2023 Conference Speakers 

FUNMI OLONISAKIN
Vice-President International, Engagement and Service (IES) at King’s College London
Opening Plenary Panelist

PAUL ZELEZA
Associate Provost and North Star Distinguished Professor at Case Western Reserve University
Opening Plenary Panelist

ACE PLENARY PANEL
Moderator:
KARA GODWIN
Panelist:
PHIL ALTBACH, MIRKA MARTEL, MARIA CLAUDIA SOLER, JEWELL WINN

AZAR NAFISI
Iranian-American writer and professor of English literature
Plenary Speaker


FUMNI OLONISAKIN
Vice-President International, Engagement and Service (IES) at King’s College London 
Opening Plenary Panelist

Professor ’Funmi Olonisakin is Vice-President International, Engagement and Service (IES) at King’s College London. She is also Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at the African Leadership Centre in the School of Global Affairs at King’s. In her role as Vice-President IES, Professor Olonisakin seeks to facilitate the deployment of King’s assets (including knowledge, scholarship and talent in service of society) locally, nationally and internationally, to enable transformative and lasting impact. She is committed to building inter-disciplinary and intersectoral collaboration, and sustaining equitable partnerships to realise positive and lasting impact within and beyond King’s.
Producing knowledge that influences change beyond the academy has been at the heart of Professor Olonisakin’s research work and life as an academic. She has positioned her work to serve as a bridge between academia and the worlds of policy and practice.


PAUL ZELEZA
Associate Provost and North Star Distinguished Professor at Case Western Reserve University
Opening Plenary Panelist

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is Associate Provost and North Star Distinguished Professor at Case Western Reserve University. His past appointment was at the United States International University-Africa in Kenya as Vice Chancellor (President). Prior to that he held distinguished academic and administrative positions at several universities in Canada and the United States. 
He has published more than 400 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, reviews, short stories, and online essays and 27 books, most recently Africa and the Disruptions of the 21st Century (2021). He is currently completing a book on Revisioning the African and American Academies. 
He has received numerous awards from major universities and various organizations for his scholarship, including in 2022 the W.E.B. Dubois Fellowship at Harvard University. 


 KARA GODWIN
Director for Internationalization at the American Council on Education (ACE)
ACE Plenary Panel Moderator

Kara A. Godwin is Director of Internationalization at the American Council on Education where she leads ACE’s global engagement initiatives and the Internationalization Laboratory. Her work focuses on comprehensive internationalization, social and global equity, and strategic institutional transformation. Prior to ACE, she was Research Fellow and adjunct faculty at the Boston College Center for International Higher Education, and a consultant for governments, NGOs, and universities. She holds a BA from Augustana College, an MS from Northwestern University, and a PhD in international comparative education from Boston College.





 

PHIL ALTBACH
Research Professor and Founding Director, Center for International Higher Education, Boston College
ACE Plenary Panelist

Philip G. Altbach is Research Professor and Distinguished Fellow at the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College, where from 1994 to 2015 he was the Monan University Professor. He was the 2004-2006 Distinguished Scholar Leader for the New Century Scholars initiative of the Fulbright program. He has taught at Harvard University, the University of Wisconsin, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is author of Global Perspectives on Higher Education, Student Politics in America, among other books. He also co-edited (with Jamil Salmi) The Road to Academic Excellence, (with Michael Bastedo and Patricia Gumport) American Higher Education in the 21st Century, the International Handbook of Higher Education, and other books.


MIRKA MARTEL 
Head of Research, Evaluation and Learning · Institute of International Education
ACE Plenary Panelist 

Mirka Martel is Head of Research, Evaluation & Learning at the Institute of International Education. She manages research and evaluation projects specializing in international education, leadership, and development. Dr. Martel’s oversight of key resources, including the historic Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange and the Project Atlas research initiative on global student mobility, advances the field and provides strategic insight into the future of academic mobility flows in the United States and worldwide. Her recent publications include, Prospects for International Students amid Rebounding Global Mobility (2022) and Senior International Officers on U.S. Higher Education Campuses (2023)co-authored with IIE’s CEO Allan Goodman. She holds a Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Doctorate in International and Comparative Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.


 

MARIA CLAUDIA SOLER
Senior Research Analyst at the American Council on Education
ACE Plenary Panelist

Maria Claudia Soler is a Senior Research Analyst at the American Council on Education where she leads the Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses Survey and contributes to ACE’s research agendaMaria Claudia’s experience centers on domestic and international access and success in higher education. Her work focuses on student success, community colleges, organizational change, and higher education policy for underserved students. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Illinois, a M.A. in international education policy analysis from Stanford University, and a M.A. in clinical psychology and a BA in psychology, both from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. 

 

 


 

JEWELL WINN
AIEA 2022 President
Executive Director for International Programs, Senior International Officer, Chief Diversity Officer, Assistant Professor at Tennessee State University 
ACE Plenary Panelist 

Jewell Green Winn serves Tennessee State University as Senior International Officer, Exec Dir for Int'l Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), Tennessee Diversity Consortium and Alignment Nashville. She is a graduate of Leadership Nashville, the Maxine Smith Fellows Program, the Middle Tennessee Leadership Development Program, the Millennium Leadership Institute, the American Council on Education's Spectrum Executive Leadership Program and the Senior International Officer's Institute.


 

 AZAR NAFISI
Iranian-American writer (New York Times Bestseller) and professor of English literature 
Plenary Speaker

Azar Nafisi is a lifelong champion of Humanities and Liberal Arts and the role they play in the preservation and promotion of democracy. She has lectured and written extensively on the political implications of literature and culture, and the key role Iranian women and girls have in the process of change for pluralism and an open society in Iran. She is the critically acclaimed author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, a New York Times bestseller and for her other works including, Things I’ve Been Silent About, Republic of Imagination, and That Other World: Nabokov and the Puzzle of Exile. She has had teaching posts worldwide including at Johns Hopkins University, Oxford University, Free Islamic University and Allameh Tabatabai.