I met Nasrin when she was served as Program Director of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Orientation Program in 1997, in Washington D.C. This program required a high degree of planning for over 500 participants and their families from 36 nations.  An intense schedule of seminars and lectures on education exchange fell under her supervision, and she handled it all with grace and attention to detail.  Her interpersonal skills are exceptional; she is both intelligent and willing to tackle difficult and complicated projects without complaint.

Harriet Mayor Fulbright is the widow of United States Senator J. William Fulbright[1] and the former Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities[2] under President Bill Clinton. She currently serves as President of the J. William and Harriet Fulbright Center and Harriet Fulbright College. [3] In addition, she serves as a Board President of Harriet Fulbright College.

I have known Dr. Nasrin Shah Abushakra for close to two decades.  We first met at Harvard University where Nasrin was enrolled in my course on the history of the Middle East; she was one of the truly outstanding students.  Nasrin is a talented, engaging, and principled individual whose particular training at the intersections of technology, education and Middle Eastern Studies makes her a major asset.

Dr. Philip Khoury Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ford International Professor of History and (MIT).[1] He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut.

Nasrine is a true global citizen with the heart of a Buddha, the smarts of a Nobel laureate, the intuition of a shaman, and the style sense of Jackie O. She’s an unparalleled mix of sincerity and savvy, weaving together seamlessly the stories, mores, hopes, dreams, and desires of two of the most important cultures in the world: the United States and the Middle East. Her leadership + coaching skills will change the world as we know it.

Helen Hunter Mackenzie, Strategic Life + Business Coach and Founder, l’academie [five.twenty.two]

I know you would find working with Nasrin a joy.  She is dedicated and conscientious, generous to a fault, filled with enthusiasm for whatever she undertakes.  I know you she would work hard for you, excel at all the responsibilities that are assigned to her and light up your work, as she did ours.

Dr. Brett Williams: Professor, Department of Anthropology American University.

It’s been a pleasure to know Nasrin since 1995, when the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State collaborated with Nasrin to organize the orientation and enrichment programs for over 500 U.S. and foreign master educators. I do not hesitate to recommend Nasrin; I am convinced that she will fully and consistently apply her considerable talents and skills to any endeavor that she undertakes.

Ilo-Mai Harding: Senior Program Manager, Office of Academic Exchange Programs. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs United States Department of State

A special thank you is due to Nasrin, who collaborated with the State Department, USDA and over 36 embassies for months to plan implement a successful orientation program.  The program was virtually flawless, and kudos were voiced by all-educators, alumni, and staff.

Dr. Jochen Hoffmann: Chief, Teacher Exchange Branch, Office of Academic Programs.  United States Department of State.

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