International student recruitment online platform ApplyBoard has appointed Jo Johnson as chairman to its advisory board.
Johnson the former UK minister of state for universities, science, research and innovation – and brother of the UK prime minister Boris.
ApplyBoard co-founder and chief executive Martin Basiri said: “We are thrilled to have Mr Johnson leading our advisory board, bringing with him his years of experience within the education sector. Jo has been instrumental in driving positive change for international students studying in the UK, specifically leading the reintroduction of two-year work visas.”
Johnson said: “It’s great to see a company leading the way in education, developing new technology and innovations to make students’ lives easier. Today’s international students are tomorrow’s world leaders. They take friendships and loyalties home with them that later become trade links, cultural bonds and diplomatic ties. This is why ApplyBoard is the right fit for me – I’m thrilled to join the team.”
Johnson is also the non-executive chairman of TES Global, owner of the Times Educational Supplement
and a UK peer-to-peer marketplace for teacher resources, recruitment, and software services.
Johnson previously spent 13 years at the Financial Times
, where he was associate editor.
ApplyBoard is headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario.
Pictured: Massi Basiri, co-founder and chief operating officer of ApplyBoard, Jo Johnson, Martin Basiri, co-founder and chief executive of ApplyBoard.