Naomi Tutu is to be the keynote speaker at the international education conference.

The Association of International Education Administrators is looking for volunteers to help with the administration of its annual conference to be held at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta Feb. 21-25.

“The volunteers will get an inside view of this conference,” Rohini Thakkar, conference coordinator, told GlobalAtlanta. The unpaid positions call for three- to four- hour shifts and are open to anyone interested in international education.

The association also is looking for an intern for the entire conference who is to receive a complimentary registration for a pre-conference workshop and may attend conference sessions as time permits.

Naomi Tutu, the third child of Archibshop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu, is the keynote speaker. Ms. Tutu has been a development consultant in West Africa, a program coordinator for programs on race and gender and gender-based violence at the University of Cape Town’s African Gender Institute.

Other speakers at the conference include John Stremlau, vice president for peace programs at the Carter Center,who oversees the center’s programs to advance human rights, democracy and conflict resolution globally, regional cooperation in the Americas and promotion of grassroots democracy, rule of law and social justice in China.

Colleen McEdwards, an anchor for CNN International’s Your World Today program, is another featured speaker.

Ms. McEdwards joined CNN International from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. where she was a senior political correspondent. She received a U.S. national award of merit for her anchoring on CNN during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Scheduled sessions at the conference include strategic planning for programs on China and India, fund raising and a review of the association’s transatlantic dialogues.

Formed in 1982, the association is a membership organization composed of institutions engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education.

Emory and Georgia State, Troy and Valdosta State universities are among the more than 125 institutional members.

Organizational members include the American Council of Education, the Danish Institute for Study Abroad and the International Education Association of Australia, among many others.

The purposes of the association, according to its Web site, are to provide an effective voice on significant issues with international education at all levels;

improve and promote international education programming and administration within institutions of higher education;

establish and maintain a professional network among international education institutional leaders and cooperate in appropriate ways with other national and international groups having similar interests.

To learn more about the conference, go to or send an email to Ms. Rohini also may be reached by calling 919-668-1928.

The Web site of the association is