IPSEF Asia |Shanghai, China , 23-26 April 2018

23 April: Visits to bi-lingual Chinese private schools
24 & 25 April: IPSEF Asia Forum at Andaz Xintiandi Hotel, Shanghai
26 April: Visits to International and UK curriculum schools

We we're delighted that IPSEF Asia moved to China in April 2018 and expanded to four days, comprising of two days of school visits and two days of conference and exhibition.

The event was a huge success and a unique opportunity for schools and suppliers worldwide to explore and learn about the emerging Chinese market in detail through high level presentations and school visits to both Chinese and international schools.

Organised in partnership with Dipont Education and explore CRS, IPSEF Asia as a unique event brought together Chinese schools and investors to engage with world class operators and suppliers.

An important feature of IPSEF was the table top exhibits which enabled local operators to access and meet world class suppliers in areas as diverse as ICT, recruitment, assessment, school design, CPD, consultancy and professional services, publishing and school resources.

The Conference Programme - View it here

For Information on IPSEF Asia in Chinese visit the Dipont website here

Thank you to all the speakers below:

Benson Zhang, CEO and founder of Dipont Education Group

Jeff Zhu, Vice President, Dipont Education Management Group

Zheng Zou, Principal of Nanjing Foreign language School

Ross Barfoot, Partner, Clyde & Co

John Birchall, Education Director, Dipont Education Group, China

Neil Bunting, Founding Principal, Shenwai Longgang International School, China

Ian Callender, Chief Operating Officer, North London Collegiate School (NLCS)

Courtney Cavellier, Chief Academic Officer, Shattuck-St. Mary's School

Vanessa Cumbers, Director at Explore CRS and Dipont Education

Lee Davis, Deputy Director, Education, Cambridge International Examinations

Jan Dubiel, International Director, Early Excellence, UK

John Edwards, British Consul-General Shanghai

Danish Kamal Faruqui, Partner, L.E.K. Consulting

Jianfeng Feng, Associate Director of Basic Education Group of ECNU

Qiu Feng, Principal of the Fourteenth Middle School, Hangzhou

Harry Hoodless, Director (APAC), Broadway Malyan Shanghai

Diane Jacoutot, Managing Director, Edvectus, UK

Arlo Kipfer, Business Development Manager for Asia Pacific and the Americas, ISC Research

Dr. Maggie Koong, Chief Principal, Victoria (China) Educational Organisation

Pearl Leung, Business Development Manager, China and Asia Region, Edvectus, Hong Kong

Jia Liu (Luka), Director, Shenwai Longgang International School, China

Jing Liu, Head of Education and Skills (China), Department of International Trade

Yang Liu, China Education Partner, Clyde & Co.

Gerard MacMahon, Executive Master, Wellington College Shanghai

Don MacMillan, Chief International Officer, Shattuck-St. Mary's School, USA

Dr. Gregg Maloberti, Head of School, Shattuck-St. Mary's School, China

David Mansfield, Executive Headmaster, YK Pao School

Craig Monaghan, Executive Principal & Founding Head, Nanwai King’s College School, Wuxi

James Neill, International Director, GL Education, UK

Jared Nolan, Head of Primary, Nord Anglia British International School Shanghai, Puxi

Kevin J Ruth, Executive Director, ECIS

Anip Sharma, Partner & Founding Member of Global Education Practice, L.E.K. Consulting

Roger Sinnett, Director of Education, Full Circle Education Group

Ben Somner, Director of Architecture, Broadway Malyan, Singapore

Bruce Thompson, Executive Principal & Founding Head, RDFZ King’s College School, Hangzhou

Taner Topcu, Director of Academic Zone, RAKEZ

Dr. Wei Cui, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder, Yixue Education

Chris Whittle, Chairman & CEO, Whittle School & Studios

Guangyu Xu, Chairman, Kaiwen Education Group

Steven Yang, Chief Executive, Opal Education and Lucton School, China

School Visits we're kindly sponsored by:

On the 23 April - we had visits to:

Nanwai King's College School and then Vanke Bilingual School

On the 26 April - we had visits to:

Wellington College International Shanghai and then Harrow International School

For more information have a look at the conference programme here

Educational Workshops Programme

Running in parallel to the conference we had FREE of charge to attend workshops:

Tuesday 24 April from 9.00 – 12.00

Which we're delivered by experts from a number of participating commercial organisations. The workshops provided insights into a range of themes relevant to school heads, department leaders, procurement officers and subject teachers.


Thank you to the Workshop Speakers:

Fiona Carter, International Development Manager, Early Excellence

Matt Diener, Sales Director, Furnware

Bernard Fawcett, International Consultant for Asia, GL Education

Shellie Gazdik, Sales and Implementation Manager, APAC, BridgeU

Roddy Hammond, Founder & CEO, Worldteachers Recruitment Ltd.

Will Percy, China Director, WCBS

RVenus, Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, ManageBac

Sylver Zhong, Head of Property & Casualty, Pacific Prime China

Visa's for China

All visitors to China will require a visa. Fees vary depending on place of residence with applications made via your local Chinese consulate or visa service. If you require a business visit invitation letter, please contact us as soon as possible by email here

Register your details here to receive IPSEF Asia Shanghai 2018 newsletters and mailings

Topics Included:

  • Developing Excellence in International Early Years Education
  • Unique challenges of recruiting western teachers to bilingual schools
  • Landing British education in China – opportunities, challenges, recommendations and after thoughts
  • The Importance of Data for Leadership
  • Designing and planning your school - Design “Bridges” for Chinese Bilingual Schools
  • Exploring how a school enters a new market, meets the needs and regulations of that market
  • What needs to be considered in overseas school start-ups
  • Everything you need to know about partnerships and legislation when developing a school in China – including Brand Protection
  • Leadership Development
  • international school growth, legislation and development potential in China
  • The most important qualities needed to be a successful international educator
  • Comfortable students aids concentration. How the design of classroom furniture enhances learning.
  • Leveraging effective professional development to close the culture gap between school, parents and faculty
  • Data as a tool for transforming Early Years provision
  • The importance of having robust insurance in place to protect your school, key staff, assets and income in the case of problems
  • Assessment – how data from ability attitude and attainment can help schools deliver a personalised teaching and learning experience

Thank you to our Joint Organisers, Sponsors, Partners, Exhibitors and Media for supporting IPSEF Asia 2018

Dipont Education
Explore CRS




Clyde and Co. Shanghai


GL Education

Strategic Partner

DIT - Proud to support Great Britain

Gold Sponsors

Visit the Furnware website
Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone

Supported by

Early Excellence Centre for Inspirational Learning
Harlequin Floors
Mint Communications



Clyde & Co

Dipont Education

Early Excellence

Eteach International


GL Education

Harlequin Floors

LEK Consulting


Pacific Prime


Virco Software

Worldteachers Recruitment


Media Strategy Partner

New School Insight

Media Partners

First Education
Top Schools
Jing Kids
The Bund Education

The Bund Education