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Recent Movers & Shakers

Derrik Karst

Moved within/to: StudyPortals
On: June 2022

Studyportals, Global. Studyportals recently welcomed Derrik Karst as senior vice president of partnerships for EMEA. He will be responsible for building relationships with universities and helping them spotlight their programs to be discovered by students around the world. Speaking of his new role, Derrik said: “I’m passionate about building transparency and student-empowerment in education. At Studyportals, I get to help over 52 million students explore programs and make informed choices every year.” This opportunity builds on more than a decade of experience in international education and edtech. Previously, Derrik led international growth and school partnerships for eduFair China, a Chinese education platform for student recruitment. Having lived and worked in the United States, China, and Europe, he brings an international perspective with a strong network across the education sector. Derrik has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor in Economics from Westminster College, Utah. He is based in Madrid, Spain.

Alexandra Korda

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: June 2022

Oxford International Education Group, UK. Alexandra Korda has been appointed by OIEG as its new chief marketing officer. Alex brings broad international marketing and product experience to help assist and accelerate OIEG’s ambitious digital growth plans. She has previously held UK and international roles at Orange, Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy UK, as well as global loyalty technology provider cxLoyalty/Tenerity. With over 20 years’ cross-sector experience, Alex’s expertise in harnessing data to better analyse customer behaviour will strengthen OIEG’s data-centric approach to transforming the Higher Education sector. This aligns with its broader ambition to provide outstanding educational opportunities across a range of student markets. Alex said of her new role: “I’m excited to be joining OIEG at such a pivotal moment in the organisation’s history as it continues to nurture its digital growth portfolio, but also in terms of the direction and opportunities of the Higher Education sector in a post-Covid world.”

Tom Davis

Moved within/to: David Game College Group
On: April 2022

David Game College, UK. Lila* Liverpool and David Game College have announced that Tom Davis has been appointed as principal of the new David Game College Liverpool. Tom brings a wealth of educational leadership and management experience following nearly 16 years in the legal and business education sector, during which time he was dean of three law and business schools in the UK and in Ireland, he moved to languages as school director of the EF Manchester Campus, guiding the school on a path of renewed growth and success even whilst dealing with the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Tom said: “I am so excited to be part of this unique partnership between David Game and Lila, bringing the opportunity for students in this vibrant city to realise their ambitions with the very special learning environment that we will be offering – I can’t wait to see what successes our students go on to enjoy.”

Vanessa Goulding

Moved within/to: ICEF GMBH
On: March 2022

ICEF, Global. ICEF have made public that Vanessa Goulding has begun in her post as its business development manager for North America.Vanessa has worked within the international education, marketing, sales, and media industries over the past 10 years, and despite her new post, Vanessa is not new to ICEF. While previously working as the director of international admissions at a Canadian IB World School for the last six years, she would attend dozens of ICEF events herself to build her extensive agency network and recruit international students to the school. This has given her a personal understanding of the value that ICEF brings to the international education industry, as she now works to support US and Canadian educators working with agencies.

Justin Wood

Moved within/to: ApplyBoard
On: June 2022

Applyboard, Canada. ApplyBoard is delighted to announce the appointment of Justin Wood as director of partner relations for UK and Ireland.  He will bring his strategic and operational leadership to the Partner Relations team in delivering on client success with partners in the region. Justin joins ApplyBoard directly from his role at Coventry University as Director of International Recruitment, where he led one of the most successful, innovative international student recruitment functions in the UK. When asked about why he chose this role with ApplyBoard, Justin stated: “British and Irish universities are unparalleled in their transformational offer to international students but we face new and resurgent global competition as the world reopens in the wake of the pandemic. I’ve joined ApplyBoard because their talent and tech are second to none, making the company unique in its ability to deliver student centred, sustainable growth for institutions. Can’t wait to get stuck in with passionate and committed colleagues across the sector.”


Amit Sevak

Moved within/to: ETS
On: April 2022

ETS, Global. Amit Sevak announced that he has officially joined ETS as their new CEO. As CEO of ETS, Amit leads the world’s largest private educational assessment organisation. Amit has been a driving force in education, learning and workforce development around the globe. Throughout his career his transformational leadership consistently led to innovation, better learning and improved job prospects for hundreds of thousands of students and workers around the world. Amit has been a coach for edtech CEOs, served on nonprofit boards, and in 2017, he founded Mindset Global, an education investment firm. Amit earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Chicago and earned his master’s in business administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School. “I believe in the transformative power of education,” said Amit. “That is why I have dedicated my career to this field. And that is why I feel privileged to serve as the President and CEO of ETS.”

Preethi John

Moved within/to: University College London
On: April 2022

University College London, UK. Preethi John has joined the UCL Global Business School for Health (GBSH) as an associate professor and deputy director of the MBA Health programme. After ten years at Chitkara University in Punjab, and launching a Women in Global Health India Chapter, she received the Harvard LEAD Fellowship; the only Asian recipient in the 2021 cohort to do so, before making the move to UCL GBSH. Preethi said of her new role: “I will be able open up a much bigger world to the students than what they have probably been exposed to before in the healthcare system. There are gaps in HR in healthcare, but I do not think there is enough evidence out there, so I hope to do more research to uncover this evidence as well as what evidence we can do better in HR in healthcare management. I also hope to contribute in developing more resilient HR, so that they’re not only capable of addressing their work, but also take care of themselves and face whatever life throws at us.”

Nikki Eatchel

Moved within/to: Prometric
On: June 2022

Prometric, US. Prometric has announced Nikki Eatchel as its new chief assessment officer. Nikki will lead the Prometric Test Development Services consulting practice to ensure the delivery and quality of test development and psychometric services to test sponsor clients and oversee Prometric’s growth and innovation strategy across exam products. She will join Dr. Li-Ann Kuan, who will remain in her current role as SVP of Test Development Services. Together, Nikki and Li-Ann will continue building and refining test development growth strategies. Prior to joining Prometric, Nikki served as the chief learning officer at Mursion, a virtual reality organisation designed to provide immersive, simulated practice and candidate evaluation for essential skills in the workplace. Speaking of her new role, Nikki said: “It is exciting to see how much the assessment industry has evolved in the last few years, and I look forward to taking on this new role to ensure we are delivering innovative, accessible, and quality assessments to serve our clients around the globe.”

Roy Nishimura

Moved within/to: BROWNS English Language School
On: May 2022

BROWNS English, Australia. Roy Nishimura has been appointed recruitment director at BROWNS English Language School, returning after a year and a half in a self-employed capacity and as a marketing manager at IH Sydney Training Services. Roy spent 11 years working for BROWNS as a recruitment marketing manager for Japan and South East Asia, and then as a recruitment marketing director for the same region. Roy will mainly be looking after Asian markets and be based at the school’s Brisbane campus, but will be “happy to assist and support you with any of you recruitment and marketing needs”.  Speaking of his new role, Roy said: “I am very thrilled to announce I have just returned back to BROWNS English Language School – where I worked for over 11 years between October 2009 and January 2021 and built-up great relationships with our education agetns and partners. I would love to grow the business with you all once again and cannot wait to fill the campus full of students.”

Jess Goldsworthy

Moved within/to: UKLC
On: May 2022

UKLC, UK. Jess Goldsworthy has joined the head office team at UKLC. After many years in the industry, she is a well-known face to many of UKLC’s agents and a “safe pair of hands”. She has been appointed as the sales and marketing manager and has “hit the ground running” in May. She will be responsible for UKLC summer and year-round junior sales and is looking forward to seeing it in action for the first time. Jess came from a teaching background and spent several years working in sales and operations at the Liverpool School of English. A representative of UKLC said of Jess’ new appointment: “She recently had some time off over Covid and after the birth of her son. She is happy to be back in the swing of things as the industry opens up again and junior groups return and we feel very lucky to have her on board.”

Andy Harrison

Moved within/to: PSI
On: January 2022

PSI Skills for English, Global. In January, Andy Harrison assumed the role of business development and recognition manager for PSI Services LLC. In the role, he is responsible for building HEI, corporate and governmental recognition of the Skills for English branch of the company. Bringing with him 15 years’ experience working with exam boards, Andy will be responsible for leading the UK team to build HEI, corporate, and governmental recognition of Skills for English, a UVKI approved suite of English language tests delivered in partnership between the Scottish Qualifications Authority and PSI. Previous to his appointment at PSI, Andy was at LanguageCert, where was the business development manager for language qualifications, and also spent 10 years in various roles at Trinity College London, as both a business development manager, where he was tasked with maximising candidature across a portfolio of English language (HE, FE & private) and drama (private & secondary education) assessments, and previously an operations coordinator.

Brittani Smit

Moved within/to: IES Abroad
On: June 2022

IES Abroad, Global. It was recently announced that Brittani Smit, Ph.D., has been appointed as associate VP of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism of IES Abroad as of June 1.  Brittani has extensive experience in developing and delivering high impact international education experiences in South Africa, having recently served as the resident director for South Africa programs for Arcadia University’s College of Global Studies, as well as student life manager & academic coordinator for the CIEE Global Institute in Cape Town. Brittani has also led diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism programming and training for educational institutions and corporations throughout the U.S. and the EMEA region. Brittani said of her new role: “Studying abroad gave me a broader perspective on my own experiences and opened my eyes to the global manifestations of the systemic inequities I noticed in my local community in the U.S. I believe these life-changing opportunities should be accessible to all students. I am excited to join IES Abroad and continue building on the strong foundation of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism work that has been established thus far.”

Donatienne Hissard

Moved within/to: Campus France
On: May 2022

Campus France, France. Former deputy director of sustainable development at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), Donatienne Hissard, was appointed director general of Campus France “by decree of the President of the Republic” on May 11, 2022. She succeeds Olivier Chiche- Portiche, who had served as interim CEO since the end of the second term of Béatrice Khaiat, CEO from 2015 to March 2022. A specialist in Asia and global issues, Donatienne has 22 years of experience in diplomacy and international cooperation professions in France and abroad (Belgium, China, Italy). She brings a “diversified experience of sustainable development”, governance of international organisations and strategic management of public institutions, human resources and management. Speaking of her new role, Donatienne said: “I am honored and delighted to take the helm of such a professional agency as Campus France at an exciting time when the upheaval in international student mobility flows, under the effect of the COVID 19 and growing challenges in terms of sustainable development, education and influence on the international scene, push us to reinvent ourselves”.

Lisa Phillipps

Moved within/to: The PIE
On: May 2022

The PIE, Global. Lisa Phillipps is welcomed to the PIE’s “excellent but lesser-known” executive search service, where she will be covering the maternity leave of Hadil El-Agami.  Lisa has led senior executive search predominantly in International K-12 for the last two years, focusing on non-academic leadership roles.  This builds on her history of leading a 1200 pupil school’s non-academic function and working internationally on school investments during her time at International Schools Partnership.  Lisa lived and worked in Abu Dhabi for 5 years and brings a great network and understanding of the Middle East education landscape.  She also brings 22 years of business services experience grounded in finance initially and coupled with education over the last decade.  Lisa’s experience gives her a keen eye for building teams which will work well together and deliver excellence.

Jaime Abad-Caldeiro

Moved within/to: Globeducate
On: February 2022

Globeducate, Spain. Globeducate recently welcomed Jaime Abad Caldeiro to a newly created role as marketing and admissions manager for Globeducate, expanding the leading K12 international schools group with 55+premium bilingual and international schools, and online programmes, in nine countries. Jaime joined the Globeducate team in February 2022, following 13 years working and living in the UK, Ireland and Finland. He has previously worked in the education sector with Kaplan International, offering English, French and German courses in eight countries to more than 40,000 students, and has recently been working with DAIL Software and a number of start-up enterprises leading on marketing and sales projects including branding, storytelling, marketing automation, social media, websites, marketing content and design.

Ricardo Morgado

Moved within/to: Globeducate
On: January 2022

Globeducate, Spain. Globeducate has welcomed Ricardo Morgado to a newly created role as director of marketing and admissions for its expanding team in Portugal. Ricardo joined the Globeducate Portugal team in January 2022, following eight years working in a similar role in Laureate International Universities. Prior to that he had a career in the finance/banking sector. Ricardo is a postgraduate by IESE and IMD, focusing on marketing and aales after an education background in finance. Ricardo said of his new role at Globeducate: “Portugal has all of the ingredients for a person like me: ambition, passion, challenging the market, to become a leader in education. It is a project that will have an impact in the community through our students and parents and an international environment. I am very proud to be part of this amazing journey with Globeducate and with our growing team in Portugal.”

Julie Khalil

Moved within/to: Wellspring International Education
On: April 2022

Wellspring International Education, Global. Julie Khalil has joined Wellspring International as the deputy regional director, MENA. Having worked in the education sector for over 10 years, she started her career in higher education at Kaplan International Pathways where she completed a “wonderful” 6 years, building and maintaining relationships with agents and sponsors across the region. She then moved on to manage the marketing and recruitment team at Murdoch University Dubai and has spent the last Year and a half as an admissions manager for Repton School in Dubai. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Financial Management from the University of Westminster in the UK, and is currently based in Dubai, UAE. When not working, you will often find her with a book in hand. Julie said of her new role: “I am super excited for my new role at Wellspring International and cannot wait to see what the future holds for everyone involved!”

Kasia Cakala

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: May 2022

Oxford International Education Group, UK. Kasia Cakala has joined Oxford International Education Group as the head of educational pathways development. Kasia brings over 15 years of experience in international higher education sector, the last four spent with NCUK – University Consortium where she strengthened and expanded its progression pathway portfolio as Head of UK Universities having been promoted from university partnerships manager. Prior to that, Kasia successfully lead on new TNE and collaborative partnerships development as international partnerships manager with Manchester Metropolitan University. Kasia’s professional experience is underpinned by in-depth academic understanding of the global higher education ecosystem complexities gained during her graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Fulbright alumnae. Kasia said of her new role: “I very much look forward to becoming part of OIEG as it grows its presence developing creative partnership solutions for universities. As we come out of the pandemic, building deep and meaningful partnerships within the sector will enable organisations to tap into new opportunities while weathering the challenges, old and new.”

Peter Holliday

Moved within/to: London Film School
On: May 2022

London Film School, UK. Peter Holliday has been appointed as the interim director at London Film School following the departure of Gisli Snaer, who steps down at the end of May. Peter started at LFS mid-May and taken over leadership as the Board of Governors lead the process to recruit a permanent successor. Peter has been a member of the Board at LFS for two years and has worked as an independent interim executive and consultant in Higher Education for more than 20 years, delivering strategic change in public and private education in the UK. He has held senior positions at London South Bank University, the University of Cumbria, the University of Salford, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Regent College London. Peter said of his new role: “I’ve worked alongside Gisli and the management team for several years now and seen first-hand the talent and hardworking nature of the London Film School students. I’m delighted to be part of the dedicated faculty and help bring to life the creativity of the enthusiasm of each of the students.”


Michael Francis

Moved within/to: Wellspring International Education
On: May 2022

Wellspring International Education, MENA. Michael Francis has been appointed regional director of marketing and recruitment for the Middle East and North Africa for Wellspring International Education. Michael is an accomplished & results-driven student recruitment director with over 10 years of professional experience within the field, building solid partnerships with agents, sponsors and high schools as well as enrolment management roles and leadership positions in student recruitment at leading educational institutions in both the UAE & Egypt. Currently based in Egypt, Michael has previously worked with several educational institutes including Hult International Business School, IDP Education, Study Group & lastly Coventry’s Branch Campus in Egypt. Michael graduated with a BA in Political Economy from Athabasca University in Alberta Canada.  Speaking about his new role at WellSpring Michael said, “I am very enthusiastic with my new role and leading a new team, there are lot of opportunities within the region and potential for Wellspring to lead in the MENA Region.”

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