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Team

Feroz Ali – Founder & CEO

Feroz is a dynamic entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in New Zealand and most recently Canada. He is an outgoing individual who has a proven track record for establishing new businesses, mergers and acquisitions. He is an experienced director, with governance and advisory roles in both private and a government-owned entities, board member and advisor. As CEO of Asia Pacific Education (APEDU), Feroz works to acquire niche education investments particularly in the private post-secondary environment.

Prior to founding APEDU in 2015, he spent 20 years in governance and senior management roles in education in New Zealand. Most recently he was the Divisional Chief Executive for Academic Colleges Group (ACG) where he led the growth of their Tertiary Division to a portfolio of Schools, followed by successful sale to a large-scale private equity group. He is commercially astute and enjoys putting his early banking experience to use. Through his own ventures he has conducted business in countries like Canada where he resides permanently, southeast Asia, China and the Indian subcontinent.

Milan Petrovich – Chief Academic Officer

Milan is a passionate advocate for the power of education to change lives for the better. With over 15 years’ experience in post-secondary leadership in Canada and the United States, Milan has a proven record of accomplishment transforming institutions and establishing new standards of academic excellence.

As the Dean of Academic Affairs for the Art Institute of Vancouver, Milan was responsible for transforming the school to a degree-granting college and establishing its first four degree programs.  Before coming to Vancouver, he served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Art Institute of California – San Francisco where he improved student persistence and outcomes while managing the newly-formed Master of Fine Arts in Computer Animation. Petrovich received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts where he produced several award-winning short films and studied the development of online video games under the Sega Interactive Fellowship. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History and Literature of Religion from Northwestern University.

Milan believes APEDU is poised to be an industry leader by continuing its dedication and commitment to student success and will continue to set new standards for educational outcomes and delivery.

Ron Malo – Chief Financial Officer

Ron brings 25 years of financial and management expertise. Throughout his career, he has managed the finances of companies in various business sectors, from manufacturing and distribution, to entertainment and leasing.  He has been influential in governing their growth and capitalization, as well as fostering change and innovation.  In addition to directing the firms’ finances, Ron is tasked in guiding and advancing APEDU’s portfolio of companies, by identifying progressive and expansion opportunities.

Benjamin Colling – Chief Operating Officer (Canada)

Benjamin is an education leader who has been passionately involved in changing lives through the power of private education, in the post-secondary world, for the past 20 years. With roots in the hotel industry, Benjamin has been in leadership roles at the University of Phoenix’s BC campus, the Vancouver Film School, and the Art Institute of Vancouver. He has a proven track record of growing the enrollment, revenue, and reputation of the institutions he’s worked for. He is also a proud husband and father of three.

As the COO of APEDU, Benjamin will be responsible for overseeing the growth and operations of all APEDU owned institutions, with his initial focus being APEDU’s primary college, Canadian Tourism College.

Benjamin’s vision for the future includes helping APEDU grow to become one of the largest and most ethical private educational organizations in North America. His secrets of success include an undying work ethic, an incredible positive outlook, and a focus on building comradery through the organizations he has worked with.

David Chua – Group Director of Marketing

David is the Group Director of Marketing at APEDU. He has over 10 years of experience in various aspects of digital marketing and advertising; with a distinctive ability to deliver highly effective and measurable strategies that drive revenue growth, new customers, brand awareness, and reputation.

Prior to joining APEDU, David worked with a number of prominent marketing agencies within Germany and Canada. While working with Destination Canada, he effectively executed digital marketing campaigns, implementation, analysis, and optimization. During his time at OMD Canada, ROI-DNA and Mediative, David successfully managed diverse international clients, including Virgin America, Vancouver International Airport, Save On Foods, BCAA, Money Mart and Yellow Cabs; earning a high reputation for consistent performance.

We advise on school acquisitions, sales, mergers, and also act for investors and sellers in the education sector.