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.

Sheila McCreven

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Director of Communications and Content Strategy

Sheila is responsible for developing, maintaining, and executing overall strategy for international communications to enhance Yale’s reputation in key areas and amplify Yale’s messages across campus and globally. She provides editorial and content creation leadership, managing strategic digital communications initiatives to magnify 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.

Nathan Camp

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Associate Director for Partnership Development

Nathan takes the lead in managing relationships with multilateral organizations, works with faculty on strategic partnerships, and facilitates the collection of partnership data. He established and manages the Yale Global Emissary program, and staffs the Yale Scholars at Risk initiative. He also serves as Yale’s Fulbright Scholar Liaison. Prior to joining Yale, Nathan managed international partnerships for Global Affairs at the University of California, Davis. At UC Davis, he also launched and managed the Faculty and Staff Ambassadors and the Curriculum Enhancement through Global Learning programs. His previous experience includes directing programs in Southeast Asia for Volunteers in Asia and co-directing education programming for international graduate students at the East-West Center. He received his MA from the University of Hawai‘i in Southeast Asian studies and his BA from Wesleyan University in the Science in Society Program.

Janette Yarwood

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Director for Africa and the Middle East

Janette is building on OIA’s work to support the Yale Africa Initiative and outreach efforts in the Middle East including working with Yale faculty to help deepen Yale’s engagement in these regions, developing partnerships, supporting admissions recruitment, and building alumni networks. Prior to joining Yale, Janette held several roles in Washington D.C., most recently as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of African Affairs at the Department of State where she worked on strategic initiatives and policy priorities including contributing to the Biden-Harris administration’s U.S. strategy toward Africa, planning elements of the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit, developing an African diaspora engagement strategy, and serving as a liaison to academic institutions and think tanks. In this role she also deployed to Doha, Qatar to assist with the Afghanistan evacuation effort. Previously, she was staff director of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations where she led a comprehensive foreign policy agenda. She also managed the Middle East portfolio during which time she spent a month in Israel and traveled to the West Bank and Jordan to gain a deeper understanding of the region. Janette is a Fulbright scholar and holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Asia Neupane

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Director of Programs and Institutional Partnerships for Latin America and Europe

Asia has a joint appointment with the Office of International Affairs and the Yale MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. She is responsible for overseeing strategic initiatives, engagement, and institutional partnerships related to Latin America and Europe. As the director of programs for the Councils on Latin American & Iberian Studies and European Studies at the 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 for the Yale Center Beijing, during her tenure at the Yale School of Management and Yale’s Office of Development. Asia received her B.A. and M.A. from Wesleyan University and her Ed.D. from Northeastern University. Her academic research focuses on networks and internationalization in higher education, a topic in which she is completing a Fulbright research project with a university in Colombia. 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 and a member of the Advisory Board for The Halifax Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Collaboration.

Kasturi Gupta

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Director for South Asia

Kasturi has a joint appointment with the Office of International Affairs and the Yale MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. For OIA, she is responsible for initiatives and partnerships related to the growth of Yale University’s presence on the Indian subcontinent. In her concurrent role as Program Director for the South Asian Studies Council, her work strengthens Yale's long-term scholarly and programmatic undertakings including the development of close ties with regional universities. Kasturi has executed initiatives in India as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. She has over a decade of experience in university administration and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University and an MA from Pune University.

Jieun Pyun

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Director for Asia

Jieun is responsible for overseeing initiatives and partnerships related to Asia. In this role, she develops and manages Yale’s relationships with institutions, senior officials in government, businesses, and other educational entities in the region. Prior to joining Yale she served as Senior Program Manager, Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Presidential Center where she directed its flagship global program to develop emerging leaders driving Burma’s democratic transition. Before this, Jieun was the Communications Director at the John G. Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs and a Fellow of the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia at Southern Methodist University. A native of South Korea, Jieun serves as a council member of the National Unification Advisory Council of the Republic of Korea and and has focused attention on many urgent issues impacting North Korea. Jieun is a Mason Fellow and holds a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. 

Carol Li Rafferty

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Director for China

Carol has a joint appointment with the Office of International Affairs and Yale Center Beijing, Yale’s only university-wide center outside of the United States. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing initiatives and partnerships related to China, and developing and managing Yale’s relationships with institutions, senior officials in government, businesses, and other educational entities in China. Prior to joining Yale, Carol started her career in investment banking at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, worked as an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and WilmerHale LLP, and served in the public sector as Senior Vice President at China Investment Corporation, China’s sovereign wealth fund. She holds a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from Stanford University. She was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2016. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in the District of Columbia. She is also currently on the board of directors of a China-based Fortune Global 500 and Nasdaq 100 company.

Devin Lau

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Associate Director for China

Devin concurrently serves as Associate Director of Yale Center Beijing, a convening space and intellectual hub for Yale University’s activities in China. In addition to working with faculty and administrators at Yale, he works with academic, business, government, and thought leaders from China, the U.S., and elsewhere to facilitate meaningful discussion and build mutual understanding. After studying history and East Asian studies at Yale, Devin lived and worked in China for many years.

Pamela Ariane da Silva

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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 and

Michael Min

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Woodbridge Fellow

Michael works as the 2023-2024 Woodbridge Fellow in Communications for the Office of International Affairs. He manages outreach for the office’s social media accounts, as well as conducts research for the office’s many ventures and initiatives, including the Global Engagement Map, which compiles information on faculty work and research around the world. Michael graduated from Yale College in 2023 with a B.A. in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, with a concentration on Asian and Black American populations. Prior to working as a fellow, he worked for the Yale Summer Session from 2021 to 2023 in various positions, most recently as a director for the program’s residential life team.

Neha Middela

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Woodbridge Fellow
Neha Middela works as the 2023-2024 Woodbridge Fellow for Yale and Africa, focusing on the office’s multitude of efforts to meaningfully engage with the continent. She graduated from Yale College in 2023 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a certificate in Human Rights from the Schell Center for International Human Rights. Prior to working as a fellow, she worked for a peacebuilding nonprofit in Northern Ireland and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar.