Loren Ringer has been in the field of international education for the last 20 years. As an administrator of study abroad programs in Brittany, Paris and Barcelona, Loren has worked closely with students as educator, mentor and guide. A dual citizen of France and the US, he enjoys helping students, faculty and staff to develop the cross-cultural skills necessary to live and work abroad and to interact with international teams. With these same skills, he applies creative solutions to the daily administration of Parsons Paris. Loren holds a PhD in French literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has published a book, numerous articles and reviews in the fields of literature, live theater performances and international education.
Clementina Acedo is Director General of Webster University Geneva (since 2014). Prior to her leadership at Webster, she was the Director of the UNESCO International Bureau of Education in Geneva, from 2007 to 2014.
In her prior university service, she was Director of the Institute for International Studies in Education (IISE) and Professor of Comparative Education and Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Acedo also previously worked for the World Bank in education for the East Asian Region.
She holds a PhD in International Comparative Education, as well as Master’s degrees in Philosophy and International Development Education from Stanford University.
In addition to her university teaching and leadership experience, she has published extensively on international education policy, teacher education, international education reforms and curriculum development.
Alexis Phylactopoulos is the President of College Year in Athens, the oldest (est. 1962) and largest study abroad program in Greece. He earned his first degree from the Law School of the University of Athens and his post-graduate degrees from Princeton University (The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs), and the University of Cambridge (Wolfson College). Before joining College Year in Athens he served as a diplomat for the Greek government in Washington, D.C. and in Mexico City. He has been directing CYA since 1986. He serves on a number of Boards of educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations.
Fabrizio Ricciardelli was appointed Director of the Kent State University Florence Center in 2012 after serving in leadership and teaching roles at Georgetown University at Villa Le Balze. Ricciardelli joined Georgetown University in 2004 and served for six years as Professor of History. Between 2010-2012 he was also selected as Academic Director and in 2010 he became the chairman of the scientific committee “Villa Le Balze Studies”. After serving as Co-Secretary Treasurer, in 2021 Ricciardelli was elected President of AACUPI, the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy. His main field of study in which he has many publications is the Italian city-states in the social, economic, political, and cultural landscape of Medieval Europe. A native of Florence, Fabrizio Ricciardelli earned his undergraduate degree in Medieval History at the University of Florence and his Ph.D. at the University of Warwick in England.
Pia K. Schneider
Pia K. Schneider is an Affiliate Professor in the Departments of Art and Design and Architecture at the Iowa State University of Science and Technology and since 2007 the director of the College of Design Rome program. Originally from Switzerland, she has been trained as Architect at the ETH (Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and prizes, including an Exchange Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and the Rome Prize at the Swiss Academy.
She has published a survey on 50 Years of Growth in Study Abroad for AACUPI, the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy.