Dr. Rahul Choudaha
Dr. Rahul Choudaha is a recognized scholar-practitioner with expertise in international student mobility trends and its implications for global engagement and enrollment strategies. He is Executive Vice President of Global Engagement and Research at Studyportals. Operating from San Francisco Bay Area, he is responsible for establishing and strengthening strategic partnerships with professional associations, institutions, government bodies and related stakeholders on the foundations of research and intelligence.
Previously, Choudaha worked for over seven years at World Education Services (WES) in New York City. As Chief Knowledge Officer and Senior Director of Strategic Development, he raised organization profile, built research capabilities, deepened institutional relationships and launched innovative services.
Choudaha is known for his thought leadership and perspectives on data-informed, future-oriented internationalization strategies. He has contributed to Asia Times, Forbes, Huffington Post and University World News. He has chaired or presented nearly 150 sessions at professional conferences and has been quoted in over 300 publications including the BBC, Time, NPR and The Wall Street Journal. Choudaha ideated, produced and moderated a global webinar series with University World News.
Choudaha is affiliated with the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught graduate courses on International Higher Education at New York University and Baruch College. Choudaha received the Tony Adams Award for Excellence from the European Association of International Education in recognition of his research on international student segments. He served as the guest editor of the special issue on International Student Success for The Journal of International Students. Choudaha was the principal investigator of two national reports commissioned by NAFSA on improving international student experiences and third-party pathway providers in the U.S. Previously, he served as the elected Chair of NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community. He is an elected member of the General Council of the European Association of International Educators (EAIE) and a member of the Board of Directors of InterExchange, New York.
Choudaha holds a doctorate in higher education, a master’s in business management and a bachelor’s in electronics engineering.
Di Hu is brings over a decade of experience and expertise in institutional relations, international program management, and intercultural training. She is a cross-cultural trainer and coach with a focus on supporting international student success. As a social entrepreneur, she co-founded, interEDGE.org, a training solutions provider specializing in inclusion and success of international students. Currently, she is currently the director of San Francisco Bay Area campus of Amerigo Education.
Previously, Di directed international operations and institutional relations at Global Volunteers, a non-profit with over three decades of experience offering volunteer programs in over 30 countries. In this role, she led a global team to manage international service programs in nine countries and supported the training and management of over 500 individual volunteers annually.
Prior to Global Volunteers, she worked at the National Committee on US-China Relations, a New York-based non-profit with 50 years of experience in promoting US-China relations. Di was responsible for program design and delivery of a range of international education exchange programs including Fulbright.
Di is a contributor to Asia Times and Forbes. She frequently presents at conferences, delivers training sessions and writes on international students from a lens of cross-cultural competence. Di is a trained Co-Active(c) coach from the Coach Training Institute.
Di holds a bachelor’s degree in English education and a master’s in psycholinguistics from Xi’an International Studies University, China, and a master’s in International Development from American University, Washington, DC.