Our Team

Darla Deardorff, PhD
Founding President
Founding President of World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence, Dr. Darla Deardorff is author of eight books and over 60 articles/book chapters on intercultural competence and international education. She is affiliated faculty at numerous institutions around the world and is regularly invited to speak. Advisor to United Nations, Council of Europe, OECD. Read Dr. Deardorff's Duke University biography at https://sites.duke.edu/darladeardorff/

Kelly Pengelly, MA
Strategy Team & Newsletter Editor
Kelly Pengelly leverages over 26 years of international higher education and cross-cultural and student development experience both domestically and internationally. Her expertise ranges from developing intercultural competence, student/young professional leadership, global exchange, event programming, service learning and partnership development. She holds an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development from Taylor University.
Carine Ullom, EdD
Web Team Lead
Dr. Carine Ullom is Associate Dean of Instructional Innovation at Ottawa University (KS). She has over 20 years’ experience implementing educational technology in higher ed and is at her happiest when these technologies are leveraged in service of global and intercultural competence development among students of all ages through virtual exchange. She also serves on the board of UNICollaboration (unicollaboration.org) through which she provides faculty development for designing and delivering meaningful virtual exchange (a/k/a telecollaboration) experiences.
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Nadine Binder, PhD
Strategy Team
Nadine is a trainer and coach specializing in intercultural competence, diversity & inclusion, and personal leadership. She received her PhD in Psychology from the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) for her research on intercultural competence development in higher education. Nadine is passionate about bridging research and practice to help people flourish. She has lived in Germany, Australia and the Netherlands and is currently based in Hamburg, Germany.
Kris Acheson-Clair
Underrepresented Voices in IC Research
Kris Acheson-Clair (PhD, Intercultural Communication, 2008) is former faculty at Georgia State University and Fulbright Scholar to Honduras. At Purdue University, she directs the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR), whose staff works to embed intercultural learning across the curriculum. Dr. Acheson is a well-published scholar and an in-demand trainer/speaker on pedagogy and assessment.
Emily Brokaw
Newsletter Editor
Emily is an emerging librarian and freelance writer and editor. Raised in Southeast Asia, she is keenly aware of the importance of cross cultural experiences and intercultural communication. She has participated in several intercultural programs with the aim of fostering conversations across cultural boundaries. Emily is passionate about the use of information services to facilitate interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration. She holds an MLIS from Kent State University.
Sasha Edith Butler
Intercultural Competence and Community-Based Global Learning/Connections
Sasha E. Butler is the Executive Director at Changing Destinations: Journey To Excellence, Inc., a nonprofit organization that focuses on leadership and global citizenship education. Her expertise includes intercultural competence, diversity, equity, and inclusion, program and curriculum development, and global education consulting. She has a BA in English Literature & Writing, MS in Adult Education & HR Development, and is an EdD Candidate in the Higher Education and Adult Learning.
Curtis Chu, PhD
ICC Assessment
Curtis is an experienced educator in intercultural communications, and he has been an advocate for teaching to reduce discrimination and increase understanding across cultures for over 10 years. In his teaching career, he has taught in settings such as cram schools, elementary schools, junior high schools and universities. He is currently a faculty member in the Global Education Center at Setsunan University. Prior to living in Japan, he lived in Hong Kong, Canada, and Taiwan.
Angela Chung
ICC Undergraduate Students
Angela is a freshman at Duke University committed to learning about and spreading intercultural competence. Though still undeclared, she is interested in majoring in international comparative studies or history, with minor in economics. With specific interests in understanding how current perceptions of marginalized groups are shaped by selective historical narratives and media portrayals, she intends to unpack the nuances of Asian-American and non-male experiences.
Monique Constance-Huggins, PhD, MSW, MPIA
ICC International Education
Dr. Constance-Huggins is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Social Work at Winthrop University. She received her PhD, MSW, and MPIA from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a critical race social work scholar, who has devoted her academic life researching topics pertaining to race such as racial disparities, oppression, and ideologies. Her other areas of research include social capital among women, poverty and community needs assessment. She has also spent many years providing cultural competence training to organizations. She also provides policy analysis to developing island state. Her work brings together empirical studies, theory, and social policy to improve individuals, organizations, and communities. She teaches courses in research methods, social welfare policy, community practice, and working with multicultural populations.
Michael Fields, PhD, M.B.A
Web Team
Dr. Fields is currently a faculty member in the college of business at Eastern Oregon University and teaches numerous business, management, and leadership courses. He has over ten years of experience in higher education and spent six years in corporate settings prior to entering academia full-time. His area of research centers around higher education and the role it plays in developing students' intercultural competence skills.
María Alejandra Fumaroni
María Alejandra Fumaroni is a University Specialist Professor in Entrepreneurship and Social Sciences from UCES Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a Cultural Management Diploma where languages and sense of belonging drived the studies and a course in Instructional Design for Online Tutoring from the Inter American Institute for Economic and Social Development. With more than 15 years of experience in local and international companies as well as more than 4 years working in education institutions, cultural diversity, education, equity, inclusiveness and digital tools are considered relevant themes to support, commit and willing to achieve. She had intercultural experience during 3 weeks in Chichester College, Uk where developed and improved empathy and diversity skills.Currently teaching English as a global language considering emotional intelligence and commitment to Sustainable Development Goals as well as improving knowledge in poetry, writing and recitation poems.
Irina Golubeva, PhD
Co-coordinator for the Resource Team and Working Group
Dr Irina Golubeva is Associate Professor of Intercultural Communication at UMBC (USA) and co-director of Intercultural Leadership Certificate Program. Her main research interests concern the development of multilingual awareness and intercultural competence, internationalisation of higher education, and conceptualization of intercultural citizenship. She is strongly committed to non-profit work and served for 7 years as a vice-president of the European Association of Teachers.
Ana Sofia Hofmeyr
Newsletter Team and Early Careers Professionals Team Co-Lead
Ana Sofia Hofmeyr is a Lecturer of English as a Foreign Language at Kansai University, Japan. She has a BA in Modern Languages and Cultures from the University of Lisbon and an MA in Culture and Identity Studies from the University of St Andrews. She is currently working towards a PhD focused on internationalisation-at-home initiatives and intercultural competence in domestic students through Osaka University.
Maria Hussain
Newsletter Team
Maria Hussain is an International Tutor at Leeds University Business School and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has taught a wide range of both home and international students in higher education contexts. Her diverse role includes working with Study Abroad students, making recommendations on provision for international students and the embedding of internationalisation opportunity across the faculty. Her research interests include internationalisation at home, interculturality, and critical reflective writing and course design.
Hiba Ibrahim
Co-coordinator for the Resource Team and Working Group
Hiba is PhD student in applied linguistics at York University in Canada. Her PhD research lies in exploring tension sites in virtual exchange and the role of task design in eliciting intercultural mediation strategies. Through her empirical research and career, she's worked with school leaders, students, and teachers to develop curricula that promote ICC, collaboration and 21st century skills. Hiba earned her MA in education from UCL. Her research focused on incorporating ICC in EFL pedagogy.
Claudia Issa
ICC Spanish Language
Claudia is consultant and trainer in Diversity & Inclusion, Intercultural Competence, and Psychological Wellbeing, with over 15 years’ experience in working with individuals, teams, university students and corporate organizations. She also practices as a Psychotherapist, specializing in the needs of the expat community. Her educational background includes Master Degrees in (1) Clinical and Community Psychology, (2) Psychotherapy, (3) Group Analysis, and (4) Intercultural Psychological Interventions. From a very multicultural background and based in Barcelona (Spain), she is committed to a world in which we can all feel and perform better, together.
Shabnam (Shay) Ivkovic
ICC and SDG's Coordinator
Shay leads a team of practitioners at UWaterloo to facilitate 3200+ international, paid, 4-to-8-month co-op internships – annually. She is a certified Advanced Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Professional and has a Certificate in Sustainability. Shay has presented and / or published via APAIE, CBIE, CEIA, CEWIL Canada, GIC, IJWIL, NZIEC and WACE. She co-leads CBIE’s INTL PLC. She is past Chair of CEWIL Canada’s INTL Committee, and member of their Research Committee and EWO’s Governance Committee.
Joan Sena Kpodzro
Strategy Assistant
Sena is a senior in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, with a commitment to cross-cultural patient care. She is from Accra, Ghana, but has had the opportunity to pursue higher education in Singapore and the United States for the past five years. As the co-founder of Story Circles Ghana, Sena advocates for the development of intercultural competencies within the Ghanaian healthcare system.
Nicole Lamers
Events and Logistics
Nicole has worked on the development of a Global Studies in Education Online Masters, an undergraduate major in Global Studies, and courses for incoming international and outgoing study abroad students to deepen their experience through intercultural skill building and reflection. She is now serving as Director of the College of Business Study Abroad Office with a focus on incorporating intercultural and global competencies within project based experiences.
Molly McSweeney
The Intersection of Intercultural Competence and Influencers and Policy Makers
With 13 years of experience in global education, Molly McSweeney’s background includes advising students at CIEE and IES Abroad, recruiting international students to Longwood University, serving on the Virginia International Educators board, co-founding & chairing Study Virginia, and facilitating intercultural learning at Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici Rome. She holds an MA in Cultural & Educational Policy Studies (Loyola University Chicago) and BA in Psychology (Dickinson College). She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she supports newcomers in establishing sustainable roots.
Stephanie Mithika
Strategic Assistant Intern
Stephanie Mithika is a recent Politics, Philosophy and Economics graduate of Taylor University. As an international student from Kenya, Stephanie has come to value intercultural competence through her experiences advocating for international students and facilitating intercultural programs during her undergraduate career. She hopes to contribute to research on intercultural competence and collaboration, particularly within the fields of foreign policy and international development.
Hayley Pottle
Newsletter Team
Hayley Pottle is an International Education and Development specialist. Her cross-sector work involves higher education, public, and non-profit. She is the Program Coordinator for TechGirls, U.S. Department of State initiative. Her work has taken her across the MENA region including as the Project Development Manager for Hopes for Women in Education in Jordan. She also serves as an Education Consultant for the University of Richmond. Hayley holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from VCU in Mass Communications.
Sarah Price, PhD
Newsletter Team
Dr Sarah Price is the Global Engagement Officer at Bournemouth University. She provides operational support for delivering the University's strategy for global engagement. Sarah supports international partnership developments as well as student and staff mobility projects. Having been an international student herself, as well as having worked all over Europe as part of doctoral work, she is passionate about the global outlook and intercultural competence of staff and students.
Amy Rasmussen
Strategy Assistant
Amy is an international educator who recently moved back to the US after six years in Madrid, Spain. Her experience includes teaching English and Cultural Competence in a K-12 environment, program management in higher education, and lecturing on culture and travel to prospective university students. She has a BA in History and Secondary Education from Kean University and an MS in Global and International Education from Drexel University.
Constantina Rokos
Virtual ICC
Constantina Rokos is a research fellow at Münster University of Applied Sciences, Münster (Germany) and PhD candidate at VU Amsterdam (Netherlands). She has a BA in Hispanics and Social and Cultural Anthropology and a MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Münster (Germany). Her research focuses on gender and organizational perspectives on intercultural competence (development) in higher education.
Sumiko Shimo
Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Intercultural and Global Competencies
Sumiko is a researcher, facilitator and consultant in intercultural management and organizational culture & change. She helps both global organizations and local communities further grow by providing diverse perspectives and practical solutions. She also applies cultural intelligence to extended areas, including mental healthcare, technology development for wellness, humanity, and ethics. She holds an MBA and B.A. in sociology and is a certified consultant of Hofstede Insights. In addition to the World Council on ICC, Sumiko is actively engaged in global initiatives with numerous institutions, including the IEEE and SIETAR.
Clare Sisisky
ICC in K-12
Clare Sisisky is currently the Executive Director of the Global Education Benchmark Group (GEBG), working to support the nonprofit organization’s 285 member schools around the world in all aspects of global education. Clare has written about and spoken on many topics relating to global competencies in K-12 education, and is currently a mid-career doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania in Educational Leadership. Previous work experiences include serving as the Founding Director of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship at a large independent school, as an administrator for a large public school district, and working for the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in Beijing, as well as many years as a classroom teacher.
Linda Yang, PhD
Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Intercultural and Global Competencies
Linda has a PhD degree in Intercultural Studies from Durham University. She holds a M.A. degree in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics from King’s College London and a B.A. degree in English Studies from Beijing Language and Culture University. She is an experienced intercultural researcher and educator and has more than 18 years of teaching and training experience in Ireland, U.K. and China. Her research interests include; Intercultural education, Intercultural competence development, Multicultural team performance, Internationalisation of Higher Education, Academic and social acculturation.
Anna Zelno
ICC Assessments
Anna Zelno is Diversity & Innovation Strategist and Business Partner for intercultures in Spain. She holds Master degrees in Applied Linguistic and Applied Culture Studies by Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany and in Talent Management by University of Valencia in Spain. Since 2004 she has been working with multinational companies, public administration, universities and NGO's, to support the development of intercultural competence among their employees.
Lourdes Zilberberg, PhD
Early Careers Professionals Team Co-Lead
Director of the International Office and Local Director of the Confucius Institute at FAAP, Brazil. Dedicated to the study of internationalization and intercultural and global competence, she holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations (UDELAR, Uruguay), a MBA in International Business (FAAP Penn State, USA) a Master in Creativity and Innovation (Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Portugal) and a PhD in Policy and Management of Higher Education (UNTREF, Argentina).