Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) supports the international activities of all schools, departments, offices, centers, and organizations at Yale; promotes Yale and its faculty to international audiences; and works to increase the visibility of Yale’s international activities around the globe. Staff in the Office of International Affairs focus on different world regions to assist faculty’s, staff’s, and students’ international efforts whenever possible.

OIA focuses on efforts that carry out Yale University’s goals and strategies for internationalization as described in “The International Framework”.

Donald Filer, Executive Director

Don has overall responsibility for OIA, providing administrative support for the international activities of the schools, programs, and individual faculty across the university. These efforts focus on supporting the development of new projects with partner universities, particularly to expedite the contributions of other Yale offices during the start-up phase and during troubleshooting, managing visits to Yale by university delegations and other dignitaries, and safeguarding Yale’s reputation around the world. He also leads the university’s emergency response in the event of a medical emergency, natural disaster, or civil unrest. Prior to his appointment at Yale in 2000, Don served in a number of capacities at Connecticut College from 1991 to 2000 including Vice President for Community and Public Affairs, Secretary of the College, and Acting Vice President for Development. He worked for former U.S. Representative Bruce A. Morrison of New Haven from 1985 to 1991.

Jeanna Lucci Canapari, Communications Specialist

Jeanna writes press releases, web postings, newsletters, and other materials for the Office of International Affairs. She also works as a freelance writer for other departments at Yale, and prior to coming to New Haven, worked in Communications for Partners HealthCare, the parent organization of Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Jeanna has a B.A. in English from Columbia and an A.L.M. from Harvard in Literature and Creative Writing. 

Fabiana DePaula, Coordinator for Brazil

Fabiana supports Yale’s initiatives in Brazil and facilitates Yale’s relationships with officials in government, business and higher education in Brazil. She is a Portuguese Lector at Yale Department of Spanish and Portuguese where she has taught since 2012. She is the senior instructor of Portuguese language for the World Language Program at the MacMillan Center. She holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration (Rollins College) and in Religious Ethics from Yale Divinity School, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidade Paulista in Brazil.

George Joseph, Director for South Asia

George is the Deputy Director of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, the University’s focal point for encouraging and coordinating teaching and research on international affairs, societies, and cultures around the world and serves as the center’s chief administrative officer. He additionally supports the University’s engagement, strategy, and visibility in South Asia by working with deans, directors, and faculty by serving as Director for South Asia in the OIA. Joining the Yale Office of International Affairs in 2004 shortly after its establishment, George holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Washington University in Saint Louis and graduate degrees from Yale.

Eddie Mandhry, Director for Africa

Eddie is responsible for supporting the university’s Africa initiatives by working with faculty to develop partnerships between Yale and African institutions in the private and public sectors, supporting admissions recruitment in Africa, building Yale’s alumni networks, and expanding press and social media coverage on the continent. Previously, Eddie was the Associate Director of NYU Africa House. He is a Carnegie New Leader and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He holds a BA in Political Science/African Studies from Hampshire College, and a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Leslie Powell, Associate Director for Leadership Programs and Europe

Leslie oversees the development of senior-level leadership programs and supports the work of Yale schools, centers, and faculty on key projects in Europe. Prior to joining OIA, Leslie directed outreach, media relations, and alumni affairs for the Yale World Fellows Program. Earlier in her career, she was a senior political risk analyst for Eurasia Group, a global advisory and consulting firm, and a contractor for NASA, serving as a liaison to the Russian Space Agency and other former Soviet agencies. Leslie has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and an A.B. from Harvard in Russian and Soviet studies.

Katherine Rowe, Senior Administrative Assistant

Katie oversees office operations and provides administrative support to the Executive Director. Her extensive administrative experience at Yale University began at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. She has also worked at Yale College and Yale West Campus. Her previous volunteering experience includes the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven Reads, and tutoring English as a Second Language. She holds a B.A. in sociology, communications, and creative writing from Albertus Magnus College. Katie serves on the Future Leaders of Yale Steering Committee and on the Communications and Community Outreach teams.

Fawn Wang, Director for East Asia

Fawn supports Yale’s East Asian initiatives and facilitates Yale’s relationships with senior officials in government, business and higher education in the region. Prior to her appointment in the Office of International Affairs, Fawn was a senior program officer at the Yale-China Association, where she developed and managed public, fellowship and health programs. She holds Master’s degrees in English and in Library and Information Science.

Edward Wittenstein, Director of International Relations & Leadership Programs

Edward (“Ted”) Wittenstein is Director of International Relations & Leadership Programs for Yale’s Office of International Affairs, where he works in partnership with faculty, deans, and other key university administrators to advance a wide range of Yale initiatives around the world.  A Lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, he also serves as Executive Director of Yale’s Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy and as Executive Director of the Yale Young Global Scholars Program.  Ted is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, who previously worked as Special Assistant to former Yale President Richard Levin and as Director of Special Projects for Vice President Linda Lorimer.  Before returning to work for Yale, Ted held a variety of national security positions at the Department of Defense, Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of State.

2015-16 Woodbridge Fellow

Tiffany Ho, Woodbridge Fellow
Tiffany supports and publicizes the university’s internationalization efforts. Before joining the Office of International Affairs, Tiffany worked for the Department of Justice. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University in May 2015.

For more information about the Woodbridge Fellows Program, click here. 

Related Facilities and Programs
The Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center was constructed in 2008 through a generous gift from Maurice R. Greenberg to provide a facility to support conference activities of Yale’s schools and centers that have an international focus. The Center is self-supporting. Yale schools and individual faculty who wish to book the spaces should visit

For information on the Yale Young Global Scholars, see

For information on the Yale Publishing Course, see