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Recent Movers & Shakers

Cristian Cano

Moved within/to: Capilano University
On: December 2014

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Capilano University, Canada. Cristian joins Capilano University as International Student Recruitment Manager at the Centre for International Experience, based in North Vancouver, Canada. He is responsible for promoting and recruiting international applicants and will represent Capilano University at international and local international student recruitment events. Cristian began his career at Eurocentres Canada as Marketing Coordinator,  then worked at ILAC as Pathway Placement Specialist. He is very thankful that he’s had the opportunity to work with great mentors in the past and is very excited to promote such an amazing university around the world.

Shahrar Ali

Moved within/to: University of London
On: September 2014

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University of London, UK. After working within the Institute of Philosophy for over a decade, Shahrar has been appointed Internationalisation Fellowships Team Leader at the University of London. He is responsible for developing Fellowships competitions across the school and facilitating fellows’ public engagement, as part of its research promotion mission. He will also initiate collaborations, in the UK and internationally. “The School is nothing if not a gateway to the best ideas in the fields of study, and their leading practitioners. It’s a privilege to be able to shape and promote research excellence alongside my colleagues,” said Shahrar.

Hannah Alexander

Moved within/to: English UK
On: December 2014

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English UK, UK. Hannah Alexander, Marketing and Business Development Manager at University of the Arts London has become the new Chair of English UK London. She was voted in as Vice-chair in November, following Jane Dancaster’s retirement from the position. Hannah has worked in the ELT sector since 2000, first teaching overseas and then at St Giles in central London. After passing her DELTA she went into academic management and then marketing. Hannah has been at UAL for seven years, is a chartered marketer and sits on the English UK Enterprises board.

Tim Kerr-Dineen

Moved within/to: Bell
On: November 2014

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Bell, UK. As Bell seeks to grow its university pathway programmes, it has appointed Tim Kerr-Dineen as its new Regional Director for the Middle East. Among his varied responsibilities, Tim will be tasked with a focus on recruiting students on Bell’s long-stay English language courses as well as its pathway programmes. Tim has worked in international education since 1979, at Study Group, EF Education First and most recently at Kings Colleges. Since 2011, Tim has been Director and Co-owner of educational consultancy, TKD Global Ltd.

Giulio Contini

Moved within/to: EUHT StPOL
On: October 2014

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EUHT StPOL, Spain. Giulio has joined University College of Hotel Management and Culinary Arts of Sant Pol de Mar, Barcelona as its new Director of International Marketing and Admissions. He will be responsible for marketing, maintaining and building agent relationships, product development in new sectors, as well as being a key member of the senior management team. Giulio is well known in the international education sector after over six years in management position within Italian Fashion and Design schools.  “I’m thrilled to be joining the EUHT StPOL team and looking forward to promoting this excellent school as well as the exciting and vibrant study destination of Barcelona” he said.

Alex Lee Bonfield

Moved within/to: StudyCELTA
On: December 2014

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StudyCELTA, Spain. StudyCELTA has welcomed Alex Lee Bonfield to the team as its Web Projects and Programmes Coordinator. A graduate from Brighton University in Digital Music and Sound Arts with experience in visual design, Alex has experience in sales, as well as teaching EFL. Javier Mora, StudyCELTA Managing Director said: “Alex has all the right tools to become our Swiss army knife, we have high expectations on his work and we will be delighted to see him in action”. Alex said: “I’m excited about being the newest member of the StudyCELTA team and I’m looking forward to growing with the company and all the adventures that lie ahead.”

Rachel MacSween

Moved within/to: Navitas
On: September 2014

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Navitas, UK. Rachel MacSween has recently returned to Navitas UK in the role of Director of Marketing and Admissions at EIC, at Edinburgh Napier University. Rachel was at EIC from 2010-2012 before transferring to La Trobe Melbourne, the Navitas pathway to La Trobe University in Australia. Prior to Navitas, Rachel worked in advertising as an account manager at Barkers and Golley Slater, before which she was at Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University in roles covering Press & PR and latterly, alumni relations and fundraising.

Helen McClure

Moved within/to: Bell
On: November 2014

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Bell, UK. Helen joins Bell, the education provider offering English and academic programmes to international students, as its new Head of Pathways Sales. With 15 years’ experience in international education, most recently at CEG and City & Islington College, Helen is responsible for increasing the number of international students on Bell’s undergraduate and postgraduate pathway programmes. “Bell has significantly expanded its range of university foundation programmes and my aim is to bring these courses to market and position Bell as the pathways provider of choice for students and agents,” said Helen.

Charlene Allen

Moved within/to: University of Southampton
On: October 2014

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University of Southampton, UK. Charlene joins the university as Director International Recruitment, having worked in International Offices for 15 years. Her focus is primarily on international student recruitment and teaching partnership development and also to develop and lead the wider engagement with internationalisation issues. Charlene is also Chair of BUILA, where she is responsible for leading on key activities including lobbying through key contact channels and forums for debate at a senior level and supporting BUILA members by providing professional development opportunities.

Patrick Brothers

Moved within/to: Navitas
On: November 2014

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Navitas, Australia. Patrick Brothers is joining Navitas as Group General Manager Strategy and Business Development where he will have responsibility for developing capability within operating businesses to ensure Navitas maintains its position as a leading global provider of educational services. Patrick was most recently Chief Development Officer at Leighton Group. “Patrick will play a vital role in leading and implementing our strategic growth initiatives globally and, as a member of the Navitas Leadership Team, will be responsible for leading the development of Navitas’ corporate strategy and marketing planning systems,” said Rod Jones, Group CEO of Navitas.

Frank Merendino

Moved within/to: Shorelight Education
On: October 2014

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Shorelight, USA. Frank joins Shorelight as Director, Operations & Marketing, where he’ll be a member of the Shorelight Implementation Team working collaboratively with its university partners. Prior to Shorelight, Frank was Associate Director of Organisational Advancement at NAFSA. Before becoming a staff member at NAFSA, Frank worked in international admissions and student services at the University of Cincinnati, Miami University and The University of Akron. “Shorelight has the unique opportunity to both serve students and establish truly collaborative partnerships with universities. I’m thrilled to be joining such a dedicated team of international educators,” he said.

Liz McMullan

Moved within/to: The Stay Academy
On: October 2014

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The Stay Academy, UK. Liz joins The Stay Academy as Director of Studies where she is responsible for designing the new academic programme, managing and developing teachers, and fostering a commitment to high academic quality across both the Camden and Willesden campuses. Liz began her career in TEFL as an English teacher in 2003. Since then she has worked with a number of private language schools and colleges in Poland, UK and China, and most recently as a Director of Studies with EF Academic Partnerships in Shanghai. “I am excited to be part of such a young and innovative school. I will endeavour to bring my passion for natural and communicative English language teaching and cross-cultural,” she said.

Dorothy Albrecht

Moved within/to: Navitas
On: September 2014

Dorothy Albrecht

Navitas, Australia. Dorothy Albrecht joins Navitas as General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Prior to Navitas, Dorothy held the positions of Executive Director Marketing and Communications at Monash University, Director of Marketing Swinburne University, General Manager Marketing and Communications CSIRO, Director of Marketing at Curtin University in Western Australia and State Manager Matilda Bay Brewing Company. Dorothy has won both national and state marketing excellence awards including the IABC Gold Quill Award of Merit in business communication as well as organisational awards for her ability to pull diverse groups together for large collaborative projects.



Arene Dababneh

Moved within/to: Shorelight Education
On: November 2014

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Shorelight, UAE. A graduate from DePaul University in Chicago, Arene returns to Amman, Jordan as Shorelight Education’s Assistant Recruitment Manager (MENA region). Following the completion of her High School Diploma from a prestigious local High School, Arene went on to pursue her undergraduate degree in the United States. Arene brings first-hand experience of being an international student as well as a deep understanding of the Middle Eastern culture to the role. Arene has a profound commitment and dedication to helping students grow, develop and succeed – a goal, she says “which cannot be possible without first having a quality education.”

Paul Abraham

Moved within/to: Kaplan
On: August 2014

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Kaplan, International, UAE. Paul joins Kaplan International as Associate Academic Director for the MENA region, based in Kaplan’s Abu Dhabi office. He is responsible for the academic set-up and development for Kaplan’s in-country projects, quality assurance, and curriculum development. Paul began his education career in Nova Scotia as a science teacher and school Principal. He then moved to Nova Scotia when the MoE asked Paul to serve as Principal of a school they were accrediting in Abu Dhabi. Paul was then Associate Director at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.

Rod Camm

Moved within/to: ACPET
On: October 2014

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ACPET, Australia. Rod took the position of CEO of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training in October. Prior to this Rod was the Managing Director of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. Rod has also held senior appointments in Skills Queensland driving the reform of skills and workforce development investment and policy; the Department of Education and Training, where he was Associate Director-General for Tertiary and Non-State Education; and CEO at Construction Skills Queensland with responsibility for establishing the centre. Rod has also held a range of other executive roles in government and performed the role of director on a range of boards. He is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.