Dr. Rahul Choudaha
Dr. Rahul Choudaha is a global higher education strategist based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. As a scholar-practitioner, Choudaha’s applied research focuses on future-oriented, data-informed internationalization and global engagement strategies and its implications for international education professionals. He is a keen observer and commentator of trends and insights related to international student mobility, institutional partnerships, online and digital learning, cross-border/transnational education, world-class university initiatives, quality assurance, and immigration policies.
Choudaha is extensively networked and widely recognized in the international education sector. As a thought leader and a subject-matter expert, his writings have appeared in Forbes, Huffington Post, South China Morning Post, Asia Times, The Global Times, Times Higher Ed, 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 Executive Vice President of Global Engagement and Research at Studyportals where 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 a research associate 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. 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.
Choudaha is an elected member of the General Council, the highest governance body of the European Association of International Educators (EAIE), an association with over 3,000 members. He serves as a member of the research committee of International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) and Vice Chair of Professional Development of International Network of University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of InterExchange, a New York-based non-profit international exchange organization. Previously, he served as the Chair of International Education Leadership Knowledge Community of NAFSA, an association of international educators with over 10,000 members.
Choudaha holds a doctorate in higher education from University of Denver.
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.