October 10-11, 2018
Featured Speaker: Dr. Roger Brindley
Vice President, USF World
University of South Florida
Roger Brindley, Ed.D. leads USF World overseeing system-wide global engagement for the University of South Florida (USF), currently ranked 36th among public institutions in the U.S. by the Times Higher Education World Rankings and Top 100 for public universities in the U.S. by the Academic Ranking for World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. In 2013, USF World was a recipient of the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. During the 2015-16 year, the university was recognized as a 2016 Peace Corps Top College for undergraduate volunteers and in 2016-17 as the third ranked graduate school for Peace Corps volunteers in the United States. In 2017, the Fulbright Commission announced USF as the number one producer of Fulbright Faculty Scholars across all universities in the United States, and the institution currently ranks fourth. Recently, USF earned the designation as a “Preeminent State Research University” from the Florida Board of Governors
A USF professor for 22 years, Brindley has received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the USF President’s Award for Faculty Excellence, and he was identified as an Honored Professor by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in 2001. Brindley has written numerous articles in North American and European publications on policy and practice in higher education, has served as editor for three national/international journals, and frequently speaks at international conferences around the world. In 2014, Brindley was elected to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Commission on International Initiatives, and has spoken at national conferences of the APLU, the Association International Education Administrators, as well as the British Council Going Global conference. From 2015 to 2017, Brindley was elected the APLU Executive Chair for the Commission on International Initiatives.
During 2016-18 Dr. Brindley continued as Vice President while serving as Interim Dean to the College of Education. Today, he leads USF World and the international student success initiatives for almost 5,000 students from 145 countries and the 2,250 outgoing faculty, staff and students completing academic experiences abroad, while documenting the global footprint of over 1,200 USF faculty who conduct teaching, scholarship and research overseas.
Featured Speaker: Attorney Nayef Mubarak
Nayef A. Mubarak is a lifelong resident of Central Florida. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. Prior to enrolling in law school, Mr. Mubarak spent time working as a mutual fund accountant with the Bank of New York. Nayef speaks Arabic, English, and Spanish.
Attorney Mubarak attended Barry University School of Law. Mr. Mubarak served on the law school’s Moot Court Honors Board and participated in the Immigration Clinic, advocating for indigent clients in USCIS and Immigration Court proceedings. Attorney Mubarak was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2010. He was a partner at NeJame Law for nearly 6 years. In 2013, Nayef was invited by the White House for a “Strategy meeting with Arab-American Community leaders” in 2013 to discuss immigration reform.
In August of 2016, Nayef founded Mubarak Law. Nayef’s practice focuses on investor visas, waivers, employment and family-based petitions. Mr. Mubarak represents many clients with businesses throughout the world, often providing companies with consultations on their company formations, business plans, and treaty compliance.
Nayef is committed to his community and serves as a director for the Arab American Community Center, and the Arab American Citizenship Advisory board for the Orange County Sheriff. Nayef volunteer’s monthly we these organizations; offering free consultations and citizenship clinics. He has appeared on numerous local and national news outlets as a legal analyst on immigration law. Nayef is also on the board of the Immigration & Naturalization Executive Committee, Orange County Bar Association.