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Past Global Scholars/Practitioners in Residence


Headshot of Global Scholar Vasily Dvoynev 

Vasily Dvoynev, Global Scholar

Professor Vasily Dvoynev, of Smolensk State University in Smolensk, Russia, is a sociological researcher and instructor. He is a Fulbright Scholar in Residence serving as a faculty member in the Department for the Study of Culture and Society in the College of Arts and Sciences for the 2018-2019 academic year.  His expertise will benefit the Drake community through teaching, collaboration, and community lectures on contemporary Russian society, culture, and politics.  Professor Dvoynez also may mentor students with interest in Russian and Eastern Europe.


Headshot of Global Scholar Diego Zavala 

Diego Zavala, Global Scholar

Professor Diego Zavala is a Professor of Media and Digital Arts at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico. He teaches courses in documentary theory, film analysis, television studies, Mexican cinema, and film and television production. He has been collaborating with Drake faculty since 2012.  While on campus in Fall 2018 Professor Zavala will teach; collaborate with faculty, staff, students, and community members; partner with Drake International staff on deepening global engagement; and offer a public lecture.



Fatima Suleman, head of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Discipline of Pharmaceutical Science, shared her experience with Drake’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for Fall 2015. She taught a course on drug policy; collaborated with stakeholders affiliated with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Global and Comparative Public Health concentration; advised the Drake International staff on engaging with the University Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa, and offered public lectures. Fatima has extensive experience working with the World Health Organization.



Noripah Kamso served as the chief executive officer at CIMB Principal Islamic Asset Management Sdn. Bhd. She has extensive corporate credit and lending experience and was responsible for CIMB Group's lending businesses. She obtained her Master of Business Administration from Marshall University, West Virginia, and has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Northern Illinois University. She is author of the book Investing in Islamic Funds. She taught Islamic Finance to undergraduate and graduate classes in the College of Business and Public Administration in the fall of 2015.



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Peiqin Zhou, is an associate professor and deputy chair in the Department of Sociology in the School of Social and Behavioral Study at Nanjing University in the People’s Republic of China. Zhou taught a course on Chinese Film in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department for the Study of Culture and Society in the fall of 2015. She received her doctorate in mass communication from The University of Alabama and master’s degree in journalism and bachelor’s degree in Chinese linguistics and literature from Nanjing University. Her research specialties are mass media and society. Currently, she works on two projects: One examines changes in the behavior of cinema-going since 1949, and the other studies urban women’s use of public space in China.






















Derek Wilson is a Professor at the University of Nantes, France and a graduate of the LL.B. program at the University of Glasgow. He has worked for multiple law firms in Edinburgh, Scotland. Derek was affiliated with the Drake Law School fall 2014.  He taught a course on “Scottish Separatism:  The Referendum of 2014,” engaged professors, students and community members affiliated with the Law School, advised Drake International on engaging with Université de Nantes, and offered public lectures.



Kavilash Chawla, principal of Nur Advisors, LLC, is an international finance and corporate strategy expert whose career is focused on the productive and ethical deployment of investment capital in growth and emerging markets.  He has lived and worked in five different continents, including working in the Middle East since 2004, where he has been involved in global and local efforts to alleviate poverty through market and enterprise based solutions.  Kavilash earned his BA in Economics, History, and Political Science at Drake University, his Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York, and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

During the spring of 2014, Kavi was affiliated with the College of Business and Public Administration, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of International Programs. He taught “Leading Organizations for Global Impact”; engaged in collaborative research with professors and students in the College of Business and Public Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences; advised Drake International on opportunities for engagement in the Middle East; and offered public lectures through the PFGCGC and other venues in the Greater Des Moines area.



Dr. Inés Rojas is Associate Professor of English and International Organizations at the Universidad de Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. She received her BA in English Literature and Language and her Masters in Linguistics from Universidad de Los Andes. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship 2002-2004 to attend Georgia State University where she obtained a Master and a PhD in Political Science. Her research interests include regime transition, the impact of democratization on women’s organizing and participation, gender policy reform, and the impact of third-party intervention in conflict resolution. Her main areas of teaching are International Organizations and Human Rights. She is currently a visiting scholar in the World Languages and Cultures Program of Drake University.