Meet our team


The International Centre Team

Meet Our Newest Team Members

Some International Centre and Student Life team members have supported Dalhouise students for years, others are very new. All do fabulous work, working with Student Affairs colleagues to engage and support students.

Our newest team members are:

Tamara Adlain, a former international student and Department Secretary for the School of Architecture and Planning, joined us in late August 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.

Chloe Doras, a recent Dalhousie graduate, joined us in late August to support Student Life and International Centre activities and programs in her role of Program Support Administrator. Chloe brings her strong organizational skills and student connections to effectively contribute to Student Life and International Centre activities and programs.

Said Msabaha joined us in August to lead a very successful international orientation for a record number of new-to-Dalhousie international students in his role of Orientation Coordinator and International Student Advisor. Most recently a member of the Global Health Office team, Said applies his excellent student-centric experience to advise and support students.

Shreya Talwar joined us in September to take on the role of Programs and Projects Coordinator. Shreya is applying her great experience and expertise to develop and delivering international programs. A newcomer to Nova Scotia, Shreya has developed and delivered programs across India as well as at NSCC, ISANS and Dalhousie’s College of Continuing Education.

International Centre Director

Cynthia Murphy

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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Said Msabaha

International Student Advisor and International Student Orientation Co-ordinator

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Shreya Talwar

Program and Projects Coordinator

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Chloe Doras

Student Life & International Program Support

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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. 

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Maddy Mayne

Exchange Program Coordinator

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Tamara Adlain
Adminstrative Assistant 
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