The Office of International Relations

"إن قيمة المؤسسة وأهميتها لا تُقدر بما تحتويه داخل جدرانها، بل بما تقدمه للعالم".

- جوزيف هنري، الأمين الأول لمؤسسة سميثسونيان (1850)



إننا نقدر ما تحظى به المؤسسة  بالكامل من إبداع وأصول قيمة وخبرة واسعة من أجل دعم التغير المهم الذي يشهده العالم إضافة إلى تعزيز رسالتنا: زيادة المعرفة ونشرها

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أفيفا روزنتال

أفيفا روزنتال is the Director of the Smithsonian's Office of International Relations. She has more than 20 years of diverse experience in government, business and the non-profit sector. Aviva manages a vast portfolio of strategic partnerships between the Smithsonian Institution and international governments, foundations, NGOs, and other organizations, as well as ongoing collaborations between the Smithsonian and various U.S. federal agencies with a focus on the U.S. Department of State. Aviva has traveled to over 60 countries for work and has a focus on public diplomacy and people-to-people connections in her career. She doesn’t come home without a snow globe from each country visited for her daughter’s massive collection.

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ماثيو لوتكنهاوس

Matthew Lutkenhouse is the Deputy Director for the Office of International Relations and Global Programs. He comes to the Smithsonian with nearly 20 years of experience working in conservation and international development with a particular focus on marine conservation in tropical ecosystems. Responsible for overseeing the development and execution of global projects in science and conservation, he works closely with the Smithsonian’s science units and many distinguished scientists on strategy and implementation of their priority programs and applied research around the world. Matt received his BA in Economics from Stanford University and his MA in International Development from American University. He has lived and worked in Latin America, Africa and Asia and speaks Spanish and Portuguese as well as some French, Indonesian, and German.


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Lauren Appelbaum is an International Program Manager in the Office of International Relations at the Smithsonian Institution. She has worked extensively on the Smithsonian partnership with U.S. Department of State on the American Spaces Assessment and Redesign Project to enhance public diplomacy venues worldwide. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Lauren worked at cultural institutions in the DC area including National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Society of the Cincinnati, and International Arts and Artists’ Hillyer Art Space. Her work has been focused on the care, preservation, and accessibility of museum collections for a wide range of audiences. Lauren received her BA from Emory University and her MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University. Lauren’s best travel tip: always check, and then re-check, your departure airport before leaving home. You’ll save yourself time and stress if you head the right airport the first time around (and yes, she speaks from experience).

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Bathsheba F. Bryant-Tarpeh

Bathsheba F. Bryant-Tarpeh is a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, Global Science Officer with the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations and Global Programs. In this role, she develops programming for the Smithsonian Conservation Commons, an action-oriented network that works across culture, history, art, and science to advance conservation-based solutions in communities worldwide. She contributes directly to the development and implementation of research, outreach, networking and education-related project activities. Taking pressing global and scientific issues, she designs creative avenues to bring them to key audiences in ways that provoke conversation and lead to positive action for the environment within the Commons’ flagship Earth Optimism initiative. As a social scientist, Dr. Bryant-Tarpeh brings a humanistic perspective to the Smithsonian’s conservation and sustainability research and programming. She holds a BA in economics from Spelman College. She earned her MA and PhD in African Studies from Howard University in which she focused on the intersection of Indigenous women’s land and natural resource rights and food and nutrition security in West Africa. As she loves spending time in nature, her favorite travel experiences have been visiting the rainforests and waterfalls in Maui, Hawaii and in the Volta Region of Ghana.

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ليز تونيك سيدار

Liz Tunick Cedar is the Manager of Global Cultural Sustainability Programs in the Office of International Relations at the Smithsonian Institution, where she is responsible for leading new partnership development and overseeing the strategic planning and execution of global projects in art and culture. She works with national governments and foreign museums on preserving, developing, and designing cultural institutions, training museum professionals, and enhancing public engagement. She also contributes to the Institution’s efforts to preserve and protect cultural assets in crisis. She has worked previously at several major U.S. museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Clark Art Institute, and the National Gallery of Art, where she was also a Kress Fellow. Ms. Tunick received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her M.A. in Art History from Williams College. She enjoys practicing her French any chance she gets.

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Susan Cleary

Susan Cleary is the Senior Diplomatic Advisor in the Office of International Relations at the Smithsonian Institution. She is a senior Foreign Service Officer on a detail from the U.S. Department of State. She is especially interested in exploring ways of communicating science and policy through experiential programming, culture and the arts. Susan was most recently Senior Advisor for Entrepreneur Recruitment for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019. Before that, she was Director of Policy and Public Outreach at State’s Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. She has served in a variety of public diplomacy positions throughout her career at U.S. Embassies in Ireland, Ukraine, Russia, Spain and Poland and brings extensive experience creating international public engagement campaigns.

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سارة دي لا توري بيرون

Sara De La Torre Berón is an International Project Coordinator in the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations and Global Programs. In this role, she supports many of the Institution’s ongoing international projects, focusing on the cultural and conservation sectors. Sara has experience in developing proposals and curricula, facilitating workshops and trainings, and coordinating large-scale, high-profile events. She also provides support for the Institution’s international visitor exchange program, coordinating appropriate, relevant experiences for international delegations to the Smithsonian. Previously, Sara worked in international higher education, with a particular focus on non-traditional, experiential learning. Sara has a BA in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia, and an MA in Anthropology from the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, where she conducted field work on intangible cultural heritage in the French and Spanish Pyrenees. Sara grew up in Colombia and speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese. One of her favorite parts of travel is trying new foods – and she’ll try anything once, no matter how exotic!

Britta Garfield

Britta Garfield

Britta Garfield is an Advisor for global science and conservation in the Office of International Relations. She is responsible for building strategic partnerships and raising the profile of Smithsonian science in international fora such as under the Convention on Biological Diversity. She also contributes to the global efforts of the pan-institutional Smithsonian Conservation Commons initiative, an action network bringing together scientists and experts in cultural heritage to advance evidence-based solutions and tools. Prior to joining the Smithsonian in 2017, she worked on international policy and program development at the intersection of nature conservation and development for more than ten years. Her previous experience includes global roles with the environmental NGOs Rare and Forest Stewardship Council and the German Development Agency (GIZ) based out of the United States, France, Germany, Korea, and most recently China. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Political Science, Chinese and French from University of Bonn, Germany, and studied abroad at Beijing Foreign Studies University in China and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble in France. In her free time, Britta can be found horseback riding, swimming, running or in her yoga swing. Her husband and their two young children share her love of nature and passion for exploring foreign countries and cultures.

Alex Mackay

Alex Mackay

Alex Mackay is a Project Coordinator in the Office of International Relations at the Smithsonian Institution, focusing on the USAID-funded My Armenia project. Before joining the Smithsonian, she worked on the Operations & Finance team of the USAID/PEPFAR-funded Strengthening High Impact Interventions for an AIDS-free Generation (AIDSFree) Project, supporting public health work in over a dozen African countries. Alex graduated from Bucknell University with a BS in Geology, and spent time studying abroad in Denmark and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Her favorite travel experience is visiting the Greenland Ice Sheet in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. When not working or traveling, Alex loves to spend time enjoying nature, going to the theater, and cheering for the Seattle Seahawks.

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ماري مورس

تشغل ماري مورس منصب مدير مشروعات بمكتب العلاقات الدولية والبرامج العالمية بمؤسسة سميثسونيان، وهي في الوقت الحالي تقدم الدعم لتنفيذ مجموعة من المشروعات العالمية التي تصب تركيزها على تعزيز التوعية بالتراث الثقافي فضلاً عن الحفاظ عليه. تولت ماري -قبل انضمامها إلى مؤسسة سميثسونيان- إدارة عدد من المشروعات التي تمولها الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية في بعض البلدان مثل سوريا وأفغانستان وليبيا، وكانت تتولى مسؤولية القيام بمجموعة من مهام إدارة المشروعات مثل سجل المكتب الميداني وعملياته والإشراف على تنمية الأنشطة وتنفيذها والامتثال المالي والتنظيمي فضلاً عن التأكد من تماشي السياسات مع ممارسات العمل في البلدان المضيفة ولوائح الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية. وقد قضت فترة طويلة في السفر إلى منطقة الشرق الأوسط بغية تعزيز تنفيذ المشروعات ورفع مستوى فهم السياق الثقافي داخل كل بلد، وكانت ضمن المتطوعين العاملين في فرق السلام في الفلبين، وهي المنطقة التي صبت تركيزها فيها على تنمية الشباب ومبادرات التعلم في الفترة من عام 2007 إلى 2009. وقد حصلت ماري على درجة الماجستير في الإدارة العامة من الجامعة الأمريكية حيث صبت تركيزها على الإدارة الدولية، لا سيما في البلدان التي كانت تحت رزح النزاعات والأزمات، تعشق ماري السفر، غير أنها نادرًا ما تخوض رحلة طيران دون التعرض للتأخير لفترات طويلة أو دون فقدان بعض أمتعتها.

Samantha Peterson

Samantha Peterson

Samantha Peterson is a Senior Advisor in the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations and Global Programs, where she supports the development and planning of pan-Institutional programs and serves as Chief of Staff to the Director. She came to the Smithsonian as an ACLS/Mellon Public Fellow to develop mission-driven, revenue-generating global activities in the cultural sector. Dr. Peterson has extensive experience in international and intercultural education including curriculum development, strategic planning, and project management. She earned her BA in French from Williams College and her MA and PhD in French Literature at Boston University where she researched the narrative power of the female body in the work of Émile Zola. She is fluent in French and conversant in Italian, and loves to explore new destinations through local food and wine.

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Agnes Robine

Agnes Robine is the Management Support Specialist for the Office of International Relations and Global Programs at the Smithsonian Institution. A Chicago native, Agnes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She has developed her expertise in acquisitions and contracting through numerous training certifications and her time in the private sector. Agnes is responsible for purchase orders, managing budgets, tracking program funds, coordinating travel, and assisting international visa applicants. Agnes credits her time studying abroad in Italy at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center for sparking her interest in International Relations. When not at work, Agnes enjoys an active lifestyle of traveling, boating, attending cultural events, and enjoying a good read.


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إيزابيلا رودن هي إحدى متخصصي الاتصالات الرقمية في مكتب العلاقات الدولية والبرامج العالمية بمؤسسة سميثسونيان، ولأنها كاتب محتوى ومحرر ومدير للوسائط الاجتماعية ومدير للموقع الإلكتروني لمؤسسة سميثسونيان العالمية، فإنها تستمتع بالتحدث مع فريق العمل التابع للمؤسسة في جميع أنحاء العالم والتعلم منهم. كما أنها تُدير إنتاج سلسلة الفيديو الدولية الخاصة بمؤسسة سميثسونيان العالمية. وقد حصلت إيزابيلا على بكالوريوس الآداب في تاريخ الفنون والعمارة من جامعة هارفارد. ثم حصلت بعد ذلك على زمالة "Finley" بجامعة هارفارد لتسافر وحدها حول العالم لمدة عام تكتب فيه عن الحفاظ على الحياة البرية. ومن بين تجاربها المفضلة التي وقعت خارج موطنها تتبع حيوانات الكركدنيات سيرًا على الأقدام في زيمبابوي ومساعدة الأفيال المصابة في الاستحمام في تايلاند.

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Laine Rover

Laine Rover is the International Exchange Specialist in the Office of International Relations and Global Programs at the Smithsonian Institution. She works closely with Smithsonian units, foreign researchers and visitors, and external agencies to ensure the international group of individuals present at Smithsonian can continue their contributions in their respective fields. Smithsonian staff traveling outside of the United States for work can contact her to help navigate the passport and visa process. Laine has nearly 10 years of experience working with international stakeholders in both the public private sector. She holds an M.A. in European and Mediterranean Studies from New York University and has studied in Canada, France, Germany, and Poland. She speaks French and has forgotten all of the Italian and German she learned during her studies.

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ستيفاني ويزوفيتش

ستيفاني ويزوفيتش تشغل منصب متخصص في التنظيم الإداري في مكتب العلاقات الدولية والبرامج العالمية. وتتولى إدارة الميزانية العامة للمكتب ومجموعة كبيرة من الموارد المالية للمشروعات التي ترعاها المؤسسة تصل إلى 5 ملايين دولار وفي طريقها للزيادة. ومن الجدير بالذكر أن ستيفاني تعمل في سميثسونيان منذ 8 سنوات الآن وقد بدأت عملها لدى "Office of Sponsored Projects" في وظيفة موظف إداري ثم عملت بعد ذلك مديرًا لمشروع "Barcode of Life" في المتحف الوطني للتاريخ الطبيعي. تخرجت ستيفاني من كلية ترينيتي عام 2003 وحصلت على بكالوريوس الآداب تخصص فنون مسرحية وتصويرية ثم حصلت على درجة الماجستير في الدراسات المتحفية من جامعة سيراكيوز. تعيش ستيفاني التي تُعد عداءة قوية في الوقت الحالي في أرلينغتون بفرجينيا وقد أنهت 3 ماراثونات كاملةَ وشاركت في عدد لا يحصى من السباقات على مدار سنوات عديدة.