June 6 ~ 14         Open World ~ Russia






A group of five Russian leaders participated in the annual Open World program in Boston. Here primarily to examine federalism and representative government, the delegation met with government officials, educators, non-profit directors, and many others to learn about the political environment here in Boston and across the U.S.



  Visiting international leaders

WorldBoston, in its capacity as a Center for International Visitors, hosts scores of delegations under the auspices of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program and handles fee-for-service projects for several independent visitor-programming agencies. These visitor exchanges provide hundreds of emerging leaders with valuable professional and personal experiences in Boston each year. By connecting these visitors with their counterparts in Massachusetts' business, government, academic, cultural, and scientific communities, WorldBoston helps to forge lasting relationships that strengthen ties between the U.S. and countries all over the world.

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IVLP in 2014:


June 22 ~ 25       American Cultural Centers





Two representatives from the Isa Cultural Center
, one of the most prominent cultural centers of Bahrain, will be visiting Boston to understand the role of libraries as cultural and community centers through program development and community outreach.

June 15 ~ 19      Sustainable Cities






This group of five visitors traveled to Boston as part of their cultural exchange to explore green building regulations on new and existing buildings, and how they affect the private sector.

June 12 ~ 14      Energy Security


Regional Project



A group of six representatives from Latin America came to the U.S. to examine the current state of energy supplies, production and demand, as well as the challenges in meeting present and future energy needs in the Western Hemisphere.

June 11 ~ 13      Activism Through Social Media





A group of five delegates from Azerbaijan visited Boston to learn how new media and social networking can be used to promote citizens' rights and responsibilities. They visited places like the Boston Neighborhood Network Television studios and the Emerson College Engagement Game Lab.

May 24 ~ 30      Advancing Entrepreneurship





A group of Egyptian entrepreneurs and business leaders traveled to Boston in late May to explore the city's growing network of entrepreneurship and innovation incubators, academic programs and small business associations.

May 16 ~ 18        U.S. Judicial Process





This group of visitors traveled to Boston as part of their cultural exchange, to explore one of the most historic cities in the U.S. Their professional program included meetings with judges and police, as well as exposure to the American justice system. They learned about the role of the judiciary at the federal, state and local levels. 


May 11 ~ 14      Ho Chi Minh Political Academy





A group of ten visitors from the Ho Chi Minh Political Academy in Vietnam visited Boston to connect with local counterparts at universities and political organizations to learn about public administration and political education in the U.S.

May 7 ~ 10         Science and Technology





A group of four representatives from the Polytechnic University of Namibia and the Namibian Ministry of Education came to the U.S. to study techniques for science education management and curriculum development in preparation for an upcoming transition of the Polytechnic into a fully-accredited national university of science, engineering, and technology. 


May 1 ~ 7         U.S. Whale Watching





A group of whale watching operators and curators from Iceland visited Boston to examine the U.S. whale watching industry through both government and private-sector operations. The group learned about how whale watching contributes to the U.S. economy as well as the planning, promotion and education surrounding the industry. Through partnerships with museum curators, program operators and government officials, the group had the opportunity to participate in U.S. whale watching programs and learn about new techniques for lobbying in support of whale conservation, continued research, and education.


April 23 ~ 26      Transparency in Government


Regional Project



Through this program for the Near East and North Africa region, we welcomed a group of professionals from several countries who visited Boston to examine how government transparency and accountability is promoted in the U.S.  The group looked at the role of citizens, media, and academia, as well as how grassroots activism has been successful in electing and promoting honesty and transparency.

April 16 ~ 19     Tech Transfer in Higher Education





A group of ten representatives from Tunisia's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research visited Boston to learn about U.S. efforts to implement Transfer of Technology programs at public engineering schools and research centers. With a focus on start-ups, incubators and research institutes, this group met with local business and technology leaders to examine and identify the successful structures and roles that each institution plays in supporting and expanding higher education and technology.


April 6 ~ 9        Women in Science and Engineering


Regional Project



A diverse group of women from the Near East, North Africa and South and Central Asia came to Boston to examine the advancement of women in U.S. scientific research, their evolving role in scientific innovation and efforts that are being made to support and encourage women to pursue the sciences. The group met with their counterparts from several university programs and organizations around Boston and showcased their own scientific accomplishments.


April 2 ~ 6        STEM Education


Regional Project



A diverse group of educators and education officials traveled to Boston to explore how the U.S. education system supports and engages students in the STEM fields. Through meetings and visits to universities and local education organizations, the group examined U.S. education policy initiatives and partnerships and saw firsthand the efforts that American schools are making to encourage and increase interest among students to participate in STEM programs. 


April 2 ~ 4        National Parks Management





A group of Russian National Park superintendents, educators and curators visited Boston and Cape Cod as a part of their program examining how U.S. national parks attract visitors, raise funds and develop public-private partnerships to enhance the programs offered through the National Park Service. The group visited the Cape Cod National Seashore and met with professionals from public and private environmental organizations, in order to highlight the collaborative strategies that are used in the U.S. to make the national parks as successful as possible. 


March 24 ~ 28     Health, Labor, and Welfare


Ms. Aiko Abe



Ms. Aiko Abe, Unit Chief in the Counsellor's Office of Information Policy, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, participated in a five-month fellowship focused on employment and welfare law. Ms. Abe spent time in Boston and Washington, DC, observing law classes at several universities, conducting research, and meeting with experts on employment law to discuss her interest in current U.S. employment policies and practices.


March 20 ~ 24     Public Justice





A group of twelve judicial sector professionals from Afghanistan visited Boston to explore the U.S. justice system and learn about the public nature of the U.S. government. Dedicated to improving and successfully developing the Afghan judicial system, this group met with justice sector experts to examine government transitions surrounding an election, discuss how the U.S. judicial system plays a part in American elections, and explore the role of Islam in America.


IVLP in 2013:

September 24 ~ 27     Higher Education





In this program on Higher Education, we received a visit from a group of Iraqi professionals focused on providing training and assistance to students in the areas of admissions, orientation, study abroad placements, scholarship application and distribution, and student academic advising. They spent their time in Boston becoming familiar with their counterparts in our city's numerous universities and colleges, and building working relationships with American higher education faculty members. 

September 18 ~ 25 
   Beisboleritos Program



In an international initiative that promotes leadership through baseball, WorldBoston collaborated with Colombia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to host fourteen teenagers and six adults through the Beisboleritos program. Read about their exciting leadership and cultural program in our press release!


September 17 ~ 20     Peace Building





Focused on promoting peace in Iraq,
this group of educators, tribal leaders, youth organization representative, and non-profit leaders came to Boston for dialogue with experts in the field of peace and conflict negotiation. They delved into discussions focused on modern techniques, training curricula, and the application of such practices to diverse populations. While in Boston, the group met with academics, legal institutions focused on conflict mediation, and non-profit institutions focused on peace-building. 


September 5 ~ 7     Performing Arts


Regional Project



A group of 14 officials 
from countries including Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Nepal, Qatar, Tajikistan, Tunisia, and the UAE were in Boston to meet with U.S. Department of State officials for their formal program closing.

August 28 ~ 31      Intergovernmental Oceanographic


Mr. Julian Barbiere



A program specialist at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Mr. Barbiere
 visited Boston and Cape Cod to learn about U.S. policies and best practices in ocean sciences, particularly in the area of Integrated Coastal Management and Marine Spatial Planning.  He met with officials at federal and state public institutions, and with private-sector and NGO professionals.


August 27 ~ 31     Women in Management





Eight female business owners and entrepreneurs from Egypt 
met counterparts in Massachusetts, including leaders who promote entrepreneurship and small/medium enterprise development.  The group also explored the growth of internet-driven businesses, as well as NGOs and grassroots organizations that aim to empower women professionally and personally.


August 21 ~ 25       Health Insurance in the U.S.


Mr. Mikiro Suga



Mr. Mikiro Suga, Chief of the Health Insurance Bureau and Employees' Health Insurance Division at the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
visited Boston to gain a greater understanding of how health care reform is received by the American public.  He learned about strategies to promote Medicare/Medicaid, and about  insurance exchanges in the United States.


August 21 ~ 23    Accessibility for Rail Transport





Five representatives from the Ethiopian Railways Corporation and disability advocacy groups
explored the role of federal, state, and local governments in improving transportation services to the disabled. The group seeks to build a new, accessible light rail system in Ethiopia and explored disability rights in the U.S. (including the Americans with Disabilities Act). 


August 17 ~ 22       Multi-ethnic Societies





Eight Burmese visitors who represent diverse ethnic groups and professional organizations explored the vital role that American community leaders play to ensure that tolerance is encouraged, taught, and supported in educational, religious, and civic arenas to create a more inclusive society.  Their Boston program also examined methods of conflict resolution and mediation initiatives in multi-ethnic and religiously diverse communities.


August 12 ~ 15    Corporate Social Responsibility


Ms. Caroline Ven


A former economic chief of staff to Belgium's Prime Minister (2008-11), Ms. Caroline Ven
is now managing director of an organization serving some 4,000 corporate decision-makers in Brussels and Flanders.  She recently published her second book, A Passionate Plea for Capitalism. Ms. Ven's professional meetings in Boston covered corporate governance and incentives to promote corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship in the U.S.


August 10 ~ 14     International Security
                                     Think Tanks

Dr. Cecile


An international security expert and research director at Futuribles, France's Dr. Wendling shared her perspectives on NATO, the European Union, and cyber-security.  She focused on the themes of U.S. defense and security, crisis and risk management, and strategic planning.  Dr. Wendling's program also examined the role of NGOs and research institutions in developing U.S. foreign and domestic policy.  


July 31 ~ August 3  Intellectual Property Rights





Seven members of the National Assembly of Vietnam visited Boston to learn about the U.S. political system and better understand the structure and divisions between the U.S. Congress and other branches of government.  This included discussions of how the U.S. Congress works at the federal, state, and local levels.  The visit also sought to build relationships and promote cooperation between the Vietnamese National Assembly and the U.S. Congress.


July 28 ~ 30        British Parliamentarians


United Kingdom



WorldBoston was once again honored to participate in the British American Parliamentary Group (BAPG) Program and hosted eight Members of the British Parliament. Over ten days, the program introduced them to the U.S. political and party systems, concluding in Boston.  This venerable BAPG exchange between the British Parliament and the U.S. Department of State has been operating annually since 1977 and has connected many newly minted MPs with U.S. Congressional counterparts, who host them in their home districts.


July 21 ~ 24         Public Broadcasting in the U.S.





A group of two prominent documentary filmmakers from Chile
were in Boston to learn about the role of American public broadcast television and radio in U.S. society and community support for public broadcasting.  They also met with professional peers to discuss the production side of independent producers and development of independent programming and content.


July 13 ~ 15         State and Local Governance


Multi-regional Project



A joint group of 20 international visitors from 19 different countries 
visited Boston to examine academic programs that deal with state and local governance, as well as to learn about the role of the state joint committee on election laws and local governance in ethnically diverse neighborhoods. They met with elected officials from the Massachusetts State Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives.


   July 10               U.S. Governance and Politics



Spain and Andorra

WorldBoston hosted three Members of Parliament from Andorra and Spain (Catalonia) for a one-day program including a meeting with Professor Roland Fryer of Harvard University, recipient of the 2012 Calvo-Armengol International Prize in Economics.
Before departing Boston, the visitors also met with representatives of the Industrial Liaison Program at MIT.


 July 3 ~ 6          Peace Partners Program (II):

                                Renewable Resources


Israel/Palestinian Territories


A joint group of nine energy experts visited Boston to experience Independence Day celebrations. The highlight of their visit was a volunteer activity organized on behalf of WorldBoston by our friends at the National Park Service, who joined our intrepid group. Watch a video clip of our boat trip and service project on Bumpkin Island on the WorldBostonHub YouTube channel!


July 2 ~ 6          Peace Partners Program:
                                Social Entrepreneurship

Israel/Palestinian Territories


A joint group of seven business owners and social entrepreneurs from Israel and the Palestinian Territories 
joined WorldBoston for the week of Independence Day. They were treated to an outstanding day of appointments with the Babson College Summer Venture Program and enjoyed volunteering with WorldBoston members!

June 27 ~ July 2
     Investigative Journalism


Multi-Regional Project



Eight journalists from around the world visited the U.S. to attend the annual conference for Investigative Reporters & Editors. The group came to Boston to examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy. Meetings took place with Boston University's New England Center for Investigative Reporting, Watchdog New England, Northeastern University's Initiative for Investigative Reporting, The Boston Globe's Spotlight Team, and WGBH.

June 26 ~ 29         Small Business Development


Regional Project for Africa



A group of business owners and entrepreneurs from a wide range of African countries were with us at the end of June to dive into a program focused on small business and entrepreneurship development. They met with their counterparts here, and learned more about start-ups, small business associations and how these ventures are developed in the U.S. during a three day program.


   June 26 ~ 29      Urban Planning in the U.S.




Four urban planners, experts representing academia, the private sector, and municipal government from Azerbaijan, visited Boston to examine urban planning strategies in the U.S. While in Boston, the group learned about: strategic redevelopment efforts (especially the Innovation District as a case study), historical preservation and development, and anti-corruption efforts related to public infrastructure projects.


June 25 ~ 29       Community Policing


Palestinian Territories


Seven professionals from the Palestinian Territories visited Boston to examine law enforcement at the state and local levels and explore community policing programs, the promotion of public trust, and ways to engage citizens in promoting community safety. Through meetings with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, Boston Police Department, and other state and City of Boston agencies, the visitors participated in a case study focused on the management of the Boston Marathon events from start to finish.


June 23 ~ 26       Intellectual Property Rights




Ten journalists, publishers, lawyers, and government officials from Vietnam
 visited Boston to examine Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S.  Topics included: the status of U.S. legal enforcement of intellectual property rights, application of copyright law to works of literature and art, and the effort to counteract the pirated production and distribution of various forms of literary and artistic works.


June 16 ~ 20         Science Education





A group of STEM educators from Brazil visited Boston to engage with teachers and administrators at local high schools and universities. They met with state STEM experts to learn about how communities in the U.S. are preparing today's youth for the business world of tomorrow.


June 15 ~ 20         University Administration





Ten higher education experts and university representatives from Afghanistan visited Boston to examine current challenges and trends in university administration and higher education. The visitors met with faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Center for International Education (CIE), Bunker Hill Community College, the Colleges of the Fenway Consortium, and other Boston-area institutions to discuss accreditation, recruitment, and financial assistance, along with career development services and new technology.


   June 15 ~ 19      Women in NGO Leadership



Ms. Beth Shaw of Australia visited Boston to explore the organization and management of large nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and examine the role of U.S. civic organizations--particularly those led by women--in promoting the participation of women in civil society. She met with organizations to learn from innovative managers about funding strategies, partnerships with government and corporations, and human resources.


June 9 ~ 12         Women in Technology


Multi-Regional Project


Thirteen women from around the world came to Boston to explore the role of women in technology and science from diverse perspectives including academia, governmental and non-governmental policy and research settings, and private industries. Networking opportunities were arranged with WEST (Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology), WomenLEAD Inc., AWIS Massachusetts (Association for Women in Science), and Boston University WISE (Women in Science & Engineering). 


June 6 ~ 11         Broadcast Journalism


Multi-Regional Project


A group of seven journalists from seven countries
visited Boston as part of a national program focusing on Broadcast Journalism.  While in Boston, they met with representatives from print, web, TV and digital media outlets to discuss best practices.  The group also engaged academic institutions and nonprofit organizations to learn about training programs for journalists and innovative funding models for the future of broadcast journalism.


June 4 ~ 8           U.S. Trade & Investment




A group of four experts in trade and finance visited Boston to participate in a program focused on trade and investment. They met with experts in Islamic Finance, industrial clustering and development, and state offices focused on international trade and investment. The group exchanged with their counterparts at Harvard and Boston University to gain a better understanding of university programs in business and economics as well.


June 1 ~ 5             Protection of Children





Six Russian delegates visited Boston as part of a national program to provide them with an overview of legislative and executive policies at the federal level on international abduction and adoption issues. They also learned about national-level government roles in child protection, including the family court system.  The program introduced national and international advocacy networks which work on behalf of children, and educated the visiting delegates about organizations and support networks for Russian adoptees and their adoptive families.

   May 25 ~ 29       U.S. Foreign Policy in SE Asia





Three Malaysian NGO, academic, and government representatives visited Boston in order to exchange views on the U.S. government's "pivot" to the Asia-Pacific region.  They explored ideas for promoting greater understanding and dialogue between participants and American experts on foreign policy and U.S.-Malaysian relations.


  May 26 ~ 28       Administration of Justice



Eleven representatives from Latin America visited Boston during Memorial Day Weekend for cultural activities. This was a key stop in their national program focused on examining the underlying principles of the U.S. judicial and legal systems and the culture of lawfulness in the United States.

  May 22 ~ 25        Promoting Public Health


Gulf States


Five representatives from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates
hailed from Ministry of Health offices, primary care facilities, and prominent military hospitals and colleges of medicine in the Gulf region. Their dialogue here focused on public health initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels that aim to protect citizens from preventable communicable diseases and treatable conditions. Meetings were arranged with the Boston University Global Health Initiative, the Boston Public Health Commission, and various university-related programs.


  May 8 ~ 12         Cultural Preservation




Five cultural preservation experts from Mongolia met with Boston counterparts to discuss methods of preservation and restoration of cultural and historical artifacts.  They shared best practices at leading archaeological institutions such as Harvard University's Peabody Museum, the City of Boston's Archaeology Program & Lab, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Archaeological Institute of America.


  May 4 ~ 8          American Corners & Library Management




Mr. Andrej Fajgelj is the newly elected director of the Cultural Center of Novi Sad, a U.S. Embassy partner institution on cultural programming in Serbia. Mr. Fajgelj visited to expand his knowledge of how U.S. librarians use information technology, and to prepare for an upcoming cultural heritage digitization project.


April 26 ~ 28       Accountability in Gov't and Business




Five IVLP delegates from Mozambique visited for a weekend of cultural activities in Boston before they headed to Manchester, NH, to complete their professional appointments.


  April 23 ~ 25     Hospital Design and Administration




Seven senior representatives of Istanbul University 
visited Boston to gather ideas as they prepare to build a new modern hospital facility at Turkey's largest medical school. They met with U.S. experts in hospital design, as well as administrators at local medical schools to discuss potential academic exchanges and partnerships. A key interest was to observe how teaching hospitals and medical schools work together.


  April 20 ~ 24     Infrastructure Development




Three rising economic-development officials from Brazil
came to Boston to meet with city and state leaders who shared insights on large infrastructure funding approaches, program and engineering management, and strategies for integrating mega-infrastructure projects to foster economic growth.


   April 17 ~ 23     Science and Technology Education


Multi-regional Project

Eighteen educators from as many countries came to learn about how school curricula are developed and implemented to improve math and science instruction in Boston and the U.S.  The delegates also discussed policy initiatives and public/private partnerships to accelerate student learning in STEM subjects, especially in diverse classrooms.


   April 17 ~ 21     Women Entrepreneurs


WEAmericas Initiative



Thirteen entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean 
visited Boston to explore the role of women-owned businesses in driving economic development and supporting more stable, democratic societies around the world. This program also highlighted the contributions of nongovernmental and grassroots organizations in supporting and empowering the development of women-owned businesses.


   April 17 ~ 20      Sustainable Seafood





Six Russian seafood professionals
visited Massachusetts to examine how seafood associations and regulatory agencies here ensure sustainable harvesting and catch monitoring.  They visited fisheries and processing enterprises to discuss safety principles and state support of seafood commerce.


   April 14 ~ 17       Healthcare Management & Education




Two Norwegian healthcare professionals
examined the relationship between American hospitals and the U.S. higher education system.  Their discussions at the Harvard Medical School, the Boston University Medical Center, and the Boston University School of Medicine focused on medical Ph.D. programs and how research is funded, including public-private partnerships.


 April 10 ~ 13        Corporate Social Responsibility


Republic of Korea


Five visitors from South Korea met with CSR experts at the Boston Consulting Group, Boston Cares, NET Impact Boston, Foley Hoag, and Harvard University. They shared perspectives on the role of cultural values such as volunteerism, transparency in governance, business ethics, citizen rights, and environmentalism.


March 28 ~ 31   Connecting English Teachers


Multi-Regional Project


29 English teachers from around the world
came to Boston to meet with their counterparts. Classroom visits and meetings with education policy experts were arranged. The goals of this project included enhancing the participants' understanding of American culture and history, and showcasing the geographical and multicultural diversity of the American English language and its dialects.


March 21 ~ 23   The Role of U.S. Legislators




The legal advisor to the Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia
came to Boston to examine the organization and functions of the Massachusetts General Court. Meetings focused on legislative operations, and discussions with elected officials addressed current issues and interaction with the other branches of government.


March 16 ~ 20   American Language




Three educators from Indonesia came to Boston to discuss the pedagogy of English as a Second Language Education and English language instruction for international students. Topics included curriculum development and incorporating American culture in the classroom. Visits took place at the Boston Language Institute along with classroom observation at a Boston-based school.


  March 13 ~ 16   Fostering Innovation


Czech Republic

A group of officials representing academic institutions, NGOs, and the private sector were in Boston to examine best practices for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. The goals of the program were to examine how U.S. society fosters innovation in the private sector, how entrepreneurs gain entry in the marketplace, how academic and scientific research is successfully converted into the private sector, and how policies and partnerships support innovation.


  March 12 ~ 15   U.S. Government & the Media


Deputy Secretary to the President of Taiwan



Mr. Chih-chiang Lo, a high-ranking adviser to President Ma Ying-jeou of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
visited Boston to learn about government at the federal, state, and local levels; policy-making and improving government efficiency; channels of communication between the executive and legislative branches; and the relationship between the U.S. government and the media in the United States.


   March 12          Promoting Women's Leadership


Latin America



A group of 18 visitors from 17 different countries were in Sudbury and Wellesley for a single day of programming with the New England Women's Leadership Institute and Wellesley College.


   March 6 ~ 9       Bilateral Trade & U.S. Foreign


China Mission to the WTO


A Counselor from the China Mission to the World Trade Organization visited Boston for a program that focused on U.S. trade policies and global governance. The goals of this program included exploring how U.S. trade and economic policy is developed and implemented, examining U.S. trade sectors, and discussing varying perspectives of U.S.-China relations.


   March 3 ~ 6      Managing Undergraduate



Six visitors from Peru's Ministry of Education came to Boston to learn about best practices in providing undergraduate scholarships to academically gifted students. They discussed the recruitment and selection of gifted students, the award and management of scholarship funds, as well as monitoring and evaluation.


 February 18           Combating Human Trafficking


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Ms. Hasina Kharbhih, a Gold Star International Visitor Leadership Program Alumna, returned to Boston after gaining international acclaim for her work in countering human trafficking in South Asia--in particular, her innovative Meghalaya Model. She met with a WorldBoston audience to discuss her organization's efforts to combat human trafficking and provide a safe environment for women and girls in India.

 Feb. 13 ~ 16     UN Agencies in Rome 


Food Security and Nutrition


Two representatives of the U.S.-Rome Food Security and Nutrition program came to Boston to meet with with faculty at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy to deepen their studies of food security and policy implications. They engaged in public-private partnerships and private sector investment, specifically micro-finance and management of credit, including how to make government to government loans and credit more effective.


  Feb. 13 ~ 16     Social Media Activism 




Seven NGO representatives and activists from Pakistan visited to learn about the ways in which social media has been used successfully in the U.S. by the public and private sectors, as well as NGOs and grassroots activists. Meetings were arranged with the American Islamic Congress and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning to increase outreach and global linkages with international organizations and institutions. 


  Feb. 7 ~ 11       Social Mobility & Education


Ms. Joanne Foster

Ms. Joanne Foster, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister of the UK, met with Boston-area experts to discuss policy issues relating to poverty and social mobility. Ms. Foster was ranked one of the "50 Most Influential Liberal Democrats" by the Daily Telegraph in 2012. Meetings took place with the Harvard Kennedy School Taubman Center for State and Local Government, the Massachusetts Department of Education, and Mass Insight Education to exchange views on education initiatives and effective models for workforce development.


  Feb. 2 ~ 6        Primary & Secondary Education



Six education administrators traveled here to learn about best practices for strengthening school systems from teachers, administrators, and education policy professionals working in Massachusetts schools and state agencies.


Jan. 26 ~ 30       Technology Innovation & Research




Nine representatives of the Eastern Amazon Innovation Center network
shared best practices with U.S. counterparts in technology transfer. The group included representatives from different educational and research institutions from three states in the lower (eastern) Amazon and work in areas of science and technology. In Boston, they focused on valuation and technology trade in biotech and information/communication technologies.

Jan. 26 ~ 29
        American Corners




Five American Corners Coordinators from Chile
visited Boston for an inspirational program focused on the American Revolution and U.S. History. The "American Corners" program embodies partnerships between U.S. embassies and host institutions, the goal of which is to further an understanding of U.S. lifestyles, culture, politics, legislation, and current issues.  The concept originated in Russia in October 2000 and today there are over 400 American Corners worldwide, 18 of these in Latin America. This program included visits to Bunker Hill Community College, the Cambridge Public Library, and the Black Heritage Trail.


January 18            Greece: From Austerity to Recovery



Christos Alexakis, Ph.D.

Dr. Alexakis, Professor of Economics at Greece's University of Piraeus and former CEO of Invest in Greece SA, engaged a WorldBoston audience to discuss the choices and solutions his country will face in its path to economic recovery.


IVLP in 2012:


Dec. 11 ~ 14         Global Youth Leadership




Five youth leadership specialists from Ukraine
visited Boston to examine youth engagement through education, economic opportunity, and civic participation. They met with several community organizations known for model programs that promote youth leadership in the context of schools, colleges, associations and clubs, arts programs, and faith-based initiatives. In particular, they aimed to better understand how social media tools are being used to develop networks for youth communication and engagement.


Dec. 4 ~ 7         100K Strong Initiative, Education


Latin America


Seven higher education experts
from Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Venezuela examined how the U.S. education system prepares young people to enter the job market. They sought to expand international student exchange opportunities and to develop institutional collaboration for future exchanges.


Dec. 2 ~ 6            Museum Management



Four Kyrgyz specialists in museum management
visited Boston to learn about U.S. government support of museums and the arts. They exchanged best practices for managing and preserving national historic sites with several professionals, including the director of Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology and faculty of Harvard Extension School's Museum Management Program.  



Nov. 27 ~ 29         Investigative Reporting in the U.S.




Four journalists from Kosovo
came to Boston to gain a deeper understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the news media in a democracy and the role that the free and professional media play in a democratic society. Their program explored the plurality of news in the U.S. and provided information about journalism education.


Nov. 19 ~ 23         New Media




Six media specialists from China 
visited Boston with a focus on the rights and responsibilities of the free press in the United States, and discovered how new media impacts and enhances these rights. They met with their counterparts in Boston to explore operational practices and standards of new media and to discuss journalistic practices and ethics with working bloggers, online journalists, and digital media organizations.


Nov. 7 ~ 9            Mr. Atsushi Wakui



Mr. Atsushi Wakui
returned to Boston after a successful visit in April. He is researching the way Massachusetts supports the development of the textile industry in a post-industrial context and the role of government in the textile industry in the U.S. and abroad.

6 ~ 7             Election Night in Boston





Seven journalists from Jordan
spent election day in Boston to witness the culmination of the presidential campaigns on an exchange focused broadly on the U.S. electoral process and the role of media in covering elections.    



Oct. 28 ~ Nov. 1       National Elections in the U.S.


East Asia


Eighteen visitors from East Asia
 came to historic Boston to experience first-hand the campaign rallies and activities for the closely watched U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democratic Party candidate Elizabeth Warren. The group also met with professors of politics and government, and visited the iconic John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.  Last but not least, a cultural day-trip to Salem on October 31 provided the ultimate Halloween experience!


October 25 ~ 30     Accessible Environments for

                                      People with Disabilities



Four NGO officials from Belarus
visited Boston to examine disability rights in the U.S., including civil rights protections and equal opportunity laws (American Disabilities Act) that improve access to employment, housing, education, and healthcare for people with physical and mental disabilities.  The group also shared information on the role of advocacy campaigns to overcome attitudinal barriers that limit equal opportunity. They gained familiarity with U.S. scientific, technological, and administrative capacity requirements for developing rehabilitation centers.

ber 24 ~ 27    Gender-based Violence





Eight NGO leaders from Pakistan
met with senior representatives of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, legal services providers, and other experts to explore strategies to combat gender violence and support survivors of domestic abuse. How U.S. entities promote empowerment of women and girls and how they raise awareness of the issues of gender violence among youth and the general public were key topics of the visit.


October 19           Malaysian Ambassador to the U.S. 




WorldBoston members joined the Malaysian Investment Development Authority and MATRADE for a free seminar and business luncheon with delegates from Malaysia. The forum featured presentations from high-level guests including His Excellency Datuk Othman Hashim, Malaysia's Ambassador to the U.S.!

October 17
~ 20
      Higher Education in the U.S.




Eight Uzbek government and academic officials
visited Boston to develop professional connections with higher education institutions in the fields of science, technology, and agriculture. They discussed the role of public and private universities, financing for U.S. higher education, best practices for university admissions, and growing opportunities in distance-learning.

17 ~ 20      Multicultural Education




Four academics from Macedonia exchanged views on intercultural education and conflict resolution with fellow educators and NGO professionals in Massachusetts, with a focus on training, research, and education policy development.  

6 ~ 10     Collaboration in Asset Forfeiture




Four delegates from Kazakhstan visited Boston to gain familiarity with U.S. legislation and policies on the forfeiture and sharing of assets. Meetings also focused on the legal basis for international cooperation on locating, tracing, confiscating, and recovering the proceeds of criminal and terrorist assets. The visitors examined the role and work of Interpol, FinCEN, the World Bank, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Treasury, and the FBI in stolen-assets recovery.

2 ~ 6       Transformation & Modernization

                                of Education




While in Boston, six secondary education teachers and administrators from Egypt explored: innovative teaching techniques and technologies; STEM education initiatives; the administration of private and public schools; and education methods and school programs that promote multicultural understanding and support different ethnic groups.  


 October 2 ~ 4     U.S. Political Processes for Civic   





Five Iraqi civic leaders departed Boston following meetings with faculty and experts at Harvard Kennedy School and UMass Boston's Center for Peace, Democracy & Development to discuss the responsibilities of citizens, civic organizations, and journalists in promoting political accountability and transparency in government. The City of Boston's Intergovernmental Relations Office addressed the role of public-private partnership in fostering political and civic engagement. The visitors also enjoyed the opening of City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952-1982, a wonderful new exhibit at the Boston Society of Architects' BSA Space.


September 22 ~ 26    Security in Asia  




A group of three professionals in international policy, foreign affairs, and Asia policy studies
met Boston counterparts to better understand U.S. foreign policy goals in Asia. They focused specifically on the perceived role of Australia and other regional allies of the U.S. in addressing security issues of common concern.


September 22 ~ 26      English Language Training

                                      and Administration



A group of four English Language Training and Administration Professionals
learned about techniques for strengthening curriculum development and teaching quality in primary and secondary schools. While in Boston, they specifically looked at curriculum development, teaching and training for English Language Instructors, methods of teacher certification, and the role of state-level governance in the education system.


September 18 ~ 21      Innovation & Education





Four university professors
explored the various methods used to build bridges between science, academia and industry. They learned about the tools for collaboration, research and innovation through meetings with organizations such as the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching at Boston University and Boston Science Partnerships.

September 16
~ 19
     Incentives for R & D




Seven Research & Development Professionals
visited Boston to learn more about the state government's support of R & D. They examined local tax policy and fiscal incentives, as well as think tanks and federally funded research centers. They looked at local support for business development, engagement of minorities and youth in entrepreneurship, and the role of NGOs in encouraging entrepreneurship.

12 ~ 15      The Internet and Politics




Two political consultants and a member of State Parliament explored one of the hottest trends in this year's election: the role of the internet in the U.S. political system. They took an inside look at the political races in Massachusetts and the Presidential race, as well as the effect of social media on the election process.

8 ~ 12       Higher Education Reform




Three education reformers visited the education hub of Boston for dialogue on the higher education system in the U.S. They examined how international programs, career services and preparations for university are implemented through the examination of such institutions as counseling offices at area secondary schools and universities, and university admissions, financial aid, and student affairs departments.

14 ~ 17       Democratic Governance 

                                and Foreign Policy in the U.S.


Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe


Six senior officials
who represent their countries in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe examined the role of citizen participation in the democratic process and the way that voters, community groups, and businesses engage with the government to ensure their voices are heard. The OSCE visitors engaged with organizations such as Generation Citizen, The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, The Harvard Institute of Politics, and the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.


 August 13 ~ 17     Foreign Policy and International    

                               Relations Curricula




Four professors from Turkmenistan's Institute of International Relations visited Boston to explore curriculum development, research activities, and career services for IR students in the U.S. Meetings with faculty at Northeastern, Tufts, Boston University, UMass Boston, and Harvard focused on teaching methods that promote the study of diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, and an understanding of global development.


 July 29 ~ 31        British American Parliamentary 

                             Group Project 2012


United Kingdom


Six Parliamentarians from the United Kingdom visited Boston as part of the annual British American Parliamentary Group (BAPG) exchange between the British Parliament and the U.S. Department of State. Meetings took place at the Massachusetts Governor's Office and Harvard University with their Congressional counterparts to examine the role of the media in the U.S. political process, and domestic and foreign policy issues.


 July 25 ~ 28       Cultural Property Protection



Mr. Jan Hladík

Mr. Jan Hladík, the Chief of the Cultural Heritage Protection Treaties Section of UNESCO based in Paris, visited Boston to learn about U.S. best practices and policies in the area of cultural property protection. Meetings took place with experts in the field covering topics including cultural property protection law, historical property protection investigation, and museum curation.


  July 21 ~ 25       U.S. - Europe Security Issues




Two security experts from France
came to Boston to meet with their counterparts and discuss U.S.- European Security Issues. Meetings were arranged with academic experts in the field based at Harvard's Center for European Studies, the MIT Security Studies Program, and the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis. Topics of discussion included military strategy and nuclear issues, along with conflict-resolution management.


  July 15 ~ 17       Research Management





Five directors and research associates from Oman visited Boston to establish collaborative links with U.S. research institutions and universities. Meetings included visits to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and to Harvard University's Center for Middle East Studies to learn about research management, ethical standards in research, and the creation of new research institutes.


June 24 ~ 28      The Role of the Legislative

                             Branch in a Democracy



Thirteen Members of Parliament from Afghanistan came to Boston to engage with state-level legislators, economic policy experts, and civil society leaders. The delegation's visits included the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment, and a special WorldBoston lunch reception on Women's Leadership in the Muslim World.


  June 27 ~ 30      Environment and Climate Change




Five delegates from Italy came to Boston to explore the role of public-private partnerships in promoting alternative, renewable energy sources. A unique site visit to the world-renowned Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, MA took place in partnership with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.


  June 14 ~ 20      Special Education Strategies


Near East and

North Africa


Eight experts in special education from the Near East and North Africa
met with the coordinators of the Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer 2012 Games. Meetings also took place at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and other public agencies to review legislation, policies, advocacy, and funding for special education programs in the U.S.


  June 13 ~ 17      Investigative Journalism




Twenty-three distinguished journalists from around the world attended the annual Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. Conference, taking place in Boston. The event included more than 100 panels, hands-on classes, and special presentations on covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment, and other key beats. In addition, WorldBoston arranged meetings with local media experts, including GlobalPost and Northeastern University's Initiative for Investigative Reporting.


  June 13 ~ 16     Targeting and Risk Management




Nine representatives of the Azerbaijan Customs Committee
learned about U.S. Government interagency initiatives to raise awareness on targeting and risk management issues, and implementation concepts for national targeting centers and port environments. A series of meetings and site visits took place with Massport.


  June 7 ~ 12       Corruption and Financial Crime



Five delegates from Jamaica
visited Boston to learn about collaboration between the various governmental and non-governmental actors that play a role in eradicating corruption. Meetings took place with the Boston Police Department Internal Affairs Unit, the Boston Police Crime Lab, the Massachusetts Inspector General's Office, and the Public Corruption Unit at the U.S. Attorney's Office.


May 30 ~ June 2   Volunteerism




Eleven delegates from Spain visited Boston to examine the impact of volunteerism in U.S. communities and how volunteers, particularly young people, are inspired to help foster a culture of service and civic responsibility.


 May 23 ~ 28         Investigative Journalism




Eight senior editors and reporters from Syria met with counterparts in Boston to explore accurate investigative reporting. Strategies for gaining access to public records, finding the best stories, and managing investigations were discussed with top experts in the field.

May 17 ~ 23          America's Multi-ethnic Society


Bosnia and Herzegovina


Three leaders representing different religions of the Inter-Religious Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina met with their Massachusetts counterparts for a beneficial exchange on how to accommodate the demands of a pluralistic and ethnically diverse society.

May 17 ~ 20          Innovation and Economic Growth




Ten state government officials from Bavaria visited Boston to examine public-private business and academic partnerships that support innovation in science and technology, as well as policies that support social entrepreneurship and workforce development.

May 7 ~ 12            Opthalmology Research & Treatment




Sixteen Iranian ophthal-mologists visited Boston to explore leading ophthalmology centers, including the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, the Genzyme Corporation, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to examine medical policies and best practices in ophthalmic research and procedures.

May 5 ~ 9               Mr. Ciaran Martin


United Kingdom


Mr. Ciaran Martin of Scotland serves as Director of Constitutional Policy, UK Cabinet Office. While in Boston, he met with leading scholars and policy analysts to discuss U.S. strategic priorities; national security and the rule of law; and the role of international governance in ensuring economic stability. Mr. Martin was the featured speaker at our GREAT DECISIONS forum on Cybersecurity.





April 30 ~ May 3    Women in Science




Delegates from Botswana, Cameroon,
Ghana, and Nigeria
visited organizations and educational institutions that champion the advancement of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Following a day trip to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, they met with the directors of Seeding Labs, Science Club for Girls, and various centers of innovation and learning.


April 26 ~ May 1   Food Safety and Security


Southeast Asia


Nine delegates from Southeast Asia visited Boston to learn about U.S. agriculture and food production and distribution policies. They met with agencies responsible for food safety and risk assessment, and experts on the U.S. food safety system and the science that supports it.


 April 24 ~ 28         Sustainable Technology Markets


Project for Europe


Six delegates from across Europe explored opportunities for U.S.-European joint development of green technologies and green markets. They learned about initiatives to stimulate sustainable economic development through innovation, and observed best practices and cross-sectoral partnerships that are driving the green economy.


 April 19 ~ 21         Community Center Outreach




Ten managers from Sao Paolo’s SESC (state's leading social services institution) met with counterparts to learn about U.S. community center administration, youth outreach programs, diversity inclusion practices, and special needs programs. 


 April 18 ~ 21         Mr. Stefan Deaconu




Mr. Stefan Deaconu, Senior Advisor to the President of Romania on Legal Issues, met with judges at different court levels, professors of Constitutional Law, and legislators to exchange views on key legal and constitutional issues.


 April 8 ~ 11           Community Economic Revitalization




Three Japanese government officials from the Trade and Labor ministries visited Boston to examine the roles, efforts, policy evaluations, and outcomes pursued by local governments, private sector firms, and nonprofit organizations to create jobs and revitalize communities.


 April 7 ~ 12        STEM Education




Five Indonesian educators from various universities came to Boston for meetings with school and university administrators and faculty, to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education at all levels in the U.S.


 March 28 ~ 31    Social Media and Elections




Five Egyptian journalists and media representatives met with university experts, journalists, and civil engagement organizations to examine the role of reporting, gender equality, and responsive governance in an informed citizenry.


March 21 ~ 24     Student Governance




Five delegates from the Republic of Georgia met with representatives from Boston University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Boston College, and MIT, along with the Massachusetts Department of Education, to learn about the importance of leadership development and Student Governance.

March 18 ~ 21     Food Safety and Security




Two specialists from Japan traveled to the U.S. to learn about the roles of public and private sector agencies in food safety and risk assessment. Meetings were arranged with leading consulting firms, the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Massachusetts Coalition for Food Safety and Defense.


March 11 ~ 14     Professor Batbaatar Gunchin




Professor Batbaatar Gunchin, Dean of the School of Biomedicine & Health Sciences at the University of Mongolia, visited Boston with a focus on “Global Pandemics & Disaster Preparedness”. Professor Gunchin met with senior medical school faculty, toured the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, and also met with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


March 2 ~ 7          Mr. Titus Poenaru




Mr. Titus Poenaru, a political advisor to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) within the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Romania, visited the Boston Green Academy, observed live polling on Super Tuesday at the Boston Public Library, and attended seminars at the Harvard University Institute of Politics.

 March 1 ~ 3      The Challenge for NATO



Ambassador Joao Mira Gomes, Permanent Representative of Portugal to NATO, visited the U.S. to attend the Allied Command Tranformation Conference. While in Boston, he met with policymakers and transatlantic experts, and discussed the future of NATO at a special WorldBoston reception.


Feb. 29 ~ March 3     U.S. Politics and Election 2012


Project for Europe


Eleven politicians, party officials, advisers, and journalists from several European countries
observed the U.S. political process in an election year.  Just ahead of "Super Tuesday," they met in Boston with senior staff from the Senate campaign offices of candidates Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Scott Brown, polling experts, and political scientists.

Feb. 28 ~ March 3     Innovation in the Schools


 U.S. - Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission



Eight education directors from Russia visited under the auspices of the U.S.- Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. The group met representatives of the Massachusetts Department of Education, educational NGOs, and school administrators in Boston to discuss best practices and promote Russia's national education initiative, "Our New School."

Feb. 19 ~ 22        European Young Innovators Forum



The U.S. Department of State and European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF) are cosponsoring "Innotour," a special program bringing 10 entrepreneurs from countries throughout Europe to the United States.

In Boston, the group examined the role of academia in advancing innovation, and met founders of start-ups and venture capitalists.


Feb. 15 ~ 19         National Law Student Exchange




Law students from Mexico travelled to the U.S. as part of a unique exchange program to examine the U.S. system of training law students. The delegation toured local law schools and met with lawyers and judges from Boston-based bar associations.

Feb. 11
15         Mr. Naby Bangoura




Mr. Bangoura, the newly appointed spokesperson for the Guinean presidential office, engaged with media and communications faculty at universities, as well as representatives from public relations and marketing firms.


Feb. 8 ~ 11          Anti-Corruption & Transparency


Czech Republic


Five Czech delegates visited Boston to conduct a case study on anti-corruption and government transparency with counterparts. They met with the District Attorney's office, judges, representatives from the Boston City Council, and journalists.

Jan. 24 ~ 28         Information & Communication Tech.




Four Albanian participants in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) will meet with key officials at local university and public-private partnerships that encourage innovation in computer science and mobile technologies.

22 ~ 25      
   American Libraries




Four senior librarians from Oman will visit a variety of public and private libraries in Greater Boston to examine management and funding issues at the local level..

Jan. 17 ~ 22         U.S. Securities Markets




Ms. Yuka Masuya, Section Chief in the Securities & Exchange Surveillance Commision of Japan's Financial Services Agency, will meet with Boston-based experts in financial security, investment, and trade to exchange views on regulatory best practices.


IVLP in 2011:

Nov. 17 ~ 22        Advancement of Women in Science




Ms. Sanchez de Madariaga, Director of the Women and Science Unit within Spain's Ministry of Science and Innovation, met with local university faculty members and nonprofit organizations which can speak to the intersection of gender, science, and innovation.


Nov. 12 ~ 16        Foreign Service Nationals



Twenty-five senior Foreign Service Nationals from around the world visited Boston as part of a training course sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service Institute. The delegation will focus on global youth engagement, empowering women and girls, cultural exchange and other themes. 

Nov. 8 ~ 10          Outstanding Students for the World





Twenty students from Indonesia, who are winners or finalists in international science and technology competitions, presented their projects in robotics and energy conservation to Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Indonesia Program. The group will also tour MIT's campus.


Nov. 1 ~ 5            Disability Rights and Issues


Near East



Nine government officials and NGO activists from countries throughout the Near East visited Boston to examine state and local laws intended to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities.  Delegates were received at schools, the Executive Office of Health and Human Safety, and non-profit organizations.


Oct. 29 ~ Nov. 3  Primary and Secondary Education


Western Hemisphere



Eleven leaders from Central and South America came to Massachusetts to learn about primary and secondary education systems in the U.S. They attended meetings with K-12 educators, as well as policy specialists in government and nonprofit organizations.



Oct. 27 ~ Nov. 2  Women in Science and Engineering


Middle East



Eight scientists and educational leaders from the Middle East visited Boston to discuss the American experience in the advancement of women in the fields of science, technology, and engineering.  Meetings were arranged with universities, companies, and agencies that promote the education of women in these fields as well as their professional development as leaders.


October 27                   China and the Global Economy


Cheng Siwei


Economist Cheng Siwei, a former top Chinese lawmaker who now serves as chairman of the International Finance Forum (Beijing), told an audience of WorldBoston and Boston Financial Services Leadership Council members about the financial reforms needed for China's transformation and for sustainable global economic growth.


October 5 - 8      Higher Education Exchanges





The head of international relations at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and a senior adviser to BI Norwegian Business School met with administrators, faculty, and students at several public and private colleges and universities in the Boston area.


Sep. 30 - Oct. 5  Marking 50 Years of the Peace Corps


Multi-Regional Project




Twenty-eight leaders of NGOs and nonprofits from as many countries visited Massachusetts to learn best practices in volunteer community service. Most of the delegates have interacted professionally with U.S. Peace Corps volunteers in their home countries. Meetings with local nonprofits focused on volunteer recruitment practices, social entrepreneurship, and programs that engage and impact youth in the U.S.


Sep. 28 - Oct. 1  U.S. Politics: Current Trends






Five delegates from Germany - journalists, a Bundesbank economist, and a director of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce - examined the U.S. political process, current domestic and foreign policy debates, and the electoral system. The group spoke at a forum hosted by WorldBoston and German-American Business Council on "Germany and the Future of the Euro Zone."


Sept. 24 - 28          Kurdistan: Strengthening Democracy


Speaker Kerkuki


Dr. Kemal Kerkuki, Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament in Iraq, led a parliamentary delegation to Boston to gain an understanding of the U.S. political process, and to examine the structure and role of local and state governments in the democratic process. WorldBoston hosted a special luncheon at the Fairmont Copley Plaza on Monday, September 26.    


Sept. 24 - 28         University Administration and Mgmt.





Eleven administrators from Russia's Urals State Pedagogical University toured Boston to discuss effective university administration and management strategies.  Meetings took place with public and private universities with existing linkage programs with Russia, or with strong Russian studies programs. 


Sept. 21 - 25         Higher Education Reform  





Ten faculty members and administrators from China's Chongqing Normal University visited Boston to discuss university administrative practices, higher education reform, and educational program creation. They met with various universities in the Boston-area, particularly those with strong programs in Chinese language and culture. 


Sept. 21 - 25         Best Practices in International Affairs



Two senior professors of world politics and foreign affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation toured Boston to visit universities offering undergraduate and graduate  in international affairs, diplomacy, and public policy.


Sept. 10 - 14         National Science Policy  





Six advisers and government officials from key ministries in the fields of science and education visited Boston to examine social, political, and economic aspects of developing and implementing national science policy. Meetings were arranged with local scientific research institutions, laboratories, and university-driven innovation initiatives. 


Sept. 5 - 8             Youth Leaders






Ten student leaders from universities across Egypt visited Boston to explore the significance of political and civic engagement of youth leaders in the U.S. Meetings occurred with local universities, centers for civic engagement, and leadership development organizations.  


Sept. 1 - 6              Library Management






Four Chinese library management professionals visited Boston to share best practices in library management and explore citizens' access to information in the U.S. Visits were arranged with the Harvard Yenching and Widener Libraries, as well as the Boston Public Library.    


August 24 - 29    University-Industry Collaboration





Six participants from Japan, representatives from the Ministry of Education and university professors, came to Boston to gain an understanding of how to promote deeper connections between Japanese industry, university, and government. Visits were arranged with university administrators from MIT, Harvard, Tufts, Boston University, and Northeastern.


August 18 - 21    Aviation: Airport Safety and Design






Ten airport managers and airline representatives from Thailand traveled to Boston to visit with airport staff for discussion of airport safety and design. Meetings were arranged with a variety of Boston Logan Airport personnel.  


August 18 - 20    Mr. Wenxi Zhu 





Mr. Wenxi Zhu, Head of the Regional Secretariat for the Western Pacific of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, visited Boston to discuss U.S. national ocean and marine science policies. He spent a day at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod meeting with experts in marine science, energy, and ocean observation activities.


August 17 - 20    Medical Reform & Hospital Management





Three medical professionals from Japan visited Boston to share ideas about health care reform and other aspects of policy and practice in the field of medicine. Meetings were arranged with local hospitals, university medical schools, and research-based NGOs focused on improving the patient experience.


August 10 - 13     Exploring Youth Policies






Five delegates from Turkey, officials from the Department of Youth Services and NGO directors, traveled to Boston to learn about youth policy-making at the local, state, and federal levels, and to explore youth civic engagement intended to influence policy. Meetings were held with the Mayor's Youth Council of Boston, Amnesty International, and other NGOs that focus on promoting youth engagement.


August 9 - 13       Foreign Policy/Int'l Affairs Curricula  





Six government officials and university instructors from Turkmenistan visited Boston to examine how to develop curricula that teach diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, and global development. Visits occurred with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Northeastern University, the McCormack School of Policy Studies at UMass Boston, and the Harvard Kennedy School.


August 6 - 10       Ms. Benjamis Jattanond






Ms. Benjamis Jattanond, Director of the Thai Ministry of Labor's International Labor Standard Group, visited Boston to examine U.S. institutional framework, strategies, and policy implementation mechanisms to combat trafficking in persons (TIP). Meetings took place with the MA State Police, the SEEN Coalition, the Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative within the Attorney General's Office, and the MA Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.


August 4 - 10       Dr. Priya Shah






Dr. Priya Shah, Professor of Astrophysics and winner of the Department of Science and Technology's prestigious Woman Scientist Award, visited Boston to interact with people working in her research area at premier institutes and universities.  Visits took place with professors and researchers in astrophysics at MIT, Boston University, Tufts, Brandeis, and Suffolk.


July 20 - 24         Science Education




Five delegates from Ukraine - department heads and academic directors from schools throughout the country - came to Boston to examine best practices for science education in the U.S.  Meetings were held with local school teachers, and nonprofit organizations aimed at improving science education.


July 20 - 24        Higher Education Exchange




Five representatives of the Qatari Higher Education Institute toured Boston to explore the administration of a range of different types of private institutions (most notably, women's colleges and universities) and examine ways to improve cooperation between Qatar and the U.S. in higher education. Visits were arranged with a variety of colleges and universities in the Boston area.


July 18 - 21        Labor Rights





Eight delegates from China - labor leaders, government officials, and academics - visited Boston to examine the impact of the American labor movement on U.S. foreign, domestic, and international economic policies. To foster discussions of the role of organized labor in American society, meetings were arranged with the Boston Bar Association, the MA Division of Labor Relations and Standards, and with representatives from the Harvard Trade Union Program. 


July 13 - 16        Voluntourism (Volunteer Tourism)




This program for ten government officials and nonprofit practitioners from Egypt promoted the growing industry of voluntourism and exposed the delegation to best practices in combining travel with charitable causes.  Meetings occurred with local NGOs such as Tourism Cares, United Planet, and Global Vision International. 


June 30 - July 6  Venture Capital & Entrepreneurship



Mr. Khailee Ng of Malaysia traveled to Boston to learn more about entrepreneurship education and professional development in the United States.  Meetings were held with Polaris Venture Partners, Launch in US Alliance, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group at Northeastern University, and the Massachusetts Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship.


June 22 - 26       Global Economic Recovery

Multi-Regional Project



Twenty-four economists, financial analysts, and government officials from around the world visited Boston to examine international economic cooperation in the world economy, and to strengthen the relationship between U.S. and foreign financial systems.  Meetings were held with local officials engaged in business development and regulation, private sector initiatives promoting economic growth, local investment banks, and venture capital firms.

Members met this group at our June 22 Member & Volunteer Appreciation Day! 


June 21 - 25        Investigative Journalism

Multi-Regional Project



Thirty-six journalists, news producers, and television anchors from around the world came to Boston to examine the role of responsible investigative journalism in a democracy, and to witness the impact of journalism on U.S. history, politics, and society.  The program closed with two workshops: one at a major media school, focusing on lessons learned during the trip; and another in which foreign participants discussed their own investigative stories with the delegation. Members met this group at our Member & Volunteer Appreciation Day! 


June 19 - 22        Cultural Heritage Preservation

North Africa & the Near East


Eight government officials, museum curators, and NGO managers from North Africa and the Near East toured Boston to explore current U.S. theory, practice, and new technology in the field of cultural heritage preservation.  Visits were arranged with local historic preservation associations, museums, heritage sites, and university centers involved in preservation.


June 9 - 12          Preservation of Historic Harbors




Eight members of an Indonesian nonprofit organization, the Genderang Bahari (Maritime Spirit) Movement, visited Boston to help develop strategies to revive the Nusantara harbors in Indonesia. They met with state and local government officials and nonprofits engaged in historic preservation. 


May 24 - 28         Child Welfare



Four government officials and journalists from Kyrgyzstan visited Boston to observe U.S. policies and practices at the federal, state, and local levels regarding families and children, highlighting the social and political factors that influence and encourage the development of child welfare practices in America.


May 19 - 21         Food Security




Five experts from South Asia came to Massachusetts to exchange views on mandatory sustainability standards and technologies that support agricultural development. Their aim: to learn about U.S. efforts to create and enhance local infrastructures that reduce hunger and food insecurity.

May 18 - 21         Gang Interdiction





Nine members of Bermuda's Interagency Gang Task Force visited Boston to examine model community programs and public policies that address gang violence.  Participants in this IVLP project will spend time with a working anti-gang task force.


May 14 - 18         Museum Management




Six visitors from Belarus explored the role of museums in American society by meeting with public and private museum administrators and curators, as well as with public, private, and nonprofit organizations that partner and collaborate with museums.


May 11 - 15         Globalization in Higher Education




Four Japanese university administrators, professors, and government officials examined the diversity of Boston-area campuses, to share best administrative practices for establishing exchange and dual-degree programs with universities overseas, and to network with government and university administrators engaged in the globalization of American higher education.


May 11 - 14          Renewable Energy




This program for five emerging leaders from Brazil showcased the diversity of renewable energy resources in the United States.  Visitors and their Boston counterparts discussed policies and practices enacted by government, civil society, academia, and the private sector that encourage investment in and development and use of renewable energy resources, including beneficial partnerships between the different sectors. 


April 28 - 30        Emergency Medical Care   



Two emergency care physicians from Kosovo came to Boston for networking opportunities to gain a better understanding of the American emergency response system.  Visits were arranged with local hospitals such as Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital.



April 27 - 30        The Greening of America




One environmental NGO manager and one parliamentarian from Germany visited the U.S. to investigate movements toward building green communities, and to explore the research and development of clean energy technologies.  The group met with political leaders, think tank experts, academics, and industry representatives to discuss the decision making process for formulating climate change and environmental policy in the U.S.

April 20 - 23        Data Protection and Internet Security




Mr. Dirk Schmidt, Chief of the Criminal Investigation Division in Augsburg, Germany, came to Boston to observe the legal framework for data protection in the U.S., and to examine how data protection is applied to counter-terrorism, organized-crime, money-laundering and human-trafficking investigations. He met with local law enforcement and counter-terrorism experts within the FBI and MA State Police.


April 17 - 20        U.S. Sentencing Procedure




Ten attorneys and academics from China visited Boston to gain an understanding of sentencing procedures in the United States, including procedures which may be useful during the imminent amendment of China's Criminal Procedure Law. Meetings took place with local judges, prosecutors and lawyers, in addition to university experts in criminal law. 


April 13 - 16        Distance Education




Two advisers at Brazil's Ministry of Education came to Boston to gain exposure to best practices in distance learning methodology and application, and to innovations in distance education technology. Meetings occurred with NGOs and with e-learning consortiums at local universities. 


April 10 - 13        U.S. Institutions and Foundations




Professor Maria de Lurdes Rodrigues - President of the Executive Council of the Luso-American Foundation of Lisbon (FLAD) - and her principal advisor, Professor Rui Pedro Pena Pires, visited Boston to develop a broader understanding of the dynamics of American government and politics, and to examine immigration issues in the U.S. by visiting Portuguese-speaking communities in Massachusetts.  


April 6 - 9            Environmental Protection



Four NGO directors and environmental consultants from India arrived in Boston to examine the roles of federal, state, and local government agencies, universities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and volunteers in preserving the environment and protecting biodiversity, and to investigate sustainable approaches to urban development. Meetings took place with the City of Boston's Environmental Department, the MA Audubon Society, and other agencies and  NGOs dedicated to environmental protection.


April 2 - 7           Green Aviation

South Korea



Seven governmental officials from South Korea visited Boston to meet with American policymakers and stakeholders involved in addressing and mitigating aviation's impact on the environment. Meetings occurred with researchers and policymakers at MIT, the FAA, and Logan Airport.  

March 27 - 30    Government Service and Structure


Dominican Republic


A group of seven participants from the Dominican Republic toured Boston to learn about government ethics, human resource management, civil service, and government structure in the United States. Specific emphasis included Massachusetts' forced-unionism, the MA Municipal Association, and local anti-corruption law enforcement divisions.


March 20 - 24    Transparency in Government




Ten provincial council members and ethics commissioners from Iraq visited Boston to be introduced to the principles of transparency in government. Among the topics highlighted were the separation of powers, checks and balances, and public access to education as tools used to combat corruption in the public and private sector. Meetings were arranged with government watchdog organizations, universities centers, and local offices for government accountability.


March 17 - 23   Mr. Thi-Wa-Wat Pattaragulwanit



Mr. Thi-Wa-Wat Pattaragulwanit, a popular illustrator and writer from Thailand, is well know for his political cartoons and politically-motivated art. During his visit to Boston, Mr. Pattaragulwanit focused on the American tradition of political activism, civic engagement, and freedom of expression through both historical and cultural perspectives. Meetings were arranged with local writers, artists, and museum curators.


March 17 - 20    Civil Affairs and Public Security




Mr. Roberto Alzir das Chaves and Mr. Antônio Roberto Cesário de Sá, two senior Brazilian security officials from the State of Rio de Janeiro, visited Boston to explore topics related to civil affairs and public security in preparation for Brazil's hosting of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.  While in Boston, Mr. Alzir and Mr. Sá met with local law enforcement, public security management, and security staff for major sporting events.   


March 12 - 15    Hate Crime Initiatives



Three law enforcement officials from Ireland came to Boston to explore American approaches to hate crime, specifically the policy effects and implementation of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  Meetings were arranged with local law enforcement, crime preventions specialists, and nongovernmental organizations involved in hate crime initiatives.


March 12 - 13    Young Leaders




A group of young leaders from Iraq toured Boston to learn about the democratic process and to examine leadership strategies used to manage political challenges. Meetings were organized with NGOs and centers for civic engagement throughout New England.


March 10 - 15    University Administration


South Asia


Seven university administrators from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka came to Boston to explore the administration of a range of different types of private institutions and universities.  They specifically explored service learning programs, international exchanges, and institution-to-institution linkages with other universities in the area.  


March 1 - 5         Women in Science




Eight female professors and researchers from Brazil visited Boston to learn about the current status of women and girls in science in the United States.  Meetings were organized with local universities and public and private sector partners encouraging the participation of women in science and technology.

Feb. 27- Mar. 1   Internet Policy



Mr. Hiroyuki Sakurai, Deputy Director of the International Policy Division at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, arrived in the U.S. in September as a Japanese National Personnel Authority (NPA) Fellow. The focus of Mr. Sakurai's research is Internet policy in the U.S.  While in Boston, he met with state officials and academic experts at Harvard and MIT on the development of Internet policy.


Feb. 23 - 26        Domestic Violence



A delegation of judges, criminal prevention specialists, and NGO leaders from Poland visited Boston to examine how social service agencies work with legal authorities to prevent domestic abuse. The delegation met with law enforcement officials, criminology experts at universities, and nonprofit leaders engaged in aiding victims of domestic violence.

Feb. 19 - 23         Defense Policies and Eastern Europe

Jiri Payne,
Czech Republic


Dr. Jiri Payne, adviser to the President of the Czech Republic, returned to Boston as part of the National Council for International Visitors'  Alumni Gold Stars Tour.  Mr. Payne took part in WorldBoston's 1993 project “Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the U.S. and Europe.” His government career includes service as an elected MP, Deputy Defense Minister, and Chairman of the Standing Delegation to NATO. Watch Jiri Payne on YouTube


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Visitors in 2009:

Dec. 3 - 6



Emergency Operations

Laura Tiberi,
an emergency operations and rehabilitation officer at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, visited Boston to meet with experts at BU, Harvard, Tufts, and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital on human resilience in the face of complex emergencies.

Nov. 28-
Dec. 2



Nuclear Nonproliferation

Viviane da Silva Simões, an international relations analyst for Brazil’s National Nuclear Energy Commission, visited Boston to meet with experts on nuclear nonproliferation, safety, and disarmament at MIT’s Security Studies Program and Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Accompanied by a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, she also met with Doug Koplow, founder of EarthTrack, a local firm specializing in research on energy subsidies.

Nov. 15 - 18



Workforce Development in
Renewable Energy

Distinguished German representatives from
solar and wind energy firms, technical colleges, and nonprofit organizations engaged in workforce development examined Boston's “green collar” industry and discussed the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, an effort to develop German and American approaches to climate change.

Nov. 15 - 18



Music Administration

Officials from the Secretariat of Culture of Sao Paulo State visited Boston-based conservatories to build relationships for the exchange of students, faculty, and artists.

Dean Wayman Chin of the Longy School of Music and Assistant Director of Admissions Gojko Damjanic of the Berklee College of Music hosted the visitors in their respective institutions, introducing them to their facilities and operations. Joseph Auner, Chair of Tufts University's music department, also hosted the group at the new Granoff Music Center. The Brazilian visitors also visited the North Bennet Street School's Piano Technology Program, the Community Music Center of Boston, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where they discussed sales, marketing, development, and personnel strategies.


Oct. 25 - 28



Technical Education

Two senior administrators from Russian universities visited Boston to learn about the development of leading science and education centers, business incubators at technical universities, and programs that stimulate students' involvement in research projects.

Oct. 8 - 10




Comparative Higher Education

Two Indonesian academics engaged faculty in the political science and anthropology departments at BU, Northeastern, and UMass Boston. A key goal of the visitors was to establish the first departments of political and social science at State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah in order to promote higher learning about democracy in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Sept. 16 - 20




Technology & Industry Management

Taking advantage of Boston's biotechnology and high-tech industry assets, Japanese visitors from a national research institute and a prefectural government met with Harvard's and Boston University’s technology development Offices, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, and other institutions working to connect researchers and inventors with sources of venture capital.

Sept. 12 - 16

and Canada


Leadership and Conflict Resolution

In this single-region project, six English-speaking environmental experts from Canada and Mexico explored Massachusetts' participation in regional environmental compacts, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the first mandatory cap-and-trade initiative within the U.S. The visitors also discussed current research on climate change with academics at local universities.


Sept. 2 - 5



Domestic Violence
and Protection Order Study 

Nine Chinese legal experts, including judges, research fellows, and court officials, connected with the Massachusetts Judges' Conference at UMass Boston. They learned about the history and practice of domestic violence protection orders, the court and trial procedures for justifying and applying them, and observed such cases in action.

Aug. 26 - 29



Public Broadcasting in the U.S.

Five delegates from the Thai Public Broadcasting Service visited Boston last week to gain a better understanding of public broadcasting, public access television, and Web-based citizen journalism in the United States. Their professional visits included the studios of WBUR, WGBH, Cambridge Community Television, and the Boston Neighborhood Network.

July 25 - 31



Law and Order

As part of the Open World citizen diplomacy program, a Russian judicial delegation visited Boston for professional exchanges concerning judicial ethics, court administration, jury trial procedures, case management, and other judicial topics. WorldBoston arranged home-stay hospitality for each visitor so they could experience life in an American household.

Europe and International Development

Farah Karimi, Executive Director of Oxfam Novib and former Member of the Dutch Parliament, visited Boston as a participant in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. Iranian-born Karimi spoke on global development issues at a WorldBoston-Oxfam luncheon.


July 13

July 11 - 15



Law and Order

A group of Chinese legal experts, including a law professor, a prosecutor, and a senior partner in a law firm, met with the Massachusetts Judges' Conference at UMass Boston to explore current issues in legal education and learn about judicial transparency and the criminal procedure in the American legal system.

June 23 - 27

Multi-country project for South Asia


Environmental Protection

This program included 10 conservation and environmental practitioners who work in government, academia, NGOs, business, law, and journalism in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and UzbekistanParticipants met with university professors to discuss the significance of international law for environmental protection. Following a tour of a waste-to-energy facility in Millbury, they also observed local efforts to promote environmental education and inform future generations about conservation and recycling.


June 21 - 24


Dominican Republic


Leadership and Conflict Resolution

Sixteen community organizers, members of youth organizations, and government workers from Haiti and the Dominican Republic came to Boston to explore the work of local nonprofits in underserved communities. Their visit included a day-long workshop with Facing History and Ourselves and meetings with several organizations that are active in youth leadership training, public health advocacy, conflict resolution, and community development.


June 9 - 11



Diversity and Bilingual Education

Ten secondary school teachers from Iceland visited three diverse Boston schools with successful programs in bilingual education. They observed teaching methods and learned about multi-cultural and diversity education in the U.S. by touring the schools, speaking with administrators, and meeting teachers and students.

June 2 - 6



University Development

Six university administrators from Georgia met their counterparts in Boston area universities to examine funding, philanthropy, and financial planning. They were also offered opportunities to see how diversity contributes to dynamism and resilient pluralism in the U.S. political system.

May 27 - 30

South Africa


Urban Crime Prevention

An official from Business Against Crime, a South African company, visited Boston to meet with law enforcement officials, government and NGO leaders, and business people to learn about crime prevention and community policing.

May 20 - 23



Muslim Citizen Exchange

This exchange program for Swedish Muslims, aimed at fostering cross-cultural dialogue, began in 2008 when several American Muslims visited Sweden to share the experience of Islam in the U.S. Our Swedish visitors met with Boston organizations dealing with integration of immigrants and with representatives from Muslim student and other youth-oriented organizations.

May 14 - 17



Community Support for Youth

Executive directors and managers from Ukrainian youth centers and charitable foundations visited Boston to explore local programs that foster youth engagement in civil society by providing education, training, mentoring, and safe-haven opportunities.

May 6 - 9


  Legal Education Reform

Five professors, deans, and administrators from Ukrainian institutions met with authors of Massachusetts education reform law, toured Boston area law libraries, and spoke with members of the local media covering education matters.

March 22 - 25



Higher Education System

Five senior officials from Turkey's Ministry of Education visited Northeastern, Tufts, Harvard, and MIT to learn about graduate admission processes and international student life. Turkey plans to send several hundred students a year on full scholarships to M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs in the U.S.

March 3 - 7



Health Care & Policy

During their trip to Boston, two health care specialists from Kyrgyzstan learned about health care administration, insurance, and policies to improve the U.S. health care system.

Feb. 8 - 12



U.S. Foreign Policy

Four Chinese professors engaged counterparts in Boston universities in discussions about U.S. policies, values, and decision-making mechanisms in international relations. The group also examined how colleges and research institutes develop curricula for teaching foreign-policy courses.

Jan. 28 - 31



Climate Change & Clean Energy

A group of German g
overnmental officials, business professionals, and academics met with counterparts in the Boston area to gain an understanding of clean-energy policy development in the U.S.
at the federal, state, and local levels.

Summer/Fall 2008:

Dec. 17 - 20



Social Entrepreneurship &
Career Development

Said Hammouche, Founder and Director of Paris-based Mozaik RH, learned the role of foundations and advocacy groups in promoting social reforms. Talks focused on best practices for diversity, youth access to the workplace, and career development.

Nov. 20 - 23



Economic Revitalization &

Business Development

Visitors from Osaka and Kyushu exchanged views with Boston urban planners and other city and state officials tasked with promoting investment and business development.


Nov. 19 - 22



The U.S. Experience in Combating
Child Exploitation

Meetings examined emerging trends in conducting internet investigations and methods of cooperation among international, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.


 Oct. 26~Nov. 8



Oct. 21 - 26



EMERGING LEADERS FROM 76 COUNTRIES Observed U.S. Electoral System Firsthand in State Department's I-VOTE 2008 Initiative:

On Nov. 5, Election Fellows gathered in Boston for a symposium at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government to analyze outcomes of the presidential and congressional races, as well as share their I-VOTE experiences and insights.

City revitalization ~ Community building based on regional strengths
(A WorldBoston fee-for-service project)

Press: How the City of Lawrence became a classroom for JIAM



WEST AFRICA: Democratic Governance and Civil Society (Oct. 14-18)

TURKEY: Teaching Media Literacy (Oct. 7-11)

FRANCE: At-Risk Youth Programs (Oct. 8-11)

Sept. 24 - 27




A delegation of nine security and counter-terrorism experts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay visited Boston to meet local law enforcement and emergency preparedness officials, as well as judicial and university specialists in counter-terrorism and anti-corruption efforts, to study planning and coordination between state and local governments.

Sept. 21 - 24




WorldBoston welcomed a delegation of newly elected female parliamentarians from Pakistan. They examined legislative practices at the state level as well as Pakistan's international relations. Meetings with local community members aimed to explore chances for further dialogue and exchange between the U.S. and Pakistan.

Sept. 14 - 16

British-American Parliamentary Group

Sept. 3 - 6

WorldBoston hosted six Members of Parliament from the U.K., as part of a 10-day stay in America facilitated by the U.S. State Dept.'s International Visitor Leadership Program. The purpose was to acquaint the MPs with the American political system and regional diversity. The delegation met members of the state legislature, academic experts, and the staffs of presidential campaign offices.


Mme. Ama Tutu Muna
Cameroon's Minister of Culture visited Boston and Worcester, September 3 - 6, to participate in several meetings arranged by WorldBoston to discuss: economic development through arts and culture; museum management strategies; theatre infrastructure; and educational exchange opportunities for artists.

 July 9 - 30




hosted 10 professionals from the Chernihiv region of Ukraine. Participants explored various aspects of historic and cultural preservation issues in the U.S.  Enjoying homestays with local Massachusetts families, they experienced the diversity of American culture. Ukraine's Chernihiv region is home to many churches, cathedrals, and monuments of architectural or historical significance.





Each year, WorldBoston hosts more than
500 visitors
from over 120 countries.

Current Projects:

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Eisenhower Fellowships

Open World

USAID Community Connections

Visitor Highlights 2010:

Dec. 15 - 18: Smart Grid Technologies

Czech Republic


Four Czech scientists and energy specialists 
visited Boston to gain an overview of energy policy development in the U.S. and to analyze current advances in smart grid technologies.  Meetings took place with Boston-area technology companies and research centers at local universities.

Dec. 11 - 15: Mr. Marco MacFarlane

South Africa


Mr. MacFarlane, Research and Project Coordinator at the Centre for Development and Enterprise (considered South Africa's leading educational think tank)
, met with representatives from the Boston Public School system, youth advocacy NGOs, and public- and private-sector education policy specialists.


Dec. 4 - 8: Children's Rights & Policy Development



Three senior  officials from the Romanian Office for Adoptions explored the role of the courts in child adoptions in the U.S. and examined how governments and NGOs protect the rights of vulnerable children.  Meetings occurred with local bar associations, family lawyers, and child advocacy programs.


Dec. 4 - 8: Strengthening Universities



Eight university deans and rectors from Ukraine
visited Boston to learn how American universities use institutional linkages to develop relationships with state and federal governments, professional associations, and the private sector.


Dec. 2 - 7: U.S. Foreign Policy for Journalists




Six special correspondents and senior news editors from India
visited Boston to explore U.S. coverage of American foreign policy debates and the role of the media in policy formulation. Meetings took place with The Boston Globe, WBUR, and university journalism departments.

Nov. 24 - Dec. 1: Trafficking in Persons



Three police officers and special investigators from Spain came to Boston to explore U.S. policy initiatives in identifying, protecting, and assisting the victims of human trafficking.  Visits took place with law enforcement officials as well as with local victim assistance groups.

Nov. 17 - 20: Higher Education Dialogue



Nine University Vice Chancellors from Pakistan traveled to Boston to meet with their counterparts at American universities and exchange strategies regarding post-secondary education.  The group met with local university administrators and faculty.  The delegation was also featured as distinguished guests at WorldBoston's Awards Gala Dinner on November 18 at The Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Nov. 17 - 20:

Technology Transfer and Research Commercialization




Five technology officers and senior scientists from Ukraine visited Boston to learn more about U.S. approaches to innovation and technology transfer, and to acquire a better understanding of the research-to-market process for technology development.  Meetings took place with technology licensing and development offices at local universities.

Nov. 14 - 17: Entrepreneurship in the U.S.




Two high-level entrepreneurs from Malaysia traveled to Boston to learn more about entrepreneurship education and professional development in the United States.  The delegation met with centers for entrepreneurship and innovation at local universities, and with Boston-based start-up companies.

Nov. 10 - 14:

Distance and E-Learning Educational Initiatives


  Palestinian Territories


Six university technology directors and consultants from the Palestinian Territories traveled to Boston to explore distance learning programs and e-learning education initiatives.  Meetings were held with faculty and administration at Brandeis University, and with staff from the New England Learning Association.

Oct. 13 - 16: Business Mgmt. and Entrepreneurship



Twenty-four business owners and program directors from around the world came to Boston to meet with local entrepreneurs and to learn new business development strategies. The group met with start-up organizations and with professionals at the Boston Region Entrepreneurship Week.


Oct. 13 - 16: National Science Policy




Six governmental ministers and advisors from Iraq visited the U.S. to develop tools and resources aimed at the establishment of the first Iraqi National Science Foundation. In Boston, they had meetings at local universities, laboratories, and scientific research institutions - and also attended
2010 Consular Corps Reception.

Oct. 13 - 16: Entrepreneurship in the U.S.



Ten CEOs and company board members from Estonia toured the U.S. to meet with local entrepreneurs and to learn new business development strategies. The delegation met with managing staff at Boston area start-up companies.

Oct. 12 - 14: Dr. Rachel Tal



Dr. Rachel Tal, Head of English Studies within Israel's Amal Network, visited Boston to explore community-based enrichment programs for students of low-income families. Meetings took place with local NGOs and high school administrators.

Oct. 11 - 15: Business Mgmt. and Entrepreneurship



Five CEOs and technology consultants from Lebanon visited Boston to learn about professional development for business owners and entrepreneurs. Meetings took place with local tech start-ups and strategy consultants.


Oct. 2 - 7: Multi-Regional Project on STEM Education 



Seven science teachers and school administrators toured Boston to examine science, technology, engineering, and math education in the U.S. Meetings took place with local school teachers and nonprofit organizations aimed at improving science education.

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2: Preventing Domestic Violence


Fifteen nonprofit leaders, journalists, and human rights advocates from the Middle East
visited Massachusetts-based social service agencies, family law attorneys, state law enforcement officials, and nonprofits that help victims of domestic violence.

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2: At-risk Youth


Fourteen government officials and youth welfare advocates from Saudi Arabia exchanged views with Boston area experts engaged in developing youth-oriented programs and nonprofit leaders who support at-risk children and teens.

Sept. 28 - Oct. 2: Women in Justice



Thirteen female lawyers, prosecutors, and human rights advocates from Africa and the Near East visited Boston to explore the U.S. judicial, legal and civil-society systems, particularly as these systems relate to creating a more just society for women. They met with attorneys specializing in family law and with local nonprofit organizations that focus on empowering women.

Sept. 25 - Oct. 2: Specialized Rule of Law

Open World:


Five Ukrainian judges participated in a special Open World Program to learn about the U.S. judicial system. The delegation's professional itinerary in Boston was organized by the Hon. Judge Joan Feeney of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Open World was established by Congress in 1999 to enable Eurasian leaders to experience American democracy, civil society, and community life.

September 16 - 28:
rojects for Iraq

Sept. 25 - 28

Sept. 18 - 23

Sept. 16 - 18


Five representatives from women's universities in Iraq met with top administrators and faculty from Wellesley College and Bentley University.


Eight Iraqi judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officials explored the strengths
of the U.S. judicial and criminal justice systems, specifically as they relate to the prosecution of international crime. In Boston, they met with local law enforcement and border protection officials, in addition to academic experts in the fields of terrorism and criminal justice.

Seven deans and university leaders from Iraq met with members of Harvard's Middle East Initiative during their visit to Boston.

September 14 -18 IVLP Alumni


Thirty-two distinguished alumni of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program visited Boston-based universities and other private institutions to exchange views and best practices for building robust alumni associations in their home countries.

August 24 - 29
Developing Future Leaders in Civil Aviation


Mr. Ryutaro Konishi, Special Assistant to the Director of the Aviation Safety Promotion Office of Japan's Civil Aviation Bureau, met with aviation leaders and policymakers in Boston and visited federal and private industry aviation facilities involved with aircraft development and production.

August 19 - 23
U.S.-Northeast Asia Foreign Policy            


Mr. Shinkun Haku, elected member of Japan's House of Councillors, visited Boston to explore elements of U.S. foreign policy, specifically as it relates to the countries of Northeast Asia, in meetings with government officials and experts in foreign policy.

June 29 - July 3
Environmental Protection in the U.S.



Engineers, environmental researchers, and government officials from Azerbaijan met with NGOs, state and local government workers, and other organizations that work to protect the local environment.

June 30 - July 4
Role of NGOs in Promoting Global Women's Issues


WorldBoston welcomed 20 women nonprofit managers, community activists, and government officials who work on women's issues around the world. With Boston area counterparts, they explored the role of women in the political process and the portrayal and employment of women in the media.

June 19 - 23
Civil Society and Community Engagement

Latin America


Sixteen Latin American parliamentarians, politicians, municipal workers, and community leaders visited Boston to learn about the use of social media and technology in political campaigns as well as the role of state government in promoting a stronger civil society. Meetings took place with Governor Deval Patrick's Office of Community Affairs, media consultants, nonprofit organizations, and university-affiliated research centers.

June 20 - 23
Combating Transnational and White-Collar Crime


Law enforcement officials, prosecutors, investigators, and detectives from
14 European countries
learned how organized and white-collar crime, as well as public corruption, are investigated and prosecuted in the U.S.  The delegation explored customs and border protection strategies at Logan International Airport, met with the State Ethics Commission, and spoke with FBI officials and Boston Police Department internal affairs units.

May 29-June 2


Two senior administrators from Russian universities visited Boston to learn about the development of leading science and education centers, business incubators at technical universities, and programs that stimulate students' involvement in research projects.

May 15 - 20



WorldBoston hosted a nine-member delegation from Malaysia for meetings and site visits at Logan International Airport, MIT, the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, and Pratt & Whitney. The focus: public and private initiatives to curb engine emissions, new innovations in biofuel technology and production, and other efforts to create a “green” aviation industry.

May 15 - 19



Five leaders involved with Azerbaijan’s youth movements, which represent an important element of the country’s civil society, visited Boston to learn about U.S. youth leadership training programs, community service projects, and other ways of mobilizing American youth to become responsible citizens engaged in tackling social problems.

May 7
Dhakshinamoorthy “Dash” Balakrishnan
CEO, Warisan Global Sdn. Bhd.

Malaysian CEO
Dash Balakrishnan


A passionate supporter of developing entrepreneurship in Malaysia to a level of global competitiveness, Dash Balakrishnan participated in President Obama's recent Summit on Entrepreneurship. He visited Boston to examine how the government, nonprofit organizations, investors, and universities promote business and social entrepreneurship in the U.S. His meetings at Harvard, MIT, and the Massachusetts Office on International Trade and Investment focused on ways in which communities foster economic development.

April 21 - 24



Management & Technology Transfer

Seven senior administrators and faculty members of Russian universities explored how U.S. institutions of higher learning in the Boston area convert their research and creativity into commercially viable intellectual property.

April 13 - 16



Eradicating Gender-based Violence

Eight Pakistani legal experts and NGO leaders met with their counterparts in Boston to exchange views on how to prevent and prosecute gender-based violence. They also shared best practices and programs for supporting women and girls, families, and communities. See article.

April 4 - 7



U.S. Foreign Policy for Journalists

Five distinguished journalists from Iraq visited Boston under the auspices of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. WorldBoston arranged meetings at the Boston-based GlobalPost and at local universities to discuss reporting on U.S. foreign policy, Iraq, and the Middle East region.

April 1 - 2


Anti-Money Laundering

Eight financial and investigative officials from Namibia and Zambia met with lawyers, auditors, and consultants from top global firms in Boston to discuss how to establish anti-money laundering regimes and implement best practices.


March 28-April 2



Primary and Secondary Science Education

Eleven K-12 science educators from Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Palestine
met with school administrators, teachers, and students in Boston and Newton public schools, and with organizations that run after-school science programs for local children.

March 23-27


TESOL's 44th Annual Convention

WorldBoston hosted scores of international visitors participating in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 2010 Convention in Boston.  English language teachers from Russia, university professors from Algeria and China, and educators and administrators from Afghanistan, Sudan and Mongolia attended the workshops. For many, this was their first visit to the United States.

March 17-20



Health Care and Social Assistance

Mr. Pierre-Alain de Malleray, Chief of Staff to France's Minister of Labor, visited Boston to learn about the American approach to health care, legislative reform efforts, programs for the elderly, and health care lobbying at the state level.

March 13-16



Climate Change and Deforestation

Two prominent Brazilian experts on environmental policy, Mr. Luis Meneses and Ms. Priscylla Costa, visited Woods Hole, Massachusetts, as part of joint U.S.-Brazilian efforts to preserve the natural world and combat deforestation and the harmful effects of global climate change.

Feb. 13-17


Women and Entrepreneurship

WorldBoston welcomed leading women from 17 countries who are founders, chief executives, and senior managers of a range of businesses. From Afghanistan to Venezuela, and Lithuania to Mozambique, they met Boston area women entrepreneurs to discuss best practices for innovation, business development, and venture finance.


Feb. 13-18


U.S. Trade Policy

A multi-regional delegation of senior economists, government officials, and private-sector trade and industry experts from 16 countries (and five continents) visited Boston for a range of professional meetings under the auspices of the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Jan. 27-30



Judicial Issues: Family and Domestic Relations

A newly drafted Family Code was submitted to the Republic of Slovenia's National Assembly this year. In preparing for this legislation, the prospect of establishing family courts was raised. Two judges and the General Secretary of the Judicial Council of Slovenia visited Boston to examine the organization, administration, and jurisdiction of family courts in the U.S.

Jan. 27-30



Curriculum Development and Reform

Several officials from Sudan's Ministry of General Education and Ministry of Higher Education met with Boston-based experts in curriculum design and reform.


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