Dr. P. Bai Akridge serves as director of the Global Diversity Leadership Institute, which oversees the Prince George's County-funded International Ambassadors Study Abroad Scholarship Program at the University of Maryland; this program provides financial support to study abroad for graduates of Prince George's County Public High Schools with demonstrated need. Dr. Akridge has been engaged in building a relationship between the College of Education and higher education institutions in Liberia, West Africa. The State of Maryland has a Sister State relationship with Liberia and Bai serves on the program's Executive Committee and as Co-Chair of its Education Sub-Committee. Since 2001 Bai has served as President of WorldWise Services, Inc., a consultancy focusing on program development and strategic planning in international education, development and policy. Clients include the U.S. State Department, American Council on Education, U.S. Agency for International Development, Inter-American Development Bank, Afro-Cuban Research Institute/Mississippi Consortium for International Development, United Negro College Fund, the School Districts of Philadelphia and Prince George's County. Prior to WorldWise, during a 17-year career Bai held several management positions with the IBM Corporation as a lobbyist in Washington, marketing planner for the higher education segment, and manager f corporate philanthropy in the Asia-Pacific region, based in Tokyo
Building capacity of education systems in developing countries, especially Africa. Developing education partnership programs between the State of Maryland and Liberia, West Africa. Developing international education programs, including study abroad, for underrepresented populations in U.S.