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.

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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Veronica Boix-Mansilla

Dr. Veronica Boix Mansilla

Massachussetts, USA
Principal Investigator and Steering Committee member at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Lennart D'hulst

Opwijk, Belgium
Expert HR Project Manager at NMBS, Board Chair at AFS Belgium Flanders

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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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Ivonne de Leon

Ivonne de Leon

Florida, USA
Founding Partner at TrueCore Group & Transmutis

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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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Dr. Willibald Plesser

Vienna, Austria
Attorney at Law, Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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Ernesto Rey Moreno

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 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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Dr. Josephine Jim

Partner Director, Hong Kong

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Derya Komitoglu

Partner Director, Turkey

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Marcel Krause

Partner Director, Germany

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Ulrik Wehner

Partner Director, Denmark

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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


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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Lucas Welter

Chief Organization Development & Strategy Officer

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AFS International Team

Ana Carolina Cassiano
Consultant, Head of Education Development

Anaïs Chauvet
Consultant, Educational Support Specialist

Andrea Kutsenkow
Consultant, Archivist

Andreza Martins
Director, Programs

Andrew Menges
Consultant, Data Analytics & Visualization

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

Georgianna Jarrett
Manager, Human Resources

Guillermo Bril
Consultant, Digital Products

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

Nicole Lebenson Angulo
Director, Partner Engagement & Communications

Paul Gamner
Assistant to the President

Pedro Junqueira
Head, Digital Products

Sarah Collins 
Head, Training

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