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Careers in a Globalizing World: An International Career Panel

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Gain insight and learn to prepare for various professions in the international arena.

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Join us for the Burkle Center's 2024 "Careers in a Globalizing World: An International Career Panel."

Learn about a range of professions in the international arena and gain insight into how best to prepare for a career path in these fields! The event is free to attend and pizza will be served!



Writer-Director Theodore Braun’s feature documentary debut, Darfur Now, was named one of 2007’s top five documentaries by the Broadcast Critics and the National Board of Review. The film won the NAACP Image Award and earned Braun the International Documentary Association’s Emerging Filmmaker of the Year Award. Darfur Now was co-financed by Warner Brothers, which distributed it worldwide, and Participant, which spearheaded a global social action campaign. His docu-thriller Betting On Zero premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won a special jury mention for investigative work, and received a WGA nomination for best feature documentary of 2017. His most recent film, ¡Viva Maestro!, about conductor Gustavo Dudamel, premiered theatrically in over 50 cities across North America in 2022 and received a WGA nomination for best feature documentary of 2022. It’s his second film with Participant and is streaming in North and Latin America on HBO Max. In 2008 Movie Maker Magazine named him one of 25 filmmakers whose work has changed the world. Braun teaches screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and is the Joseph Campbell Endowed Chair in Cinematic Ethics. In 2018 Variety named him one of the world’s Top Ten Teachers in Film and TV.


Ashley Fumiko Dominguez serves as the Director of Federal Relations within UCLA’s Government & Community Relations department. She leverages her expertise in immigration, education, national security, international affairs and government to assist UCLA in maintaining a strong and robust relationship with the federal government. Ashley has served as a member of the APLU CGA Executive Committee since 2020 and has served as the Immigration Task Force Co-Chair for APLU and AAU for three years and remains an active member of the task forces where she assists in setting immigration policy for the higher education community.

She is a recipient of APLU's 2023 Emerging Leader Award and AAU's 2021 New Innovator Award. At UCLA, Ashley serves on the Student Conduct Committee and the AANAPISI Committee. She previously served on Chancellor Block's Advisory Council on Immigration Policy, the Hispanic Serving Institute Committee and the External Affairs Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Task Force.

Prior to joining UCLA, Ashley served in the district office of Congressman Ted W. Lieu as his Special Projects & Events Supervisor, in the district office and leadership office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in multiple roles including Personal Correspondent and District Scheduler / Special Assistant, and in the state office of Senator Dianne Feinstein as a Constituent Services Representative. Ashley was a first generation college student and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University.


Humna Khan currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is a Co-Founder of ASTRO Mechanical Testing Laboratory, where she collaborates closely with industry leaders to ascertain the properties of 3D printed metal alloys and composites. In addition, she holds the position of Chief Operating Officer and Partner at MIMO Technik, where her responsibilities encompass the development of production flight hardware for prominent original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and emerging space enterprises. Humna's overarching mission is to push the boundaries within the additive manufacturing sector, encompassing aspects such as industry specifications, post-processing advancements, material characterization, and the consolidation of components and structures.

With a comprehensive two-decade tenure in the Aerospace & Defense industry, Humna has played pivotal roles in the space sector, spanning payload development, vehicle engineering, and launch operations, with a specialized focus on failure analysis. Her prior role involved leading the qualification of flight-critical hardware for rockets facilitating National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) missions within the U.S. Civilian Air Force Services. She provided guidance to the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) in this capacity. Subsequently, Humna contributed her expertise at SpaceX, serving as the Director of Quality Engineering, where she expanded Supply Chain efforts in developing technologies for Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy, encompassing landing legs, stage returns, Dragon capsule, spacesuits composition and other programs. Prior to her tenure at SpaceX, she served as the Program Manager for the NASA Process Control Program within the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance. She began her tenure on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board and with the launch of the Mars Exploration Rovers. She continued to support the human spaceflight program trough the retirement of the Space Shuttle. Additionally, Humna achieved distinction as the youngest Associate Professor at the School of Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles.

Humna's academic background is notable, comprising five degrees in Engineering and Business disciplines. She also possesses post-graduate qualifications in Strategic Business Development for the Space Economy and holds the designation of Six Sigma Black Belt for Lean Production. In her leisure time, Humna actively participates in the NASA CubeQuest Team, where she played a pivotal role in the development of a MiniSat capable of achieving lunar orbit, which subsequently launched aboard the NASA Artemis I mission. Currently Humna also serves as an Advisor for ASTM International, ASM International, SME, Women in 3D Printing, and RAPID+TCT.

Her strategic vision for the integration of advanced technologies revolves around streamlining the Qualification, Validation, and Certification processes, with the ultimate goal of automating manufacturing, enhancing design flexibility, and democratizing production capabilities.


Alexandra Lieben is the Deputy Director of the Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations and Lecturer in the Undergraduate Program in Public Affairs at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. A certified mediator, she teaches constructive communication, alternative dispute resolution, public dialogue, cultural competency, international conflict resolution, and community and economic development to undergraduate and graduate students at UCLA.