Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic this NAFSA Signature Program did not take place, but international educators from around the world were able to convene virtually at the 2020 NAFSA eConnection.

NAFSA 2020 takes place in St. Louis, Missouri May 24-29

Beyond Geopolitics: Successful International Education Leadership for the Next Decade

Successful international education leadership in the future will require embracing and navigating growing nationalisms, changing demographic pressures, and environmental anxieties. At a time when global engagement is increasingly challenged by zero-sum approaches to internationalization, IE leaders will need broad competencies to move beyond traditional geopolitics to engage creatively with emergent landscapes. The 2020 Symposium on Leadership will offer current and aspiring internationalization leaders tools and resources for the next decade, focusing on thought leadership, intercultural expertise, resilience, and nimbleness to enhance their individual and institutional effectiveness as senior international officers (SIOs). This dialogic Symposium represents a significant opportunity during the annual NAFSA conference to meet with other high-level IE Leaders and SIOs to engage in a deep exchange of ideas, network, and forecast effective approaches to short- and long-range challenges in international higher education.

A NAFSA Signature Program offered by the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community.

Maria de Lourdes Dieck-Assad, PhD

María de Lourdes Dieck-Assad
University of Miami
María de Lourdes Dieck-Assad is world-renowned economist who has held positions in academia, business and government, including serving as Mexico’s ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and chief of the Mexican Mission to the European Union. As vice president for hemispheric and global affairs at UM...

Hala Dimechkie

Hala Dimechkie
The American University of Beirut
Hala Dimechkie is the director of the Office of International Programs (OIP) at The American University of Beirut (AUB). She represents and promotes AUB internationally, and supports and disseminates international education within AUB. She is responsible for managing AUB’s international office...

Jane Gatewood, PhD

Jane Gatewood
University of Rochester
Jane Gatewood is the vice provost for global engagement at the University of Rochester (New York). She earned a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a PhD from the University of Georgia. Her administrative experience includes developing complex bi- and multi-lateral international partnerships...

Ellen Hazelkorn, PhD

Ellen Hazelkorn
BH Associates
Professor Ellen Hazelkorn, PhD, is joint managing partner, BH Associates education consultants. She is professor emeritus and founding director, Higher Education Policy Research Unit (HEPRU), Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland), and joint editor, Policy Reviews in Higher Education. She is also...

Léonce Ndikumana, PhD

Léonce Ndikumana
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Léonce Ndikumana has served as director of operational policies and director of research at the African Development Bank, chief of macroeconomic analysis at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and visiting professor at the University of Cape Town. He is also an honorary...

Douglas Proctor, PhD

Douglas Proctor
Swinburne University of Technology
Co-Leader, Communications & Engagement (Regional Outreach), IEL KC
Douglas Proctor, PhD is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. He provides institution-wide leadership on global engagement and oversees Swinburne’s global strategy in teaching, research and outreach. A scholar-practitioner in...

Joanna Regulska, PhD

Joanna Regulska
University of California-Davis
NAFSA Vice President for Public Policy and Practice
Joanna Regulska, PhD, vice provost and dean of global affairs and professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at the University of California-Davis, has for more than 30 years led large-scale programs that transform institutions, establish collaborative partnerships, and significantly...

Victor Shim, PhD

Victor Shim
National University of Singapore
Victor Shim is associate vice president at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and leads the Global Relations Office, which sends more than 4,000 students abroad each year on student mobility programs in more than 40 countries. He has previously held other management appointments at NUS, such...