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Recent Movers & Shakers

Carlos Cantu

Moved within/to: PeopleCert
On: September 2021

PeopleCert, Global. Carlos Cantu has recently moved to PeopleCert to look after its Education Partnership Development in Canada to strengthen the LanguageCert English Proficiency test brand recognition. Apart from building awareness for the LanguageCert test with colleges and universities, the newly created role will see Carlos shape the strategic development of partnerships for PeopleCert’s ever-growing portfolio of highly sought-after Certifications in Business and IT. Carlos has more than 20 years of experience in the international education sector through his previous work as an agent, accommodation and internship placement provider, international student recruiter and recently as an International Affairs officer with the University of British Columbia overseeing university partnership and special programs for the School of Kinesiology. Carlos is looking forward to this new challenge: “With PeopleCert’s exceptional performance, innovation and the delivery of world-class certification services to the global market, I am excited to be playing a role in PeopleCert’s market entry strategy,” he said.

Nathan Whittaker

Moved within/to: Kaplan International Pathways
On: August 2021

Kaplan International Pathways, UK. Nathan Whittaker recently joined Kaplan International Pathways as Head of College Services at the University of Essex International College. Nathan arrives at Kaplan with over ten years of experience in international education across teaching, student recruitment, partner management and graduate outcomes. Now based in the UK, Nathan has spent many years working internationally, predominantly in East Asia but also other key markets. At Kaplan, Nathan will take control of non-academic functions at the University of Essex International College, ensuring a high level of student satisfaction and operational success. This role will draw on Nathan’s previous experience working with university pathway centres at INTO University Partnerships and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Amy VanSurksum

Moved within/to: ApplyBoard
On: May 2021

ApplyBoard, US. Amy VanSurksum joined ApplyBoard, a global hybrid platform for international student recruitment and admissions, as Partner Relations Manager for the USA. In this role, Amy will seek out and support higher education institutions interested in partnering with ApplyBoard to attract students from more than 125 countries, creating greater access and opportunities to students around the world. Amy comes to ApplyBoard with over 22 years of international enrolment management and leadership experience in the US and UK. Throughout her career, she has been an active volunteer-leader with NAFSA and strives to make the world a better place through global student mobility.

Annie Campbell

Moved within/to: ILSC Education Group
On: October 2021

ILSC Education Group, Canada. Annie Campbell has joined ILSC Education Group in the role of Director, Montréal. Annie has worked in language education for 13 years in college, university and corporate environments and brings eight years of international education management experience. With a background in linguistics, TESL and FLE, Annie is perfectly bilingual in English and French. In addition, Annie comes to ILSC with years of experience as a student of languages, a teacher of languages, a traveler, a community builder and a language school director. ILSC is delighted to welcome Annie and Collège Greystone Montréal and knows that her passion and experience will help drive transformative learning, living, and working experiences for students, teachers and staff in Montréal.

Mamokgethi Phakeng

Moved within/to: University of Bristol
On: October 2021

University of Bristol, UK. A trailblazing academic leader has embarked on an exciting new role as the University of Bristol’s first-ever Bristol Illustrious Visiting Professor to supercharge African scholarship, inspire learning, and strengthen relationships on a global stage. Mamokgethi Phakeng was invited to undertake the inaugural position in recognition of her exceptional work in mathematics education and university leadership in post-apartheid South Africa. The year-long appointment will feature a series of public lectures open to all online and everyone can also watch the virtual launch event on Wednesday, 20 October. “Being appointed as the first Illustrious Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol is a great honour, not only for me on a personal level, but also for African scholarship. It’s an opportunity to share from the work I have done in multilingual mathematics classrooms in South Africa,” Mamokgethi said.


Shawna Garrett

Moved within/to: EduNova
On: September 2021

EduNova, Canada. Shawna Garrett joined EduNova as president and CEO on September 27, 2021. Originally from the Maritimes, Shawna has held registrarial and enrolment management positions at Acadia University, NSCAD University, College of the North Atlantic – Qatar and Mount Allison University. She has also worked as a superintendent, principal and dean at international schools in Japan and China. Her wide-ranging experiences in student recruitment, retention and affairs are ideal for leading EduNova into its next phase. “I am excited to have the opportunity to champion Nova Scotia as a leader in the international student experience while advancing social and economic growth in the province,” Shawna said. “EduNova has made a positive impact in Nova Scotia, across the country and around the world. I look forward to continuing to implement innovative student recruitment and retention initiatives.”

Ambesh Tiwari

Moved within/to: Leverage Edu
On: September 2021

Leverage Edu, Global. Ambesh Tiwari has joined Leverage Edu as Chief Marketing Officer and will lead the company’s growth, marketing, and institutional sales to advance Leverage Edu’s expansion plans. The development comes when leverage Edu is rolling out aggressive expansion plans and strengthening its foothold in the global market, primarily the UK/ Europe. “Ambesh brings rich experience with him and we are thrilled to welcome him in our leadership team,” said Leverage founder and CEO, Akshay Chaturvedi. “We are very confident that he will lead Leverage Edu and successfully establish our place both nationally and internationally in the growing edtech ecosystem.” Ambesh completed his master’s in Business Administration from Said Business School, Oxford University and has held corporate strategy roles spanning over the past decade. “I am excited to join Leverage Edu and share my efforts to create widespread brand awareness while pushing for a very strong growth agenda,” Ambesh said.

Andrew Dutton

Moved within/to: ASK4
On: October 2021

ASK4, UK. Andrew Dutton will take over as CEO of ASK4 after founder Jonathan Burrows will step down after 21 years in the role. Andrew will lead the company through the next phase of expansion. He is joining ASK4 from marketing services provider Adare International, where he has taken the business into dozens of new countries and overseen significant growth. Having grown the business from a one-man start up to an almost 200 strong workforce delivering services in 10 countries, Jonathan will be taking up a role as a non-executive member of the ASK4 Group Board. “ASK4 is a fantastic organisation, and I am delighted to be involved in the next phase of its development,” Andrew said. “In the last few years, I have been impressed by the Group’s commitment to its clients, the services it delivers, and its ability to expand at the same time as maintaining standards and quality.”


Edgar Vallois

Moved within/to: Global Education Group
On: October 2021

Global Education Group, Global. Edgar Vallois has joined Global Education Group (English Path & GBS – Global Applied Knowledge) as Business Development Manager, Latin America. Edgar brings a wealth experience in international student recruitment in Latin America and Europe; he has worked for 10+ years in the industry with senior roles at various providers. Edgar will help English Path & GBS to establish its presence in Latin America and forge new partner relationships throughout the continent and will work to support and strengthen the company’s global expansion. Over the past decade, Edgar has worked in a range of roles at FTI Group and LAL Language Centres.

Andrew Plant

Moved within/to: QS Enrolment Solutions
On: September 2021

QS Enrolment Solutions, Global. Andrew Plant has joined QS Enrolment Solutions as Business Development Director for UK and Europe after 10 years at Nottingham Trent University where his most recent role was Associate Director of NTU Global. He will be using over 15 years of international HE experience to help universities and colleges in the UK and Europemaximise their ability to attract, recruit and retain students with the help of QS Enrolment Solutions’ suite of sector-leading services and technologies. Andrew was previously on the executive committee for BUILA and has extensive experience of developing recruitment and marketing strategies, transnational education partnerships, and international university management that secures sustainable revenue streams. He will focus on working with new clients for QS Enrolment Solutions and how they can innovate to increase student satisfaction and ROI through admissions, enrolment and retention services.  

Judith Polack

Moved within/to: Abbey College in Malvern
On: October 2021

Abbey College in Malvern, UK. Abbey College in Malvern is pleased to welcome Judith Polack as its new Business Development and Marketing Manager. With an early background as a secondary school teacher in an independent school, Judith segued into business management and marketing and over the past 15 years she has led the growth of a private hospital and an e-commerce venture. She now returns to her love of education, taking on the business development and marketing management for Abbey College in Malvern. “I have never stepped away from my passion for providing young people with exceptional educational and growth opportunities,” she said. “I have consistently worked on teenage mentorship programmes and alongside youth advocacy services while working in the corporate world. When the role came up to work with Abbey College in Malvern, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to promote a beautiful and high-quality British education to as many students globally as possible.” Judith has been impressed with recent improvements to the school and intends to promote the diverse and multicultural ethos of Abbey College both locally and abroad.

Heidi Fraser-Krauss

Moved within/to: Jisc
On: September 2021

Jisc, UK. Heidi Fraser-Krauss has taken over as CEO at Jisc, the UK’s digital body for tertiary education and research. Moving from a role as executive director of corporate services at the University of Sheffield,  Heidi replaces Paul Feldman, who is retiring after more than six years at the helm. “I’m excited by the opportunity to lead Jisc in its next chapter as a world-leading provider of connectivity and technology for the post-16 education and research sector,” Heidi said. “The pandemic presented a unique opportunity to fast-track digital transformation in teaching, learning and research and my priority will be to ensure Jisc stays innovative to improve the digital experience of students, educators and researchers.” With a degree in psychology and management studies from the University of Glasgow, Heidi started her career as a researcher studying how communication in teams supports innovation, and has since held a variety of leadership roles in higher education. Prior to her time at Sheffield, she spent eight years at the University of York. Outside work, in 2017 she was named female CIO of the year by Computing Magazine.


Katie Nykanen

Moved within/to: QA
On: September 2021

QA, Global. The world-leading provider of digital and tech skills, has further strengthened its executive team with the appointment Katie Nykanen, who has been appointed Group CTO. Katie brings extensive experience of building market-shaping digital services for a global customer base. Katie joins from Adstream, a leading digital asset management platform used by brands and agencies, where she spent nine years managing the global technology function. She has over 20 years’ industry experience, was named female CTO of the Year in 2019 and placed #16 on the CIO 100 list, a list which recognises transformational and disruptive CIOs. Katie will lead QA’s group technology function. “After just a few conversations it became clear that the digital and tech skills sector is a really exciting place to be right now,” she said. “Having experienced the challenges of hiring and retaining a quality tech team for the past few years, I feel really excited by what QA can do to help organisations build a sustainable and diverse global technology workforce for the future.”


Paul Millman

Moved within/to: The GlobalEyes Network
On: August 2021

The GlobalEyes Network, Global. Paul Millman has been appointed as the new CEO of The GlobalEyes Network, an international student program incubator. Paul helped found the Nova Scotia International Student Program (NSISP) and served as its Executive Director for 24 years, building a reputation around the world as one of the industry’s top experts. He worked with the ethos of Nova Scotia as Canada’s “Education Province” encouraging students to come for high school and stay on for university, employment, and beyond. The GlobalEyes team has acquired considerable knowledge related to international student programs, amassing the largest and most comprehensive ‘how-to’ platform anywhere in the world. Services and accompanying products from GlobalEyes are the first of their kind developed and offered internationally. Paul is confident that he can help with the matchmaking required to get this business flying.

Adam Rennison

Moved within/to:
On: August 2021, Global. has appointed Adam Rennison as Associate Director Business Development (UK/Europe) to lead the growth strategy within the UK and European region. Adam will identify recruitment and brand development opportunities for partner institutions, optimising the unique SaaS marketplace to accelerate international student recruitment. Until recently Adam was Head of International Recruitment and Mobility at Teesside University, UK, where he was responsible for an 8-fold increase in overseas student recruitment, establishing overseas offices in Nigeria and Pakistan, adding to existing offices in China, India and Malaysia. Adam was also integral in establishing pathway provision to Teesside University opening up new markets and territories for international student recruitment. Based in Newcastle, England, Adam obtained his Master’s degree in Executive Management from Durham University Business School. “I am delighted to join at this extremely exciting time for the organisation, the sector and ed tech as a whole. Adventus seeks to transform the way the world accesses education through a trusted platform that seamlessly connects the world’s institutions, recruiters and service providers.”

Thorsten Wilhelm

Moved within/to: Western Sydney University
On: August 2021

Western Sydney University, Australia. Thorsten Wilhelm has recently moved to Western Sydney University to look after its International Development and Global Strategy in a bid to strengthen its brand recognition on international terrain. Apart from a focus on the diversification of revenue channels, leveraging partnerships in industry, education and student recruitment, the newly created role will see Thorsten shape the strategic development of joint degrees/ dual qualifications, transnational and articulation programs, as well as innovative new collaborations across research, curriculum development and industry engagement. Thorsten has 15 years of experience in the international education sector through his previous work with TAFE NSW, the University of New South Wales and recently as General Manager at the Education Centre of Australia overseeing ELICOS, VET, HE, university partnership and TNE programs. Thorsten is looking forward to this new challenge: “With Western Sydney University ranking in the top 2% of universities worldwide for consistently pushing the boundaries in the realm of research and innovations in teaching, I am excited to be playing a role in WSU’s ability to meet its mission and Sustaining Success Strategy.”

Gary Torraville 

Moved within/to: Niagara College
On: May 2021

Niagara College, Canada. Experienced leader, educator and cross-cultural competence specialist Gary Torraville was appointed Niagara College’s Director of International in May. Gary has developed collaborative partnerships and student learning opportunities that champion culturally diverse learning environments in 10 countries around the world. His global lens on education is evident through his previous work teaching courses in China in support of an academic mobility agreement with several institutions. While teaching at the Culinary Institute of Canada at Holland College, Gary was responsible for developing their International Hospitality Diploma program, which demonstrated his passion for global citizenship. Gary’s research work during his M.Ed. studies focused on cross-cultural competencies and he completed his applied research study on the intercultural competence of faculty. He also is a certified Intercultural Development Inventory Facilitator. Most recently, he was the Associate Dean of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute.

Lou Greenwald

Moved within/to: Cialfo
On: August 2021

Cialfo, USA. Lou Greenwald has joined the edtech giant Cialfo as Director of University Partnerships. This new position will be instrumental in launching Cialfo’s university facing platform and products in the U.S. and beyond. Cialfo’s network of 1600+ international high schools and over 260,000 students provide unmatched access to data and insights. With a long career ranging over 20+ years in international education Lou has worked at universities in the Boston area as well as a proven track record in brand development and thought leadership working on the service provider side.  Lou holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a MS in Criminal Justice from Suffolk University in Boston.

Katherine Tyler

Moved within/to: Globeducate
On: May 2021

Globeducate, UK. Katherine Tyler recently took on the newly created role of Group Safeguarding and Welfare Officer for Globeducate, moving from her role as Designated Safeguarding Lead at the group’s successful IB school, ICS London. Katherine brings many years’ experience and great expertise from her previous role. She has worked in education for 25 years, starting her careers as an English specialist. As Director of Studies for many ICS London summer schools her responsibilities included ensuring the safety and welfare of students from the age of three upwards. In international schools, many students speak multiple languages and Katherine is passionate about the importance that mother tongue languages play in language development, as part of welfare, and she has spoken about this subject at ECIS conferences.  Katherine will work with school leaders in the nine countries where Globeducate has schools and will support schools in their duty to protect and keep students safe, healthy and well.

Adam Freed

Moved within/to: GSV Ventures
On: August 2021

GSV Ventures, US. Adam Freed has joined GSV Ventures as Managing Partner as the company launched its Fund III capital raise. As a linguistics major at Harvard, Adam speaks 11 languages. He started his career as a reporter, then did a stint at Yale Law and transitioned into tech. Adam joined Google in 2002 when the company was private and had fewer than 1,000 employees. During his six years at Google, he ran International Product Management and International Online Sales Operations. In 2014, Adam joined as CEO at Teachers Pay Teachers, the world’s first and largest open marketplace for K-12 educators to buy, sell and share their original resources. In August of 2018, Adam moved to Executive Chair of the TpT board and also sits on the board of Cambium Learning Group. Adam has been described as a great friend of the company for several years and a “test driving” partnership in the weekly Investment Committee for the last six months.


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