2022 Judges

Ailsa Lamont
Director and Founder
Pomegranate Global, Australia

Ailsa Lamont is the director and founder of Pomegranate Global, a specialist consultancy and program provider focusing on how the climate crisis can be transformed into an opportunity to improve the field of international education. Pomegranate Global runs a range of climate action virtual internships and helps clients to embed climate action in strategy and to reshape global mobility and international student recruitment operations to reduce their carbon footprint Her expertise in the sector was gained over 16 years in senior international roles, including as Pro Vice Chancellor International, and International Director at three Australian universities. Ailsa Lamont has trained with former US Vice President Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader and in 2020-2021 served as a NAFSA Senior Fellow for sustainability. She is co-founder and current president of CANIE: Climate Action Network for International Educators, a non-profit working to strengthen the international education sector’s response to the climate challenge.

Amy Ruhter McMillan
Senior Associate Vice President of Marketing
IES Abroad, USA

Amy Ruhter McMillan is the Senior Associate Vice President of Marketing at IES Abroad, a not-for-profit study abroad and internship provider based in Chicago, Illinois. Having grown up in Hong Kong, studied abroad in Cambridge, England, and now having worked in the study abroad field for more than 20 years, she never gets tired of evangelizing all the extraordinary things that happen because of travel. As head of the Marketing team, Amy feels lucky to put her passion for study abroad to work every day, making sure IES Abroad is authentically and cleverly showcasing everything the organization and international education has to offer. Prior to IES Abroad, Amy worked at Andersen Worldwide and as a Freelance Writer & Editor for Watson Wyatt, Ltd. in Hong Kong (now Towers Watson).

Andrew Disbury
Chair of the Awards & Talent Committee
EAIE, Europe

Andrew Disbury’s career is rooted in education leadership and management in England, Scotland, and China, with extensive working experience in the Indian and US education markets. Andrew has worked in senior leadership roles at four British universities, latterly as Pro Vice-Chancellor, and was the British Council’s Education Director in China. Andrew is now President UK for M Square Media, a Canadian education services company. Andrew also serves as Chair of the Awards & Talent Committee of the European Association for International Education. A keen linguist, Andrew studied in France and China as a student.

Andrew Elias
Director of Marketing and Communications
Chatsworth Schools, UK

Andrew has worked with industry leading organisations in academic publishing, international school research, data and marketing services and school leadership magazine publishing. He has had the privilege of working in the school marketing and admissions space directly and love helping schools identify and communicate what makes them unique and a great fit for prospective families considering their school. He is passionate about collaboration and the power of partnerships in education.

Andrés González
President and Academic Director
Politikum, Ecuador

Dr. Andrés González is a political scientist based in Quito-Ecuador. He obtained his Ph. D. in Political Science and International Relations at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and has taught in several universities and high schools in Germany and Ecuador. He is currently the President and Academic Director of POLITIKUM, an independent education corporation focused on citizenship and political education for students of all levels in three languages. He is also the author of the book “Governance for the 21st Century: The Fight Against Corruption in Latin America (LIT Verlag).

Arlene Griffiths
International Advisory Board Member at MSM
MSM, UK

Arlene commenced her career in the Healthcare industry, starting as Marketing Trainee at Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, then moved onto consultancy where she worked across a wide range of sectors, including being involved with recruiting the original Euro Tunnel team. In the last 20 years Arlene worked in international education, initially heading the International Office at Cardiff University, followed by Director of Education UK Partnership at the British Council then setting up the UK operation for IDP, later also managing their USA entity. She is the surprised but proud winner of the PIEoneer Lifetime Impact Award (and Arlene is still in shock!)

Arturo Varona
Director of International Relations
Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Spain

Arturo Varona has 20 years of experience in international education. He spent 18 years in China, of which 12 were focused on managing international programs for providers like ACT Education Solutions and Kaplan International Pathways. He has also led EU international education projects like the EIT Digital Master School. Arturo holds a Bachelor´s degree in Computer Engineering and Master´s degrees in Information Technology and Education (e-learning), as well as an Executive MBA from IE Business School. He is currently based in Madrid, Spain, where he is the Director of International Relations at the Comillas Pontifical University.

Baiba Pētersone
Director, International Department
Rīga Stradiņš University, Riga

Baiba Pētersone is Director of International Department at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU). She is responsible for the University’s internationalisation strategy, including international admissions and collaborations. Her experience in higher education spans 15 years. Before joining RSU, she was at Middlesex University in London, Zayed University in Dubai and the University of Maryland College Park in the United States. She has worked in the non-profit sector in Washington, D.C. Baiba earned a master’s degree at the University of Maryland, College Park and holds the doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Georgia, both in the United States.

Baihua Chadwick
Vice-President International
Thompson Rivers University, Canada

Baihua holds a Masters in Management-International and has worked in the British Columbia Post-Secondary Education system at many levels for over 25 years, including working for a university in China. She has extensive experience establishing joint ventures worldwide and has successfully negotiated many international agreements. She is now responsible for one of the largest international programs in Canada. Born and raised in China, Baihua studied in Germany prior to making Canada her permanent home.

Başak Akdemir
Chief Executive
BAU Global & MLA College, UK

Prof Başak Akdemir is the Chief Executive of BAU Global and Chief Executive of MLA College. She has worked within the maritime industry and academia, served as the managing partner of a ship owning company. Prof Akdemir was awarded a PhD from De Montfort University with the thesis "Improving Supply Forecasting within the Shipping Industry"; the forecasting model developed in this programme of study made use of neural networks and employed novel methods to identify sudden changes in the market. It provided a mechanism of corrective action for when the fluctuations in the market were considered excessive.

Cheryl Delk-Le Good
Executive Director
EnglishUSA, USA

Cheryl Delk-Le Good has been active in international education for more than 25 years and has served as EnglishUSA’s Executive Director since 2015. She has served in multiple leadership positions during her career including President of EnglishUSA, Communications & Promotions Director for UCIEP, IEP Network Leader for the International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community for NAFSA, and Commissioner/Treasurer for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. For 15 years, Cheryl served as director and faculty of the Intensive English Program at Georgia State University. Prior to moving to Atlanta, she taught at Western Michigan University and Michigan State University. She has authored two ESL textbooks and has conducted multiple program and curriculum reviews, nationally and internationally. She earned her BA from Illinois Wesleyan University and MA degrees in French and TESOL at Michigan State University.

Christopher Connor
Assistant Dean and Chief Enrolment Officer, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY), USA

With 20+ years of experience, Christopher currently serves as Assistant Dean and Chief Enrolment Officer in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UB. During his tenure, enrolment has risen 47% to the highest in school history, including a 28% increase in International enrolment. Connor, recognised for his work in enrolment management has received several awards and distinctions. Most recently, Chris was awarded the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service by the State University of New York (SUNY) system and the operations under his direction were awarded the 2020 IELTS USA Best Practices Award in International Enrolment Management.

Christopher Cripps
Senior Advisor to the President for Global Engagement
Sorbonne University, France

An American based in Paris, Christopher has served in leadership roles in the International Higher Education sector for over 30 years with an emphasis on International Strategy and Development, Transnational Education, Study Abroad, Branding, and Marketing. Christopher is currently the Director of International Development at Sorbonne University. Previously, he had been the Director of International Affairs at PSL University, Ecole Centrale Paris (now CentraleSupélec), and Grenoble Ecole de Management. Christopher served on a panel of experts commissioned by the French Prime Minister’s Office to advise the government on strategic options for the internationalization of French Higher Education. He is a frequent conference speaker on International Higher Education topics, a consultant to HEIs worldwide, and a certified executive coach. 

Daniel Obst
President and CEO
AFS Intercultural Programs

Daniel is President & CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs, a global not-for-profit Network that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. Each year around 12,000 young people take part in the AFS Programs that are supported by over 50,000 volunteers and staff in 60 countries worldwide. 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 was 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. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, the Board of Directors of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, and the Advisory Council of Diversity Abroad. Daniel his 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).

Eero Loonurm
Head of International Marketing
Estonian Education and Youth Board, Estonia

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

Esther Wilkinson
Head of International
JISC, UK

Dr Esther Wilkinson is a specialist in international education in the UK, and Head of International at Jisc, the body powering the UK’s higher and further education’s teaching, learning and research and inspiring its digital transformation. Esther leads Jisc’s international strategy, to deliver and support high quality research and education globally. Esther has worked in various roles in higher education, as Assistant Director at Universities UK International; the UK Research Councils for over 13 years; the Open University and a brief spell as a police officer. Esther has a BSc Hons, DIC and PhD in Chemistry from Imperial College, London.

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

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. Additionally, he was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and as 2021-22 Chair of the International Network Leadership Team of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). He is currently pursuing a PhD in Education at York University and his research interest is immigration policy making as it relates to the recruitment and retention of international students in Canada.

James Herbertson
Director
Bayswater Education

James co-founded Bayswater Education, a Social Enterprise in International Education. For every student Bayswater teaches, they teach another from a disadvantaged background. The business is for profit with a social mission at its core. Bayswater has expanded rapidly and is now formed of 10 year-round colleges and 13 summer camps across the UK, France, Cyprus, Canada and South Africa. James started out learning Spanish at Malaca Instituto. He is Secretary of Zimbabwe Rural Schools Development Programme (ZRSDP) a charity that builds schools and communities in rural Zimbabwe, on the board of BETA and is Chair of English UK London.

Janaka Pushpanathan
Director
British Council, South India

Janaka Pushpanathan leads British Council’s work in South India and has over 20 years of experience in the Arts, Education & Enterprise sectors. She has also co-founded education, L&D and Ed tech start-ups and was part of British Council’s think tank on Intercultural Dialogue. An alumnus of IIM Bangalore & Project Zero at Harvard University, Janaka is among the top 100 most influential in building UK-India relations. She’s part of the India Inc. 2019 list, which is the first ever all women’s power list to celebrate the immense contribution of women, driving a glorious future relationship between UK and India.

Josephine Page
Director UL, Global
University of Limerick, Ireland

Josephine Page is Director of UL Global at the University of Limerick, where she works on the development and implementation of international engagement strategy for the University and facilitating Faculties/Schools and Departments in the advancement of their strategic proprieties for international education. Twenty years’ experience in the field of international education with specialist knowledge in developing a wide variety of mobility and partnership programmes. Graduate education includes a Master’s in Comparative Labour Law from Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and an MBA from the University of Limerick. 

Joanna Regulska
Vice Provost and Dean, Global Affairs
University of California, USA

 Joanna Regulska is Vice Provost and Dean for Global Affairs and Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Davis. For more than three decades Regulska has led large-scale programs that have transformed institutions, established collaborative partnerships, and substantially improved globally focused services and programs for students, faculty, and staff. In 2020 she was named as one of 23 founding members of the National Academy for International Education and in 2019, she was recognized with the inaugural Institute of International Education (IIE) Senior International Officer Award. She serves on the Board of Directors of the NAFSA as the Vice President for Public Policy and Practice. 

Kamila Szalast
Director of Marketing and Recruitment
Lancaster University Leipzig

As Director Marketing and Recruitment at Lancaster University Leipzig, Kamila leads the strategic direction, management and growth of marketing, student recruitment and admissions activities. Originally from Poland, Kamila has worked in the international education industry for over 10 years and held various leadership and student recruitment roles. She has got multifaceted strategic sales and marketing experience, including extensive channel management from multiple countries. During her last post as the Navitas Regional Manager for Africa she worked and lived in Lagos, Nigeria, where she headed the regional office.

Juan Rayón González
President
Erasmus Student Network

Juan Rayon is the president of the Erasmus Student Network. He is 27 and comes from Spain. He has a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Oviedo and is currently finishing two Master’s in International Law and European Studies. He has been president of ESN Spain and Liaison Officer for Inclusive mobility of the Erasmus Student Network. As president, he is responsible for the general coordination of the organisation, external relations, policy, and advocacy. His main priorities include increasing participation in learning mobility and fostering civic engagement and participation of young people in democratic life through exchange programmes. 

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

Currently responsible for designing and implementing strategic initiatives, business planning and operations for the University of Nottingham Malaysia. Chair of Malaysian UK5 Universities Strategic Working Group and Executive Member of UK Overseas Branch Campus Network. Formerly Director of Strategic Planning for the University of Sydney. Specialist in strategic analytics and aligning strategy with business processes and institutional values. 

Mathews Nkhoma
Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor, Strategy, International & Engagement (SEI)
RMIT University College of Business & Law, Australia

As the Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor, Strategy, International & Engagement (SEI) Professor Mathews Nkhoma heads the strategic, innovation and engagement unit of the College of Business & Law at RMIT University.

Marina Khan
Director
Intellect Consulting Educational Agency, Kazakhstan

Director of Ulytau Charitable Educational Foundation, Founder of Intellect Consulting Educational Agency, Kazakhstan I believe in the power of education! All of my professional and personal experience only strengthens this belief daily. Education – is not just a tool for social mobility, the foundation of a successful career and financial stability, and the prerequisite for achieving highly in life. Education – is the most complex driver of social evolution, an instrument which influences the trajectory of societal development. The Ulytau Public Charitable Educational Foundation was created for the development and realisation of educational projects in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The aims of these projects encompass thorough and irreversible change of all spheres and contributors to the educational process. 25 years of leading Intellect agency has resulted in my vast experience and network, which will allow the foundation to implement projects that will lead to long-term change that is beyond surface level: from reforms to transformations.

Mark Glynn
Head of the Teaching Enhancement Unit
Dublin City University

Mark has a PhD in Chemistry, a MSc in e-learning and certificates in Learning and Teaching in higher education and online assessment. Mark had a role of a Public Affairs & Education executive within IBEC for five years. This role involved establishing networks between industry and education. This resulted in experience of dealing with everyone from Managing Directors to plant operators across the pharmaceutical sector. Mark currently leads a team of seven people charged with enhancing the learning experience of students within DCU. As such Mark has direct involvement with cutting edge innovative teaching techniques and learning technologies that are being implemented throughout the university. Furthermore Mark plays a key role in both local and national strategically important teaching initiatives. The main aim of his current role is to encourage and enable staff in DCU to increase their capacity to offer flexible learning. This involves managing both organisational and pedagogical based projects. Mark has a deep insight into the key issues for higher education in Ireland in particular the technology enhanced learning, learning analytics and flexible learning. He plays key leadership roles in promoting innovative teaching and learning methods throughout the sector and is considered to be a leading authority in the use of virtual learning environments. Mark has also had leadership roles in the Irish Learning Technology Association (ITLA) and the Educational Developers in Ireland Network (EDIN), two of the leading organisations for learning innovation in Irish higher education. More information is available through http://ie.linkedin.com/in/enhancingteaching or his blog http://enhancingteaching.com

Michael Shaver
Acting Vice President for Market Growth
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), USA

Michael has over 15 years of experience in Student Affairs, Admissions, and University Teaching. Prior to joining TABS, Michael served as a Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC) for EducationUSA at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to his background in international admissions, Michael has taught university-level courses at Eastern Illinois University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and was a guest lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Worms, Germany.

Colin Bell
CEO
COBIS, UK

Colin has been COBIS CEO since 2010. Alongside a talented Executive Team and Board, he works with and supports students, teachers, leaders, support staff and governors from high quality British international schools in more than 80 countries worldwide. Prior to COBIS, Colin taught in the UK, Far East and Europe and has led educational projects in the UK and internationally, working with the DfE, Government Office for London, British Council and other global partners. Much of this has focused on school improvement, safeguarding, student and teacher well-being and professional development across the school workforce. Safeguarding is of paramount importance to COBIS. Connected to this, Colin is a founding member of the International Task Force on Child Protection. In addition, Colin is a Director of IStip, a Governor and Trustee of the British School in Tokyo and an appointed member of the Ministerially chaired, Education Advisory Group, for the UK Department for International Trade.

Novi Kurniawati
HigherEd Lead - International Business
eduCLaaS, Singapore

Novi, an Australia educated professional, is the HigherEd Lead for Indonesia in eduCLaaS, a leading Pan-Asia Digital Learning and Talent Platform which aims to deliver talent and enterprise growth for inclusive digital economy transformation. Novi has more than 10 years of leadership and management experience in the field students recruitment for both international and national higher education institutions. Her true passion and commitment in serving students, schools, and university partners have contributed positively to the global education market. She constantly strives to identify opportunities to simplify access Indonesia higher education by incubating GLOCAL (Global yet Local) digital talents with international degree credentials.

Paddy Jansen
COO & CMO
Globeducate, Switzerland

Paddy Jansen serves as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Globeducate, a global network of 55 premium international and bilingual schools, as well as online education programs. Globeducate offers inspiring learning opportunities to almost 30,000 students between 2 and 18 years old in 9 countries. At Globeducate, we believe that our students will only succeed in the world of tomorrow, if they are prepared for the challenges that they will encounter. We prepare each student to become a global citizen who can shape the world. Prior to joining Globeducate, Paddy co-founded Afaya Partners, a global education consultancy, and held various leadership roles at Laureate Education, a private university group with operations in more than 30 countries, and had postings in Italy, Switzerland and the USA. Paddy started his career with ING Group, and holds an MBA from IMD Business School in Switzerland and a MSc in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Originally from the Netherlands, Paddy has worked and studied in seven countries, speaks five languages, and currently lives with his wife and four children in the alpine ski resort of Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland.

Rachel Sandison
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, External Engagement
University of Glasgow, Scotland

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

Randall Martin
Executive Director
BCCIE, Canada

Dr. Randall Martin has experience spanning thirty years in post-secondary education, development education, project management and implementation, and international education, having worked on projects, in colleges and universities, in societies, and for the last decade leading the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE), a Crown Corporation of the Province of British Columbia charged with an expansive mandate of advancing the provincial agenda on International Education. He is a recognized administrator and leader, has authored or co-authored numerous papers, is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and symposia, and regularly engages in an advisory or external review capacity for institutions and other jurisdictions. Winner of the AIEA Charles Klasek Award 2021.

Stuart Perrin
Associate Principal
Xia’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University Entrepreneur College (Taicang), China

Professor Stuart Perrin is currently Associate Principal of the Xia’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University Entrepreneur College (Taicang), a new education venture built around technology-based education through concepts of AI and industry 4.0. Previous positions that he has held in the university include Dean for Internationalisation (2017-2019), Dean for Learning and Teaching (2013-2017), and Director of the Language Centre (2012-2016). In this role he was responsible for the introduction of modern foreign languages into the curriculum. He has previously worked in management positions in language centres at Queen Mary, University of London, and Brunel University, as well as within the private sector.

Suryani Halim
Director of Networking and Partnership
Universitas Ciputra, Indonesia

Always look for the opportunity in development industry, Suryani had a strong leadership in academic experience learning and business consultancy. Now served as coordinator for Entrepreneurship in Indonesia Career Center Network and a member in International Office Indonesia University. The goals of both organizations are for society improvement. Born in Pangkalpinang, Indonesia 19th November 1967, Suryani married to Rony Tjandra Djaja and have 1 son, William Tjandra Djaja. They are her whole world to pursue happiness. With a background in banking since 1992 and IFC World Bank Group (2005-2007), she established career in Universitas Ciputra Surabaya, Indonesia since 2007. The first area to handle was Entrepreneurship center and Business Incubator (2007 to 2016). Then she was promoted to manage International Office and Career Center as Head of Networking & Partnership Department for Universitas Ciputra from 2016 to current. Suryani believed in creating opportunity for young generation to reach global education will in turn creates a better world.

Susan Fang
Founder and CEO
Oxbridge Holdings Inc

Susan is an expert in British education. For two decades she has empowered families worldwide to successfully get their children into the best educational establishments. As founder of East Asia’s earliest education consultancy, she has visited 400+ U.K. higher-ed & K-12 institutions and is in tune with what they want in an ideal student. With insider knowledge and expertise, she helps students get into their desired schools with confidence and ease.

Thomson Ch'ng
Award-winning alumnus
Australia & SE Asia

Thomson Ch'ng is a Specialist Education Sector Advisor at ASEAN Focus Group (AFG Venture Group), an Asia and Australia-based corporate advisory and consulting firm. Thomson completed his undergraduate and postgraduate study in Australia as an international student from Malaysia. He was a founding delegate and former National President of the Council of International Students Australian Inc. (CISA) and since graduation, he has worked extensively with the government, media, community and business sectors in both countries with a focus on Australian and ASEAN education activities. Since 2018, Thomson has co-convened the highly regarded ASEAN-Australia Education Dialogue (AAED). He has won many international education awards for his work and ongoing contribution to the international education sector globally and locally. He was awarded Distinguished Young Alumnus 2019 by the Australian High Commission Malaysia, International Alumni of the Year 2020 in the PIEoneer Awards and the Tony Adams Rising Star Award in 2021 by the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA).

Trevor Goddard
Principal & Executive Director
Goddard and Associates, Australia

Goddard and Associates enable strategic partnerships across industry, government and higher education providers that enhance the international education sector. Trevor served 6 years as non-executive director with the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), as a member of the Australian DFAT New Colombo Plan Reference Group and previously on Council with the Forum on Education Abroad. He delivers bespoke advisory and coaching services for senior industry and university executives. Trevor currently sits on the board of the ASEAN Australian Strategic Youth Partnership and is an Honorary Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University.

Sonya Singh
Founder/MD
SIEC EDUCATION PVT LTD, India, Australia

I am the president of AAERI Australia Chapter since 2018. I am the Founder and Managing Director of SIEC Education founded in 1995 in India . An international student recruitment Agency based out of India and Australia with 26 Branch offices across India , Pakistan , Bangladesh , Nepal , Canada and UK. At SIEC we recruit for Institutes across Australia , Canada , Dubai , Japan , Europe , Singapore , UK and USA managing approximately 500+ partnerships. I also lead an Edtech team at SIEC to make it a truly global company going into the 21st century and beyond. 95% of SIEC Team is comprised of young , motivated women and I have helped create training and mentoring programs that would empower them with life skills at both professional and personal level. I have regularly presented at AIRC ( American International Recruitment Council ) and hosted a number of events for AAERI Australia chapter. International Education is my passion and we are now advising the next generation of students and parents who challenge us to become better at what we do on a daily basis. I founded SIEC Migration , SIEC Internships , SIEC Test Prep and ACCT ( Associate College of Career Training ) to support our students through their journey of tertiary education in India or overseas. We have transitioned successfully from just being an international student recruitment agency to being a corporate entity that has created an eco system that is relevant to the needs of any student between the age of 16 – 30.

Bukky Awofisayo
Regional Head, Africa
Intake Education, Africa

With nearly two decades in International student recruitment, Bukky has tremendous experience and excels on all matters of local strategy. She has worked across different levels of the recruitment space from student counselling to senior management positions. Bukky is enthused about building teams, improving business processes to achieve strategic goals, and engaging with new projects and markets. She kickstarted the first UKEAS (Now Intake Education) office in Lagos, Nigeria as a template for many more in the region. Bukky is leading Intake’s expansion strategy for Africa. With her experience and knowledge of working with diverse UK Universities and other English speaking destination schools, she understands partner institutions diversity needs and supports them with relevant market intelligence and student recruitment solutions.

Perry Hobson
Director (Academy of Tourism)
Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Professor Perry Hobson is the Director of the Academy of Tourism at Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas) in The Netherlands. He has held a variety of senior academic roles in both Australia and Malaysia where he was the PVC for Global Engagement at both Taylor’s University and Sunway University. He has been responsible for initiating and managing various transnational education (TNE) relationships, actively involved in international accreditation and has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Q1 ranked Journal of Vacation Marketing for over 22-years. He is 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.

Brett Berquist
Assistant Vice-Chancellor Engagement
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Brett Berquist serves in a new role created to reflect the institutional focus on engagement in the 2030 strategic plan Tangata Tū Tangata Ora. As Amokapua | Assistant Vice Chancellor Engagement he leads UC’s engagement, institutional advancement, and strategic partnerships at a local, national and international level.  He brings three decades of university experience in several countries, from lecturer to department head to senior administrator. His passion is collaboratively developing and implementing strategy to help institutions address changing conditions, demographics, and objectives. His research interests include community engagement, work integrated learning, internationalization and related government policies, outcomes of international learning mobility, quality assurance in mobility and transnational education. He is active in a number of professional associations and external reviews. He co-chaired the Global Internship Conference from 2012 to 2019.