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Ksenia Drobysheva

Moved within/to: Medic Mentor
On: November 2022

Medic Mentor, UK. Ksenia Drobysheva has recently joined the UK’s largest medical school application company, Medic Mentor, as the COO International, responsible for setting up its international arm. Over the past 15 years, Ksenia has held senior marketing and international student recruitment positions across secondary and higher education sectors at organisations such as Mander Portman Woodward (MPW), Study Group and Royal Holloway, UoL. Ksenia is also a founding partner and head of strategy at Bluechip English, featuring the Progress to IELTS platform designed to support IELTS students and teachers. Of her new role, Ksenia said: “We see growing demand for medical education, and I’m delighted international students can now benefit from our range of programmes.”

John Baugh

Moved within/to: Artemis Education
On: November 2022

Artemis Education, Global. Artemis Education has appointed John Baugh as chief education officer. A headmaster in UK prep schools for over 30 years, John brings a wealth of education leadership experience, detailed curriculum construction and implementation, and senior leadership team management to his role of chief education officer. John’s advisory expertise has benefitted a number of organisations. He has served as a member of the Independent Preparatory Schools Association Governing Council and chairman of their education committee, and as chairman of the UK Boarding Schools’ Association. John’s articles and papers have featured in educational journals and publications and he is a regular speaker at educational conferences. He has undertaken inspections for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). John is currently an advisor to Jinseki International School, Japan, and the Akademeia Educational Group, Poland. In recent years, he served as executive director of St Andrew’s School, Kenya.

Daniel Trepanier

Moved within/to: Virtual Internships
On: December 2022

Virtual Internships, Global. Dan Trepanier has joined Virtual Internships as the Vice President of Partnerships. Dan’s career has been focused on early-stage startups, initially in the Boston area, to Co-Founding Permabit Technology Corporation. Dan then moved into the edtech market, rapidly growing companies like Raptor and Remind101. Dan is excited to join Virtual Internships to provide universities around the globe the opportunity to offer students an inclusive, diverse, and sustainable remote work experience.

Elaine Meyer-Lee

Moved within/to: Forum on Education Abroad
On: December 2022

Forum on Education Abroad, US. The Forum on Education Abroad has announced the appointment of Elaine Meyer-Lee as the next editor of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. Amy is provost and senior VP for Academic Affairs at Goucher College. Since earning her doctorate in human development and psychology from Harvard in 1999, she has researched college student development within the context of intercultural higher education at multiple institutions and taught courses in Global Studies, Intercultural Studies, and Leadership, as well as Psychology. Elaine brings experience in research, practice, and strategic leadership in education abroad and higher education to her new role as editor. She assumes the role as successor to Audrey J. Murrell, professor of business administration, psychology, and public and international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

Amy Lobl

Moved within/to: Virtual Internships
On: December 2022

Virtual Internships, Global. Amy Lobl has joined Virtual Internships as head of partnership development for the Middle East and Africa, working with universities whose ambition is to improve employability opportunities for their students. Amy has been working in international education for the last 13 years specialising in recruitment, internationalisation, and partnership development across five different countries. Amy started her career at Bath Spa University in the UK assisting Chinese students in study abroad programs before moving to Kenya to work with Navitas on foundation pathways management in Australia, US, and Canada. Since then, Amy has relocated to Dubai, first working with Pearson in online program development and then at St. George’s University as a Recruitment Director in their School of Medicine.

Ben Jehan

Moved within/to: Mozaik Play
On: December 2022

Mozaik Play, Australia. Mozaik Play has announced that Ben Jehan has joined the Mozaik Play management team as VP of product & technology. Ben is a creative thinker with a wealth of experience leading global product and technology teams across both B2C and B2B businesses. Ben will be focused on helping us build the foundation for scale for the Mozaik Play ecosystem. His previous roles include being director and co-founder of GoTo in Australia, where he developed experience conceptualising product ideas, identifying gaps in the market and leading product innovation for B2B2C. Ben said of his new role in a post on LinkedIn: “Very excited to join the Mozaik Play team as VP Product & Technology. Looking forward for the ride!”

Thomas Opio

Moved within/to: Kaplan International Pathways
On: November 2022

Kaplan International Pathways, Global. Thomas Opio has joined Kaplan International Pathways as head of US student recruitment for Latin America and Africa. A veteran in international education for 15 years, Thomas joins Kaplan from the University of Arizona where he was the program director for Africa initiatives and engagement at Study Arizona. Thomas also has extensive experience in collaborating with MENA institutions and embassies having spent a period of time at Zayed University, UAE. Thomas is a keen athlete, and has worked closely with the American National Collegiate Athletic Association to support international student athletes with recruitment, developing information sessions and inclusivity manuals as well as helping students gain athletics scholarships. Of his new role, Thomas said: “I’m excited about what we can achieve in LATAM and Africa as Kaplan increases investment in talent and activities in the region.”


Jorge Barrios

Moved within/to: Grok Global Services
On: November 2022

Grok Global Services, Latin America.  Jorge Barrios has taken up the role of access director – Latin America at Grok Global Services based in Bogota, Colombia. In his new role, Jorge will work with Grok’s Global Access clients to help deliver on their internationalisation strategies in key Latin American diversification markets. Originally from Lima, Peru, Jorge’s extensive experience in higher education and student recruitment spans across the region and includes working with EdTech operations, study abroad agency management, and consulting for staffing and sales enablement projects. Of his new role, Jorge said: “The landscape of international student recruitment around the world has changed, and LATAM is no exception. A greater focus on intra-regional student mobility, the increased presence of new study destinations, and the various technological solutions on offer have made clear that a more sophisticated approach to channel diversification is key to cementing a growing presence in the region. It’s a great time to be joining Grok and working with our clients to expand their enrolment bases in this important diversification market.”

Mark Bentley

Moved within/to: Bentley GSC
On: October 2022

Bentley GSC, UK. Mark Bentley has left the UEA Global team after 12 happy and successful years to found the agency Bentley Global Study Consultancy. The agency will give online support to UK bound international students, primarily targeting the African student recruitment markets.
Mark’s experience at UEA was as a regional manager, where he worked across a wide range of recruitment markets, most recently overseeing recruitment and operations for Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Bentley GSC support aims to suit the student clients, without being restricted only to office hours. The free agency service will include support in every aspect of the application journey. Mark strongly believes in the importance of expertise guidance for students to make one of the biggest decisions of their lives.
Mark says: “This is a huge step for me. I’m so excited about the opportunity to take on big new challenges whilst at the same time working directly on actual student recruitment – something I’ve always loved!”

Hannah Clayton

Moved within/to: Edvoy
On: July 2022

Edvoy, UK. Hannah Clayton started at Edvoy as a partnerships officer in July. In her role, Hannah supports the partnerships team with the creation and development of current and prospective partners, she additionally manages the onboarding and maintenance of Edvoy’s partners in Ireland and New Zealand. Hannah contributes to all partnership related activities including the coordination of training events, and representing Edvoy at conferences both local and international. Hannah’s previous experience stems from a further education background with a specific focus on mental health, special educational needs and safeguarding. Hannah wanted to broaden her horizons and experience the higher education industry. “I’m proud to work in partnerships and be a part of a diverse team that helps students around the globe find their perfect study destination. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s really all about,” Hannah said of her new role.

Amy Easton

Moved within/to: Edinburgh Napier University
On: October 2022

Edinburgh Napier University, UK. Amy Easton has joined Edinburgh Napier University as the international partnership manager for Africa, Middle East and South Asia. Amy has worked to support and welcome international students to Scotland for over 14 years. She has previously worked as the Regional manager for the Americas at the University of Aberdeen as well as the international recruitment manager for the Americas at the University of Stirling. In addition to working within student recruitment, she also has a background in short-term programmes including working with International Summer Schools, English Language Programmes, as well as Study Abroad and Exchanges. Amy was an international student herself and moved from California, USA to complete her BSc (Hons) and MSc at the University of Stirling.

Eleonora Cattaneo

Moved within/to: Glion Institute of Higher Education
On: October 2022

Glion Institute of Higher Education, UK. Eleonora Cattaneo has joined the Glion team as director for the Master’s in Luxury Management and Guest Experience. Eleonora has obtained a PhD in Marketing from the University of Pavia in Italy, an MBA from SDA Bocconi, and a BA from the University of Bristol and has extensive industry experience in the field of marketing as a consultant and senior advisor for global brands and leading luxury hospitality groups. Her research focuses on rebranding, heritage branding and sustainable buying behaviour in the field of luxury. Prior to her position at Glion, she was director of executive education at Swiss Education Group. She was also head of programme for the MA Luxury Brand Management at Regent’s University London and before that was a faculty member at SDA Bocconi in Milan where she designed and led executive education and MBA programmes.

Mariam Megally

Moved within/to: Glion Institute of Higher Education
On: September 2022

Glion Institute of Higher Education, UK. In Switzerland, Mariam Megally has been appointed as Glion Education’s new program director for the Master’s in Hospitality, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Mariam brings a breadth of international business experience focused on entrepreneurship skills. She began her career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co before entering the corporate food and beverage sector at Starbucks and Nestlé, a career path which culminated in her taking the role of Starbucks Global Strategic Innovation Director for Nestlé. Since 2012, Mariam has served as strategy professor for the Executive MBA at Solvay Brussels School Vietnam. She is also a judge and mentor for the global start-up accelerator Mass Challenge where she provides mentoring for start-ups in food and sustainability. Mariam has previously been a professor for the Building Brand Equity class within the Master.

Nicholas Northam

Moved within/to: Glion Institute of Higher Education
On: September 2022

Glion Institute of Higher Education, UK. Nicholas Northam has recently joined Glion Institute of Higher Education London, where he will teach Global Real Estates Markets on the Master’s in Real Estate, Finance and Development. During his wide and varied career spanning over 40 years within the hospitality business, Nicholas has previously been general manager of a number of Marriott Hotels and was operations director for Marriott in the UK. He additionally spent over a decade in asset management, most recently as Executive Vice President for Interstate Hotels and Resorts, Europe’s largest third-party management company and the international arm of Aimbridge Hospitality.

Debra Adams

Moved within/to: Glion Institute of Higher Education
On: September 2022

Glion Institute of Higher Education, UK. Debra Adams, who has been a consultant lecturer at Glion Institute of Higher Education since 2017, has now assumed the position of program director of the school’s Master’s in Real Estate, Finance and Development, and is based at Glion’s London campus. She has previously held positions at a number of hotel schools in the UK and Switzerland and is a specialist in hospitality finance training for finance professionals and operational heads of department in hotels, restaurants and leisure facilities. Debra is also a trustee and member of the National Supervisory Board at the Institute of Hospitality.

Joana Westphal

Moved within/to: Universities UK
On: November 2022

Universities UK International, UK. Joana Westphal has recently taken up the role of head of transnational Education (TNE) at Universities UK International (UUKi). Prior to her new role, she has worked within UUKi’s Policy and Engagement Team leading the TNE programme to support universities in building sustainable, scalable partnerships across the globe. Joana has worked in international higher education across different areas, including recruitment, research and TNE, with a particular focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Before her roles at UUKi, Joana worked at IFAIR – Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations – as a regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. She has an undergraduate degree in international relations and Arabic and a master’s in sociology.

Eduardo Ramos

Moved within/to: QAA
On: November 2022

QAA, UK. Eduardo Ramos has joined the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education as director of international and professional services. Eduardo will lead on the delivery of QAA’s international and commercial activities, including QAA’s international membership services, accreditation, consultancy and the Quality Evaluation and Enhancement of UK TNE (QE-TNE) scheme. He will also be responsible for leading international partnership building, ensuring the Agency continues to work with governments, agencies and institutions globally to benefit UK higher education and its international reputation. Eduardo joins QAA from UUKi, where he led the transnational education programme of work for four years. Prior to this Eduardo worked on education internationalisation for Spanish agency ICEX-Invest in Spain, Audencia Business School in France and St George’s, University of London. “I am delighted to join the UK’s independent quality body for higher education at a crucial moment in its history… I am fortunate to rely on a team of excellent highly experienced professionals, and to be led by at committed leadership team.”

Mark Jeynes

Moved within/to: CIL Management Consultants
On: November 2022

Cil Management Consultants, UK. CIL Management Consultants, an international strategy consultancy, has recently appointed Mark Jeynes as a partner overseeing growth of the company’s Education & Training practice, focused on M&A and value creation across the sector. Mark has worked with CIL since 2015 on a project basis and took on a Senior Advisor role in 2020. With a well-rounded background in consultancy, operations, finance and education, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge of the education sector and how megatrends such as the increasing prevalence of EdTech and the growing market of international students in tertiary education. As the co-founder and director of Inspiring Futures Education, a group of international boarding schools, Mark brings hands-on education sector experience to the role. Mark commented on his new role: “It’s an exciting time to be taking on the role of Education Partner given the current appetite for investment and innovation within the sector. CIL has ambitious growth objectives and an excellent track record in the sector and I’m really looking forward to furthering that success.”


Ciara Newby

Moved within/to: Cialfo
On: October 2022

Cialfo, Global. Cialfo PTE has appointed Ciara Newby as director of university engagement (UK and Europe). Cialfo is a one-stop solution that brings together people, software and data to simplify college and career counselling workflows for International students. Ciara has been involved in international education for over 15 years, initially as a languages teacher then senior leader in Nord Anglia Education.  Here she supported students and parents as they considered the next steps and choosing the right university. A return to the UK was an opportunity to rethink her career and she was motivated to move into international recruitment. Ciara worked as an international officer at the University of Birmingham, and joins Cialfo after four successful years at the University of Bath where she was head of international undergraduate recruitment. During her time at Bath Ciara was also an elected member of the BUILA executive, where she oversaw training and supported the BUILA annual conference. In her new role at Cialfo, Ciara will work with the Cialfo community of university partners across the UK and Europe in order to help them succeed in their international recruitment strategies.

Aleksandra Peeva

Moved within/to: LSE IDEAS
On: October 2022

LSE IDEAS, UK. Dr. Aleksandra Peeva has been named the 2022-2023 Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, The London School of Economics’ foreign policy think tank. Aleksandra is a consultant with the World Bank and a research fellow at Humboldt University of Berlin, focusing on economic interdependencies and the use of economics in achieving political goals – including the impact of 2014 US and EU sanctions on electoral behaviour in Russia. The Sotirov Fellowship provides support for a scholar to conduct research on Bulgaria and the Balkan region, to understand its recent history, international affairs, and the challenges it faces today and will likely face in the future. The fellowship is possible thanks to the generous endowment by Mrs Mladena Sotirov. Aleksandra said of her new role: “I am very grateful to the Sotirov family for this unique opportunity to join LSE IDEAS – a place posing thought-provoking questions of global relevance and connecting academic research with the practice of foreign policy.”

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