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 94 publications are in more than 3,800 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. A college student studying film, she writes and creates short films in her free time.
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.
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.
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.
Emily Peed, Project Director, founded the Developers' Club, an after-school program to offer a one-stop shop for technology K-12 education by focusing on female students participation.
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.
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.
Janvier Kabogo, IFERS Ambassador to East Africa, is a pharmacy student at the University of Rwanda, executive director for Rwanda Children Cancer Relief, cofounder of Rwanda Chronic Diseases and Tobacco Control Activists, Speaker's Bureau Committee Chair for YALI RLC East Africa, and fundraiser for Rwanda Village Concept Project. He is all for global health equity and community development.
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.
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.
Atija Abdullah, Communications Coordinator, earned a B.A. 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.
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, 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."
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 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.
Elizaveta Grigoryeva, Communications Coordinator, is a communication student and international peer advisor at Woodbury University. 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.
Marcela Melnic, Communications Coordinator, graduated from the University of Moldova with BBA 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.
Djordje Planincic, Program Development Coordinator, 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."
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.