Christine Ozden has been appointed as m.d. of Oxford International AQA Examinations – the new joint venture between Oxford University Press (OUP) and exam board AQA.
Oxford International AQA Examinations was created in May 2015, and will support the growing number of students studying at schools outside the UK that teach a British curriculum.
Oxford University Press brings “international reach as well as knowledge of the needs of students and teachers globally”, while AQA will design the new international qualifications and manage their distribution and delivery.
The qualifications will be made available in countries where English-medium schools are prevalent and growing, initially starting in the Middle East.
Ozden is currently c.e.o. of English language training provider Apollo English, based in Vietnam. She began her career with Cambridge University Press and joined OUP Turkey in 1995.
This was followed by 15 years at Pearson where she carried out a number of roles including m.d. of higher education in the UK; president of the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean; and president of growth markets, Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
Ozden said: "I am delighted to take up this new position. I am looking forward to working with teachers, school leaders and education providers within the international school community to support them in the delivery of outstanding education for their students and parents."
Nigel Portwood, c.e.o. of Oxford University Press, said: “Christine’s excellent track record and experience in international education means that she is exactly the right person to lead our venture to develop high-quality qualifications for learners around the world.”
Andrew Hall, AQA’s chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to have Christine on board. Her wealth of experience will ensure that we’re in the best possible position to respond to the needs of international educators and share the UK’s strong educational values through our suite of world-class qualifications.”
Ozden will start her role in November and will be based in Oxford.