Gina Cinali is Assistant Professor of the Practice and newly arrived in Slemani. Previously she served as Director of Strategic Planning and Quality Assurance at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and as Director of Institutional Research at the American University of Afghanistan. She was Associate Vice President of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and taught political science courses at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Formerly she directed the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at the American University in Dubai, was Associate Vice President for Institutional Planning, Assessment, Research and Accreditation and Faculty member at the American University of Nigeria in Yola, Executive Director of Academic Budget and Planning at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Executive Director of Institutional Planning, Assessment, Research and Testing at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, Institutional Development Director and Instructor in Political Science at Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait.
Gina worked for the Danish Foreign Service in Europe and in Iran and for a Swiss Bank on Wall Street, and was National Manager of Donor Services at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She holds an M.Phil. in Political Science and a Master of International Affairs - both from Columbia University, New York - and a double B.A. in Economics and Specialized Languages from Copenhagen School of Economics (now CBS). Her research interests include Nationalism and Identity, International Security (particularly the Gulf region), Academic and Institutional Integrity and Higher Education in the MENA region.
She serves on the Board of the International Center for Academic Integrity, is a past president of the Middle East and North Africa Association for Institutional Research, and a founding Board Member of the Executive MBA Council and Founding Director of Fordham University’s Executive MBA program. Her latest publications include a chapter in the Handbook of Academic Integrity (Springer, 2016) and a Chapter on Institutional Research in the Middle East and North Africa in Building Capacity in Institutional Research and Decision Support in Higher Education , Springer 2018. Her work and interests have taken her to 123 countries around the world, and she has lived and worked in 15 countries before coming to AUIS and to Slemani.