Dr. Dan E. Davidson
President, American Councils for International Education
Dr. Dan E. Davidson has focused much of his professional life on the development, oversight, and support of international initiatives in educational development, training, and research, primarily through the work of American Councils and its partner organizations in the U.S., Eurasia, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Dr. Davidson’s portfolio includes the Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity (EURECA) program, a multi-year U.S.-Russia initiative devoted to supporting bilateral university research and entrepreneurial activities, strengthening science commercialization, and increasing startup collaborations.
Dr. Davidson received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University and has devoted the past thirty-five years to research, teaching, and the institutionalization of support for the fields of Russian and second language acquisition, international education, and innovation-based economic development. He is professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition, Myra T. Cooley Lectureship, Bryn Mawr College and has written or edited 44 books or collections as well as over 60 scholarly articles in the fields of language, culture and international education.
Sydney is a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she received a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature. As a Boren Scholar, Sydney participated in the Russian Overseas Flagship Program 2017-18 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Prior to joining American Councils, she worked as a Student Program Coordinator at the Bryn Mawr Summer Russian Language Institute.