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Meet the Research Advisory Board

A veritable who’s who of education industry leaders guide Intead’s student recruitment and enrollment research, leveraging their expertise to drive the industry forward. As Intead has more than its share of globally-focused data nerds on staff, this is a fantastic group for us to turn to for a fresh look at domestic and global student trends and a whole lot of laughter over all our travel stories. The group forming Intead’s Research Advisory Board consists of eight powerful industry leaders:

Brad Farnsworth
Principal, Fox Hollow Advisory

Brad has more than three decades of experience in international education, focusing on China, international business, study abroad, international students, and national policy issues. He spent the first three decades of his career working and teaching at Yale University and the University of Michigan. More recently he served as vice president for global engagement at the American Council on Education.  

Clay Hensley
Former Senior Director, International Strategy & Outreach at The College Board

With more than two decades of experience supporting the international engagement of higher education institutions globally, Clay frequently presents on issues impacting international education & student mobility. For 20+ years, Clay represented the College Board and its programs to international constituents. Prior to joining the College Board, Clay taught English literature and studio art at Serramonte del Rey High School in Daly City, California.

Jessica Sandberg
Dean of International Enrollment at Duke Kunshan University

Jessica joined Duke following her role at Temple University as Director of International Admissions. She is best known for her leadership of the national #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign to promote US Higher Education to prospective international students. Jessica is based in North Carolina and travels frequently between the US and China.

Hillary Dostal
Global Marketing Advisor at Pegasystems

Hillary enjoys working with faculty, colleagues, and partners on developing new paths to meet business goals. She is inspired by re-imagining how to create larger impact and more meaningful academic experiences -  never bound by “how we’ve done it before.” She brings her wealth of academic and corporate experience to Intead client engagements. Hillary is earning her Law and Policy Doctorate degree at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. 

Lakshmi Iyer
Executive Director & Head of Education at Sannam S4

Lakshmi's understanding of the international higher education and vocational training sectors proves invaluable to institutions seeking to establish and develop a more active international presence, whether for recruitment, research, partnerships, executive education or alumni development. Lakshmi is based in India.

Santhana Naidu
Vice President for Communications and Marketing at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Santhana is a marketing technologist who is passionate about higher education marketing, web and mobile tools. He is often visiting family in India and now traveling to other key recruiting markets in Asia to connect with students, university partners and education consultants. Known for his ability to think strategy and execute on tactics, Santhana is a well-rounded and grounded global marketing executive based in Indiana.
Michael Waxman-Lenz
Chief Executive Officer at American Technion Society

Michael Co-Founded Intead with Ben back in the day. He is an experienced CEO and General Manager with strong finance skills and highly developed strategic, management, and analytical skills focused on driving growth, improving performance and managing risk. Michael hails from Germany now based in New York City. His frequent flyer accounts are enviable.