Meet our team

Director, Student Experience

Cynthia Murphy (she/her)


Cynthia Murphy is the Director, Student Experience. Student Life is a portfolio of Student Affairs areas and is comprised of:


Cynthia can be reached at 

Manager, International Centre

Said Msabaha

Said Msabaha is originally from Tanzania and is a former international student who spent most of his adult life in Canada for over 20 years.  He is fluent in Swahili and English.  Said's passion is to see international students not only succeed but thrive in their new academic and social environment here at Dalhousie. 

Said can be reached at

International Student Support Team


Teresa Inacio 

International Student Advisor

Teresa has worked at the International Centre in various capacities supporting international and exchange students. She is originally from Portugal and immigrated with her family to Ontario when she was young. She continues to develop and implement programs that support a positive international student experience. Teresa received her BA from Dalhousie University and in May 2012 graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Master of Education degree. She is a “foodie” at heart and enjoys discovering new and interesting restaurants across Nova Scotia.

Teresa can be reached at:

Qiuling Wu 

International Student Advisor

Qiuling graduated from the University of Alberta in 2001 with a Master of Education degree in Educational Policy Studies. He has over 12 years of professional experience in Canada in the fields of international education, teacher certification, international qualifications assessment and recognition as well as international admissions, recruitment and advising. Qiuling has two children and enjoys spending time with them after work.

Qiuling can be reached at:


Zack Yu

International Student Advisor

Zach can be reacted at:

Mark Mason

International Student Co-ordinator (Agricultural Campus)

Mark first worked with international students while teaching overseas. After ten years abroad he returned to Canada to work in adult education programming and completed his Master of Adult Education before returning to his passion for working with international students. With almost 25 years of combined experience in education, leadership and intercultural training among other areas he continues to support students in their daily balance of academics and real life challenges. His passion for travel helps to remind him of the challenges students meet when coming to Canada.  

Mark can be reached at:

Study Abroad & Exchange Team


Gillian MacDonald

Study Abroad & Exchange Advisor 

Gillian's best piece of advice for exchange students? Take the leap! The world is a beautiful place to explore. 

Gillian grew up in Nova Scotia, but has travelled the globe and lived in many special places. It was leaving the province to go explore the world that has helped her to realize just how truly special Nova Scotia is and she is happy to be living in the area again after many years away from home. 

She has a passion for group facilitation and activities, meaningful and heartfelt discussions over coffee, and loves sharing all that the city of Halifax has to offer. Playing games, gardening, book club and movies, as well as drinking cappuccinos on Monday morning and baking the perfect cookie are some of the things that put a smile on her face. 

Gillian can be reached at:

Maddy Mayne

Exchange Program Coordinator

Maddy can be reached at:

Dal Agricultural Campus Support

For international student support on the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Truro, please visit their the Dal AC International Student Support website


Tamara Adlain 

Adminstrative Assistant 

Tamara Adlain, a former international student and Department Secretary for the School of Architecture and Planning, joined us in late August 2019 to take on the role of Administrative Assistant. Tamara has quickly applied her strong administrative skills and student-focused communications to contribute significantly to the International Centre team.

Tamara can be reached at:

Student Staff

Ali Abdi
Student Engagement Assistant

Ali Abdi is from Somalia and is studying Mechanical Engineering.

Ali is available for student support as follows:

Pierina Leon
Student Engagement Assistant

My name is Pierina Leon and I am from Venezuela! Currently, I am in my 5th-year of Chemical Engineering.

I've worked at the International Centre as a Student Engagement Peer Advisor for a little over a year now and love being involved with the International Student population at Dal! Nothing better than offering advice to newcomers as I've been in that position myself. If you have any questions you can reach out to me!

Pierina is available for student support as follows:

  • Monday 5:00pm-7:30pm  (AST)
  • Wednesday 9:00am-11:30am (AST)
  • Pierina can be reached by email

Ernest Ng
Peer Supporter

My name is Ernest and I’m from Malaysia! I’m currently in my 2nd year of Neuroscience and will be completing a certificate in Emergency Health Services System Planning.

As a Peer Supporter, I’m looking forward to supporting international students as much as I can, having been a new international student some time ago. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to reach out to me during my available hours!

Ernest's availability is TBD (details coming soon!)