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Recent Movers & Shakers

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.”

Xin Xu

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

Wellspring International Education, Global. Xin has received a promotion to director of China sales at Wellspring International Education. Regardless of yet another challenging year in a pandemic, Xin “continues to work hard and push ahead to meet new milestones”. Xin, despite difficulties and uncertainties faced, managed to thrive and further the goals of Wellspring partners and stakeholders. Due to her excellent performance throughout 2021. In 2021 Xin maintained excellent relationships with our Chinese agent network, continued to support students through all the challenges of the COVID pandemic, and executed a partnership to promote Wellspring’s American Honors Live program in China in 2022. A representative for Wellspring said of Xin’s new role: “We look forward to watching Xin’s continued impact as she grows and expands our team in China.”

Janet Golding

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

PSI – Skills for English, Global. Janet Golding has taken up a role as the global ELT sector specialist for PSI. In her new post, she is working closely alongside business development, recognition, marketing and academic colleagues to support their strategic goals and objectives for the Skills for English qualifications. She will also be focusing on further enhancing the academic support offer for teachers and test takers. Janet joins PSI from LanguageCert, where she was an academic consultant for their English Language Qualifications portfolio. As an English Language training specialist for over 35 years Janet has worked in a wide range of settings and roles and has extensive experience working within the ELT assessment space. Janet said of her new role: “ It’s an exciting time to be joining my Skills for English colleagues at PSI and I am really looking forward to being involved in the all fantastic opportunities coming up.”

Camila Antonio

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

Wellspring International Education, Global. Wellspring team is delighted to welcome their newest staff member and director of sales for the Latin American markets. Camila will be working closely with the American Honors and representing a large portfolio of schools.
With over seven year’s experience in International Education, Camila has a very strong international background with experience in two of Brazil ‘s biggest education agencies, and as an exchange student in Ireland. Most recently she as working for University Bridge and helped to develop the Brazil and Latin America markets. Camila said of her new role: “I’m excited to join Wellspring and work with the team at this period of expansion. I’m ready once again to help students on their journey to an American university.” Camila has a degree in International Relations with a focus on International Business Administration.

Joe Arangio

Moved within/to: Sannam S4
On: February 2022

Sannam S4, India. Joe Arangio has been appointed as senior VP and executive director, North America, Education for Sannam S4. Joe has experience across education’s public, nonprofit and commercial sectors at both the K-12 and higher education levels. His previous roles include COO, North America, for Cambridge Education Group, senior VP resident for Administration & Finance for Quincy College, senior consultant at Edunomix, and director of strategic school planning & operations for the Archdiocese of Boston. Joe has also served as US higher education advisor for Thomas International, a UK-based assessment services provider. In this newly-created role, Joe will lead Sannam S4’s ongoing expansion across North America, building upon the company’s extensive network of partnerships in the United States and Canada and capitalizing on opportunities as the market emerges from the pandemic. Joe said of his new role: “Global recruiting markets are showing signs of post-pandemic resilience… I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help Sannam S4’s clients meet their global education goals.”

Rick Canavan

Moved within/to: upGrad
On: January 2022

upGrad, Global.  South Asia’s largest higher ed tech upGrad has further signalled its growth into new markets with the appointment of Rick Canavan who joins the business as director of university partnerships UK & Europe for their study abroad division. Rick’s role will be to lead the development of upGrad’s network of university partners to provide the platform’s job-focused students with a range of opportunities for study and work overseas, building their academic experience and job-relevant skills. Rick comes to upGrad from a senior role at Manchester Met having previously held academic and leadership roles at Nottingham Trent and the University of Hull. Rick said of his new role: “It really is impossible to state what an interesting time it is to be working in the higher education space in India, and what an incredible time it is to be joining upGrad who have brought about transformational change in recent years and will continue to do so.”

Henry Tolley

Moved within/to: PSI - Skills for English
On: September 2021

PSI – Skills for English , Global. Henry Tolley has taken a job as vice president of Global English Language Testing at PSI. In his new role he is responsible for a team delivering English language testing solutions around the world but specifically for the delivery of the Skills for English SELT test for the UKVI, created by PSI and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.  Henry has previously been involved with, and worked for, a number of the other SELT providers. He first worked in ELT in Hungary, then Spain before working 11 years in Italy, mainly for the publisher Pearson. Since returning to the UK in 2008 he has worked for Cambridge Assessment, Pearson, Trinity College London, LanguageCert and now PSI.  Henry said of his new role: “After nearly 30 years since starting out in ELT, I think all my knowledge and experience should now come to the fore in working for a great company, with a wonderful team and products at PSI.”

Lydiah Igweh

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

Kaplan International Pathways, Global. Lydiah Igweh has recently started as Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Kaplan International Pathways. Her role will be to inform strategy and implement Pathways’ strategic EDI objectives, driving forward its approach to creating an inclusive culture and a sustainable impact on the organisation, the staff, students and communities it serves. Lydiah will also develop and cultivate the implementation of the Kaplan Pathways race equality action plan. Lydiah has worked in the public and private sectors in senior leadership positions, including at Oxford Brookes University and Brunel University.  She specialises in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education and DE&I. Her podcast, Race Forward Pod, shares global DE&I insights to foster inclusive leadership and organisations, and she is an Advance HE EDI Strategic Advisory Group member.

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