AFS mission

AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.


AFS mission

AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

AFS Offices Around The World

AFS Intercultural Programs is an international network of member organizations, often referred to as AFS Partners.  

Our Supporters

In addition to the many donors recognized below who provided support for AFS Intercultural Programs during 2014, thousands of individuals, schools, and many other organizations and institutions who number too many to list here have also made valuable contributions. AFS wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all of them. 

AFS Network Finances


Term Trustees

Christian Werle (Chair) Vienna, Austria, Founding Partner, ConnexxionS Ltd.

Dr. Vishakha N. Desai (Vice Chair) New York, USA, Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University, Senior Research Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs, President Emerita of the Asia Society

Sibyl Anwander Basel, Switzerland, Head of Economics and Environmental Monitoring Division, Federal Office for the Environment

J. Brian Atwood Massachusetts, USA, Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute, Brown University, Former Dean & Chair of Global Studies at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Professor Emeritus, Non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institution

Maureen Erasmus London, United Kingdom, Advisory Partner, Bain & Company

Amalie Ferdinand Copenhagen, Denmark, Consultant, Organization of Public Employees, Denmark

Elisabeth Hardt Brussels, Belgium and Florence, Italy, Freelance Consultant

Dede Huang Hong Kong, S.A.R., Director of Development, Chinese International School

Marco Magnani Massachusetts, USA and Milan, Italy, Professor of Monetary and Financial Economics at LUISS University, Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government

William (Bill) Meserve Massachusetts, USA, Retired Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

Don Mohanlal New York and Maryland, USA, President and CEO, Synergos Vice Chairman, Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation, New Delhi, India

Vincenzo Morlini (ex officio) New York, USA, President & CEO, AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc.

Ernesto Rey Moreno Bogotá, Colombia, Founder & CEO, Empresas REYMORENO

Reg Smith Melbourne, Australia, Business Consultant, ER Solutions Pty Ltd

Ragnar Thorvardarson Reykjavik, Iceland, Trade Advisor, UK Trade & Investment, British Embassy in Iceland

AFS gratefully acknowledges the contributions made by the following Trustee, who recently completed his service:

Guillermo Barquero Chacón San José, Costa Rica, Comptroller General's Adviser Superior Audit Institution of Costa Rica, President of Costa Rican Fulbright Association 


Life Trustees

Ward Chamberlin, Jr.*  Massachusetts, USA, Vice President & Managing Director, Channel Thirteen/WNET, New York. President, Chamberlin Associates (retired)

Richard M. Hunt* Massachusetts, USA, The University Marshal, Harvard University (retired)

Sachiye Kuwamoto California, USA, Regional Director Japanese-American Citizens League, California (retired)

Edwin R. Masback, Jr.* New York, USA, President, Masback Hardware Company (retired)

*World War II American Field Service ambulance driver


AFS Partner Director Representatives (Non-Voting)

Simone Caporali Partner Director, AFS Italy

Jorge Castro Partner Director, AFS USA

Sherifa Fayez Partner Director, AFS Egypt

Andreza Martins Partner Director, AFS Brazil

Marit Grønskei Partner Director, AFS Norway

Pablo Viñas Partner Director, AFS Dominican Republic

AFS gratefully acknowledges the contributions made by the following Partner Director Representatives who recently completed their service: 

Yuzo Takada Partner Director, AFS Japan


AFS Executive Team

Vincenzo Morlini President & Chief Executive Officer

Urs-Rainer von Arx Vice President, Chief Operations & Financial Officer

Christine Leimgruber Chief Program & Risk Management Officer

Melissa Liles Chief Education Officer 

Lucas Welter Chief Organization Development Officer


AFS Educational Advisory Council

Melissa Liles (Chair) New York, USA Chief Education Officer, AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc.

Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D. Oregon, USA and Milan, Italy, Executive Director, The Intercultural Development Research Institute

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bolten Jena, Germany, Professor of Intercultural Business Communication, Universität Jena

Dr. Darla Deardorff North Carolina, USA, Executive Director Association of International Education Administrators and Research Scholar Program in Education, Duke University

Dr. Gunther Dietz Veracruz, Mexico, Secretary General, International Association for Intercultural Education (IAIE) and Director & Research Professor in Intercultural Education, Universidad Veracruzana, Instituto de Investigaciones en Educación

Bruce La Brack, Ph.D. California, USA, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and International Studies, School of International Studies, University of the Pacific

Dr. Roberto Ruffino Colle di val d’Elsa, Italy, Secretary General, Fondazione Intercultura

Kumiko Torikai, Ph.D. Tokyo, Japan, Professor, Graduate School of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University

Michael (Mick) Vande Berg, Ph.D. Maine, USA, Principal, MVB Associates

Professor Nagesh Rao  Ahmedabad, India, President & Director, MICA Institute of Strategic Marketing and Communication

AFS values

AFS enables people to act as responsible, global citizens working for peace and understanding in a diverse world. It acknowledges that peace is a dynamic concept threatened by injustice, inequity, and intolerance.

AFS seeks to affirm faith in the dignity and worth of every human being and of all nations and cultures. It encourages respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion or social status.

AFS activities are based on our core values of dignity, respect for differences, harmony, sensitivity, and tolerance.