Samba Dieng is 2019 Region VIII Academy Coach.
Dieng is the director of international students and scholars at Lehigh University. Samba is originally from the West African nation of Senegal. He came to the United States to embark on his undergraduate studies in political science at the University of Nebraska - Kearney. He earned his master’s degree in international relations at Indiana State University. His prior professional positions include internships at NGOs serving as an international recruiter for the University of Illinois in Springfield, assistant director of international student services at the University of St Thomas in Minneapolis/St Paul, and director of ISSS in Kentucky. In conjunction with his previous position as assistant director of ISS in Minnesota, Samba also served as chair of Minnesota International Educators in 2012-2013, a state association of his peers and a position he calls to this day his highest professional privilege. Samba also served as a member of NAFSA's Trainer Corps and enjoyed sharing his resources and knowledge with colleagues from across the United States through workshops and sessions he lead at National Conferences. He was named "Friend of the Region by NAFSA in 2014 and most recently a nominee for NAFSA's "Rising Star Young Leader Award". His travels have taken him to countless countries and cities, both for work and pleasure. He is extremely passionate about working with international students and scholars from around the world and truly enjoys working at Lehigh University.