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Recent Movers & Shakers

Rajay Naik

Moved within/to: PlattForm
On: June 2015

Rajay Naik

Plattform, UK. Rajay has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of UK and European Online Learning at Plattform. He has previously served as director of government and external affairs at The Open University, the UK’s largest university and the global leader in online learning, since 2010. Rajay has become an influential leader in the UK sector, joining Ministerial trade delegations and championing access and innovation internationally. During his time at the OU, the institution has continued its domination of part-time higher education, grown its international partnerships and launched the FutureLearn MOOC platform. Rajay is looking forward to enabling more UK institutions to offer world-class online degree programmes to students around the world.

Esther Wilkinson

Moved within/to: Jisc
On: June 2015

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Jisc, UK. Esther has taken up the role of Head of International at Jisc. She is a higher education specialist and has worked in various roles in education. These include Planetary and Protection Officer on the Beagle2 programme at the Open University, and working for the UK Research Councils for over 13 years on projects ranging from nuclear physics, multi-million pound longitudinal studies transversing medical and social sciences, and setting up the RCUK Strategy Unit). Following this, Esther was Assistant Director in the UK HE International Unit, leading overseas programmes and support, including HEGlobal and the Dikti Scholarship Scheme, in addition to managing operations for the Unit.

Ryan Buck

Moved within/to: Texas State University
On: April 2015

Ryan Buck

Texas State University, USA. Ryan joined Texas State University as the inaugural Assistant Vice President for International Affairs. In this leadership role, he focuses on enhancing the international profile and reputation of the university, and provides strategic direction and collaboration for achieving the university’s internationalisation goals. Before joining Texas State, Ryan served as the Executive Director of International Student Affairs at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. His background is in comprehensive internationalisation and collaborating with stakeholders to enhance global engagement and cross-cultural experiences. Ryan holds a PhD in public policy from the New School in New York City.

C.K. Kwai

Moved within/to: Jacksonville University
On: April 2015

CK Kwai

Jacksonville University, USA. C.K. has taken the role of Chief International Officer at Jacksonville University in Florida. He has extensive experience in all areas of international education: EA, IEM, ISSS, and IEP. C.K’s research interest is in the areas of international education and he also has a Ph.D. in Higher Education. He is also an adjunct professor at the Vietnamese German University in Vietnam. He has taught and presented at NAFSA national and regional conferences, NAFSA Summer Institute and various institutions around the world. C.K. is currently the chair of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps and has held leadership positions with NAFSA’s Teaching, Learning and Scholarship Knowledge Community.

 

Thuong Duong

Moved within/to: Shorelight Education
On: May 2015

Thuong Duong

Shorelight Education, Vietnam. Thuong Duong recently joined Shorelight Education as Country Director of Vietnam. She will be responsible for leading a team which oversees all marketing and recruitment activities in Vietnam. Previously the country manager of Study Group Vietnam, Thuong has more than 13 years of experience as a well-respected leader in the Vietnamese overseas education sector. In addition, she holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Vietnam National Economic University and Master Degree in Project Management from Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Alex Green

Moved within/to: GrokGlobal
On: May 2015

Alex Green

GrokGlobal, Malaysia. Alex has become Executive Director of South East Asian Markets, based in Kuala Lumpur, serving as the administrative head of the Malaysian entity, overseeing all aspects of Grok’s presence in South East Asia. His role is includes operationalising the region as a delivery market and building teams to deliver specialised services. Alex has seven years of experience in international student recruitment, agent management and partnership development, working across the many different markets and regions. His last role for the University of the West of England included seeing him providing strategic guidance and operational leadership for the Asia Pacific region. He also managed the university’s presence in China for four years.

Neil Tuckwell

Moved within/to: Hotcourses
On: May 2015

Neil Tuckwell

Hotcourses, Malaysia. Neil has established the permanent Hotcourses presence within South East Asia, and moved to Kuala Lumpur three weeks ago. He will better service the existing partners and increase that base as well as grow the market as a whole through governmental and agency relationships. Neil is interested in the effective use of technology and the attribution and tracking modelling to determine whether all operational facets – websites, admissions, campaigns, ROI, social etc – are performing effectively. He has worked at Hotcourses since 2010, with his original focus being on business development throughout Australia and Singapore.

Brian Dzwonek

Moved within/to: INTO
On: March 2015

Brian Dzwonek

INTO University Partnerships, US. Brian has taken the role of Director for US Clinical Placement Programs at INTO. In his new role, Brian will assume overall commercial and administrative responsibility for the US based aspects of INTO medical programmes and will help build clinical capacity to place students in US hospitals. After completing his doctorate in 2007, Brian joined Sanford School of Medicine as Associate Director, Educational Services, and in 2009 became Deputy Director of Medical Education Research and Evaluation for Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore. In 2012, Brian came to Marshall University Joan C Edwards School of Medicine as Associate Dean for Medical Education, and helped establish the international partnership with INTO St George’s, University of London.

Marie Clark

Moved within/to: Hobsons
On: June 2015

Marie Clark

Hobsons, UK. Marie has recently moved from Head of Marketing and Communications into the newly created role of Director of Policy and Advocacy for Hobsons EMEA. As a complement to their existing products and services that support institutions engage and recruit students, Hobsons will be introducing its retention and student success platform to the EMEA market later in 2015. Prior to joining Hobsons, Marie worked for a policy communications consultancy, leading a team that provided communications consultancy research and events to the higher education, skills and business sectors.

Julia Gonchar

Moved within/to: Shorelight Education
On: January 2015

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Shorelight Education, South East Asia. Julia was recently appointed as Assistant Regional Director in South East Asia for Shorelight Education. She will be leading the company’s office expansion and recruitment effort in the region. Julia has most recently worked at Cambridge Education Group (CEG) as Recruitment Director where she was responsible for implementing global sales strategies for CEG’s US portfolio while expanding and managing their regional office network across Asia. Prior to CEG, Julia worked with Navitas, leading work in the emerging Russia/CIS markets and leading recruitment efforts for the University of New Hampshire.

Jessica Mosman

Moved within/to: StudyPortals
On: June 2015

Jessica Mosman

StudyPortals, US. Jessica has joined the StudyPortals North American team as an Account Advisor, where she is responsible for scouting, initiating and maintaining relationships with the universities and colleges in the US and selling the StudyPortals products to these schools. Jessica attended Bentley University in Massachusetts where she achieved a BA in Business Communications and an MBA in Management. Most of her career has been in the hospitality industry. She has been very eager to work in higher education and is excited she now has the opportunity to do it with an energetic and pioneering company like StudyPortals.

Brett Berquist

Moved within/to: University of Auckland
On: April 2015

Brett

University of Auckland, New Zealand. Brett took up the Director International role and oversees a team of 30 focusing on strategy and implementation for UoA’s strategic internationalisation goals. Brett has over 25 years in international education working in Europe, Asia, and the US. This has included recruitment, articulation and pathways, oversight of TNE, ESL, mobility and research areas. He has done extensive work in the strategy and policy area and led an effort to adapt leading benchmarking from down under to the US higher education context. He also previously led non-award mobility programming at Michigan State University.

Carmen Neghina

Moved within/to: StudyPortals
On: May 2015

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StudyPortals, Netherlands. Carmen joins StudyPortals in the Netherlands as their Education Intelligence Specialist, with the task of making study choice transparent worldwide. Carmen is transitioning from the academic world, and working on finalising her PhD dissertation with the Open University in the Netherlands, on the topic of value cocreation in service interactions. Being a strong believer in the power of data, in her new role she will be conducting research with the goal of finding trends and insights into higher education and international student mobility. She is open to new research ideas and collaborations.

Viv Canal

Moved within/to: Tti School of English
On: May 2015

Viv

Tti School of English, UK. Viv joins Tti School of English in Camden Town, London as Principal. He is responsible for the day to day running of the school, and driving forward Tti’s already excellent reputation as a provider of high quality, excellent value English language courses. Viv has 17 years experience in the EFL sector, having worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and Director of Studies both in the UK and in Italy and Turkey. He holds an English Literature degree, a Masters degree in Philosophy, the CELTA, DELTA and the EUK Diploma in ELT Management. He joins after 10 years at Excel English Language School, most recently working as Academic & Quality Improvement Manager.

Katharine Trewern

Moved within/to: QA Higher Education
On: February 2015

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QA Higher Education, UK. Kat joined QA Higher Education as Digital Marketing Manager and will be based in London. Previously working at Kaplan, she has a keen understanding of the online marketing and recruitment channels available in the education marketplace. In her role, Kat will be focusing on developing the direct and digital recruitment opportunities for QA Higher Education and its partner universities to deliver continued growth. She is looking forward to developing the business’ online presence and the opportunity to further enhance her experience in higher education with QA’s partners during this time of rapid expansion.

Dave Henson

Moved within/to: English UK Wales
On: May 2015

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English UK Wales, UK. Dave has joined as English UK Wales chairman and is excited about members working together. Their goal is to see every English UK member in Wales succeed and grow in reputation, as they are all aiming to increase the overall number of students experiencing Wales. He is bringing his experience from Executive and Business coaching and International Leadership and Development Management. He is also co-owner and Managing Director of WE Bridge International, promoting their academy and their region to overseas students, agents, institutions and governments with the specific vision of bridging business, language and culture internationally.