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CEA CAPA London, England Directory

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London, England Leadership

Simon Finch
Executive Vice President, Global Operations

Simon Finch overseas Global Operations across CEA CAPA’s 23 locations in 12 countries. Simon leads the skilled and dedicated team that delivers our programs and ensures the health and safety of our participants. Prior to joining CEA CAPA in 2022, Simon served as Managing Director for UK Schools at Compass Group, a food, hospitality, and support services company that serves the education sector in the UK and Ireland. Previously, Simon was the CEO for Office Depot Canada, and has held several CFO and other financial leadership positions for multinational companies and financial institutions.

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Craig Kench
Senior Vice President of Global Career and Internship Programs
Based in London, Craig is responsible for the strategic growth, development, implementation, and quality assurance of career and internship programs across all of CEA CAPA's global destinations. Since joining the organization in 2011, Craig has created a network of over 2,000 internship partners across the globe and created diverse experiential frameworks that have served over 500 U.S. institutions. Craig oversees the delivery of CEA CAPA services to maximize our students' personal and professional development and growth of employer related skills and competencies. Craig is an active member of the international higher education community and regularly presents at conferences and writes publications for the field. 

Prior to joining CEA CAPA, Craig managed educational facilities around the London area, worked for the UK government, and spent 10 years working and studying in the U.S. He holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Walsh University. Craig is originally from Gibraltar, raised in England, and is a former professional football (soccer) player. Learn more about Craig's leadership and the Global Internship Program in this overview video.
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Katie Cohen
Director of Regional Programs
Katie Cohen comes to CEA CAPA with over a decade of experience in study abroad; she has worked at an international education organization, at a U.S. institution, and has served on the Board of AASAP/UK (The Association of American Study Abroad Programs, UK). Katie holds a BA in American Studies from the University of Birmingham, in which she spent a year studying in the U.S. at the University of California, Santa Barbara – an experience which provides a solid frame of reference when connecting with students in London today. Katie also holds an MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture from Birkbeck College, University of London. When not at our CEA CAPA London Centre, Katie can be found serving her community in leadership roles as a school Governor and town councilor. Across all her endeavors, Katie brings a passion for widening opportunity and a strong belief in the transformative potential of education.
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Talal Nizameddin, PhD
Academic Director, London
Dr. Talal Nizameddin is the Director of Academic Affairs at the CEA CAPA London Center. He has lived and worked in the US, Italy, and Lebanon where he served as Dean of Student Affairs for 12 years at the acclaimed American University of Beirut. Talal has taught history and international relations courses for much of his career, with dual emphasis on Russia and the Middle East. He has a background in history and Russian foreign policy. He holds a BA from Sussex University and a PhD from the University College of London’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He has written and published two books that are considered fundamental works on the making and transition of Russian foreign policy and its linkage with internal political dynamics in the post-Soviet era as well as peer-reviewed articles. Talal hopes to be able to utilize his long academic and administrative experience to enhance the strategic direction of the academic programs to continuously challenge and enrich the CEA CAPA student learning experience. As a global citizen, Talal’s travel interests have not waned, but he also enjoys simpler pastimes including playing tennis and good food.
 
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Michael Woolf, PhD
Deputy President for Strategic Development

Michael has spent much of his career in an international context. Prior to working in mainstream international education, he taught American Literature at the universities of Hull, Middlesex, Padova, and Venice, and worked as a researcher-writer for BBC radio. Michael has held leadership roles with FIE, CIEE, and Syracuse University. He has also consulted for New York University, Brethren Colleges Abroad, Warwick University, and is an adviser to the President of Tamagawa University in Tokyo.

He serves on a number of boards and committees including the Curriculum Committee of the Forum on Education Abroad, the Editorial Boards of Frontiers and the Journal of Studies in International Education, EAIE’s Knowledge Development Task Force, and Braun Stiftung für Internationalen Austausch. Michael was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Forum on Education Abroad from 2006 to 2012.

Michael holds a PhD in American Studies, an MA in Literature, and a BA in History and Politics. He has written widely and has published extensively on international education and cultural studies. Most recently, he published work aimed at critically reviewing the core assumptions of study abroad.

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Mike Punter, PhD
Global Director of Theater Education
Mike Punter is the Director of Theater Education for CEA CAPA, based in London. He teaches a number of courses in London including Theatre in the City, Witchcraft and Magical Performance, Writing a Play, and Theatricality for BFA Actors. He has also written the courses Utopia: Extraordinary Places and Where to Find Them and Communicate. Mike is a produced and published dramatist whose work has been staged and toured by a range of theatres, including Hampstead Theatre in London, the UK's National Theatre, Paines Plough theatre company and the BBC. He’s presently developing a new project for British television. Mike has a First-Class BA (Hons) degree in English and Theatre Studies, an MA in Renaissance Literature and Drama and a PhD with a focus on magic on the stage.

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Katie Lander
Director of Global Career & Internship Programs
Katie has had the pleasure of working across the higher education sector within the UK for the last 10 years, covering careers and employability for UK students and internships for international students as part of both graduate employability and study abroad. Having spent a large part of her career working with US institutions and students in London she can’t wait to join the team at this exciting time and jump fully back into international education. In her spare time you will find her reading a good (or bad!) book, going to theatre shows, hiking in the Chilterns, or surfing in North Cornwall! 
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Anthony Gristwood, PhD
Faculty Chair, London & Global Faculty Advisory Council Chair
Anthony Gristwood is the London Faculty Chair and Chair of the Global Faculty Advisory Council. He has been teaching in higher education since 1994 and has specialized in the field of education abroad for the last 20 years at CAPA, the Bader International Study Centre of Queen’s University (Canada), and the University of Connecticut in London. He holds an MA, PGCE, and PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. His current research and teaching interests include globalization, global cities, and modern London; politics, identity, and culture in modern Europe, particularly Spain; and the use of digital mapping in globally-networked teaching and learning. Publications include “Engaging with Self, Others, Space, and Place: Leveraging the Geographic Imagination in Education Abroad” (with Darren Kelly), in Brewer & Ogden, eds., Education Abroad and the Undergraduate Experience: Critical Perspectives and Approaches to Integration with Student Learning and Development (Stylus, May 2019). Anthony is also a regular contributor to, and editor of the CEA CAPA Ocassional Publications series.

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London, England Team

Allison Woodhouse
Program & Student Services Coordinator
Allison is from Maryland. After finishing a degree in education, she moved to Berlin for two years, first as an au pair, and then as an English teacher. She studied abroad in London in 2014 and has always hoped to find her way back, and in 2018 she returned to complete a Master's in linguistics and education. After a brief stint as a primary school teacher in London, she joined the CEA CAPA team and enjoys helping students make the most of their study abroad experience.  
 
 
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Alyson Rutherford
Program and Student Services Assistant

Alyson Rutherford is a Program and Student Services Assistant at CEA CAPA London.

 
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Brendan Walsh
IT Systems Administrator

Brendan Walsh is an IT Systems Administrator at CEA CAPA London.

 
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Carlos Yeung
Senior Program and Student Services Coordinator

Carlos Yeung is a Senior Program and Student Services Coordinator at CEA CAPA London.

 
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Dele Jaiyesimi
Academic Coordinator

Dele Jaiyesimi is an Academic Coordinator at CEA CAPA London.

 
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Julia Kitonis
Program and Student Services Assistant

Julia Kitonis is a Program and Student Services Assistant at CEA CAPA London where she works with visiting faculty to deliver custom programming in and around London as well as supporting student experience and welfare. Julia serves as the London Center's representative to the London Student Affairs Network's Student Affinity Groups, wherein she oversees the Jewish Students Abroad group and supports initiatives to further the study abroad experiences of students with diverse identities and backgrounds.

Julia holds an M.A. in Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance from the Goldsmiths, University of London and a B.A. (Hons) in Theatre from the University of Vermont. Alongside her work at CEA CAPA, she is a freelance dramaturg and theater critic and brings a range of industry connections and knowledge to her work with students interested in theatre arts. 

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LillyAnn Burke
Internships Coordinator

LillyAnn Burke is an Internships Coordinator for CEA CAPA London.

 
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Lisa Schappert
Program Lead: Direct Enrollment and Special Programs

Lisa Schappert is the Program Lead: Direct Enrollment and Special Programs at CEA CAPA London.

 
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Lucie Chaton
Internships Coordinator
Originally from Montpellier, France, Lucie Chaton now resides in London. She completed an MSc in International Development Practice from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She also has a BA in International Business Administration from the Montpellier Business School, France, and a BA in Business Administration from Coventry University, UK. Lucie previously worked for CEA CAPA as a Marketing Assistant in the Boston office in the summer of 2019. She loves dogs, the beach, and meeting new people.
 
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Lucila Batlle
Regional Administration and Operations Manager - UK & Ireland

Lucila Batlle is the Regional Administration and Operations Manager - UK & Ireland.

 
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Marlon Loria
Study Center Assistant

Marlon has experience both being a student and working with students in previous higher educational institutions, with a focus on student relations, queries, and customer-facing roles. Marlon holds a Law LLB, graduating from the University of Kent in 2018 with a final year Philosophy of Law dissertation, alongside studying additional courses in Film Genre and Linguistics. Marlon is also a keen music lover, dedicating a lot of time (and unfortunately money!) collecting various vinyl records from a range of artists and genres. 

 
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Maya Fraga
Housing Coordinator
Maya (she/her) holds bachelor’s degrees in international studies and East Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University and is a certified EFL/ESL teacher. She found her passion for facilitating intercultural communication while serving as an au pair in Spain. Maya then worked for her university’s Office of Study Abroad, beginning as an administrative assistant and later, after studying abroad herself at King’s College London, took on the role of Visiting International Students Program Coordinator. In addition to her focus on language acquisition, Maya specialized in sinology, including as a research assistant at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. After graduation, Maya served as an English language assistant in France, and in her spare time could be found plein air painting around Paris.
 
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Nataliia Vyspinksa, PhD
Academic Coordinator

Dr. Nataliia Vyspinska has been in the academic field for almost a decade and completed her PhD in educational sciences in 2020. She has a strong background in research, teaching, and administration. She joined CEA CAPA in 2022 and is particularly interested in teaching and innovative pedagogy and enjoys working with faculty and students. Natalie also loves dogs, hiking, and is an avid reader, both of classical and contemporary world literature.


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Patrick Gorman
Manager, London Internships
Originally from Rhode Island, Patrick has been living in London since getting his master's here in 2010. An American-British dual national, he has been delivering London internships and employability programs since 2014. Having devoted his career to young adults' personal and professional development, Patrick has a passion for helping students develop a growth mindset while using the cosmopolitan landscape of London to discover what they want out of life. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, singing karaoke, cooking, pub quizzes, and walking all over the city.
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Rania Mustafa
Regional Administration and Operations Coordinator
Rania (she/her) brings a wealth of experience and dedication to CEA CAPA. With a background in project coordination, she has honed her skills in problem solving, communication, and adaptability for over two years in the field. Rania's professional journey has equipped her with a keen eye for operational efficiency. She excels in technology proficiency, analytics, and time management, ensuring seamless coordination and communication across departments. Outside of work, Rania channels her energy into swimming, badminton, and any game that is puzzle-related, finding balance and inspiration that positively influences her professional approach. She is proud to contribute her skills to the dynamic CEA CAPA team, fostering collaboration and driving success in our shared mission. 
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Stewart Clegg
Assistant Director, Program and Student Services

Stewart Clegg is the Assistant Director, Program and Student Services for CEA CAPA London.

 
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Tarisha Lewin
Senior Internships Coordinator

Tarisha Lewin is a Senior Internships Coordinator at CEA CAPA London.

 
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Timothy Humphrys
Program and Student Services Coordinator

Timothy Humphrys is a Program and Student Services Coordinator at CEA CAPA London.

 
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Vee Moodley
Senior HR Business Partner
Vee is passionate about people and has spent the past two decades fine-tuning her HR skills across different industries, from the fast-paced world of FMCG to the rewarding realm of the charity sector. With a specialization in UK employment relations, Vee enjoys enabling leaders to create work environments where colleagues can prosper. She is so pleased to have joined CEA CAPA and is looking forward to supporting Global Operations in their exciting next chapter. 
 
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