About Us
Founders

iTEP International Test of

English Proficiency

  • Perry S. AkinsChairman 

    Perry served as president of ELS Language Centers, the largest proprietary intensive English language program in the US, for some 30 years. Under Perry’s leadership, ELS grew to over 30 US and 20 international locations. In 1997, Perry oversaw the highly successful sale of ELS to Berlitz. He retired from ELS in 1998, but remained as a consultant to company until 2009. Perry is a long-time and active member of Rotary International.

  • Sharif T. Ossayran President

    Sharif has lived the international education experience, having come to the US from Iraq after high school and graduating from the University of Southern California. Thereafter he founded a company that specialized in providing health insurance to international students at US colleges and universities. After 25 years, he sold that company, and continues to work with the new ownership. Sharif has been an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators since his student days, having held both regional and national leadership positions in the organization.