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Recent Movers & Shakers

Neil Fitzroy

Moved within/to: Navitas
On: September 2014

Neil Fitzroy

Navitas, Australia. After six years with Navitas UK, Neil Fitzroy has relocated to Australia to assume the newly created position of Director, Marketing and Admissions for Navitas’ La Trobe partnerships. Neil will bring substantial experience and success of market development, business generation and customer service excellence to the established partnerships – a pathway college at La Trobe’s main campus in Melbourne and a managed campus in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. Neil’s previous experience includes positions with at Coventry and Sunderland Universities and several years working in Lagos, Nigeria. He says, “after a rewarding time with Navitas UK, I am delighted to stay with Navitas across in sunny Australia with responsibility for the partnerships with La Trobe, an exceptional university”.

Alessandra Varriale

Moved within/to: Cambridge International Examinations
On: October 2014


Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), UK. Alessandra joins CIE, the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for five to 19 year olds, as School Development Manager for Europe. She is excited to develop relationships with decision-makers in the education sector and represent such a well-known brand as Cambridge in Europe. Before joining CIE, Alessandra worked as Regional Sales Executive at Bell, an internationally recognised English school, looking after the company’s growth in several Latin American and European markets. She said “CIE is a leading player in education and this is the best opportunity I could aim for at this moment of my career”.

Katya Bryzgalova

Moved within/to: Cambridge Education Group
On: September 2014

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Cambridge Education Group, UAE. Katya has joined Cambridge Education Group (CEG) as Regional Director, Russia and CIS. Katya brings  extensive knowledge and experience in the international education industry having worked as both an agent and provider in the past. In her prior positions at Study Group and Astrum Education Katya helped develop strategy and successfully drive sales in Russia and CIS. Katya is happy to be joining CEG at such an exciting time for the company. “I am proud to be part of the CEG team and look forward to what I am sure is a successful future for our team in Moscow and the company as a whole”.

Zainab Malik

Moved within/to: British Council
On: September 2014

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Education Intelligence, British Council. Zainab Malik is now Research Director at the Hong Kong-based Education Intelligence team which is a British Council operation. She joined the team in 2012, after working in research and programme development at the University of Pennsylvania and replaces Liz Shepherd. She has authored research on topics in education policy, transnational education and employability and specialises in data analysis as well as strategy development; she has presented and  advised on market intelligence to international audiences and institutions.  Zainab earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from Colgate University and a master’s degree with distinction in International Education Development from the University of Pennsylvania.

John McCallum

Moved within/to: International House World Organisation
On: September 2014

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International House, Malta. John joins IH Malta as Sales & Marketing Manager. John brings an abundance of experience having previously worked in the travel and hospitality industry, and latterly in the EFL Industry in the same role with another well-known school in Malta. John has experience on an international level with a good knowledge of agent requirements and demand from across Europe, Asia and South America. He is looking forward to enhancing IH Malta’s agent and partner programmes and helping ensure its students reach their goals while enjoying everything Malta has to offer.  “I am excited to have joined such a well-known organisation with a good reputation within the EFL industry,” he said.

Steve Knussen

Moved within/to: English Australia
On: October 2014

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English Australia, Australia. Steve Knussen joins the Board of English Australia as a General Delegate. Steve is the Director, English and Pathways, for Kaplan International in Australia and New Zealand. He has over 20 years’ experience in the ELT industry, and since moving to Australia in 1996, has worked with a number of ELICOS providers as Teacher, Director of Studies, Principal, and Operations Director. He started working for Kaplan in 2008 as the Principal of the Sydney College and in 2010 he was appointed to his current national role.  He is now responsible for ten English Language sector campuses in five Australian states and in New Zealand, including eight Kaplan International English colleges, and two university pathway providers, Bradford College and Murdoch Institute of Technology.

Marc Weedon-Newstead

Moved within/to: English Australia
On: October 2014

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English Australia, Australia. Marc Weedon-Newstead has been elected Chair of English Australia, the national peak body for the English language sector of international education in Australia. He has worked for over 30 years in ELT and is currently the Group Executive for the UNSW Institute of Languages. “English Australia does a fantastic job of supporting our sector of the international education industry and it is a privilege for me to be involved with the work of such an important association,” he said.

Cynthia Kralik

Moved within/to: English Australia
On: October 2014

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English Australia, Australia. Cynthia was recently appointed Deputy Chair of of English Australia. She is the Director of the Monash University English Language Centre and has over 20 years’ experience working in the English language teaching and tertiary sectors and has held roles that include teaching, teacher training, business development and senior management. For the last 15 years Cynthia has held executive roles that have focused on strategic and operational development, academic quality, international partner management and business development. She also led an English language development strategy for a large Australian university in 2010-11. Cynthia previously held non-executive director roles with English Australia and the National English Accreditation Scheme (NEAS).

Zoe Hajifanis

Moved within/to: Kaplan International English
On: April 2014

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Kaplan International English, UK. Zoe joins Kaplan, one of the world’s leading English language providers, as Sales Manager for Russia and CIS. She is looking forward to working in a region of such cultural diversity and building on the strong relationships Kaplan has with its’ agents. Previously part of the senior management team at digital travel business onefinestay, Zoe headed up the account management team looking after over 3,000 hosts on the company’s global database. She said: “Studying abroad opens up a realm of opportunity for students. Working closely with our agents in Russia and the CIS to make this a reality for students really excites me.”

Jonathan Brust

Moved within/to: Embassy English
On: April 2014

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Embassy English, USA. Jonathan joins Embassy English as the Director of Global Marketing in their New York City office. Jonathan brings a wealth of experience from the travel and hospitality industry, having held several management roles in Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Loews Hotels. Most recently Jonathan led marketing for a publicly-traded communications company serving an international customer base across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Jonathan is excited to enhance Embassy’s agent and partner programmes and to help ensure that Embassy students achieve their educational goals while enjoying an exciting travel experience. “Our goal at Embassy is to work directly with our agent community to Bring English to Life for students around the globe,” he said. “I am thrilled to be joining the Embassy English division of Study Group at an exciting time of growth and innovation.”

Pamela Rodriguez Otten

Moved within/to: The PIE
On: October 2014


 The PIE Talent, UK. Pam joins The PIE Talent as Executive Recruiter responsible
for international recruitment. Pam has a plethora of experience working all
over the USA in public and private institutions where she has managed advising, enrolment, international, recruitment, and other student service offices. She has been in the UK for five years and has worked with the Erasmus programme, registry and study abroad. Pam is thrilled to be working for such a dynamic company as The PIE with its great reputation and international reach. “This is a perfect role at a spectacular company where I can use my years of experience hiring dynamic staff. I hope to assist our clients in finding great matches to enhance their operations.”

James Douglas

Moved within/to: EAQUALS
On: October 2014


Eaquals, Spain. James Douglas joins as Eaquals on October 1 as new Director of Accreditation, Training and Consultancy. James began his career teaching EFL and lecturing in EAP at language schools and universities in the UK, Romania, Spain and Japan. From 2001-2006, he was Director and initially Director of Studies at International House, Palma de Mallorca. James then directed operations at Kaplan International Colleges in London, where he helped to set up and manage pathway colleges for international students with UK universities. From 2008-2013, James was Director, Asia, for the CfBT Education Trust. Across Asia, CfBT’s activities include developing standards for teaching and learning, school improvement, and school inspection. James went on to carry out a consultancy with the government of Peru for the British Council, focusing on developing standards for English language and management training.

Andrew Mills

Moved within/to: Performance Education
On: September 2014


Performance Education, Australia. Andrew Mills has taken on an NED role at Performance Education Australia which provides professional year programmes and internship opportunities to international students. Andrew is founder and CEO Roland Investments, which provides investment, consulting and advisory services primarily to the finance and education sectors. Formerly the Global CFO of Study Group, where he worked for 16 years, Andrew has also worked in healthcare, automotive design and financial services. He also works as Non-Executive Director on the boards of EC English and the Australian School of Management (ASM) as well as an advisory role at Nexpay, an innovative payment services business providing payment solution for international students.

Mauricio Espinosa Moncada

Moved within/to: Kaplan
On: September 2014


Kaplan International, Mexico. As Country Manager of Kaplan International Mexico, Mauricio Espinosa is responsible for overseeing Kaplan’s headquarters in Mexico City, offices in the rest of the country and relations with local agencies. Mauricio has more than 10 years of experience in international education. Mauricio was Country Manager for almost three years for EF Education First in Peru and Marketing and Sales Manager in Mexico. Mauricio is a firm believer in the benefits of international education for Mexico.

Steve Phillips

Moved within/to: Eurocentres
On: October 2014

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Eurocentres, UK. In October, Steve Phillips will take up a position at Eurocentres as Head of UK schools where he will be responsible for the management of the company’s five UK schools. Steve moves from Regent’s University London where he has been Director of the Institute of Languages & Culture. He is also a Director of English UK, chair of the English UK Enterprises board, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Victor DeLeo

Moved within/to: StudentUniverse
On: July 2014

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StudentUniverse, USA. After 15 years in the ski and travel industry, Victor DeLeo is now Business Development Manager for StudentUniverse in New York City. He comes from Montana, where he led sales for Big Sky Resort as their Senior Sales Manager. He is a published writer, world traveller, Phi Beta Kappa Member and graduate of Leadership Montana. When not on an airplane or finding travel deals for students, Victor enjoys mountain biking, dark beer, and a reliable pair of shoes.