The Higher Education Consulting Group (HECG) is looking forward to delivering success and new opportunities in 2016 for all its present and future clients, bolstered by an expanded team of expert consultants who possess deep knowledge of the higher education and vocational sectors.

Mr David Wright, managing director of HECG, said the company’s already considerable expertise – generated by a team including Kylie Colvin and George Hernandez – had been significantly enhanced by the addition of seven new education-related professionals who would work to ensure embedded sustainable growth and development for HECG’s clients.

“HECG has achieved major success since its inception three years ago,” said Mr Wright.

“In 2016 and beyond we will continue to deliver outstanding outcomes for our clients. It is a really exciting time for our company and our customers.”

Always data-driven, HECG’s major focus is on helping institutions to recruit international and local students sustainably and efficiently.

Working side-by-side with clients, it does this by creating demand pipelines, embedding necessary skills within the institution, and continuously measuring and adjusting according to need.

“With our enlarged team we look forward to continuing to help local and international institutions to achieve their goals with maximum efficiency and minimum disruption,” he said.

The new HECG team members are:

FRANK LAEZZA: Formerly CFO of the University of Technology Sydney – a top 10 ranked University in Australia – and previously head of senior finance roles in two other major Australian universities, Frank has lead major transformation projects including finance, shared services and procurement. He has had financial oversight of new major capital works programs, where he provided key financial analysis for the development of the universities’ business strategies and business case development. 

MICHAEL BRIERS: Michael forged a career at the intersection of academia, business and government, creating new partnerships and businesses for both social and economic benefit. Bringing together experiences from Sirca and Sense-T, Michael has recently led the establishment of the Knowledge Economy Institute (KEi) as a national social enterprise dedicated to harnessing the transformative power of digital technology to solve the biggest challenges facing Australia and the world today.

EMMA BARRON: Emma has extensive high-level strategy and international collaboration expertise. As NICTA’s Director for International Relations she developed a focused international strategy and targeted partnerships including the successful collaboration with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute and SAP, the Transport and Logistics Living Lab. She has developed corporate strategy and annual implementation plans for research institutes, federal and state government agencies and has almost 10 years’ experience delivering policy and strategy in federal, state and territory governments including the Department of Communications and the Arts and Multimedia Victoria.

MICHAEL ZHU: Michael has more than 10 years’ experience in working with different industry businesses, especially in the Higher Education sector and new technology start-up businesses. His expertise ranges from business services, business analysis, financial modelling, policies and procedures, business planning, and capital raising.

RAHUL MANKAD: Rahul has 30 years’ experience in international education. His expertise includes business development, formulating and executing marketing and recruitment strategies, managing projects, offshore delivery of programs, establishing study abroad links, agent management and setting up international recruitment offices.

BARRY JONES: Barry Jones has held executive sales and marketing  positions over a 30 year career in the IT industry. His extensive international experience spans direct and distribution sales globally, in addition to setting up alliances with key partners and broad channel management expertise. Following successful deployment and growth of the Channel Operation in Europe, Barry moved to Sun Microsystems corporate USA HQ to leverage the distribution strategies and channel sales/marketing programs around the world.

KULJEETA SINGH is a senior International Education professional with extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the United Arab Emirates tertiary education and defence sectors, along with a deep understanding of government scholarships within the UAE and more broadly across the Gulf Cooperation Council. She has successfully developed partnerships between Australian Tertiary education and training institutions and UAE government scholarship providers while implementing a strategic policy for diversion of government scholarship students to Australian institutions from the UAE and more broadly the GCC. Kuljeeta has developed strategic alliances between Australian tertiary education, Hospitality, Media and Defence sectors with the UAE Government and the offices of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. She is experienced across a broad range of areas in international education with expertise in developing and sustaining strategic partnerships, developing new markets and revenue streams, Student Recruitment, admissions, enrolment and onshore/ offshore deliveries across the tertiary education sector. 

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