Our story

At Upgrad GSP, we are dedicated to linking international students with education providers worldwide. Upgrad GSP enables digital transformation in student recruitment through our unique all-in-one technology platform.

Connecting institution and recruitment partners globally through our unique B2B marketplace.

Our Vision

To provide students around the world with access to educational choices that will positively change their lives and ultimately impact the world for the better.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to connect recruitment partners globally with education providers globally through a unique online B2B Edtech platform that enables students to access the most comprehensive selection of study options anywhere in the world.
We embrace our mission and live it every day and we are committed to transforming lives through education!

Our People

Creating a two-sided EdTech marketplace for international student recruitment needed careful consideration of staff from across the international education and technology spectrum. Our small central team formed a solid foundation for Upgrad GSP to rapidly extend its global footprint.
In conjunction with Upgrad GSP’s Chairman and advocate, Jim FitzSimons, Elaine quickly established an outstanding board of directors with deep domain experience in international education and technology.

This led to the addition of Vienne Baker – VP of Conversions and Compliance together with Kevin Morgan and the Upgrad GSP development team, Vienne first focused on codifying the Upgrad GSP methodology to position the technology platform to rapidly scale.

Upgrad GSP know 2020 has been a difficult year for the international education sector, we have set up additional offices to help support our institution and recruitment partners. Upgrad GSP continued growth and expansion opening in Pakistan, Brazil, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Canada. We have added to our leadership teams in our markets and continuously seek to provide better outcomes for our partners.

Learn more about Our Team and how they can help you build your business in your region.

Partners & Advisory Board

Global Study Partners Board & Advisory Board

Elaine Starkey

Co-Founder
and CEO

Jim FitzSimons

Chairman

Kevin Morgan

COO and
Director

Geoff Carrick

Director

Tim Praill

Director

Lew Wernick

Director

Christopher Saxon

Director

Patrick Colabucci

Director

Victor Jiang

Director

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Elaine Starkey​

Co-Founder and CEO ​

From a teacher of Mathematics, to starting a global publishing company, to co-founding an International Education Enterprise, Irish born Elaine Starkey is passionate about ensuring students have a truly rewarding international education experience.

She is a strong believer in the transformational power of education. When harnessed with real commitment, education can have a global impact. As the Co-Founder of the Studylane aggregation platform (Global Study Partners), Elaine is an inspiring leader and strategist, committed to delivering unparalleled access for students to study anywhere in the world, at any time – creating global leaders through education.

Jim FitzSimons

Chairman

Jim FitzSimons was a partner of Clayton Utz for 22 years before deciding to concentrate on providing strategic advice to start-ups. He served on the Council of the Tokyo based Inter-Pacific Bar Association, the premier organisation for commercial lawyers in APAC, and was President of the IPBA in 2006-7. He continues to practise law at international firm Bird & Bird and he is consistently rated as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in his field of IT/IP law. Six years of providing strategic advice to a diverse range of growing businesses and helping them achieve their goals has given Jim a profound understanding of the issues and opportunities facing such businesses in Australia. Jim has been an adviser to Studylane since its very early stages in 2014 and understands the business at a very deep level.

Kevin Morgan

COO and Director

Kevin is a deeply experienced CEO, COO and Board member with over 3 decades of operational , sales, technology and senior executive success across financial services enterprises, global technology businesses and start up digital enterprises.

He previously drove the multi-million dollar Australian operation of a global services business and has run the regional operations of some of Australia’s largest listed technology companies. Kevin has been with Studylane since inception and has been intimately involved in every aspect of the business. As COO he drives key relationships, product strategy and execution; technology and operational processes across the business.

Geoff Carrick

Director

Geoff has had a 20+ year career in Australian equity capital markets. Geoff’s career included time as head of ECM at Commonwealth Bank, more than a decade at Macquarie Capital and most recently the Head of Corporate Finance…

in Shaw and Partners since 2016.

Tim Praill

Director

Tim’s previous roles included head of Navitas Ventures, GM strategy and Transformation Navitas and partner at Guinevere capital. He has recently taken up the role of COO At Faethm AI.

Lew Wernick

Director

Lew’s wide range of experience as a Director for international student recruitment agencies, Digital student recruitment companies and International Offices within UK universities, colleges and pathway providers has provided him a unique perspective on the complexities of international education.

Christopher Saxon

Director

Christopher has spent most of his career as Principal and Senior Partner of Baker McKenzie and in the immediate past National Chairman of the Australian Offices. He is an expert advisor on mergers & acquisitions and the…

development of new projects across a range of sectors, and he has also advised governments on major trade sales and contracting arrangements, including restructuring and privatisations. Christopher is committed to working alongside Global Study Partner’s key executives to drive and execute a clear funding pathway to IPO.

Patrick Colabucci

Director

Having worked in countries like Japan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the US, Patrick has played a crucial role in serving students and institutions in California’s private and public universities. He has also been involved in AIRC, agency management, and university partnership development. Being an international student himself, Patrick understands the value of global exposure in shaping one’s life… Read Less He is dedicated to providing students with access to high-quality education. Patrick believes GSP can provide life-changing experiences for students and rich globalisation for institutional partners.

Victor Jiang

Director

Founding Chairman of Sapien Ventures – a fintech and high growth business focused VC firm with a presence across Silicon Valley, Australia and China; Victor sits on the Board of 6 technology companies across the 3 continents (4 as Chairman); serial entrepreneur; worked across 12 countries, having worked with 5 of the largest consultancies in the world, 35 of the Fortune 50 companies as clients, and advised many start-ups.

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