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Meet Our Student Recruitment Team


Drake Student Recruitment has been created by people who started as international students and later became migrants...the same pathway many of you will take!  Your future is in our hands, and we take that very seriously. Contact us today so we can start making your education dreams into a reality.

Management Group


Monsurul Chowdhury (Jami), National Manager

Jami is from Bangladesh. He has a Bachelor degree in English Linguistics and an MBA in Marketing from Bangladesh. He came to Australia to pursue his Masters in Public Relations & Advertising at the University of New South Wales. After graduation, he joined IDP Education as an International Student Counsellor before joining Drake Student Recruitment.  Jami also holds a Certificate in Training and Assessment and worked as a trainer in VET colleges. He loves travelling, watching movies and playing cricket. Contact Jami




Lucila Paione, International Student Counsellor

Lucila is from Brazil and she arrived for the 1st time in Australia in 1999 to study English and pursue her Bachelor Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management at the International College of Management in Manly, Sydney. She worked for many years as a Hotel Manager, is a professional NAATI accredited translator and holds an accounting qualification as well. She also lived in Italy for several years where she worked as an international student counsellor. With a friendly and empathetic nature, her great passion is helping others to achieve their goals. Lucila loves nature, travelling, cooking and languages. As a true citizen of the world she speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English and Italian, a little German and is improving her French. Contact Lucila



Sveltana Iljina

Svetlana Iljina (Lana), International Student Counsellor

Svetlana is from Lithuania and has a Bachelors degree in Public Administration and a Masters degree in political science, both from the Law University in Vilnius, Lithuania. She has been an international student in Prague, the Czech Republic, and additionally earned a qualification in Business in Sydney, Australia. Svetlana has been working in the international education recruitment market since 2010. In early 2016 she joined Drake’s team and is passionate helping students from different countries. She enjoys reading, travelling, and fashion. Contact Lana


Dakshitha Wijekoon Website Developer

Dak, Website Development Manager

Dak, who is Sri Lankan, holds a Masters in Information Management from the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology and ia a professional member of the British Computer Society. He has 12 years of web-development experience in Sri Lanka and Australia. With his passion for web and technology, he considers himself to be highly privileged to enjoy his job. Dak enjoys training in the gym and travelling.