Dr Vishwajeet Rana completed an MBA from Ohio University and gained an MS and PhD from Stevens Institute of Technology. Dr Rana has executed a number of complex cross-border equity-/debt-structured investments and financing transactions in the UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Hong Kong while working at HSBC’s New York office. He enjoys evaluating different global education models and applying them to unlock the potential of students through higher education.
Leo is the Group Managing Director of GEDU. He initially joined the GEDU group as Managing Director of GBS in 2021, bringing a wealth of experience having worked internationally as a strategy, transformation, and higher education leader for over 25 years. His most recent position was as Vice President, Transformation, Strategy and Planning at Richmond at the American International University in London.
As Group Managing Director, Leo is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all GEDU group businesses and plays a key role in the development of the future strategic direction of the business worldwide.
The GEDU Chief Academic Officer, Professor Ray Lloyd, joined the GEDU group as CEO of GBS in September 2020. He was previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University and a Head of Department and then a Dean at Abertay University.
Professor Lloyd’s first degree was in mathematics, a subject he taught for several years both in London and then Botswana, where he held several positions with Botswana Athletics, including Director of Coaching.
He returned to the UK in 1996 to undertake a Master’s degree in Sports Science, later gaining a PhD in the same discipline. He has worked widely as a sports consultant with several sporting institutions including the English Premier League, First Class Cricket, Tennis, and Squash.
His current portfolio spans the academic life of all GEDU group businesses including Research, Academic Partnerships, and Student Support. Professor Lloyd is a trustee of the Zimbabwe Educational Trust charity and has chaired the board of two Multi-Academy Trusts in West Yorkshire.
Petros Neocleous joined GBS in November 2021. Petros has worked with many giant corporations across a wide range of industries, helping them grow and restructure their businesses. His ethos has always been to ensure that Finance partners with the business rather than simply policing their finances, and he brings this collaborative approach into the ever-expanding GEDU family.
Stanley Johnson is a passionate environmentalist and advocate for animal welfare. He is an ambassador for the UNEP Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals and a recipient of the Greenpeace Award for Services to the Environment.
He previously served on the staff of the World Bank, worked with the European Commission during 1973-1979 as Head of the Prevention of Pollution Division, and served as MEP for Wight and Hampshire until 1982. Mr. Johnson is also an accomplished novelist and prize-winning poet.
After studying Economics at Cambridge and Yale, Sir Tim Lankester joined the British Civil Service in 1973. He held several senior positions at the Treasury (including roles as Britain’s Director on the boards of the IMF, the World Bank, and the European Investment Bank), as well as prominent roles at the Department for International Development and the Department for Education.
During 1978-1981 he was Private Secretary (Economic Affairs) to Prime Ministers James Callaghan and Margaret Thatcher. From 1981-1983 he was seconded from the Civil Service to investment bank S. G. Warburg. He was knighted for public service in 1994.
Lady Gabriella Kingston is a prominent author and philanthropist. She advises Latin American companies expanding into the UK (and vice-versa), drawing from her experience living in the region and from her work with Latin America’s public and private sectors over the past twelve years.
Lady Gabriella is an accomplished writer, having featured in several prominent UK media outlets including the Sunday Telegraph, the Evening Standard, Country Life, The Spectator, and The London Magazine. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from Linacre College, Oxford.