APEDU | Team
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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.

Ron Malo – Chief Financial Officer

As APEDU’s CFO, 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 Graphic Design; 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 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 (Yellow Pages), 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.

Val Marshall Smith – COO (NZ Fashion Tech)

Val has been involved in the fashion industry for over 30 years. She started her first boutique when she was 23 and at 24, Val  launched Adobe Apparel in New Zealand. Adobe Apparel is a top fashion label in New Zealand selling to all the top NZ fashion houses, as well as her two retail stores in the Bay of Islands. Education is a natural progress from tutor to Academic Director of NZ Fashion Tech. She gets huge kick out of seeing her students grow and become successful in their field.

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