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Recent Movers & Shakers

Kasia Cakala

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: May 2022

Oxford International Education Group, UK. Kasia Cakala has joined Oxford International Education Group as the head of educational pathways development. Kasia brings over 15 years of experience in international higher education sector, the last four spent with NCUK – University Consortium where she strengthened and expanded its progression pathway portfolio as Head of UK Universities having been promoted from university partnerships manager. Prior to that, Kasia successfully lead on new TNE and collaborative partnerships development as international partnerships manager with Manchester Metropolitan University. Kasia’s professional experience is underpinned by in-depth academic understanding of the global higher education ecosystem complexities gained during her graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Fulbright alumnae. Kasia said of her new role: “I very much look forward to becoming part of OIEG as it grows its presence developing creative partnership solutions for universities. As we come out of the pandemic, building deep and meaningful partnerships within the sector will enable organisations to tap into new opportunities while weathering the challenges, old and new.”

Peter Holliday

Moved within/to: London Film School
On: May 2022

London Film School, UK. Peter Holliday has been appointed as the interim director at London Film School following the departure of Gisli Snaer, who steps down at the end of May. Peter started at LFS mid-May and taken over leadership as the Board of Governors lead the process to recruit a permanent successor. Peter has been a member of the Board at LFS for two years and has worked as an independent interim executive and consultant in Higher Education for more than 20 years, delivering strategic change in public and private education in the UK. He has held senior positions at London South Bank University, the University of Cumbria, the University of Salford, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Regent College London. Peter said of his new role: “I’ve worked alongside Gisli and the management team for several years now and seen first-hand the talent and hardworking nature of the London Film School students. I’m delighted to be part of the dedicated faculty and help bring to life the creativity of the enthusiasm of each of the students.”

 

Michael Francis

Moved within/to: Wellspring International Education
On: May 2022

Wellspring International Education, MENA. Michael Francis has been appointed regional director of marketing and recruitment for the Middle East and North Africa for Wellspring International Education. Michael is an accomplished & results-driven student recruitment director with over 10 years of professional experience within the field, building solid partnerships with agents, sponsors and high schools as well as enrolment management roles and leadership positions in student recruitment at leading educational institutions in both the UAE & Egypt. Currently based in Egypt, Michael has previously worked with several educational institutes including Hult International Business School, IDP Education, Study Group & lastly Coventry’s Branch Campus in Egypt. Michael graduated with a BA in Political Economy from Athabasca University in Alberta Canada.  Speaking about his new role at WellSpring Michael said, “I am very enthusiastic with my new role and leading a new team, there are lot of opportunities within the region and potential for Wellspring to lead in the MENA Region.”

Mark Garratt

Moved within/to: Anglia Ruskin University
On: April 2022

Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Mark Garratt has begun his role as the director of marketing, communications and recruitment for Anglia Ruskin University after previously announcing the news on LinkedIn. He joins the university from the University of Law, where he worked as Global director of international student recruitment, and had previous roles in international student recruitment at Swansea University and external affairs at the University of Bradford. Mark noted on his acceptance of the new post that he was “particularly struck by ARU’s three core mission statements of Inspiring Change, Building Communities and Driving Innovation”. He brings 13 years of experience in the higher education sector to the job. Mark said of his new role: “I’ve been committed to bringing together diverse communities over many years, as well as contributing to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity agenda. This new role at ARU will allow me to continue this work, which is dear to my heart.”

Thorsten Wilhelm

Moved within/to: University of Sydney
On: April 2022

University of Sydney, Australia. Thorsten Wilhelm has started a new role at the University of Sydney where he will be responsible for leafing faculty efforts in identifying new engagement opportunities, in the realm of business and development. The move comes after a stint at Western Sydney University where he looked after the development of its international development and global strategy in a bid to strengthen its brand recognition on international terrain Thorsten is looking forward to building on existing relationships with industry and other non-government organisations, including identifying opportunities for commercialisation of university-generated intellectual property and identifying and coordinating opportunities for University-wide cross-faculty collaboration. With over sixteen years of experience in the international education sector through his previous work with TAFE NSW, the University of New South Wales and other organisations, Thorsten is looking forward to this new challenge: “With Sydney University having established itself firmly on the forefront of world class tertiary education and research providers, I look forward to contributing to the critical role USYD is playing in securing Australia’s social and economic future in a sustainable and commercially viable manner.”

Jane Johnston

Moved within/to: StudyAdelaide
On: April 2022

StudyAdelaide, Australia. The Australian international education destination marketing body StudyAdelaide has appointed Jane Johnston as its new chief executive. Jane was appointed following a “nationally competitive process”. She brings a wealth of experience in international education, coupled with her leadership qualities and energy. Jane has held senior executive roles with StudyAdelaide, including most recently Director of strategy, communication and engagement. Prior to joining StudyAdelaide, Jane held senior marketing roles at the University of Adelaide and has established strong networks within the international education sector. Jane said of her new role: “StudyAdelaide will use Adelaide’s strength in collaboration to deliver a student experience that is the envy of Australia and promote this experience to international students in key markets. We also have the opportunity to further connect international students into the community and attract more talented students into our workforce.”

Mark Bailey

Moved within/to: BROWNS English Language School
On: April 2022

BROWNS English, Australia. It has been announced that Mark Bailey has taken up the post of global director – recruitment, marketing and partnerships at BROWNS English Language School. This new position will allow Mark “to reconnect with my international education colleagues in the vibrant and vital ELICOS space”. Mark joins BROWNS English from RM plc, where he served as regional sales lead for Australia and New Zealand. He was also previously director at EduFutures and had a regional sales directors post at Webnotek Education. Mark said of his new role: “With over 35,000 graduates during its proud 18-year history, I am excited to be joining the team at BROWNS and working with Mr. Justin Blake – CEO to continue delivering a premium experience to the next generation of BROWNS students. I genuinely look forward to reconnecting with valued friends and colleagues online and in-person at international education events globally as we ensure the continued success of one of Australia’s largest export earners – International Education.”

Jitendra Mishra

Moved within/to: Wellspring International Education
On: April 2022

Wellspring International Education, Global. Jitendra Mishra has been appointed as senior sales manager for India for Wellspring International Education. Jitendra is a “dynamic student recruitment specialist” with over eight years of professional experience in identifying and building agent networks, liaising with schools and counsellors, market research, and counselling students and parents. Jitendra has previously worked with organisations including GBS- Dubai, GUS- UK, PSB Academy- Singapore and Amity Education Group- Singapore and India. He did Masters in Travel and Tourism from CTH, London and graduated in Economics from India. Speaking about his experiences, Jitendra said: “Born in the holy city of Varanasi, India, I have had the opportunity to closely observe ancient sites and thriving cultures. It is the city that has inspired me to constantly challenge myself, adapt and explore new surroundings, engage with different people and embrace adventures.” 

Randy Pahlevi

Moved within/to: Australian National University
On: March 2022

The Australian National University, Australia. Randy Pahlevi has been appointed as the new senior partnerships manager for Indonesia at the Australian National University in Canberra. He joins the university with over ten years experience in marketing strategy, and with expertise in “product development, analytical decision making, and relationship-building”. Randy previously worked for Charles Darwin University as the regional manager for South East Asia, and before that as country marketing manager for Indonesia. He also worked as country market manager for Indonesia for Coventry University in the UK. Randy said of his new role: “I look forward to work closely with my colleagues, Firman Adi Prayogo, Peline Tan, and all team members throughout ANU’s International Strategy & Future Students Division, as well as all Colleges and Departments at ANU.”

Jorge Barrios

Moved within/to: EduCo Accelerate
On: March 2022

EduCo International Group/EduCo Accelerate, Global. Jorge Barrios has joined EduCo International Group to be LATAM regional director of its “superior AI-powered digital platform” Accelerate. Jorge previously worked as the LATAM regional sales manager and global sales coordinator for LCI Education, and brings with him nine years experience in the international education sector. He also held roles at Go Study Australia and The Language Gallery.  Jorge said of his new role: “This is an amazing opportunity to help consolidate a global leader in this category for international education, an industry I personally find very rewarding. I look forward to being part of a renowned international education group like EduCo and to continue assembling and growing talent in Latin America. I cannot wait to reconnect with my colleagues in the region!”

Jamie Brailsford

Moved within/to: UKLC
On: March 2022

UKLC, Global. Jamie Brailsford has moved to a new position in the UKLC team. Starting in March as the head of operations, Jamie is now overseeing both the year round and summer delivery at UKLC. Jamie has been with UKLC for 12 years, starting with positions in its summer centres and working his way up to the organisation’s head office team. He was responsible for the huge expansion of the company’s year-round offering in his role as out of summer manager. He has always had an eye over operations, especially for the out of summer business and whilst he loves to sell UKLC far and wide, he is keen to take over the delivery responsibility. “We know that our agents will be reassured to know they are in his hands, and he is very keen to maintain the relationships he has built up over several years with all of them,” a representative at UKLC said of Jamie’s move.

Anamika Saxena

Moved within/to: Sannam S4
On: March 2022

Sannam S4, India and University of Portsmouth, UK. Anamika Saxena has been named has the newest regional recruitment adviser at the University of Portsmouth, in partnership with Sannam S4. As a study abroad expert with over eight years of experience in international education counseling and student recruitment, she takes up the role after spending over three years at RedHill Education as a regional manager for the subcontinent.  Of her new role, Anamika said on LinkedIn: “I’m excited and looking forward to starting a new chapter of my career. I’m grateful to Melissa Mckenzie and Ruby Biscuit for what I have learned under their leadership and constant support; I would like to thank Sannam S4 Group and University of Portsmouth team for this opportunity and for such a smooth onboarding process.”

Carlos Díez de la Lastra

Moved within/to: Les Roches
On: March 2022

Les Roches Global Hospitality Education, Switzerland. Les Roches Global Hospitality Education has named Carlos Díez de la Lastra as its new CEO, succeeding the retiring Christine Demen Meier. Carlos brings 25 years’ experience in the higher education sector, the last eight as the head of the Les Roches campus in Marbella, where he established the leadership of the institution in Spain and its expansion on an international scale. Before joining Les Roches, he was VP of expansion and director general of the European University of the Canary Islands as part of the global network of Laureate International Universities.  Of his new role, Carlos said: “I welcome the challenge of leading one of the best educational institutions in the world. We are in challenging times, yet full of opportunities in the industry. Education will not only act as a springboard for hospitality and tourism growth, but also as a renovator of many of its longstanding concepts.”

David Woodward

Moved within/to: Seattle University
On: March 2022

Seattle University, US. Seattle University has welcomed David Woodward, who began in March as senior advisor for global engagement.  Woodward will work with SU to expand SU’s international enrollment management portfolio and increase its global engagement through a significant increase in partnerships and alliances. A proven leader in international education, David is principal of David Woodward & Associates LLC of Seattle. He brings to his role at SU over 30 years of senior-level leadership in working collaboratively with higher education institutions worldwide. Born in Iran, he is fluent in Persian, French and Arabic, studied Greek, Hebrew and German, and has traveled to more than 50 countries. He holds bachelor’s degrees in linguistics and history, a Master of Education in Higher Education with a specialisation in Teaching English as a Second Language and a Master of Arts in Near Eastern Languages and Civilisation, all from the University of Washington.

Melanie Gottlieb

Moved within/to: AACRAO
On: March 2022

AACRAO, Global. The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers announced that Melanie Gottlieb has assumed the role of the next executive director of the board. Melanie is the first woman to hold the role of executive director in the association’s history after nearly six years as the deputy director. She assumes the role on a permanent basis after leading it through the pandemic in an interim capacity. Melanie came to the national AACRAO office after 18 years as an AACRAO member, with experience in records and registration, enrollment management and international recruitment and cdredential evaluation. She has served the association in a variety of leadership roles throughout her career, most recently as vice president for international Education on the AACRAO Board of Directors. She said upon the announcement: “The space in which we work is evolving quickly and we have an opportunity to have real impact on the success of our institutions and the students we serve. I’m excited to lead this work with our partners and members.”

 

Anil Kumar

Moved within/to: Kaplan International
On: February 2022

Kaplan International, Global. Anil S Kumar has joined Kaplan International as the director 0f strategy in India. In this role, he will work across various functions of the organization to strengthen and expand its offerings. Anil has more than two decades of experience in building and managing premium educational institutions across various countries.  He has held executive roles at a number of institutions including Bennett University, SP Jain School of Management, Indian School of Business, and UIUC. His last assignment was as the CEO of the SGT University, a multidisciplinary university with more than 18 schools offering over 200 Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctorate programs, and including a medical school and multifunctional hospitals. Using his ability to understand the local market and global trends, he has fostered partnerships between industry and institutions in research and development.  He has helped build globally admired institutions that cater to the current needs of the market and challenge the status quo, and are in many ways the trendsetters for future innovations.

Zack Abdulhamid

Moved within/to: University Bridge
On: March 2022

University Bridge, Global. Zack Abdulhamid has joined University Bridge as Recruitment Manager for the Middle East and North Africa region. Zack is a masters graduate in computer science and has been in the international recruitment industry for over a decade, previously working at in the Cultural Affairs office of the Libyan embassy in London and for Study Group in Dubai. During his time at Study Group, he twice won sales person of the year. “I am really excited to join the passionate team at University Bridge, and to help more students from the Middle East and North Africa to reach elite Top 40 US universities through the University Bridge pathways,” he said on his appointment.

Rachel MacSween

Moved within/to: IDP Connect
On: March 2022

IDP Connect, Global. Rachel MacSween has recently joined the team at IDP Connect in the role of director of client partnerships for UK and Europe. Rachel will become the latest member of the IDP Connect Senior Leadership Team with responsibility for go-to-market strategies within the UK, and will play a central role in the development and delivery of IDP Connect’s suite of services, ensuring that they are tailored to our clients’ needs, driving diversity, volume and quality through strategic partnerships, data-driven insight and our Offer in Principle service. Rachel joins from the role of director of international recruitment, partnerships and mobility at the University of York, where she has been a member of the IDP Connect Advisory Panel. She has also worked at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and spent seven years with Navitas, where she worked in roles at Edinburgh Napier University and in Melbourne at La Trobe University.

Tracy Springer

Moved within/to: PSI - Skills for English
On: January 2022

PSI – Skills for English, Global. Tracy Springer has joined PSI Services as the US recognitions specialist for Skills for English, a SELT test focusing on direct entry into higher education institutions in the US. Tracy’s work will focus will primarily on obtaining recognition and approval nationwide for US colleges and universities enabling F-1 international students to study in the US. Tracy joins PSI after working in the educational publishing industry of Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press where she sold resources into IB and Cambridge schools in the US. Tracy said of her new role: “It’s exciting to join PSI at a time when we are all coming back out into the world after the pandemic. I’m looking forward to meeting international admissions directors to discuss their global engagement goals while out in the field visiting institutions and attending conferences. And, I hope my efforts will help make a difference in the educational path that an international student chooses.”

Derryn Belford

Moved within/to: StudyPerth
On: February 2022

StudyPerth, Australia. Derryn Belford has been appointed as StudyPerth’s new CEO. Derryn is a highly-respected leader in “both public and private sectors”, bringing a wealth of experience to her new role, international marketing and sector development. She previously worked at the helm of Tourism WA during the pandemic, and “supported the state’s tourism industry” through the issues faced and leading its efforts to provide assistance and navigate the industry through a “challenging period”. Her most recent post was as project director at the department of jobs, science, tourism and innovation. Derryn said of her new role: “International students are vitally important to WA and I know their absence has been felt during these challenging times. They add much to our diverse and vibrant community and our enduring relationships with countries throughout the world from which students come… we will continue to work toward welcoming international students as soon as it is safe to do so.”

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