Mina lived and worked for General Motors in Europe, Asia and South America for over 20 years responsible for large scale, high risk, strategic projects that increased leadership’s effectiveness, lean processing and empowering people in over 55 countries.
Mina currently serves as an officer on the Board of Directors of the Sao Paulo Education Foundation and served on the Boards of Frankfurt International School and Graded, American International School of Sao Paulo, Brasil and consulted as Graded’s Facilities Project Manager during the 2-year planning stages of a complete renovation of their K-12 campus.
Mina designed and facilitated governance conferences for the Association of American Schools in Brasil, the Association for American Schools in South America (AASSA) and the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS). Mina taught a postgraduate level course in Change Management at Temple University in Tokyo, Japan and is currently working with Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala and Qatar University in Doha.
She co-developed the Tokyo Chapter of a global non- government organization, Room to Read, an organization that builds schools and provides scholarships to girls. The Merkels have been customers of the International Schools system whose children completed their entire education in international schools.