Danielle Alperin is the Program Manager at IIE-SRF, where she has worked since 2016. Danielle has dedicated her career to work in non-profit and non-governmental organizations focused on supporting and advancing human rights and children’s rights, such as the London-based Child Rights International Network. She holds a B.A. in political science and history from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and an M.Sc. in human rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Emily Borzcik joined IIE-SRF in 2013 and currently serves as Assistant Director. She holds a B.A. in social welfare and Scandinavian studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in international education from New York University. Prior to joining IIE-SRF, Emily served with the Peace Corps in Armenia and worked in the Republic of Georgia.
Emily Eckardt is a Program Officer at IIE-SRF. She holds an M.S.Ed. in education, culture, & society from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in women’s and gender studies and political science from Dickinson College. Prior to joining IIE, she worked at Princeton in Asia where she managed fellowships in the fields of education, media, business, and international development in Central and South Asia. Emily has served as a teaching fellow at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh and is two-time recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship, during which she studied Bangla in India.
Emily Elliot-Meisel is a Program Officer with IIE-SRF. She holds a M.A. in international education from New York University. After completing her B.A. in international studies from American University, Emily undertook two consecutive Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships in northeastern Brazil and then served as a Fulbright mentor in southern Brazil. During her time at NYU, Emily worked with inbound international students on immigration processes and regulations to assist their transition to the United States.
Olga Palinkasev Gregorian is a Senior Advisor at IIE-SRF, where she heads the Partnerships for Scholar Advancement program. Previously, she worked at the World Bank on increasing access to technology and alternative forms of education to underprivileged youth around the world. Olga also worked for the East West Center and the Center for Security Studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina on post-conflict institutions, state building, and reconciliation programs in the Balkans. She holds a B.A. in English and Italian language and literature from University Complutense in Madrid, Spain and an M.A. in international affairs from Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France.
Communications & Program Officer
Desiree Halpern is IIE-SRF’s Communications & Program Officer. She holds an M.A. in international educational development from Columbia University and a B.A. in international affairs and French language from the George Washington University. Prior to working at IIE-SRF, Desiree conducted research in refugee camps in Greece, where she helped to develop a science curriculum for displaced children. She is a recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship for Persian and the Blossom Hill Foundation fellowship for assisting children affected by conflict.
Senior Program Coordinator
Janet Hoyte is IIE-SRF’s Senior Coordinator and has been with IIE since 2012. Prior to working at IIE-SRF, Janet worked with IIE’s Global Exchange Operations Department as a Senior Program Administrator. She is currently completing her degree in Human Services at SUNY Empire.
James R. King is Director of IIE-SRF and has worked with the program since 2011. A former Fulbright fellow in Jordan, James holds an M.A. in Islamic studies from Columbia University. He has published extensively on Yemen and is also the co-author of two studies published by IIE and the University of California, Davis that focus on the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on higher education in Lebanon and Turkey. Prior to working at IIE-SRF, James worked on a state stabilization initiative in Yemen and on a project to measure the quality of governance within contemporary Muslim-majority states.
Program & Grants Specialist
Laura Ormsby is IIE-SRF’s Program and Grants Specialist and has worked with the program since 2015. She holds an M.A. in higher education administration from The George Washington University and B.A.s in public relations and communication arts and sciences from Penn State University. Prior to joining IIE-SRF, Laura worked on other IIE-administered programs, including the U.S. Department of State- sponsored Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.
Special Advisor, MENA
Celine Taminian is IIE-SRF’s Special Advisor for the Middle East-North Africa region. Previously, she served for five years as IIE-SRF's Iraq Scholar Rescue Project Manager for the MENA region, based in Amman, Jordan. Prior to her position with IIE-SRF, Celine worked with the U.S.-based Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, serving as Assistant Director to its Arab American National Museum. Born and educated in Jordan, she received her B.A. in English language and literature and her M.A. in American studies both from the University of Jordan.
Adam Vincent is a Program Officer with IIE-SRF. He holds a B.A. in communication and humanities from Villanova University. Prior to joining IIE, he worked as an Employment Specialist at the International Rescue Committee, a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Brazil, and a communication consultant for the International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD) and UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Italy.