Global Consultants: Li Liu, Yongfei Zhao, Nefertiti Makedak, and Emon Reyes

Dr. Cathy Atwell (Los Angeles, CA, United States) – Cathy is an accomplished and passionate educator.  She graduated from Dartmouth College, attended Stanford University for Ph.D. work in history, and graduated from the University of Southern California with an Ed.D. in Global Education.  She speaks fluent Russian and English.
Expertise: Russian History, Secondary Education, Research, Globalization, and Russian Politics and Language

Dr. Tadios Belay (Los Angeles, CA, United States and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) – Dr. Tadios Belay is an educator, community organizer, researcher and immigrants’ rights activist. Dr. Tadios has worked with BAJI, a US-based national non-profit organization and the UN Economic and Social Council as a Main Representative With the United Nation Economic Council and he has been actively engaged and working through the adoption process of Global Compact for Migration. Dr. Tadios received a Master of Laws from the University of San Francisco, School of Law where he was awarded merit and social justice scholarships and specialized in International Human Rights Law. Dr. Tadios also studied leadership and executive education at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government and recently completed his doctoral degree at the University of Southern California (USC).

Drs. Jamie Lee and Tadios Belay after Tadios’ speaking engagement.

Dr. Jamie Lee (San Diego, CA, United States) – Jamie has been a passionate educator and leader in public education for nearly two decades.
Expertise: Organizational Leadership, Secondary Education, Language Pedagogy, Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Creativity and Innovation in Education Pedagogy, Equity, and Learning Differences and Diversity, Public and Private Partnerships

Dr. Li Liu (Xi’an, China) – Lily has led Xi’an International School into a new generation of inclusive international education through her exceptional leadership.
Expertise: International Education, Organizational and School Leadership, International Baccalaureate Curriculum

Dr. Nefertiti Makeda (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) – Nefertiti founded Andinet International School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which grew from two students to over 1400 students in under two decades.
Expertise: International Education, Organizational and School Leadership, Cambridge Curriculum

Dr. Charles Prince (East London, United Kingdom) – Charles has thrived at Howard University and currently is positioned as Interim Chief Operating Officer of Student Affairs at East London University.
Expertise: Higher Education Leadership, Diversity, and Retention

Dr. Emon Reyes (Manila, Philippines) – Emon is currently the president of one branch campus within Phinma Education Network in the Philippines.  He was trained as an engineer before making a financial and leadership career in secondary and post-secondary vocational education in the Philippines.
Expertise: Vocational Education and Organizational Leadership and Finance

Andrea Thomas (New York, NY, United States) – Andrea is a former Peace Corps volunteer, has traveled to over 35 countries, has lived in six countries, and speaks four languages. She is currently the Director of International Programs with focus on Diversity & Inclusion, Virtual Exchange & Global Community Engagement.
Expertise: International Higher Education, Global Partnerships, and Service Learning

Dr. Maria Yu (Seattle, WA, United States) – Maria has traversed retail and hospital pharmacies throughout the United States, and she is expanding her reach on global healthcare. Born in Hong Kong, Maria immigrated to the United States as a child, and she has navigated bilingual learning her entire life. She is an avid and extensive traveler, which has brought her to over 30 countries.
Expertise: Pharmacy Medicine, Vaccinations, and Preventative Healthcare Education

Dr. Yongfei Zhao (Beijing, China) – Yongfei earned and possesses two doctorate degrees: One from the University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D.) and one from the University of Southern California (Ed.D.). Yongfei provides private consultation to secondary students in China who are pursuing their post-secondary education in the United States.
Expertise: Secondary to Higher Education Transition, International Students