Team Members

    • Dr. Binbin Jiang

      Executive Director

      Dr. Jiang is an international scholar and leader with over 25 years of experience in teaching, research and administration in multiple international contexts. Educated in both China and the United States, Dr. Jiang has extensive experience in developing and implementing training and professional development to K-16 teachers from Mexico, Japan, and China, as well as in the United States. Dr. Jiang’s research and publications focus on diversity, international education, teaching English learners, and leadership preparation. She has conducted and/or presented research in Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Uganda and the United States. Read More
      • Lola

        Program Manager

        Lola Owokoniran is the Program Manager of CIFAL Atlanta. Lola has experience working with academic institutions and non-governmental organizations and she has a background in international program management, business and professional development, as well as community empowerment. Her experiences range from working at a local hospital to address health needs in Swaziland to managing over 14 education abroad programs in collaboration with faculty members at Kennesaw State University. Read More
        • Xiaoxiao Ji

          Manager of Operations

          Xiaoxiao Ji, as a cross-cultural business professional, has a decade of successful experience in multinational companies and academic institutions. Read More
          • Larisa Ozeryansky

            Voluntary Health Development and Social Equity Consultant

            Larisa Ozeryansky is volunteering with CIFAL Atlanta as part of her KSU Master of Science in International Policy Management program. Read More.
            • Ashley Stitt

              CIFAL Atlanta Intern

              Ashley Stitt is a senior at Kennesaw state university. She is currently majoring in international business and minors in marketing. Ashley started her summer internship with CIFAL Atlanta in June 2020. During her time with CIFAL Atlanta, she is excited to learn more about the SDG goals. She also hopes to gain professional experience that will help her in her future careers.

              • Tamia Harris

                CIFAL Atlanta Intern

                Tamia Harris is a senior at Kennesaw State University majoring in International Business and minoring in Information Security and Assurance. She has worked in the finance industry for 4 years where her passion for educating her community on the importance of financial literacy evolved. She believes in the importance of creating a sustainable life and generational wealth. During this internship with CIFAL Atlanta, she hopes to gain insight on the value of the United Nations, and how business affects international and domestic affairs.

                • Jennifer Cardenas

                  CIFAL Atlanta Intern

                  Jennifer Cardenas is currently a senior at Kennesaw State University. She is majoring in International Business with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is Hispanic so she can speak, read and write Spanish and she is hoping to use these unique skills in the CIFAL Fall Internship Program!

                  • Hayden Harrison

                    CIFAL Atlanta Intern

                    Hayden Harrison is a senior at Kennesaw State University and is majoring in International Business. Hayden started his internship at CIFAL Atlanta in the fall of 2020 and hopes to use the knowledge he gains from CIFAL Atlanta to help with his future career in business. Hayden is eager to learn more about the Sustainable Development goals as well working in a professional organization.

                    • Tyler Berhmann

                      CIFAL Atlanta Intern

                      Tyler is a psychology major interested in human performance. He joined CIFAL’s internship team in the fall. While working with CIFAL Atlanta, he looks to help with the Wellness seminars. With these experiences, he is looking to have a better understanding how businesses and their employees can use sustainable development goals to operate more holistically.

                      • Parth Purnai

                        CIFAL Atlanta Intern

                        Parth Purani is a junior at Kennesaw State University. He hopes to use an international affairs degree to do nonprofit work and provide impoverished countries relief around the world. His goal for this internship is to get a taste of what it is like to do nonprofit work, learn about issues around the world, and focus on sustainable and economic development which help make a change in the world. He believes CIFAL Atlanta provides a great opportunity to use verbal, literary, and communication skills to learn more about UNITAR and how to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

                        • Phuong Nguyen

                          CIFAL Atlanta Intern

                          Phuong Nguyen is a senior at Kennesaw State University and majoring in International Business with a minor in Chinese Studies. Phuong began her fall internship at CIFAL Atlanta in August 2020. She is excited to learn more knowledge of SDG goals as well as the diversity of culture and international issues in business development. During the internship at CIFAL Atlanta, Phuong hopes to gain real work experience in the professional environment. Phuong is looking forward to using her education and skills to assist the program.

                          • Mazen Maatouk Al Sabbagh

                            CIFAL Atlanta Intern

                            Mazen Maatouk Al Sabbagh is a senior student at Kennesaw State University studying International Business with a concentration on management. He is a program intern at CIFAL Atlanta for the 2020 fall semester. Mazen has experience working in team positions and hopes to utilize his time at CIFAL Atlanta to build more experience and knowledge, which in turn would assist in further building his career in international business. 

                            • Armena Brown

                              CIFAL Atlanta Intern

                              Armena Brown is a senior at Kennesaw State University. She is studying International Affairs. Armena is interning with CIFAL Atlanta for the fall semester! Armena has worked with Throughout this internship with CIFAL Atlanta, she is excited to learn more about sustainable development goals and the United Nations. She hopes to take what she learns from this internship and apply it to her future career in International Affairs.

                              • Rachel Westmoreland

                                CIFAL Atlanta Intern

                                Rachel Westmoreland is in the final year of obtaining her master’s in International Policy Management at Kennesaw State University. Her experience in the airline industry has created a desire to learn more about how the 17 Sustainable Development Goals will shape and work alongside the industry to create a more resilient world. Rachel is also a member of multiple human trafficking awareness and prevention groups. She hopes to use this experience during her time at CIFAL to grow in her advocacy work. Rachel will be an intern at CIFAL for the fall 2020 semester.

                                • Chasity McDuffie

                                  CIFAL Atlanta Intern

                                  Chasity McDuffie is a Senior Media & Entertainment Student minoring in Spanish here at Kennesaw State University. She is also serving her second semester in the Joel L. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program. This is Chasity's first semester with CIFAL Atlanta and she is excited to bring her Graphic Design, Video Editing, and Social Media skills to the table. She believes that this externship assignment will help her in her future career endeavors. 

                                  • Matthew Hizine

                                    CIFAL Atlanta Intern

                                    Matthew Hizine is a Junior at Kennesaw State University majoring in Media & Entertainment. He will be serving his first semester Joel L. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program. This will be his first semester with CIFAL Atlanta and hopes to bring his skills in Video Editing and photography to CIFAL. He hopes this externship will help further his skills and knowledge for future endeavors