Melissa Liles has spent two decades leading efforts to help people and organizations improve how they communicate, connect and collaborate across differences.
Melissa works closely with education authorities, practitioners and academic experts in over 60 countries to integrate intercultural learning and global competence education into student, teacher and teacher educator curricula.
From 2009 to 2017, Melissa led the evolution of AFS study abroad programs into curriculum-based intercultural learning journeys for volunteers, staff, students and host families. She also established AFS’s state-of-the-art global training initiative, The Intercultural Link Learning Program, for 50,000 adult learners worldwide and, early in her AFS career, served as the first National Director for AFS India.
Today, Melissa also heads global engagement and thought leadership at AFS, oversees AFS’s Globalizing Schools and Institutions initiative, and chairs the AFS Educational Advisory Council of distinguished international academics.