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Meet The Team

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Asanka Jayaweera

Founder | CEO

 

Responsible for Sales

(Customer - University Acquisition)

“Exceptional talent” individual endorsed by the UK government (Tech Nation) and part of DBT’s Global Entrepreneur Programme.

16 years of entrepreneurial expertise in university collaborations and partnerships, international student recruitment, product innovation, strategy, process development.

 

 

Co-founded - One of the leading UK student recruitment company in SL. Former ECA at British High Commission, Colombo .

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Buddhika Herath

Founding Partner | Director Operations

 

Responsible for Operations

(Student Conversion)

16 years of entrepreneurial expertise in int. student recruitment, admissions, conversions; offshore operations management.

Founded ABI Sri Lanka, one of the leading UK student placement and immigration consultants. Processed over thousands applications and student inquiries. Early career expertise in large corporates – HSBC.

British Council and UCAS trained Advisor. DBT’s Global Entrepreneurs Programme.

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Amila Prabandika

CTO

 

Responsible for Tech

(Tech Development & Enhancement)

13 years in cloud infrastructure, and Devops. Masters in Al with a Distinction from Newcastle University.

 

Specialised in Artificial Intelligence, neural networks, vision computing, intelligent systems & development. Exceptional talent individual endorsement by UK government.

 

8 years expertise as a CTO, tech lead, Software Architect and Engineer, Managing Outsourced and Offshore teams.

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Dr. Rajesh Rasiah

CPO (Fractional) |

Digital Transformation

 

Responsible for Product

(Product/ IT Security GRC/ DT & UX)

PhD in Financial Technology and Digitalization with Distinction from Harvard University.

 

AWS-Cloud Security to Google-Professional-Cloud-Security-Engineer, CISM®, CISA®, CRISC®, CCSP, Certified ScrumMaster®

 

10 Years expertise in cybersecurity, cloud-computing, IT GRC. Leading product-led digital technology solutions.  Led discussions in product Triton sale to Google.

 

Former Vice President at Bloomberg APEC.

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Will Murray

Advisor, Product Scaling and Sales

Former Turnitin Chief  Product Officer

 

15 yrs Ed-Tech expertise

 

Partnerships with 100% of  the UK universities as Turnitin customers.

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Ammar Mirza CBE

Advisor,

Business Development

Chairman, Institute of Directors NE; Chairman, Asian Business Connections; Member of NE LEP’s Board.

 

Former Professor for Innovation & Enterprise at Newcastle University, Maserati top 100 Entrepreneurs

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Simon Sprince

Dealmaker, UK Government

Global Entrepreneur Programme

Simon’s background is in digital media with 20 years experience of content and application production.

 

In-depth understanding of digital industry’s key sub sectors as well as the technologies and markets that drive them.

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Alson Show

Advisor, Universities and Higher Education

17th David Goldman Visiting Prof. of Innovation and Enterprise at Newcastle University.

 

Founder of the North East Futures UTC.  Vice-President of the National Foundation for Educational Research.

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James Hanson

UX & UI Designer

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James has over 10 years commercial experience as a former Senior Digital Designer pushing UX and UI design on large and small web projects, as well as Creative Head of an international branding agency. With an extensive background and passion for branding and design, James heads up the creative direction of Layers Studio, perfecting projects’ visual tone of voice.

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Andrew Donaghy

Brand Strategy

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A creative copywriter with well rounded experience. His career began with ITV and BSkyB in London writing for web and electronic programming guides. 

 

Andrew has since worked across a variety of branding projects as a writer for small, medium and global clients. He was the in-house writer at The Great Run Company for two years before moving to award winning agency Gardiner Richardson, and then Layers Studio.

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Chris Jennigs

Lead Developer

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Chris is a vastly experienced Senior Developer, who has a wide and diverse range of skills.

 

His problem solving and attention to detail are exemplary having honed is craft for more than decade in leading roles for large and small digital agencies. His clients include global pharma companies.

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Ryan Kirby

Front-end Developer

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Ryan cut his teeth working in Newcastle University’s Open Lab – renowned as an ambitious and innovative launch pad for various web-based platforms. Focused on Node, Angular and React JS, three of the most in demand development languages for cutting-edge applications today.

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