Advisory Board

Mohamed Abdel-Kader

Executive Director of the Stevens Initiative, Aspen Institute, USA

As the previous Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education at the US Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education in the administration of President Barack Obama, Mohamed promoted the study of foreign languages and the study of the cultures of other countries at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels in the United States. Mohamed is a Truman National Security Fellow and the author of a children’s book about stereotypes entitled  “What does a Muslim Look like?”

Shingo Ashizawa

Professor, Tokyo University, Japan

Shingo Ashizawa serves as an advisor for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) on the UNESCO Tokyo Recognition Convention Committee He is involved in advising governmental bodies related to the internationalization of Japanese universities. As a professor, Shingo Ashizawa teaches courses including “Immigration and Cross-cultural issues” and “International Student Mobility”. Shingo Ashizawa is a Fullbright scholarship grantee and has held positions at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

Carolyn Finck Barbosa

Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia

Carolyn Finck Barbosa is a psychologist and a professor at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. She has also served as the director of International Affairs at the university. In the last 2 years, she has designed a virtual course on intercultural competencies and is interested in how students learn and how best to build and design a virtual environment for learning. Carolyn believes intercultural competencies are a means to a better world. 

Julia Gonzalez Ferreras

University of Deusto, Spain

In 2011, Julia González Ferreras received the Bo Gregersen Award for designing the Tuning Educational Structures in the World project with Robert Wagenaar. This innovative project has contributed to the improvement of higher education by developing and implementing curricula using the student-centered approach and the concept of key competencies as linchpins. Julia González Ferreras was Vice-Rector for International Relations at the University of Deusto at the time that she received this award.

Margot Gill

Administrative Dean for International Affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, USA

As the Administrative Dean for Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Margot Gill worked in admissions for the largest and most international graduate school at the University. She also served as an advisor for the College’s international programs. Margot Gill chairs the University’s Committee on General Scholarships and supervises government relationships in Latin America, Asia, Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. She has worked in East and West Africa and taught anthropology in institutions ranging from the University of Nairobi to MIT. 

Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans

Honorary Senior Fellow, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), UK

Jeanine Gregersen-Hermans formerly served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Principal (International) at GCU. She has worked at the University of Hull, UK, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, and Maastricht Education and Research Centre, India. Jeanine holds a PhD in Internationalization of Higher Education. She publishes on intercultural competence and internationalization of higher education and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Studies in International Education (JSIE). Jeanine won the Bo Gregersen Award for innovative contribution to international education in 2008.

Francisco Marmolejo

Qatar Foundation

Francisco Marmolejo is currently the Education Advisor of the Qatar Foundation, where he advises the education strategy department. Prior to this role, Francisco served as the Global Lead Higher Education Specialist of the World Bank. At the World Bank, he supported country-level related projects in more than 60 countries. He was also a founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 higher education institutions primarily from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

Peter O. Nwosu,

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success at the Herbert H. Lehman College

Dr. Peter Nwosu (the “N” is silent), American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow and Fulbright
Scholar, started his tenure in 2019 as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student
Success at the Herbert H. Lehman College, a Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution and a senior
college of the 25-member colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest
urban public university system. Prior to this role, he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs at Clark Atlanta University (CAU), Atlanta, Georgia, a private Historically Black College and
University, and Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Accreditation Liaison Officer at
California State University, Fullerton, a Hispanic Serving Institution. A passionate advocate for access to
high quality education for our nation’s increasingly diverse student body, and a systems thinker and
strategic planner with a strong belief in the power of collaboration and shared governance, he has led
strategic initiatives to foster institutional effectiveness, advance student success outcomes, and enhance
these institutions’ national reputation and visibility as engines of upward mobility and community

Seun Olamosu

Duke University, USA

Seun is currently an Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Duke University and has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. In her previous role within Student Affairs at Duke, she maximized the benefits of a culturally diverse academic landscape. Seun earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a focus on leadership in intercultural and international education from the University of Minnesota.  Her research interests include cultural identities and the globalization of education. Her higher education included cross-cultural communication and mass communication.

Emeritus Board Members

Mark Harris

Berlitz, USA

Mark Harris is currently a Global Consultant in Internationalization of Education and Global Citizenship. Mark was the President Emeritus and Senior Advisor for the ELS Educational Services Incorporated, where he supervised Global Communications and  International Recruitment for US Institutions of Higher Education. In his role, he advised International Strategic Partnerships in 102 countries where ELS is active. He is also the co-founder of ELS/United Nations Academic Impact Many Languages One World International Essay Contest and Youth Forum.