IDP Canada Team
Onshore Student Recruitment Team
Ranjitha Gowda - Education Counselor
Ranjitha specializes in mentoring international students to find the right university and presenting their best applications to gain admissions to highly selective schools, colleges and universities. She guides international students who have already arrived in Canada for college and university enrollments and transfers.
Ranjitha is a certified counselor by Personal Counseling Skills in India, with her 7+ years as an education counselor, she has successfully facilitated student admissions and transfers to reputed institutions located in Canada, USA, and Germany.
Yumin Gwak - Education Counselor
Yumin was born and raised in South Korea. She has completed her B.A. in English Literature and Language and holds an associate degree in Community Development.
Before joining IDP, Yumin has 7+ years of experience in program development and international student recruitment across public and private post-secondary institutions in Canada and abroad. Yumin is also a TESOL licensed ESL instructor.
Alex Liang - Education Counselor
As an onshore education counsellor, Alex is responsible for providing student placement services to international students already present in Canada. A graduate in Business Administration, Alex has 10+ years of experience in advising international students on admission processes and academic programs in both China and Canada. Having been an international student himself, Alex credits his personal experience to his enhanced understanding and ability to service international student needs.
Karan Suri - Education Counselor
As an Education Counsellor for Canada’s onshore student recruitment team, Karan is responsible for international student placement within Canada.
Karan was born and raised in India and moved to Canada in 2012 as an international student. After completing a two-year post-graduation diploma in Global Business Management from North Island College, Karan joined the retail sector to work in customer service. He later transitioned his career into immigration services and international recruitment by qualifying as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). Prior to joining IDP, Karan worked as a Regional Sales and Student Recruitment Manager at VanWest College, Vancouver.
Amy Ma - Business Unit Manager – Student Recruitment
Amy is responsible for growing the IDP client portfolio in Canada, managing and improving existing client relationships, and in supporting the work of IDP network colleagues.
Amy comes to IDP most-recently from Quad Learning, where she worked for almost three years as Manager for Greater China and East Asia, launching their flagship US College Pathway Program. Prior to this role, Amy spent three-and-a-half years with IDP China in Shanghai, as Client Relations and Events Management Lead, where she planned and promoted student-recruitment events, work closely with the five on-shore teams to facilitate client visits and engagement, advise clients on strategic planning, and execute in-country marketing plans.
IDP Canada Team
Uri Carnat - Country Director, Canada
Uri Carnat is responsible for overseeing IDP activity and growth in Canada, including secondary and post-secondary student-recruitment partnerships and the IDP, co-owned IELTS exam.
Before moving to IDP, Uri ran 12 private language centres in Canada and the US. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and educated in Montréal, Québec, he has 10+ years of leadership experience in international education, with a background in operations and financial management, recruitment, and student services.
Michael Poblete - Marketing Manager
Michael is responsible for leading marketing initiatives for IDP Canada.
Michael has always enjoyed helping and watching businesses grow. Growing up in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area), his interest in business was further inspired by the Canadian business reality show ‘Shark Tank’. Seeing entrepreneurs on TV and hearing them try to understand their customer’s behaviour lead Michael to study Psychology at York University, Brand Management at Seneca College, and Digital Marketing and Analytics through countless hours of self-studying and practice.
Before arriving at IDP, Michael has lead marketing teams with a heavy focus on driving digital change and results. Most recently, he spent the last four years within the Education Industry helping Canada’s top educational publisher, Nelson Education, transform their online presence by growing their social media following from 1000 followers to over 75000 and helped launch two new revenue-driving e-commerce stores. Outside of work, Michael enjoys listening to marketing audio books, cooking, MMA, Jiu Jitsu, and basketball.
Mishal Eshai - Marketing Coordinator
Mishal supports marketing activities for both the Partner Relations and IELTS teams to help meet IDP’s objectives and targets in Canada. In addition to running point on various marketing initiatives including stakeholder engagement, Mishal manages and creates content for IDP Canada’s internal and external communication channels.
A graduate of McGill University, Mishal has 7+ years of experience working in international education and has formerly worked as a student counsellor with IDP in Kuwait.
George Kaberman - Operations Coordinator
As the Operations Coordinator, George manages the day-to-day functionality of the Toronto office. He is also responsible for coordinating local events and liaising between IDP Canada clients and our global network on Fam tours, webinars, international recruitment events and much more.
George holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from York University and a Post-Grade in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Seneca College.
IDP Connect Team
Lexie Axel-Berg - Head of Client Partnerships, IDP Connect
Lexie is in charge of implementing digital marketing content and delivering insights to IDP clients who are looking to explore new ways of engaging with prospective international students. Working closely with the IDP relations team, Lexie leads the new student recruitment model which integrates with Hotcourses international websites with the IDP counsellor network to provide the first end-to-end recruitment journey.
Originally from London, UK, Lexie joined the IDP Canada office in January 2018 and brings 5+ years of experience in international student recruitment through online media.
Luna Das Bangia - Head of Client Relations & Training, Canada
Luna is responsible for negotiating and finalizing institutional agreements, managing institutional relationships, and interacting with IDP offices around the world in support of successful student outcomes.
Luna holds sixteen years of experience in the field of international education with specific focus on international student recruitment and client relations in Canadian and U.S. markets. Luna transitioned to IDP Canada from her role as Destination Head - USA (Asia & Middle East) at the IDP office in Gurgaon. Luna's experience includes 7+ years with IDP India as well as assignments at EducationUSA (Department of State, USA) and the Canadian Education Center Network, Middlebury College, Vermont (USA).
Premal Modha - Partner Relations Manager
Prem works to foster and maintain positive working relationships with client institutions by providing reliable and consistent support to achieve recruitment targets.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, Prem graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a BA in History and Political Science. He later worked as a Student Recruitment Officer for a combined tenure of nearly five years at UWinnipeg and York University. This experience allowed him to travel extensively across Canada and internationally in the UK, Middle East and South Asia where he developed an in-depth knowledge of student recruitment.
Ismete Kroi-Malasllani - IELTS Administrator - IDP Canada National Testing Unit
Ismete manages the overall operations of the IDP Canada National Testing Unit.
Ismete comes to IDP from Tirana, Albania, where she worked for three years in the role of Test Centre Administrator for the British Council. In this role, Ismete oversaw the administration of IELTS and UKVI testing, as well as other academic exams.
Muhammad Fahad Rafique - Deputy Administrator - IDP National Testing Unit
Muhammad Fahad is responsible for ensuring a first-class customer experience across all of IDP's National Testing Unit venues. He supports the setting up of new venues, training new and current test day staff and managing test day operations.
Born and raised in Dubai, U.A.E., Fahad has a post-graduate degree in Business with more than 10+ years of experience in Human Resource and Logistics Management. Prior to joining IDP in Canada, Fahad has also worked with both the British Council and IDP in Dubai as a Test Day Supervisor for 7+ years.
Sabrina Louie - Deputy Administrator - IDP National Testing Unit
In her role, Sabrina assists candidates throughout the IELTS process, from general inquiries to registration, using the highest standards of customer service. On the operations side, Sabrina is responsible for managing IELTS staff and venues to ensure smooth and professional test delivery.
A native Torontonian, Sabrina holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Technical Production. A keen traveller, she left home to complete an M. Ed. from Framingham State University in the United States, following which she spent a decade teaching in Asia.
Geoff Staudt - National IELTS Operations Manager, Canada
Geoff is responsible for meeting company objectives and targets in the IELTS business unit and leads IDP's existing third-party test centres in expanding operations across the country.
Geoff comes to IDP from the retail giant Target Canada, where he worked as a Senior Business Partner. Prior to his work with Target Canada, Geoff spent five years at Loblaw Companies Limited where he worked in multiple roles, optimizing business-unit purchasing models, and conducting programs aimed at driving sales and profitability.
Alex Contreras - Manager - IELTS Operations (Latin America)
Alex provides day-to-day operational assistance to Canadian IDP Test Centres by acting as a reference for IELTS procedure and as a point of liaison between centres, Cambridge English, and IELTS Central Operations. He also supports business development activities by reporting on market data, test-taker demographics, and competitor activities.
Prior to joining IDP, Alex worked in the language sector for several years. He was the Academic Director at a downtown Toronto language school and has spent many years teaching English in Saudi Arabia, Germany and Japan.
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