Updates at EduNova – August 12, 2022

Welcome to our newest staff members!


We’d like to introduce four new staff members at EduNova: Asma Lokhandwala, Prasad Patil, Elorm Anyadi and Francielle Ciconetto.

Asma will be working on various projects to promote international student recruitment and retention in Nova Scotia. Prasad, Elorm and Francielle will be supporting the success of our new Study and Stay™ CONNECT initiative — an expansion of our Study and Stay™ – Nova Scotia Program that will be launched in the coming weeks.

We’re thrilled to have our newest team members on board and appreciate the fresh ideas, skills and perspectives they have each shared with us since joining EduNova. Welcome, Asma, Prasad, Elorm and Francielle!

Read more about each of them below: 

Lokhandwala, projects coordinator

Asma Lokhandwala graduated from Acadia University’s computer science program and has always been keen about working at the intersection of events management, computer science, and student services. She has worked in Nova Scotia’s education sector for four years, focusing on student relations and support for both international and domestic students.  

Her passion for supporting students and event management, combined with a strong academic background and empathy as an international student, enables her to contribute to EduNova in a valuable way.  

She loves spending time with friends and family, and enjoys an adventurous hike!  


Prasad Patil, events and digital content coordinator 

Prasad is a passionate, creative, national award-winning visual storyteller with over a decade of experience in digital content creation, marketing communications, data analytics and much more. After achieving an advanced diploma in public relations and a certification in applied media and communication arts from the Nova Scotia Community College, he is currently in the process of making Nova Scotia his permanent home. Prasad likes to think outside of the box and bring innovative ideas to table. Having come from a vibrant country like India, he also brings with him a bucket full of delicious Indian recipes. 


Elorm Anyadi, retention coordinator, Study and Stay™ – FOUNDATIONS 

A native of Ghana, Elorm moved to Canada seven years ago and has since made Nova Scotia his forever home. As a former international student with a degree in business administration from Cape Breton University, Elorm has a passion for helping other international students build fulfilling careers and lives in Nova Scotia. After graduation, Elorm worked as a campus life coordinator at the International Center for English Academic Preparation Nova Scotia and as a retention coordinator for the International Student Settlement program at the Cape Breton Island Centre for Immigration. When he’s not busy supporting students in their journeys, you can find him leading group hikes or outdoor adventures. 


Francielle Ciconetto, retention coordinator, Study and Stay™ – Nova Scotia Program 

Francielle Ciconetto received her BA in communications from Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana in Brazil. She has more than five years of experience advising and supporting international students, focusing on relationships of trust and respect for diversity and inclusion. Her experience living in Brazil, Italy, Germany and the U.S. sparked her passion for helping international students succeed and fulfill their academic and professional goals. Throughout her journey in Canada, she lived in Cape Breton for a year before moving to Halifax in 2020. 

Read our 2021-22 Annual Report!

The theme of our 2021-22 Annual Report, bridging gaps, highlights the work EduNova has done to bridge gaps between international students and opportunities in Nova Scotia with the support of our members, funders and partners. From virtual student recruitment events to the online delivery of our Study and Stay™ – Nova Scotia Program, we’ve supported international student recruitment and retention initiatives in the province despite the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Read the report to learn more about our work over the past year.