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    The PIE Exec Search is part of The PIE portfolio of services, which delivers news, market intelligence, industry events and recruitment solutions to the international education sector.


    We benefit from our unique position within The PIE ecosystem of stakeholders in international education. On the back of The PIE’s widely-read and trusted content, we inhabit a worldwide community of professionals at all levels in international education, and we are informed on the latest news and trends in the sector.

    Since 2011, we have worked on over 250 roles in 20 countries.


    Why The PIE Exec Search?

    Our expertise lies at the intersection of education and commercial opportunity. Our clients turn to us to find individuals who know how to apply and operate commercial disciplines in an educational setting. We have a deep understanding of this complex and often delicate nexus, where educational integrity must be respected and maintained, whilst making the most of what it offers to the vast appetite for it around the world.

    We are very proud that over 50% of our work comes from our existing clients who continue to use our services.


    We work with all types of organisations operating within
    international education and have placed candidates in a
    broad range of roles across the globe.

    Accommodation providers
    Agents and aggregators
    Business schools
    Edtech companies
    Event organisers
    Examination boards/testing services
    Independent schools
    International schools
    Language providers
    Pathway providers
    Student support services companies

    Academic leadership – all levels
    Business Development – all levels
    International Admissions – all levels
    International Recruitment – all levels
    International Relations & Partnerships
    all levels
    International Sales – all levels
    Managing Director/C-suite
    Marketing/Digital Marketing – all levels
    Operations – all levels

    East Asia
    Middle East
    South America
    South Asia
    South East Asia

    The PIE Exec Search approach

    01. Media reach

    We benefit from our media reach via and, which has 195K visitors each month. In 2022 we hosted 61 webinars and had 1500 attendees at our events.

    02. Reputation

    We have gained a reputation as experts in the international education industry. We can help build diverse teams in different countries and recruit in complex regions. Candidates come to us because they know we can provide them with the best options in the market.

    03. PIE Jobs

    We utilise local job boards if required, with the added value for our clients free of advertising on our own, successful jobs board, The PIE Jobs.

    04. Headhunting

    For all roles we run an extensive search campaign using our vast industry network to approach candidates directly. We are able to access high calibre individuals who are not actively seeking a new position, but who could be interested in learning about a career opportunity.

    05. Social media & advertising

    We have 90K followers across our social media channels, including 40K on LinkedIn, and this reach enables our consultants to connect to a vast number of candidates across the sectors we recruit for.

    06. Market knowledge

    The extensive market knowledge our consultants have is invaluable when sourcing candidates. They have in-depth knowledge of candidate availability and movement within the market, and the skill sets required for success.

    07. Timeframe

    The estimated timeline to deliver a final shortlist for a specified brief is 4-6 weeks.

    08. Guarantee

    An important guarantee of the quality of our work is that if we fail to make an appointment after the first shortlist is presented, which is very rare, we will carry out a repeat of the search at no additional charge.


    How we work


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    Meet the Team

    Amy Baker

    As Founder and CEO of The PIE, Amy is an international education expert with over 25 years’ experience in the sector. She divides her time between recruitment, editorial oversight and strategic growth of The PIE. Amy set up The PIE’s Jobs Board and Exec Search division at the company’s inception in 2011, because of the extensive network she had acquired in her previous capacity as a news  journalist in international education. That network has grown significantly during The PIE’s development and remains a crucial resource of the Exec Search team. Amy has a BA in Journalism with French from City University.

    Lisa Phillipps
    Executive Search Director

    Lisa is a chartered accountant by background who moved to education as a finance director. She led the non-academic aspects of a 1,200 pupil school, including building a new primary campus and setting up a new nursery. Lisa spent five years in Abu Dhabi, focusing on bilateral relations and communications. On returning to the UK, she worked in international K-12, developing commercial growth strategies at the International Schools Partnership, and headhunting senior leaders in K-12 and HE at Anthony Millard Consulting. Lisa specialises in commercial appointments, K-12 and senior leadership positions. Her geographic specialisms include the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

    Jessica Glauser Guiver
    Search Director

    Jessica Glauser-Guiver has 20+ years’ experience in international recruitment and admissions, working in university international offices around the world. She graduated from New York University with a Masters in International Education, and has worked at the University of Franklin Switzerland, York St John University, and as Director of International Recruitment & Admissions at University of Texas at San Antonio. Jessica co-hosts the podcast Destiny Benders, focusing on the stories of people who work in international education and she sits on the US Advisory Board of INTO. Jessica specialises in higher education appointments in North America, the UK and Europe.

    Rongrong Walker
    Jobs Board and Search Manager

    Rongrong was educated in China, graduating in Tourism Management before taking a Masters at Beijing International Studies University. She began her career in international education at Kaplan, as a Regional Marketing Manager in the China office. On relocation to the UK, she joined the Kaplan UK office as an operations manager in the International Pathways division. Her experience includes student recruitment, business development, student services and progression management. Bilingual in English and Mandarin, Rongrong’s areas of expertise are in-country student recruitment and appointments in China and East Asia. At The PIE, she is also responsible for our Jobs Board, overseeing day-to-day operations.

    Simone Rensch
    Search Director

    Simone is an experienced education journalist and networker. She grew up in Denmark and Thailand, attending an international school, before moving to London for university. With a BA in journalism and an MA in human rights from UCL, she began her career working for B2B magazines. Subsequently, Simone became Deputy Editor at EducationInvestor Global, where she also set up Business Women in Education – a global network of 450 women working at all levels in education. Simone is passionate about diversity and providing everyone with equal opportunities to network and grow in their careers. In addition, her expertise includes private equity backed companies and European appointments.

    Hadil El-Agami
    Global Account Director

    Hadil has been part of The PIE since 2014 and has successfully built a large network across the globe, connecting with a diverse range of clients and candidates. Heading up the PIE Exec Search team, Hadil has a wealth of experience working on challenging and niche roles that require a sensitive and informed approach. Bilingual in Arabic and English, Hadil works on appointments to universities, commercial organisations and service providers across the industry. Hadil is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), ensuring these principles guide all projects undertaken by The PIE Exec Search. Hadil also offers her expertise as a career coach, providing invaluable mentoring and support to professionals navigating their career paths.


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