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Edward Urunsak

Moved within/to: NOVVA Technology
On: March 2021

NOVVA Technology, UK. After five years working in International Partnerships in London, Edward joined virtual event platform provider, NOVVA Technology, in March as Marketing & Communications Manager and is excited to spearhead connection-centric, outward-focused initiatives for the team. Spending eight years living, learning & working across Turkey in language schools, property management, tourism & computer hardware, Edward moved to London following his degree in English lang & lit. He is thrilled to be part of the innovative NOVVA team and the student-focused environment it provides to help make the transition to university and the working world as easy as possible for young people. He is as passionate about the broader pivotal role higher education plays in the future of our shared world as the rapid edtech developments in the HE sector, feeling the synergy between the two will prove vital in the ever-changing, unfolding future. Fostering and maintaining genuine human connections with a win-win strategy in mind is what it’s all about for Edward and he looks forward to all the collaborations to come.

Allison MacLeod

Moved within/to: Flywire
On: March 2021

Flywire, Global. Flywire appointed Allison MacLeod to Chief Marketing Officer after serving as executive vice president of global marketing since 2019. In her time at Flywire thus far, Allison has been responsible for amplifying the company’s brand, while scaling its performance marketing, demand generation, and sales enablement efforts. Prior to joining Flywire, Allison spent seven years at Rapid7, where she helped create a world-class business development and demand generation engine that directly contributed to the company’s growth. She also held several digital and field-based roles at Forrester which included establishing the firm’s international corporate marketing function in Europe.


Marnie Watson

Moved within/to: Sannam S4
On: March 2021

Sannam S4, Global. Marnie Watson has joined leading international education services provider Sannam S4 as Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand. Marnie, in her newly-created role, will lead Sannan S4’s expansion in these two markets and be responsible for building a robust, high-performance strategy across this broad geographic region, supporting clients and partners in reaching their goals. Marnie, with more than 25 years’ experience in the international education sector, served most recently as CEO University Partnerships at private equity-owned UP Education. A versatile and results driven senior executive, Marnie has a proven track record of delivering strong outcomes in education management environments, having worked for Study Group based in Vietnam and Singapore, as well as the University of New South Wales in Sydney and Indonesia. Marnie – who will establish Sannam S4’s new office in Sydney – is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and speaks Vietnamese and Indonesian.

Jade Poduska

Moved within/to: Virtual Internships
On: March 2021

Virtual Internships, US. Originally from England, Jade Poduska graduated in Law from the University of Greenwich and moved to the US where she fostered her passion for learning and development, completing an MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the University of Phoenix. Jade has more than 10 years of experience with Southern New Hampshire University, DeVry Education Group and Apollo Education Group, working closely with Fortune 100 corporate partners to develop innovative workforce solutions and creating unique ways to solve challenges in talent acquisition, up-skilling, and access to education by focusing on community ecosystems and career pathways. Jade is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion, and is an active member of Society for Diversity, believing that access to education and career opportunities is key to improving social determinants of health and strengthening underserved communities. As Global Head of Strategy and Innovation, Jade will continue to work with corporate partners to support strategic initiatives by creating access to career pathways with innovative solutions designed for the 21st century workforce.

Lord Jim Knight

Moved within/to: Nord Anglia Education
On: March 2021

Nord Anglia Education, UK.  Premium international schools organisation Nord Anglia Education has appointed Lord Jim Knight as a member of its Education Advisory Board. Having served as Minister of State for Schools and Learning, and then Employment, Lord Knight has extensive insight into education and employment policy. He is currently Chief Education Adviser at TES Global Ltd, the training and resource sharing service for teachers, and founder of the TES Institute, one of the largest qualifiers of teachers in England. Chaired by Lord David Puttnam, Nord Anglia’s Education Advisory Board provides valuable external perspectives to further develop the organisation’s educational offering across its global family of 73 schools. “[Nord Anglia’s] approach to personalised learning, innovative use of classroom technology, and its emphasis on teachers’ personal development is outstanding,” he said on his appointment.


Joanna Storti

Moved within/to: IDP Connect
On: March 2021

IDP Connect, APAC. Joanna Storti has joined IDP as Commercial Director for IDP Connect’s Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Joanna joins IDP with more than two decades’ experience in student recruitment, business development and strategic partnership management. Over this time, Joanna has held senior positions at UNSW, the University of Sydney, and La Trobe University. Based in Sydney, Joanna will be leading IDP Connect’s APAC team as it launches new client solutions and data insights, foster stronger connections with our global network and advocate for our students and our sector more broadly in our communities. She joins the company at the same time as Montse Castells joins IDP Connect as Regional Director – Operations, South East Asia.





Montse Castells

Moved within/to: IDP Education
On: March 2021

IDP Education, South East Asia. Montse Castells has joined IDP Education as Regional Director – Operations, South East Asia. Prior to joining IDP, Montse held senior management roles for multi-national organisations including Unilever and Pret-a-Manger across Asia, ANZ, Europe and South America. In her new role based in Singapore, Montse will lead the South East Asia team to strengthen IDP’s leadership position across student placement, English language testing (IELTS) and English language teaching. Andrew Barkla, Chief Executive Officer at IDP Education, said both Montse and Joanna will add strength and diversity to IDP’s leadership team. “Joanna and Montse join IDP as we regain momentum and begin to help the wider sector recover from the events of last year. Both Joanna and Montse were standout candidates and we are delighted to have their rich expertise and skillsets to help lead our global teams.”

Abhishek Dutt

Moved within/to: UniFit Admissions
On: October 2020

UniFit Admissions, India. Abhishek Dutt joined B2B international student recruitment platform UniFit Admissions Pvt Ltd as Regional Manager (North India and Nepal) in 2020. As a seasoned higher education professional with over 16 years of experience in international student recruitment and strategic alliances, Abhishek has a proven history of successfully understanding markets, business and operations through collaborative and business development skills. He was also an awardee of the Vice Chancellor Academic Excellence award, University of Bradford, UK, in 2003. He also has long term involvement voluntarily in the youth development and environment education programmes through international NGOs – as Chairman (since 2002) of Indian Assembly of Youth (est. 1955) and Caretakers of the Environment International ( as India chapter President apart from my professional experience.




Thomas Jones

Moved within/to: Atlantic Language Galway and Dublin
On: February 2021

, Ireland. Thomas Jones has joined Atlantic Language School as Director of Business Development. Thomas has lived in more than a dozen countries and delivered training in over 70, and has run schools in Indonesia, Greece, the USA and the UK and international colleges every summer, since ever. He teaches at universities and schools around the world and is invited to speak at global conferences year round. Formerly part of the senior executive at Embassy CES before becoming Director of Operations USA for Studygroup he returned to the UK to work with Trinity College London before moving to EC and now runs his own consultancy company: Brock Solutions Agency. He has presented around the world but most recently largely from his shed. He is also a freelance trainer in business and management and writes for a variety of publications. In 2008 he cycled from the UK to Turkey through eleven countries  and everyone he met was nice to him. He is rubbish at maths. His mother thinks he is great.

Vincent Emery

Moved within/to: University of Hertfordshire hosted by Global Academic Foundation Egypt
On: November 2020

University of Hertfordshire hosted by Global Academic Foundation, Egypt. Professor Vincent Emery has been appointed President of the University of Hertfordshire’s campus in Egypt; University of Hertfordshire hosted by Global Academic Foundation. “The vision of the University of Hertfordshire in Egypt is to transform lives and allow our students and staff to contribute to the world of tomorrow,” he said on his appointment. Vincent has a strong background in leadership, focused on the internationalisation of Higher Education. His previous positions were with The University of Surrey, where he was Senior Vice President (Global), and as Pro-Provost for Africa and the Middle East at UCL. He received his first degree in Biochemistry from the University of Southampton, this paved the way for a prolific research career focusing on viral infections, for which he has over 16,600 citations. In 2000 Vincent received his Chair in Virology at UCL in 2000, and he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the American Society of Transplantation.

Roh Jaswal

Moved within/to: Sofiri
On: March 2021

Sofiri, Australia. Roh Jaswal has joined the Sofiri team as the North America Director of Enterprise (NADE) for their expansion in the Canadian market. Sofiri is an education technology platform founded in 2016 in Australia, that specialises in connecting aspiring students with advisors (staff, agents, ambassadors, alumni, etc) through its Instant Qualified Applicant Platform, which will navigate them on the educational opportunities available around the world. With his recent role as a Sales Manager at Ownest Software, Roh has extensive experience in business development strategies and sales. He thrives on building strong, dedicated client relationships and partnerships based on trust, making him the perfect person to be the head of the IQAP operations team in North America. Having gone through the journey of international education, Roh understands first hand what the process entails. Roh has great potential within the Sofiri organisation and is looking forward to the expansion of Sofiri in the Canadian and US Market.


Camila Antonio

Moved within/to: University Bridge
On: February 2021

University Bridge, US. Camila Antonio has joined US pathway provider University Bridge as Recruitment Manager for the Latin America region. Camila has a very strong international background with experience in one of Brazil’s biggest education agencies, as an exchange student in Ireland and most recently working for Study Group, where she helped to develop the Brazil and Latin American region. “I am delighted to join University Bridge, and look forward to promoting the attractive locations in California and Virginia to students, parents and agents in the Latin America region,” she said. UBridge offers a range of transfer programs across California, in addition to its campus at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Monica Moran

Moved within/to: MSM Higher Ed
On: February 2021

MSM Higher Ed, Global. Monica Moran has been appointed Vice President for Operations at MSM Higher Ed, the education management division of international education platform M Square Media. She is responsible for the oversight and operations of MSM Higher Ed’s Managed Colleges, currently six private colleges in British Columbia and Quebec in Canada. She is in charge of the transnational expansion and growth of the college brands, which benefit from viable public-private partnerships (PPPs), licensing agreements, program pathways based on articulation arrangements, and pan-national and transnational program delivery services by MSM Higher Ed. Monica comes to MSM Higher Ed armed with 20 years of experience as a business consultant, startup or entrepreneurial specialist, and product technology management through her own private advisory firm. While working with organisations in various roles, she  taught at several universities around Toronto as a professor of business and technology. She has a degree – executive in computer science from Harvard University.

Nick Klomp

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

Regional Universities Network, Australia. CQUniversity’s Vice-Chancellor and President Nick Klomp, has been appointed as the new chair of the Regional Universities Network, Australia’s peak body for regional higher education providers. The Rockhampton-based Professor will succeed University of the Sunshine Coast Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Helen Bartlett, as chair of the network. Nick is excited to be stepping into the chair role at such a critical time for Australia’s regional universities, as they fight back from the impacts of Covid and grapple with recent higher education reforms. “Now, more than ever, regional universities are absolutely critical to Australia’s productivity and to the social fabric of our nation. As incoming chair, I’m looking forward to continuing to ensure that our regional universities get a seat at the national decision-making table, and that government policy and legislation is enacted in the very best interests of the regions.”

Mat Marquez

Moved within/to: Quest University
On: February 2021

Quest University, Canada. Mat Marquez has been appointed Vice President of Enrolment and Student Engagement of Quest University. Mat will play an integral role in the shaping of Quest’s North American recruitment strategies, build on the amazing student culture and serve as a member of the executive team. He is a “recognised leader in the industry among private universities across North America, having led admissions teams at private institutions in both Canada and America”, said Scott Fehrenbacher, CEO of Quest University. “His expertise will impact all facets of the university.” In the past three years at Trinity Western University (TWU), Mat’s leadership brand has aided the university in seeing record-breaking, year-over-year and growth in their undergraduate studies programs. He has also previously worked for Grand Canyon University, a private Christian university in Arizona.

María Ordovás

Moved within/to: Spotahome
On: February 2021

Spotahome, Europe. María Ordovás has joined Spotahome as International Partnerships Manager where she’ll be responsible for growing relationships with Universities, Business Schools, Language schools, Agents, and Associations around the world. With 15+ year’s experience in the sector working for many languages schools in Spain and UK, Maria is very excited about this new role. Spotahome is the European leading platform in the medium/long term on-line accommodation booking industry with presence in nine countries and 14 cities. “It’s a very challenging time for the Real Estate and international education industry and using the technology and new platforms in the business it’s vital so I’m very happy to help and be part of this project.”

Florida E. Starks

Moved within/to: Pearson
On: January 2021

Pearson, Global. Florida E. Starks has joined Pearson as SVP, Chief Diversity Officer. She will lead a cross-functional, company wide effort to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at Pearson and will serve as an advocate for these issues within the education and learning community. Florida will report to chief human resources officer Anna Vikström Persson, and brings more than fifteen years of DEI leadership experience, most recently at ConAgra Brands and Best Buy. She is a published thought-leader in the DEI community with a track record of successfully scaling up internal and external programs that promote inclusivity. She holds a degree in Human Resources Management from Lindenwood University, a master’s degree in Adult Education Management from Strayer University, a doctorate degree in Higher Ed Leadership from Capella University, and is a certified diversity and inclusion professional.

Greg Brown

Moved within/to: Udemy
On: January 2021

Udemy, Global. Global marketplace for learning and online teaching Udemy has announced that Greg Brown has joined the company as president. Brown brings over 20 years of executive experience leading high-growth and mission-driven technology companies and joins Udemy to help thousands of global customers achieve better business outcomes and drive innovation through learning. “As our business continues to accelerate around the world, Greg’s leadership experience and industry acumen will be invaluable to help companies and individuals everywhere unlock the value of learning,” said Gregg Coccari, CEO of Udemy. “Udemy is powering the future of skills development and this is a very exciting time to be part of the organisation,” said Brown. “After years in the people and talent management industry, it’s clear that traditional approaches to workplace learning can’t keep up with our changing world. Udemy has cracked the code on delivering learning that enables learners, organizations, and instructors to unlock their potential.”

Katie Bell

Moved within/to: UCAS
On: February 2021

UCAS, UK. Katie Bell has been appointed to the role of Chief Marketing Officer at UCAS. Katie has an impressive track record in marketing and a passion for education, apprenticeships, and technical education. Katie joins UCAS from Middlesex University, where she was Chief Operating Officer, and builds upon 20 years of senior leadership roles in marketing, including with well-known companies such as Nestle and GlaxoSmithKline. Katie is a Trustee for the Saracens Multi Academy Schools Trust, a Council member of the CBI, and is on the Skills & Employment Steering Group for the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Taskforce. As COO at Middlesex University over the past 12 years, Katie led on number of projects including a whole university rebrand and the development of new digital admissions operations. As Chief Marketing Officer at UCAS, Katie will lead teams delivering and transforming our events, media sales, consultancy and insights services, business development and marketing, PR and content.

Mamdouh Shoukri

Moved within/to: Studiosity
On: February 2021

Studiosity, Global. Former President and Vice-Chancellor of York University in Canada Mamdouh Shoukri has joined the Studiosity Academic Advisory Board. A champion of higher education and innovation, Mamdouh guided the transformation of York (the third largest university in Canada) into a comprehensive and research-intensive university. Mamdouh has also overseen the advancement of York’s internationalisation and innovation agendas as well as its engagement in regional and national social and economic development. Mamdouh was named a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario in 2013 and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. Mamdouh’s scholarly interests are in thermo-fluid science, and he is the author or co-author of more than 120 papers. Mamdouh also serves as adviser to government and industry, including the Boards of Canada Foundation for Innovation and Rainmaker Worldwide Inc.


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