Staff AbroadThe IAU team is comprised of a group of faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to the success of students in all aspects of study abroad.
Fleur Arella has been the Housing Coordinator at IAU since 2018. She previously worked as an Administrative Assistant at IAU in 2010 and 2012. Fleur previously worked as a Sales Manager for a medical device firm, as well as an administrative assistant in the environmental technology and education sectors. From 1999-2003 she worked in the tourism sector in the United Kingdom. She holds a Licence (B.A.) in tourism law and economics from Aix-Marseille University. She speaks fluent French and English and is proficient in Italian.
Pauline Bétrancourt has been an Art Professor at the IAU Marchutz School of Fine Arts since 2013. She teaches painting, drawing, photography and a mixed-media conceptual art class. In 2014 became the extracurricular activities coordinator where her long cross-cultural experience helps her guide IAU students through local life. Pauline regularly exhibits her paintings and drawings. She has a Masters in Fine Arts with honors from the Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence. She is fluent in French and English.
Philip Breeden is a public diplomacy advisor and educator based in France. He joined IAU in 2015 where as Associate Dean he teaches international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and coordinates public affairs. Previously, as a senior American diplomat, he spent almost three decades in the United States Foreign Service creating and directing communication, cultural, and educational exchange programs in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He also served as the U.S. Consul General in Marseille. As a diplomat Mr. Breeden received numerous awards including a Superior Honor Award for his public diplomacy efforts in Tunisia, the Palmes Académiques for his work with high schools in France, and the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He speaks French, Arabic, and Turkish.
Nour-Eddine Chabba has been a custodian at IAU since 2016. He provides maintenance support for IAU buildings and programs, helps ensure the physical plant is functional and secure, and provides event support. He has a background in construction. He speaks Arabic and French.
Nina Chauvin has been a receptionist and administrative assistant at IAU since September 2016, and began working at IAU as a part-time receptionist in 2014. She holds a Licence (B.A.) and M.A. in Anthropology from Aix-Marseille University, with the M.A. focused on sustainable development and humanitarian activity in Aix-en-Provence, and a M.A. in Visual Anthropology from the University of Barcelona. She speaks English, Spanish, and French.
O’Neill Cushman is an artist and educator based in France. An IAU alumnus, he joined the IAU Marchutz School of Fine Arts faculty in 2016, after three years as a resident alumni fellow. He teaches drawing and painting, art history, and art criticism. He also acts as the Marchutz School’s artistic studies coordinator. O’Neill’s art practice focuses on the visible world, primarily in oil paint. Painting mainly landscapes and still-lifes, his vision is driven by a curiosity as to the relationship between perceivable phenomena and their effect on the interior landscape. He has shown his work in private and public art spaces in France, Germany, and the United States. His art historical interest is primarily 19th century French Impressionism and the personal artistic development of Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh. O'Neill received a B.A. in Philosophy from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and an interdisciplinary MFA from Plymouth University’s TransArt Institute in New York City and Berlin. He is fluent in French and English.
Dr. Mohammad Hassouna is a cross-disciplinary environmental scientist, who joined IAU in January 2014. Currently, he teaches Mediterranean Ecology, Principles of Wine Science, and Global Environmental Politics. He previously worked as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Aix-Marseille (France) and at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and served as a senior consultant for the Geneva-based international NGO Zoï Environment Network. Dr. Hassouna holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Aix-Marseille, a B.Sc. in biology from the University of Birzeit (Palestine), and a M.Sc. in Populations’ Biology and Ecosystems Management from the University of Le Havre (France). He is fluent in English and French and a native Arabic speaker.
Xavier Henry has been the information technology and telecommunications systems manager at IAU since 2016 and has advised IAU on IT matters since 2001. Prior to this he worked as an auditor for BNP Paribas before joining the Institute for Business Research at the Lyon Business School (l’Institut de Recherche de l’Entreprise de l'Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon) where he participated in a number of industrial marketing studies and developed a new approach to the financial analysis of the 40 largest French companies. After receiving a Maîtrise in Applied Economics (1984) from Aix Marseille University, he completed an International MBA (1986) from the ISG Business School (Institut Supérieur de Gestion), then a DESS (post-Masters) degree in Financial Risk Management (1992) from the Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management (IAE Aix). He is an airplane pilot, having received his Private Pilot License in 2003. He speaks French and English.
Margaux Hofstedt has been a professor of French and cross-cultural communication at IAU since 2003. Since 2018 she has also been the IAU Director of Student Life. Among her specialties is the role of food and aroma in culture and identity. Prior to IAU she taught cross-cultural communications at Aix-Marseille University, and the Institute for Political Studies - Aix. She was a consultant in aroma analysis at the European University of Scents and Flavors (Université Européenne des Senteurs et Saveurs) and a founder/professor at the Alexandra School of Languages and Intercultural Communication. She has a diploma in Teaching French to Foreigners (FLE) from La Sorbonne and a Master of Science from Paris Chemistry School of Food and Perfumes. She is bicultural and fluent in French and English.
Cathleen Keenan has been a Professor of Creative Writing since 2008 and IAU Site Visit Coordinator for Partnerships since 2013. She teaches Creative Nonfiction Writing and Prose Poetry, and creates bespoke programs for visiting representatives of potential and current IAU partner institutions. She worked for nine years in the Office of International Affairs at the University of Arizona, serving as Assistant Director of the Office of Study Abroad and Student Exchange before leaving for China and France. Cathleen was an English teacher at Yantai Vocational College in Shandong Province, China during 2005. She is currently working on a flash nonfiction essay series about Yantai. Cathleen has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in European History from Susquehanna University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. She speaks English and French.
Christelle Le Gars
Christelle Le Gars has been an administrative assistant at IAU since 2018, focused on aiding students with work-study, excursions, and administrative requirements. Christelle Le Gars joined IAU after working in England for more than ten years in secondary schools specialized in International teaching and learning. She has a Licence in English studies (Lille 3 University) and an M.A. in Communication (Celsa, Paris Sorbonne). She is fluent in English and French.
Dr. Yumna Masarwa is an art historian and an archaeologist. She joined IAU in September 2013, where she teaches Muslim Presence in Europe, The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Islamic Art in Europe, Medieval Art and Architecture, and Crossroads in European Art. She has taught at several academic institutions such as Princeton University, INALCO Paris (Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales), The New School: Parsons Paris, CIEE Paris (Council on International Educational Exchange), and the Paris College of Art. Dr. Masarwa has a B.A. in Archaeology and History from Ben-Gurion University (Israel), and M.A and Ph.D. degrees in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University. Her research focuses on combining medieval primary sources with material culture. She speaks Arabic, Hebrew, English, and French.
Adilia Osorio began working as an Administrative Assistant in 2015. She performs reception duties, supervises housing for Alumni and Resident Fellows, and handles other administrative tasks. She joined IAU after living in Ireland and Scotland, where she worked in the International Office of the University of Edinburgh. She has a Licence L.E.A. (M.A.) from Aix-Marseille University, and a BTEC (B.A.) in Performing Arts from Stevenson College in Edinburgh. She speaks French, English, and Spanish.
Kristin Mylander Ouerfelli
Kristin Mylander Ouerfelli, IAU’s Director of Administration, began her career at IAU in 1990. She previously was the Registrar at IAU. She manages French operations and administrative personnel. She is an alumna of IAU, having studied at the Centre d’Aix for the academic year 1986-87. She received a B.A. in Math and French from Wake Forest University. She is fluent in English and French.
Fatma Ouided has been a janitor at IAU since 2016. She maintains cleanliness in all IAU buildings in Aix, and provides IAU event support. She has a background in the food service and retail sector. She speaks Arabic and French.
Estelle Roger-Fix has been a Professor of French at IAU since 2000 and the Coordinator of the French Language Program since 2010. Prior to IAU she taught French as a foreign language at Aix-Marseille University. Active in civil society, since 2009 she has worked on linguistic exchange programs for Swiss students in the NGO Meetings and Communications in Provence and is President of the humanitarian NGO Aider Aimer Africa Style. Her undergraduate degrees from the University of Metz were in linguistics and teaching French as a foreign language and she has Masters degrees from La Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III University in teaching French as a foreign language and in linguistic and educational cooperation from Aix-Marseille University (AMU). She is fluent in French and English, and speaks German and Spanish.
Valerie Runfola began work at IAU as an administrative assistant in 2015, focused on aiding students with work-study, excursions, and administrative requirements. In 2018 she became the IAU Registrar. She worked for several years in the tourism industry in France and abroad, and for an American IT company in Ireland. She has a Licence (B.A.) in English and a M.A. (Master 1) in Teaching English from Aix-Marseille University. She speaks French, English, and Italian and some German and Japanese.
Leila Ait Hmitti Sanchez
Leila Ait Hmitti Sanchez began work as administrative assistant at IAU in 2014. In 2018 she became the Coordinator of Academic Resources and Library Acquisitions. Previously she worked in marketing and administrative positions in the business and diplomatic sectors in Morocco, including six years as the Brand Manager for the Simmons Bedding Company. She has a degree in Communications and Public Relations from CEDES in Spain. She speaks Arabic, Spanish, French, English, and some Italian.
Pascale Schaaf has been a French professor at IAU since 2008, the Coordinator of Internships since 2010 and the School of Business and International Relations Coordinator since 2015. She teaches advanced and business French, and recruits companies for student internships. She organizes conferences and partnerships between IAU business students and other institutions, and supervises all student internship projects. Prior to coming to IAU Pascale taught French at Aix-Marseille Law School and the Institute for Politics – Aix-en-Provence and in Germany at Wiesbadener Fachhoschule and in private industry. Pascale has a DEUG (Bachelors 2) from the University of Strasbourg and a Maitrise (Master) in German from the Aix Marseille University. Pascale speaks French, English, and German.
Yannick Texier has been a custodian at IAU since 2011. He provides maintenance support for IAU buildings and programs, helps ensure the physical plant is functional and secure, and provides event support. Yannick has a background in maintenance and security. He speaks French.
Hakima Thomas has been the Assistant Director of Administration and Accounting since 2008. She has served in various roles at IAU, notably as Secretary to the President. Hakima first came to IAU as an intern in 2003. She has a DEUG (B.A.) in English Literature and Civilization from the University of Avignon, and a BTS Certificate in Bilingual Office Support. She speaks English and French.