The team

Education Intelligence is a specialist research team within the British Council's global education offer.

We have a global footprint and our core team of research specialists work closely with our network of education sector experts around the world.

We provide access to extensive primary and secondary data on over 200 countries and territories as well as detailed country reports on more than 40 markets in which internationalisation of education is a national strategic objective.

Education Intelligence welcomes enquiries and discussion on international education strategy. To start a conversation about your research needs, please contact a member of our experienced team

  • Zainab Malik

    Research Director

    Zainab joined the British Council’s Education Intelligence team in 2012, after working in research and programme development at the University of Pennsylvania. She specialises in data analysis as well as individualisation of strategies. Zainab has authored research on a myriad of topics in education policy and the internationalisation of education and has presented and advised on market intelligence to stakeholders globally. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from Colgate University and a master’s degree with distinction in International Education Development from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Anna Esaki-Smith

    Editorial Director

    Anna oversees the production of Education Intelligence research reports focusing on student mobility and country economic indicators that could portend a favourable environment for education development and investment. She specializes in conducting qualitative research of students, university professors and administrators. She manages the strategic positioning of the team’s high profile research launches and global media relations. Anna received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.

  • Terry Lee

    Marketing and Coordination Manager

    As global marketing manager, Terry helps the team formulate annual marketing strategies and guides service and product development. He joined the British Council Hong Kong as a member of the education team, and was responsible for development of UK alumni activities in Hong Kong. He has a Master of Business degree from Newcastle University in Australia and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney.

  • Maarya Saidi

    Research Analyst

    Maarya joined the Education Intelligence team in mid-2016 as a research analyst. With more than ten years of research experience in the UK and Hong Kong, she specialises in quantitative and qualitative data analysis as well as research design. She has also authored several reports and peer-reviewed journal articles within different areas of policy. Maarya holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the American University of Beirut, a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Essex and a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

  • Billy Ngan

    Assistant Manager, Digital Projects

    Billy joined the Education Intelligence team in 2015 as assistant manager. He is responsible for managing the team's digital platform. He is also the designer of the team. Billy graduated from the University of Hong Kong.