Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Dr. Katherine Li [KtL]

Director, Office of External Affairs
Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, USA
M.A., Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 1075
Office: Admin Building 5th floor


Summary: multi-lingual training, management and education specialist; I work well independently or on a team. I am self-motivated and successful under the pressure of deadlines.

Skills: coaching, communication, conflict transformation, creative problem solving, cross-cultural competence, facilitation, leadership development, mediation, networking, public speaking, strategic planning, and training

Languages: Bengali (basic), English (native), French (proficient), German (proficient), Japanese (proficient), Mandarin (proficient), Spanish (basic)

Li, K. (2018). [Review of the book Colonial Drug Trade in South Asia from Palashi to Partition by M. Emdadul Haq]. Daily Star, (March 17, p. 14).

Chang, M., Rao, K., Stewart, M., Farley, C., Li, K. (2016). Towards contextual experimentation: Creating a faculty learning community to cultivate writing-to-learn practices. Studying Teacher Education.

Li, K. (2012). [Review of the book The Stress of Combat, the Combat of Stress: Changing Strategies Towards Ex-Service Men and Women by Roy Brook]. Review of Disability Studies, III (No. 2, 2012): 65.

Honor Societies:

Pi Lambda Theta

Kappa Delta Pi


2017 Executive Certificate, Leadership Coaching, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

2011 PhD, Educational Foundations, College of Education, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

2010 Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution, Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

2005 MA, International Educational Development, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY

1990 BA, Asian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI


2014 – Present Assistant Professor, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
(Research, Community Service, and Teaching)

2014 – (January – August) Lecturer, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
(Research, Community Service, and Teaching)

2012 – 2013 Assistant Specialist, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

  • Coordinated the Pacific Alliance NSF-sponsored “Wounded Warriors Think Tank” held March 22nd – 23rd, 2012.
  • Managed DOL-sponsored Ulu Pono Project: workshop facilitation and skills training for first generation students to prepare them for job interviews.

1994 – 1995 Instructor, Yunnan Finance and Trade Institute, Yunnan, China

  • Taught English language and cross-cultural skills to students and staff.
  • Initiated a teacher exchange between Yunnan Finance and Trade Institute and the University of Hawai‘i.

1990 – 1991 Instructor, Cosmo English School, Oita, Japan

  • Taught English to students ranging from high school to corporate executives and hospital staff; provided cross-cultural skills training at all levels.


2016 4th Certificate Course on Genocide and Justice. Gave a guest lecture entitled: “Trauma in Post- Conflict Society.” Center for the Study of Genocide and Justice (CSGJ), Liberation War Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

2016 The River: Flows of Innovation and Exchange in the Global(i)zed English World. Presented a paper entitled: “Betwixt and between: Staying afloat in Bangladesh.” North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

2016 IICE-Hawaii2016: Education and Social Justice. Presented a paper entitled: ‘Teacher as Coach: An Autoethnography of Year One in Bangladesh.” IAFOR, International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

2015 Diasporas & Diversities: Teaching English in a Changing World. Presented a paper entitled: “Decoding Memory: English 101?” Independent University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2014 Civic Engagement: Bridging Gaps in Education, in Communities, and Across the Globe. Panelist, “Providing a Continuum of Services for Student Veterans.” Honolulu, HI

2011 Responding to Student Diversity: Understanding Servicemembers and Veterans. Plenary Speaker, “Exploring the Needs of Student Veterans at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.” Honolulu, HI

2006 Community Colleges for International Education (CCIE) Conference, A World of Cultures United in Learning. Presented a paper entitled: “Global Citizen Education – An Island in the Milky Way.” Fremont, CA

2003 Harvard Graduate School of Education, Student Research Conference. Presented a paper entitled: “The Role of LanguageSocial Movements: A Case History of Pidgin English in Hawai‘i.” Boston, MA

2017 – Present Director, Office of External Affairs, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • Responsible for International and Alumni Affairs, stakeholder engagement, and creation of academic research collaborations through the development of global partnerships.

2005 – 2012 Director, ESPM, Inc., Honolulu, HI

  • Performed needs analysis, identified and matched resources for long-term financial project management in industry, academia and the government.
  • Responsible for marketing, management, and facilitation.

2008 – 2011 Team Leader/Researcher, CGNK, Honolulu, HI

  • Designed and oversaw research program; conducted global monitoring of violence-related research, report writing, contributed original and secondary research.
  • Assisted with grant writing and performed project management.
  • Organized several symposia and assisted with organization of 3 two-week long leadership academies from inception to delivery for participants from around the globe.

2000 – 2004 Corporate Trainer, Daiichi Pharmaceutical Corp., Montvale, NJ

  • Performed knowledge transfer of computer applications to personnel in the Information Systems department of a Japanese pharmaceutical company.
  • Trained, QAed, wrote user guides, and supported rollouts of all software applications to both home office users and 200 field representatives.
  • Taught Japanese language and culture to non-Japanese speaking colleagues.

1997 – 2000 Director, Berlitz Language Center, Ridgewood, NJ

  • Primary responsibility was marketing and operations of the New Jersey language center including P&Ls, hiring and training, needs assessment and proposal writing for corporate and consumer business.
  • Project manager for KPMG candidate testing and assessment for relocation to the US; included coordination of 200 people located worldwide and on-site training of selected candidates upon arrival to US.
  • Project manager for Deloitte & Touche (South America) partners and associates for US work program; included testing, placement, home stay and cross-cultural programs for 150 people.

1995 – 1997 Marketing Manager, AM Partners, Honolulu, HI

  • Increased joint venture business of architectural projects between China and US.
  • Liaised between PRC government officials, American investors and Princeville Research, Ltd. to develop the Yunnan-American Trade Center, Ltd. real estate project. Included oversight of feasibility study, translation, facilitation and negotiation.

BUS 500 Business Communication for Managers

EDEF 310(E) Education in American Society (Ethics Focus)

ENG 103 Intermediate Composition

ENG 105 Advanced Composition

ENG 111 Public Speaking

ENG 205 Advanced Writing

ENG 370 Business Communication (cross-listed as BUS 251)

ENG 414 English for Public Relations

ENG 450 Teaching Techniques

ENG 491 Teaching Practicum

ENG 501 Introduction to Graduate Studies and Research

ENG 559 English in Journalism

ENG 574 Topics, Issues & Trends in TESOL I

ENG 578 Measurement and Evalutation for TESOL

ENG 631 Practicum for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

ENG 632 Issues, Topics & Trends in TESOL II


2017 – Present Founder & Charter President, North South University Toastmasters Club #5973051, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2010 – Present Advisory Board Member, International Cities of Peace, Dayton, OH

Peace Education & Development


Conflict Transformation

Global Citizenship Education

International & Comparative Education

Experiential Teaching & Learning