Administration

 

Daniel Weiner

Daniel Weiner, Ph.D.
Vice President for Global Affairs
Rowe (CUE) Building, First Floor
Administrative Assistant: Stacy Webb
Phone: 860-486-3152

Curriculum Vitae

Daniel Weiner, Ph.D. joined the University of Connecticut in 2012 as Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Professor of Geography. In February 2016, he was promoted to Vice President. Prior to joining UConn, Weiner spent four years as Executive Director of the Center for International Studies at Ohio University and eleven years as Director of the Office of International Programs at West Virginia University. He earned a B.A. in 1979, an M.A. in 1981 and a Ph.D. in 1986, all in Geography at Clark University.

Weiner is a development geographer with area studies expertise in Eastern/Southern Africa, Appalachia and the Middle East. He is a specialist in the theory and practice of participatory geographic information systems (GIS). His research areas include: adaptation to climate change; energy and development; GIS and society; land reform; and, political ecology. He has received 15 externally funded grants totaling over $2.5 million, published three books, 30 journal articles and 29 book chapters. Weiner lived in Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe for almost three years in the 1980s.

In his role as Vice President, Weiner serves as the University’s Senior International Officer (SIO) and leads the UConn Office of Global Affairs. With more than 25 years in a leadership position in a public research university, he is one of the longest serving SIOs in the country. Weiner currently sits on the Boards of Capital Workforce Partners, the MetroHartford Alliance and the YMCA of Greater Hartford and is former President of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut.


Ngozi Taffe, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Global Affairs
Rowe (CUE) Building, First Floor
Administrative Assistant: Stacy Webb
Phone: 860-486-3152

Ngozi Taffe Ph.D. is the Associate Vice President for Global Affairs at the University of Connecticut. In this role, she is responsible for driving the strategic vision of the university as it pertains to global partnerships, faculty and student mobility, research, and creating a pipeline for research scholars. Prior to this role, she served as the Assistant Vice President for Global Affairs where her responsibilities included the oversight and development of Experiential Global Learning (EGL) programs, Global Risk, and Program Assessment. In her time as Associate Vice President for Global Affairs, she created the first UConn EGL programs in sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya), with many more to come.

A three-time alumna of University of Connecticut (UConn), where she earned a B.S. in Management Information Systems, an M.B.A., with a focus on Global Business Strategy (Lyon, France), and a Ph.D. in Learning, Leadership and Education Policy. Her research focuses on factors that enable persistence among minority groups. Taffe also has over 25 years of progressive leadership experience in the aerospace industry, global enterprise systems implementation, and finance industry. Taffe believes as a global society, our greatest assets are in the richness and diversity of our collective experiences, which is why she encourages people to find and use their voice in spaces where voices are muted. In 2006, she was appointed Commissioner of African American Affairs for the State of Connecticut by the Governor.

During her leisure hours, Taffe enjoys spending time in nature. In 2021, she successfully completed the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a program now offered by UConn's Experiential Global Learning department, and enthusiastically speaks of the beauty and joy derived from this distinctive journey.


Rae Alexander
Assistant Vice President for Global Affairs
Rowe (CUE) Building, First Floor
Administrative Assistant: Stacy Webb
Phone: 860-486-3152

Rae joined the Global Affairs team as Assistant Vice President in July 2022. In this role she oversees the Center for International Students and Scholars and supports various operational and programmatic areas within Global Affairs, including serving as the Fulbright Scholar Liaison for the University. Rae has worked in the field of international education since 2006, most recently as the Director of International Student and Scholar Services at UConn. Prior to this she advised international students and visiting scholars at both UConn and College of the Atlantic in Maine. She earned a BA in Art History from the University of Maine and an MA in European Studies from the Universiteit van Amsterdam. She is currently a PhD student in the Learning, Leadership and Education Policy program at UConn, with a research interest in learning in cross-cultural contexts. Rae has worked and studied in Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands, and credits these experiences for motivating a career in international education.


Stacy Webb, Assistant to the Vice President for Global Affairs
Email: stacy.webb@uconn.edu
Phone: 860-486-3152

Stacy Webb began her position as Assistant to the Vice President for Global Affairs on July 1, 2022. Prior to joining Global Affairs, Stacy served for 10 years as the Administrative Assistant and Advising Coordinator for the Digital Media & Design Department within the School of Fine Arts and 5 years as a Purchasing Assistant in Procurement Services. Before coming to UConn in 2006, Stacy spent 15 years at Frito-Lay, Inc. in various administrative roles. Webb received two degrees from the University of Connecticut, a BGS degree in 2015 and an MSHRM degree in 2021 from UConn's School of Business, Hartford. Stacy provides direct support to Vice President Weiner and Associate Vice President Taffe as well as serves as the face of Global Affairs.

Financial Management

Susan RosmanSusan Rosman, Director of Financial Management
Email: susan.rosman@uconn.edu
Phone: 860-486-3908

Susan Rosman transitioned to the role of Director of Financial Management for Global Affairs as of February 2015. She came to Global Affairs after 16 years of service as Fiscal Manager for UConn’s Neag Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development at the Neag School of Education. Before coming to UConn, Susan held positions at United Technologies, First Citizens Bank, Price Waterhouse, and Touche Ross. She holds an MBA from the University of Hartford and a BBA in Public Accounting from Hofstra University. Susan is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor, and brings over 30 years of experience in fiscal analysis and financial management.


Jasvinder (“Jessie”) Akberzai, Financial Assistant II
Email: jessie.akberzai@uconn.edu
Phone: 860-486-1637


Leigh St. Onge, Financial Assistant
Email: leigh.st._onge@uconn.edu
Phone: 860-486-6802

 

Communications & Marketing

Aniqa Islam, M.A.
Multimedia Content Producer

Rowe Building, Room 218C
Email: aniqa.islam@uconn.edu

Aniqa Islam is the Multimedia Content Producer and Social Media Specialist for the University of Connecticut's Office of Global Affairs. Joining the team in 2021 with a robust background in strategic communication, she bridges digital media, international affairs, and cross-cultural storytelling in order to strengthen the university's global presence and create meaningful mutual engagements across platforms.

She is a proud UConn alumna, earning a B.A. in Communication and English with a Concentration in Creative Writing. She earned an M.A. in Strategic Communication and Public Relations from Sacred Heart University. Her interests in global initiatives stem from her passion for traveling, creating bridges and fostering dialogues among international audiences.