Global Employer Engagement


Aspa Papanastasiou

As the Associate Director of Global Employer Relations, Aspa is cultivating Northeastern’s global partnerships with employers, universities, and other entities and contributes to the experiential education opportunities available to students. Her career spans over 25 years of business development and strategic engagement in the fields of higher education and social services. Aspa’s passion is to create synergies between highly talented teams and work across traditional silos and geographic boundaries. Aspa is a graduate of the American College of Greece and holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Suffolk University.


Benjamin Simpson

As the Global Co-op Ambassador, Benjamin Simpson joined Employer Engagement and Career Design in July 2021 for his one-year industrial placement. He is currently a third-year business management student at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. He is excited to join the EECD team as it will offer a unique perspective on the operations of a global university.  Ben says: “as this job is my own global experience, it puts me in the unique position of knowing the potential hurdles to get a global co-op and look forward to supporting Northeastern students in their journey.  From my personal experience, these hurdles are vastly outweighed by the huge benefits of doing a global co-op, an important message that I hope to share with students and staff alike.” One of Ben’s responsibilities is facilitating the Global Careers weekly session, which is open and available to all students.


Kate Przhezhetskaia

Kate joined the Employer Engagement and Career Design team as a new Global Co-op Assistant in July 2021.  Kate says: “coming from Russia, I have always been interested in traveling around the world, exploring new places, and learning about different cultures. This natural curiosity of mine has led me to Northeastern. I’m a rising third-year majoring in Marketing and minoring in Psychology. In my first semester, I did the NUin program in Berlin that opened up a new world of global education, giving me a sense of its significance. In this position, I hope to bring my international perspective to the team and, of course, encourage more and more students to become global!