Z'leste is a student in the International Communication interested in innovation, entrepreneurship and global knowledge sharing networks and transfer. Her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara is in Global Studies. Regionally focused on South America, she has almost four years of experience studying, working and assisting with social development programs in Chile, Brazil, and Colombia. Before coming to AU she worked with an entrepreneur to develop two startup companies focusing on communications and business development. Her interests in public diplomacy are centered on cultural diplomacy and innovation and entrepreneurship promotion as a public diplomacy strategy.