About ICEF

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What we do

ICEF sits at the heart of the international education industry, facilitating access to the right relationships, insight and training, in order to drive growth for the sector’s educational institutions, student recruitment agents and relevant service providers.

Our Mission

We are committed to driving excellence in recruitment for international education, with the aim of constantly improving international student outcomes.

Our History

Early 1960’s
Karl Badde, a linguist and educator, established a chain of language schools around the Middle East.

The chain of language schools expanded to include Bonn and London, providing Arabic language training for diplomats and executives.

Karl Badde expanded into publishing with his son, Markus Badde, and daughter, Rebecca Stromeyer, producing a series of language travel and education guides for the distance education and translation industries.


The Badde family entered the conference and exhibition industry, forming ICEF to develop a series of professional networking events for the sector.

Markus Badde assumed the leadership of ICEF, increasing the number of events offered and expanding our core goal of facilitating professional connections within the international education space.

Celebrating a history of over 30 years, ICEF is continually innovating to drive excellence in international education, through professional development, market insight and gathering the industry together at an increasing number of specialist events.

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