Dr Barbara Kappler
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Barbara Kappler, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean and Director of International Student & Scholar Services in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance at the University of Minnesota. ISSS is a comprehensive office that includes recruiting, counseling, immigration advising for students and scholars, student engagement programs, intercultural training for faculty, staff, and students, as well as employment based visas.  Barbara is an advocate for linking daily international education practices with theory and research. Recently, she has been a team member on several projects focused on better understanding the international and domestic student experiences on campus, including the Educational Impact of International Students on Campus and Best Practices in Integrating International and Domestic Students.

Barbara has 25 years of experience in intercultural communication training, program management, teaching, and research.  She is co-author of three guides for students, staff, and language instructors on “Maximizing Study Abroad,” as well as a book on communication styles. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Studies in International Education and has been involved in the leadership team with the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community with NAFSA: Association for International Educators.  Barbara holds a B.A. in both Economics and Communication and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Speech Communication. She is also a member of the Graduate Faculty and serves on graduate committees in the department of Organizational Leadership and Policy Development with the College of Education and Human Development.

Her career at the University has been an exciting blend of intercultural program and leadership experiences, curriculum development, research, teaching, and working directly with students.

Professor Paul Morris
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Paul Morris is Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington where he holds the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious Understanding and Relations in New Zealand and the Pacific. He has published works on neoliberalism, religious diversity, politics and religion, religion and development, religion in New Zealand and the Pacific, and modern Jewish thought, and, is currently working on two monographs, one explicating post-Holocaust Jewish thought, Radical Jewish Theologies, and the other exploring Cosmopiety, looking at the global rise of cosmopolitan pieties and religiosities.  He is the author of the Statement on Religious Diversity in Aotearoa/New Zealand (HRC, UNESCO 2007, 2009).

Professor Wendy Larner
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Professor Wendy Larner, PhD, is the Provost at Victoria University of Wellington.  As the Provost, Professor Larner is responsible for driving the highest standards of academic excellence across Victoria and overseeing the achievement of key goals in Victoria’s Strategic Plan. These include adopting a distinctive academic emphasis, enhancing research quality, quantity and impact, providing a student experience that is second to none and increasing enrolments of talented students from disadvantaged groups in society.

Prior to Victoria, Professor Larner was at the University of Bristol where she was the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, and Professor of Human Geography and Sociology.

Professor Larner is an internationally respected social scientist whose research sits in the interdisciplinary fields of globalisation, governance and gender. She completed her BSocSci at Waikato, MA (First Class Hons) at Canterbury, and her PhD as a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar at Carleton University in Ottawa. She has held academic positions at the University of Waikato and the University of Auckland, and Visiting Fellowships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (US), Queen Mary University (UK), and the University of Frankfurt (Germany). Her research has been recognised with a range of scholarships and awards, including a Fulbright Senior Fellowship, Fellow of the New Zealand Geographical Society, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).

Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley
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Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University, New Zealand.  He was the Programme Leader for the “Integration of Immigrants Programme” and Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi which researches population change and is one of the Principal Investigators on Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand ($5.5 million, MBIE, 2014-2020).

He is the author or editor of 27 books on politics, employment and labour markets, ethnic identity and immigration.  He was awarded the Royal Society’s Science and Technology Medal for leadership in intercultural relations in 2009, he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of California Berkeley in 2010 and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2011.  In 2013, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen.

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