Armine Saryan, Senior Program Manager

Armine Saryan is the Senior Program Manager for the Overseas Flagship Languages Initiative programs. Throughout her employment at American Councils, Armine has managed the Arabic, Central Asian Turkic, Persian, Swahili, and Yoruba Overseas Flagship programs.  Currently she oversees the Swahili, French/Wolof, and Portuguese AFLI, the Hindi and Urdu SAFLI programs, and Indonesian IFLI programs. Armine has had extensive experience in the field of education, academic and cultural exchange, and project design and management through the Peace Corps programs, directing their TEFL, business education, health and environmental awareness programs. Ms. Saryan has previously worked as Director at LADO International College in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she headed a faculty of teachers providing instruction in English as a Second Language to foreign students.


Ashford Njogu, Senior Program Officer

Ashford Njogu is the Senior Program Officer for the AFLI, IFLI and SAFLI Flagship Language Initiative Programs.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Kenyatta University, Kenya and his M.A. from the University of Queensland, Australia. Prior to joining American Councils, Mr. Njogu was was the Swahili instructer in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas.  He is also a certified Swahili oral proficiency tester with DLI/ACTFL and has consulted for various organizations including ACTFL, Avant Assessment, NFLC, and Transparent Language, among others. 


Sydney Stotter, Program Officer 

Sydney is a recent graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she received a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature. As a Boren Scholar, Sydney participated in the Russian Overseas Flagship Program 2017-18 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Prior to joining American Councils, she worked as a Student Program Coordinator at the Bryn Mawr Summer Russian Language Institute.