Abhinav Mital
Linc Education Services Pte. Ltd.

Joining the panel discussion on Tech enabled learning

Abhinav is passionate about the confluence of technology and services in education and firmly believes that both are critical to delivering results. He is the co-founder of LINC Education, an online education provider that partners with higher education institutions to deliver personalised online learning experiences. LINC has supported over 10,000 online learners in partnerships with leading universities and colleges in the UK, Europe and Australia as well as launched its own bespoke online programs for international students under The WorldGrad brand. Before starting LINC, Abhinav was a founding member and former Partner of Parthenon-EY’s international education practice. He currently serves on the operations advisory board of The Education Fund, Australia.

Aisling Conboy
Higher Education Specialist
Department for International Trade, UK

Joining the panel discussion on TNE: Policy landscape

Aisling Conboy is the sole Higher Education Specialist focusing on transnational education, teacher training and chartered professional bodies in the UK Department for International Trade. Aisling leads the department’s work in developing commercial partnership opportunities for UK higher education providers and chartered professional bodies, and supports UK education exports and the UK government’s International Education Strategy. Previously, Aisling was International Partnerships Director at the University of Greenwich with oversight for transnational education and global mobility. Aisling has worked for over fifteen years managing international partnerships including roles at the US-UK Fulbright Commission; Strathclyde Business School and the John Smith Trust. Aisling studied at both the UK and US universities.

Alex Green
Executive Director, South East Asia
Grok Global Services

Joining the Country spotlight: Vietnam panel discussion

Alex Green, Grok’s Executive Director for Southeast Asia, also serves as Grok’s Head of Recruitment Solutions. Based in Kuala Lumpur, he oversees Grok’s presence in Southeast Asia. He is Grok’s most senior recruitment practitioner, with deep experience leading significant recruitment and partnership operations across Asia. He currently manages over twenty clients’ engagements worldwide and has helped dozens of institutions improve recruitment and partnership outcomes throughout Southeast Asia, China, and India. Previously, Alex worked for the UWE Bristol in senior roles in student recruitment, agent management, and partnership development focused on Asia. Alex holds an MA from the University of Cambridge.

Amy Baker

Welcome and closing remarks

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.

Angel Lozano
Director of Institutional Advancement
TASIS The American School in England, UK

Joining the panel discussion on Digital student recruitment: Practitioners' view

Angel Lozano was born in Spain. He started his professional career working in the United States for the television industry as a producer. He moved to Spain and focused his career on corporate communications. In 2015, he moved to South Korea and worked as Brand Director for North London Collegiate School, a British international school on the island of Jeju. Currently, he is the Director of Institutional Advancement at TASIS The American School in England, covering Admissions, Marketing, Communications, and Alumni Relations. He is passionate about technology and content and how these two tools can help to promote a business and capture the attention of potential customers.

Anjali Anand Seth
International Recruitment Specialist - India
Huron at Western University, Canada

Joining the Country spotlight: India panel discussion

Anjali Anand Seth is the International Recruitment Specialist of Huron at Western University in London-Ontario, Canada. She is responsible for recruitment, admissions and business development of the University in India. Anjali has over two decades of experience, with Canadian education and India as her area of expertise. Extensive global travel helped her to be culturally sensitive and recognise the role education plays in shaping the world today. She holds an M. Phil degree in International Relations and PG Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Arthur Chin
Executive Director
ANZpire Education Consultancy, New Zealand

Joining the TNE: Pipelines to progression - International schools panel discussion

Dr Arthur Chin has 17 years' experience from the financial services and education sectors in New Zealand, where he was most recently Executive Director at one of New Zealand most established polytechnics. He has researched and developed internationalisation strategies at the secondary, vocational and university sectors, established over 50 international partnerships centred on both offshore and transnational programmes, including 27 international articulation programmes, and worked closely with educational ministries around the work. In 2014 Dr Chin led the conferment of an honorary doctorate on the First Lady of China.

Brett Berquist
Director International
University of Auckland, New Zealand

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Brett Berquist is Director International at The University of Auckland, where he leads international strategy and operations. With over 25 years’ experience in the sector, in Europe, the US, and Asia, as academic staff and administrator leading international recruitment strategy, transnational education, ESL provision, campus-wide internationalisation strategy, and credit mobility. His most recent publication is 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.

Bruce Loc Do
Vice President
Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics & Finance (UEF), Vietnam

Joining the Country spotlight: Vietnam panel discussion

Dr. Bruce Loc Do is the Vice President of Ho Chi Minh City University of Economics & Finance (UEF), where he is responsible for all internationalization strategies within UEF’s faculties, institutes and departments. He took charge as University VP at the age of 34 and is regarded as one of the youngest top executives in Vietnam higher education. He is also the Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City TESOL Association and serves as a member of the International Advisory Board at Wonkwang Health Sciences University in Korea. Prior, Dr. Bruce Loc Do held the position of Dean of English and Executive Education at Vietnam National University International Education Institute

Callan Quinn
The PIE, Global

The PIE News: Editorial focus

Callan first began her media career with the expat magazine City Weekend in Guangzhou, China. After a stint in Australia and New Zealand, she went on to launch an NGO-focused magazine in Somaliland and later worked as a freelance editor for China Daily. She has lectured at Frantz Fanon University and Tianjin Polytechnic on academic English and cross-cultural communication, and is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Caroline Comeau
Vice President, Strategic Enrolment Management
LCI Education – LaSalle College, Canada

Joining the Q&A huddle with LCI Education

Caroline has over 15 years in leadership roles in the Hospitality industry. She is a corporate strategist and sales innovative leader who has extensive experience with global hotel companies, most recently with IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) working in Canada and in the USA. She has studied at both McGill University and the University of Ottawa and as her career brought her and her family to the United States she is now recently back in Montreal her hometown. As Vice President, Strategic Enrolment Management for LCI Education Network she leads the admissions and marketing teams globally. Her global edge and experience enable LCI Education Network to reinforce its global mindset, attract, admit, and retain successful students in 23 select higher education institutions offering instruction to over 17000 students throughout the world.

Chi Thuc Ha
Boarding School Advisor, Director of University Counseling HCMC
AEG - American Education Group, Vietnam

Joining the Country spotlight: Vietnam panel discussion

Ms. Chi Thuc Ha is a Boarding School Advisor and Director of College Counseling for AEG Vietnam. She has 10+ years of experience in secondary and higher education in Southeast Asia. She is a member of NACAC, IECA, and IACAC, and is on the Education Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam. She is a Harvard University Franklin Fellow and advisor for an edtech startup that provides project-based learning to high school and university students in Asia. She holds degrees from Pomona College, UC Berkeley, and UCLA.

CJ Tremblay
VP of the Board
CANIE, Canada

Joining the Q&A huddle with CultureWorks

During CJ's career she has worked for University of Toronto's School of Continuing Studies, IDP Education, owner of IELTS, and most recently is leading the global marketing and instructional products teams at Paragon Testing Enterprises, owner of the CAEL and CELPIP English language Tests. Ms. Tremblay earned her Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 2018 and has since completed several training courses in Sustainability and Social Responsibility. She is currently supporting the Climate Action Network for International Educators (CANIE) in Canada.

Clare Gossage

Closing remarks

Clare is COO and Co-Founder of The PIE. She works across the whole business but particularly in marketing and operations, and more recently heading up The PIE's events division, including The PIEoneer Awards. She has worked in the international education industry since 2000 and held marketing and leadership roles at both private and public sector educational institutions prior to The PIE. Her positions included Head of International Marketing at University of the Arts London and Group Marketing Manager at St Giles International. She was also a member of the English UK Enterprises Board for 6 years and has been a mentor with Lead5050.

Collins Chong Yew Keat
Universiti Malaya, Malaysia

Joining the Country focus: Malaysia panel discussion

Collins Chong Yew Keat is currently serving in Universiti Malaya with more than 8 years of experience and knowledge in marketing, branding, internationalisation outreach and partnership, student mobility, and the higher education industry as a whole. Also an alumnus of the university, he was a prominent student leader with active leadership roles. He has presented papers and given talks at various seminars and conferences on international affairs and regional politics, youth leadership and emerging trends, both during his student days and in his current role. He is also a regular contributor to opinion sections in providing op eds for both the local and international media on various contemporary global issues and interests.

Craig Fernandes
Chief Executive Officer / Co-Founder
Lock&Stock, UAE

Joining the panel discussion on Digital student recruitment: Disruptive tech solutions

Craig Fernandes founded Lock&Stock at the age of 21 in 2017 as a mobile app that helps students stay off their mobile phones. Today we connect over 50,000 students with nearly 1000 universities and over 1200 consumer brands from around the world, establishing ourselves as the largest education marketplace and student discount platform in the GCC. In 2019 he was named as a Future Star at the Arabian Business Awards, and in 2020 he was named among the region's most successful entrepreneurs in the book GCC's Top 20 Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets Of Success.

Damla Erciyes-Baker
Account Manager - The PIE Exec Search

The PIE Exec Search: discover our bespoke executive search service for intled

Damla is originally from Izmir, Turkey, famous for its coastline and seafood. She studied Linguistics and English literature, and has a certificate in teaching English. After working for 7 years as a senior education consultant recruiting Turkish students for EFL programs all around the world, she moved to London in August 2017, when she worked with International House London looking after Turkey and MENA. She joined The PIE in April 2018 and has been enjoying combining her experience in the international education industry with Team PIE. 

David Pilsbury
Deputy Vice Chancellor International
Coventry University, UK

Joining the panel discussion on TNE: Building resilient partnerships

Responsible for all Coventry’s international activities including joint ventures, student recruitment, collaborative partnerships, curriculum internationalization and mobility. Pilsbury heads a sector leading global engagement agenda recognised by many awards including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. He holds a number of Board level positions including JISC, China-Britain Business Council & IDP Connect and advisory positions including with EURIE, NARIC and Hainan Provincial Government. Previously the founding CEO of the Worldwide Universities Network, HEFCE Head of Research Policy and Assistant Director R&D at Cambridge University Hospital. He was a strategic consultant and investment banker after undertaking a D.Phil and research at Oxford.

David Scott
Managing Director
ELC Australia & SELC Career College & Fluent Education, Australia

Joining the Country spotlight - Vietnam panel discussion

David Scott has been working in the English language teaching industry for almost 30 years. He has set up and run successful schools all over the world and is a published coursebook writer with Oxford University Press. In 2003 he started English Language Company in Sydney with Lyn Scott. ELC is now known as one of the highest quality English schools in the country and is a multi award-winning college with operations in Australia, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Lyn and David also started Fluent Education, which specialises in teacher training and placement in Vietnam and Taiwan and we work with RoyalABC.com, an EdTech solution for kindergarten and preschool teachers and students.

Delia Heneghan
Director of Education - India
Sannam S4, India

Joining the Country spotlight: India panel discussion

Delia Heneghan is the Director of Education – India at Sannam S4. Delia brings 25 years of senior hands-on experience of higher education as an academic and specialist in international strategy and operations. This experience includes over 20 years as PVCI, Dean and Director of International at leading UK universities with responsibility for the development and delivery of the internationalization strategy for the university including student recruitment and partnership development.

Devina Sivagurunathan
Executive Director
Malaysian British Educational Cooperation Services (MABECS), Malaysia

Joining the Country spotlight: Malaysia panel discussion

Devina Sivagurunathan is the Executive Director of MABECS, Malaysia’s most experienced UK education agency. Devina has 20 years of student recruitment experience in Malaysia and the UK. She was an International Officer at The University of Warwick and SOAS, University of London. She had a short foray into the world of football when she spent a year as the International Marketing Manager at UCFB. She then spent two years as the Head of International Recruitment at the University of the Arts London before deciding it was time to move to warmer climes to helm MABECS.

Douglas Proctor
UCD Global, Ireland

Joining the panel discussion on TNE: Building resilient partnerships

Douglas Proctor is Director, UCD Global at University College Dublin (Ireland’s Global University), where he has management responsibility for the international office and provides leadership to the broader university community on internationalisation and international engagement. Douglas leads the activities of UCD’s five Global Centres (located in the USA, China, India, Asia-Pacific and Middle East), as well as international recruitment, partnerships and mobility. A Senior Fellow of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), Douglas holds a PhD in international higher education from the University of Melbourne, and is currently Chair of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) Publications Committee.

Dr Alison Felce
Accreditation, Partnerships and Policy Manager

Joining the panel discussion on TNE: Policy landscape

Dr Alison Felce is the Accreditation, Partnerships and Policy Manager, QAA Global. Alison leads the QAA’s work in International Quality Review, Transnational Education, International projects and is responsible for the delivery and management of QAA’s international functions. Alison has worked at the QAA for three and a half years. Her original career was as a Construction Manager before she moved into lecturing in higher education and roles in learning and teaching including responsibility for work-based learning and placement learning across the University. Alison’s experience in higher education includes developing, managing and quality assuring UK and international collaborative partnerships.

Dr Ismail Ibraheem
Acting Director, Office of International Relations Partnerships and Prospects
University of Lagos Nigeria (Unilag)

Joining the Country spotlight: Nigeria panel discussion

Dr Ismail Ibraheem is an associate professor of journalism and communication studies and Acting Director of International Relations, Partnership and Prospects (IRPP) at the University of Lagos. Dr Ibraheem is an innovative, dynamic and creative professional and international education practitioner with over 28 years of cross-functional and cross-sector local and international experience. He had made a difference in the various roles he had occupied over the years and he had proven ability to develop programmes and organisations out of nothing. Ismail am an astute manager, stewarding organisations, managing dynamic internal and external relations and making effective resourcing decisions to maximise impact.

Dr Jeet Joshee
Associate Vice President and Dean
California State University Long Beach, US

Joining the Country spotlight: Vietnam panel discussion

Dr. Jeet Joshee is Associate Vice President for International Education and Global Engagement and Dean of the College of Professional and International Education at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). As Associate Vice President and Dean, Dr. Joshee is the Chief International Officer of the University. In this role, he advises the President and Provost on all matters related to international education and advances the university’s global mission by establishing strategic international partnerships and creating engagement opportunities for students, faculty and staff. He oversees the strategic plan for international education and works to enhance the internationalization goals of the campus.

Dr Sara de Freitas
Executive Director of Education
Wey Education PLC, UK

Joining the panel discussion on Tech enabled learning

Dr Sara de Freitas is a leading international educator in university and school education settings. Her work as a researcher, senior executive in UK and Australian universities and an education executive and director of Wey Education PLC – an AIM listed company has led to a deep understanding of education theory, student needs and continuous quality improvement. She has published over 100 conference papers and journals, 7 books and led on 58 research and development projects raising over £5 million in research and development funds from European and UK research councils and funds to support innovations in online education, human computer interaction and learning enhancements. Her most recent book: Education in Computer Generated Environments published by Routledge outlines a vision for new learning. She is also a Governor of Sunderland University where she supports the academic development of the university. Her current work focuses on implementing the Learn-Explore-Apply-Reflect model at InterHigh and Academy21, building a virtual campus and leading on quality and student engagement for around 4,000 students from the UK and overseas.

Dwayne Gallagher
Co-founder & Managing Director
SI-UK, Global

Joining the Q&A huddle with SI-UK

Dwayne has been managing companies in the UK higher education international recruitment sector for over 20 years. From 2006 Dwayne has been managing operations and overseeing strategic development of SI-UK Global. Dwayne is from Toronto and over the past 25 years has lived in London, Athens, Seoul, Tokyo, Delhi, and Bangkok.

Edward Yencken
Research Associate
Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), Australia

Joining the panel discussion on TNE: Policy landscape

Edward Yencken is a Research Associate within the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education. He was a co-author of a recently published report on transnational education for the Australian Department of Education. He has a PhD from the School of Social and Political Sciences at The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Elisabeth Marksteiner
International Independent Education Consultant

Joining the TNE: Pipelines to progression - International schools panel discussion

Elisabeth Marksteiner returned to the UK as an independent education consultant in 2018 after 27 years in Switzerland, latterly as college counselor at the International School of Zug and Luzern. She holds professional memberships of International and National Association for College Admission Counselling, Higher Education Consultants Association, and is an Affiliated Consultant of the Council of International Schools. She has a BA from Clare College, Cambridge, PGCE from Roehampton Institute of Higher Education, and an MBA from the Open University. A frequent presenter at real and virtual conferences, she has a pragmatic approach advocating for the student.

Fabrizio Trifiro
Head of Quality Benchmark Services

Joining the Q&A huddle with NARIC

Fabrizio heads UK NARIC’s quality benchmark services aimed at supporting the recognition of international qualifications. His main area of work is transnational education (TNE), where he has led the development and oversees the implementation of the TNE Quality Benchmark scheme. Prior to joining UK NARIC Fabrizio has worked for the UK QAA for over 10 years, where he led on the quality assurance of UK TNE, international strategic engagement, and the international students experience. Prior to working for the QAA, Fabrizio held lecturing and research positions in Italy, the UK and Ireland, on issues related to globalisation and global accountability.

Folashade Adebayo
Senior Education Adviser
United States Embassy Abuja, Nigeria

Joining the Country spotlight: Nigeria panel discussion

Ms. Adebayo works with Nigerian students and third-country nationals, using her expertise in admission advising and funding to provide opportunities to students. She has two exemplary decades of advising--graduate and undergraduate--under her belt. Her two decades of helping thousands of Nigerian students’ get quality education has generated over 220 million dollars in scholarships, she is in the business of creating opportunities and investing in people. Holds graduate degrees in Public and Business Administration.

Gabriela Geron
Director of Partnerships, Innovation, and Communications
University of Miami / Hemispheric University Consortium, US

Joining the panel discussion on TNE: Building resilient partnerships

Gabriela Geron is the Director of Partnerships, Innovation, and Communications at the University Miami where she develops strategies and key initiatives to build and/or enhance global partnerships. She is also part of the Hemispheric University Consortium Secretariat where she coordinates different initiatives in education and innovation and is responsible of the consortium’s Website, social media channels and communications operations. Dr. Gabriela Geron has over 20 years of experience in higher education. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Universidad de Cantabria, Spain. Her Master of Science in Quality Systems and Bachelor of Industrial Engineer are from Tec de Monterrey, Mexico. Prior to joining University of Miami, she served as Director of Engagement Strategy, Operations Senior Manager and Solutions Consultant at Ellucian; Consultant for the University of Monterrey and Planning Director for Tec de Monterrey. She was also professor at the University of Monterrey, the Culinary Institute of Mexico and Tec de Monterrey.

Ganesh Kohli
IC3 Movement, India

Joining the Country spotlight: India panel discussion

Ganesh Kohli is a teacher, counselor, and entrepreneur, who has founded, nurtured, and led multiple education-focused organizations over the past 23 years. Ganesh has visited 450+ universities across the world, personally guiding 4000+ students in making decisions about their higher education. With the vision of "counseling in every school", Ganesh founded the IC3 Movement, which has reached 90+ countries and has 300+ volunteers across the globe. Ganesh also serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the IC3 Institute, a non-profit organization, with the audacious goal to train 100,000 school counselors, impacting 175,000 high schools in 15 years.

GianMario Besana
Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Online Learning
DePaul University, US

Joining the panel discussion on Tech enabled learning

GianMario Besana is the Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Online Learning at DePaul University, Chicago, IL. Under GianMario’s leadership, DePaul created an institution-wide virtual exchange initiative, the Global Learning Experience (GLE) program, that has generated over 160 projects, implemented with partners in more than 30 countries. GLE was awarded a NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Campus Internationalization in 2020. GianMario has presented on Virtual Exchange at several conferences (AIEA, IVEC, NAFSA). He currently serves on the AIEA Board as a member at large and on the steering committee of the International Virtual Exchange Conference - IVEC.

Hadil El-Agami
Global Account Director - The PIE Exec Search

The PIE Exec Search: discover our bespoke executive search service for intled

Hadil El-Agami, an international education recruitment expert from The PIE Exec Search, a sister division of The PIE News, has successfully placed numerous candidates into senior commercial, operational, partnership, academic management and marketing roles. With knowledge and experience working across the global education industry, she is able to help organisations and institutions identify first-class candidates, build diverse teams in different countries and recruit in complex regions. For professionals at any level, considering a fresh challenge, job transition or facing redundancy, Hadil is here to support you and help you unlock your global education hiring potential, boost your interview chances and optimise your CV/resume for your next job.

Hamish Coates
Professor and Director
Higher Education Division, Institute of Education, Tsinghua University, China

Opening plenary

Hamish Coates is dedicated to improving higher education quality and productivity through research, leadership and innovation. He is a Tenured Professor at Tsinghua University’s Institute of Education, and Director of the Higher Education Division. He is a Principal Advisor at Wells Advisory. Hamish is an expert in large-scale evaluation, education policy design, institutional strategy, assessment methodology, learner engagement, productivity analysis, and academic work and leadership. Spanning 20 years Hamish has led 100 influential projects, worked across 50 countries, authored 20 books/monographs, 150 academic papers and 100 reports, procured over AU$26 million in funding, run hundreds of conferences/workshops, delivered 350 keynotes and invited presentations, and generated ongoing revenue streams. He has an h-index of 40, over 8,300 citations, and is sought internationally as a speaker. From 2013 to 2017 he was Professor of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne. He was Founding Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) from 2006 to 2013, and between 2010 and 2013 also Program Director at the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Leadership and Management. He held earlier roles at Graduate Careers Australia and the Assessment Research Centre. He has held honorary appointments at leading international organisations.

Isaac Garcia-Sitton
Executive Director, International Student Enrolment, Education, and Inclusion
Ryerson University, Canada

Joining the panel discussion on Digital student recruitment: Practitioners' view

Isaac Garcia-Sitton is a respected leader in the Higher Education sector with over 18 years of experience in international relations and business development. An accomplished former diplomat, he currently serves as the Inaugural Executive Director, International Student Enrolment, Education & Inclusion at Ryerson University in Toronto. Isaac’s efforts to positively impact immigrant communities has been recognized by being named one of the “10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians” in 2018 and as a RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winner in 2020. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Education at York University and his research interest is immigration policymaking as it relates to the recruitment and retention of international students in Ontario.

James Mattiace
Secondary School Principal
American School in Taichung, Taiwan

Joining the panel discussion on TNE: Pipelines to progression - International schools

With 23 years in education, 14 of them in international schools (Taiwan, Panama, Morocco), James is well situated to describe the population of students and why targeting international students is a good move for your university or program.

Jan-Frederic Buss
Senior Digital Marketing Manager
Swedish Institute, Sweden

Joining the panel discussion on Digital student recruitment: Practitioners' view

Jan-Frederic Buss is the Senior Digital Marketing Manager at the Swedish Institute, where he is responsible for the digital presence of the Study in Sweden brand. He has over 7 years of experience working with digital marketing from both the private and the international higher education sector. Certified in several CRM and marketing automation tools, he is responsible for optimizing the customer journey and giving students interested in Sweden the best possible experience. Previously, he has held sessions on digital marketing and customer experience management at various national and international conferences.

Jane Armstrong
Senior Director, Education Industry Solutions International
Salesforce, Global

Joining the Digital student recruitment: Disruptive tech solutions panel discussion

Jane Armstrong is a Senior Director, Education Industry Solutions International at Salesforce.org, the social enterprise division of Salesforce. In her role, she is responsible for the go-to-market strategy to deliver world-class technology products and solutions for educators and students. Jane believes that equality begins with education, and that access to quality education is the very foundation for a diverse, empowered, and skilled society. Prior to joining Salesforce.org, Jane led recruitment and admissions departments at Tulane University and the University of Southern California. She has further commercial experience from global leadership positions in strategy, marketing and management in private sector technology organisations.

Jas Pandhal
Partner, International Relations
TC Global, India

Joining the Country spotlight: India panel discussion

In 2019, Jas left London to join TC Global in India as a Consultant in International Relations. She brought along her incredible experience working across international education and government relations at an impressive number of reputable organisations. Her drive for positive transformation knows no bounds. Jas believes everyone deserves equal access to quality education. Her determination to address the needs of her clients is unshakable. An active member on the Executive Board of a Human Rights NGO, she pursues her purpose to open new avenues for learning.

Jeanette Cheah
Founder & CEO
Hacker Exchange, Australia

Joining the Q&A huddle with Hacker Exchange

Jeanette Cheah is founder and CEO of Hacker Exchange (HEX), a next-gen education organisation teaching crucial innovation, entrepreneurship and employability skills to future global leaders. Passionate about driving tech inclusion and diversity in business, Jeanette is a mentor for migrant and refugee founders at Catalysr and received the 2019 ‘Women In Tech - Global Ally’ Award in Portugal. She’s on the Entrepreneurship Advisory Panel for Monash University’s Business School and represented Australia at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance in Argentina. With a background in Economics, Sociology, Marketing and UX Design, Jeanette built innovation and product solutions in banking and energy for 14 years before founding HEX.

Jennifer Menchin
Reporter APAC
The PIE, Australia

Joining the Q&A huddle with Hacker Exchange

Jennifer Menchin is an award winning radio news and current affairs presenter, freelance writer, MC, host, and communications strategist. She has experience in a wide range of sectors including local and state government, charity, not for profit, education and training, health, media, and entertainment. Having a career in radio that spans more than 15 years it’s no surprise that Jen loves to talk and is a chronic oversharer, but more so she loves to listen and learn the stories of other people, places and things.

Jeremy Nyuyen-Phuong
Udentity, China

Joining the panel discussion on Digital student recruitment: Disruptive tech solutions

Jeremy Nguyen-Phuong is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Udentity, an education platform providing digital solutions for universities to connect with students, parents and high schools across Asia. Founded in 2018, Udentity has 390 universities active users across 25 countries participating in virtual fairs and online events. Prior to this, Jeremy spent 5 years at Ashoka, the largest network of leading Social Entrepreneurs, where he launched the Singapore & Malaysia office. Jeremy is also active in social good initiatives where supports his family on several philanthropic ventures with a focus on education and access to health care across South East Asia.

Joseph Marshall
Head of Higher Education
The Alice Smith School, Malaysia

Joining the panel discussion on TNE: Pipelines to progression - International schools

Joseph has worked in Malaysia for the past 5 years as a Guidance Counsellor and now Head of Higher Education at The Alice Smith School (British International School in KL). Previously he had worked in Admissions in the UK for the University of Westminster, so 'both sides of the desk' as they say. Before any of this, Joseph was a professional Actor in Film, TV and Theatre. Joseph tries to let this previous experience inform how he now views interactions between schools and HE providers, by looking for innovative, creative and exciting engagement.

Kelly Smith
Pro Vice Chancellor International
Murdoch University, Australia

Joining the panel discussion on TNE: Building resilient partnerships

Kelly Smith is a Senior Fellow of the International Education Association of Australia. He completed an Arts degree at Curtin University in 1987 and after further study in Education, taught ESL in Japan and Australia for 10 years. After completing an MBA in 2000, he worked with Study Group and then The University of Western Australia’s International Centre. In November 2015 he started as the inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at La Trobe University. In 2018 he also became Director of La Trobe’s Confucius Institute. He has been at Murdoch University since January 2020 and is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor International.

Kim Morrison
Grok Global Services

Joining the panel discussion on TNE: Pipelines to progression - International schools

Kim Morrison is CEO of Grok Global Services, which she founded in 2005. With offices across Asia, Grok helps institutions to improve recruitment outcomes through best practices and data, manage international operations, build brand, and develop partnerships. Kim observed that university-high school relationship has become problematic over time. In response, Grok launched Grok Schools Community which curates satisfying and productive interactions over time. Grok also collaborated closely with Concourse Global Enrollment – a platform that is redefining the university-highschool-student dynamic and flipping the script on admissions. Prior to Grok, Kim held executive roles in strategic marketing and operations in high tech.

Kylie Colvin
Director of Strategy and Business Transformation
University of Nottingham, Malaysia

Joining the Country spotlight: Malaysia panel discussion

Currently responsible for designing and implementing strategic initiatives for the University of Nottingham Malaysia. Chair of Malaysian UK5 Universities Strategic Working Group. Formerly Director of Strategic Planning for the University of Sydney. Specialist in strategic analytics and aligning strategy with institutional values and identity.

Lanre Ogundipe
Education Consultant
Imperial Educational Services

Joining the Country spotlight: Nigeria panel discussion

Olanrewaju Ogundipe is the CEO of Imperial Educational services, an Education and Technology firm out of Lagos Nigeria. He is a huge advocate for “Education for all” and is on a mission to see that education gets to every corner of Africa and the World at Large. Mr Ogundipe is a technocrat and technology enthusiast who has championed various initiatives that aimed to drive the use of technology in Education, Learning development, STEM education, Workforce development and skill acquisition. He had over 10 years of experience in the International Education & student exchange space and his organization, Imperial Educational services has partnered with institutions in various countries such as UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Germany and many more. He’s changing the international exchange space by leveraging technology and has birth a new startup aimed at digitally recruiting students globally.

Laura Kakon
Chief Growth and Strategy Officer
Honoris, Africa

Joining the Country spotlight: Nigeria panel discussion

As an accomplished professional with extensive experience in senior executive positions, Laura Kakon is responsible for the development and implementation of Honoris United Universities’ long-term growth strategy and for driving value creation across the network. Laura provides leadership across the organization’s most strategically important initiatives, such as the development of the network’s 21st century skills platform. She also plays a critical leadership role in spearheading the organization’s Marketing and Public Affairs function.

Laveen Melwani
Senior Recruitment Manager / Africa Education Expert
EU Business School, Germany

Joining the Country spotlight: Nigeria panel discussion

Indian Grown Up in Nigeria. Bachelors in India and Masters in Germany. Lived and worked in Middle East / Africa/ Asia & Europe. More than 17 years of Sales/Business Development/Student Recruitment & Marketing. Brand Management / Brand Awareness & Working Relationships in Africa. Researched extensively on higher education and infrastructure requirement and need of universities in Nigeria. Travelled extensively across countries in Africa. Update on social, political and economic climate in Africa. Studied need for change agents in higher education in Africa. Knowledge of lacking skill sets in the economic and corporate working environment in Africa. Advocate change for digital technology and Online Education in Africa. Passionate about economic and infrastructure growth in Africa. Education is an element of change in the World. Public Speaker / Presenter / Facilitator/ Business Coach & Mentor. Hobbies are travelling, films and football.

Lien Ta
Senior Education Services Manager
The British Council, Vietnam

Joining the Country spotlight: Vietnam panel discussion

Lien Ta has been working for British Council in Vietnam in the field of education promotion and services for UK institutions for nearly 15 years. She is now leading the International Education Services strand of British Council in Vietnam and responsible for providing market intelligence, consultancy, partnership and marketing services for UK institutions. Part of her job is providing latest country market update, education landscape and analysis to UK institutions.

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

Joining the Q&A huddle with Oxford International Education Group

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 18 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 and is a Founding Member of Business Women in Education at the Education Investor Global. 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.

Lucas Chasseline
Partnerships and Development Manager - EMEA
GlobalExam, France

Joining the Q&A huddle with GlobalExam

Lucas is a Partnerships and Development Manager for GlobalExam. He is responsible for ensuring the development of the activities of GlobalExamon the EMEA zone. Providing E-Learning solutions to Higher Education institutions, GlobalExam specialized in the training for Language proficiency and Certification Preparation. With over 1000 partners worldwide, the company helped over 1 million students attain their goals.

Lucy Stonehill
BridgeU, Global

Joining the TNE: Pipelines to progression: International schools panel discussion

A true third culture kid, Lucy grew up living between the UK and the USA. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dartmouth College in 2010, where she studied literature and psychology. In 2014, Lucy founded BridgeU, the market leading provider of university & careers guidance software & services for international, global and world secondary schools in 120 countries. Prior to BridgeU’s acquisition by Kaplan in March of 2020, Lucy had raised $12m in venture capital from leading investors in Europe, the US and Asia to drive BridgeU’s global expansion to support regional offices in London, Madrid, Hong Kong and Dubai. Lucy has been labelled an ‘Entrepreneur Role Model’ by the European Commission, and won Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 at a ceremony hosted at the House of Commons celebrating leading UK female entrepreneurs. In 2016, Lucy was named to the Forbes ‘30 under 30” list.

Mark Brooks
Mark Brooks Education, UK

Joining the Country spotlight: Nigeria panel discussion

Mark Brooks has been working as a leading educational consultant for nearly 20 years and served on the senior leadership teams of major public schools. He has enjoyed working with schools and families from Nigeria for more than 12 years and holds an MBA which focused on how parents choose an independent school. He regularly works with the UK’s Department for International Trade in West Africa, organises the largest boarding school events in Nigeria and has recruited senior leaders for independent schools across Lagos. He was the first consultant advising families in West Africa to be awarded Boarding Schools Association agent certification.

Melissa Palleschi
Sales and Marketing Director
The PIE, Global

Joining the Q&A huddle with GlobalExam

A native New Yorker, Mel has lived in London for 10 years. She was a study abroad student herself and studied European Mass Communication and Art History at the American University of Rome. After graduating from the University at Buffalo in New York with a BA in Communication, she moved back to the Eternal city to teach English. In 2009, she made the move to London where she started working as an English teacher and Social Programme Organiser at Tti School of English in Camden Town. In 2014, she became Tti’s Sales & Marketing Executive and Centre Manager. She has absolutely loved travelling around the world meeting with partners all the way from Taiwan to Brazil.

Meredith McGregor
Academic Director

Joining the Q&A huddle with CultureWorks

Meredith McGregor is the Academic Director for CultureWorks. She has a PhD in Educational Linguistics from Western University. Her teaching and research interests include second language learning and digital technologies. She has taught English for Academic Purposes for CultureWorks since 2010 and has over ten years of experience teaching English and Spanish as a second/foreign language, both domestically and abroad.

Meti Basiri
Co-Founder and CMO
ApplyBoard, Canada

Joining the panel discussion on Digital student recruitment: Disruptive tech solutions

Meti is driven by the belief that education is a right, not a privilege. In his role as Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at ApplyBoard, Meti leads the International Recruitment, Partner Relations, Sales Enablement, Sales Operations, and Marketing Teams along a shared mission to educate the world. Meti has been instrumental in building partnerships with 1,200+ educational institutions across North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Working with over 4,000 international recruitment partners, ApplyBoard has assisted over 120,000 students in their study abroad journey. Meti was honoured in 2019 by Forbes, being named to three Top 30 Under 30 lists including Education, Immigrants, and Big M

Michael Fay
Director and Head of Education Services
Asean Focus Group Pty Ltd, Australia & South East Asia

Michael served on the Board of the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) 2015-2019. www.aibc.com.au and provided education sector input to the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) Trade negotiations. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Technology Sydney. Michael was a co- founder of Insearch Language Centre UTS (1987), Australia’s first public private partnership in international education. In 1994 he established the Australia Centre Medan, North Sumatra which had its 25th anniversary in 2019. www.acmedan.com. It is a regional Indonesia education and English language centre. Michael works across all education sectors with a regional focus on ASEAN and India. Clients have included Study NSW on transnational delivery of VET; the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) on their ASEAN Strategy, TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) and TAFE NSW in relation to Skills Training in Indonesia. In 2020 Michael provided strategic education sector advisory with Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare in Malaysia and ASEAN, the Northern Territory Government and Australian universities on TNE partnership with Indonesia. Asean Focus Group was the only Australian finalist in the highly coveted “PIEoneer of the Year Awards” announced in London in October 2020 by The PIE News for its work in initiating and convening the annual ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue- AAED.

Michael Wells
Managing Director
Wells Advisory, Australia & UK

Wells Advisory is a leading international consulting firm focused exclusively on advising the higher education sector, in the fields of strategy, regulation and M&A. Michael advises public and private clients on mission-critical issues including institutional strategy, license to operate, and partnerships. He has a strong reputation and network within the higher education sector in Australia and internationally. Over the last 25 years, Michael has worked at the cutting edge of higher education, with senior roles spanning government, university and private sector. He was appointed a Commissioner to help design and set up Australia’s national regulator TEQSA, he was a member of the senior executive at the University of Melbourne leading planning, QA, finance and risk, and prior to that spent a decade in the private sector advising (including universities) on brand strategy, valuation and defence. Michael holds degrees in law, economics and marketing, and is admitted to legal practice.

Michael Bartlett
Global Managing Director, Education
Sannam S4, Singapore

Joining the Country spotlight: Malaysia panel discussion

Michael has 20 years’ experience in commercial, international education and has been based in Asia for the last 20 years. In that time he has led the development of many Trans National education partnerships, developed global sales and marketing (student recruitment) strategies and teams for dozens of institutions and headed up the global network of a leading assessment organisation. He now leads Sannam S4’s global educational business offering extensive consultancy, market entry, enrolment solutions and TNE capabilities to over 200 institutions and organisations worldwide including 12 of the top 20 institutions in the world.

Nanhi Mann
Regional Director
Kaplan International, Global

Joining the Country spotlight: India panel discussion

Nanhi, a member of Kaplan Team India since 2007, leads a team of young, motivated and restless 30+ valuable people who make sure that the Rest of the World means ‘India’ and ensures service delivery levels which competes only with itself.. Nanhi has now been with the company for more than 13 years and is the face of Kaplan in the sub-continent, having laid foundations of great relationships with partners and students alike. Her previous roles include working with an Australian university as a Market Manager and also as Junior Vice President, International Affairs at Amity University, looking after collaborations.

Nick Willmer
Head of Education
Net Natives and Akero, Global

Joining the Digital student recruitment: Practitioners' view panel discussion

Nick Willmer, Head of Education for Net Natives, has worked in digital student recruitment for over 13 years. He has worked across the education sector with a range of universities, business schools and private institutions around the world. He has a passion for using technology to track and understand the student journey and conversion from initial contact to enrolled student. He has pioneered the setup and integration of technology stacks to boost student recruitment numbers for many of Net Natives’ clients.

Nurbek Jusupov
Co-founder and CEO
EasyUni, Malaysia

Joining the Q&A huddle with EasyUni

Nurbek Jusupov is the co-founder and CEO of EasyUni, a leading education website in Southeast Asia and Middle East. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in technology and digital marketing to the field of higher education. He is currently very excited about EasyUni's new product, Fairwiz, and the future of events. Nurbek grew up in Kyrgyzstan, but has been calling Malaysia home for the past 24 years. He is happiest with his wife Asma raising their two sons Muratbek and Aymanbek, and daughter Naeela.

Orion Judge
Co-Founder & Global Director
SI-UK, Global

Joining the Q&A huddle with SI-UK

Based at the SI-UK HQ in Bangkok Thailand, Orion has worked in the international education realm for the past 25 years; holding degrees from 4 prestigious universities he is an ardent advocate of the value of higher education. Orion co-founded SI-UK with Dwayne Gallagher, and Vicki Fox in Tokyo 15 years ago and works on global expansion, and partnerships.

Perry Hobson
Sunway University, Malaysia

Joining the panel discussion on TNE: Building resilient partnerships

Professor Perry Hobson, PhD is a Professor at Sunway University in Malaysia. He has an academic background in hospitality and tourism, and has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vacation Marketing for over 22-years. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Management Centre Innsbruck (MCi) in Austria, an Adjunct Professor at Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) in Vietnam, and sits on the International Advisory Board of the University of Ostrava (OSU) in The Czech Republic. He has been responsible for initiating and managing various TNE relationships since 2000.

Prof. ( Dr. ) Gunjan Sanjeev
Vice President - RBEF ( Amity Education Group) & Director - International Affairs
Amity University, India

Joining the Country spotlight: India panel discussion

Prof (Dr) Gunjan M Sanjeev is a versatile institution builder driving Internationalization of higher education initiatives at Amity-setting up of international campuses, fostering International linkages, International Accreditations, Creating study abroad opportunities and enhancing the learning experience of international students. She has traveled extensively to the USA, UK, France, Ireland, Singapore and Sri Lanka for collaborations with foreign Universities. She has been spearheading comprehensive internationalization of higher education for over fifteen years now representing her institutions at initiatives by British council, AACSB and other international organizations at US, UK and other parts of Europe. She has held senior academic leadership roles for top foreign universities-namely, Oxford Brookes University, U.K. and University of Bradford, U.K. at their India campuses and has been instrumental in successfully leading QAA visits and validation processes of Business programmes for award of UK degrees. Her research papers have won awards in various prestigious forums, namely, Outstanding paper award 2013 & First category award for a case study proposal 2011 by Emerald Publishing UK; IIM, Lucknow 2005 ; COSMAR 2005, IISc, Bangalore; conference by PSU, US & OBU, UK 2011; Fore school of Management, N. Delhi 2013. She is a guest editor to five special issues of a Scopus-indexed journal “Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes” published by Emerald Publishing, U.K.( Years 2010/12/16/19/21-forthcoming) and is also on the editorial board of several reputed journals. She has also carried out Executive Development Programs , also as a visiting faculty of IIM, Ahmedabad including on “Asset- Liability Management” for senior officials at Power Finance Corporation of India and “Advanced cost Management “ for Alchemist Group. She is a member of prestigious organizations; Institute of International Education (IIE), New York and Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), USA.

Rachel Donnellan
Events Manager

The PIEoneer Awards 2021: tips and advice for entrants

Rachel is the Events Manager at The PIE. She works closely with Clare Gossage to produce The PIEoneer Awards and The PIE Live annual events. Prior to her role at The PIE she worked for a leading UK event company heading up its Food Festival division. Rachel has also spent over 15 years working in international education. She has held a number of operations management positions within Kaplan International English including Head of Young Learner Programmes, Operations Manager UK & Ire and Principal of London Covent Garden and London Leicester Square schools. She has also worked for St Giles London Central and GEOS in Tokyo.

Rohan Pasari
CEO and Co-founder
Cialfo, Singapore

Joining the Digital student recruitment: Disruptive tech solutions panel discussion

Rohan Pasari is the co-founder and CEO of Cialfo, an AI-driven platform that brings together people, software, and data to simplify college and career counseling workflows. He co-founded Cialfo with the vision to make education accessible for 100 million students globally. His first venture, a tech-enabled education consultancy, was acquired by a private equity firm in 2017. Headquartered in Singapore, Cialfo has raised 3 rounds of funding, and is experiencing rapid growth with offices in the US, China and India. Cialfo is used by thousands of students and educators around the world, from high schools to leading colleges. Cialfo was named Top 50 Edtech companies 2020 by HolonIQ, Top 5 startups to watch in 2017 by The Straits Times, Edtech provider of the year in 2018 by EducationInvestor, and has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, to name a few. Rohan is a double Gold Medalist from Nanyang Technological University with a background in Engineering, Economics, and Entrepreneurship. He has been invited to speak at many high-profile conferences across the globe, including ASU-GSV, SXSWedu, EdTech Asia, GET, and MIT GSW summits. He was recently honored as a 2020 member of the prestigious 35 Under 35 class, awarded by Singapore’s EDGE organization to young entrepreneurs for their contributions to innovation and the startup community. When he is not thinking of new ways to reimagine education, he can be found biking, dancing bachata or diving off boats to explore the underwater world.

Sara Davila
Head of Efficacy and Learning
Immerse, US

Joining the Tech enabled learning panel discussion

Sara Davila is the Head of Efficacy and Learning for Immerse. Based in Chicago, Sara is a Learning and Language Acquisition specialist. She is widely experienced in the field of education as a teacher, materials writer, and teacher trainer. At Immerse, Sara utilizes her extensive knowledge of 21st century pedagogies and ELT best practices to support the development and implementation of engaging, efficacious, research supported language learning in immersive virtual reality.

Scott Jones
Group CEO
Navitas, Global

Joining the Q&A huddle with Navitas

Scott Jones was appointed to the role of Group Chief Executive Officer Navitas in July 2019, having been the Chief Executive Officer Navitas Careers and Industry Division since 2016, Global SAE Chief Executive Officer since 2014 and Chief Operating Officer since 2013. Prior to his role at SAE, Scott was Executive General Manager responsible for Navitas’ Student Recruitment Division (from 2008 to 2012), Director of Marketing and Admissions at Curtin University, Sydney (2005 to 2008), and Marketing Manager (from 2001). Scott has a strong track record of strategic growth, organisational performance and leadership, both within Navitas and SAE, and before that within the FMCG sector. Throughout his career, Scott has gained significant international experience as well as contacts and partnerships across the US, UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle East. With over 20 years of commercial and strategic experience, Scott started his career with Coca Cola Amatil and the Mars Corporation in sales and marketing roles.

Sir Steve Smith
UK International Education Champion
UK Government

Closing plenary

Professor Sir Steve Smith was appointed as the UK International Education Champion in June 2020, a new Government role aimed at boosting global education partnerships. Sir Steve was the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter from October 2002 to August 2020. He holds a BSc in Politics and International Studies, an MSc in International Studies, and a PhD in International Relations. Sir Steve was President of Universities UK from 2009 to 2011 and Chair of the UCAS Board from 2013 to 2019. Sir Steve was knighted in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to higher education.

Soula Chronopoulos
President of ellicom & Vice President of Innovation
LCILX, Canada

Joining the Q&A huddle with LCI Education

An immunologist by training, Soula started her career in neuroscience research at McGill University, conducting pioneering research in Alzheimer’s disease. She launched a successful medical training company in 2005 (Taimma Communications), and was ranked in the top 100 female entrepreneurs, and one of Canada’s fastest growing companies by Profit Magazine in 2012. As VP Growth & Innovation at LCILX, she oversees the design and deployment of innovative learning experiences for Fortune 500 companies and the LCI Education Network. Passionate about R&D, Soula is currently leading global innovation initiatives to drive richer learning experiences that will connect our students globally at LCI.

Stuart Bannerman
Associate PVC International
London South Bank University, UK

Joining the Q&A huddle with LSBU Global

LSBU Global is led by Stuart Bannerman, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor International. Having taught at the universities of St Andrews and Glasgow, he launched the first International Study Centre in the UK at Queen Margaret University in 1998, introducing Graduate Diplomas for the first time as a pre-masters award for international students. He was also Head of EFL and Director of the Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Dundee, and worked at the University of Essex, setting up and running the International Academy, and followed this with the advancement of international for the launch of the new University of Suffolk.

Syed Alwee Alsagoff
National Professors Council, Malaysia

Joining the Country spotlight: Malaysia panel discussion

Syed has a combination of technical, economics and law backgrounds, with over 30 years experience as an academic, Govt servant and practitioner, mostly in international education worldwide. He is currently involved in national/institutional strategies and brand-building globally.

Tanveer Shaheed
Associate Director, Global Engagement & Business Development
Macquarie University, Australia

Joining the panel discussion on Digital student recruitment: Practitioners' view

Tanveer is the Associate Director, Global Engagement & Business Development for Macquarie University, Sydney with responsibility for a portfolio that includes to develop and implement strategies to promote education excellence of Australia and Macquarie University. Tanveer has participated in hundreds of international educational events in many countries including South Asia, Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and China. Tanveer has given numerous public presentations and media interviews at various international education institutions, international conferences/seminars (eg. AIEC, ISANA), TV Channels, newspapers, etc. Tanveer is a Fellow (IEAA-F) of 'International Education Association of Australia' (IEAA) and serving as Deputy Convener of 'Marketing & Recruitment Network' group for IEAA.

Thomson Ch'ng
International Specialist Advisor
Asean Focus Group, Australia & South East Asia

Joining the Country spotlight: Malaysia panel discussion

Thomson is awarded the Malaysian-Australian Distinguished Alumnus of the Year 2019 by the Australian High Commission in Malaysia. He is currently an independent consultant at ASEAN Focus Group specialising in the Malaysia -Australia education relationship. Prior to this, Thomson was a special advisor to the Ministry of Higher Education’s Education Malaysia Australia (EMA). He was instrumental in the instigation of the first official visit of the then Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh to Australia, which has resulted in the signing of the partnership between Malaysian Polytechnics and TAFE Sydney and the inauguration of the Malaysia-Australia Tertiary Education Conference. Thomson co-convenes the ASEAN-Australia Education Dialogue (AAED) which was held in Malaysia in 2018 and again in 2019. He also won the International Alumni of the Year - PIEoneer Awards 2020.

Tze Ying Sim
Head of Center for American Education
Sunway University, Malaysia

Joining the Tech enabled learning panel discussion

Assoc. Prof. Dr -Ing. Sim, Tze Ying obtained her PhD in Engineering from the University of Kassel, Germany. Her PhD research was on engineering education. She joined Sunway University in 2013 and had been heading the Centre for American Education since 2015. She also leads the Global Digital Talent Program in collaboration with Alibaba Business School. Her Software Engineering background influenced her to pay attention to process integrity and process improvement. Two main aspects of process improvement are process simplification and process automation. Process improvement frequently requires tasks to be done differently. Therefore, change management is a critical aspect of process improvement. One essential factor for success in change management is the stakeholders. She conducted various training related to change empowerment to help the company prepare its staff for change. Another area of her research is making programming simple for non-programmers. This includes the motivation of learning, the methodology of delivery, and integrating programming related activities to the secondary school syllabus. Having the motto "Education can make a difference", her passion includes making quality education accessible to the common, improving gender equality and reducing inequalities.

Viggo Stacey
Deputy Editor
The PIE, Global

The PIE News: Editorial focus

As an undergraduate at Swansea University, Viggo spent time in Kassel, Germany, as an English language assistant, before graduating in 2013. For two years, he lived in the Turkish cities of Izmir and Istanbul, where he taught English to adults. Returning to the UK in 2017, he pursued a career in the press and completed a postgraduate diploma in multimedia journalism at the Press Association. Viggo has been on the editorial team of The PIE News since 2017.

Wendy Bloisi
Head of Partnerships
London Metropolitan University, UK

Joining the panel discussion on TNE: Building resilient partnerships

Wendy is currently the Head of Academic Partnerships at London Metropolitan University and is responsible for developing new partners and maintaining existing partnerships. She has managed projects operating internationally in Germany, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Greece, Netherlands, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, Russia, Vietnam, Iran and Singapore. She has led successful reviews and validations for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses for the university both in the UK and internationally. Wendy has also chaired conference events and published widely in TNE.

Wendy Alexander
Vice President, International
University of Dundee, UK

Joining the Digital student recruitment: Practitioners' view panel discussion

Wendy Alexander is Vice Principal, International at the University of Dundee where she leads the University’s international strategy. Wendy is Scottish Government International Trade Envoy for Higher Education with a particular focus on Asia, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Patron of Social Investment Scotland. Prior to that she led global recruitment, programmes and operations at London Business School. As a Member of the Scottish Parliament (1999-2011), she served in the first three Scottish Cabinets, holding the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning and Transport and Communities portfolios. Previously she worked in international strategy consultancy.

Will Nott
Digital Editor
The PIE, Global

The PIE News: Editorial Focus & Q&A huddle with LSBU

Will trained as a journalist at News Associates after studying English Literature at the University of Warwick. He has worked for the Daily Express, VICE and Newsquest where he was a reporter on the Bromley News Shopper. Will has also worked in online TV, where he directed documentaries. He was awarded a Malcolm Bradbury scholarship to study Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is interested in using video to bring human stories to life, and hopes to explore subjects including displaced people within the education sector and student welfare. Will also plans to work with video and data, where he will use animated infographics to tell stories visually.

Youmin Xi
Executive President, Professor
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

Joining the panel discussion on TNE: Policy landscape

Professor Youmin Xi is Executive President and Board Member of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. In 1987 he received the first PhD in field management engineering in China. He has conducted joint research with universities in Canada, America, Singapore, Japan, and China. Interests include strategy and decision, organisational behaviour and leadership, and educational management. He has supervised over 200 postgraduate students, authored or co-authored 300 academic papers and 30 books, founded a journal, sits on national-level boards and is Chairperson, China’s Business Administration Education Steering Commission and Chair, Chinese Academy of Management.