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Recent Movers & Shakers

Fabio Carola

Moved within/to: Humber College
On: August 2018

Humber College, Canada. Fabio Carola has recently joined Humber College as Regional Recruiting Manager for Brazil. Fabio lived in Canada in 2001 when he was an ESL student, and he fell in love with the country. Having been an EFL student himself, he became an enthusiast of the EFL industry and continued his career path in the field for over 12 years, working for English schools in various roles and as an agent. He loves travelling and spending time with his family and friends. Fabio has been to over 25 countries around the globe, he loves meeting new people and experiencing new cultures.

Kevin Chang

Moved within/to: Thieme Group
On: August 2018

Thieme Group, Germany. Kevin Chang has recently joined Thieme Group as Marketing Manager. Kevin will keep working closely with universities and institutions in the higher education and academic publishing sectors, to provide supports to students, professors, and researchers in their academic development. Kevin brings tremendous cross-industry experience and knowledge in marketing having previously worked at Cambridge Education Group and Emerald Publishing Group. He is excellent at budget management, developing cross functional relationships, social media, marketing design and business development. Kevin is based in Beijing, China.

Michael Adewumi

Moved within/to: IES Abroad
On: January 2019

IES Abroad, US. Michael Adewumi, Vice Provost for Global Programs at Penn State University, will join IES Abroad asExecutive Vice President for Academic Affairs, effective January 2, 2019. In his new role, Michael will lead more than 360 academic programs, offered at more than 30 locations around the world, for more than 9,000 students a year. Michael has served Penn State in different roles for more than three decades, initially joining the University as an assistant professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering in 1985. As Vice Provost for Global Programs, Michael oversaw significant growth in the international student population at Penn State. Michael also served as the first director of Penn State’s Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Development in Africa, a University-wide body that promotes Penn State engagement in Africa and helps build partnerships with African institutions.

Gareth Topp

Moved within/to: University of Brighton
On: August 2018

University of Brighton, UK. Gareth Topp is delighted to have taken up a new position as Head of Internationalisation at the University of Brighton. Having spent nearly 10 years with the University of York and the University of Sussex, and progressed during that time from International Officer, to Senior International Officer, to Acting Head of International Recruitment and Deputy Head of International Office, taking on the role as Head of Internationalisation felt like the logical next step, he said. “It’s been a roller coaster ride, not least through the travel to so many different countries and getting to know so many wonderful colleagues across the sector. Not to mention having three children and spending evenings working on my MBA dissertation.” Gareth’s first priorities will be to bring the university’s international recruitment function up to full force before looking at opportunities in TNE, mobility and indeed multi-layer strategic partnerships.

Chris Nolan

Moved within/to: ILSC Education Group
On: August 2018

ILSC Education Group, Canada. Chris Nolan has joined The ILSC Education Group as Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Joining the Executive Team, Chris will be responsible for developing and implementing ILSC’s sales and marketing strategy. Having started his career as a TEFL teacher and teacher trainer in the 80s, Chris has held a series of senior sales and marketing positions at a number of global language training providers, first at International House, subsequently with Anglo World/Aspect, Nord Anglia Education and LAL and most recently EC. Chris is relocating from his UK home of more than thirty years to begin a new life based at ILSC’s sales and marketing headquarters in Vancouver. He is looking forward to heading up a diverse, passionate and talented sales and marketing team, committed to ILSC’s mission to keep developing as one of the finest global providers of language, career and higher education. ILSC Education Group’s operations today are in Canada, Australia, the USA and India.

Emma Wong

Moved within/to: Les Roches Jin Jiang International Hotel Management College
On: September 2018

Les Roches Jin Jiang International Hotel Management College, China. Emma Wong has been appointed Dean of Les Roches Jin Jiang International Hotel Management College, a branch campus of Les Roches Global Hospitality Education in Shanghai, China. Emma previously acted as Senior Manager of the Dean’s Office at Fanhai International School of Finance, a branch campus of Shanghai Fu Dan University. From 2011 to 2014, she served as Programme Leader for the MSc in International Event Management at the University of Surrey (UK). Emma holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of New South Wales and an MPhil in Tourism from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Born in Hong Kong, she is an Australian national. Les Roches Global Hospitality Education is part of Sommet Education.

Opal Leeman Bartzis

Moved within/to: Michigan State University
On: September 2018

Michigan State University, US. Opal Leeman Bartzis will join Michigan State University – International Studies and Programs in September as executive director of education abroad. She comes to MSU with more than two decades of experience in education abroad as well as three years of experience as a foreign language teacher for German and Russian. As IFSA-Butler vice president for academic affairs, she has steered the institute towards more innovative education abroad practices, including the development of a First-Generation Scholarship program. Opal is the current and longest running chair of the national study abroad committee for the AACRAO and has held leadership positions within NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Opal looks forward to collaborating with faculty, staff and students to assess needs, build on strengths and engage in the creative development of expanded opportunities in support of the MSU mission.

Jana Gordon

Moved within/to: King's University College
On: August 2018

King’s University College, Canada. Jana Gordon, has joined King’s University College as the new Executive Director, Alumni and Development. Jana is an accomplished, results-oriented leader drawing on expertise in the fields of non-profit management, fundraising, and public accounting and brings an international outlook to the position with experience at leading organizations in the USA, England and Canada. She has previously worked at Wilfrid Laurier University, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and English National Opera, among others. She also contributes to community development in Southwestern Ontario through volunteering at the Centre In The Square, Kitchener, and has served in various roles with the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, and the United Way. She looks forward to supporting students, faculty, and the leadership in meeting their goals through philanthropy and alumni engagement.

Chris Newman

Moved within/to: The London School of English
On: August 2018

The London School of English, UK. This summer Chris Newman celebrated the 40th anniversary of his arrival at the school. Starting as a trainer, he then worked his way through sales and market management before recently settling into his current role as Alumni Development Manager. Since his arrival in 1978, he has taughtassistedand maintained relationships with hundreds of clients, including some whose repeated study visits span decades. He attributes his loyalty to the London School Group to the good support provided to staff, the excellent facilities and the fascinating clients. Chris’ anniversary was marked by a surprise party and barbecue held at the school’s Holland Park campus. 

Raphael Stachurski

Moved within/to: BROWNS English Language School
On: August 2018

BROWNS English Language School, Australia. Raphael Stachurski has recently joined BROWNS English Language School as Director of Partnerships and Marketing. Raphael will be working closely with and supporting new and existing partners among schools, VET providers, universities and business. Raphael will also be leading brand marketing at BROWNS, strengthening the visibility and impact of the brand, as the company continues to grow as a global leader in international education. Prior to BROWNS, Raphael held multiple senior marketing and management positions within Education, Advertising, Finance, and Hospitality, developing and leading high-performance teams in fast-paced environments.


Martyn Edwards

Moved within/to: Swansea University
On: August 2018

Swansea University, UK. Martyn Edwards has joined Swansea University as Associate Director for Global Advancement, leading on all aspects of institutional marketing and digital engagement.  Prior to this Martyn has held a number of senior leadership roles across different organisations within the HE sector including the British Council, University of Nottingham and Loughborough University.  More recently he was Head of Marketing and Business Development UK & US for IDP Education. Martyn is a graduate of Cardiff University and also holds a postgraduate qualification from the University of Manchester.

Diego Sanchez

Moved within/to: Languages Canada
On: August 2018

Languages Canada, Canada. Languages Canada is pleased to announce its new Manager of International Marketing, Diego Sanchez. He will be leading LC’s international trade missions. Diego joins LC from Global Affairs Canada, where he worked as Regional Trade Commissioner for Latin America. He will coordinate the already fully booked mission to Chile next October. Istanbul will be the next stop! Registrations are already open for members interested in the Turkey Mission Jan 29-31. With over 10 years of combined experience in the private and public sectors and a Master’s in International Studies from the Université de Montréal, Diego will be in the frontline developing new markets to assist Canadian English and French schools expand their global outreach.

Nick Rahovitis

On: July 2018

SUMMERS ABROAD LIMITED, UK. After having taught EFL for 16 years, Nick landed his first summer teaching job with Lewis School in 2013. It proved a turning point in his career in the education industry. In 2014, Nick was offered the position of Centre Manager with the same school and in 2015, he was offered the permanent role of Operations Manager. Nick thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of those roles, contributing his bit in the school’s effort to achieve an impressive score of eight areas of strength, both in the 2015 and 2017 British Council Inspections for the summer and year-round junior courses. The partnership with Summers Abroad, though challenging, provides greater scope for a bottom up shake up and broader decision making, which he relishes.

Richard Side

Moved within/to: University of Derby
On: August 2018

University of Derby, UK. Richard Side has joined the University of Derby as Head of International. Working with Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External, he is responsible for all international elements of student recruitment, collaborations, exchange and admissions. He will work closely with the Deans of Colleges to help them achieve their growing international ambitions and targets. Richard spent many years in English language teaching, teacher training and materials development. More recently he has worked at both Royal Holloway, University of London, and at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, where he was Director of Oxford Brookes International.

Megan Hartley

Moved within/to: Illinois State University
On: February 2018

Illinois State University, US. Megan Hartley has joined ISU as Study Abroad Advisor in the Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP), Hartley comes to ISU after working for over 2 years as a college advisor for the TCU College Advising Corps, where she helped high school students prepare for post-secondary education. She received a master’s degree in educational leadership in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in marketing, both from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. During her junior year of college, Hartley spent a semester in Sevilla, Spain, finishing her Spanish minor and taking International Business courses at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide. A native of Colorado, and has enjoyed her first couple of months Bloomington-Normal, especially biking on the Constitution Trail and going to Uptown Normal. She is excited to join the ISU Study Abroad Team and to help students plan their life-changing study abroad experiences.

Jessica B. Sandberg

Moved within/to: Duke Kunshan University
On: September 2018

Duke Kunshan University, China. Jessica B. Sandberg, the director of international admissions at Temple University in the United States, has been appointed dean of enrollment at Duke Kunshan University. Sandberg will oversee all recruitment, admissions and financial aid activities at Duke Kunshan. At Temple, Sandberg established the university’s first international admissions office in 2012 and nearly doubled international student intake in her first four years. In 2017, Sandberg transformed the “#YouAreWelcomeHere” hashtag into a national campaign for US. higher education. Because of her role in pioneering the movement, Sandberg made the Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2017 Influence List. Sandberg also served as the editor of NAFSA’s Guide to International Student Recruitment (3rd edition). She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science at Moravian College in 1998 and her master’s degree in international relations at the University of Kent in 2007.

Lisa DeMilio

Moved within/to: Illinois State University
On: June 2018

Illinois State University, US. Lisa DeMilio has joined Illinois State University as Study Abroad Advisor. Prior to her new role at ISU, DeMilio worked as an international admissions support Counselor within the Graduate School at Binghamton University. She earned her master’s degree in student affairs administration with a cognate in public administration at Binghamton. During her junior year of her bachelor’s degree in psychology and French at Siena College in Loudonville, New York, DeMilio studied abroad in France at l’Institut Catholique de Paris where she advanced her French language skills and immersed herself in French culture. She is looking forward to helping ISU students make the most of their own study abroad experience and is excited to also be the RSO Advisor for the Study Abroad Mentor Program (StAMP).

Lee McLean

Moved within/to: Campus Living Villages
On: September 2018

Campus Living Villages, UK. Global student accommodation provider Campus Living Villages has announced the appointment of Lee McLean as new UK CEO. McLean has worked within the student accommodation sector for almost a decade, holding senior roles at Unite Students and The Mansion Group, before becoming Managing Director at Vita Student. He joins Campus Living Villages, which has arms within the UK, Australia, New Zealand and USA, at an exciting time for the business, with plans under way for a number of new developments across the UK. McLean looks forward to using his experience and expertise to help the team ensure even more students have the opportunity to experience not only fantastic accommodation, but the wide range of services, social activities and on-site facilities which are included in each of the student villages.


Richard Follett

Moved within/to: University of Sussex
On: August 2018

University of Sussex, UK. Richard Follett has been appointed as Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor – International at the University of Sussex. The new role will see him work with schools to meet their overseas student recruitment and mobility targets and maximise opportunities for global educational partnerships and collaborations. Professor Follett – who is currently the University’s Director of International Recruitment and Development and a Professor of American History – will work closely with Marcus Williams, Director of Student Recruitment and International Development, and assist Professor Stephen Shute, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) in ensuring that the University’s international recruitment plans are achieved.

Luis García Montero

Moved within/to: Instituto Cervantes
On: August 2018

Instituto Cervantes, Spain. Luis García Montero has become director of the Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish government agency responsible for promoting the study and the teaching of Spanish language and culture. As a poet, narrator and essayist, Luis García Montero has received, the National Literature Prize (1994), the National Prize for Criticism (2003) and the Ramón López Velarde Prize (Mexico, 2017). The new director of the Cervantes Institute is a professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Granada, where he has been teaching for decades. He is best known for his book “Habitaciones dobles”. García Montero has also won several prestigious awards such as the National Literature, the National Criticism or the prize of the Booksellers Guild of Madrid.


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