2019 Symposium on Leadership Speakers


Tanya GarciaTanya I. Garcia, PhD
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Tanya I. Garcia is associate director of postsecondary policy research and associate research professor at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. She brings extensive higher education policy expertise to various projects, including sub-baccalaureate education, non-degree credentials, and supporting states integrating postsecondary and labor market data as a tool to improve policy and practice. Previously, she served in various capacities at Wiki Education Foundation, Lumina Foundation, the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, and the New Mexico Higher Education Department. A first-generation student, Garcia earned a BA in philosophy and a BS in biology at Florida International University, a MA in higher education administration from the George Washington University, and a PhD in public administration at American University.

James HonanJames P. Honan, EdD
Harvard University Graduate School of Education

James P. Honan has served on the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) since 1991. He is also a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), an affiliate faculty member with the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at HKS, and co-chair and senior associate director of the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University. He is educational co-chair of the Institute for Educational Management (IEM) at HGSE and faculty chair of Emirates Leadership Initiative Executive Education Program and Nonprofit Financial Stewardship (NFS) at HKS, a fully online executive education program. He has also been a faculty member in a number of Harvard's other executive education programs and professional development institutes for educational leaders and non-profit administrators. He has served as faculty co-chair of the Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations program, an institute developed by the Initiative on Social Enterprise at HBS and the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and served previously as educational chair of HGSE's Management Development Program. He has also taught in executive education programs and professional development institutes in Aruba, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Guatemala, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Panama, Thailand, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela. He has served as a consultant on strategic planning, resource allocation, and performance measurement and management to numerous colleges, universities, schools, foundations, and nonprofit organizations both nationally and internationally. He holds a BA from Marist College, an MA and EdS in higher education from George Washington University, and an EdM and EdD in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University.

Kate JenningsKate Jennings
Vancouver Island University

Kate Jennings has worked in international education in a variety of capacities at five different institutions in Canada over the past 21 years. Kate is currently the director for international student services at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia. As director, Kate leads the International Admissions and Registration, Homestay and Off-Campus Housing, International Finance, and International Student Advising and Clinical Counselling teams. In addition to her professional roles, Kate volunteers her time as the outgoing co-chair for the Canada Membership Interest Group (Canada MIG) of NAFSA, as a board member of the association of Global Women in International Education (GLOW ED), as a member of the Global and Intercultural Skills Program Working Group (BC Ministry of Education), and as the Network Leader for NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC). Kate has published and presented on a variety of international education topics, including sessions, workshops, and courses for NAFSA, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), the International Educators Training Program (IETP), the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE), and the European Association for International Education (EAIE), among others.

Ben KennedyBen Kennedy
Kennedy & Company

Benjamin Kennedy is the managing partner and founder of Kennedy & Company. He is the former leader of Huron Education’s enrollment services group, a former corporate growth strategy consultant with Bain & Company, and a former member of the Duke University Board of Trustees. Ben has also worked as a strategic adviser to the chief financial officer at the University of South Carolina. In all, Ben and his company have has worked with more than 75 colleges and universities on issues ranging from operational improvement, to strategic planning, to enrollment management and administrative cost reductions, to comprehensive reevaluations of institutional strategy and sustainability.

Daria KozlovaDaria Kozlova, PhD
ITMO University

While working on her PhD, Daria Kozlova joined the “International Business Department” of Saint Petersburg Polytech as an assistant and after defending her thesis accepted a position as associate professor at the same department. She stayed with the Polytech until 2014, focusing on all aspects of international scientific and academic cooperation. During her tenure she was also the head of international master’s degree programs for two years. In 2014, Kozlova was welcomed as the director of the Institute of International Development and Partnership of ITMO University. Under her leadership, ITMO University quickly expanded its international academic and research outreach, earned a position in the top-100 of international subject rankings, and is consistently among the leaders of the 5-100 Russian Academic Excellence Project. In 2017, Kozlova was appointed the first vice rector of ITMO University and is responsible for the creation and implementation of the university’s academic priorities through close collaboration with internal and external stakeholders. She also oversees and coordinates the university’s international activities and is deeply committed to delivering education of the future.

Samira PardananiSamira Pardanani
Shoreline Community College

Samira Pardanani is the executive director for international education at Shoreline Community College, located in the Seattle area. Shoreline has been actively engaged in international education for decades. It is among the leading community colleges in the country hosting international students, with approximately 1000 international students from 55 countries. Shoreline has also been the recipient of NAFSA’s Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, and IIE’s Andrew Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Professions. Shoreline’s dynamic and high-performing International Education department serves many functions, encompassing the areas of international marketing and recruitment, admissions, academic and university transfer advising, immigration advising, student engagement and leadership, study abroad, and international partnerships. Having previously worked at the University of Michigan and Brown University gives Samira a unique perspective on the role of international educators at community colleges vis-à-vis their university counterparts. She is very active on her campus and has served as the vice chair of the campus-wide Strategic Planning and Budget Committee, the Communications and Marketing Steering Committee, and the Enrollment Management committee. She has also served as a leader in NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC). Samira grew up in India and has also lived in Germany and Austria.

David PhinnemoreDavid Phinnemore, PhD
Queen’s University Belfast

David Phinnemore is professor of European Politics and dean of education in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland and visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. He holds a BA in European studies (1990) and was awarded his PhD in European studies by the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1998. His teaching interests are focused on the European Union–notably its institutions, decision-making procedures, external relations and enlargement. Much of his current work is focused on the process and implications of Brexit, especially for the island of Ireland. His most recent monograph, The Treaty of Lisbon: Origins and Negotiation, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. Among his forthcoming publications is The European Union, its Neighbours, and the Proliferation of ‘Privileged Partnerships’ (edited with S. Gstöhl). As dean of education he has responsibility for promoting study abroad, international exchanges, inter-disciplinary collaborations, work-related learning and placement opportunities as well as quality assurance across the arts, humanities and social sciences.


NAFSA thanks the Northern Ireland Bureau for its generous support of this event.