Katrin DeWindt is a senior program pfficer for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
She originally joined IREX in 2015, working on Teacher Training Programs. After returning to IREX in 2017, Katrin now supports programming for the Leadership in Business Institutes. She also contributes to other Fellowship activities including development of Institute Resources and Institute Partner programming at the Summit.
Katrin brings a background of over 15 years working on professional and academic programs for U.S. government and private funders and has a proven track record in providing meaningful exchange experiences for students and professionals from around the world.
Katrin previously served as an assistant director at the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars. For six years, she managed Fulbright U.S. Scholar Programs for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Western Hemisphere, including the Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) Program, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Fulbright Commissions, and Public Affairs Sections of U.S. Embassies. In her role, Katrin managed all facets of program administration including strategic planning, outreach and marketing, screening and selection, and grant and fiscal management. Katrin also worked on short term exchanges including the Global Fulbright Specialist and the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programs.
Katrin’s previous experience further includes working at the Foundation for the Future of Colombia (COLFUTURO) in Bogotá, Colombia, Florida International University, and the University of Central Florida.
Katrin graduated from the University of Central Florida with her MA in Educational Leadership and received her BA in Communication from Flagler College. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and has spent significant time in Latin America where she lived in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.