Board of Trustees

The AFS International Board of Trustees, a diverse group representing over a dozen countries, works in conjunction with our Partners and volunteers worldwide to realize our goal of providing the world’s youth with secure avenues of intercultural exchange.
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Amalie Ferdinand

Copenhagen, Denmark (Chair)
Trade Union Consultant at Union of Education Denmark

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Makiko Haraga

Tokyo, Japan (Vice Chair)
Independent Writer, Translator, Adjunct Lecturer at Tokyo Institute of Technology

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Yasmin Ahmad Merican

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Marketing Strategist, Brand Builder & Business Transformation Practitioner

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Lennart D'hulst

Opwijk, Belgium
Expert HR Project Manager at NMBS

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Tolga Dorken

Paris, France
Founding Partner at ID Turkiye AS

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Regina Honu

Accra, Ghana
CEO of Soronko Solutions

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Eloise Dolan

Melbourne, Australia
Program Manager and Generation Asia Lead at Asia Society Australia

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Michaela Mariani

Rome, Italy
Head of the Legal and Corporate Affairs at Cherry106 S.p.A

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Daniel Obst

New York, USA (ex officio) 
President and Chief Executive Officer at AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc.

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Victor Oporto

Santa Fe, Argentina
President of OPTILENT SRL, and founder and partner at CONSULFE

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Dr. Willibald Plesser

Vienna, Austria
Independent Attorney at Law

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Ernesto Rey Moreno

Bogotá, Colombia
Founder & CEO at Empresas REYMORENO

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Dr. Roberto Ruffino

Colle di Val d’Elsa, Italy
Secretary General of Fondazione Intercultura

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Dr. Helmut Schuster

London, UK
Executive Advisor at bp

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Gustavo Sénéchal

Brasilia, Brazil
Diplomat at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil

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Ulrich Voss

Kronberg, Germany
Founder and Managing Partner at Kronberg Advisors

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Life Trustee

Sachiye Kuwamoto

California, USA
Regional Director, Central California, Japanese-American Citizens League (retired)

AFS Education Committee

The AFS Education Committee was created by AFS’s International Board of Trustees in 2022 to provide input and guidance to the organization’s educational vision, impact, and research agenda related to active global citizenship, intercultural and global competence.

The Committee is composed by AFS’s International Board of Trustees; AFS Partner Director Representatives; experts outside our organization, experienced in high school education, intercultural and global competence, and social impact and innovation matters in connection to our audiences; and an AFS International team member who coordinates the work of the Committee.

Meet the Committee members for 2022-2023:

Veronica Boix Mansilla is a Principal Investigator and Steering Committee member at Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she leads the Global Project and chairs the Future of Learning Institute. She co-developed the OECD-PISA framework on Global Competence in 2018. With a background in cognitive science, human development and education, she examines how to prepare our youth for a world of increasing complexity and interdependence. Veronica serves as an advisor at a variety of institutions including the Asia Society, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Council of Chief State School Officers, the Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, the International Baccalaureate, World Savvy and Global Kids, among others. She teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has taught at the University of Buenos Aires. Veronica holds a doctoral degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (USA).

AFS Partner Director Representatives

The AFS Partner Director Representatives, works in conjunction with our Board of Trustees and AFS Volunteers worldwide to realize our goal of providing the world’s youth with secure avenues of intercultural exchange.
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Tara Boyce-Hofmann

Partner Director, USA

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Rodrigo Casarejos

Partner Director, Chile

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Andrea Franzoi

Partner Director, Italy

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Dr. Josephine Jim

Partner Director, Hong Kong

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Marcel Krause

Partner Director, Germany

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Diana Sey

Partner Director, Ghana

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Staff

AFS Staff supports our volunteers, and enable exchanges to succeed by working together to ensure that the highest quality experiences are afforded to all participants and host families. The staff at AFS International provide worldwide support, quality control and development of AFS Network Organizations worldwide.

Executive Team

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Daniel Obst

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Rita Bangáné Jarecsni

Chief Financial and Operational Officer

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Maria Grazia Brizi

Corporate Secretary, Associate General Counsel

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Hal Denton

General Counsel & Chief Risk Management Officer

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Efrem Fisher

Chief Programs Officer

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Ann´Andreza Martins

Deputy Chief Programs Officer

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Nicole Lebenson Angulo

Deputy Chief Organization Development Officer

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Lucas Welter

Chief Organization Development & Strategy Officer

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AFS International Team

Ali Mustafa
AFS Consultant, UN Affairs

Ana Carolina Cassiano
Consultant, Head of Education Development

Anaïs Chauvet
Consultant, Educational Support Specialist

Andrea Kutsenkow
Consultant, Archivist

Andrés Lanza
Consultant, Educational Products Coordinator

Andrew Menges
Consultant, Data Analytics & Visualization

Brian Musyoki
Consultant, Coordination & Training Facilitator

Brice Sagbohan
Accountant, Budget & Network Finances

Carlos Irias Kattan
Consultant, Digital Marketing & Website Management

David Blythe
Manager, Program Policy & Support

Dylan Peterson
Consultant, Effect+ Project Coordinator

Eduardo Assed
Consultant, Network & Market Development

Fabricia Manoel
Consultant, Program Development & Innovation

Gábor Csikós
Consultant, Network Support Management

Georgianna Jarrett
Manager, Human Resources

Heidy Utami
Consultant, Digital Partner Support & Training

Jennifer Edvardsson 
Director, Learning and Development

Larry Barnett
Director, Risk & Crisis Management

Linda Stuart 
Director, Global Education Innovation

Manuela Ramirez 
Consultant, Volunteer Development & Training

Martha Rivas 
Coordinator, Accounts Payable & Office Services

Martin Teplanszki 
Consultant, Digital Support

Milena Miladinovic 
Consultant, Communications & External Affairs

Molly Stern 
Manager, Global Competence Certificate

Monica Our
Director, Budget & Network Finances

Paul Gamner
Assistant to the President

Pedro Junqueira
Head, Digital Products

Saskia Kaya
Program Manager

Sean Reilly
Director, Program Development

Shiree Pointer 
Manager, Program Operations & Quality Support

Stefanie Grech
Specialist, Internal Communications

Stijn Van den Bergh 
Consultant, ICT

Veronica Conti
Consultant, Marketing & Customer Experience

Yumna Khan
Manager, The Youth Assembly

Zeina Haidar
Fellow, EdTech