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Supporting a Generation of Displaced Students

Wednesday, May 31
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
LACC, Room 501

The Syria crisis has created an academic emergency with thousands of displaced students looking for educational opportunities across the world. This panel discusses how organizations and institutions are dealing with this crisis, how lessons learned can apply to educational emergencies beyond Syria, and what has been achieved over the last year.

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Nina Lemmens

Director DAAD North America
German Academic Exchange Service - DAAD

Dr. Nina Lemmens the Director of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) North America office in New York, which is responsible for the organization‘s activities in the USA and Canada. She is also is the Executive Director of the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York City.
Nina studied art history and worked as a freelance journalist for ten years during her time at university. After finishing her PhD, she was the personal assistant to an MP in the German Parliament for one year.
Nina joined DAAD in 1997 and since then has held numerous positions, including Director of the DAAD London office from 2000 to 2006 and Director of the Asia-Pacific Department in the Bonn head office from 2006 to 2009. From July 2009 to December 2013, Nina was Director of the Department for Internationalisation and Communication in DAAD in Bonn.


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Nele Feldmann

Head, IIE Student Emergency Initiatives
Institute of International Education

Nele Feldmann is the Head of IIE’s Student Emergency Initiatives. In this role she manages the Platform for Education in Emergencies Response (PEER), the Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis, and the Emergency Student Fund. Prior to her current position, she served as a Program Manager at the IIE Center for International Partnerships. Nele holds a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Translation for Arabic and French from the University of Bonn, Germany. She completed the prestigious Arabic program at the French Orient Institute in Damascus and spent extensive time studying and working in Syria, Egypt, and France.


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Katja Simons

Executive Director
German University Alliance

Katja Simons is the Executive Director of the German University Alliance Inc., a joint liaison office of Freie Universität Berlin and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in New York. Previously she was Program Director at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in New York and Manager, Generation Study Abroad at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Simons studied sociology, political science, and history at the Universities of Freiburg and Berlin (FU Berlin), and received her doctorate at the Ruhr-University Bochum in 2002.


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