ApplyBoard Appoints The Right Honourable Jo Johnson Chairman Of Advisory Board

Kitchener, Ontario – February 13, 2020 – ApplyBoard, the world’s largest online platform for international student recruitment, announced today the appointment of The Right Honourable Jo Johnson—former Minister of State for Universities, Science & Innovation, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and President’s Professorial Fellow at King’s College London—as Chairman to its Advisory Board.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. Johnson leading our Advisory Board, bringing with him his years of experience within the education sector,” said Martin Basiri, ApplyBoard Co-Founder and CEO. “Jo has been instrumental in driving positive change for international students studying in the U.K., specifically leading the reintroduction of two-year work visas.”

Mr. Johnson’s extensive knowledge and advocacy within the higher education sector and international studies make him an excellent fit to help ApplyBoard continue its rapid growth and adoption in new markets.

“It is great to see a company leading the way in education, developing new technology and innovations to make students’ lives easier,” said Jo Johnson. “Today’s international students are tomorrow’s world leaders. They take friendships and loyalties home with them that later become trade links, cultural bonds and diplomatic ties. This is why ApplyBoard is the right fit for me—I’m thrilled to join the team.”

Jo Johnson attended Cabinet as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation and is also the non-executive chairman of TES Global, owner of the Times Educational Supplement and the leading U.K. peer-to-peer marketplace for teacher resources, recruitment, and software services. Prior to his time in Cabinet, Mr. Johnson spent 13 years at the Financial Times, where he was Associate Editor and won a number of awards for his journalism.

“I am excited to be joining Canada’s fastest-growing technology company, that is bringing higher education within reach of millions around the world,” said Jo Johnson. “ApplyBoard is lowering barriers to the transformational benefits education brings, and I can’t wait to help the Basiri brothers, and talented team at ApplyBoard write the next chapter in their incredible story.”

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About ApplyBoard

ApplyBoard empowers students around the world to access the best education. Connecting international students, recruitment partners, and academic institutions on its platform. Founded in 2015, the company has built partnerships with over 1,200 primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools, and works with 3,500 recruitment partners, to drive diversity on campuses across Canada and the United States. To date, the company has assisted more than 80,000 students with their educational journey. ApplyBoard is headquartered in Kitchener, ON Canada, with representatives in 8 countries. For more information, visit

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