KEI recognizes that a key component of a study abroad experience is the knowledge gained by sharing an academic environment with professors and students from other countries, cultures and with different perspectives. For Summer 2020, we will recreate this learning environment through our Global Seminar on Leadership and Intercultural Communication.

Course Information

Course Title: Global Seminar on Leadership and Intercultural Communication
Academic Credit: 3 semester credit hours
University of Record: Lincoln University
Mode of Delivery: Online
Course Dates: June 1 to July 10, 2021
Course Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 11 am-1 pm Eastern Time

Course Description

This course will utilize an extensive list of guest speakers from over 10 different countries, 15 different industry backgrounds delivering lectures on the very timely subject of Leadership. Students will study leadership and intercultural communications theories from business, sociology, psychology, communications, and anthropology. Those theories will be put to the test every week when we hear from guest speakers in the fields of business, technology, diplomacy, military, science, crisis management and more! We’ll keep the online classrooms capped at 20 students to maximize faculty-student interaction, guest speaker-student interaction, and student-student interactions.

Professor & Guest Speakers

Dr. Duleep Deosthale

Buffalo, New York
Professor of Record

The very definition of a world educator, Dr. Deosthale speaks many languages and serves on the boards of professional study abroad organizations, international companies and NGOs. He has been working in the field for more years than he would like to admit. In his long career, Dr. Deosthale served as President of KEI in the USA, Vice President of Manipal University in India and Malaysia, Dean of International Education at Marist College in New York, and Director of Education Abroad at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Sergii Mirnyi

Kyiv, Ukraine
Topic: Leadership in Crisis

In August 1986 Sergii Mirnyi was the platoon commander of Chornobyl radiation reconnaissance missions. He led thousands of men in 7-ton military armored reconnaissance patrol vehicles and mapped irradiation in the Zone center near to the exploded number 4 reactor. He was cited for his courage and heroism by the commander of Kiev military area. He went on to present, lecture and consult around the world on disaster response and crisis management. Today he operates Chornobyl Tour, which provides his firsthand account of the disaster and response while visiting military and civilian installations inside the exclusion zone.

Khemit Bailey

Lisbon, Portugal
Topic: Leadership in Technology

After learning Mandarin in the US Military and various private sector jobs in Beijing, in 2014 Khemit joined Apple as a Supply Chain Security Manager in Guangdong, China. He later became a Global Security Risk Assessor on Apple’s Cupertino campus. He has worked with thousands of internal employees, oversaw the training of over 700 employees, and assessed 50+ vendors and suppliers across 15 countries. Khemit has turned in passion for coaching into a new business venture, The Character Arc, a theater for transformational change. It is a community & curriculum dedicated to combating the stagnation that plagues modern life and the modern work environment.

Rene Du Teeroil

Florence, Italy
Topic: Across Cultures: Italy, Iran, and the United States

René M. Du Terroil has worked in international education and tourism in the Mediterranean since 1997, and in Iran since 2009. He holds a BA in Political Science from Hofstra University and a MA in Economics from Università Bocconi in Milan, and has studied and lived in Argentina, Egypt, Iran and Russia. René is a creator of innovative experiential and educational programs in the fields of Persian language, traditional earth building techniques, and desert cities. He also launched the first culinary walking tours and cooking classes in Tehran. His role at Iran Doostan Tours is multifaceted with involvement in both the North American and Italian markets along with the development of new products and research on the rapid changes in the Iranian tourism industry.

Dr. Sean Cox

Istanbul, Turkey
Topic: Dispersed Leadership in Complex Global Operations

Sean Cox leads the BAU Global Education Network which is comprised of higher education institutions spread around the world. This international network spans many countries on four continents: North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. BAU Global universities offer nearly two hundred undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs. Dr. Cox also lectures in the Global Affairs department of Bahçeşehir University and is a regular commentator on the international news channel TRT World.

Sree Sathya Venegopal

Doha, Qatar
Topic: Leadership from Authors and Leadership in Literature: The Indian Experience

Sathya was recently an Assistant Professor of English for the Symbiosis School for the Liberal Arts where she taught courses on Literature and Gender, Postmodernism: Literary and Philosophical Perspectives, Poetry, and Indian Writing in English. Her research interests focus on Indian Literature in English. She is a devourer of the written word. She currently divides her time between Pune, India and Doha, Qatar.

Susannah Kyte

London, England
Topic: Great Moments and Great Failures in Leadership: A Historical British Perspective

Susannah Kyte is the Managing Director of Somewhere New, an academic tourism company based in London. She is originally from California, and first came to England in 1992 to study at Oxford for a year abroad. She has lived in England permanently since 1995. Before founding Somewhere New, Susannah taught English literature, history and drama. She holds degrees is in Psychology, History, and English Literature from University of San Francisco and a two year graduate course focused on British history. Susannah is passionate about teaching students the importance of history, context, and culture.

Dr. Ahmet Aydemir

Istanbul, Turkey
Topic: Sustainable Leadership in a Glocal Context

Dr. Aydemir is the Director of CIFAL (International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders) Istanbul under the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and is on the Faculty of Educational Sciences at Bahçeşehir University. He volunteers as a pathway guide for 21st century skills at the TurkishWIN / BinYaprak digital networks. Dr. Aydemir holds a PhD in Program Management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Boğaziçi University. Additionally, he also holds a double Psychology and Sociology Bachelor of Arts degree from Koç University. He currently lectures on subjects such as industrial and organizational psychology, human resources management, organizational behavior, career consulting, personal development, communication, emotional intelligence, emotional contagion, mindfulness, sustainable development, and social responsibility.

Ceren Gokce

Ankara, Turkey
Topic: Leading in International Development and Crisis Management

Ceren Gökçe is a development professional from Turkey with experience in development planning and assistance on national, regional and local levels. She has worked on programme development, capacity building, partnership management, policymaking for public institutions, private sector, academia and NGOs. Having worked within industry clusters, textile, tourism, agriculture, MSME, education, Syrian crisis, humanitarian cash assistance, resilience building contexts, she now works for GIZ and lectures at Bilkent University(Ankara, Turkey) on international development assistance.

MAJ (Ret) Bill Campsey

Tblisi, Georgia

William (Bill) Campsey is an Instructor and Curriculum Developer for the Senior Leader Professional Military Education for Valiant Integrated Services, supporting the GDF. He currently supports the Georgian Command and General Staff College in the Fires War-fighting Function. He also supports the Georgian Defense Forces Training Exercises as a Senior Mentor. Bill was commissioned in 1975 from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served two decades as a Field Artillery Officer in leadership or staff positions from battery to division. Bill has a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point and a master’s degree in Military History from CGSC in Ft. Leavenworth.

Dr. Francisco Marmolejo

Doha, Qatar
Topic: Leadership in International Financial Institutions: The World Bank Case Study

Francisco Marmolejo is since Feb.2020 the Education Advisor of Qatar Foundation, based in Doha. From 2012-18 he worked for the World Bank as the higher education global coordinator based in Washington, and on 2018-20, as the higher education lead covering India and South Asia based in Delhi. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) – an international network of more than 160 universities, based at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Murli Nagasundaram

Bangalore, India
Topics: Leading over a Billion, The Indian Experience.

Dr Murli Nagasundaram is a Director with Spruha, a higher education counselling consultancy, and with CollPoll, an edutech startup. He has worked in the information technology industry as well as in academia, in the USA, India, Dubai and Singapore. He has taught and consulted in the fields or information technology, innovation and higher education. He is an expert on creativity, innovation and design thinking with particular reference to management innovation and business/experience design. He was formerly on the faculty of the College of Business, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, USA. Dr Nagasundaram has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli, MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, and a PhD in information systems from the University of Georgia, Athens.

Oscar Moreno Hoyos

Bogota, Columbia
Topic: Transformational Leadership

Oscar’s experience has been in extremely diverse in his professional career, including hospitality, entrepreneurship development, Air transportation, Colombian Army, dairy products, health, and educational sector. His expertise is about assessing individuals learning and development needs and assessing organizational / team’s processes and dynamics that need to be improved. He specializes in designing and delivering transformational leadership training programs focused in individual human development (soft skills / fostering desirable behaviors) and organizational development (change management/ Processes improvement/ team building).

Dr. Bjorn Einar Aas

Bergen, Norway

Dr. Brjorn Einar Aas is the Senior Advisor in the Division of Research and Innovation at the University of Bergen. He is an international education research and policy expert, a former President of the European Association for International Education, and the Chief International Officer for the University of Bergen.

Gudrun Paulsdottir

Stockholm, Sweden
Topic: European and Nordic views on Leadership

Gudrun Paulsdottir is the Administrative Manager of the Research Centre eGovlab at Stockholm University. Prior to this she was Head of Admission, Degrees and International Office, Director of the International Office and Director of Student Affairs at Mälardalen University, Sweden. During her time at Mälardalen University, Gudrun was in charge of a variety of projects, the largest being the reorganization of the university, merging nine departments into four schools. She is and has been involved in a number of international development projects and has been an expert for the European Commission on a number of occasions as well as for the Nordic Council. She serves as an international expert in matters related to higher education and internationalization. Gudrun is the Immediate Past President of the EAIE, European Association of International Education.

Program Fee

$1,200 for students who attend KEI Affiliated & Special Status universities/colleges.
$1,400 for students who do not attend KEI Affiliated or Special Status universities/colleges.

Payment plans are available. Contact Eduard Mandell, KEI Managing Director, at or 1.212.931.9953 ext 3.

Students who participate in the Global Seminar will receive a $1,000 KEI Travel Grant that can be applied to any KEI semester, trimester, quarter and academic year program offered during the academic year.

Application Requirements

  • KEI APPLICATION FORM (app form will open in new Tab)
  • No Application Fee
  • Advising Session (via phone)
  • 2.0 or higher GPA (if currently enrolled at a university in the USA)
  • Unofficial Transcript (if currently enrolled at a university in the USA)