Elaine Meyer-Lee, EdD, associate vice president for global learning and leadership development at Agnes Scott College, has been a senior international officer and intercultural leadership, diversity, and inclusion educator for 15 years. She has taught and/or assessed intercultural education at institutions including Yale, Rhodes, and Saint Mary’s College since earning her doctorate in human development and psychology from Harvard, and her master’s in counseling psychology from Lesley.

She has received grants including a Fulbright in France, and authored book chapters on internationalizing undergraduate education, intercultural competence, short-term off-campus programs, and assessing outcomes of education abroad. She has given numerous invited talks and juried presentations on global learning assessment and leadership and has served on national boards and advisory committees in the field including NAFSA's Board since 2014, serving as secretary in 2015, and President since 2017.



Helen Zimmerman has worked in leadership roles in Australian public and private education for over 40 years. For the last 13 years, she held executive roles with Navitas Ltd, an Australian top 200 Company and global education provider. Prior to joining Navitas Helen was the Managing Director of the ACL group of companies, the largest private provider of English language education in Australia.

Helen is a member of the Jobs for NSW (New South Wales) Board, a member of the NSW State Advisory Council of CEDA (the Committee for Economic Development of Australia) and from 2015 to March 2018 was a member of the two-state government international education advisory boards. She currently chairs the Australian Government’s Tuition Protection Service Advisory Board.

Helen is a former President of the International Education Association of Australia, and past board member and chair of the Australian Business and Community Network. She is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the LH Martin Institute of the University of Melbourne and chair of Melbourne University’s Language Testing Research Centre Advisory Board. In 2000 Helen won the Private Sector Award for the Telstra NSW Businesswoman of the Year.   In 2010 she was one of five national finalists for the award of Leading CEO for the Advancement of Women.

In 2017 she was awarded the International Education Association of Australia’s Distinguished Contribution Award for a colleague who has led groundbreaking initiatives to improve international education in Australia.



Clare has worked in international education since 2000 and held marketing roles at private and public sector institutions prior to The PIE. Her positions included Head of International Marketing at University of the Arts London and Group Marketing Manager at St Giles International.

She was also a member of the English UK Enterprises Board for 6 years. Having studied languages at University of Nottingham, taught English in Austria, worked in Paris and travelled extensively, she is passionate about the opportunities that spending time abroad can create. When she’s not working or looking after her two children, she enjoys pilates, yoga, running, and summer camping trips in her family’s VW campervan.



Stephan has over 15 years experience in the sector, initially starting out as a English language teacher in Ecuador and Argentina, he moved on to marketing and then sales and business development roles for Malvern House, a pioneering low-cost high-volume operator in central London.

He then moved to Cambridge Education Group, a private-equity backed international education business. His role was to develop a network of adult language schools under the Stafford House brand. Starting with one school in Canterbury in 2010 the business was grown organically and via 3 acquisitions to 10 schools, in 3 countries (UK, USA and Canada).

Stephan was a member of the CEG executive team and was directly involved in the sale of the business from Palamon to Bridgepoint in December 2013. The business was acquired by Palamon in 2007 for £11m and sold to Bridgepoint for £195m, a leading example of private equity returns in the international education sector.

Stephan also launched Cyprus as an English language destination in 2007, and currently is a co-director in English in Cyprus, the leading language school in Cyprus.



Barbara Jaeschke founded German Language Schools (GLS) in 1983 and is directing it till today. 

GLS is the only language school in Germany with a 16.000 sqm urban campus including 2 hotels and a swimming pool under monument protection. The facilities on campus are second to none in Europe: 60 bright classrooms, a restaurant serving modern German food, 50 apartments and 72 hotel rooms of premium standard. GLS has received the Star School Germany Award 5 times.

Barbara Jaeschke loves marathons. New York, Paris, Barcelona – a new city every year. But she does the Berlin Marathon every year. Endurance all the way to the finishing line. She seems to achieve everything she sets out to do. Newly (2016) opened “Hotel Oderberger” is evidence of that.