Office of International Affairs

Office of International Affairs


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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Office of International Affairs Profile List

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.

George Joseph

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Director for South Asia

George is the Executive 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

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Director for Africa

Eddie is responsible for supporting 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. 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 around the continent. Before that he was Washington D.C. Director of Global Kids Inc., an 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's a member of Aspen Institute's Society of Fellows, and Chatham House. He holds a BA in Political Science/African Studies from Hampshire College, and a MSc. in international relations from the London School of Economics.

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.

Leslie Powell

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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.

Sabrina Rostkowski

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Sabrina is the Woodbridge Fellow supporting communications and research in the Office of International Affairs. She is responsible for managing media outreach and conducting research for upcoming international programming. Sabrina graduated from Yale College in 2019 with a B.A. in History, with a European regional concentration. As an undergraduate, she was heavily involved with two dance groups on campus, Yaledancers and Rhythmic Blue, of which she was co-president her senior year. She was a proud member of Timothy Dwight College, serving as the Timothy Dwight College Council president in her sophomore year and as a First-Year Counselor in her senior year.

Lekha Tlhotlhalemaje

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Lekha is the Woodbridge Fellow supporting the work of the Yale Africa Initiative and the Office of International Affairs. She is responsible for planning the 2020 Africa Salon—Yale's contemporary African arts and culture festival. She graduated from Yale College in 2019 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and History. She was also part of the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights. During her undergraduate years, she was a board member of the Yale Association for African Peace and Development, a Peer Liaison for international first-year students, and a part of of the Yale African Student's Association. Lekha was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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.

Edward Wittenstein

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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.