AFS Australia Board of Directors


David Wilmoth

Board Chair


Justin Grogan

Board Member

KFarmer 2018

Kylie Farmer

Board Member

Eduardo Assed profile

Eduardo Assed

Board Member


Kent Anderson

Board Member


Martin Piron

Board Member


Reg Smith

Board Member


John Shuey

Advisor to the Board

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.

Dr. Vishaka N. Desai

New York, USA (chair)
Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University, Senior Research Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs, President Emerita of the Asia Society


J. Brian Atwood

Massachusetts, USA (vice-chair) 
Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute, Brown University, Former Dean & Chair of Global Studies at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Professor Emeritus. Non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution


Dr. Veronica Boix Mansilla

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


Dr. Jackie Chimhanzi

Johannesburg, South Africa
CEO of the African Leadership Institute


Amalie Ferdinand

Copenhagen, Denmark
Consultant, Federation of Public Workers Union


Makiko Haraga

Tokyo, Japan
Independent Writing and Editing Professional


Isada Hiranwiwatkul

Bangkok, Thailand
Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Head of BCG Thailand


Ivonne de Leon

Florida, USA
Founding Partner at TrueCore Group & Transmutis


Eric Lomeli

Texas, USA
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Supervisor at Bexar County (Texas)


Najmuzzaman Mohammad

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Chief Product Officer at Capria VentureBasecamp


Daniel Obst

New York, USA (ex officio) 
President and Chief Executive Officer, AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc.


Ernesto Rey Moreno

Bogotá, Colombia
Founder & CEO, Empresas REYMORENO


Dr. Willibald Plesser

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


Dr. Roberto Ruffino

Colle di Val d’Elsa, Italy
Secretary General of Fondazione Intercultura


Ulrich Voss

Kronberg, Germany
Founder and Managing Partner at Kronberg Advisors


Alexis Zlocowski

Cordoba, Argentina
Latin America Big Data Sales Director at Teradata Aster

AFS Educational Advisory Council

Melissa Liles (Chair), New York, USA Chief Global Engagement Officer, AFS Intercultural Programs

Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D. Oregon, USA and Milan, Italy Executive Director, The Intercultural Development Research Institute

Dr. Darla Deardorff, North Carolina, USA Executive Director Association of International Education Administrators and Research Scholar Program in Education, Duke University

Dr. Roberto Ruffino, Colle di val d’Elsa, Italy Secretary General, Fondazione Intercultura

Professor Nagesh Rao, Ahmedabad, India President & Director, MICA Institute of Strategic Marketing and Communication

Michael (Mick) Vande Berg, Ph.D., Maine, USA Principal, MVB Associates

Mitchell R. Hammer (Special Advisor), Ph.D. Maryland, USA President, IDI, LLC and Hammer Consulting, LLC

Bruce La Brack (Special Advisor), Ph.D., California, USA Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and International Studies, School of International Studies, University of the Pacific

Veronica Boix Mansilla, Ed.D., Massachusetts, USA, Principal Investigator at Project Zero, Lecturer in Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education