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Global Hubs Leadership

Hubs Steering Committee

Wendy Wolford, Vice Provost for International Affairs

Rachel Beatty Riedl, Director, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

Christine Potter, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director, Global Operations and Strategy

Nishi Dhupa, Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs

Brandon Lanners, Executive Director, Office of Global Learning

Şebnem Özkan, Director, Global Hubs

Ad hoc members: 

Elise Gold, Director of Marketing and Communications

Christian Shaffmaster, Director of Development

Cindy Tarter, Senior Associate Director of Education Abroad

Sebnem Ozkan headshot

Şebnem Özkan

Şebnem Özkan is responsible for the coordination and operations of Cornell Global Hubs. Özkan joined Global Cornell in January 2022 with more than two decades of professional experience and extensive academic background in international and area studies, including holding critical positions at federally funded European and global studies centers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Most recently, she served as the inaugural associate director of the Atlanta Global Studies Center, a consortium of Georgia Tech and Georgia State University (2019–22). Before that, she worked at the European Union Center at Illinois (2008–19), first as an outreach coordinator and then as associate director and director of graduate studies. She also held positions at the European Studies Alliance at Wisconsin as a research assistant and student advisor (1999-2008). 

Özkan holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in industrial relations, with an interdisciplinary emphasis in international and comparative industrial relations, from UW-Madison and a B.A. in labor economics and industrial relations from the Faculty of Political Science, Ankara University (Mülkiye).