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Amanda Alter Assistant Director of Human Resources
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DeAndra Beck Associate Dean for Research
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Biography: DeAndra Beck is associate dean for research in International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University (MSU). She co-chairs MSU’s Council of Research Deans and has created the Global Innovations in Development, Engagement, and Scholarship (Global IDEAS) initiative at MSU.

Dr. Beck previously served as a program director in the U.S. National Science Foundation's Office of International Science and Engineering, with responsibility for NSF’s Developing Country initiatives and the Middle East and Africa portfolios. At NSF, she co-managed Science Across Virtual Institutes, a mechanism to foster global partnerships among NSF awardees, and she served on NSF's INSPIRE working group, a pilot that has become NSF’s RAISE mechanism to solicit and fund transformative, multidisciplinary research.

Prior to NSF, Dr. Beck served as the acting managing director for environment and social assessment at the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation. Previously, she 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. 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 a AAAS Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She earned a B.S. (cum laude) and PhD in biochemistry from Texas A&M University.

Jennifer Brewer Program Manager, Tanzania Partnership Program
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Biography: Jennifer Brewer was appointed project manager for TPP in 2017. Prior to her work with TPP, she coordinated the development and submission of international development grants and managed an international education fellowship program for CASID - an ISP area studies center. Jennifer has also coordinated clinical trials for the MSU College of Human Medicine and health studies for the Department of Epidemiology. She recently (2015-17) served as coordinator for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program student council, providing support to African undergraduate and graduate scholars across four continents. Jennifer holds a Masters in Sociocultural Anthropology and has more than ten years of field experience working on development issues in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa.

Chinwe Effiong Assistant Dean, Global Youth Advancement Network
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Biography: Dr. Chinwe Effiong is Assistant Dean for the Global Youth Advancement Network. In this role, she is responsible for providing leadership and 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.

Kathryn Fillinger Finance and Program Officer for the Tanzania Partnership Program
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Biography: Kathryn Fillinger was appointed Finance and Program Officer for TPP in 2019. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the accounts, while also providing administrative and financial support for TPP. Prior to her current position in International Studies and Programs, Kathryn was a Project Coordinator for the Facility of Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a multi-million dollar research initiative at MSU. Kathryn is an alumna of MSU’s College of Social Science, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology.

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Rob Glew Associate Dean for Academic Programs
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Biography: Dr. Robert Glew is Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Office for International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University.

Dr. Glew, a cultural anthropologist, has 30 years of experience working on issues of international development in the areas of coping and livelihood strategies, education, health, political and social change, and identity politics. He has co-directed successful collaborative projects with university, NGO, and governmental partners in Burkina Faso, China, Ghana, Iraq, Mali, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tanzania. Dr. Glew also serves as the director of the Tanzania Partnership Program, and professor of international development studies at MSU.

Dr. Glew earned his BA and MA in African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and a PhD in Anthropology from Michigan State University. He has taught courses on international development, cultural change, and socio-cultural diversity. He also speaks French and Hausa and has studied Fulfulde.

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