About ICEF

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What we do

We are a specialist provider of business-to-business networking events and marketing intelligence services to the international education industry. Founded in 1991, we support global student mobility by facilitating meetings between international education institutions, providers of services relevant to the international study abroad industry, and student recruitment agents.

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Our Mission

We are committed to the growth of the international education industry by strengthening global networks, encouraging the sharing of best practices, and improving the accessibility of insights and analysis on the latest industry trends.

Our History

Our roots in international education go back to the early 1960’s, when Karl Badde, a linguist and educator, established a chain of language schools around the Middle East.

By the 1970’s, this chain had expanded to include centres in Bonn and London which provided Arabic language training for diplomats and business executives.

In 1984, Karl Badde expanded into publishing with his son, Markus Badde, and daughter, Rebecca Stromeyer, producing a series of language travel and education guides for the distance education sector and translation industry.

In 1991, the Badde family entered the conference and exhibition industry, forming ICEF to develop a series of professional networking events for the sector.


In 2004, Markus Badde assumed the leadership of ICEF, gradually increasing the number of events offered by ICEF and expanding our core goal of facilitating professional connections within the international education space.

In 2021, ICEF has become the most trusted market for developing professional connections in the international education industry.

We have continued to innovate, introducing additional services designed for the international education sector, including training programmes, virtual reality tours and market intelligence.


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