Development & Recognition team

Stefanie Leong

Stefanie Leong

Head of Development and Recognition, Asia Pacific

Based in the IB Global Centre in Singapore, Stefanie has over 15 years of experience in education management. Before joining the IB in 2012, Stefanie worked for an international education provider of international qualifications for five to 19 year-olds, and prior to that, she taught Commerce and Information Technology in an Australian university. Stefanie’s role at the IB is to develop and implement a regional strategy which sustains and advances the growth of IB programmes and services in identified and emerging markets. Regional Development is concerned with managing and nurturing key stakeholder relations with governments, higher education institutions, associations, corporate partnerships, large entities of schools and individual schools in the interested phase before application for candidacy.

Peiwen Cheong

Peiwen Cheong

Development and Recognition Associate Manager, Asia Pacific

Based in the IB Global Centre in Singapore, Peiwen works with schools interested in offering IB programmes, builds long terms relationships with Higher Education institutions to ensure entry pathways for IB students, and provides information support to Governments on IB programmes. She plays an integral role in the team where she implements processes to enhance the quality of services and support to stakeholders. Peiwen joined the IB in 2012 and has worked in various roles within the Development and Recognition Department in Asia Pacific. She has a Bachelor of Business Management from the Singapore Management University (SMU).

Stella Jiang

Stella Jiang

Development and Recognition Manager, China and Mongolia

Based in Beijing, Stella works with schools interested in becoming IB World Schools and helps to extend the recognition of IB programmes in China and Mongolia. She holds a Master of Arts in Comparative Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. She has been involved in international education and assessment for more than 10 years, working for the British Council and for a provider of international qualifications for five to 19 year-olds as Senior Schools Development Manager for China and Hong Kong before joining the IB in 2014.

Jessica Zhu

Jessica Zhu

Development and Recognition Associate Manager, China and Mongolia

Based in Beijing, Jessica is working alongside Stella Jiang. Jessica has extensive educational business management experiences, as well as teacher training for international and domestic education service organizations. She has good working relationships with governments, schools, organizations, education experts and investors. Jessica has a Master of Communication degree from the Communication University of China. She is passionate about creating an interactive environment between Chinese and international education.

Vinayak Sudhakar

Vinayak Sudhakar

Development and Recognition Manager, India

Vinayak Sudhakar started his career taking on administrative roles and teaching Business Studies and  Mathematics at an international School in the United Arab Emirates. He returned to India and worked in a Chartered Accounting Firm specializing in Institutional Accounting and Colleges in audit practices. Mr.Sudhakar in his previous role as Senior Manager, worked with an Assessment Board for over 15 years which was a leading provider of International examinations for ages 5 to 14 years.

In his previous role in School Development, he has supported over 500 International Schools in implementing international assessments and qualifications, networking schools and training teachers to share best practices. He has visited schools in several countries including Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Germany, Malaysia, UK and the UAE supporting teachers and students. He has a Master’s Degree in Commerce and recently completed a programme on strategic leadership for schools in a changing Environment from the IIM, Ahmedabad. Vinayak Sudhakar, based in Mumbai, currently works for the International Baccalaureate as the Development and Recognition Manager for India.

Ayumi Hoshino

Ayumi Hoshino

Development Manager, Japan

Based in Tokyo, Ayumi works closely with local schools interested in offering IB programmes and becoming IB World Schools. Ayumi is the Vice Principal at Tokyo Gakugei University International Secondary School with MYP Coordinator and MYP language acquisition (English B) teacher experience for over 25 years. Ayumi was previously a member of the IB Japanese translation team and is a workshop leader in Japanese language.

Faizol Musa

Faizol Musa

Development and Recognition Manager, Bangladesh, Pakistan and South East Asia

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Faizol works with schools interested in offering IB progammes and key educational decision makers in the South East Asia region and Pakistan. His work also involves increasing the recognition of IB programmes by universities and governments. He has built an excellent reputation and strong relationships with various stakeholders such as schools, associations of schools, universities, media, and governments. Faizol began his career in education management at the British Council in Malaysia as the Acting Deputy Country Exams Director, where he also held the position of Examinations Services Manager. His last position was Schools Development Manager Indonesia for a provider of international qualifications for five to 19 year-olds before joining the IB in 2013.