This NAFSA Signature Program has been cancelled out of concern for the health and safety of our attendees. Learn more about the decision to cancel this Signature Program and the NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference & Expo.

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
Past Chair, International Education Leadership Knowledge Community
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
University College Dublin
Douglas Proctor, PhD, is director of UCD Global at University College Dublin (Ireland), where he has management responsibility for the international office and provides leadership to the broader university community on internationalization, global engagement, and international partnerships. A...

Joanna Regulska, PhD

Joanna Regulska
University of California, Davis
Joanna Regulska, vice provost and associate chancellor of global affairs and professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies at the University of California, Davis, has led large-scale programs that have transformed institutions, established collaborative partnerships, and substantially improved...

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...

Special housing for registrants of this program has been set aside at the headquarters hotel, Marriott St. Louis Grand. The link for housing can be found in your emailed registration confirmation, once you have registered for this program. To ensure your hotel room at the Marriott St. Louis Grand, please reserve your room via the link in your registration confirmation before March 23, 2020.

Tuesday, May 26
7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m. Check-in and Breakfast
8:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Victoria Jones, Chair of the IEL Knowledge Community

8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m.

Global Perspectives Panel

The panel discussion will provide the audience with a wide-ranging discussion of geopolitical trends that will impact the future of higher education. The experts will delve into what macro policy and megatrends that internationalization leaders should be aware of to be more effective in their roles as campus leaders.

Introduction: Kelechi Kalu, University of California, Riverside

Moderator and Panelist: Douglas Proctor, University College Dublin

Maria de Lourdes Dieck Assad, University of Miami
Léonce Ndikumana, University of Massachusetts Amherst

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Q&A

9:20 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Introduction: Kalpen Trivedi, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Keynote Address: Ellen Hazelkorn, joint managing partner, BH Associates

10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. Q&A

10:20 a.m.-10:35 a.m. Break
10:35 a.m.-11:05 a.m.

Voices from the Field

The panel discussion will provide the audience with examples of recent and emerging geopolitical challenges facing Senior International Officers, and how they managed campus and community responses. There will be ample opportunity for participants to network and dialogue with each other.

Introduction: Patricia Mwila, University of Zambia

Jane Gatewood, University of Rochester, Past Chair of the IEL Knowledge Community
Joanna Regulska, University of California-Davis
Hala Dimachkié, American University Beirut
Victor Shim, National University of Singapore

11:05 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Senior International Officer (SIO) Panel

Lessons learned from the Case Studies. During this Q&A the SIO panel will share their insights and lessons learned from the cases discussed and engage in a robust dialogue with attendees.

Moderator: Kalpen Trivedi

11:50 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Final Comments and Wrap-Up

Victoria Jones, Chair of the IEL Knowledge Community