Event Date Event Time Registration Deadline Registration
June 3, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Closed

Future-Proof International Education: Successful Leadership for the Next Decade

NAFSA welcomes you to join us at the Symposium on Leadership 2021, a special signature program included with registration for the NAFSA 2021 Annual Conference & Expo.

2020 posed a generational challenge for all aspects of higher education, but especially international education. While mobility – a traditional pillar of international education – has been curtailed, the past year has also opened up new opportunities for innovation and collaboration. Successful international education leadership in the next decade will require embracing and navigating change amidst a protracted post-pandemic vitiated by resource constraints, growing nationalisms, and changing demographic pressures.

At a time when global engagement is increasingly challenged by zero-sum approaches to internationalization, IE leaders will need to move from a reliance on traditional disciplinary or professional approaches to developing broad leadership competencies to allowing them to navigate geopolitical volatility successfully. The 2021 Symposium on Leadership will offer current and aspiring internationalization leaders a toolkit for the next decade, focusing on thought leadership, 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 network, 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.


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...

David Di Maria, EdD

David Di Maria
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
David L. Di Maria is senior international officer and associate vice provost for international education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His responsibilities include leading internationalization strategy and overseeing the programs, services, and activities of UMBC’s Center for...

Kalpen Trivedi, PhD

 Kalpen Trivedi
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Kalpen Trivedi, PhD, is vice provost for global affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is responsible for campus-wide global engagement and exercises operational and strategic oversight of the International Programs Office. He has more than eighteen years of experience in...

Patricia Mwila, MPA

Patricia Mwila
University of Zambia
Patricia Mwlia is the initiator and manager of the International Link and Liaison Office at the University of Zambia, a position held since 2014. She also serves as communications officer for the African Centre of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals, as well as coordinator of...

Mariella Olivos, PhD

Mariella Olivos
University ESAN, Peru
Mariella Olivos, PhD, is associate director of undergraduate programs at Universidad ESAN, a private not-for-profit University in Lima, Peru. In addition to managing the internationalization of the bachelor programs, she is assistant professor in the School of Economics and Management. She is also...

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...

Douglas Proctor, PhD

Douglas Proctor
Swinburne University of Technology
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...

Chad Hoseth, MA

Chad Hoseth
Colorado State University
Co-Leader, Programs & Events, IEL KC
Chad Hoseth is the assistant vice provost of international affairs at Colorado State University (CSU) where he provides strategic vision and administrative oversight of major internationalization initiatives. In this role, he also promotes and facilitates cross-campus opportunities for international...

NAFSA thanks The Fulbright Program for its generous support of this event.

The Fulbright Program