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Leadership and Management Team
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Our Leadership and Management Team

Our leadership and management team have decades of experience having worked in the industry globally for many years. Having experienced management, that understands the industry, the employment sector and education ensures quality of education outcomes and industry connected learning.

Our team invest a lot of time in making sure our content, platforms and your learning experience are the best in the industry. They are dedicated to ensuring quality education outcomes for all Pacific Training Group students. They come from a variety of interesting backgrounds but all share the same vision; to provide quality education to all students and to ensure that their learning is affordable, flexible and fun.

Our Leadership and Management Team

Our leadership and management team have decades of experience having worked in the industry globally for many years. Having experienced management, that understands the industry, the employment sector and education ensures quality of education outcomes and industry connected learning.

Our team invest a lot of time in making sure our content, platforms and your learning experience are the best in the industry. They are dedicated to ensuring quality education outcomes for all Pacific Training Group students. They come from a variety of interesting backgrounds but all share the same vision; to provide quality education to all students and to ensure that their learning is affordable, flexible and fun.

Our Leadership Team

Philip Kilic – Chief Executive Officer

Philip has held strategic senior leadership roles within the global education industry for over 25 years. During this time Philip has successfully established and managed education organisations across Asia Pacific and has built sales and marketing functions for iconic Australian education businesses that have led to significant market growth. (SAE Institutes Asia, THINK Education Group, Open Colleges Group Australia).

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As one of the founding executives of Open Colleges Group Australia, he created and operationalised a sophisticated student recruitment model that led its rapid organisational growth. Philip’s extensive experience in the development and leadership of personnel and ensuring operations are strongly supported by the application of data and technology is a model with demonstrable success. His deep operational understanding on how to best implement and use digital technologies and data analytics to assist in market growth, improve learner satisfaction and business optimization is recognized global best practice.

Philip has established businesses in Turkey, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China and Myanmar through private and government ventures, franchise and wholly owned; a private university acquisition in Chongqing, China; founding the franchising and licensing division of SAE Institutes Global and continues to advise firms on areas of online learning, business turnarounds and transformation. Philip has also presented and given talks on invitation of governments and industry across Asia.

Philip is passionate about teaching and providing quality education to students to achieve their career goals.

Marie Bennett – Chief Operating Officer

Marie is an experienced Manager & Global Business Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the education and e-learning industry for over 10 years. Marie is highly skilled in Career Development, Admissions, Academic Advising and Instructional Design. She is a strong consulting professional with a Diploma of Business and is currently working towards her MBA.

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Marie was part of the sales and international team with Open Colleges Group Australia for over 8 years. She then progressed to Pacific Training Group in 2019 where she is now responsible for managing the B2C Australia and International sales divisions, Marketing and Course Development teams in her role as the Director of International Partnerships.

Marie has established many partnerships in Australia and the Global markets, especially in the Asia market.

Marie’s passion is to deliver quality education and meet student outcomes so that students can succeed and be successful in their chosen future career.

Our Management Team

Sharon Mandel – Head of Education

Sharon’s 15 years of experience in the education sector has given her a unique perspective on what it takes to be successful. She is committed to not only providing students with an enjoyable learning environment, but also one that leads them into their future careers paths.

Sharon formerly worked as a Training Manager, overseeing seven sites where she delivered job-readiness training to unemployed individuals and assisted them in transitioning into new careers or helping them find work.

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With her background, Sharon has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to create an engaging learning environment. This gives her the ability to not only focus on continually improving our programs but to also ensure that we always have top-notch trainers who can help students reach their full potential and prepare them for success after graduation.

Pacific Training Group is very fortunate to have a leader like Sharon who has dedicated her career to helping students succeed. Her knowledge in education and eagerness on using it whenever possible ensures the best possible experience for our graduates!

Will Bouzas – Director of Sales (B2B)

 With over 7 years’ experience in international education, Will is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Pacific Training Group’s Sales department (B2B), including global student recruitment, partnerships development and the management of our agents’ network.

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Will holds a Bachelor of Marketing and different specialisations in Consultative Selling and Strategic Marketing. Will joined Pacific Training Group in 2018 after more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience. With a diverse background selling services in telecommunications, ICT, IT and education sectors, he has gained extensive exposure to complex sales processes.

Will held various roles at Telecom, one of the largest telecommunications companies in Latin America. Being responsible for the top clients of the B2B division, he contributed to a significant revenue growth thanks to his strategic approach to sales which led to numerous eight-figure contracts signed with the most important clients of the region.

He is passionate about teamwork and a firm believer in the use of different perspectives in decision-making and problem-solving processes, which enabled him to lead various multidisciplinary teams across different industries.

Kostya Ananin – Director of Commercial Development

Kostya has been involved in a number of challenging projects all over the world, from Australia to Vietnam, Europe and Canada. He is well known for his leadership roles at educational companies and has helped them grow significantly over the last 20 years.

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After obtaining an Engineering Degree, Kostya moved to Australia to study World Economics and Business Management. Since then, Kostya has truly made a mark in the education sector as a distinct and efficient Marketing and Business Development Professional.

Kostya has a passion for building strong teams and creating clear direction. He loves to gather talented people, shape a vision, create meaningful goals as well as provide opportunities for growth that set the business and its people up for success.

He truly believes that everyone in the world should be given an opportunity to get a high-quality education.

Priscilla Guo – Quality Assurance & Compliance Manager

Priscilla has more than 10 years’ experience in vocational and higher education, overseeing governance, quality assurance and student experience.

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With an Honours Degree in Psychology, Priscilla’s passion lies in empowering students through education and developing education solutions that supports this process.

This experience enables Priscilla to implement and maintain a quality framework to ensure compliant and efficient internal operations at PTG. Her role involves ensuring full compliance with the Standards for RTOs 2015 and the National Code in all of the institution’s operating policies and procedures and identifying opportunities for improvement to existing policies from the regular review of processes.

Priscilla is also actively involved in teaching undergraduate programs and delivering professional development to educators. With first-hand experience in all aspects of adult education delivery, Priscilla has a deep appreciation of issues and challenges and has strong abilities in developing pragmatic solutions.

Ritul Jindal – Finance Manager

Ritul has over 10 years of experience in providing professional services across a broad range of finance areas and he joined Pacific Training Group in July 2019 as an accounts manager.

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Ritul is a qualified accountant with demonstrable experience in positions of high responsibility. He supports the executive management team by offering insights and financial advice that will allow them to make the best business decisions for Pacific Training Group.

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