AIEA Secretariat 

The AIEA Secretariat is headquartered at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA. 

altDr. Darla K. Deardorff, Executive Director

Darla K. Deardorff is Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), based at Duke University. In addition, she is a research scholar in the Program in Education at Duke University and has held national leadership positions with NAFSA and with Forum on Education Abroad. Editor of The Sage Handbook of Intercultural Competence (Sage, 2009), she has published widely on international education and cross-cultural issues. She is also lead editor of the Sage Handbook of International Higher Education, (Sage, 2012) along with co-editors Hans de Wit, John Heyl and Tony Adams. Other recent books include Building Cultural Competence (Stylus, 2012) and Demystifying Outcome Assessment for International Educators (Stylus 2015).  With nearly 20 years of experience in the field of intercultural education, she teaches courses in international education and intercultural communication and is on the faculty of Harvard University's Future of Learning Institute, The Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication in Portland, OR, is research associate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (S. Africa), Meiji University (Japan), Shanghai International Studies University (China) and adjunct faculty at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies (formerly Monterey Institute). She has given invited talks, trainings and workshops around the world on intercultural competence, international education assessment and global leadership and serves as a consultant and trainer on these topics. The intercultural competence models developed from her research are being used in numerous countries and she is recipient of several awards related to her work. Founder of ICC Global, her areas of specialty include cross-cultural training, assessment and evaluation, teacher/faculty preparation/development, curriculum internationalization, global leadership, and intercultural coaching. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from North Carolina State University.

Dr. Dafina Blacksher Diabate, Assistant Director

Dafina Blacksher Diabate is the Assistant Director at the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), where she manages the daily operations of the Secretariat, based at Duke University. Dafina negotiates contracts with universities, governments and for profit and nonprofit organizations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America, raising a quarter of a million dollars annually. She currently serves as the treasurer of the North Carolina Association of International Educators (NCAIE). Fluent in French, she has also taken beginning courses in Spanish and Arabic. Dafina earned her bachelor’s in psychology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a master’s in Africana studies from Cornell University, where she conducted fieldwork in Zimbabwe and research on the African publishing industry. She received her doctorate in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania in April 2017.

Katy Rosenbaum, Program Associate

Katy Rosenbaum is the Program Associate at AIEA. Katy holds a Master in International Studies with a focus on international higher education from North Carolina State University and an undergraduate degree in history from Agnes Scott College. Katy joins AIEA after over four years in Morocco, first as a rural health education Peace Corps volunteer and then creating and facilitating short-term study abroad programs as Project Manager at Morocco Exchange. She currently serves on the board of the North Carolina Association of International Educators (NCAIE) as co-coordinator of two annual student conferences on global leadership development and re-entry. Katy has studied Spanish, French, and Tamazight Berber and has dabbled with Moroccan Arabic and Mandarin Chinese. 

Amanda Blake PhotoAmanda Blake, Office Assistant  

Amanda Blake is the Office Assistant at AIEA. Amanda holds an Associates in Business from El Paso Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies from American Military University. Amanda comes to AIEA with a background as an Information Systems Technician with a passion for diversity. She was a leading member of her Command Diversity Organization while stationed at Commander Second Fleet in Norfolk, Virginia, and worked to enhance the knowledge of others through monthly presentations of various cultures. While stationed at the island of La Maddalena, Italy, Amanda worked in various cities in Italy and Spain, and also made port calls in the African countries of Sao Tome and Principe, the Republic of Congo, and Ghana. Being able to learn and interact with the local communities has been instrumental in shaping her outlook and prospects for helping others learn about new cultures.

AIEA Associates

Accountant - Robert Buser
Conference Planner- Jo Ann O'Connell/  
Conference Registrar - Metro Connections /
Publications Designer - Claire Doyle Ragin, Red Beret Design /
Shipping - Maury Klein, The UPS Store