Participant biographies

Charles C. Adams

Ambassador Adams arrived in Finland to take up his duties on August 3, 2015.  He grew up in a foreign service family which was stationed in Canada, France, Germany, Morocco, Senegal and Ghana.  Adams received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1973. He worked in Geneva, Switzerland in international law offices for nearly 30 years and is widely recognized as a leading expert in international arbitration. He speaks French, German, and conversational Swahili and understands several other languages.

 

 

 

Mala Adiga

Mala Adiga is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs, responsible for overseeing a wide range of international educational programs, including the Fulbright and Gilman Programs. Previously she served in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues as chief of staff and senior advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large. Before this position, DAS Adiga served as Director for Human Rights in the National Security Staff’s (NSS) Multilateral and Human Rights Directorate. Prior to joining NSS, she was an attorney at the Department of Justice, where she served as Counsel to the Associate Attorney General. Before entering government service, DAS Adiga volunteered and then worked for the Obama presidential campaign for nearly two years. Prior to the campaign, she worked as a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago and then clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon in the Northern District of Indiana. Mala earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her M.P.H. from the University of Minnesota. She graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with a B.A. in Spanish.
 

Jeffrey Anderson

Currently serving as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. Previously served in Bosnia, Belgium, Malta, Sri Lanka and Sweden. Was a Fulbright Fellow in Chemnitz, Germany in 1998-99. I'm orginially from Bradford, Pennsylvania and received a BA in International Studies and Economics from American University.

 

Robert Anderson

Deputy Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague Netherlands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matti Anttonen

Under-Secretary of State for External Economic Relations,
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Mr. Matti Anttonen is Under-Secretary of State for External Economic Affairs. Much of Mr. Anttonen’s career has been connected with Russia. From 2008 to 2012 he served as Finland’s Ambassador to Moscow. Other foreign postings include Finnish Embassy in Washington DC and Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN in Geneva. Matti Anttonen joined the Ministry in 1986. He holds Master degrees both in economics and in modern history.

 

 

 

Arthur Austin

Assistant Director of the Foreign Fulbright Programs Division at the Institute of International Education and World Area Manager for Europe and Eurasia. Arthur has worked at the Institute and on the Fulbright Program for more than 20 years and has extensive experience with program management in the region.

Ersel Aydinli

Ersel Aydinli is a professor in the department of international relations at Bilkent University, and has been serving as ED of the Turkish Fulbright Commission since 2010. As an academic Ersel has authored dozens of articles and several books, the latest of which, Violent Non-State Actors: From Anarchists to Jihadists, is being published this year by Routledge. Outside of work he enjoys bicycling, traveling, gardening and trekking. He is married to a fellow academic and has one son, who is a 3rd year university student.

 

 

Patricia M. Bass

Patricia M Bass (Patty) is a Fulbright Academic Exchange Specialist for EUR programming for Albania, Armenia, Macedonia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. She is a native of Texas and grew up in Houston. From 1984 to 2008 Patty taught at Rice University.  Patty is also a Fulbrighter, having been awarded a Senior Scholar Lecturing/Research award to South Africa where she taught at the University of Witwatersrand in 2000-2001. 

Rasa Baukuviené

Rasa Baukuvienė, Educational Affairs Specialist, has been working at the embassy for 20 years. She administers academic and professional exchange programs, and is responsible for alumni and EducationUSA centers‘activities. Rasa has diplomas from the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences and Šiauliai University. Before joining PAS Vilnius she worked as a Chief Officer at the  Ministry of Education and Science.  Rasa is fond of a  long-distance walking, skating, enjoys music, reading and theater.

 

 

 

Gloria Berbena

Gloria Berbena, a 26-year member of the Senior Foreign Service, is Minister Counselor for Public Affairs in Rome. She most recently served as the Senior Advisor to the Executive Secretary in Washington, D.C. and previously served as the Executive Assistant/Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and was the Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Davis.

Ray Castillo

Ray Castillo became the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Prague in August 2014. With 26 years of government service, Ray has been Director of Strategic Communications in Kabul, PAO in Namibia, Special Assistant to R, PD Desk Officer on the Russia Desk, a Finance Officer and a Consular Officer in Kuala Lumpur and GSO in Ouagadougou. Prior to joining the Department of State in September 2001, Ray spent 11 years at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), serving as a Public Affairs Officer and as Executive Producer of NASA Television in his final position. Ray is married to Kay DeKuiper and they have two daughters, Gwen (17) and Nell (12). In his spare time, he plays guitar and sings, and his newest passion is learning Czech folk songs.

Irina Colin

Irina COLIN, Cultural Affairs Specialist, PAS Chisinau, Moldova Irina Colin has been working for PAS Chisinau since January 1997. Irina directly administers the highest-level exchange programs of the Embassy (International Visitors Leadership Program, Fulbright, Humphrey, SUSI, Global Ugrad) as well as oversees and coordinates the efforts of programs implemented through other organizations. She received her Law Degree from Moldova State University. Irina speaks Russian, Romanian, English, and Ukrainian. She is married and has one son.

 

 

Maria de los Angeles Crummett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penny Egan

I have worked for a British prime minister and been the first woman to head up a 260 year old British  institution, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. I have been the Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission for 9 years. In 2014 I was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to international education.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Susan M. Elbow assumed duty as Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki in September, 2013. Prior to her posting in Helsinki, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. A member of the U.S. Diplomatic Service since 1986, she has served as Director of the U.S. State Department’s European Regional Media Center in Brussels, Belgium; as Principal Officer in the U.S. Consulate in Hamburg, Germany; and as the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia. She has also worked in the State Department in Washington and served in Budapest, Hungary; San Salvador, El Salvador; and Frankfurt, Germany.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Susan worked at the Port Authority of NY & New Jersey as Director of Marketing for the World Trade Center Network, a trading and communications network, linking World Trade Centers around the globe. She has an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; an M.A. from the University of Rochester; and a B.A. from Smith College. She speaks German, Hungarian, and French, and some Spanish and Serbian. A native of New York State, Susan enjoys listening to classical music, traveling to art fairs, and hiking in her free time.

 
Jordanna Enrich is the Director of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. She has worked at the Institute of International Education for nearly 12 years in multiple capacities. Prior to working on the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, she served as the Assistant Director in the University Placement Services Division placing foreign Fulbright students in U.S. universities. Jordanna has a MA in International Education from NYU and a Bachelor's of Arts from Tulane University.
 
Joel Ericson directs the Fulbright Program in Russia and is based in Moscow. For the past eighteen years, he has designed and administered in-service teacher training, professional leadership seminars, student exchange programs, and faculty curriculum and research development projects involving Russian and United States universities. His primary interests for Fulbright program and alumni development include technical innovation, sustainable development, and the effect of global computing networks on universities, campus internationalization, student and faculty mobility, and international academic initiatives.
 
 
Fiona Evans is the Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy Berlin.  Her previous Foreign Service assignments include positions in Washington, Reykjavik, Pristina, Dushanbe, and Lima.  Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Evans was a mediator at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  She has a Master of Arts of Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School and a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Tufts University.  During her studies, she participated in exchange programs at Sciences-PO in Paris and Cambridge University in England.  She is married to a fellow Foreign Service Officer and has three children.
 
Dara FitzGerald
 
Dara is the Irish ED. He has a BSc and PhD in Biology & IT , ran his own academic research group for a number of years and has worked in IT and crossover biomedical industry for 20 years. Dara has founded and headed up a number of high-tech companies and acted as the US Federal Liaison for the Irish Government in DC and Dublin. I enjoy past-times such as choir singing, running and mountain-boarding. I thrive on innovation and new ideas.
 
 
 
 
 
Stephanie Forman Morimura is currently Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerland. Prior to serving in Bern, she was the Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer for Exchanges and Education at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, responsible for programs with India and Bhutan; Assistant to the Ambassador for Strategic Communications and Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo; and Assistant Information Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. 
 
 
 
Meritxell Gallo
 
Meritxell Gallo Yanes is the director of the Fulbright Porgram in Andorran and also the director of the Department of Higher Education, Research and Scholarships of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. I started in the Ministry of Education 15 years ago as a manager of the Fulbright Program when the Bilateral Agreement between Andorra and the US was signed in 2000. So, I am aware of the progress of the Fulbright program since the very beginning.
 
John Drew Giblin
 
John "Drew" Giblin serves as Cultural Affairs Officer (CAO) for the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo. He previously served as CAO for the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia. In both of these positions, the Fulbright alumni network has been a focus of Mission efforts. Drew previously served as a Consular officer in Mumbai, India, and worked in corporate communications before joining the Foreign Service. He studied Art History at the University of Richmond and holds a masters degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago.
 
 
 
Betsy Glans is Vice President for Student Exchanges at IIE in New York.  She primarily oversees our U.S. student programming including the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, the Global Engineering Educational Exchange and many others.  Betsy has worked at IIE for 15 years.  She has lived and worked overseas in China, Singapore and Australia and holds a BA in Chinese Studies from Wellesley College as well as an MPA from Columbia University.
 
Katharina Gollner-Sweet
 
Katharina Gollner-Sweet is the Executive Director of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board staff. She is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and has served as Cultural Affairs Officer in Berlin, Information Officer in Cairo and Public Affairs Officer in Kuwait. Additional overseas assignments included posts in Turkey, Austria, South Korea and Greece. In Washington, she served on the Turkey desk and in the Secretariat's Seventh Floor Operations Center. Prior to joining the Foreign Service in 1994, Ms. Gollner-Sweet was the Assistant Director of Overseas Studies at Georgetown University, where her responsibilities included organizing the summer Fulbright Pre-Academic Program and directing the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Orientation.
 
 
Deborah Guido-OGrady, PAO Naples is an FS-01 Public Diplomacy Officer with significant experience in the Department and abroad in Greece, Turkey, Russia and Italy and has worked in higher education in the USA and abroad as an administrator and lecturer.  She will begin a new post in ECA as Branch Chief for EUR Fulbright in late August
 
 
Assistant Director of the Foreign Fulbright Programs Division at the Institute of International Education and World Area Manager for Europe and Eurasia. Arthur has worked at the Institute and on the Fulbright Program for more than 20 years and has extensive experience with program management in the region.
 
 
Laura Gritz has been the U.S. Embassy Oslo Public Affairs Officer since March 2016. She previously served as the Reykjavik Public Affairs Officer and has held various public diplomacy positions in Kabul, Lusaka, and Bangkok. She has worked on culture, communication, and technology issues in the Bureau of International Information Programs and in the Office of UNESCO Affairs. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she served six years on active duty in the U.S. Army. She holds a B.A. in English and German from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in organizational management from The George Washington University.
 
 
 
 
 
Ron Hawkins is the Counselor for Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest.  He has previously served in Algeria, Iceland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sudan, and Washington, DC. He is a graduate of American University in Washington DC from which he received both a Bachelors and Masters in International Relations.  He has studied French, Bosnian, and Romanian, as well as to a lesser degree Latin, German, and Icelandic.  He previously briefly visited Romania a few years back and wished to return for a longer stay with the U.S. Embassy.  He hails from Maryland, near the state’s capital of Annapolis, which is located at the mouth of the Severn River as it empties into the beautiful Chesapeake Bay.  He enjoys history and is delighted to be in a country so full of historical sites and natural beauty.
 
 
 
Nora Hložeková became the Executive Director of   the J. William Fulbright Commission in the  Slovak Republic in 1995, with responsibility for the binational relations in education and culture between the U. S. and the Slovak Republic.  Since that time she has worked very close with the Slovak and U. S. government and other institutions on establishing and maintaining direct contacts, curricula and co-operation in educational affairs between both countries. She has taken part and presented in numerous regional and international workshops, seminars and conferences.
 
 
 
 
Working for the U.S. Embassy Skopje, Macedonia since 2003
2003-2007 Consular Assistant, Consular Section
2007 - Educational Affairs Assistant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Justyna Janiszewska is a newly appointed ED of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission. Her prior professional career was in the NGO movement - for the past 9 years she worked for the Education for Democracy Foundation,  one of a leading Polish NGOs conducting cross-border projects in former Soviet countries. She graduated in political science and management.
 
 
 
 

Before becoming the Executive Director of Fulbright Austrian in 1997, Lonnie Johnson was the Dean of Students and Associate Director of the IES Abroad Vienna Program (the oldest and largest U.S. study abroad program in Austria), then worked at the Institute for Human Sciences (a center for advanced study) and the Austrian Academic Exchange Service (as director of the Office for International Relations). He has served as the Chairman of the Conference of European Fulbright Executive directors twice.

 
 
 
 
 
Károly Jókay joined Fulbright Hungary in September, 2012, after a career in public finance and local government consulting in Hungary and Central Europe. Károly, born in Chicago, moved to Hungary in 1994, after earning his BA in Economics from the U. of Michigan, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from the U. of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  He has been a Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy, Central European University in Budapest since 2005.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mr. Eric Jönsson took office as the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Sweden in February, 2007. His graduate studies were completed in Slavic and general linguistics at the University of Chicago, as well as a three-year degree in Caucasian civilization and Georgian language from the Sorbonne, Paris. Prior to accepting this position in Sweden, Mr. Jönsson lived in Tbilisi, Georgia for 16 years. During his time there, Mr. Jönsson served as the Country Director for American Councils for International Education, the Regional Director for Sida (the Swedish International Development Agency for Cooperation) for the South Caucasus, and served as the Swedish honorary consul for almost ten years.  For his outstanding contributions to the establishment of relations between Sweden and Georgia, Mr. Jönsson was knighted with the Swedish Royal Order of the Polar Star.
 
 
Elena Karpovich is the Senior Cultural Affairs Assistant at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Belarus. Her portfolio includes broad oversight of the U.S. Embassy professional and academic exchange programs and the Fulbright Program in particular. She also manages various State Department sponsored cultural projects. Elena has been working for the U.S Embassy for more than 15 years. Prior to joining the Cultural/ Exchanges Section in 2014, she administered U.S. assistance and development programs.
 
 
 
Lisbeth Keefe is the PAO at US Embassy Brussels, a tri-mission Fulbright Commission, comprising the US Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium, the US Embassy to Luxembourg and and US Mission to the European Union. Lisbeth joined the United States Information Agency in 1998 and has supported Fulbright Programs as a PAO in both African and European postings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jason Khile is the PAO at U.S. Embassy Bratislava.  He previously served as a PD Desk Officer covering central Europe in the EUR Bureau and has served as the Information Officer in Tunisia during the Arab Spring, the PD Officer at PRT Ramadi in Anbar Province, Iraq, and as a Political and Consular Officer in Kuwait and Trinidad and Tobago.  Before joining the Department of State in 2003, he worked for the BBDO advertising agency in Chicago and was a regulatory compliance officer for the Royal Bank of Canada.
 
 
 
 
 

Mary E. Kirk is the Director of the Office of Academic Exchange Programs in the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  Ms. Kirk, who assumed her position in September 2012, comes to the State Department with extensive experience and leadership in the international education/exchanges field. 

Ms. Kirk previously served at the Institute of International Education (IIE) for over twenty years, including as Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Eurasia, based in Budapest and Moscow, Executive Director of the Fulbright and Academic Services Division, Vice President for Student Exchanges and Senior Counselor for Academic Exchanges.  Before joining IIE in 1989, she served as a program officer at IREX for the Graduate Student/Young Faculty Exchange Program with the USSR Ministry of Higher Education.

As the Director of the Office of Academic Exchange Programs, Mary Kirk is responsible for directing the worldwide Fulbright Program for students and scholars and overseeing other key State Department academic exchange programs, including the Critical Language Scholarship Program, Study of the U.S. Institutes, the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, and the YALI Washington Fellows Program.

Ms. Kirk holds degrees in history from Harvard University and Oxford University (Somerville College).

 
 
Cecilia Kocinski-Mulder is a Program Manager for the Europe/Eurasia region of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program and the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program at IIE/CIES in Washington, D.C.  Cecilia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Hawaii Pacific University and additionally holds a Master of Arts degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University.  Cecilia is currently the President of the Chapter Board of the Kosciuszko Foundation's Washington D.C. Chapter.
 
 
 

Prof. Matti Kokkala currently holds the position of Senior Advisor, Smart Cities at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.  His earlier roles at VTT have included, e.g. Research Professor of Fire Technology (1986-2000) and Vice President, Strategic Research, Services and the Built Environment (2006-2013)

Matti received the degree of Doctor of Technology in 1982 from Helsinki University of Technology and Executive MBA in 2003 from Helsinki School of Economics.  Matti’s research career began in 1975 at Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) with studies on application of superconducting magnets. In 1981 he began his career in fire research at VTT until turning into a full-time management role in 2001.

Throughout his career Matti has been active in international research collaboration. In the 1980’s he spent a year in Gaithersburg, Maryland as a Fulbright grantee at the Center for Fire Research of NBS (now NIST) and later two months at the Fire Research Institute in japan).  He has also worked in numerous Nordic and European research projects.  He has also been active in both national and international research organizations, e.g. as Member of the Committee of the International Association of Fire Safety Science (1994 – 2000) and Member of the Board and Chairman of the Programme Committee of CIB International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (2007 – 2010).

Matti is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Center in Finland and has been a Member of the Board since 2010.

Marta Kolomayets

I came to Ukraine before the fall of the Soviet Union in January 1991, to work as a journalist and set up the first American press beurau. I have witnessed the Orange Revolution of 2004, the Revolution of Dignity of 2014 and continue to watch Ukraine evolve into a democratic European nation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Currently serving as CAO Berlin, I'm a Senior Foreign Service officer who has served in public diplomacy positions for 30 years.  My previous overseas assignments were in the GDR, FRG, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Ukraine, and Georgia; in Washington I've served in the European Bureau, as a DAS in IIP, as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, and as Associate Dean of the Leadership School at the Foreign Service Institute.  I hail from Pennsylvania and went to school at UVA.
 
 
Alberto López is the Executive Director of the US-Spain Fulbright Commission since 2012. He is also President of the “Fletcher Club of Spain”. Industrial Engineer, he was a Fulbright student from 1995 to 1996 at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he earned an MA in International Relations. He also has a Master´s in International Marketing, awarded by ESDEN Business School in Madrid.
 
Erica Lutes
 
Erica has been the director since 2012 and worked on wall street before coming to Belgium in 2004 for three masters degrees from the University of Leuven ranging from politics to business. She teaches at a Belgian university college in their business faculty and has been giving indoor cycling classes for a decade.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Heidi Manley is the deputy director of the Office of Global Educational Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. The Office of Global Educational Programs oversees a number of exchange programs (Gilman, Humphrey and community college and teacher exchange programs) and special initiatives to increase and diversify U.S. and international student mobility. Heidi provides direction and guidance to two branches within the Office -- EducationUSA and U.S. Study Abroad.
 
 
I am a native Pacific Northwesterner, born in Portland and raised in Seattle. Prior to joining the State Department, I worked in New York for a multi-national stock photo agency called Corbis, managing their photo research team. Since joining State, I have served in Bangkok (ACAO, Staff Assistant and CONS), Manila (CONS), and now in Ljubljana (DPAO). I am married with two young kids.
 
 
Marla Mazer is the Senior Program Officer at IIE managing the Europe/Eurasia region for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. She previously worked on the Foreign Fulbright Student Program at IIE where she was responsible for programs in Africa and South and Central Asia. Marla received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at New York University and completed her Master’s degree in International Affairs at The New School.
 
 
Joseph McCormick is a program officer in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Academic Exchange Programs.  He works on the Fulbright Program in Europe for several Commission countries (Finland, Greece, Norway, Poland, Spain and Turkey) as well as Post-run countries (Andorra, Cyprus, Ukraine).  Prior to this he was director of the Fulbright Office in Moscow; he has also worked for the Soros Foundation in Russia and for IREX in the Baltic countries.  He has an MA in Slavic Linguistics and speaks Russian and Latvian.
 
 
Ellen McKey, Vice President of Student Exchanges at the Institute of International Education (IIE), oversees the management of the Fulbright Foreign Student Programs, including FLTA, administered by IIE. Before coming to IIE, Ellen spent 13 years at the American-Scandinavian Foundation where she oversaw cultural and academic exchanges between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Ellen holds a Ph.D in German literature from Rutgers University, and received her B.A. from Wellesley College.
 
 
 
 
 

Richard Mei

Richard Mei is the EUR branch chief in ECA's Office of Academic Exchanges.  He is a career foreign service officer with past assignments in EUR, EAP, WHA and AF.  This summer, he will complete his current assignment and transition into Albanian language training.
 
Rodica Mihaila

Rodica Mihaila is Executive Director of the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and Professor Emerita of Literature and American Studies at the University of Bucharest. She is a pioneer of the institutionalization of American Studies in Romania and Founding President of the Romanian Association for American Studies. She has published critical volumes on literature and culture, articles and studies in scholarly journals and the literary press as well as numerous translations from English and American literature.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Beata Milewska – Cultural Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland. Since 2012, in the scope of her responsibilities lies promotion of higher education in the U.S., support of the English Teaching program and American studies. Beata Milewska also coordinates joint programs with the Polish-American Fulbright Commission. She is a member of a net of EducationUSA educational advisors.
 

 
Stephen Money is a Program Officer in the Office of Academic Exchange Programs at ECA, where he works on Fulbright programs in the Europe region. Prior to joining the State Department, he administered Fulbright exchanges for scholars and teachers at the Institute of International Education, and worked in the international admissions office at American University. He has a B.A. in International Studies from Vassar College and an M.S. in European Studies from the London School of Economics.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Terhi Mölsä is the Executive Director of Fulbright Finland since 2002. A former journalist, she has nearly 30 years of professional experience in higher education internationalization, initially at the University of Tampere, Finland, where she helped launch their European mobility programs, and at the national level serving Finnish Ministry of Education agencies and Fulbright in various capacities. With a Bachelor’s in Russian and a Master’s in International Relations, she has studied and conducted research with scholarship awards in Estonia, Russia, and the United States. She has served as a consultant, trainer, and curriculum developer on strategic leadership and management in international education in Europe and the United States. She is the Past Chair of European Fulbright Directors, and serves on Boards and leadership positions both in Finland and internationally. Having organized and chaired  international conferences in several European countries, she now hosts the 2016 European Fulbright Conference in Helsinki. 
 
Cand.mag in Danish/Scandinavian Studies and Art History. Taught and worked 2 years in the USA at an American university, followed by a career in Denmark within international education. Director of the Denmark-America Foundation from 1994, and ED upon the start of the cooperation with the Danish-American Fulbright Commission in 1995. Vicepresident of the selection committee of the Crown Price Frederik Fund, Harvard Kennedy School - John F. Kennedy School of Government.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vibeke Hattel Musgrave
 
Public Diplomacy Specialist. Works at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen with a broad range of programs including the Fulbright Program in close cooperation with the Commission.
 
 
Mark Naylor is the Assistant Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, where he oversees the Embassy's cultural and educational programs, including Fulbright. A career foreign service officer, Mark previously served as Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer in Argentina and as Vice Consul in Liberia. He has a BA in International Studies from the University of Richmond (VA) and a Master's in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California. Mark is half of a foreign service tandem couple and an avid runner
 
 
 
 
 
 
Executive Director of the Norwgeian Fulbright program since 2010, before that I worked for 24 years in the Public Affairs section at the U.S. embassy in Oslo.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
International exchange has been the dominant theme in my career. After getting my Masterr's degree in Social Anthropology in 1982, I was appointed National Director of AFS in the Netherlands. I switched to Nuffic in 1989 to set up the Erasmus Program and was appointed Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in 1994. I have a wife and three kids and four grandchildren.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mark Pannell started at State in Jan 2003, and currently serves as the PAO at Embassy Lisbon. Previous tours include as the PD Field Director at Embassy Kabul, PAO at ConGen Rio de Janeiro, Deputy Pol Chief at Embassy Quito, Special Assistant / Vice Consul in Brasilia, Desk Officer in WHA/BSC.  Prior to State, Mark worked in airline ops in China, banking and IT in Seattle.  He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, German, French and Mandarin, is married with two kids.
 
 
Thomas "Todd" Pierce is the counselor for public affairs at the US Embassy in Athens. He chairs the board of the Fulbright Commission.  Before Athens he served as cultural attache at the US Embassy in Ankara, where he was treasurer on the board of the Commission.  He likes snowshoeing, spinach, the paintings of Agnes Martin and Morandi, and the music of Bettye LaVette.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I have served as a Foreign Service Officer for almost 25 years.  Fulbright is among my favorite U.S. Government programs and I have learned that the return on investment far outweighs its cost.
 
I am a LES at the U.S. Mission to the EU, working on the Fulbright-Schuman program, the joint exchange program between the Department of State and the European Commission. While not a Fulbright alumnus, I have studied in the U.S. I am also currently working on fundraising for expanding the program with the Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Grants, targeting European and American companies with transatlantic interests.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chair of the Board of Directors of Fulbright Commission in Portugal, since 2016. Member of the Board of Directors of Fulbright Commission, since Nov.2014. Director General for Higher Education of Portugal, since Nov.2014. Full Professor of Chemistry (Biochemistry) of the University of Beira Interior, Portugal. Rector of the University of Beira Interior (2009-2013). Scientific Coordinator of CICS-Health Science Research Center (2003-2009).
 
 
Anneliese Reinemeyer is the Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in London. She has served in Haiti, Jerusalem, the Office for UN Political Affairs, as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, and in Amman, Jordan. Anneliese is a native of Houston, Texas.
 
Mike Reinert

Mike Reinert assumed duties as the Public Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin in July 2015.  Most recently he served as the Public Affairs Counselor in Kabul.  Prior to Kabul, he served as the U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg, Russia and as the State Department’s Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy.  Earlier assignments included Sarajevo, Tashkent, Minsk, Madrid, and Santiago.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point and master’s degrees from Georgetown University and the Harvard Kennedy School.   He was a State Department fellow at the Fletcher School.

Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Reinert was an officer in the U.S. Army.  He continued his service in the U.S. Army Reserve recently, retiring as a colonel.  He completed Active Duty and Reserve assignments in Germany, Panama, Japan, and the U.S.

A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, he is married to journalist Sanja Omanovic.

 
 
Otília Macedo Reis, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission in Portugal, received her undergraduate degree in International Relations and completed an Advanced Studies Program in Public Policy. Otília has developed her career in an international environment, working for the Portugal-Angola Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at an international law firm and, since 2001, at the Fulbright Commission, where she started as a Communication and Administration Officer. Otília lives with her husband and two children in Sintra, where she is an engaged member of the community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mr. Jeffrey Reneau is the Counselor for Press and Public Affairs at the American Embassy in Helsinki as well as Vice-chair of the Fulbright Center Board. He has previously served as Director of the American Center in Kolkata, at the United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN), as the Special Advisor to the U.S. Representative for UN Management and Reform, and Political Advisor to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scott Righetti is an Academic Exchange Specialist in the European and Eurasian Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Academic Exchange Programs. He is responsible for Fulbright exchange programs with Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and the Slovak Republic. Before joining the exchanges office in 1992, Mr. Righetti worked for eight years in the U.S. Information Agency's Office of Research, Soviet & East European Branch. Originally from California, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York; received his B.A. in Russian & East European Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara; and earned an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His family in California grows avocados and wine grapes.
 
 
Dr. Hana Ripková graduated from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University; her PhD. Is in Comparative Education. She works for the Czech Fulbright Commission since 1991 first as the Program Coordinator and since 1996 as Executive Director. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Charles University and Palacky University and was a member of several advisory committees of the Czech government.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Angela Rodel, executive director of the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission, holds a BA from Yale and an MA from UCLA. She is a two-time Fulbright Scholar, who first came to Bulgaria in 1996 to study language and folk music at Sofia University. An avid performer of Bulgarian folk music, Ms. Rodel is also a professional literary translator, having won NEA and PEN grants to translate contemporary Bulgarian literature.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My Fulbright-life started 1976 with a grant to California. Since 1979 I have the pleasure to work for the German-American Commission, starting under the legendary Ulrich Littmann, and continuing in various functions. Since the tragic death of Rolf Hoffmann, with whom I had the privilege to work for over 12 years, our board has appointed me as interim director. I appreciate your trust in me and will represent the Fulbright-program with enthusiasm and dedication.
 
 
 
 
 
Public Affairs Officer Susan Ross is in her 3rd tour, having served in Paramaribo, Suriname as PAO and in Santiago, Chile as a Consular Officer.  Susan’s background prior to joining the Foreign Service was in academia, where she taught media theory and headed an office for international programs at colleges in upstate New York.  She has been the recipient of two Fulbright grants, one as a student in Germany and one as a Lecturer in India.
 
 
I joined Fulbright in 2000. Before taking this exciting and rewarding position, I served in France and abroad as an educator and an adminsitrator, for the French Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and their foreign partners.Degrees in French Literature, History (Paris X University) and Business (MBA @HEC School of Management . Institute of Higher Studies for Science and technology (IHEST), class of 2013, proud alumnus
 
 
 
 
 
Sondra Sainsbury has been working as the Fulbright/Alumni Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus since November 2014. In addition to administering the Fulbright programs, Sondra manages other educational exchange programs run from post, maintains a database of alumni, and manages U.S. government-sponsored alumni engagement programs.  Her previous work at the Fulbright Commission in Cyprus involved both assisting with the implementation/administration of various programs under CASP/Fulbright and working as an EducationUSA adviser. Sondra holds a Ph.D. degree in Cultural Anthropology from Binghamton University in New York, is married and has two young daughters.
 

 
Since March 2013 Paola Sartorio is the Executive Director of the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission. After a career with several UN organizations, she was a professor of International, European and Italian. Ms. Sartorio holds a laura cum laude in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Rome, La Sapienza. She also attended the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Italian Association for International Organizations (SIOI). In addition to her native Italian, she is fluent in English and Spanish and also speaks French and German.
 
 
 
Marjorie Stern has been the Cultural Affairs Officer in Bucharest, Romania since October 2013.  She previously served in the same capacity in San Salvador which was a non-commission Post. Working closely with the Romanian U.S. Fulbright Commission has been a rewarding experience, involving close collaboration on a number of projects.  We have created additional hyphenated grants, diversified the slate of Fulbright grantees and increased the impact of the ETA program. After three wonderful years in Romania, Marjorie will return to the Washington DC area with her dog and cat where they will be closer to her daughter who will be a junior at West Virginia University.
 
 
Brian Stimmler is a Foreign Service Officer currently serving as Counselor for Public Affairs at U.S. Embassy Sofia. He previously served in Turkmenistan, Serbia, Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Washington. Before joining the Foreign Service, Brian worked at Open Society Institute in New York City and taught Russian language at Princeton University and Brigham Young University. He holds a B.A. in Russian from BYU and a joint Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics and Theoretical Linguistics from Princeton University.
 
 
 
Jane Susi has been working at the PAS Tallinn with the Fulbright program since 2007. She holds grad degrees in Arts Management (2004) and Communication & PR (2014) with a background in music. Prior to joining the U.S. Embassy team she managed the international relations of the Estonian Academy of Music. Jane's portfolio includes also EducationUSA, variety of other exchange and cultural programs, alumni relations, NGOs, youth and civil society programs, and regional outreach programs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

My career has centered on international cooperation and at the Fulbright Commission I feel that I am making a difference. Previous experience includes leading the International Department at the Parliament of Iceland, working as a specialist at EFTA in Brussels and a variety of consulting gigs. I am proud of my children's book that was published in Iceland a few years ago and promotes diversity and open mindedness. If you want to win me over, be nice to my dog and my cat.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I am the Deputy Public Affairs Officer in Riga. I manage our culture, education and exchange programs as well as sports diplomacy and social media. I grew up in Walla Walla, Washington studied at the University of Montana and University of Washington, respectively. Prior to the Foreign Service I was a journalist and a Peace Corps Volunteer. I have a wonderful wife, Deena, and an energetic boxer, Frieda.
 
 
Laura Skandera Trombley was appointed by President Barack Obama in December 2012 to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Reappointed in 2013, she was Vice Chair for 2015 and is Chair for 2016. Trombley serves as the eighth president of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in Huntington, California. Prior to leading The Huntington, Trombley served 13 years as President of Pitzer College, the leader in Fulbright fellowships per 1,000 students for the past ten years. Trombley is the author of five books, including Mark Twain’s Other Woman. She earned her B.A. and M.A. at Pepperdine University and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
 
 
Eric Watnik is the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary, and the Co-Chair of the Fulbright Board.  Eric arrived in Budapest in August 2015.  His prior assignment was as PAO in Singapore.
 
 
Mark Weinberg arrived in Montenegro in August 2015 to serve as the Public Affairs Officer. Prior to that he served as the Regional Refugee Coordinator in Nairobi, Kenya and in Kathmandu, Nepal. Since joining the Foreign Service in 2001, he has also served in Harare, Khartoum and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as in the Office of UN Political Affairs. He has a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College and an MA in European Studies from Indiana University. Mark is married and has one son.
 
Kenneth Wetzel
 
Kenneth Wetzel is a career Foreign Service Officer and the Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw. This is his second assignment to Poland, having served as the Political-Economic Officer in Krakow from 2002 to 2004. His other overseas assignments have been in Managua, Madrid, Zagreb and Bucharest. In Washington, Mr. Wetzel served as a Watch Officer in the Operations Center, as Regional Human Rights Officer for the Balkans, and as the Bosnia-Herzegovina Desk Officer. Mr. Wetzel graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1985 with a degree in History and received a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1993. Prior to joining the Department of State, Mr. Wetzel worked as a Presidential Management Intern at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and served as a U.S. Army Officer with active and reserve duty in Germany, Afghanistan, and Washington, DC.
 
Born in New York, David Yoken is a Senior Lecturer at the Arts Academy of the Turku University of Applied Sciences, Ltd., Finland. On May 12th, 2016, US Ambassador to Finland, Charles C. Adams appointed David as a member of the board of the Fulbright Finland Foundation.  He has lectured on the performing arts and cross-interdisciplinary arts education at leading universities in the USA, Scandinavia, Europe, the Baltics, and China. Yoken taught at the U.S.S.R.’s GITIZ: Soviet State Theater Academy as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer.  He has worked as a cultural facilitator with immigrant communities from Vietnam, Liberia, and Senegal in Southern California, and political refugees in Sweden. Yoken served as an Educational Specialist for the U.S. Department of State’s Information Agency (USIA) in the former Yugoslavia.  He initiated the “MIMO – Moving In, Moving On: Application of Art Based Methods to Social and Youth Work” project.  With a budget of 1.9 million Euros, and supported by the EU Central Baltic INTERREG IV A 2007–2013, MIMO is one of the largest funded projects in the history of the Turku Arts Academy.  Yoken leads the NORDPLUS for Higher Education’s Explorations and Collaborations in the Arts / E.C.A. Network. Yoken was a California Regents Fellowship recipient while completing his graduate music degree in the Department of Music, University of California, San Diego.
 
 
Artemis A. Zenetou is the Executive Director of the Fulbright Foundation in Greece. Zenetou was educated in both Greece and in the United States, receiving degrees in the History of Art/Business and Management of Non-Profit Organizations.
 
She lived in the United States for 18 years where she has worked for several national and international organizations including: the World Bank, Art and Cultural Program, the 42nd US Presidential Inaugural Committee for Art and Cultural Initiatives, the Smithsonian Institution and the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston – Cultural Affairs.
 
Zenetou has published extensively both in English and Greek and has co-authored two books: Museums: a Place to Work (Routledge Press) and Gender Perspectives: Essays on Women in Museums, (Smithsonian Press). She has served on the Board of the Cultural Olympiad at the Ministry of Culture and served on the Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
 
Deputy Assistant Secretary Benjamin G. Ziff was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs in July 2015. In this capacity, he is responsible for relations with the Nordic and Baltic countries, and manages the European Public Diplomacy portfolio.

Prior to this position, Ben served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. He joined the Foreign Service in 1988, and in the early years of his career worked in public diplomacy positions in Australia, Israel, Panama, and Peru. After a year at the National War College in Washington, DC, Ben served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Central American Affairs in the Western Hemisphere Bureau before taking a series of senior public diplomacy positions in Venezuela, Italy, and Iraq.

A native of California, Ben received his B.A. in Political Science from the California State University at Long Beach, his M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and an M.S. in National Security Studies from the National War College. He is a recipient of the Department of State’s Murrow Award for Public Diplomacy, and speaks Spanish, Hebrew, and Italian.