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Recent Movers & Shakers

Armelle Dujardin-Vorilhon

Moved within/to: IÉSEG School of Management
On: June 2021

IÉSEG School of Management, France. Armelle Dujardin-Vorilhon joined IÉSEG School of Management as director of studies for the Grande École program and the bachelor in international business program within the program department. She graduated from the University of Versailles-St-Quentin-en-Yvelines in contemporary history and brings her expertise in the optimal operational management of programs, the support and supervision of students during their studies at the school, and in the management and monitoring of the teaching teams. Before joining the higher education sector, Armelle previously worked in marketing/communication positions for the Geodis group, before being appointed General Delegate of the Geodis Foundation. Then, she discovered the entrepreneurial world as Communications Director of a start-up in the Social and Solidarity Economy. An executive coach, Armelle then joined IPAG Business School as head of the PGE program.

Angela Hollington

Moved within/to: ICS Paris
On: July 2021

ICS Paris, Globeducate, France. Angela Hollington replaced Philippe Kopcsan as Head of School of ICS Paris, one of Globeducate’s premium IB schools, in July. Bringing a wealth of experience in international education, Angela has taught and had senior leadership roles in in Vienna, Brussels, Geneva, Tanzania, Dubai, Berlin and most recently, Singapore – where she has been Primary Head of an international school of more than 1,400 students. Her roles have ranged from IB assessor to Founding Principal and Director. Angela is an alumna of Nottingham University, and Murdoch University at Master’s level, and has considerable experience and interest in developing bilingual programs. In Singapore she pioneered a new approach to teaching English to bilingual and multilingual learners, working with academic researchers. She is looking forward to working with the ICS Paris Primary team, supporting them on introducing the PYP and to guiding them through the authorisation process.

Alec Webb

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

Regional Universities Network, Australia. The Regional Universities Network has appointed Alec Webb as its new Executive Director. With a wealth of leadership experience in public service, public policy and advocacy, and economic and corporate consulting, Alec has recently finished his work as the Head of Policy and Member Engagement at London Higher, a place-based university network representing over 40 higher education institutions. A graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, Australian National University and University of Queensland, Alec has also worked extensively across the higher education sector in Australia. Alec said he is excited to return to Australia and honoured to lead RUN at this time of great challenge for the global higher education sector. “The higher education sector is facing unprecedented challenges on a global scale and I look forward to navigating RUN through this next chapter, seizing new opportunities and building upon RUN’s strong legacy of driving change.”

 

Simon Gooch

Moved within/to: ILSC Education Group
On: June 2021

ILSC Education Group, Global. Simon Gooch has joined ILSC Education Group (ILSC Language Schools & Greystone College) as Regional Sales Manager, EMEA & South Asia. Simon brings a wealth experience in international student recruitment in Europe, CIS, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa; he has worked for 20+ years in the industry with senior roles at ELS, EAC and Kaplan. Simon will help ILSC and Greystone College forge new partner relationships throughout Africa, Middle East, South Asia and the UK and will work to support and strengthen the company’s long standing partnerships in Europe.

Jordan Poll

Moved within/to: Michigan Language Assessment
On: April 2021

Michigan Language Assessment, US. Jordan Poll joined the organisation as Manager of Marketing and Communications. She develops global B:C and B:B marketing campaigns to promote Michigan Language Assessment’s exam solutions and the launch of their digital exams in new markets. She brings nine years of experience supporting the brands of WKAR, Michigan State University, University of Michigan Credit Union, University of Michigan Law School, and the Michigan Institute of Clinical & Health Research. She’s provided written content and editorial direction for publications including the Red Cedar Review; Law Quadrangle Magazine; Dublin, Ireland’s FOOD&WINE Magazine; iNG Magazine; Sun Times News; and the Awesome Mitten.

Nicole Philips

Moved within/to: Glion Institute of Higher Education
On: July 2021

Glion Institute of Higher Education, UK. Nicole Philips, formerly VP International Hotel Development Planning at Marriott International, is the new Program Director of the MSc in Real Estate, Finance and Hotel Development at Glion Institute of Higher Education in London. Having first joined Glion as a lecturer in September 2018, Nicole brings over 25 years’ experience in hospitality and real estate industries across Europe, Middle East and Africa to her new role as Program Director. She worked for Marriott International for 16 years during which time she supported the expansion of the company in the region. Under Nicole’s leadership, the MSc in Real Estate, Finance and Hotel Development prepares students for careers in international hotel development and asset management, real estate investment, and investment strategies and financing. Modules covers areas such as business and financial analytics, mergers and acquisitions, portfolio valuations and private equity.

David Pilsbury

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: August 2021

Oxford International Education Group, Global. Oxford International Education Group has appointed David Pilsbury as Chief Development Officer to lead the group’s higher education growth and development strategy. Until recently David was Deputy Vice Chancellor, International, at Coventry University, where he was responsible for a 6-fold increase in overseas student recruitment, establishing the UK’s largest overseas collaborative delivery programme with over 20,000 students in almost 30 countries, and creating the world’s largest global enhancement programme, including making Coventry No.1 for outbound mobility for 5 years running. He holds a number of Board level and advisory positions including with JISC, China Britain Business Council, Times Higher Education Student, StudyPortals and the Hainan Provincial Government. He recently stepped down as Co-chair of the UUK International Pro-Vice Chancellors Group following a successful tenure steering new approaches to the future of Global Engagement. Following a D.Phil and postdoctoral research at Oxford University, David spent a number of years in strategic consultancy and investment banking before moving into HE at HEFCE and then became CEO of the Worldwide Universities Network.

Philipp Reichert

Moved within/to: UBC Okanagan
On: August 2021

University of British Columbia (Okanagan), Canada. Philipp Reichert has been appointed Director, Global Engagement where he will lead the new Global Engagement Office, bringing together International Programs & Services and Go Global. An experienced international educator and administrator, Philipp has worked with International Programs & Services at UBCO since 2012. Prior to joining UBCO, he was at the Rotterdam School of Management, and the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies in the Netherlands. Originally from Germany, Philipp received his Master’s in International Relations from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and his doctorate from the University of Calgary with his research focused on the internationalisation of higher education. Philipp is involved in a number of roles with CBIE, NAFSA, AIEA and volunteers as a member of the Central Okanagan Local Immigration Partnership Committee and other community activities focused on welcoming newcomers to Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.

Gizelle Rezende

Moved within/to: OpenLearning
On: August 2021

OpenLearning, Australia. Gizelle Rezende has joined OpenLearning, an online learning platform at the forefront of a new wave of education delivery as Head of Partnerships. Gizelle is an experienced senior executive with a strong track record in leading education businesses in implementing organisational structures and strategies to increase market share, build reputation, increase revenue and drive profitability. “I am very excited to join OpenLearning. I am  looking forward to working with our partners in sustainably growing their businesses while transforming people lives through education,” she said. Gizelle has previously been on the board of English Australia, with roles at Greenwich College and EC English Language Centres.

Matt Hird

Moved within/to: David Game College Group
On: August 2021

David Game College Group, UK. Matt Hird has joined David Game College Group as Director of Student Recruitment. Matt will be responsible for developing a multi-channel student recruitment strategy for A-level, GCSE, University Foundation Programme and EFL courses at both the David Game College London Campus and Bath Academy. Matt has over 20 years of experience in the international education sector through his previous work with Oxford International Education Group. During his time there, Matt worked in the academic and operations teams prior to becoming Global Sales Director and helping to build the international sales team across the EFL, High School and Pathway divisions, which delivered exponential growth in student numbers and revenue over the past 10 years. Matt will focus on building the David Game Group brand internationally, developing the global partner network and building a team to provide first class support to students, parents, agents and institutions.

Nick Golding

Moved within/to: The PIE
On: August 2021

The PIE, UK. Nick Golding has joined The PIE team as Business Development Director. Nick is a veteran of the international education sector, having established CATS Colleges (now CATS Global Schools) in 1985 and then Cambridge Education Group in 1998 when CATS acquired the Stafford House group of companies. Following the sale of CEG to Bridgepoint, Nick worked for a number of independent schools’ groups before becoming one of the Cambridge Angels group of investors in start-up technologies. Nick’s role at Cambridge Angels is to identify promising EdTech opportunities, and he led the first two rounds of funding in The Ambassador Platform, where Nick has also been the Strategic Development Director for the last three years. Commenting on his appointment to The PIE, Nick said “I am a big admirer of what Amy, Clare and Jane have achieved with The PIE, and I am so excited to have this opportunity to contribute to its continuing development going forward”.

Fazal Malik

Moved within/to: Amity Dubai
On: July 2021

Amity University Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Fazal Malik has been promoted as Pro Vice Chancellor at Amity University where he previously served as Dean of Humanities and Vice President Academic Dubai. A seasoned academic leader and media practitioner, Fazal has  over 12 years of academic leadership experience in the Middle East, he served as Associate Dean at Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE. He has master degree in International Journalism from City University London and completed PhD from Nottingham Trent University. Before making transition to academia, he worked as broadcast journalist for the BBC and also established a number of community radio broadcasting platforms in the UK. “The Arab world is going through a major change with focus on technology enabled learning and knowledge economy,” he said. “Amity University in Dubai has been in the region for ever a decade now and my priority is to contextualise learning and engage with the UAE strategic direction while bringing best international practices into our teaching and learning.”

Saif Al Seiari

Moved within/to: Amity Dubai
On: July 2021

Amity Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Accomplished scientist, policy maker, and Emirati leader Saif Al Seiari has joined Amity University Dubai as President/Vice Chancellor. With expertise in strategic roles, he holds a PhD in petroleum engineering from Imperial College London, and has held leadership positions in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Petroleum Institute (Khalifa University), Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, PJSC (TAQA) and Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA), where he served as Director General. He also serves as the Senior Advisor to the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi and maintains his seat on the boards of various public and private companies and committees. “Since its establishment in 2011, Amity University Dubai’s growth, infrastructure and vision for the future, has been outstanding and ambitious,” he said. “I look forward to playing a role in shaping new strategies and driving innovative education models that will further enhance student experience, partnerships and industry collaborations in research and teaching.”

Judith Lamie

Moved within/to: Swansea University
On: August 2021

Swansea University, UK. Judith Lamie has joined Swansea’s senior leadership team as a new Pro-Vice Chancellor with responsibility for the university’s international portfolio. Taking up her new role on August 1Judith brings with her a wealth of experience within Higher Education, having previously held various strategic and internationally-focused senior roles. She will work collaboratively across Swansea University’s Faculties and Professional Services, support its ambitious international aims by working to broaden global partnerships, develop a successful transnational education portfolio, increase international student recruitment and continue to enhance the university’s reputation as a world-leading institution. “I am delighted to join Swansea University’s vibrant community and very much look forward to engaging with students and colleagues across many areas of activity,” she said.

Andrea Nollent

Moved within/to: Global University Systems
On: August 2021

Global University Systems, Global. Andrea Nollent will be stepping down as Vice-Chancellor and CEO of The University of Law at the end of August to take up the new post of Chief Academic Officer of a portfolio of GUS Group universities. In her new role she will be leading academic strategy across the Group’s university portfolio. During her five year tenure, ULaw has seen student numbers double, the growth and diversification of the course portfolio, the launch of new campuses and partnerships in the UK and Hong Kong and sector recognition in the National Student Survey, where twice in the last five years ULaw was ranked number 1 in England for Student Satisfaction. “The University is very well positioned for the exciting next phase of expansion and diversification,” Nollent said. “It is now time for a new challenge and I look forward to leading academic strategy to achieve a consistently improved student experience and excellent student outcomes across GUS university institutions.”

Helen Wright

Moved within/to: Klik2learn
On: June 2021

Klik2learn, Global. Online course developer Klik2learn has appointed Helen Wright as a non-executive director. Helen is an experienced education specialist and highly skilled in education leadership. A well-known school principal, having led schools in the UK and Australia for over 13 years, she is now a board chair and International Education Advisor. She has a special interest in social mobility for learners of all backgrounds. She has an active portfolio career, including executive coaching of senior educational leaders, and is a non-executive director on a number of boards in the UK and overseas. “Understanding technology is powerful for educationalists and it’s not just for those in ‘tech’ fields,” Helen said. “How we support our tutors, teachers and learners on leveraging technology to improve learning outcomes is key. Klik2learn is innovating and creating new approaches using cutting edge technology and I’m incredibly excited to help it do much more both here in the UK and overseas.”

Meelis Paloson

Moved within/to: EDUopinions
On: June 2021

EDUopinions, Spain. Meelis Paloson is the new Global Partnerships Manager at EDUopinions. A platform helping students to find their ideal studies and make an informed decision. Meelis has over 15 years of experience in sales and has been working in different industries and different departments. Meelis’s role is centred in developing business partnerships on the global level, opening up new markets, and getting EDUopinions known all over the globe. By having cross-industries experiences Meelis is bringing onboard freshness and diversity of ideas in creating new partnerships with higher education institutions. EDUopinions’ mission is to empower students and alumni from all over the world to share their experiences to help others decide on their future studies. Through authenticated students’ reviews and free personalised advice they connect students with the right institutions.

Jie “Veronika” Du

Moved within/to: iTEP International
On: June 2021

iTEP International, Global. Jie “Veronika” Du has joined the iTEP China team as Director of Business Development. In this position Veronika will focus on iTEP academic test sales to educational institutions in the People’s Republic of China. This includes the iTEP Academic Plus exam for colleges and universities and the iTEP SLATE Plus exam for middle and high schools. Veronika brings nearly 20 years of experience in the educational sector in China, and she has a strong working knowledge of the international student recruitment and study abroad process as well as English proficiency testing. Veronika also has worked with many of iTEP’s current partners in China including Shorelight, Kaplan, and ELS. Veronika holds a Master of Business Management degree from Kent University in the UK and a Bachelor of International Trade and Economics degree from Fudan University in China. “Jie Du’s experience and expertise will help to greatly enhance the brand of iTEP in the China market and make our in-country team stronger,” said Jim Brosam II., President of iTEP International.

Negar Zandipour

Moved within/to: Object Next Software
On: July 2021

Object Next Software, Australia. Negar Zandipour has been appointed Manager, Integrated Marketing and Communication at Object Next Software. Negar is an experienced Marketing Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the international Education industry across top global education agencies. Along with proven Leadership skills, Negar brings over 11 years of knowledge and extensive experience in the Digital Marketing, University Admissions, Student Recruitment, CRM development, Project Management, Business development, and Human resources. Negar was also key to developing admissions process for various key market sources and engaged with various partner universities to implement the best marketing strategies in those markets. She has joined the team to develop and manage engaging marketing strategies that support the strategic communications and enhance the brand awareness and engagement with partners. Negar holds a Bachelor of Textile Engineering (Honours) and a Master of Industrial Engineering from Iran, a Master of Integrated Marketing from Swinburne University of Technology followed by a Professional Master’s Degree (Digital Marketing) from Simplilearn College.

Karan Khemka

Moved within/to: Leverage Edu
On: August 2021

Leverage Edu, India. Karan Khemka has joined Leverage Edu’s Advisory Board. As a previous investor in the company’s Series A round of fundraising, Karan will provide guidance to founder and CEO, Akshay Chaturvedi, and the rest of the board. A veteran education pioneer and former Partner at education consulting firm EY Parthenon, he also serves at the Advisory board of India-based Tata ClassEdge and at the boards of US-based Prometric, China-based Elitek12 among others. “Akshay and Leverage Edu are assisting thousands of young Indians with their aspirations for a global education and life; it is imperative these students make the best choice for themselves and Leverage Edu is here to help,” Karan Khemka said, on the new appointment. Karan “brings tremendous operating insights that will help us continue delivering on our mission to help millions of middle-income students get access to high quality career advice to study at their dream colleges”, Akshay added.

 

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