As a global program operating in 22 countries, IFP’s effectiveness was closely tied to its innovative structure: a Secretariat in New York managed the program as a whole and set policy guidelines, while International Partners in 22 countries managed key aspects of the program in each local context. This decentralized yet integrated architecture enabled IFP to sustain a flexible, country-based operation within a single global framework.

Board of Directors

Ambassador Donald McHenry, Chair

Abassador Harriet Elam-Thomas

Pablo J. Farias

Victor J. Goldberg

Karen A. Holbrook

Jeannie Oakes

Barron M. Tenny

Darren Walker


Joan Dassin, Executive Director

Mary Zurbuchen, Director for Asia and Russia

Rob Oppegard, Director of Finance & Administration

Adriana Thoen, Administrative Manager

Barbara Wanasek, Grants Manager

Alan Divack, Senior Project Manager, Archives and Knowledge Management

Diana Whitten, Director of Communication

Rachel Clift, Communications Officer

Daniel Reisner, Multimedia and Archives Officer

IFP Countries and International Partners

A key feature of IFP's groundbreaking program model was the involvement of International Partner organizations who implemented the program and allowed IFP to be attuned to each country's context. This focus on the local was particularly important in terms of defining target groups for recruitment, as marginalized groups vary from one country context to the next. International Partners provided committed support to IFP fellowship applicants, fellows-elect, fellows and alumni alike.

Follow the links below to learn more about IFP countries and partner organizations on the IFP Global Archive website.

Brazil - Foundacao Carlos Chagas

Chile - Fundacion Equitas

China - Institute of International Education Beijing Office

Egypt - America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST)

Ghana - Association of African Universities (AAU)

Guatemala - Center for Research on the Mesoamerica Region (CIRMA)

India - United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF)

Indonesia - Indonesian International Education Foundation (IIEF)

Kenya - The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)

Mexico - Center for Research and Higher Education in Social Anthropology (CIESAS)

Mozambique - Africa-America Institute (AAI)

Nigeria - Pathfinder International

Palestinian Territories - America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST)

Peru - Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP)

Philippines - Philippines Social Science Council (PSSC)

Russia - Institute of International Education Russia and Eurasia Office

Senegal - West African Research Center

South Africa - Africa-America Institute (AAI)

Tanzania - The Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF)

Thailand - Asian Scholarship Foundation (ASF)

Uganda - Association of the Advancement of Higher Education and Development (AHEAD)

Vietnam - Center for Educational Exchange with Vietnam (CEEVN)