MEET THE TEAM

OUR CEO

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Mr. Houssam Dernaika

Director – Sydney

The original founder of SLG is Mr. Houssam Dernaika who had a vision to serve the International education sector in many positive ways, both on a local and international level. Houssam, is an entrepreneur and strategy consultant since 2011.

  • Has extensive business knowledge and management skills.
  • Holds a Bachelor degree in International Business from University of Western Sydney.
  • Qualified Education Agent Counsellor QEAC No: E389, forming significant working relations with numerous education institutions around Australia including colleges, TAFE and universities.
  • Possesses extensive knowledge in all aspects of education sectors in Australia. Houssam has been counselling and assisting international students from different backgrounds for the past 15 years.
  • Has extensive experience in developing and strengthening ties between Australia and the international community.

SYDNEY OFFICE

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Ms Aya Hamdar – Qualified Education Agent Counsellor/Administration Manager

Aya is looking after Higher Education Admission Management, with 7 years demonstrated experience working in the Higher Education sector as well as Vocational Education and Training (VET). Aya holds a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology , and a Diploma in Business Administration. Aya is a Qualified Education Agent Counsellor, her registration number is Q937. 

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Miss Lara Cheikh – Qualified Education Agent Counsellor/Administration Manager

Lara is looking after the Vocational Admission Management. Lara graduated in 2018 from Germany with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics. She has over 10 years Sales Experiences in Australia and Germany. Lara is fluent in German and English and holds a Diploma of Marketing and Communication. Lara is a Qualified Education Agent Consultant, her registration number is QEAC O641.

Marketing

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Ms. Majda Ichou

Marketing Support- Sydney

Majda works in Sydney office as a Marketing Manager. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) in London. She has Australian and international marketing, sales, account management and administrative experience.  She has worked with Start-up businesses targeting B2B &B2C clients in Sydney. Majda had also previous experience with large IT corporates in Europe. Majda speaks French, Arabic and she has an intermediate Spanish level. Majda is responsible for the day to day management of digital marketing and communications including email marketing, social media and website maintenance in support of the revenue growth strategy for the Sydney office branch

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Ms. Nour Sinno

Marketing Support – Sydney

Nour graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Business Accounting. She has worked as a Client Relationships Manager with reputable companies responsible of several shopping Centers around Sydney. Nour is passionate about helping others. She speaks English and Arabic.

 

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Ms. Yuina Toeda

Marketing Support – Sydney

Graduated from TAFE with Diploma of Hospitality Management in 2020. Operating as Marketing Assistant of Studylink Group. Looking after Japan Market.

Offshore Branches

 

Mr. Mohanad Dernaika

Administrative Manager, Education Consultant and Middle East Regional Manager 

Mohanad opened the Lebanon branch for Centro Education Australia and worked as the branch and regional manager since opening until December 2014. Mohanad has graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Business.

Mohanad has organised exhibitions in Lebanon and managed the marketing strategies for the business.  Mohanad has also organised meetings and seminars with private and public schools in Lebanon to promote Australian education providers, such as TAFE NSW, UWS and Kaplan. Mohanad also attended international exhibitions including ICEF in Turkey and Dubai, and also completed many training sessions in Australia relevant to the field.

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IMMIGRATION

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Mr. Nazim El Bardouh

Lawyer – Melbourne

Nazim graduated from Monash University with a Double Degree in Law and Information Technology in 2008. His practice was done in the state of Victoria as a solicitor in 2009, eventually obtained his registration as a Migration Agent in the same year with the Migration Agents Registration Authority; MARN: 096171. He primarily practices in migration, property, commercial and family law.

Nazim was featured in a wide range of Australian media reports covering some complex immigration matters he handled.

Nazim is our trusted Lawyer currently working hand in hand in our Melbourne branch.