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Our Team

Asha Gervan

Manager, International Development Institute

Asha is a Project Management and Training specialist with more than 10 years of experience in international development and humanitarian assistance. In managing complex emergency projects, she has worked directly with victims of conflict and natural disaster in Uganda, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti and Pakistan. Asha has also been involved in the development of high-level training courses for senior humanitarian managers, working with various organizations in Canada, Spain and the Netherlands. Asha began teaching part-time in Humber’s postgraduate International Project Management Program in 2012 while working as Associate Director of Médecins Sans Frontièrs/Doctors Without Borders Canada, and spent two months in Indonesia with Humber’s Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy Project (SEDS). She took over as Manager of the International Development Institute in January of 2014. Asha holds Bachelors in Political Science from Trent University as well as a Masters in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.

Jennifer Cleary

Project Administrator, International Development Institute

Jennifer is a Project Management and Communication specialist who has been in the field of international and community development for the past 10 years. An alumni from Humber’s International Project Management postgraduate Program, Jennifer pursued work in the areas of communication and fundraising with the African Medical and Research Foundation, Journalist for Human Rights and the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. Eager to work internationally, she later moved to Nepal to work in rural economic development for the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation for two years. In 2015, she began working at Humber as the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) manager and is now responsible for the administration and financial management of the Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy Project (SEDS) and other projects and programs at IDI. Jennifer holds a Bachelors of Journalism from Kings University College and a Masters in Local Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. Her research has been has been featured in the Higher ED: Insights for the Next Economy blog.

Advisory Council

The advisory council is comprised of faculty and administration from across Humber's academic schools who have expertise in, and knowledge of, international development initiatives. The council provides guidance on best practices in international development and supports the advancement of IDI’s strategic goals through leveraging Humber’s strengths as a Global Polytechnic Institution.

 

Kent Schroeder, PhD

Director, International Development Projects

Kent Schroeder has over 15 years of experience working on sustainable development initiatives in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and the Canadian arctic. He has worked as a project manager, trainer, researcher and consultant. Kent’s research interests focus on the implementation of Gross National Happiness in Bhutan, the role of cultural values in sustainable development, governance and human development, and the application of complexity theory to development practice. He is currently Director, International Development Projects, at Humber College in Toronto and teaches in Humber’s Bachelor of International Development program. Kent has a PhD from the collaborative International Development Studies/Political Science program at the University of Guelph.

Andrew Ness

Dean of International

Andrew comes to Humber with more than thirty-years’ experience in higher education in Canada and around the globe. Since early 2012, Andrew has led the international services department at Sheridan College. Under his leadership, as Director of International, Sheridan’s international enrolment has grown to 5,000 students annually, which is 25% of Sheridan’s total enrollment. Andrew has extensive experience in international partnership development, international registrar operations and student engagement. His career has also included work at Queen’s (Associate Registrar) and Wilfrid Laurier (Manager Recruitment) universities, at the federal college of the United Arab Emirates, and as the sole Canadian staff member of Noel-Levitz (now Ruffalo Noel-Levitz), solving admissions and retention issues for colleges and universities throughout North America. Andrew has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto. 

James Cullin

Associate Dean, The Business School

As Associate Dean in the Business School, James is passionate about working in an international context. He has over 15 years of experience working in regions such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, Guyana, and Zimbabwe, in addition to experience teaching in Humber’s International Development graduate certificate program. Prior to joining the Business School, James was a faculty member in Humber’s School of Media Studies & Information Technology where he received Humber's Distinguished Faculty Award in 2010. James holds a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University where his research examined web interface design standards. He also holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Management-Economics from the University of Guelph. Outside of the classroom, James works as a consultant in the area of social media strategy.

Diane Simpson

Senior International Consultant (former Dean of International) 

Diane has a MSc in International Planning and Development from the University of Guelph, a postgraduate certificate in International Development from Humber and an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario. Diane spent the early part of her career working in Africa, Central America and Asia focused on entrepreneurship and small business development. She has been at Humber for over 12 years beginning her time in the Business School managing several projects including the Ningbo and Jimei University linkages, funded partnership projects in Africa and Asia and more broadly providing support to International Students within the school. Since 2004, Diane has been managing the International Centre at the college and is currently responsible for the development and implementation of partnership projects, institutional linkages, study abroad, international exchanges and the recruitment, admissions and services for Humber’s 3,000 International Students. Diane’s research has largely focused on effective international partnerships.

John Lewis, PhD

Professor and Program Coordinator: International Development Studies

John Lewis holds a PhD in Political Theory from the University of Toronto. He has spent 20 years studying and working in the fields of international human rights and development. His first overseas post was as a young volunteer coordinating infrastructure projects in post-war Central America. His most recent experience has been working with refugee and human rights organizations in the Middle East and Central Africa.

John's areas of interest are primarily the promotion of democracy, good governance, and human rights. Over the years, he has worked with international organizations including the Carter Center and the UN as well as grassroots, local agencies. He has served as an elections expert on more than 10 election observation missions around the world including South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Palestinian Territories, and Bangladesh.

John is married with two young children.

Susan MacGregor, BTM, MBA, MADEM

Professor and Program Coordinator: International Development - Postgraduate/Ontario Graduate Certificate

Susan is a disaster management specialist with over 15 years experience in the International Relief and Development Industry. She spent 12 years based overseas providing direct services to victims of natural disasters and conflict. She started teaching at Humber part time in 2006 and became the Program Coordinator of the Postgraduate International Development program in 2009.

Susan has worked with a number of agencies including; Air Serv International, the Red Cross, World Vision and UNHCR focusing on the management and logistics of operating in difficult locations. She has worked in the following countries on a variety of development and relief situations: Indonesia, Chad, Sudan, DR Congo, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Angola, Mozambique and Liberia. She continues to remain involved in the field through consultancies with the Red Cross, Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, World Vision, and Air Serv International.  She also serves as a regular guest lecturer at the US Air Force Special Operations University. Susan holds a Bachelor of Tourism Management, an MBA and a Masters of Disaster and Emergency Management.

Jennifer Wilson

Manager, International Initiatives 

During the past eight years, Jennifer has managed Humber’s capacity-building projects in Tanzania and Bangladesh as part of the DFATD-funded Canadian College Partnership Program through ACCC as well as Humber’s International Youth Internship Program. A graduate from OISE/UT’s Initial Teacher Education program in Business Studies, Jennifer managed Humber’s international partnership diploma programs in Business Management and Business Administration with two Chinese universities for seven years. Before coming to Humber, Jennifer has experience in fundraising, advocacy for human rights, international trade, curriculum development and teaching both overseas and at the post-secondary level.

Rebecca Fitzgerald, International Mobility Manager, International Centre

Jennifer Wilson-Lee, Manager, International Partnerships and Student Mobility, the Business School

Larisa Duravetz, Manager, Placements and International Initiatives, School of Media Studies and Information Technology 

Ramesh Srinivasan, Professor and Program Coordinator, School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism and the Business School.

Kim Pavan, Director, Professional and Continuing Education, School of Social and Community Services 

Louise Zimanyi, Professor of Early Childhood Education, School of Health Sciences

Krista Holmes, Associate Dean, Applied Research and Innovation

Darren Lawless‎, Dean, Applied Research and Innovation