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Kitty Douglass-Harris Administrative Assistant
Japan Center for Michigan Universities

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Tessa Dunseath Executive Director
MSU Dubai

Block 2B, Suite G23, Dubai Knowledge Park, United Arab Emirates

Chinwe Effiong Assistant Dean, Global Youth Advancement Network
Office of the Dean

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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.

Leydi Egan International Student Advisor
Office for International Students and Scholars

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Biography: Leydi M Egan is an International Student & Scholar Advisor with OISS. She grew up in Merida, Mexico and has a background in Psychology from her studies in Mexico. She moved to Michigan in 2005 and since then she has earned her ESL certificate and Associate’s Degree from Lansing Community College and a B.A. in Human Resources from Michigan State University. Having had the opportunity to live and study in a different country from her own, she developed a passion for working with people from different countries and cultures. Leydi had three years of professional experience in the HR field until she decided to work more with students by teaching GED classes to Migrant seasonal farm-workers in both English and Spanish languages. In addition to this she collaborates as a Program Leader with the International Engagement in Mexico (IEM) study abroad program, which takes MSU students to Mexico during the MSU spring break to work on service learning projects in the local communities. Her passion for higher education and working in a global and multicultural environment grew even more, leading her to start and eventually complete a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from MSU.

Leydi is also interested in creating a more diverse and inclusive environment in her community and helping people around the world to feel welcomed and cared for. She enjoys participating in and promoting events that empower women, and foster cultural and educational enrichment. Through work and personal traveling, she has had the privilege to visit Edinburgh, Scotland, London, England, and Panama City, Panama as well as several cities in her native Mexico. She would love to travel more to other countries to get to know other customs and cultures.

Anne Ferguson Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Engagement
Office of the Dean

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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.

Kathryn Fillinger Accountant
Office of the Dean

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Mary Firdawsi Secretary
Muslim Studies Program

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Mary Firdawsi Secretary
Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

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