Dr. Adel El Zaïm
Chief Internationalization Officer
The University of Ottawa, Canada
Dr. El Zaïm is the Chief Internationalization Officer of the University of Ottawa, Canada, in the office of the Vice-President International and Francophonie. He oversees the International Office and the acceleration of the University’s internationalization efforts.
Dr. El Zaïm has worked for several organizations, most recently the University of British Columbia (UBC) when he held the position of Executive Director for International. He was Director General, Internationalization, at Université de Sherbrooke, in Quebec, Canada, and Senior Program Specialist, Information and Communication Technologies for Development with Canada’s International Development Research Centre, Middle East and North Africa Regional office.
Dr. El Zaïm is President of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), located in the USA. He also assumed the chairmanship of the AIEA Awards Committee and was a member of the AIEA Strategic Planning Task Force. Adel was founding member, Vice-President and President of the Internet Society in Québec (ISOC-Québec) and he was a member of the Civil Society Bureau for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS-UN) from 2003 to 2005. He served as a member of the board of several organizations including Association ISOC Quebec, Collège de Maisonneuve (Montréal), Association of Arab Translators (Beirut) and the Economic Local Development Centre Sherbrooke Innopole (Sherbrooke, Quebec).
He frequently speaks on internationalization of higher education strategic issues, strategy development and implementation, evaluation of internationalization, and the contribution of internationalization to the different dimensions of HE.
Dr. El Zaïm was born in Tripoli, Lebanon. After graduating from the Lebanese University in French Language and Literature, he prepared a Master in Didactics at the University of Paris III, Sorbonne-Nouvelle, and received a PhD in Linguistics (Semantics, 1994) from the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne. Adel El Zaim undertook his post-doctorate research at the University of Québec at Montréal in Semiotics and Human Language Technologies.