Our team members including project directors, ambassadors, support staff, and volunteers at the Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships (IFERS) have global presence worldwide. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join our team.
Newton Lee, Founder and President, is an author, educator, and futurist. He was the founder of Disney Online Technology Forum, creator of AT&T Bell Labs' first-ever commercial artificial intelligence tool, and inventor of the world's first annotated multimedia OPAC for the U.S. National Agricultural Library. His 108 publications are in more than 3,900 library holdings worldwide including Harvard University and MIT. He has been honored with a Michigan Leading Edge Technologies Award, two community development awards from the California Junior Chamber of Commerce, and four volunteer project leadership awards from The Walt Disney Company.
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Linda Aïnouche, Ph.D, Project Director, is a documentary filmmaker and anthropologist. She is an avid traveler passionate about international cultural exploration, and her work has been published worldwide in English and French. Founder of "Look At My Productions" about uniting artists and activists, she collaborates with cultural consultants and independent filmmakers around the world.
Mboringong Boris Anya, Project Director, founded Cameroon Overseas Study and Internship Cameroon Overseas Study and Internship (COSAI) to provide overseas study and internship opportunities for young Cameroonians to improve their education, professional careers, and social-economic situations.
Chloe Estelle Carrier, Project Director, is a co-founder of OurTism that focuses on helping families dealing with autism. She is studying in the filmmaking and moving image arts program (FMIA) at Sarah Lawrence College.
Nora Carrol, Project Director, is founder of Emergant, Inc, a virtual incubator supporting fashion designers in emerging markets. An author and adult educator, she received her B.F.A. and M.Sc. from Syracuse University. From 1998-2002, Nora was associate editor for North America, Educational Technology & Society, and appears in Who's Who in American Women 2003-2004.
Jim Cybulski, Project Director, is a researcher at Stanford University and the president of Foldscope Instruments. A Foldscope is a low-cost, origami-based print-and-fold optical microscope that is ideal for applications in global health, field based citizen science, and K12-science education.
Habib Fuseini, Project Director, founded Free Basic Education for the Unfortunate (FBEU) to provide free basic education to children in Ghana and other developing countries. Habib is a financial analyst previously with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. He holds an BA from Strayer University and an MBA from the University of District of Columbia.
Ja'Near Garrus, Project Director, is the founder and director of Greater Baltimore Christian Homeschoolers (GBCH), a support group for homeschooled children. GBCH’s focus is to build community amongst homeschoolers in the Baltimore area and offer opportunities for enrichment in the arts, STEM, oratory, and sports.
Debbie George, Project Director, is a co-founder of EASE T1D (Education, Awareness, Support, and Empowerment for Type 1 Diabetes) to provide a better understanding of the disease to help ensure the safety of children as well as to find a cure.
Geoffrey Hughes, Project Director, is a founder of Presence International School that operates in Japan to educate and care for both Japanese and foreign students. Born and raised in California, Geoffrey has a passion for teaching and developing international communities.
Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba, Ph.D., Project Director, is the Founder and President of The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation. He is the recipient of the 2014 Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award in San Francisco. Dr. Ivorgba co-produced the 2012 award-winning documentary entitled “Dialogue in Nigeria: Muslims and Christians Creating their Future Together.”
Ashley Jennings, Project Director, founded The Panel Foundation, Cleveland County - NC that promotes higher education by providing a panel of educated individuals who offer real-life examples to reach our future leaders and to help end poverty.
Danielle Keiser, Project Director, founded Menstrual Health Hub for the exchange of information about menstrual health, menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and menstrual equity to offer social initiatives, educational resources, product information, research, Q&A forum, and advocacy campaigns to help drive awareness.
Chamila Kodagoda, Project Director, started his career as an English teacher and later on worked as a journalist for a number of Sri Lankan print and electronic media. He founded Child Rehabilitation Center in 1998 to support thousands of children, women and elders of war-affected communities in Sri Lanka.
Artie Leary, Project Director of Gather and Give, is a software industry veteran who thrives at creating an environment of technology and culture that leads to personal and professional success. Entrepreneur, leader, and strong believer in the incredible power of empowered and engaged individuals/teams.
John Lee, Project Director, is a disabled U.S. Army combat veteran and founder of the Veteran's Book Club of California to provide books for children of disabled veterans and veterans themselves by shipping them bulk of books on a regular basis.
Rain Breaw Michaels, Project Director, cofounded Sun Cinematography to award female students for excellence in cinematography. Rain is an internet technologist, and has worked with organizations including the League of Women Voters, UCLA, Technicolor, ICANN, and public libraries across the U.S. She has an MFA in Film Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Alicia Nuby, Project Director, founded Cherishing Minds for youth and educational development. The ultimate goal is to open a K-5 STEAM-based charter school. Current projects include tutoring sessions, technology literacy sessions, and school supply drives. Alicia is currently a Ph.D. student in Public Policy & Administration with specialization in Nonprofit Management.
Emily Peed, Project Director, is director of education and publication. She was part of a scholarship-based diversity program from the National Center for Women and Information Technology. She studies technology and society, and is interested in solving inequality and environmental issues related to manufacturing and computing production through analysis and data science.
Marja Perren, Project Director, is the founder of Dasha Flash® Foundation and author of Dasha Saves the Day: At the Park. She is devoted to working with children on both a creative and educational level. Her children’s writing and community outreach initiatives such as the Hero Canvas Project™ act as a vehicle to inspire children to have an openness to art and good deeds.
Sohini Ray, Ph.D., Project Director, is the founder of Legal Power. A J.D. candidate in Southwestern Law School, she received the Public Interest Law Committee award to work at ACLU Southern California’s litigation department in summer 2014. She has worked for California Lawyer for the Arts and Legal Aid Foundation in diverse legal fields ranging from family law, political asylum law and arts law.
Michelle Thornburg, Project Director, is a co-founder of EASE T1D (Education, Awareness, Support, and Empowerment for Type 1 Diabetes) to provide a better understanding of the disease to help ensure the safety of children as well as to find a cure.
Nurul Amin, IFERS Ambassador to South Asia, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from National University in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He is very active in social media such as Facebook and he enjoys volunteering for peace and freedom organizations.
Muhammad Imran Khan, IFERS Ambassador to South Asia, is Deputy Director of Finance at the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority in Pakistan. He is also an acclaimed English article writer and researcher with publications in many countries. He is passionate about economic and social development in the developing world.
Dinesh Helwate, IFERS Ambassador to India, is also a volunteer at Harshal Gramin Vikas Bahu Sanstha. He has earned a graduate degree in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom. He is authoring a new book on International Business, Growth and Uprising Threat of the 21st Century.
Frances Eames Noland, IFERS Ambassador to the United Kingdom, is a Ph.D. student in East Asian Languages & Cultures at SOAS University of London. She has a M.Sc. in Modern Japanese Studies from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Woodbury University. She was a student editor for ACM Computers in Entertainment.
Raphael Sabbah, IFERS Ambassador to West Africa, is the director of Platinum Choices Limited, an education consultancy. He holds a certificate in computer engineering and is currently pursuing a degree in international business management at Laweh Open University College as well as project management at the Institute of Project Management in Accra, Ghana.
Christopher Bartley, Internship Consultant, is a freelance content marketer, designer, and brand developer that requires storytelling, strategy, and salesmanship. An outstanding resume can only go so far. Chris intercedes on behalf of students with his skill set to help kick-start their career development.
Tanumita Chatterjee, Internship Consultant, joined us after she completed her internship in the U.S. in 2015. "Working with IFERS is what guided me to go far in my career. Professional training in the United States added a whole new dimension to my career path and I would be truly happy if I can do something to light up the lives of international students and professionals."
Ashutosh Chaudhary, Software Engineering Intern, received his Master's degree in computer and information sciences from Liverpool John Moores University and his Bachelor's degree in information technology from Punjab Technical University.
Kirk Findlay, Vice President of Communications, is an award-winning documentary film producer. He was sports director, anchor, and reporter for live TV news channel at KREX-TV, KESQ, CBS Local 2, and KUNA. His short film "The Jack Matlack Story" won the Best Biography from American Film Institute, and his documentary "History of Portland Baseball" won the MLB Hall of Fame.
Millicent Johnnie, Education Consultant, is Assistant Professor in Performance and Choreography at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Her choreography has been featured in the film Scary Movie 5 and has been highlighted on ESPN, the Prince William Network, and Sunshine Networks.
Nicole Greenwood, Administrative Intern, majors in Game and Interactive Media Design at Woodbury University. As a gamer, she thinks outside of the box and consistently challenges herself to achieve better, more efficient outcomes.
Elizabeth Grigoryeva, Development Manager, graduated from Woodbury University with a B.A. degree in Communication and Media Studies. She is experienced in sustainability activism, event coordination, fundraising, and international relations. She enjoys traveling around the world and learning traditions and visions of other cultures.
Michael Herrera, Program Director, handles student exchange program, charity fashion shows, fundraising and donor relations. A graduate from FIDM (with over 20 years of experience in branding and design), he is the creator of Mthemovement - a luxury designer street wear line for men and women with an emphasis on eco-friendly fabrics with humanitarian efforts. He is currently serving as the resident artist for UTM in Malaysia.
Josipa Martek, Communications Coordinator, is a student studying at Erhvervsakademi Sjælland in Denmark and interning in Los Angeles. She speaks 10 languages: Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, English, Italian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, and Spanish.
Marcela Melnic, Communications Coordinator, graduated from the University of Moldova with B.B.A. in Marketing and Logistics in 2013. After graduation she lived in New York City for 3 years. Previously she worked for the social-philanthropic foundation Yahad as a volunteer coordinator. The volunteering experience gave her a deep appreciation to be involved in improving the quality of life.
Emiliano Forino Procacci, Education Consultant, is a psychologist who had taught in the Department of Communication Sciences at the Università Popolare of Gorizia. He holds three Master's degrees: Education Sciences, Psychology and Pedagogy, and Organizational Development and Human Resources. He won the 2016 Golden Book Award in Italy for his bestselling book "Comunicare con Successo."
Petra Uhrakova, Internship Consultant, earned a certificate in advanced English from British Centre Olomouc (Palacky University). As a freelance writer and blogger, she has written more than 60 published articles about luxury jewelry, watches, and successful people in business.
Louis Wai, Vice President of International Outreach and Chairman of IFERS-Singapore, is the Singapore chairman of GCCT (Green Climate Change Technology) Foundation that focuses on renewable energy, environment, and sustainability. He is also executive vice president of the Hong Kong Daji Investment Group, Chief Operating Officer of Aerides Investment Holdings, and chief networking officer of International Digital Media Lab.