Center for Education Diplomacy Staff and Knowledge Experts

The Center for Education Diplomacy is a program of the Association for Childhood Education International that is supported by a staff dedicated to increase and promote quality cooperation, coordination, and collaboration between sectors and stakeholders using diplomatic skills and approaches to advance transformative agendas for education.
 
 

Diane Whitehead is the Executive Director of ACEI. She has dedicated her career to issues that affect the lives of children and families. Diane specializes in children’s education, nonprofit leadership, management, strategic direction setting, and program development. She has designed numerous initiatives, programs, and events that have contributed to the improvement of children’s education worldwide. As Executive Director, she is committed to building ACEI’s global community and to advancing ACEI’s organizational reach, relevancy, and impact. Diane holds an M.A. in Organizational Leadership, a B.S. in Education Foundations, an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University, and a Certificate in Fundraising from Boston University. She has also completed a Certificate in Strategic Education Planning from the UK International Centre for Parliamentary Studies and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a credential bestowed by the American Society of Association Executives.

Why do you like working at ACEI?
I am energized every day by the work we do at ACEI. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful team of dedicated professional staff members and a community of committed supporters around the world who are sincerely concerned about the education of children and youth. Education today is experiencing a rapid changes, which makes this a very challenging time for educators; however, these changes also present exciting new opportunities for re-envisioning education. We need to make the most of the opportunities that are presented to us to ensure that access, equity, and quality are foremost in how we design and deliver children’s education.

Why is children’s education important to you?
Simply put, children are the future of our world and we must ensure that children are ready and prepared to take on the enormous challenge of leading humanity toward a better future. Learning is essential to human development. All children should be provided with an opportunity to learn through either formal or informal learning environments.

Share a favorite memory from your own education when you were a child
I grew up in England just south of London. In school, we regularly listened to a series on BBC radio about people’s lives around the world. This series sparked my curiosity about the world around me and about how others experience their own world. As an adult, I still enjoy the communication medium of radio. I believe that stimulating our auditory senses helps us to be more imaginative, as it allows us to create our own visual images for the stories, people, and places that we are hearing about on the radio. I listen to world news from the BBC and other types of radio broadcasts regularly.

Yvette Gatilao Murphy is Director of Global Advocacy and also serves as Director of the Center for Education Diplomacy. She is passionate about ensuring equity and social justice through education and has dedicated her academic research and work to addressing issues that affect the most disadvantaged children and youth. Yvette’s experience includes bilingual education, advocacy, professional development, program development, and working in the private sector. Prior to ACEI, Yvette worked for the George Washington University (GWU) Institute for Education Studies as a Program Administrative Director for a professional development project serving educators in Lahore, Pakistan. She was also a bilingual classroom teacher in the Creighton School District in Phoenix, Arizona. Yvette holds an M.A. in International Education from GWU and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Why is children’s education important to you?
Children have the potential to transform their world if they are given an opportunity to be heard, participate in meaningful ways, and drive their own learning. Education and the systems that shape its delivery can provide that opportunity. The generations that create pathways for young people need to believe in the humanity and capacity of children and youth so that they may reach their full potential.

Why do you like working at ACEI?
I enjoy working at ACEI because I enjoy being a part of change and meaningful work. ACEI is an exciting place to work because of its long history advocating for children’s rights and education but also for its role in developing new, innovative concepts such as Education Diplomacy. Education Diplomacy is ACEI’s primary advocacy and leadership program. The concept has always resonated with me, given my diverse professional background that includes being a teacher and an engineer. Our work in education today requires interdisciplinary cooperation, sharing of knowledge, and diplomacy skills. It is motivating to help develop the concept, support educators’ growth as they see the potential of Education Diplomacy as a field of work, and provide a framework around effective best practices advancing education in today’s rapidly changing world.

Share a favorite memory from your own education when you were a child
My favorite memory that contributed to my education as a child is lying on the grass and looking up to watch the airplanes fly across the sky. I would wonder if my Lola (grandmother in the language of the Philippines, where my parents are from) was on that plane, as she regularly split her time living in the United States and the Philippines. She traveled to many other countries well into her old age and enjoyed telling me about her encounters as a Filipina woman in different cultures. She made me curious about the world and taught me the value of humility and graciousness.

Amanda Stamp is Administrator of Global Programs at ACEI. She has dedicated her career to global education by providing students with the skills, knowledge, and tools they need to compete and thrive in today’s global world. Amanda has experience with global education program design, professional development training, global partnership building, and non-profit management. Prior to her work at ACEI, Amanda worked at the World Affairs Council – Washington, DC, as the Global Education Director and taught English in Beijing, China. Amanda earned her master’s degree from George Mason University in International Commerce and Policy. She received an interdisciplinary B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government from American University.

Why is children’s education important to you?
Education is the most important global issue of our day. Education not only transforms the lives of children, but also has the power to transform nations. If we want to have a peaceful and sustainable future, we must put the education of our children first.

Why do you like working at ACEI?
I enjoy working for ACEI because it affords me the opportunity to be part of a dynamic and dedicated team working to better the lives of children. ACEI’s mission and innovative programs have a far reach and important impact on the quality of education for our youth globally.

Share a favorite memory from your own education when you were a child
For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in learning about other cultures and parts of the world. I was very fortunate to have parents who encouraged me and provided me with opportunities to learn. When I was 11 years old, I had the chance to travel to France as an exchange student for 3 weeks. Living with a French family, going to school, and traveling around the world sparked a passion that I have carried with me to this day.

Staff


Diane Whitehead,
ACEI Executive Director
Learn More About Diane
 
Yvette Gatilao Murphy,
Director of Advocacy and Education Diplomacy
Learn More About Yvette
 
Amanda Stamp,
Administrator of Global Programs
Learn More About Amanda
 
 

Knowledge Experts

 
The Center for Education Diplomacy is supported by a growing community of knowledge experts contributing to the development and promotion of Education Diplomacy.
 
 
 

Fanta Aw, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President,
Campus Life and Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer,
American University

Katharina E. Höne, Ph.D.
Researcher/Project Manager,
DiploFoundation

Mohit Mukherjee
Director, UPEACE Centre for
Executive and Professional Education

 
 
 

Octavio Pescador, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate,
Juárez & Associates

Ana Rold
Founder and Publisher,
Diplomatic Courier

J Simon Rofe, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Studies, Global Diplomacy Program Director, SOAS University of London