New Faces Overseas at CET

Ahmad AbuShaikha, Jordan Resident Director, Student Life
There are now two Resident Directors to accommodate the growth of CET Jordan—Ahmad AbuShaikha joins us to focus on student life, while Mazen Bernieh continues in his position to focus on logistics and the administration of all non-academic aspects of the program.  We’re thrilled to welcome Ahmad, a proud Ammani committed to creating sustainable opportunities for community engagement with students.

Hiroko Hino, Japan Academic Director
Hiroko Hino joins our team as CET Japan’s Academic Director as of this month. Hino-sensei has 30+ years of experience teaching Japanese language and leading programs in both Japan and the United States. And with a BA in Russian Language from Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan) and an MA in Linguistics from University of Sydney, she also brings her longstanding passion for language learning to our students in Osaka.

Prahlad Kumar, India Student Service Coordinator
Prahlad jumped in on Delhi student life beginning May 2018. He brings 10 years of experience as SIT Delhi’s head Hindi Language Instructor where—in addition to teaching language classes—he designed and led excursions throughout the country to help students develop their understanding of both India and the Hindi language.

Mariela Palacios, Colombia Resident Director
Mariela joins CET Colombia with over 20 years of experience working in the development of Afro-Colombian communities across the country. And with degrees in economics, education, and an upcoming MA in population studies, she’s in a great position to help students discover their academic content of race, identity, and ethnicity in their daily lives. Mariela is already hard at work in Cali preparing for the launch of CET Colombia in Spring 2019.

Allison Rottmann, Shanghai Academic Director
Allison joined us in February 2018 to help grow CET Shanghai’s area studies and other elective offerings. She discovered her love for all things China while studying international affairs at George Washington University, and the passion persisted through her law degree (Duke University, 1988) and Ph.D. in History (University of California – Berkeley, 2006). She has since spent the last ten years directing and teaching in study abroad programs in Shanghai. She’s been hard at work since her arrival—we’re adding six new electives in Spring 2019!

Martina Tomanová, CET Prague Resident Director
Martina is our newest addition to the CET overseas team, joining the Prague staff in early August 2018. She holds degrees in History, Jewish Studies, and Social Work and Humanitarian Aid, and has worked in social work-focused positions in the Czech Republic. Martina is also a former CET Prague student from Spring 2009—making her uniquely qualified to help students adjust to and thrive in Prague.