Founders

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 working in Admissions, Alumni and External Relations.

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 higher education. He is a member of the United States Distance Learning Association, The European Distance & E-Learning Network,The Internet Society, The Association of International Educators (NAFSA) and the Order of the Kentucky Colonels.

  • International Higher Education
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Business Intelligence
  • Educational Technology
  • Business Development
  • 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

Nancy K. Hoke

Ms. Hoke is the co-partner for Edu Alliance Group based in Indiana and provides expertise in the areas of 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