The Sustainable and Inclusive Internationalization Virtual Conference is pleased to present the following speakers, listed in alphabetical order by first name.


Prof. Aaron Benavot

Professor, SUNY-Albany and former Director, UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report

Aaron Benavot is Professor of Global Education Policy in the School of Education at the University at Albany-SUNY with interests in comparative education research and international education policies. For nearly 8 years Aaron worked at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, first as a Senior Analyst and then as Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report, an independent, evidence-based annual report, which analyzes progress towards international education targets, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2018 he served as a Fulbright Specialist in Viet Nam and in 2019 as a High-Level Expert in lifelong learning at the East China Normal University in Shanghai, China. Aaron is a co-convener of NISSEM (, a network of academics and practitioners advocating for the inclusion of global and humanistic themes as well as social and emotional learning in textbooks and other instructional materials. Last year NISSEM published a special volume on Educating for the social, the emotional and the sustainable; this year it completed a paper on Learning for uncertain futures: the role of textbooks, curriculum, and pedagogy for UNESCO’s Futures of Education Commission. Aaron is currently involved in several comparative research projects that focus on climate change education, environmental education and global citizenship education. 

Adam Sherkin 

Classical Pianist

Acclaimed for “dazzlingly displays of hand and ear virtuosity” (Opus One), “technical prowess and uncommon lyricism” (Musical Toronto), Adam Sherkin is a dynamic artist who commands a multi-dimensional approach to performance and composition. Admired for innovative programming and engaging virtuosity, Sherkin has performed at significant venues throughout Canada, the United States and Britain, enjoying recent premieres of his works in the Netherlands and Vietnam. In 2018, Sherkin founded The Piano Lunaire, a new gen Toronto-based organization that produces contemporary performances, houses a record label andcollaborates with the Canadian musical community at large. Sherkin’s recordings are available on the NAXOS, Centrediscs and Centretracks labels. A most recent album, Romance From The Coda, comprises the inaugural release from the new Lunaire Records (September 2019).  Sherkin’s debut album, As At First, was released in 2012, with critics describing the disc as possessing “energy and panache, craftsmanship and a sense of daring. Sherkin’s music is unmistakably that of a young, living, breathing and very gifted composer” (Exclaim Magazine). Sherkin’s discography also includes Western Caprices, released in 2015 and Soliloquy - an EP on 45 RPM vinyl - launched in March of 2018. Adam Sherkin continues to perform traditional and contemporary piano music – including his own – at home and abroad.

Follow Adam: @adamsherkin 

Dr. Addise Amado Dube

Head of Development and Communications, Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST), Ethiopia

Addise Amadois a PhD Researcher at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies/Middlesex University on the theme of ‘The Culture of Cleanliness: Modernization Efforts in Improving Sanitation in Ethiopia and the Roles of FBOs.’ He leads a Practicum Course and Field Education Programme on Development Studies and is Head of Development and Communications at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Addise will discuss our responsibility to bring back knowledge, innovative practices, and international experiences to our own schools and host communities and the threshold between academia and community service from a practitioner’s perspective.  


Dr. Adel El Zaïm

Chief Internationalization Officer, University of Ottawa, Canada

Adel El Zaïm is the Chief Internationalization Officer of the University of Ottawa, in the office of the Vice-President International and Francophonie. He oversees the International office and dedicates his efforts to the acceleration of the University internationalization.  Dr. El Zaïm has worked for several organizations like most recently the University of British Columbia (UBC) when he occupied the position of Executive Director for International. He was Director General, Internationalization, at Université de Sherbrooke, and Senior Program Specialist, Information and communication Technologies for Development, with Canada’s International Development Research Centre, Middle East and North Africa Regional office in Cairo. 
Dr. El Zaïm is President of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA, 2020-2021). He chairs the AIEA Governance Committee.  Adel is member of the board of the Association of Arab translators (Lebanon) and the board of Canada Committee for the House of Canadian Students in Paris. Adel is frequent speaker on Internationalization of higher education strategic issues, strategy development and implementation, evaluation of internationalization, and the contribution of the Internationalization to the different dimensions of HE.  Dr. El Zaïm received a PhD in Linguistics (Semantics, 1994) from the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne. 


Japanese R&B Singer

Born in Los Angeles, USA. Raised in Kagoshima, Japan. 

Japanese R&B star AI moves freely between pop, hip hop and dance, combining American soul with the deep emotion of Japanese ballads. Her international reputation has grown with exciting collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Jim Jones, Trey Songz, Lloyd, Jeremih, Boyz II Men, K’Naan, Judith Hill,  Namie Amuro, Atsushi(EXILE),  Rain, The Jacksons and Chaka Khan. 

With her trademark husky voice, she instills soulful undertones into everything from inspirational ballads to upbeat dance numbers. Especially in Japan,  her music is known for its strength and substance. Despite the fame she’s achieved, her down-to-earth personality shines during every performance. As  AI will tell you, she’ll do anything to get a smile from her fans. 

Ai’s currently celebrating her 20th anniversary with her new album “It’s All Me.” 

Prof. Alessandra Scagliarini

Vice Rector for International Relations, Università di Bolongna, Italy 

Alessandra Scagliarini is a full professor of Infectious diseases and author of over 150 publications in international journals, proceedings of national and international conferences. Currently a member of the Board of ISID (International Society for Infectious Diseases). From 2015 she has held the position of Vice-rector for International Relations and International cooperation at the University of Bologna, among her institutional roles it is worth mentioning: 

  • Counselor for international strategies of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of the Ministry of University and Research since July 2020 toward 2023. 
  • Board member of the Magna Charta Universitatum Observatory; 
  • Member of the SDGs five leading group of the IAU – International Association of Universities cluster on HESD since 2019; 
  • Former President and currently Member of the Board of Directors of the European University Alliance UNA Europa from 2020. 
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Bologna Process Anniversary and conference (Bologna June 24-25 2019). 
  • Member of the National Scientific Qualification board of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (for the period 2016-2018) 
  • Member of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research commission on restricted access degree programs (2013) 
  • Member of the ministerial technical board on technological districts, platforms and infrastructure (2009). 

Alex Rendon

Director of Operations, Office of International Programs (OPI), Universidad San Fransico de Quito (USFQ), EcuadorAlex Rendón is currently the Director of Operations for the Office of International Programs (OPI) at USFQ. Previously, he worked as a faculty-led coordinator for three years at OPI, developing experiential learning programs and co-curricular initiatives. Before joining USFQ, he obtained two master's degrees in the UK, at the London School of Economics & Political Science and at the University of Edinburgh, graduated from a small liberal arts college in the US, and studied abroad in Paris. Alex is interested in expanding opportunities for study abroad to all students, service-learning and leadership programs, and risk management strategies.

Althea Reyes

Sustainable Development Goals Coordinator at York University

Althea Elise Reyes is a third-year, international student from the Philippines studying at York University, taking an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies and a Professional Certificate in Emergency Management. She is the Sustainable Development Goals Coordinator at York University, where she is responsible for overseeing the SDG Student Hub. An initiative under the SDG Students Program of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth division, it is a hub for student learning, engagement, and action towards the Sustainable Development Goals at the local level. She is also the Vice President of the International Development Students’ Association at York, and the Co-President of the Undergraduates of Disaster and Emergency Management at York. Her research interests include disaster resilience and risk reduction in vulnerable communities through community education, embedding sustainability principles in higher education, and climate change mitigation through community education and engagement. She is excited and honored to be a rapporteur for the Sustainable and Inclusive Internationalization Conference.

Dr. Andrew Maxwell

Bergeron Chair in Technology Entrepreneurship, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, Canada

Armed with an engineering degree and an MBA, and has worked in large multinational technology companies, and started four technology ventures, Andrew joined the University of Toronto’s technology transfer office, where he started the Exceler@tor, the University’s first incubator. He also taught technology commercialization at Rotman, and technology entrepreneurship at UTM. Frustrated by systemic challenges in translating research into innovation, he completed a PhD in the Management of Technology at Waterloo, winning the Academy of Management’s Heizer Award, while also teaching technology entrepreneurship to Waterloo undergraduate engineering students. He is now the Bergeron Chair in Technology Entrepreneurship, where among other things, he runs the BESTLab, co-founded Disruptive Innovation Hub and Dream Team and runs an international undergraduate course in technology entrepreneurship and a graduate course in technology commercialization for faculty and graduate students. Sustainability is a recurring theme in his courses, with undergraduate design courses requiring teams to work on a project tied to UNSustainability goals, and the annual UNHacks event focuses on providing intense experiential opportunities for students from across campus.

Dr. Ana Maria Martinez

Research Associate, Las Nubes Project, York University Las Nubes Programme, Canada

Ana Maria received her Ph.D. in Education from York University. Her dissertation focused on climate change enactments in Post-Secondary Educational Institutions in Canada, specifically she explored how policy and praxis influence climate change curricula and curricula formation in higher educational institutions. 

Her previous work has gone from analyzing the behaviour and habits of Giant River Otters in the Colombian Amazon to exploring conservation and management strategies of endangered species of sea turtles in the Colombian Caribbean. Ana Maria also holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies (York University), a Specialization in Environmental Law (Externado of Colombia University) and a Bachelor’s in Marine Biology (Jorge Tadeo Lozano University). 

Anna Veigel

Head, Kulturweit – International Volunteer’s Service, German Commission for UNESCO and the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany

Since 2008 Anna Veigel is head of kulturweit – international volunteer’s service of the German Commission for UNESCO and the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. She’s got a degree in sociology, psychology and in educational science from the Universities of Marburg (Germany) and Edinburgh (UK). Previous workstations were: Head of the overseas program of an international volunteer’s service, international consultant for local NGO’s in Togo, Bosch lecturer in Hungary, freelancer at the Goethe-Instituts in Palermo and New Delhi, consultant in the area of executive management and personnel selection at Daimler-Benz AG in Stuttgart. She is also a trained systemic coach and executive zen coach and systemic process consultant. She was born in Stuttgart in 1969, has lived in many different countries all over the globe and is presently based in Berlin. 

Atsufumi Yokoi

Vice President for Global Engagement Strategy, UNESCO Chairholder in Research and Education for Sustainable Development, Okayama University

Atsufumi Yokoi, ir. has been named Okayama University’s first Vice President for Global Engagement Strategy since 2018. In this position, he works within the board of directors for Okayama’s international profile, presence and reputation by prioritizing, designing and implementing the global engagement strategy. Mr. Yokoi is also in charge of promoting a whole institution’s approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through meaningful relationships and interactions around the globe, including, but not limited to United Nations, international organizations, governments, transnational corporations, universities and civil societies.
He has greatly contributed to the progress of the SDGs within the university and across the county, resulting in the SDGs Partnership Award in the first Japan SDGs Awards to Okayama University, presented at the Prime Minister’s Office in December 2017. Mr. Yokoi has also been appointed by UNESCO as Chair Holder of UNESCO Chair in Research and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), established at Okayama University in 2007. Mr. Yokoi frequently speaks at various SDGs-focused events and high-level forums across Japan and abroad.

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Dr. Barnabas Nawangne

Vice-Chancellor, Member, Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, University of Makerere, Uganda

Architect Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has been the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University since September 2017. Prof. Nawangwe holds a Master of Architecture and a PhD in Architecture from the Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (KNUCA). He is an honorary professor at the Belgorod State Technological University named after V.G. Shukhov. Prof. Nawangwe was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance and Administration), (2013-2017), Principal of the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (2011-2013), Dean of the Faculty of Technology (2002-2011) and Head of the Department of Architecture from its inception (1989 - 2002), all at Makerere University. He has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has served as external examiner at several universities within and outside Africa.

Bosen Lily

Junior Policy Analyst, UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education (IESALC)

Bosen Lily Liu is a Junior Policy Analyst at UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education (IESALC). At her current work, she has been conducting policy research mainly in the areas of: 1) Self- regulation and quality assurance in higher education; 2) Effects and impacts of the pandemic on higher education worldwide; 3) Opportunities brought by artificial intelligence in higher education management and instruction; and 4) Virtual learning, virtual research and virtual mobility in higher education. Before joining UNESCO IESALC, she has been a researcher on education policies for 8 years with diverse focuses in terms of regions (Africa, Europe, Latin America/Brazil, Asia/China, and North America/U.S), themes (mainly Higher Education, ICT in Education and Comparative and International Education), scope and methodology (international comparison, national and institutional analysis, and individual case studies). She places strong emphasis on the practical outcomes of research, reflected from her intensive experience in going beyond desk resources to spend time in the field for data collection in order to gain realistic understandings as well as first hand sources. Her works have contributed heavily to evidence-based policymaking and policy implementation as well educational program and project design.

Bushra Ebadi

Global Advisor to Aya Chebbi (African Union Youth Envoy)

Bushra Ebadi is a social innovator, interdisciplinary researcher, and storyteller focused on advancing peace, justice, and the agency of marginalized individuals and communities around the world through the mobilization of communities, knowledge, and resources. She is currently Global Advisor to Aya Chebbi (African Union Youth Envoy) in her role as a member of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. Bushra is an Executive Committee Member and Youth Advisor for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. She is Co-Founder of the Health and Information Literacy Access (HILA) Alliance and a Youth Ambassador for the UNESCO-led Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy. Bushra has conducted research and developed strategies on media and information literacy, global citizenship education and activism, inclusive governance, meaningful youth engagement, intergenerational dialogue and partnerships, women in leadership and peacebuilding, gender and youth mainstreaming, technology ethics, and migration and refugee system governance. She holds a Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto and a Joint Honours BA in Political Science and Philosophy, with minors in French and Management from McGill University. You can follow her on Twitter @Bushra_Ebadi.

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Charles Hopkins

UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability at York University

Charles Hopkins holds the UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability at York University Canada conducting research on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and coordinating two research networks. The first network is comprised of teacher education institutions spanning 50 countries focusing on the SDGs and the Global Education 2030 Agenda. The second network covering 40 countries aims to embed sustainability in curricula to improve the education of Indigenous youth. Hopkins consults for institutions worldwide including United Nations agencies, governments, universities and other education stakeholders. He is advisor to the UN University’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Development and their Global Network of Regional Centres of Expertise on ESD, and Co-Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute on ESD in Beijing China.

Cebu Normal University Choir

The Cebu Normal University Chorale is the lead student Cultural Organization that serves as the singing ambassadors of one of the leading teacher-training institutions in the Philippines. This group aims to promote cultural awareness through its various range of music repertoire which caters diverse genre in the appreciation of culture and the arts. They have performed numerously across the metropolis and beyond as a way of giving out their God-given talents as well as upholding the name of the university. Through their suppleness in different genus of choral music, countless invitations and infinite event productions have come their way to the pedestal as they have performed and brought the sweet rewards in various competitions and made cordial marks to the hearts of the adjudicators and spectators of different grandiose events.


Christina Marton

President’s Ambassador and Environmental Science Undergraduate Student, York University, Canada
Christina Marton is a final year Environmental Science Student, with a degree focus of physical sciences in the areas of hydrology, geology, and remote sensing. After graduation she will be pursuing further education at master’s level with a career goal of working within the environmental field of research focusing on northern extreme climates. She hopes to develop innovative approaches of using remote sensing technologies to better understand hydrological and geologic changes that are taking place as climate warming occurs. She is regularly involved in the York University community as President's Ambassador, volunteer peer leader for York Universities new Environmental and Urban Change Faculty and sits on various academic planning and student-based committees. Her participation in faculty run committees includes advising on developing a new more hands-on curriculum with encouragement of a more global perspective while ensuring equitable and accessible methods of degree completion for all. Her experiences of travelling bring her a heightened awareness of the importance inclusive and accessible student exchanges and experiences gained are, in not only enhancing ones degree and employability, but in personal development and ability to form worldwide connections in ones field of work.

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Dr. Daniel del Barrio Álvarez

Assistant professor, International Projects Laboratory, School of Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo

Dr. Daniel del Barrio Álvarez is an assistant professor at the international projects' laboratory of the department of civil engineering at the University of Tokyo. Previously he was a project researcher at the Institute for Future Initiatives and specially appointed program faculty at the Global Leadership Program for Social Design and Management (GSDM), of which he is a member of the first class, both at the University of Tokyo. The GSDM was a special program supported by the Ministry of Education and involving 9 graduate schools to promote interdisciplinary doctoral research. His current research is centered around sustainability transition, energy policies, and social innovation. 

Dr. Darla K. Deardorff

Executive Director, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), USA

Darla K. Deardorff is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). She is also a research scholar at Duke University and holds faculty positions at universities in several countries as well as faculty at Harvard University's Global Education Think Tank.  Author/editor of 8 books and over 60 book chapters and articles, her most recent publication is an open access book entitled Manual for Developing Intercultural Competencies: Story Circles (Routledge/UNESCO, 2020) available in 5 languages at She regularly gives invited talks, trainings and workshops around the world on intercultural competence, international education assessment, and global leadership and serves as a consultant and trainer on these topics, including with UNESCO and OECD. The intercultural competence models developed from her research are being used in numerous countries, and she is the recipient of several awards related to her work. Founder of ICC Global, her areas of specialty include cross-cultural training, assessment and evaluation, teacher/faculty preparation/development and curriculum internationalization. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from North Carolina State University. She can be reached at 

David Huerta Harris

Short-Term Mobility Director, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

David Huerta holds a B.A. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and M.A. with a concentration in Strategic Planning both by Tec de Monterrey. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate for the University of Hull U.K. Working 20 years in the higher education sector, he has served at the campus and national level in various directive roles and as a Business and Management lecturer throughout his career.  

 Before taking up his present position as the Director of Short-Term Mobility in September 2015 at the Vice-presidency of International Affairs, David Huerta served for five years as Director of Tec de Monterrey's International Liaison Office at Yale University. He previously had served as the Academic Dean overseeing undergraduate programs at Tecnológico de Monterey's Campus Veracruz Campus. He was also the Director of the Business and Administration Program and Head of the Students Affairs and Alumni Relations office.  

 In recent years David Huerta has been working closely with Tecnologico de Monterrey's faculty and staff to develop a set of innovative international programs for international students.  


Della Burke

Coordinator of Campus Internationalization, ITESO, Jesuit University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Della Burke has been working in International Education for 20 years. She is currently the Coordinator for Campus Internationalization at ITESO, the Jesuit University of Guadalajara and holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona. Previously, she worked in the international offices of a number of public and private universities in the United States and Mexico. In 2019, she led the Commission for Internationalization at ITESO and guided the interdepartmental team which devised the strategic internationalization plan. Della leads a team of cross-faculty academics to ensure that meaningful internationalization is accessible and increasing across all departments.    

Dr. Diane Barbarič

Higher Education Public Policy Researcher, University of Toronto, Canada

Diane Barbarič is a researcher in higher education public policy, specializing in outbound student mobility (i.e., student exchanges and internships abroad). Her research spans six jurisdictions (Canadian federal level, Ontario, Quebec, England, France, and Germany) and examines both the politics behind and the value of outbound student mobility. She has presented her research widely at national and international conferences and is the author of numerous publications. She has a PhD in Higher Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, with a collaborative specialization in Comparative, International, and Development Education. Prior to returning to Canada to undertake her doctoral studies, Diane was the Head of the Higher Education and Youth Mobility Division of the Canadian Embassy in France. She has a BA(Hons) from McGill University, an MA from New York University, a DEA from the Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7, and an MSc in Public Policy and Management from SOAS, University of London (UK). Diane has received a number of national grants in support of her research, including the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, and is a member and reviewer for several scholarly associations both in Canada and abroad.  

Dr. Dominique Scheffel-Dunand

Academic Lead, Globally Networked Learning Initiative, York University, Canada

Professor in Linguistics in French Studies at York University, Dominique enjoys working on challenges bilingual education and societies face locally and globally to investigate the critical role of suspending one’s judgment in intercultural dialogues across communities. Her research in psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, conversations, media and language systems (natural, artistic and computational) shaped her current work on critical pedagogies with a focus on student-centred learning and open pedagogy in intercultural environments. Measuring the impact of computation and digitality on education encouraged her to co-lead the French as Second Language Hub (FSL Hub/Pôle FLS) to mobilize, accelerate and engage various stakeholders to transform the field of FSL with a focus on equity accessibility and inclusion.  


Prof. Don Dippo

Professor, Faculty of Education, Co-Director of Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER), York University, Canada

Don Dippo is a University Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. His interests include: the social and political organization of knowledge, environmental and sustainability education, global migration and settlement; university/community relations; and teacher education. Together with Professor Rachel Silver, he co-directs the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project ( ), an initiative designed to bring post-secondary education opportunities to people living in the Dadaab refugee camps in northeastern Kenya. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and is on the Board of Directors of Success Beyond Limits, a not-for-profit, community-based organization that supports high school age youth in Toronto’s Jane/Finch community

Dzulkifli bin Abdul Razak

Rector and Past President of the International Association of Universities, International Islamic University, Malaysia

Dzulkifli Abdul Razak (or for short, Dzul) is currently the Rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia.  He was the Vice Chancellor of USM from 2000-2011. He is the immediate past president of IAU, a UNESCO-affiliated organisation, based in Paris. He was the Convenor of the RCE on Education for Sustainable Development based in USM beginning 2005.   Dzul was the first Asian recipient of the prestigious 2017 Gilbert Medal.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc), the World Academy of Art and Science (FWAAS) and the World Academy of Islamic Management (FWAIM). 
Dzul is an Advisory Board Member, Institute of Sustainable Development and Learning, Leuphana University from June 2019. He was an invited speaker at 2015 Nobel Dialogue in Sweden and 2020 Nobel Prize Dialogue in South Korea scheduled in October 2021.  Recently he was appointed as a member of Qatar Foundation Higher Education Strategy Advisory Panel. 

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Emma Sabzalieva 

Emma Sabzalieva is a Policy Analyst at UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education (IESALC) and a Research Associate at York University, Canada. She completed a PhD in Comparative & International Higher Education at the University of Toronto in 2020, fully funded by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and a Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Scholarship. She designed and implemented the highly successful international conference Shaping Sustainable Futures for Internationalization in Higher Education in 2019. Emma has two decades of experience in international higher education working at universities in Canada, the UK, and Central Asia, and consulting on education projects for the governments of Tajikistan (with the World Bank), Estonia and the UK. Her blog and publications can be found on her personal website,

Dr. Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela

Director, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat, Thailand 

Dr Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela is presently the Director of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat, the first female Director since SEAMEO was organized in 1965. She served as the first female Deputy Director for Programme and Development of SEAMEO Secretariat from July 2015 to March 2019 and led the Educational Research and Innovation Office of SEAMEO INNOTECH, from 2006 to June 2015.  

Prior to joining SEAMEO, she was and Director IV of the Office of Student Services and Director III at the International Affairs Services in the Commission on Higher Education Philippines (1995-2006) and was responsible for foreign and local scholarship programs, academic mobility and transnational education. She has also served as Vice Chairperson of the UNESCO National Commission Education Commissioner (2000-2010). She is a Professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines and De la Salle University in Manila.  

Dr Valenzuela holds Doctor of Education in Educational Management at De La Salle University, MA in Science Education at the Philippine Normal University and Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education major in English and General Science. 

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Fabio Nascimbeni

Senior Expert, UNIMED - Mediterranean Universities Union, Italy

Fabio Nascimbeni works as a Senior Expert for UNIMED (Mediterranean Universities Union), and is a Senior Fellow of the European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN) and a fellow at the Centro de Estudos sobre Tecnologia e Sociedade of the University of Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil and at the Nexa Centre of the Politecnico di Torino. He has been active in the field of learning innovation and ICT for learning since 1998, by designing and coordinating more than 50 research and innovation projects and promoting European and international collaboration in different areas, from school education to higher education, to lifelong learning, to ICT research. He has been working across Europe as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean, the South Mediterranean and South-East Asia. His main research interests are open education, learning innovation, digital literacy, social and digital inclusion. 

Dr. Felipe Montoya

Las Nubes Project Director, Chair of Neotropical Conservation, Professor, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University

Felipe received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico, his Master’s in Tropical Plant Ecology from the Universidad de Costa Rica and his Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of New Mexico.The disciplinary diversity of the FES, as well as an affinity with its goals, especially those having to do with environmental integrity, social justice and human livelihood improvement and wellbeing, brought me to FES. For the last 20 years I have been working in the field of community “development” and environmental conservation in the Neo-tropics, principally in Costa Rica, and this is what I hope to share with students and colleagues at FES. The challenges are even greater in this field, but it is my hope and belief that together we can make a difference, change the world for the better.

Dr. Francisco Marmolejo

Education Advisor, Qatar Foundation and Former Global Lead of Tertiary Education, World Bank, Qatar

Francisco Marmolejo is since February 2020, the Education Advisor of Qatar Foundation, based in Doha, Qatar, providing support and advice towards the enhancement of the overall education strategy of QF and its unique eco-system of innovative education. Previously (2012-20), he worked at the World Bank, where he served as the Global Higher Education Lead, based in Washington, DC., and more recently as Lead Higher Education Specialist for India and South Asia, based in Delhi. From 1995 to 2012, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North AmericanHigher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 universities mainly from Canada, USA and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona, where he also worked as Assistant Vice President, Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education, and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies. Previously, he has been American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Academic Vice President of the University of the Americas in Mexico, and International Consultant at OECD in Paris. He has received honorary doctorate degrees from his Alma Mater, the University of San Luis Potosi, and the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. 

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Dr. Gabriela Geron

Director of Partnerships, Innovation, and Communications, Hemispheric University Consortium

Dr. Gabriela Geron has over 20 years of experience in higher education. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a focus on IT Management in Higher Education Institutions from Universidad de Cantabria, Spain. Her Master of Science in Quality Systems and Bachelor of Industrial Engineer are from Tec de Monterrey, Mexico. Her research is focused in how technology supports the international competitiveness of higher education institutions and helps their students succeed obtaining a Summa Cum Laude distinction in her dissertation for her contribution to Latin America internationalization and received the Innovation, Technology and Industry Award granted by the Ilustre Colegio Oficial de Titulados Mercantiles y Empresariales de Cantabria as the best Ph.D. Thesis. She was part of the Women in Education Leadership Program at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, cohort 2017. She is an individual contributor of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), associate researcher of Universidad de Monterrey, reviewer of international journals, speaker at international conferences, author of academic papers, chapter books and blogs. 

Prior to joining University of Miami, she served as Director of Engagement Strategy, Operations Senior Manager and Solutions Consultant at Ellucian, a private software company with over 2,700 customers in more than 50 countries. She has acted as a Consultant for the University of Monterrey and Planning Director for Tec de Monterrey. She was also professor at the University of Monterrey, the Culinary Institute of Mexico and Tec de Monterrey. 

As the Director of Partnerships, Innovation, and Communications, she develops strategies and key initiatives to build and/or enhance global partnerships with higher education institutions consistent with University of Miami’s Roadmap to the New Century strategic plan. She also plays a key role in the Hemispheric Innovation Hub initiative and oversee the communications of the hemispheric and global affairs area. Dr. Geron is part of the Hemispheric University Consortium Secretariat where she coordinates different initiatives in education and innovation and is responsible of the consortium’s Website, social media channels and communications operations. 

Giorgio Marinoni

Manager, HE and Internationalization, International Association of Universities (IAU), France

Giorgio Marinoni has been Manager of Higher Education and Internationalization at the International Association of Universities (IAU), since February 2015. He oversees Internationalization as one of the four strategic priorities of the Association. 

Among his responsibilities at IAU are research projects, advisory services and external representation of the Association for what concerns internationalization. 

He is the coordination of the ISAS (2.0) programme of advisory services for advancing internationalization and the coordinator of the Network of International Education Associations, NIEA, a global network of non-profit, non-government associations whose main stated purpose is to advance international higher education. 

He has recently published the report of the 5th Global Survey on Internationalization of Higher Education and of the 1st Global Survey on the impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education. 

Before his current position at IAU, Giorgio Marinoni worked for UNICA, the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe, in the field of internationalization and higher education policy and reform at the European level and beyond. 

He has been an active member of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) at local, national and international level, and served the ESN as its President in 2007 – 2008. 

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Prof. Hans De Wit

Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow, Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston College, USA

Hans de Wit is Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow of the ‘Center for International Higher Education’ (CIHE) at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College, USA, a leading global research center on higher education in the global environment. He was its director, 2015-2020 and developed the MA program in International Higher Education, as well as a Dual Degree of this master with the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico.   
Before, he was Director of the ‘Centre for Higher Education Internationalisation’ (CHEI) at the Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy, and Professor of Internationalization of Higher Education at the Amsterdam, University of Applied Sciences. He was Vice-President for International Affairs of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1996-2003.
He is a Senior Fellow of the International Association of Universities (IAU), and chair of the Board of Directors of World Education Services in New York/Toronto. He is a founding member and past president of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), founding Editor of the ‘Journal of Studies in International Education’ (SAGE), consulting Editor of the journal Policy Reviews in Higher Education, Associate Editor of International Higher Education, and co-editor book series ‘ Global Perspectives in Higher Education, Sense Publishers.  

Heather Williams

Work Integrated Learning: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Project Manager, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Heather Williams is the fifth generation of her family to settle in Canada, with ancestry to England and Ireland and is a proud mother to two beautiful children. In her work as the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Project Manager in Work Integrated Learning at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Heather oversees and collaborates on multiple projects designed to help make SFU and related experiential learning opportunities more inclusive to diverse students. Currently, Heather is also seconded to SFU's Faculty of Education collaborating on a project to build a curriculum for SFU employees in which they will learn about intergenerational effects of colonialism in Canada, working towards building respectful and culturally agile relationships with Indigenous peoples. In her previous work at SFU she combined her knowledge of intercultural education, curriculum and pedagogy to create curricula designed specifically to meet students “at the place where they are”. In 2017 Heather was the recipient of the Canadian Bureau for International Education's (CBIE) Excellence Award and has since partnered with CBIE to offer the curriculum to post-secondary members across Canada. Heather has her Masters in Equity Studies in Education and is now pursuing a PhD in Education. In her work, you will find traces of her passion for life-long learning and some sneaky undertones of non-dualistic philosophy. 

Helen Balderama

Associate Director, International Partnerships and Programs at York International

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.

Prof. Hirofumi Makino

M.D., Ph.D.,President of Okayama University since 2017

Professor Hirofumi Makino, M.D., Ph.D. has been President of Okayama University since 2017. Under his leadership, Okayama University is following a whole-institution approach towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. As a Medical Doctor, he puts the well-being of students, staff and the community are at the core of the university´s overall vision.
Okayama University is well-connected with its partner institutions worldwide in the pursuit of sustainable development. Okayama University became the first national university in Japan to be selected by the U.S. Department of State as a partner institution for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in 2019. President Makino is regularly invited to speak at the United Nations, World Economic Forum and other high-level conferences to share his expertise.

Heila Lotz-Sisitka

Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University, South Africa

Heila Lotz-Sisitka is a Distinguished Professor at Rhodes University and holds a Tier 1 South African National Research Foundation Chair in Transformative Social Learning and Green Skills Learning Pathways at Rhodes University in South Africa. Her research interests include critical research methodologies, transformative environmental learning, agency, and education system transformation.

Dr. Hilligje van't Land

Secretary-General, International Association of Universities, France

Dr. Hilligje van’t Land serves the global higher education community as Secretary-General of the International Association of Universities (IAU) - global NGO with UNESCO Associate Status. For the past two decades, she has fostered the key role of higher education in societal transformation. She supervises the overall programme activities of the IAU, develops the Association’s strategic plans and oversees the everyday work of the secretariat. She positioned the IAU as a partner in UNESCO work on Education for sustainable development and in the UNESCO Futures of Education initiative, and higher education as a key stakeholder for the UN Agenda 2030 – Transforming our world. Hilligje van’t Land strongly believes in the importance of international cooperation and intercultural understanding and has developed multilateral projects related to higher education and beyond. She represents IAU in various working groups and expert committees including at the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the UN.  

Hilligje van’t Land holds a PhD in comparative francophone literature, speaks six languages and published on higher education issues of relevance locally and globally.  

Prof. Hugo Cahueñas

Professor, Law and International Relations, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Hugo Cahueñas is a Professor of Law and International Relations at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. He is a Ph.D. candidate in law at the World Trade Institute, University of Bern. He is writing his Ph.D. thesis on Disaster Risk Management and International Trade Law.  Hugo  is a visiting professor at Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales and Universidad Espíritu Santo.  Hugo holds an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, George Washington University; an MA in International Relations with a minor in Security and Human Rights, FLACSO; a Specialisation in International Environmental Management, Universidad Central del Ecuador; and his LLB was from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.   He has served at the Disaster Law Program of the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and at the Ecuadorian Red Cross (ERC), as National Coordinator of the Humanitarian Principles and Values Program. Hugo worked at the Office of the President of the Republic of Ecuador as Administrator of the International Agreements System.   Hugo has been a consultant for the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank, Plan International, the ERC and the IFRC. His research areas are international law, humanitarian law, human rights, and disaster law. 

Humayra Rashid Safa

Academic Committee Member and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Education Officer at the SDG Hub of York University
Humayra serves as the SDG Education Officer at the SDG Hub of York University. She is a fourth-year international student from Bangladesh majoring in International Development Studies. In her role as the education officer, she organizes events for YorkU students related to knowledge-sharing, learning about and engagement with the SDGs. She also sources out on and off campus opportunities for the SDG Hub members to learn about and engage with the SDGs. Finally, she assists with SDG mobilization along the “Knowledge” aspect of York’s Sustainability Strategy.
Apart from her involvement at the SDG Hub, Humayra serves as a residence life education assistant where she assists in the various educational initiatives undertaken in the residence building of York University. She is a former student club peer mentor of the Centre of Student Community and Leadership Development (SCLD) and she is the current co-president of the International Development Students’ Association. When Humayra is not working, volunteering or studying, she enjoys nature walks and hanging out with my friends.
For questions about the SDG Hub, student clubs and residence life, you know your girl! She can be contacted at

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Dr. Ian Garrett

Director, Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, Ecological Design for Performance, York University
Ian Garrett is a designer, producer, educator, and researcher in sustainability in arts and culture. He is a director of the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts; Associate Professor of Ecological Design for the Performance at York; and Producer for Toasterlab, a mixed reality performance company. His writing includes Arts, the Environment, and Sustainability for Americans for the Arts; The Carbon Footprint of Theatrical Production in Readings in Performance and Ecology, and Theatre is No Place for a Plant in Landing Stages from Ashden Directory, with Chantal Biodeau, he co-directs the distributed new play festival, the Climate Change Theater Action.

Isabelle LeVert-Chiasson

Education Programme Officer, CCUNESCO, Canada

Isabelle LeVert-Chiasson is the Education Program Officer at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Her role includes the national coordination of the UNESCO Schools Network (ASPnet), engaging Canadians in UNESCO education programs in Canada and abroad, providing advice to various levels of government related to the UNESCO Education Sector, and supporting the permanent delegation of Canada to UNESCO.

Isabel Toman

Programme Officer for Sustainable Development at the International Association of Universities (IAU), based in Paris at UNESCO

Isabel Toman is working as Programme Officer for Sustainable Development at the International Association of Universities (IAU), based in Paris at UNESCO. Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) forms one of the four strategic priorities of the Association. Amongst Isabel’s tasks at the IAU are the coordination of the IAU Global HESD Cluster, communication with Members and partners on HESD, content on the HESD Portal, as well as work on related events and publications. Before coming to the IAU in 2019 and taking up her current position in 2020, she gained international experience during work placements in the higher education sector in Mexico and Germany, and her studies (politics, international relations, languages) in Germany, Spain and the UK.

Prof. Itzel Barrera de Diego

Professor, Law and International Relations, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Itzel BARRERA-DE DIEGO is a professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City where she teaches the courses of International Institutions, International Relations Theory, and Strategic Foresight for the Bachelor in International Affairs program. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in International Affairs from the same university and obtained an international diploma from Sciences Po Paris. She has been a representative of academia to the jury for the upgrade process for the members of the Mexican Foreign Service (S.R.E.) as well as an evaluator for federal functionaries’ public policy programs proposals (SEGOB). She was part of the first Mexican Youth Delegation to the 60th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). 

Dr. Ivana Žganjar

International Relations Coordinator, University of Zagreb

Ivana Žganjar works at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Graphic Arts since 2010. She was born on January 12th, 1981 in Zagreb. She graduated as a Ph.D. student at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Graphic Arts in 2020. The Faculty of Graphic Arts has traditionally worked in the field of graphic engineering, but its field of work continues to expand to creative industries and communications including media, marketing, publishing, and graphic product design.   
In her work she deals with research, development of cooperation with partner institutions; fostering student, teaching and non-teaching staff mobility; development of activities related to international projects in higher education; in most appropriate way informing the students, teaching and non-teaching staff about possibilities of international cooperation and mobility.  

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Dr. James C. Simeon

Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, Canada

Dr. James C. Simeon, Head of McLaughlin College, is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada. He is a Member-at-Large of the Executive of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS) and a past President of CARFMS. He also serves as the Coordinator of the International Association for Refugee and Migration Judges' (IARMJ) Inter-Conference Working Party Process. His primary areas of research are international refugee law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and public policy and public administration. He has published widely in these areas of research and he has organized and led many highly successful academic and professional conferences, symposia, and workshops.   

Jana Dlouhá

Second Vice-Chairman of the Czech Commission for UNESCO, Charles University, Czech Republic

Researcher in Charles University Environment Centre; editor in chief of Envigogika journal; founder and coordinator of the Regional Centre of Expertise Czechia; 2nd vice chairman of the Czech Commission for UNESCO; ex vice-president and current member of the Advisory Board of the international network of higher education institutions Copernicus Alliance. Concerned with transformative education and educational transformation in the light of sustainable development; interests span from digital media, open education resources (co-founder of the Enviwiki knowledge base), to social learning and participatory approaches in public dialogue (mapping actors and decision-making processes on regional level). Involved in national and international networks and projects of cooperation with universities, NGOs and other social actors. 

José Luis Wong Villanueva

PhD Candidate, Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo
Mr. José Luis Wong Villanueva is a Ph.D. scholar in the Urban Engineering Department of The University of Tokyo, currently conducting studies in the International Development & Regional Planning Lab about regional development in cross-border areas. He has also participated in other urban and regional studies about participatory planning, energy policy, gender equality and institutional governance. 

Dr. Judith Naidorf

Independent Researcher of CONICET, Institute of Research in Educational Sciences, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Judith Naidorf is a PhD from the University of Buenos Aires, Education Sciences Area. Bachelor in Educational Sciences (UBA) Independent Researcher of Conicet based in the Institute of Research in Educational Sciences and regular teacher of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (UBA). She is the coordinator of Clacso's Working Group on "Social Science that is politicized and mobile in and for a Latin American research agenda focused on priorities from the university" (2013-2016-2021). Participating countries: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, USA, Spain, Colombia, Cuba and Paraguay.
Directs the projects UBACYT financed (2013-2016) "The Mobilization of Knowledge Produced by Social Sciences in Public Universities as a Current Condition of Intellectual Production" and PIP Project (CONICET) (2012-2014) "The current conditions of intellectual production and its Impacts on the Creativity of Academics of Argentine Public Universities "and is a Researcher Responsible for the PICT" The mobilization of knowledge of the social sciences and humanities in public universities. Usefulness, applicability and relevance of projects oriented to social development "(2014-2016) at the Institute of Research in Educational Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires, obtained the Clacso scholarships, Faculty Research Program International Council for Canadian Studies, stimulus Of the Secyt- UBA (1999) and Conicet doctoral (2001) and post-doctoral (2006). Director of the UBACYT project (2008-2010) "Misconceptions about the social relevance of the university according to the academic cultures in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Canada". She has studied at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Member of the RIAIPE Network (European Union) Category II of the Incentive Program for Research Teachers. 

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Kalolin Johnson

Allison Bernard Memorial High School (UNESCO-Affiliated) in Eskasoni, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Kalolin  Johnson is the lead vocalist of the song "We Shall Remain" along with her father, Tom Johnson. “We Shall Remain” is a tribute to elders and ancestors of all First Nations. The song echoes the voices of a strong and resilient people through times of innocence and harmony with the earth, through centuries of struggle, oppression and hardship and onwards into a time of rebirth and reconciliation through education and the empowerment of youth.

Dr. Kao-Cheng Wang

Vice President, International Affairs, Tamkang University, Taiwan

  • Dean, College of International Affairs, Tamkang University, Taiwan
  • Professor, Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies
  • President, Association of International Relations 

 Dr. Wang received his Ph. D. degree of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He had served as a National Assemblyman of the ROC from 1996 to 2000 and in 2006 and the Director of the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies at TKU from 2003 to 2009. His research areas are U.S. Foreign Policy, China’s Foreign Policy, Sino-U.S. Relations, Asia-Pacific Regional Security and the Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations.  

He published a book ofTransformation through Engagement: The Clinton Administration’s Foreign Strategy toward Chinain 2005 and edited a book of The National Security Strategy of Taiwan under the New Cross-Strait Situationsin 2009. He has also written many articles regarding the Cross-Strait relations, the Sino-US relations and regional security in Asia-Pacific in recent years. 

Katrin Kohl

Executive Coordinator to the UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability"
Katrin Kohl is the Focal Point for SDG 4 on Quality Education in the Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) Global Cluster, with the International Association of Universities. She is the Executive Coordinator to the UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability at York University, responsible for overall strategy and coordination of global research projects. She is a lawyer and holds an MBA. Prior to her engagement with York University, Katrin served as the Managing Director of the German Commission for UNESCO and in other management positions in Germany, at the University of Duesseldorf and the Cornelsen International Publishing House.

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Larissa Bezo

President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Bureau for International Education, CBIE, Canada

Ms. Bezo has served in senior leadership positions in both the public and not-for-profit sectors, including as Deputy Clerk and Deputy Cabinet Secretary in the Government of Saskatchewan, Senior Advisor to a Federal Royal Commission, and most recently, as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer for the Canadian Bureau for International Education.After a distinguished public service career, Larissa pursued her longstanding commitment to international development and solidarity through senior-level assignments with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the International Centre for Policy Studies in Ukraine. 
Larissa Bezo has worked successfully with Boards of Directors and Executive Committees to define strategic priorities and oversee their implementation. She possesses 25 years of professional experience, including 15 years in the international development and education sector.  
Ms. Bezo is an accomplished senior executive with a proven ability to provide effective leadership to build organizational capacity and resilience, foster durable partnerships, navigate sensitive political, intercultural and international issues and mobilize resources to achieve organizational priorities.
Larissa graduated from the University of Regina with a Master of Arts in Political Science.  Larissa and her partner Brent live in Ottawa and have two children.  

Dr. Liette Vasseur

President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability: From Local to Global at Brock University, Canada

Dr. Vasseur is a full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University where she is also a member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre. Since 2014, she holds the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Chair on Community Sustainability: From Local to Global at Brock. Her research program is highly interdisciplinary and links issues such as community-based ecosystem management, climate change adaptation and resilience, and sustainable agriculture. Her research program is not only in Canada, but also in China, where she is a visiting scholar at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, in Ecuador, and in West Africa, mainly in Burkina Faso and Senegal. She is also involved in women in Science (STEM) and former president of the Canadian Coalition for Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology. She is President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. She also is the vice-chair for North America Region of the Commission for Ecosystem Management at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and leads the thematic group on Ecosystem Governance.  

Lisa Philipps

Provost & Vice-President Academic of York University

Professor Lisa Philipps is the Provost & Vice-President Academic of York University. Prior to her current position, she served as Interim Dean of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University (fall 2015), and Associate Vice-President Research at York University from 2011-14. As Provost & Vice-President Academic, she provides leadership to the senior academic administrative team in the areas of academic planning, institutional change management, the alignment of academic priorities and resources, and strategic enrolment and complement planning. Current initiatives focus on institutional priorities around academic quality, the student experience and student success, community engagement, financial sustainability and the engagement of the York community. York is at an exciting time increasing its reputation as a comprehensive, research-intensive University known internationally for developing interdisciplinary curriculum bridging liberal arts, sciences, health and professional programs. The opening of the new Bergeron Engineering building, the establishment of a Global Health Research Institute, and the expansion of York’s bilingual programs at our Glendon campus, are just a few examples of the opportunities that York continues to embrace.

Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds

Former Vice Provost of Global Affairs and Assistant Vice President of  International Relations, Ohio University, USA

Lorna Jean (LJ) Edmonds was recently at Ohio University where she served for seven years as the vice provost of Global Affairs, director of the Center for International Studies and professor emerita in global health, College of Health Sciences and Professions. She is an active and engaged executive, educator and scholar invested in the globalization of higher education and their role in leadership development for sustainability. She has a particular interest in embracing inclusive, secure and cooperative governance for grappling universal questions facing our world as we extend activities into the universe. She is a co-creator of the Global Strategic Framework (GSF) for the internationalization of higher education. She has worked in five academic institutions in Ontario, Canada and Ohio, United States, collaborating with hundreds of universities, the private, public and multilateral sectors and professional associations. She has visited 65 countries in development programming and establishing education, research and experiential learning collaborations. These experiences included working with partners facing vulnerabilities in safety, security, environment, poverty, and access to needed services. She holds a PhD (Development Studies), University of East Anglia (UK), Master of Health Administration, University of Ottawa and BA (Sciences), Queen’s University. She is a member of the Board of the Daughters for Life Foundation, the US National Space Society, and Mindfulness Without Borders. 

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M. Nobuyuki Kambara

Vice Director of the Institute of Global Human Resource Development, Okayama University, Japan

Nobuyuki Kambara is a Professor and a Vice-Director of the Institute of Global Human Resource Development at Okayama University in Okayama, Japan. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research interests are in institutional theory, international education, and higher education. His current research focuses on comparative studies of student competencies in international higher education where he examines global citizenship development through setting up dialogues between social theories and empirical survey data. He also has a love of animals and the fine arts, especially Western classical music and traditional Japanese Noh theatre.

Dr. Mark Terry

Director of Youth Climate Report, UNESCO Chair Associate, York University, Canada

Mark Terry is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a contract professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, and a documentary filmmaker. He has travelled throughout the world’s polar regions on several occasions documenting climate research. 

He has been decorated by Queen Elizabeth II for this work with her Diamond Jubilee Medal and by The Explorers Club with its Stefansson Medal, the organization's highest honour. The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television gave him the rarely-presented Humanitarian Award for his unique contributions in bridging the gap between science and policy through film with the United Nations. 

He has taught a Master Class in Arctic documentary filmmaking for the American Conservation Society’s 50th anniversary celebrations of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He has also lectured on polar filmmaking to aboriginal graduate students at the Arctic College of the Peoples of the North in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

He is the author of the book The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change published by Palgrave Macmillan as well as Pandemic Poetry, both released this year. His new film, The Changing Face of Iceland, is due for release this Spring. 

Marierose Talla

Global Learning Coordinator, York International, York University
Marierose Talla is passionate about interculturality, global engagement, and the student experience.
As the Global Learning Coordinator at York International, assisting in several global learning projects, including the Globally Networked Learning Initiative, Summer Abroad, and the Sustainable on the Go Conference. As a York University Alumna of Glendon’s International Studies and Political Science Program, Prior to joining York International, she had completed an Internship at Pinelands Creative Workshop, a leading non-governmental organization in Barbados, supporting youth programs and partnerships. Marierose Talla holds an international baccaleaureate, with a double major in International Studies and Political and a Certificate of Law and Social Thought from York University, Glendon College.


Masaki Umeda

M.Eng Candidate, School of Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo

Mr. Masaki Umeda is a Master’s student in the department of civil engineering at the University of Tokyo. His research is currently centered around migration policy based on Twitter Big Data, and also participated in other research programs related to energy policy. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tokyo in 2020. 

Prof. Matthias Barth

Co-Director, Institute for Sustainable Development and Learning (ISDL), Leuphana University, Germany

Matthias Barth is Professor of Education for Sustainable Development at the Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University Lüneburg, adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University, and director of the cross-faculty Institute for Sustainable Development and Learning. His research interest is on the intersection of sustainable development and learning in formal and in-formal settings. Matthias Barth published widely on teacher education for sustainable development and on the development of sustainability key competencies in higher education. He serves on the advisory board of Copernicus Alliance and is coordinating the German Network of Teacher Education for Sustainable Development. 

Dr. Mirian Vilela

Director, Earth Charter Center on Education for Sustainable Development at University for Peace, Costa Rica

Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat and of the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace, and coordinator of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter.  Mirian has worked with the Earth Charter International Initiative since the beginning of 1996. Since 2005, she has been teaching courses on Sustainable Development, Education for Sustainable Development and Environmental Governance at the University for Peace. For more than 20 years, she has facilitated consultation processes and workshops, and coordinated local, regional and international projects. She has been working in the field of sustainability since 1990 when she worked for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in preparation for the 1992 UN Earth Summit. She has a PhD on Education from La Salle University, with research focused on sustainability values education, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an Edward Mason Fellow. She is originally from Brazil, and she is based in Costa Rica.

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Nidhu Jagoda

Youth Coordinator, SDSN Youth, Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Canada

Nidhu Jagoda BSc Hons (UWat) is pursuing a master’s of climate change at the University of Waterloo (UW). Her research interests lie in climate change emerging technologies and innovations, science literacy, sustainable development policy framework, and climate change diplomacy and partnership development. She currently works as the Network Coordinator for the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) – Canada Youth Chapter. She formerly worked as a Teaching Assistant, UW; Junior Hydrogeologist, Matrix Solutions; Geochemical Laboratory Assistant, Groundwater Geochemistry and Remediation Research Group (GGR); Environmental Assistant, Environmental Services and Contaminated Sites (ESCS); and Operations and Outreach assistant, Innovation LAB. She wrote a research thesis under the guidance of the Ecohydrology Research Group. She served on the board of numerous executive committees at UW including as a voting member, Science Society Board of Directors; Co-President, Earth and Environmental Science Undergraduate Society (WATROX); Director of Marketing and Outreach, Impact Alliance; Team Lead, 180 Degrees Consulting: and Sponsorship Coordinator, ENACTUS. She is an honoree of the Duncan F. McIvor Memorial Award, UW President’s Scholarship, and the Graduation Dean’s Honours List amongst others. In her free time, she enjoys playing board games, DIY projects, a variety of mediums of artistic expression, and exploring the great outdoors. 

Nina Jelača

University of Zagreb Faculty of Graphic Arts

Academic background:

  • Administration of European funds certificate
  • Master’s degree in Library science, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Croatia (2011-2014)
  • Master’s degree in Museum Study and Heritage Management, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Croatia (2011-2014)
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Sciences, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Croatia (2008-2011)
Nina Jelača works at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Graphic Arts from 2015. She was born on January 30th, 1990 in Split. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Library science and a Master’s degree in Museum Study and Heritage Management at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Croatia.
In her work she deals with cataloging books, maintaining library supplies, updating records, and assisting students and faculty with locating research materials and structuring assignments based on library resources as well as administration of EU-funded projects.

Dr. Noah Sobe

Senior Project Officer for the Futures of Education Global Initiative, UNESCO, France

Dr. Noah W. Sobe is Senior Project Officer on the Future of Learning and Innovation team at UNESCO where he helps to lead the Futures of Education: Learning to Become initiative.  A Past-President of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), he is on leave from a faculty position as Professor of Cultural and Educational Policy Studies at Loyola University Chicago.   

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Dr. Pankaj Mittal

Secretary-General, Association of Indian Universities, India

Dr (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal, Secretary-General of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is the second women Secretary-General of the Association in its 95 years of existence. She has been serving the higher education sector for over 03 decades at senior positions at the University Grants Commission of India.  She is the National Commissioner for Rangers of Bharat Scouts and Guides.  She is also a Member of the General Assembly of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi.Dr. (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal is a Fulbright Scholar.  Dr. Mittal has also served as the first regular Vice-Chancellor of Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya, Haryana,. Dr. Mittal is also the recipient of many Awards and Honours like the Fulbright Nehru Scholarship Grant, President of India Award in 2017, Honorary Doctorate-D. Litt. (Honoris Causa), First Padam Shri Subhashini Devi Award 2018 and Qimpro Gold Standard Award for the year 2018.Dr. Mittal has visited a number of countries for academic purposes. She has published a number of papers, articles, occasional papers and reports on issues relating to higher education and women empowerment in national and international journals.

Paulo Alcedo and Dr. Patrick Alcedo

Recipient of the President's University-Wide Teaching Award, Dr. Patrick Alcedo is Associate Professor in and Graduate Program Director of the Department of Dance, York University. A leading scholar in Philippine dance, among his many recognitions are a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario, and a Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for International Dance Scholarship from the Fulbright Association of America. 

Dr. Peter Wells

Chief, Higher Education, UNESCO, France

Since 2016, Peter has led UNESCO’s priority area of quality higher education with an emphasis on widening access, quality assurance and academic mobility, the latter reinforced by the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education adopted in 2019. He also co-leads on the UNESCO Qualifications Passport for Refugees and Vulnerable Migrants initiative that aims to support access to learning and employment opportunities for displaced persons. Prior to taking up his current post, Peter was a Higher Education Specialist/Director of the UNESCO’s European Centre for Higher Education for ten years. He is author of strategy papers and monographs on the topic of higher education reforms, quality assurance, and inclusion in national HE systems. Originally from the UK, Peter has taught at the HE and TVET levels in the USA, Poland, the UAE and Romania and holds a PhD in Quality Higher Education.

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Dr. Ravi de Costa

Chair of the President's Sustainability Council, York University, Canada

Professor de Costa originally emigrated to Canada from Australia to take up a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University. Prior to joining York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies in 2007, Professor de Costa also taught at Trent University in the Department of Political Studies. He is currently an Associate Professor and also serves as Chair of the President’s Sustainability Council, as well as being the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. 
Professor de Costa’s work has mainly centred on the institutional and cultural contexts of Indigenous-settler relations, with publications on treaty-making, reconciliation and apologies, and conflicts over land. He has also written extensively on the global movement of Indigenous peoples and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. However, recent work takes up the politics of sustainability and environmental behaviour. 

Rhonda L. Lenton

Ph.D., York University’s eighth President and Vice-Chancellor on July 1, 2017.

Dr. Lenton joined York University in 2002 as Dean of the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies, where she oversaw substantial enrolment and program diversification, as well as expanded experiential education and community-based learning. She went on to serve as York’s inaugural Vice-Provost Academic from 2009 to 2012, and then as the University’s Vice-President Academic & Provost from 2012 until April 2017. As Vice-President Academic and Provost, Dr. Lenton led a number of significant initiatives in the areas of academic planning, institutional change management, the alignment of academic priorities and resources and strategic enrolment and complement planning, including the drafting of the University’s Strategic Mandate Agreement and an Institutional Integrated Resource Plan.

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Sandra Guarín

Director, Office for International Relations, Universidad Antoinio Nariño, Colombia

Sandra Guarín has over sixteen years of experience in managing the internationalization of HEIs.Currently, she is the Director of International Relations at Universidad Antonio Nariño (UAN), being the Chair of the UAN’ Internationalization Laboratory (UAN-INT-LAB), and the National Coordinator of the Colombian Network for the Internationalization of Higher Education (RCI), a role from which she has led the organization of the Latin American and the Caribbean Conference for the Internationalization of Higher Education (LACHEC) and promoted the creation of the Latin American Initiative for the Internationalization of Higher Education (INILAT). She holds a B.A. in International Relations, a graduate degree in European Studies and a master's degree in Development Practice. 

Sébastien Goupil

Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Sébastien Goupil was appointed Secretary-General of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO in August 2016. The Commission serves as the main link between civil society, governments and UNESCO in Canada. Prior to that, he dedicated most of his career to cultural and social policy development. He has held various senior-level positions in the federal public service, including as Acting Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Librarian and Archivist of Canada at Library and Archives Canada and as Director of Policy and Governance within Canadian Heritage’s Portfolio Affairs Office, which is responsible for one of the largest portfolios of federal organizations working at arms-length from the government. Between 2010 and 2014, Sébastien was the first male to sit on the Executive Committee of Status of Women Canada, including as Director-General of Policy and External Relations. In this role, he led policy development, research, intergovernmental affairs and international relations. He was also responsible for the government-wide implementation of gender-based analysis+, Canada’s approach to gender mainstreaming.

Sjur Bergan

Head of Education Department, Council of Europe, Belgium

Sjur Bergan is Head of the Education Department of the Council of Europe and leads the current Council of Europe projects on Competences for Democratic Culture and the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees. He has represented the Council of Europe in the Bologna Follow Up Group and Board since 2000 and chaired three successive working groups on structural reforms in 2007 - 15. Sjur was a member of the editorial group for the Council’s White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue and a main author of the Lisbon Recognition Convention as well as of recommendations on the public responsibility for higher educationacademic freedom and institutional autonomy; and ensuring quality education.  Sjur Bergan is series editor of the Council of Europe Higher Education Series and the author of Qualifications: Introduction to a Concept and Not by Bread Alone as well as of numerous book chapters and articles on education and higher education policy. Sjur was also one of the editors of the Raabe Handbook on Leadership and Governance in Higher Education (2009 – 15) and one of the session coordinators at the Bologna Process Researchers’ Conferences in 2015, 2018 and 2020. He is the recipient of the 2019 European Association for International Education Award for Vision and Leadership

Sota Matsumoto

Undergraduate Student, Faculty of Law, Okayama University, Japan
Sota established student organisation for international cooperation at Okayama university. This organizing complteted some international projects such as building a library in Nepal, as well as local projects for revitalisation of Okayama city where the university is located.

In his second year of university, he studied abroad at University of Edinburgh in UK for about a year. There, he studied international law (his same major at Okayama University), international relations, international development, and politics. He also participated One Young World 2019 in London. This is often called young version of Davos meeting. From the interest in international cooperation and these international experiences, now he is especially interested in making international development compatible with tackling social issues in Japan. For example, regional revitalisation is serious problem in Japan. Regional management and revaitalisation through economic promotion, people-to-people exchange would be beneficial for both developing countries and Japan.

As Sota will start his career at international cooperation sector from this spring, he would like to pursue the international cooperation and social issues in Japan.

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Takudzwa Mutize

Junior Policy Advisor, UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education (IESALC) 
Takudzwa Mutize is a Junior Policy Analyst at UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education (IESALC) where he is conducting research on a broad set of issues in relation to higher education including virtual mobility, self-regulation in the governance of higher education, universal access to higher education and the contribution of higher education to the SDGs. Previously, he has worked for the United Nations Development Programme, the African Capacity Building Foundation and UNESCO’s Regional Office for Southern Africa. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Rhodes University, South Africa and is currently pursuing a PhD in Economics with the University of the Free State in South Africa.

Theodore Peridis

Professor, Strategic Management, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada

Theo has extensive experience developing and managing globally oriented programs. He is the Director of the School’s unique Global Leadership Program, which he founded in 1992. The Program pairs Schulich MBA students with students from leading business schools around the world to develop market entry strategies for companies looking to expand internationally. He also served as Director of the India MBA Program, based in Hyderabad, and Director of the India Executive MBA Program.

In addition to his international experience and expertise, Theo led several important external initiatives at Schulich. He was the Founder and Director of the Aboriginal Economic Development Program from 1993 to 2010. He also served as Director of the York Consulting Group, the largest business school consulting firm in Canada, from 1999 to 2011. In terms of Faculty activities, he was Chair of the Policy and Strategic Management Area at Schulich from 1999 to 2011, Chair of the school’s 50th Anniversary steering committee (2014-16), and Director of the Strategy Field Study, the hallmark capstone course for Schulich graduate students, overseeing more than 1,200 strategic consulting projects over a period of 14 years.

Professor Peridis’ research focuses on the critical decisions of strategists, the integration challenges of mergers and acquisitions, and the internationalization efforts of start-ups. Other areas of expertise include: International Alliances and Partnerships; International Business; and International Joint Ventures. 

Tyrone Hall

Head of Communications NDC Partnership, World Resource Institute, USA 

Dr. Tyrone Hall is a global communicator and sustainability specialist with in-country research, intergovernmental and industry experience across the Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, India and the Pacific region. He is adept at distilling complex policy issues for varied audiences at both regional and international levels, including briefs, infographics, cogent videos, and viral multi-modal campaigns. Dr. Hall has an exceptional record of harnessing diverse institutional voices, directly strengthening and boosting outcomes aligned with core priorities: from social enterprises and regional institutions to global partnerships at the forefront of multilateral processes. process. His public policy and environmental communication competence is grounded in award-winning doctoral research. He earned both Vanier and Ontario Trillium Awards, the two most prestigious in Canada, for his doctoral work. He earned a doctorate in Communication with a specialization in sustainability policy and politics from York University in Toronto in 2019. His research examined campaign and negotiation processes in relation to the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change, alongside communication processes in 17 indigenous and traditional villages across Belize, Fiji and India. Dr. Hall also earned a Masters in International Development from Clark University in Massachusetts in 2011. Learn more about Dr. Hall via

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Vania Ramírez-Camacho

Associate Regional Director, Political Science and International Relations Department, School of Social Science and Government, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico

Vania Ramírez-Camacho is the Associate Regional Director of the Political Science and International  Relations Department in the School of Social Science and Government at the Tecnologico de Monterrey. She also served as the Director of the International Relations Undergraduate Program, Mexico City Campus for ten years. She holds a degree in Political Science and Comparative Development Studies from Trent University, Canada and an MA in Politics and Government in Latin America from the University of Essex, United Kingdom. Mrs. Ramírez has over 17 years of academic experience.  Prior to joining the Tecnologico de Monterrey, she worked as a consultant at Zimat Consultores, Mexico´s leading communications consulting firm. Mrs. Ramírez has wide-ranging experience working in both the private and public sectors. She served as an advisor to the President of the Energy Commission of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies during the LVII Legislature. One of her key areas of work is migration, return migration and different aspects of migrant integration. Professor Ramírez collaborates with different non-governmental organizations and research centers dealing with migration fostering active learning and activism among students. Prof. Ramírez-Camacho led the students’ research group at the Tec de Monterrey that worked on Mexico´s international obligations´ assessment model under the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (ICRMW). She was a Research Fellow at Yale University during summer 2018.

Vinitha Gengatharan

Executive Director of York International

Vinitha Gengatharan is the Executive Director of York International. As Executive Director, Vinitha focuses on strategic leadership and operational planning for international student success and enhancing student mobility opportunities. She also provides vital support to the Provost's Office in developing and executing an internationalization strategy that contributes to and enhances the University’s international reputation and reach. Vinitha has 17 years of experience working at several universities, most recently as the Director of Waterloo International at the University of Waterloo, and at the University of Toronto in a variety of leadership roles. Her previous work included: managing international student services, developing international pathway programs, overseeing the analysis necessary to establish and support international academic priorities, creating opportunities and programs of intercultural communications and education, participating in more than 30 strategic missions, establishing an institutional overseas office, strategic framework for international partnership development, supporting several hundred delegation visits, contributing to the development of institutional international strategies and overseeing the tracking and achievement the priorities. Vinitha has also been an active volunteer in the not-for-profit sector, including most recently as University Lead for the Ryerson led Pan University Lifeline Syria Initiative, has served as the Chair of the Agincourt Community Services Association, a United Way anchor agency, and currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce.

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Wagaye Johannes

Director of Operations & Organizational Development, Diversity Abroad, USA

Wagaye Johannes is the Director of Operations and Organizational Development at Diversity Abroad. Born in Ethiopia and raised with a foot on either side of the Atlantic, Wagaye’s personal and academic background led her to the field of international education, where she has focused on expanding international opportunities for all students as well as examining diversity and inclusion in a global context. Prior to joining Diversity Abroad, Wagaye worked at the Institute of International Education (IIE) where, in 2014, she launched the national campaign “Generation Study Abroad” to increase and diversify study abroad participation.  Her international experience includes working at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Fulbright Center in Amsterdam, and serving as Deputy Director of IIE Europe in Hungary. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam and a B.A. in International  Relations from Mount Holyoke College. 

Wang Guantong

Ph.D. Candidate, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo
Mr. Wang Guantong is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. His research focused on high thermal properties of cellulose-based materials. He served as an intern at Asian Development Bank Institute in 2020 working on the renewable energy market, policy and strategy study. He holds a master’s degree from National Chiao Tung University in 2017, and a bachelor’s degree from East China University of Science and Technology in 2014. 

Wessen Rawazik

International Projects Officer, York International, York University, Canada
Wessen Rawazik is a higher education expert with deep experience in higher education, student recruitment and retention, and internationalization in a variety of capacities. Most recently, she was Head of Global Projects at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Prior to that appointment, she served as Head of Quality Assurance and Director of Higher Education, Regulations and Compliance for the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai. While in that role, Wessen had the opportunity to work closely with the government on licensure approvals and quality assurance measures.
Wessen is currently a DBA candidate in Higher Education Management at the University of Bath. She holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Hons.) from the University of Western Ontario. She is fluent in Arabic.

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