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    A selection of our incredible people

    Here at Kaplan, we love what we do. We have a wonderful community of talented staff members, who are passionate about giving students the best possible education, and offering industry-leading service levels to agents, sponsors and partner institutions. We understand that every step of a student’s journey is important, so we work hard to make sure that students are happy with their pathways, their degrees and their educational experience. We know that what we do transforms futures – and we think that’s amazing. Find opportunities to join us at Kaplan International Careers.

    Laura Matta

    Sponsor Liaison Manager

    I provide tailored support to sponsoring organisations and their students. I ensure sponsored students are given expert advice and care, while offering personalised service to government and corporate sponsors all over the world.

    Paul Lafferty

    Director of UK Colleges

    As Director of Colleges, I’m driven by the idea of transforming students’ futures. We equip all of our students for success, and support them in achieving their academic and personal goals.

    José Trujillo

    International Marketing and Recruitment Manager

    We are experts in higher education around the world, and we are very happy to see students from the Americas who we counsel succeeding abroad, both academically and professionally.

    We are passionate about connecting students with the best university for them.

    Simran Souni

    Admissions Advisor

    As an Admissions Advisor, I assess applications from students based all around the world. I am familiar with many different education systems, so I can advise which course and university is right for your qualifications. I really enjoy helping students on their education path, and providing support from the application stage right through to enrolment.

    Martin Brown

    Assistant Director of Recruitment

    Working with students to help find a pathway and a university course for them is a real joy. I love changing lives and helping students achieve their dreams.

    Rakiya Charles

    Admissions Manager, the Americas and Africa

    Working at Kaplan has opened up fantastic opportunities for me to travel, and build wonderful relationships with sponsors, colleagues and agents. I also get to help students first-hand to obtain a place on the course they work very hard for. It’s wonderful to hear back from them and their parents with gratitude and kindness, knowing that I’ve made a difference to their futures.

    Ronké Alao

    Student Support Manager at the University of York International Pathway College (UK)

    The most rewarding thing about working at the Pathway College is helping students first-hand to develop academically and socially. It’s great to see them grow as individuals and learn new things, enabling them to progress to their degree at the University of York.

    Samuel Kwan

    Associate Director, Admissions

    As a member of the Admissions team, I help international students secure a place on one of our courses. I guide them through the application process and obtaining a visa, and give them all the support they need as they are admitted to their programme – one that will open up incredible new opportunities for them.

    Meili Jin

    Pathways Advisor at Northeastern University (USA)

    I help international students achieve their educational goals at Northeastern University. One of the best parts of my job is interacting with international students, seeing them happy and enjoying their experience in their degrees.

    Paloma Bernar

    Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa

    One of the biggest pleasures of my work is seeing how happy students are when they reach a milestone in their educational journey – whether it’s being accepted onto a course, or progressing to university. My job is to give great advice about what is best for each student, and to help set them on the path to future success.

    Nanhi Mann

    Regional Director, Indian subcontinent

    As Regional Director at a Kaplan country office, I support students from the start of their journey in their home country, to the time they arrive at one of our study locations to start their course.

    My most important role is giving confidence to your parents, and reassuring them that you will be well looked after throughout your time with us — we really care about your welfare.

    Ashley Monaghan

    Student Advisor at Pace University (USA)

    Working with international students at Pace University combines my two passions – culture and education. I really enjoy making a difference to students’ lives every day.

    Emily Yoon

    Regional Manager, North Asia

    I find it very exciting to meet students in Korea. I am always here to listen and encourage those who wish to make academic and career plans for the future.

    Andy Quin

    College Director at Kaplan International College London (UK)

    Everything we do at the College is designed for you as an international student. I am confident that our one-to-one tutorial sessions, excellent support services and innovative teaching techniques will allow you to fulfil your potential. I assure you of a very warm welcome, and I look forward to seeing you progress to and succeed on your university degree.

    Andrew Thick

    Senior Vice President

    Based at our Head Office in London, Andrew leads Kaplan International Pathways, the higher education division of Kaplan International.

    Andrew has more than 30 years’ experience in international education, as a teacher, academic leader, college head and managing director.

    Before joining Kaplan, Andrew served as Chairman of the ISIS Group and was the Chief Executive Officer of Study Group for 9 years, overseeing its rapid expansion. Prior to that, he fulfilled a number of senior management roles at Education First (EF).

    Clare Cairns

    Director of Student Recruitment

    Clare heads up a global recruitment team who provide advice on higher education opportunities for students and parents in their home countries, and support Kaplan’s trusted partner agents.

    She has worked in the international education industry since 2008. Previously, she worked in the international exchanges and educational travel industries in the USA. She has lived in 4 countries and worked in over 40.

    Ricard Giner

    Vice President, Partnership Development

    After 5 years of successfully leading Kaplan Pathways’ global online and offline marketing initiatives on behalf of our university partners, Ricard now directs Kaplan’s higher education development strategy.

    Ricard has almost 20 years of experience leading marketing for international education and travel organisations.

    He studied Philosophy and Social Anthropology at the University of Kent (UK), and Philosophy at graduate level at the University of Edinburgh and King’s College London (UK).

    Ducis Viard

    Student Services Coordinator at Northeastern University (USA)

    In my role, I organise events and social activities on the Northeastern University campus and around the city of Boston. It’s a great way for students to get to know each other, make new friends and enjoy US university life!

    Mehriban Nicholson

    Senior Recruitment Manager

    I specialise in counselling students about our online degrees, as well as Foundation, A level and GCSE courses at our MPW partner colleges.

    We work hard to ensure that every student finds the right path for them, and our regional expertise really helps us tailor our advice to each student’s needs.

    Mary Jane Miller

    US Partnership Director

    Based in San Diego, Mary Jane Miller (“MJ”) has returned to Kaplan to lead growth strategy and development for Kaplan International in North America.

    MJ has over 13 years’ experience in international education in operations, development and legal roles. Most recently, MJ worked in North America for INTO University Partnerships, in both University partner development and operating roles during a period of impressive growth and diversification for the organisation.

    Prior to her time at INTO, MJ worked in international education at Meritas International Family of Schools and at Kaplan, in a variety of roles in the US, UK and Asia-Pacific businesses.

    Abraham Varghese

    Senior Vice President, North American Partnerships

    Abraham has more than 20 years of experience in developing effective university partnerships across the globe.

    Prior to Kaplan Pathways, Abraham held several senior positions including CEO-India at Academic Partnerships LLC, a leading university online education service provider; Assistant Provost for Globalisation at the University of Miami, Florida, developing globalisation initiatives in more than 40 countries; and as a Board member of several international organisations.

     

    Linda Cowan

    Senior Vice President, UK and Middle East

    Linda is responsible for all pathway colleges in the UK and for projects in the Middle East.

    She has been working in international education since 1992 across a wide range of markets on several continents.

    Linda has over 10 years’ experience working for UK universities, plus expertise in partnership work with universities in a number of countries.

    Nicole Bassett

    Senior Student Services Administrator at Nottingham Trent International College (UK)

    In the Student Services team, we work hard to enhance your experience by providing support and guidance outside of the classroom. From helping you with any issues you may have, to arranging exciting trips and events for you to enjoy, we do our best to ensure you have the best possible time with us in the UK.

    Clare Rawlins

    Vice President, Recruitment and Enrolment

    Clare’s role at Kaplan is truly international, leading a recruitment and enrolment team that spans 10 countries. The team prides itself on its world-class customer service and in-depth market knowledge.

    Clare has worked in over 30 countries and holds particular expertise in Africa and the Indian subcontinent. She also has a wealth of experience in supporting and shaping university internationalisation strategies.

    Previously, Clare spent many years in the English language and higher education industries.

    Iain Brennan

    College Services Director at the University of York International Pathway College (UK)

    Here at the University of York International Pathway College, we offer fantastic services to students. My job is to ensure that students here have everything they need to succeed in their studies, and have an enjoyable, rewarding experience in the UK.

    Dr Kevin Smith

    College Director at Nottingham Trent International College (UK)

    We take great pride in providing our students with everything they need to achieve their education goals. My team and I look forward to welcoming you to the College, where you can take your first steps towards academic and career success.

    Brandon Bachner

    Student Services Manager at Northeastern University

    I plan for the full student experience – from pre-arrival to orientation and a variety of activities and events each semester. We are confident that our students quickly become familiar with the campus and facilities of Northeastern University, as well as with the great city of Boston. If you have any questions, we’re always happy to help!

    Kevin Richardson

    Accommodation and Arrivals Coordinator at Liverpool International College (UK)

    Our priority is allowing students to focus on their studies and enjoy the city of Liverpool. By choosing to stay with us, you’ll benefit from friendly staff, first-rate facilities and convenient locations.

    Gaye Harrison

    Head of Student Services at Liverpool International College (UK)

    There will always be someone to assist you as you progress through your studies. We will be on hand to help you achieve your academic goals and ensure that you have a rewarding, fun-filled and memorable experience!

    Francesca Colangelo

    Student Services Administrator at UWE Bristol’s International College (UK)

    Our friendly and welcoming team is always here to help and answer any questions you may have. One of our goals is to ensure that our students have the best experience possible, so we will always support you through your studies. I studied at UWE Bristol myself, so I know just what it’s like to be a student here!

    Namy Yu

    Accommodation and Arrivals Manager at UWE Bristol’s International College (UK)

    There is no better place for students to live than at our student housing in Bristol. It features first-rate facilities, comfortable rooms and immediate on-site assistance from friendly and helpful staff. The students here find it easy to make new friends, and benefit from the perfect environment for study. I’m here to help you settle into your new home!

    Francesca Dorrington

    Head of Student Services at the University of Brighton International College (UK)

    We will ensure that you receive all the support you need while studying at the College, helping you to achieve your academic goals, and to enjoy yourself at the same time. This will prepare you for the best possible start to your chosen degree at the University of Brighton.

    Aimee Kobierzycka

    Accommodation and Arrivals Coordinator at Nottingham Trent International College (UK)

    Our student accommodation is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and represents exceptional value for money. Student welfare is our top priority: we have a 24-hour staff presence, so if you need anything at any time, all you have to do is come and ask us!

    Sonia Luczynska

    Operations and Student Services Manager at Bournemouth University International College (UK)

    ‭My team and I assist students throughout their journey, from the moment they decide to study in Bournemouth, until well after they ‭successfully complete their studies. We’ll guide and support you and your family, and we are proud to be a part of this important stage in your life.

    Clade Edwards

    College Director at Kaplan International College Lagos (Nigeria)

    I’m proud of the fantastic opportunities that we provide for students here in Lagos. We’re committed to giving our students the best possible education, and helping them go on to great things. I look forward to welcoming you to the College, and to helping you achieve your academic goals.

    Sarah Giles

    Accommodation Manager at the University of Brighton International College (UK)

    We are here to help you succeed academically and enjoy student life. By providing high-quality accommodation, together with accessible, effective support, we do everything we can to ensure your well-being and happiness, which are so important to us.

    Brighton is an amazing place to spend your student years. As well as gaining a valuable qualification, you can enjoy all the attractions of a small, friendly city by the sea. Come and join us!

    Vivienne Beshay

    Operations Manager at Pace University (USA)

    I help students successfully apply to degrees and preparation courses in New York, and assist in supporting them during their studies in the USA. I also lead conversation groups at a local library, which our students are welcome to join – it’s a great way for them to improve their English and practise what they’ve learned in class!

    Oanh Nguyen

    Country Manager, Vietnam

    I work closely with the students in the region to help set them on the most suitable educational path. We have many options for students, and I’ll always be happy to give information and advice to help you make the right choice!

    Ali Attalla

    Student Adviser, Middle East and North Africa

    I love building connections with international students. For me, it’s really motivating to find out who they are as individuals, and what they want to achieve in the future. I also love being able to help them fulfil their goals by studying with us!

    Anthony Law

    Senior Admissions Manager, Hong Kong

    We’re here to give students any advice they need to help them towards academic success. We have years of experience in guiding students on the best path to follow, and it’s very satisfying to see them progress to university.

    Wisam Afisa

    Market Manager, UK

    I advise students on their options for higher education, and which university degree is best for them. I answer their questions about destination cities, applications, visa processes, and even daily life in their new home. It brings me great satisfaction to help students transform their lives.

    Caroline Challans

    Subject Leader at the University of Brighton International College (UK)

    As a Subject Leader, I help to monitor students’ progress by exams and assessments, and to give them any help and advice they need. For example, students have homework and receive feedback in class every week, and mid-term mock exams allow us to track how well they are developing.

    We therefore have a solid system of identifying if you need extra help in particular areas, and we do our best to ensure you are fully prepared for your university degree.

    Melsia Tomlin-Kräftner

    Tutor at Bournemouth University International College (UK)

    The most rewarding thing about working here is the hugely diverse environment. Every day, I have the chance to interact with people of many cultures worldwide – not just among the students, but the College staff too. It’s really satisfying to share different ideas, as I help students achieve a shared goal of progressing to university.

    Capucine Mabika

    Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa

    I can answer any questions you have, and identify your best route to studying abroad. I often travel around Central, East and Southern Africa to counsel students, so you can come and meet me in your home country!

    Liliya Logacheva

    Regional Manager, UK and Europe

    Many of the students that I helped in the past have now graduated from university and are pursuing successful careers. It’s so rewarding to see how my advice has changed their lives for the better, and this is my favourite part of working here!

    Shirin Ayandeh

    Assistant Director of Recruitment

    We make use of our exceptional expertise – in higher education as well as the school and college systems in different countries – to set students on the right path for success. It’s deeply rewarding to see how a fantastic education can transform someone’s life, and I take great pride in bringing great education to all parts of the world.

    Martin Jones

    College Director at UWE Bristol's International College (UK)

    I am confident that during your time at the College, you will develop the skills and knowledge required to be successful at university and beyond. And of course you’ll make plenty of friends along the way!

    Peter Venables

    College Director at the University of Brighton International College (UK)

    As a College Director, I ensure that you receive high-quality teaching, as well as great accompanying support and accommodation during your time with us. We provide the complete package to help you prepare for and succeed on your university degree, while making new friends and discovering all that the fantastic student city of Brighton has to offer.

    I look forward to having you here, and to guiding you as you take this incredible step in your life.

    Leelee Yates

    College Director at Liverpool International College (UK)

    Liverpool has everything you need to have fantastic international experience — the city, the University and the College. We’ll make sure you get all the support you need to meet and exceed your expectations. I look forward to meeting and welcoming you here soon.

    Joanne Jackson

    Curriculum Manager at Liverpool International College (UK)

    The most rewarding thing about working at the International College is the chance to build confidence in students from such a wide range of backgrounds. As a teacher, I enjoy discovering new learning styles and different ways to teach and engage our students.

    Kathryn Brennan

    Academic Skills Coordinator at Kaplan International College London (UK)

    I really enjoy seeing our students develop as academics and grow as people. By the time they leave the College, they are fully prepared for university. They become better writers and speakers, have confidence in their ideas and are able to form powerful arguments.

    Julien Boville

    Head of College Services at Nottingham Trent International College (UK)

    My team and I offer a range of information and guidance to help resolve students’ queries. We also offer sports activities, cultural and social events to create a welcoming, safe and stimulating studying environment, which will help you achieve your full academic potential.

    I studied abroad myself, being French and having pursued my master’s degree in International Business and Management at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. Therefore, I completely understand what it’s like to be in your position, and we want to make your study experience fulfilling and memorable.

    Rachel Woodward Carrick

    College Director at Bournemouth University International College (UK)

    Each year, it is our pleasure to welcome students from all around the world at the International College. We work with you to achieve a shared goal: to transform your future through education. I look forward to you joining us, and wish you the very best on your path to university and career success.

    Sam Tam

    Regional Manager, South East Asia

    I am looking forward to sharing with you the important factors to consider when choosing the right plan for your studies – whether in Singapore or abroad. We will work with you to find the best available option, helping you on the way to a degree that will open up incredible opportunities in your life.

    Mary Agbu

    Regional Director, West Africa

    It is a privilege to work with talented colleagues to give students from our region a life-changing chance – the opportunity to pursue their education at study destinations around the world. We’re always here to give advice and guidance to anyone who needs it.

    Chris Yeung

    Regional Manager, East Asia

    I love helping students from Hong Kong and nearby countries find a study option that will transform their lives.

    My colleagues and I are here to offer support to students and parents when they make this life-changing decision.

    Drew Newport

    Regional Director, East and South East Asia

    I love to introduce students to new cultures, and give detailed advice about studying at Kaplan Pathways.

    With our wide range of options, I am confident we can find a suitable course and study destination to match your needs.

    Leo Huang

    Marketing Director, China

    I love hearing inspiring stories from students, and seeing the smiles on parents’ faces. In summary, I like to build futures – one success story at a time.

    Song Wang

    Vice President, China Recruitment and Operations

    After nearly 10 years at Kaplan, building confidence and engaging with surroundings are two key factors I like to share with students.

    By studying with us, you can develop not just academically, but personally and professionally too.

    Tracy Wang

    Marketing Director, China

    Having worked in the education industry for nearly 10 years, I believe that a course with Kaplan isn’t just about lessons in a classroom; it’s a life-changing experience.

    Luisa Castillo

    Student Applications Manager, Colombia

    I have been working at Kaplan for several years in a fantastic job that has allowed me to meet extraordinary people and help make their educational dreams come true.

    I’m able to help students by opening up new windows to the world of learning – not only with regards to degrees, but also in a personal and cultural way.

    Hanna Mawbey

    Learning Support Tutor at the University of Brighton International College (UK)

    Working as a Learning Support Tutor is a very rewarding experience. During one-to-one tutorials, I discuss your coursework with you, answer questions about life in the UK, and offer supportive and friendly advice.

    I will also help you get the best out of your studies, and set academic goals that you can work towards.

    Marco Baglieri

    Programme Leader at Nottingham Trent International College (UK)

    I provide useful advice throughout your course and encourage you with your self-directed study. I do my best to make sure you succeed with us and progress to your university degree.

    Bronwyn Rout

    Operations Manager (Accommodation and Arrivals)

    At Kaplan, we understand the importance of comfortable and secure accommodation, as this allows you to focus on your studies, and to enjoy student life. We are committed to supporting you in any way we can, and are constantly available to answer your questions, or to simply have a chat! We excel in what we do: making you feel comfortable and happy in your new home.

    Deborah Walker

    Accommodation Manager at Glasgow International College (UK)

    I am part of the expert accommodation team, and our main role is to help you quickly settle into student life here. We are always happy to answer your questions, big or small, or to simply have a chat. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the College and your accommodation, which we hope will very quickly feel like a home away from home!

    Dr Douglas Aiton

    College Director at Glasgow International College (UK)

    I am responsible for your student experience, ensuring there are great facilities and excellent learning opportunities at the College.

    I am delighted you are considering Glasgow International College, and we will support you as you prepare to become a University of Glasgow student. As a former student of the University myself, I can tell you that Glasgow is a wonderful place to study. But don’t take my word for it — join us and find out for yourself!

    Alessia Williams

    Student Services Manager at Glasgow International College (UK)

    I support you all the way through your pathway course. From when you first arrive in the UK, to celebrating your successful progression to university. To give you the best experience possible, we encourage you to take part in fun social activities, ensuring you make the most out of your time both inside and outside of the classroom.

    Wen Lu

    Vice President, China and Hong Kong

    Based in Hong Kong, Wen heads up market intelligence, performance enhancement and project development.

    Her exceptional analytical and financial modelling skills are essential to the commercial viability of Kaplan Pathways partnerships.

    Previously, Wen was a key member of the Education Practice of the Parthenon Group in Asia, a global strategic advisory firm.

    Elizabeth Hess

    Executive Director of Communications

    Elizabeth supports Kaplan’s English language, university pathways and professional training businesses in the UK.

    Previously, she was director of communications for telecommunications companies in the US and the Netherlands; head of communications for a UN organisation; and project director for a London-based business membership organisation.

    Leon Choong

    President, Singapore

    Leon has over 20 years’ experience in the private and public education sectors.

    His exposure to various professional cultures and strong analytical, planning, and negotiation skills have made him highly adept at working in international markets and with government and regulatory bodies.

    Leon has developed industry-leading education recruitment teams. These include the Kaplan operation in Singapore, which recruits thousands of students onto its transnational programmes each year.

    Dr Diane Dale

    College Director at The University of Nottingham International College (UK)

    As Director of The University of Nottingham International College, I have the pleasure of overseeing the education of talented young people from all over the world. I look forward to welcoming students into the global learning community at Nottingham, and seeing them progress to university.

    Francis Griffin

    Director of Global Pathways, Northeastern University (Boston, USA)

    As our key liaison with Northeastern University (NEU), Francis is responsible for advocating and coordinating programmes for international students, managing the daily operations of the programmes, and overseeing wrap-around student support services.

    Previously, Francis was Assistant Director of NEU’s Boston-based pathway programmes. Prior to that, he taught English as a Second Language, and helped develop an ESL school in China and an educational placement agency for Chinese high school students in Boston.

    Francis has a BS in Business Administration from NEU, and an MA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Soochow University (China).

    Catrillia Young

    Director of Global Pathways, Pace University (New York, USA)

    Catrillia is our key liaison with Pace University. She oversees support services for pathway students, and supervises the application process not only for Pace, but for other US partners too.

    Catrillia has worked in international education for more than a decade. Before joining Kaplan, she was Assistant Director of International Admissions at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh for nearly 8 years, with previous roles at Wentworth Institute of Technology and Education First (EF).

    Catrillia holds a master’s degree in French from Middlebury College in Vermont (USA), following her bachelor’s in French and Global Studies at Ripon College in Vermont.

    Tim Hubbard

    Head of College Services at The University of Nottingham International College (UK)

    We’re here to help students on their educational journey, providing the support they need to succeed. Studying abroad is a hugely exciting experience in life, and we’ll do everything we can to make it rewarding and memorable.

    Sara Bailey

    Head of College Services at Kaplan International College London (UK)

    During the students’ time at the College, it’s very rewarding for me to guide them in developing both academically and as people. They really mature as individuals by the time they progress to university, and I truly enjoy helping them on that path.

    LaShekia Chatman

    Global Pathways program instructor and tutor, Pace University

    Language is the tool which translates our creative energy into material understanding. How wonderfully brave, adventurous and wise to study English in a city with great cultural and linguistic breadth. When you have the opportunity, every once in a while, live through the words and create your own “New York.”

    James Nevell

    Science and Engineering Programme Leader at UWE Bristol's International College (UK)

    I enjoy many aspects of teaching at the College, particularly working with a diverse group of students from many different backgrounds and cultures. It’s a privilege to help encourage and draw out their potential, and support them on their journey towards their future careers.

    Dr Amer Diab

    Senior Lecturer at Glasgow International College (UK)

    The College’s close relationship with the University of Glasgow creates excellent opportunities for students. We use the University’s facilities, so students are familiar with the resources before they even start their degrees. I also use technology in my classes to engage students and help me assess their understanding. My ultimate goal is to make sure students are ready for their transition to their university degree.

    Erangi Kulupana

    Accommodation and Arrivals Manager at the University of York International Pathway College (UK)

    I help students at the Pathway College in York find suitable accommodation for their degree preparation course, and I’m here to ensure you arrive safely and settle into your new home. We offer accommodation on the University campus, close to your classes, so you can integrate into student life quickly and enjoy the full York experience!

    Sila Shen

    Associate Director, Admissions

    In my Admissions role, we all work together as a team to ensure that every student gets a fair assessment, and receives the best advice on the next steps with their application. I love helping people and finding solutions, so my role is very satisfying as it allows me to help students on the right path to pursue their dream careers.