Kristen Palana

Multimedia Artist | Professor


I’m an international award-winning artist and educator helping empower ordinary people around the globe to communicate effectively and tell their own extraordinary stories through a variety of media. I have created dynamic content for clients including UNICEF, The World Food Programme, Children International, The Aid Myanmar Society, and The American University of Myanmar.


I have 19+ years of experience teaching digital media and creating innovative programs and courses for secondary, undergraduate, and postgraduate students as well as adults and children with no formal education in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I’ve also been teaching tens of thousands of online students through the UN-mandated University For Peace’s Centre For Executive Education and other online learning platforms since 2014.


I’m a proactive Associate Professor of Digital Media who recently taught for universities, international schools, and non-profit organizations in Myanmar from 2016-2019. I co-founded and directed the Film and Digital Media Program at The American University of Rome (2006-2016) where I was tenured and have 3+ years of Chair/Program Director experience.


My animated films have screened in galleries and museums worldwide and in more than 75 international film festivals where they have frequently won “Best Animated Short.” I’m a dedicated mentor, trainer, career advisor, curriculum builder, and interdisciplinary collaborator known for promoting civic engagement and fostering a positive, inclusive learning environment.


I’m a duel American/Portuguese citizen and originally come from Swansea, Massachusetts. As of July 2019, I’m based in Lilongwe, Malawi.