PRESENTERS & FACILITATORS
Yasar Abu Ghosh is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Charles University, where he was the head of the department from 2009-2012. He has taught as a visiting professor at Central European University in Budapest, Ludwig Maximilians Universitat in Munich, Germany, and at Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France. Dr. Abu Ghosh has done extensive field research on the Roma in Southern Bohemia, focusing on the quest for recognition, survival strategies, inter-group dynamics and how governmental policies have affected this minority group.
Osman Ahmed is a lecturer in physiotherapy at Bournemouth University (UK). His research interests include concussion in sport, injuries in disability sport, and eHealth technologies. He is a practicing physiotherapist and works clinically with the Football Association with their elite disability football squads. He has been involved with international/overseas mentorship for several years and is a Global Engagement Lead in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University.
Samim Akgönül is a professor of political science at the University of Strasbourg and a researcher at French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He has also been teaching at the Syracuse University Strasbourg Center since 2007. An internationally-recognized expert in the area of minority rights, Samim has done numerous case studies on non-Muslim minorities in Turkey, Muslim minorities in the Balkans and “new minorities” in Western Europe. He currently leads a research team on “Religion and pluralism in Europe.”
After more than 25 years in the field of Education Abroad, Rosa Almoguera now works as International Education Consultant for Edualamo. Among her clients are CEU Universities or CAPA. She has combined her management positions with teaching. A visiting professor at several universities in the US, she has also directed the International Programs at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón (Toledo and Madrid). She holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Universidad Complutense and an MA in Romance Languages from University of Pennsylvania. She has a Competency Credential and is Peer Reviewer for The Forum.
After receiving a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford in 1988, Raymond Bach taught at several universities in both France and the United States. He has been director of the Syracuse University Strasbourg Center since 2000, where he has worked to expand the curriculum in innovative ways.
Vanessa Barton is a University of Michigan alumnus with a BA in Political Science. She has worked for the University of Michigan for 5 years and began her current role, Global Engagement Coordinator, in May 2015. Her responsibilities include program selection, development and execution, as well as advising current students on academic, personal and career goals with respect to education abroad. Vanessa says she is always up for adventure and personally tries to have fun in all aspects of her life.
Milton J. Bennett, PhD, is founder and co-director of the Intercultural Development Research Institute (Europe and USA – www.idrinstitute.org) and also co-founded the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, OR. He has been an associate professor of intercultural communication at Portland State University and now teaches at the University of Milano Bicocca. He originated the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity and contributed a review of intercultural learning to The Forum’s History of U.S. Study Abroad: 1965-Present, and wrote Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication.
Scott Blair is Director of Assessment & Sustainability at The EDUCATION ABROAD Network. Based in Paris, he has worked in education abroad for over 30 years as professor, onsite Academic Director, education consultant and Director of Assessment for US study abroad providers. His research has appeared in Frontiers, Routledge and Stylus publications and he is a regular speaker at educational conferences on learning outcomes assessment and study abroad program design articulated around UN Sustainable Development Goals. Blair holds a doctorate in history from the Sorbonne and an MA from Georgetown.
Pardip Bolina is the Associate Director at the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to joining CGIS in 2009, Pardip developed and managed faculty-led programs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds a master’s degree in educational policy studies and her graduate research examined issues of equity and access in higher education. Pardip also served on the Diversity and Inclusion in Education Abroad NAFSA subcommittee (formerly Underrepresentation in Education Abroad NAFSA subcommittee) from 2014 to 2017.
Borbala Banahazi is a Student Advising Specialist at IIE-Europe where she manages the IIE Scholarship Program for Syrian Students. This program provides Syrian students with the unique opportunity to continue their education in safety and gain the skills needed to rebuild their country when the time comes. Borbala provides support, advice and monitoring to students placed in North America and Europe. She has been with IIE for 12 years and has a strong knowledge of student advising. She holds an MA degree in American Studies from Eotvos Lorand University, and an MA degree in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University, both in Budapest, Hungary.
Tracey Bradley is the Executive Director of the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS). TnCIS represents colleges and universities devoted to making international education and cultural understanding a central goal of higher education throughout the state of Tennessee. TnCIS manages study abroad, faculty development and administrative development programs in well over 20 countries. Formally a Sociology faculty member at Pellissippi State Community College, she developed and directed study abroad programs in both South Africa and India.
Sarah Brock is the academic director for SIT’s program on Arts and Social Change based in Prague, the Czech republic. Sarah has worked in Prague as an art history lecturer, an advisor to Czech NGOs, and an arts critic. She also served as co-curator of the exhibition of Czech and Los Angeles artists entitled “Certain Traces: Dialogue 2004.” Sarah’s primary research interests are alternative art spaces in Center Europe and arts-based research methods.
Bill Bull brings more than 20 years of experience in safety and security to his role as Vice President of Risk Management, including four years with CIEE. Previously, Bill served as the CIEE Director for Health, Safety, & Security. Prior to joining CIEE, Bill most recently served as East Africa/East Indian Ocean Safety and Security Officer for the Peace Corps supporting the activities of Peace Corps staff to ensure volunteer safety throughout East and Central Africa.
Holly Carter has worked in International Education for 18 years and held senior leadership positions at multiple universities. Originally from Texas, Dr. Carter has lived in France, Tunisia, Scotland and England. She has a MPhil from the Univ of Glasgow and a PGCHE from the Univ of Surrey Roehampton in England, as well as a PhD from the Univ of North Texas. Dr. Carter’s academic field is medical sociology, which she occasionally teaches at UE. She travels widely for work, personally, and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. She has been to 96 countries, and has built houses in 20 countries.
Ray Casserly, Academic Director for the Global Institutes, received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB). Aside from his roles with CIEE and QUB, he is experienced in the organization of cross-community and cross-border initiatives with various music groups in Northern Ireland. Ray continues to incorporate his musical interests into his research on the highly sensitive political issue of parades in Northern Ireland. His academic interests include music, conflict, communal memory, and identity in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Ida Castiglioni is a professor of intercultural communication in the Department of Sociology, University of Milano-Bicocca, where she is a member of the Erasmus Exchange Commission and a founder of the Ph.D. program in Sustainable Human Development. Her current books are (in Italian) Intercultural Communication: Competence and Practice and (in English) Constructing Intercultural Competence in Italian Social Service and Healthcare Organizations: Pedagogical Design, Effectiveness Research, and Alternative Visions for Promoting Ethnorelativism (University of Jyvaskyla, 2012).
Theresa Castillo is the Assistant Director for the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) and has been involved in international education for over 15 years in both international student advisement and study abroad programming. Theresa oversees PSCC’s study abroad scholarship program and chairs its International Education Committee which helps direct the college’s study abroad recruiting and international education initiatives. She has also directed programs in Peru and Cuba for the consortium.
Jana Čemusová heads the CIEE Center in Prague in partnership with Charles University. Jana is a double graduate at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Philosophy, where she studied theory of culture (anthropology) and Czech language. She is leading Czech language instruction through the CIEE Study Center at Charles University and from 2003-2009 she served as a chair of Association of Czech Teachers Teaching Czech as a Foreign Language. In 2017 Jana has been appointed the chair of AAUP CZ – Association of American University Programs in the Czech Republic and member of EUASA.
Lucía Conte is the Director of Education Abroad Programs at Universitat Pompeu Fabra where she does the program management and development and also serves as a professor and researcher on Medieval History at the same university. A Forum Certified Professional with a long experience in Education Abroad, she regularly presents and participates in conferences of the field. She has formerly served as Resident Director at CIEE and as a professor at IES Abroad and several other study abroad programs.
Wedigo de Vivanco was Dean of International Affairs at the Freie Universität in Berlin for nearly 20 years. He taught German History at the University of London and then served as deputy director of the German American Exchange Service (DAAD) office in New York. He sat on advisory boards for a number of Centres for German and European studies, including those of Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton and University of California-Berkeley. Dr de Vivanco also served as President of EAIE. He holds a joint doctorate degree in history and political science from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.
Karl Dowling is the Dublin Resident Director for the Foundation for International Education. He holds degrees from University College Dublin and the University of Amsterdam. Prior to entering international education he reported for Radio Netherlands’ International Justice Desk and presented a daily radio show on European news and culture for Euranet. He is one of the founding members, and sits on the board, of the Association of Study Abroad Providers in Ireland. He is currently working towards his Professional Certification in Education Abroad through the Forum on Education Abroad.
Wes Dulaney is Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of International Education at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, Tennessee, USA. Wes chairs the International Education Committee, focused on recruiting students to participate in study abroad programs, internationalizing the curriculum, and organizing global programming on campus. Over the past six years, Wes has taught study abroad biology courses in Ecuador and South Africa with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS) and is currently director of a STEM-focused short-term program in the Galapagos Island.
Jennifer Duncan-Bendix is Assistant Program Director and Faculty Member for the Child Development & Diversity Program at DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia. Her master’s degree thesis focused on how cultural learning and development can be observed in Danish pedagogical practice. She has been a pedagogue in Danish and International preschools. She was a DIS student and returned to Copenhagen with a BA in Early Childhood Development and Education from the University of Connecticut in 2006.
Yasmin Fischdick is one of the two Executive Directors of Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS) and Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST). She is responsible for all decisions concerning program development, structural, financial and legal matters and the supervision of their implementation and observation. Before taking on the responsibility as FUBiS and FU-BEST Executive Director, Yasmin was financial manager of a renowned German fashion label.
Cheryl Francisconi leads the Europe regional office for the Institute of International Education (IIE) based in Budapest, Hungary. From 2013 to mid-2017, Cheryl was the Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC) for the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA initiative, covering countries in western and southern Europe. In that capacity she trained EducationUSA Advisers, worked with U.S. Embassies on strategic mission goals related to international student advising, and supported U.S. higher education institutions with information and student mobility trends in the region.
Orli Fridman is the Academic Director of SIT’s Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo: Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans program. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on comparative approaches to peace and conflict studies, the role of social memory studies in teaching and researching post-conflict transformation. Orli teaches Conflict Studies at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade, Serbia, where she heads the Center for Comparative Conflict Studies.
Janice Gaffey is Dublin Director at EUSA Academic Internship Experts since 2013. She has worked in education for fourteen years, working as a researcher and lecturer for a number of years before moving into educational administration and management. She holds a BSc (Hons) and an MPhil in Communications (Journalism) from DIT and she is the author of ‘Witnessing the Pandemic’.
Natalia García Caballos holds a B.A. and M.A. in Information Studies from the University of Granada, spent an Erasmus year in Grenoble, France, and took postgraduate courses at UCLA. She holds an M.A. in Migration and European Union Studies from the Basque Country University. She worked for the Instituto Cervantes and University of Granada before joining IES Abroad Granada in 2005 as Student Affairs and Internship Coordinator. She is an activist for the Andalusian Human Rights Association and other networks. She has lived, travelled and worked in many countries, learning from all of them.
Kerry Geffert is Product Evangelist at Terra Dotta where he encourages thoughtful approaches to international education. He has 36+ years of international education experience, including over 12 years in international student services and international recruitment at universities in Oklahoma and New York. He then spent two decades in education abroad leadership with program providers developing strong institutional relations. A long time NAFSA leader and Forum member, Kerry received his B.A. from Kalamazoo College and his M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.
Jaume Gelabert is the Academic Director for Spain and Cuba Programs and the Director of the Barcelona Center at Arcadia University-The College of Global Studies. His research interests reside in political discourse analysis as well as language pedagogy. He is currently expanding his research to analyzing the linguistic landscape of Barcelona. He has a long experience in studying, teaching and conducting research at US institutions such as the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, the University of New Mexico, The Pennsylvania State University and Loyola University Chicago.
Garett Gietzen is Director of International Affairs at the University of California, Merced. He was previously Assistant Director for International Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and employed in a variety of international and academic affairs positions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He earned a PhD in Education Policy Studies, and master‚Äôs degrees in history and library and information science from UIUC, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Juliet Golden has developed award-winning study abroad programs for the University of Lower Silesia (Poland) together with Syracuse University and SUNY Brockport. In 2011, the summer program “Experiencing the New Europe” was recognized as a Model Study-Abroad Program by the U.S. National Collegiate Honors Council and in 2016, the course, “Negotiating Identities Across Europe’s Borders,” was given the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design by the Forum on Education Abroad.
Said Graiouid is the Academic Dean for the School for International Training (SIT Study Abroad) programs in the Middle East, North Africa & Europe and Head of the Research Center on “The Human, Languages, Cultures and Religions” at Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco. Graiouid has written extensively on Moroccan culture and cultural politics in the Mediterranean. His most recent publications include Communication and Everyday Performance: Public Space and the Public Sphere in Morocco (2011), two co-edited books on International Education and Global Justice: Rethinking the Politics of Sustain
Miriam Grottanelli de Santi was born and raised in Siena, Italy. She is half Italian and half British and has a degree in History from the University of Cambridge, UK. After her years at university and before settling back in Siena she lived in London, Paris, Prague and Rome. Before setting up her own school she worked for a few delightful years in Siena as a freelance translator and History teacher. She has been founder and director of the Siena School for Liberal Arts since 2004, founder and director of the Siena Art Institute since 2010 and is also President of the Mason Perkins Deafness Fund Onlus since 2010.
Noel Habashy holds a PhD in Agricultural and Extension Education & International Agriculture and Development. He has over a decade worth of experience in the fields of higher education and international development. He is proficient in Spanish and to date, has experience of living in 5 countries (Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, Honduras, and the USA) and working in, or visiting over 30 total nations. His areas of interest include International Development; Youth Civic Engagement; Global North-Global South Partnerships; and Access to International Education.
Eric Hall is a professor of exercise science at Elon University in North Carolina (USA). His primary research interest is in the area of exercise neuroscience related to physical activity and mental health. Additionally, he is interested in the influence of high impact practices on student development as well as the faculty role of mentorship in high impact practices. He has authored over 70 research articles, 6 book chapters and is the co-editor of book on concussions in athletics. At his institution he has received awards for his mentorship of undergraduate students and scholarship.
Awarded the David A. Portlock Outstanding International Educator Award in 2017, Melissa Hardin has taught Spanish language and literature and co-directed a program in Madrid, Spain for Ursinus College. She has served on advisory boards for CAPA and IFSA Butler, is a QUIP peer reviewer, and has conducted external reviews of study abroad programs in Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, England, Italy, and the U.S. In 2013 Melissa was awarded a Fulbright IEAS in Japan. She holds degrees in Spanish (Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis, MA Middlebury College, and BA University of Missouri-Columbia).
Carl Jubran is President of IAU College (Institut Américain Universitaire) in Aix-en-Provence, France. He has been Vice Provost for International Affairs at the University of San Diego, and Professor of Languages and Literatures, as well as Dean of USD’s Mexico campus. He has taught and developed courses in Arabic, French, Spanish and Post-Colonial Studies. He serves on international advisory committees and consults in the areas of assessment, international learning outcomes, internationalization of the college curriculum, and best practices in international education.
Tanja Jung is the Program Manager for the University of California Education Abroad Program at the Study Center Berlin since March 2009, working with students at Free University, Humboldt University, and Technical University, Berlin. Tanja also worked as an instructor of German as a Foreign Language in Ecuador, Peru, Freiburg, Berlin from 2007-2009. Tanja was a study abroad student at Ohio State University and worked as a student assistant with American University’s exchange program in Berlin. She received a Master’s degree in North American Studies from Free University Berlin.
While studying towards a Master’s degree in German philology, history and education at Technische Universität Berlin, Britta Kallmann spent a year at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Thoroughly smitten by the American liberal arts college education, she went on to pursue and receive her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1999. Britta stayed on to teach German language courses at UofM and work as Visiting Assistant Professor at Carleton College. Back in Germany, Britta started working for Ayusa-Intrax, a cultural exchange organization with headquarters in San Francisco, where she is Director of Career Development Programs for incoming and outgoing students.
A trained lawyer and former Fulbright Fellow to Poland, Dan Kampsen is currently the Assistant Director of International and Off-Campus Education at Lafayette College. He has served on campus wide risk management teams, had oversight of the Terra Dotta system, and provided health and safety training to faculty, staff, and students. Dan has presented in the areas of legal issues in study abroad, and career development as related to the study abroad experience.
Brent Keever (Director, CIEE Global Institute – Paris) received his Ph.D. in English and modern studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has taught and lectured all over the United States and France, on such topics as satire and humor, the literary and cinematic representations of sound, mysticism, and technology, and ethics in cartoons. His research interests include the history of critical theory and criticism, film studies, musicology, and modernist poetry and prose. He is currently working on a project that throws into question certain theories about listening and sharing.
Yveta Kenety has been working in the field of Roma rights for over fifteen years. Before coming to NYUP, she was the national facilitator of the Roma Education Fund, an organization that provides scholarships and support for Roma university students, and she managed a similar program for high school students for the Romea NGO. She was the director of Athinganoi, where she ran a Roma Students’ Information Center. She also worked for the Open Society Fund as the National Coordinator for Roma Women’s Issues, and she was the country facilitator for the World Bank and the Open Society Fund.
Zoe Kilbourne studied abroad at DIS in the Medical Practice and Policy program in 2011 and after completing her degree at Grand Valley State University, returned to Copenhagen to join the DIS internship program. After her internship in the Science & Health department, Zoe joined the full-time administrative team at DIS, and since January 2017, has been the Manager of Faculty-Led Programs for DIS Copenhagen and DIS Stockholm.
Carla Kist is an Exchange and International Recruitment Officer at University College Utrecht coordinating 40 exchange programs with universities all over the world. She works for the University of California as the Academic Coordinator for UC students studying at Maastricht University and Utrecht University. She has more than 20 years of experience in Internationalization of Higher Education and has also worked at several other European universities. Carla was a study abroad student in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico (1981-1982) and obtained a Master’s degree in Human Geography (UU 1983).
Dieter Roberto Kuehl was born and raised in Guatemala City. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Babson College and worked for over ten years for an American shipping company in his home country. In his early thirties, he earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Spanish literature from Harvard University. He has been working for Syracuse Madrid since 2001, and is the director of the program since 2012. He combines his administrative responsibilities with teaching courses on Spanish literature and film.
Rich Kurtzman is the Director of Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE). He has worked in International Education since 1998, and on-site in Barcelona since 2002. Rich plays an active role in designing and delivering study abroad, internship, and short-term programs – always with a focus on cultural awareness, identity exploration, and language acquisition. Rich teaches and trains on different aspects of Spanish culture with courses such as Intercultural Communication and Global Competence and sessions like Increasing Cultural Awareness in Short-term programs: A toolkit of Activities.
Hilary Landorf is the founding Executive Director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives and Associate Professor of International/Intercultural Education at Florida International University. She also serves as Executive Director of the Comparative and International Education Society. Landorf‚Äôs expertise centers on visioning, developing, designing, and implementing the policies and practices of global learning efforts in higher education. She has written, consulted, and presented internationally on integrating global learning into higher education
A native of Germany, Ulrike Leibrecht has over 20 years’ experience in international higher education. She has been active throughout her life in the professional and personal promotion of cultural awareness and exchange. She co-founded CEPA in 1997 and has served as the Director since that time. She and her team have consistently provided a wide range of cross-cultural study abroad programs to over 2,000 North American students each year. Recently, she launched the non-profit CEPA Foundation, which offers grants and scholarships for students at its campuses in France and Germany.
Helena Lindholm is professor peace and development research, at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. Her main focus is the Middle East, violent conflict and refugee flows (in particular the Palestinian refugees), transnational identity and diaspora. She is also advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg on Inclusion and Newly Arrived; Director of the Segerstedt Institute working to prevent recruitment to racist organisations and violent extremism, and Chairperson for the Governmental Expert Group for Aid Studies.
Flor Macías Delgado is the Student Affairs and Diversity Assistant at IES Abroad Amsterdam. Alongside her work at IES, she is also a research assistant for the Migration as Development project at the University of Amsterdam, where she also completed her graduate degree in Migration and Ethnic Studies. Her research focused on adolescent Third Culture Kids in international schools in the Netherlands. An avid traveler, she has lived in the US, Mexico, Italy and Spain before settling in the Netherlands.
Katherine Martin oversees the Study Abroad and Summer School Programs at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Returning to college as a mature student, Katherine gained her undergraduate degree and masters degree, both in Sociology, from the University of Limerick. She has worked in International Education for 8 years and prior to this taught for 7 years. She loves working in third level education and considers it a privilege to witness the transformative journey that studying abroad offers students.
Salim Murad has been teaching at New York University in Prague since 2007. His main research topics involve ethnic stereotypes in Czech advertising and media and migration. Salim Murad also teaches in the Political Science Department of the Faculty of Education of the University of South Bohemia, where he started working in 2000. He is a course coordinator and lecturer of the university’s teaching module in the European Union MA Program in Migration and Intercultural Relations. He has worked on projects for UNHCR Czech Republic and the Human Rights Education Centre of Charles University.
Lauren Nestler is an International Academic Specialist with the University of California Education Abroad Program since 2009. She is in charge of the academic oversight for 35 programs in 10 countries throughout Europe serving students from nine undergraduate University of California campuses. She was a study abroad student at Cambridge University in summer 2004 and she obtained a Master’s degree in International Education from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2008.
La’Joya Orr is a University of Michigan alumna with a BS in Neuroscience and a MA in Social Foundations of Education from Eastern Michigan University. She has worked for the University of Michigan eight years, the last four of which serving as Managing Director of Recruitment & Admissions for the School of Kinesiology. Her responsibilities include managing recruitment, admissions, scholarships and enrollment, in addition to advising current students and serving as the undergraduate diversity, equity & inclusion coordinator. La’Joya spends her free time traveling and making women’s clothing.
Ignasi Pérez has taught Political Science, Sociology and International Relations at the University of Barcelona, University of Florence and Knox College and for IES ABROAD, IAU, CEA and BIC. He has participated in research groups such as ERGOMAS, CIDOB and GRAPA, and collaborated with the Islamic Council of Catalonia, the Barcelona Institute of International studies and the European University Business School. He studied Sociology at the University of Barcelona and received his doctorate in Political Science with European Honors at the University of Barcelona and the University of Florence.
Sasha Perugini has earned a Laurea Magistrale in English and Russian languages and literatures (University of Siena) and a Ph.D. in History of Performing Arts (Tufts University). She has been personally and professionally exposed to various cultures developing her multilingual and cross-cultural competencies. She has been operating in teaching and managerial roles in international higher education since 1994 in the US, Italy, and Australia. Director of Syracuse University Florence since 2011. Teaches on International Education and Cross-cultural communication. Has published 5 non-fiction books
An American based in Spain, David Puente is ISA’s Regional Vice President of Academic Affairs. He entered the IE field in 2003 after completing a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. He has taught and published on both sides of the Atlantic, and is currently at work on a book chapter about intercultural competency and global citizenship. During his tenure at ISA has led a wide array of projects all over the world, and is currently focused on initiatives related to staff intercultural training and the enhancement of co-curricular learning.
Elyse Resnick holds a B.A. in History from Emory University, M.A. in International Relations from Boston University and has over 20 years of experience in international education. Her career began in Ecuador where she developed exchange programs for the Universidad Del Pacifico. She managed the University of Miami’s European exchange programs for 15 years before receiving a Fulbright research grant for Italy. The city of Milan awarded her a continuing grant to implement integration strategies for immigrant teens. She is currently an instructor of service learning for IES Abroad Milan.
Lucia Reynolds has been the Brand manager for Education in Ireland for eight years. She is a highly-competent and knowledgeable marketing manager with specific expertise in international marketing, brand development, digital marketing and education export.
Loren Ringer has been in the field of international education for the last 20 years. As an administrator of study abroad programs in Brittany, Paris, and Barcelona, Ringer has worked closely with students as an educator, mentor, and guide. A dual citizen of France and the United States, he enjoys helping students, faculty, and staff develop the cross-cultural skills necessary to live and work abroad and to interact with international teams. He applies the same skills to find creative solutions in the daily administration of Parsons Paris. Ringer holds a PhD in French Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has published a book and numerous articles and reviews in the fields of literature, live theater performance, and international education.
Stephen Robinson is a geographer and geologist with a PhD from McGill University in Montreal. He previously held the Chapin Chair in Geology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, specializing in Arctic geomorphology. He has been the Director and Associate Professor at the Dublin, Ireland campus of Champlain College of Burlington, Vermont, since 2008. He is past board chair of the Irish Council of International Students (ICOS), and is currently on the board of the Association of Study Abroad Providers in Ireland (ASAPI) and the European Association of Study Abroad (EUASA).
Kristina Rödder holds an M.A. in North American Studies and Media and Communication Science and a Ph.D. in History, both from Freie Universit√§t Berlin. She has worked, among others, with the German Historical Museum in Berlin, the Hamburg-based K√∂rber Foundation, and in history marketing. From 2008 to 2010, she worked as Program Coordinator for Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS). In 2011, she became Academic Director of Freie Universit√§t Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST) and created their Internship program in 2016.
Erika Ryser is Assistant Vice President for Program Management at the Institute for Study Abroad. She has served as Director of Education Abroad for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences and as Illinois’ Associate Director of Study Abroad. Erika holds an M.Ed. in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University, and a B.A. in history, Spanish and Latin American studies from Macalester College.
Katrine Samson Heller is Program Coordinator at the University of Copenhagen working for the University of California Education Abroad Program. She is responsible for the exchange agreement between University of California Education Abroad Program and University of Copenhagen. She is responsible for student activities and communication, Danish Immigration Services and coordination with UCPH about student mobility. Katrine studied abroad at the University of Western Australia and Birzeit University, Palestine, she obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology of Religion and Psychology in 2013.
Ellen Sayles, Associate Dean and Director of Education Abroad, at the University of Richmond, where she develops international educational opportunities, holds 15 years of experience in the international education field. Ellen currently. Previously of Oberlin College, where she spent a good portion of her career, Ellen was responsible for all aspects of the internationalizing efforts as well as a specific focus on study abroad programs and advising. In addition, Ellen worked intensively with students in the Double Degree (BA and BMus) program and students in the Musical Studies department.
Maja Sbahi Biehl is faculty in the Child Development and Diversity program at DIS- Study Abroad in Scandinavia in Denmark. She earned her M.A. (Cand. comm.) in Communication and Educational Studies from Roskilde University in 2004 and her research was in intercultural pedagogy. She has developed curriculum and projects in child development and specifically about refugee children. Award winner of the Forum for Study Abroad Excellence in Curriculum Design 2015.
Pia K. Schneider is an Affiliate Professor in the Departments of Art and Design and Architecture at the Iowa State University of Science and Technology and since 2007 the resident director of the College of Design Rome program. Originally from Switzerland, she is the recipient of numerous fellowships and prizes, including an Exchange Fellowship at the GSD, Harvard University, and the Rome Prize at the Swiss Academy, Rome. Recently she published a survey on 50y of Study Abroad in Italy and in 2015 she has been nominated the chair of EUASA, the European Association of Study Abroad.
Suzanne Shorten is a passionate advocate for education abroad. Suzanne has worked at Summer at UCD for many years, where she delights in the opportunity to facilitate a broad range of experiences and programs for students and faculty from around the world.
James M. Skelly serves currently as a faculty member at the University of Pannonia’s Koszég campus in Hungary, and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies Koszég. He has served as the Director of the Baker Peace at Juniata College; as well as in faculty and administrative positions at the University of Ulster; BCA Abroad; the University of California; New York University; the Irish Peace Institute; and the European Peace University in Austria. He is the author of The Sarcophagus of Identity, and author and editor of numerous articles on international education and peace.
Helmut Summesberger began his career in education as an activities coordinator and language teacher at the International Sommerschool Gmunden, where he became the acting director in 1999. He began working with IES Abroad Vienna in 1996 as a sports coordinator and became the Student Services Coordinator in 2003. Additionally, he has volunteered as a language teacher (German and English) at the Social Project “Escola Gisi” in Parajuru, Brazil.
Ian Samuel Terkildsen has been with DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia for over 10 years. During this time Ian has served DIS as faculty, board member, administrator, and most recently, as Associate Director of Faculty-Led Programs. Ian has degrees in music theory from the New England Conservatory in Boston and in business administration from the Copenhagen Business School.
Vanda Thorne teaches and researches on the themes of mass mentality, social movements, and collective civil action in totalitarian and post-totalitarian regimes. Other interests include gender and politics in Central Europe, ideology and propaganda, and theories of cultural resistance. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds an M.A. in English and American Literature from Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and an M.A. in Gender and Culture from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.
Aubrey Tranter is the Manager of Institutional Relations for CIEE, working as the liaison for institutions in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin. She holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Studies – focusing on International Business and Tourism Policy from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she studied abroad in Dubrovnik, Croatia and Dubai, UAE. Her life abroad and current role supports her passion for study abroad and health, safety and security for women.
Victor Tricot received his PhD in political science from the University of Salamanca, Spain. His academic interests range from social movements to political participation, formation of party systems, and political cleavages. Victor’s current project is on the emergence of new regionalism and self-independence movements in Europe.
J. Scott Van Der Meid is the Associate Dean of Study Abroad at Brandeis University. Scott received his M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and has directed Brandeis Study Abroad since 1999. He has been to over 54 countries and has served on several study abroad provider national advisory boards in the field of international education. Scott is past Co-Chair of the NAFSA Rainbow Special Interest Group and served as a founding member of The Forum on Education Abroad’s Advisory Council. Other involvement included The Forum’s Data Committee and Ethics Working Group.
Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Elon University in North Carolina (USA). She studies sociocultural contexts of learning across the lifespan. She has led off-campus study programs in London, Florence, Hawaii, and Turkey, and was a visiting faculty member at DIS in 2016. With colleagues in Europe, she has conducted research on students’ and international educators’ perspectives on study abroad experiences. Maureen is founding director of the Center for Research on Global Engagement, established in 2015 to foster collaborative scholarship on global engagement.
Antonio Vanni graduated in the History of Contemporary Art from the University of Florence and earned his Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the New York University. He has dedicated himself to fine arts, publishing, music and teaching. From 2007 to 2011 he was Program Coordinator at the New York University in Florence. He has accrued experience organizing concerts and events as producer and artistic director of International Performing Arts Festivals. In 2013 joined the Accademia Europea di Firenze as director of the Performing Arts, since 2015 year he became Academic Director.
Michael Woolf is Deputy President of CAPA: The Global Education Network. Mike has had much of his career in an international context. He completed a Ph.D. in American Studies and taught literature at the universities of Hull, Middlesex, Padova, and Venice. For four years he worked as a researcher-writer for BBC radio. He has held leadership roles in international education for many years and has written widely on international education and cultural studies. He was a member of the Board of Directors of The Forum on Education Abroad from 2006 to 2012.
Originally from the United States, Rebecca Woolf has lived in Ireland for over 20 years. She holds a B.A. in English from Smith College and M.Phil in Anglo-Irish Literature from Trinity College Dublin (where she also spent her Junior Year Abroad). She launched EUSA – Academic Internship Experts’s Irish programs in 2002, serving as the Dublin Director for almost six years before moving in to her current role as Information Director for EUSA’s operations across six countries. Rebecca is currently the co-chair of ASAPI – Association of Study Abroad Providers in Ireland, member of EUASA.
May Kao Xiong is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program at the University of California, Merced. She has spent more than ten years of her professional career on diversity in higher education: the intersectionality of identities, intercultural relations, underrepresented populations, and student development and achievement from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Parkside. May’s degrees include: MA Irish history (University of Missouri-Columbia) and MBA (UIUC) and BA in history and political science (UIUC).
Jana Zalska is the Resident Director, Czech Republic, for the Institute for Study Abroad. She has served as the Course Director for PLUS Ltd in London and Loughborough, England and as a Teacher Trainer and Founding Instructor for LiveTEFL in Prague, Czech Republic. Jana holds a Masters in Mathematics Education from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL and a PhD in Mathematics Education from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.