Our Team

Darla Deardorff, PhD
Founder and CEO

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. Affiliated faculty at numerous institutions around the world and regularly invited to speak. Advisor to United Nations, Council of Europe, OECD.

Iryna Lambrianides, PhD
Strategy Team

Dr. Lambrianides is active in the international nonprofit and higher education sectors as a leader in strategic planning, program and project management, compliance, evaluation and measurement. Her focus is on advancing education equity, global competence and intercultural understanding. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/International and Intercultural Education from Florida International University.

Kelly Pengelly
Strategy Team

Kelly Pengelly leverages over 26 years of international higher education, cross-cultural and student development experience both domestically and internationally. Her expertise ranges from developing human rights based intercultural competence, student and young professional leadership, global exchange, cultural entry, event programming, service learning and partnership development. She enjoys advancing the talents of people of color and bridging domestic and foreign national communities.

Carine Ullom, EdD
Web Team Lead

Carine 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 experiences.