Center for Education Diplomacy Leadership

Diane Whitehead, Executive Director
Yvette Murphy, Director

Advisory Group

Dr. Fanta Aw is Assistant Vice President of Campus Life and Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer at the School of International Service, at the American University in Washington, D.C. She oversees all administrative, programmatic, and personnel operations related to International/Intercultural programs and services and student engagement in the Office of Campus Life. Aw is also the President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), the largest membership association of international educators with close to 10,000 members.

Katharina E. Höne holds a PhD in international relations and specializes in diplomacy and global governance. Through the non-profit organization DiploFoundation, she has been involved in training and capacity building in diplomacy since 2008. With ACEI and the Center for Education Diplomacy, she began working on education diplomacy in 2014. As part of the cooperation, she developed a highly interactive 10-week online course on education diplomacy, which launched for the first time in February 2016, and also a number of briefing papers on the topic. She aims to continue both training and research on education diplomacy, which is part of a "new diplomacy" that works to support inclusion and equity at the negotiation table.

Dr. Donald Lee is an economist and advocate for human rights, poverty eradication, social justice, and environmental protection. He is the President of the International Committee for October 17, a Committee with the goal to promote the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. He also serves as Adjunct Representative to the UN for ATD Fourth World International Movement, an organization working with individuals and institutions to eradicate extreme poverty.

Mr. Mohit Mukherjee is an educator and social entrepreneur. He is the founding Director of the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace, headquartered in Costa Rica. The Centre offers international study programs for universities, professional development workshops, and online courses in Social Entrepreneurship. He is also the founder of Changemakers International, an organization focused on enabling youth to gain the skills to be social innovators.  Prior to the position with the University of Peace, Mukherjee served as Education Program Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, a global movement of organizations and individuals promoting sustainable development. Mukherjee earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University in 1995 and his master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2002.

Dr. Octavio Pescador is a research associate and co-founder of the UCLA Paulo Freire Institute at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He has worked extensively with students, community-based non-profits, and immigrant groups in Los Angeles. Pescador has served as an advisor and/or board member to various organizations, including Abriendo Puertas, the Blind Children's Center, and Vision to Learn. He also serves as an international development consultant and political / global analyst for domestic and foreign media, including ABC, CNN, NBC, and many more.

Ms. Ana Rold is the Founder and Publisher of Diplomatic Courier, a global media network that connects global publics to leaders in international affairs, diplomacy, and social good. She is one of the founders of a corporate publishing firm, Medauras Global LLC, which provides business leaders with reports on the political and economic situation of countries around the world, specializing in conflict-prone or conflict-afflicted countries. Rold also teaches Comparative Politics at Northeastern University.

Dr. J Simon Rofe is the inaugural Director of Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD) Global Diplomacy Masters programme (Distance Learning), and MOOC instructor on Understanding Research Methods and Global Diplomacy with Coursera and University of London International Academy. Prior to joining SOAS, he was Senior Lecturer and Director of Distance Learning Director in the Department of Politics and International Relations, and Centre for American Studies at the University of Leicester, and Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. Simon is a widely experienced university manager and lecturer who has taught Diplomacy, International Relations, and History for over 15 years. He is widely published, and is the co-editor of Manchester University Press’s Key Studies in Diplomacy book series, and a member of the Editorial Board of Diplomatic History.


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