Ailsa Lamont
Director and Founder
Pomegranate Global, Australia

Joining the panel discussion on Sustainability

After 16 years in the university sector in Australia, including 10 years in senior international roles, Ailsa switched her focus to climate change. In 2016 she set up Pomegranate Global, a company specialising in helping the international education sector respond to the climate challenge. In 2019 she co-founded CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators. Her work focuses on how the climate crisis can be transformed into an opportunity to improve the business of international education: to reshape global mobility and international recruitment operations to factor in environmental costs and to engage international students through climate action.

Andrea Felder
Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admissions
American University, USA

Dr. Andrea Felder is the Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Admissions at American University in Washington, DC. She is responsible for executing the recruitment and admission efforts of undergraduate applicants to the university. Prior to her time at AU, Dr. Felder recruited domestic and international undergraduate students to the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Felder earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and both her Master of Education degree and Doctor of Education degree from North Carolina State University.

Andrew Ness
Dean, International
Humber College, Canada

Mr. Ness has dedicated his entire career to working with students around the world in post-secondary education. He has over 30 years of experience in post-secondary education, with accomplishments and awards in student recruitment, admissions, marketing, student success and internationalization. He currently leads the International Education operation at Humber College, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive polytechnic institute. During his time at Humber, he has presided over unprecedented international enrollment growth and expansion of international activities around the globe.

Brad Dorahy
Founder and Executive Director
CISaustralia, Australia

Joining the panel discussion on Sustainability

Brad is passionate about international education and travel. After graduating from the University of Newcastle, where he was also awarded a cultural scholarship and coordinated the second ‘Cultural Awakenings Festival’, Brad travelled the world and has since visited 60+ countries. Brad has been involved in international education for 25 years, working at a number of Australian Universities (The University of Newcastle, Bond University and Navitas at Griffith University), and for international companies in Korea, China and the US. Brad studied abroad at the University of Canterbury - NZ and Harvard University - USA, has volunteered in the Philippines and has been an active volunteer with Surf Life Saving Queensland for 8+ years. He loves the outdoors and hiking, has completed the Australian Ironman, hiked Kokoda and to Base Camp Mt. Everest. Brad is on the reference group for the EPITOME Research Project (Enhancing Programmes Integrating Tertiary Outbound Mobility Experiences) and has presented at international conferences such as NAFSA, ISANA, the Mobility Forum, AIEC and CCIS.

Brett Berquist
Director International
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Joining the panel discussion on Sustainability

Brett Berquist leads international strategy and operations at the University of Auckland, ranked #1 in the inaugural THE Global Impact ranking measuring universities on SDGs. He has over 25 years experience in the sector, in Europe, the US, and Asia. Recent publications include: -Crawford, P. & Berquist, B. (Eds.) (2020). Community Engagement Abroad: Perspectives and practices on service, engagement, and learning overseas. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press. -Berquist, B., Moore, K., & Milano, J. (Eds.). (2018). International internships: Mission, methods & models, a collection of papers from the Global Internship Conference. Boston, MA: Academic Internship Council. 

David Pilsbury
Deputy Vice Chancellor International
Coventry University, UK

Joining the panel discussion on Employability

Responsible for all Coventry’s international activities including joint ventures, student recruitment, collaborative partnerships, curriculum internationalization, mobility, and cultural enhancement. Pilsbury leads a sector leading global engagement agenda recognised by many awards including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise and EAIE’s premier award. He holds a number of Board level positions including of the China-Britain Business Council & EURIE. Previously the founding CEO of the Worldwide Universities Network, HEFCE Head of Research Policy and Assistant Director R&D at Cambridge University Hospital. He spent a number of years in strategic consultancy and investment banking after completing a D.Phil and research at Oxford University.

David Di Maria
Associate Vice Provost for International Education
University of Maryland, USA

Joining the Country Spotlight - USA panel discussion

David L. Di Maria has nearly two decades of experience designing and leading global engagement initiatives at public universities. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Internationalisation of Higher Education – Policy and Practice, on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of International Students, and he is chair-elect of NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community. Previously, he served as president of the American International Recruitment Council. Di Maria earned a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, where he focused his research on campus services for international students. His most recent book is Senior International Officers: Essential Roles and Responsibilities.

Eero Loonurm
Head of International Marketing
Archimedes Foundation/Study in Estonia, Estonia

Joining the panel discussion on Marketing

Eero Loonurm has been active in higher education internationalisation for nearly 15 years. His responsibilities in Archimedes Foundation (Estonia) include the development and execution of the national higher education marketing strategy for "Study in Estonia" and representing Estonia in communications-related working groups on the state level and European level. He is the marketing and communications expert in promoting Europe as a study destination for the European Commission project “Study in Europe”.

Jan Lynn-Matern
Founder and Partner
Emerge Education, UK

Joining the panel discussion on Digital Technology Innovation

Jan Lynn-Matern is a Founder and Partner at Emerge Education, a European seed fund investing in exceptional founders who are solving the $8.5tn skills gap. Emerge is backed by strategics such as Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Assessment and Jisc, as well as founders/investors of Trilogy and 2u. The team has a solid track record with 50+ investments, with those companies raising £100m+ from investors such as Local Globe, Stride, Project A, Rethink Education, Learn Capital and Reach Capital. Portfolio: Emerge also convenes Edge, a series of thought leadership forums for higher education and corporate leaders working on addressing the skills gap in their organisations and beyond. Through Edge, Emerge is able to help founders gain unique customer insights and build defining business partnerships that help their companies grow faster. Prior to founding Emerge Education, Jan was an Associate at Chelwood Capital, a boutique impact investment and advisory firm. Jan graduated from New College, University of Oxford, with a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Joanna Regulska
Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor for Global Affairs
UC Davis, USA

Joining the panel discussion on Sustainability

Joanna Regulska is Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor for Global Affairs and Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Davis. For more than three decades Regulska has led large-scale programs that have transformed institutions, established collaborative partnerships, and substantially improved globally focused services and programs for students, faculty, and staff. In 2019, she was recognized with the inaugural Institute of International Education (IIE) Senior International Officer Award.

Justin Cooke
Chief Content and Partnerships Officer
FutureLearn, UK

Chief Content and Partnerships Officer at FutureLearn, Justin leads all content and partnership activity, working to build a world-class portfolio of content targeted at in-demand jobs and global skills gaps. Justin founded global digital agency Fortune Cookie in 1997, which he grew to 250 people and $30 million in revenue before selling to WPP in 2012. He's been an investor and adviser to numerous fast-growth technology businesses at Northzone. For the past two years, he’s been VC of Unicef UK, a member of the Digital Advisory Board to the GREAT Britain campaign and sits on the Advisory Board of The British Museum.

Larissa Bezo
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Bureau for International Education, Canada

Joining the Country Spotlight - Canada panel discussion

Larissa Bezo presently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Bureau for International Education. Ms. Bezo has served in senior leadership positions in both the public and not-for-profit sectors, including as the youngest Deputy Clerk in the history of Saskatchewan, Senior Advisor to a Federal Royal Commission and most recently, as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian Bureau for International Development. After a distinguished public service career, Larissa pursued her longstanding commitment to international development and solidarity through senior-level assignments with the World Bank and the International Centre for Policy Studies in Ukraine. Larissa Bezo has worked successfully with Boards of Directors and Executive Committees to define strategic priorities and oversee their implementation. She possesses 25 years of professional experience, including 15 years in the international development and education sector. Ms. Bezo is an accomplished senior executive with a proven ability to provide effective leadership to build organizational capacity and resilience, foster durable partnerships, navigate sensitive political, intercultural and international issues and mobilize resources to achieve organizational priorities. Larissa graduated from the University of Regina with a Master of Arts in Political Science.

Lil Bremermann-Richard
Chief Executive Officer
Oxford International Education Group, UK

Joining the Country Spotlight - UK panel discussion

Lil was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of Oxford International in 2019, after serving as the Group Commercial Director since 2017. During her tenure at Oxford International, Lil has been successful in driving massive growth across the Academic Division and has steered the Group through significant business change and development during the Covid19 crisis. With over 17 years senior management and leadership experience in education, Lil’s previous roles include Director of International Recruitment for Cavendish College, Head of International Operations for South Thames College, and most recently, International Director at BPP University. During her time at BPP, Lil set up overseas delivery centres in 6 countries, including Hong Kong, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Trinidad and Tobago and Mauritius. By the end of her time at BPP, the University was recruiting over 6,000 international students a year and had grown its annual revenue from £2m to £37m. In addition to her current position as Group CEO at Oxford International, Lil also serves as an Advisory Board Member for IDP Connect. Lil is passionate about gender equality in the workplace, and actively mentors women in their leadership journey, as well as their return to work post maternity leave. Originally from Uruguay, Lil has lived in London for over 20 years. She is a keen runner and lives with her husband and their three children.

Mark Lucas
Director/ Chief Corporate and Business Officer

Joining the Country Spotlight - Australia panel discussion

Mark established iae GLOBAL in partnership with OJ Kim of iae EDUHOUSE in January 2006. iae GLOBAL is one of the world’s leading international education recruitment and marketing consultancies with over 70 offices in 14 countries recruiting in excess of 20,000 students per year. With an education career spanning 40 years, Mark has taught high school, college and ESL in Australia and Japan. He was the founding director and CEO of Technos Language and Commerce College (TLCC), an English language and vocational education college for international students in Sydney Mark has been active in the private export education sector consultative process with both the Federal and State governments in Australia. He is past Chair of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, Convener of the Affiliation of International Education Peak Bodies and a founding member of the Commonwealth Government Contribution Review Panel in Canberra. He is currently Chair of ISEAA, the peak body for international education recruitment consultancies in Australia. Internationally, he was a past board member of the AIRC in the USA, as well a current member of the Advisory Board of International Conferences and Education Fairs (ICEF). Mark has been an international presenter and panelist at key educational conferences such as the AIEF/IDP Conferences in Australia, ICEF Workshops in Europe, USA and Canada, IALC Conferences, NAFSA and AIRC Conferences in the USA, as well as having been involved in a wide range of government and industry board and advisory roles over the past 28 years.

Martha Johnson
Assistant Dean for Learning Abroad
University of Minnesota, US

Joining the panel discussion on Employability

Dr Martha Johnson is the Assistant Dean for Learning Abroad at the University of Minnesota and oversees one of the largest education abroad offices in the US. She has worked in international education since 1991 for organizations and institutions in the US, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Her experience includes on-site program management, teaching of short-term programs, program development and marketing, and management. Martha has presented on numerous sessions and workshops at national and international conferences, consults with universities internationally, served in a variety of leadership positions in NAFSA and the Forum on Education Abroad, and authored numerous articles and publication chapters on topics relating to international education. She holds a PhD from the University of East Anglia (UK).

Martin Basiri
Co-Founder and CEO
ApplyBoard, Canada

Joining the Country Spotlight - Canada panel discussion

Driven by his belief that education is a right and not a privilege, Martin Basiri approaches every business decision with a student-first mentality. Since launching ApplyBoard in 2015 with his brothers Meti and Massi, Martin has led the company to become the world's largest online platform for international student recruitment, assisting more than 100,000 students with their educational journey to study in Canada, the USA, and the UK. Under Martin’s leadership, ApplyBoard was named Canada's fastest-growing technology company by Deloitte in 2019 after only four years in business, ranking #1 on the Fast 50™ list. Martin holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Shiraz University in his native Iran, along with a Masters of Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering from the University of Waterloo. With every strategic direction, Martin prioritizes the success and well-being of students, with the goal of using education to change as many lives as possible.

Nannette Ripmeester
Expertise in Mobility, The Netherlands

Joining the panel discussion on Employability

Nannette Ripmeester is Director of Expertise in Labour Mobility and founder of the app She started her international career at the European Commission. Nannette is board member of Codarts University and Director Europe for i-graduate. Ripmeester's most recent publication is "Cultural understanding as a key skill for employability" with Darla Deardorff. With over 25 years of experience working for corporate and HigherEd organisations, Nannette is a leading expert on mobility for study and work.

Phil Honeywood
IEAA, Australia

Joining the Country Spotlight - Australia panel discussion

He was a Member of the Victorian State Parliament, Australia, for 18 years (1988–2006). During this period Phil served as the Victorian Minister for Tertiary Education, Training and Multicultural Affairs and was Deputy Leader of the Opposition 2002–2006. Since 2006, Phil was Marketing Director and CEO at Stott’s Business College and Cambridge International College, Melbourne. He also served on the Governing Council of Swinburne University of Technology. Phil is Convener of the National Council for International Education and a member of the Higher Education Standards Panel, New Colombo Plan Steering Committee and the Education Visa Consultative Committee. He is also chair of the Australian Government’s Global Reputation Taskforce.

Rachel Sandison
Vice Principal, External Relations
University of Glasgow, UK

Joining the Country Spotlight - UK panel discussion

Rachel Sandison is Vice Principal, External Relations at the University of Glasgow. As a member of the University’s senior management team, Rachel's responsibilities include strategic leadership for domestic and international student recruitment; marketing, brand and reputation; undergraduate and postgraduate admissions; international affairs and partnership development; fundraising & alumni relations; and widening participation. She is also the University’s Refugee & Asylum Seeker Champion. Rachel is a chartered marketer and a CASE Global Trustee. She is a member of the Universities Scotland International Committee and sits on a number of sector advisory boards. She is also the University of Glasgow’s senior leader for the Universitas 21 network and The Guild of European Research Intensive Universities. Rachel has almost 20 years experience of working in higher education, and prior to her role at the University of Glasgow, was Director of External Relations at the University of Aberdeen.

Rachel Chan
Esperanza, Hong Kong

Joining the panel discussion on Digital Technology Innovation

Rachel Chan is a tripartite professional with extensive experience working in/with public, private and NGO sectors. She has worked in the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. She founded InnoFoco in 2007 to propel the development of strategic design and innovation. InnoFoco has also been actively involved in building the startup ecosystem of Hong Kong, and is also a passionate advocate of the creating shared value movement. In addition to her consulting work, Rachel teaches an undergraduate course on ‘Values-Driven Innovation’ at the University of Hong Kong. Rachel has also been working on a number of NGOs, especially in youth education and development. Her latest venture is Esperanza, a new non-profit that aspires to make Hong Kong a better place to live, learn and work through cross-sector, multi-disciplinary, cross-border and inter-generational collaborations. Rachel was a graduate of the University of Hong Kong and a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School. She was honored as one of 2014 “Good 100” global citizens who provide creative solutions for living well + doing good.

Representative from Cambridge Assessment English, UK

Joining the panel discussion on Digital Technology Innovation

Cambridge Assessment English is a department of Cambridge University. We provide the world’s leading range of qualifications for learners and teachers of English, recognised by more than 25,000 organisations around the world with more than 7 million exams taken in 2019. We are increasingly working with cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence to find new ways of helping students around the world to learn English and prove their skills to the world.

Representative from The Access Platform, UK

Joining the panel discussion on Marketing 

The Access Platform is a peer recruitment tool that enables universities to connect their Student Ambassadors with prospective students wherever they are in the world.

Representative from CultureWorks, Canada

Joining the plenary on Digital tech innovation

CultureWorks is a blended learning, English language school headquartered in Canada. For twenty-two years it has graduated students to post-secondary schools from its on-campus presence in London and Ottawa. Students study in a combination of online, live streamed classes with a finishing level in either Canada or the U.S.. In 2019, 100% of online students experienced increased English scores on standardized tests. Enrolled students are granted conditional admission to college and university programs in Canada and the U.S., from undergraduate to graduate, MBA, and diploma programming.

Robin Shields
Professor of Education, School of Education
University of Bristol, UK

Robin Shields’ research analyses the globalization of higher education, using social network analysis and related research methods to understand shifting relationships between institutions, individuals and nation-states. He is particularly interested in future trends in internationalization and how international higher education should respond to the climate emergency. Robin has acted as Principal Investigator for research funded by the Higher Education Academy and Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. He is also Co-Investigator on an ESRC-funded project studying cross-cultural perspectives on Global Citizenship in Higher Education. Robin teaches on the DBA in Higher Education Management, the Education Doctorate (EdD), and several MA and undergraduate programmes.

Simon Marginson
Professor of Higher Education
University of Oxford, UK

Opening remarks

Simon Marginson is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford, Director of the ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education, Professorial Associate of the Melbourne Centre for Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, and Lead Researcher with Higher School of Economics in Moscow. CGHE is a research partnership of five UK and nine international universities with £9 million in funding for 16 projects on global, national and local aspects of higher education in 2015-2023. Simon’s research is focused primarily on global and international higher education, higher education in East Asia, and higher education and social inequality. He is currently preparing an integrated theorisation of higher education. He Co-Chaired the UK Higher Education Commission Inquiry into Education Exports which reported in 2018. His most recent books are Changing Higher Education for a Changing World, edited with Claire Callender and William Locke (Bloomsbury, 2020) and High Participation Systems of Higher Education, edited with Brendan Cantwell and Anna Smolentseva (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Tayyeb Shah
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Partnerships)
The University of Western Australia, Australia

Joining the Country Spotlight - Australia panel discussion

Tayyeb Shah is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Partnerships) at The University of Western Australia and responsible for a portfolio that spans Global Engagement, Innovation & Industry Engagement, the Cultural Precinct and Development & Alumni Relations. A globally-renowned expert in higher education, business development and international relations, Mr Shah joined UWA in June 2019 from King’s College London, where he held a number of roles most recently as Deputy Vice President (Global Business Development). During his 12 years at King’s College London, Mr Shah was instrumental in expanding the university’s international and commercial partnerships. He was responsible for identifying, conceptualising and developing a number of strategic multi-million dollar projects which increased and deepened King’s College London’s worldwide engagement, particularly in China. Educated at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and Imperial College London, Mr Shah joined King’s College London after more than a decade in the commercial and creative industry sectors. Mr Shah is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, member of a number of boards including the Perth Festival and Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the European Association for International Education.

Vivienne Stern
Universities UK International (UUKi), UK

Joining the Country Spotlight - UK panel discussion

Vivienne is the Director of Universities UK International (UUKi) which represents UK universities around the world and works to enable them to flourish internationally. Vivienne has over 20 years’ experience of working in higher education policy and politics at national and international level. She is a member of several Boards and advisory committees, including the Education Sector Advisory Group of the Department for Education /Department for International Trade; the Board of UKRI’s Fund for International Collaboration; the British Council’s Education Advisory Group. She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, where she studied English Literature.