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GCA Team

Jochen_newJochen Fried – President / CEO

Prior to assuming this position, Jochen was Director of Education at Salzburg Global Seminar, where he was responsible for developing and maintaining programs that highlight the pivotal role of education in building resilient and equitable societies, including the Global Citizenship Program and the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change.  He also held the positions of Head of Programs at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, and of senior officer at the secretariat of the German Higher Education and Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat). After earning a doctorate in German literature at Düsseldorf University, Germany, he was a lecturer at Cambridge University and Ljubljana University, and a visiting scholar at various universities and colleges in the United States including Smith College in Northampton, MA, San JoState University, CA, Bronx Community College, NY, and Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He has worked in more than twenty countries on behalf of national and international organizations and has published widely on various topics related to higher education policy and global civil society.     


astrid-schroederAstrid Schroeder – Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining the GCA, Astrid was a Program Director for the Global Citizenship Program (GCP) at Salzburg Global Seminar, where she had focused on the GCP student sessions, program development and relationship building. Before joining Salzburg Global in 1997, Astrid was administrator for the department of MultiMediaArt at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and Technologies. During her studies in Berlin, she received a scholarship to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where she mainly took classes in United States history, American and African-American literature and theater. Originally from Germany, she holds an M.A. in North American studies, modern history, and theater arts from the Free University of Berlin’s John F. Kennedy Institute.

The GCA is indebted to a special group of colleagues and friends who volunteer their time or provide expertise on demand to take care of specific aspects of the program and who provide invaluable help


Dax_newMichael Daxner – Director of Research

Michael is professor of sociology and president emeritus of the University of Oldenburg. He is the former president of the Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental University Values and Rights. In 1986, he  began his service as president of the Carl-von-Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, where he served two terms. In 2002 he became special counselor to the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) office in Belgrade. From 2003 to 2004, he was engaged in Afghan higher education reform as commissioned by the German Rectors and German Academic Exchange on behalf of the German Foreign Office and served as an expert on Southeast European education as a counselor with the Austrian Ministry of Science and Education. He holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Vienna. Michael has attended several Salzburg Global Seminar programs and serves as teaching faculty of the Global Citizenship Alliance, for both Student and Faculty and Administrator programs.


Anna Glass – Independent Consultant

Anna is an independent consultant for higher education institutions and other organizations. She has served as higher education expert for the OECD; UNESCO; European Commission; the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture; and the Salzburg Global Seminar, among others. Anna offers valuable insights based on comprehensive understanding of international norms, practices, and legal parameters; an instrumental global network of practitioners, educators, intellectuals, and policy-influencers; and a wealth of practical know-how when it comes to internationalization, program management, and inter-cultural communication. Currently, Anna is working out of Boston, MA, where she is focusing on internationalization of American higher education institutions and mentoring young immigrants on college access in the US.


david-goldmanDavid Goldman – Director, Program Development

David previously served as the Associate Director of Education at Salzburg Global and his work with the Global Citizenship Program, which he had co-developed since its inception in 2004, focused on working with students, faculty, and administrators from a wide variety of partner colleges and universities. He also is Program Co-Manager of the Mellon-Global Citizenship Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar. David’s higher education policy work focuses on educational access, relevance, and success particularly for students from disadvantaged and marginalized communities. A historian by training, his research interests include global studies, Holocaust memory and education, and African studies. David received a B.A. in history and African studies from Colorado College in Colorado Springs, USA and an M.A. in history from the University of Salzburg, Austria.


AliceAlice Seeger – Independent Contractor / General Counsel / Assistant Secretary

Alice is an attorney who focuses her practice on representing small businesses and nonprofit organizations on a wide variety of issues, and businesses and individuals on succession and estate planning issues.  She earned her B.B.A. (with honors) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1984.  After graduation, she worked for IBM for a few years before heading to the University of Texas, School of Law in Austin.  Alice was awarded her Juris Doctorate (with honors) in 1989, and inducted into the Order of the Coif.  She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Transitional School (CTS) since 2010.  CTS is a nonprofit private school in Portland for children pre-kindergarten through 8th grade whose families are either homeless or in transitional housing.  Since 2012, Alice has held the office of Secretary of the CTS Board of Directors and has been an active member of its Executive Committee.


Adam_finalAdam Beeson – Community and Outreach Coordinator

Based in the United States, Adam is responsible for connecting GCA alumni across the global network while supporting program activities and development. He is an alumnus of the Global Citizenship Program and also served in a number of roles for the Salzburg Global Seminar, including assistant to the president and adjunct program associate for the Global Citizenship Program. Adam has taught at international secondary schools in Austria and Costa Rica, where he developed the Global Citizenship Certificate program at New Summit Academy and facilitated student expeditions across Central America. He currently manages academic affairs in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. Adam received his M.A. in International Education from the University of Bath (United Kingdom) and a B.A. in English from Brevard College (USA). He holds an International Teacher Certificate from the European Council of International Schools as well as professional certifications from the Wilderness Medicine Institute at the National Outdoor Leadership School.


Andrea_finalAndrea Lopez Portillo – Creative Producer

Andrea adds creative value to different corners of the organization such as online and offline engagement strategies, marketing products, photography and coordination of guest bloggers. She is currently based in Costa Rica working as an integrated arts and enrichment teacher at New Summit Academy Costa Rica, a therapeutic boarding school, and as the Central America Local Correspondent for Insight on Conflict, a platform that maps peacebuilding efforts around the world, run by Peace Direct; she also teaches media literacy online and creates collaborative art projects that aim at conflict transformation. Andrea was also involved with the Salzburg Global Seminar in a number of roles since 2008, including alumna of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, communications program associate, and community and outreach coordinator for the Global Citizenship Program. She holds a B.A. in communication from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico) and an M.A. in media, peace and conflict studies from United Nations mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica).


News and Views

Homeland Earth - A Campaign to Promote Planetary Awareness

"(T)he globalisation push of the last decades has connected all people on all continents and of all nations in a complex way and brought them into an indissoluble relationship with each other. Thus, whether we like it or not, an earthly community of destiny has come into being. (…) But many people and nations lack awareness of this earthly community of destiny. Especially in times of crisis, every nation retreats into itself and seeks its salvation in national solo efforts (…)" "What we need is a worldwide public opinion that represents a planetary awareness and is strong enough to influence the policies of states and international bodies in this direction (…) we must also develop the awareness that we are citizens of Homeland Earth and act accordingly. This is the idea of our international campaign "Homeland Earth." Heimatland Erde | ASPR The Global Citizenship Alliance supports this Heimatland Erde (Homeland Earth) campaign of The Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ASPR), which was founded in 1982. The GCA encourages all of its partner institutions and alumni to familiarize themselves with the campaign for Homeland Earth and to consider supporting it by signing the appeal for this campaign, disseminating its manifesto and participating in events related to the campaign.