Phone: +1 860.486.5184
Zahra Ali became the Director of the Global Partnerships & Outreach, within the Office of Global Affairs in March 2015 after serving as Global Partnerships & Communications Coordinator since August 2013. Prior to joining UConn in August 2013 she had worked at New York University since 2008.
As Director of Global Partnerships & Outreach, she works in collaboration with faculty, key university administrators and partners around the world to advance UConn’s global initiatives. She works closely with the University’s Office of the General Consul to construct specialized agreements tailored to programmatic needs of UConn Schools/Colleges and partners abroad. Zahra oversees data collection and reporting on global endeavors for dissemination to senior administration, donors, government officials, and the broader community. She is responsible for managing the communications activities for the Office of Global Affairs and providing Global Affairs’ units and special initiatives with support in design and/or content creation for websites and marketing materials. Additionally, the Global Partnerships & Outreach office manages special events and promotes engagement in global networks—all aimed at expanding the University’s global engagement. Zahra also serves on the Norian Armenian Programs Committee, the Abrahamic Programs Steering Committee and is Global Affairs' representative on the University's Diversity Council.
She holds an M.Sc. in Global Affairs, with specialization in energy and environmental policy from New York University, and a B.Sc. in International Business from the University of Rhode Island.
Nicki graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychological Sciences. During her undergraduate career, Nicki developed a passion for Higher Education and Student Affairs through her work and volunteer experiences with the Academic Achievement Center, Rainbow Center, and Office of Student Financial Aid Services.
Nicki joined the Global Affairs team in August 2018. She worked in Education Abroad for two years, then transitioned to Global Partnerships & Outreach in October 2020.
Phone: +1 860.486.4406
Matthew joined the UConn Global Affairs’ team in May 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The College of the Holy Cross (2011) in Worcester, MA, and a master’s degree in Statecraft and International Affairs from the Institute of World Politics (2017) in Washington, DC. Prior to joining UConn he worked in Washington, DC for Meridian International Center in their External Affairs office, coordinating roundtables and panel discussions convening a cross-section of public, private, and diplomatic audiences, as well as for Bipartisan Policy Center in their Development office. Most recently, he was the Senior Secretary to the Mayor in his hometown of East Hartford, Connecticut.
Temporary Multimedia Specialist
Laurel is a two-time alum of the University of Connecticut, where she received her BFA in Art (2016) and her MFA in Digital Media and Design (2020). During her undergraduate career she explored sculpture and performance-based video art, and spent a semester abroad studying the art of Florence, Italy. As a graduate student, Laurel focused on traditional filmmaking techniques and honed her skills in both documentary and narrative storytelling. She has held a wide variety of film production roles on a diverse range of films, which include writing, directing, and producing her master’s thesis film Late Shift.
Global Partnerships Coordinator
Phone: +1 860.486.4112
Marisa joined UConn Global Affairs in September 2019 after working in corporate partner relations for UConn’s Center for Career Development since 2017. Prior to coming to UConn, she lived in India and Thailand since 2008, working with social enterprises and a study abroad institute to promote sustainable development initiatives.
Marisa graduated from UConn with a B.S. in Business Administration – Finance, and is currently completing her MBA with a focus in compliance.