Washington, DC
United States

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December 2, 2023 10:34 pm TBD Coming Soon
Leadership in Uncertain Times: Addressing a Changing International Education Environment

Globally, the higher education sector has entered interesting times of uncertainty, where changes in national policies and attitudes on immigration, international student and faculty mobility and enrollment, even higher education’s objectives have created uncertainty for the senior international officer in how to respond effectually. A key learning objective of this Symposium on Leadership is to aid the senior international officer in developing the leadership skill of being responsive rather than reactive to these changes. Keynote and panel speakers from the United States and abroad will explore the various factors contributing to volatility in the field of international higher education. Through thoughtful analysis, rich discussion, and powerful examples, senior international officers and university leaders from around the world will hone fundamental, strategic leadership skills to guide their campuses through common challenges. Participants engage in roundtable breakout discussions to network and share opportunities and best practices.

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


Tanya 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...

James 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...

Kate Jennings

Kate Jennings
Jennings International Education Leadership & Training
Chair, International Education Leadership Knowledge Community
Kate Jennings has over two decades of experience and has held progressive leadership roles in international education at five universities (Vancouver Island University, University of Alberta, Simon Fraser University, Queen’s University, University of Victoria) in three Provinces in Canada...

Ben 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...

Daria Kozlova, PhD

Daria Kozlova
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...

Samira Pardanani

Samira Pardanani
Shoreline Community College
Samira oversees Shoreline Community College’s International Education department which encompasses international recruitment, admissions, academic/transfer advising, study abroad, and international partnerships. As of 2021, she is also the Associate Vice President for all student services at the...

David 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...