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Brendan M Walsh

Director, Office of International Affairs

As the Director, Brendan is focused on international issues of long-term, strategic importance to the University. His goal is to help the university develop strategy and services that make it easier for faculty and students to carry out dynamic international research. In response to the impact globalization is having on higher education, Brendan works with schools and departments to develop creative ways to promote interdisciplinary research that addresses global issues. Brendan currently staffs the President’s “Global Advisory Council” and leads Stanford International Response Team.

Brendan has been engaged in international education since 1997, and has a Ph.D. in International Development Education.

Contact Brendan for:
- International research and exchange agreements
- International response planning
- New research centers and projects outside of the United States

Pauline Larmaraud

Manager, Research Information Technology and Innovation

Pauline helps the OIA's team identify, create, and make available services that advance faculty international research outcomes and make doing international research at Stanford as easy as possible - "dans le meilleur des mondes possibles" (French for "in the best of all possible worlds"). After launching the Stanford On & Off-Campus Learning Opportunities website (SOLO), Pauline is now working with the Vice Provost and Dean of Research and Stanford research centers, institutes and other academic units to build a website that aggregates in one place Stanford research funding opportunities for faculty. The website - - will make it easier for faculty to browse, identify and apply for opportunities. Pauline also manages the International Research Exploration Funds, that provide funding opportunities to faculty to explore new proof-of-concept projects and find innovative solutions to challenges that are specific to doing international and global research.

Pauline is always eager to find ways to collaborate with others on campus to design solutions together as this often proves to be the better, simpler and more pleasant path forward. Pauline has been involved in Stanford's international research efforts since 2005.

Contact Pauline for:
- Your international or global research challenges
- Stanford Seed Funding
- International Exploration Funds
- Your ideas to streamline international research at Stanford

Natalie Lu-Ann Chang


Natalie supports the Office's coordinating role in international incident response, and works with units across the university to ensure that faculty and students are well-prepared for international activities through pre-departure training and learning opportunities. She also helps international visitors connect with Stanford's faculty and scholars to advance international research and academic collaborations. Natalie is passionate about information design and international affairs, and has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and Africa, most recently in South Sudan. She is a Certified ScrumMaster.

Contact Natalie for:
- University travel registry
- International travel preparation
- International response planning
- International visitor services

Merry Pham


Merry coordinates with colleagues and faculty in advancing international research opportunities and funding for faculty and students. She also supports the Office’s internal and external communications. Merry has a background in international education programs, higher education administration, and student services. She is a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO).

Contact Merry for:
-International visitor services
-University travel registry

Melina Gehring


Before coming to Stanford, Melina worked as an educational consultant in London (UK), supported international graduate students at Dartmouth College, and served as a desk officer at Germany s Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Melina holds a Ph.D. in American Studies (University of Hamburg) and an M.Phil. in International Relations (University of Cambridge).


The Office of International Affairs is located on the Main Quad at 450 Serra Mall, Wallenberg Hall, Building 160, room 239. For a map view of our office location, refer to this page. You can also reach us by phone at (650) 723-3174.