Dr. Radmila Popovic is an experienced senior education advisor with a demonstrated history of working in international education projects. At World Learning, she is a leader in conceptualizing, designing and implementing face-to-face and online pre-service and in-service teacher education programs, as well as a number of projects combining curriculum development and training teachers how to implement new curricular requirements in practice. She has designed and moderated several online courses and MOOCs, including “Teaching Grammar Communicatively” for the Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program. In 2020/2021, she led three teams of course designers and online instructors who prepared and delivered online English language courses for students and young professionals in Myanmar, English language courses for unemployed youth in Iraq, and English language preparation courses for participants of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program. Prior to joining World Learning in 2011, she taught courses in ELT Methodology and Second Language Acquisition and supervised undergraduate and graduate students at three different higher education institutions: the University of Belgrade (1998-2011), SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont (2007-2009), and the New School in New York (2009-2010). Dr. Popovic holds a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from the University of Belgrade, a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Belgrade, a master’s degree in TESOL from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, and a doctorate in applied linguistics from the University of Belgrade. She has worked with students, teachers and teacher trainers in Algeria, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey and the U.S.
Peter Weinberger is Senior Advisor for MERL at World Learning. He brings more
than 15 years of professional expertise in research, monitoring and evaluation,
curriculum development, training, project management, as well as technical
expertise in conflict resolution, education interventions,
preventing/countering violence extremism (P/CVE), trauma-informed care, and
youth development. At World Learning, Dr. Weinberger is leading
organization-wide efforts to document improved education outcomes and program
learnings from various settings while drawing upon neuroscience-based
approaches to design new evaluation interventions. Previously, as consultant and
staff, he has developed multiple training programs for USAID, the Department of
State, the Department of Homeland Security, and civil society organizations,
including novel methods incorporating trauma-informed interventions. Dr.
Weinberger has a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of
Karla Yoder is the Senior Youth Workforce Specialist at World Learning, providing technical leadership to the Youth Workforce & Entrepreneurship program portfolio. She has over 20 years of experience designing, supporting, and researching workforce and economic development programs in both developing economies and the United States. Her areas of expertise include demand-driven training and education, youth employment, school-to-work transition, small and medium enterprise development, and access to finance. Ms. Yoder served as a FUSE Executive Fellow at the District of Columbia’s Workforce Investment Council, developing strategy and designing programs in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and has overseen workforce and economic development programs in Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Rwanda, the United States, Yemen, and Zambia. Her publications include “Women and microcredit: A critical introduction” in The Women, Gender & Development Reader, The 21st Century Community College: A Strategic Guide to Maximizing Labor Market Responsiveness, and Strengthening Education to Drive Economic Development: A Manual for Replicating The CEC Experience in Your Community. She holds a master’s degree in Sociology from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the School for International Training.
Dr. Kara McBride is an expert in teacher training, curriculum design, and online and distance learning. Since joining World Learning in 2016, Dr. McBride has worked on a variety of education projects in both face-to-face and distance learning settings. The online teacher training courses and MOOCs that she designed for the U.S. Department of State OPEN program have been completed by more than 25,000 participants from over 100 countries. In her capacity as the headquarters English specialist for QITABI 2, a USAID-funded project in Lebanon that targets literacy, math, and social and emotional learning (SEL), Dr. McBride and her team are working with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to create structured teaching and learning materials for both in-person and distance learning, grades 1-6. Other projects have included curriculum design and training of trainers for Syrian Refugee Kids Can Code in Iraq, developing a Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Prishtina in Kosovo, and training teachers in Costa Rica on using technology to teach indigenous languages and cultures. Dr. McBride serves as co-chair for the Education for Development workgroup for the Society for International Development Washington, D.C. chapter (SID-W).
Before coming to World Learning, Dr. McBride was a tenured professor in the Department of Languages, Literature, and Cultures at Saint Louis University, where she served as director of both the basic Spanish program and, later, the Spanish MA program. Dr. McBride holds a doctorate degree in second language acquisition and teaching from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree in applied linguistics – TESOL from Indiana University, a master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American studies from Purdue University, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Oregon. Her publications include journal articles and book chapters on online task design, interculturality, and language learning, including her 2018 co-edited book on preparing foreign language teachers, written in Spanish, A enseñar: Una guía práctica para los maestros de idiomas (Let’s Teach! A Practical Guide for Language Teachers). She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
As an Education Advisor in Curriculum and Training for World Learning’s Global Development and Exchange programs, Lois leads the design and delivery of teacher development programs across the globe on a range of topics including English language teaching, intercultural communication, civic engagement, classroom psychosocial support, and conflict resolution. She designs and implements English language, teacher development, and training-of-trainers curricula. She works with in-service and pre-service teachers, face-to-face and online, to improve teacher knowledge and pedagogical practices, especially in relation to learner-centered methodologies and reflective practice. For the past seven years, Lois has led the design and delivery of the Madrassa English Language Teacher Training Program in India and recently in Indonesia which aims to strengthen madrassa teachers’ use of English as the medium of instruction, increase the use of learner-centered methods, and strengthen professional networks and communities of practice in the madrassa schools.
Bringing a wealth of experience helping communities engage in meaningful ways to solve local challenges, Alex Levy provides technical assistance and oversight for World Learning’s Civic Engagement, Action, and Leadership portfolio. Previously at FHI 360, Levy oversaw engagement and social accountability programs in Zambia, Cambodia, Nepal, Morocco, Iraq, and more. The programs served to improve the ability of community members and organizations to articulate their needs and work collaboratively towards making positive changes in their community. She has also developed capacity tools, such as the Youth Programming Assessment Tool, to help organizations reflect on and improve their youth programming. Levy was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia and holds a master’s degree in Middle East studies and conflict resolution.
Gillian McClelland is a program specialist with a decade of progressive experience managing large, complex programs focused on education quality improvement, innovative STEAM education, teacher professional development, and school-community partnerships. At present, she oversees several STEM education programs across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region including in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iraq that emphasize open-ended problem solving and encourage interdisciplinary learning and critical inquiry. A skilled problem solver in cross-cultural contexts, she leads results-oriented teams and brings together internal and external stakeholders to ensure programs are well-resourced and meeting client expectations. She has proven expertise in program design and management, financial management, team mentoring, partnership development, performance monitoring and evaluation, resource mobilization, and donor relations. Prior to joining World Learning in 2009, she managed a volunteer teaching program in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. She holds an EdM in international education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as a BA from Pomona College.
Hannah Zuzek has extensive experience leading programs in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, as well as providing technical assistance in youth workforce development and entrepreneurship projects. Zuzek has worked extensively in the Middle East and North Africa region with more than ten years of experience, including serving as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco (2010-2012). She holds expertise in inclusive youth workforce development, entrepreneurship, private sector engagement, positive youth development, and economic growth.
Matt Brown has worked for World Learning for 24 years and is currently based in the Washington, DC area. He designs and manages diverse programs that build the technical and leadership capacities of individuals, universities, and other types of organizations to achieve their goals, using tools such as professional training, international exchanges, study tours, grants, and university linkages. Matt has focused recently on programs that support countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe, Pakistan, and Malawi. For 12 years, he served as World Learning’s resident director in several Balkan countries. Matt began his career as an ESL teacher and teacher trainer. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Pakistan and Bulgaria. He has substantial experience serving on nonprofit boards, and facilitates occasional anti-racism workshops. Matt holds a master’s degree in international and intercultural management and administration from World Learning’ SIT Graduate School, and an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown. He speaks fluent Bulgarian and some Spanish.
Cari Graves serves as director of World Learning’s Youth Development Team and has been with World Learning since May 2003 developing programs for professionals and youth from all over the world. Over the years, Graves has managed youth leadership exchange programs for Rwanda, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Lebanon, Germany, Turkey, and the United States, sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Office of Citizen Exchanges and U.S. Embassies.
Currently, Graves manages her staff team and all of World Learning’s youth program grants. Graves has had extensive international experience and is passionate about working with young leaders from around the world.
Jessica Ellerbach has over 10 years of experience in the field of international education, and she currently serves as Academic Exchange Program Specialist for World Learning. In this capacity, Ellerbach provides critical technical and business development support to World Learning USG-sponsored exchanges. Prior to her current role, Ellerbach managed several academic exchange programs for Pakistan, West Bank and Gaza, and Kosovo sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development as well as administered professional exchange programs funded by the U.S. Department of State. Ellerbach’s professional focus on administering U.S. government academic and professional exchange programs is complemented by her master’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University.
Emily Ralic-Moore has nearly 10 years of experience in the field of international exchange operations, and she currently serves as the Program Manager for the Fulbright Specialist Program for World Learning. In this capacity, Emily oversees the daily operations of the program and provides overall strategic direction of its implementation, serving as the program’s main point of contact for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Emily previously worked as a Director of International Operations at WorldStrides, a provider of global educational student travel. At WorldStrides, Emily managed operations teams in multiple locations to implement programs in 52 countries. Her work focused on process improvement, external relations, and contract management.
Emily’s professional background also includes experience in higher education administration and teaching at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Emily completed her master’s in public administration at NYU Wagner with a specialization in international development and an undergraduate degree in Linguistics from Boston College. She is fluent in Croatian and Spanish, in addition to English.
Rice is a Program Manager at World Learning. She manages the implementation of
the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad, also known as IDEAS
(Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students), a program of the
U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government. Prior to
joining World Learning, Rachel served as a College Relations Manager at IES
Abroad. In this role, she worked with institutions in the Northeast region of
the U.S. promoting study and internships abroad to students, faculty, and staff.
Rachel also served as the Program Director for International Programs at
Barnard College, advising inbound and outbound students, managing international
partnerships, supporting faculty-led programs, and managing on-campus international
programming. Rachel received her MA in Educational Psychology from NYU
Steinhardt, and her BA in European Studies from Barnard College. She has
frequently presented at national conferences on assessment of study abroad
Michelle Bolourchi is the Program Manager for the Global UGRAD Program, sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. In this role, she manages the implementation of a one-semester undergraduate scholarship program in the United States for talented students from countries typically underrepresented in international exchange. For eight years prior to this, she served as an Outreach and Recruitment Specialist at the Institute of International Education (IIE), most recently for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. She liaised with Fulbright Commissions and U.S. embassies in more than 40 countries to strategize recruitment to U.S. faculty and researchers, and represented the program in webinars, conferences, and to university leadership. During this time, she also managed the Fulbright U.S. Alumni Ambassador Program, training Alumni Ambassadors to serve as official representatives of the program. Michelle also led outreach efforts in the U.S. for the Cargill Global Scholars Program for students studying agriculture-related fields. Before moving to Washington, DC, Michelle was based at IIE’s office in New Delhi, India, where she conducted outreach across South Asia for New York University Abu Dhabi. During her six-year stay in India, Michelle also researched the Indian education system and gained expertise in higher education trends and the public and private school systems across the country. She has spoken at events for Indian students interested in studying in the United States and Germany.
Michelle has more than 10 years of experience in the field of education and international exchange. After completing her first MA, she served as an adjunct faculty for two years, teaching social sciences courses to undergraduates. Early in her career, Michelle taught elementary school before serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at Max-Planck-Gymnasium in Trier, Germany. She has studied for extended periods in Germany, South Africa, and India, and holds undergraduate degrees in International Studies, German, and master’s degrees in Global Studies (Germany) and the Sociology of Education (India). She has served as a consultant for the German development agency, GIZ, and provided academic editing services for various sociology articles. She remains an active member of associations of North American alumni of German universities and volunteers at events for the Indian diaspora community in the greater Washington, DC area.
Michelle speaks German, Spanish, and is conversant in Farsi
Vlad Spencer is a Program Manager at World Learning with more than 20 years of experience administering U.S. Department of State professional exchange programs. In his role, Mr. Spencer also manages relationships and communication with in-country partners to ensure successful program delivery. As the current Program Manager for the On-Demand Leaders Lead and Digital Communication Network exchanges, the U.S. Speaker Program, the Professional Fellows Program, and the International Sports Programming Initiative, Mr. Spencer brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in creating impactful public diplomacy programming. Previous experience includes journalism and TV production. Mr. Spencer has a M.A. degree in economics from Bucharest University in Romania and has studied TV production at American University in Washington, DC.
Eric Corens is technical advisor, technical specialist, and program manager at World Learning focused on participant training, organizational development, and exchanges.
Corens has worked for World Learning for 13 years designing and managing training, education, capacity building, civic engagement, and exchanges for programs in the MENA region, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. He has served as key personnel and program manager for programs such as the U.S. Department of State-funded Leaders for Democracy Fellowship, the USAID-funded Community Connections Belarus, and others.
Corens also brings 16 years of experience in project management, engagement with public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and NGO management. He’s certified in the Participatory Institutional Analysis Instrument and USAID’s Introduction to Human and Institutional Capacity Development tool. Corens has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Emory University and a master’s degree in international political economy from Seton Hall University.
Ann Driscoll is a Senior Program Officer on World Learning’s
Professional Exchanges team. She joined World Learning in February 2010 and has
developed over 100 projects for the U.S. Department of State’s International
Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), including in-person and virtual programs,
multi-regional and regional projects, individual and small group programs, special
initiatives on elections, journalism, and international security, the
International Women of Courage project, and voluntary visitor programs. She
designed and led one of the first virtual IVLP projects, a Regional Program for
the Caribbean, in 2015. As a Senior Program Officer, Ms. Driscoll contributes
to IVLP team management and provides programming and professional development
support to her colleagues. She has tailored programs for visitors from Asia,
the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Western Hemisphere on a variety of
topics including elections, government transparency and accountability,
e-government, women’s political participation, civil and human rights, border
security, policing, counter-extremism, disinformation, energy, education, journalism,
filmmaking, entrepreneurship, international adoptions, environmental protection
and climate change, and new media. Her work experience prior to joining World
Learning includes 14 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S.
Information Agency, during which time she served as a cultural affairs and
press officer in Jordan, Algeria, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia. Ms. Driscoll holds a
B.A. in international relations from the University of South Florida and an
M.A. in public communication from American University.
Jessica Mead is a Program Manager on the Professional Exchanges team at World Learning. She has 20 years of experience in project management, public affairs, international education, and international exchange. Since 2015, she has managed the Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (Alumni TIES) program funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. In this role, she plans and implements thematic seminars around the world for alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs and manages the Alumni TIES Small Grants program. From 2008 to 2015, she worked on the Global Undergraduate Exchange program, also funded by the U.S. Department of State, advising undergraduate students from countries in East Asia and the Pacific during their semester or year abroad and securing placements for them at U.S. universities and colleges. She also developed two small grant programs for World Learning alumni: the 2014 Alumni Engagement Initiative funded by Newman’s Own Foundation and the 2015 Advancing Leaders Fellowship program; in addition to creating an online course in community project design, management, and evaluation for prospective grantees.
Prior to joining World Learning, Ms. Mead was an English language
instructor at DuocUC in Santiago, Chile, coordinated international public
affairs campaigns at Powell Tate|Weber Shandwick, assisted with marketing
strategies for Outward Bound USA, and organized large events and major gift
solicitations for the New England Regional Anti-Defamation League. Ms. Mead has
a M.Sc. degree in the history of international relations from the London School
of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. degree from Sarah Lawrence
Ms. Meghan Simpson is a senior program officer on World Learning’s
International Visitor Leadership Program team, where she has worked since 2014.
Her background includes over two decades of international experience as an
educator, researcher, and programmer. In her current role, she leads efforts to
develop and incorporate innovative learning and design elements into
international exchange programming. She has conducted sessions for national and
international audiences on experiential learning, understanding different
learning styles, and creative programming elements in exchange programs. Prior
to joining World Learning, Ms. Simpson served on the faculty of the Asian
University of Women in Bangladesh, where she taught courses in writing, Gender
Studies, and Asian Studies. Before that, she worked on local governance reform
with the Open Society Institute in Budapest, pioneering a series of short-term,
immersive exchanges for leaders in multiethnic communities in Southeast Europe
and Central Asia. Ms. Simpson’s passion for international exchange is borne of
out of her experiences as an exchange participant, which include a Fulbright
scholarship for research on the complex relationship between women’s
non-governmental organizations and international aid in Kyrgyzstan. She holds
graduate degrees from Central European University and the School for
International Training Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Anthony Zaun is an education professional with over 20 years of experience
managing international education and development programs in the areas of
exchange, training, and capacity-building. Currently a Senior Program Officer
on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) team at World Learning,
Mr. Zaun researches, designs, and overseas the implementation of IVLP projects,
and contributes to the professional development of his colleagues. Since
joining World Learning, Mr. Zaun has developed and implemented over 100 IVLP
programs on a wide range of topics for professionals from all over the world.
He has also collaborated with colleagues at other agencies on special projects
and initiatives on diversity, women’s entrepreneurship, national security, and
US electoral processes. In addition to his experience with the IVLP program,
Mr. Zaun’s professional background includes over ten years of experience
managing USAID-funded election administration and workforce development
programs and collaborating with government and private-sector partners to
achieve project goals and objectives. Mr. Zaun has a B.A.
degree in political science and Latin American studies from the University of
Minnesota, Minneapolis and an M.A. degree in educational leadership and policy
studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.