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Recent Movers & Shakers

Adam Rennison

Moved within/to: Teesside University
On: June 2017

Teesside University, UK. Adam has recently been appointed as Head of International Recruitment at Teesside University. As part of the Department for International Development, Adam is responsible for all areas of international student recruitment, driving forward an ambitious international strategy. He leads the recruitment activity of three overseas offices in China, India and Malaysia, in addition to developing new markets as part of an ambitious growth strategy. Prior to taking up post at Teesside, Adam has also held home, EU and international recruitment roles at Durham University and the University of Sunderland.

Micaela Mathre

Moved within/to: Via TRM
On: March 2017

Via TRM, US. Micaela recently joined Via TRM, user-friendly software for education abroad, as Marketing Lead and Customer Experience Manager. Previously, she worked on the national Generation Study Abroad campaign with IIE, and has over a decade of experience developing service learning curriculum and collaborating with education technology companies focused on social impact. She is excited to build the Via TRM community as Marketing Lead, and to help deliver the best customer service in international education with the customer experience team.


Daniel Renton

Moved within/to: Kaplan International
On: January 2017

Kaplan International, Australia & New Zealand. Daniel joined Kaplan as GM Business Development, International Education, working across all ANZ international education divisions. He will aim to grow international student numbers through enhanced recruitment performance and recruitment network integration, and is also developing and expanding partnerships with universities, Kaplan Business School and other ELICOS and higher education providers. Daniel has over 20 years’ experience in international and higher education having worked for and with universities in Australia, the UK, Europe and the US, as well as for IDP, Study Group and Cambridge Education Group. Before joining Kaplan, he lived and worked in Asia for 11 years, and is now enjoying life in Sydney.

Richard Jaine

Moved within/to: Astrum Education
On: April 2017

Astrum Education, UK. Richard has been appointed Director of Education at Astrum, based in London. He began his teaching career at Marlborough College and then joined St Paul’s School in London where he took on various senior management positions from 1994. He then joined GEMS, and as well as advising on educational matters, Richard was appointed Headmaster of Sherfield, a GEMS school and the flagship school to the UK group. Richard joins Astrum Education at an exciting time as its London schools and colleges are repositioned in the City’s market to compete directly with the biggest names in senior education.

James Martin

Moved within/to: FruitFame.com
On: May 2017

Jackfruit Marketing & FruitFame.com, Canada. James has been appointed Director of Strategic Global Development for Jackfruit Marketing & FruitFame.com. FruitFame.com allows people to share individual/group success stories within the international education industry, and Jackfruit Marketing specialises in recruitment and retention strategies. James will be responsible for new and existing business development opportunities and partnerships for both companies globally. With more than 15 years of progressive international management and leadership experience, James is most recognised for his recent work as Executive Director of Halifax Language Institute of Canada. He has also held roles as business instructor and academic/international director.

Frank Merendino

Moved within/to: INTO University Partnerships
On: May 2017

INTO University Partnerships, US. Frank has been appointed Director, Business Development and Partnerships for North America at INTO University Partnerships. In this role, Frank works closely with prospective university partners and international education organisations. Frank has spent the past decade working in international education at universities, a non-profit professional association, and organisations that focus on expanding institutional capacity via public-private partnerships. Frank got his start in the field as an international student advisor at Miami University. He then transitioned to international student recruitment and partnership development at the University of Cincinnati. Frank went on to work in partnership development for NAFSA: Association of International Educators and Shorelight Education.


Eumari Bonilla Cartier

Moved within/to: Absolute Internship
On: April 2017

Absolute Internship, Spain. Eumari has joined Absolute Internship in Barcelona, an internship program matching students with exciting opportunities in elite cities around the world. As General Manager, her role will focus on leading the team for growth and development of the Absolute Internship brand across operations in Asia and Europe. Over the past 12 years, Eumari has held different leadership roles in sales, marketing, management and recruitment within the international education industry (EF, Berlitz) as well as in travel and telecommunications. Having worked in South America, North America and Europe, she is excited to help young students see the world.

David Newton

Moved within/to: Stafford House International
On: March 2017

Stafford House International, UK. David has recently been appointed as Managing Director, Stafford House International. Relocating from Australia to the UK, he brings over 20 years’ experience in international education, most recently working within the private higher education sector for both Kaplan and Laureate, in Australia. After three years in Australia, David is very happy to be returning to the EFL industry where he has previously worked as Divisional Manager for OISE, responsible for seven schools in the UK, US and Australia. Prior to this, he directed summer programs for Pilgrims, Canterbury for many years as well as teaching and training for eight years in Turkey.

Najah Hussein

Moved within/to: Embassy English
On: May 2017

Embassy English, UK. Najah has been appointed Centre Director at Embassy English in Cambridge. She has a long history and wealth of experience in the English language industry, and holds an MA and BA in English Language and Literature, as well as Cambridge English Language teaching qualifications. She has previously taught in Jordan, Kuwait and the UK. Her experience in the industry includes teaching, student services and centre management. She has spent the last five years working as Principal of Regent Cambridge, and she is looking forward to continuing her dedication to EFL students at Embassy English Cambridge.

Neha Pai

Moved within/to: Aalto University Executive Education
On: May 2017

Aalto University Executive Education, Singapore. Neha has been appointed as the Regional Account Director at Aalto University EE, Singapore campus. As part of the APAC team, she is responsible for managing an extensive portfolio of executive education programs and implementing a comprehensive strategy to drive institutional growth and create new business opportunities. She has around 20 years of experience in international education and previously held the role of a Global Director with a business school managing internationalisation and student enrolments out of Asia, Australia and the Middle East. She has also been a consultant for organisations within higher education.

Michael Parris

Moved within/to: Kings Education
On: May 2017

Kings Education, Thailand. Michael has been appointed to the newly created position of Development Director at Kings Education. In this role, he will support the Kings regional recruitment teams to boost UK and US enrolment growth while also playing a major part in a variety of Kings development projects. With a career spanning 20 years, Michael has held senior positions at Chichester College, CEG and most recently Astrum Education, and is a well-known and respected figure within the sector. He is very excited to be joining Kings at such an interesting time in their development and is looking forward to the new challenge.


Jacqueline Kassteen

Moved within/to: FruitFame.com
On: April 2017

FruitFame.com, UK. Jackie has launched her second company, FruitFame.com, enabling education professionals to showcase success stories that move the needle in marketing, recruitment, enrolment and retention, and share a more personal, transparent and authentic story about how they achieved success. Jackie also runs Jackfruit Marketing, a consultancy, project management and training company, providing marketing expertise in the international education industry. She gives training sessions and interactive masterclasses, and is a regular plenary speaker. Jackie also launched ICEF Monitor, and has over 15 years of marketing experience in international education, student travel, publishing, lead generation, retail and financial services.

Rachel Lindsey

Moved within/to: Languages Canada
On: May 2017

Languages Canada, Canada. Rachel has joined Languages Canada as Director of International Affairs and Operations. She joins the role with 15 years of experience in international education, development and trade. Most recently, Rachel held the position of Senior Analyst with Universities Canada’s international relations team, where she was the lead on strategic international partnerships and projects in key markets such as Brazil, Mexico and India, as well as the oversight of Universities Canada’s national network of International Liaison Officers. In her new role, Rachel will oversee all endeavours in international relations and marketing for the association. She will also be responsible for operations including human resources and project management and coordination.


Dan Teo

Moved within/to: Student.com
On: April 2017

Student.com, China. Dan has joined Student.com as Director of Sales Operations in China, and will focus on overseeing the company’s China bookings and customer service team. Dan has more than a decade of experience in a variety of fields such as contact centre management, operations and customer service. Prior to joining Student.com, Dan was Director of Operations – Greater China at Club Med and has previously held senior roles at Booking.com, having worked there for more than six years.


Marnie Watson

Moved within/to: ACG Education
On: April 2017

ACG Education, Singapore. Marnie has joined ACG Education as their Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, responsible for driving growth and excellence across recruitment, admissions and marketing. Marnie has 20 years of experience in international education, most recently working for Study Group as their UK & Europe Global Sales Director, and prior to that as their Global Sales Transformation Director. She has also previously worked for the University of New South Wales Foundation program, based in both Jakarta and Sydney. Marnie has opened ACG Education’s new office in Singapore, giving ACG a significantly greater leadership presence in Asia.

Marcelo Credidio

Moved within/to: University of Auckland
On: May 2017

The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Marcelo has been appointed the International Manager for the University of Auckland Business School. As part of the International Office team, he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to support the university’s internationalisation goals. Marcelo brings 15 years of experience in international education, working in business development, marketing and student recruitment roles out of Brazil, Australia and New Zealand. In his most recent role, Marcelo was the Sales Manager for CCEL, the official English language pathway provider at the University of Canterbury, where he led the marketing and student recruitment team, and worked closely with partner education agencies around the world.

Caroline Levesque

Moved within/to: FPP EDU Media
On: April 2017

FPP EDU Media, US. Caroline has joined FPP EDU Media as the Regional Director for Canada and the US. She previously held roles as the Business Development Manager for ICEF in Eastern Canada, and as the Marketing and Recruitment Officer for La Cité universitaire francophone at the University of Regina. Caroline comes to FPP with 11 years’ experience in communication, marketing and student recruitment. She speaks French, English and Spanish, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Université de Montréal, and a Master’s in Human Resource Management from the University of Regina. Caroline will be key to the continued growth of FPP’s Canadian and US client bases.

Jane Longmore

Moved within/to: University of Chichester
On: May 2017

University of Chichester, UK. Jane has been appointed as vice-chancellor of the University of Chichester. She is a Professor of Urban History, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association. Jane co-chaired the most recent QAA Subject Benchmarking Group for History, and is actively engaged with the Higher Education Academy. Most recently, Jane was a member of the Expert Group, advising on the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework, and also co-convenes the HE Employer Apprenticeship trailblazer: a national consortium of over 70 HEIs and related organisations. Jane moves from Southampton Solent University, having held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic).

Luke Sikorski

Moved within/to: Study Group
On: April 2017

Study Group, US. Luke has been promoted to Senior Manager, Global Product & Business Development for Study Group USA, serving a hybrid role between the Embassy English and Higher Education North America divisions. In this role, he will be vital in developing new opportunities that utilise the strengths of both divisions as well as being part of Higher Education North America’s business development team. Luke has been with Study Group for seven years, serving primarily in Embassy English, Study Group’s language education division. He has held roles managing admissions, North America recruitment, and global product where he has played a key role in expanding pathway initiatives across the globe.

Ellen Gourmand

Moved within/to: London School of Business and Finance
On: March 2017

London School of Business and Finance, UK. Ellen has been appointed as LSBF’s Business Developer, responsible for the executive programmes. She started working in the industry in 2009 as a Sales Consultant at CI in Brazil. After moving to London in 2011, Ellen joined Kaplan International Education, starting as a Customer Care Advisor for Brazilian direct bookings, and moving on to the agents’ department. She undertook various roles including Sales Advisor (Brazil) and Sales & Marketing Manager for Western Europe. In her new role, Ellen will work alongside business development mangers to promote the courses, and target universities to establish partnerships and private companies seeking corporate training.