The international team members and volunteers at the Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships (IFERS) are located in the United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Please email us at email@example.com if you would like to join our team as a volunteer.
Newton Lee, Founder and President, is an accomplished author, adjunct professor at Woodbury University, editor-in-chief of ACM Computers in Entertainment, former Disney producer/engineer, former Bell Labs researcher, and 2016 U.S. presidential campaign adviser for the Transhumanist Party. His 78 publications are in more than 3,300 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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Louis Wai, Vice President of International Outreach, brought with him management and engineering experiences from his past employment with Schott Electronic Packaging, a German-based high precision company, as production engineer; Ordnance Development and Engineering, a Singapore military defense company, as technical buyer; and Itracs Equipments Communications, an American telecommunication routers company, as technical and logistics director.
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.
Petra Uhrakova, Communications Coordinator, 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.
Atija Abdullah, Communications Coordinator, earned a BA in Communication, Rhetorical Skills, Public Relations, and Marketing from University of Sarajevo. A multilingualist in English, Spanish, Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian, she specializes in marketing campaigns, social media, public relations, and cultural studies.
Djordje Planincic, International Consultant, earned a Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from University of Sarajevo. A multilingualist in English, Dutch, German, Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian, he cares about civil rights, social action, economic empowerment, and environment, among others.
Emiliano Forino Procacci, Education Consultant, is a psychologist who teaches 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."
Tanumita Chatterjee, Internship Consultant, decided to join us as a volunteer after she completed her internship 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."
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.
Emily Peed, Writer and Consultant for the Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships (IFERS), is the founder of the Developers' Club, an after-school program. IFERS is the fiscal sponsor for the Developers' Club to offer a one-stop shop for technology K-12 education by focusing on female students participation.
Frances Eames Noland, IFERS Ambassador to the United Kingdom, is an MPhil candidate in Modern Japanese Studies at the University of Oxford. With a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a research focus in East Asian Studies and Film Studies, she was the chapter president of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and student editor for ACM Computers in Entertainment.
Janvier Kabogo, IFERS Ambassador to East Africa, is a pharmacy student at the University of Rwanda, acting executive director for Rwanda Children Cancer Relief, cofounder of the Rwanda Chronic Diseases and Tobacco Control Activists (RCD-TCA), Speaker's Bureau Committee Chair for YALI RLC East Africa, and fundraising officer for the Rwanda Village Concept Project. He is passionate about global health equity and community development.
Debbie George and Michelle Thornburg are two mothers and co-founders of EASE T1D (Education, Awareness, Support, and Empowerment for Type 1 Diabetes). IFERS is the fiscal sponsor for EASE T1D to provide a better understanding of the disease to help ensure the safety of our children as well as to find a cure.
Jim Cybulski 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. IFERS is the fiscal sponsor for Foldscope Instruments.
Danielle Keiser is director of Menstrual Health Hub for the exchange of information about menstrual health, menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and menstrual equity. IFERS is the fiscal sponsor for Menstrual Health Hub to offer social initiatives, educational resources, product information, research, Q&A forum, and advocacy campaigns to help drive awareness.
Ashley Jennings is founder of The Panel Foundation, Cleveland County - NC that promotes higher education by providing a panel of educated individuals. IFERS is the fiscal sponsor for the Panel Foundation to provide real-life examples to reach our future leaders and to help end poverty.
John Lee is a disabled U.S. Army combat veteran and founder of the Veteran's Book Club of California. IFERS is the fiscal sponsor for the Veteran's Book Club to provide books for children of disabled veterans and veterans themselves by shipping them bulk of books on a regular basis.
Mboringong Boris Anya is founder of Cameroon Overseas Study and Internship Cameroon Overseas Study and Internship (COSAI). IFERS is the fiscal sponsor for COSAI to provide overseas study and internship opportunities for young Cameroonians to improve their education, professional careers, and social-economic situations.
Linda Aïnouche, Ph.D, is a multilingual documentary filmmaker and anthropologist researcher. An avid traveler passionate about international cultural exploration, 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 for education.
Nurul Amin 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.
Dinesh Helwate, International Relations and Project Management Intern, came to us from Harshal Gramin Vikas Bahu Sanstha in India. He has a graduate degree in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is authoring a new book on International Business, Growth and Uprising Threat of the 21st Century.
Nicole Greenwood, Administrative Intern, majors in Game Art & Design and minor in Media Technology at Woodbury University. As a gamer, she thinks outside of the box and consistently challenges herself to achieve better, more efficient outcomes.