Lise Falskow,
President & CEO

Lise Falskow was born and raised in Alaska and holds a degree in Economics and Accounting from Claremont McKenna College. She worked as a CPA in Seattle, Washington and Zurich, Switzerland. She then helped establish a Financial Analyst Group for the Energy Division of a major oil company in Oslo, Norway. As a dual Norwegian and US Citizen, her interest in world cultures has taken her to many exciting places, including her return to Anchorage, Alaska where she is the Royal Norwegian Honorary Consul for Alaska. Lise has a passion for sports, music (including playing the piano), and participating in Ironman Triathlon Competitions.

Are you interested in joining our Board, becoming a sponsor, or speaking at AKWorld? Contact Lise!

Kari Gardey,
Program Coordinator

Kari Gardey, Program Coordinator


Kari Gardey was born in Anchorage and raised in England. She has since lived in France and all over the US. She has degrees in Geography and Environmental Planning from University of California at Berkeley. She has worked at a variety of non-profits including Ecotrust where she worked with groups from California to Alaska on how to use geographical information systems. She moved back to Anchorage in 2000 and loves to explore the area with her husband, Mike Bruce, and their two school age children. She is pleased to be working for the Alaska World Affairs Council where her mother worked almost 50 years ago.

Are you a teacher interested in participating in WorldQuest? Have a question about our program recordings? Kari can help you!

Alyssa Bish,
Deputy Director

Alyssa Bish moved to Alaska with her family in 1998 thanks to the US Air Force and has made Alaska her home. While earning her Bachelors of Arts in International Studies (Europe track) and History with minors in Political Science and Spanish at UAA, Alyssa joined the AKWorld team in 2012. Now, she keeps the organization running efficiently and is constantly striving to make our programs more approachable to a broader audience.  Alyssa strongly believes in giving back to the community and serves as the Marketing Chair for the Advisory Council of the United Way Emerging Leaders and as Secretary of the Young Professionals Group of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time, Alyssa loves reading books about far away places (especially Scotland), experiencing new activities through community classes (go kickboxing and motorcycles!), and exploring historic places around the world whenever possible.

Have a question about our program line-up? See all the partner logos for WorldMatters and want to know how you too can join the movement? Interested in our special events, like World Wiz or Globalization in Your Wine Glass? Want to learn more about how you can get more involved with AKWorld? Have a question about ANYTHING AKWorld related? Alyssa would be happy help you!

Ioana Lobontiu,
Office Assistant



Ioana Lobontiu joins the AKWorld staff team as our Office Assistant. Ioana is a third year student at UAA majoring in International Studies, French, and German, with a minor in Spanish. She has an ardent interest in languages and a more newly discovered passion for world affairs. She grew up speaking English and Romanian and has lived in a variety of places, including Tennessee, New York, and Romania, but has made Alaska her home of ten years.

Ioana is passionate about reaching out and helping her community develop global connections, as she has volunteered at Rilke Schule, (a German immersion school) worked as a German tutor at UAA and as a lead counselor at the Babylon Institute, a language immersion summer program for kids. She is fluent in four languages (English, Romanian, French, and German) and is still working on Spanish. In her free time, Ioana enjoys reading, swimming, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Contact Ioana if you have any questions about the status of your membership, event registration, or any general AKWorld questions, she would be glad to assist!