New speakers will be added as we finalise the agenda for this event, so please watch this space for more information!

Aditi Kadakia
Senior Director, Head of Production Services
World Education Services

Aditi Kadakia is the Senior Director and Head of Global Operations at World Education Services (WES). Over the course of a decade, she has built expansive knowledge of the world’s education systems and holds deep expertise in the evaluation and authentication of international academic credentials. Aditi leads a global team who assess more than half a million academic credentials annually with the use of leading technologies. She is a returned education Peace Corps Volunteer (Mozambique, 2008-2010). That experience shaped her belief that we each have something unique and valuable to contribute to our local communities and the world.

Alain Roy
Vice President, International Partnerships
Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)

Alain has more than 20 years of international experience, working with various organizations and funding agencies, providing policy analysis to executives in government and non-profit organizations and implementing skills training programs around the world. He provides leadership to CICan’s initiatives, assisting colleges and institutes in their international student recruitment efforts and engaging government officials and stakeholders on the role international students play in supporting Canada’s immigration and economic growth objectives. Alain is also responsible for the development of CICan’s international activities, such as the Education for Employment Programs, implemented in more than 15 countries, to strengthen the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems.

Alejandra Otero
Founder & CEO

Alejandra created geNEOus with the aim of reshaping the future of education by giving support to educational institutions in the integration of marketing and admissions solutions in line with the expectations of the 21st century. Prior to that, she was a higher education intrapreneur in the USA and Europe with roles within the Marketing, International Relations and Admissions Departments. She has received certifications by Google and HubSpot in the fields of marketing, sales and education. Alejandra is also a speaker in subjects such as digital innovation, marketing automation, international education and student enrollments' enablement. She is now undergoing a 2 years mandate as an elected member of the Marketing & Recruitment Steering Group of the EAIE (European Association for International Education), after having been re-elected following a 2 years mandate as an Associate of the same expert community.

Alexandra Michel
Managing Partner
College Contact GmbH

Alexandra is the Managing Partner of College Contact, an AIRC-certified student recruitment agency based in Frankfurt, serving students from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With an academic background in international relations and nearly 20 years of experience in international student recruitment, she is a fierce advocate for international education who firmly believes in the value of creating intercultural learning opportunities for students. Alexandra currently serves on the AIRC Board of Directors and has been recently highlighted among the 50 voices from the European international education sector by The PIE.

Amy Baker

Amy Baker was originally a journalist and editor before turning entrepreneur and setting up The PIE, which she co-founded with two professional associates in 2011. Reaching over 5 million people since launch, The PIE has become a well-known and trusted independent media brand offering news and analysis for professionals in international education all around the world, creating a community for those working in language learning, secondary and tertiary education. With a successful executive search division and now an annual event, The PIE Live & The PIEoneer Awards, The PIE has become a multi-faceted company which is uniquely positioned to understand challenges and opportunities globally in the industry. Amy travels widely attending and speaking at industry events, engaging with global agenda-setters and still finds time to sometimes write content for the site. She spent a year in France as part of her degree in Journalism from City University, London.

Andrew Ness
Dean, International Education
Humber College

Mr. Ness has a career spanning 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, where he has presided over unprecedented international enrollment growth. His experience includes seven years providing consulting services to hundreds of colleges and universities in both Canada and the United States and a three-year post as a regional Campus Registrar at the UAE’s largest college.

Andrew Chen
Founder & CEO
WholeRen Education & F1 Hire

Andrew H. Chen is Founder of F1Hire and Co-Founder/CEO of WholeRen Education. Andrew Chen came to the U.S. for graduate school in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1995. In 2010, he founded WholeRen Education, an "on-shore" education service provider for Chinese students. Chen has advised thousands of clients: in areas including long term education, school placement, university transfer, employability training, as well as international student school suspension recovery by second chance support. Chen serves as the Chair of NAFSA China Member Interest Group (MIG). He lives with his wife and 2 children in Pittsburgh, PA.

Andrew Plant
Senior Business Development Director - UK and Europe
QS Enrolment Solutions

Andy worked at 3 UK universities in international student recruitment and partnership roles for 16 years before joining QS in 2021. His focus is on optimising the student journey on behalf of QS's partners and believes that every student deserves personalised and premium support during their daunting admissions journey. He often posts badly-lit videos on LinkedIn where he talks about “Admissues” (admissions issues) and other topical subjects facing international higher education. He’s a co-host of the light-hearted podcast “Tales from the Departure Lounge” which features international education experts talking about their travel (mis)adventures and experiences.

Andréa-Claire Edwards
Director of Global Relations and Research
University of Birmingham

Andréa is Director of Global Relations and Research at the University of Birmingham, where she has responsibility for leading the University’s global engagement agenda in key regions, with a focus on international research collaboration and reputation. With over 25 years’ experience in education management at Aston, Southampton and Birmingham universities, Andrea has led on various aspects of the University’s internationalisation agenda, including student recruitment, international student support and well-being, student mobility, and international relations. Andréa led the University of Birmingham’s international sponsorship of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, for which she was selected as a Queen’s Baton Relay baton bearer for services to international education.

Anthony Koliha
Director, Office of Global Educational Programs
US Department of State

Anthony is an international education professional with over twenty years experience in the non-profit, higher education, and government sectors both in the United States and overseas. Experience with staff supervision, budgetary oversight, program development and management, as well as strategic planning and policy formulation. In depth knowledge of Russian and Eurasian affairs, along with broad global engagement including in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and beyond. Strong proponent of education at all levels, including K-12, teacher training, vocational and technical training, and higher education.

Ari Mihael
Director of Global Education and Skills Analysis
World Education Services

Ariel Mihael is the Director of Global Education and Skills Analysis at World Education Services, WES. Ariel has been evaluating international academic credentials at WES for 30 years. He specializes in the education systems of France, the Middle East and India, as well as document authenticity and verification. He has presented at numerous conferences, including NAFSA, TAICEP and led several WES workshops and webinars. Ariel studied at Tel Aviv University, CUNY Graduate School, and New York University. He speaks Greek, Hebrew, and French.

Beka Tavartkiladze
Senior Director, Global Education and Knowledge
World Education Services

With 20 years of experience in international academic credential evaluation, Beka is an expert in global education systems and credential recognition. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences. Beka’s experience includes collaborating with organizations like the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, and the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials on the development of the Pan-Canadian Quality Standards in International Credential Evaluation. Beka played a pivotal role in securing WES's designation by Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as he worked closely with the IRCC team to develop and implement the Express Entry program in Canada.

Ben Waxman
Intead (International Education Advantage, LLC)

Ben Waxman is CEO of Intead LLC, a marketing firm for higher education. Ben is active in and a frequent presenter at AIEA, NAFSA, and AIRC addressing international student recruitment and the data that supports strategic enrollment decisions. Ben earned a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Northeastern University. He studied Middle Eastern Politics at Hebrew University in Jerusalem during his undergraduate years and has continued his learning with executive education courses.

Ben Webb
Director of Client Partnerships: USA and Canada
QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Ben holds a bachelor’s and MBA in marketing from Wilkes University where he started his higher education career in undergraduate admissions. Since then, Ben has worked his way across the industry at various levels at Wilkes University, Penn State University and Carnegie Mellon over the last 10 years before joining QS in 2020. He specialized in student recruitment and brand strategy. As Head of Client Partnerships, he helps launch and sustain graduate program enrollment across the world for universities of all sizes.

Blair McElroy
Director of Study Abroad, Senior International Officer
The University of Mississippi, Office of Global Engagement

Blair McElroy is the Senior International Officer and Director of Study Abroad at the University of Mississippi.  She has presented in the United States and abroad on issues in international education and guest lectured on comparative legal systems.  She was selected as a grantee for the Fulbright International Education Administrator program in South Korea and is a member of various membership organizations: AIEA, NAFSA, International ACAC, and EAIE.  She also serves on the Publications and Resources Committee for AIEA, is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, and is a licensed attorney.

Bram Van Kempen
Head of Education Partnerships North America

Bram is Head of Education Partnerships North America at LanguageCert. With over 20 years of experience in various business development and marketing roles in education, Bram’s goal is to accelerate LanguageCert’s growth in the United States and to bring innovation to the English language proficiency testing space.

Bryan McAllister-Grande
Director of Academic Integration and Planning
Northeastern University

Bryan McAllister-Grande is the founder of GlobalEd and the Director of Academic Integration and Planning at Northeastern University’s Global Experience Office. Bryan has authored over 25 publications in higher education history, internationalization, and intercultural education. He is the co-author of NAFSA’s International Higher Education Research: The State of the Field (2020) and a contributor to The Handbook of International Higher Education, Second Edition (2022), The Promise of Higher Education (2021), and The Future Agenda for Internationalization in Higher Education (2018).

Carolyn Bercu
Director, Strategic Pathway Partnerships

Carolyn Bercu is a leader in international education in Canada and has spent the past 25 years working closely with schools, students and agents. She started her career in the ESL department at the University of Toronto, and went on to management positions at Languages Canada and EC. Since taking on the role of Director of Strategic Pathway Partnerships at ILAC, Carolyn has grown the program from 15 to 100+ college and university partners in Canada. Carolyn is well known across the sector for her many years of promoting Canada’s higher education institutions around the world, especially in Latin America.

Catrillia Young
US Director of Partner Relations and Internal Communications
Kaplan International Pathways

Cat Young is the US Director of Partner Relations and Internal Communications at Kaplan International Pathways. She works closely with US partner universities to nurture existing relationships and seek out new collaborations. Cat is also responsible for coordinating and developing the Equity, Diversity, and Global Empowerment (EDGE) Alliance, an initiative aimed at creating a more inclusive and equitable environment within the international education community. Young previously worked at SUNY Plattsburgh in upstate New York and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. Cat attended Ripon College in Wisconsin where she earned a BA in French and global studies. She earned her MA in French Civilization at Middlebury College in Vermont and Paris, France.

Charles (Chuck) Furey
Executive Director of Business Development
GUS Medical and Veterinary Schools

Charles Furey is a seasoned professional renowned for his strategic communication and leadership abilities. With a remarkable career spanning public service and the private sector, Charles served as a cabinet minister for 11 years in Newfoundland and Labrador, overseeing key portfolios and playing pivotal roles in Cabinet committees. In the private sector, Charles has served as a consultant to prestigious organizations. Currently, he is Executive Director of Business Development (Canada) for GUS Medical and Veterinary programs. Connect with Charles to explore opportunities for collaboration and strategic partnerships.

Chris Johnson
Director of International Recruitment and International Partners
Arizona State University

Chris Johnson is an award-winning collaborative leader with expertise in strategic visioning and execution to achieve global ambitions for universities. As Director of International Recruitment and International Partners at Arizona State, he uses his expertise to advance ASU’s global enrollment goals while facilitating deeper engagement with recruitment partners. As an experienced international leader, he utilizes his expertise to assess programs to identify service enhancements, forge partnerships with faculty and internal stakeholders, and leverage strategic relationships. Chris began working in International Education in 1999 and has held positions as a Dean and Director at private, regional, and urban public institutions.

Christopher Mediratta
President & Chief Operating Officer
ILSC Education Group

Christopher is President and Chief Operating Officer at ILSC Education Group. He is responsible for supporting the daily operations of its ILSC Language Schools, ELS Language Schools and Greystone College locations and language testing operations in Australia, Canada, the United States and India. Christopher is an experienced senior executive in the higher education sector, having held roles at multiple vocational colleges in Canada and the United States. Christopher is an Executive Committee representative of Languages Canada, Canada’s national education association representing over 200 accredited language programs. Christopher is Vice Chair of the Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional Qualification Program.

Christopher Mackie
World Education Services

Chris is an international higher education researcher at WES where he conducts and presents research on a variety of topics within the field. He has been with WES since 2014 and has experience in credential evaluation, specializing in the analysis and evaluation of academic documents from the Indian subcontinent and the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining WES, Chris served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jordan, where he worked as an ESL teacher and community development specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Temple University and is fluent in Arabic.

Courtney Temple
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Institute of International Education (IIE)

Courtney Temple is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at the Institute of International Education (IIE). She has oversight of multiple departments including Human Resources, Administrative Services, Communications and Higher Education Initiatives. Ms. Temple is a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) and provides strategic direction and oversight for IIE’s equity and access programming for staff and IIE-administered programs. Ms. Temple attended Florida A&M University where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration and M.B.A with a Human Resources focus. She is currently a doctoral candidate (EdD, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Cyndi McLeod
Global University Systems Canada

Cyndi McLeod is an award-winning executive with 30 years of leadership experience in international education. Her expertise lies in building strategic partnerships with businesses and organizations. Cyndi’s specialization is in the internationalization of education, and she has led numerous joint ventures between education entities in Canada, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Under Cyndi’s leadership as CEO, GUS Canada has grown to include six institutions and two public-private partnerships across Canada. She also co-founded GLOW Ed (Global Women in Education), a non-profit organization aimed at empowering and engaging women at all levels of international education through mentorship programs.

Daniel Obst
President and CEO
AFS Intercultural Programs

Daniel is President & CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs, a global not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with operations in more than 60 countries. In 2021, Daniel led the integration of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation and its annual Youth Assembly into AFS. Before joining AFS in 2016, Daniel served as Deputy Vice President for International Partnerships at the Institute of International Education (IIE) where he provided strategic leadership for many groundbreaking IIE initiatives, including Generation Study Abroad. Prior to joining IIE, Daniel worked as Producer and Director of Product Development at the tech start-up iAgora.com, an online community for young internationals who live, work and study abroad. Daniel has a B.A. in International Relations from the George Washington University (USA) and holds a Master's degree in European Studies from the London School of Economics (UK).

Dominic Berardi
VP of Government Relations
Shorelight Education

After working in multi-national Chinese, Australian, and US education ventures, Dominic joined in 2013 to help establish Shorelight as the leading international student success provider in the US. With experience working with students and families from over 40 countries, he has extensive knowledge of the public policy landscape and factors driving international student and high-skilled workforce mobility. Dominic graduated with honors from the U. of Cincinnati where he founded a state-wide coalition of student leaders supporting policy advocacy and reform.

Dr Karina Baum
Director of Global Education
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

Dr. Karina J Baum is the Director of Global Education at Buckingham Browne & Nichols (BB&N) School in Cambridge, MA. Her research on Global Education focuses on using case studies, design-thinking, culturally-responsive anti-bias curriculum, and interdisciplinary learning. Dr. Baum’s work has been presented at numerous conferences and workshops, published in peer-reviewed journals in science and education, and in an edited book. She’s a former NAIS Global Ambassador and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG) and Thompson Island Outward Bound.

Dr. Eva M. Fernández
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mercy University

Dr. Eva M. Fernández is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Mercy University, the largest private Hispanic-Serving Institution in New York State. Dr. Fernández’s expertise centers on how student learning is influenced by faculty development, course redesign, informal learning, experiential education, and peer-based learning. She also has expertise in bilingual and monolingual sentence processing. Dr. Fernández joined Mercy in 2022, after nearly 22 years at the City University of New York (CUNY), where she reached the rank of tenured full professor, served as Assistant and Associate Provost, and as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She holds a PhD and an MA from the CUNY Graduate Center and a BA from New York University.

Dusty Amroliwala
Chief Operating Officer
VFS Global

Dusty Amroliwala is an accomplished leader in education. As the former Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of East London, he spearheaded pivotal transformations and solidified his reputation as a trailblazer in higher education. Currently serving as a COO at VFS Global, he moved to the company’s head office in Dubai in 2017, where Dusty founded its new global Education and Migration Division. In recent years he has served in a Judicial Capacity in the UK Courts, as Chair of a large NHS Acute Trust in London and on the Boards of international universities. He continues to sit on the Advisory Board of Habitat Learn and is also the Chair of Student Circus, a platform providing the key bridge for international students between higher education and the place of work. Dusty continues to be an influential figure, leading change in international education.

Eddie West
Assistant Dean, International Strategy and Programs
San Diego State University

Eddie West serves as assistant dean, international strategy & programs at San Diego State University, where he provides leadership of international partnership development & overseas programs. From 2016 to 2019 Eddie served as assistant dean, international programs at Berkeley Extension, the continuing & professional education division of the University of California, Berkeley. Previously he led international initiatives at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, where he co-authored International Student Recruitment Agencies: A Guide for Schools, Colleges and Universities.

Enda Carroll
Associate Director
University College Dublin

Enda Carroll is Associate Director at UCD Global, University College Dublin, and she leads on the strategic development and management of UCD’s key Learning Abroad partners globally . In 2011, she established UCD's first North America Global Centre in New York city. She has over twenty years of experience in international education and is an active contributor to study abroad strategy, initiatives, and committees in Ireland at the national sector level. She is the past chair of The Forum on Education Abroad board and the first to be based at a member institution outside the United States.

Folabi Obembe
Worldview International Group

Mr. Folabi Obembe is the founder of Worldview International Group, which specializes in promoting international education across the African, Caribbean, and Asian continents. Mr Obembe has pioneered various initiatives over the years to assist international education providers in their efforts to recruit prospective students from Africa. Worldview has held hundreds of education fairs across the continent over the past 14 years and will continue to do so in the future. Mr Obembe, who comes from a technology background, launched Findadmission.com in 2018 as a platform to assist students connect with and apply to their dream school abroad, regardless of their location. Mr Obembe, who recently established the Worldview Education Foundation, is now on a mission to promote various African countries as study destinations as well as to open up new study destinations in order to provide prospective African students with more options.

Gary Rhodes
Director, Center for Global Education
California State University at Dominguez Hills

Gary Rhodes, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Graduate Education Division, Coordinator of the Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) Graduate Certificate Program & Director of the Center for Global Education in the College of Education at California State University at Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Prior to that, he was Associate Dean, International and Senior International Officer at CSUDH (2015 – 2018). As Associate Dean and Senior International Officer at CSUDH, he increased ESL and International Student Enrollments using various methods, including the expansion of a global agent network. Prior to that: Director of the Center for Global Education at UCLA (2010 – 2015), Director of the Center for Global Education and Designed International Student Outreach at Loyola Marymount University (2004 – 2010), Interim Director of the University of California Education Abroad Program Office at UCLA (2003 - 2004), Director of the Center for Global Education at the University of Southern California (USC) (1998 – 2004); Program Coordinator in the Office of Overseas Studies (1989 – 1998) at USC; and Graduate Assistant and Interim Technical Advisor for the Support to Primary Education Project in Cameroon for USC (1988 – 1989). He is on the Executive Board of the US and International Pierre de Coubertin Committees (Coubertin is the founder of the Modern Olympics). As Director, Center for Global Education (www.globaled.us: 1998 – Present) he has been awarded many grants, done research, developed resources, & published and presented widely on education abroad issues; including health & safety, legal issues, integrated learning before, during & after study abroad, as well as international learning & understanding through the Olympic movement & the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He received Fulbright Specialist Awards to India and South Africa. He earned his graduate degrees at USC and his undergraduate degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

George Kacenga
Vice President for Enrollment Management
William Paterson University

Dr. Kacenga has been a champion for the value of higher education for over twenty-years. He is currently the Vice President for Enrollment Management at William Paterson University. Kacenga has served as a Senior International Officer (SIO) in a career that includes positions with public, private, and highly ranked academic institutions. Also a Fulbright Administrator Award recipient, his expertise and reputation have been further honed through engagement as a community member, including professional roles and participation in AIRC (Past-President), NAFSA, TAICEP, NACAC, AACRAO, AIEA, and FEA.

George Chilton
Creative Director
Hubbub Labs

George Chilton is originally from the UK, but has spent the past fifteen years living in Asia, Europe and Latin America. He’s a writer with bylines in Entrepreneur Magazine, The Next Web, CrunchBase, among others. After spending some time as the managing editor of a PR firm, he launched Hubbub Labs, a Content Marketing agency for startups and education companies, alongside his business partner Dan. George also teaches on master’s programmes on a variety of topics, including marketing, SEO, storytelling and pitching.

Gerald (Jerry) Wargo
Executive Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment
GUS Medical and Veterinary Schools

Gerald Wargo has more than 25 years of experience working in the higher education sector. Leading the marketing and enrollment teams for GUS Medical and Veterinary Schools, Gerald has honed his skills in strategic leadership and organizational development. He has a proven track record of driving growth and optimizing operations across the education sector. Connect with Gerald to explore opportunities for collaboration and strategic partnerships.

Girish Ballolla
Founder & CEO
Gen Next Education

Girish Ballolla was born and raised in Bengaluru where he completed high school before moving to the U.S. in 1992 to pursue a college education. He received a B.S. in Genetics and Cell Biology and a M.S. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. Prior to founding Gen Next Education, he spent over 13 years in Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, Operations, and Supply Chain Management in a variety of industries in the U.S. ranging from chemicals to home improvement, from educational institutions to non-profits, from start-ups to a Fortune 500 company. He’s a rabid Kansas Jayhawks fan, an avid reader, and a National Geographic junkie. A wanderlust at heart, when he’s not goofing around with his three daughters, Maya, Mala, and Shivaa in their Woodbury, MN home, you can find him eagerly awaiting the next boarding call.

Graham Barber
Assistant Director, International Relations
Universities Canada

Graham has ten years of experience working in education with a focus on international education. He has worked as an international recruiter, partnership manager, and assistant director of international relations. He has lived and worked internationally and is passionate about international student issues. Graham is an experienced business developer with a proven track record of meeting and exceeding targets. He is a hard-working individual and enjoys learning new things. He is ready to adapt to new environments and he's a quick study. Graham thrives on working in fast-paced, deadline-driven environments. As a Manager, he's comfortable making decisions and leading a team towards an objective. Graham is happy to collaborate and share his views with those around him while being aware that we don't all think alike. Graham is determined to succeed and wants to be part of an organization that shares similar values. It is more important for him to feel like his work is making a difference and he's making a positive change in the world.

Gregory Sukornyk
Global Study

Gregory Sukornyk is a Co-Founder of Global Study, a 3 year old EdTech startup harnessing the power of AI to make international student management more efficient and effective for agencies, schools and students with its pioneering AI-powered SaaS product, Student Advisor. Gregory has been working on innovations in education leveraging AI for several years. He is a 4x serial entrepreneur, having founded and built technology startups for the past 25 years across many verticals including Internet access, mobile gaming, video platforms and adtech. Gregory completed a law degree at LSE and lives in Miami.

Gulnaz Kordanova
Founder & Strategic Advisor

Gulnaz is a dedicated educator and multilingual social entrepreneur. She is passionate about driving systematic change in education and digital equity. She founded two nonprofit organizations: Connect-Ed, which aims to bridge the digital divide and Teach for Kazakhstan (part of the Teach for All Global Network) fellowship program that aims to improve the quality of education in rural areas. She is a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Cheng Fellow at the Social Innovation and Change Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Hadil El-Agami
Global Account Director

Hadil leads The PIE Exec Search team, specialising in executive appointments for universities, commercial organisations, and service providers globally. She also works as a career coach providing candidate mentoring at The PIE Careers. The PIE Exec Search is the only recruitment division in the world committed entirely to international education with a truly global reach.  Hadil was born in London to Egyptian parents, and divided her childhood between the UK and Egypt. She graduated in Egypt with a BSc in Business Administration, before embarking upon her career in international higher education and economic development. Hadil joined The PIE in 2014 and has placed 100+ candidates into senior executive positions, around the world and across the sector. Bilingual in Arabic and English, Hadil  works on appointments to universities, commercial organisations and service providers, particularly in the UK and MENA. 

Hanks Han
Executive Director of Global Recruitment
New Mind Education

Hanks serves as the Executive Director, Global Recruitment at New Mind Education. With more than 15 years of dedication in the international education industry, he possesses in-depth knowledge of international education, demonstrating expertise in the operations and management of international student recruitment. In his previous role as VP North America at Can-Achieve, he played a pivotal role in establishing the international business expansion and student recruitment team, excelling in negotiating and maintaining crucial partnerships with partners. His commitment lies in ensuring international students thrive academically, providing them with the best educational opportunities available. In his new role, he aspires to enhance the company's international student recruitment capabilities, refine the student service system, and optimize the curriculum structure to framework to meet the diverse needs of international learners and ensure the successful study abroad experience of every student.

Haviva Parnes
EnglishUSA Past President

Haviva has been working in international education for over 20 years, starting as a teacher in China and then academic administration in Indonesia, and currently the US Head of Operations at EC English Language Centers. She has been with EC since 2015, guiding them through two successful ACCET accreditations where EC recieved the maximun 5 year grant. Haviva is a P/DSO and has extensive experience recruiting, hiring and training. She is passionate about advocacy and collaboration and is currently serving as the EnglishUSA Immediate Past President and is a Commissioner for ACCET.

Isaac Garcia-Sitton
Executive Director, International Student Enrollment, Education & Inclusion
Toronto Metropolitan University

Isaac Garcia-Sitton is the Executive Director of International Student Enrolment, Education & Inclusion at Toronto Metropolitan University, leading policy and operations to create and sustain a learning ecosystem that understands and advocates for international student needs. Prior to joining Toronto Metropolitan University, he held senior leadership positions at York University and McGill University, and served as diplomat for Panama, working at the Consulates in New Orleans and Montreal.  A respected leader in the Higher Education sector with over 20 years of experience in international relations and business development, Isaac has been actively involved in promoting policy measures to enhance international student support, particularly as a Board Director for the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). Since 2020, he has served the International Network of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) in a leadership capacity, working with public and private colleges and universities across North America.

James Rice
IBT College

James has been working in the EdTech industry since 2012. He created, launched and sold the first-ever paperless school. He has worked with Apple to develop the first Digital Camp for kids in New York City. He created the first-ever digital ESL textbook series for the iPad and iPhone. When the pandemic hit, James and his team set out to rapidly train healthcare workers for Canada. In 2021 and 2022, through the use of AR/VR, IBT College trained 2000 workers. Their training programs are now being used globally. Most recently, James launched the first-ever Virtual Film School.

Janaka Ruwanpura
Vice Provost and Associate Vice-President Research (International)
University of Calgary

Janaka Ruwanpura, a recipient of the Top25 Canadian Immigrant Award (2022) is the vice-provost and associate vice-president research (International) and Professor of Engineering at the University of Calgary. His leadership has been credited with the university winning multiple international awards, including the Platinum Institutional Award for Global Learning, research, and Engagement (APLU) and the Innovation Award in Internationalization (AIEA). Janaka received many national and international awards, including CBIE’s Board of Directors Leadership Award. He is a fellow of the US National Academy of Construction and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He was the first Canadian to chair the Commission of International Initiatives of APLU.

Jefferson Rakotomalala
International Student

I am Jefferson, an international student from Madagascar, and I pursue my Education Goal in Business Administration at Spokane Falls Community College in Washington state for Two years and plan to transfer to a four year University. My Goal is to complete my career education here in the US and serve here as long as I can before going back to Madagascar and use the skills which I am about to earn here to bless and to empower the youth in my home country.

Jesus Gomez
Regional Development Manager

Jesus Gomez is the Regional Development Manager at Pearson Test of English Canada. Throughout the course of his career which spans over 10 years, he has built extensive knowledge of the English Assessment industry and has gained significant expertise in the International Higher Education Sector. His experience has provided him with the opportunity to work in various countries across the Americas such as Mexico, The Caribbean & his native Venezuela. Jesus and his team focus on building & nurturing relationships with institutions in Canada with the purpose of growing the Pearson’s Test of English PTE. Jesus is also a volunteer in organizations that help Hispanics newcomers to settle & integrate in Canada.

Jill Blondin
Associate Vice Provost for Global Initiatives
Virginia Commonwealth University

Jill Blondin, associate vice provost for global initiatives at VCU, received her B.A. in art history from Indiana University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has served as a Fulbright Specialist to Brazil (2018), as a speaker with the U.S. Department of State Study Abroad Engagement Grant Program and Fulbright Portugal (2019) and as an Expert Speaker on U.S. Study Abroad with the U.S. Embassy Guyana (2022). She serves on the Board of AIEA as Chair-Elect of the Member Outreach and Awards Committee.

Joe Meringolo
Assistant Director, Study Abroad
Salve Regina University

Joseph “Joe” Meringolo (he/him/his) has worked across different areas in education abroad both on the provider side and now on the university side. In his previous work with providers, he has collectively advised on international internships, created unique custom short-term programs, developed robust marketing campaigns, cultivated new partnerships and curated engaging web content. In his current role, Joe is the Assistant Director of Study Abroad at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. He manages the office social media account, handles semester study abroad advising for locations worldwide, develops unique study abroad resources and generates engaging marketing materials to help guide students towards life-changing study abroad experiences.

Jon Stauff
Assistant Vice President for International Affairs
South Dakota State University

Jon Stauff is Assistant Vice President for International Affairs at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota, USA. He provides leadership in international student services, education abroad, ESL, and international student recruitment. Stauff taught modern European history at St. Ambrose University and transitioned into international education administration full time. He has also worked as the senior international officer at Monmouth University, The College of New Jersey, and Radford University. Stauff has served on the NAFSA EAKC leadership team as well as the NAFSA Region X team. He is a graduate of William & Mary and the University at Buffalo, where he received a PhD in modern European history.

Jonathan Hack
Dean - Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES)
Centennial College

Jonathan is the Dean of Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) at Centennial College in Toronto. He is responsible for growing Centennial’s portfolio of applied research projects in aerospace, transportation, data analytics, energy and wearable interactive technologies and growing its entrepreneurship activity with students and the east Toronto area. Prior to joining Centennial College in 2019, Jonathan had an extensive career in the advanced manufacturing sector in both Canada and the US, where he was involved in product development, intellectual property & patent strategies, and strategic technology development portfolios in both the automotive and aerospace sectors.  A lifelong innovator, Jonathan is committed to training and providing experiential learning opportunities for the next generation of technical professionals in Canadian industry.

Kate Moore
Principal and Co-Founder
Global Career Center

Kate Moore is an international educator energized by our changing world of work and how we connect campuses, communities, and companies. She built the Global Career Center to partner with universities throughout the world, employers from a wide range of industries, and learners of all ages to connect employability and education through collaborative program development, comprehensive services delivery, and curated experiential education. Kate is committed to international education and workforce development, sharing knowledge and dialogue through more than 75 presentations and publications.

Kim Martin

Kim graduated with a degree in French, Journalism and Creative Writing from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She spent her year abroad in Paris, France as part of the Erasmus Exchange Programme where she worked as an English Language Assistant for the British Council and has since championed student mobility and cultural exchanges. Kim tries to visit France as much as possible to practise her French and she loves all things to do with French culture, particularly literature and music. Her other roles include administration and charity fundraising for university scholarships. In February 2022, Kim relocated to London to join The PIE as an Editorial Assistant.

Kirsten Feddersen
Senior VP Analytics & Consulting - North America

Kirsten, who has close to 20 years of experience in the international higher education space, is currently the SVP of Analytics and Consulting (North America) for Studyportals. Prior to joining Studyportals in early 2023, she worked in IEM leadership for Northeastern University and Southern New Hampshire University, and prior to that, SUNY System Administration. Kirsten has contributed to multiple professional associations in the international higher education field and most recently served her second term on the AIRC board. Kirsten is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Lamar Shambley
Founder & Executive Director
Teens of Color Abroad

Lamar Shambley is a Brooklyn-based high school Spanish teacher and the Founder and Executive Director of Teens of Color Abroad (TOCA), a nonprofit organization that creates global language learning and cultural exchange programs for high school students of color. Since 2018, TOCA has sponsored new passports for more than 20 students, served over 1,000 youth across the U.S., and awarded nearly $200,000 in language learning and study abroad scholarships. He received his B.A. in Modern Languages and Literature from the College of William & Mary and M.A. in Teaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education.

Larissa Bezo
President & Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Bureau for International Education

Larissa Bezo presently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), the national association dedicated to advancing Canada's international engagement through education. Prior to joining CBIE, Larissa served as Deputy Secretary to Cabinet and Deputy Clerk of the Executive Council with the Saskatchewan government. Ms. Bezo has served in senior leadership positions in both the public and not-for-profit sectors in Canada and internationally, including 20 years in the international development and education sector.

Lily Lopez-McGee
Executive Director
Diversity Abroad

Dr. Lily Lopez-McGee has dedicated more than a decade to capacity building, equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within international education and exchange, and U.S. national security and foreign policy. Dr. Lopez-McGee currently serves as the Executive Director of Diversity Abroad and previously supported grant programs at Howard University and UNCF Special Programs. She is a practitioner, researcher, and speaker, and has published in industry and academic outlets. She also serves as a Co-Chair of the Global Access Pipeline and is an International Career Advancement Fellow.

Lisa Blazer
Vice President For Enrollment Management
Webster University

Dr. Lisa Blazer currently serves as the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Webster University. She has 30+ years of enrollment management experience, serving students across the globe. She served as the 2016-17 National Chair of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators as well as President of the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (2007-08) and the Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (2012). Dr. Blazer has led several campus strategic enrollment planning initiatives that increased enrollment and enhanced services to students. She has served as a trainer and presenter at state, regional and national conferences. Dr. Blazer is an advocate for professional development for her staff and looks for ways to continually improve student service across campus. She has a BA degree in Piano Performance, an MAA degree in Organizational Development and a PhD in Education with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership.

Lucy How
VP, Higher Education - Canada
Oxford International Education Group

Lucy How has been working in International Education in Canada, the UK, Europe and the US for over 25 years with extensive experience in Higher Ed focused program development, partnerships, strategic alliances & operations management. Since 2005 Lucy has spent 7 years in the US and 11 years in Canada primarily working on ESL and Higher Ed pathways and partnerships with North American post secondary institutions. Lucy’s current role as VP for Higher Ed in Canada focuses on the development & implementation of a strategic plan for the growth of OIEG's Higher Ed initiatives in Canada.

Marcus DeWitt
Founder & CEO
Blue Ivy

Marcus DeWitt is the Founder & CEO of Blue Ivy Coaching, the leading admissions advising platform in Latin America. They support 1,500+ students per year with career orientation, test preparation, and university guidance. In 2020 and 2021, Blue Ivy received prizes at the PIEoneer Awards.

Mark Overmann
Executive Director
Alliance for International Exchange

Mark Overmann joined the Alliance as Executive Director in 2022, after having served as Assistant Director and Deputy Director from 2009-2015. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the NGO, association, federal, and university sectors. Mark has a bachelor’s in English from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in International Communication from American University’s School of International Service. He is co-author with Sherry Mueller of Working World: Careers in International Education, Exchange, and Development (Georgetown University Press, 2008, 2014).

Mary Maker
Refugee Activist and Co-Founder
Elimisha Kakuma

South Sudanese refugee Mary Maker is a refugee education activist, renowned speaker, and philanthropist, currently serving as a Goodwill Ambassador with the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). Mary’s speaking accomplishments include two TED talks, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the UN High Political Forum, the Sustainable Development Goal on Education, as well as regular keynote addresses at the We Rise Together Award Ceremony organized by Duolingo. Mary Graduated from St Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, International Relations, and Race and Ethnic Studies. She is an actor, fashion lover, and writer, and in 2021 co-founded Elimisha Kakuma, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing access to higher education opportunities for high school graduates living in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. After fleeing her war-torn country as a child, she found security and hope in attending school in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Mary has since become a teacher of young refugees in her community and sees education as an essential tool for rebuilding lives and empowering a generation of girls who are too often denied entrance into the classroom. Mary has said: “For the child of war, an education can turn their tears of loss into a passion for peace”.

MaryKate Johnson
International Recruitment Coordinator
University of Memphis

MaryKate serves as an International Recruitment Coordinator in the Office of International Affairs at the University of Memphis. She began her career in international education by teaching middle and high school English in Amman, Jordan. When she returned to the states, she made the switch to international higher education and has filled roles on university campuses in both Arkansas and Tennessee. At U of M, she acts as a liaison between recruitment agencies and the university and supports international students from application to enrollment. MaryKate holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Arkansas State University.

Maureen Manning
Vice President of Strategy & Insight

Dr. Maureen Manning is the Vice President of Strategy and Insight for The PIE. An international consultant, presenter, and keynote speaker on the topics of global education and intercultural competence, she has worked with international educators across four continents, with a focus on culturally responsive practices. She is a doctoral chair for Organizational Leadership at Carolina University and serves as a peer reviewer for academic papers, articles, conference applications, and as a national professional development grant reviewer for the USDOE. She received her doctorate from Northeastern University and consults with organizations across the globe. Using a systems-thinking and marketing lens, she advises on strategy and develops evidence-based, data-driven plans to help launch organizations to heightened levels of success.

Meg Hamel
VP Education

Meg, VP Education at HolonIQ, is an experienced education and strategic professional. Focusing on strengthening education systems globally, she provides insights to education leaders from impact organizations. At HolonIQ, Meg leverages her expertise to drive better decision-making: she was Dir. of Grant and Program Strategy at ISTE and Director of Research at EdSurge. Meg was a school leader, English teacher, and member of her district’s technology advisory. Prior to education, Meg worked in development at VCU's School of Nursing, and sales analysis and planning at Polo Ralph Lauren in NYC.

Michael Sangster
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Career Colleges (NACC)

Michael Sangster is a passionate, creative, strategic leader with over 30 years of progressive experience managing global corporate and non-profit teams in telecom, aerospace, health, and now education sectors. He joined NACC in July 2021 to create opportunities for skilled workers to chase their dreams and enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. A results driven innovator, energized by challenging the status quo to design and deliver solutions in competitive environments, Michael is passionate about bringing together governments, colleges, and learners to find common ground and build outcomes that support communities and the Canadian economy. Prior to the NACC, Michael was the managing partner of the Waterloo Group and Chief Commercial Officer of Pal Aerospace. He was previously the Vice President of Strategic Relations and Federal Government Affairs at TELUS. Prior to TELUS he was Vice President of Sales at C-COM Satellite Systems, and Federal Government Relations and Sales Manager at Assure Health Inc. Michael was granted the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Award in 2013 in recognition of his service to his community and is an Ottawa Police 2015 Community Leadership Award recipient. He attended the University of Manitoba and completed the Governance Essentials Program for Directors from the University of Ottawa School of Management Centre for Executive Education.

Michelle Tomasi
Signature Content Director
AIFS Abroad

Michelle Tolan Tomasi is the Signature Content Director for AIFS Abroad, a U.S.-based study abroad organization owned by the Cyril Taylor Charitable Foundation. Michelle has worked in education abroad for more than 17 years in roles related to marketing, strategic operations, student recruitment, faculty engagement, and even onsite program management. Michelle was a first-generation college student and is known for her advocacy of inclusive excellence in international education, most recently working with the Department of Veterans Affairs and NAFSA to expand opportunity for students on the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Mihaela Metianu
Assistant Provost for Global Engagement
Florida Atlantic University

Mihaela Metianu serves as the Assistant Provost for Global Engagement. She leads the Center for Global Engagement and provides oversight to the following areas: Education Abroad, International Student Services, International Enrollment Services, Global Academic Services, and the Intensive English Institute. She holds a doctoral degree in higher education administration from Florida State University and has served in the field of international education for 25 years.

Monroe France
Vice Provost for Institutional Inclusive Excellence
Tufts University

Monroe France is the Vice Provost for Institutional Inclusive Excellence at Tufts University and a professor of practice at the Jonathan Tisch College of Civic Life. Previously, Monroe served as the Senior Associate Vice President for Global Engagement and Inclusive Leadership in the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation at New York University (NYU). Monroe’s career at NYU spanned nearly 20 years and he has 25 years of progressive experience in higher education, non-profits, corporate sectors, arts & creative industries, as well as social responsibility, humanitarian, & philanthropy initiatives as an educator, professor, professional trainer, consultant, strategist, and keynote presenter.

Naveen Yathapu

Engineer, Education Advisor & Entrepreneur:  Naveen has 15 years of Student Recruitment/ Advising Experience. Naveen is director of Yathapu Consulting (Trading as i20fever) and typical Work Roles Include - Student Advising, University Selection, Business Development & Quality Management. Prior to starting Yathapu Consulting in 2006, Naveen worked as a City Planner/ Traffic Engineering at Overland Park Kansas.

Nick Cuthbert
Director, Research & Insight

Nick is a leading voice in international education and member of The PIE editorial team. He worked for 15 year in international development for Nottingham Trent University before pivoting to leadership roles within the private student recruitment sector. He now works as an NED and advisor for various stakeholders, exploring the digital transformation of the industry and connecting the dots between public and private sector partnerships. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, graduate talent and the power of peer recruitment. Nicholas recently published the Digital Student Recruitment Digest 2022 for The PIE Insider and is a guest host for the The PIE Live webinar series.

Noah Sudow
Senior Vice President
Whiteboard Advisors

Noah Sudow has worked for over a decade on the front lines of postsecondary education and workforce development as a policymaker, grantmaker and strategy consultant. At Whiteboard Advisors, he supports a diverse portfolio of companies, nonprofits and organizations that value his unique insight into where policy is headed and its relationship with improving student success and economic mobility. Noah previously served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the Ohio Board of Regents, where he was responsible for leading the state’s international student and study abroad policies and creating public-private partnerships.

Phil Agbeko
Hilltop Global Group

Phil S. Agbeko is the CEO of Hilltop Global Group. Born in Ghana and well-traveled, he aims to highlight Africa's endless experiential learning opportunities. Passionate about reshaping the African narrative, he co-founded Hilltop to revolutionize study abroad in Africa sustainably. With a diverse background in international development, engineering, sales, and IT, Phil's exceptional leadership drives success. Phil's commitment to inclusivity underscores his dedication to positive change in Africa. With his vision and strategic acumen, Hilltop is set for unrivaled success and global impact.

Rachael Lamson
Director of Membership and Sponsorships
American International Recruitment Council (AIRC)

Rachael Lamson serves as Director of Membership and Sponsorships at the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC). She is responsible for managing the recruitment and retention strategy for new and prospective AIRC members and sponsors. Previously, Rachael served as Director of International Admissions at Western New England University, Program Officer at the Institute of International Education, and Senior University Relations Manager at CISabroad. Rachael holds a Bachelors degree from Western New England University and a Masters degree from Northeastern University.

Rajika Bhandari
Senior Advisor, Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, and Principal
Rajika Bhandari Advisors

Rajika Bhandari, Ph.D., is a scholar-practitioner in international higher education and the Principal of Rajika Bhandari Advisors, offering evidence-based strategic guidance to nonprofits, multilateral organizations, and universities around the world. She also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, and previously led IIE’s research, evaluation, and thought leadership portfolio. She is a widely published author and keynote speaker on international student issues and is also the Co-Founder of SouthAsia-IEN (the South Asia International Education Network). Her latest award-winning book is, America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility, and she hosts the World Wise podcast on education, culture, and migration. Learn more about her work at: www.rajikabhandari.com

Rodney Morrison
Vice President of Enrollment Management
University of Delaware

Rodney Morrison is the Vice President of Enrollment Management at the University of Delaware.  He has over 25 years of strategic enrollment leadership experience and has a proven record of increasing quality metrics, retention and graduation rates to record levels and creating pipelines for college access opportunities.  His previous positions included Associate Provost for Enrollment Management at Stony Brook University; Associate Chancellor for Enrollment Management at Rutgers University, Camden Campus; Director of Admissions at Mount Saint Mary College, NY; Vice President of Global Diversity Recruitment at Lehman Brothers; Director of the MBA Preparation Program at Management Leadership for Tomorrow; Associate Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid for the Wharton School MBA Program; Senior Admissions Officer and Director of Minority Recruitment at the University of Pennsylvania; and Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Rochester, NY.  Morrison has served as president of the College Board Middle States Regional Council and been active in numerous professional organizations, including the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, National Association of College Admissions Counseling and the Association of Black Admissions and Financial Aid Officers in the Ivy League and Sister Schools. In addition, he has served as President and Vice President of the Board of KIPP Philadelphia Charter School.

Roger Brindley
Vice Provost for Global
PennState Global

Roger Brindley is Vice Provost for Global at The Pennsylvania State University. He oversees a staff of nearly 100 professionals who manage education abroad programs, advise international students and scholars, and facilitate Penn State’s international partnerships around the world while supporting faculty on the University’s 24 campuses across the Commonwealth who do globally engaged work. As Vice Provost, Brindley works with senior administrators to promote Penn State’s comprehensive plan to “enhance global engagement” and guides the University’s international agenda. He recently concluded a six-year term on the APLU Commission for International Initiatives and is currently a Senior Advisor for AIEA.

Sanam Raza
Senior Vice President - USA
Oxford International Education Group

Sanam joined Oxford International Education Group in March 2023. For over a decade Sanam has worked with US universities to build and execute strategies to scale programs for non-traditional and adult learners. By expanding the university’s portfolio of online higher education programs, both degree and non-degree (upskilling and reskilling programs). She has worked with many universities, both public and private, on their strategic digital transformation and helped them deliver on their vision to serve online students at scale. She has built and delivered program portfolios that serve the greatest employability needs and are geared towards learners at a regional and national level. Prior to joining Oxford International Education Group, Sanam worked in an EdTech startup and a large multinational education company. She has led cross functional business unit through various stages of growth. Sanam's higher education and early career was in finance, and she worked in capital markets before pivoting into education. She was born in Pakistan, spent her adult life in Toronto, Canada and now resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She aspires to be a global citizen and is passionate about access to education that leads to employability and career outcomes.

Sandhya Balasubramanian
Assistant Dean, Business Programs
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

As Assistant Dean of Business Programs, Sandhya spearheads efforts aimed at strengthening all aspects of the WPI Business School Student life cycle including strategic recruitment, retention, program development, partnerships, student engagement and career development.

Sara Davila
ESL Research and Assessment Policy Analyst

Sara Davila, based in Chicago, serves as the ESL Research and Assessment Policy Analyst for IELTS USA. With over two decades of experience, she specializes in English-language teaching, curriculum development, 21st-century pedagogies, and the integration of future technologies. A licensed TESOL trainer with World Learning/SIT, Sara is a two-time ELTons finalist, recognized by the British Council for her contributions in teacher resources and digital innovation. She has been a valuable advisor in supporting national language curriculum reforms across various countries. Sara continues to share resources and insights on her website at saradavila.com.

Sharon Butler
EVP Global Education

As Executive Vice President of Global Education at Flywire, Sharon brings over 20 years of experience in sales and customer success and currently leads the global sales and account management teams across ten offices globally for Flywire’s Education vertical. Sharon has been a pioneer in the education payment space and helped to evangelize on a global scale the importance of the student payment experience and choice for education based payments. As Flywire’s first employee she has not only built and scaled Flywire’s Education sales and client success teams across the globe, but also championed educational cross-border payments to lead Flywire to a presence representing more than 2,000 education clients across 240 countries and territories.  Prior to joining Flywire, Sharon held roles as North East Regional Sales Director for Tuition Management Systems, and District Sales Director for SkyTel, a division of Verizon Business and leading wireless technology provider. Sharon has a degree in Communications with a minor in Business from Bridgewater State University.

Shawn Wolfe
Director of English Language Programs
Salem State University

Shawn Wolfe is a high-energy second language acquisition scholar and international education administrator specializing in ESOL program development, enrollment management operations, curriculum design, and technology integration for adult learning and higher education contexts. As Director of English Language Programs at Salem State University, Shawn oversees the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI), where he has focused on raising academic standards while increasing student enrollment. In 2019, Pearson Education recognized his team's implementation of the Global Scale of English (GSE) to enhance personalized learning experiences that keep learners motivated and engaged toward their personal and academic language proficiency goals. In addition to managing the ALCI, Shawn serves as chairperson of the Study Massachusetts Consortium and teaches a graduate course on assessing English language learners as a Visiting Instructor in Salem State University's graduate TESOL program. Prior to working at Salem State, Shawn taught English in Japan and Mexico and was recognized in 2012 as West Virginia New Adult Educator of the Year for his leadership, advocacy, and support of culturally and linguistically diverse learners, and for improving learning outcomes of adult students in the community-based English program he oversaw.

Shelley Landry
Senior Director of Government Affairs

As Senior Director of Government of Affairs, Shelley is responsible for developing and executing strategies to promote Shorelight's mission by working with U.S. elected officials, agencies, and trade associations, advocating for international education policies. Based in Washington, D.C., monitors legislative and agency policies identifying opportunities and addressing challenges that affect international students. She leads efforts raising awareness policymakers and their staff about the significant contributions of international students to the U.S..

Sherif Barsoum
Senior Associate Vice President for Global Services
New York University

Sherif Barsoum is the Senior Associate Vice President for Global Services at New York University. Previously, he served as the Director of International Student and Scholar Services at Vanderbilt University and as assistant director at the International Office at Ohio State University. He is Adjunct Faculty in the International Education Program at NYU Steinhardt. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Barsoum received his BA in political science, master’s degree in higher education administration from the Ohio State University, and completed coursework in the Ed.D. program at the University of Alabama. Barsoum has served on the NAFSA, CEA, and AIEA boards.

Simona Campbell
Vice President, University Relations

Simona Campbell leads Leap’s university relations team, focusing on strengthening institutional partnerships across our portfolio of offerings. She brings over 15 years of experience blending strategy, operations, and relationship management in higher education and edtech, having previously served as Assistant Dean of the MBA Program Office at Georgetown University and Vice President, General Manager at 2U, a global leader in education technology and parent company of edX. She currently resides with her family in Arlington, Virginia, USA.

Tara Rodoni
Sage Education Marketing

Tara Rodoni, an accomplished marketer and strategist, boasts a remarkable career crafting market growth solutions for US and international education providers. Tara's unwavering dedication has catalyzed transformative changes within the educational landscape, empowering learners from diverse backgrounds. Her pioneering efforts extend beyond conventional boundaries, nurturing edTech innovation to revolutionize learning. Leveraging decades of expertise, Tara is a force for positive change, advocating for inclusive educational opportunities worldwide.

Thomas Opio
Head of US Student Recruitment LATAM and Africa
Kaplan International Pathways

Thomas Opio is a veteran in international education for over 15 years, part of that experience has been working abroad. He is the Head of US Student Recruitment LATAM and Africa for Kaplan International Pathways. Within Kaplan, Thomas works to drive international student enrollment by utilizing recruiting approaches that not only develops deeper relationships with communities and stake holders but also looks into national agendas to identify intersections. Thomas is a keen athlete as well and has worked with the National Collegiate Athletic Association to support international student athletes before they arrive in the US and during their times competing in us colleges. He has taken part in think tanks that have produced inclusivity manuals to help universities support these students better.

Waldenor Moraes
Brazilian Association for International Education

Waldenor Moraes holds a PhD in Linguistics from University of São Paulo. Developed post-doctoral studies on internationalization and language policies at the University of Ottawa and supervises MA and PhD theses on teacher education and on language policies and internationalization. Full-time tenured professor at the Federal University of Uberlândia (UFU) with a history in university management in several posts (provost of extension, provost of undergraduate courses and president of national committees). He is currently the International Officer at UFU, vice president of FAUBAI (Brazilian Association for International Education) and vice-president of the Language Without Borders Network.

Wing-kai To
Assistant Provost for Global Engagement
Bridgewater State University

Wing-kai To is the Assistant Provost for Global Engagement and SIO at Bridgewater State University. He is currently a Board Member of the Association of International Education Administrators and a member of the NAFSA Resources and Networking Sub-Committee in International Education Leadership. He is active in discussing comprehensive internationalization, virtual exchange and DEI issues. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong, a Mandela Washington Fellow in Uganda and Cape Verde, and a State Department speaker for building international education capacity in Africa and Southeast Asia.