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.

Rachel Nyaradzo Adams, Associate Director for Africa

Rachel is responsible for supporting the university’s Africa efforts by working with faculty to develop partnerships between Yale and African institutions, supporting admissions recruitment in Africa, building Yale’s alumni networks, and expanding press and social media coverage on the continent. Before coming to Yale, Rachel spent five years building leadership capability in young African leaders both at the tertiary and corporate levels. Her previous work at McKinsey & Company, Johannesburg, saw her designing, implementing and managing an innovative leadership program aimed at accelerating the leadership development of exceptional talent. Rachel is a graduate of Oxford University with a Master of Science in African Studies. She is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, a Mellon Mays Fellow, a Felix Scholar and a Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow.

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.

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 has extensive administrative experience at Yale University.  She has worked in the administrative offices of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale College, and West Campus.  She has volunteered for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas and has been an English as a Second Language tutor.  She holds a B.A. in sociology, communications, and creative writing from Albertus Magnus College.

Shana N. Schneider, Director of Communications

Shana is responsible for publicizing the international achievements of Yale faculty, departments, and schools through traditional and social media as well as for supporting Yale’s efforts related to Brazil. Before assuming this position, she was Chief Marketing Officer of Just the Right Book, an online startup company. Earlier in her career, she was Deputy Director of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and Director of Economic Development for the Yale Office of New Haven and State Affairs. Shana has also worked in the media industry and is the founder of FITWEEK. She received her B.A. from Yale University.

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.

2014-15 Woodbridge Fellows

Isadora Italia, Woodbridge Fellow
Isadora supports and publicizes university internationalization efforts, particularly focusing on Latin America. She also manages web content for YaleGlobal Online and co-produces the Yale Global Perspectives videos series. While at Yale, Isadora also worked at museums in New Haven and Washington, D.C, assisting arts education programs. She graduated with a B.A. in History of Art and in Italian from Yale University in May 2014.

Ifeanyi Awachie, Woodbridge Fellow
Ifeanyi supports the university’s Africa efforts. Before joining the Office of International Affairs, Ifeanyi helped coordinate President Barack Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at Yale. She created branding for the program, helped manage communications, and provided social and cultural opportunities to the participants. Ifeanyi also completed a documentary photography project in Nigeria, collecting over 1,000 images of contemporary life in the country, selections from which she showcased in multiple exhibits on campus. In May 2014, Ifeanyi graduated with a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a concentration in Writing from Yale University.

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