About Us

Helen Balderama

Associate Director, International Partnerships and Programs


Helen joined York International in November 2016 after more than 3 years at the University of Manitoba where she championed international education cooperation through her work at the UM International Office and the Division of Extended Education. She holds a BA Philosophy (Cum Laude) from the University of the Philippines, a Post Graduate Diploma on Cultural Projects for Development from the International Training Centre of International Labour Organization in Italy and an MA Public Administration from the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Helen has more than 15 years of professional experience in the international education field backed by a portfolio of programs and projects in Asia, Europe and the Americas including her work at the UNESCO National Commission in Manila and the Asia-Europe Foundation. Helen is NAFSA’s International Outreach Coordinator (2017-2018) and was recently appointed Member of the 2018 CBIE Annual Conference Advisory Committee. Helen speaks English and Tagalog.


Beth Alaksa

Coordinator International Mobility Programs


Beth has been involved in international education during her long career at York. Of the various roles she had, working with York students going on exchange and visiting students from York partners, is the most rewarding. She admires the courage of students who step out, try something different, and in the process, develop confidence and independence. Many exchange students remain in contact long after their graduation from York. Beth is passionate about supports to returned exchange students and is currently a member volunteer to CBIE’s Canadian Learning Abroad Alumni Community (CLAAC).


Hani El Masry

Global Learning Assistant, Exchanges and Visiting Students


Hani is the Global Learning Assistant responsible for exchange partnerships s in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and the Americas. Hani has lived in eight countries and is passionate about international education and the great opportunities that come with it. He firmly believes that studying abroad is one of the best decisions one can make in their life. Hani is a York alumnus - he holds degrees in International Studies (Glendon College, York University, and International Law from the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom). Hani is a Member of CBIE’s International Network of Tomorrow’s Leaders (INTL). Outside work, he enjoys reading, coffee shop hopping, and getting to know new cities. Hani speaks English, French and Arabic.


Glenda Lowndes

Global Learning Assistant, Exchanges and Visiting Students


Glenda is the Global Learning Assistant responsible for exchange partnerships in Europe, Israel and Turkey. As a York alumna, she never knew about the amazing international opportunities offered to students, only until she started working at York International. Now, Glenda has made it her goal to make students aware of the opportunities and encourage them to see the value and impact it will have in their overall student academic success and personal growth. She holds a Master of Information from University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours Human Resource Management from York University and an International Business Diploma from Seneca College. Glenda speaks English and Spanish.