Our Team

Management Team

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Sanjay Laul

CEO AND FOUNDER

Sanjay is a versatile and highly creative entrepreneur who has spent more than 15 years of operational and managerial experience in the international education sector. In April 2013, he founded MSM and to this day remains passionate about international education and new opportunities to improve personal and professional strengths.


Sanjay builds models through common-sense insight, fostering informed risk-taking, creating cultures of innovation, and empowering people. He has successfully conceived, developed, marketed, and implemented solutions for startups, building teams and partnerships in order to accelerate business growth. 


His proven track record includes mobilizing an experienced team of more than 250 professionals; creating a vast network of education agents and counselors in Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world; and thinking up customized solutions to international student recruitment globally. He specializes in strategic partnerships, human capital management, marketing communications, and print production, to name a few. 

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Shawn Swail

CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER

Shawn Swail is the Chief Business Officer at M Square Media, and he is responsible for coordinating with the CEO, finance head, and other leaders of the organization. He helps the team meet strategic and financial goals, ensuring the company meets federal and provincial regulatory standards. He also oversees contracts, human resources, procurement, compliance, and risk management.

 

 

Shawn has worked in the legal industry in British Columbia for 22 years. His business acumen and corporate skills in entrepreneurial ventures prove to be a strong addition to the corporate advisory team of Laul Global Ventures, as well as brands and institutions that MSM owns and operates.

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Don Young

PRESIDENT

Don Young brings more than 45 years of global experience to MSM. In his first career in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he was a helicopter pilot serving across Canada and overseas, as well as a commanding officer of a helicopter squadron in Edmonton and Haiti and the mission activation team in Eritrea. Upon retirement from the RCAF, Don joined St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario, where he was designated as a school Dean in engineering technology and trades for six years, then a Faculty Dean with four schools and 3,000 students for eight years. This portfolio included academic programs ranging from apprenticeships and certificates to bachelor’s degrees. He was then given responsibility for all international activities in the college and was promoted to Vice President for international education in 2017.

 

 

Don has visited more than 40 countries, mostly for work, and spent a considerable amount of time in Germany, Norway, China, Ireland, the United States, Somalia, Haiti, and Eritrea. His world experience and his broad work background are backed by his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in policy and management studies. He also maintains a significant focus on continuing to develop his own leadership, mentoring and nurturing other leaders, as well as accelerating organizations through strong leadership. Don lives in Kingston with his wife, Shirley. They have two married sons.

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Dean Duperron

CHAIRMAN, MSM HIGHERED

Dean Duperron has more than 34 years of experience in the education industry, overseeing a global network of campuses emphasizing the cohesiveness between academic and vocational disciplines. He has diverse business experience, spanning operations in trades, retail, wholesale, real estate investing, market investing, party and event planning, and mentoring entrepreneurs.

 

He successfully built two college systems including Sprott-Shaw Community College, which he bought in 1991 and transformed into a profitable operation with 29 Canadian campuses (26 in British Columbia and three in Alberta). He also founded Sprott-Shaw Degree College, now known as Ascenda College, the first private community college in B.C. to be granted the right to confer bachelor’s degrees.

 

With nearly four decades of expertise and insight helming an international conglomeration of colleges, Dean’s leadership has helped hundreds of thousands of graduates enjoy successful careers in business, trades, administration, information technology, and healthcare.

 

Dean was born in Alberta and grew up in Vancouver. He studied biochemistry and computer science at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. Today he lives in the Greater Vancouver area with his wife, Sherri, and their three children.

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Donna Hooker

PRESIDENT, MSM HIGHERED

Donna has worked in the international education field for 30 years. She has a comprehensive knowledge of policy and practise in the public post-secondary education system in British Columbia, Canada and worldwide. She is a past board chair for the BC Centre for International Education and has held senior management roles at BC Institute for Technology, Vancouver Community College, and most recently at Capilano University.

 

Donna has demonstrated excellence in leadership with a focus on international education and services marketing, as well as in her role as interim Dean of Business for 3 years at Vancouver Community College. Donna holds an MBA with a strategic focus on Services Marketing and International Education and has facilitated the professional development of others by teaching general business and service marketing in Canada as well as internationally. Donna joined M Square Media as President after having had first hand experience as an MSM client that was excellent.

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Dr. Alex Parnia

PRESIDENT, US

Dr. Alex Parnia brings more than 30 years of experience performing a variety of successful roles at elite academic institutions as a faculty member, campus Dean, Vice-President of Marketing and Enrollment, Executive Vice- President, Provost, and President. He specializes in crafting innovative and scalable solutions and matrices to enable exponential revenue increases for academic institutions. His list of commendable triumphs is never-ending and he has also created leadership programs and taught management and business courses at leading institutions.

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Suneetha Qureshi

VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL

Suneetha is a results oriented professional with an impeccable track record of successfully launching Asia and Africa operations of many North American and European institutions., Suneetha also has more than a decade of experience in the education sector. She is a motivational speaker, lecturer and entrepreneur and is committed to quality education and exceptional team development in the education sector. She is proficient in six languages; English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Gujarati & Marathi.

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Andrew Disbury

VICE PRESIDENT, UNITED KINGDOM

Andrew has a 30-year career that combines an academic background in international business with education leadership and management experience in China, India, Scotland and England. 

 

He has held several different positions that include Pro Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement, International Director, Admissions Director, and Principal Lecturer at four British universities. He also served as the British Council’s Education Director in China. Andrew has been a member of MSM’s International Advisory Board since its inception. 

 

 

His areas of specialization include student recruitment, customer journey improvement, and enhancing enrollment numbers; developing, implementing and reviewing education strategy; multi-office team development and management; and diversity and inclusion both in staff management and customer service.

 

 

Apart from his track record of participating in national committees, Andrew is an active member of the European Association for International Education, currently serving as the chair of its Awards and Talent Committee. As a student, Andrew benefited from international exchange schemes that allowed him as an undergraduate student to study in China and France.

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Jo Nesbitt

VICE PRESIDENT, UNITED KINGDOM

Jo has over 28 years of notable work and experience in the higher education sector. Her previous roles include Director and Deputy Director positions at the University of Southampton, focusing on international recruitment, international relations, and international development. 


In 2014, she spent six months in India at IITRoorkee, developing an international office and internationalisation strategy. Jo went on to become Solent University’s Director of International Development. She then consolidated international activities in the university, becoming Director of the International Office.


Originally from Australia, Jo moved to the UK as an international student to study classics and then completed her MBA at the University of Southampton,  specializing in higher education management. 


She is consulted regularly by government bodies,, works with the British Council and other organisations, has led several university consortia, and has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences over the years. 

International Advisory Board

The MSM International Advisory Board is an influential team of international education leaders who will provide guidance, mentorship, and advice as MSM continues to grow and expand our efforts worldwide.

US Advisory Board

The MSM US International Advisory Board serves as a body of mentors and guides for MSM’s endeavors in the United States, helping the organization grow and expand its presence in the country as well as throughout the globe.

International Advisory Board

US Advisory Board

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Renee Martinez

FORMER PRESIDENT,
LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE

In August of 2012, Renée was appointed as interim President at Los Angeles City College (LACC) by the Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District and permanent President in June of 2013. Her responsibilities include managing all college departments, faculty, and staff as well as overseeing the college budget, student success, student support services and overseeing the bond supported building projects taking place on campus. Her responsibility is to provide the vision, leadership, and strategic direction to ensure that LACC achieves goals set forth by the Los Angeles Community College District. She continues to put students and those most in need at the forefront and enjoys the challenges of developing and sustaining programs and policies that will continue the more-than-80-year tradition of educational excellence in the Los Angeles Community College District. Her career, at every level, has been a reflection of the college mission of an inclusive and effective learning and working environment for all. The district goal of student success influences every decision she makes.

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Dr. Dewayne Frazier

PROVOST,
IOWA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

He is known as an academic entrepreneur and his career is marked by enrollment growth through creative academic programming. Dr. Frazier’s portfolio includes the Adult and Graduate Programs (online), library services, academic support, international education, Registrar Office, Office of Student Development, career services, community service office, campus ministries and the university academic divisions (Business, Education, Humanities, Nursing, and Sciences). He serves on the President’s Cabinet and is also a full professor in the Division of Business. He is also a national presenter on academic entrepreneurship. He has presented at the World Conference of the International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education, NAFSA national conference and Academic Impressions.


Dr. Frazier earned his Bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University in Political Science/ Mathematics. He completed his M.A. in international politics at the Patterson School for Diplomacy and International Commerce on the campus of the University of Kentucky and finished an additional M.A. at the University of Louisville in higher education administration. Dr. Frazier completed his Ph.D. in leadership at the University of Louisville.  His dissertation topic was focused on international education.

 

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Dr. Dan Carey

PRESIDENT EMERITUS,
EDGEWOOD COLLEGE

During his tenure, Carey led Edgewood College through remarkable growth and progress especially in four major areas: enhancing campus community, putting students first, expanding and strengthening academic programs, and leading through building strong relationships. Prior to serving at Edgewood College, Carey served for nine years as the President of Benedictine College, his alma mater.

 

Since retiring as President, Carey co-founded a Higher Education consulting partnership, called MPK&D. He serves as an Executive Coach for college and university presidents and works with Boards of Trustees. He started a program for those “Aspiring to the College Presidency” and served as the leader of this program for nine years.

 

Carey earned his B.A. degree from Benedictine College and received an M.A. in Psychology, Counseling and Guidance and his Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. As part of his postdoctoral studies, Dr. Carey attended Harvard University’s “Institute for Educational Management” in 1986. He was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study international education in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1995.

 

Dan Carey, Colonel (ret.) is also a decorated Vietnam War veteran. Prior to entering higher education, he served as a platoon leader and company commander in the U.S. Army. He later commanded a Squadron in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He retired as a full Colonel. His service to higher education included chairing the Board of Directors for the National Association of Independent colleges and universities. He served on the Board for the Council of Independent Colleges and continues to serve on the Board of the Westerman Foundation.

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Dr. Mark Schulman

FORMER PRESIDENT,
SAYBROOK UNIVERSITY

Prior presidencies include Saybrook University in San Francisco from 2010 to 2016, Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, from 2003 to 2010, where he led the successful turn-around of the institution, and Antioch University Southern California. Other administrative and faculty appointments include: Academic Dean/Vice President, Dean of the College, and Professor at Pacific Oaks College; Chairperson, Communication Department/Director, Graduate Media Studies/Lead Faculty, Distance Learning/ Distinguished Lecturer in Communications at the New School for Social Research; Chairperson/Deputy Chairperson, Communications, Film and Video Department, and Associate Professor at City College of New York.

 

Dr. Schulman’s extensive academic experience also includes positions at Saint Mary’s College of California, Antioch College, and Mount Vernon College. He has an extensive background in communications and education consulting and higher education administration. Dr. Schulman’s work has been published in a number of reports, journals, and texts relevant to his areas of interest. He has made numerous presentations and lectures. He served as the President of the Vermont Higher Education Council in 2006-2007; on the Executive Committee of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges from 2005 to 2010, and on the Board of Directors of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility from 2005 to 2010. Dr. Schulman received his Doctor of Philosophy in Communications from The Union Institute and University.

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Dr. Ed Johnson

FORMER PRESIDENT,
STERLING COLLEGE

UGS is dedicated to achieving the preferred futures of America’s independent colleges and universities to create and execute distinctive, market-driven strategic plans, initiatives and inspiring stories, driven by innovative, long-term revenue stream solutions that will fuel their futures.

 

In 2003, Dr. Johnson created University Realty Advisors, LLC to advise universities, cities, developers, and financiers on the development of branch campuses in the US Sunbelt. Advisory services include environmental scanning, business plan development, academic consortium planning, and site master planning. Dr. Johnson currently serves on the boards of Second Nature (coalition of 600+ universities moving to carbon neutrality) (chair), Sias International University (China’s largest private university) (chair), Prescott College (AZ) (Vice-Chair), the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP), and the GREIT Liquidation Trust. Dr. Johnson’s 30+ year higher education career includes leadership positions in both public and independent higher education.

 

 

 

His accomplishments include:

 

  • Creation of the nation’s first Law, Science, and Technology Center at Arizona State University’s College of Law
  • Creation of the nation’s first undergraduate program in social entrepreneurship at Sterling College
  • Creation of the first international leadership degree program for Habitat for Humanity International at Sterling College
  • Creation of the nation’s first private-sector 529 College Savings Program in Arizona
 
 
 
 

Dr. Johnson previously led two higher education organizations, Everest College Phoenix and Everest University Online. From 1997-2003, he also served as President of Sterling College (Kansas), a liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (US). Dr. Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and a Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in History and Political Science from Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa).

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Fred Siegel
 
 

Fred Siegel has 40 years of expertise in the field of higher education. He successfully led initiatives around enrollment management, admissions, and student affairs at four prestigious universities, namely Boston University, University of Delaware, George Washington University, and Claremont Graduate University. Fred has taken on various key positions in those institutions, including director of admissions (Boston University), assistant vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions (GWU), associate provost for enrollment services (University of Delaware), and vice provost for student and enrollment services/dean of students (Claremont Graduate University).

 

 

At the University of Delaware, Fred’s work directing several offices was instrumental in the university landing its largest freshman classes in history within two years and achieving a 40% increase in applications within six years. Currently, Fred maintains his own consulting practice, as well as provides organizational analysis and training for university staff and management teams. Throughout his career, Fred has been featured in publications like The Boston Globe, New York Times, TIME, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, and Chronicle of Higher Education. He has been invited to numerous conferences as a panel member and guest speaker. He also represented the College Board to the House Judiciary Committee in 1996.

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Sarah Todd

VICE PRESIDENT GLOBAL, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY AND PRESIDENT APAIE
AUSTRALIA

As well as leading Griffith’s internationalisation activities, Professor Todd is currently President of APAIE (Asia Pacific Association of International Education), an appointed member of the Queensland Government’s International Education and Training Advisory Group (IETAG) and a member of both the Universities Australia and Innovative Research Universities (IRU) International Committees, as well as being on the boards of Study Gold Coast and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), the M Square Media advisory board and a Director of the Foundation for Asia Japan Studies. She also serves as a member of the Association for Commonwealth Universities (ACU) International Steering Group.

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Raghwa Gopal

PRESIDENT & CEO AT INNOVATE BC
CANADA

A noted entrepreneur with over 30 years of international business experience and a recognized technology background, Raghwa has a deep understanding of business strategy, operational efficiency and organizational alignment.

 

Raghwa is a member of the Board of Governors at UBC and has guest lectured at UBC Okanagan in the Faculty of Management (Business) and the School of Arts and Sciences (Computer Science).  He was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Okanagan College School of Business, was named Honorary Fellow of the College and has served as the director of numerous community-based commissions and foundations including the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission, the Okanagan College Foundation Board, Women’s Enterprise Centre, Project Literacy, YMCA, RCMP Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board and the Okanagan Angel Network of technology entrepreneurs.

 

A graduate of Central Institute of Technology, Wellington, New Zealand in Information Technology, Raghwa has also received degrees in computer science from Collier MacMillan School, Australia and the University of the South Pacific. In addition to his IT expertise, Raghwa is a certified Business and Executive Coach and a lead mentor, well known for his ongoing support and mentorship of young professionals, women in business and First Nations entrepreneurs.

 

Raghwa has a longstanding record of community and international leadership in establishing networks to reduce poverty, improve literacy, support health initiatives, offer disaster relief and encourage charitable works.  His numerous awards include the Kelowna Community Leader Award, Top 40 Over 40, BC Community Achievement Award, Rotary Club Vocational Service Award, Man of the Year – Kelowna Civic Awards, Canadian Immigrant of the Year, Technology Innovator of the Year and Kelowna Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Markus Laitinen

SENIOR ADVISOR, UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, GENERAL COUNCIL MEMBER AND IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT, EAIE
EUROPE

He is currently the senior adviser to the University’s leadership in internationalisation, with responsibilities in strategic management and policy development. In 2014 he was elected to a leadership position at the European Association for International Education (EAIE), and he served as the Association’s President in 2016-2018. During this period, he chaired the Association’s Board, and led its strategic development. As Immediate Past President, he currently sits in the EAIE’s General Council. Markus Laitinen is an active speaker and author in university internationalisation, and he holds a Master’s in Social Sciences (international politics) from the University of Helsinki. He gets his most creative ideas running long-distance.

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Clark Hortsing​

VICE PRESIDENT SALES AND MARKETING AT GUARD.ME INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE
CANADA

As the Vice President Sales and Marketing, he has worked with the executive team to manage consistent growth – doubling the size of guard.me every three years since 2006. At York University, he moved from Student Affairs into international student services early in his career and remained there for most of his time with the University. As the Associate Director of York International he oversaw the consolidation and reorganization of many of the day to day supports for international students and guided the growth of the department from a lone employee to a robust student-centered service facility supporting incoming international students as well as domestic students undertaking a study abroad experience while at York. When not travelling the world on behalf of guard.me International Insurance, Clark looks for opportunities to sail in various locations around the globe and enjoys time with his family.