International Education Leadership (IEL)


Building International Capacity to Strengthen African Connections: Case Studies from Ethiopian Institutions

Thursday, June 1
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
LACC, Room 503

As the international education community expands to include institutions from Africa, what is the real impact of strengthening these connections? Presenters explore the implications and applications of collaboration, assess accomplishments, and demonstrate the value of multiplying voices.

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Gifty Ako-Adounvo

Assistant Vice Provost
The Ohio State University-Columbus

Gifty Ako-Adounvo is the Assistant Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs at the Ohio State University. She provides leadership to help facilitate international opportunities for Ohio State's students, faculty and staff. She is responsible for overseeing education abroad, international student and scholar services, communications, business operations, evaluation and assessment, international education outreach and the development of international agreements and partnerships. Among other contributions, she has served as the International Education Leadership representative for NAFSA Region VI, organized IEL Colloquia. Prior to joining Ohio State's Office of International Affairs she served on the faculty of the departments of Classics and African American & African Studies at Ohio State.


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Zenebe Beyene

Director, Office of External Relations, Partnerships and Communication
Addis Ababa University

Zenebe Beyene (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Communication, Director of the Office of External Relations, Partnerships and Communications at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellow (2016-17). Dr. Zenebe has taught courses in journalism, political communication as well as peace and security in Ethiopia, Rwanda and the U.S.A. and provided training on the above topics in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. His Publications include Media Use and Abuse in Ethiopia, The role of ICT in peace building, state building and governance in Africa (with Abdissa Zerai), and Satellite, Plasmas and Law (with Iginio Gagliardone and Abdissa Zerai), Mechachal: Online Debates and Elections in Ethiopia (with Iginio Gagliardone, et al). He has also wrote articles on Building and Sustaining Partnerships as well as Why institutions should build partnerships with institution’s in Sub-Saharan Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular.

Dr. Zenebe has also appeared on some national and international media and talked about the what of Hate Speech and mechanisms to counter hate speech, Political Communication in Ethiopia: Some Implications for Peace Building as well as the victory of Adwa and its implications for today’s world. His research interest includes : Media and Ethnic Violence, Media, Peace and Stability, the role of ICT in Peace Building, State Building and Governance, Media and Development, Media and Democracy, Elections and Democratization, International and cross-cultural communications.

Zenebe Beyene graduated from University of Nebraska, Lincoln (U.S.A.) in 2012 with PhD in Political Science.


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Esther E. Gottlieb

Senior Advisor, Associate Professor of Education
The Ohio State University-International Affairs

Esther E. Gottlieb, Senior Advisor for International Affairs, and an Associate Professor of Education, teaching Globalization and Comparative Education. Working on implementing internationalization plans and evaluation of students’ global competencies.
At NAFSA she was one of the facilitators of the 2014 Colloquium on Internationalizing the STEM disciplines. She has wide experience of intercultural learning and teaching, having worked in Israel for many years and consulted on development education in South Africa, Bosnia, Cuba and more recently in Shanghai, China, New-Zealand and Ethiopia. She is an active member of CIES, was elected to the Board of Directors, an annual presenter at AIEA conference. Her research has focused on discursive practices of reforms and policies, most recently examining the discourse of ‘world-class. She holds a PhD in Comparative and International Education from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Education Administration from Case Western Reserve University.


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Yemataw Wondie Yehualashet

Associate Professor, Education Quality Assurance & Audit Director
University of Gondar (Ethiopia)

Dr. Yemataw Wondie is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Editor-in-Chief of the Ethiopian Renaissance Journal of Social Sciences and the Humanities at the University of Gondar. He served as an associate provost for academics, Delegate Academic Vice President, and Director for the Education Quality Assurance and Audit Directorate of the University of Gondar during the past six years. Currently Dr. Wondie is a Fulbright senior research scholar at University of Montana and a NAFSA Global Dialgue Fellow 2016/17. He received his PhD from the University of Leipzig, Germany in Clinical Psychology (2009) and his MA and BA from Addis Ababa University in Special Needs Education (2003) and Psychology (1997), respectively.

Dr. Wondie taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses in in clinical and counseling psychlogy. He has also given a series of guest lectures in different universities such as University of Montana, Duquesne University, Chicago State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Columbus State Community College and the Ohio State University in the USA, as well as University of Leipzig, Germany.

His research interest is on child and adolescent trauma, depression and quality of live related with patients with terminal illness. He publiched a number of articles on international and local academic journals. Dr. Wondie is also a member of professional associations such as the Ethiopian Psychologists' Association, the Ethiopian Public Health Association and the Ethopian Red Cross Society. Dr. wondie has also received international awards such as the DAAD Scholarship, Belgian Develoment Cooperaton Prize 2012, Fulbright Visiting Scholarship and NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellowship.

At his administrative, Fulbright Scholar and NAFSA Global Dialogue Fellow capacities, Dr. Wondie has significantly contributed for internatonalization of education in his home institute through establisning new institutional collaborations and expanding existing ones around the world.


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