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Christian Mejia

Moved within/to: StudentApply
On: December 2020

StudentApply, Colombia. Christian Mejia joins StudentApply as Managing Partner after 12 years of experience in the education industry in Latin America. He previously worked as General Manager and shareholder of Study Union International Barranquilla S.A.S, a Colombian based international education agency. In 2008, Christian worked for the Colombian Trade Commission in Toronto, Canada, before returning to Colombia where he worked for the Ministry of Mines and Energy for more than two years coordinating the promotion & marketing department of the Mines Bureau. He later completed a MEng of Public Administration in the Ecole des Mines de Paris, and subsequently traveled to Barcelona to complete a Master Degree in Corporate Finance & Law at ESADE Business School. Christian also holds a Business Management undergraduate degree from CESA University. In 2012, he founded Colombian-based MEZU Corporation, focused on promoting high-level English programs that enhance work opportunities for Latin Americans in the local markets.

Melissa Mace

Moved within/to: Missouri Western State University
On: November 2020

Missouri Western State University, US. Melissa Mace has been named vice president for enrollment management at Missouri Western State University. Melissa was previously assistant vice president for enrollment at Maryville University in St. Louis, before starting her duties in November. Melissa’s skills and experience will lead the university’s efforts to attract new students and help them succeed on its campus, Elizabeth Kennedy, interim president, said. “She will be an outstanding addition to our senior leadership team.” Melissa added that the value Missouri Western places on affordable and accessible education was a key reason for her decision to join the university. “Missouri Western’s role in transformative education through applied learning has the ability to positively impact our students, community, the state of Missouri, and the region. It makes me proud to be part of something this special.”


Marten Roorda

Moved within/to: Riiid Labs
On: November 2020

Riiid Labs, US. Marten Roorda has joined AI education company Riiid Labs as Executive in Residence. The former CEO of testing non-profit organisation ACT will play a critical role in accelerating the company’s global growth. “We must help students know where they are (measurement), where they want to go (navigation) and how to get there (learning),” Marten said. “In the new learning ecosystem, measurement, learning and navigation are integrated, enabling more students, regardless of their background or resources, to succeed. I believe Riiid Labs will play a central transformative role in applying its cutting-edge innovations in AI for education.” Marten introduced remote proctoring to the market in 2006 and is a “globally-recognised architect of adaptive learning, industry standards, the use of open educational resources and the use of AI in learning and measurement”, Riiid Labs CEO David Yi said.

Michael Bartlett

Moved within/to: Sannam S4
On: January 2021

Sannam S4, Global. Michael Bartlett has joined leading international education services provider Sannam S4 Global Managing Director, Education as part of the company’s acquisition of Singapore-based education consultancy Alumno. The Alumno Founder and CEO will be responsible for leading Sannam S4’s international education sector strategy and will also become a member of the Sannam S4 Group Board of Directors to help steer its three-year plan. Michael has 17 years’ of experience operating in Asia, with deep experience in commercial education. At Alumno, he supported K12 groups with operations and business development, advised education stakeholders on Asia market entry and distribution strategies, advised universities, foreign governments and embassies on TNE outreach, recruitment and conducted due diligence on Asia-based acquisition for education focused investors. Originally from the UK and a graduate of the University of Durham, Michael – who has lived in Beijing and Bangkok — currently operates out of Singapore.

Kate Ewart-Biggs

Moved within/to: British Council
On: January 2021

British Council, UK. The British Council has appointed Kate Ewart-Biggs OBE as Interim Chief Executive. She will lead the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, providing strategic direction to the British Council and its Senior Leadership Team as it continues to recover from the impacts of Covid-19. Kate joined the British Council in 1998 and has been the Director of its Global Network since 2015, overseeing over 100 offices around the world. She was also responsible for the British Council’s strategic relationship with its sponsoring government department, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Prior to her current role, Kate was a Regional Director, managing programs in the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Before joining the British Council, Kate worked for organisations working on behalf of street children in South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia and Eastern Europe.

Jason Marcuson

Moved within/to: Virtual Internships
On: December 2020

Virtual Internships, US. With over 20 years of experience in the edtech sector, Jason Marcuson has recently been appointed as Head of Global Partnerships for Virtual Internships, leading the team in developing university partnerships around the world. Jason’s experience includes roles in account management, marketing, sales leadership, and international development. He’s previously worked for Kaplan, technology startup 18Birdies, and spent 15 years at Wiley. Jason also serves on the Board of Directors at TechPoint Foundation for Youth, a foundation providing STEM learning opportunities for underserved youth. His passion for youth skills development and the future of the work will be valuable for universities looking to offer remote  professional experiences to their students at scale. 

Steve Phillips

Moved within/to: Mander Portman Woodward
On: December 2020

Mander Portman Woodward, UK. Steve Phillips joins Mander Portman Woodward as Director of International. MPW is a leading UK college group providing bespoke fifth and sixth form education in London, Cambridge, and Birmingham since 1973. Steve has worked in international education for over 25 years and is the current Chair of English UK. He is a Fellow at the Chartered Institute of Marketing and on the international advisory board at IDP Connect, and on the English language advisory group at the British Council. Steve was a Director at Regent’s University London for 15 years and lectured at Moscow State Linguistics University in the 1990s where he also studied Russian Language. “I am very pleased to be joining MPW as this exciting period of growth,” he said. “My own passion for education, excellence, and transformational learning experiences is fully aligned with MPW and I’m thrilled to be part of their mission turning a student’s academic aspirations into reality.”

Mardy Arenas

Moved within/to: ILSC Education Group
On: November 2020

ILSC Education Group, Canada. Mardy Arenas has joined ILSC Education Group in the role of Director, Vancouver. Mardy brings nearly a decade of experience as a school leader with EF, EC and most recently Kaplan. Born and raised in Vancouver, Mardy has spent the past 15 years living and working internationally in Japan and Asia, and across the USA in Boston, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Honolulu. Mardy’s people skills and collaborative nature, her experience networking and participating in industry organisations like NAFSA and PIER, and her passion for language travel and international education will play a fundamental role in supporting staff and providing transformative learning and living experiences to ILSC and Greystone College students in Vancouver. Mardy is “excited to be a part of an organisation that provides a positive and productive environment for our students to succeed in their academic goals while enjoying the beautiful city of Vancouver”, she added.

Daniel Bremer-Wirtig

Moved within/to: International Student House of Washington DC
On: March 2020

International Student House of Washington DC, US. Daniel Bremer-Wirtig has joined International Student House of Washington, DC as Executive Director. Before joining ISH-DC, Daniel was Director for External Affairs at Global Ties U.S., an international non-profit organisation based in Washington, DC that promotes citizen diplomacy through international exchange.  Citing Daniel’s extensive experience in promoting cross-cultural and global understanding, ISH-DC Board President Eric Melby stated, “We are delighted to have an individual with Daniel’s background and proven ability leading ISH-DC. His years of experience in internationally-focused organisations and aiding students make him uniquely qualified to lead ISH-DC into the next decade.” In addition to his internationally-oriented work experience, Daniel received his BA in International Relations from the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico and boasts a tri-cultural heritage. He is fluent in English, Spanish and German.

Lewis McKinnon

Moved within/to: Studiosity
On: December 2020

Studiosity, UK. Leading online out of hours study support service which partners with universities in APAC, UK, Ireland and the Middle East, Studiosity is excited to announce the appointment of Lewis McKinnon, as Head of Partner Development for the UK/Europe region of this Australian edtech company headquartered in Sydney, Australia. Lewis has over 13 years’ experience working with some of the world’s leading education institutions and stakeholders, most recently at the University of London Worldwide, responsible for expanding their academic, corporate and government stakeholder relationships across South and Central Asia. Prior to this he held roles responsible for business development at the University of Sunderland and The Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education.


Bhavika Soni

Moved within/to: Global University Systems
On: November 2020

Global Education Systems, India. With over 15 years of experience in the education industry, Bhavika Soni has recently been appointed as Regional Director for India for one of the Canadian institutes at Global University Systems. Bhavika is highly experienced in the fields of study abroad, international student recruitment and admission, marketing and partnership development. She has also sourced and managed the delivery of high value commercial programs on behalf of institutions. She served as VP at Hytech Education, growing a small business into a highly respected company both by students and universities, whilst retaining profitable growth. She is of the opinion that a woman leader who is also a mother brings to the table an incredible range of knowledge.

Laura Mould

Moved within/to: Saïd Business School
On: December 2020

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK. Laura Mould joins Saïd Business School as Marketing Manager as of December 2020. Saïd Business School is a top-ranking business school embedded in the history and prestige of the University, offering the best of old and new. Laura joins at an exciting time as the school prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary next year. She has spent over 10 years working in international education in a variety of roles, starting her career in Italy and then moving to the UK six years ago. She is passionate about education and aligns her values with those of the school. At Saïd Business School, Laura will oversee the marketing of the Master’s in Financial Economics and DPhil programs, maximising the school’s resources and working with stakeholders to reach and engage students most efficiently. She comments, “Working in higher education has long been an aspiration of mine. I’m thrilled to be starting this new season of my career, and I look forward to contributing to the success of my team and the school.”

Ahmad Refky

Moved within/to: Verto Education
On: December 2020

Verto Education, US. Ahmad Refky is the Associate Vice President of Operations at Verto Education. He has been active in the International Education field for 15 years, working in organisations such as The Rotary Foundation, Greenheart Exchange, and IES Abroad. Prior to joining Verto Education, Ahmad oversaw International Operations at CEA Study Abroad, providing leadership to a globally dispersed staff, leading the implementation of study abroad programs, risk management, and student health & safety. Originally from Egypt, Ahmad’s first came to the US as a high school exchange student, which sparked his love for international education. He returned to the US in 2001, escaping Egypt’s persecution of LGBTQ communities. He is a passionate advocate for access, inclusion, diversity and equity, and recognises that the field has a lot of work to do to make study abroad inclusive to all participants.

Maria Husarova

Moved within/to: SideKick Card
On: October 2020

SideKick Card, Canada. Maria Husarova has been appointed Business Developer – Brazil for SideKick. Maria is passionate about the international education industry bringing 10 years of experience working in student recruitment as Sales and Marketing Manager for companies within the industry covering Brazil and Eastern European markets. Speaking fluently Slovak, German, English and Portuguese, Maria is bringing international experience to our company. Based in Brazil, Maria is developing partnerships with agents to grow the presence of SideKick as the financial solution for international students in Canada.

Sandra Tenorio

Moved within/to: Global University Systems
On: December 2020

Global University Systems, South East Asia. Sandra Tenorio has joined Global University Systems as Regional Director for Southeast Asia and South Korea. Sandra started a career in international education in 2017 after transitioning from seven years in the healthcare industry. Based in Bangkok, her time in Asia has been spent focusing on student recruitment for Cambridge Education Group, then for CATS Colleges, where she led student recruitment teams across Asia and the world, first as East Asia Regional Recruitment Manager before taking on the role of Deputy Global Director.

Wallapa Narunatvanich

Moved within/to: AECC Global
On: November 2020

AECC Global, Vietnam. After three and a half years at AECC Global, Wallapa Narunatvanich has recently taken charge as the country head of the company’s new Vietnam operations in addition to her country head role in Thailand. Wallapa has over 20 years of experience in working with top multinational corporations at senior levels. As well as placing students in leading study abroad destinations, she has secured important partnerships with some of the leading universities in Thailand. She is also credited with creating long-term plans along with the university partners for the next 20 years. She believes in building a workplace culture where we can strengthen women’s leadership and harness their potential to the fullest extent. Despite the prevalence of gender biases, men and women can think and collaborate together as part of a team in leading transformational projects.

Tang Wooi Khoo

Moved within/to: AECC Global
On: November 2020

AECC Global, South East Asia. With over 19 years of experience in the education industry, Tang Wooi Khoo has recently been appointed as the country head of Singapore in addition to her existing duties as the country head of our Malaysia operations. In the course of her work at AECC Global, Malaysia, she has spearheaded several of its marketing campaigns and devised key strategies for its growth and expansion in the country. To her credit, she has organised educational exhibitions and fairs at cafes in Malaysia to create a personalised learning experience for students. She is of the opinion that a woman leader who is also a mother brings to the table an incredible range of knowledge, based on her personal experiences. Additionally, they have the capacity to advocate for staff-friendly policies, build synergistic partnerships across an organisation, communicate decisions effectively, and imagine and introduce innovative ideas.

Chris Pink

Moved within/to: ILSC Education Group
On: November 2020

ILSC Education Group, North America. Chris Pink has joined ILSC Education Group as Director, Language Testing North America. Chris brings years of experience in the language education sector, having worked in teaching roles in South Korea, Australia and Canada, as well as program director and more recently, exam centre director roles with Global Village/CES Toronto. Chris’s wealth of knowledge around business partnerships, venue relationships, examiner management, and audit compliance, and experience managing high-volume exam centres offering IELTS, CELPIP, OET and Cambridge Exams will help ILSC strengthen test centre offerings, support test staff, and ensure that test takers can achieve their goals. ILSC is excited to have him onboard.

Nadine Baladi 

Moved within/to: ILSC
On: December 2020

ILSC, Canada. ILSC is delighted to welcome Nadine Baladi back to ILSC and Greystone College’s leadership team in the role of Senior Director, Global Higher Education Pathways and Greystone College Canada. Nadine will be responsible for the day to day operations of Greystone College Canada while at the same time, for developing and enhancing strategic higher education pathway partnership agreements for ILSC and Greystone College in Australia, Canada and the US. Nadine is passionate about quality programming and accreditation and puts the student-experience at the core of everything she does. She brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having served in progressively senior roles in international education in Canada, the US and Finland over the last 20 years. Her passion for pathways to higher education, student outcomes, skills training and the future of the workforce will play a fundamental role in supporting students, staff, and partners at ILSC and Greystone College. 

Kai Sicks

Moved within/to: DAAD
On: February 2021

DAAD, Germany. The German Academic Exchange Service has appointed the former Head of the Department of International Affairs at University of Bonn Kai Sicks as its new Secretary General. He will take over from Dorothea Rüland in spring 2021. In Kai, DAAD is gaining the services of an extremely experienced science manager with extensive experience in the internationalisation of the higher education system, the organisation said. Kai’s responsibilities at the University of Bonn included expanding the university’s internationalisation in research, studies and administration. He has also been managing director of the Bonn Graduate Centre and established a European doctoral and research network with partner institutions in Bergamo, Helsinki, Lisbon and Stockholm. Kai studied at the University of Vienna, the University of Cologne and Goethe University Frankfurt. Scholarships took him to such institutions as the German Historical Institute in Washington DC and Cornell University. He is expected to take up his post as Secretary General of the DAAD in February 2021.


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