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Recent Movers & Shakers

Paul Spinks

Moved within/to: PPI/Inline Marketing
On: September 2014

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PPI/Inline Marketing, UK. Paul has recently been named Managing Director of PPI/Inline Marketing. Paul has over 20 years’ experience in the business communication industry and for the past four years he has worked with education providers around the world to produce and send marketing material. His advancement marks a new direction for the company as it rolls out a rebrand campaign. “I’m excited to lead the business as we move forward as Inline Marketing,” he said.  “The name has changed but we will continue to provide our customers with top notch quality and service in every step of their design, print, distribution, storage and now online marketing journey.”

Laurent Potier

Moved within/to: Malvern House
On: August 2014

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Malvern House, Belgium. From August this year, Laurent joins Malvern House as Sales Manager for Europe, representing the schools for adults in London, Dublin and Cyprus and also the Juniors brand, The Language Explorer, organising summer camps for kids and teenagers in the UK, Ireland and Cyprus. His career in the language and travel sector started as an agent in 1997 with Langues Vivantes in Brussels where he was first hired as a trainee. In 2008 Laurent joined AILS Séjours Linguistiques with the initial mission to open a branch for them in Belgium. Among other projects, over the last couple of years, Laurent’s main role was to deal with AILS business partners. “I am particularly enthusiastic to have this new opportunity with Malvern House International, to find out how it is on the other side of this industry and bring my energy to this brand new team!” he said.

Kirsten Feddersen

Moved within/to: Southern New Hampshire University
On: September 2014

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Southern New Hampshire University, USA. Kirsten, who is taking on a role as Director of Global Outreach for SNHU, has worked within international higher education for more than ten years. After spending nearly three years in the international office at Aarhus University in Denmark, she moved on to EDU Danmark, the largest educational agency in Denmark, where she spent close to six years. In 2012, she moved across the Atlantic ocean to New York City, where she worked as the Manager of International Recruitment and Agency Operations for the State University of New York System Administration. Kirsten considers herself a ‘lifer’ in the international higher education field and her commitment to her work stems from her own experiences as an international student and an understanding of the personal and cultural impact of studying abroad.

Anna Swinden

Moved within/to: LILA* London
On: September 2014

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LILA* London, UK. Anna has recently joined the LILA* team as Director of Studies at their new LILA* London school. Having taught English in Guatemala, Central America for six years, Anna returned to the UK to make a decision about teaching: in it for the long haul or time to try something else? She started teaching English in London and quickly realised that teaching EFL was a profession and industry she wanted to continue to work in – an international community, committed to learning but with all the creature comforts of home.  Anna brings four years of academic management experience to the role and is really looking forward to welcoming students though the doors as well as being part of such an exciting and well respected team.

Asmik Magakian

Moved within/to: Met Film School
On: August 2014

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Met Film School, UK and Germany. Asmik gained an excellent understanding of the education sector working as Associate Director of Business Development at Hult Business School and Global Events Manager at LSBF for the last four years, where as a native Armenian, Russian and Spanish speaker she was responsible for the former Soviet and various Spanish speaking markets. In 2012 she opened an educational consultancy based in London, cooperating with international education agents and working with direct clients from Russia, South East Asia, Latin America and other European countries. She will bring her experience and fluency in 5 languages to her new role as Head of Sales and Admissions for Met Film School London and Berlin.

Elizabeth McManus

Moved within/to: Cavendish School of English
On: September 2014

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Cavendish School of English, UK. Elizabeth combines seven years’ marketing experience and two years teaching experience within her new role as Marketing Executive at Cavendish School of English in Bournemouth.
Elizabeth worked extensively within print, radio and events before managing a group of lifestyle magazines. After gaining her CELTA she left her career to teach abroad for two years within many diverse and challenging environments. A diverse and flexible individual, Elizabeth relishes this challenge. She said: “I love combining my two passions in this role and I had a great introduction with my first three days in London for Study World. I met some amazing people and made some good connections – I think this is going to be fun!”

Travis Feldler

Moved within/to: IESE Business School
On: August 2014

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IESE Business School, USA. Travis has several years of experience in higher education administration and digital engagement in developed and emerging markets. He is currently the Marketing Manager for IESE Business School’s Executive Education programmes in New York. Based in India, he launched the digital strategy for a start-up online education platform that reached 50,000 subscribers across South Asia. Travis attributes his global perspective and passion for connecting people within the context of higher education to his personal and academic background. A native New Yorker, Travis customised the last two years of his studies as a student at St. John’s University to conduct field-based research in the Middle East, Europe and Asia in political and economic development. He speaks Spanish, Italian, French and Arabic.

Adam Roth-Saks

Moved within/to: University of Pennsylvania
On: August 2014

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University of Pennsylvania, USA. Adam Roth-Saks has joined the Nonprofit Leadership Program at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania as Associate Director. Prior to joining Penn, he was Director of University Relations for ProWorld and Intrax arranging experiential opportunities for university students and faculty with nonprofits and social enterprises in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Adam received his B.A. in Latin American Studies and East Asian History and is currently working towards his MSEd in International Educational Development at Penn. “I’m excited to be working with the next generation of nonprofit leaders and entrepreneurs transforming the world.”

Jessica Guiver

Moved within/to: St. Gilgen International School
On: June 2014

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St. Gilgen International School, Austria. Jessica has joined St. Gilgen International School in Salzburg, Austria as its new Marketing Manager. She was previously Recruitment Executive at The PIE Jobs, and although she’s sad to say goodbye to her PIE colleagues, she is looking forward to working in marketing again and raising the profile of St. Gilgen International School globally. Jessica brings 15 years’ experience in international education to St. Gilgen, eight of those spent recruiting students for a UK university, and she feels confident the natural beauty of the region and the excellent school facilities will make her job of marketing the school much easier.

Claire Modlen

Moved within/to: IDP Education
On: August 2014

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IDP Education, UK. Claire has recently joined the UK IDP team as a Client Relationship Manager working with UK Universities to help them achieve their recruitment objectives. In addition to working with UK institutions Claire also has responsibility for working with IDP’s overseas network in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. Claire has worked in UK Higher Education since graduating and has been involved with international admissions, student support, recruitment and the development of international collaborative programmes.  Claire also obtained the Nottingham /UKCISA MA for International Education Professional and the CIM professional Diploma delivered in conjunction with the British Council. “I am really excited to be joining such a dynamic and globally respected organisation. I will be part of a really experienced team and look forward to helping IDP UK go from strength to strength.”

Andrew Wait

Moved within/to: Lynda.com
On: August 2014

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lynda.com, USA. Andrew joins online learning company lynda.com as Chief Revenue Officer. Most recently Andrew was president of EF Englishtown, the world’s largest online English school based in London, and prior to that was SVP and general manager of Ancestry.com. Reporting to CEO Eric Robison, Andrew will drive the company’s strategic direction including, global expansion, marketing, customer experience and enterprise sales. “Andrew possesses the perfect blend of analytical thinking, hands-on initiative, creativity and leadership that will be critical for us as we continue to grow lynda.com,” said Eric Robison.

Petru Hoza

Moved within/to: Trinity College London
On: July 2014

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Trinity College London, UK. Petru has joined Trinity College London as its Key Account Manager (SELT). Petru previously worked for learndirect for four and a half years and gained a lot of experience around education for adults, meaning his transition to international higher education has been a natural progression. “I am excited to join such a dynamic company committed to providing high quality support for all our students from initial enquiry through to certification, ensuring they will achieve their academic goal,” he said.

Linda Sandberg

Moved within/to: ISIS Education & Travel
On: August 2014

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ISIS Education, UK. Linda now joins ISIS Education as Regional Sales Manager for Europe – Pathway Division. Originally from Sweden, Linda studied Studied Social Sciences & History of Economics at Uppsala universitet and also holds a Master’s degree in Marketing Management. Having worked in the education industry for nine years, Linda has held posts at Babylon Idiomas in both marketing and sales. “It is fascinating to see how education brings people together from all over the world. I’m now joining ISIS Education to investigate the new trends on the Higher Education market and I’m excited to start offering a wider education package to our clients to help them reach their goals,” she said.

Hadil El-Agami

Moved within/to: Uncategorized
On: August 2014

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The PIE Talent, UK. Hadil has recently joined The PIE Jobs team as Recruitment Manager. A fluent Arabic speaker who is well travelled and has lived abroad, she has spent the past couple of years pursuing a career in international higher education and economic development. Her previous role working with an international education consultancy based in London gave her insight into the higher education sector through working closely with international students and matching them according to universities in and around the UK.

Sharon Bignell

Moved within/to: Griffith University
On: July 2014

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Griffith University, Australia. Sharon has recently joined Griffith University as Regional Marketing Manager (Japan, Korea, Onshore). A fluent Japanese speaker, she has spent the last 10 years in Japan and the UK working in various government and education-related roles, including for English UK, Study UK and the Study Abroad Foundation in London, and for the Australian Embassy and the JET Programme Management Department in Tokyo. In her hometown of Sydney, she previously worked for IDP Education Australia and in higher education administration. Now living in sunny Brisbane, Sharon is excited to be promoting an innovative institution in one of Australia’s fastest growth regions.

Nick Stevenson

Moved within/to: ICEF
On: August 2014

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ICEF, UK. Nick has over six years’ experience within the international education industry. After graduation from University of Leeds, he started working in ad sales, later moving onto global print/production firm PPI where he spent three years helping to develop its international client base. For ICEF, he will be focusing on business development within UK & Ireland. “I am very excited to be joining the ICEF team, I have always enjoyed attending the workshops over the years, and hope I can make a big contribution to their continued success for the years to come,” he said.