Adjunct Professor
Tulane University, Payson Center for International Development


Areas of Expertise
International Law, International Administration, International Development, Latin America, International Non-Governmental Organizations

With over 20 years of experience in international development, Nanette is an adjunct professor at Tulane University and consultant for the United Nations and other international organizations. She helped establish the United Nations Development Programme Regional Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean and headed its research and knowledge management efforts for four years. She has held managerial positions in private sector service firms, as well, and is co-founder of Pro Artesana, Panama’s first non-governmental organization dedicated to local artisan capacity building. Her education includes a PhD in International Development from Tulane; an MBA from IESE in Barcelona; and a BA from Stanford. She teaches at graduate and undergraduate levels; conducts research, program evaluations and capacity assessments; and publishes in academic and development journals. Nanette is based in Panama and her research focuses on capacity development, particularly in relation to higher education programs.

Recent Publications
Nanette Svenson. “Central America: The Value of International Academic Cooperation” in International Higher Education (2013)

Nanette Svenson.”Universities and the knowledge hubs of the developing world: An in-depth look at the City of Knowledge in the Republic of Panama” in Educación Global (2012)

Nanette Svenson. “Panama’s City of Knowledge: The First Decade.” International Higher Education (2011)

Nanette Svenson. “Globalization, Universities and Quality Assurance in Developing Countries: A Lesson from Panama on how Business can Undermine Vision.” International Higher Education (2009)

Recent ACUNS Activity

ACUNS Board of Directors
ACUNS Professional Development Podcast 2 – Opportunities for Non-Linear CVs (and Professionals) in International Development

Propelling Global Norms: How the United Nations Influences International Law”, 2014 Annual Meeting Submitted Papers

Updated July, 2014