IC3 Leadership Committees
IC3 Conference Chair
IC3 Conference Chair, India
Ganesh Kohli is a teacher and counselor who has founded, nurtured and led multiple education-focused organizations over the past 20 years. An engineer by education, Ganesh started his career teaching Mathematics besides helping families find the best-fit education globally. His journey has led him to visit over 450 colleges and universities, present workshops at 300+ high schools, help 4,000+ students with their higher education decisions and present at numerous global conferences. In 2015, Ganesh stepped back from active involvement in his entrepreneurial ventures to drive initiatives that will have social impact. He supports The Aha Movement and Soul Science Foundation to bring meditation and mindfulness in everyday life. He has also simultaneously envisioned the IC3 movement to impact 175,000 high schools over the next 15 years. Serving as the Chair of IC3, Ganesh has helped build a platform that is providing much-needed focus on career and college counselling within high schools. The IC3 movement now attracts leaders from 500+ educational institutions to its annual conference, has 30 regional events across Asia and supports free education for school teachers to become trained career and college counselors.
IC3 Advisory Committee
Dr. Shalini Advani
Pathways School, Noida, India
Shalini Advani is founding Director of Pathways School Noida, one of India’s most highly ranked IB schools. Previously she has been Principal of the British School, New Delhi and Director Education of Learn Today. She has advised on the setup of new schools and conducted multiple teacher trainings. She has been a presenter at the Salzburg Global Seminar, the IB Asia Pacific Conference, the IC3 Conference on Career Counselling and the EdTech Review. Her publications include "Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow," "Educating the National Imagination" and the essay "Childhood Sexuality: History, Memory, Mythology."
Dr. Harsha Alles
Gateway Group of Schools, Sri Lanka
Dr. Harsha Alles is the Chairman of the Gateway Group of Schools, in Sri Lanka. He is a Medical Doctor by profession and holds a PhD from the University of Colombo. He was a lecturer attached to the Medical Faculty of the University of Colombo prior to joining his father to assist in the Gateway Group. He has won two Young Scientists Scholarship awards and a Presidential Award for Research. In 2000, he was recognized as The Outstanding Young Person of the Year for the contribution he made towards IT education of children. In 2003 he was adjudged the Gold Winner of the CIMA Pinnacle awards to be the Outstanding Businessman of the Year. Dr. Alles is the Past Chairman of The International Schools of Sri Lanka (TISSL), which is an umbrella organization consisting of the leading international schools in Sri Lanka. Under his leadership, the association undertook innovative initiatives such as the Annual International Conference for Heads of Schools and the first International Training Seminar for Heads of Schools held at the University of Nottingham, in Malaysia.
Capt. Rohit Bajaj
Pathways School, Gurgaon, India
Capt. Rohit Sen Bajaj is a seasoned and passionate educator, dynamic communicator, effective administrator and a self-motivated individual, with a career spanning over 25 years. As a natural leader, Capt. Bajaj’s vision is to impart holistic education and create a powerful impact on today’s generation. Having served in the Indian Army for five years, Capt. Bajaj has an impeccable sense of commitment, duty and responsibility. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Education, Master’s in History and more. In the field of education, he has worked at the Lawrence School Sanawar and Oakridge in Hyderabad.
Dr. Rajika Bhandari
Institute of International Education (IIE), U.S.
Head of Research
Rajika Bhandari, Ph.D., is the Head of Research, Policy and Practice at the Institute of International Education (IIE) where she provides strategic oversight of research, evaluation, and thought leadership activities and leads the Open Doors and Project Atlas projects on international higher education mobility. She also provides guidance to IIE's work in India through its office in New Delhi. Dr. Bhandari is a frequent speaker and widely published author on global student mobility with five books on the subject, including one on educational exchanges between the U.S. and India. She holds a doctoral degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University in the U.S. and a B.A. (Honors) in Psychology from Indraprastha College, University of Delhi, India.
Mr. Santanu Das
Sarala Birla Academy, Bangalore, India
Mr. Santanu Das has been a friend and facilitator to his students for over three decades. Before joining Sarala Birla Academy as the Principal in 2009, he headed the Assam Rifles Public School, Shillong and the Aditya Birla Public School, Renusagar. He did his schooling from St. Joseph's Academy, Dehradun, has a Master's in Physics and a Diploma in German from the Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, a Bachelor's in Education from the Annamalai University and a Master's in Business Administration from the Symbiosis University, Pune. He has attended courses at the IIM - Kozhikode, PTC - London, The Haas School of Business, University of California - Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has the experience of both Boarding and Day schools and has the experience of working with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Council of Indian School Certificate Education (CISCE), International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) and the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).
Dr. Vinnie Jauhari, Ph.D.
Director Education Advocacy
Vinnie Jauhari works as Director, Education Advocacy at Microsoft Corporation India Ltd. She is responsible for evangelizing education initiatives at Microsoft. She leads and manages strategic engagements in higher education and K-12, and also works on policy issues related with education. She works on programs leading to capacity development for teachers through initiatives in pedagogical innovation. She has authored twelve books published from New York, Toronto, and Springer, Germany in the domain of services, innovation and technology management. She has published over 100 research papers in national and international journals.
Mr. Karthik Krishnan
Britannica Group, U.S.
Global Chief Executive Officer
Karthik grew up in a home (both his parents were educators) that was a center of knowledge and transformation. From his parents he developed early on a love for learning, and happiness in enabling and seeing people succeed. He firmly believes in the transformative power of education and the need to transform education globally to meet the needs of the new world. He is currently the Global CEO of Britannica Group of companies (Britannica, Merriam-Webster, Britannica Knowledge Systems, and Melingo) and an adjunct Professor at New York University — Stern Business School. He serves on the board of Urban Upbound, an organization focused on transforming the lives of people in public housing in New York City through job training, financial fitness, and college access programs. He has been involved in a number of transformative initiatives including Doubling India’s agricultural production, Transforming Harlem (New York City) into a vibrant business community and tourist destination, and Establishing New York University (Stern Business School) as the pioneer and top destination for Entertainment, Media and Technology specialization.
Mrs. Rupkatha Sarkar
La Martiniere for Girls, Kolkata, India
Principal of La Martiniere for Girls, Kolkata, which is an internationally renowned school, she is a post-graduate of Calcutta University with a Management Diploma in Administration. An educationist, teacher trainer and motivational speaker for the last 25 years.
Ms. Manika Sharma
The Shri Ram Schools, New Delhi, India
Ms. Manika Sharma has completed over thirty years in the field of education. Post her graduation in Political Science in Delhi University, she completed a two-year Montessori and primary teacher training course in 1982 and a two-year diploma in the French language, then went on to complete her Master’s in Education. Ms. Sharma joined The Shri Ram School in 1989. Presently, she is the Director of the Shri Ram Schools and under her able leadership, the school has been consistently ranked #1 in the country. TSRS boasts of high academic results and varied extracurricular achievements. She has spent years on training to empower and equip herself with the new global techniques in education and administration. Mrs. Sharma has also been a teacher trainer for schools across the country.
Mrs. Lata Vaidyanathan
TERI Prakriti School, India, Director; National Bal Bhavan, Member - Board of Management; Mind Champions Learning Systems Ltd., Director, India
Mrs. Lata Vaidyanathan is a veteran educationist who stands dedicated and committed to the promotion of child-centered education. During her illustrious career of more than three and a half decades, she was the Principal of Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan’s school at Chandigarh, the founder Principal of Eicher School at Parwanoo and the Principal of Modern School Barakhamba Road, New Delhi for the last 14 years. Currently she is the director of TERI Prakriti School since October 2014.
Mr. John Wilkerson
Indiana University, U.S.
Director of International Admissions
John Wilkerson is Director International Admissions at Indiana University. He has previously held the same position at the University of Missouri, and served as Director of Admissions for Columbia College in Missouri. Wilkerson holds degrees in counseling psychology and education and is pursuing doctoral studies in global education policy. He serves in various leadership roles with NAFSA: The Association of International Educators, the International Association of College Admissions Counselors, and the Council of International Schools.
IC3 Planning Committee
Ms. Lisa Jain
The College Board, India
Lisa Jain works closely with 200+ schools across India, to support understanding and implementation of the College Board's programs, such as SAT, PSAT and AP. She has interacted with, and presented to thousands of students and parents, helping them better understand the journey of transition from secondary school to college preparedness. Lisa Jain holds an MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and a BSc. In Industrial Economics from the University of Warwick, U.K.
Mr. Alexander Abraham
Pathways School, Noida, India
Senior School Principal
A teacher is essentially someone who believes that each child is uniquely gifted, therefore each child has a unique univprint for his or her hand — effectively, there is a best fit for every student.
Ms. Asma Ansari
The Daly College, Indore, India
Dean CIE and Placements
Asma Ansari has an experience of nearly 25 years in the educational field, with a long experience of teaching economics to senior students. She has planned and implemented the setting up of the CIE Centre, then became Dean CIE (Cambridge International Examinations). She has the experience of handling the Career Counseling unit of The Daly College, responsible for students’ appearance in competitive exams at national and international levels, and assists the students in the process of submitting applications and admissions. She has conducted many workshops in economics, coordinated university visits, and has been Head Examiner of CBSE examinations for several years. As the Schools Counsellor/Incharge Career Counselling, she has visited universities in Canada, the U.K., and the U.S.
Ms. Devyani Bhatnagar
Sanskar School, Jaipur, India
Devyani Bhatnagar currently works a student counselor at Sanskar School Jaipur. She guides and helps students, both in the IB program as well and CBSE, in selecting and applying to appropriate universities in the U.S., U.K., Australia and India that help students in their overall development based on their aptitude and interests. Devyani is constantly attending trainings and seminars to upgrade her knowledge and skills in guiding students.
Dr. S. Bhavanishankar
Lalaji Memorial Omega International School, Chennai, India
Head of school since 2008, S. Bhavanishankar teaches courses in Biology, Biotechnology, Psychology and Theory of Knowledge for senior school students, and also offers career related academic counseling.
Ms. Deblina Chakraborty
Pathways School, Noida, India
Deblina has a diverse experience of 22 years in K12 education, English Language Teaching and in the development and analysis of scholastic assessment reports for performance improvement of students. At Pathways School Noida, an international school offering the IB Program, she is pursuing her passion of connecting students to their futures in her role as the Career and College Guidance Counsellor. Her expertise lies in working with families to help them to foresee an unfamiliar world of the future and make informed decisions. Her professional interests include the investigation of what constitutes quality education, student values and attitudes and aspects about school leadership, teacher beliefs and classroom climate.
Ms. Amrita Ghulati
The Shri Ram School, New Delhi, India
Head of Career Counseling Centre
With a Master’s in Psychology, understanding and reaching out to students is my passion. I thoroughly enjoy exploring opportunities and making choices along with the students for their future course of study. Having the background of being a teacher and the recent experience of setting up a counselling centre at the school, it is the close interaction and collaboration with all the stakeholders involved that I find truly engaging and demanding too.
Mr. Abhinav Gogoi
The Assam Valley School, Assam, India
Teacher and Counselor
Inter-disciplinarity, internationalism and “Education without Prejudice” are values I adhere to strictly. I am an IB graduate from Mahindra United World College of India, and completed my higher studies in Jacobs University Bremen and University Bremen (Germany) in Marine Geosciences and Climate Research. After traveling extensively around the world, I was keen to give back to the communities that have structured my holistic growth – hence, my interest in teaching Geography and Environmental Sciences at my alma mater, AVS. I am also working as a Guidance Counselor and am an ardent enthusiast of Theater and Dramatics, which I lead in school.
Ms. Tiffany A. Goulet
Oberoi International School, Mumbai, India
Secondary School Counselor
I am currently one of two university counselors at OIS. I have been here for two years, after working in the U.S., Bangladesh, U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, and China.
Ms. Shilpa Gupta
Neerja Modi School, Jaipur, India
Vice Principal & Guidance Counselor
I have completed my Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering, Education and short courses in Management and Practical Applications of Math. I guide and counsel the students for careers after grade XII, and help with their online applications.
Ms. Bridget Herrera
American International School of Dhaka, and Past President of International ACAC, Bangladesh
High School/College Counselor
Bridget Herrera is in her second year as College/High School Counselor at the American International School of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Prior to this, she worked for over twenty-five years as a college counselor in Latin America. Bridget's volunteer experience includes: President of International ACAC (2010); Chair of NACAC's Inclusion and Access Committee (2007-2009); TOEFL Board Member (2014-2016); member of the Common Application's Advisory Outreach Group (2010-2013); and Counselor Liaison for the CIS Latin America Committee (2000-2009). She currently serves on the International ACAC Governance and Nominating Committee and is working to create a vibrant college counseling network in Dhaka.
Ms. Geeta Jayanth
Legacy School, Bangalore
Geeta Jayanth has 20+ years of Administrative and Teaching Experience in National and International Schools. She was a presenter at the IB Asia Pacific Conference, Singapore in 2010, has been a workshop leader for CIE Global Perspective and was invited by Cambridge University in 2009 and 2010 to participate in a symposium in CIE – Global Perspectives. She has taught Computer Science for more than 20 years, and is an IB Examiner for ITGS. She is also a member of the CIS/NEASC accrediting team and has been part of team visits. As a guidance counsellor, she has been invited to visit various universities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. She is an active member of the IC3 Planning Committee and hosted the IC3 Regional Forum in Bangalore in March 2017, which was a huge success.
Mr. V. Karthikeyan
The Lawrence School, Lovedale, India
V. Karthikeyan is a H.R. Consultant and Career Counselor by profession, a teacher by passion, a gifted painter and always a student of life. He has more than 17 years of experience in education, training and development sector. He established the Career Development Centre at The Lawrence School, Lovedale andheads it. He follows an integrated approach to career counseling, where all stakeholders are involved in the process.
Mrs. Kalpana Mohan
PNC Cognitio School, Bengaluru, India
Ms. Kalpana Mohan is a teacher by profession with over 30 years of teaching and administrative experience. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, a Master’s in Political Science, a Master’s in Mass Communication and Journalism, a Master’s in Education Management, and is currently pursuing her MBA. She is a certified Program Leader by Cambridge University, London and trains teachers for Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers. She has presented several papers at various summits and possesses a great passion for education. She pioneered free coaching classes for Grade X underprivileged students. She guided and arranged several trips to a space camp conducted by NASA in Huntsville, Alabama and European Space Research Organization. She is an ardent reader, likes to listen to old music, and is an avid follower of sports (being passionate about cricket, she has represented University of Madras).
Ms. Shivangi Panchal
Ahmedabad International School, Ahmedabad, India
Shivangi Panchal is the School Counselor at Ahmedabad International School, along with being the Executive Director of Administration as well as the IBDP Coordinator. Shivangi was involved in setting up the school from the inception stage, and as counselor, has placed students in several universities across the world, including most of the Ivy League schools. She also serves as the AP, PSAT and SAT Coordinator at the school. Shivangi has a B.Com, LLB and a Master's in Music.
Ms. Pragati Pandey
Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad, India
Pragati Pandey has been with the Aga Khan Academy, Hyderabad for almost 5 years and with Aga Khan Schools for more than 13 years, and has been in counseling and admissions since 1997. She has worked with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), the Institute of Psychological and Educational Measurement, and in 3 different schools in India and one school in Tanzania. Pragati’s professional philosophy is to help the students not only to find the best fit university but also find passion in whatever profession they follow in life, and she has a special passion for placing students from diverse financial and socio-economic backgrounds with a high need for financial aid. She holds a Master’s degree in psychology and a post-graduate diploma in guidance and counselling from NCERT.
Ms. Sudarshana Shukla
The Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai, India
Career Guidance Counselor and Head of Learning Resource Centre
Sudarshana has been a faculty member of the Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai since 2002. As a full-time Career Guidance Counselor since 2004, she has guided students with their overseas applications to the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong, and also to universities within India. Her school offers the Advanced Placement program, of which she is the coordinator. They also offer the Indian School Certificate Examinations (National Board) along with the IBDP. Their first batch of IBDP students will graduate in 2017. As Head of Learning Resource Centre of her school and SSD coordinator, Sudarshana supports students with different abilities to achieve their potential.
Ms. Rachana Sippy
Dubai International Academy, Dubai
Rachana Sippy is a Clinical Psychologist turned Guidance Counselor. She has been with Dubai International Academy (DIA) for the past 10 years. Recognized as one of the top counselors in Dubai today, Rachana has counseled scores of students, helping them with career choices and relevant placements, with a stunning 100% placement rate. She is reputed for consistently placing students in the world’s top 20 universities: University of Cambridge, Yale University and Stanford University, to name a few. She actively mentors and guides college and career counselors from various schools in Dubai, and has given talks on Career Counseling and Social-Emotional Behavior at a number of prestigious institutes around the world.
Mr. Joe Tavares
Jakarta Intercultural School, Indonesia
High School Counselor
As an undergraduate and dual Master's degree student, Joe Tavares studied at six universities in five countries. It's fitting that today Joe advises high school students from around the world who seek to do the same thing he did – to learn, grow, and form life-long friendships within university settings outside of their home country. Joe is currently a high school counselor at Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS), the largest private school in Indonesia. Prior to JIS, he worked as a high school counselor in Egypt and Brazil. Before working in a school setting, Joe published a college guidebook – the first of its kind – for students who would be first in their family to go to college. Supporting the higher education aspirations of traditionally underserved students is a personal and professional passion of Joe's, and each summer he volunteers with U.S.-based college access organization College Summit to boost the college enrollment of high school students in low-income districts. In July 2017, Joe began a 3-year term of service on the Executive Board of International ACAC, and he currently serves as the organization's Chair of Inclusion, Access, and Success. In his free time, Joe enjoys running and playing basketball.
Ms. Pubudu Wijesinghe
Gateway Colleges, Sri Lanka
Higher Education Counselor
Ms. Pubudu Wijesinghe serves as Higher Education Counselor at Gateway Colleges, Sri Lanka.
Ms. Shikha Vij
Step by Step School
An M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from IHBAS (Delhi University), Shikha have over nine years of experience in the fields of socio-emotional Counselling and College Guidance. In her role as a Counsellor, she got the opportunity to review a plethora of college applications and essays and visited many school and college campuses as part of her work. With admissions for UBerkeley, NYU, Boston University, University of British Columbia, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge, King’s College London, Imperial College London, University of Waterloo, ANU, NUS and University of Hong Kong etc. she got a platform to advise students on all aspects of applications. Her background in clinical counselling empowers me to understand the needs of students as well as parents.
Ms. Hemalatha Yuvaraj
Oakridge International School, Bengaluru, India
Hemalatha Yuvaraj is the career counsellor and IB MYP Personal Projects Head at Oakridge International School, Bengaluru Campus. She is also MYP Physics and MYP Personal project examiner, IB. She has completed MSc Electronics with specialization in Embedded Systems, VLSI and Nanotechnology from Mount Carmel College (Autonomous) Bengaluru. She has completed the Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and trainers from ITARI, B.Ed., and M.A. Educational Leadership and Management from Christ University, Bengaluru. Her philosophy as a Career Counselor encompasses developing relationships with students, advocate students' success, and collaborating with parents. She has a strong interest in students' success and believes that all of them can learn and be successful. She also believes in providing students with practical and personalized counselling to support and challenge them to achieve their educational, career and personal goals.
IC3 University Committee
Mr. James McLaughlin
Drexel University, U.S.
Associate Director, Admissions
Jim McLaughlin is the Associate Director of Freshman Admissions at Drexel University. Jim is a native of Philadelphia and has tremendous pride in his hometown, affectionately referred to as “the City of Brotherly Love.” As a student at Saint Joseph's University, his passions for world cultures and civilizations led him to earn a B.A. in history. Following undergraduate study, Jim accepted a position at Chestnut Hill College, where he later earned his M.S. in administration of human services with a focus on international student enrollment. There he served as director of international student services and principal designated school official. Since joining Drexel University in 2012, Jim has furthered his commitment to international education and has represented Drexel in more than 25 countries.
Mr. Christopher Coupland
Queen's University, Canada
Director of International Undergraduate Enrollment
Currently the Director, International Undergraduate Enrolment at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, he has over 15 years’ experience working in post-secondary education. Upon graduating from McMaster University, Christopher began his career working in university administration, and since then he has developed a diverse range of experience covering: financial aid, donor relations, student transition programing, admission, and recruitment activities. In all of these activities, he is committed to promoting the value of Canadian post-secondary studies and supporting students realize their personal educational goals.
Ms. Sheena Mehta
IE University, U.K.
Director of London Office
Sheena’s roots originate from India but she was born in Manchester, U.K. Intrigued by the melodious, song-like intonation of the Spanish language, she followed her interest and went on to read her degree in Business and Spanish. It was her Erasmus year that took her to Madrid and it didn’t take long for her to fall in love with all the country has to offer. On completion of her undergraduate studies in Leeds, Sheena moved to Madrid and began working at IE University in 2009. She spent four years based on the Madrid campus at IE University as Associate Director. She is now Director of IE´s international office in London. One of the reasons Sheena considers her role to be important is because no one came to her school to tell her she could have studied her business degree in English and her Spanish in Spain, as opposed to trying to become a fluent Spanish speaker learning in the U.K. She is eager to make sure students have as much information they can get to find their perfect fit. She considers herself very lucky to find, or fall into, a role she loves.
Mr. Jim Miller
Former Director of Admissions at University of Wisconsin-Superior and Vice President, NACAC Past President (2009-12) and Board of Directors NACAC (2005-08), Dean of Student Development and Enrollment at Northland College, U.S.
Jim Miller has 40 years of work experience in higher education, serving as the chief enrollment and student development officer at both public and private colleges. His consulting has included interim work with colleges across the country. During his term as president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, he led the efforts to create the NACAC Commission on International Student Recruitment. Jim is passionate about the ability of college counseling to expand access and enable students across the globe to find their pathway to personal success and public service.
Ms. Petra Orent
Franklin University Switzerland, Switzerland
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Petra was born and raised in Bratislava, Slovakia, but moved with her family to Florida and attended high school in the U.S. She is the Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Franklin University Switzerland. Her role at Franklin University Switzerland involves representing her university across the world and working with students as they make one of their most important decisions. She has completed her majors in International Relations and minors in Economics and History from the Franklin University Switzerland.
Ms. Soeun Outh
Ryerson University, Canada
Manager, Student Recruitment
Soeun has worked in Ryerson's Office of the Registrar for almost 15 years, in positions including a Liaison Officer, Information Officer, Admissions Officer, Acting Senior Liaison Officer, International Recruitment Officer, and currently as a Manager, Student Recruitment, overseeing global travels. She has held leadership positions in conference committees, collective recruitment missions, and is currently in the position of Chair of the Standing Committee on Student Recruitment, representing all 21 Ontario universities. This committee is a sub-committee of the Ontario Universities Registrars' Association. Soeun is also a member of the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) Advisory Committee. Soeun holds a Bachelor of Journalism and a Certificate in Foundations in Interior Design from Ryerson University. She is currently completing an M.A. in Communication and Culture through a joint York University-Ryerson University graduate studies program.
Mr. David Royster
Yale-NUS College, Singapore
Senior Admissions Counsellor
David is a Senior Admissions Counsellor at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Originally from New York City, he holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Political Science from Northeastern University. At Yale-NUS, his responsibilities include serving on the admissions team and counseling students from Singapore, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. David has also been responsible for the team’s social media and marketing strategy, campus visit experience, student associate engagement and counselor fly-in programming. David has over seven years of experience in working with students in various countries such as the United States, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and Switzerland, in various areas of higher education including Residential Living, Advising and Admissions and Financial Aid.
Mr. Ragh Singh
Northern Arizona University, U.S.
Program Manager - South Asia for the Center for International Education
Ragh Singh currently serves as the Program Manager - South Asia for the Center for International Education at Northern Arizona University. In his previous role, he had served as Assistant Director of International Recruitment at the University of Missouri (Mizzou). He also served as an academic and career advisor with Mizzou, as well as an academic advisor and adjunct faculty at State Fair Community College. In 2006, he came to the United States as an international student to pursue his Master’s in communication from the University of Central Missouri.
Mr. Arvind Vepa
University College London, U.K.
Student Recruitment Marketing
Arvind Vepa has extensive experience in international student recruitment, enrolment and marketing. He is presently a member of the UCL Student Recruitment Marketing team. His market responsibilities include South Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Interests include listening to western and Indian classical music; and following cricket and tennis closely.
Ms. Michelle Whittingham
University of California, Santa Cruz, U.S.
Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management
Michelle (B.A.: international affairs, minor in Spanish and M.S.: communications, emphasis in educational leadership, Eastern Washington University) has been in Enrollment Management for nearly 25 years. She has served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management at UC Santa Cruz for ten years working with administration and faculty to engage students, families, educators and communities in the college search process, providing information, resources, programs and services to help in the decision making and transition process. Her goal is to ensure students attend a campus that will support their success and help them realize their potential, while at the same time helping to shape the enrollments the campus desires.
Mr. Mahesh Yanambakkam
University of Reading, U.K.
Senior Regional Manager
Mr. Mahesh Yanambakkam holds a Bachelor’s in Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Leadership qualification from a prestigious business school in the United Kingdom. He is currently the Senior Regional Manager for Africa, Central and South Asia at the University of Reading. He has a wide range of experience in the International Higher Education Sector and has been working in this industry for nearly 16 years in different roles. In his previous roles, he has received honorariums on two occasions from the Vice-Chancellor for his contribution made to the university. Having travelled extensively, he has a deeper understanding of various cultures, business processes and practices across the globe. Mr. Yanambakkam is also a School Governor at Foxborough Primary School, Langley and The TLC Nursery Federation (Chalvey Nursery School and Slough Centre Nursery School).
Mr. Jim Miller
Former Director of Admissions at University of Wisconsin-Superior and Vice President, NACAC Past President (2009-12) and Board of Directors NACAC (2005-08), Dean of Student Development and Enrollment at Northland College, U.S.
Jim Miller has 40 years of work experience in higher education, serving as the c