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Amanda Alter Assistant Director of Human Resources
Office of the Dean
207 International Center

517-884-2132
altera(at)msu.edu

DeAndra Beck Associate Dean for Research
Office of the Dean
207 International Center

517-884-2137
beckdean(at)msu.edu

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Biography: DeAndra Beck is Associate Dean for Research at International Studies and Programs. Before joining MSU, Dr. Beck served as a Program Director in the National Science Foundation's Office of International and Integrative Activities, with responsibility for NSF's Developing Country initiatives and the Middle East and Africa portfolios. She worked closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development to bridge the interests of science and development, including the design and implementation of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER Science) initiative. PEER Science provides merit-based funding to developing country scientists who are collaborating with NSF-funded scientists.

Dr. Beck also co-managed Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI), a mechanism to foster global partnerships among NSF awardees, and she served on NSF's INSPIRE working group, which is piloting a new NSF initiative to solicit and fund transformative, multidisciplinary research. In cooperation with CRDF Global, she was instrumental in launching Newton's List as a platform to publicize funding opportunities for international research collaboration and initiated the International Funding Agency Seminar to facilitate dialogue among global science funding agencies.

Prior to NSF, Dr. Beck served as the acting Managing Director for Environment and Social Assessment at the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). While at MCC, she participated in the negotiation of multi-million dollar Compacts with Ghana, Armenia, and Mongolia and managed a team of professional staff responsible for environment and social assessment issues across the full spectrum of MCC eligible countries.

Previously, Dr. Beck served as Assistant Director for Policy, U.S. Forest Service International Programs, where she represented the interests of the U.S. forestry community in international negotiations, including the UN Forum on Forests, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Tropical Timber Organization, and the Montreal Process. These positions flanked her foray into the private sector as Chief Executive Officer of a biotechnology start-up company. Dr. Beck held positions as an international research administrator at the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and as an AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She earned a B.S. (cum laude) and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Texas A&M University.

Angha Childress Senior Director of International Advancement
Office of the Dean
125 International Center

517-432-7091
angha(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Angha Childress is the Senior Director of International Advancement for International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University. She provides leadership, strategic direction, and priority setting in the development and implementation of strategies for individual, corporate and foundation engagement with MSU's international agenda.

Angha brings to MSU a unique set of skills, experience and passion. She has more than 20 years of experience in providing leadership and strategic direction for international and US nonprofit organizations, including management and administration, fundraising, board governance, programmatic monitoring and evaluation, marketing and communications. She has managed comprehensive fundraising programs and has secured millions in gifts and grants. Her work in different countries has brought a world perspective to her work, teaching her much about cross-cultural communications, as well as providing valuable insight relative to working effectively with diverse cultures, agencies and temperaments.

Prior to MSU, Angha served as the Executive Director of Barakat, Inc., an international non-profit in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At Barakat, she was responsible for the strategic direction and effective management of its educational and human rights mission for more than 4,000 children and women in South and Central Asia. This experience has helped to further develop her considerable skill in fundraising, diplomacy and building relationships.

Angha has a Masters in English and Master of Philosophy in English and Linguistics from Indore University, India. She also has a Masters in Public Administration with emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Chinwe Effiong Assistant Dean, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars and Youth Empowerment Programs
Office of the Dean
205 International Center


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Biography: Dr. Chinwe Effiong is Assistant Dean for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars and Youth Empowerment Programs. In this role she is responsible for providing leadership and management oversight to the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program, while leveraging MSU expertise to identify and scale new opportunities for global youth education, entrepreneurship and empowerment initiatives.

Before joining MSU, Dr. Effiong served as CEO of Junior Achievement (JA) in Africa, where she provided strategic direction and oversight for JA operations across sub-Saharan Africa. She worked closely with government, civil society groups and private sector stakeholders to raise awareness and promote support for programs that enabled young people in Africa to improve their livelihoods.

Dr. Effiong has made significant contributions to the global mission to create jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for youth, especially young women, residing in the world’s most marginalized communities. She designed the groundbreaking entrepreneurship curriculum for out of school youth, popularly referred to as ITS TYME (Immersion Training Strategy: Targeting Young Marginalized Entrepreneurs). In partnership with Google volunteers, she also facilitated the creation of the JA SySTEM, an innovative curriculum designed to raise awareness about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among middle and high school students, especially girls, across Africa.

Prior to joining JA, Dr. Effiong was the Director of Programs for Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership in Silver Spring, MD. She also worked for several years as Country Director for Nigeria and Regional Director for East and West Africa at Africare, a Washington, D.C. based, international development organization, addressing a wide range of development needs across the continent of Africa.

Dr. Effiong started her professional career as Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Lincoln University, PA and served as interim Chair of the Department of Political Science there. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. Dr. Effiong is a recognized thought leader in the field of youth education and entrepreneurship and has served on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative.

In addition to her professional work, Dr. Effiong is a creative writer and motivational speaker.

Anne Ferguson Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Engagement
Office of the Dean
207 International Center

517-355-2352
fergus12(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Anne Ferguson is the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Engagement for ISP. She is also GenCen Co-Director and Professor of Anthropology, and does research and teaching on development studies, gender, agricultural and environmental change, and medical anthropology. Her early work in El Salvador in medical anthropology centered on the impacts of multinational pharmaceutical firms' business practices on health care provided at pharmacies, and on the integration of these companies' products into lay and alternative medical practices.

In the mid-1980s, Dr. Ferguson shifted her research focus to Southern Africa, where she has studied development initiatives in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, and water sector reform. Currently, her research centers on the gender dimensions of Malawi's new water and land reform policies. Much of Dr. Ferguson's research has been carried out in collaboration with colleagues at MSU and at the University of Malawi. Support for her research has come from the McArthur Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, Rockefeller Foundation, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

In 2000, she received a Fulbright Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program grant to study the gender dimensions of Malawi's and Zimbabwe's water reforms. She teaches classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels on gender, environment, and health issues in global perspective.

Danielle Fowler Assistant Director of Communications
Office of the Dean
125 International Center

517-884-2131
dmfowler(at)msu.edu

William Gall Web Developer
Office of the Dean
220 International Center

517-884-2149
gallwill(at)msu.edu

Rob Glew Associate Dean for Academic Programs
Office of the Dean
207 International Center

517-353-5921
glew(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Rob Glew has 25 years of experience working in African societies on issues of international development in the areas of coping and livelihood strategies, health, political and social change, education, and identity politics. He has taught courses on international development, cultural change, and socio-cultural diversity.

Glew oversees Michigan State University's MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program and is also the faculty coordinator for MSU’s Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, a U.S. Department of State-funded professional development program for mid-career professionals from developing countries working on issues of economic development. Glew has co-directed successful collaborative projects with university, NGO, and governmental partners in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tanzania. He speaks French and Hausa and has also studied Fulfulde.

Dr. Glew earned his BA in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin--Madison, an MA in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin--Madison and a PhD in anthropology from Michigan State University.

Glew also serves as the director of the Center for Advanced Study of International Development, and professor of international development studies at MSU.