Chantal Santelices

  • Executive Director

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Chantal Santelices, CIED’s Executive Director, came to Georgetown University in 1989 and has served the Center in several leadership roles, including as Director of the CASS Overseas Program and as CIED’s Associate Director. She brings in-depth global expertise in international training, organizational development, small business development and export promotion.

Ms. Santelices provides strategic leadership to CIED and works closely with the Program Directors to ensure the highest quality management for all of CIED’s programs. She also leads the dynamic growth of CIED’s Gateway program by working with the Program Director and Georgetown University Professors to offer cutting edge international training. She works closely with the Director of Finance and Administration to oversees CIED’s human resources and financial audits.

Raised in South Asia, Europe, and Latin America, she began her career as a Regional Development Specialist for the Organization of American States. Ms. Santelices holds a B.A. in Economics from Marymount College and an Executive MBA from the University of Maryland. She is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA).

Related Programs

Gateway to Georgetown Programs

Gateway to Georgetown programs are tailored academic training and exchanges for participants from around the world. These programs bring groups of business executives, government officials, and students to Georgetown University for intensive academic instruction, professional networking, and cultural exposure to the United States.

Central American Youth Ambassadors

The CAYA Program is a U.S. Department of State youth exchange designed to strengthen the leadership skills of young people from Central America and the United States. This multi-national exchange also builds bonds of friendship and understanding between people of Central America and people of the United States.

English Language Programs

The English Language Programs is a U.S. Department of State public diplomacy initiative that sends highly trained and qualified TESOL professionals to work at academic institutions around the world. Program participants teach English, train teachers, develop academic and cultural programs, and much more.

MEPI Student Leaders Program

The MEPI Student Leaders Program is a U.S. Department of State sponsored exchange program for undergraduate student leaders from the Middle East and North Africa. The CIED-designed curriculum allows students to develop leadership skills and expand their understanding of civil society and democratic leadership.

Scholarship for Education and Economic Development

The SEED Program is a USAID sponsored exchange initiative that provides U.S.-based technical training to youth and community leaders. The program creates productive and mutually beneficial academic, economic, and social relationships that benefit people of the United States and the Latin American/Caribbean region.

Sports Diplomacy

Sports Diplomacy Programs

CIED’s Sports Diplomacy programs are international people-to-people exchanges that build mutual understanding and cooperation through sports. Programs bring together those interested in sports, recreation, and leadership to promote tolerance, cooperation, and life skills using the platform of sports teamwork.