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Maryalice Mazzara/ Director of Educational Programs, SUNY's Office of Global Affairs

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Director of Educational Programs at SUNY’s Office of Global Affairs

Dr. Maryalice Mazzara is currently the Director of Educational Programs at SUNY’s Office of Global Affairs. She is the founding director of a scholarship and academic program for SUNY female students pursing careers in International Relations and Global Affairs, the JFEW SUNY Program.  The Program’s speakers include leaders from the Clinton and Ford Foundations, UN Ambassadors, and executives from Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Mazzara has secured over $2,000,000 for this Program in just five years.  As well, she is the American Director of SUNY’s Confucius Institute for Business (CIB) which is supported, in part, by the People’s Republic of China. The role of SUNY’s CIB is to provide programing for New York business and thought leaders about Chinese business, culture, and history. 

Dr. Mazzara is also the President of The Geneva Group, Ltd.  (The Group), a consulting company she established in 1988. During its first decade, the Group offered cross-cultural training for primarily for multinational Korean and American companies. Clients included Conoco, LG, Samsung, and United Technologies. Dr. Mazzara also co-founded and co-directed “Business Alliance for Vietnamese Education” (BAVE), a U.S. based NGO that developed a national education program for Vietnam in collaboration with Vietnam’s Ministry of Education. In its second decade, The Group consulted on other international education projects including for the Open Society Foundation (conducted three training programs in Mongolia) and the Japan Foundation (coordinated a five week training program in New York for International University Administrators). Most recently, Dr. Mazzara is a member of the Executive Team of Mr. Amir Dossal’s Book Project on UN Partnerships. 

Her previous positions include serving as the Director of Education at The Global Film Initiative (GFI), which uses the medium of film to teach about other cultures and to promote cross-cultural understanding. GFI’s main partner was the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Dr. Mazzara was the Education Attaché for The Government of Québec in New York’s Ministry of International Relations Governmental Relations and Academic Affairs. Prior to that she was the Director of Educational Outreach for Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs East European, Russian and Eurasian National Resource Center at the Harriman Institute and was an adjunct faculty member in the International & Transcultural Department at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Dr. Mazzara also worked for CARE and was Teachers College’s liaison for a project with Save the Children. 

Over the years, Dr. Mazzara has been a member on many boards with commitments to education, the arts, and women’s programs. Current and recent participation includes Teachers College's Capital Campaign; Women Advancing Microfinance Scholarship Board; Benefit Committee of the Jacob’s Pillow Gala; Global Film Initiative Board Member; Baryshnikov Arts Center Theatre Gala Committee; Martha Graham Dance Company Guild and School Committee; Cathedral School (Liberia) Education Foundation Board; Columbia University Club of New York Board of Governors; and a Board Member of The Korea Society.

Dr. Mazzara received her Ed.D. from Columbia University’s Teachers College in the Department of International Education Development with a specialization in Administration; her M.A. in  Education and Administration from Hofstra University; and her B.A. from Arcadia University in Education with a minor in Fine Arts. 

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