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The value of Expertise

50+ years of combined experience in the higher education industry including 30+ years in Asia create a lot of insights, learnings, and ideas to improve lives through education.

Our Team

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Dirk Hopfl

Founder & Managing Director

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Miko David

Strategic Advisor

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Sharang Dhaimade

Strategic Advisor

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Youjin Sung

Strategic Advisor

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Javier Marin

Strategic Advisor

Dirk Hopfl

Dirk has 20+ years of experience in the higher education industry. He worked for one of the most progressive, global top-tier higher education institutions, IE Business School, and the largest online education provider in the Spanish-speaking world, Proeduca Group.

Dirk acquired his wealth of knowledge in Admissions by innovating and leading the Admissions Department. He developed and executed the market development strategy for Asia for a European institution.

During his 15 years living and working in Asia, he localized student recruitment strategies and build both academic and non-academic partnerships across the region. Understanding educational institutions as community builders, he developed a regional ecosystem with alumni, universities, and institutions to foster sustainable growth.

He has been a regular panelist in education conferences, most recently participating in the QS Higher Education Summit China 2022. Dirk empowered and coached team members and peers on Student Recruitment Strategies, Analytics, and Admissions.

Dirk holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a double major in Finance and HR from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He pursued an MBA and an Advanced Management Program at IE Business School, Spain. Most recently, Dirk completed a micro-MBA in EdTech and Higher Education Leadership from ConnectED, Australia.

Dirk is passionate about the education industry and considers himself a life-long learner. He continuously explores how to improve technology-supported processes and investigates how learning agility can impact student recruitment processes.

Dirk is the strategic advisor for the EdTech start-up speechsquare.

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Miko David

Miko David is President of David & Golyat, a digital strategy consulting firm that provides business & market intelligence, to help organizations make calculated, performance-driven decisions.

Prior to founding David & Golyat, Miko was previously Marketing Communications Director for Globe Telecom's Small & Medium Business Group and also served at the Global New Business HQ of Havas Media in Madrid, Spain. He was also based in the regional office in Singapore, where he served as Senior Digital Manager.

Miko has spoken about digital trends and online consumer insights on CNN Philippines and News 5. His other speaking engagements have also been covered by BusinessWorld, The Philippine Star, Inquirer.net, When In Manila, and other news organizations.

He has taught master's students from London Business School and was previously Adjunct Faculty at the National University of Singapore's Institute of Systems Science and a mentor for Plug and Play Tech Center (Singapore). At home, he has also conducted classes at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Ateneo Graduate School of Business, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines, Certified Digital Marketer, and FTW Foundation.

Miko earned his MBA from IE Business School. He is also a member of the Philippine Map Collectors Society (PHIMCOS), an Independent Board Member at Startup Village, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP).

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Sharang Dhaimade

Sharang has 8+ years of experience in the higher education industry. He started off his career as Executive Assistant to the President of S P Jain School of Global Management - Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, and Sydney where Sharang contributed to admissions, outreach, and corporate relations. Sharang had a short stint in Singapore with Global Data as a Regional Sales Manager where he built relationships with Higher Education Universities in the APAC region.

He then joined IE University Spain as an Associate Director in the India & South Asia office, based out of Mumbai. At IE, Sharang led student recruitment, strategic partnerships, and corporate relations in the India & South Asia region.

In 2019, Sharang co-founded SEED Global Education where we aim to be the leading partner for global higher education institutions looking to grow their international footprint and build local presence in key strategic markets. SEED has helped higher education institutions like INSEAD, George Washington University, New York University, IE University, MISB Bocconi, Hong Kong University, Nanyang Technological University and many more reach their strategic objectives.

Sharang has completed his MBA from S P Jain School of Global Management. He also loves teaching – he is a Visiting Faculty at the Indian Institute of Digital Education (IIDE).

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Youjin Sung

Youjin is Managing Director of the positive thinking company, LnD, an educational consulting provider with specialties in fast-changing trends and teaching methodologies.

LnD aims to be the initial contact for local and global educational groups for a market extension. Youjin has a high interest in helping people with teaching skills, personal growth, and building positive team relationships. Youjin gets energized by people.

She has worked as Country Director of IE Business School, Associate Director at KAIST, certified facilitator for MNEs and startups, and designed diverse programs such as Fun&Learn, Lan school, YNOTNOW, How’s your, etc.

Youjin has also published a self-development book to help an individual’s career and personal goal setting.

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Javier Marin

Javier has extensive experience in the development and management of companies in the education sector. He is Director of Business Development at the Proeduca education group building a global network of educational consultants and portals for MIU City University Miami. Prior to that, he created education franchise projects from scratch with exponential growth, Javier is advising startups and technology companies on digital transformation.

Javier holds a BBA from the University of Granada, an MBA with a finance specialization as well as a Masters in Internet Business. He is a lecturer on Innovation Management at UNIR.

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