Office of International Affairs

Office of International Affairs

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The Yale Office of International Affairs (OIA) is a university-wide resource that serves as the global liaison for all students, faculty, staff, and organizations involved in international activities and initiatives. Combining regional expertise with administrative capabilities, OIA fosters connections within the Yale community and abroad, while further strengthening Yale’s position as a leading global university that is inspiring the minds that inspire the world.

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Telephone:   +1-203-432-6240

Fax:   +1-203-432-1926

Email:   world@yale.edu

393 Prospect Street

New Haven, Connecticut, 06511

USA

Office of International Affairs Profile List

Nadira Abdilahi

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Woodbridge Fellow, Africa

Nadira Abdilahi is from Hargeisa, Somaliland, and studied Economics at Yale College with a focus on developmental economics in East Africa. She currently serves as the Woodbridge Fellow for the Office of International Students and Affairs to support Yale’s African Initiative to develop strategic partnerships between Yale and African centers of academic excellence. At Yale, she was heavily involved in the Yale African Student Association and the Office of International Student and Scholars at Yale. She was part of Yale’s only African dance group (Dzana), worked as a research assistant at the economics department, and was an Outreach Ordinator for Fellowship Office at Yale. After college, she plans to go to graduate school and focus on public policy. She intends to join organizations that address global health and wealth inequality.  She hopes to address and hopefully find solutions to the economic problems faced by many countries in East Africa such as extremely high unemployment rates, especially for women.

Donald Filer

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Associate Vice President for Global Strategy

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 that happens abroad. 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.

Pareena G. Lawrence

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Senior Fellow for South Asia

Pareena’s primary responsibility is to help support Yale’s South Asia initiative and undertake other duties as assigned. Prior to joining Yale, Pareena held several academic leadership roles. Pareena received her M.A. in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University. She started her academic career at the University of Minnesota Morris, a public liberal arts college, and served at the institution as a tenured faculty member in economics and an academic administrator for 17 years. An international development economist by training, her disciplinary research explores the intersections of gender, families, the economy and politics, particularly issues of household decision-making, dowry, and political participation. More recently her research and writing have focused on higher education issues. Pareena has served on several national boards, including the American Conference of Academic Deans and Council of Independent Colleges, Chief Academic Officer Board. She is currently also a Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges & Universities.

 

Eddie Mandhry

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Director for Africa and the Middle East

Eddie is responsible for spearheading Yale President, Peter Salovey's, Africa Initiative by working with faculty across the university to develop strategic partnerships between Yale and African centers of academic excellence, as well as the private and public sectors. He's also responsible for supporting Yale's strategic engagement in the Middle East. Prior to joining Yale, Eddie was the Associate Director of NYU Africa House, an interdisciplinary institute focused on economic development research around the impact of Market Information System technology in improving livelihoods of small holder farmers in Eastern and Western Africa. Before that he was Washington D.C. Director of Global Kids Inc., a global citizenship  and civic leadership  organization that educates, activates and inspires youth from underserved communities to take action on critical issues facing our world. He is a Carnegie New Leader and has served 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. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sheila McCreven

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Director of Communications

Sheila is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing communications for OIA across campus and globally. She leads strategies for effectively strengthening Yale’s reputation in key areas, and for magnifying the impact of work by Yale faculty and students.  Previously, Sheila spent nine years in the private and public sectors, most recently as communications director for the Town of Woodbridge, Connecticut. From 2004 through 2010, she worked in public affairs and international affairs for the Yale School of Nursing, as well as communications roles at the School of Medicine and School of Public Health. Before 2004, Sheila served in the United Nations' Department of Public Information, Africa Section, at UN Headquarters in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Media Arts/Advertising from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Asia Neupane

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Program Director for Latin America and Europe

Asia is responsible for overseeing initiatives and partnerships related to Latin America and Europe. As the Program Director for the Councils on Latin American & Iberian Studies and European Studies at the Yale MacMillan Center, Asia also works closely with faculty, students, and visiting scholars. Prior to her current roles, Asia focused on board relations, alumni engagement, and international fundraising initiatives, including the Yale Center Beijing, during her tenure at Yale School of Management. Asia received her B.A. and M.A. from Wesleyan University and her Ed.D. from Northeastern University. Her doctoral research focused on networks and internationalization in higher education. At Yale, Asia is a Fellow and Advisor at Silliman College. She is currently the Regional Editor for Latin America for the Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education.

Leslie Powell

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Associate Director for Leadership Programs

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.

Olivia Roth

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Woodbridge Fellow, Communications and Research

Olivia is the Woodbridge Fellow supporting communications and research in the Office of International Affairs. She is responsible for managing media accounts and helping maintain the office’s website. Olivia graduated from Yale College in 2020 with a B.A. in Computing and the Arts, which is an interdisciplinary major that combines computer science and theater studies. As an undergraduate, Olivia was a board member of Yale’s Women in Computer Science club and the Vice President of Academic Excellence of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. Olivia also worked as an Academic Strategies Mentor in Yale's Center for Teaching during her junior and senior years.

Pamela Ariane da Silva

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Consultant

Pamela works with faculty across the university to promote the activities and accomplishments of Yale students and faculty to audiences in Brazil. She manages Yale’s relationships with institutions, senior officials in government, businesses, and other educational entities in Brazil. Her team at HUB55 fosters awareness of Yale through media relations, promoting Yale faculty visiting Brazil, and publicizing Brazilian delegations visiting Yale. Pamela holds a Master's of advanced management degree from Yale School of Management and a Bachelor's degree in international relations. As a serial entrepreneur, she has founded several successful companies including Hub55.com.br and CertiGov.com.br.
 

Fawn Wang

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Director for East Asia

Fawn supports Yale’s East Asian initiatives, developing and facilitating Yale’s relationships with institutions and senior officials in government, business and higher education in the region. She is responsible for Yale presidential visits to China as well as visits to Yale by delegations from East Asia. Fawn manages large network and media relations to support Yale’s collaborations and reputation in China. 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.