President – Felora Derakhshani

Felora Derakhshani brings with her a long tenure to community service and has been an advocate for women’s causes and peace for a very long time. In addition to being a nuclear engineer and an author, she also owns a consulting company that provides innovative leadership and professional development programs.

She has served as the president of many non-profit organizations including Peace Through Commerce Inc., Interface Action of Central Texas (iACT) and ACT Women. She currently serves on the board Center for Global Business at McCombs School of Business at University of Texas at Austin.

Vice President – Adrienne Carter

Adrienne Carter is past President of the United Nations Association Austin Chapter. She has been heavily involved with nonprofits focused on international, humanitarian, and IT serving through leadership positions. She is currently an Enterprise Architect for a government agency and has worked in IT with government and corporate for over 30 years. She also has traveled extensively through her international IT and business consulting. As an entrepreneur, she has worked as an advisor and owned multiple companies. Her education is a BA from Concordia and an MSTC from McCombs, University of Texas, Austin

Treasurer – Judy Sadegh

Judy Sadegh has a BA in German and English, MSW. She grew up in the midwest in a family with long history of pacifism, and worked in Child Protective Services for 35+ years. Judy first visited the UN at 12 years of age and is a National Board Member of Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office and has been attending NGO conferences for several years at the UN. Since 2000, she has been actively involved with the United Nations Association, serving in various board positions including President of Austin Chapter.

Secretary – Aditi Joshi

Aditi Joshi is a marketing consultant by profession who considers her mission in life to help those in need. She is passionate about human rights, animal rights, education and empowering women. She has a Bachelors in Business Management from the University of Mumbai, India and a MBA from the University of Wales, UK.

Matthew Flueckiger

Matthew Flueckiger works for Emergo Group, Inc., an international medical device consulting company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Matthew hails from Switzerland, speaks English, German and French, and received a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. He is the currently President of GlobalAustin.

Margie Kidd

Margie Kidd began her career in international exchange at The University of Texas at Austin. She retired in 1998, as Director of the International Office, and she and her husband, Richard, became Volunteer Ambassadors for the Texas-Exes while engaging in extensive global travel aboard their trawler, ‘Miss Texas’, visiting UT-Austin alums and former visiting scholars.
Ms. Kidd has been an active member of many professional, civic, and cultural organizations, holding various offices and serving on numerous boards including the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), being a founding member and serving as its President. She has been the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships, including the Malone Fellowship to Oman and the United Arab Emirates, a grant from the State Education Commission of the People’s Republic of China, two grants from the Republic of China (Taiwan), and a grant from the Fulbright Kommission of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Ms. Kidd has been the Executive Director of GlobalAustin since 2010

Lala Niemeyer

Lala Niemeyer serves actively in many different organizations, often in leadership positions. She currently holds membership in the Pan American Round Table; the Spanish Coffee; the Central Texas Retired Foreign Service Association; the Association of University Women; the Austin Association of Federated Women’s Clubs, where she is the past program chair; and the International Good Neighbor Council, where she also is the Vice President of the Austin chapter and just stepped down as Chairman of the International Scholarship Section. She also is on the board of RoAnns of Austin (part of Rotary International).

Lala holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Texas and has taught English and Spanish in four countries (Guatemala, Philippines, Chile and the United States).

She is the mother of two boys and the proud grandmother of twin high school sophomores Carl and Sam.

Arlo Schurle

Arlo Schurle recently retired from UT, after having taught mathematics at the university level in Liberia, Saudi Arabia, Guam, Abu Dhabi, and various places in the United States. He remains interested in international students, politics, culture, and cuisine as well as University of Kansas Jayhawk basketball.

Marielisa Figuera – UT Student Liaison

Marielisa Figuera is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin. She is working towards earning her degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Global Studies (IRG), and Latin American Studies with a focus on Political Economy. She hails from Venezuela and is fluent in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. During her college career, Marielisa has been an active member of various student organizations such as Women in Foreign Affairs and has participated in more than ten Model UN conferences both in the US and abroad.

Michael R. Anderson 

Michael R. Anderson is director of the International Relations and Global Studies program at the University of Texas at Austin, where he serves as a senior lecturer in the College of Liberal Arts and the faculty director of the UT in Paris study-abroad program. His research interests involve Asia-Pacific internationalism and American diplomacy during the 20th century. Anderson is currently at work on a textbook project, Political and Economic Foundations of Global Studies (Routledge) and he serves as the assistant editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of the History of American Foreign Relations. He lives in Austin with his wife and two children.