President & CEO
Mr. Terrien leads all aspects of programming and strategy for the Columbus Council on World Affairs including revenue generation, community partnerships, staffing, and strategic planning. To widespread acclaim and under Terrien’s leadership, the Council pioneered the nation’s first Global Report, a research publication cataloguing the Central Ohio region’s global assets; the Global Scholars Diploma, a high school credential for global competence; and the Global Fluency Institute, a social enterprise that trains professionals in cross cultural communication. He is responsible for securing high profile national advisors and funders such as Harvard, Asia Society, ASCD, Procter and Gamble, Gallup, Cardinal Health and Honda. Mr. Terrien often speaks for organizations such as Harvard University’s “Think Tank on Global Education” and Ohio State University Fisher College of Business on topics ranging from social enterprise to globalization to educational access and equity.
With a degree in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Mr. Terrien worked in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Agency for International Development facilitating U.S. environmental exports to Asia. During his three years at USAID, Patrick traveled to Indonesia, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and Hong Kong. Prior to becoming President & CEO, Mr. Terrien was the Director for Corporate Relations at COSI Columbus where we directed the science museum’s corporate fundraising program. Terrien also led from start-up to execution a global sustainability initiative for Right Management, an international company with 300 locations worldwide.
Mr. Terrien recently served on the Ohio Department of Education’s International Education Advisory Committee and as guest advisor to EF Education First’s Global Student Leader Summits in Costa Rica and Davos, Switzerland. He currently serves on the national board of the World Affairs Councils of America, chair for its Global Education Task Force, and was recently selected for a leadership delegation to China. Though rusty, Mr. Terrien is conversational in Bahasa Indonesian and French, and has studied Spanish and American Sign Language. He is a 2013 recipient of Columbus Business First’s Forty Under 40 Award.
Vice President, Education & Communications | Lead Certified Trainer
Mr. Gosche leads, manages, and delivers CCWA’s Global Fluency Professional Training program. Mr. Gosche’s vast global experiences and passion for education both inform and support CCWA’s mission to increase global awareness and global competence throughout central Ohio.
Mr. Gosche earned his B.A. in International Studies and B.A. in French from Miami University and completed his graduate work through the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France and Bowling Green State University, earning an M.A. in French Language, Literature, and Culture, an M.A. in Linguistics, and a Graduate Certificate in TESOL.
Born and raised in Ohio, Mr. Gosche’s life and career have taken him all around the world, having lived and worked in Boston, France, China, and Seattle among others. Mr. Gosche has a wealth of experience in global education, with expertise in curriculum design, student development, and overseas program design. Throughout his career, Mr. Gosche has served as a classroom teacher of French, Linguistics, and ESL, Program Manager for Study Abroad, Director of Global Travel Initiatives, Global Programs Director, and has led many student trips and educational programs throughout Europe, Asia, Oceania, and Africa. Mr. Gosche is a passionate international educator and avid language-learner, fluent in French, conversational in German, and having studied various levels of Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.
Director, Student & Community Engagement
Ms. Meyer oversees the development and delivery of the Global Scholars Diploma program and the CCWA Signature Luncheon series.
Ms. Meyer earned her B.A. in Political Science from Denison University in 2015. In addition to political science she pursued a concentration in Middle Eastern culture and the Arabic language. She spent a semester studying Arabic and modernization and social change in Amman, Jordan through the School for International Training. After her time studying in Jordan, Ms. Meyer discovered her passion for international education and the global community. She spent several months as an educator in Izmir, Turkey teaching Middle School students from around the region. While her academic interests have steered her towards the Middle East, Ms. Meyer’s personal travels has taken her to South America, Europe, and Africa.
In addition to her experiences abroad, Ms. Meyer spent a year as an intern program coordinator for Denison University’s office of Off-Campus Study. Her skills include program planning and design as well as student advising.
Ms. Sandhu serves as The Columbus Council on World Affairs’ Relationship Manager, supporting the President & CEO and the Vice President with development, Global Fluency Training sales, grants and sponsorship, and CCWA membership and community outreach. Ms. Sandhu also works to develop and maintain relationships with current and past clients of the Council’s array of programs. Ms. Sandhu graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Political Science. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Ms. Sandhu became involved in political fundraising and has worked on multiple election campaigns and with multiple candidates across the state of Ohio. Ms. Sandhu also has experience in higher education development and outreach, having worked with Otterbein University as a major gifts solicitor.
Ms. Sandhu was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, though her family is originally from Pakistan. She is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi and has a basic knowledge of Arabic and Spanish.
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Ms. Azotea supports the operations, implementation, and delivery of the Global Scholars Diploma and Global Fluency Training programs as well as the Council’s public programming. Extensive travel, language, and teaching experiences have allowed her to bring a global perspective to students throughout the Columbus community and abroad.
Ms. Azotea is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she earned her B.A. in Italian with a concentration in foreign language education. She supplemented her language learning by studying in Lecce, Italy at the School of Italian for Foreigners. After graduating, Ms. Azotea lived in Italy where she designed and taught weekly English lessons to over 400 Italian high school students. Within Columbus, she has led conversation groups for English learners and taught beginner-level Italian to various age groups. In addition to her work within local schools, Ms. Azotea is an active and passionate volunteer in the Columbus community, serving globally-focused non-profit organizations and food pantries.
As a Business Manager of the Columbus Council on World Affairs, Ms. Cox brings more than 30 years’ experience in administrative management. Her professional background includes 10 years with the Ohio Center for Essential School Reform, 3 years at KnowledgeWorks Foundation working with the Ohio High School Transformation Initiative, two years with the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster Ohio, in the startup and renovation of the Reese Peters historical home and arts center, 7 1/2 years as Office Administrator and Sales Associate for the Columbus office of Right Management Consultants in Worthington, Ohio, eight years with Drumstick/Nestlé U. S.A. a Fortune 500 manufacturing company, where she held increasingly responsible administrative positions reporting to the CEO, Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Engineering.
Ms. Dóra Beszterczey comes to Columbus from New York, where she was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Crédit Agricole CIB, a French global investment bank. She covered corporates across industries in Europe and Latin America, including infrastructure, energy, manufacturing, and agribusiness, and was responsible for business development and originating, negotiating, and structuring diverse bank offerings.
Previously, Dora worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and The Brookings Institution, where she co-authored reports and policy briefs on U.S. policy and political and economic development throughout Latin America, including Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Cuba.
Ms. Beszterczey has an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. from Oxford University in Modern Languages and Comparative Literature. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and German, and speaks conversational French and Italian alongside her native Hungarian.
Certified Global Fluency Trainer
Dr. Leslie Mathew has worked internationally for over 35 years in healthcare and academia and has always been focused on educating students and professionals around the world.
A native of India, Dr. Mathew is fluent in English, Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, and has a basic knowledge of conversational Arabic. He has traveled extensively covering Europe, the Middle-East, South East Asia, South America, China and Japan, sharing his passion, experience and dedication to helping current and future global leaders reach their purpose, vision, and goals.
After completing his MD in 1979, Dr. Mathew specialized in medical diagnostics and pioneered and chaired Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in India and the Middle East. He has always been involved with education and patient services in the different positions he has held over the past 3 decades. Dr. Mathew also worked with the Ministry of Health for 5 years in Oman, as he orchestrated the building of the Department of Pathology in a new, state-of-the-art hospital.
In addition to earning his MD, Dr. Mathew completed a Master’s in Biotechnology Enterprise from Johns Hopkins University and the Executive MBA program from The Fisher College of Business. Dr. Mathew has had the privilege of teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels in Healthcare and Business in numerous institutions.
Dr. Mathew has had twenty-five years of senior leadership and management experience in global higher education with proven results in building businesses, turning around operational challenges, and transitioning start-ups into world entities in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He is known for creating and articulating strategic plans and empowering teams to embrace the vision, his ability to attract talented people, and believing a creative workforce is the key to innovation.
EF Education First
Director, K-12 Education, Catalyst for Equity in Education
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Council on Foreign Relations
Council on Foreign Relations
Honda of America, Mfg
Harvard Graduate School of Education