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Recent Movers & Shakers

Nastja Pusic

Moved within/to: StudyPortals
On: January 2018

StudyPortals, UK. Nastja joined StudyPortals in January as Senior Business Account Manager. She is responsible for managing and building UKI key accounts and products, transitioning to the new and innovative Enrolment-Based Partnership and helping universities meet enrolment objectives by reaching a global audience and optimising their classrooms with best-fit students worldwide. Nastja has previously worked for INTO University Partnerships, undertaking several interim roles and working in many different areas, including strategy, research, business development, project management, intelligence and data analysis of global higher education trends and policies. Nastja brings many years’ of international higher education experience, knowledge and passion to StudyPortals on a mission “to make the education choice transparent, globally”.

Mike Carlisle

Moved within/to: Impact English College
On: February 2018

Impact English College, Australia. Mike Carlisle joins Impact English College as the Campus and Marketing Manager for the Brisbane school. Impact English College is an award-winning school in Melbourne & Brisbane, Australia, that provides a wide range of intensive and practical English language courses. His role will include overseeing the student recruitment for the Brisbane campus as well as ensuring the smooth day to day running of the school. Mike has over 10 years’ experience in international education in the UK with previous roles of General Manager at Delfin English School London and various roles within the OISE Group. This is Mike’s first role in Australia and he is looking forward to leading Impact English College Brisbane to the next stage of it’s development.

Jo Burns

Moved within/to: London School Group
On: February 2018

London School Group, UK. Jo Burns joined The London School Group in February as the new Director of Sales and Marketing to provide strategic guidance for the sales and digital marketing teams. Most recently, Jo provided executive leadership in marketing, sales and rebranding for iQ Student Accommodation, one of the UK’s largest university accommodation providers, co-owned by Wellcome Trust and Goldman Sachs. Jo also has significant media experience, culminating in her role as Head of Ecommerce at The Guardian, and an early career in gaming and hospitality, most notably running Mayfair’s Clermont Club. Multi-lingual, with a passion for continuous learning, Jo looks forward to building on the rich heritage of LSG and contributing to its growing success.

Bob Korzeniowski

Moved within/to: ELS Education Services
On: February 2018

ELS Education Services, Canada. Bob Korzeniowski has been appointed Managing Director of ELS Education Services in Canada. He has been working in international education for more than 25 years across several sectors in Canada and around the world, most recently managing international partnership relations at the University of British Columbia. He has lived and worked in Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia, and while living in Taiwan taught at a government college and studied Mandarin Chinese. Throughout his career he has continually built strong relationships with academic advisors, agency partners and public institutions around the world. Bob will focus on expanding ELS’s presence in Canada and around the world by continuing to grow their university pathways and create new opportunities to help students reach their academic goals.

 

 

Catrin Diamantino

Moved within/to: Bell English
On: April 2018

Bell English, UK. Catrin Diamantino joins Bell as Chief Executive Officer, bringing significant experience in the ELT sector to Bell, following a highly successful career with EC English Language Centres. A proven business leader, with exceptional international sales and marketing expertise, Catrin will lead Bell’s continued growth and diversification in the years ahead. Catrin’s extensive experience in the international education marketplace in a high-growth environment will be very valuable to the company. She will build on the legacy and vision of Frank Bell and contribute to building on Bell’s reputation for innovation and educational excellence.

Rupert Johnstone

Moved within/to: Sydney College of English
On: September 2017

Sydney College of English, Australia. Rupert Johnstone has joined Sydney College of English and sister school Access Language Centre as Group Principal, guiding SCE and ALC through the November 2017 acquisition by ZE Holdings Inc, one of Japan’s premium education companies. SCE is the first NEAS-accredited institution in Australia and a founding member of English Australia. Rupert has worked on education business transformation projects around the world for over 25 years, including a 15-plus year stint across four continents for leading global EFL provider (ELS). In recent years, Rupert has specialised in business transformation projects for hotel management, business, design and health providers in the Australian VET and HE space.

Pina Foti

Moved within/to: IALCA
On: March 2018

IALCA, Italy. Pina Foti, founder and director of the language travel agency ILS Study Abroad and of StudioItalia, Italian Language School, both in Rome, has been elected president of IALCA, during its AGM in February. She is taking over from Lorenzo Agati and will serve as President for the next three years. Pina has been already president of IALCA twice, from  2007 to 2009 and from 2010 to 2012. She wants to promote the crucial role of agents and language consultants toward students and emphasize the importance of partnerships with FELCA, GAELA, Embassies and the Educational Institutions to be based on clear and definite deontological principles.

Porine Chhor

Moved within/to: London School Group
On: January 2018

London School Group, UK. Porine joined the London School Group as Client Sales Manager. She is managing the French, Swiss and Spanish markets, liaising with educational agents as well as corporate and private clients. She has over 7 years’ experience in the language travel education and international mobility sector. Her previous roles include Sales Consultant for ESL Paris, Branch Manager for Boa Lingua Paris and CEI Dublin, and Operations Manager for Delfin English School London. She is proud to continue the school’s legacy and mission to help people to communicate successfully across borders and cultures in the London School Group’s new phase of development.

Tracy Harris

Moved within/to: RMIT University
On: December 2017

RMIT University, Australia. Tracy Harris joined RMIT University in December 2017 as the Executive Director, Global Development and Performance.  In this role Tracy is responsible for driving the development of the University’s international partnerships including the management of risk, and nurturing collaborative relations with partner institutions and internal stakeholders. Previously, Tracy was with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), including as ASEAN Education Commissioner, based in Singapore, where she was responsible for the marketing and promotion of Australian education and training within ASEAN. She was with the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations from 2004 to 2010, and prior to this Tracy worked for the University of Canberra.

Edson Olds

Moved within/to: ISEP Study Abroad
On: February 2018

ISEP Study Abroad, US. Edson Olds joins ISEP Study Abroad as the new Chief Marketing Officer. Edson will provide strategic leadership for the marketing, creative and recruiting teams of the not-for-profit membership organization based in Washington, D.C. Most recently, Edson provided executive leadership in marketing, sales and business development for two leading education companies focused on providing high quality personalized education to help students around the world reach their full potential. The CMO will play a key role by designing and leading a growth strategy to support ISEP’s mission and organizational strengths in global student mobility, academic quality, student inclusivity and a collaborative membership community.

Leigh Mcintyre

Moved within/to: Cambridge Education Group
On: February 2018

Cambridge Education Group, UK. After 4 years of working as Regional Sales Director Asia for Stafford House International, Leigh McIntyre has been promoted to Deputy Global Sales Director. The new role in the senior management team will support the company’s expanding sales team and strategic ambitions. Stafford House has expanded to ten schools across the UK, USA and Canada in the past four years and Leigh has eight years experience in sales within the education industry.  She is looking forward to taking Stafford House to the next level and continuing the exciting journey of growing a successful, dynamic and fun group of language schools.

Mark Callaghan

Moved within/to: Terra Dotta
On: February 2018

Terra Dotta, US. Mark Callaghan joins Terra Dotta, LLC, as an international sales representative based in the UK. Mark is responsible for worldwide business development to meet the rapidly growing interest in Terra Dotta solutions, the leader in global education software. Having spent most of his professional career in cities such as Dubai, Hong Kong, Mexico City and Bangkok, he has built a sound understanding of how to provide solutions to different cultures. Mark spent the last few years with an emergency assistance company, working with many clients to implement robust travel risk management solutions that fit the client’s travel demands.

Marty Bennett

Moved within/to: Hotcourses Group
On: February 2018

Hotcourses Group, US. Marty Bennett is an award-winning international educator with a career spanning 25 years. Since graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marquette University, Marty has directed international admissions efforts at five different institutions in the United States and England and traveled to recruit prospective students and their parents in 70 different countries. Additionally, his significant time with EducationUSA (the U.S. Department of State’s network of advising centers in 170 countries), British Council, and CollegeWeekLive provides a unique blend of experience within the complex world of international student mobility. Marty is currently an international recruitment consultant for Hotcourses Group’s partner institutions in North America.

Mike Oldham

Moved within/to: Pearson
On: February 2018

Pearson VUE, UK. Mike Oldham has joined Pearson VUE as Global Events Manager, based in their London office. Pearson VUE is part of Pearson, the learning and publishing company, and provides computer-based testing for IT, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. They deliver exams through a comprehensive and secure network of test centres in 175 countries. Mike had previously spent more than five years with Kaplan International English, originally managing events in their Edinburgh school before moving to Kaplan’s London head office to become Domestic Business & Corporate Events Manager.

Karine Hyon-Vintrou

Moved within/to: Sommet Education
On: January 2018

Sommet Education, UK. A hospitality expert with over 15 years of experience in marketing and brand management, as Sommet Education’s new Global Marketing Director, Ms. Hyon-Vintrou will oversee brand strategy and digital, content, creative and alumni marketing operations for Sommet Education and its Glion and Les Roches institutions. Ms. Hyon-Vintrou was Global Luxury Brand Director for InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in the UK. Prior to that, she worked in Bangkok as Global Brand Management Director – Resorts at IHG and Global Brand Director at Onyx Hospitality Group. A graduate of Glion’s Class of ’99, Ms. Hyon-Vintrou currently serves on Glion’s Industry Advisory Board.

Claire Granados (née Woollam)

Moved within/to: Quest Professional
On: February 2018

Quest Professional, UK. Claire has joined Quest Professional as Principal. Quest specialises in training and recruitment for school leavers and university graduates. Claire will provide the school with strategic direction and leadership in her new role. She has extensive experience in the international education sector as a Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Academic Manager, Principal and Operations Director. Having worked for many years in ELT, Claire has more recently moved into the field of employment-related training. She is thrilled to be joining Quest and to be taking the school into an exciting new phase of development.

Jennifer Parsons

Moved within/to: UniQuest
On: January 2018

UniQuest, UK. Jennifer Parsons has joined UniQuest as the Director of Behavioural Insights.  UniQuest has data from over 6 million communications with students which Jennifer will lead the new Behavioural Insights Team in analysing for impactful, actionable insights to ensure that their partners remain at the forefront of student recruitment and engagement innovation. Jennifer joins UniQuest with 20 years’ experience of working in international education, which has included roles as Director of Internationalisation at LSBU and Head of Global Client relations at i-Graduate.  For the past two years Jennifer has been running her own consultancy, delivering research and strategic development to the UK HE sector.

Daryl Fong

Moved within/to: AECC Global
On: February 2018

AECC Global, Singapore. Daryl Fong is the Chief Operating Officer of AECC Global, after setting up four AECC Global offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand in 2017. Daryl has previously worked at IDP for almost 30 years, in a number of roles including Manager of the Australian Education Centre, Country Director of IDP Singapore and IDP Network Director and assisted in setting up offices in UK, Korea, the Middle East and India. He maintained SE Asia as the highest performing office in terms of revenue and students numbers in the IDP Network worldwide. Throughout his career, he has built an extensive network contacts with both local and overseas institutions.

 

Emma Dawkins

Moved within/to: NCUK
On: February 2018

NCUK, UK.  Emma has recently been appointed as Academic Director for NCUK, where she will develop and enhance new and existing qualifications, whilst exploring how technology can and will further enable NCUK’s teaching, learning and assessment capabilities. Emma has a wealth of experience from a range of awarding bodies in the UK, spending a significant part of her career at AQA as the strategic lead on a number of transformation projects. Prior to starting at NCUK, Emma developed her international experience as Director of Qualifications and Academic Delivery at NCC Education.

Bruno Contrera

Moved within/to: TWIN Educational Group
On: November 2017

TWIN Educational Group, Ireland.  Bruno Contrera has joined TWIN Educational Group as Head of Sale, Marketing and Operations in Ireland. Launched in 1995, TWIN Education Group is an award-winning provider of training and employability services, language education, travel, work experience and volunteer opportunities, both in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining TWIN Educational Group, Bruno enjoyed some good years of experience as part of one of the biggest agencies in Brazil. Bruno looks forward to the challenge of building on the success at TWIN Educational Group with some more great news to come as the group starts to expand for new markets.