Global Leadership Summit

22 August 2023

Hosted by the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) in partnership with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), the Global Leadership Summit will provide a one-day special platform for international education leaders to be in dialogue with their counterparts from around the world. The Global Summit will be held the day before the Annual IEASA conference.

Target participants:
Vice-Chancellors, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Senior leadership in universities, Directors of Internationalisation, Presidents and Executives of International Education Associations, and those in positions responsible for supporting/funding internationalisation activities in the Higher Education Sector

Space is limited to 35 participants.
Date:              Tuesday, 22 August 2023
Venue:            Suite 5, Elangeni-Maharani Hotel, Durban
Time:              08:30 – 17:30
Cost:               R5000


Ramu Damodaran

Ramu Damodaran is Deputy Permanent Observer of the intergovernmental University for Peace to the United Nations. He was earlier with the United Nations Department of Global Communications where his responsibilities included oversight of relationships with civil society, the creative community and celebrity advocates, publications (including as Chief Editor of the UN Chronicle), the Dag Hammarskjöld Library and as the first chief of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative.

Thandeka Gqubule Mbeki

Thandeka Gqubule Mbeki

Thandeke Gqubule-Mbeki is an accomplished Editor, Journalist and author. Thandeka received a M.Sc. in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York in 1991 and an M. Phil in International Business from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science in 2021. Further, she completed the Oxford Executive Leadership Program, of Said Business School, University of Oxford in 2021.


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Global Leadership Summit Programme: 22 August 2023
8:00 – 8:30Registration
 Refreshments served
8:30 – 9.15Informal Networking
 Meet and connect with participants leading internationalisation from around the world!
9.15 – 9:30Welcome

Dr Lavern Samuels, Durban University of Technology, IEASA President (2023-2024)

Dr Jeet Joshee, California State University, AIEA President (2023)

9:30– 10:15Keynote Address
 Topic: Higher Education and the Sustainable Development Goals
 Keynote Speaker: Mr Ramu Damodaran, University of Peace
 ChairDr Lavern Samuels, Durban University of Technology, IEASA President (2023-2024)
10:15- 11:00Panel Discussion
 Topic: Sustainable and Impactful Internationalisation.(How do we align Higher Education to demonstrate commitment to global citizenship, social responsibility and achieving the broader sustainable development agenda, as outlined in the SDGs and Continental frameworks such as Agenda 2063?.


Dr Samia Chasi, Manager Strategic Initiatives, Partnership Development and Research, IEASA

Dr Savo Heleta, International Education and Partnerships, Durban University of Technology

 Chair: Dr Jeet Joshee, California State University, AIEA President (2023)
11:00 -11:30Refreshment break and networking
11:30 -12:15Keynote Address
 Topic: Challenging corruption and Freedom of the Press in South Africa.
 Keynote Speaker: Ms Thandeka Gqubule, Journalist
 Chair: Ms Orla Quinlan, Rhodes University, President IEASA (2019-2020)
12:15 – 13:00Panel discussion: Vice Chancellors and Institutional leaders
 Vice Chancellors and Institutional Leaders will reflect on exercising ethical leadership in higher education in challenging national and global conditions of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA).


Prof Sunungurai Dominica Chingarande, VC, Woman’s University of Africa, Zimbabwe

Prof. Hassan Omar Mahadallah: The Rector and VC of Somali National University

Prof Evanilda Souza de Santana Cavalho, Executive Vice Rector, State University of Feira de Santana, Brazil

Dr Esther Benjamin CEO & Executive Director, World Education Services

 Chair: Dr Darla Deardorff, Executive Director AIEA
13:00- 14:00Lunch and Networking
14:00-14:45Small Group Discussion
 Topic: Participants will reflect on the inputs to date and discuss the implications for leading internationalisation of Higher Education in their own contexts.
 Facilitator: Ms Normah Zondo, Deputy President, IEASA (2023)
14:45- 15:30Panel Discussion
 Topic: In face of a mix of continuities and disjunctures, what are the divergent strategic responses and critical reflections on models of sustainable internationalisation of higher education?


Dr Stephen Appiah-Padi (PhD), Director, Office of Global & Off-campus Education, Bucknell University Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, US

Dr Quinton Johnson, PhD, Director, International Office, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Sonja Knutson, Director of the Internationalization Office at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Dr Ivor Emmanuel, PhD, Director, Berkeley International Office, University of California, Berkeley

 Chair: Professor Chika Sehoole, Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, ANIE Board
15:30- 15:45Refreshment break and networking
15:45- 16:00Speaker session
 Topic: Strategic leadership to promote justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in internationalisation?
 Speaker: Ms Fazela Haniff, Past President, IEASA; Diversity Inclusion HR Specialist Consultant in Higher Education, ACEI Global Consulting Group
 Chairperson: Dr Tasmeera Singh, Cape Town Peninsula University Technology, IEASA Council (2022)
16:00- 16:30Small Group Discussion
 Topic: Strategic leadership to promote justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in internationalisation?
 Facilitator: Dr Tasmeera Singh, Cape Town Peninsula University Technology, IEASA Council (2022)
16:30-17:30Panel: International Education Associations
 Topic: International Education Association leaders reflect on their leadership lessons, what they have heard earlier and the implications for Higher Education moving forward


Dr La Nitra Berger, President of NAFSA: Association of International Educators (NAFSA)

Ms Karen Dalkie, Vice President, Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)

Dr José Celso Freire Junior, President, FAUBAI

Mr Piet Van Hove is President of the European Association for International Education (EAIE)

Dr Jeet Joshee, President Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)

Mr Giorgio Marinoni, Manager of Higher Education and Internationalization at the International Association of Universities

Dr Lavern Samuels, President (IEASA)

Dr Kefa Simwa, Executive Director, African Network Internationalization of Education

 Facilitator: Professor Judy Peter, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, IEASA Council and AIEA Board member 2023
17:30-17:45Conclusion and Vote of Thanks

Dr Lavern Samuels, Durban University of Technology, IEASA President (2023-2024)

Dr Jeet Joshee, California State University, AIEA President (2023)

 Chair: Mr Wiseman Jack, President IEASA (2021-2022)
18:00Cocktail Function
 Venue: Panini Restaurant, Maharani hotel (next to Elangeni Hotel)
 Programme Director: Mr Wiseman Jack, President IEASA (2021-2022)


Mr Ramu Damodaran,
sponsored by IEASA

Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki,
sponsored by Rhodes University

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Speakers fees
sponsored by AIEA

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