Institute for Developing Across Differences

ΩMarcela Lapertosa | Sep 7, 14 & 21, 2021


An accomplished curriculum designer, master trainer, coach and programme director, Marcela Lapertosa has developed intercultural competence and international education programmes for teens and adults of all ages in over 60 countries.

Marcela’s background as a clinical psychologist—and her passionate, empathetic leadership style—means that the programmes she creates focus on helping individuals develop by transforming intercultural conflict situations into personal growth opportunities.

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  • Cross-cultural Psychology. Cultural influences on human behavior
  • (Virtual) Programme Design. Developing (online) programmes and highly engaging experiential content
  • Practitioner Leadership. Implementing national, regional, global programs with emphasis on Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia & New Zealand)
  • International Education. Learning support for student exchanges/mobility
Selected Contributions
  • World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence. 2021. Executive Team Member.
  • Resilience and mental wellness in under-represented international students. 2019. Presentation with Diep, H. 28th Annual New Zealand International Education Conference.
  • Intercultural Learning & Awareness. December 2019. Podcast. Nesh Nikolic’s Better Thinking.
  • Inspiring Curiosity: Fostering Intercultural Competence for Students, Host Families, Faculty and Staff. Training at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communications (SIIC). 2018.
  • Global Citizenship Education: Essential for Employability and the 21st Century Workforce Forum. 2017. Accra, Ghana. Conference organizer.
  • The Missing Piece – Supporting Host Families of Study Abroad Participants. September 2017. Webinar with Rey Vasquez, C.
  • AFS Global Competence Certificate (GCC). 2015. Curriculum and content designer.
Fun Fact

Just walked 30 km to fundraise and support mental health initiatives

Favorite After Hours Treat

Daytime: Mate, Night-time: Fernet Branca with Sugar-free Cola—it’s very Argentinian!