What We Do

Our Staff

Joe Mosnier, Executive Director

A passionate supporter of global engagement and citizen diplomacy, Joe holds a Ph.D. in U.S. history from UNC-Chapel Hill, where for many years he led innovative academic programming, scholarly research, and related fundraising efforts, and where he collaborated enthusiastically with visiting international scholars. Most recently, Joe completed major projects in support of the UN Millennium Development Goals and for the Smithsonian Institution. A lifelong international explorer, Joe has worked, consulted, and traveled in thirty countries.

Leila Bekri, Director, International Visitor Leadership Program

Born in New York, New York, and raised in Tunis, Tunisia. Fluent in English, Arabic and French. Arrived in the U.S. in 1998 armed with a law degree from Tunisia but no knowledge of English, which she subsequently taught to herself. A graduate of Faculte des Sciences Juridiques, Politiques et Sociales de Tunis, Tunis II, and North Carolina State University (master's in international relations).

"Through the International Visitor Leadership Program and various projects, the IAC has tailored programs for our international visitors focused on democracy, civil society development, education, health, economic development, minority, women's rights, and technology transfer, among others. I have personally witnessed a profound commitment to an open and true dialogue between nations and civilizations. Our international participants together with their North Carolinian professional counterparts have spontaneously and confidently shared their talent, expertise and knowledge with a sincere appreciation of their cultural, ethnic and religious diversity. It is a very fulfilling and rewarding program that acknowledges a universal sense of values, challenges, successes, struggles and triumphs."

Maria Adoskina, Director, Special Projects

A native of Moscow, Russia, and graduate of the prestigious Russian Academy of Sciences with a Ph.D. in philology and linguistics, Maria heads our special projects, including Community Connections and Open World Leadership Program. Maria has been a part of IAC since 1999 and does a remarkable job of creating outstanding training experiences for our international guests while thoughtfully working with our local host families.

Wanda Capps, Accountant & Events Support

Born and bred North Carolinian, raised on the good earth in Sampson County and one of the best cooks in the state. Can crunch numbers like nobody's business. International travels are limited, but heart for welcoming international guests is limitless. Visited Paris for the first time in 2009. Ask her about the trek to the top of Notre Dame.

"I am so happy to be part of the International Affairs Council team. It's fun to meet so many interesting people and help them understand who Americans really are."