At GEI, we pride ourselves to be a pioneer in high-impact international education in Africa and Asia since 2006. We are a private American institute with particularly deep roots in the countries where we operate.

Our work supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was adopted by all UN member states in 2015. It is a plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. At its core, it created 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets of critical importance for humanity and the planet.

We share the 2030 Agenda’s vision of a sustainable world – a world where all people can live productive, vibrant, and peaceful lives on a healthy planet.

Our purpose is to unleash the catalytic impact of international education to address key transformations towards sustainable development. To do so, we blend research, education, training, and innovative practical solutions that support sustainable development processes.

  • Our story

    GEI is the brainchild of Dr. Michael Grosspietsch, who, in 2003, arrived in the small African country Rwanda to explore the impact of short-term international education programs on sustainable development and social innovation. His research and the initiatives he had launched with partners like the Rwandan government, the UN Millennium Villages Project, several development agencies, and various community organizations attracted the attention of leading international education providers, such as the People to People Ambassador Programs. With their support, he launched what later became GEI initially as a single-country operation in Rwanda in 2006.



Dr. Michael Grosspietsch, PhD
Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Cailin Human, MBA
Chief Operating Officer 

Dr. Ravi Srinivas, PhD
Chief Academic Officer

Coralie Jacquot, MA
Director, Curriculum Development

Melissa Lesage, LLB
Director, Business Operations 

Waleed Fatth, MPH
Director, Professional Development 

Francoise Uzamukunda, MA
Academic Director, Africa 

Thuy Phan, MA
Academic Director, Asia

Yvan Rubengebenge
Operations Director, Africa

Amy Lin, MA
Operations Director, Asia

Eric Kingoina, DCS
Operations, Kenya

Adeline Imanirakiza, DIS
Operations, Rwanda 


School of Record

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) of Ewing, NJ acts as GEI’s official School of Record. The School of Record agreement follows the highest standards of good practice in education abroad.

Together, TCNJ and GEI have developed academic protocols that guide School of Record operations. Under this comprehensive agreement, TCNJ:

  • Reviews and approves GEI’s courses and faculty;
  • Issues course transcripts; and
  • Requires GEI’s internal academic controls to be administered by academic leaders with qualifications comparable to those of academic administrators on TCNJ’s own campus.
Courses are designed and taught by qualified instructors consistent with the level of education at U.S. universities; all GEI instructors hold at least a master’s degree. Consistency in academic standards and transcripts from an accredited U.S. institution help ease the credit approval and transfer process when students return home from their study abroad experience.


About The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a highly selective institution that is consistently recognized as one of the top comprehensive colleges in the U.S. Founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School, TCNJ maintains the seventh highest four-year graduation rate among all public colleges and universities. It is ranked by Money as one of the top 15 public colleges “most likely to pay off financially”, and U.S. News & World Report rates it the No. 1 public institution among regional universities in the northeast.


GEI Alumni Global Network

Your GEI experience has had a deep impact on your life, and you would like to continue to apply your passion and skills to affect positive change in the world? Join our GEI Alumni Global Network, a dynamic and diverse community of like-minded individuals who share our vision and goals.


We particularly support the following activities:

  • Start an Education for Sustainable Development student club at your college or university
  • Become an Education for Sustainable Development facilitator for our international school partnerships program
  • Become an ambassador and spread Education for Sustainable Development at a local school or community organization
  • Write your Bachelor’s or Master’s dissertation or your PhD thesis about a sustainable development topic that connects with our work
  • Share your sustainable development stories, photos, and videos as a contributor to our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram