Greenwich, CT – Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Macdonald as its new Executive Director, effective October 1, 2018.
Building upon FAF’s legacy of bringing the world together through cultural exchange, youth development, and global education programs, Andrew will be leading and developing the organization’s overall strategic plan and successful execution of its unique mission.
With today’s young people as the world’s greatest untapped resource for global change, Macdonald’s appointment comes at a critical juncture in the Foundation’s extensively rich history. Driven by his mission of creating a better world through education, Andrew has held senior executive positions in leading education organizations including Renaissance Learning, Kaplan Virtual Education, and Wilson Language Training in the areas of international education, literacy improvement, formative and summative assessment, and online learning. Most recently, he was the Chief Schools Officer for the International Baccalaureate, a global non-profit education foundation where he was responsible for the support of over 6,000 schools in 150 countries.
“We’re thrilled to have someone of Andrew’s experience join FAF as its Executive Director,” said Karim Babay, FAF’s Chairman of the Board. “With this outstanding addition, we look forward to working together to advance FAF’s mission and increase our relevance to our constituents.”
“I am honored and excited to lead Friendship Ambassadors Foundation,” Macdonald said. “FAF has been fostering meaningful cultural exchange for over 50 years. I look forward to building on our heritage and expanding our mission to provide a growing forum for youth leadership development.”
Andrew is a lifelong learner and holds a Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University in Boston, MA; an M.B.A in International Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
About Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (FAF)
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation believes in the power of friendship as a catalyst for a stronger and long-lasting collaboration for a better world. With youth leadership at its core, the Foundation works toward shaping a more interconnected world as we prepare for humanity’s next great leap forward. Founded by Fulbright Scholar Harry Morgan and well-respected travel professional Cappy Devlin, FAF started as a project aimed at promoting intercultural dialogue among youth in the 1950s. Today, FAF continues to push the envelope forward through its flagship program called The Youth Assembly that cultivates a global network of young leaders and generates youth-led impact twice a year.
From leading international, cultural, and educational exchange programs to promoting youth capacity-building and leadership at the global stage, FAF has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people from different cultures and backgrounds including prominent figures such as former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and UN Youth Envoy Ahmed Alhendawi.