QS Rankings Masterclass Speakers

Mr Ben Sowter

Head of QS Intelligent Unit

QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd
United Kingdom

Ben is from Nottingham, England. After moving around a lot, he returned to the University of Nottingham where he undertook a BSc in Computer Science. Upon graduation, Ben spent two years working for the UK national office of international student charity, AIESEC, for which he was ultimately elected National President. Ben leads the QS Intelligence Unit who are fully responsible for the operational management of all major QS research projects including the QS Top MBA Applicant and Recruiter Research, the QS World University Rankings® and the QS Asian University Rankings.

Ben has travelled to over 40 countries and spoken on his research in over 20. He has personally visited over 35 of the world’s top 100 universities amongst countless others and is also a regular speaker on the conference circuit.

Mrs Yoshiko Kakita

Regional Solution Manager


Yoshiko Kakita is Regional Solution Manager of Elsevier, responsible for research intelligence solutions such as Scopus, SciVal, and Pure in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Prior to joining Elsevier ten years ago, she spent ten years living and studying in Taiwan, France and the United States. Yoshiko has a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of Houston – Clear Lake; and withdrew with ABD (All But Dissertation) status as a Ph.D. candidate in History at Boston College.

Mr John O’Leary


The Times Good University Guide
United Kingdom

The guide introduced university rankings to the UK and is internationally recognised as the most authoritative publication of its type.

Executive Board Member of QS World University Rankings