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IIE San Francisco Team Members Receive the International Learning Opportunity Award

Each year, the Institute of International Education offers competitive internal scholarships for IIE staff to attend a conference, workshop, or seminar abroad.  As a global leader in the exchange of people and ideas, IIE established the International Learning Opportunity Award (ILOA) to provide these opportunities for its staff. This year, two IIE San Francisco team members received the ILOA and will attend conferences in Brazil and Indonesia.

Arezoo Miot
Program Officer, TechWomen

Prior to joining IIE, Arezoo Miot studied abroad in Morocco, where she visited rural communities and began her dedication to international human rights and women’s issues. She also spent a summer working with civil society organizations in conjunction with the World Summit on the Information Society, hosted by the United Nations in Geneva. Fascinated with the impact of human rights upon international security and development, Arezoo decided to attend the University of Chicago where she received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy. After graduating, Arezoo joined the IIE San Francisco team and began working on women’s empowerment programs. This experience convinced her of the potential for positive and long-lasting impact technology has on local communities. Currently Arezoo has the opportunity to employ these ideas through her work on the TechWomen program.

On May 26th, Arezoo’s ILOA award will enable her participation in the Human Rights and Technology Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conference brings together key stakeholders from government, the private sector, and civil society to discuss technologies used for the promotion of innovation, investment, and human rights around the world.  Arezoo will connect with organizations using technology to empower civil society, and she looks forward to sharing IIE best practices, learning from other attendees, and expanding the network for IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives in a new region.

Amy Parente
Senior Program Associate, Global Scholarships and Exchange Programs (GSE)

Before joining IIE, Amy lived on farms and worked with youth development programs. Thanks to that experience, Amy holds a unique perspective on the influence of global food policies upon local communities. While pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree with an emphasis on rural development and agricultural policy at the University of Washington, Amy was inspired by the international fellows in her department. In particular, the Indonesian fellows influenced deepened Amy’s passion for the Indonesian language and culture, and the country’s sustainable development efforts. After graduating, Amy came to IIE San Francisco, where she facilitates global exchange and scholarship programs.

In September, Amy will travel to Jakarta, Indonesia to attend the Human Development and Capability Association Conference. The conference brings together leading academics and practitioners in the international development community to reassess how development is evaluated. Recognizing civil society as a key beneficiary of economic development, the conference will evaluate success through the lens of advancement in human rights, women and the environment. The conference will take Indonesia as a case study. Amy looks forward to networking with conference attendees on behalf of the GSE team and IIE as a whole, as well as on a personal level.

Outside of the conference, Amy plans to visit several universities and meet with their international programs staff. Given the Indonesian government’s increased interest in educational exchange as an important tool of development, she looks forward to gaining perspective on the opportunities and challenges they are experiencing. Amy will also visit colleagues at the Institute of International Education Foundation (IIEF), IIE’s Indonesia office, as well as reconnect with the Indonesian fellows with whom she worked in graduate school.

The future looks bright for these two amazing women and we will continue to follow their journeys of personal growth and professional development.