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Douglas Savage Douglas Savage serves as producer of the International Focus, the Institute's weekly Public Television series. He also oversees IWA's other media initiatives and coordinates the annual Fireside Forum lecture series. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce World Trade Association and the Statewide International Education Council. Previously, he served as Assistant Director of the Institute for Global Studies, a UW System faculty and curriculum development office. Prior to that, he was Midwest Regional Director of the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, and has held senior positions in other Washington-based NGO's. He holds a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago, and has done graduate study at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan.

Nicole Palasz Nicole Palasz coordinates public programs for the community and educators on a wide range of global issues. Prior to joining the Institute of World Affairs, Nicole worked at the Center for Victims of Torture, a rehabilitation center for torture survivors in Minnesota. There, she worked with the New Tactics in Human Rights project, an initiative focused on identifying creative approaches being used in the international human rights movement in order to provide human rights defenders with new ideas for action in their countries and communities. She holds Master's Degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Dina Wolf Dina Wolf facilitates and coordinates curriculum, interactive simulations, workshops, and specialized educational opportunities for students on a wide range of global issues. Prior to joining the Institute of World Affairs, she had over 18 years experience working with high school and university students in various capacities in global education and leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies with an emphasis in Spanish Languages and Culture and Southeast Asian Studies from Alverno College.