DashaDasha Karzunina, International Research Liaison, QS Intelligence Unit

Dasha combines a largely public-facing role with extensive involvement in the unit’s research, analysis and reporting initiatives. Leading on key partner and client relationships, she liaises with university officials and students, and presents at higher education conferences worldwide.

Nicholas Sequeira, University Relationship Manager, QS Intelligence Unit

Nicholas is covering the UK and Western Europe for the QS Intelligence Unit. He has been working in higher education for 10 years and more specifically in international higher education.

Hanna Khikhol, Researcher, QS Intelligence Unit

Hanna executes research and data validation for various QS University Rankings along with client support for the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region. She is also in charge of the Global Employer Reputation Survey.

ZoyaZoya Zaitseva, Regional Director for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, QS

Zoya’s experience in marketing, strategy and business development within the education sector has seen her become a recognized expert on these subjects. Her expertise is highly sought after by universities and business schools in
Central Europe and ex-USSR countries.

KomsuogluDr. Sezer S. Komsuoglu, Advisor to the President of the Turkish Council of Higher Education

Professor Komsuoğlu has more than 190 articles and 6 books on Neurology. She also bears active roles on women rights and poverty. She had numerous articles on politics and social issues

Shadi Awwad, Regional Sales Manager, Elsevier Research Intelligence

Regional Sales Manager responsible for leading all new sales activities from initial contact to agreement signature and delivery of the Research Management Portfolio in the Turkey, Middle East, Central Asia and Iran regions, covering 19 countries across an area that speaks 5 distinct languages.


Mukhambetkali Burkitbayev, First Vice-Rector, al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Awarded with the Ministry of Education and Science badge “For merits in development of science of the Republic of Kazakhstan”, “10 years of Astana” medal. In 2007 was awarded NATO program’s “Science for Piece” prize.

Oleg Nagornov, Provost, National Research Nuclear University  MEPhI 

David Hopkinson, Regional Examinations Manager, IELTS – British Council

David works with a team of nearly 20 staff who administer English language assessment, university and professional exams across Turkey. This leadership role includes strategic direction, business development and overall management with dedicated support for the HR, finance and marketing functions.

Dr Gennady Klyushkin, Head of Product Group for Education of International News Agency Rossiya segodnya

siudaDr Renata Siuda-Ambroziak, Institutional Ranking Coordinator at the University of Warsaw

Also an academic teacher and a researcher at the Institute of the Americas and Europe, Centre for Latin America Studies at the University of Warsaw. She specializes in Sociology and Social Philosophy within the Latin American region. Currently working on the habilitation procedures.



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