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DESK members have studied abroad, making us uniquely qualified to answer your questions. We understand what it takes to find the right study programme and to make a successful application, and we are committed to making the process as simple and easy as possible for you.

Meet our #deskinternational leadership team:


Ellena Best Chief Consultant

Studied at:

East Anglia University, UK, Doctorate

University of London, City, UK, MSc International Business Economics

About me:

I have over 10 years’ experience in higher education consulting. I completed my PhD in higher education management in the UK, and I regularly consult with universities, professionals and organisations seeking a better understanding of the higher education market. In the course of my career I have visited numerous universities in Europe, the USA and Canada and helped candidates from around the world select and apply for universities abroad. Many have been accepted onto undergraduate and graduate courses at globally recognised universities. I have a strong belief in the importance of lifelong learning, and I very much enjoy the work I do.

Currently, I live in London, where I use my extensive knowledge of foreign universities and educational systems to provide individual consulting services to students and their parents.

My role:

I make sure that everything happens and that it happens on time.



Egidijus Kurapka, Business Development Manager

Studied at:

University of York

About me:

As part of my role I travel regularly to the USA. Many years of experience have taught me that the decision to study abroad is a very serious one for both parents and students. Every child is different and individual, and each must choose their own individual learning and development path.

Some of the most interesting countries I have visited include Armenia and Azerbaijan. During my travels I have learnt a lot about other cultures, enjoyed the local cuisines, and built up a large network of universities. If I could study again, I would choose international business to equip myself with an entrepreneurial mindset.

My role:

I manage our team of consultants and I handle the strategic direction of the company.



Gytis Vainilavicius, Creative Director

Studied at:

Westminster University, UK, MA Marketing Communications

About me:

With a passion for innovation and design, I bring a unique combination of both hands on, and strategic experience, gained working for over 10 years in the marketing and advertising industry in London.

Curiosity is a part of my DNA. Keen travel enthusiast, I have visited over 40+ countries across the globe in the aim to immerse myself in different cultures and to truly become a global citizen.

My role:

 I provide creative leadership to the team and oversee each aspect of DESK International product offering and marketing strategy.



Arun Raaj Manickaraj Gounder, Regional Development Partner


Our #deskinternational community: Justas Maziliauskas and co, Steves Bouvie, Gabriele Kurapkaite, Vita Tamoliune production crew and Talent Garden space.

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