Board of Directors

Eunhee Jung, PhD
Chairperson & Executive Director

Dr. Eunhee Jung is the Founder of IVECA Center for International Virtual Schooling based in the United States and serves as the CEO of IVECA-KOREA. Her expertise is in using ICT to globalize classroom activities for promoting intercultural and global competencies. Based on her integrated curriculum design framework, she is dedicated to transforming existing curricula of schools and educational institutes towards internationally blended interdisciplinary learning activities.  Since 2009, she has provided consultation for and collaborated with K-12 schools, universities, corporations, NGOs, and ministries/offices of education in diverse countries, including but not exclusively those in East Asia, Oceania, South Asia, Latin America, North America, and North Africa.

Her work, IVECA program was awarded the 21st Century Best Practice for Excellence in Distance Learning by USDLA (2009), and she received the Global Citizenship Award for Leadership in Helping Humanity from OIWW (2010). The United Nations has recognized her work by granting IVECA Center Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC (2013) and having the Center associated with the UN-DPI (2015). Formerly, as an elementary educator, she played key roles in multiple model school research projects and the School System Automation campaign under the Korea Ministry of Education in late 90’s. She earned her Ph.D. and M.Ed. in instructional technology from University of Virginia and B.Ed. in Teacher Education from Seoul National University of Education.

Kanishka Balasuriya
Director, Implementation and Communications

Mr. Kanishka Balasurya is a consultant at the World Bank, and he is a licensed Lawyer in Sri Lanka. He also contributes a weekly Op-ed column to one of Sri Lanka’s major English-language newspapers (with national circulation), where he critically evaluates U.S. politics and their potential global impact. During the period 2006-7, he also functioned as the Program Director/Internship Coordinator at ATHGO International, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, associated with the UN DPI. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. His areas of research include public sector reforms, political systems and institutional economics. He also holds an MA in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA.

Matthew Walters
Director, International Education and Global Affairs

Mr. Matthew Walters is Assistant Dean of Global Initiatives at The New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.  Since 2015, he has also served on the board of directors for IVECA (Intercultural Virtual Exchange of Classroom Activities) as Director, International Education and Global Affairs.  Previously, he has directed International Programs at Columbia Law School, and California State University at Fullerton. He is a global education consultant with extensive experience working in East Asia, Latin America and Scandinavia. He received his Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Zhen Wu, PhD
Associate, Quantitative Research

Dr. Zhen Wu has been conducting research on the issue of gender and computing since she began her graduate studies in the United States. She joined National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) in 2011 as a research scientist. She manages several databases and conducts research and data analysis for many evaluation programs, like the Aspirations Award program and the Extension Services program. Dr. Wu also works as an evaluator for other NCWIT-related projects.  She has been involved in quantitative research with IVECA since 2014. Zhen received her Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia.

 

Advisory Board

Kamran Elahian
Chairman, Global Catalyst Foundation and Global Catalyst Partners
Former Co-Chair, United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development
Founder, Schools Online

Amir Dossal
Chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum
Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union for Global Partnerships
Former Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships

William Vendley, PhD
Secretary-General of the World Conference for Religions of Peace

Hesham A. Auda, PhD
Chief
The United Nations Office of Under-Secretary-General and the Assistant-Secretary-General
Department for General Assembly and Conference Management

John Bunch, PhD
Professor (Emeritus), University of Virginia
Instructional Technology

Zahrl Scheony, PhD
Professor (Emeritus), University of Virginia
Intercultural online teaching and learning

Diane Hoffman, PhD
Professor, University of Virginia
Anthropology, Comparative Education

Walter Heinecke, PhD
Professor, University of Virgina
Qualitative Research and Statistics

Bruce Gensneder, PhD
Professor (Emeritus), University of Virginia
Quantitative Research and Statistics

John Greyzel, PhD
Professor, University of Maryland
Peace Keeping and International Development

Carol Anne Spreen, PhD
Professor, New York University
International Education

Roger Geyer, PhD, MCSE
Professor, The American University of Iraq – Sulaimani
Computer Science and Business Administration

Yitna Firdyiwek, PhD
Instructional Technology Advisor, University of Virginia