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Michelle Liu

Moved within/to: Grok Global Services
On: July 2021

Grok Global Services, Global. Michelle Liu has been promoted within Grok Global, to the role of Executive Director – China / Head of Advisory & Partnerships. Michelle joined Grok Global in 2009 and has been a very successful Head of Advisory. She has become a trusted advisor on the international education sector, helping Ambassadors, Ministries of Education, and countless education institutions to set their global education strategies. Michelle has also worked with many universities in the management of their global engagements and program office teams, as well as with the formation of academic partnerships in Asia. While Michelle will continue to lead the Advisory and Partnerships function, in her new role as Executive Director for China, she will manage Grok’s presence in this key geography, ensuring the China entity continues to operate smoothly, and develop Grok’s relationships with the wider international education ecosystem in China.

Octave Auger

Moved within/to: upGrad
On: June 2021

upGrad, Global. Octave Auger has joined upGrad as VP for Growth. With a strong track record leading the growth of some of the most successful scale-ups in Europe such as Paddle, GoCardless, and Skrill, Octave is passionate about lifelong education and upskilling. At upGrad, he will oversee marketing and communications, including brand building across social media, PR and events, growth-driving initiatives across bought, earned, and owned channels and improving the end-to-end customer journey. “With a huge global demand for outcome-driven, lifelong learning upGrad’s blend of unique content and engaging technology could help a new standard for higher education,” he said. “upGrad occupies a unique space in the market by combining the excellence of academic education with the real-world knowledge from industry experts, offering a fantastic springboard to help universities reach more global students and help these students reach the career outcomes they desire. I look forward to driving this growth across the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.”

 

Tom Atkinson

Moved within/to: upGrad
On: June 2021

Upgrad, Global. Tom Atkinson has joined online higher education company upGrad as VP for Sales and Partnerships. Based in the UK, Tom brings with him a wealth of experience in international expansion, having led the successful sales growth of edtech businesses ITPM and Ducere Global Business School. At upGrad he will be responsible for increasing the business’s foothold in the UK, Europe and Middle East. This will include launching upGrad’s B2C arm in the region, developing industry partnerships across sectors and creating innovative new B2B offerings. “upGrad has huge growth ambitions and I am joining at an exciting time as we make further inroads in the UK,” he said. “The UK is synonymous with quality education, and we are poised to help UK universities reap the benefits by exporting services to geographies all over the world where demand is high. It couldn’t be a better time to help our new partners unlock this potential.”

 

Paul Boyle

Moved within/to: Jisc
On: May 2021

Jisc, UK. Vice-chancellor of Swansea University Paul Boyle took over as the new chair of the UK’s technology body for tertiary education, Jisc, earlier this year. Previously, Paul has been president and VC of the University of Leicester and chief executive of the Economic and Social Research Council, the international champion of Research Councils UK, and president of Science Europe. “I am very pleased to be joining Jisc at this critical time for the higher and further education sectors,” he said. “The digital platforms that underpin our educational and research needs have never been more important, and the opportunity for Jisc to build upon its longstanding reputation is clear.” Paul has been a Jisc trustee since January 2021, and succeeds David Maguire as Jisc chair. “Paul Boyle inherits a robust, forward-thinking organisation of which I am extraordinarily proud,” David added, following his six-year tenure.

David Laird

Moved within/to: ICS London
On: April 2021

ICS London, UK. ICS London welcomed David Laird as new Head of School in April. David moved to Globeducate’s ICS London from Lisbon, after his role as Founding Principal of a brand new international school in the city. With more than 20 years of experience in both the UK and international education sector, David is a passionate leader with a drive to develop outstanding schools. In the early part of his teaching career, he was seconded as an advisory teacher. After moving abroad, he eventually began working for Nord Anglia Education, first as Head of Primary for the British School of Guangzhou, and later as Principal for The British School of Beijing.  As a parent himself, David firmly believes that a good education is the greatest gift we can give our children, providing them with the right tools they need to succeed in life. He explains that the mission at ICS London is to provide an innovative approach to education, inspiring each and every student to discover their strengths within a community of future leaders.

Dean Spears

Moved within/to: CUBO
On: July 2021

College and University Business Officers, UK. CUBO has announced the appointment of Dean Spears as a new Board member to help guide the organisation’s strategic development with a specific focus on Housing Codes and Standards. As Director of Facilities: Campus & Commercial Services, Sport & Science Park at University of York, Dean has joined the CUBO Board to take responsibility for the Housing Codes and Standards Portfolio. He will represent CUBO as a member of the UUK Accommodation Code Governance Board, as well as the ANUK Code Committee of Management and the British Property Federation Student Housing Committee. “I have joined the CUBO Governing Board of Directors to support, champion and support our thousands of colleagues working in the commercial and campus services sectors in higher and further education in the UK and Ireland,” Dean said.

Cara Skikne

Moved within/to: StudyPortals
On: July 2021

Studyportals, Global. Cara Skikne has been appointed as Senior Editor at edtech platform Studyportals. This appointment seeks to enhance Studyportals’ long-established role as a thought leader in the international education space. Studyportals is the world’s leading study-choice platform for 50 million students, and Cara will play a role in sharing digital recruitment student insights and analysis with the industry. She will also work closely with Studyportals’ Advisory Boards towards the Studyportals mission of making study choice transparent globally.Cara has a background in Journalism and Communications. She was a Chevening Scholar and has an MBA from Oxford University, where she co-chaired the Media and Marketing Oxford Business Network. She says, “I believe in making access to universities more inclusive, rather than exclusive, and see access to quality information for candidates as essential in this mission.”

Ryan Henderson

Moved within/to: LH Global Group
On: July 2021

LH Global Group, Global. LH Global Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Henderson to the position of Group Chief Executive Officer. Based mostly in LH Global’s London office, Ryan opened the European division of LH Global in 2019 in his former role of UK General Manager. Ryan has now stepped up to meet the challenge of overseeing the group’s extensive global presence, overseeing the existing China, US, Australian, Malaysian and Bhutanese offices as well as the UK. He has a long and impressive pedigree in international education leadership across diverse regions. Having himself lived and worked overseas for around a decade, his passion for “facilitating learning without borders, and migration without barriers” is notoriously contagious and his understanding of British education has helped to further open up the UK and EU to increasing numbers of students and families from all over the world. A former teacher himself at a prestigious international school in Shenzhen, China, Ryan believes in British Education and understands the obstacles and adventure overseas applicants face when migrating to access it.

Rachel Hewitt

Moved within/to: MillionPlus
On: August 2021

MillionPlus, UK. MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities in the UK, has appointed Rachel Hewitt as Chief Executive. Currently Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute, Rachel has also held a number of roles at the Higher Education Statistics Agency, focused on policy and governance. Rachel also serves as an independent governor on the governing body of Leeds Beckett University. Her energy, drive and commitment will be a “huge asset” to MillionPlus, said the organisation’s chair and Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University Rama Thirunamachandran. “She brings to the role a wealth of experience of the higher education policy landscape and I know she will articulate a brilliant vision and a strong voice for MillionPlus and modern universities,” he said. Rachel is excited to join MillionPlus at a crucial time amid a vital conversation around building back better and beyond by levelling up across the UK. “With deep roots in their communities and decades of experience pioneering cutting-edge skills and driving growth and innovation, modern universities must absolutely be at the heart of that conversation,” she said.

 

May Arthur

Moved within/to: M Square Media
On: June 2021

M Square Media, Global. May Arthur has been appointed Vice President of MSM’s Global Marketing Office. In the role, she will help strengthen the company’s business development outreach, in addition to helping promote and preserve the premium, value-adding services provided to each GMO partner institution, particularly in the USA where she is currently based. May is a seasoned international education business executive with over 27 years of experience. She has held several leadership roles dedicated to growing and retaining the international student population at partner universities. Her broad areas of expertise include business development, organisational leadership, strategic planning, and global operations. She excels at developing and supporting partnerships with universities and managing global recruitment initiatives.

 

Andrew Disbury

Moved within/to: M Square Media
On: June 2021

M Square Media, Global. International education platform MSM has appointed Andrew Disbury as President of MSM in the United Kingdom, setting a key role for him to expand its business in the major international education market. Before being appointed in January 2020 as Vice President of MSM UK, Andrew served as a member of the MSM International Advisory Board. In the new role Andrew will engage partner institutions in the MSM Global Marketing Office model, which builds global or in-country offices providing dedicated teams on the ground, agent management, lead generation and enquiry management, application pre-screening, and student and parent support. In the UK and Europe region, he will also be the face of MSM’s foray in edtech-based recruitment via MSM Unify. He has  spent 35 years in education leadership and management roles in international education in China, India, Scotland, and England.

Suneetha Qureshi

Moved within/to: M Square Media
On: June 2021

M Square Media, Global. Suneetha Qureshi has been promoted to the role of President of MSM’s Global Marketing Office, the company has announced. Previously, she had served as the Vice President-Global for the MSM segment, which currently serves about 45 higher education institutions in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and other countries worldwide. As president of the MSM GMO segment, Suneetha will fortify its business development outreach globally, particularly in the face of MSM’s foray in edtech-based recruitment via MSM Unify. She will preserve the premium, value-adding services provided to each GMO partner institution, including dedicated teams on the ground, agent management, lead generation and inquiry management, application pre-screening, and student and parent support through pioneering pre-departure briefing sessions. She has more than 10 years of experience in the international education sector and a strong  track record of successfully launching the representative offices in Asia and Africa of many North American and European HEIs, with key strengths in hiring, training, and developing dedicated in-country college and university client teams.

 

Mark Rendell

Moved within/to: English UK
On: June 2021

English UK, UK. Mark Rendell has been elected the new chair of the English UK Board of Trustees. Mark, the CEO of International House London since 2019, has been in ELT for 28 years, teaching in Poland, Saudi Arabia, and China before working at English UK and then moving to become principal of St Giles International London Central. Mark was deputy chief executive of English UK for six years to 2011, becoming a trustee and director in 2016 and serving as vice-chair for the last three years. He was also chair of English UK London, and is currently a trustee and director of the IH World Organisation, a member of the Accreditation UK board and a member of the Cambridge Assessment Standards Committee. “I believe our Association has the ability to help our industry, our organisations, and our students to continue to improve, to foster resilience and to prosper,” he said. “I want the UK to welcome international students again, to actively target growth, and for the country to be regarded as the world’s premier ELT destination.”

Shoko Doherty

Moved within/to: English UK
On: June 2021

English UK, UK. Shoko Doherty will be the new vice-chair of the English UK Board of Trustees. Shoko, CEO of Celtic English Academy in Cardiff, first came to the UK as an international student from Japan and honed her English language skills during her university studies. She has worked in ELT for 17 years – in most roles except teaching. Shoko joined the English UK board in 2017, the English UK Enterprises board in 2020, and was vice chair of English UK Wales, the association she helped to set up six years ago. She has been heavily involved with various tourism and international relations projects with stakeholders in Wales and overseas. She was a Leading Wales Awards Finalist for Women in Leadership in 2018. “I truly believe that the UK is one of the best ELT destinations,” she said. “I experienced it myself as an international student, and I want many more students from around the world to have their life-changing experiences here with us, studying at an English UK member centre.”

Karen Spens

Moved within/to: AMBA & BGA
On: June 2021

The Association of MBAs and Business Graduates Association, Global. AMBA & BGA has appointed Rector of Hanken Karen Spens as a new Trustee as it seeks to enhance its International Management Board. At Hanken, Karen leads operations and is responsible for the economical, efficient and effective discharge of the university mission. She appoints most of the faculty and staff, admits students for degree studies, and decides on matters that, in accordance with Acts, Decrees or internal regulations, are not to be decided by any other administrative body of the School. She is also Professor of Supply Chain Management and Corporate Geography at Hanken. “I am truly honoured and happy to join such a distinguished board,” Karen said. “I look forward to working with colleagues in our joint effort of making AMBA and BGA even stronger, and responding to global business and societal challenges innovatively and responsibly.” Prior to becoming Rector, Professor Spens served as Hanken’s Dean of Education between 2010 and 2015.

 

Ryan Fong

Moved within/to: Springboard
On: June 2021

Springboard, US. Ryan Fong has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of online learning platform Springboard. In his role as CFO, Fong brings nearly two decades of experience as a strategist, operator and finance leader, across a diverse range of organisations and Ed Tech companies, including Yahoo!, Microsoft and Udacity. “Springboard has already established itself as a leader in the online learning space, and the company is uniquely positioned to succeed in the current landscape,” Ryan said. “I look forward to applying my knowledge and experience to scale financial growth for the company.” Earlier this year, Springboard joined the Microsoft Accelerate program as a national partner, focused on tackling unemployment and the digital skills divide in metropolitan areas by providing technology skills development opportunities for underserved communities. Springboard saw over 200% year-over-year growth in enrolments in 2020.

 

 

Andrew Moers

Moved within/to: Springboard
On: June 2021

Springboard, US. Andrew Moers has joined Springboard as President, Consumer Business as the online learning specialist looks to bring  in additional leadership and growth expertise. As President, Consumer Business, Andrew brings over 20 years of executive leadership experience to Springboard, having driven rapid growth and business expansion throughout his career. Andrew spent a decade as President of a several-hundred million dollar business unit at digital conglomerate IAC, and subsequently served in business unit management, CMO and strategic growth roles at Talkspace and Blue Apron, two pioneering direct-to-consumer digital brands. “I’m thrilled to join Springboard in its mission to bridge the world’s skills gap, and I look forward to working alongside its talented team to accelerate the business and transform lives through Springboard’s unique, human-guided online learning programs,” he said.

Kate Owen

Moved within/to: UPP
On: April 2021

University Partnerships Programme, UK. UPP has appointed Kate Owen as Chief Marketing Officer and a member of its Executive Leadership Team. Kate will lead UPP’s marketing and communications strategy and will be responsible for corporate marketing and brand management, corporate affairs and public relations, sector engagement and employee communications. She will also help drive forward our commitment to ESG. She has a wealth of experience across multiple sectors and has previously worked across both B2B and B2C marketing in business leading roles with major brands. She is a highly successful marketing leader with a strong track record of designing and implementing award winning marketing and communications strategies and transformation initiatives delivering significant growth. “UPP is unique in its approach to on-campus purpose built student accommodation and I am looking forward to working across the UPP organisation, with our partners, students and other stakeholders to deliver UPP’s strategic ambitions,” Kate said.

Ginette Gervais

Moved within/to: Hermes Colleges Network
On: May 2021

Hermes Colleges Network, Canada. Ginette Gervais has been appointed President, Hermes Colleges Network  following a rigorous, thorough process conducted by the HCN’s board. Ginette Gervais is a leader in international education in Quebec. In 1989, she became the owner of Collège Salette, in Montréal. She later sold to ESMA, an educational group based in France, and became the group’s Vice-President, North America, a position she occupied from 2017 until 2020. She has been widely involved in the world of education at the association, vocational and technical training, collegial and ministerial levels. She is Commissioner on Québec’s Advisory Commission on Private Education, and Chair of the Quebec Association of private non-subsidized colleges. She has represented Québec on the National Association of Career Colleges Board since 2010 and served as the chair from 2014-2016. In 2013, Ginette received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to honor her significant contributions in education.

Andrew Cook

Moved within/to: Goodwall
On: May 2021

Goodwall, Switzerland. Andrew joins Goodwall as the Partnership Lead for Higher Education. Goodwall is the professional development platform designed to guide young talent as they navigate the future of learning and earning. It is an inclusive community where talent is inspired and empowered to reach their full potential and impact society positively. Andrew is no stranger to edtech, having started his Higher Education career as a Relationship Manager at SchoolApply in Dubai, before moving into a recruitment position at the University of Stirling, where he is from. Most recently, Andrew was the Senior Marketing Officer at an international school in Scotland. Andrew is very much looking forward to working alongside universities who are looking to empower youth on a global scale.

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