Dean Hoke

Mr. Hoke is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Edu Alliance North America. Dean has 40 years of progressively responsible and visionary leadership roles in higher education, communications & eLearning. He has led a number of initiatives that have created positive change & innovation which supported institutional goals.

Dean came to the United Arab Emirates in 2009 & has served in senior positions at Higher Colleges of Technology & Khalifa University for the Ankabut Project. In the United States he served as CEO of 3 public broadcast stations,  & co-founded The Connected Learning Network a full service eLearning company, with over 50 education clients. Dean started his professional career at Bellarmine University in Kentucky.

He has been involved in numerous advisory & consulting projects in international education, communications & business intelligence. He is an active speaker and writer in the field of international higher education. He has written for US News and World Report, Arab News, The National, Al Fanar,UAE Ministry of Interior Magazine, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce,  and QS Asia. His speaking engagements includes MENA Higher Education, QS Asia, United Distance Learning Association National Meeting, Arab Internet Governance Forum, European Distance & Elearning Conference, Internet 2- World Bank Briefing and numerous TV and radio interviews.

  • International Higher Education
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Business Intelligence and Development
  • Communications
  • Educational Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts, Urbana University, Ohio
  • Masters in Science, University of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Certificate in Executive Management, Wharton School of Business, PA

Senthil Nathan

Dr. Nathan is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the MENA Region for Edu Alliance.  Since the founding of the company in 2014, Senthil has been involved in numerous advisory & consulting projects for higher education institutions, and investment firms . He also serves as a subject matter expert for engineering firms in the field of  campus planning. 

He joined the Higher Colleges of Technology in 1993, the largest higher education institution in the UAE with 23,000 UAE National students. He served in a variety of positions and from 2006-2103 was Deputy Vice Chancellor / Vice Provost for Planning & Administration. He has been involved in numerous advisory and consulting roles in education / training & development engagements to a multitude of clients in the United Arab Emirates, Canada, The United States, Africa, and India and speaks on the current issues of higher education in the Middle East.

Dr. Nathan in 2014 received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the National Institute of Technology in India by the former President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam and is a member of the Board of Trustees for Livingston University in Uganda.  In addition to his Ph.D. in engineering from Rice University, Senthil has completed executive education programs from Harvard and MIT.

  • University Administration & Strategic planning
  • Institutional & Program Accreditation
  • Institutional Effectiveness
  • Institutional Development
  • Campus Planning
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honors), National Institute of Technology, India
  • Masters in Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Ph.D. in Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA

Dr. Chet Haskell

Dr. Chester Haskell is a partner of Edu Alliance and a member of the Board of Directors. He is working with universities in the United States, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Holland, Spain, and Brazil. He was Founding Executive Director of Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs and for 13 years served in several senior positions. He is currently engaged in matters of quality assurance and accreditation, serving as a consultant to the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (US) and the Council on International Quality Group (US). He has served as a peer reviewer for the WASC Senior Colleges and University Commission (WSCUC) assessing institutions in California and internationally (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, India, Mexico). He has served several years as a member of the international advisory committees of ANECA (Spain’s national accreditation body) and ACAP (the accreditor for the autonomous region of Madrid). He was President of the Monterey Institute of International Affairs, and Cogswell Polytechnical College.

Dr. Haskell focus is international higher education, accreditation, organizational management, faculty relations, curriculum development, fundraising, alumni affairs, and external relations. He has led consulting efforts working with universities in several countries including the United States (University of California, San Diego), Mexico (Universidad Anahuac), Holland (University Medical Center, Utrecht), Spain (Universidad Internacional de La Rioja), Brazil (Universidade Tiradentes

Dr. Haskell joins EDU Alliance as a full partner and member of the Board of Directors.

  • International Higher Education
  • Accreditation
  • Organizational Management and Faculty Relations
  • Fundraising
  • External Relationship Development
  • Bachelor of Arts Government Harvard University
  • Masters Public Administration University of Virginia
  • MPA/DPA Public Administration University of Southern California

Nancy Hoke

Ms. Nancy Hoke is a partner of Edu Alliance and a member of the Board of Directors. Her expertise in online instruction, instructional design, instructional technology, and digital video/audio production. With over 20 years’ experience in education Ms. Hoke has experience in K-12 and higher education. Her experience in designing and producing instructional media that assists in providing quality instruction and successful learning outcomes.  In addition she was a  public broadcasting executive and responsible for broadcast program  for K-12 instructional television.

Nancy worked in the UAE in K-12 and higher education providing expertise in online and blended learning. While at Khalifa University she managed the learning management system and the instructional technology. As a part of the start-up for Khalifa University, Ms Hoke provided research and recommendations for the learning management system and the technology to be purchased and implemented in the classroom. Ms Hoke is recognized as a expert in online learning and learning management systems and has presented and trained  in Europe, Asia,  Oman,  United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

  • Instructional Design
  • Educational Technology
  • Online Learning
  • Multimedia Production
  • Faculty Training
  • Bachelor Education, University of Nebraska,
  • Masters Radio & TV, Michigan States University
  • Attending Masters Program Purdue University Learning Design & Technology