Dr Samia Chasi is a practitioner-scholar in higher education internationalisation with more than 20 years of experience in this field. She currently serves as Manager Strategic Initiatives, Partnership Development and Research at the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) and is a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, South Africa.
Before joining IEASA, Samia occupied positions in international offices of German and South African universities, an agency of the European Commission as well as representations of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Nuffic and the British Council in South Africa. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, a Master of Philosophy in Engineering Management from the University of Johannesburg and a Master of Arts in English, Russian and Sociology from the University of Rostock, Germany.
Samia is passionate about facilitating deeper understanding and connections between diverse people and institutions by creating spaces for critical engagement and constructive dialogue. Her research interests lie in global South perspectives on higher education internationalisation, with a particular focus on South-North collaboration and partnerships.