Sign up

Have some pie!

Recent Movers & Shakers

César Balbuena

Moved within/to: Georgian College Canada
On: June 2021

Georgian College, Canada. Ontario’s top co-op College has appointed César Balbuena as Director, International Education & Development. César will be supporting Stephanie Barry’s maternity leave starting  June 2021 until September 2022. César brings over 16 years of leadership experience from the Ontario college international education sector. In his most recent role, César was the Director of International Recruitment and Student Support at St. Lawrence College. He offers a global network and proven success in International Student Enrollment, Business Development and Revenue Generation. César holds a Bachelor of Tourism & Business Administration (Honors Degree), from Universidad del Valle de México. Born and raised in Mexico, César immigrated to Canada in 1993.  He is multilingual, able to communicate in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. In this new role at Georgian, César will provide college wide leadership in planning, development and successful execution of a comprehensive and international strategy with a focus on recruitment and diversification, and program and client partnerships.

Tor Del Federico

Moved within/to: Globeducate
On: September 2020

Globeducate, Global. Tor Del Federico moved to her role as Principal of Southlands British International School in Rome in September 2020, from British School of Yangon, Myanmar. In the transition to one of Globeducate’s British International Schools, Tor has introduced elements of a British education such as a House system and an adventure sports program. Tor brings extensive leadership experience in international and British education. Previously she was Interim Principal and Vice Principal at Collège Alpin Beau Soleil in Switzerland and before that, Director of Teaching and Learning at Roedean School, Brighton, UK. Tor holds an MA in Twentieth Century Literature and a BA in English Literature from The University of Sussex and a PGCE from the University of Brighton. She believes in authentic leadership, holistic education in the fullest sense of the word and the importance of  being brave and honest in life and learning.

Antonia Giovanazzi

Moved within/to: Globeducate
On: July 2020

Globeducate, Global. Antonia Giovanazzi joined Globeducate in July 2020 as Executive Principal of ICS Milan. Her vision and mission are to grow the school and make it the first choice for families in Milan looking for a topflight IB education. In her previous role as Principal at specialist STEM international 6thForm College The National Mathematics and Science College in London, she oversaw a 50% increase in student offers at Oxbridge and Ivy League universities over three years. Antonia brings more than 30 years of teaching and leadership experience in a wide range of sectors. She was Founding Vice Principal and Head of Secondary of a premium British international school in Dubai as well as Head of Faculty and Head of Teaching and Learning at Beaconsfield High School in the UK, and Head of Faculty at The Henley College, UK. A graduate of Edinburgh University, she subsequently completed her PGCE at St Andrew’s College of Education. Antonia has taught students and trained teachers from more than 56 different countries. As well as championing STEAM education, Antonia is an advocate for the Arts and has a keen interest in music.

Anne-May Janssen

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

Aurora Universities Network, Europe. The Board of the Aurora Universities Network is now pleased to announce the appointment of Anne-May Janssen to succeed Kees Kouwenaar as Aurora’s Secretary General; to ensure a smooth and efficient handover, Anne-May will start working at the Aurora office on July 1. Anne-May ompleted her degree in Public Policy and Human Development at Maastricht School of Governance. She started her career as a junior lecturer at Maastricht University. She switched to the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs as a policy officer in 2011, before moved to Brussels to work at the Netherlands House for Education and Research as an account manager for the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres and Nuffic in 2014. From 2017 onwards, Anne-May is the Head of European Engagement at UUKi in London. She leads UUKi’s European policy and engagement activities and works to maximise the sector’s profile, impact and visibility in Brussels and other European capitals and countries.

Joran van Aart

Moved within/to: Winc Academy
On: May 2021

Winc Academy, The Netherlands. Winc Academy has appointed Joran van Aart as new Chief Executive Officer to lead the company in its fast growth and internationalisation. The goal: reskill and prepare as many people as possible for a career as developer or data analyst. Joran brings over a decade of international scale-up experience in online higher education platforms. He served as COO and Chief Growth Officer at Studyportals, where he and the team grew the business from 5 to 150 employees and helped over 485,000 students to enrol in their dream university abroad. “Carla and Marijn have successfully built an impressive academy that taps into a big need: hundreds of students have already graduated and Winc attracts more students every month, who are eager to learn high-demand digital skills and change their career,” he said. “I am excited to be part of this mission, to help students of all walks of life to achieve their dreams, and to help build a workforce that is equipped for the challenges of tomorrow.”


Steve West

Moved within/to: Universities UK
On: August 2021

UUK, UK. Steve West CBE, DL, Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive of UWE Bristol, has been elected as the next President of Universities UK following a ballot of UUK’s members. He will succeed the current President, Professor Julia Buckingham CBE, Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University London, from August 1 and will hold the post for two years. Steve has been Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol since 2008. He trained as a Podiatrist and Podiatric Surgeon in London, working in the NHS and private/commercial sector before entering academia in 1984 working first at The Chelsea School of Chiropody and Podiatric Medicine, The London Foot Hospital and Westminster University before moving to King’s College London, and Huddersfield University. He joined UWE Bristol in 1995 as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care and Professor of Health and Social Care, and went on to hold a number of senior posts at the university before taking up the role of Vice-Chancellor.

Kieran Hayde

Moved within/to: Simon Fraser University
On: May 2021

Simon Fraser University, Canada. Kieran Hayde has joined the Student Recruitment Team at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, overseeing recruitment activities in South Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, Turkey and Russia. He starts his new role with over 10 years’ experience in international education, having worked most recently as the Sales and Marketing Manager for Wimbledon School of English in the UK. “I’m really excited to have made the move into higher education and it’s something I’ve had my eye on for quite some time,” Kieran said. “While working in the UK, I always admired Canada’s strategic and integrated approach to international student recruitment and it’s great to be a part of such a supportive and hard-working community. Having worked primarily with agents for so many years, I am looking forward to the challenges and rewards of working more closely with students.”

Gretchen Cook-Anderson

Moved within/to: IES Abroad
On: April 2021

IES Abroad, Global. IES Abroad is pleased to announce the appointment of our very own Gretchen Cook-Anderson to the position of Associate Vice President, Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Antiracism. In this new role at IES Abroad, Gretchen will continue her valuable and highly successful leadership of IES Abroad’s underrepresented student recruitment efforts with the Diversity Relations team. She will bring her incredible skillset to this key leadership position and will continue to strengthen organization-wide efforts to increase diversity and inclusion. An IES Abroad Nagoya alum, Gretchen joined IES Abroad in 2011. A self-described “evangelist for study and travel abroad,” Gretchen has developed a reputation as one of the study abroad field’s most respected voices in diversity and inclusion. “This expanded role allows Gretchen to also serve in a key leadership position that further strengthens all of the organization’s work to increase diversity and inclusion,” said President and CEO, Dr. Gregory Hess.

Simon O’Connor

Moved within/to: COBIS
On: June 2021

COBIS, Global. Simon O’Connor from Deira International School has been appointed Director of international British schools association COBIS. Simon will join the COBIS board and contribute with significant knowledge and experience of international school leadership. Simon has over 25 years of experience in education management and as a school leader and joined Deira International School in 2020. “Simon’s vast experience across outstanding international schools will benefit and support new collaborative initiatives across the network, and at the same time deliver an exciting future for Deira International School and our Foundation,” said Acting Managing Director of Al Futtaim Education Foundation Farah Sarraj. COBIS represents and quality assures schools in over 80 countries worldwide. COBIS member schools share high expectations of both students and staff and they strive to achieve the highest academic standards and quality of learning.

Jeremy Cooper

Moved within/to: Gecko
On: June 2021

Gecko, UK. UK edtech company Gecko has appointed Jeremy Cooper as its new non-executive chair. Jeremy brings extensive industry experience to the role at Gecko as a previous President and Chief Sales Officer at Hobsons, Vice-President (VP) for Europe at Blackboard, the world’s largest educational technology group, and as Managing Director at RM Education. Jeremy said Gecko is “one of the most exciting and dynamic edtech companies in the UK, with an international mindset evidenced by the progress made in the US to date”.  During 2020, Gecko won 17 new university clients in the UK and US, and it will continue to improve products, and further expand into North America in 2021. “To get someone of Jeremy’s calibre on board to help guide our growth strategy is a major coup for Gecko, and we look forward to his support in the months and years ahead,” CEO and Founder Matthew Lanham said. “I forward to working with Matt and the team, who have already developed best-of-class technology, and making sure the company realises its significant potential in the UK and North American markets.”


Tia Loukkola

Moved within/to: European University Association
On: June 2021

European University Association, Europe. EUA is pleased to announce that Tia Loukkola has been promoted to Deputy Secretary General. In this new role, Tia will contribute to increasing EUA’s capacity for strategic and organisational development and external representation. She will also deputise for the Secretary General when necessary. She will share the strategic oversight of different aspects of EUA activities including higher education policy development and will also take a leading role in implementing EUA’s new membership strategy and in leading other organisational development projects. Tia joined EUA in April 2008 and has most recently served as Director of the Institutional Development unit, where she oversaw a variety of EUA activities dealing with improving and monitoring the quality of universities and their educational mission, as well as specific topics including quality assurance, recognition, rankings and learning and teaching.


Chris Sizemore

Moved within/to: Nord Anglia Education
On: May 2021

Nord Anglia Education, UK. Nord Anglia Education has appointed former Head of Product at BBC Education Chris Sizemore as its Director of Product Development for its global edtech division. Chris brings to his new role a wealth of experience in product development and digital content strategy from creating immersive learning experiences for children of all ages. For over a decade, Chris served as Head of Product and Executive Producer for digital at the BBC, where he played a leading role in the development of BBC’s educational digital services including BBC Bitesize, the award-winning online revision platform for students. Chris joins Nord Anglia from Limina Immersive, a start-up he co-founded which specialises in creative virtual reality experiences. In his new role, Chris will lead on the design and delivery of Nord Anglia’s digital teaching and learning platforms used by its 67,000 students and 10,000 teachers across 73 schools globally. Chris will oversee the development of Nord Anglia’s EdTech platforms designed to unlock students’ learning potential.


Nuttakul Kuldilok

Moved within/to: StudentApply
On: March 2021

StudentApply, Global. Nuttakul Kuldilok has been appointed Country Director at StudentApply for Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Nuttakul – also widely known by his nickname Boy – is well known within Thailand as he has been one of the most high-profile education counsellors in the region with a career dating back to 2003. Since joining Mentor/UKEAS almost 20 years ago he has counselled and advised thousands of students who have gone on to study in the UK, EU, US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Boy has also spent time working at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok and is an expert on student visa applications. Boy joins StudyApply to manage our network of external partners in the region and to support and advise the high school and university guidance counsellors who use the StudentApply platform to place their graduating students. StudentApply is global web-based student recruitment platform which enables international students to apply to the world’s leading universities with a single application form, no matter where they are in the world.”

Vicki Stott

Moved within/to: QAA
On: May 2021

QAA, UK. Vicki Stott as been announced as QAA’s next Chief Executive, following national and international advertisement through an executive search firm and a competitive recruitment process. Vicki currently serves as QAA’s Executive Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive, and will succeed Douglas Blackstock, who will step down in the autumn. “I’m delighted to have been selected as QAA’s next Chief Executive,” Vicki said. “I will be taking over a highly capable team, overseen and supported by a constructive and insightful Board.” Before joining QAA in 2019, Vicki worked at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where she was Bursar (Chief Operating Officer), a director of Oxford Limited, St Hugh’s Conferences, St Hugh’s Estates and a founding director of NOSCS.  She has also worked at the University of Birmingham, the University of Warwick and Warwick Business School, and UMIST, following previous experience in the commercial and charity sectors.

Douglas Proctor

Moved within/to: Swinburne University
On: August 2021

Swinburne University, Australia. Douglas Proctor will commence as the new Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) at Swinburne University from August 2021. Douglas will provide leadership across the university with responsibility for global engagement and the development and deployment of Swinburne’s internationalisation strategy. Douglas comes to Swinburne from University College Dublin in Ireland, where he has been Director of UCD Global for close to five years. Douglas will provide leadership across the university with responsibility for global engagement and the development and deployment of Swinburne’s internationalisation strategy to support Swinburne’s global ambitions, recently outlined in its Horizon 2025 strategy. He holds a PhD in International Higher Education, which he completed following a series of director and associate director roles at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. A Senior Fellow of the International Education Association of Australia, Douglas is a frequent speaker – and has published widely – on topics related to global engagement and international education.

Mark Stanton

Moved within/to: Sannam S4
On: May 2021

Sannam S4, Global. Sannam S4, a leading international education services provider, has appointed Mark Stanton to the company’s Group Board of Directors. Mark brings with him over 25 years of senior management experience in global business along with deep knowledge of both education and commercial sectors. Most recently, Mark served as Chief Executive Officer of Oxford International Education Group, an accredited education provider operating independent boarding schools, international colleges, online courses and English language centres. Prior to that, he was Chief Finance and Chief Operating Officer at Cambridge Education Group. Before his involvement in the education industry, Mark was the CFO of both Dun and Bradstreet International and Thomson Financial (Europe). Based in the UK, Mark’s involvement comes at a time when Sannam S4 has embarked on an ambitious global strategy, opening offices in both Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, and expanding its services portfolio to meet evolving market needs. Mark is a qualified chartered accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Tim Marney

Moved within/to: Nous Group
On: April 2021

Nous Group, Australia. Nous Group is strengthening its capacity to support clients with economic analysis with the appointment of Tim Marney as a Chief Economist to work alongside its current Chief Economist Steve Corcoran. Tim brings to the role more than a decade of experience as Western Australia’s Under Treasurer, during which he oversaw a sequence of budget surpluses with Treasurers from both sides of politics. Tim also worked for five years as WA’s Mental Health Commissioner. As a Chief Economist, Tim will work with Steve and Nous’ team of policy analysts to support clients on economics projects including cost-benefit analysis, pricing, cost recovery, market design and efficiency. “I am looking forward to working with government entities, businesses and not-for-profit organisations to use cutting-edge economic analysis to inform their biggest decisions,” Tim said. “Our growing expertise in economics complements Nous’ other capabilities, including public policy, organisational performance, business strategy and data analytics. Clients can come to Nous knowing that we can support them to meet a range of challenges and to access emerging opportunities.”


Michael Lawson

Moved within/to: Heriot Watt University Dubai
On: September 2020

Heriot Watt University, DubaiMichael joins Heriot Watt University, Dubai as the Regional Recruitment Director. Michael will lead the student recruitment operations for the Dubai campus along with wider regional recruitment in Russia/CIS, Middle East and Africa. Michael’s role will focus on growing student enrolments with an increasing focus on international recruitment. He starts his new role with over a decade of experience in higher education having previously worked with both Navitas and Shorelight. The appointment comes at an exciting time for the university as they transition to a new campus in Knowledge Village, Dubai and celebrate their bicentennial anniversary.

Jill Burstein

Moved within/to: Duolingo
On: May 2021

Duolingo, Global. Jill Burstein is joining the Duolingo Assessment Research team as a Principal Assessment Scientist. A leader in AI in Education, Jill’s research lies at the intersection of AI, education and measurement, equity in education, learning analytics, natural language processing (NLP), and user-centered design. She has led teams that built AI-based applications for education, and is an inventor on several patents of NLP capabilities for use with educational technology. Jill  holds a B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish from New York University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and serves as the Chair of SIG EDU, an ACL Special Interest Group on Building Educational Applications. As a principle assessment scientist for the Duolingo English Test, she will work with the Assessment Research team to advance the field of high stakes testing.

Chris Broadhurst

Moved within/to: Nord Anglia Education
On: May 2021

Nord Anglia Education, UK. Chris Broadhurst has joined Nord Anglia Education as Global Director of Student Recruitment for UK schools following Nord Anglia’s acquisition of Oxford International College (OIC), d’Overbroeck’s, Oxford Sixth Form College and Bucksmore Education. Chris is a dedicated and passionate advocate of the UK school and college sector and brings with him over 17 years of experience in the sector having previously held senior recruitment and marketing positions at Bell, Cambridge Education Group and Astrum Education. His most recent role was Director of Student Recruitment and a member of EXCO at Oxford International Education Group where he and his team achieved an exponential level of growth. Chris and his team will be championing international student recruitment through agents and educational consultants for the UK schools and Bucksmore. Collaboration with these key stakeholder groups across the globe is vital to the ongoing success of the schools and with the full support of the Nord Anglia leadership team there is significant scope for all parties to achieve unprecedented success.

PIE Webinars

We run weekly webinars exploring hot topics from across the global education sector.
Sign up to join live or watch on replay and learn from our expert speakers.

Click here