Jason Newman

Global Commercial Director

Jason Newman is the Commercial Director for the QS Intelligence Unit and Commercial Director for QS Australia/New Zealand.

Based in QS London HQ, he has worked in events and promotions for the last 22 years and specifically in international education for the past 12 years. He has run a portfolio of international student recruitment products and services that include undergraduate and postgraduate recruitment fairs, publications and websites. Jason was part of the launch team for the QS Star ratings and has been instrumental in the development of the QSIU products and services. Jason is a regular speaker at International HE events including AIEC, NAFSA, EAIE, QS APPLE and CBIE. When not working Jason has a passion for running, horse riding and travel.

Leigh Kamolins

Operations Manager

Leigh is originally from Melbourne, Australia. He has a Master’s degree in European and International Studies from Monash University, including a semester studying at King’s College London, and a BA in History and Politics from Monash University. He is also an experienced and qualified project manager, holding a Prince2 practitioner qualification.

He has worked widely in research and project management roles in the public sector in Australia and the United Kingdom. Leigh led a team reporting on the UK Government’s structural reform of the school system in England – one of the largest overhauls that the English state school system has ever seen. In Australia he worked for a government agency delivering anti-corruption and human rights research, where he widely examined system and organisational issues that were posing barriers to change.

Since joining the QS Intelligence Unit, Leigh has been working with analytical colleagues to ensure the smooth delivery of QS Stars rating system and the benchmarking service, among other QS Intelligence Unit services.

Product Managers

Martin Juno

Product Development Manager

Martin has extensive experience in economic analysis and holds a degree in Tourism Management & Economics. Upon graduation, he joined Fundacion Global, a prestigious think-tank from Argentina where he worked for almost 10 years as Publications & Research Manager, leading several projects and outreach programmes.

Martin joined QS Intelligence Unit in 2011 to help publish the first edition of the QS University Rankings: Latin America. He is currently in charge of several benchmarking services and is the leading analyst for the Latin American rankings. Martin joined QS Intelligence Unit in 2011 to help publish the first edition of the QS University Rankings: Latin America. He is currently in charge of several benchmarking services and is the leading analyst for the Latin American rankings.

He loves XIX century literature, street art, and impressionist and Renaissance paintings.

Shiloh Rose

QS Stars Product Manager

Shiloh has more than eight years’ experience working with higher education institutions. Prior to joining QS she held several roles dealing with HE-specific technology including account manager, training specialist, and product manager.

Joining QSIU in August 2015, Shiloh is the product manager for QS Stars. She works closely with analysts to deliver the ratings and is responsible for the product’s lifecycle, strategy and development.

Originally from North Carolina, USA, Shiloh received a BA in Psychology from East Carolina University and participated in a year-long study abroad programme with the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK.

She’s lived in London for more than 10 years, and in her free time Shiloh enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, cats, and has recently returned to playing the violin.

Tristan Williams

Bespoke Services

Tristan is from London, England. He graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA in Sociology as well as holding a Graduate Diploma in Law.

Tristan joined QS Intelligence Unit in January 2016 as a Project Manager. Working closely with analysts and the product manager, he is primarily responsible for delivering bespoke projects.

Before joining QS, Tristan gained a broad experience of managing projects and operations in a number of industries, from the health and legal sectors to digital marketing. Tristan has over 4 years’ experience working with higher education institutions, specialising in International Student Recruitment.

Tristan lives in London with his wife and son. In his free time he enjoys playing the guitar, gaming, reading, travel and supporting ‘The Gunners’.


Dr. David Reggio

Global Head of Consulting

Dr. David Reggio is the QS Intelligence Unit’s Global Head of Consulting, a seasoned international advisor and strategist with extensive global experience in partnership building, innovation linkages, research frameworks and frontier science. He has worked in Latin America, and Brazil particularly, in the fields of government engagement, strategic alliances, public health and frontier research. He has also designed stakeholder management systems, geo-targeting strategies, research strategies and innovation frameworks for institutions and organisations in Asia, the U.S.A, Europe and the Middle East.

Dr. Shadi Hijazi


Shadi joined QS as a senior analyst in its consulting team in 2010. He is a lecturer and consultant in business administration with multinational experience in the UK, Japan and the Arab world. He holds a PhD and Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Business Administration at Kobe University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Economics Faculty of Damascus University. His postgraduate research addressed the interrelationship between business performance and knowledge management tools. He has since been concentrating his work on the strategic planning and implementation of digital marketing solutions and performance improvement.

He has more than ten years of experience in teaching and professional training in various contexts. He taught marketing, strategy, business fundamentals and digital marketing in executive development programmes, business courses, and as a preparation for CIM/CAM and CIMA qualifications.

He is particularly involved in strategy and marketing projects in the higher education sector in projects in Arabic countries and around the world. He has previously consulted SMEs and entrepreneurs in Japan and Syria on enhancing the overall strategy and business vision, improving feasibility studies, and formulating media strategies. He also worked as a part of a larger team in an inter-disciplinary program in Japan.

Jacques de Champchesnel


Jacques is originally from Brittany in France. He holds a Master in Management from Essec Business School and a Master in International Relations from Sciences Po.

He engaged in humanitarian and development projects for over ten years mainly in Haiti, Afghanistan and in the Middle East.

After that, Jacques joined the higher education management sector. His various roles have included the strategic orientation and governance of international academic programmes, the general management of a branch campus, the development of extra-curricular activities and comprehensive student and campus life services. He has been teaching as well seminar classes in International Relations at both Bachelor and Master’s levels.

In his free time, Jacques enjoys walking in London, Britain and the world and spending time reading.


Ateek Khan

Senior Analyst

Ateek has more than 6 years’ experience working across the financial & research sectors. Putting his BSc in Computer Science to good use by helping develop innovative solutions for clients across industries including FMCPG & financial sector. He comes to us from a market research agency where he helped deliver a multimillion pound international research project studying consumer habits.

Ateek heads up our MBA research working closely with a team of Analyst & Consultants to deliver engaging, insightful products delivered on our MBA research platform TopMBA.com. Bringing in his experience as a combined technical & business specialist he is looking forward delivering value by helping clients realise the great potential of data through careful planning & analysis.

Known as a globe trotter, he has travelled across the vast majority of Asian countries including Tibet, the jungles of Laos & base camp on mount Everest. When he is not busy zapping spreadsheets he enjoys exploring London & the surrounding areas, learning about the latest tech & spreading peace & love.

Deena Al Hilli

Project Manager

Deena is from London and has a BEng in Internet Engineering and an MSc in Technology Exploitation & Management from Queen Mary University of London, UK. Her degree led her to spend nine months in Dubai coordinating the launch of the newly developed website for the Ministry of Education.

Deena first joined QS in 2006 as an Account Executive working on the World MBA Tour, liaising with business schools around the globe, to help them recruit high quality MBA candidates with a focus on the Middle East. In 2010, she moved on to the Intelligence Unit where she headed up the QS Stars service from inception until 2014, she now works as a Project Manager.

Deena works on key projects within the team, she focuses on data driven projects and works with key members of the team to continuously improve efficiency and delivery. Exploring the latest technologies and platforms that can ensure this.

Deena’s biggest hobby is baking and cake designing, alongside healthy living, hockey, fashion, photography and fine art.

Alice Wei Wei


Wei Wei is from China. She has a Master‘s degree in Comparative Education awarded by the Institute of Education, UCL and a Bachelor’s degree in German Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University.

Before joining QS, she worked as a journalist in the London office of an international news group, where she was responsible for independent research and producing featured articles on education, property and finance. She also has teaching experience both in secondary schools in the UK and in higher education in China. She believes that education is fundamental to the success of the human civilisation, and is very proud to work in such an important sector of the society.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing and the beauty of the English countryside

Dasha Karzunina

International Education Specialist

Originally Russian, Dasha was born in Eastern Europe and moved to England at the age of 14.

Having gone to Nottingham University to study a BSc in Maths and Philosophy, she fell in love with university life and was soon involved in student politics. She took on various roles of responsibility within the student theatre, media groups, sports teams and student democratic structures.

Her passion for higher education and student interests allowed her to successfully run for a full-time position of Education Officer in the second largest Students’ Union election in the UK. She represented the union on a national level, being elected NUS delegate and running national campaigns.

Dasha believes in the power of words and excellent presentation and takes every opportunity to travel. Her ambition is to empower the world by ensuring more people have access to high quality education.

As International Education Specialist at the QS Intelligence Unit, she regularly presents and participates in international education conferences such as Going Global, EAIE, 100 Reputation Network Annual Conference and various rankings and research events. Through her public appearances and publications, she is known to engage students as well as academics with both quantitative and qualitative data to support international mobility, bridging the gap between talented students and excellent universities all over the world

Fernando Coca Martin-Romo


Fernando is originally from Madrid, Spain where he completed a degree in Business Administration at the University Juan Carlos I.

He started in sales, working for the Santander Group in Madrid before undertaking an internship as a pricing analyst at Teradata. He moved to England in 2011 and joined QSIU in 2014 where he works on the QS rankings and QS Stars projects.

In his spare time he enjoys teaching Spanish cooking classes to private students, photography and running.

Mirela Vlăsceanu


Mirela is from Romania and works as a Junior Analyst in the Bucharest office of QSIU. She has a BA in Political Science and an MA in Political Theory and Analysis from the National School for Political and Administrative Studies in Bucharest. She is also a PhD candidate at the same institution with a thesis on higher education financing. Her main areas of interest are higher education policy and institutional analysis.

She has worked in the NGO sector on public policy and has helped implement EU funded projects for doctoral students. She has also worked in a research project focused on institutional analysis of electoral rules. Before joining the QS Intelligence Unit she had a position in the Romanian Quality Assurance agency, where she was involved in university program and institutional level evaluations of quality assurance and enhancement practices.

She spends her (little) free time reading, travelling and catching up with her friends.

Iulian Soican


Iulian is a new member of the QSIU, working as an Analyst.

He has a colorful experience in a number of industries, from industrial research, to online marketing, and telecom, and he is passionate about IT.

Iulian has a Master’s degree in Marketing from Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies. He also studied banking and finance at the Romanian Banking Institute, and programming at Hyperion University from Bucharest.

He is from Romania and is passionate about nature and ecology. He volunteers for a couple of NGOs. Other passions include mathematics and music.

Ram Patel

Process Development Specialist

Ram is from London and has a BSc in Mathematics from Kings College London. He has previously worked in the Public sector and the Finance industry as a Data Analyst and Developer. His motto is “Why do things manually when you can tell a computer to do it for you."

In his spare time, he runs his own drumming company performing at many public events, alongside popular artists in the Asian music scene and weddings.

In QSIU, Ram provides technical support to the analysts and makes data processing more efficient.

Benjamin Clayton

Junior Analyst

Benjamin (not to be confused with Ben) is a Junior Analyst at QS. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology, and has retained a strong interest in International Relations.

Benjamin focuses on the ins and outs of business education, but is always on the lookout for new knowledge to devour, whether its form is ‘bespoke’, ‘snackable’ or otherwise.

Daniel Kahn

Senior Research Executive

Daniel is originally from Manchester in the United Kingdom but is now based in Paris where he has lived for the past 10 years. He has a BSc(hons) in Computer Science and a BA(hons) in French and Business from Salford University. He speaks English, French and Hebrew.

He has extensive knowledge of the MBA world – heading up the data collection team for research based around QS’s Global 200 report, and has travelled extensively meeting with MBA admission directors at recruitment fairs. He recently researched and implemented the use of NFC technology for QS events. At QS he has also headed up the customer service team for events and management of online school profiles.

Daniel’s travels have taken him to over 50 countries, and the list continues to grow. While studying he worked for 6 years as a professional chef – something that has now become a full time hobby, with him cooking for around 20 people every week, testing out new recipes. He devotes any spare time to religion, doing good deeds and spending time with his wife and sons.

Irene-Jay Shin

Senior Research Executive

Originally from South Korea, Irene graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with a BSc in international relations, as well as attended Ewha Womans University in South Korea and Kyushu University in Japan.

Before joining QS Intelligence Unit (QSIU), she has worked in various sectors, such as government, non-profit sector, and translation.

Her responsibilities now as a senior research executive at QSIU include data collection and validation for QS World University Rankings and QS University Rankings: Asia. Also, she is in charge of the audit process for QS World University Rankings by Subject to ensure all preliminary listed institutions are qualified for the final publication.

Irene loves to play the violin during her leisure time. She has lived in several different countries such as the United States, Japan, and now London.

Samuel Wong

Senior Researcher

Samuel is from Singapore and has a Bachelor’s in Economics at the University of Tasmania. His research and analytical skills have been gained from years of exposure to a wide spectrum of research work, stretching from economics research with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Singapore National Printers Ltd, and market research with Thomson Multimedia. Prior to joining QS, he was with a research agency handling quantitative and qualitative research for local and regional clients.

He can understand conversational Mandarin, fluent in English, as well as several Chinese dialects and Malay. He loves sports, particularly watching EPL football matches.

Leonardo Silveira


Leo is Brazilian, has a BA in Journalism and a diploma in Philosophy awarded in his home country and is currently pursuing a MA Leadership degree at UCL’s Institute of Education in London. He has an extensive experience in youth leadership, having participated in congresses and seminars in over 20 countries either as a guest lecturer or delegate. He has lived in a variety of countries like the US, Cambodia, Indonesia and Bangladesh. His passion is to enhance constantly Higher Education in the world.

In his spare time, he writes books, reads about philosophy and human development and watches/plays football. Because of the experiences he has lived, he believes he has a responsibility to enhance the lives of disadvantaged people, thus volunteering is a constant part of his life.

In QSIU, Leo is responsible for a pilot project of a new QS approach towards Graduate Employability in its University Rankings.

Sales & Marketing Team

Bernardo Amador

Regional Manager: EU & LATAM

At QSIU, Bernardo manages the whole of Latin America, as well as Belgium, France, Portugal and Spain.

Bernardo is originally from Portugal, and has lived in 7 countries across 3 continents. He is proficient in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Graduated with a BSc in Marketing and Social Communications in Brazil, a MBA in HR Management in Portugal, and a PgD in Hospitality Management in Spain. Before QS, he has worked in consultancy, marketing and hospitality.

Bernardo joined QS in 2012, and is our regional manager for part of Europe and all Latin America; and, he is always looking forward to help built international strength and recognition of the Higher Education institutions in his region.

Larisa Osipova

Business Development Manager of Central Europe & Central Asia

Larisa is originally from Russia and has a Bachelor degree in economics from Russia as well as BSs (hons) in Computing Science from Middlesex University in London. She has a substantial experience of working in events services and developing new business relationships across a variety of sectors with the focus on CIS (The Commonwealth of Independent States consisted of former Soviet Republics) region. At QS Larisa is responsible for creating and maintaining successful long term partnerships with the institutions from Central Europe and Central Asia region.

Nicholas Sequeira

Regional Manager – UK, EU and Turkey

Nic is from Mumbai, the city that never sleeps. He holds a BA in Commerce from Delhi University and a diploma in Personnel Management from Xavier’s Institution of Communications in Mumbai. With over 12 years’ business experience, Nic has worked in the Banking sector as a graduate and in 2005 moved over to the HE sector when he moved to London.

Nic has a passion for football; he supports the ‘Gunners’ based in North London. Nick also regularly runs for charity, including for a Jesuit charity working with lower caste people from India to help them obtain education.

Zoya Zaitseva

Regional Director - Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Experience in marketing and business development within the education sector has seen Ms Zaitseva become a recognized expert in the field. Zoya’s expertise is highly sought after among universities, business schools and companies in Central Europe and ex-USSR countries, as well as international education providers and media. She is regularly in touch with regional and international journalists who are interested in news, market trends, statistics and case studies in Higher Education and MBA.

Zoya’s areas of expertise include internationalisation, student recruitment and brand building for educational institutions.

Dr. Christina Yan Zhang

China Director

Christina is from China. After finishing a BA in English (International Business Oriented) in China, she came to Loughborough University, finished a MA in Media & Cultural Analysis with distinction, then a PhD in Civil and Building Engineering with full scholarship.

She has been actively championing the students-led Prime Minister’s Initiative on UK Education Internationalisation for 7 years, initiated national campaigns, won national awards, participated in national committees, and is dedicated to bringing positive change to society and the world through transnational education. She was previously elected to represent 1 million international and European students studied at UK universities & colleges as the International Students Officer of National Union of Students UK, 2010-2012.

Chanthip Jiwnarai

Events Coordinator

Chanthip is from Thailand. She graduated from the University of London Metropolitan with a BA in International Business Management. Chanthip joined the QS Intelligence Unit in October 2016 as an Events Coordinator. Working closely with the sales team, she is primarily responsible for logistic of coming up events in the QS Intelligence Unit.

Chanthip is a passionate and professional event organiser with over 5 years’ experience working with agency, in-house and public sector delivering a wide variety of events (including large international conferences, exhibitions, training events, assessment centres, gala dinners, roadshows and high-end board dinners) in the UK, Europe and overseas for numbers ranging from 10 – 250 delegates. Sectors and clients include financial, energy, legal, insurance, luxury, IT, media and education.

A pro-active all-rounder with excellent project management experience, strong logistics, ops and interpersonal skills and excellent supplier, venue and contractor management and negotiation skills. She likes to keep up to date with new event platforms, up-to-speed with digital & social media, commercially focused and client focused.

In her spare time she likes to cook for friends and explore new cultures around London.

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