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Recent Movers & Shakers

Katherine Shibata

Moved within/to: Pearson
On: December 2014

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Pearson, USA. Katherine recently joined Pearson as an Academic Consultant for Pearson Test of English Academic. She has over 13 years of experience in the field of international education, including several years as an ESL teacher, and is excited to be part of a growing, innovative, and value-driven company. Prior to Pearson, Katherine worked with other language proficiency exams on the market.

Aaron Mitich

Moved within/to: Study Group
On: January 2015

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Study Group, Thailand. Aaron has joined Study Group as its new Global Academic Partnership Development Manager in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to Study Group Aaron managed a fellowship programme for the Institute of International Education. He has over eight years of experience in designing and managing global student programmes.

Nick Broom

Moved within/to: Pearson
On: December 2014

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Pearson, UK. Nick has been appointed Marketing Manager for Pearson ELT and Language Testing – UK & Ireland, as maternity cover for Abby Coften. Nick worked in ELT sales and marketing for over 20 years in Italy, in national and regional management roles for OUP, Macmillan, Cengage and Italian publisher, ELi.

Krista Northup

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

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Cambridge Education Group, USA. Krista is CEG’s new Director of University Partnerships. Prior to CEG, Krista was Director of International Recruitment and Agency Operations for the State University of New York. She has 14 years of experience in international education and strategic engagement with higher education institutions gained working at the University of Melbourne, the Australian Government, and IDP Education.

Silvia Costa

Moved within/to: BCIT
On: December 2014

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BCIT, Canada. Silvia joins BCIT as Business Development Coordinator after three years with ELS Language Centers worldwide. In her new role Silvia will aim to increase the number of Latin American students in BCIT. Her career within post-secondary education started back in Brazil where she worked at the Corporate HQs for both largest international education agencies in Latin America, CI and STB in various roles.

Richard Garrett

Moved within/to: The OBHE
On: January 2015

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The OBHE, USA. Richard is the new Director of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education. Richard co-founded the Observatory in 2001, and was Deputy Director until 2005. He is also North America Director for i-graduate. Prior roles include leading Eduventures online higher education work and positions in the School of Education at the University of Surrey and the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Richard is based in Boston, USA.

Fernanda Viramontes

Moved within/to: Live&Learn Mundo Joven
On: September 2014

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Live&Learn Mundo Joven, Mexico. Fernanda joins as General Product Manager and will be exploring new markets, student recruitment and negotiating partnerships between Mexican institutions and higher education institutions abroad. “I’m looking forward to work with the best partners of the Industry and build strong relationships in order to contribute in the construction of a strong education for our students,” she said.

Lala Alatorre

Moved within/to: Live&Learn Mundo Joven
On: September 2014

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Live&Learn Mundo Joven, Mexico. Lala joins the company as Commercial Manager. She has a degree in Communications, specialising in Advertising as well as an International Certificate in Public Relations and Advertising from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Lala has over five years of experience in Marketing and Commercial Strategies in several industries, from film to transportation and logistics for Uber Mexico.

Ruben Mora

Moved within/to: Live&Learn Mundo Joven
On: September 2014

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Live&Learn Mundo Joven, Mexico. Ruben is the new Commercial Director of Mundo Joven. In previous roles, Ruben has opened new markets in Argentina, Guatemala and Salvador, as well as working on the editorial board in tourist issues of Mexican newspaper, REFORM. Ruben is driven by “democratising the travel experience among young people and exposing Latin America’s youth to other cultures”.

Fulya Yalezan

Moved within/to: LCI Education Group
On: December 2014

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LCI Education Group, Turkey. Fulya joins LCI as Director of Sales for Turkey and Eastern Europe. Fulya was Managing Director of her own Istanbul-based companies since 2007 and the study abroad company, TEC ISTANBUL. She is also a certified translator with previous roles at Home Language International and OLC IEB. “Its great to be a part of such a dynamic and innovative group, and to have the opportunity to promote such high quality language and college education system,” she said.

Dan Peirce

Moved within/to: DPMC
On: January 2015

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DPMC, Mexico. Dan joins DPMC as Business Development Manager, having spent the last 10 years working in various business development and teaching positions. Previously based in Madrid, Dan has now relocated to Mexico City where he will look after the USA, Central and South America. ”Having seen first hand the benefits of working with a company like DPMC as an educator, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help other institutions benefit from the services we offer,” he said.

Barbara Carson

Moved within/to: Earlscliffe Sixth Form College
On: July 2014

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Earlscliffe Sixth Form College/Earlscliffe Summer, UK. Barbara has joined Earlscliffe as its International Marketing Manager. She is responsible for maintaining and building new agent relationships, promotion in new countries as well as devising and implementing the integrated marketing plan for their sixth form, summer and Easter courses. Barbara has worked in the sector for over 26 years, in international schools, summer schools and a girls’ academy in East London.

Archie Pollock

Moved within/to: The PIE
On: January 2015


The PIE, UK. Archie joins The PIE as Business Development Executive for Continental Europe, North America, and Australia. He moved from Scotland to study an MSc in International Public Policy Making at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2008. After graduation, he stayed in the city and started his career as an intern at Expertise in Labour Mobility. Taking up an extra role as Writer & Presenter with i-Graduate in 2010, he has worked with hundreds of universities, educational organisations and students.

Karl Abbey

Moved within/to: Navitas
On: January 2015

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Navitas, UK. Karl Abbey has moved within Navitas UK to the role of Director of Marketing and Admissions at PUIC, with Plymouth University. Karl’s career with Navitas began in 2009 at PUIC and has seen him occupy roles at a number of other Navitas colleges in the UK, most recently BCUIC at Birmingham City University in the role of Acting Director of Marketing and Admissions. Prior to Navitas, Karl held a number of roles at University College Dublin and outside the HE Sector.

Sian Gillings

Moved within/to: SI-UK Educational Council
On: December 2014

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SI-UK Education Council, UK. Sian joins SI-UK Education Council as Marketing and Events Coordinator where she will be responsible for coordinating the UK’s largest university fair for international student recruitment and development of current marketing activities. A first class graduate from Southampton Solent University in Events Management, Sian has experience in organising events and outreach activities for a non profit NGO. I am delighted to be the latest member of the SI-UK team and looking forward to getting stuck in to my new role and growing alongside the company,” she said.

Ayfer Aydin

Moved within/to: Study Group
On: December 2014

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Study Group, UK. Ayfer has joined Study Group as Embassy English Summer Sales Manager. Her main objective is to enhance the global sales of Embassy Summer by giving operational support to the Embassy Sales Team and to Summer School Team. Ayfer has 10 years of sales & marketing experience in international education, most recently at Babylon Idiomas Spanish Language School in Barcelona. Previously, BSC School of English in London and Hove College Business School in Brighton. “I am thrilled to be part of the Embassy Sales Team and looking forward to this exciting and challenging opportunity,” she said.