a new agency that connects students to creative arts and digital media institutions worldwide. After 20 years of experience in senior executive roles across education groups, Gabriel has launched this unique EdTech startup born out of the passion to empower students to pursue a career in the creative industries. Mozaik Play is a ‘click and mortar’ student placement business: it provides its personalised counseling services through its platform (online model) and its 14 offices across three continents (face-to-face model). The agency currently partners with quality creative institutions across USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand and plans to expand these partnerships across European and Asian institutions over the next six months.

Bronwyn Bartsch

Moved within/to: CQUniversity
On: June 2019

CQUniversity, Australia. Bronwyn Bartsch has recently moved to take up the role of Director International at CQUniversity based in Brisbane Australia. With responsibility for international business and strategy and international operations, Bronwyn brings substantial experience in managing offshore teaching partnerships, international relationships, study abroad programs and in managing large multi-function international  offices including student recruitment and admissions. She is looking forward to deepening and extending CQUniversity’s international engagement and partnerships and providing education opportunities to students globally. Bronwyn believes that building strong collaborative relationships is the key to successful partnerships and quality outcomes. She is currently part of the executive for the Australian Universities International Directors Forum, a key group within  international higher education, recognised globally and internationally.

Andrew Walker

Moved within/to: International House Bangkok/Chiang Mai
On: September 2019

International House Bangkok/Chiang Mai, Thailand. After a decade long career in financial media, Andrew Walker enters the international education industry to offer marketing operations and consultancy services to International House Bangkok/Chiang Mai. In his first appointment within the international education industry, Andrew stated that he seeks to apply many of the skills gained from his experience at a FTSE250 company. “As head of marketing for Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc. my role was to ensure a truly customer-centric portfolio of products and services, which not only served to increase the lifetime value of our customers but also to establish the company as a market leader in its field. I hope to apply the same methods and logic at IH and I’m thrilled to be part of such a vibrant and exciting industry”.

Yves Laszlo

Moved within/to: École Polytechnique
On: November 2019

École Polytechnique, France. Yves Laszlo has been appointed Provost of École Polytechnique. Formerly Deputy Director for Sciences at École Normale Supérieure de Paris, Yves is also appointed Chairman of the Academic and Research Committee of Institut Polytechnique de Paris. Yves holds a Doctorate degree in Mathematics from Paris-Sud University (1988), and is a specialist in Algebraic Geometry. Following a career as a research fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research and then as a professor at the University Pierre and Marie Curie, he became an associate professor at École Polytechnique in 2004. Then, he became a professor at Paris-Sud UniversityFrom 2012 to 2019, he was Deputy Director for Sciences at École Normale Supérieure de Paris. In this role, he was in charge of teaching, research, real estate, human resources and all scientific-related matters at the school. 

Mariët Westermann

Moved within/to: NYU Abu Dhabi
On: August 2019

NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE. Mariët Westermann joined NYU Abu Dhabi as Vice Chancellor in August and will oversee all academic, administrative, and operational affairs at the campus. Mariët is the former executive vice president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, former provost of NYU Abu Dhabi, former director of NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, and art historian. She had been with the Mellon Foundation since 2010, and was the executive vice president for programs and research since 2016. In that role, she launched initiatives that study and promote the value of the humanities and the liberal arts, strengthen community colleges, encourage graduate education reform, renew preservation of cultural heritage around the world, and support scholars and artists at risk. Prior to the Foundation she was on the faculty at NYU, first as director of the Institute of Fine Arts and then as the first provost of NYU Abu Dhabi. Before joining NYU in 2002, she was at the Clark Art Institute, and from 1995 to 2001 at Rutgers University.