Leadership Interview Series
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The Diversity Network Leadership Interview Series highlights leaders inside and outside of higher education who support and are working to increase underrepresented students participation in international education as well as study in diverse locations.

The series provides higher education professionals with a window into the thoughts, opinions, and recommendations of various leaders in regard to diversity issues in global education.

On behalf of the Diversity Network and its members we are honored to be able to share the opinions of such respected and accomplished individuals.



Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a member of the Career Foreign Service, was sworn in on April 2, 2012 as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources. Prior to this appointment, she served as Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia from 2008-2012.



Kristin Hayden

Kristin Hayden is the president and founder of One World Now!, a global leadership program for underserved youth based in Seattle, Washington and Oahu, Hawaii. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, One World Now! was recognized as "one of the nation's most innovative after school programs" by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Kristin intends to create a national model for international education and promote the importance of study abroad for all.  

Gudrun Paulsdottir

Gudrun Paulsdottir serves as President of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) while also holding the professional position of International Strategist at her home institution, Mälardalen University in Sweden. 



Martha J. Kanter

Martha J. Kanter is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Higher Education and Senior Fellow at New York University. Her academic interests include: The Confluence of Access, Equity and Excellence; The Intersection of Policy and Politics in American Higher Education; and The Contributions of America's Community Colleges to the Nation's Social Fabric, Civic Future and Economy. (New York University)  


John Dewar

Professor John Dewar is the current University of Melbourne Provost, a position he took up in September 2009. He was previously Deputy Vice Chancellor (Global Relations) at the University of Melbourne from April to September 2009.  Professor Dewar is an internationally known family law specialist. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he taught at the Universities of Lancaster and Warwick from 1981 to 1988, and worked for the London law firm Allen & Overy from 1988-1990. He has published widely on various aspects of family law, access to justice and legal theory.


Aurelia Brazeal

Ambassador Aurelia E. Brazeal currently serves as President of the Association of Black American Ambassadors (ABAA) and The Senior Seminar Alumni Association (SSAA). She retired as a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service in December 2008, having served as Distinguished Visiting Ambassador from 2007-2008 and as Diplomat-in-Residence from 2005 – 2007 both at Howard University, Washington, DC.  She was U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, 2002-2005.  She was Dean of the Senior Seminar, 1998-2002, and the first Dean of the new Leadership and Management School at the Foreign Service Institute, 1999-2002.


Mary Dwyer

Mary M. Dwyer, Ph.D., is president and CEO of IES, the Institute for the International Education of Students, one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most reputable not-for-profit organizations providing study abroad programs to U.S. college and university students. IES has educated more than 40,000 students since its founding in 1950.




Amiena Mahsoob

Amiena Mahsoob joined the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh in December 2008 shortly after she returned to Pittsburgh after three years of teaching in Japan. Prior to that, she taught tenth grade English in the Pittsburgh area.  As part of the Council's education team, she has used her international education experiences to design and organize large-scale student programs such as the Student Ambassador Program for middle school students as well as several International Student Summits. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Master of Arts in Teaching program. As an undergraduate, she studied English at the Pennsylvania State University and studied abroad in Cairo, Egypt. Her personal accomplishments include the completion of the Pittsburgh Marathon as well as the annual BEE Japan Ride, a two month, 2,500 mile eco-cycling tour of Japan. She is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc.’s Leadership Development Initiative class XVII.


Nancy Zimpher

In June 2009 Nancy L. Zimpher became the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York. With nearly 463,000 students and 64 colleges and universities, SUNY is the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education. Chancellor Zimpher leads a diverse set of initiatives at SUNY in several key areas, including research and innovation, energy, health care, global affairs, and the education pipeline. She has been a vocal advocate for groundbreaking legislative reforms that ensure SUNY can provide broad access to higher education in an environment of declining state support, while maximizing its impact as an engine of economic revitalization in communities across the state.


Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran

Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran assumed the role of 17th President of Kalamazoo College in July 2005. She brings to her work a record of distinction in the realm of higher education and early child development, both in this country and in Nigeria where she taught and served as an academic administrator for more than 14 years. Her legacy at K includes innovative reinvigoration and integration of the K-Plan as well as academic improvements that include the new open curriculum, the Shared Passages Seminar series, three new academic majors, two new intercollegiate sports, the social justice leadership program, and new career and professional development opportunities like the Guilds of Kalamazoo College.