Melissa Liles

Ms. Liles, who is based at AFS’s international headquarters in New York, oversees the organization’s education efforts worldwide. She directs AFS’s global intercultural learning initiatives and outreach, working with expert academics and practitioners as well as AFS leaders in over 50 countries.

She leads the organization’s efforts to enhance its already well-established educational impact for the approximately 13000 learners it serves each year and, in 2010, established the AFS Intercultural Link Initiative, including the Learning Program, a comprehensive training scheme designed for 43000 staff and adult volunteers worldwide.

Ms. Liles has held a variety of positions within AFS since joining the international headquarters in 2004, including that of Acting National Director for AFS India from 2005-06. Before joining AFS, she worked in communications and advertising including youth marketing for Fortune 100 brands (PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble).

Her undergraduate and graduate studies were at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. In addition to living throughout the southern US, she has spent time in Austria, France, the Netherlands and Tunisia.