Education Abroad


Funding Strategies for STEM Education Abroad from a Multicountry Perspective

Friday, June 3
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: CCC, 402

This session explores funding strategies from the perspectives of the United States, Turkey, Germany, and France, as inspiring models for mobilizing STEM students, an often underserved group in education abroad.

Learning Objectives:

Anna Oberle-Brill

Vice President
Cultural Vistas
New York, New York

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>Anna F. Oberle-Brille was born in Munich and grew up in Tuebingen, Germany. She studied at the Freie Universitaet Berlin and received her master’s degree, majoring in history at the Friedrich Meinecke Institute and in North American studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute. She joined CDS International in 2000 as the program assistant for the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX). In July 2003, she was promoted to program director of CBYX. In 2013 she joined the Cultural Vistas Management Team after she was promoted to Vice President for International Programs and Fellowships.

Hanni Geist

Information Officer
German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD
San Francisco, California

Hanni Geist is the Information Officer West Coast at the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) San Francisco Office. She is responsible for all areas of marketing of German higher education and research as well as the DAAD’s scholarship programs in the Western U.S.. Her previous work experience includes teaching German at Arizona State University and working as a student assistant for the Free University Berlin European Studies (FU-BEST). Hanni was awarded an M.A. in North American Studies and Linguistics by the Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany and an M.A. in German Studies by Arizona State University, USA.

Christopher Medalis

Regional Director (REAC) for Northern & Central Europe and Turkey
New York, New York

Christopher Medalis has served since July 2012 as Regional Director (REAC) for northern and central Europe for the EducationUSA network. He oversees this State Department-supported initiative which offers comprehensive information about study in the U.S., and serves as a policy liaison on higher education between U.S. and European governments and non-governmental organizations.
Previously Chris served as the Director of Global Scholarship Programs at the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York, where he led programs in youth leadership, experiential learning, and workforce development, on behalf of companies, foundations, and universities. He has held positions related to ESL/EFL, teacher training, Fulbright Program administration, and was Director of IIE's Europe Office from 1998-2007.
He holds a PhD from Columbia University in the fields of History and Comparative and International Education, and his academic research focuses on cultural diplomacy. He speaks Czech, German, Hungarian, Italian, Russian, and Slovak.

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