CIES Advisory Board Members Bios


Harris Pastides


Harris Pastides, Advisory Board Chairman 

Harris Pastides is President Emeritus at the University of South Carolina (USC), having served as its 28th president (2008-2019). Previously, Pastides was vice president for research and health sciences and dean of the Arnold School of Public Health. He and his wife, Patricia, first came to the university in 1998. 

Throughout his career, Pastides has been an advocate for student engagement beyond the classroom through leadership, service learning, international experience, internships, and undergraduate research. Under his leadership, Carolina's student population grew to record levels among the system's eight universities on 12 campuses. Knowing that degree attainment significantly affects the quality of life in South Carolina, Pastides spearheaded nontraditional programs to increase university access and affordability. In addition, he led an unprecedented capital campaign to fund essential needs for knowledge, research, discovery, and development. He has also worked with universities in Cyprus, Greece, Oman, and Qatar to open avenues for higher education attainment and program development.

In addition to his work with CIES and IIE, he currently serves on the Uber National Safety Board and the US Council on Competitiveness. He has also held positions on the boards of University Research Associates (URA), the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), the Southeastern Athletics Conference (SEC), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I as its president. 

Before joining the university's faculty, he was a professor of epidemiology and chairman of the department of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his masters of public health and his Ph.D. in epidemiology from Yale University



Bob Berdahl


Bob Berdahl 

Robert M. Berdahl retired in 2011 as president of the Association of American Universities. He had served as its president since 2004. He previously served as the University of California, Berkeley's eighth chancellor from 1997 to 2004. A career-long advocate of enhancing and humanizing undergraduate learning, Berdahl expanded the highly popular freshman seminars in which senior faculty teach small classes.

Prior to that, Berdahl served as president at the University of Texas at Austin from 1993 to 1997. As president of UT, Berdahl stressed undergraduate education, focusing on quality education and on university outreach to the communities, especially K-12 education in the cities. Before assuming his post at UT, Berdahl served as vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1986 to 1993. He was involved in efforts to revise undergraduate degree requirements, restructure freshman orientation, and expand academic support programs.

From 1967 until 1986, Berdahl served as a member of the history faculty at the University of Oregon. From 1981 to 1986, he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oregon. Berdahl received his BA from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and his MA from the University of Illinois. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and an honorary doctorate of science in 1997.

He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 1993 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Augustana College, a Fulbright Research Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Independent Study and Research Fellowship. He has also served as a research associate at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton and at the Max Planck Institute for History in Göttingen, Germany. Berdahl is the author of one book and the co-editor of another and has written numerous articles dealing with German history.



Victor Boschini


Victor J. Boschini, Jr

Chancellor Victor J. Boschini is the 10th Chancellor of Texas Christian University and follows in the footsteps of other strong leaders with each chancellor taking TCU to new heights. Dr. Boschini earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College, a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University. 

Chancellor and TCU’s First Lady Megan Boschini consider themselves fortunate to have been a part of the University for the past 16 years. During that time, they have set a tone as a couple that emphasizes a “place at the table” for all members of the ever-growing TCU community. The Chancellor promotes the importance of civility in today’s society, challenging graduates to perform acts of kindness and assume the best in others. This “be kind—pass it on” message is vintage Chancellor Boschini and part of the growing movement of inclusiveness on campus.  

Topping the list of TCU’s academic initiatives is the opening of the new TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine in Fort Worth. This new college will eventually produce 240 MDs in Fort Worth with specialized training as empathetic medical professionals.

Chancellor and Mrs. Boschini are committed to ensuring that TCU continues on the pathway toward reaching its vision as a world-class, values-centered university, and one that offers a premier campus experience. They both believe that we share the responsibility—and the honor—to shape and transform the leaders who will shape and transform our world.  

Dr. Boschini sits on the boards of the University of Mount Union, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Van Cliburn Foundation and the Moncrief Cancer Institute. In 2018, he was honored as a recipient of the Golden Deeds Award presented by the Fort Worth Exchange Club. 



Rafael Bras


Dr. Rafael L. Bras 

Dr. Rafael L. Bras recently stepped down as the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As provost, Bras oversaw all of Georgia Tech’s academic and related units, including the colleges, the library, educational innovation activities, international relationships, professional education, the arts, and enrollment.

His current initiatives include implementing the results of the Commission on Creating the Next in Education that he charged to define the future of higher education and Georgia Tech’s role in that future. He is also responsible for the ongoing Library Next project that seeks to reinvent the functionality and facilities of the library of the future.

Prior to becoming provost, Bras was distinguished professor and dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. For 32 years prior to joining UCI, he was a professor in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is past chair of the MIT faculty, former head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department and director of the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory at MIT.

His many honors and awards include: Distinguished member of ASCE, honorary degrees from the University of Perugia in Italy and Universidad Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico, Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Hall of Fame member, NASA Public Service Medal, the Macelwane Medal of AGU, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize, James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award of MIT, Simon W. Freese Environmental Engineering Award, Honorary Diplomate of Water Resources Engineering of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, Horton Medal of AGU, AGU Hydrology Days Award, and Drexel University's 2010 Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award. 

He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico, and a corresponding member of the Mexican National Academy of Engineering. In 2012 he was named a Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He is also an elected Fellow of AGU, ASCE, AMS and AAAS.

Bras maintains an active international consulting practice. For many years he chaired a panel of experts that supervised the design and construction of a multibillion-dollar project to protect the city of Venice from floods. He has published two textbooks, more than 230 refereed journal publications, and several hundred other publications and presentations.



Hannah Buxbaum


Hannah Buxbaum 

Hannah Buxbaum is a professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where she holds the John E. Schiller Chair in Legal Ethics. She was appointed vice president for international affairs in 2018. Prior to that appointment, she held a number of administrative positions at the university, including as interim dean (2012–14) and executive associate dean (2009–12) of the Maurer School of Law. From 2015 to 2018 she served as the inaugural academic director of the IU Europe Gateway in Berlin.

As vice president, Buxbaum promotes global engagement at IU across all aspects of the university’s mission. She provides strategic leadership in advancing IU’s international presence and works collaboratively with administrators, faculty, and staff to expand international research and educational opportunities. She oversees the offices that manage international admissions and student services, study abroad, international partnerships, and international development, as well as the university’s Global Gateway Network.

Buxbaum brings a longstanding commitment to international research and education to her role as vice president. Following completion of her undergraduate and law degrees at Cornell University, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Heidelberg. Over the course of her teaching career, she has held visiting appointments at a number of foreign universities, including Humboldt University, the University of Cologne, and Université Paris II, Panthéon-Assas. She has also delivered courses on international regulatory law for the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands and in Buenos Aires.

Her internationally recognized research is in the areas of private international law and international litigation and jurisdiction, and she has been the recipient of research fellowships from organizations including the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She is also co-author of a leading casebook on international business transactions. Buxbaum is an award-winning teacher in areas including conflict of laws and contracts, and a five-time recipient of the law school’s Gavel Award for outstanding contribution to the graduating class.

She is active in a number of national and international organizations. She has been elected to the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law and to membership in the American Law Institute, and is membre titulaire of the International Academy of Comparative Law. In 2016, she joined the advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg.

Prior to joining the faculty, Buxbaum practiced in the area of international securities transactions in the New York and Frankfurt offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell.



Joy Connolly


Joy Connolly

Joy Connolly began her service as President of the American Council of Learned Societies on July 1, 2019. A scholar of ancient Roman rhetoric and political thought and their enduring influence in modernity, she came to ACLS after serving as provost and interim president of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, the principal doctorate-granting institution of the nation’s largest public urban university. Prior to joining CUNY, she was dean for the humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Science (2012-2016) and director of the College Core Curriculum at New York University (2009-12).

During her service as provost and interim president at The Graduate Center at CUNY, Connolly doubled the number of master’s programs and with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, established a major initiative to transform doctoral education, with the aims of orienting graduate research projects toward the public good and enriching students’ career options after completion of the PhD. Committed to hiring diverse faculty and recruiting a diverse student body, she also sought to improve students’ experience by increasing staff in student services, offering support in quantitative skills and methods, and establishing best practices in doctoral mentoring. She oversaw a major grant from the Mellon Foundation in partnership with La Guardia Community College, integrated the Advanced Science Research Center in the administrative and academic operations of the Graduate Center, and encouraged non-degree programs that increase the faculty’s impact on the public in New York City and beyond.

Connolly earned an AB in classics from Princeton University in 1991 and a PhD in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.  She held professorships at the University of Washington and Stanford University before moving to NYU in 2004. As dean, Connolly hired dozens of faculty, secured a $2 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to support urban humanities, and worked to enhance the relationship between NYU’s New York campus and its sibling campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. 

Connolly is the author of two books, The State of Speech and The Life of Roman Republicanism, and over seventy articles, book reviews, and essays. Her current board service includes the National Humanities Alliance, the National Humanities Center, Middlesex School, and the Journal for the History of Ideas. She is a past member of the board of directors of the Society for Classical Studies. She serves on advisory groups for Imagining America, the Council of Graduate Schools, and Humanities Indicators, a project hosted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the Independent, the Village Voice, The Times Literary Supplement, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bookforum, The Nation, and Inside Higher Ed. Deeply interested in contemporary art, she served as an interpreter/player for the artist Tino Sehgal and is at work on a translation of Vergil’s pastoral poetry. She speaks and writes regularly about the future of the humanities, the significance of studying the past, and the necessity of public funding for higher education as a keystone of a robust democracy.



Joan Gabel


Joan Gabel 

As the University of Minnesota’s 17th President, Gabel has advanced impact and equity of the University System through the development and implementation of a new strategic plan, MPact 2025, which emphasizes student success, equity, outreach and engagement, fiscal stewardship, and research and solutions to impact the world. She is leading the university’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, while reimagining opportunities to honor its nearly 170-year legacy, and its bright future of teaching, research, and service.

President Gabel recently served as executive vice president and provost at the University of South Carolina, and dean of the University of Missouri’s Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, where she was recognized as a shining star in business school administration by the Wall Street Journal.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Haverford College and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia. Gabel’s academic interests include legal and ethical issues in business, public higher education mission, ethical governance, and women’s leadership. She has been recognized with numerous research, service, and teaching awards, including as a 2017 recipient of the Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Award to India.

The University of Minnesota is a 2020-2021 Dual Fulbright Top Producing Institution of U.S. Students and Scholars.



Allan Goodman


Allan Goodman 

Dr. Allan E. Goodman is the sixth President of the Institute of International Education, which marked its Centennial in 2019.  IIE promotes the exchange of scholars and students, rescues scholars, students, and artists from persecution, displacement, and crises, conducts research on international academic mobility, and administers the Fulbright program sponsored by the United States Department of State, as well as over 200 other corporate, government and privately-sponsored programs. U.S. Senate Resolution 146 passed unanimously in April 2019 commending IIE for its work in all these areas.

Dr. Goodman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a founding member of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), and serves on the selection committees for the Rhodes and Schwartzman Scholars and the WISE and Yidan Prizes. He also serves on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation International Quality Group Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees of the Education Above All Foundation. Dr. Goodman has a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard, an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. from Northwestern University, and is the recipient of honorary degrees from Canadian, European, Japanese, UK, and US universities.  He received decorations for his work in promoting educational exchange and scholar rescue from the governments of France, Germany, and Norway; he received the first Gilbert Medal from the Universitas 21 Organisation.

Before joining IIE, Dr Goodman was Executive Dean of the School of Foreign Service and Professor at Georgetown University.  His books on international relations are published by Princeton, Harvard, and Yale University presses.  He has served at the Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency.



Robin Helms


Robin Helms 

Robin Matross Helms is the deputy chief innovation officer and principal internationalization strategist at the American Council on Education (ACE). Her portfolio includes the Internationalization Laboratory and Learner Success Lab, professional learning program development, and ACE's international research agenda.

Helms's previous experience includes program management for the Institute of International Education, EF Education, and CET Academic Programs, and faculty development program management at the University of Minnesota. She has also worked as a consultant to a number of organizations in the international and higher education fields, including the World Bank, the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, and the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Helms holds an AB degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University and an MBA and PhD in higher education administration from Boston College. ​​



Linn Hobbs


Linn W. Hobbs   

Linn Hobbs he has held professorial appointments at MIT, in Materials Science & Engineering since 1981, the inaugural holder of the John F. Elliot Chair in Materials, and additionally in Nuclear Science & Engineering since 2005, both appointments emeritus since 2018. He conducts research in the areas of radiation effects, nuclear waste, transmission electron microscopy, atomistic defects in non-metals, high-temperature corrosion, biomineralization and bone prosthesis, topological modeling of the atomic structure of glasses, ancient cementitious materials and glasses, antiquarian horology, and history of materials. Prof. Hobbs was educated at Northwestern University (B.S. summa cum laude, 1966) and at Oxford University (D.Phil. 1972, as a Marshall Scholar), where he afterwards held an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship and was subsequently elected a Research Fellow of Wolfson College Oxford under Sir Isaiah Berlin’s presidency, where he also served as wine steward (and since taught wine tasting courses for 45 years). He has been a visiting fellow of Imperial College London, Balliol College Oxford, and Trinity Hall Cambridge. Professionally, he has served as president of the Microscopy Society of America (1987), a director of the Materials Research Society (1983-86), a director of the American Ceramic Society (2003-06), and a longtime member of the Conferences Board of Engineering Conferences International. At MIT, he served as Associate Chair of the MIT Faculty (1993-95); chaired the faculty committees on Undergraduate Education, Curricula, Independent Activities Period, and Nominations; served as founding and longtime chair of MIT’s Presidential Committee on Distinguished Fellowships (2002-13); and co-chaired the Institute’s committee on Global Education at MIT. He also served for 30 years as president of the MIT Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. He is a recipient of MIT’s Arthur C. Smith (a much-cherished Dean for Undergraduate Education) Award for notable contributions to the Institute’s Undergraduate Program. Outside the Institute, he chaired New England regional selection committees for the British Marshall Scholarships for thirteen years and the Truman Scholarships for six and served two years on the U.S. selection committees for both Gates Cambridge Scholarship and the Schwarzman Scholarship programs. He is a current director of the Association of Marshall Scholars. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth in 2001.



Cynthia Jackson-Hammond


Cynthia Jackson-Hammond 

Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, President, has been a member of the higher education community for over 30 years. Her professional career has included tenured and administrative positions in universities throughout various regions of the United States: University of Louisiana Monroe, California State University Dominguez Hills; Delaware State University; University of North Carolina Charlotte, Winston-Salem State University; and Coppin State University. Most recently, Dr. Jackson-Hammond completed her tenure as president of Central State University in Ohio.

She is a sought-after thought leader on accreditation, multicultural diversity and inclusion. Her academic discipline is Education and Higher Education Administration. Dr. Jackson-Hammond spent the majority of her career in administration serving as director of TRIO programs, academic dean, provost and president. Jackson-Hammond has served on many national boards including Thurgood Marshall College Fund; NCAA Division II Presidents Council; American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. She has appeared several times on Capitol Hill providing testimony regarding the status of 1890 Land-Grant institutions.

Dr. Jackson-Hammond is an ardent advocate for quality assurances and transparency in higher education and is committed to the advancement of college success, equity and integrity in higher education



Ronald Kassimir


Ronald Kassimir  

As Vice President of Programs, Ron Kassimir supports the development of new program initiatives as well as the deepening of cross-program connections at the SSRC. He also serves as editor for the SSRC’s digital forum Items: Insights from the Social Sciences. He first worked at SSRC from 1996-2005 as director of its Africa program and an international research fellowship program, then spent eight years at The New School (as Associate Professor of Politics, two years as Associate Dean of the New School for Social Research and, for six years, as Associate Provost for Research and Special Projects). From 2011-13, he co-chaired the university committee that produced an institutional Self-Study as part of The New School’s Middle States re-accreditation process. He returned to SSRC in 2013. Kassimir earned a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago. He has published on religion, civil society, higher education, and globalization in Africa, as well as on youth activism and civic engagement. He is coeditor of Intervention and Transnationalism in Africa: Global-Local Networks of Power (Cambridge University Press, 2001), Youth Activism: An International Encyclopedia (Greenwood Publishing, 2005), and Youth, Globalization, and the Law (Stanford University Press, 2007).



Jesse Lutabingwa


Jesse Lutabingwa 

Jesse Lutabingwa has more than 30 years of experience in international education and development. As part of his work designed to make a difference in people’s lives, he has been involved in numerous programs around the world, especially in developing countries. He holds a Ph.D. in public administration, a master’s degree in international development management and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics with a minor in political science. Lutabingwa has conducted research on local government and traditional leadership in South Africa, the decentralization of local government in Albania and South Africa, and African nongovernmental organizations and their role in public policy advocacy. He is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and has served in various leadership capacities within the association, both at the national and regional levels. He is also a member of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA).



Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela


Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela 

As vice provost and the senior international officer, Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela cultivates relationships with institutions around the world while bringing together the university’s vast on-campus international presence.

Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela is the Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies (VPIAGS) and Professor of Comparative and International Higher Education. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, she served as the Assistant Dean for International Studies in the College of Education and Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University. Originally from South Africa, she received her B.A. in economics from Ohio Wesleyan University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She pursued and graduated with a master’s in labor and industrial relations and Ph.D. in educational policy studies, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

A former Fulbright New Century Scholar (2006), Professor Mabokela’s research examines experiences of marginalized populations and aims to inform institutional policies that affect these groups within institutions of higher education. She has devoted a significant part of her career studying higher education issues in developing and transitional countries. She is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of seven books and has published extensively in national and international journals.



Gary May


Gary May 

As vice provost and the senior international officer. Gary S. May leads the most comprehensive campus in the University of California system, with four colleges and six professional schools. UC Davis enrolls more than 39,000 students, brings in nearly $850 million annually in sponsored research and contributes at least $8 billion annually to California’s economy. In 2019, UC Davis reached the Top 10 in four national rankings of universities, including fifth among public universities in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.

May believes success is best judged by how we enhance the lives of others. Throughout his career, May has championed diversity and mentorship in both higher education and the workplace. He developed nationally recognized programs to attract, mentor and retain underrepresented groups in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. In 2015, President Barack Obama honored May with the Presidential Award for Excellence in STEM Mentoring.

He also believes in the positive impact academia and industry have when they partner for the common good. He launched Aggie Square in April 2018 to spur economic growth in Sacramento and help create jobs at a variety of education levels. In November 2019, May and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg were recognized with a Leadership Award from the Association of University Research Parks for creating a unique partnership for Aggie Square.

An accomplished scholar and engineer, May came to UC Davis in 2017 after a three-decade career at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He was dean of the institute’s College of Engineering — the largest and most diverse school of its kind in the nation.

Prior to his appointment as dean, May was the Steve W. Chaddick Chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He also served as the executive assistant to then-Georgia Tech President G. Wayne Clough.

May has won numerous honors for his research in computer-aided manufacturing of integrated circuits. He authored more than 200 technical publications, contributed to 15 books and holds a patent related to this work.

In 2010, May was named “outstanding engineering alumnus” of UC Berkeley, where he earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science.

In September 2018, May was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering for his success in growing diversity and his innovations in semiconductor manufacturing. In April 2020, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for “educational and academic leadership.” May received the 2020 Career Services Champion Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers for his forward-thinking leadership in support of career services. He was also honored as a Bay Area Champion of Health by the National Medical Fellowships Bay Area Council. The award recognizes leaders who drive positive change in the communities they serve and noted his “passion for mentorship and advocacy of diversity in STEM.”

A prominent voice in higher education, May serves as Vice Chair of the Universities Research Association’ Council of Presidents. He sits on the executive committee of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Board of Directors and is an advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers.

He is a Commissioner of the Council on Competitiveness, a national organization dedicated to growing America’s economy, fostering innovation and increasing productivity through public-private partnerships.

May serves on the board of directors for Leidos and for the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory.

A native of St. Louis, May is married to LeShelle R. May, a software engineer with CNN. They have two grown daughters, Simone and Jordan.



Fernando Reimers

Fernando Reimers 

Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Masters Program at Harvard University. An expert in the field of Global Education, his research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century.

He has written or edited 27 academic books and over one hundred articles and chapters which have been translated into multiple languages including Arabic, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish. Recent books include Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century, Preparing Teachers to Educate Whole Students: An International Comparative Study, Letters to a New Minister of Education, Learning to Improve the World, Empowering Global Citizens, Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons, Learning to Collaborate for the Global Common Good, Fifteen Letters on Education in Singapore, Empowering All Students at Scale, and One Student at a Time. Leading the Global Education Movement. 

He serves on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and on the board of directors of Inversant, Facing History and Ourselves, Teach for All, World Teach, and on the advisory boards of The Fulbright CIES program, the Global Scholars Program at Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Envoys.

In 2019, he received a Centennial Medal from the International Institute of Education for his work advancing international education, especially through the leadership of the International Education Policy Program which he designed at leads at HGSE. In 2017 he received the Global Citizen Award from the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations for his work advancing global citizenship education. In 2015 he was appointed the C.J. Koh Visiting Professor of Education at the National Institute of Education in Singapore in recognition of his work in global education. He received an honorary doctorate from Emerson College for his work advancing human rights education. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Education and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He is a member of UNESCO’s high-level commission on the Future of Education.



Vaughan Turekian


Vaughan Turekian 

Dr. Turekian is currently serving a joint appointment as Senior Director of the Program on Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS), a program within PGA for which he was hired August of 2017. Prior to joining the STS program, Dr. Turekian served as the fifth Science and Technology Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State. In this capacity, he advised the Secretary of State and other senior State Department officials on international environment, science, technology, and health matters affecting the foreign policy of the United States. From 2016 to 2017, he served as a country co-chair, along with the Kenyan Ambassador to the United Nations, for the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, a high-level discussion at the United Nations designed to accelerate progress toward globally agreed upon development targets. In 2018, Dr. Turekian was appointed by the U.N. Secretary General as one of the ten international members to promote the role of science, technology, and innovation for achieving for the 17 SDGs.

Dr. Turekian drew upon his background in atmospheric chemistry and extensive policy experience to promote science, technology, and engineering as integral components of U.S. diplomacy. Previously, he was Chief International Officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Director of AAAS's Center for Science Diplomacy (2006 - 2015). In this capacity, he worked to build bridges between nations based on shared scientific goals, placing special emphasis on regions where traditional political relationships are strained or do not exist. As Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy, an online quarterly publication, he published original policy pieces that have served to inform international science policy recommendations. In addition, Dr. Turekian worked at the State Department as a Special Assistant and Advisor to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs (2002 - 2006) on issues related to sustainable development, climate change, environment, energy, science, technology, and health. He also served as Program Director for the Committee on Global Change Research at the National Research Council (2000 - 2002), where he was study director for a White House report on climate change science. 

Dr. Turekian holds a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics and International Studies from Yale University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia where he focused on the transport and chemistry of atmospheric aerosols in marine environments. Dr. Turekian not only brings both technical expertise and over 15 years of policy experience to the position, but also a decorated track-record and steadfast commitment to utilizing our nation's capital science and technology innovation to advance the long-term sustainability and U.S. diplomacy.


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