Education New Zealand is delighted to announce that Dr Esther Brimmer, chief executive of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, will be joining us as keynote speaker at NZIEC 2017.

With over 10,000 members in over 150 countries, NAFSA is the world’s largest non-profit association dedicated to international education and exchange. At NAFSA, Dr Brimmer is at the forefront of efforts to promote global connectivity through international education and exchange.

Her keynote address at NZIEC, titled ‘Connecting people to change the world’, will explore the ways in which international educators must build bridges across professional and political lines to keep our societies open and welcoming.

Drawing on recent developments in the United States, Dr Brimmer will outline the initiatives being undertaken by the NAFSA community to foster increased support for international education and will suggest a framework for action that can be applied by international educators the world over.

Grant McPherson, ENZ Chief Executive, says, “ENZ is delighted to welcome Dr Brimmer to New Zealand for NZIEC 2017. Dr Brimmer operates at the highest levels in the United States government and internationally, and offers unique levels of influence and expertise. We look forward to her insights on how we can forge greater global connectivity through international education.”

Dr Brimmer’s distinguished career has included three appointments within the U.S. Department of State, serving most recently as the Assistant Secretary for International Organisation Affairs.

Dr Brimmer has also held positions at George Washington University, Council on Foreign Relations, Johns Hopkins University, College of Europe, Carnegie Commission, Democratic Study Group in the U.S. House of Representatives, and McKinsey & Company. She earned her Doctorate from Oxford University.

Check out the NZIEC website to find out more about Dr Brimmer and her keynote address.