Ben Sowter

Ben Sowter

Senior VicePresident

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 joined QS in 2002 and now leads the QS Intelligence Unit, the business intelligence arm of QS, of which he led the establishment in 2008 following the early success of the QS World University Rankings®. The division is now responsible for the operational management of all major QS research projects including the QS World University Rankings® and a variety of spin-offs by region and subject. The team, now consisting of over 70 in four principal international locations, also operate a widely adopted university rating system – QS Stars – and a range of commissioned business intelligence services.

Ben has travelled to over 50 countries and spoken on his research in over 20. He has personally visited over 50 of the world’s top 100 universities amongst countless others and is a regular and sought after speaker on the conference circuit.

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

Jason Newman

Jason Newman

VicePresident

Jason Newman is the VicePresident 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.

Sales & Marketing Team

Nicholas Sequeira

Nicholas Sequeira

Regional Director – UK/EU

Nic is a senior professional with sales and customer relationship experience in Higher Education across strategy, marketing, business intelligence and international education. Nic has been with QS since 2007.

Leveraging over 14 years of experience gained from working with universities in UK, EU & overseas. Nic has an excellent understanding of the International Higher Ed landscape who has comfortable using strategic and consultative approach to meet the needs of customers. An accomplished sales professional with a proven track record along with an ambition to help customers succeed.

Dr. Christina Yan Zhang

Dr. Christina Yan Zhang

China Director

Christina leads QS’ China work. She has a BA in English, MA in Media Studies and PhD in Civil Engineering.

She has served on more than 20 international committees, advised transnational education working with UNESCO, the World Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, European Commission.

She is a regular speak at international conferences on global education strategy alongside government, business, and education leaders.

Dario Consoli

Dario Consoli

Italy Country Manager

Dario has been working in the Higher Education sector for about 20 years, implementing, managing and advising international processes in American, Italian, Belgian and Maltese universities, successfully recruiting students in over 50 countries.

Currently he is Country Manager in Italy on behalf of QS Intelligence Unit. He also actively consult for the University of Rome Sapienza and the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari on general internationalisation policies.

Juan Carlos Mejia

Juan Carlos Mejia

Regional Director- Latinamerica

Juan Carlos is originally from Colombia. An international networker with 13+ years of experience working on human/professional capacity building, mainly from the higher education sector.

He has advanced relationship and negotiation skills, gained through constant interaction with executives of large global organizations, local and nationalities authorities in several cities and countries around the globe.

The constant exposure to diverse environments, has increased his understanding of the work ethics in different parts of the world.

Larisa Osipova

Larisa Osipova

Regional Manager- Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Larisa is originally from Russia and holds a Bachelor in Economics from Russia as well as BSs (hons) in Computing Science from Middlesex University. 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 (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.

Chong E Way

Chong E Way

Regional Director -South East Asia

E Way is from Malaysia. He has completed his BA (Hons) International Business Management from University of Hertfordshire, UK under a transnational education program fully sponsored by a Malaysian scholarship program.

Prior to joining QS Intelligence Unit, he had experience in student recruitment for different private universities in Malaysia. His work has led him to travel extensively within Asia and he speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay and Indonesian.

In QS IU, he will be in charge to engage with universities across South East Asia. In his spare time, he’s an active scuba diver.

Zoya Zaitseva

Zoya Zaitseva

Regional Director- Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Zoya has a Masters in Sociology and over fifteen years experience in education and career consulting, on both the B2B and B2C levels. During this time she led the creation of the strongest MBA & Career consulting company in CIS, before moving to London to join the QS team as a Business Development Manager in 2005.

Zoya’s expertise in university and business school development has been shared at seminars and conferences across the world, as well as in individual consulting projects. Her areas of expertise include internationalisation, student recruitment and brand building for educational institutions.

Ashwin Fernandes

Ashwin Fernandes

Regional Director – Middle East, North Africa & South Asia

Ashwin has been with QS since 2012, starting off from the regional base in Singapore.

He is responsible for working with institutions in Middle East, North Africa and India. He is also responsible to liaise with governmental and public agencies in these regions. He is currently pursuing his PhD on university rankings and reputation.

He has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing along with a Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Accounting, Auditing & Taxation.

Colleen Miles

Colleen Miles

Regional Manager- USA

Colleen is originally from New Jersey and has a BA in Communications with a focus on Business. She has studied, lived, and worked in education abroad in Spain, Costa Rica, and Mexico, and currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

Colleen has over 12 years’ experience in international education, particularly regarding Intensive English, University Pathway, and World Languages programs. Colleen has in-depth knowledge of international student recruitment and agencies and has worked on various sales, marketing, and business development projects.

Taewan KIM

Taewan KIM

Korea and Japan Country Director

Taewan is originally from South Korea, and he has studied, lived, and worked in banking and education abroad in UK, China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, and UAE.

He did Modern History at the University of Oxford and an MBA at the National University of Singapore. He also expects to earn a Doctor of Business Administration in Higher Education Management from the University of Bath.

Taewan used to be the Head of Admissions and the Executive Director of Marketing and Student Recruitment at international boarding schools and a university respectively before leading QS’s Korea and Japan work.

Enzo Kuo

Enzo Kuo

Taiwan Country Manager

Enzo is from Taiwan, currently based in Kaohsiung. She was a project manager of international affairs office, worked to provide strategic, operational while working to reach the university’s long-term goals and maintain organizational vision.

In QS, she is in charge Taiwan and Shanghai market, liaising with universities and higher education institutions; to assist them in their bid to internationalize, improve quality and build global branding.

Enzo has been working in West- Africa about 3 years and traveled over 15 countries, she speaks Mandarin, English, and French. She enjoys travelling and watching movies

Product Managers

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.

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.

Consulting Team

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.

Eimi Satoh

Eimi Satoh

Higher Education Consultant

Eimi is a higher education consultant with QSIU. Her interest in international higher education is informed by her global upbringing in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Her experiences in five different education systems allow her to employ a multitude of cultural lenses to strategically understand the contexts, complexities, and contingencies that universities face.

Eimi is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Oxford, having studied Education at both institutions. She draws on her work in undergraduate admissions, teaching, peer advising, community building, and research to help universities in their educational ambassadorship.

Dr. Shadi Hijazi

Dr. Shadi Hijazi

Senior Consultant

Shadi joined QSIU in 2010. He has been leading and contributing to consulting engagements in universities around the world, particularly focused on performance improvement in strategy, internationalisation, research and marketing and branding. His work included projects with universities in the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Korea and Mexico.

He holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Kobe University in Japan; and a postgraduate diploma in Marketing and Bachelor in Economics (Business Administration) from Damascus University. His post-graduate studies focused on the interaction between institutional performance and knowledge management tools.

Shadi is an experienced management and marketing trainer. He developed course materials and taught management and digital marketing courses (CIM, CAM, DMI) and trained professionals in Management, Marketing and Business Fundamentals in various contexts.

Jacques de Champchesnel

Jacques de Champchesnel

Senior Consultant

Jacques is a Senior Consultant with a specific focus on international education, higher education performance analysis, and global engagement strategy. Since joining the QS Intelligence Unit, he has been working with academic institutions in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, or Asia-Pacific.

Prior to that, Jacques has been engaged with directorial positions that include the strategic orientation and governance of international academic programmes and student services, as well as lecturing in International Relations at Sciences Po, Paris.

Data Acquisition Team

Dennis Yu

Dennis Yu

Rankings Analyst

Dennis is from China. He has completed his master’s program in Media and Communications at City, University of London in 2017. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University. He started in PR/Admin, working for a leading industrial SOE in China before joining Michael Page China as a Recruitment Consultant. He took a part-time role as a Market Insight Specialist in AB-Inbev Group after he got the master’s program offer.

In his spare time, he enjoys football, E-sports and cooking.

Ludovic Highman

Ludovic Highman

Rankings Project Manager

Ludovic is Franco-British and was born in Tokyo, Japan. Ludovic was previously Senior Research Associate at the UCL Institute of Education. His research focused on assessing the impact of Brexit on UK universities, including universities’ capacity for strategic planning and student recruitment. His research received considerable media attention as reported in the Guardian, the BBC, US News & World Report, Times Higher Education, University World News, and the Pie News, and his expertise has led him to act as a special adviser to the Norwegian Minister of Research and Higher Education.

He has published on British, French, and Irish higher education policy, internationalisation in higher education, university mergers, Brexit and the European Union’s external engagement in higher education.

Ludovic holds a PhD in Education (higher education policy) from Trinity College Dublin, as well as a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He is also a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, the University of Washington and the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (Université Côte d’Azur).

Gabriel Maschiao da Costa

Gabriel Maschiao da Costa

Research Analyst

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Gabriel holds a Bachelor in Clinical Psychology (Psychoanalysis) at PUC-SP and a MSc in Economics and Consumer Psychology at Leiden University.

Prior to joining the QS team, Gabriel’s worked with both Quantitative and Qualitative Research at M3 Global Research and at the London School of Economics.

In his spare time, Gabriel enjoys studying metaphysics and skateboarding.

Ajita Rane

Ajita Rane

Data Acquisition Assistant

Ajita Rane grew up in Dubai, UAE . She has a BSc(hons) in Biosciences from University of Hertfordshire, U.K. Worked as Jr Market Research Analyst in Greencross Exports -Pharmaceutical company, India and Bioinformatics Research Trainee at Rasa Life Science Informatics, India.

Her roles in QSIU include data collection, research and validation for European, Central Asian and African Universities and Subject Rankings.

In her free time she loves exploring rural and historical places around the world, painting, reading Literature & philosophy.

Daniel Kahn

Daniel Kahn

Senior Research Analyst

Daniel is originally from Manchester in the United Kingdom but is now based in Paris where he has lived for the past 15 years. He has a BSc(hons) in Computer Science, a BA(hons) in French and Business and over 10 years of experience in education and career consulting.

He has extensive knowledge of the business school world and leads the team who produce the business school related rankings for the QS World University Rankings. Daniel specialises in data analysis and process improvement. Daniel has travelled extensively meeting with deans, accreditation and admission directors, at recruitment fairs, school visits and events. He has spoken at numerous conferences. Previously he researched and implemented the use of NFC technology for QS admission events.

Daniel’s travels have taken him to over 75 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.

Samuel Wong

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.

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