Our Management

ICEF About Our Management

Markus Badde - CEO

Markus Badde has a background in journalism and publishing. Markus studied at the CELSA (Sorbonne University – Paris IV) before working in the French media and communications sector. Markus co-founded ICEF in 1991. After his first stint at ICEF, Markus went on to hold various senior marketing positions at Cisco Systems, the world leader in Internet networking, before rejoining ICEF as CEO in 2004. Markus speaks seven languages and is at home nearly anywhere in the world.

James Love - COO / CFO

After going to Westminster School, James Love obtained a BSc in Monetary Economics from LSE. James began his career as a chartered accountant at PWC before spending 10 years in France with Société Générale and Apax Partners advising companies on acquisitions. He then went on to lead major business development initiatives for British Telecom in Europe and Asia before setting up a venture capital backed software start up in 1999. After selling his company in 2004, James focused on transforming the sales performance of a number of businesses before joining ICEF in 2009. James is bilingual (English/French) and believes passionately in the power of education.

Isabel Vogt - VP Events & Logistics

Isabel Vogt holds a Master’s degree in Communications, Media Studies & Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Before joining ICEF in 1996, she held various jobs at publications owned by the Gruner + Jahr Media Group in Berlin. Isabel has held a number of positions at ICEF, most recently VP of Events and Logistics, which she has held since 2009. During her time at ICEF, Isabel has been responsible for the conceptualisation and successful organisation of over 200 events in 38 countries around the world. Isabel is based in the South West of the UK, where she has lived for over 15 years.

Rod Hearps - VP Asia Pacific

Since 1989 Rod Hearps has worked across diverse roles within the international education industry. Rod has taught ESL, worked as a Principal and as the Marketing Manager of an Australian ELICOS College. He co-owned an education agency for 7 years during the 90’s, and started recruiting international students via the internet in 1994. Rod was also an early pioneer of student enquiry generation. Rod joined ICEF in 2006 and created ICEF ANZA in 2008.

Sarah Mines - VP Sales

Vancouver based Sarah has spent her entire career in international education leadership. She has a keen understanding of international student recruitment and retention and has presented at over 30 different conferences on topics ranging from marketing to millennials to global student mobility projections. She has an extensive background in all aspects of internationalisation, specialising in developing and maintaining international partnerships for institutions. Sarah also has in-depth knowledge of global education trends for the language, K-12, and post-secondary sectors.

Martijn van de Veen - VP Business Development

Martijn’s career has predominantly been within the student & youth travel sector, including an 8-years tenure as global director of the International Student Identity Card (ISIC): the only internationally recognised official student ID and travel discount card with distribution spanning more than 130 countries. His international profile is characterised not only by his studies but also by the places where he has lived and worked: Martijn studied Japanese and French at the University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht, International Business Communications at the Radboud University Nijmegen and has lived and worked in Frankfurt, Paris and Tokyo. Based in Amsterdam, he speaks 7 languages.