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C.P. Gurnani

Moved within/to: upGrad
On: December 2023

upGrad, India. upGrad has announced the appointment of C.P. Gurnani to its Board of Directors. C.P. will serve as an independent non-executive director while it continues to ramp up its domestic and global operations. Under his 19 years of leadership as Tech Mahindra’s CEO & managing director, the company scaled up significantly, both in terms of operations/innovations and topline, retaining its position among the Top 5 Indian IT marquee players. He retired from his post last month and served on the Board of Mahindra & Mahindra for over three decades. Before Tech Mahindra, C.P. held leadership roles at HCL Perot JV as the founder and CEO. C.P. said, “As an independent director, I will prioritise the global expansion of the company, leveraging its strong credentials… It’s interesting to observe how upGrad is reversing the pyramid, empowering millions, and addressing the rising demand for upskilling, particularly in times of AI… I intend to work with the Board and mentor the management to set audacious goals that align with positioning upGrad as the global smart content factory.”

 

Cam Harvey

Moved within/to: Global Village English Centres
On: December 2023

Global Village, Canada. Cam Harvey has (re)joined Global Village as co-managing partner. Cam was GV’s Sales and Marketing leader between 1997-2005. Since leaving GV, Cam has led recruitment teams in all the segments of our markets: higher education, high school, and summer camps. Cam offers, “I am genuinely excited to be returning to the organisation that kicked off my career in this industry. I aim to use the various roles and experiences I have had in the industry over the last 18 years to help plot a new course for growth for GV.” This transition also marks the official retirement of John Taplin from GV and from the industry. John contributed enormously not just to GV but the industry through his tireless efforts at Languages Canada. Enjoy your well earned retirement, John!

Yifan Hou

Moved within/to: Greenwich International Education
On: January 2024

Greenwich International Education, UK. Yifan is thrilled to embark on her new journey with Greenwich International Education as a marketing executive. With a solid foundation in International Business from her undergraduate studies, Yifan discovered a profound interest in marketing, leading her to pursue a masters degree in International Marketing, where she honed her expertise in marketing strategy and digital marketing. Her professional journey is marked by notable experience in marketing and sales in the luxury watch industry. Additionally, her experience at a creative agency enriched her ability to orchestrate successful brand launch campaigns and develop impactful branding strategies. Yifan’s unique blend of academic knowledge and diverse industry experience positions her as a valuable asset to the GIE team. She is enthusiastic about leveraging her skills and insights to contribute to the company’s success and growth.

Brett Blacker

Moved within/to: Duolingo English Test
On: January 2024

Duolingo English Test, Global. Former English Australia CEO Brett Blacker has joined the team at Duolingo English Test as the company’s new managing director of Australia and New Zealand. In his new position, Brett will be responsible for driving significant growth and impact across the Australian market. Brett brings a wealth of experience in the higher education and assessment sectors, and his appointment signifies a crucial turning point for Duolingo and our stakeholders in the higher education sector, setting the stage for substantial impact and growth in the Australian market and beyond. He had held the post of CEO at English Australia since August 2015, and served as president of IEAA for a term in 2015. Upon leaving his post, he said: “I want to extend my sincere thanks to our members, industry partners, government colleagues, and the English Australia Board. Your incredible support over the past [eight] years has been instrumental in our shared success.”

Frank Jacob

Moved within/to: ESCP Business School
On: December 2023

ESCP Business School, Germany. Frank Jacob has taken up his position as the new rector of ESCP Business School in Berlin. He succeeds Professor Véronique Tran, who became ESCP’s executive VP for executive education and corporate relations on 1 July 2023. Frank Jacob was appointed professor of marketing at ESCP in 2002 and has been a member of the European Department of Marketing ever since. Frank was elected by the School’s Academic Senate and appointed rector by professor Léon Laulusa, executive president and dean of ESCP. In this role, he will strengthen ESCP’s outstanding position and excellence in teaching and research, and further develop its unique multicultural and multidisciplinary approach. “I feel honoured and grateful for the trust placed in me by the entire ESCP community. We want to further develop ESCP’s Berlin campus as a centre for management studies with the greatest cultural diversity in Germany. I am particularly keen to raise awareness among our students of the ethical standards of our European value system and to share these with our international graduates in all regions of the world.”

Ana Ortiz

Moved within/to: Orbital Education
On: September 2023

Orbital Education, Spain. Ana was recently appointed as head of integration at Orbital Education. She completed her BA(Hons) in International Business and French at Kingston University, London in 2013. Over the course of her career, Ana has played a pivotal role in the establishment and expansion of companies worldwide, bringing her expertise to bear in various regions, including Spain, Singapore, the UK, the USA, and Ghana. In recent years, she held the prestigious position of managing director at The British School of Cordoba, a renowned British school in Spain, where she not only upheld but significantly enhanced its reputation for academic excellence and student success. Ana’s professional trajectory serves as a testament to her visionary approach and outstanding leadership qualities, consistently transforming concepts into thriving businesses and propelling teams to achieve remarkable success in both corporate and educational settings. Her global perspective, combined with a commitment to excellence, has made her a standout figure in the dynamic and competitive landscape of international business and education.

David Johnstone

Moved within/to: NexPay
On: December 2023

NexPay, Australia. NexPay, a global payment solutions provider specialising in educational sector transactions, has appointed David Johnstone as its new non-executive chair. David, who is also chair of Envirosuite (ASX:EVS), brings more than 35 years of experience in financial services and emerging technologies, with extensive merger & acquisition and IPO experience in the UK and Australia. His previous stints include Cooper Investors, Kepa Financial Services, GPS Wealth, Pacific Environment, and Centrepoint Alliance (ASX:CAF). David said: “I am honoured to take on the role of Chair at such a pivotal moment in NexPay’s strong growth trajectory. The road ahead is laden with opportunities, and I am committed to steering NexPay towards a future of global recognition and enhanced service delivery.”

Michael Lynas

Moved within/to: Duolingo English Test
On: December 2023

Duolingo English Test, Global. Michael Lynas joins the Duolingo English Test team as UK country lead. He was previously serving as VP of strategic initiatives at INTO University Partnerships. Michael is an experienced leader with a track record of founding and growing impactful new ventures. As well as INTO, he’s worked across all three sectors – for Bain in the private sector, for No10 in the public sector, and in the not-for-profit sector he founded National Citizen Service (NCS). Under his leadership NCS grew into a national institution enshrined in legislation and by Royal Charter that has created billions of pounds of social value by supporting 600,000 young people. He continues to serve NCS as a Patron and sits on the Boards of the John Browne Charitable Trust and City Year UK. He has degrees in politics and public policy from Cambridge and Harvard.

Luke Sheehy

Moved within/to: Universities Australia
On: February 2024

Universities Australia, Australia. The Universities Australia Board has appointed Luke Sheehy as the body’s new chief executive for a five-year term. Luke has more than 20 years’ experience shaping the agenda of higher education and has led the Australian Technology Network of Universities for almost five years. He has held key education roles in government, along with working as an education and strategy consultant for the Asian Development Bank and also held senior management roles at Swinburne University. “As the first member of my family to graduate from university, I know first-hand the power of education to transform lives and I am driven to ensure that opportunity is provided to as many people as possible,” Luke said. “Australia’s success is intrinsically linked to a strong pipeline of skills delivered by our world-class universities. With 2024 set to be a year of big reform, I will bring the energy and enthusiasm necessary to ensure we come up with meaningful change and advance the interests of UA’s members.”

 

Ian Aird

Moved within/to: English Australia
On: January 2023

English Australia, Australia. English Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Aird as the new Chief Executive Officer for English Australia. Ian brings over 20 years’ experience in the ELICOS sector and is widely-recognised in the international education community. His professional journey spans various colleges in Australia, Europe and Asia, and he has accumulated comprehensive expertise ranging from executive management, marketing, teaching and CELTA training to admissions, finance and IT. Ian also successfully operated a strategy and management consultancy focused on the international education sector for five years. With a robust background in corporate governance and eight years of experience as a board director, including serving as a director and Deputy Chair for the English Australia Board, Ian is well-equipped to lead English Australia to continued success.

Charles Hornstra

Moved within/to: EducationUSA
On: January 2024

EducationUSA, US. EducationUSA has announced Charles Hornstra will join the Europe & Eurasia team as REAC: regional manager for West & Northern Europe. He is based in the Hague in the Netherlands. Having worked as the REAC: regional manager in East Asia & the Pacific for more than six years and in educational diplomacy for more than a decade, Charles Hornstra boasts a wealth of experience collaborating with the U.S. higher education community. His focus includes international student mobility issues, innovative regional recruitment strategies, and the creation of impactful engagement opportunities. Charles is dedicated to promoting U.S. higher education and fostering meaningful connections that transcend borders. He is a proud Fulbright alumnus and graduate of Rutgers University. As REAC, Charles will oversee EducationUSA’s advising and outreach activities in Belgium, Bermuda, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Beverley Orr-Ewing

Moved within/to: GlobalEd Consult
On: October 2023

GlobalEd Consult, UK. Beverley Orr-Ewing has recently launched a brand new business venture as director of GlobalEd Consult. Drawing on her extensive experience in international student mobility and recruitment GlobalEd Consult will provide support, advice and project management to institutions and organisations across the HE sector both in the UK and further afield. Beverley was most recently director of the Centre for Study Abroad at the University of Bristol leading on short-term student mobility and summer programmes. She was responsible for an ambitious and creative mobility strategy achieving significant growth in student numbers. She has a particular understanding of how mobility can be strategically embedded to support wider internationalisation aims. Beverley said:” I’m thrilled to launch my new consultancy and to work with universities to support their student mobility and recruitment ambitions using my 20 years of experience in the field.”

Margaret Wenger

Moved within/to: ECE
On: November 2023

ECE, UK.  Margaret Wenger has been in the field of international credential evaluation since 1990, having previously worked in Togo and Japan. After many years at Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) as an evaluator, senior evaluator, and senior director of evaluation, she is now ECE’s senior director of information and knowledge. In her new role Margaret will focus on providing international education professionals with resources and up-to-date information on evaluation methods, trends, and processes. She is the author of ECE Presents: The Educational System of Tunisia and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Its Educational System and Methods of Evaluation, and has contributed to other publications. She leads TAICEP’s (The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals) Digital Student Data initiatives and serves on the board of directors of the Groningen Declaration Network. “As international education changes, I am excited to find new ways to share ECE’s expertise and knowledge with others in international education, and work with colleagues around the world to further the possibilities of technology, cooperation, and outreach to support international learner mobility.”

 

 

Chris Goodbourn

Moved within/to: GEMS Education Group
On: December 2023

GEMS Education Group, Global. Chris Goodbourn has been appointed as the director – university partnerships at GEMS Education Group, situated within the GEMS For Life team. Drawing on his extensive 14-year background in education, Chris will cultivate meaningful partnerships with higher education Institutions & organisations, to enhance the value and career opportunities for GEMS senior and graduating students each year. Chris brings a wealth of experience, having previously served as the regional director for Asia at Amerigo Education, a leading provider of high school programs for international students in the USA and Canada and with 12 years at global pathway provider Navitas, where Chris held a variety of roles including Director of Marketing and Admissions, BCUIC and Regional Manager, Southeast Asia. He said of his new role “I’m very excited to be working with HE institutions globally to build best-fit opportunities for all GEMS Alumni, and to continue to celebrate the amazing work the GEMS Schools do every year”.

Clara Hawking

Moved within/to: Globeducate
On: September 2023

Globeducate, Global. Clara Hawking was recently appointed as Globeducate’s first official head of artificial intelligence Clara holds a Master of Computer Science from the University of Stockholm with a focus on inclusion inLearning Management Systems and machine learning, then further specialising in AI at Master Level, which has equipped her with a keen understanding of the ethical implications of AI technology in education. She also holds a Master ́s degree in Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics, a Master of Theology in Peace and Conflict Resolution, and a PhD candidacy in Political Philosophy and Psychology. Clara also holds an executive certificate in accelerating digital innovation from the Stockholm School of Economics. She has a passion for volunteering, which is evident through her role a voluntary director of ICT and digitalisation at an educational organisation in Kenya. Clara ́s appointment reinforces Globeducate ́s unwavering commitment to holding a position and will lead on all educational policies, programmes, guidance, training, and curricula initiatives for AI, as the group demonstrates its commitment to navigating the frontier of AI in education.

Andrew Rennie

Moved within/to: OTHM Qualifications
On: November 2023

OTHM Qualifications, UK. The OFQUAL Awarding Organisation OTHM has appointed Andrew Rennie to the role of head of partnerships – leading on the business development activities and strategy of the organisation. Andrew brings over 20 years of experience from the international education sector, with a passion for trans-national education. He has a track record in opening new markets and forming strategic alliances and collaborations in the pursuit of taking British education to learners abroad. Previously, he has worked for the Awarding Organisation NCC Education, and two UK universities within an international capacity. The university experience involved International Student Recruitment, which are skills that he says often come in useful when supporting and growing partner institutions abroad. “OTHM is an outstanding, ambitious organisation with a strong focus on having a continuously expanding portfolio of relevant courses, high quality, and growth. I am honoured and excited to join a fantastic team and to have the opportunity to help drive the business development activities during this exciting period.”

James Pitman

Moved within/to: Independent Higher Education
On: December 2023

Independent HE, UK. IHE has welcomed James Pitman as its new chair of the Board. James has served on the IHE Board for a number of years, most recently in the position of vice chair, and has been instrumental in guiding our work in key areas such as member growth and international education. James is the managing director, Higher Education UK & Europe, at Study Group, having joined the business in 2007. He has held a variety of senior international roles in the music industry and education publishing. James is a member of the British Council’s HE Sector Group, a founding member of Destination for Education, and founding advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for International Students. Of his new role, he said: “Almost all of the ambitions we have as a country are underpinned by education – a vibrant economy and enhanced productivity, innovation, a skilled workforce, excellent healthcare and a thriving creative sector. Independent Higher Education members make an essential contribution to each of these, supporting talented people from the UK and overseas to pursue their educational ambitions and future career success.”

Adam Kilburn

Moved within/to: NEAS
On: November 2023

NEAS, Australia. Adam Kilburn has been named the next CEO and public officer of NEAS Australia. Adam brings extensive experience in the English Language Teaching sector, most recently as director of Holmesglen’s English Language Centre in Melbourne. Adam has had executive oversight for ELICOS, AMEP and teacher training programs within a TAFE and training environment, specialising in management and bringing experience as lead teacher and teacher trainer specialist. With deep knowledge of student recruitment, quality and compliance, and curriculum development, NEAS is confident that Adam’s skill set and experience in business start-ups and process improvement will be an asset to NEAS. Adam holds a Master of Arts (Language and Literacy) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). The NEAS team, consisting of Daniel Yuen, operations manager, Rima Ibrahim, education manager and Peetra Lechte, communications manager, continue to support the organisation’s members throughout the leadership transition period.

John Crick

Moved within/to: International Education Sustainability Group
On: November 2023

International Education Sustainability Group, Australia.  John Crick has joined the team at International Education Sustainability Group as partnerships director UK for the Climate Action Barometer for international education. John joins the International Education Sustainability Group after five years at Enroly, where he was in the role of director of Enroly services and compliance. Prior to his time at Enroly, he was at the SAE Institute as director of international student recruitment, and previously as a marketing director. Speaking of his new role, he said: “Having established a Founders Group of prominent Australian and NZ universities for the Climate Action Barometer, we are now doing the same for forward-looking universities here in the UK. If you’d like to know more about what we’re doing or you’d just like to have a chat about sustainability issues affecting our sector, please get in touch!”

Iain Murray

Moved within/to: TechnologyOne UK
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TechnologyOne UK, UK. Iain Murray has started a new position as a corporate account manager at TechnologyOne UK, which supports SaaS solutions and aims to make life simple for higher education and local government institutions. He joins the company after three years working at the Estonian higher education technology outfit DreamApply, where he was in the role of head of global sales. Iain said upon the news of his hiring at TechnologyOneUK: “My next step has taken twelve months of patience to make sure that the role and company are the correct fit and with Technology One they easily ticked all the boxes. The technology landscape in education is changing and I can’t wait to get out and catch up with new and existing relationships and share how Technology One is disrupting the market.”

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