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James Armit

Moved within/to: University of Canberra
On: November 2022

University of Canberra, Australia. James Armit was appointed in November 2022 as director, future students at the University of Canberra. He joins after over three and a half years at Victoria University, where he was most recently director of student administration, and previously executive director (students). James will be leading the recruitment and admission of international and domestic students, as well as contributing to UC’s ambitious Education Transformation and Growth plan, including a 30% increase in student load by 2027. Of his new role, James said: “It’s a great time to join UC as we implement the new ‘Connected’ strategy, creating the knowledge and skills that will enable our graduates to support the realisation of massive social and economic policies, in the city that sets the agenda for Australia.”

Adam Rennison

Moved within/to: UniQuest
On: February 2023

UniQuest, UK. UniQuest has appointed Adam Rennison as head of business development to lead the growth strategy for the UK and Europe. Bringing experience of the public and private sectors, Adam will play a key role in the expansion of UniQuest services to both public and private HE institutions and organisations. Adam will also support Keystone Conversion activities in global territories. “I am proud to join UniQuest at such an exciting time!” Adam said of his new role. “As the market leader in student engagement services, we have an opportunity, and responsibility, to provide the very best service to institutions worldwide. As a former client of UniQuest, I witnessed firsthand the game-changing role they play in student experience and massive expansion of international enrolments. There has never been a more important time to collaborate and deliver outstanding student services, and I’m delighted to work with our partners to seek exceptional outcomes for everyone!”

Roshan Ghimire

Moved within/to: Holmes Education Group
On: March 2023

Holmes Education Group, Global. Roshan Ghimire has been promoted to the position of director of business development – South Asia at Holmes Education Group. It comes two years and eight months at the organisation as a regional manager for Nepal. Roshan has also been recognised as one of the associate fellows of the International Education Association of Australia. With his extensive experience in the international education sector, Roshan is poised to lead a dedicated team of managers to maintain South Asia’s standing as a top performer. Roshan will explore TNE possibilities within the region to further expand the group’s reach. He has previously worked with QIBA, Brighton College and Nurse Training Australia. When asked about his new role, Roshan expressed his excitement about the transformative year ahead for Holmes Education Group. “I am thrilled to be part of the team at such a crucial time in the organisation’s growth,” he said.

Victoria Hobdale

Moved within/to: StudyPortals
On: February 2023

Studyportals, Global. Studyportals has recently appointed Victoria Hobdale as deputy director of its analytics and consulting team. Victoria brings more than eight years of experience working in higher education. Starting as an enrolment manager recruiting international students, she then moved into higher education academic publishing, working with McGraw Hill and Macmillan Learning. Victoria also ran her own highly successful sales and marketing company for ten years based in Belfast before expanding her business to the Netherlands where she is now based. She has retained her entrepreneurial spirit for her current role and is really excited about the prospect of assisting the ACT team to expand and continuing to support HEIs. “For me, having a strong purpose in the work I do is really important, it still blows me away what is possible with data analysis and how we can both guide the institutions we work with and help students (our future leaders) find the right course for them.”

Jerry Czub

Moved within/to: Grok Global
On: March 2023

Grok Global, Global. Jerry Czub has joined Grok Global Services as the associate vice president, client success. With over two decades of experience in the international enrolment management sector, Jerry is excited to help Grok and its institutional partners build successful, sustainable strategies to reach internationalisation goals. Beginning his career at the Australian National University (ANU), Jerry then moved back to the US to join the prominent pathway provider Navitas. After four years, he took a senior leadership role at Johnson & Wales University and then Clark University, where he led both to record international enrolments. Most recently, he served as Vice President of University Partnerships for upGrad Abroad. He said of his new role, “I am delighted to join the amazing Grok team and have the opportunity to work closely with the Grok institution partners who are leading the way in internationalisation globally. I am eager to collaborate with the Grokkers and their institutional partners to help international students meet their lifelong goals of studying abroad.”

Lauren Legroun

Moved within/to: MSquareMedia
On: March 2023

M Square Media, Global. MSM has appointed Lauren Legroun as vice president for global sales. With more than 15 years in the education industry, she has proven record of driving growth and scaling businesses to deliver success across B2B, B2C, and B2G channels. Lauren will lead the development and implementation of MSM’s overall sales strategy and execution plan across the globe, leading the sales front and monitoring current trends to maintain the company’s competitiveness in the international education market. Lauren is the former CEO of the University of Europe for Applied Sciences and GUS Germany GMBH. Most recently she spent two years with Coursera on the edtech innovation front, leading the Coursera for Campus business in EMEA. Of her new role, Lauren said: ““As a person and business professional, I am never satisfied with the ordinary; I strive for exceptional and will continue to do that on this exciting journey with MSM. Sanjay’s vision for the business is profound and I’m committed to ensuring we exceed the already high bar of expectations.”

Dan Rosensweig

Moved within/to: upGrad
On: February 2023

upGrad, Global. upGrad has announced the appointment of Dan Rosensweig, a longtime Silicon Valley executive, to its board of directors. He comes on board as an independent non-executive director and joins the current senior representatives from Singapore-based investor Temasek and International Finance Corporation (IFC). As president and CEO of Chegg since 2010, Dan has transformed the company into the student-first connected learning platform. He also serves on the board of Adobe and is a senior advisor to TPG Growth Ventures and Kleiner Perkins. Of his new role, Dan said: “I am excited to be joining upGrad’s board of directors as there has never been a better time to provide accessible and flexible higher education and skills training to learners around the world. By working in partnership with key universities and major technology enterprises, particularly in India, we can help transform the workplace of tomorrow.”

Martin Hookham-Simms

Moved within/to: University of Auckland
On: March 2023

University of Auckland, New Zealand. Martin Hookham-Simms has been appointed international director at Waipapa Taumata Rau University of Auckland. With the aim of creating globally transformative education experiences built upon the university’s distinctive strengths in world-leading research, scholarship, teaching and partnerships, Martin will lead the university’s international office comprised of marketing, recruitment, development, transnational education, partnerships, study abroad and international student services. Martin heads to Aotearoa New Zealand after spending more than two decades working in international education in both the public and private sectors in the UK. He said of his new role: “Auckland is the ideal location for students to study who are seeking a contemporary world class approach to education and recognise the importance of indigenous values in tackling today’s global challenges. I cannot wait to ensure that more students get to know about the distinctive experience New Zealand has to offer.”

Joseph Bleazard

Moved within/to: Kaplan International Languages
On: January 2023

Kaplan International Languages, Global. Joseph Bleazard has been appointed by Kaplan International Languages as principal of the Kaplan International Online English School. Joseph joined Kaplan in 2014 after roles in mainstream education and the Chinese TEFL industry. At Kaplan, Joseph worked in a range of school positions, helped develop Kaplan International English’s VLE, and worked on the Royal Commission for Al Ula English Language Education project during his five years on the UK Operations team. The Online English Courses and Online Live Practice, formerly known as Live and Express, are available in multiple time slots suitable for students around the world at a range of intensities. Classes are delivered live making it possible to receive feedback in real-time and for classmates from around the world to interact. Speaking of his new role, Joseph said “I’m glad to be able to combine the real-time online teaching experience of my team with my own experience to create an industry-leading online language learning environment.”


Sara Pierson

Moved within/to: Oxford University Press
On: February 2023

Oxford University Press, UK. Sara Pierson has joined Oxford University Press as the global sales and marketing director for its English Language Teaching (ELT) division. Sara brings extensive experience in international education and assessment, having most recently held the position of global director of examinations for the British Council, spanning IELTS, assessment services for UK examination boards, and the development of the British Council’s own tests. Passionate about the transformational power of education and the role that the English language plays in enabling people to access new opportunities, Sara was honoured to be awarded an OBE in 2021 for services to UK education and the promotion of the English language overseas. In this exciting new role, Sara will be helping to identify and deliver opportunities for growth worldwide, and ensuring that OUP continues to develop compelling, increasingly digital offers to meet the changing needs of customers.

Ryan Powell

Moved within/to: TCL Global
On: February 2023

TCL Global, Global. Ryan Powell has been appointed as the new director of UK/international partnerships & business development for TCL Global. Previously, for the past five years Ryan worked as Middle East international recruitment officer and a transnational education (TNE) partnership manager at Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK. Ryan has worked with a number of agents across the Middle East, attended fairs, events and facilitated student support to study in the UK. Focussed primarily around the Middle East, Ryan developed effective personal working relationships across the region. Regarding his new role, Ryan said: “I am really looking forward to the challenge of representing TCL Global and working with the large number of UK university partners, and the wider TCL team across the world and feel I have a lot to offer the role in continuing support for students looking to study in the UK”.

Sven Schottmann

Moved within/to: Ulster University
On: January 2023

Ulster University, UK. Sven Schottmann was recently appointed associate dean (development and partnerships) by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Ulster University’s new Belfast city campus. Sven brings with him close to twenty years’ experience in the international higher education sector, including as a lecturer, researcher, business development manager, internationalisation lead and pathway college director. A former international student in Malaysia, the US, the UK and Australia, Sven is passionate about international education and its transformative effects on students, their families and communities, as well as the people they encounter in their destination societies. He remains research active in the field of international politics and has published on topics such as social change in Southeast Asia, inter- and intra-faith dialogue, Islamic banking, and the role of international higher education in foreign policy. But now he is really looking forward to the opportunities, dynamism and giant spirit afforded by Northern Ireland, and to enjoying ‘the craic’ with Ulster’s international students and partners from around the world.

Julien Boville

Moved within/to: Kaplan International Pathways
On: January 2023

Kaplan International Pathways, UK. Julien Boville has been promoted to the position of Head of Quality and Risk Management – UK Admissions, after 8 successful years as Head of College Services at Nottingham Trent International College. In this newly created role Julien will shape and deliver admissions risk strategy across all Kaplan UK pathway colleges and HE partnerships. Julien has worked in UK Higher Education for 17 years. After beginning his HE career at the University of Huddersfield Students’ Union, he moved to Study Group in an academic management role before joining Nottingham Trent International College where he oversaw all college support functions and successfully led the team through the turbulent period of the pandemic. Julien is passionate about international higher education, students’ engagement and the pathway sector, a topic he is about to complete a Professional Doctorate in. When asked about his new role Julien said: “2023 looks to be a transformational year for Kaplan Admissions, and I’m excited to be a part of it”.

Miles Durham

Moved within/to: Oxford International Education Group
On: February 2023

Oxford International Education Group, UK. Miles Durham has joined Oxford International Education Group as Head of Partnerships for OI Digital Institute (OIDI). Miles was previously Partnerships Manager at Studiosity, the leading provider of 24/7 online writing support for HE students, where he spent four years successfully building strong collaborative partnerships with many universities across the UK. In this exciting new role, Miles is building similarly collaborative university partnerships with OIDI, helping institutions to prepare and support international students by ensuring they are equipped with the level of English language ability they need to begin and successfully complete their studies. His role is focused on helping universities achieve better international student outcomes by using OIDI’s online English language services, including the widely recognised Oxford ELLT (English Language Level Test).

Sandra Slotte

Moved within/to: Arcada University of Applied Sciences
On: January 2023

Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Finland. Sandra Slotte has recently been appointed as senior policy advisor for internationalisation at Arcada University of Applied Sciences. She has more than 15 years of experience in international marketing and communications, admissions, student recruitment, and the international student journey. This has taken her into the field of strategic and comprehensive internationalisation of higher education. She acts as secretary for the Internationalisation Group at Arcada and is an elected steering group member of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) Expert Community for Strategy & Management 2022-24. She is also a Prospective Student at the research training programme at the Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation at Università Cattolica in Milan. After focusing on developing sustainable career support for students and alumni at Arcada, she is now eager to tackle even broader challenges within internationalisation and continue working with multiple stakeholders in internationalisation of higher education with society.


July Behl

Moved within/to: Study Group
On: February 2023

Study Group, Global. Study Group has announced the appointment of July Behl to the new role of executive director of partner development. July has a track record in strategic partnerships and business development, including a focus on strategic innovation and driving growth for major corporations. His previous roles include working with learning company Pearson and multinational engineering and development companies. Study Group’s Ian Crichton said how he is looking forward to welcoming July as an “outstanding addition to the team”. July said of the new role: “I am thrilled to be joining Study Group, an organisation I’ve always admired for widening access to higher education for students from all over the world. As a former international student, I understand the challenges and opportunities that come with pursuing higher education abroad; I’ve been in those shoes. Like Study Group I am committed to fostering a welcoming environment for international students to succeed.”

Stacy McKay Benander

Moved within/to: CEA CAPA
On: January 2023

CEA CAPA, US. Stacy McKay Benander has been promoted to vice president of institutional relations – East at CEA CAPA. This comes after serving as director of strategic engagement for CAPA: The Global Education Network since 2021. Prior to joining CEA CAPA, Stacy served for 15 years as the founder and president of Athena Study Abroad. She also worked as the director of the international office at Ohio Dominican University, and as an international student and scholar advisor at Ohio State University. Stacy received the Enlightened Employer Award at the Women in International Education (WIE) Awards in Berlin, Germany and served as a founding executive team member of the women’s leadership and advocacy group the Global Leadership League. She was also named the recipient of NAFSA Region VI’s esteemed Leo Dowling Award of Excellence. She said of her new role: “I am thrilled to work alongside my newly expanded team at CEA CAPA to build upon the strengths of these two premier brands to offer our students, partners, and community the highest level of academic excellence, integrity, and innovation in learning abroad.”

Islam Lafi

Moved within/to: Grok Global Services
On: February 2023

Grok Global Services, Global. Islam Lafi has joined Grok Global Services as access director – MENA, based in Amman, Jordan. Islam has been working in the higher education industry for over a decade; she started her journey in the industry as an educational counsellor in Jordan, then worked with two prominent pathway providers: INTO and Study Group, as their North America recruitment manager. Islam brings extensive experience in recruiting students from the wider Middle East region. Through Grok’s Global Access service, Islam will work with Grok’s university clients on their internationalisation strategies in key MENA markets. Islam said of her new role: “I am excited to work with our clients to diversify their recruitment efforts in MENA and build their brand in the region. The Middle East is growing in strategic importance for HEIs and provides unique recruitment opportunities for institutions to diversify their enrolment base. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to introduce new study abroad options to students and help them achieve their dreams.”

Kateryna Bokach-Rimmer

Moved within/to: Kaplan International Languages
On: January 2023

Kaplan International Languages, Global.  Kaplan International Languages has appointed Kateryna Bokach-Rimmer as principal of their Manchester school. Kateryna brings a wealth of experience from previous roles in the company since starting with Kaplan as a student services assistant in 2015 and progressing to the role of deputy principal. During the pandemic, Kateryna oversaw student services provision for the whole UK operation as Kaplan’s 12 UK schools were transitioned to online learning. She also took control of emergency contact for all schools, providing a broad insight into the full scope of challenges being faced by all parties involved in the effective running of normal business. Of this experience, she says, ‘The pandemic obviously provided huge logistical and personal challenges for everyone, but these challenges also provided me with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience in new areas of our company and the industry as a whole. I am now so excited to have the chance to guide Kaplan International Languages – Manchester and our incredible team into 2023.”

Jenny Perla Leon

Moved within/to:
On: February 2023

GuardMe, Canada. Jenny Perla Leon has joined GuardMe as its new director of strategic partnerships. She brings extensive experience in international development and risk management. Her 12 years combined experience in international analysis, student recruitment, and student services across the education spectrum from K to 12 through post-secondary gives her the depth and understanding at multiple levels. She has negotiated across cultures globally including North America, Latin America, South Asia, Europe, Africa and Vietnam.  Additionally, through sports, work and education, Jenny has helped hundreds of youth around the world to graduate with global careers. She is excited about this new journey that will help her strategic partners keep their students and staff safe in an ever-increasing changing world. Whether she is helping institutions transition to Canada or internationalise the student and staff experience, she brings a depth of knowledge and experience to the table.


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