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About Us

Here at Pembroke College we've been welcoming international students on our programmes for over 40 years. Our team has a wealth of expertise and if you'd like to know more about our programmes, we'd love to speak with you.

Dr Daniela Passolt | Director of International Programmes

Daniela joined the Department in 2008 after receiving her PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and having worked as a research officer and in international education. Overseeing the management of International Programmes activities involves, for example, liaising closely worldwide with universities and their international offices and with lecturers, supervisors and the many staff that are necessary to teach the 700 students who attend Pembroke’s semester and vacation programmes every year.

Dr Geeta Kasanga | Deputy Director of International Programmes

Geeta joined the International Programmes Department in 2016. She is the Director of the Pembroke-King's Summer Programme and a Director of Studies on the Semester Programmes. 

Ms Francesca Woodburn | Registrar and Japanese Programme Director

Cessi joined International Programmes in 1995. Prior to her current position, she taught both language and lecture courses on our summer and Easter vacation programmes, and worked as a Programme Director.

Cessi has three degrees. Her undergraduate degree is in development studies and African languages (Swahili and Maasai), taken at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She also studied for a post-graduate diploma in the teaching of English as a foreign language (TEFL), taken at the University of Brighton. Her third degree is an MSc in reproductive and sexual health research, taken at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she focused largely on the social, cultural and demographic factors of HIV transmission dynamics in East Africa. Cessi enjoys long-distance walking, beekeeping, horse-riding and hanging out with her dog.

Mr Anthony Wheeler | International Marketing and Communications Manager

Anthony began working for International Programmes as a Programme Assistant on PKP 2015 and 2016 before joining the department full time in 2017 after graduating from Jesus College, University of Cambridge in Modern and Medieval Languages. He speaks (to varying degrees!) 6 languages and has spent time studying abroad in Russia and Spain as well spending a year teaching English in Catalonia. Outside of work, Anthony has a keen interest in Spanish and Catalan culture and is heavily involved with the charity Cambridge Student Community action where he sits on the board of trustees. 

Ms Laura Stoker | Semester and Contracts and Compliance Manager

Laura studied German and Portuguese at Cambridge, spending her Year Abroad working in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. After graduating, she spent two years as an English teacher in Hong Kong, followed by a stint at a museum in Manchester, before returning to Cambridge to join the International Programmes team at Pembroke in 2017.

Ms Rosie Lawrence | Pembroke-King's Programme Coordinator 

Rosie studied Japanese Studies at the University of Sheffield and spent her year abroad at Meiji University in Tokyo. After graduating, she spent two years in Japan teaching English and frequenting karaoke booths before returning to the UK to work at the Embassy of Japan in London. She joined the International Programmes team in 2016.

Ms Debbie Spikins | Senior Administrator

Cambridge has been Debbie's home since 2003.  She has gained valuable administrative and customer service experience from working in various secretarial roles in the University of Cambridge and its Colleges prior to joining the ambitious and friendly IP team at Pembroke.  Graduating from the University of Central England with a BA (Hons) in Printed Textile Design, she continues to explore art projects in her spare time, inspired by her travels.

In recent years, Debbie has raised over £2000 for children and animal charities from organising fundraising activities, walking 100k to abseiling down the highest sculpture in the UK, although she's yet to wear wellies full of custard!

Mr Isaac Shortman | International Programmes Administrator

Isaac studied French, Spanish and Italian at university and after graduating, he moved to Italy to teach English. He then returned to the UK, working in a language school in Cambridge, as well as freelance translating, before joining the International Programmes Team at Pembroke in 2018.