Meet Our Staff

JOHN BADERExecutive Director

The year that John spent on a Fulbright Scholarship to India was the most intensely educational of his life. It inspired him to promote international exchange and understanding in many positions.

SHAZ AKRAMDeputy Director

Shaz Akram joined the Fulbright Association in 2012. As Deputy Director, she oversees all operations of the office, and development and fundraising efforts. Shaz has previously been the Director of Chapter…

ALISON AADLANDManager, Communications and Marketing

Alison Aadland joined the Fulbright team in 2016, traveling across the country to Washington, DC from her Fargo-Moorhead hometown in Minnesota.


Joining the Fulbright Team in 2018, Christian Gillespie coordinates programs and events, including the Fulbright Association’s Travel Program, and supports…

MUNIR SAYEGHData Consultant

As a Data Consultant for the Fulbright Association, Munir manages a range of projects related to supporting and improving the Fulbright Association’s…


Michael Korff is a retired Foreign Service Officer and helped choose and support Fulbright students and scholars in nine overseas assignments.


Maria joined the Fulbright Association in July of 2017 as a volunteer Senior Travel Fellow. In her role, she assists the Travel Task Force committee in developing trips for Fulbright alumni and friends of Fulbright.