Giselle Poveda, PhDc

  Giselle Poveda, PhD
  University of Phoenix, PhD
  Loyola University, MA





University of Phoenix
Doctor of Philosophy, Higher Education & Administration, PhDc

Universität des Saarlandes
Universidad de Alicante
International Deans' Course Latin America

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Management

Universidad Americana (NI)
Graduate Certificate in Curriculum Development and Design

Universidad Iberoamericaba de Ciencias y Tecnologia
Bachelors in Business Administration with Concentration in Tourism and Hotel Administration

Framingham State University
Masters in International Education

Loyola University New Orleans
Bachelors of Arts and Sciences
Doble Major in Philosophy and History
Minor in Latin American Studies

Work Experience

Universidad Americana UAM College
Vice Provost
Academic Coordinator

Organization of American States-Educational Portal of the Americas 

Poder Ciudadano Foundation 

Local Consultant

American Nicaraguan School 

Lincoln International Academy 

Pro Bono

Project Director
2011 – Present
Bibloko is a virtual collection of short stories for children between the ages of 4 to 12 years of age that seeks to construct a culture of reading in the Central American area coming from regional authors through donation marathons and competitions. This collection will focus on improving reading and writing abilities in children, exercising mental skills through reading (i.e. synthesis, analysis, induction, deduction, critical thinking) and answering comprehensive questions at the end of each story, formative education through emphasizing ten transversal competencies (ethics, leadership, environment, love for learning, entrepreneurship, civics, personal hygiene, humor, family relations, creativity) and providing an educational tool for regional teachers. This virtual tool will be created in a webpage and as a download version for the one-computer-per-child program. Professors will receive training on classroom management and how to use Bibloko as a classroom tool. Children and professors in the area will directly benefit from this project since reading and writing are necessary tools for quality learning, improving retention rates and intelligence indexes. Society as a whole will benefit from this project.


Speaker & Mentor
Vital Voices   
2010 – Present
Speaker on topics related to the economic crisis and how it affects women and small business. Mentor for the Mentoring Walk 2016-2017 Vital Voices Nicaragua.


Founder and Coordinator  
2008 – 2015
Founder, coordinator, and member of DO, the first student organization in Universidad Americana (UAM). DO is in charge of paper recycling on campus and organizes Earth Week and Green Fest each year. In 2015, the organization organized the first Environmental Summit under the COP21 umbrella.


Ethics and Values Induction Speaker
Universidad Americana (UAM)
2010 – 2014
Speaker on the topic of ethics and values for in-coming Freshmen. Speaker on the topic of international student exchange and the ISEP program from 2009 to 2013.


Guest Speaker  
Archdioceses of Granada  
2011 – 2011
Speaker on the topics of leadership in the 21st century and service.


Dec 2016 – Present
This is one of few educational forums in Nicaragua. EDUQUEMOS is a private nonprofit organization, established in Managua, Nicaragua since September of 1998. EDUQUEMOS conducts research and contributes to educational goals at all levels (


Habitat for Humanity
General Assembly Nicaragua
Jan 2015 – Present
Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua advocates for the right to a decent home and for community improvements. Since 1984, we have supported 8,773 home builds, progressive improvements and repairs. In the past five years, we have led 6,000 training events and have mobilized over 2,000 volunteers (


Vice President
Dec 2014 – Present
The Institute of Strategic Studies and Public Policies (IEEPP) is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and supporting citizen participation in public affairs. It provides conceptual and methodological support on Public Policies for good governance civil organization. IEEPP pays special attention to the analysis of national and regional processes that contribute to strengthening transparent and democratic management of the state (


TEDx Managua
Brain Trust
Jan 2014 – Present
TEDx is an international community that organizes TED-style events anywhere and everywhere- celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to a global stage. TEDx Managua does so in Nicaragua, Central America. These events are produced independently of TED conferences, each event curates speakers on their own, but based on TED's format and rules (


The Aspen Institute
Aspen Global Leadership Network Fellow 

The Aspen Global Leadership Network is comprised of more than 2300 entrepreneurial leaders from 50 countries with a focus on values and with sights on creating a better world. Nominated and elected for the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI) for Nicaragua: Sixnificance VI (


Local Coordinator
Jun 2008 – Oct 2011
Organization focusing on international student exchange programs and direct student programs. This organization provides an opportunity to exchange with ISEP coordinators around the world and discuss topics of internationalization programs and student exchange procedures as well. Important topics included emergencies abroad, visa and legal documents, different academic programs, different internship programs, etc. (


Semi-Accredited Agent 
Dec 2007 – 2009
Organization focus on generic training, writing, and adaptation skills to deliver different BRIDGE modules (BRIDGE, Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections, is the most comprehensive professional development course available in election administration. Partners: IDEA-Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, AEC-the Australian Electoral Commission, UNEAD-the United Nations Election Assistance Division, UNDP- United Nations Development Program and IFES).(


DIES Academic Scholarship
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the Universities of Alicante (Spain) and Saarland (Germany) are jointly organizing the DIES, International Dean's Course for Latin America. The training course is part of the DIES program (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) which is jointly coordinated by the DAAD and HRK since 2001.


CALI VI Fellow
The Aspen Institute
The Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI) is part of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network (AGLN). The CALI Foundation is a non-profit foundation that seeks to motivate effective and responsible leaders across Central America, to get involved with the pressing issues in their countries, as they struggle to align the demands of globalization with local visions of a “good society”. The aim is to develop a new generation of community-spirited leaders in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The region is home to a growing number of competent young leaders in all sectors of society. CALI is designed to capture the energy, the talent, and the resolve of these leaders, who have already achieved a certain level of success in their respective fields, to inspire them to make a lasting significance in their region (


UNILEAD Academic Scholarship 
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany in cooperation with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa jointly issued an academic scholarship for the 3rd DIES UNILEAD graduate program in Oldenburg, Germany as part of the DIES program (Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies) which is jointly coordinated by the DAAD and HRK (German Rectors’ Conference) since 2001 ( (


Excellence in Teaching Award 
Universidad Americana (UAM)
Award earned for five consecutive years 2007 to 2011 while teaching at the Universidad Americana's College of University Studies in English (UAM-CUSE).


DSAC Award
Loyola University New Orleans 
Award given by the Dean’s of Arts and Science Student Committee at Loyola University (LU), New Orleans 1992-1993 for active participation in academic and student affairs' activities and committee work. 


Barousse Academic Scholarship Award 
Loyola University New Orleans 
Scholarship award given by Loyola University for academic and leadership excellence and community service


Excellence in English Award 
Mount Carmel Academy 
Award given to the best student in English, literature, and composition of the graduating senior class 1992


Voice of Democracy Award 
City of New Orleans 
Award given to the best written speech on the meaning of democracy and best public speaker in the Louisiana State City of New Orleans competition.



Carreras Creativas en Campos Emergentes
Apr 2013

Carreras no Tradicionales y Creativas Dominan el Siglo XXI
Mar 2013

La Educación Elimina Masas
La Prensa
Nov 7, 2012

UAM-CUSE: Leading the academic offer in the 21st century
La Prensa
Nov 12, 2011

UAM College of University Studies in English
Revue Magazine
Mar 2010

La BAF-UAM: La Educación como Llave del Progreso
Zona Centro Magazine
Jun 2009

Bienvenid@ a la Vida
Editorial La Prensa

Amnesty International Must Change
The Maroon Newspaper

Wasted Garden
Perspectives Literary Magazine

Art Works
Perspectives Literary Magazine

El Poas
ESOL Yearly Magazine



La Revolución que Alcanzó las Aulas de Clase
Interview for Advertising Age
Jul 2013
Advertising Age interview on emerging fields and how technology is revolutionizing higher education.


Caso de Cédula de Enríquez Sorprende en Argentina
La Prensa
Jun 2010
Leading front page interview by Maria Jose Uriarte on a personal study on the challenge of identity in Nicaragua as part of the Organization of American States (OAS) strategic goals for the Latin American region based on the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.


La Educación Hace la Diferencia
Interview for La Prensa
Leading interview in the "Nosotras" section by Auxiliadora Rosales


Reseñas Personales
Interview for La Prensa
Leading interview by Pedro Joaquin Chamorro Barrios-Minister of Tourism