Dr. Christopher J. Garnier

Position: 
Executive Director
Nationality: 
American

Assuming the role of Executive Director of AIT Extension on January 1st, 2021, Dr. Garnier is the former Dean of Ace International Business School in Kathmandu, Nepal.  He is a progress-driven educator, motivational leader and tireless student advocate with a passion for empowering and supporting academic communities around the world. He is globally astute, innovative and a results-focused education consultant, parent/student rights advocate and international lecturer where he has traveled to Nepal, Qatar, Mexico, Finland, India, Singapore, Thailand and both Mainland China and Hong Kong to educate and learn about global educational ingenuity and its impact and relationship to the classroom.

Dr. Garnier serves as a Managing Partner for EdXecutives, an international education advocacy and consulting firm based in the United States.  He is also an Ambassador of HundrEd, in Helsinki, Finland and Adjunct Faculty of the AIT School of Management.  Dr. Garnier was the CEO for a leadership training company for adolescents throughout Southern California. 

Prior to his work in education, Dr. Garnier rose to the rank of Captain in the US Marine Corps earning 6 Air Medals and multiple other honors as a combat helicopter pilot flying numerous missions throughout the Middle East to include both Iraq and Afghanistan.         

Dr. Garnier earned his Doctorate in Global Education from the prestigious University of Southern California. He also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from USC and a Master of Science equivalency in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Navy; his undergraduate work was completed at the University of Hawaii where he attended on a full athletic American football scholarship.  

Dr. Garnier has a track record of delivering innovative, transformative and results-focused initiatives to multiple educational entities; a student rights advocate and international lecturer with extensive and unparalleled leadership experience covering the United States, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. 

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