Feroz is a dynamic entrepreneur with 25+ years of executive leadership experience in New Zealand and Canada. An experienced director, with governance and advisory roles in both private and public institutions, Feroz also serves as a director on the board of British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE).
As Executive Director for Whitecliffe, Mark’s initial focus will be on providing leadership for international recruitment, growth of our South Auckland operations and assisting the Whitecliffe board in future acquisitions and expansions overseas. In his other role as Chief Executive for Skill NZ, he will lead a new business/education venture through the forming of a partnership with Skill NZ, with a view to establishing and significantly growing skills training and workforce development provision, across a different range of education fields than Whitecliffe currently provides. Mark has worked in tertiary education for 18 years and has held a variety of senior roles that have included strategic and operational management, international sales, business and product development, and financial planning and management. Mark has more recently been involved in acquisitions, mergers, and new business ventures across Australia/NZ for Up Education. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive at NZMA, where he grew this organisation significantly through new funding, international growth, and mergers and acquisition. In the past four years, Mark was also the Chief Executive for Yoobee School of Design, along with five other PTE’s, and successfully managed the integration of the different cultures and products while also securing a highly confident, highly confident Category 1 EER rating for NZMA at the end of 2017.
Russel Boris brings over 30 years’ leadership experience in international education and institutional globalization to the Asia Pacific Education Group. An established leader in the public sector, his background includes expertise in strategic recruitment and marketing as well as management. During his leadership of international departments at both Okanagan College and Medicine Hat College, Boris worked in more than 25 countries and has drawn thousands of students from over 50 countries to western Canada. He established the international department at Medicine Hat College, which during his tenure increased the international student population of a rural college in the prairies to over 15 percent. Among his many accomplishments, Boris created and implemented a renowned English as a Second Language (ESL) program that has served more than 1,500 students. A former ESL instructor, Boris has a deep understanding of curriculum and programming. Boris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jamestown College, where he played football under legendary coach Rollie Greeno. He is certified in leadership and development by Maricopa Community Colleges.
Milan Petrovich is a passionate advocate for the power of education to change lives for the better. With over 20 years’ experience in post-secondary leadership in Canada and the United States, Milan has a proven record of accomplishment transforming institutions and establishing new standards of academic excellence.
As the Dean of Academic Affairs for the Art Institute of Vancouver, Milan was responsible for transforming the school to a degree-granting college and establishing its first four degree programs. Before coming to Vancouver, he served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Art Institute of California – San Francisco where he improved student persistence and outcomes while managing the newly-formed Master of Fine Arts in Computer Animation. He served for four years as Academic Director at the Art Institute of Las Vegas establishing several new programs in Digital Filmmaking, Game Design and Visual Effects. Prior to entering post-secondary, he was Director of Production for the pioneering internet television studio WireBreak Entertainment based in Venice, California. He has served on the advisory board for the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Education SIG of the International Game Developer’s Association. Petrovich received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts where he produced several award-winning short films and studied the development of online video games under the Sega Interactive Fellowship. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History and Literature of Religion from Northwestern University.
Milan believes APEDU is poised to be an industry leader by continuing its dedication and commitment to student success and will continue to set new standards for educational outcomes and delivery.
Ron brings 25 years of financial and management expertise. Throughout his career, he has managed the finances of companies in various business sectors, from manufacturing and distribution, to entertainment and leasing. He has been influential in governing their growth and capitalization, as well as fostering change and innovation. In addition to directing the firms’ finances, Ron is tasked in guiding and advancing Aligroup’s portfolio of companies, by identifying progressive and expansion opportunities.