Program Manager, Innovation and Capacity Building, American Councils for International Education
Adrian Erlinger serves as Program Manager for innovation and capacity building programs at American Councils for International Education, a Washington-based non-profit organization. In this role, he designs and implements programs to support international technology transfer, entrepreneurship, internships, and innovation-based economic development from global higher education institutions to early-stage startups.
At present, Adrian directs the U.S.-Kazakhstan University Partnerships Coaching Program, an initiative of U.S. Embassy in Astana to catalyze, align, and support strategic international partnerships among university administrators, faculty, students, and government. In 2014-16, he supported the implementation of the Poland-US Innovation Program, an initiative of the U.S. State Department Office of Commercial and Business Affairs and Poland’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education. In 2013-15, Adrian managed the Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity (EURECA) program, which strengthened the capacity of research, technology transfer, and commercialization through U.S.-Russia university partnerships. Adrian has served as an innovation ecosystem advisor for projects supported by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Panama, the Embassy of Italy in Washington, and the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile.
Throughout his career, Adrian has delivered public relations, government relations, and strategic advisory services to clients in IT, oil & gas, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, and consumer goods. As a William J. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Warsaw in Poland (2007-08), he conducted research on eastern European energy policy and has published articles on international innovation, business, politics, and foreign policy.
Peace engineering education involves thoughtful integration of reflective, trans disciplinary skills, practicing these skills and developing systems thinking. This happens at different levels from intentional reflective adaptation of design thinking, practicing in communities of need with awareness and appreciation of local conditions; and learning systems through formal education pathways.