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Recent Movers & Shakers

David Staley

Moved within/to: Coventry University
On: July 2022

Coventry University, UK. David Staley has been named has the new regional manager, (UK International) at Coventry University. As an educational partnerships professional with over eleven years of experience across international education and student recruitment, he takes up this role after nearly two decades of student support services management in both the FE and HE sectors. Of his new role based at Coventry University London Campus, David noted on LinkedIn: “I am looking forward to starting this new chapter in my career and are most thrilled to be joining the top-flight CURA team in welcoming future students to progress with Coventry University, being part of their hugely successful academic achievements”.

John Becker

Moved within/to: Bayswater Education
On: July 2022

Bayswater Education, Canada. Bayswater Education has appointed John Becker as managing director, Canada. John brings over 25 years of experience in education and management, beginning as a teacher, then as a center director, and a founding Board member for Languages Canada. His first school opened in 1999, which was later acquired by Intrax Cultural Exchange, where he stayed on as director for Canada. John branched out into human resources and consulting, which supported post-secondary and secondary schools with their senior staffing and HR needs. In 2019, he joined ELS Language Centres, as managing director, Canada, before the recent acquisition of the Vancouver school by Bayswater Education. “I am honoured to be asked to continue as managing director in Canada, for Bayswater Education, one of the fastest growing and most exciting organisations in international education.” John said. “I’ve been very impressed with the team, their strong social mission, and the opportunities before us.”

Philippe Capelle

Moved within/to: Novakid
On: May 2022

Novakid, US. Philippe Capelle was appointed as the performance marketing director of Novakid’s marketing team earlier this year in May. Philippe has over 14 years of experience in digital marketing across different industries in Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining Novakid, Philippe worked for Accor, Digital CoE in Nestlé and most recently atn
eBay where he led digital and mobile marketing since 2019. He brings his leadership experience as well as deep domain knowledge to his role at Novakid. Philippe said of his role: “Giving children the ability to master the English language from an early age is critical to achieving a path of greater success… and become true citizens of the world. I am looking forward to putting my knowledge and experience into service for a business with a great and fulfilling mission that definitely resonates with
me and to be a part of an amazing adventure.”

Lorena Pérez Gonzalo

Moved within/to: Novakid
On: February 2022

Novakid, US. Novakid recently appointed a new chief people officer in Lorena Pérez Gonzalo, who has extensive international experience in the area of ​​talent and human resources management. She began her professional career at Text 100, which became the first communication consultant to win the Madrid Empresa Flexible award (2007) for the HR policies and practices implemented by Lorena. She will be based in Madrid for the new role. Prior to joining Novakid, Lorena was director of the people & culture team at Talent Garden, leading the international team responsible for creating processes and practices for the entire employee journey. In 2015, she established and led the HR department at Cabify, the first unicorn in Spain, where she implemented the processes of team growth and development. Lorena said of her new role: “Novakid is one of the pioneering EdTech companies in that it is fully remote, and I am excited about the opportunity to offer my experience and knowledge to strengthen the processes in the People and Human Resources area at Novakid.”

Nitin Ramrakhyani

Moved within/to: Novakid
On: April 2022

Novakid, US. Novakid recently appointed Nitin Ramrakhyani as its new VP in product to lead product management, product design and data analytics functions.  Nitin is a senior product executive with over 20+ years experience in the product management and development, and has built various enterprise and consumer products from conception to global launch. Before joining Novakid, Nitin led products at TESCO, ADP and CommonFloor, to name a few. Most recently, he worked at Prezi Inc, where he oversaw product-led-growth & platform initiatives. In the new role, Nitin will supervise the company’s entire product line, overseeing and working towards developing innovative products and value propositions to make learning more effective and engaging for Novakid users. Nitin said of his new role: “There are immense opportunities to explore in making learning more fun & engaging, leveraging newer technologies from gaming & virtual-reality for K-12. Novakid is very open to new ideas and encourages to chart out new courses as we see fit. I am excited to be contributing to the next phase of the Novakid’s growth.”


Christopher Powers

Moved within/to: Towson University
On: July 2022

Towson University, US. Christopher Powers has been appointed by Towson University in Maryland as its new assistant VP for international initiatives. As a senior executive with expertise in international education, language programming, and association, higher education, and not-for-profit management, Christopher more than twenty-five years’ experience leading global, national, and local initiatives. He is experienced in all aspects of executive leadership, including strategic planning, management, budgeting and finance, sales and marketing, benchmarking and evaluation, and staff development and supervision. He previously served as VP for exchange programs at AMIDEAST, and also spent three years as executive director and CEO of the TESOL International Association. He also had a job at IIE as director of education abroad programs. On LinkedIn, Christopher said he was “happy to share” the news of his move, and started in July.

Simon Toyne

Moved within/to: Hamish Ogston Foundation
On: July 2022

Hamish Ogston Foundation, UK. It has been announced that Simon Toyne, former President of the Music Teacher’s Association and contributor to the Government’s Expert Panel for the new National Plan for Music Education, has joined the Hamish Ogston Foundation as music project director. Simon’s appointment comes as the Foundation seeks to expand the reach of its music initiatives: the National Schools Singing Programme and the Keyboard Studies Programme, now reaching more than 130 schools and 11,500 pupils per week; it is hoped that Simon’s experience, connections and expertise within UK music education will help the programmes reach thousands more. Commenting on his appointment, Simon Toyne said: “I am proud to be joining the Hamish Ogston Foundation at an exciting stage in its development. I am looking forward to contributing to the Foundation’s vital work in developing an even deeper and wider access to this unique tradition, and in helping to shape a vastly more equal British musical culture of the future.”

David Bushey

Moved within/to: StudyMe
On: July 2022

StudyMe, Australia. David Bushey will be taking over as the new CEO of StudyMe, after spending a year as its director of partnerships.  David has over 15-years of experience in higher education, and prior to joining StudyMe, David spent 11 years with IDP Education/IDP Connect, most recently as their director of client partnerships and operations for the US. The founder of StudyMe Mark Pettitt, who was the previous CEO, will remain on the board and will still be “active in new feature development”. David said of his new role as CEO: “It’s exciting to be a part of an organisation that is bringing something new and unique to international recruitment. I’m thrilled to be appointed to help take StudyMe through to its next stage of development and growth.”

John Goodwin

Moved within/to: LEF
On: June 2022

Learning Economy Foundation, US. It has been announced that John Goodwin is assuming the position of executive chairman of the Learning Economy Foundation. It comes after 10 years of working in a range of different positions, including as chair of the board, board member and CEO of LEGO Education and the LEGO Foundation, John has now decided to take his expertise to the non-profit in the US. In addition to his new role at LEF, continues in his post as a board member of the Principles for Responsible Management Education. In this new role, will be working with leaders and technicians to help them in their next stage of growth, seeking to galvanise an eco-system of partnerships and collaborations to drive impact and lasting positive change. Speaking of the new post, John said on LinkedIn that he was “excited” to announce the news and looked forward to helping the company drive for more positive change in the industry.

Vijay Solanki

Moved within/to: Sinorbis
On: June 2022

Sinorbis, Global. Sinorbis has now appointed its first chief marketing officer, Vijay Solanki, who brings 30 years of marketing leadership experience across a variety of industries and brands, including Unilever, BP/Castrol, and Philips, to the role. Solanki was also founding marketing director of Shazam – the app that identifies songs by sound (acquired by Apple), and more recently the CEO of the IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau) in Australia. “Bringing a CMO with Solanki’s experience on board builds out Sinorbis team’s capability significantly ahead of our international expansion,” CEO and founder Nicolas Chu said. Vijay joins the MarTech start-up as it announces a big expansion to Europe and the North American markets as it aims to grow by more than four times by 2025.

Michel Philippart

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

Glion Institute of Higher Education, UK and Switzerland. Hospitality business school Glion Institute of Higher Education has named Michel Philippart as its managing director. Taking up the role on August 15 after five years at EDHEC Business School in France, Michel will succeed Georgette Davey, who will now head the Glion London campus. At EDHEC, Michel was Director of the MSc in Strategy Consulting and Digital Transformation, as well as Professor on Supply Strategies. With almost 20 years teaching experiences in purchasing, supply chain and operations at different institutions – including HEC Paris, Grenoble School of Management, Kedge and EM Lyon, among others – Michel will seek to further position Glion at the forefront of hospitality digitalisation and innovation, overseeing around 1,600 students and a team of 250 employees across three campuses. “I welcome the challenge of leading one of the best hospitality educational institutions in the world,” he said. “The hospitality industry is a territory of opportunity – and education is the key to transform this sector to capture the opportunities of a world facing profound mutations.”

Zoë Marlow

Moved within/to: Virtual Internships
On: June 2022

Virtual Internships, Global. Zoë Marlow has joined Virtual Internships in as head of international partnership development, after six years working at Sannam S4 group. As head of client relations and then as partnership development director, she used her 20 years of experience in the international education sector to build a portfolio of transferrable business development skills, and previously worked as a freelance consultant. She also worked to assess over 1,100 applications in just three weeks for the West and Central Africa regions for the Chevening Scholarship program. Speaking on LinkedIn about her new role and her departure from Sannam S4, Zoë said: “After six happy years at the Sannam S4 Group, it’s time for a fresh challenge. Enormous love and a hug of appreciation to talented colleagues and university partners, too numerous to name for all your encouragement. What’s next? I’m super-excited to be moving to the social impact x edtech space, working with the brilliant team at Virtual Internships on transformational projects with underserved communities.”

Cecilia Pereira-Yates

Moved within/to: Sannam S4
On: June 2022

Acumen, Sannam S4, Global. Cecilia Pereira-Yates has joined Acumen, part of the Sannam S4 group, as its new director of client success for UK/EU. Cecilia has been running her own consultancy, GB8, for ten years. With more than 20 years of experience in the international student recruitment and partnerships sector, she continues to be creative and agile in meeting the needs of the changing global higher education landscape. Previous to her time at GB8 and Acumen, she has worked at both Hull College and the University of Hull as a higher education manager in quality and registry, and as a quality officer for international partnerships and international development manager respectively. Speaking on LinkedIn about her new role, Cecilia said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Sannam S4 family and working alongside a group of talented and committed people. Here’s to an exciting new phase!”

Steve Pinches

Moved within/to: Study Group
On: June 2022

Study Group, Global. Study Group has announced the new addition of Steve Pinches in the new role of chief product officer. Steve is a highly experienced leader with an extensive background helping organisations across the publishing, EdTech and media industries to maximise the opportunity of digital and blended approaches to growth, having held key roles at the Financial Times, Pearson, the Hyve Group and Tes Global. At Hyve Group plc, one of the largest exhibitions organisations in the world, Steve helped build new digital and blended revenue streams around their entire portfolio of shows. Steve is committed to leading and motivating cross-functional teams to build exciting new businesses and products that make a positive impact on society. Commenting on his appointment he said: “It is thrilling to be joining international education leaders Study Group at such an exciting time in the company’s development, and I am very much looking forward to working with its excellent team to help develop the programmes and opportunities we know will be really valuable to our university partners and students.”

Derrik Karst

Moved within/to: StudyPortals
On: June 2022

Studyportals, Global. Studyportals recently welcomed Derrik Karst as senior vice president of partnerships for EMEA. He will be responsible for building relationships with universities and helping them spotlight their programs to be discovered by students around the world. Speaking of his new role, Derrik said: “I’m passionate about building transparency and student-empowerment in education. At Studyportals, I get to help over 52 million students explore programs and make informed choices every year.” This opportunity builds on more than a decade of experience in international education and edtech. Previously, Derrik led international growth and school partnerships for eduFair China, a Chinese education platform for student recruitment. Having lived and worked in the United States, China, and Europe, he brings an international perspective with a strong network across the education sector. Derrik has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor in Economics from Westminster College, Utah. He is based in Madrid, Spain.

Alexandra Korda

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

Oxford International Education Group, UK. Alexandra Korda has been appointed by OIEG as its new chief marketing officer. Alex brings broad international marketing and product experience to help assist and accelerate OIEG’s ambitious digital growth plans. She has previously held UK and international roles at Orange, Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy UK, as well as global loyalty technology provider cxLoyalty/Tenerity. With over 20 years’ cross-sector experience, Alex’s expertise in harnessing data to better analyse customer behaviour will strengthen OIEG’s data-centric approach to transforming the Higher Education sector. This aligns with its broader ambition to provide outstanding educational opportunities across a range of student markets. Alex said of her new role: “I’m excited to be joining OIEG at such a pivotal moment in the organisation’s history as it continues to nurture its digital growth portfolio, but also in terms of the direction and opportunities of the Higher Education sector in a post-Covid world.”

Tom Davis

Moved within/to: David Game College Group
On: April 2022

David Game College, UK. Lila* Liverpool and David Game College have announced that Tom Davis has been appointed as principal of the new David Game College Liverpool. Tom brings a wealth of educational leadership and management experience following nearly 16 years in the legal and business education sector, during which time he was dean of three law and business schools in the UK and in Ireland, he moved to languages as school director of the EF Manchester Campus, guiding the school on a path of renewed growth and success even whilst dealing with the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Tom said: “I am so excited to be part of this unique partnership between David Game and Lila, bringing the opportunity for students in this vibrant city to realise their ambitions with the very special learning environment that we will be offering – I can’t wait to see what successes our students go on to enjoy.”

Vanessa Goulding

Moved within/to: ICEF GMBH
On: March 2022

ICEF, Global. ICEF have made public that Vanessa Goulding has begun in her post as its business development manager for North America.Vanessa has worked within the international education, marketing, sales, and media industries over the past 10 years, and despite her new post, Vanessa is not new to ICEF. While previously working as the director of international admissions at a Canadian IB World School for the last six years, she would attend dozens of ICEF events herself to build her extensive agency network and recruit international students to the school. This has given her a personal understanding of the value that ICEF brings to the international education industry, as she now works to support US and Canadian educators working with agencies.

Justin Wood

Moved within/to: ApplyBoard
On: June 2022

Applyboard, Canada. ApplyBoard is delighted to announce the appointment of Justin Wood as director of partner relations for UK and Ireland.  He will bring his strategic and operational leadership to the Partner Relations team in delivering on client success with partners in the region. Justin joins ApplyBoard directly from his role at Coventry University as Director of International Recruitment, where he led one of the most successful, innovative international student recruitment functions in the UK. When asked about why he chose this role with ApplyBoard, Justin stated: “British and Irish universities are unparalleled in their transformational offer to international students but we face new and resurgent global competition as the world reopens in the wake of the pandemic. I’ve joined ApplyBoard because their talent and tech are second to none, making the company unique in its ability to deliver student centred, sustainable growth for institutions. Can’t wait to get stuck in with passionate and committed colleagues across the sector.”


Amit Sevak

Moved within/to: ETS
On: April 2022

ETS, Global. Amit Sevak announced that he has officially joined ETS as their new CEO. As CEO of ETS, Amit leads the world’s largest private educational assessment organisation. Amit has been a driving force in education, learning and workforce development around the globe. Throughout his career his transformational leadership consistently led to innovation, better learning and improved job prospects for hundreds of thousands of students and workers around the world. Amit has been a coach for edtech CEOs, served on nonprofit boards, and in 2017, he founded Mindset Global, an education investment firm. Amit earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Chicago and earned his master’s in business administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School. “I believe in the transformative power of education,” said Amit. “That is why I have dedicated my career to this field. And that is why I feel privileged to serve as the President and CEO of ETS.”

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