Publication Date: January 14, 2020
Publication Location: WASHINGTON
Contact: Kathryn Schoenberger   |   kathryn.schoenberger@worldlearning.org

World Learning Inc.’s Global Advisory Council is pleased to announce the recent addition of four new members, each bringing unique experience in a wide range of fields including foreign affairs, finance, journalism, and alumni relations. The new members are Fayezul Choudhury, Kathy Edersheim, Rick Ruth, and Shannon Service.

“We are so honored to have four such accomplished individuals join our Global Advisory Council,” said World Learning Inc. CEO Carol Jenkins. “They each bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization, which will help us achieve our shared goal of creating a more sustainable, just, and peaceful world.”

Fayezul Choudhury is the former CEO of the International Federation of Accountants. He also worked for the World Bank for 25 years, where his roles included vice president of Corporate Finance and Risk Management and controller and vice president of Strategic Resource Management.

Kathy Edersheim is president of Impactrics, which provides tools and guidance to alumni associations. She has 20 years of experience in alumni relations and leadership including serving as senior director of International Alumni Relations and Travel at the Association of Yale Alumni. Edersheim also currently serves on the Advisory Group for the Alumni Association of the Max Planck Society and is treasurer of Future First Global.

Rick Ruth recently retired from his role as acting principal deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and as senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary. Ruth has 44 years of experience working with the U.S. government as a foreign service officer, chief of staff at the former United States Information Agency, and in multiple leadership rolls within ECA.

Shannon Service is an award-winning independent reporter and filmmaker whose work has appeared at Sundance, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, The New York Times and The Guardian of London. Service is an alumna of School for International Training’s International Honors Program.

The Global Advisory Council supports World Learning Inc.’s mission to work globally to enhance the capacity and commitment of individuals, institutions, and communities to create a more sustainable, peaceful, and just world. The council brings together leaders from the arenas of development, education, government, civil society, business, foundations, and international organizations from more than a dozen countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.