Ben Sowter

Ben Sowter

Head of Division

Ben is from Nottingham, England. After moving around a lot, he returned to the University of Nottingham where he undertook a BSc in Computer Science. Upon graduation, Ben spent two years working for the UK national office of international student charity, AIESEC, for which he was ultimately elected National President.

Ben leads the QS Intelligence Unit who are fully responsible for the operational management of all major QS research projects including the QS Top MBA Applicant and Recruiter Research, the QS World University Rankings® and the QS Asian University Rankings.

Ben has travelled to over 40 countries and spoken on his research in over 20. He has personally visited over 35 of the world’s top 100 universities amongst countless others and is also a regular speaker on the conference circuit.

Ben is married and has two sons, and if he had any free time it would be spent reading, watching movies and skiing.

Jason Newman

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

Leigh Kamolins

Head of Operations

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

Martin Juno

Product Development Manager

Martin has extensive experience in economic and business data analysis. He holds a degree in Business and, upon graduation, he joined Fundacion Global, a prestigious think-tank from Argentina where he worked for 10 years as Research & Data 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. Over the years, he acquired an in-depth understanding of the global higher education landscape.

He is currently leading the development of data & insights services for higher education institutions.

He likes to spend time immersing himself in XIX century literature & philosophy, reading Lovecraftian tales, writing and admiring oil paintings.

Alice Wei Wei

Alice Wei Wei

QS Analytics / Rankings Tracker

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

Shiloh Rose

Shiloh Rose

QS Stars

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

Tristan Williams

Data Acquisition

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’.

Fernando Coca Martin-Romo

Fernando Coca Martin-Romo

Academic & Employer Reputation Datasets

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.


Dr. David Reggio

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

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 de Champchesnel


Jacques is originally from Brittany. 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.


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.

Hanna Khikhol

Project coordinator

Hanna is originally from Belarus. She studied Pedagogy and Foreign Languages at Grodno State University, before moving to Sweden to acquire her BA in Political Science and International Relations from Malmo University. During her studies Hanna focused on human rights, freedom of speech and media, as well as exploring issues relating to politicisation and independence of the higher education sector.

At QS Hanna coordinates the full lifespan of QS Global Employer Survey, overlooks the development of QS Employer Diagnostic Service and executes research and data validation for various QS Rankings along with client support for the Eastern Europe Region.

In her spare time Hanna enjoys exploring the diversity of the world through travelling and learning languages, she also appreciates French, British and Russian literature classics as well as a good work-out in a dojang.

Sales & Marketing Team

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.

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.

Juan Carlos Mejia

Regional Director Latin America

Juan Carlos is Colombian and is an international networker with more than 13 years of experience working on human/professional capacity building, mainly in the higher education sector.

During his career, Juan Carlos has created an extensive and diverse network of friends and colleagues around the world, and has developed advanced relationship and negotiation skills, gained through constant interaction with executives of large global organisations, as well as local and nationalities authorities in several countries around the globe.

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.

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.

Natalia Burbano

Marketing Manager

Natalia is originally from Colombia and has more than 10 years working experience in the international higher education sector. Graduated with a BSc in International Relations, she also holds a MA in Management and a MSc in Marketing. Natalia is proficient in Spanish, English and French.

Before joining QS as Marketing Manager, she worked in different fields in the higher education industry including international student recruitment, education events management, negotiation of partnerships, sponsorships and agreements, study abroad and exchanges, and student placement advising.

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